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By Dr. Mara Karpel “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” ~ George Burns [caption id="attachment_10618" align="alignnone" width="216"] ©M. Karpel, 2015[/caption] One day, not too long ago, I logged onto my computer browser and this is the news article that popped up on my computer screen. NEW YORK (PIX11

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Dr. Mara Karpel “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci [caption id="attachment_10619" align="alignnone" width="300"] ©M. Karpel, 2015[/caption] Last week, I wrote about the importance of sleep for physical and emotional health and the obstacles to getting enough good sleep. The bottom line is that it’s not just t

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By Dr. Mara Karpel "Sleep is the best meditation." ~ Dalai Lama [caption id="attachment_10621" align="alignnone" width="169"] ©M. Karpel, 2015[/caption] Have you ever had any periods in your life when you were persistently unable to get a good night of sleep? If so, you’re certainly not alone! I’ve had my share of sleepless nights at

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By Dr. Mara Karpel “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ~ W. C. Fields [caption id="attachment_10623" align="alignnone" width="167"] ©M. Karpel, 2015[/caption] I occasionally enjoy a glass of wine with my dinner, along with good conversation. I sometimes drink red wine, sometimes white, depending on what I’m eati

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By Dr. Mara Karpel “A clown is like an aspirin, only he works twice as fast.” ~ Groucho Marx [caption id="attachment_10624" align="alignnone" width="300"] ©M. Karpel, 2015[/caption] How we feel emotionally is often caused by the thoughts that we think. As I’ve become more mindful of my thoughts and how I feel, I’ve noticed that it

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By Dr. Mara Karpel “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” ~ Loran Eisley [caption id="attachment_10630" align="alignnone" width="191"] ©M. Karpel, 2015[/caption] One of the reasons that we might enjoy a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, or a cup of tea is the ritual that surrounds drinking them, including the emoti

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By Dr. Mara Karpel “I was taken by the power that savoring a simple cup of coffee can have to connect people and create community.” ~ Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks [caption id="attachment_10631" align="alignnone" width="192"] ©M. Karpel, 2015[/caption] I love coffee! I love how it tastes. I love how it feels going down

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By Dr. Mara Karpel “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” ~ Buddha [caption id="attachment_10632" align="alignnone" width="300"] ©M. Karpel, 2015[/caption] As I write this blog, I have had pain in my left wrist for over three months. Sometimes, it’s a sharp pain that wakes me up in the middle of the night. And sometimes it’s

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By Dr. Mara Karpel “Forgiveness opens our hearts to self-love….That person who is the hardest to forgive is the one who can teach you the greatest lessons. When you love yourself enough to rise above the old situation, then understanding and forgiveness will be easy. And you’ll be free.” ~ Louise Hay [caption id="attachment_10634" ali

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By Dr. Mara Karpel “If we really love ourselves, 
everything in our life works.” ~ Louise Hay [caption id="attachment_10635" align="alignnone" width="300"] ©M. Karpel, 2015[/caption]      “Before you can love others, you must love yourself first.” This is a platitude that we hear time and again. In fact, it’s become common,

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