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The Zodiac Signs Of Your Favorite Celebs And What They Mean

Whether you like it or not, millions and millions of people are obsessed with signs! I mean, just think about it… how often have you heard someone ask, “What’s your sign?” Sure, more often than not it’s a woman that’s asking it. But plenty of men are into it as well. And even if you think it’s silly, it’s easy to see why people love talking about their signs. 

And what are people even more obsessed with than zodiac signs? Why, celebrities of course! And these days, with the places the internet has gone, it’s easy to know just about everything about celebrities. But with that said, I feel like people rarely talk about the zodiac signs of some of our favorite celebs! Well… not any more. Because we’re here to talk about exactly that! We did the research and found out the birthdays and zodiac signs of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. So read through and find out which celebrities you actually have a lot in common with!

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Yoga: The Ultimate Solution to Chronic Pain

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A recent study found that patients with chronic disease and depression found a sort of release upon trying a mindful-based stress reduction course. The study proved that there was a considerable improvement in the participants’ mood, functional capacity, and perceptions of pain upon participating in the activity. According to the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, it was found that 89% of the study’s respondents claimed that the program helped them in various ways. Despite having 11% of the participants remaining neutral, most of them agreed that the activity allowed them to better cope with the pain. Chronic pain may be common, but this ailment is considered one of the most severe medical conditions out there. The medical condition is believed to have affected over 100 million people in the United States and correlates to an annual cost of $635 billion.

The Effects of Chronic Pain

A small-scale study was conducted in a semi-rural population in Oregon, wherein issues about affordability, addiction, and access to care are abundant. During eight weeks, the participants were instructed to try a mindfulness meditation followed by a mindful hatha yoga exercise. According to Cynthia Marske, an osteopathic physician, and director of graduate medical education at the Community Health Clinics of Benton and Linn Counties, she claims that numerous people have lost hope because of the possibility of chronic not being fully resolved. However, she believes that mindful yoga and meditation can help the body’s structure and function and cater to the healing process. 

The Difference Between Healing and Curing

According to Dr. Marske, he claims that healing is becoming whole again, while curing is the point of eliminating the disease. He believes that yoga and meditation can help make things manageable during the chronic pain healing process. A study conducted found that mindful meditation and yoga led to notable improvements in a person’s perspective on pain, disability, and depression. In the Patient Health Questionnaire, also known as PHQ-9, it was found that the scores of the standard measure of depression dropped by 3.7 points on a 27-point scale. Dr. Marske concluded that some patients often experience a similar drop from the use of anti-depressants. 

Depression and Chronic Pain

Dr. Marske claims that depression and chronic pain go hand in hand. However, he believes that mindfulness-based meditation and yoga can, indeed, restore a patient’s physical and mental health. He believes that both of these combined are effective alone or infused with other medication and therapy treatments. Participants also received instructions from MBSR, a systematic educational program that trains people to raise awareness of the self in the present time and a nonjudgmental manner. The results support other claims on how MBSR can help treat chronic pain while healing from perceived depression. Dr. Marske says that the bottom line is that patients are looking for new ways to endure chronic pain and effective non-pharmaceutical remedies available. However, he firmly believes that yoga and meditation are the go-to plans for patients searching for relief from chronic pain.

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The Literal Height of Fashion: Mountains of Clothes Build-Up

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As the signs could be seen everywhere, the multi-billion dollar industry of secondhand trading clothes has indeed lessened the risk of having fashion garments stockpile over landfills. However, because of the pandemic, merchants have been struggling with their thrift shops and clothing banks as mountain loads of clothes are being stocked outside their shops and in their warehouses. Aside from that, resellers and exporters have been forced to cut down their prices due to the massive lockdown measures, leading to slow business flow. According to Antonio de Carvalho, boss of a textile recycling company in Stourbridge, central England said that his regular expense of 570 pounds ($726) a tonne dropped down to 400 pounds, making it somewhat difficult to collect and store items. Aside from that, his customers also demanded to increase the credit period wherein they would use to pay in 15 days to a staggering 45-60 days, which gave cash flow problems for De Carvalho’s business. 

The Shutdown of Businesses

Antonio de Carvalho’s story is one of many traders worldwide who are experiencing this so-called downfall. Many other recyclers have had to remove clothes banks from their areas and lessen the times they were cleared out weekly. Some owners even had to lay off workers to reduce their expenses and save more money. After interviewing 16 market players, irony seemed to be peaking through the already damaged hole. Problems quickly arose for many such as exporters, traders, and customers for numerous low-end countries solely relying on used clothes. Britain has struggled too, as their exports’ regular weight was half of what they got the previous year. America wasn’t safe either, as a third of their clothes ended up in the markets of developing countries despite their reputation as “the world’s biggest exporter of used clothing.”

The Cries of Kenya

On the other side of the globe, various countries such as Kenya have also felt the wrath set upon by COVID-19. Aside from its fall as a country, things got even worse when their government banned the production and distribution of textiles in March due to its risk of spreading the virus. Despite the ban being lifted in August, traders still couldn’t do anything after the damage COVID 19 has caused. Mutisya and Anthony Kang’ethe are drivers of a secondhand clothes selling shop who expressed their thoughts on the whole matter. According to them, before the pandemic, there used to be five of them. But after everything that has happened, they were the only ones left.

The Devil Does Wear Prada.

Although the second-hand clothing market boomed way back in the 90s, things haven’t gotten better since. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, production for clothing has doubled over the past 15 years because of the public’s demand. It was proven that the fashion industry also produces over 10% of global carbon emissions and is the second-biggest consumer of water. As numerous countries worldwide have been in demand for more clothing such as the United States and Britain, a report made by the Environmental Audit Committee claimed that over 300,000 tons of apparel go straight to the landfills or incineration yearly. According to Anna Smith, a doctoral researcher at King’s College London, she claims that our environment’s sad truth is that the whole problem is getting bigger and people are consuming more.

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Lady Gaga, Ray Dalio, and Oprah Swear That TM, a Meditation and Yoga Derivative. Works for Them

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Mental health is a major aspect of our well-being. It affects everything else, from decision-making to stress management. Meditation and yoga are key techniques in maintaining excellent mental health. However, there’s a trending derivative that’s currently making the rounds among celebrities—Transcendental Meditation (TM).

Personalities at Twitter, including Square CEO Jack Dorsey and Beyonce swear that this new technique works as it helps them improve creativity, control stress, and boost energy levels.

During Oprah Winfrey’s “2020 Vision Your Life in Focus Tour” conducted at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday, Winfrey and Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga discussed their love for TM and its corresponding benefits in their lives. These celebrities, including Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio, share that they learned TM from their teacher, Bob Roth, CEO of The David Lynch Foundation.

What is Transcendental Meditation?

Transcendental Meditation or TM is an exclusive practice. Its followers—or would-be followers—are taught by certified instructors through a 4-day course that’s made available for $380 to $960, depending on the student’s level of advancement.

According to Roth, TM is a simple meditation technique that requires you to sit for 20 minutes twice a day while uttering a repeated mantra. In his 2014 YouTube video, Roth adds that TM differs from other meditation techniques because it “allows the active thinking mind to just, all of it to just settle down, and experience quieter levels of thought” as compared to other techniques that prompt you to focus on your breathing or observe your thoughts.

More Important Than Work

Winfrey, in her 2018 Super Soul Conversations interview with Amy Schumer, asserts that TM is “one of the most life-enhancing things [she] ever did”. After the said TM experience, Winfrey shared in her 2011 interview with “The Dr. Oz Show” that she hired a TM coach to teach her Harpos Studios production crew how to meditate.

She says that her staff would, then, take a couple of breaks each day as the practice of meditation is “more important than the work you are doing. [TM] brings a kind of energy and an intensity of energy, an intention that we have never had before.”

Reason for Success

In his 2018 Facebook post, Dalio attests that TM is possibly “the single most important reason for whatever success [he’s] had.” Dalio, 70, shares that he first came across TM during his early 20s. In his book entitled “Principles”, he says that TM “has enhanced my open-mindedness, higher-level perspective, equanimity and creativity. It helps slow things down so that I can act calmly, even in the face of chaos, just like a ninja in a street fight.”

Dalio asserts recommends those who are curious about the positive effects of transcendental meditation to get a copy of Roth’s 2018 meditation book, “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.”

End Thoughts

Meditation and yoga have long been used to correct certain mental health issues. Recent studies report that transcendental meditation, a newer derivative of these techniques, poses possible health benefits. In a 2009 research, experts discovered that young individuals who practiced TM for 3 months displayed lower levels of anxiety, anger, depression, hostility, and even blood pressure.

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