It’s the weekend – and you’re ready to start following your curiosity! Just in time, here are your Weekend Wonderings:
- A recent I Start Wondering post about meditation got some people’s attention. In fact, one person shared a story with me about meditation’s ability to help with depression and anxiety, which is really important in these stressful days. I was most taken by the story’s description of Dr. Bruce Lipton’s research. He suggests that if the mind’s perceptions show up in the body’s chemistry and the nervous system interprets the environment and controls the blood’s chemistry, humans may literally be able to alter the fate of their cells by changing their thoughts. This research reinforces why it’s really important to be mindful about what we’re thinking.
- Do you love the musical, The Lion King? If so, you probably want to learn more about its mastermind, Julie Taymor. She’s one of the most talented people in entertainment and she keeps pushing the envelope on her own creativity. You can learn more about Julie in a great interview for the podcast, Here’s the Thing.
- Do you like to participate in athletics, but find yourself prone to injuries? Recent research on pro athletic teams suggests that boosting vitamin D levels in the body may make a big difference not only in bone health but also with soft-tissue injuries such as muscle strains.
- Hopefully, we won’t have another blizzard anytime soon, but there’s a good chance that there will be another cold snap before spring arrives. Therefore, I want to share an easy and amazing recipe for hot buttered rum from The Kitchn. This beverage is a great way to get rid of the chill on a cold night.
- If you’re like me, you’re trying to binge-watch all the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards. One area where I tend to focus is the often unsung documentary category. This year, however, there is a really fascinating documentary that received a lot of attention when it first came out. Deservedly, that film – Amy, which tells the tragic story of singer Amy Winehouse – is earning lots of nominations and awards. The movie shows Amy’s progression from a fresh-faced singer trying to get a break to a supernova who is wasting away due to bulimia, drugs, alcohol and the paparazzi. Throughout the documentary, her music is amazing. You can find this film on DVD from Netflix or you can stream it on Amazon Video, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu or Google Play Movies and TV.