10 Most Popular UPLIFT Articles of 2015

10 Most Popular UPLIFT Articles of 2015
From Yoga and Consciousness to Healing and Happiness, these are the most read articles of the year

2015 has been a breakthrough year for the UPLIFT Media Channel as we’ve dedicated ourselves to releasing a stream of articles that uplift and inspire people around the world.

With topics ranging from yoga and meditation to climate change and permaculture, from healing trauma and beating stress to unlocking happiness and creative power, UPLIFT articles have covered a broad spectrum of issues while always returning to a common message: we have the power to create change within ourselves, and together we can bring change to the world around us.

Below are the 10 most read articles of 2015. Thank you to all of our writers and team who helped bring it all together this year. See you in 2016!

10. Understanding the ancient Hawaiian practice of Forgiveness

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The practice of Ho’oponopono has many benefits, as well as offering an important insight into the indigenous Hawaiian worldview.

Ho’oponopono: I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.

When I first encountered the practice known as Ho’oponopono, it was in an interview with Haleaka Hew Len PhD, a Hawaiian psychologist and shamanic practitioner. I took on the simple yet profound forgiveness practice and found immediate benefits in my personal life… READ ARTICLE

9. How to Decolonize your Yoga Practice

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Five ways you can decolonize your yoga practice and get in touch with the real roots of yoga.

As an Indian woman living in the US I’ve often felt uncomfortable in many yoga spaces. At times, such as when I take a $25 yoga class by a well-known teacher who wants to “expose us to the culture by chanting Om to start class“ and her studio hangs the Om symbol in the wrong direction, my culture is being stripped of its meaning and sold back to me in forms that feel humiliating at best and dehumanizing at worst… READ ARTICLE

8. How Art Changes Consciousness

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You might be surprised at what the research says about how Art changes Consciousness and the functioning of the Brain.

With so much talk about the evidence of the positive effects of yoga and meditation, you might be surprised at what scientific research also says about how art effects the brain. Long before modern neuroscience, artists were creating works to inspire people and today complex brain imaging scans can show us just how art changes the physiology of our brains… READ ARTICLE

7. The Opposite Of Addiction is Connection

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Do Stronger Human Connections Immunise Us Against Emotional Distress?

Right now an exciting new perspective on addiction is emerging. Johann Harri, author of Chasing The Scream, recently captured widespread public interest with his Ted talk Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong, where he concluded with this powerful statement: “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection”… READ ARTICLE

6. Awakening Is a Destructive Process

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When Awakening to the Truth, you must break through the lies. There is no easy road to Enlightenment.

Make no bones about it, awakening is not a walk in the park. It is a ride through hell. It is the tearing down of all of your cherished beliefs and everything you thought about yourself. There is no way around this. In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, they had to enter into the Mirkwood Forest to get to their destination. There was no other way for them. It was not a walk in the park. Likewise, we must enter the shadowlands, and come face to face with our shadows… READ ARTICLE

5. How to Control Inflammation with Your Brain

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Unlocking the power of the Vagus Nerve for self healing.

I read an article yesterday that has me extremely excited about the implications. The article is called ‘Hacking the Nervous System’ by Gaia Vince. In the article, the author describes the experience of a woman who suffered from severe, debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and her eventual treatment with a device which minimized inflammation by simply stimulating the vagus nerve… READ ARTICLE

4. The Four Qualities of Love

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Thich Nhat Hanh explains the Four Qualities of Love that have the power to bring a deep meaning to our lives.

Happiness is only possible with true love. True love has the power to heal and transform the situation around us and bring a deep meaning to our lives. There are people who understand the nature of true love and how to generate and nurture it. The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable. Every one of us can benefit from these teachings… READ ARTICLE

3. Neuroscience and the True Purpose of Yoga

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We all know it is good for you, but is the true purpose of Yoga being revealed by science?

For some time, whenever I went to a yoga class, I’d get that feeling you get when you come in part way through a television series. I got the gist of the story and was able to go along with with what was happening but it wasn’t until yoga teacher and human movement specialist Simon Thakur explained some details around what I’m choosing to see as ‘the beginning’ of the story that things really started to make sense… READ ARTICLE

2. An Indigenous Approach To Healing Trauma

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Traditional methods of healing trauma could hold the key to helping us release our suffering and connect with each other again.

People have always experienced pain, and in the vast span of time before the colonial expansion of western culture, indigenous cultures weren’t without their methods of dealing with trauma. For centuries we’ve largely ignored the wisdom of those among us who are still directly connected to ancestral ways of knowledge. As our modern lifestyle collides with the fact that our Earth is not capable of supporting our current way of life, we are finally starting to look to those who once lived in a state of indefinite sustainability and abundance, for a way forward… READ ARTICLE

1. The Science behind Yoga and Stress

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What does bending your body into yoga poses do to your brain chemistry and nerve connections?

There are two functional parts of the brain that play a key role in stress. These serve the functions of emotion and cognitive function. So I am calling them the ’emotional’ brain (amygdala and its connections and medial forebrain structures including the medial prefrontal cortex) and the ‘logical’ brain (the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, other parts of the prefrontal cortex, parts of the cingulate cortex and parts of the hippocampus)… READ ARTICLE

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