Health & Well-being
I first heard the phrase “act as if” about fifteen or twenty years ago. I remember learning that if we “act as if” we already have something we want, “act as if” something is already occurring in our lives (even if it’s not), or “act as if” we know how to do something (even if we don’t) – we create the conditions for it to manifest in our life with greater easy and probability.
In recent years, this concept has been popularized and even mainstreamed by books, films, and teachers talking about the “law of attraction” (i.e. like attracts like, thoughts create things, we get what we focus on, etc.)
This past week Michelle and I watched a wonderfully inspiring documentary film called Act As If, which had a profound impact on me. The film is about Kathy Delaney-Smith, the head women’s basketball coach at Harvard University. Kathy, who comes from a working class background and didn’t have much basketball or coaching experience, used the power of “acting as if” to become a very successful coach at one of the most elite institutions in the world. She has also used her “act as if” philosophy to teach, train, and inspire her players both on the off the court for the past thirty years.
Most poignantly, Kathy used the power of her mind and her thoughts to act as if she were healthy and strong as she successfully battled through a life-threatening bout of breast cancer. Her story, strength, and attitude are inspiring and courageous.
The message of this film spoke to me on a few different levels. First of all, it brought the worlds of sports and the power of our thoughts and intention together in a meaningful way, which I appreciated. Second, Kathy’s personal story and her approach with her players are both important things we can benefit from, learn from, and take to heart (in business, parenting, teamwork, relationships, and life in general). And, finally, it reminded me how important it is to be conscious of my thoughts, my intentions, and my beliefs.
As I’ve been reflecting on it more, I realize that although I understand the concept of “acting as if” and I write, speak, and teach about how we have the power to create our own reality, in certain areas of my life – especially the ones that are most important to me or the ones where I feel the most cynical and resigned, I often pay “lip service” to acting as if, while simply hoping things will get better, worrying that they won’t, or allowing the outcome to determine how optimistic or pessimistic my outlook and approach will be.
This has been a sobering, but important realization for me this week. There is a big difference between knowing something and living it.
“Acting as if” is about believing in things that don’t currently exist and that there may not be much evidence for. This is about living a “faith-based” life, not an “evidence-based life.” The term “faith-based” often gets used in a political, social, or moral context when talking about initiatives or organizations that are connected with the church or some specific organized religion. However, being a faith-based person, while it can and often does encompass our religious beliefs and our spiritual practices, is even broader than this.
When we choose to live with a strong faith in things not seen, not proven, and not guaranteed – we tap into the power of the possible and we supersede the literal and predicable.
Wayne Dyer wrote a great book a number of years ago called You’ll See it When You Believe it. So many of us, myself included, live important aspect of our lives with the silent mantra of “I’ll believe it when I see it” and in doing so we hold ourselves back, limit what’s possible, and negate the power of our mind, imagination, and intention to allow and create things, situations, experiences, and outcomes that are new, unpredictable, and even miraculous.
For some of us the idea of “acting as if” is basic and fundamental, for others of us it may be new and/or more difficult, and for still others it may seem out there and quite esoteric. Regardless of how we relate to this idea, we’ve all experienced it in our lives in big and small ways. Kathy Delaney-Smith demonstrates it in the Act As If film in a powerful way through her coaching, her battle with cancer, and how she lives life.
The question for us to ask ourselves is, “What am I acting as if will happen in the most important areas of my life right now?”
We often get exactly what we expect – which is a pretty powerful concept if we take time to let it in and live with that awareness. Instead of waiting to see how things turn out, hoping that they will get better, or simply allowing the circumstances and situations in our lives determine how we feel – what if we acted as if we had everything within us and around us that we need to be successful, happy, and fulfilled already – which we do, by the way!
Mike Robbins is a sought-after motivational keynote speaker, coach, and the bestselling author of Focus on the Good Stuff (Wiley) and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken (Wiley). More info – www.Mike-Robbins.com
If its one thing that everyone has trouble with is losing body fat? Why? There are lots of reasons why. This short article will explain the reasons why you are having a tough time shedding body fat and some remedies that you can incorporate right now to make it easier to lose those unwanted pounds.
The Top Three Mistakes
There really are three major mistakes that stop you from losing body fat. Before I go into all three I want you to know that people who are living a life that is physically fit actually do things differently then the average person. Individuals who are fit and healthy have no secrets to weight loss, they just approach their lifestyles differently then other individuals. If you wish to make major changes in your own lifestyle just follow what a healthy individual does, and stop doing these three mistakes:
1) Obsession over body weight – Listen, stepping on the scale every morning is not helping you. Our bodies are in constant flux especially for you ladies who are reading this! Hormones, stress levels, exercise levels, sleep patterns, how much water you drink, social activities, ALL can positively or negatively affect your current weight. In fact weight has little to do with overall health. I can have two individuals who weight 130 lbs but once might be super fit, lean and muscular while the other one could be holding an extra 20 lbs of body fat. I recommend throwing your bathroom scale out. Weigh yourself once a month if that. In addition those “new scales” that read your body fat, throw those out to, they are as inaccurate as body weight is. Recommendations: Measure more then just weight loss when embarking on a weight loss program. More on this later.
2) Neglecting Nutritional Importance for Overall Health. – Yes we have been bombarded with fad diets, fake diets, good diets, bad diets and every type of nutritional programming that one can become quite overloaded. With all this information it can be quiet confusing that people just give up all together. If you are embarking on healthy lifestyle program you must be very conscience about what you put into your body. There are foods that heal and foods that kill! One mistake that is detrimental is not eating breakfast, and not eating enough protein throughout the day. Both will dramatically increase your lean body mass and help you shed fat faster then ever!
3) Not including Strength Training Into a Lifestyle Program – The number one rule of thumb is at first do more weight training then cardiovascular training. Why? Because our muscle is considered “active tissue” meaning for every pound of lean muscle mass that you put on the body, the metabolism burns 350 more calories in a day to keep that muscle on the body. This means that over a year’s time the person with ten more lbs of muscle will burn 127,750 or be able to lose 36 lbs of body fat just by adding a strength training routine into their lifestyle! Very Powerful!
The Top Three Recommendations:
1) Model a fit person – If you were to learn a particular skill you would find someone who has perfected that skill. If you wanted to be great at tennis you would find someone who is amazing at tennis! The same holds true for fitness. Find someone who is already fit and healthy and start modeling their actions and lifestyle behaviors. It’s the fast track for getting fit and healthy!
2) Eat Like a King In The Morning and A Pauper in the Evening – In other words your biggest meals in the day should be Breakfast, Mid morning snack and Lunch, after that you should taper your meals so that your smallest meal is at 6pm. The fatal mistake is having not enough in the morning and eating too much late in the evening. This is a Death Sentence!
3) Seek Professional Guidance – If you wanted to have someone work on your teeth you would go see a dentist. If you needed advice and help in law you would go see a lawyer. If you wanted to build a beautiful house you would hire contractors to build your house. It’s the same thing for building the body. Listen no one is an island. You must hire someone to help you create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The problem being is we do not value our bodies enough to do this! We put everyone else’s needs first and our bodies pay the price!
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For those of us who are hooked on watching the Academy Awards, because we love movies, the glitz of Hollywood, or just because it is a time-honored tradition, here follow the best ‘award-winning’ quotes from last night’s Oscars.
And the Oscar for Best, Most Sincere, and Inspired Quote goes to:
For the Moms …
“I would like to thank what this film is about for me which are the moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from. Those moms and parents never get thanked.” – Sandra Bullock, afor best actress.
For the Women and Men in the Military …
“I’d just like to dedicate this to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world. And may they come home safe.” – Kathryn Bigelow, best director.
For Groovy Professions …
“Thank you, Mom and Dad, for turning me on to such a groovy profession. Oh, my dad and my mom, they loved show biz so much. … I feel an extension of them. You know, this … is honoring them as much as it is me.” – Jeff Bridges, best actor.
For a Shiny Dose of Inspiration …
“What we did with Avatar, if you really look at it, we took things that are out there in the world every day, we just made them bigger, shinier. … But all our inspiration comes from the real world. So if you really look, you can see all those things around you, and I would just encourage people to get out and look for it.” – Joe Letteri, best achievement in visual effects.
For Making It Real … and for Sidney, too …
“I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics. … Thank you so much to my amazing husband, Sidney. Thank you for showing me that sometimes you have to forgo doing what’s popular in order to do what’s right. And baby, you were so right.” – MoNique, best supporting actress.
For the Precious Dream …
“This is for everybody who works on the dream every day: precious boys and girls everywhere.” – Geoffrey Fletcher, best adapted screenplay award for “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”
For the Possibilities and flip books…
“Never did I dream that making a flip book out of my third-grade math book would lead to this.” – Pete Docter, best animated feature film award for “Up.”
Spread the DREAM … not the icing!
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Even the strongest proponents of Western healthcare can’t dispute the fact that nature provides medicine. The proliferation of techniques like reiki, being as natural as witch hazel, is just one way by which the masses are becoming more familiar with what’s available to them in terms of healing
The fact of the matter is that people have a growing interest in quality of life. Collectively, we are feeling empowered to demand more from our health care providers. Many of us are no longer interested in having doctors manage our symptoms. Instead, there is a growing demand for consistent, superior health care that encompasses the best of modalities, from the most sophisticated Western medical paradigms to the ancient art of energy healing, which has been practiced in various ways for infinitum.
We are beginning to witness a healthcare paradigm shift from the “one disease, one treatment” method to a more well-rounded approach to healing. Gradually, we are rediscovering the power in natural modalities that lend themselves to an ultimate goal, which is rooted in holistic wellness.
A Look into the Third Eye
The sixth chakra, or the third eye, is often associated with the pineal gland, an endocrine gland located deep within the brain. The pineal gland was the last endocrine gland to have its function discovered, causing it to be viewed as a “mystery” gland with its perceived function shrouded in metaphysical theories and superstition. The third eye – or inner vision – has long been recognized by humanity as possessing mystical powers. It is located in the geometric center of the brain, which correlates to the location of the Great Pyramid in the center of the physical planet. The third eye, which is a part of the spiritual body, not the physical body, is believed by some to be a dormant organ that can be awakened to enable telepathic communication.
The true function of the pineal gland, which we now know is associated with the third eye, has long been contemplated by mystics, philosophers, and spiritual adepts. Ancient Greeks believed the pineal gland to be our connection to the realms of thought, while Rene Descartes called it the Seat of the Soul. The gland is activated by light, and it controls the body’s various biorhythms. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland which governs the body’s hunger, thirst, and sexual desires, as well as the biological clock that directs the aging process.
The physiological function of the pineal gland has been unknown until recent times, but mystical traditions and esoteric schools have long known this area in the middle of the brain to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Considered the most powerful source of ethereal energy available to humans, this organ of higher vision has always been important in developing psychic talents and initiating supernatural powers.
Introducing techniques like reiki, which has its own efficacy that is as pronounced as any treatment, into our healthcare system offers the most potential to lead us into a dynamic and exciting world of health. At the same time, it would be foolish and regressive to dismiss western medicine altogether and ignore the great leaps we’ve made in science and technology. Rather, a respect of each practice is what is needed. The old and the new, the scientific and the spiritual, the natural and the man-made, all must be honoured equally. A balanced blend of East and West is the face of healthcare that we should encourage and cultivate.
1. Lemon Juice Intake.
Lemon juice is an electrolyte that restores the acid-alkali balance of the body. Adding a squeeze of lemon, into your drinking water, tea, salad dressings, dips and sauces, is a good way to fight bacteria and viruses and keeps the skin healthy. Lemons are rich in Vitamin A, C and P (bioflavonoid). It has a powerful antibacterial property that helps treat cholera, malaria, influenza, common colds and typhoid fever. Lemon is also considered as a diuretic, which means it is good for people with urinary tract infection and high levels of uric acid, which are the main causes of rheumatism and arthritis.
2. Herbal Healing Habits.
There is a particular herb for a particular illness. Nature offers plenty of medicinal plants that can help your body cope with allergies or even sickness. Garlic and ginger for example, can be chewed or boiled into a concoction, to prevent colds and normalize your blood pressure level. To relieve stress, one may take a hot bath with chamomile, calendula, rosemary and lavender. Plants make wonders too!
3. Sleeping Sufficiently.
Our body takes more time repairing its cells and tissues when we are sound asleep. Sleep boosts endocrinal health and balances the hormones that regulate our bodily functions. Because sleep calms our adrenal glands, it regulates the cortisol levels in our body making our heart rate normal, making our mind and muscles relaxed and stress-free. Sleep contributes a lot in keeping weight down, in having clear thinking and reasoning, in improving mood and emotional conditions, and in having a vibrant, healthy skin.
4. Protein Policy.
Protein is the building block of our tissues. A high-protein and low-carb diet is more recommendable, which promotes bone and muscle growth rather than fat and lipid deposits in our body. Protein also makes the body more active and strong, which is advisable for people who goes to the gym or loves outdoor activities.
5. Water Is Life.
Headaches and stress are common signs of dehydration. Our body is 60-80% made out of water, thus lacking it could lead to cellular malfunction. The best way to enjoy water is before and after an activity. Eight glasses or more is the advisable quantity to cleanse you. Without water, the body is not able to fully absorb nutrients and correct balance of your acid-alkali level. The healthiest type of water is alkaline water, which helps the body combat free radicals, toxins and anti-bodies.
6. Avoiding Coffee and Chocolate.
Caffeine is the worst thing in chocolate and coffee that gradually dehydrates the body as opposed to water. Coffee and chocolate may corrupt your body of essential nutrients and minerals, as it becomes acidic when processed in the body. Since, coffee and chocolate are usually coupled with sugar; the body is disabled from sending out natural hormonal signals that make us sleepy when we are tired. Summarily, coffee and chocolate is the biggest adversary of water and sleep, which is not healthy.
7. Don’t Be Too Sweet.
For someone with a sweet tooth, sugary foods are plainly irresistible. However, sugar counts for a lot of sickness and deadly diseases, one of which is diabetes. When we consume food with carbohydrates, sugar readily becomes a bi-product after digestion. The body needs sugar to form energy but too much of it is really dangerous.
8. Get Addicted To Fruits and Vegetables.
If there is something in this world that you should get addicted too, that is eating fruits and vegetables. Aside from vitamins and minerals that are present in fruits and vegetables, antioxidants, fiber, enzymes and rare forms of protein are found in them. Having this diet also supplies your body with potent Vitamin C, which is best in protecting the cells from viruses.
9. Get Physical, Go Outdoors.
If you’re the type who doesn’t like the four corners of the gym and loves nature, the most enjoyable way to sweat it out is doing outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, jogging, rock climbing and many more. The body needs to excrete salt deposits and lipids through sweating and the constant cycle of dehydration and rehydration. Viewing the scenic beauty of nature is also proven to relieve stress and psychological imbalance. If you can’t get outdoors and need something gentle but very affective, think about investing in a vibration exercise machine. Or maybe your life is hectic and don’t have time? This investment can give you the benefit of a 1 hour workout in 10 minutes.
10. Enjoy Quality Time.
Modern science has pointed out that stress is a major culprit in contracting diseases. Emotional and mental problems are equated to ‘system failure’ like in your computer. The body needs time to breathe, which is lacking when we are full of activities or pre-occupied and anxious. Breathing deeply helps the body get the right amount of oxygen it needs. Take yoga sessions to improve breathing or learn a self-taught meditation exercise. Talk to friends. Talking your worries out frees you from anxiety and mental or emotional stress. Be happy and laugh more regularly, as they say it is the best medicine!
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Working with people all over the world, it becomes more and more obvious that the Chakra energy system relates to everyone. I have used this as a tool for assessing the people I work with and helping them overcome their life challenges. I also use other tools, but I really want to discuss the Chakra system because it seems increasingly important for people in our society to know more about it.
There are 7 main Chakras and many systems that work with them. Below is information about each, in order from bottom to top.
First Chakra “Root” – Located between the genitals and anus. The colour associated with this Chakra is RED. This Chakra is the growth stage of standing up for yourself between of the ages of 0 and 7 years old.
Second Chakra “Sacral” – Located at the lower abdomen, between navel and genitals. The colour associated with this Chakra is ORANGE. This Chakra is the growth stage of challenging motivations based on social conditioning between of the ages of 7 and 14 years old.
Third Chakra “Solar Plexus” – Located between the navel and base of the sternum. The colour associated with this Chakra is YELLOW. This Chakra is the growth stage of self-esteem/self-confidence between of the ages of 14 and 21 years old.
Fourth Chakra “Heart” – Located at the centre of the chest. The colour associated with this Chakra is GREEN. This Chakra is the growth stage of forgiveness and compassion between of the ages of 21 and 28 years old.
Fifth Chakra “Throat” – Located centrally, at the base of the throat. The colour associated with this Chakra is Blue. This Chakra is the growth stage of personal expression between of the ages of 28 and 35 years old
Sixth Chakra “Third Eye” – Located above and between the eyebrows. The colour associated with this Chakra is Indigo. This Chakra is the growth stage of emotional intelligence above the age of 35.
Seventh Chakra “Crown” – Located on the top of the head. The colour associated with this Chaka is violet, gold, white. This Chakra is the growth stage of selflessness above the age of 35.
want to give you this so you get a base of knowledge of what the chakras represent. If you are having a challenge in life, you can see if it relates to a chakra. If it does, it could be manifesting itself physically, causing pain in that area. For example, if you’re having pain in the neck or shoulder area, it could be related to communication issues, be it at work, family, relationship, etc. Knowing the cause can help you to start working towards a solution.
There are different ways to balance out the Chakras (depending on what the challenge is): crystals, incense, oils, exercises or drills. Whatever area you are trying to balance out in your life, take your time and enjoy the process. Each person’s situation is different, and what works for one person might not work for another. Try a few different ways to balance out yourself and your Chakras. If you don’t feel a difference, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. E-mail me at email@example.com with your questions and I will personally answer them.
Balancing out your Chakras/lifestyle is extremely beneficial. By having your nutrition, relationships, finances, exercise and spirituality in harmony, you can enjoy the journey of life by living your legacy each and every day.
3-months I healed my back without surgery & even the doctors were asking me what kind of crack I was on. Now I coach people how to do the same
Life is meant to be a love affair, an actual love affair. Life, as it truly is, is in fact, a love affair. Now you can choose whether or not to experience life as such, whether or not to join in the dance. But no matter what, life itself always remains a true love affair, an intimate dance in each and every moment.
Every desire for love, every desire to love, is simply the longing within you to experience the reality of life, the truth of what you are. Your longing for love is your longing to know and experience yourself as the love that you are in reality.
Each and every human experience of love is designed for the sole purpose of showing you what you truly are; it is designed to illumine the nature of you true beauty.
The mistake that people make is thinking that love comes from some particular experience and is dependent on a particular experience. The human mind creates the illusion that love comes from an experience or an interaction with a particular object.
In reality, love is inherent in every experience. Love is what is actually happening in every experience. Most people miss this because they think of love as a feeling; they think of love as something that comes and goes. But true love is the very ground of existence. It cannot come and go because it simply IS. Love is what is in every experience. Whether your experience is pleasurable or painful, good or bad, friendly or unfriendly, what is happening is still love.
This may sound like a tall claim, an extreme claim, even an impossible claim. But if you think about it, even for a moment, you will discover that it can be no other way.
You do not exist as a separate individual but exist only in communion with the entire cosmos. You are appearing as what you perceive of as “you”, as a particular body-mind. But in essence, “you” has no independent existence at all. You are the same as the flowers, as the dirt, as the air, as your friends, as your lover, as your cat, as your dog. You are the same essence.
As you realize and experience this, every interaction becomes a kiss; every interaction becomes intimate. When you are open, when you are available, every experience is a kiss from the divine in its myriad forms.
- When you walk through the park, notice the trees, the flowers, the ocean – they all stop to smile, wave, and embrace you, if given half the chance.
- Instead of judging your body for its perceived flaws and imperfections, practice dropping into it and fully experiencing it. Your body is always alive with love.
- In every interaction, whether with pleasant or unpleasant, let yourself experience the love that is underneath the pleasure or the pain.
Love is what is happening all the time. Simply let life love you. That is what it is designed to do, if given half the chance.
So instead of thinking that love comes from a particular experience, use every experience where you feel love to remind yourself of what is already and always the case.
When you experience a moment of love, a hug from a friend, an embrace with your lover, a smile on a child’s face, let that remind you of the love that is always there, always available, all the time. Use that experience to remind you that life is love happening, and you are an intrinsic, indispensable, an exquisitely beautiful part of the cosmic love affair.
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Recently a woman contacted me who is studying journalism in her third year at university in England. She is writing a paper on facial disfiguration and asked if I could answer some questions as a body-image expert. Below are the answers to her questions. These answers will be helpful for whatever struggles you might be encountering in your life. Please enjoy.
Know this: whatever your physical appearance, you are beautiful. You can consider this to be a nice idea, but I guarantee it is the absolute truth. If you believe yourself to have imperfections, whatever form they take, please use the questions and answers below to help you let go of those false ideas and beliefs that prevent you from experiencing the beauty that you are. Because the experience of that beauty is the only beauty worth having.
Question: What exactly does your role as a Body-Image Coach mean? i.e. In general terms what is it that you do?
Being a body-image coach simply means that I facilitate people’s coming to love and accept their bodies and themselves. In a very real sense, I do nothing. I simply facilitate the natural process that is taking place within people. Within each individual is an intrinsic knowing, an intrinsic wisdom, that can best be described as love. This love longs to express itself, to our own selves, as well as to others. Unfortunately, very few people know how to access this natural love and allow it to unfold. As a body-image coach, I simply facilitate this unfolding. I help people connect with this beauty, perfection, love, and wisdom that is already inside of themselves, seeking expression. So perhaps the best word to describe my role is simply that of facilitator.
Question: What are your views on our societies obsession with being ‘beautiful’? How would you classify being beautiful?
My view is that everything in life is a gift, including that which seems horrible, awful, and incomprehensible. The only key factor is the individual – are you, meaning the individual, willing and able to view everything that you experience as a gift? This certainly does not mean that everything is enjoyable, or that pain or suffering should be endorsed or allowed, but it does mean that in each moment, you have a choice. A Course in Miracles states that every moment is a choice between a grievance and a miracle. Another way to say this same thing is “in every moment, you can make a choice between seeing life as a gift or a curse.”
So how is this relevant to society’s obsession with being beautiful? If you suffer from negative feelings about yourself and your appearance, it is easy to blame society.
And yes, societies views on beauty are unequivocally limited, deficient, and utterly misleading. As an individual, however, you can use society’s limited perception of beauty to your advantage. You can use it to help you discover and experience your own inherent beauty and perfection.
Here is an example of how this might work:
1. Let’s say you have internalized the mainstream culture’s messages about beauty. You believe that you do not fit this standard, and are thus deficient your lacking in some way. Simply notice this.
2. Then realize that this is complete and utter nonsense. Realize that you were born absolutely perfect, inherently beautiful, and you will remain that way forever. Beauty is not something that you achieve because you look a certain way. Beauty is an attribute of your existence. You were born with it, and it always remains.
3. Whenever you find yourself thinking negative thoughts about yourself, feeling like you are not beautiful enough, remind yourself that this is an illusion. This is simply the result of growing up in a society that cannot recognize beauty and is completely deluded regarding the whole topic.
4. Every time you remind yourself of this truth, and let go of the thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that keep you from this truth, the closer you will come to seeing and experience the beauty that is always there. True beauty is nothing that you achieve; it is simply something that you learn to see.
Being beautiful is simply being you. It is being you in all your dimensions, in all your aspects, in the very rawness of your humanity. Some days you might be well put-together; other days you might be falling apart. Some days you might radiate health, other days you might be beset by illness. Both are equally beautiful. It is only the mind that divides, saying one is beautiful and the other is not. In reality, there is only one beauty, and you are that.
Question: Do you feel that it is unhealthy for young women to be growing up in an environment where such an emphasis is placed on image and looks?
This depends. Would it be nice if we lived in a culture that honored everyone’s uniqueness and intrinsic beauty? Absolutely. The only way to create this society, however, is to start with each individual. Learn to recognize beauty within yourself; learn to recognize beauty within everyone and everything else. It is only by changing each individual, one-by-one, that a new society will be created that is simply an expression of these individuals steeped in beauty.
In the meantime, since we do live in a society that has a distorted view of beauty, take complete responsibility for transforming yourself. If you are a parent, raise your children so that they know what true beauty is. Teach them to see the beauty in everyone and everything. As an individual, whatever your condition in life, commit unwaveringly to knowing and experiencing your inherent beauty. As you come to know your own beauty, you will become a beacon of beauty that radiates beauty ceaselessly, slowly transforming the culture into one that is more supportive.
Question: I have read on your website that you once struggled with body loathing. How did you get through this tough time? What advice would you offer to others in this situation?
My struggle with body loathing, and the healing process, was a process. It did not happen overnight. But it did happen. And this is the most important thing for people to hear. Freedom from body-loathing, freedom from self-hatred, freedom from suffering and un-lovability, is completely possible. It only requires a willingness for it to end. It might sound odd, but this willingness usually grows over time.
The most important things is helping me to heal were professional help, yoga, and meditation. I, myself, suffered for way too long without seeking professional help. This is why I work as a body-image coach, to help people who are struggling. There are also many competent therapists and healers. The most important thing is to seek qualified professional help as soon as possible.
Equally important is learning to listen to your true self. By the time people have reached adolescence, most people have forgotten how to listen to their own intuitive guidance. Each person has a reservoir of wisdom inside of themselves. It is simply a matter of learning to listen to and follow this guidance.
Two great ways to learn how to access your inner-intelligence are through yoga and meditation. Yoga can help you to become aware of and in tune with your body. Your body has an incomprehensible amount of intelligence if you simply learn how to listen to it. Yoga can help you create a collaborative relationship with your body.
Meditation is also a critical component of healing. I cannot stress the benefits of meditation enough. Simply practicing meditation on a regular basis helps to cleanse the mind of the negative delusions and beliefs that plague so many people. If you are caught in a pattern of disliking your body and yourself, you are living with painful illusions. Meditation will begin to uproot the lies you are living with and help you begin to see and experience your inherent beauty and perfection.
Question: Obviously for people suffering from facial disfigurements and birthmarks it is not so easy to physically change their appearance. How would your five-step process to love your body and your life help them?
Changing your physical appearance is not an essential part of accepting and making peace with your body and yourself. As a matter of fact, changing your appearance can sometimes be a hindrance to this process of acceptance. This is not always the case, but it certainly can be.
The five-step process outlined in Love Your Body, Love Your Life, is a process designed to help people move from disliking their bodies and themselves, whatever the reason may be, to acceptance, and then to love. My work is not about helping people change their appearance per se. For people who want to lose weight or improve their health, this may very well come about as a by-product of loving and accepting themselves, but it is not the point of the work. The point of the work is to help people love and accept what is, and from that place of love and acceptance, anything is possible.
Question: Do you think that young women suffering from facial disfigurations would be more accepting of themselves if there was more awareness of this issue, and people with the condition were being seen in the media, for example in ad campaigns?
If by more awareness you mean that there was more awareness of what true beauty is then, yes, I do think that more awareness would result in people accepting themselves more. The key is that people become aware of what beauty is. Beauty is not something you achieve because you look a certain way, have certain facial features, appear blemish free, whatever ideas people have about beauty. Beauty is not what you think it is. Beauty is an attribute of existence itself. You were born beautiful. Whether you were born with facial disfigurations or born as a soon-to-be super model simply does not matter. I know this runs contrary to everything people have been taught to believe. This is what I mean about needing more awareness about what is truly beautiful. Every single person is beautiful because it is an essential attribute of existence, and a rose is no more beautiful than a tulip, then a daisy. All are unique; each one is beautiful.
If our media, advertisements, etc. begin to reflect a more true definition of beauty I think this could have a positive effect on everyone’s ideas about beauty. If ad campaigns show that beauty comes in all shapes, forms, and conditions, there will be more awareness and people will begin to cultivate eyes that can see true beauty.
Question: If these girls were considering surgical cosmetic treatment to effectively change what they looked like what would you say to them? i.e. Do you feel that your methods of coaching would be more beneficial?
This completely depends. I don’t have anything against cosmetic surgery per se. If people have a disfiguration that they really want changed, there is nothing inherently wrong with this. However, most of the time, changing the external appearance will not improve self-esteem and self-acceptance in and of itself. So I would recommend that if someone has a history of struggling with negative feelings about their bodies and themselves that they engage in internal exploration and healing, regardless of whether or not they decide to get surgery. Whether or not they have cosmetic treatment, the internal exploration will help them throughout their entire lives. After you seek professional help with a qualified therapist or comparable professional, then you can decide whether or not you want to proceed with the treatment. This will increase the chances that you feel good with whatever decision you make.
Question: What advice would you offer to loved ones and friends who are trying to help someone who suffers from low self-esteem regarding their looks?
The very best thing you can do is to let someone know that they do not need to live with the low-self esteem and disliking their looks. Let them know that it is possible to feel great in and about themselves. You can let them know how much you love and care about them. Then encourage them to find professional help. There are many great resources available, and good professional help and guidance can make a huge difference in their life.
Sarah Maria, author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life, outlines her 5-step process for helping you feel great in and about your body. Her work embraces the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, for true, lasting healing. Purchase your copy and begin to love your body today. Visit: www.sarahmaria.com, www.breakfreebeauty.com.
The link between common household pesticides and fetal defects, neurological damage and the most deadly cancers is strong enough that family doctors in Ontario are urging citizens to avoid the chemicals in any form.
The frightening message came yesterday when the Ontario College of Family Physicians released the most comprehensive study ever done in Canada on the chronic effects of pesticide exposure at home, in the garden and at work.
“The review found consistent evidence of the health risks to patients with exposure to pesticides,” the study said, naming brain cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer and leukemia among many other acute illnesses.
As well, the college found consistent links between parents’ exposure to certain agricultural pesticides at their jobs and effects on a growing fetus ranging from damage to death. The risks, they concluded, can come even from residue on food, ant spray and the tick collar on the family cat.
The researchers also found that children are far more vulnerable to the effects of pesticides than adults because their bodies are growing, they have a greater skin surface in proportion to their size than adults, they ingest more food for their size than adults and they often have less-developed systems to excrete chemicals.
Obviously it is still really expensive to buy all organic foods, so here are some of the worst ones, ones that we should never really be eating non-organic. If we decrease the demand for non-organic food and increase the demand for organic food, prices will hopefully reduce a bit. It goes without saying that organic foods are much more labour intensive, thus prices will always probably be higher.
Highest to Lowest Pesticide rates:
3. Bell peppers
For a more comprehensive list check this out
What can you do to protect yourself?
1. Select organic fruit and vegetables whenever possible. Wash or peel non-organic produce.
2. Choose fruits and vegetables in season. This means that your exposure to the chemicals used to delay ripening, prolong shelf-life, preserve colour and so on, will be limited.
3. Supplement your diet with antioxidant nutrients-vitamins A, C, and E, and the minerals zinc and selenium-since the detoxification of many pesticides involves these nutrients.
Spraying pesticides….Imagine some of the harm this is doing to wildlife in the area too.
Ask any yogi about their favorite “Yoga Idol”, and you will most likely hear about Seane Corn. Seane is an internationally known yoga instructor and impassioned activist. This week on Oprah.com, Seane reveals how yoga changed her life – and how it can change yours as well.
Seane was born in Northern New Jersey, but left shortly after high school graduation for the big city of New York. She discusses her reckless behavior in those early years in her article “Where I First Came to Believe in God.” She began doing yoga and it helped her to quit smoking, doing drugs, drinking, and brought her in touch with a healthier diet (veganism). Today, she uses her yoga-status to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis by teaching yoga and providing support and education about HIV and AIDS prevention.
Yoga literally translates into “to come together and make whole” – to unite. As Seane explains, it asserts that everything and everyone is connected and that there is no separation between heaven and earth, mind and body, or male and female. Everything you think, feel or experience has a profound impact on your physical body. Tension and anxiety, for example, affect the immune system, the cardiovascular system, and can aggravate chronic health conditions such as diabetes or irritable bowel syndrome.
The physical benefits of yoga include a toned, flexible and strong body. According to Shakta Kaur Khalsa of the K.I.S.S Guide to Yoga, the practice also helps maintain a balanced metabolism, which can regulate weight. Physicians are also now understanding the positive benefits of yoga with disease states, such as recovery from cancer. Even renowned cardiovascular physician Dr. Dean Ornish uses yoga in his patient recovery programs.
Mental benefits of restorative yoga are evident through focused breathing and relaxation techniques. Yoga teaches you to quiet your mind so that you can focus your energy where it is needed – whether on your job, your family, or the other million little daily responsibilities of life. Yoga has also been shown to be beneficial in the relief of depression symptoms and the boost to self-confidence.
Yoga, of course, was originally intended as a spiritual practice. It is non-denominational (not Hindu as some may expect) and teaches us “right living”, patients, forgiveness, and gentleness.
Anyone can do yoga, no matter how young or old and regardless of fitness level or weight. Beginners should look for a class that teaches basic poses that use props such as straps and blocks to help proper positioning. There are many different forms – Hatha, Bikram, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Kundalini, and Iyengar, just to name a few. Try several versions to see which is best for you.
In the end, Seane says that yoga has taught her that everything that happens in life happens perfectly and for a reason. Everyone has lessons to learn, and no one is exempt from pain or loss. However, through a regular yoga practice, we not only keep our bodies and minds in optimal working order, we also have revealed to us the connection of ourselves with others on this Earth and ultimately with God.
”Breathe and all will be revealed, love and all will be healed. This is yoga.”
Put simply, detoxification is cleansing the body on the inside. As important as bathing or brushing your teeth, it is one of the most important health related functions we can perform during our lives, and is surprisingly easy for us to undertake.
Toxicity is a problem that virtually every person will encounter during their lifetime. Toxins come from our food, air, household cleaners, cosmetics, alcohol and prescription drugs, and a variety of other sources. As more toxins accumulate, our bodies are less effective in naturally eliminating those toxins.
Signs of Toxicity
Toxins in the body contribute to a variety of health issues which may include:
- Low energy
- Mental fog
- Low sex drive
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Digestive problems
- Chronic Pain and arthritis
- Skin problems
- Allergies and sensitivities
In today’s toxic environment, tissue acid wastes, chemical and heavy metal residues build up in the body resulting in a greater incidence of allergies, mental, and physical incapacitation. To combat the effects, numerous products and programs are available to support the body in its natural cleansing process. More and more alternative health practitioners are introducing detoxification programs to reduce these symptoms and maintain health.
All healing traditions – Egyptian, Native American, Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Chinese, and Shamanic – except Western Medicine offer body purification as a means of healing and avoiding disease.
Types of Body Detoxification
To help in your research process, the following is a sampling of some available cleanses:
Herbal Colon Cleanse – herbal remedies available in liquid or pill form, taken in conjunction with a high fibre, nutrient rich diet. Typically taken once per day, the herbs help to release waste and toxins stored in the digestive system.
Colon Hydro-therapies – bathing the colon with purified warm water helps to eliminate the build up of fecal matter in the colon, while also removing excess mucus, bacteria, and parasites present in the waste matter. Hydro-therapies treat acne and other common skin problems, while promoting regular bowel movements without diarrhea or constipation.
3 in 1 FIT Premium – Detox Foot Bath – has 3 modalities in one system. Far Infrared Heat provides a gentle, radiant heat therapy to stimulate circulation and improve your metabolism. FIR has been shown to help treat arthritis, muscle pain and backaches. Ionic Foot Bath Detoxification Accelerates the removal of toxins from the body through the process of osmosis. This reduces toxicity levels to help prevent illness and disease. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (T. E. N. S.) helps relieve joint and muscle pain.
Chelation Therapy – administering chelating agents to eliminate heavy metals from the body. Chelating agents bond with metal ions and together, are excreted by the kidneys and eliminated.
Many products are available, ranging in price and effectiveness. Just remember the only good detox is one you’re going to do!
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Eating habits and behaviour patter of Earthlings born between
21st of May – 21st of June
Mercury rules the lives of these people.
According to legends Hermes is the son of Zeus and Maia. The planet Mercury received its name from the Roman counterpart, Mercurius. Apart from the renaming the Roman mithology did not do much for Hermes-Mercurius. He became famous through the Greek stories.
Hermes was the spokesman of gods of Acropolis. He is usually depicted with two snakes – the Caduceus, the symbol of great knowledge and healing – and a comfortable leather sandal to make his wanderings easier. He was the god of ability, intelligence, skilfulness, shrewdness and resourcefulness. Protector of merchants and thieves and the guide of dead souls. He brought the science of writing to mankind. He lit the bonfires on Olympus and helped great speakers and philosophers. His thoughts were gathered and brought to us in forms of books by the name of Hermes Trismegistos. He loved mischief and couldn’t stand boredom.
His children born from his numerous love affaires are: Autolukos, Polubos, Eurutos, Euandros, Eudoros, Eleusis, Daphnis, Abderos and Pan.
Mercury is the first planet from the Sun. A small rocky like place. It rotates around the fireball anticlockwise once in every 58.57 Earth Days. In spite of its size Mercury is responsable for the Sun spot cycles.
The ruling stars of the Spring Mercury earthlings are:
Perseus (21st of May – 31st of May)
Orion (1st of June – 7th of June and 17th of June – 21st June)
Auriga (8th of June – 16th of June)
Earthlings under the jurisdiction of the Spring Mercury make friendships extremely easily. Also sympathetic and great listeners. They love to talk, to exchange thoughts and views; draw their life energy from conversations. However these people, who are very understanding often misunderstood by others.
The soul of a Spring Mercury person is brighter than the Sun itself. They take care of important friendships and able to forget the non-important ones from one minute to another. They like to be the centre of attention, extremely proud of their knowledge and their good nature.
Make judgement easily over others. They are able and convincing speakers. Despite all beliefs they do not really like eating, however, they willing to put up with it for the sake of a good company.
The kitchen of a Spring Mercury person is a fascinating place. Full of beautiful containers, flowery boxes and colourful dishes he or she collected from all over the world.
They indulge in exotic dishes shared with exotic people. Adore everything forgotten, old, far-fetched; customs, herbs and spices from faraway lands. Appreciate old, full-bodied wine and good gin. Often use those as stimulants for great thoughts.
onion soup with cheese
1 kg onion mars
100 g smoked bacon jupiter
1 chicken cube pluto
1 tablespoon walnut oil mercury
10 cl good brandy pluto
4 tablespoon yoghurt venus
200 g hard cheese venus
1 pinch of salt moon
1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper mars
1 bunch of fresh parsley saturn
Bring to boil 1 and ½ litres of water and throw in stock cube. Boil for a further minute.
Slice up bacon nicely. Put it in a frying pan with oil and fry until brown.
Peel onion and slice thinly. Add to bacon, stir and cook until onion becomes transparent.
Add mixture to water and cook for 25 minutes over low heat. Then add brandy and yoghurt.
Grate cheese and stir into mixture.
Add salt if needed.
Serve very hot decorated with finely chopped fresh parsley.
Offer freshly ground black pepper with it.
Vegetable cube could be a substitute for chicken cube – mercury.
If you do not want to use bacon add a pinch of smoked salt – mars instead.. However, taste food for salt after adding the cheese.
I recommend walnut oil for obvious reasons. If it is not available you may use sunflower oil – sun instead.
Add parsley at the very end. This way it remains bright green and crispy.
In most cases black pepper should be added to a dish at serving and be always freshly ground. It gives a wonderful aroma and brings out the flavour of the dish.
chickenpaprikash with cheese pasta
1 medium chicken venus
1 big onion mars
2 cloves garlic mars
1 tablespoon paprika mars
4 tablespoon walnut oil mercury
1 chilli pepper mars
1 pinch of salt moon
for the pasta:
500 g dried small square pasta saturn
500 g ricotta cheese venus
200 g smoked bacon jupiter
250 g yoghurt venus
1 teaspoon salt moon
Clean and cut up chicken.
Peel onion, chop finely and fry in a big saucepan on oil until light brown. Then pour in paprika and stir.
Throw in chicken pieces and fry on high heat for a minute stirring constantly.
Add a cup of water, the salt, the chilli pepper, and the garlic and cook until soft over medium heat, covered.
Cook pasta in plenty of salted water. Drain and fold into a saucepan.
Meanwhile chop bacon or ham and brown in an empty frying pan stirring from time to time. Keep aside.
Mix cheese, yoghurt and the fried bacon. Pour on the pasta and mix gently using 2 wooden spoons.
Serve on a big plate with the chicken poured on the top.
Follow the cooking directions given on the pasta bag very carefully. I cannot imagine more unpleasantness made to food than overcooked pasta. Try to keep it on the famous al dente level. Dente stands for tooth in Italian. According to them pasta is only good if you still need your teeth to cut it.
Vegetarians may use mushroom – jupiter instead of meat. You will not be disappointed.
Bacon and ham are optional.
pineapple and strawberry mix
1 whole pineapple saturn
4 cups of strawberries venus
1 bunch of fresh basil mars
4 tablespoon good but not very sweet liqueur sun
Cut off the top of the pineapple and keep it aside. Peel the fruit lengthwise and dice up to bite size pieces. Wash strawberries with leaves on. Pick basil leaves off the stem and wash well. Take 8-12 Chinese wooden skewers. Put on 1 pineapple, then 1 strawberry then 1 basil leaf. Start from the beginning.
Place pineapple top on a big plate and arrange the filled skewers around.
Sprinkle with the liqueur.
Tinned pineapple may be used instead of the fresh. In this case use any green tree leaves that you washed well for decoration.
Use toothpick instead of Chinese skewers if you wish. This case you make bite size pieces.
Offer tropical fruit juice – sun with the dish. If you must indulge in alcohol I would suggest a drop of light, white rum – mercury in the juice.
‘We live in an obesogenic environment – a plethora of fast food outlets, reliance on cars, and offers enticing us to eat larger portions …’ Professor Mike Kelly – as quoted in the Telegraph 8th October 2003
Ain’t THAT the truth! We do live in an obesogenic world!
The sidewalks in our towns and cities have been rolled up and taken away. We no longer take a quick walk or ride our bikes to the mart. We’re rolling down our driveways how many times a day?
The plethora of non-physical recreation choices, from television to surfing the net, to video games, add layers of undulating fat to the landscape. And last but not least, the food industry has hooked the public on foods that are laden with unhealthy amounts of salt, fat and sugar!
We live in a fat-creating world! What to do? Here are …
6 Obesity Fighting Tips for a Obesogenic World
1. Make your home your safe haven. Clear out the red light foods now. Toss ’em, chuck em’, get rid of them. There’s enough temptation out ‘there!’
2. Shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store. For the most part, ‘real food’ like fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meats are located on the outer aisles. The processed ‘stuff’ is in the middle. If it’s not real food, do not eat it!
3. Brown Bag It. No need to spend the extra money or blow the calories on work meals. Pack up a nutritious lunch and snacks, and take it with you!
4. Throw an Apple in Your Bag. When you grab your keys, cell phone, and lipstick, be sure to grab a piece of fruit, too. Just in case you’re hungry, you’ve got something smart with you! Make it a habit!
5. Read the Menu Before You GO. More often than not, in these modern times, restaurants have their menus listed on the Internet. So check it before you head out! Make the smartest choice possible ahead of time. Don’t get suckered in by re-reading the menu or listening to the waiter hypnotize you with the specials. They’re not so special.
6. Open Your Windows and Yell, “I’m NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!” Say “NO!” to the food industry. Stop buying unhealthy products. Write editors of the fashion magazines, and tell them to stop listing the latest diet next to a recipe for 7 layer cake! Go to town meetings and tell them that sidewalks are a good idea.
Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Join the Kick in the Tush Club!
When somebody gives birth, in Spanish they say dar a luz, meaning give to light. By doing it one gives the possibility to an organic energy to grow. If this organic energy is guided and developed the right way, one day it becomes the source of light itself. It would reach the highest level of existence, the Sun man, the Ra, that radiates and shines upon everything and everybody around, to ease their path. Therefore when somebody gives birth, gives light actually.
Every organic life form on Earth needs light. When you put a seed in a pot of soil usually hide it in the dark so it would become stronger in this dormant state, and after eager to get out of the dark to search for the life force of light. However, if the seed stays hidden for longer then supposed to, depression sets in and might give up on life forever.
When the shoot appears the seed arrives to the next stage of its life and becomes a plant.
In the New Age* we talk about various aspects of light with ease, however we rarely mean the above-mentioned Spanish verb. There are Light-workers, Light-eaters, warriors of Light, Light-beings, Light-healers and I could go on and on and on.
Light-workers are Earthlings* who understand the universal energy. They are healers of the planet. The Warriors of Light are earthling who are fighting for light, I suppose. Light-eaters can digest light and do not need food. Light-beings are, who incarnate onto Earth from time to time carrying important tasks. Light-healers are those, who heal with light. And Light givers are inviting souls down to Earth to fit into the ready made costume generally called the physical body.
It is the place where everything begins, as far as we, human beings are concerned. The first descend to planet Earth. The moment when we become earthlings. The time when the light is born.
Souls from many planets are waiting for the opportunity to taste earthly living. Most of these planets, like Mars, Venus and Neptune, are in the same Solar system* with Earth. Others like Leo, Aries, Gemini or Cancer are part of the 12 star formations zodiac that “ruled” people for just about 5 thousand years. Although they are not in alignment with the planet any longer, – therefore their effect is almost none – souls living there still favour Earth as an exciting destination to camp out for a while. The 22 star formations Forgotten zodiac* also willingly “lends” souls to be part of the miracle of the Birth of Light. And we should not forget the Pleiadeans…?
Earth – by its ancient name Keta – is a very unique planet. It is like the essence of the Universe. The only planet, that carries all the knowledge has ever existed. To know Earth is to know the Universe. Sometimes it makes me wonder, why earthlings want to observe other planets when they are still very far away from knowing their own. The “neighbour’s garden is greener” seem to be a global effect.
Bearing it all in mind Earth is like a school with only intensive courses souls should enrol to at least once in their infinite lifetime. The courses do not need entry exams and they all promise the opportunity of evolving. At the first instance souls enrol to an individual course based upon their ability, strength, curiosity, courage and ambitions. After making a decision they come into the Higher Plane of Earth, the upper layer of its aura called Shambala, and discuss the possibilities. Here they meet their first guides who would be helping them through the initial years on Earth. There would be also somebody representing the Universal Alpha – Omega Council to give an additional task to fulfil, and to help choose the family to born into.
Human beings like to think that they choose their children. Many of them pay quite a lot of money to control the gender and the birth time of the newcomer. It is an illusion to think it possible. Parents give their genetic appearance, physical structures, certain inclinations in behaviour patterns and inheritable diseases only to the children. They might be able to control the gender of the child with the help of medication, however it very often backfires. As an effect babies are born with “confused” genders, weak structures and as disease carriers. Consulting the oracle would be a natural help though.
Looking at it all, a soul in waiting finds a physical body to “jump into”. The gender, the colour of the body, the social background, the family structure and all inheritable illnesses are under consideration. This environment produces the soil for growing. The actual jump happens at half term, the moment the foetus moves for the first time. After that for four and a half months the soul is virtually in the hands of its physical parents and the surrounding. It hears everything, it understands everything, takes snips of the fragrances around, tastes incoming energies in the form of food, and all the time tries hard to withhold the situation.
In the womb the soul gets used to the physical body, observing its development, learning to use the senses and getting used to the emotions of the environment it chose to grow up in. The experiences of these 18 weeks would give a solid foundation for its earthly life.
And there is a lot, souls lending here need to get used to. Everything is sort of permanent on Earth. The permanence derives from the necessary usage of the physical body at all times. The body structure itself carries a naturally unchangeable gender that would give a strong direction of living. Surely not many parents to be think about the absolute direction it means to their children. They usually say: “it is better to have a boy first” or ” I am so happy it is a girl” or “I would have wanted a boy” or “it is another girl” and I could go on and on. Can you imagine how the child feels hearing these remarks?!
Human beings have children because according to them it is the fulfilling part of life. I emphasize have. This verb is the source of every misunderstanding, every emotional trauma and every upheaval in life. Ironically every subject in Earth School circles around this word.
One doesn’t have a child. One gives light. An opportunity for a soul to develop and the possibility to the self to learn during the process.
Understand, that everything and everybody is energy and as such has light. Light, that comes from within and faithfully mirrors the current state of being. The more developed the soul is the more light it projects out to add to the life force of the planet. Until it becomes the light itself. The light that has no shadow.
The path from a light bearer to an illuminated person – when the soul becomes light – is very bumpy indeed. The first challenge is to learn about the existence of such a path. Like every important thing in life, the path is hidden. Very few talks about it and even fewer grasps the real meaning of it. It is a personal Camino. An inner journey of self-discovery and development. This road doesn’t lead to Santiago de Compostela. It is a spiritual road, not a religious one. Religions, with their set of beliefs and practices don’t give you the freedom to set foot on this path. All religions are codified in one way or another and centred upon moral claims about reality. While the only aim of spirituality is to reach the God force and unite with it. This is the sole task of every earthling.
Zsa Zsa Tudos at Akia
Meeting people all over the world and discussing their challenges I find one issue keeps standing out, lack of energy. I can sympathize with these people because I use to work in IT and found myself tired all the time. I would workout, train in Martial Arts but still was not feeling energetic.
Taking courses learning about health and wellness I was able to understand how our bodies work. I was able to change my nutrition, exercise, sleep, and reduce my stress levels right away. I was able to see my energy increase in the matter of a couple of days. I’m sure you’re asking how did I do it? I’m going to give you 7 Easy Steps on How to Increase Your Energy.
1) Sleep – go to bed at 10:30pm in your local time zone. This way you get your proper sleep and if there are no other blocking factors or health issues you will start to build energy.
2) Nutrition- Make sure you are eating Certified Organic Whole Foods (Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats) in the right ratio for you unique Metabolic Type.
3) Hydration – Makes sure you are drinking good quality water Evian, Fuji…etc. ½ your body weight in pounds in ounces per day.
4) Exercise – Make sure you have a properly designed exercise program that meets with your lifestyle and fitness goals. Remember train — don’t drain.
5) Harmony – Your life should be in Harmony, don’t take on what you can’t handle. We all have 24 hours in a day 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for work (most of us) and 8 hours left over.
6) Stinken thinken – Too many of us get caught up in what is going on in our lives. We keep going over and over situations that consume us. These thoughts can manifest physically over time if not dealt with.
7) Have Fun – Last but not least have fun and take time each day to have fun.
These are just simple steps you can start implementing in your life immediately. There are more advance techniques that I do recommend to people. For those of you who want more information sign up for my e-letter which gives more advance techniques at http://www.knssconsulting.com
Love & Chi
Brandon Krieger H.L.C. level 2, C.M.T.A. ®, N.W.S.
3-months I healed my back without surgery & even the doctors were asking me what kind of crack I was on. Now I coach people how to do the same
In my experience, there is only one real way to increase your self-confidence, and that is through Self-confidence. Self-confidence, with a capital “S”, comes from focusing on the Self, your true Self, your actual Self. Self confidence with a small “s” comes from looking for stability, safety, and security, in that which is inherently unstable, transitory, and fleeting, which is never ultimately effective. Let me explain…
A lack of self-confidence, or low self-esteem, comes from the ideas, beliefs, attitudes, etc. that say you are not quite enough the way you are, that something is lacking. Perhaps you think your body is not thin enough, strong, enough, or healthy enough. Maybe you think you are not smart enough, not fast enough, not loving enough. Maybe you think you are too selfish, or too giving. No matter what your particular story line, no matter what your particular perspective, you think and believe that something is wrong with you, that you are somehow flawed and lacking in some way.
This belief-system, this set of assumptions, is the result of your conditioning and is simply not true.
You can spend your whole life working to build your self-confidence by changing certain things about yourself. And it can feel like it is working, like you have improved your self-confidence.
The problem is that anything, absolutely anything, that you perceive of as an object is transitory and fleeting. So you can improve your health, increase your income, experience beautiful relationships, but all of this is subject to change, and when it does, it can undermine the sense of confidence that you worked so hard to achieve. So consider instead shifting your focus entirely. Shift your focus from the ever-changing person of your imagination, to the Self which is immutable and never-changing. This is the Source of true Self-confidence.
The fact of the matter is that who you are, or rather what you are, is already, has always been, and will always be perfect. Who you are is the eternal Self, the Source of all reality. You cannot not be perfect. Yet in order to see this, you need to continuously shift your reference point. You need to fastidiously shift your focus away from the fleeting and temporary “person” that you think yourself to be and shift it toward that which is eternally perfect.
Instead of constantly looking for ways to improve yourself, give up the idea that you need improvement. Instead of spending your whole life attempting to perfect your “person”, discover that you not a person in need of perfection. Who you are is already perfect.
Life then becomes a practice of letting go of all the false ideas and beliefs that you carry around with you. Just like an overweight suitcase, these false assumptions drain you of your energy, vitality, and beauty. They eclipse the experience of your perfection.
So if you are interested in true Self-confidence, consider this as a practice:
- Accept the premise that who you are, exactly as you are, is already perfect.
- Become aware of every thought, idea, belief, behavior, feeling, and perception that runs contrary, that tells you somehow you are not quite good enough.
- Practice letting go of those perceptions. Let them go, one-by-one, staying focused always on that which is eternal and unchanging.
When you realize that what you are is already perfect, all questions of self-confidence disappear of their own accord and you are left with the ultimate Self-confidence.
Sarah Maria, author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life, outlines her 5-step process for helping you feel great in and about your body. Her work embraces the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, for true, lasting healing. Purchase your copy, begin to love your body today. Visit: SarahMaria.com, BreakFreeBeauty.com.
Raspberry Auntie’s way
500 g raspberries venus
500 g stale bread sun
4 tablespoon butter sun
500 g vanilla ice cream moon
100 g coconut flakes mercury
Put fruit through the food processor.
Cut bread into thin stripes and fry in hot butter.
Place the ice cream on the middle of a small bowl and stick in the bread stripes.
Pour the fruit syrup on the top and sprinkle with the coconut flakes.
Serve decorated with fresh fruit halves or slices.
Use any other fruit with sourly flavour.
Good idea for using up stale bread.
How willing are you to live in the mystery? How willing are you to live the mystery? Or another way to ask this question is how willing are you to allow the mystery to live you?
You see, you live in mystery. Or, better said, you are a living mystery.
Very few people are ready and willing to accept this mystery. The mind wants to figure the mystery out, seeking to grasp and hold onto the mystery. The mind asks:
• What about this?
• How do I?
• But what if?
• How does it work?
• What will happen when?
And there is nothing wrong with these questions. Yet the deepest longing of your heart and soul, the deep yearning for truth, cannot be grasped and understood – it can only be experienced.
I heard a story once that a great scientist (I think Einstein) said: “God doesn’t play dice with the universe”. With the advent of quantum physics, another leading scientist reveled: “God not only plays dice, but he throws the dice where no one can find them.”
This is simply a way of saying that we are part of a mystery that cannot be explained, that cannot be understood, that cannot be grasped. But it can be experienced. The mystery can be revealed; you can literally experience a revelation; you can experience the revelation of the mystery.
In my experience, the fastest way to experience this mystery, to live this mystery, is through the heart. When you live from the heart, you transcend the mind. For many people, the mind serves as a barrier to the experience of truth. Not because the mind is bad, not because the mind is wrong, but simply because the mind has been conditioned, trained, away from truth.
The mind has been conditioned to have all sorts of beliefs, ideas, attitudes, and assumptions. And none of these beliefs can show you the mystery of reality, the mystery of life, because this mystery can only be experienced directly. It can be experienced not through thinking, feeling, or doing, but rather through surrendering.
It is natural, almost inevitable, to be afraid of living the mystery because living the mystery means seeing that you are not in control. For those of us who like to think we control life, or at the very least control ourselves, surrendering to the mystery can seem daunting, overwhelming, even unbearable.
Yet the truth of the matter remains – we are part and parcel of an incredible mystery. And we do not control the mystery. It is when you are willing to surrender to this mystery we call life that true beauty can begin to reveal itself.
So take some time this week to reside in the heart. Reside in your heart and see if you can let the mystery guide you to an experience of your exquisite nature.
Sarah Maria, author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life, outlines her 5-step process for helping you feel great in and about your body. Her work embraces the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, for true, lasting healing. Purchase your copy http://www.amazon.com/dp/1605501530/?tag=brefrebea-20, begin to love your body today. Visit: www.sarahmaria.com, www.breakfreebeauty.com.
It all happens in the mind – Part 2
As the philosophy, that observes and teaches the interrelation between the unseen soul and the cosmic knowledge, Akia gives you free hands to discover and open the depth of the Universe and the mind.
The everything is interrelated slogan offers ample space to the endless, to the untouchable and unimaginable quantity of information and in its explanations an extremely dangerous way of thinking.
In this aspect the beginning, the end and the middle is vague for every end is a beginning of something and the middle of another happening. We can say the same thing about the other two.
Knowing all that I would like to start with my beginning. Since this beginning was chosen by my mind it is not at all illegal to oppose it. However, my choice sets boundaries to the train of my ideas, loosens or tightens their living space. The loosening and the tightening, as the choice of the beginning, foremost depend on the momentary state of my mind, on my relation to the subject and the goal in front of my eyes. The information I have, my knowledge, my scruples, my upbringing, my schooling, my social background, my pledges and my conscience also play a decisive role in my deed. They all and many more little ingredients send certain passwords to the brain to test and try the key into the locks of neatly filed folders and into those laying around in lazy untidiness. This action happens in support of the strongest impulse, meaning the most urgent and most important task in the mind that is waiting to be solved. If I am lucky, one of the keys would fit into a lock and I would find few refreshing and helping thoughts behind the door.
Regardless of being conscious – formed under pressure – or subconscious – finds its way without invitation – after creation the thought becomes an organic energy mass. Imagine it like the cartoons where the drawn figures’ thought are being written in a little, balloon like surface with an end pointing towards the person that masterminded the thought. This particular Earthling would be the starting point of the thought-energy.
By popping out of a brain the thought would become alive. Like all other organic energy forms the thought would start needing something to feed on. The pointed end turns around and searches for nourishment. This search is guided by the energy of the thought, meaning the words written on the balloon. The natural choice would be the person it was intended for. In the hope of reaching it on time the thought starts its feverish search for the addressee.
It has been said that the thought doesn’t count. And that the word or the deed is far more important.
The strength of both lies in the power of the thought.
Zsa Zsa Tudos at Akia
What is a Fully Baked Life? One of Janice’s star life coaching clients (you are all stars!) said it best: “The half-baked student may cram all night for an exam and even get an ‘A,’ but will retain and apply nothing. On the other hand, the fully-baked student will learn an issue backwards and forwards – from its broad, contextual importance to its small but critical nuances – and actually make the most of that information to improve her life and the lives of those around her.” ~ Camille W.
Would you like to make the most of your life? Life live it to its fullest? Eat healthfully and fill yourself with happiness? If yes, try on these 28 tips! One per day for the next 28 days and expect a miracle!
1. Fruit and Veggies Rule: They are ‘real food’ (as in not processed or filled with white sugar or white flour … duh!), they are loaded with fiber; they are ohhhh so satisfying. Add two servings to every meal and consider them for your snacks. The dietary guidelines say 5 to 9.
Half Baked: 5 servings or less
Fully Baked: 9 servings or more
2. Small Plates are Adorable: And you will be too, if you stop with the super-sizing nonsense. Go on a shopping spree (in person; not on-line – burns more calories!) and buy yourself some fabulous small plates. Statistics show that we are just as satisfied, as long as the plate is full!
Half Baked: Super-Sizing your 12 inch plates.
Fully Baked: Enjoying a full meal on a 7 incher!
3. Stay Conscious: I can’t say enough about practicing mindfulness when eating. Seriously, what is the point of eating if you are not even tasting it. One bite at a time! Roll it around on your tongue, chew it masterfully. Engage all your sense in the true pleasure of nourishing your body.
Half Baked: Globbing down your meal in a millisecond (diet or otherwise).
Fully Baked: Eating it with full conviction, fully present, fully enjoying each and every morsel.
4. Restaurant Sanity: Order a salad and an appetizer for your main meal. In 99.9% of restaurants in the U.S. of Obesity, restaurants are overloading your large size plates in order to dupe you into thinking you are getting value and returning. What is the value of stuffing yourself on high-calorie, fatty-foods and gaining weight? Huh!!! Tell me!
Half Baked: Ordering a salad, appetizer, main dish, side dish, dessert and drinks galore.
Fully Baked: Ordering small amounts, and hey – if you are seriously still hungry, you can always order more!
5. No Seat/No Eat: STOP eating over counters, on the go, on the street, in the car (although technically that’s a seat). Sit down at your kitchen or dining room table and eat with dignity, for goodness sake!
Half Baked: Eating on the go, sloppy, staining your clothes!
Fully Baked: Eating with class, style and dignity.
6. Give Up the Soda and Other Sugary Drinks: How many studies do you have to read before you realize the full impact of sugary drinks? You are adding a ridiculous amount of empty to calories to you day!
Half Baked: Eating healthfully for 90% of the day and then guzzling soda.
Fully Baked: Give it up! Again, is it really worth it?
7. Hidden Calories in Salad Dressing: Do you have any idea how many people think that eating a salad – with the dressing – is a low-cal, healthy meal? It’s NOT! Salad dressing can add hundreds of calories to your day.
Half Baked: Using copious amount of dressing on salad and duping yourself into thinking it’s healthy.
Fully Baked: Ordering salad dressing on the side and practicing the ‘fork trick.’
BONUS!!!! Fork Trick: Dip your fork into the dressing and then load it with greens (not the reserve! Do not load up fork with greens and then dip in salad.)
8. Sweet Potatoes Rock: The sweet potato (not related to the white potato -shocker!) is one of the healthiest foods ever, and simply baked with nothing on it, provides you with approximately 180 power-packed calories. Enjoy!
Half Baked: Making a healthy sweet potato and melting a stick of butter on it.
Fully Baked: Adding sweet potatoes to your healthy food plan (and letting go of that ridiculous idea that a real food such as this is a carb and can harm you).
9. Hate Veggies? FYI – a secret known by few. The big difference between a fruit and veggie is the calorie count. They are both loaded with vitamins and minerals and water! So, if veggies are something that you just cannot deal with, eat more fruit!
Half Baked: Saying “I hate veggies,” and then giving up.
Fully Baked: Seeking the fruit solution!
10. Keeping a Food Journal: Statistics show that those who keep food journals are way more successful at weighing less! If writing it down is a chore, make it fun. Be a foto-food journalist. Instructions in the fabulous book (Oprah approved!): Our Lady of Weight Loss!
Half Baked: Thinking that you can and will remember every morsel you’ve eaten through out the day.
Fully Baked: Tracking what you eat in a tangible way.
11. Read the Labels: At first glance. You might see that the label says “50 calories per serving,” but at second glance, you realize that a serving is one teaspoon and you’ve just added 3 tablespoons to your cereal. Take the time to do the math!
Half Baked: Glancing at the nutrition labels on your food and thinking you’ve done the job!
Fully Baked: Taking the time to really ingest all the info on said labels.
12. Smoothie My Eye: Are you drowning in smoothie calories? Once again, just because you ordered a strawberry and banana smoothie, don’t dupe yourself into thinking, great … healthy and low-cal. Did they add honey? Full fat milk? Sugar? What else!!!
Half Baked: Drinking smoothies morning, noon and night and thinking that it’s a smooth move!
Fully Baked: Realizing that smoothies can be a trap; another bump on the road to Sveltesville.
13. Do NOT Skip Breakfast: If you think that skipping breakfast means that you are eliminating 300 or even 400 calories from your day, think again! Studies show that those who skip breakfast more than make up for it later in the day. And breakfast kick starts your metabolism.
Half Baked: Skipping breakfast and moving through your day like sludge.
Fully Baked: Starting the day with a healthful meal that gets you burning on all cylinders.
14. Put It on a Plate: Do NOT eat out of jars, bags or containers. It’s rather distasteful and a sure way to pack on the pounds.
Half Baked: Grabbing the bag and chomping your way through it.
Fully Baked: Measuring a portion, putting it on a plate and eating, once again, with a modicum of dignity and awareness.
15. Eat Until Sated: You know, until you are ‘not hungry,’ vs. ‘full’ or ‘past full.’
Half Baked: Eating until you are so stuffed that you cannot breathe.
Fully Baked: Eating until you are comfortable (about 3/4 full or less), knowing that if you are hungry later, you can return. This isn’t your last supper, you know!
16. Gone Nuts? Nuts, although deemed a healthy food, are loaded with calories and sometimes dripping in extra fat, sugar and salt! If you are going to eat nuts, then measure them out and buy raw nuts.
Half Baked: Eating processed nuts.
Fully Baked: Eating raw nuts (nothing better than a raw cashew) in moderation!
17. Share a Dessert: Order one or two for the table, or serve one slice of something for all at home. It’s perfect because you are allowing yourself something sweet, but in moderation.
Half Baked: Ordering steamed vegetables and cheese cake!
Fully Baked: Sharing! Not only will you save calories, but you’ll enjoy the bonding over the share.
18. Remember the 4 Bite Rule: It has been written that you taste 100% of the first bite; 50% the second bite; 25% the third bite; and 0% the fourth bite. Therefore, there’s no point in going past 4 bites (really 3), particularly when eating chips, cookies, creamy substances.
Half Baked: Eating for the sake of eating.
Fully Baked: Indulging with awareness; setting limits and truly tasting your food.
19. Make Substitutions: Low fat milk vs. full fat milk; reduced mayo vs. full fat mayo; mustard vs. mayo; one slice of sprouted bread vs. two slices of processed bread.
Half Baked: Ordering a chicken salad with globs of mayo.
Fully Baked: Ordering grilled chicken and lightly spreading reduced mayo on the sprouted, healthy bread.
20. Make Healthy Snacks a Habit: I don’t know about you, but I always check my bag before I leave home. Do I have my keys, cell phone, money? AND … a piece of fruit, some melba toast, a health bar? Something to tide me over if I am out on the road for longer than expected.
Half Baked: Being unprepared.
Fully Baked: Being prepared!
21. Non-Stick Skillets Are a Must: By using a non-stick skillet vs. a regular skillet that is greased with oil and/or butter, you are saving hundreds of calories.
Half Baked: Greasing it up!
Fully Baked: Finding ways to limit the excess, thereby saving calories galore!
22. Chew Eat Bite 25 Times: Back in the day, before the food industry engineered the foods we eat, we naturally chewed each bite 25 times. We now, on average, chew 11 times per bite; thus eating twice the amount of food! Eat natural, masticate your food!
Half Baked: Three chews and swallowing.
Fully Baked: Taking the time to masticate your food well! Eating half the amount!
23. There Is No End in Site: Seriously, there is no end. Well, not until the living end. We are a work in progress, always. There is no getting there.
Half Baked: Thinking that you are going somewhere and then it will all be fine.
Fully Baked: Fully accepting and embracing the fact that you are changing and evolving and there is no ‘once I get there.’
24. Limit Your Alcohol: Alcohol is a gateway to eating drug. If you open the gate to food, you may find it nearly impossible to stay on the road to Sveltesville. Either say ‘no’ or limit it!
Half Baked: Drinking and opening up the gateway to excessive eating.
Fully Baked: Knowing your limits!
25. Do NOT Wear Sweats! Elastic waistbands are trouble. Never ever leave room for expansion.
Half Baked: Thinking that you’ll wait to buy clothes that fit. You’ll be waiting forever and a day!
Fully Baked: Looking great NOW. Dress up, buy a belt (and wear it)! It will energize you and help you to keep on moving forward.
26. The Buffet: When at a party, peruse the buffet table first, select a few appropriate choices. Hold tight to a glass of sparkling water in one hand. And then … move to the other side of the room.
Half Baked: Tell yourself that you lose control at parties and buffet tables trigger you into oblivion. A sure way to fail!
Fully Baked: Plan ahead of time, gain control, gain self-respect!
27. Making the Best Choice in the Moment: Let’s face it. Life is unpredictable and we’re not100% perfect 100% of the time … and who wants to be??? Not me. Sometimes we just have to make the best choice in the moment.
Half Baked: Life happens and it throws you off course with a thud!
Fully Baked: You make the best choice in the moment and that’s okay!
28. It’s Bigger than Losing Weight: What will losing weight give you that you wouldn’t otherwise have? More than likely you want to feel good about yourself. What else?
Half Baked: Losing weight for the sake of losing weight.
Fully Baked: Letting the real you out!
Spread the word … NOT the icing!