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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year

The most amazing thing just occured. I had just walked outside into the cold brisk air and was looking toward a building in the not too far distance with the sun shinning on the mountains rising majestically behind it when suddenly the images of faces and flowers on the side of the building became the most astonishing burst of luminous color display of radiant rust and orange, raw umber and shades of deep greens. And just as suddenly as it appeared, it was gone. The images were again just outlines on a grey building wall. I would have thought I imagined it except for the gasp of delight from all the people on the sidewalk around me. But that never happened. I must have dreamed it. I'm not in the mountains and it's the dark of night. But does that make it any less real? Or the amazement of the experience any less joyful?

And then my friend stepped inside the building and came out in a bikini, went thru a gate and jumped on a rather wildish black beauty of a horse and rode it till it was calm. But that didn't happen either. But I remember it as having happened. So is the memory any less real?

Maybe it's the fever I have which I know is real because I have had the thermometer in my mouth as I write this and it reads 100.5.

Isn't the brain amazing?

Let the Magic Happen!!!

Oh well, anyway! Happy New Year!
( I wasn't that fond of 2008 anyway! )

As my friend JD says "Rise and Shine in 2009"! ...or something like that. I may be paraphrasing.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Forest Spirit

To manifest our intentions we need to take direct actions and indirect actions. An indirect action can be something like taking a few minutes out of a busy day being quiet to refocus our energy.

Take a few minutes to enjoy this video Forest Spirit with a meditative mind.

Visit this site for more like this: Meditative Mind

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tai Chi, How to Breathe & Get More Energy

John Crewdson is another enthusiastic T'ai Chi Blogger. He recently posted about how most people have forgotten how to breathe properly. He points out that we all knew how to breathe as children, but that we forgot as we became adults and that we struggle because of it.

John writes that breathing "wrong" is bad for us over the long term. Because of the way most of us have learned to breathe we slowly loose lung capacity over the years. Our lungs stop working as well because we only use part of them, and as John points out, what we don't use, we lose.

To improve your breathing use your stomach to pull down on your diaphragm so your lungs can fill up with air. Let your ribs expand naturally. Don't lift your chest. Sometimes it's easier to do this lying down until you get the hang of it. Soon this way of breathing will become more natural to you again as you begin to feel the benefits of filling your lungs with more air. You will have more endurance, more energy, be more relaxed and think more clearly.

Regular T'ai Chi practice helps you do this naturally. Read more about T'ai Chi--Click Here.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Does Faith Guide Your Everyday Actions and Emotions?

"All men are driven by faith or fear--one or the other--both are the same. Faith or fear is the expectation of an event that hasn't come to pass or the belief in something that cannot be seen or touched. A man of fear lives always on the edge of insanity. A man of faith lives in perpetual reward."
~~Andy Andrews
The Traveler's Gift

Monday, October 06, 2008

What The World Needs Now

If you are watching the news on TV or reading about it on the internet, the news media would have us be very worried. I am choosing not to buy into the panic that seems to be all around. Two quotes come to my mind that I would share with you.

Don't ask yourself what the world needs.
Ask yourself what makes you come alive.
Then go and do that.
Because what the world needs
is people who have come ALIVE!
~~Harold Thurman Whitman

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
~~Martha Graham

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Time to Play.

The following video is lots of fun to watch. Relax with a Cup Of Tea and let the magic happen!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

When Fresh Is NOT the Best

Did you know that herbs and spices are not just for making foods more tasty?

Recently I read an article by nutrition expert Kelley Herring about the benefits of using herbs and spices in your cooking. She says that when you add herbs and spices to your meals, you're doing yourself a big favor. Herring writes that recent research shows that many herbs and spices pack more age-defying, disease-fighting nutrients than the foods we use them on.

Herring believes using dried herbs will help you power up the flavor and boost the antioxidants in your meals nearly tenfold.

Herring provides the following information:

The Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity (ORAC) score ranks foods on their ability to neutralize free radicals.
Blueberries are extremely rich in antioxidants, ranking 6,552 on the ORAC scale. But Herring writes that doesn't come close to the antioxidants found in common herbs like basil and oregano.

Here's how these herbs stack up, according to Herring:

ORAC Score of Oregano

* 13,970 (fresh)
* 200,129 (dried)

ORAC Score of Basil

* 4,805 (fresh)
* 67,553 (dried)

Apparently dried is sometimes better than fresh!

Herring suggests that we buy organic dried herbs and store them in opaque containers, away from light and heat. And replace your herbs every six months to get the most flavor and free-radical fighters out of your shaker.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Men's Health Week

Men’s Health Week, celebrated annually across the country during the week preceding and including Father’s Day, honors the importance of men's health and wellness. Men’s Health Month is celebrated with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. 

Although not officially recognized by congress, men’s health activists observe Men’s Health Month throughout June. What can you do to celebrate? Plan a "Wear Blue" event to help spread the knowledge of Men's Health Month.

Men’s Health Week was created by Congress in 1994 to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The bills creating Men’s Health Week were sponsored by former Senator Bob Dole and former Congressman Bill Richardson. The sponsors cited the cost-effectiveness of a shift from treatment to prevention in health care emphasis when presenting the bill. The supporters of Men's Health Week also noted that prevention requires public awareness and designating a week would spread information on preventing illnesses affecting men.

Observing Men's Health Week is meant to educate the public about what can be done to improve the state of men's health and provide free and convenient health services to men who wouldn't otherwise receive such care.

Source Wikipedia

Read More About Mens Health Week Click Here

Remember the men in your life.

Send them a card. I'll pay for the first 2.

Click Here to send a card!

How to reverse Heart Disease

 edited 1/24/2015

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

As reported on the Network News today!!!

The US government is going to ban sick cows from our food supply and the ban will take effect in several months.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

T'ai Chi Offers A Way To Fight Stress

A study done by Kaiser Permenente found that unmanaged stress was the root cause of about 70 percent of patients' health problems.

That means "If you can get rid of stress, you can avoid 70% of health problems."

Deepak Chopra, M.D., world-renowned physician and author who integrates mind, body, and spirit into health and healing, has said that every pharmaceutical is already in the human body, and natural techniques can trigger the release of those chemicals to promote healing.

"That's really what Tai Chi and Qigong are designed to do, by using gentle movements and breathing techniques to constantly cleanse stress from the body," to remove the blocks and allow the flow of energy.

Author Bill Douglas writes
"Whether you are stressed out, continually exhausted, treating a health problem, or just wanting to get in shape and feel young again, Tai Chi is just what you need. Tai Chi goes right to the heart of everything we do by healing and cleansing the central nervous system. Tai Chi helps us to let go of all the nervous tension that bogs down our mental computer system (like getting a general tune up every day). This makes everything inside us work better, which often makes the world around us seem better, too."
In only 20 minutes a day, you can gain the health benefits of Tai Chi Chuan: increased strength and energy, better balance, and improved bodily awareness. Excellent for beginning students, those who want a low-impact alternative to jogging or aerobics, and those with limited time for exercise.
The most immediate health benefits of t'ai chi practice are improved posture, flexibility, balance, circulation, metabolism, and neuro-muscular function, and a strengthened immune system.  ~~ Terry Dunn
Visit my blog Tea and T'ai Chi

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updated 4/30/17

Friday, May 09, 2008

Healthy Earth Friendly Lawns

Growing a healthy, earth-friendly lawn
Photo by Bess Mendiola

Leukemia or a Weedless Lawn?

This was the headline of an article from today's Care2 newsletter. Annie B. Bond writes about something big that has happened in Canada, and she’d love it if we would all celebrate by urging our state governments to follow the Canadians’ lead.

The provinces of Ontario and Quebec have both banned the use of cosmetic pesticides! These are the type you put on your lawn and spray on your rose bushes.

Astonishingly, Annie writes, Home Depot is listening and voluntarily stopping the sale of traditional pesticides in Canada and replacing them with eco-friendly versions.

I agree with Annie that this is big news because the reason for this action is to protect the health of pregnant women and children. Research shows that children who are exposed to pesticides and herbicides have a higher risk of leukemia, among other things.

According to Organic Style magazine, You can have an organic lawn that is lush and lovely, and there are so many reasons to go natural. Pesticides and herbicides are linked to neurotoxicity, birth defects, cancers, organ damage and more.

To find out more about this issue and what you can do visit my site Non-Toxic Lawn Care

Click Here to Order Perennial/ Annual Wildflower Seeds for your backyard.

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Updated 4/25/15

Monday, April 21, 2008

How wonderful to wake up this morning....
to a beautiful spring day...
with a warm sun in the sky
and bright yellow tulips greeting me as I look out on my yard.

"Winter never fails to turn into Spring."

Friday, March 28, 2008

Almonds For Your Health

Shelled Almonds

Did you know that almonds are a healthy snack and that they have been proven beneficial for weight loss, and can help to combat a number of health problems? In a recent installment of Healthy Eating with the Gallands, from Care2.com, the benefits of eating almonds are covered.

The article states that almonds are more than a delicious snack, they are packed with nutrition that can help reduce your waistline and improve your health. Studies indicate that almonds may provide important nutritional support to combat diabetes, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, inflammation and obesity.

The article also says that almonds help your Heart and Waist. It states that almonds are a source of nutrients that can facilitate weight loss and can help your heart. When overweight Americans used about a 2/3 cup of almonds per day as part of a weight-loss diet, they increased weight loss by 62 percent more than when following a standard weight loss diet and had a 50 percent greater reduction in waist circumference. (I think 2/3 cup might be too much).

And did your know that almonds are a good source of the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium.

The article points out that almonds help reduce High Blood Sugar. It mentions exciting research that shows almonds may help to fight The Insulin Resistance Syndrome, also called the Metabolic Syndrome, which affects 40 percent of U.S. adults. It is characterized by an expanding waistline, insulin resistance and an increased risk of developing diabetes. According to the article, research done at the City of Hope National Medical Center in California found that incorporating almonds into a weight loss diet produced a decrease in insulin resistance that was twice as large as with a standard weight-loss diet. Diabetics showed almost twice the improvement in blood sugar control when they lost weight on an almond-enriched diet than a standard diabetic weight-loss diet.

To read all about the amazing power of almonds and pick up some pointers on how to incorporate more of them into your diet check out the complete article at Care2's Annie's Green Living Series

More Notes:
For more info about the health benefits of Almonds Click Here

Almonds Photo Credit
Edited 1/23/2016

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I try to keep my life balanced. In many areas the learning curve is high for me. In some areas it's really a challange. I'm not in the medical field and I don't think of my self as a writer. What I am good at is research and reporting what I discover.

This blog will be a journal of my research and experiments for living a balanced life, spiritually, physically and financially.

I invite you along on my journey as a friend, reader and as a contributor.

To boldly go....