"You Have It Within YOU"
challenges are not supposed to
paralyze you, they're supposed to help
you discover who you are."
~Bernice Johnson Reagon, African
Singer and Cultural Historian (1942- )
Today's Tune (on/off):
"Morning Has Broken"
From the Inside Out...
The Ever-Present Now
Yes You Can!...
& Feel Younger
with Celery ...
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Love Your Life
BE the World
You Want to See!
It took me many years to fully embrace the concept
that every moment in my life offered a door ... all I had
do was CHOOSE. No matter
the outcome, my choices
turned out to be
The Good News.
From the Inside Out
PRESENT IS ALWAYS 'NOW'.....
is always a good time to put the mistakes, regrets and problems
of the past behind us. Now is the time to evaluate the disparities
between our present and past and choose what is best for both. Now
is the time to take care of any conflicts between our thoughts and
feelings. Now is the time to put an end to the powers of hate and
to replace it with the power of love. Now is the time to unite our
logic and emotions and decide what is best for both. Now is the
time to accept reality and the uncertainty of the future. Now is
the time to give birth to new and better ideas for ourselves and
for all. Now is the time for the solutions of Pure Love.
ever-present now is continually offering new opportunities to heal
and grow. As we verbalize and visualize during our prayer meditation
sessions, the now is always turning the present into the past. Scientists
have recently determined that the human brain takes an average of
three seconds to process and transfer information from reality to
memory, in other words, to change the present to the past.
new moment gives us another chance to reevaluate our present and
past, giving us an opportunity to make new choices and decisions
as to what we want to do with our lives. With each beat of our heart
and every breath we take we have the ability to choose how we want
to direct our physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual energies.
Every new moment offers a possibility to open a crack in the door
that brings forth the power of the universe.
our perceptions of the past is an important step as we reassess
the quality of our personal relationships. By far, the most powerful
memories revolve around our relationships with other people, particularly
our parents, spouses and other family members. With this partner
we work on understanding and developing these relationships. We
should assess all of our relationships, not only the relatives we
inherited but also any other long-standing personal and professional
relationships should be seen in the light of each person's personal
growth. Because our lives are so heavily influenced by these relationships,
we need to evaluate periodically how they are helping or hindering.
We need to learn how to cleanse ourselves and grow past the painful
relationships and augment the beneficial ones so that we can continue
to develop our potential.
memories of the past can have a profound effect on our decision-making.
Most events are remembered for a reason. These lessons can be both
helpful and harmful. Happy memories can be the treasures of a lifetime.
But if one dwells in the past, this may mean that they are more
comfortable with what their life was as opposed to what it is now.
However, many of us also have traumatic memories filled with negative
these memories are buried deep within the mind. They become the
"wounded child" that most of us carry around to a greater
or lesser degree. These memories can be difficult to verbalize or
even remember clearly which hinders our ability to release their
may arise when these internal wounds cause negative reactions to
similar situations in the present, trapping us in rigid behavior
that repeats past responses inappropriately. All memories shape
our lives and influence our choices, experiences and goals. If we
do not make peace with past traumas, they will continue to affect
us and hinder our personal growth.
second stage of personal growth is where we liberate the "happy
child" within us. Almost everyone has some fond memories from
their childhood when they were happy, playful, loving and trusting.
This was before the inevitable wounding that occurs during adolescence
was a time before we became hardened by life. It was a time that
was filled with innocence, wonder, generosity and discovery. Our
creative, artistic and spiritual abilities still come from reclaiming
these passions of our youth.
~Robert C. Felix
LOOK & FEEL YOUNGER
ON aging agree there are positive steps you can take to make
your golden years healthier and more enjoyable. And,
they might just add as much as a decade or more to your life ...
So read on, and act now!
OUT DESTRUCTIVE HABITS The single best thing you can do for
your health and longevity is quit smoking. Smoking has been indicted
for a laundry list of ills from heart disease to lung disorders,
all of which can foil your longevity plans. Drink only in moderation.
Alcohol infuses every cell, damaging genes and inflaming your liver.
A glass of wine a day for women and maybe two for men, but no more,
may be mildly beneficial. Get your Zzzzs. Your body needs
down time to repair cells and rest your heart. And your mind needs
dreaming to stay sane.
A DIET AND SUPPLEMENT REGIMEN RIGHT FOR YOU Find a doctor
who specializes in geriatrics or anti-aging. Barbara M. Morris,
author of Boomers Can Really Put Old on Hold, recommends
an anti-aging doctor. But according to Dr. Marc R. Blackman, chief
of the laboratory of clinical investigation of the National Center
for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (part of the National
Institutes of Health), a geriatrician would be more mainstream and
recommend fewer unproven treatments.
saturated fat and up omega-3 fats. Its gospel by now: eat
less or no red meat; lose the cake and ice cream; consume more complex
carbs, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; and get plenty
of fatty fish. The healthy fats in salmon, mackerel, and sardines
help keep oxygen free-radical molecules from damaging your cells.
Consider moderating your total food intake. Studies
in rats show that a 30 percent calorie restriction means longer
life (no, it doesnt just seem longer!). Blackman also cites
studies in rhesus monkeys showing a gain in years from a reduction
in food. Obviously, losing excess pounds means less strain on your
careful when tweaking your hormones. As for estrogen and progesterone
replacement, its been in all the papers. The combo therapy
may increase, rather than cut, the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Many natural alternatives to these substances exist your
own situation should dictate your decision, but always consult your
of us suffer from overconsumption malnutrition
too much of the wrong things, Morris says. She takes a fistful of
vitamins and minerals each morning. Even the cautious American Medical
Association recently endorsed taking a daily multivitamin. In addition
to the effective antioxidant vitamin C, Morris says CoQ10, vitamin
E, alpha lipoic acid (another antioxidant), and perhaps some of
those mental acuity mixtures in the health-food store
should be in your medicine cabinet. Again, your doctor can help
you fashion routine.
YOUR BODY, IMAGINATION, AND OPTIONS Reprogram your vision
of old age. A study at Yale recently showed that those with a positive
view of growing older lived seven years longer than those who griped
about it. Morris works with young people and they forget things
all the time and never refer to having to a junior moment.
guilt out of your life! Laura Berman Fortgang, author of Living
Your Best Life, says: Be future-minded. Guilt and regrets
are part of the past. Evolving and changing is how we stay young.
Dont be afraid to make a big change. Dont say
youre too old, she says. Sometimes earlier decisions
need to be changed. Morris
also half-jokingly advises that people never retire. Retirement
is a contagious, debilitating disease. Take some time off
for a vacation and smell the roses, she advises. But dont
get so intoxicated by the roses that you dont come back and
do something useful. Those roses could turn into daisies,
she says, as in pushing up daisies.
Lawrence, Web MD
Cayenne Vegetable Market
Modern French Guiana on the northeast coast of
South America is a land of idiosyncrasies, where European Space
Agency satellite launches rattle thinly populated rainforests
that swallow nearly everything but the country's coastline. Cayenne,
the atmospheric capital and chief port, offers a number of points
of interest the Jesuit-built Place de Grenoble, Botanical
Gardens and the Musée Départemental with interesting
exhibits on indigenous peoples, colonial history and the Devil's
Island penal colony. Cayenne's main vegetable market is on Place
Victor Schoelcher, named after the man most responsible for ending
slavery in French Guiana. The market itself is more South American
in feel than it is French, very colorful and noisy, surrounding
a large barn-like building. Inside, stalls sell spices, toxic-looking
homemade beverages, local handicrafts, freshly squeezed fruit
juices and Vietnamese food.
Offering ten partnerships between our human and higher powers. These
partnerships use prayer to guide our behavior and thoughts, and
meditation to nurture our feelings and beliefs. As we bring our
human and higher powers together for the benefit of ourselves and
others, we begin a journey to the Highest Source of Pure Love; ultimately
allowing us to touch the face of God.
STARTING WITH CELERY ...
Secret: Don't pass up celery if you have high blood pressure.
Eating about four stalks a day has been shown to reduce stress hormones
that contribute to high blood pressure. Leave on the leaves as they
contain a lot of potassium, vitamin C, and calcium. Even celery
seeds are nutritious and can be added to soups, stews, casseroles,
etc. You can eat celery raw or cooked, since the vegetable is sturdy
and maintains most of its nutrients after cooking. Use raw celery
as a dipper, chop it up in fresh salads, or just stuff it with peanut
butter or light cream cheese.
prevention in the kitchen: When you spray cooking oil on dishes
and pans, the excess spray goes all over your counter top. To avoid
this, FabulousFoods.com says spray the dish inside your dishwasher.
This way, excess spray goes inside your dishwasher and will be washed
away with when you wash the next load of dirty dishes.
Stick To Your Schedule: Whether you take a multivitamin or
herbal remedy, if the item is something you need daily, make sure
you take it at the same time every day. Studies have found that
some people do better taking their vitamins in the morning while
others have more success in the evening. Whatever time of day you
take it, make sure you follow that schedule. Make it a routine.
For example, taking a multivitamin every morning after brushing
your teeth. You can keep your vitamins on a counter in the bathroom
where they won't be forgotten. Just stick to your schedule, because
your vitamins and supplements will work more effectively that way.
Hospital Flowers & Gifts: When a friend or family member
is in the hospital, you can send them gifts or flowers by directly
calling the hospital gift shop itself. Not only will you save money
on the items and pay no delivery charges, but plants or flowers
will be fresh and at the patient's bedside almost immediately.
This flowering plant has been widely used in folk medicine as a
sedative. It is promoted by natural remedies stores as a sleep aid
and has been proven in clinical studies to improve both sleep quality
and the time required to get to sleep. For someone who has trouble
sleeping, 150-300 milligrams of valerian is recommended forty-five
minutes to an hour before bedtime. Other factors which can help
with sleeplessness include getting at least 20 minutes of exercise
each day, going to bed and getting up at regular times every day,
and not laying on your bed while watching TV, eating, or reading.
Puffy No More: Waking up to puffy skin and bags under your
eyes can be discouraging. Gravity is to blame for letting fluids
build up around our eyes at night, where during the day they leak
out. Fear not, however, as the solutions are simple. Make a cold
compress of cotton pads soaked in green tea, or even just ice water.
If your face is puffy, try a washcloth soaked in green tea or water.
Drink plenty of water to re-hydrate yourself. Also on the market
are cooling eyes gels and compresses for puffy-eyed mornings.
Laughing It Off
LOST IN TRANSLATION
an international market is a goal of most growing corporations.
It shouldn't be that hard, yet even the big multi-nationals run
into trouble because of language and cultural differences. For example
name Coca-Cola in China
was first rendered as Ke-kou-ke-la. Unfortunately, the Coke
did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed
that the phrase means "bite the wax tadpole". Coke
then researched 40,000 Chinese characters and found a close phonetic
equivalent, "ko-kou-ko-le," which can be loosely translated
as "happiness in the mouth."
Taiwan, the translation of the Pepsi slogan
"Come alive with the Pepsi Generation" came out as
"Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from the dead."
in Chinese, the Kentucky Fried Chicken
slogan "finger-lickin' good" came out as "eat
your fingers off."
American slogan for Salem cigarettes,
"Salem - Feeling Free," got translated in the Japanese
into "When smoking Salem, you feel so refreshed that your
mind seems to be free and empty."
General Motors introduced the Chevy Nova
in South America, it was apparently unaware that "no va"
"it won't go." After the company figured out why it wasn't
cars, it renamed the car in its Spanish markets to the Caribe.
Parker Pen marketed a ballpoint pen in Mexico,
its ads were supposed to say "It won't leak in your pocket
embarrass you." However, the company's mistakenly thought the
Spanish word "embarazar" meant embarrass. Instead the
that "It won't leak in your pocket and make you pregnant."
American t-shirt maker in Miami
printed shirts for the Spanish market which promoted the Pope's
visit. Instead of the desired "I Saw the Pope" in Spanish,
shirts proclaimed "I Saw the Potato."
Italy, a campaign for Schweppes Tonic Water
translated the name into Schweppes Toilet Water.
second-largest tourist agency
was mystified when it entered English-speaking markets and
began receiving requests for unusual "suggestive" tours.
finding out why, the owners of Kinki Nippon Tourist Company
changed its name.
Best Parks for Your Pooch ...
Here's a pile of information
about the best dog spots in each state.
They fetch the important things
you need to know about..
Ways to Scroll in Explorer 6:
First of all, you can press the Page Up and Page Down
keys. You can press the Spacebar to scroll down and Shift
+ Spacebar to scroll up. You can use the Up and Down arrows
in your keyboard's number pad, and you can also right-click in
the scroll bar and choose from one of the options offered in the
resulting pop-up menu.
Look at THAT!
learn more click:
A giant goldfish named "Bruce"
also known as a Red Oranda, which currently measures 15.7 inches,
is held at a fish farm in Dongguan, China. "Bruce" has
clinched a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's
longest goldfish. These fish are believed to have originated in
China, where records dating back to 300 A.D. contain references
to them. The Chinese in particular prize the brightly-colored fish
as a symbol of wealth and abundance. Goldfish breeding later spread
to Japan around 1500, and then to Britain, Portugal, France and
the Netherlands in the 18th century with the flourish of world trade.
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
LOVE YOUR LIFE
Valentine's day, the month of February brings our focus to the
subject of love.
Russ Stiffler (go to I Desire Success.com
for advice on Making Your Life
Extraordinary), describes how important it is to "LOVE
February people think about sharing that romantic evening. They
look for that special card or gift to show their love. They feel
sad because that special someone is not in their life. But February
is also a good time to focus on another type of love, the love
of life. The love of life can be as important in the quality of
your life as your love relationship. Utopia is the ideal life.
You love everything about your life. You love where you are. You
love whom you are with. You love what you do. Everything is perfect.
You could say Utopia is loving your life completely. Utopia is
an ideal. Utopia does not exist, except as an ideal to dream about
and to try to achieve. But an attitude of love can open the door
to you perceiving life in a utopian way.Your perception goes a
long way in determining what your life is like. Is the glass half
empty or is the glass half full. Only you have the answer for
you. Is life hard and full of scarcity or is life wonderful and
full of abundance?
decide, for yourself, everyday, by how you perceive the events
of your life. Let's say you're having a rough time at work. Everything
is going against you. Your partner seems to want to fight you
in everything you do. You can look at this scenario anyway you
want. You can say, "I can't take this anymore," and
quit. You can say, "I hate this, life stinks." Or you
can look at it from another angle and say, "This stinks,
something is wrong here. If we can figure it out maybe we can
get over this and be better than ever." Each
scenario is correct depending on your perception. Your perception
will have something to do with how this scenario plays out.
you quit, it doesn't matter what happens there, because you'll
be gone. If you say "life stinks," you only add to the
sour atmosphere. If you lovingly look for a solution, maybe you
can help turn things around. If you can't improve the situation
and it really is better to quit then you have learned some valuable
lessons that may help you down the road. How
you perceive anything is up to you. Choose to look for the positives
in every situation. You will start to see possibilities for improving
the situation. The negatives may diminish because you will be
focusing on improving things instead of worrying about all the
catastrophes that probably will never happen.
is a great time to open your focus to a loving attitude. Taking
a loving approach to your life brings more acceptance for people
and situations for what they are. And even if it is not the utopia
you dream about, your loving acceptance takes much of the stress
away. Use the love focus this month to look at your life through
loving eyes. Accept what isn't and be grateful for what is. Open
your heart and let others see your loving acceptance and create
a more utopian reality to live."
And once February is over, why don't we continue this approach
into the month of March ... and so on, and so on and so
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