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You can learn to 'speak from the heart' by imagining a small mouth installed in your very own heart. When a challenging situation arises, consciously focus your mind down to that little mouth. Then, put your trust in the Great Spirit, release your 'Little Picture' fears and simply speak whatever words come out ... for they are the words which, from a higher perspective, need to be spoken and heard in that specific instance.

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FOLLOW YOUR SPIRIT ... WITHOUT HESITATION

Do you ever have things you know about people? Do you ever think to yourself, “I really love that person” and then tell them how much you love them?

Yet you leave out the realization you had that they NEEDED to hear it?

There are thoughts behind thoughts behind thoughts, yet there’s a place where we only speak what’s in the forefront. We do not speak what’s further back and what’s even further back than that. People long so much for intimacy and truth, but they’re only willing to go to a certain level in sharing their own thoughts.

Then there’s the other version, where we have something to say that’s not so loving and beautiful; and we hold it in and we lie. And you know what? This is a very telepathic world — they know we’re lying! They may not want to hear what we have to say, so they’ll let it go; it’s an 'Agreement to Collude' around the Lie. “I know you lied to me but I’m going to let it go because I don’t want to hear what you were going to say.”

Have you ever heard people speaking and you feel the flow of higher truth moving through them and, all of a sudden, there is sort of a pause and you hear words fill in the next gap and you realize that the energy’s changed somehow? That is where the personality or mental body came in to make sure they were getting it right and that no one listening thought they were messing up.

How many of us spend a good portion of our life trying to
understand other people and be understood by them?

What would life be like if we gave up the need
to understand and the need to be understood?

The gift that life offers every being that exists is a unique perception of All That Is. No one will, nor can, know life in the same way we know it. No one will ever have the same way of seeing things, the same way of knowing things, the same way of hearing things ... EVER.

Imagine how it would be if we didn’t have to stand guard, editing at the doorway of our mind, saying, “Oops, that’s a good thought! OOPS, that’s a bad thought!” There are all kinds of places where we rob ourselves of our own divine force; it is then that speaking from the heart becomes squelched by reason. Just because something occurs to us doesn't mean that we're going to manifest it into form or that we'll even be drawn to say it.

Just because we say something doesn’t mean it’s right and other people have to change their lives around it. So plucking out the idea that we have to be right, also plucks out the manipulative tendencies and lets us drop the burden of significance!

In following our spirits without hesitation things occur to us and we say them.
That sparks, or doesn’t spark, insights. If we feel inspired to say something to someone
that makes no sense from our perspective, we still say it. Sense is optional.
We cannot see the “Big Picture” and do not have the power or the
control to know what will unfold in the vastness of the Universe.

You can even prepare all the people in your life and say, “Look, I’m going to be doing this new thing. I’m going to be practicing following my spirit without hesitation, it might inconvenience you in some way. So ahead of time, I apologize for any inconveniences. Just know that I’m doing this spiritual discipline.” That will make your emotional body feel a little better.

When you follow your spirit without hesitation, a lot of your ecstasy and fulfillment comes from hindsight. You look back and say, “WOW! Can you believe that? This, this, this, this — and it all came together and it was this? WOW! Am I glad I followed my spirit!” But in terms of foresight in following spirit, it's not likely.

You’ll be given visions which may or may not manifest. They may be given to you simply to give you the illusion that you have some sense of direction because you still seek that. Spirit may actually blatantly misdirect you to stimulate certain insights. You can tell how much you resist your fear by how much you wish to be in control in your life.

Desire for control is directly related to the amount of fear
that we make important in our life. The less fear that we make important,
the less we have any desire to be in control.

You have emotion — so what? Emotions are emotions. Follow your spirit without hesitation and then deal with whatever that brings up for you. But the first order of business is to follow your spirit without hesitation. The second order of business is to deal with the fear. Most people put it the other way around. “If I can handle this fear I’ll follow my spirit.”

Well, follow your spirit and eventually the fear will stop tagging along. You will have such a deep experience of faith in universal principles after following your spirit for awhile that the fears will just go away. But you aren’t going to get it first. You aren’t going to get that faith first. That faith comes after you’ve been doing it for awhile. It comes from the experience of it working.

The fulfillment of expressing whatever it is that our spirit wishes to express in every moment, the feeling of that energy moving through us, the vitality of that, is life! It doesn’t matter whether we understand or whether we are understood. We are in our natural state when we are following our spirit without hesitation.

To follow our spirit without hesitation is very simply to choose life over death. Our spirit is the source of our life. Hesitation is death. Editing is death. Lying is death.

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LOVINGLY CREATE A MORE HEALTHY YOU

Changing eating and exercise habits can seem so daunting, it's no wonder that some of us never get very far. What's the best way to begin? The surest way to success is to make small, gentle changes.

Think in terms of manageable baby steps, like swapping the cream in your morning coffee for nonfat creamer. There are lots of little changes you can make — in your diet and your daily routine — that will add up to better health over the long haul.

Take a look at the 25 tips below and start by picking just FIVE changes that you're sure you can tackle and put them into practice this week. Then try another five next week.

Don't wait to put your plan into action. Try some of these tips this very day. Not every idea is right for everyone, so experiment and see what works for you. Lots of little changes can yield a healthier new you!

EATING TIPS:
1. Good things come in small packages. Here's a trick for staying satisfied without consuming large portions: Chop high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into smaller pieces. It will seem like you're getting more than you actually are.
2. Don't give up dips. If you love creamy dips and sauces, don't cut them out of your diet completely. Just use low-fat sour cream and mayo instead of the full-fat stuff.
3. Get water-wise. Make a habit of reaching for a glass of water instead of a high-calorie snack. It will help your overall health as well as your waistline. Add some zest with a twist of lemon or lime.
4. Herb it up. Stock up your spice rack, and start growing a small herb garden in your kitchen window. Spices and herbs add fantastic flavor to foods without adding fat or calories. Many herbs such as kola nut, ginseng, astralgulus and licorice root can help you lose weight. Peppermint tea aids digestion and green tea is excellent for rejuvenation. Ginger, cayenne pepper and mustard increases metabolism; cinnamon, bay leaf and clove control blood sugar levels and diminish cravings
5. Slim down your soup. Make a big batch of soup and refrigerate it before you eat it. As it cools, the fat will rise to the top. Skim it off the surface for reduced fat content.
6. Doggie-bag that dinner. At restaurants, ask the server to put half your entrée in a doggie bag before bringing it to your table. Putting the food away before you start your meal will help you practice portion control.
7. Listen to your cravings. If you're craving something sweet, eat something sweet — just opt for a healthier nosh, like fruit, instead of a high-calorie one. The same goes for crunchy cravings — for example, try air-popped popcorn with brewer's yeast or a butter-flavored sodium-free salt like AlsoSalt, instead of high-fat tortilla chips. It's just smart substitution!
8. Ease your way into produce. If you're new to eating lots of fruits and veggies, start slowly. Just add them to the foods you already enjoy. Pile veggies on top of your sandwiches, or add fruit to your cereal.
9. Look for high-fat hints. Want an easy way to identify high-calorie entrees? Keep an eye out for these words: au gratin, parmigiana, tempura, alfredo, creamy and carbonara, and enjoy them in moderation.
10. Don't multitask while you eat. If you're working, reading or watching TV while you eat, you won't be paying attention to what's going into your mouth — and you won't be enjoying every bite. Every time you sit down for a meal, sit down. Chew slowly and pay attention to flavors and textures. You'll enjoy your food more and eat less.
11. Taste something new. Broaden your food repertoire — you may find you like more healthy foods than you knew. Try a new fruit or vegetable (ever had jicama, plantain, bok choy, starfruit or papaya?).
12. Leave something on your plate at every meal. One bite of bagel, half your sandwich, the bun from your burger. See if you feel satisfied eating just a bit less.
13. Get to know your portion sizes. It's easy to underestimate how much you're eating. Don't just estimate things — make sure. Ask how much is in a serving, read the fine print on labels, measure your food. And learn portion equivalents: One serving of pasta, for instance, should be around the size of a tennis ball.
14. Make a healthy substitution. Learn to swap healthier foods for their less-healthful counterparts. Find a substitution that works for you: Use skim milk instead of whole milk; make up a batch of brownie mix with applesauce instead of oil; try a whole-grain bread instead of white.
15. Bring lunch to work. Packing lunch will help you control your portion sizes. It also provides a good alternative to restaurants and fast-food joints, where making healthy choices every day can be challenging (not to mention expensive).
16. Have some dessert. You don't have to deny yourself all the time. Have a treat that brings you pleasure, but this time enjoy it guilt-free — be sure you're practicing portion control, and compensate for your indulgence by exercising a little more or by skipping your afternoon snack.
17. Ask for what you need. Tell your mother-in-law you don't want seconds. Ask your sweetie to stop bringing you chocolates. Speak up for the salad bar when your coworkers are picking a restaurant for lunch. Whatever you need to do to succeed at weight loss, ask for it. Make yourself a priority and assert yourself.

FITNESS TIPS:
18, Shop 'til you drop ... pounds. Add a workout to your shopping sessions by parking your car as far from the store as possible, to get more walking in. And try walking up the escalator — getting to your destination faster will be an added bonus.
19. Walk an extra 100 steps at work. Adding even a little extra exercise to your daily routine can boost your weight loss. Today, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or stroll down the hall to talk to a co-worker instead of sending an e-mail or calling.
20. Make the most of your walks. If your walking routine has become too easy, increase your effort by finding inclines or hills. Just be sure to tackle them at the beginning of your walk, when you have energy to spare.
21. Simon says ... get fit. Here's an easy way to fit in exercise with your kids: Buy a set of one-pound weights and play a round of Simon Says — you do it with the weights, they do it without. They'll love it!
22. Improve your treadmill technique. When walking on a treadmill, don't grip the rails. It's fine to touch them for balance, but you shouldn't have to hold on. If you do, that might be a signal you should lower the intensity level.

LIFESTYLE TIPS:
23. Brush your teeth after every meal and snack. This will be a signal to your mouth — and your mind — that it's time to stop eating. Brushing will also give your mouth a nice fresh taste that you'll be disinclined to ruin with a random potato chip. At work, keep a toothbrush with a cover and toothpaste in your desk drawer.
24. Take your measurements. You might not like your stats now, but you'll be glad you wrote them down when you see how many inches you lose. It's also another way to measure your success, instead of just looking at the scale. Sometimes even when the numbers on the scale aren't going down, the measurements on your body are.
25. Use Visualization. This will keep you on track and is a major key to weight loss. It can help reduce stress, keep you motivated and help to stop and curb overeating.

~ From WeightWatchers.com

MOST IMPORTANT TIP — Change Your Words & Thoughts
Patricia Crane, Ph.D. of www.HeartInspired.com writes, "Remember, your subconscious mind is continually responding to what you think and say. So if you say, 'It's so hard' or 'I can't do it,' your subconscious responds with a YES and you end up sabotaging yourself. Instead, change the negative thoughts to ones like, 'I am empowering myself for my well-being. It feels great. I easily find whatever resources I need to help me continue with my positive changes.' You can find Patricia's Conscious Approach to Weight Loss at www.ChangeInsideOut.com

 


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The most famous flea market in Paris is called "Le marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen". It was inaugurated in 1885 and extends over six hectares. This vast sprawling market of new and second-hand goods (operating from dawn on Saturdays to sunset on Mondays) teems with antiques hunters, tourists and the curious of all kinds who come to unearth the most unusual objects. Known all over the world, this longstanding market has over 2000 stalls, boasts 150,000 visitors a week and offers a unique immersion in the crowds! It is made up of a dozen individual markets selling products with their own distinct style and prices, and consists only of professionals who rent their spot for a minimum term of three years. In the fifties and sixties, the Puces de Saint-Ouen had a reputation as a place where you could buy nice and old furniture at very cheap prices. This is not the case anymore, but it is still a very interesting place to visit. The choice is large and the prices are moderate to high. In 2001 the flea market was categorised as part of France's national heritage.

The history of the flea market dates back over two centuries, when rag and bone men scoured through the garbage of Paris at night to find valuable junk to sell on. They were called ‘crocheteurs’ or pickers. The romantic term was ‘pêcheurs de lune’ or fishermen for the moon. The rag and bone men gathered outside the walls of Paris at the Porte de Clignancourt and set up temporary stalls where they hawked their wares. Eventually, they formed groups of stalls to attract more customers. The more enterprising traders began to ‘trade up’ in terms of goods and eventually it became popular for Parisian collectors and antique dealers to shop there for bargains. In 1885, authorities in the town of Saint Ouen made a significant move to pave the streets and clean up the area, marking the official starting year of Les Puces. To get Les Puces take the metro to Porte de Clignancourt on Line 4 and follow the crowds towards the large concrete overpass. Rue des Rosiers is the main street which you walk down in order to go into the separate markets to explore all the little antique and vintage stores. There's everything from antique furniture and art, to vintage clothes, accessories, linens, old postcards and stamps, even a vintage keychain store.


Paris Flea Market - NOW

Albert LaFarge asserts that the term FLEA MARKET is a literal
translation of the French marche aux puces, an outdoor bazaar
in Paris, France, named after those pesky little parasites that
infested the upholstery of old furniture brought out for sale.
Another theory has it that flea markets began in Paris when
sanitation laws prevented vendors from selling items
likely to contain vermin within city limits.

 

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LEASH: A strap which attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.

DOG BED: any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.

DROOL: Is what you do when your persons have food and you don't. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and look sad and let the drool fall to the floor, or better yet, on their laps.

SNIFF: A social custom to use when you greet other dogs. Place your nose as close as you can to the other dog's rear end and inhale deeply, repeat several times, or until your person makes you stop.

GARBAGE CAN: A container which your neighbors put out once a week to test your ingenuity. You must stand on your hind legs and try to push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right you are rewarded with margarine wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume and moldy crusts of bread.

BICYCLES: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards; the person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.

DEAFNESS: This is a malady which affects dogs when their person want them in and they want to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction, or lying down.

THUNDER: This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly, and following at their heels.

WASTEBASKET: This is a dog toy filled with paper, envelopes, and old candy wrapper. When you get bored, turn over the basket and strew the papers all over the house until your person comes home

SOFAS: Are to dogs like napkins are to people. After eating it is polite to run up and down the front of the sofa and wipe your whiskers clean.

BATH: This is a process by which the humans drench the floor, walls and themselves. You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently.

LEAN: Every good dog's response to the command "sit !", especially if your person is dressed for an evening out. Incredibly effective before black-tie events.

BUMP: The best way to get your human's attention when they are drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea.

GOOSE BUMP: A maneuver to use as a last resort when the Regular Bump doesn't get the attention you require ... especially effective when combined with The Sniff. See above.

LOVE: Is a feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. The best way you can show your love is to wag your tail. If you're lucky, a human will love you in return.

 

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