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For as long as I can remember, I have always been able to predict with vivid imagery, a certain amount of accuracy of  future events.  At first, I just thought it was just a mere coincidence, an occasional probability, but after a while I begin to notice that I would frequently have very specific hunches and whatever it was that was emerging through my subconscious intuition would eventually, come to pass, which was immensely encouraging because I had dramatic evidence that supported my mental visions.

Over the years only a few of my closet friends have been made aware of my intuitive powers and will sometimes ask me to predict an outcome of a future event for them.  If I work at it I can get a strong indication of what could come about, but I am cautious since my vision can be tainted; I find that I want to give my friends evidence that will help meet their highest expectations as opposed to what may in fact, be just the opposite conclusions.  As a result, I keep a lot of my revelations to myself until the natural course of events is unveiled and discovered by them.

It seems that as I mature my range of future knowledge about people, places and things has become more instinctual to me and I find myself more trusting of my intuitive feelings. I know that if I perceive something before it actually manifests it is because there are many psychic clues along the way to what eventually appears evident long before its time. 

I am far from alone; there are many people who I have met throughout my lifetime who have shared their memories, dreams and their own special reflections relating to precognition.  One thing all people with future sight have in common is that after a while we all start to detect similar patterns in our awareness and if we choose to take them seriously, sooner or later, we increase our abilities through recognizing the value of our visions and following our insights.

More on this Topic –

Video Precognition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwjwP3aUSd8

Precognition Test

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pd4zPeGfis&feature=related

Parapsychology

http://www.arielspeaks.com/Paranormal/New_Age_Parapsychology.html

Conscious Universe

http://www.deanradin.com/NewWeb/TCUbiblio.html

Develop Clairvoyance

http://www.develop-clairvoyance.com/precognition/

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According to Jean Langlois, ScD, an investigator in epidemiology at the National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD, women over the age of 50 that lose a lot of weight are actually at greater risk of fracturing their hips.  In fact, the study showed that when women lost 10% of their weight or more after the age of 50 their chance of fracturing their hip more than doubled. As a precautionary measure, physicians recommend that women reach an optimal weight and stay at that size, taking into account, however, that heart disease associated with being overweight is even more dangerous than a hip fracture. 

Exercise is always good for reducing pounds and inches but did you know that women who participate in aerobic workouts up to three times per week have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Amazingly, anorexia is not an eating disorder that affects young women reports Paul L. Hewitt PhD, associate professor of psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.  Only 25% of the women who die from anorexia are overachieving, young women, in fact, the majority, four out of five, who lose their lives due to anorexia nervosa, are a shocking 45 years of age or even older.

Many women are closet smokers who use nicotine as a measure to control their appetites and because of this strategy suffer years later even after they have given up smoking because they are two to three times more likely to suffer from incontinence than those who never smoked cigarettes at all. Studies indicate that nicotine constricts the bladder, causing unintentional urine leakage. 

The foods mature women eat have a big influence on their overall health. Few women meet their calcium requirements says Ethel Siris, MD, professor of clinical medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City. Bone thinning is grossly undiagnosed in women over 50. Women with low bone density suffer broken bones at twice the rate of those with normal bone density and those with osteoporosis, four times the rate.  The recommended intake of calcium for women 25 to 50 years of age is 300 mg of calcium, eight ounces of milk or yogurt.

Here are some more interesting facts about weight loss involving women 40, 50 and beyond…

Facts about Women Losing Weight After 40 / 50

Losing Weight after 50

http://www.riverofhopeinternational.org/home-and-family/losing-weight-after-50-often-ignored-facts-about-the-fast-ways-to-lose-fat-and-excess-weight

How to Lose Weight for Women Over 50

http://www.livestrong.com/article/90509-lose-weight-women-over/

Fighting 40’s Flab

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/fighting-40s-flab

Losing Weight After 40

http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20050418001/tscript.htm

Weight loss through hypnosis

http://www.dallasfastweightloss.com/fastweightloss/successstories.php

Here’s what to do tomorrow 1st thing if you cannot lose weight after 50

http://www.nowloss.com/cant-lose-weight.htm

YouTube Video – Unbelievable Research to help eventually minimize the effects of aging

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSSs1C-MmJ4&feature=related

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We live in a world filled with cures for crippling conditions and they are all completely natural.  Using food as a form of medicine is not a new concept. The Indians lived off the land and the water ways as did the early American settlers.  They knew the value of apples, avocados and beans. They tapped into the properties of blueberries as well as broccoli and carrots, benefited from the protective nutrients of nuts and oats, spinach and soy.  

In the East food has always been a way to deal with alignments and diseases.  Editable alternatives have the ability to booster the body’s immune system and ward off all kinds of invaders that cause havoc on human health.  In Japan the Japanese have fished the ocean searching for types of vegetation such as seaweed, high in mineral and nutrient content for centuries.

Middle Easterners know that herbs and spices are just as valuable for healing. The Bible boasts the benefits of olives and grapes off the vine and the evidence is supported with decades of scientific research papers as to the healing properties of foods such as: fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes.  Just ask anyone from Greece and they will sing the praises of yogurts and goat cheese, olive oils and lemon juice or listen to the Spaniards describe their diet for health made up of protein rich foods grilled or broiled.  The Italians have long known of the vitamins garnished from tomatoes and garlic which they grow and prepare in abundance for family and friends as a form of solidarity.

I love homemade meals made from scratch. To me, there is nothing in this world that is more appetizing than the real aromas of scrupulous food floating through the air from an active kitchen where its being prepared. When I visited Italy I watched in awe as an array of extremely palatable foods was being prepared for consumption.  I stood over stove and helped to stir the steaming soup made from a blend of vegetables brought in straight from the garden. I can still recall the sense of healthy satisfaction after eating a vegetarian feast of brightly colored, freshly grilled peppers, eggplant and zucchini accompanied by a loaf of freshly baked bread piping hot from the oven, all brown and crusty.  

Here is a list of just a few of the conditions that can be addressed by some very tasty and healing foods:

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • ADD
  • Cancer
  • Colds and influenza
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Irritable bowel Syndrome
  • Kidney stones
  • Psoriasis
  • Urinary track infections
  • Wrinkles
  • Yeast infections

These are only a few of the disorders that can be prevented or modified and improved with more attention to our diet, best of all, we can make these changes through natural means. Many symptomatic problems are brought about by food or environmental influences and an overgrowth of microorganisms like bacteria or yeast which over a period of time, eating the wrong foods cause these negative invaders to lodge themselves in our intestines. 

For years the American diet has been high in saturated fats, we rarely grow our own foods but instead have added all kinds of chemicals to increase the flavor to appeal to our senses, neutralizing their natural taste until it is unrecognizable, and worst of all, stock our grocery store shelves with every non-nourishing and harmful fake food product imaginable.

Most frequently consumed restaurant or fast foods responsible for abdominal fat as reported from Reader’s Digest, Food Cures (2007). Pleasantville, NY  

  • Doughnuts
  • Danish rolls
  • French Fries
  • Breaded fish burgers
  • Breaded chicken nuggets
  • Crackers
  • Enchiladas  
  • Pies
  • Marbled meats
  • Foods laced with margarine
  • Foods prepared with vegetable shortening

 A few healing herbs and spices also reported in this publication are:

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
  • Sage
  • Turmeric

 Brief Examples of Delicious Meals Mentioned that Support Good Health are:

  • Buckwheat pancakes
  • Hummus made from mashed garbanzo beans
  • Ginger butternut squash soup
  • Lentils with stewed tomatoes and basil
  • Three bean chili
  • Fish tacos
  • Turkey Cutlets
  • Zucchini  frittata

Food is to be enjoyed and flavorful, not fussed over or feared.  When we eat the way we should to support our bodily processes we celebrate every meal as a festive occasion that brings pleasure to our taste buds and better health to our bodies. By spending a little time to acquire knowledge of what good eating can do for us, we can improve our chances of living longer and more energetic lives.

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Why is it that some people tend to hold everything in, while others appear to let everything out?  Some people seem to just sail through the most aggravating situations, and yet others, blow sky-high at the least, little provocation. Angry outbursts are the result of various factors, circumstances brought about by any number of things such as:

  • Low blood sugar
  • Emotional triggers from years ago
  • Pent up feelings that explode
  • Frustrations with no healthy outlet
  • Hidden resentments
  • Long enduring aggravations
  • Jealousy
  • Episodes of road rage
  • Uncontrollable urges to release tension
  • Hormonal imbalances – mood swings
  • Loss of opportunities
  • Overcompensation without appreciation
  • Awareness that one is being taken advantage of
  • Complicated conditions with no solutions in sight
  • Blows to the ego
  • Perceptions of weakness or vulnerability
  • Unexpected changes
  • Dismissal
  • Guilt
  • Imposed shame

Feelings of uncontrollable rage are worth a word or two because they play havoc with our health and our sanity.  More often than not, they encourage us to demonstrate our inner emotions through spontaneous outbursts that leave us feeling uncomfortable and disgraced for not having the where-if-all to control, neither the situation, nor ourselves.

One of the main reasons we lose it, so to speak, is because we are unaware of the intensity of our displeasure until it’s too late.  In a sense, a person with a hair-trigger temper could be compared to a volcano, there is always something simmering just below the surface and given the right set of circumstances, it erupts.  

The bad thing about unexpected anger is that it is rarely rational.  Our fuming and resulting misbehavior cheats us because it takes away the very things that we want the most. It distances the people that we love and those who we want to love us back, making them apprehensive about their association with us.

One of the biggest reasons for unexpected anger is “expectation discrepancy.”  Our fury generally arises after we realize that something that we anticipated occurring, does not come about, regardless of whether we should have counted on it, or not .  To others, the issue may appear trivial but any attempts to convince the adult tantrum thrower are a waste of energy since rationale is near impossible when a person is locked into a fit of rage. In fact, any attempts at cooperation of communication in order to calm the situation, further aggravate the person who is unpredictably upset.  What is worst is that all good intentions merely appear condescending and just end up fueling the fire storm.

As previously mentioned, stress is a big catalyst, sparking this particular form of furious irritation.  When we feel as if we are out of control it is more difficult for us to restrain our emotions, exposing us to sudden displays of hissy fits of temper.  Bottling up intolerable feelings until we just cannot take it anymore is one of the most common reasons for an explosion of anger but definitely not a justification for a tantrum.  

Understanding ourselves better and what our limitations are is essential to controlling our outbursts.  Our personal insights into how we cope with agitation and disappointing disturbances is offers us a key to better understanding the dynamics of what happens when we lose control.  Knowing what sets us off in the first place is a good way to recognize what people and circumstances we need to steer clear of. By acknowledging the necessity for these vital barriers, we can ensure that more of our needs will be met, at least some of the time, and their very existence, demonstrates, if only to us, that maintaining emotional balance is an ongoing process that must be closely monitored and frequently.

More on this Topic –

Advice for Dealing with Adult Tantrums

http://www.helium.com/knowledge/130442-dealing-with-adult-tantrums

What to do When a Loved One Explodes

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703727804576017430496839642.html

Controlling Anger before it Controls You – Words to the Wise From the American Psychological Association

http://www.apa.org/topics/anger/control.aspx#

Do you need Counseling?

http://www.apa.org/topics/anger/control.aspx#

Anger and Buddhism – What do the Buddhists have to teach us about anger?

http://buddhism.about.com/od/basicbuddhistteachings/a/anger.htm

Is Anger Ever Justified – Psyche Forums

http://www.psychforums.com/anger-management/topic20598.html

Song – Don’t Look Back In Anger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8OipmKFDeM

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Life can really be rough, especially, during or right after a particularly difficult period we need to recoup.  Trying to go on as usual is not the best strategy because our circumstances change us and we are not the same person as we were before we encountered our trauma.  Many times, we have negative circumstances, and they occur back-to-back and it is while we are going through these tough periods that it really helps to have a plan to keep our wits about us.  

Here is a brief list I have compiled of some things that can help us weather some pretty rough storms when life gets to be a little too much. Pass it on…

  • Take an inventory of your blessings
  • Look beyond the physical – think universally
  • Celebrate the ordinary moments
  • Wake up grateful every morning
  • Retire every night knowing that you have made the most of your day
  • Rely on your curiosity to make your world feel new again
  • Exercise your sense of humor, laugh a lot
  • Make an assessment of the things that you have always said you might like to learn about
  • Think of others who have survived their traumas as instructors at the University of Life
  •  Read stories and listen to audio versions of other survivors
  • Learn as much as possible about positive psychology and then practice it religiously
  • Sketch, draw or paint your emotions on a routine basis
  • Start a picture journal
  • Redecorate
  • Move to an environment that reinvigorates you or visit a place that you find refreshing, often
  • Adopt a pet or foster one
  • Develop a plan to better care for your overall well-being
  • Practice faith, hope and charity
  • Write your memoirs
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Study the theories of philosophers
  • Meditate
  • Exercise both mind and body
  • Spend some solitary time in the midst of nature
  • Pick a topic a week and research it
  • Spend some time as a volunteer
  • Have a private party to honor your presence in this world every single month on the same day as your birthday
  • Learn to sew or knit
  • Build sand castles on the beach
  • Take a new car for a test drive
  • Join a support group – make friends with individuals who share a similar experience to that of your own
  • Have a dinner party and invite people you would like to get to know better
  • Get a massage or practice yoga

Some Other Survival Aids for Times of Trouble

3 Books on the Subject –to provide you with more comfort and some needed Enlightenment!

The Sun Will Shine Again by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.

GratitudeA Way of Life by Louise L. Hay

Something More, Excavating your Authentic Self by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Laugh at Stress – DVD

http://www.stressstop.com/products/product.php?pid=48

Internet Article –

10 Keystones to Surviving Emotional Trauma

http://chipur.com/2011/03/12/emotional-trauma-10-keystones-of-survival/

Comfort objects for Small Children to the Elderly

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort_object

How to stop a Male Midlife Crisis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=devAPyEAuN0&feature=related

Personal Empowerment Let You Bend in Times of Crisis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rT7j0ZIofI&feature=related

Checklist for Hard Times

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/gillespie2.1.1.html

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If you are anything like me, you have invested a lot in your relationships and sometimes you find that you do not get much nurturing in return.  The majority of us seem to have at least one high-strung person in our lives, perhaps, this individual is a close friend, romantic interest or a close family member that tends to be self-centered and could be easily be defined as a “Crazy Maker.”

Crazy Makers are subtle and deceptive personality types who, more often than not:

  • Encourage us to lower our standards
  • Constantly question our every move
  • Exploit our talents and skills whenever they can
  • Dismiss our feelings
  • Ask for our help when they need it
  • Are always grieving over someone or something in their past
  • Constantly crying out “Why Me?”
  • Are bulldozers over others who are less assertive
  • Manipulators of the truth
  • Routinely shut down communication with us
  • Are irritable a good majority of the time with everyone and everything
  • Dissatisfied with their lives and everyone else’s
  • Blame others for their misery
  • Short-tempered and impatient
  • Bottomless pits of unhappiness
  • Chronic complainers
  • Repetitive speakers
  • Story changers  and false alarmists
  • Prevaricators
  • Poor listeners
  • Unwarranted doubters
  • Keepers of secrets
  • Lack faith in themselves and in us
  • Persons with misguided emotions
  • People who are ill-prepared for the normal sorrows of life
  • Individuals who are at odds with someone, somewhere, most of the time
  • People who pretend to please but who could care less about anyone else
  • Are sly and somewhat sneaky
  • Charismatic and phony – basically, workers of the room

At the end of the day, I suppose, we are all Crazy Makers in a manner of speaking, what is different is to what degree.  We unload our problems on one another thoughtlessly, without warning or without thinking of how what we are saying might impact our listeners.  Sooner or later people resent being talked at instead of being talked to.  No one likes to feel as if they are nothing more than a sounding board for an overly emotional reactor. 

We all need occasional backup when things get tough for us and turnabout needs to be fair play, but listening on the other end of the phone line in puzzlement, not knowing what it is that is expected from us, can cause more than a hint of frustration on our end. Crazy makers make us feel used and most often, ineffectual. 

It’s not news to any of us that good friends make each other feel safe, and give one another a sense of refuge when they open their hearts and share their problems. When we feel as though, what is happening to us is of equal importance, then there is a natural ebb and flow of support. 

Unfortunately, however, crazy makers want more than someone to lend them an ear; they come at us, at a fevered pitch, which consequently, inspires unwanted changes in our emotional posture.  For Crazy Makers, timing is a non-essential factor; they think nothing of calling around our bedtime and going berserk while describing an unpleasant episode in their lives. You know what I mean; most of us have all had an urgent call at some time or another from someone, who prior to speaking to us, has become highly enraged. They start off calm but within a matter of seconds they are veering down the runway and their temper takes flight and before we can utter a single sigh; they are high-flying, screaming into the phone at us.

Crazy Makers peg us early on as soft touches; they are quite assured that we will be ultra-responsible, caring and empathetic to their “immediate” concerns.  They take advantage of our kind nature in countless ways, but none as much as the way they take us for granted. The best way to protect ourselves from being abused is to speak out and say what are needs are, to create boundaries and make sure that we protect ourselves from being exploited.  We cannot expect Crazy Makers to practice reasonableness.  We must allow for emergency situations to come up now and again but not permit ourselves to be shortchanged by the one-sidedness of our relationships.

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 “To be of use, an idea needs you to become real in the world.  And, it is this idea, your own original thought that will guide you, empower you, and enable you to take your place as a thought leader and catalyst for creative action.”  Phillips, J. (2006), The Art of Original Thinking, The Making of a Thought Leader.  

 

To be original we must be able to think for ourselves and not to be influenced by the perceptions or the thoughts of others. We must be able to cast aside any bias and refrain from generalizing or stereotyping.  Many free-thinkers are misrepresented persons who are labeled by society as:

  • Protagonists
  • Defiant
  • Non-conformists
  • Misfits
  • Naysayers
  • A threat to the masses
  • Activists
  • Unbelievers
  • Atheists
  • Troublemakers
  • Mentally ill
  • Skeptics
  • Agnostics
  • Guilty of heresy

But, the truth of the matter is that free-thinkers are capable of great liveliness and originality. Yes, I am proclaiming that “Freethinkers are one-of-a-kind, highly imaginative, intelligent beings that often see well-beyond the physical world, catching occasional glimpses into the mystical and improbable.  

They come in all shapes and sizes, from all occupations and pay grades.  They can be sullen and brooding, happy-go-lucky or just low-key in demeanor but they all share one common characteristic, they are original thinkers.  

Originality is the conundrum of humanness. It is what sets us apart while making us so much alike at the same time.  It is our independent side that rears its little head from time to time and gives us the spunk to protest something that we just cannot go along with and better yet, it gives us the tenacity of spirit to do something about it. 

Some Outstanding Free Thinkers

Giorando Bruno

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_Bruno

The Book – The Art of Original Thinking – The Making of a Thought Leader

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Original-Thinking-Making-Thought/dp/0977421309

Original Thinking Applied – making an impact as a major business school

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFZknDccnO4

Utube Originality in song – “Thinking of You”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bU4gbbaoNM

Utube Using Ingenuity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x17TcUMD20E&feature=related

British Council for School Environments

http://www.bcse.uk.net/downloads//34Z_Membership_leaflet_A4.pdf

http://www.freeschoolsthinking.org.uk/

The Originality of Avant-Garde and other Modernists Myths

http://books.google.com/books?id=D5-C2w8n5NwC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

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