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DRINKING LOTS OF WATER


WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A DROP TO
 DRINK…


This may have been true for the ancient mariner a couple of centuries ago, but there is NO excuse today!

 


Over 20 years ago, I was telling my clients…Drink More Water. At the time it was more of an anomaly than I realized. Now, you hear and see it on every corner you turn. The authorities espousing all the Good reasons for doing so, and most all these reason are good and generally true.

Now I’d like to tell you why I was telling my clients to do so – sooooo many years ago. Most of it is now generally recognize, although back then it was not!

#1. Water (that is tap and mineral water) tend serve as a conductor of electricity – therefore assisting the CNS (Central Nervous System) in its “functions” and aiding to keep the spine flexible.

#2. In Chinese medicine the organ “system” (including the meridian associated with the organ), that governs the overall quality of the back and the back muscles…is the Bladder – which by the way runs along both sides of the spine – and works with its Yin counterpart Kidney. And…an excellent source for re-balancing, as well as maintaining the integrity of the Bladder/Kidney meridians is………Drinking lots of Water…again, assisting to keep the Spine Flexible!

#3. The general rule, it helps to clear out toxins that have just been stirred up as a result of the massage or bodywork.

At the bottom of the “Lifestyle’s” page, I mention an idea that went like this Good>>Better>>Best. If Good is all you can get – Go for it. But, always shoot for Better and aim for the Best! This is one of those areas where this truly applies:

If you haven’t already, form the habit……………. AND DRINK, DRINK, DRINK

  • GOOD:  It is good to drink tap water than No water at all.
  • BETTER:  It is better to drink bottled or filtered water 
  • BEST:  It is best to drink Natural Spring Water!
Tip* Drinking water can be insipid. So for me, it became a conviction. I vowed to drink, at minimum, an 8 ounce glass of water, every two hours, every day. In order to do this, I made certain to keep a resource nearby. Systematically, I would set the alarm on my cell to remind me. When the alarm sounded, I did not sip my water! I drank it completely, and reset the alarm.This was how I established a water habit. Try it!

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TAI CHI

 
Circulating, Flowing, Blending, Chi*…
Posture, Movement, Breath, creating beauty in the human body/mind.
All components of Tai Chi and Qigong
 *Life Force Energy
 
In very simple terms, both have their roots in Chinese Martial Arts. Both cultivate and balance the Chi. Both have elements of healing and defense. Tai Chi is a form of internal (spiritual/mental) martial arts derived from the old Taoist qigong tradition. Qigong is more a practice of moving meditation that is typically associated with medicine and healing.
The benefits of both abound: relaxation, increased energy, nourishment of the joints, gracefulness, longevity, strengthening of internal organs, flexibility, balance… In China qigong is used therapeutically to treat a wide variety of conditions including hypertension, obesity, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, peptic ulcers, tumors, cancer and more.

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  • “THE WAY OF QIGONG – THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CHINESE ENERGY HEALING” by Kenneth S. Cohen

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GETTING OUT INTO NATURE

Get Out Into Nature Let the Trees Whisper in your ears. Let the wind caress your cheek. Have the sun dance upon your skin. Smell the fragrance of the flowers.  See the magnificent and varied colors they express. Allow the grass or sand to wriggle around your toes, or the ocean waves to rinse your mind in rhythmic waves. Feel the rain brush lightly on your lashes.


Being in nature is an excellent way not only to “ground’ yourself from life’s overload, but did you know that the sound, sight, and scents of nature create hemispheric balance between the Right and Left sides of the brain. This allows you to tune into whatever is occurring in your life with greater precision and clarity. WOW!

Not only that, our bodies, like plants, thrive on sunlight. It needs it to make Vitamin D – which awakens our cells to ENHANCE the body! WOW again!!!

I highly recommend discarding any and all images and beliefs that the sun and nature are threatening. (Remember that our thoughts and beliefs create our world). Find the Joy in nature…enable it to re-calibrate your vibration back towards harmony with all!

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  •  All Of Mother Earth
  • All Of Father Sky

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GETTING PLENTY OF SLEEP OR REST

Stealing a catnap in the middle of a work/school day may help – but is it a solution?

Some authorities say we have a growing problem of sleep deprivation, or a lack of good rest with this busy world we live in today. Go, Go, Go….

But sleep “needs” vary depending on age, work intensity, stress , and lifestyle…And though an exact amount cannot be pinpointed, getting a sufficient amount for your individual needs is of high priority!

Lack of adequate sleep has been known to generate irritability, poor vision, slowness, heart disease, depression, sloppiness, colds, distractedness…just to name a few.

Getting a “good’ night’s sleep, however, has equally multiple benefits…such as increased mental clarity, strong cognitive function, stress reduction, weight loss, improved skin, better sex drive, less likely to have accidents…again just to name a few.

Approximately 75 years ago we averaged almost eight hours of sleep a night. Now our general average is down to 6.8. Whether these numbers reflect a serious issue or not is hard to say. However, according to BUSINESS INSIDER, nearly 40% of Americans get less than seven hours a sleep a night and an estimated 70 million have sleep disorders!

With a slightly different perspective, in a research study done by the University of California in 2010, it was suggested that the secret to a long life may come with “just enough sleep”…showing surprising results. The surprise was that when sleep was measured objectively, the best survival (longevity) rate was found among women (ages 50 – 81) who slept 5 to 6.5 hours. (These finding are published on line in the Sleep Medicine journal).

Who decides what just enough is…  YOU! YOU! YOU! So time to WAKE UP and SLEEP (more or less) – depending on YOUR needs or objectives.

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  • The Comfort of Your Own Bed! Enjoy!

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FINDING OUR PURPOSE…
Is there truly such a thing as purpose? Is it possible to find it? And can we fulfill it?  

Let me state what I feel to be an appropriate answer to the questions above……YES, YES, and YES!

 

Creating or having a purpose in life is not only indisputable, but also multifarious. For instance, there is Universal Purpose (some may call it SOUL purpose). Universal purpose is of utmost importance. It is the highest purpose we can have.  It is to grow in awareness and understanding. Another way of saying this is – to increase the flame of our individual LIGHT into its true brilliance…or we could say it is simply – to EVOLVE…to become ENLIGHTENED. Then there is what I like to call Life (or Inner) Purpose. Life purpose is, to me, what we came here to do in order to help and serve others as well as our Selves.  Such as Dr. Depak Chopra indicates… his purpose is to heal, to make everyone he comes into contact with happy, and to create peace. This is a higher purpose that gives meaning to our lives. Outer Purpose on the other hand is more closely oriented towards goals or ideals like getting that higher paying job so that we can buy the bigger house or wear nicer clothes. There is nothing wrong with this type of purpose as long as we don’t decide to “live” in this place. We also have what I like to call Present Moment Purpose. With this we are consciously creating a purpose for everything we do – all the little things done and accomplished each day…i.e. getting out of bed in the morning, doing the dishes, walking the dog.  To approach this with a different perspective, I am saying that we consciously create a purpose for every activity – even when there doesn’t seem to be any desire to perform that activity, effort, or work, “It is in the present moment that one finds, creates and fulfills purpose” says Daniel Condron author of the book “The Purpose of Life”. He also states ”purpose is personal benefit – it begins with Self and includes Self  –  for as we cause our Self to be a better person by practicing purpose in all that we do – we become much more capable of helping and aiding many more people”.

Present Moment Purpose, Outer Purpose, and Life Purpose all enhance and add to finding and fulfilling the Universal Purpose. Condron illustrate that we need to practice all the little purposes every day in order to build towards knowing the big purpose in life. This is how we find it…that, coupled with a Still Mind, WILL, and Commitment.

FULFILLMENT of Purpose –“In order to fulfill any purpose we have we must make each day an opportunity for learning and the growth of awareness. Fulfilling our purpose is a matter of our thoughts…and people who fulfill their purpose in life constantly upgrade their thoughts, attitudes, and mental images. This upgrading process leads to great initiations and transformations in consciousness”.  The above statements and ideas are a blending of ideas and quotes resulting from Dr. Condron’s book mentioned in the prior paragraph. I have borrowed them for they succinctly illustrate what I am wishing to convey….Thank You Daniel Condron for your work and gift!

 

In summary…

Our purpose Is “to be LIGHT” and “to LOVE” is the greatest way of becoming that light…

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  • SELF, Still Mind, Will, Commitment

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  • “THE PURPOSE OF LIFE” by Daniel R. Condron
  • “A NEW EARTH – AWAKENING TO YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE by Eckhart Tolle

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YOGA

THERE ARE ENDLESS STYLES OF YOGA……Iyengar, Astanga, Bikram, Hatha, Kripalu, Power, Kundalini, Sivananda, Viniyoga. You have to experiment, experience, and explore as to which style is best for you. Regardless of your choice, the underlying philosophy and purpose for yoga is common among all the different styles…that is to strengthen the body, make it more flexible, calm and FOCUS the mind, AND awaken the Spirit.

The Health Benefits (i.e. better posture, better breathing) are AS numerous, if not more so, than the different styles. The main thing to keep in mind…Is to pick a style that is right for YOU – And only you can determine that! 

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  • “YOGA, YOUTH, AND REINCARNATION” by Jess Stern
  • “LIGHT ON YOGA: YOGA DIPIKA” by B.K.S. Iyengar

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 Man must gain knowledge if he is to move beyond his past and present limitationsHowever, I would like to make it clear that I am not referring exclusively, or even primarily, to knowledge of an erudite nature. It is excellent and has a valuable place in the process of growth. More so, though, I am speaking of experiential type knowledge, but most importantly I am speaking of Self and Spiritual Knowledge.

 

In the Vishnu book “The God Within”, it states:

“as the child grows…it slowly winds its way through the channel of true vaginal expression that is within the scope of material existence, not as an embryo but as a fine image of the likeness of God and the fine expression of all vibration… Growth is needed from the carnal to the celestial…and it is the WILL of a person that decides what that growth will be”.

 Years will often go by before man begins to contemplate WHY he must grow, especially through the density of the material existence, yet this is of necessity! This is how man gathers a “fuller” growth pattern, and is able to give a higher understanding to the material world in which he lives…also, to gain the experience in the helping and teaching of others. For it is actually through the thought process of giving to another individual the respect due to the greatness of their spirit…and by giving that “supreme” thought, that we are led into the peace, the happiness, the understanding…of the “purpose” of being in a constant growth pattern.

According to Daniel R. Condron and his book “THE STAGES OF GROWTH”, there are Four Stages of growth (Infancy, Adolescence, Adulthood, and Wisdom)…and, there are also qualities of each stage of growth…and by knowing these different qualities, one is able to determine what stage one is in and then use that to the fullest for his growth. For example, the stage of growth know as Adolescence contains such qualities as curiosity, experimentation, independence, action, questioning, independence………the stage of growth known as Wisdom contains such qualities as peace,  longevity, objectivity, and identity.

About the stage of Wisdom, he goes on to say that you do not have to wait until you are physically old in order to be wise. I feel this is key! He says you can gain wisdom anytime you are willing to teach, share and give of what you have learned freely and without reservation, with an open heart and full of Love.

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  • “THE STAGES OF GROWTH” by Daniel R. Condron
  • “BASIC SELF KNOWLEDGE” by Harry Benjamin
  • “JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL” by Richard Back

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