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Are You Free From What Others Think?

English: Broken heart sewn back together
English: Broken heart sewn back together (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People are flocking to personal development and spiritual modalities like crazy these days.  Or they might be at church, mass, or temple enjoying various religions of their choosing, or for some, not their choosing.

But the point is, we are all trying to become better people.  If you really want to test yourself and see if you’re on track with your development, consider contemplating these five points below.  Chew on them for a while before immediately rejecting them and just see what you think.  Turn them towards someone who you wish would apologize and ask yourself if this isn’t what you’d want from them.

Then see yourself doing the same for others.  If you have trouble forgiving people, then you can use this information to help you visualize how it would feel to have someone forgive you for something you’ve done.  Then, when you’re comfortable with that, you can change the visualization and see yourself forgiving someone who’s harmed you.

Try to give them the same feelings that you got from the person that forgave you.  If you’re feeling fear or stagnation in your life, or depression and sadness, these exercises will help you become free from what others think.  We often trap ourselves with what others think, their judgement and opinions and it causes us to feel unworthy, insecure, and isolated in our culture.  But you can change that now, no matter what you believe.  And if you can’t physically apologize to people, just practice in your head.  It will be effective in taking you to the next step in your journey.

  1. When you can genuinely apologize to someone without needing them to respond back to you, then you no longer care what they think.
  2. When you can admit your wrongs about yourself, without excusing yourself with blame on something or someone else, then you no longer care what others think.
  3. When you apologize to someone for the sake of peace, and not for the emotional or physical comfort people bring you, then you no longer care what others think.
  4. When you can apologize without explaining or reasoning your actions to that other person, but simply use your mistakes to better yourself next time, then you no longer care what others think.
  5. When you can truly apologize and forgive someone as an act of giving, with no expectations, than you no longer care what others think.

It would be tough being this type of person with all people and at all times, but just aiming yourself in the right direction will be enough to get you on track.  When you live your life unconditionally loving others in this way, it frees you up from what others think of you – their judgements and opinions, good or bad.  The spiritual meaning it brings is profound.  It’s up to you to find that in your own journey, but you will.  We all know the right thing to do, and we all talk about these right things to do, but it’s really tough to walk that talk, which is where we all need to ramp-up to for significant changes in our social and environmental efforts.  If we want a better world, we have to be  better people.

Love and Peace

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Living on $4 a Day?

I just watched this video with Marisha Ray from BFD on Take Part TV.

Here is the comment I left on her video:

The portion sizes American’s eat are usually 2-3 times larger than what the body actually needs. Over-eating is not good for your health. Reducing portions and buying organic, as well as purchasing bulk will not only make food stamps stretch along with the food, but also reduce cost in over-the-counter medicines and other household products. As a side benefit, you produce less waste into the environment.

Read the comments below her video for other inspiring ideas on how to make your diet healthier and more affordable.

The truth is, if we all learned to live on less food, in a healthy way, we could all contribute to the hunger issues not only in our country, but around the world. And as a double solution, many bulk items and fresh produce have far less packaging than conventional and processed foods. I used to throw out my bulging plastic garbage bags once a day when I ate processed and conventional foods. When I switched to a more organic and environmentally friendly diet my pollution naturally reduced itself both in garbage and recycling.

When you consider the carbon footprint of producing, packaging and delivering food, the health implications of an American diet, and then the removal of the waste a diet like this causes, you can see that the more American’s that realize this perspective of thought, the faster we can make a huge impact on our consumerism and pollution problems.
What do you think?

Love and Peace

Yoga for Humane Living

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yoga (Photo credit: GO INTERACTIVE WELLNESS)

I’ve suffered from lower back pain for over a month now. Prior to my back pain, I thought I’d be smart and buy a rebounder (mini trampoline) to get my exercise. It was great while I used it for my two-minute workout when I caught myself sitting at my desk too much.

But, as life would have it, I got a little too zealous one day and went crazy “pushing” myself to do jumping jacks and other crazy stuff to music that’d make a person on crack freak out. Okay, I’m joking. But what ended up happening with my over-achieving workout ethic is that I pinched my sciatica in my lower back. I’ve been miserable ever since, watching my rebounder become a junk collector of my stuff.

Since I couldn’t do more than stretch and walk I was sad. I am really determined to get my body back in shape for this next summer. But I learned a couple of valuable lessons with this pain in my back. I first learned how important core strength is to any workout routine. Not only that, but I learned how essential core muscle strength is to my posture and breathing. They are all connected, you know. If you have good breathing skills, your anxiety is lower. If you have good core muscles, your posture is better, which means your breathing is deeper.

But I also realized, that was only half the battle.

Since birth, I’ve been docile. A piece of string entertained me for up to 20 minutes at a time at an age where most babies don’t have a long attention span. My characteristics were oddly similar to children with autism. My mom said that the other two kids were always into everything like normal children do. But I was quiet, self-entertained, and didn’t need much to keep me happy.

This led me into being the kid that sat around reading, drawing and listening to music for hours. I liked to go out and play with my friends too, but I was not what you would normally describe as an active child.

So naturally I chose activities throughout my life that kept me sitting around a lot. As I grew older that led into bad eating habits and more sitting around. And for many years of my life, I sat at a desk 8-9 hours a day. The point is, although I love certain recreational activities, I’m not naturally the type to run to the gym daily.

The second lesson I learned is that I have to retrain my brain to think about activities that get me moving. So I wrote out a list of positive affirmations that had to do with exercise and being active, while my back constantly reminded me that it was not participating no matter what I did. Even rolling out of bed was painful!

But I’m serious and know that I am in control of my life, my brain and my back. And with gentle persuasion, I will exercise. I will! Healthy, active, and vibrant are what descriptions I want about myself now. And although I’ve always been a sedentary type of person, I feel way better when I am moving and my body feels like a slick machine.

I did this Yoga video today. Since I can’t afford a chiropractor, I take my health into my own hands. Actually, I really believe this is better than a chiropractor because it addresses the issues of the body at a root level, not just fixing the pain. No band-aids for me and I always look for solutions that solve more than one problem in my life (and the world) so I don’t have to work as hard.

At the end of this video, I felt awesome! I laughed until tears streamed out of my eyes. That is what you call a spiritual detox of relief and joy.

If you need more reasons to support your transformation into a healthy, happy body, consider these thoughts.

You reduce your carbon footprint by not using an expensive gym that uses excessive amounts of water and electricity.
Less travel time equals more gas for other trips, less carbon footprint from travel, and more time to spend at home with your family.
Other family members can work out with you and it doesn’t cost more money.
Family time is one of the top contributors to social change.
You lead your family by example and influence, especially powerful for kids.
You can pick a different coach everyday, as well as a different workout.
You can cook dinner or do laundry or other activities in between your routines.

These are just a few reasons to help motivate you to start working out and find solutions that turn your life  into Humane living. I’m sure you can find more and use them in your daily positive affirmations.

If you’re not ready to make these kinds of changes, consider just doing the daily affirmations and visualize yourself participating in activities and exercise that you enjoy. After roughly 21 days, your brain will naturally start to give you more reasons, ideas, and clues to follow that will lead you to a more active lifestyle.

Good luck to you and your health.
Love and Peace.

You CAN Lose That Weight

Here are two inspiring videos to lift your spirits if you’re having a tough day with weight loss.  Let these two motivate you, even if you’ve seen them before.  Psychology has proven that repetition in our minds, by repeatedly exposing ourselves to things, creates a neural-pathway.  Once this neural-pathway fires enough times through repetition, it becomes automatic.  So focusing on exercise, and others that exercise can increase your brain power for weight loss.  Once your mind hits the tipping point, you will start doing it too!

You CAN do it, don’t be afraid!

Love and Peace

Low-Glycemic Index Hell

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Sugar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m excited to announce that I finally received an email from Harvard Medical School‘s research that included a list of low-glycemic indexed foods.  The other day I had done so much research I forgot  why I went to their website in the first place.  But the Law of Attraction brought it on over to me anyway.  I hurriedly opened the email, did a small jump for joy and followed the links to their 100 item food list.  After glancing over the list, I felt like I was reading Greek and my eyes sort of glazed over.

And then it dawned on me why people struggle with this stuff so much.  Just like they tell us we can’t drive home drunk, but nobody actually knows when they’re drunk, right?  There are two things going against us here.  1) Inebriation and, 2) How in the H do I know my limit, especially when I’m feelin’ soo fine!  No seriously, they need to install breathalyzer’s in places that serve alcohol. But I digress,…

So, similarly, I’m looking at this list of foods wondering what the heck a gram of food is on this chart and how do I make this all work?  Without a conversion I am lost.  So I figured, others are too.  I did some research on the good ol’ Google God and wasted my time on this YouTube video that was so pointless I wanted my minute back.

General consensus?  Confusion.  Which actually makes that YouTube video funny now that I get the humor.  Dur.

Strangely, when I find that no one seems to have a solid answer, the best place to check opinions is good ol’ Yahoo Answers.  I learn some of the greatest things there.  Here is a link to what I discovered about the Gram conversion confusion.  I admit, I do not feel any wiser after reading that, but I figured its better than being completely in the dark about carbs and sugars and now I’m one step closer to understanding what not to eat. But since everybody has different needs and different diets to meet those needs, I will probably have to compile my personal list eventually.

I would love your opinion, suggestions or otherwise comments on this subject.  I think it would be great if I had a chart sitting in my kitchen that said, “Do not eat even one chocolate covered banana bit because the glycemic load is ________.”  You know, real and practical terms. Also, since I am on a high raw, organic diet, I am curious about how that will come into play with the over all day-to-day reduction of glucose.  Here is the best chart I’ve found so far, but I don’t eat most of the foods on that list anyway.

Do you have a link or book you can share with me that has it broken down like this or similar and in dictionary style?  I’d love to hear from those of you that have sweated over this stuff!