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W’s – Wealth

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Can’t say it any better than yesterday’s Healthy Reflection…

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
- Mohandas Gandhi

“Redefining wealth

America is the richest nation on the planet. Daily, the importance and value of monetary wealth is reinforced to us--cars, celebrity, pampering, exotic travel, a desirable wardrobe, and money beyond comprehension are constantly before our eyes as the goals you "should" strive for.

Money is power, they say, but is it really? Studies show that the wealthy are no happier than anyone else. In fact some would say people in such circumstances are even more prone to addiction, depression, and feelings of low self-worth.

The real goals you should desire are a healthy body and a positive lifestyle.

Eating well, exercising, and getting adequate rest gives you an edge against cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other ailments that are wrecking our society and cutting lives short every day.

A long, healthy life and taking care of yourself should be your new marker for wealth.”

Here’s to all of us redefining not only our definition of wealth, but our lives as we become "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends
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CRYSTALJEM 9/22/2011 2:12PM

    So very well put.

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BUTTERFLYAT38 9/22/2011 1:38AM

    emoticon so true where there is no inner peace it doesn't matter what you possess. well done as always! emoticon

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CAMOGIE3 9/21/2011 9:21PM

    so true so true!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/21/2011 8:44PM

    I agree that health is the real wealth! There is a studied aspect that says once a certain level of needs are met (the physical survival and moderate comfort), more financial wealth does not necessarily make people happier!

Here's to peace, contentment, amid all that Awareness in our wide-Awake world!

Peace. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/21/2011 7:17PM

    This is rich!

Those of us who've had a few health problems really know deep down: health is true wealth . . . . and wealth doesn't matter.

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GIANTPANDA 9/21/2011 3:51PM

    Great blog. Anyone who has faced health challenges knows all too well that having good health is so valuable. It is amazing how much Americans spend on health care each year and as a population we are increasingly unhealthy in many ways. I've been struck by great teachers who meditate, walk, eat healthy, but have very little money. People flock to them wanting to know how to experience that same kind of peace and health.

Recently biking became much more popular where I live and it reminded me that before cars everyone had to bike or walk. In other words, people often got much more exercise in their daily life.

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NIGHTVIXEN 9/21/2011 3:19PM

  Love this. Thanks for posting such a blog! :)

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ESILBO 9/21/2011 12:38PM

    LOVE YOUR BLOG...THANK YOU
NAMASTE
LISE

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ESILBO 9/21/2011 12:37PM

    LOVE YOUR BLOG...THANK YOU
NAMASTE
LISE

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SILLYHP1953 9/21/2011 11:20AM

    I'd give it a shot...being happy with a lot of money, but I do fully agree that money can't hold a candle to health and love and peace.

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NIKOBLUE 9/21/2011 10:59AM

    I am definitely learning to like living with less. And I am happier for it.

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ERNOINACTION 9/21/2011 10:31AM

    I just love reading your stuff. It puts things in a different light and that's so needed. This is definitely an interesting issue. Sometimes I think we lose our place and forget what's really important. You've planted a seed in my mind, thanks!

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_LINDA 9/21/2011 10:30AM

    I LOVE those Healthy Reflections, its the best e-mail I have ever recieved, very timely and current suggestions for you to think about. My physiotherapist was impressed by my dedication to fitness, healthy eating and knowledge of nutrition and fitness:) Go Sparks!!!
I have never been concerned about money beyond its value to meet my basic needs, I always put my health first -I would buy the freshest, best produce even if its more expensive then buying at the discount store.. Mom is amazed at the price I pay for my organic Russian Blue potatoes at the Farmer's Market, as well as my peppers, but nothing beats fresh, really.
I, above all people, know how precious good health is when I have had so much trouble with mine. I appreciate every day I can breathe freely and move :) I work hard to keep it that way.

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AFITONE 9/21/2011 10:12AM

    So true...without our health what good is any wealth? I am rich :) emoticon

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PAMULDROW2007 9/21/2011 9:53AM

    Great blog

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W’s – Weight and overcoming inertia

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weight is defined as “the quality of heaviness in things, determined by their mass or quantity of matter as acted on by the force of gravity, that counteracts efforts to lift or move them” (Encarta). Synonyms are “heaviness, burden, load.”

Interesting - the definitions have to do with counteracting gravity, vertically and horizontally…
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Sir Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian’s First Law of Motion states that “Every body perseveres in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed thereon.”

Inertia resists motion if at rest, or resists speeding/slowing, if in motion.
Inertia is proportional to a body's mass.
The more mass a body has, the more inertia it has.
www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/WindTunnel
/Activities/first2nd_lawsf_motion.html


To move or change direction/speed, the body must have an outside force acting on it.
In other words, we must overcome inertia and in my case, that means exercise inertia.
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Thank goodness there are a number of websites that can help us be that outside force.

Bill Larson, describes it well in his Weight Loss journey blog: billivorylarson.com/a-body-at-rest-a
-body-in-motion.html


Confirmed couch potatoes will find positive affirmations @ life.familyeducation.com/exercise/we
ight/46768.html

“I love to exercise.”
“It feels good to exercise.”
“I would rather exercise than sit around at night.”
“I love to take walks during lunch.”
“I love to go out dancing.”
“I enjoy going to the gym and working out.”
“I enjoy my aerobics classes.”
“I like to play tennis, golf, racquetball, and so on.”
“I enjoy my home exercise program.”
“I smile after a good workout.”

www.boxingscene.com/exercise/59859.p
hp
describes the three steps prior to action:
- Pre-Contemplation: not active, not thinking about it, and really don't see why you should;
- Contemplation: thinking about getting active, but not quite ready;
- Preparation: You've thought, you've decided, and you're making arrangements

And thanks to David Mendosa, we may even learn about the Hawthorne Effect.
www.mendosa.com/blog/?p=271

Here’s to all of us, no matter our Weight, counteracting gravity be it physical or mental, and moving toward being "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends
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AZURELITE 9/21/2011 9:17AM

    Great inspiration here! Thanks for posting!!!
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NEW_PARADIGM 9/20/2011 11:57PM

    I was wrangling to get my mind around the mental inertia that lags even when the legs and scale have started moving -- perfectly timed for me, thanks!

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_LINDA 9/20/2011 11:11PM

    You are preaching to the preacher -I would be lost with out my exercise!!!
It just feels too good to give up!! Like Ellen's comment -inertia is the 'wait' that sustains 'weight' RIGHT ON!!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 9/20/2011 11:06PM

    its true. you get to a point where if you do it enough on automatic..you crave it. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/20/2011 8:26PM

    What's really great about those simple affirmations is how quickly they become truth!

I love taking my walks. I think more clearly because I let myself be active! Scientific research proves it.

Here's to overcoming that inertia, countering the weight of resistance... to become oh, so AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that is!

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WATERMELLEN 9/20/2011 7:35PM

    Inertia is the "wait" that sustains "weight"!!

And: I'm very familiar with it.

However, I no longer expect to want to exercise . . . until after I've done it. My old friend, after-acquired motivation.

(Interestingly, if I ask Charlie if he feels like going for a walk, he ALWAYS says "Yes"!)

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SILLYHP1953 9/20/2011 3:12PM

    Those are wonderful affirmations...I must start using them!!!

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V’s – Volunteering

Monday, September 19, 2011

Volunteering is defined as, "somebody who works without being paid, somebody who does something voluntarily, especially something undesirable" or "someone who offers free help, performs, or offers to perform, or work of their own free will" (Encarta). Synonyms are "unpaid helper, unpaid assistant and helper".
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Volunteering is one of the aspects of Social Wellness, which can lead to successful and balanced lifestyles.


It is considered so important that it is one of the 8 elements of the Live Healthy Nebraska 6 Week Lifestyle Challenge:
• Water: 64 oz. water/day
• Fruits: 2-3 cups/day
• Vegetables: 2-3 cups/day
• Whole Grains: 4-6 cups/day
• Activity: 150 minutes/week
• Sleep: 7-9 hours/day
• Stress: Less
• Volunteer: 1x/week

www.livehealthynebraska.org/aspx/pro
grams.aspx


One of my favorite quotes about ‘paying’ Volunteers is, "Volunteers are unpaid not because they are Worthless, but because they are Priceless.”

Here’s to all of us, as we find out what works for us, including others and sharing our experience and more importantly, precious time, as we become "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends
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VALERIEMAHA 9/20/2011 11:54AM

    Ellen is SO RIGHT about the service you offer with your incredible blogs!!!
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Maha

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_LINDA 9/19/2011 10:31PM

    This is an awesome idea by your state!! I sure hope it catches on!!!
LOVE that quote about volunteers!!! So true!
Thanks so much for all your hard work in researching and finding information to share with us on how to improve ourselves to make us better human beings!!
YOU are priceless!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/19/2011 8:00PM

    Love it. I'm stealing that quote!

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NEW_PARADIGM 9/19/2011 6:59PM

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SWEETSOUNDS11 9/19/2011 11:18AM

    "Volunteers are unpaid not because they are Worthless, but because they are Priceless.” I never heard that quote before, it's wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 9/19/2011 11:02AM

    Spark People itself is an amazing opportunity for volunteering support, knowledge and encouragement: look at the priceless blogs you post as just one example of that.

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V’s – Vision 2 – Visualization

Friday, September 16, 2011

Visualization in psychology is a transitive and intransitive verb meaning “to create a Vivid positive mental picture of something such as a desired outcome to a problem, in order to promote a sense of well-being” (Encarta).

Visualization can be used to relieve pain, promote healing, and combat stress and/or anxiety.
EzineArticles.com/6442497
www.all4naturalhealth.com/natural-an
xiety-treatment.html

www.preferred-home-remedies.com/visu
alization.html


“Creative visualization can transport you out of a state of stress or fear, and into a new space of inner calm, peace and tranquility… creating the relaxation response – the perfect state for learning, healing, or focusing on goals.” healthonline.us/creative-visualizati
on/


"Nature of Mind" - Alex Grey

We can teach ourselves to visualize by:
1. planning what we are going to visualize
2. finding a visualization space/place
3. starting with three deep breaths
4. mentally work our way down our bodies, until the “whole body feels relaxed, warm and heavy”
5. practice our visualization “either from memory or by listening to recorded instructions”
6. keeping our eyes closed for a few more minutes upon completion
natural-health.most-effective-soluti
on.com/2008/09/affirmations-and-visual
izations/


There is power in Visualization, just as there is in:
• Action
• Discipline
• Follow Up
• Self Mastery
• Persistence
• Gratitude
• Positive Thinking
• Hard Work
• Perspectives
• Commitment
www.danielngari.com/blog/series/powe
r-series/


Here’s to all of us finding what works for us and Visualizing a future self “AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends
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HIKINGLEAH 9/19/2011 9:21AM

    Thanks for this! emoticon

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BUTTERFLYAT38 9/18/2011 8:00AM

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This is awesome. Thanks. This plateau of mine is a struggle and i need different ideas to overcome it.

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CAMOGIE3 9/17/2011 8:30PM

    Many thanks for all your great blogs!!!

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_LINDA 9/17/2011 12:05AM

    Visualization has long been used in the athletic world to boost performance..
Spark People's Vision collage is a great way for people short of time to see their goals if they can't take the time to meditate on them.
Vision is so very important..

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WATERMELLEN 9/16/2011 10:50PM

    Visualization: this is something new for me to explore. Thank you as always, KALIGIRL, for your generosity and your sharing spirit!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/16/2011 9:13PM

    To that future self unique to each of us! Thanks for another thoughtful entry!

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HIKINGSD 9/16/2011 5:29PM

    I love your blogs!

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NIKOBLUE 9/16/2011 11:00AM

    I love this and can testify that it works! I have a selection beautiful scenes that I use when I meditate. A forest clearing with my family and dogs, a lovely seascape with my SparkFriends, and others with a mixture of that and more. I add more and more detail each time so it becomes very real to me. Then when I have a stressful moment, I can close my eyes and I'm right there, and it reminds me that I have peace inside whenever I want it.
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Also, when I got one of my tattoos, I was able to escape to a tropical island every time that needle went to work on my spine! ;-)
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V’s – Vision 1 – our eyes

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vision is defined as “the ability to see, an image or concept having revelatory or prophetic significance, far-sightedness” (Encarta).

“It was once said that the eyes are the windows to our soul… Droopy eyes tell us that person is lacking sleep. Eyes with dark circles tell us the person needs to take a break and relax. But a pair of red shot eyes; that can mean a lot of things...” ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Have-Healt
hy-Eyes-Today&id=4876961

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While I was going to talk about the power of the mind, I came across great advice on keeping our eyes healthy and thought I’d share...
www.care2.com/greenliving/10-easy-wa
ys-to-healthy-eyes.html

www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/healtha
ndlifestyle.asp?sid=215

www.webmd.com/eye-health/maintaining
-good-eyesight

www.age-well.org/healthy-eyes.html

things like diet:
www.eyecaresource.com/health/healthy
-eyes/

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exercise:
www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/healtha
ndlifestyle.asp?sid=207#c1

www.healthtipspedia.com/tips-on-how-
to-have-healthy-eyes/

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adjustments @ work:
mashable.com/2011/08/06/eyestrain-in
fographic/

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protection:
www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,203
07275,00.html

www.webmd.com/eye-health/features/ho
w-to-pick-good-sunglasses

www.healthyeyesforlife.org/?p=212
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and even using honey:
www.health-benefits-of-honey.com/hea
lthyeyes.html

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Here’s to all of us remembering to include eye health in our quest to become AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

Namaste my friends
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_LINDA 9/17/2011 12:12AM

    It mortified me seeing these young construction workers slicing stones with an electric saw and not wearing any eye protection. Not only that, these young men carrying and moving heavy bricks were sometimes barefoot and in nothing but sandals!!
I wanted wrap around sunglasses, but they couldn't get my prescription in them, so I am stuck with these huge bulky square like things. You never know how precious something really is until you lose it..

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WATERMELLEN 9/15/2011 9:33PM

    Vision in the simple non-metaphorical sense of "being able to see" has been a top of mind concern for me with my serious eye infection problems over the past couple of weeks . . . so I really like this.

Simple vision is vital for me both because I love to read, and because I take so much pleasure in the physical world.

And then too of course there is VISION in the prophetic sense . . . sought, never achieved with any finality, but so key to any spiritual wholeness . . .

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/15/2011 8:45PM

    What a treasure our eyesight is. While recognizing that life doesn't end with its loss, it adds so much joy, and enriches us. Here's to its health!

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