Monday, October 17, 2011
/X-linked defines X-linked as, 1. relating to genes or characteristics or conditions carried on the X chromosome; "an X-linked mutation". We (women) carry two X chromosomes, and the X chromosome inherited from our mothers is active in some cells, and X inherited from our fathers may be active in other cells. ghr.nlm.nih.gov/chromosome/X
There are any number of disorders connected with the X chromosome ghr.nlm.nih.gov/chromosome/X/show/Co
nditions including breast cancer, eye and bone problems, including color blindness, rickets and osteoporosis, but the chromosome serves as a rich resource of genetic data.
“Genes housed on the X chromosome shed new light on the human mind, including why identical female twins differ more than male twins, why there are more male geniuses and male autists, and why you may have mom to thank for your brains.” www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201
So what does this have to do with us Sparkers?
We can thank our parents for gifting us our mental and physical health and the scientists for discovering the genetic links to living a life "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".
Namaste my friends.
Monday, September 26, 2011
THREADS3 notified the Mindfulness and Meditation Team of an opportunity this weekend, for which I am thankful in so many ways.
The free Mindfulness Conference combines Social and Spiritual Wellness, where we:
“perform social roles effectively, comfortably, without harming others” and
explore “the meaning and purpose of human existence”.
“Creating a Mindful Society” stars Friday, Sept 30 @ 8:00 pm EST and ends Saturday @ 10:00 pm. For those of us who have other plans, the archived video stream is available for 30 days after the event.
The final session will cover these topics:
“1. How do we engage the broader public in a conversation about the benefits of mindfulness practice? Could millions someday make mindfulness practice a normal part of their lives, and if so, how might that happen?
2. How can we develop, demonstrate, and gain acceptance for specific applications of mindfulness in different aspects of society and the workplace?
3. How do we help create a mindful society, in terms of both civil society and public policy?
4. What is the future of the mindfulness community? Where do we go from here?”
The website to view the agenda and register is: live.soundstrue.com
Here’s to all of us combining the many aspects of Wellness as we learn to become "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".
Namaste my friends
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
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
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…
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.
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.
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
Confirmed couch potatoes will find positive affirmations @ life.familyeducation.com/exercise/we
“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.”
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.
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
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".
– Like money is the only thing of Value…
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
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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