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Peace starts within

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Peace starts within us- we cannot bring to the world what we do not have to offer.

Often we look at the outside world and find it in a state of seeming chaos or disorder. We feel compelled to transform the situation from one of turmoil into one of peace, yet we are often disappointed in our best attempts to do so. One reason for this is that we cannot bring to the world what we do not have to offer. Peace starts in our own minds and hearts, not outside of ourselves, and until its roots are firmly entrenched in our own selves, we cannot manifest it externally. Once we have found it within, we can share it with our family, our community, and the whole wide world. Some of us may already be doing just that, but for most of us, the first step is looking within and honestly evaluating the state of our own relationship to peacefulness.

Interestingly, people who manifest peace internally are not different from us; they have chattering thoughts and troubled emotions like we all do. The difference is that they do not lend their energy to them, so those thoughts and feelings can simply rise and fall like the waves of the ocean without disturbing the deeper waters of peacefulness within. We all have this ability to choose how we distribute our energy, and practice enables us to grow increasingly more serene as we choose the vibration of peace over the vibration of conflict. We begin to see our thoughts and feelings as tiny objects on the surface of our being that pose no threat to the deep interior stillness that is the source of peacefulness.

When we find that we are able to locate ourselves more and more in the deeper waters and less on the tumultuous surface of our being, we have discovered a lasting relationship with peace that will enable us to inspire peace beyond ourselves. Until then, we help the world most by practicing the art of choosing peace within.

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MAGICKCAT 1/17/2012 8:10PM

    it is said. ""If that which you seek you find not within yourself, you'll not find it without".

Success does not bring Happiness, Happiness brings Success!

As always, I enjoy your thoughts..... emoticon

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NANCYLRAGS 1/9/2012 7:43PM

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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EXCUSES-BE-GONE 1/8/2012 2:40PM

    Wonderful blog , full of Wisdom. Thanks , Paulette

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7356WILMA 1/8/2012 2:13PM

  It does start with us!!


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SNOWMAIDEN 1/8/2012 7:53AM

    Very true! It all starts with us...

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Calling all chocolate lovers You're goinna love this!

Friday, January 06, 2012

I like my chocolate but have never been addicted to it. But when I do want it it's dark chocolate all the way! Its loaded with healthier antioxidants.
Chocolate tastes sinfully sweet, but we no longer need to feel guilty about indulging in an ounce or two a few times a week. A growing number of studies show that chocolate, especially antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, has health benefits that put it squarely on the latest list of superfoods. A key reason chocolate has so many health benefits is that it is rich in flavonoids, which are naturally occurring substances found in plants that can provide a serious boost in antioxidant action for you.
the chocolate, the better. Eat only less-processed chocolate that contains at least 65 percent cacao, recommends Joy DuBost, PhD, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman. Not only does dark chocolate have a higher concentration of antioxidants than milk chocolate, but milk chocolate is also higher in added sugar and unhealthy fats. Still, the daily dose of antioxidants in dark chocolate doesnt give you license to indulge in a dessert free-for-all dark chocolate is still loaded with fat and calories so eat a max of 1 to 2 ounces a day

It Fights Free Radicals

It Prevents Heart Disease

It Decreases Stroke Risk

It Raises Good Cholesterol

It Lowers Blood Pressure

It Improves Vision

It's a Mood Booster

It Helps Prevent Cancer

It May Help You Live Longer

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MAGICKCAT 1/7/2012 3:59PM

    I ALWAYS KNEW Chocolate was good for you, now I'm sure! I love dark chocolate the most too. YAY!!!! It's a food group! emoticon

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KMICHA 1/7/2012 3:27PM

    Any excuse to eat chocolate is good!!! BUT when studies show that it is GOOD for you . . . . Pass the lovely dark chocolate please!!1 emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 1/7/2012 2:18PM

    Well said!!! I love Chocolate and now I know I can have a taste and do my body good!

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GRAYGRANNY 1/7/2012 8:51AM

    I KNEW there was a reason I LOVED chocolate...........and yes the dark chocolate is my choice overall..........and I have always said that whatever the question........chocolate is the answer!!! LOL

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ROCKINFOX 1/6/2012 10:52PM

    I emoticon dark chocolate!! It's gotten to the point that any kind of chocolate that's below 65% cocoa is too sweet for me lol. However I do use the semi-sweet chocolate for candy making because it's easier to find and easier to melt.

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Our Most Powerful Source

Friday, January 06, 2012

During the day we need to monitor our thoughts to see if we are investing our energy where it isnt useful.

Our thoughts are powerful forces in the process of our experiencing our life's path. We are be able to recall a time when frustration that was based on nothing more than a misunderstanding completely evaporate when our understanding changed. This is because our interpretation defines our experience, and it can change in an instant. Our only true reality is the present moment, so rather than merely accepting that life is happening to us, we can harness the power of our thoughts to actively create a positive reality. For example, we can choose to appreciate beauty around us rather than focusing on traffic or look for admirable qualities in the people we deal with rather than focusing on the negative. By choosing how to interpret and define each moment with our thoughts, we truly create our reality

Throughout the day, we can monitor our thoughts to catch ourselves in the middle of investing our energy elsewheresuch as into belief in limitationsand instead pull our focus back to the infinite possibilities of the present. Taking a deep breath helps us center our thoughts on beingcpresent in our bodies right now. Regular meditation allows us to gain mastery over our minds so that we can still our thoughts to focus on the pureness of being. If we mentally dwell on the past or the future, we may miss the experience of living in the present moment. Setting and visualizing goals is wonderful, but we can bring our thoughts into our current experience by taking steps to create them now.

Our minds are powerful tools that we harness to create our reality. Through them we move the unformed energy of the universe into form, which gives us direction for our words and actions. Each thought is like a stone dropped into a lake, sending ripples out into our world to affect all they touch. We can choose our focus and how we invest our energy, which gives us the power to design our lives to be whatever we choose in each and every moment.

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MAGICKCAT 1/17/2012 8:13PM

    Quantum Physics will bear this all out to be very true. I am a firm believer in creating our own realities, and limitless possibilities!

Well Said!


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4EVER21B 1/6/2012 10:31PM

    Well said. emoticon

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

We all know by now that regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and we know if we ever want to reach our goal weight, we’d better be breaking a sweat. Exercise is not only a key ingredient in weight loss but also helps many of the body’s systems function better and can ward off heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and many other damaging conditions. Plus, exercise has been shown to improve skin health, boost mood, and give you more energy.
So why is it that people still manage to come up with every excuse in the book not to work out? It’s time to take some of your most common reasons not to exercise, and transform them into renewed fitness motivation.

'I'm Too Busy.'
Everyone of us has said it at one time or another that we’re too busy to exercise. But when it comes down to it it’s just a matter of setting priorities, If you really want it; to exercise, you'll make the time, Whether that means getting up an hour earlier in the morning to go for a brisk walk or taking an hour for lunch and walking with co-workers rather than chatting away in the cafeteria. Need more fitness motivation? A large study in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, found that women who walk for exercise reduce their stroke risk over those who are sedentary.

'Exercise Is Boring.'
Sure, walking on a treadmill every morning for 30 to 60 minutes can be more than a bit of a snore. So can riding on a stationary bicycle. But exercise doesn’t have to be boring at all, The key is to find an exercise that you like — and with choices as varied as swimming, skiing, tennis, yoga, Zumba, and more, finding a fitness method that works for should be no more than a matter of trial and error.
Another way to combat boredom is to change your exercise routine every four to six weeks Constantly changing your routine will keep it challenging, and can also get you over a weight loss plateau if you experience a stall on the scale.

'I'm in Too Much Pain.'
Granted, you won’t feel like working out if your muscles are sore or you suffer from joint pain or arthritis. But when done right, exercise can help you manage your pain better. Low-impact routines such as Palates and yoga as well as water aerobics is found to improve symptoms of back pain more than traditional treatment methods, because they won’t stress your joints. I SHOULD KNOW! Plus, exercise will strengthen the muscles that support your joints, and keep your bones strong and healthy.

'Joining the Gym Costs Too Much.'
Gym memberships can get pricey, and any amount is too much if you don’t use your membership which I dare say most of us are guilty of. But cost shouldn’t be an excuse for not working out. There are plenty of free options out there. One of the best free things you can do is start a walking routine, You can walk anywhere, and the only cost is a comfortable pair of shoes. Studies show that walking can help with weight loss, which can help ward off diabetes. If walking doesn’t excite you, you can do many other free exercises, like biking, dancing, or even gardening or vacuuming. You can also invest in a few simple pieces of at-home exercise equipment and follow workout DVDs or routines you can download from the Internet for free.

'I'm Too Fat to Exercise.'
If you dread going out in public because you’re afraid other people will stare, choose a different place to exercise, at least until you’ve had some weight loss success. And when you combine exercise with a healthy, Nutritarian Lifestyle you will see success. Also, we really do need to get over worrying about what we look like in exercise clothes. You will feel so much better about yourself after you exercise for a few weeks that you will look forward to it.

'I'm Not Coordinated Enough.'
You want to see two left feet. Then join me in my living room every morning! LOL
You don’t have to be a super athlete to exercise. Hec I'm no super Athlete that's sure, but I'm out there doing it regardless! Maybe tennis isn’t for you if you’re afraid of the balls coming at your head, and you might be too short to dunk a basketball, no matter how hard you try. The key is finding an exercise you enjoy and that matches your skill level. Key; resist the urge to compare yourself to others, and focus just on the improvements you can see and feel yourself making. Once you start to exercise regularly, you’ll be amazed at what you’re capable of.

'It's Too Hot' or 'It's Too Cold.'
Extremes in the weather are common excuses for not working out. They shouldn’t be. “If it’s too hot or too cold outside, you always have indoor options," "Go to the gym, where it’s air-conditioned or heated, or for a walk around the mall, where it’s climate-controlled.” If it’s hot when you exercise, be sure to drink enough water to stay hydrated — dehydration can be dangerous. If it’s cold outside, dress in layers to trap your body’s heat. One benefit of exercising in the cold weather is that it burns more calories! Need more fitness motivation? Exercise also increases your energy levels, which can be lower in gloomy weather.

'I'll Mess My Hair.'
People!!! Come on.... Seriously?
Believe it or not but there are women (and even some men) who spend a lot of time and money to perfectly coif their hair and can be more than a bit hesitant to mess up their ‘do with a sweaty workout. So much so that the current U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin told listeners at a trade show that they should stop letting their hair get in the way of their health. If you’re worried about your hair, apply a little extra hair spray before you head out for a run or wear a headband to soak up sweat from your forehead. Another option is to keep dry shampoo and a blow-dryer in your gym bag so you can touch up your hair after working out. But really!

'I Partied Too Much Last Night.'
Really? Again I hope you have more control than this!
When you’re hung over, it’s tempting to stay in bed all day drinking water, but a simple hang over is not a good excuse for failing to exercise. In fact, guess what. A little exercise is just thing to help you feel better: working out will get blood flowing to your muscles and oxygen to your brain. Just be sure to drink extra fluids, Alcohol is a diuretic and can cause you to urinate more, so drink water to avoid becoming dehydrated.

'I'm Too Tired.'
OK so it was a long hectic day but you've had sufficient sleep so....
Guess what. Once you drag your sorry butt out of bed. you’ll be surprised ho much you’ll feel better and more energized — not more exhaustion. Working out improves muscle strength and boosts endurance, It gets your blood flowing and your cardiovascular system working more efficiently. And the more efficient your heart and lungs, the better your blood is able to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. When your tissues have the oxygen and nutrients they need, you have more energy. Also, when you exercise regularly, you sleep better, and when you sleep better, you have more energy to meet the day.

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SARASMILING 1/5/2012 7:57AM

    Thanks for stopping by! And for sharing this. We all need the reminders. I'm not doing too bad. Baby steps. :)

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EXCUSES-BE-GONE 1/5/2012 12:55AM

    You gave me a good chuckle. Thanks for posting these excuse busters! LOL

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CHUBRUB3 1/4/2012 2:50PM

    THis is great MARION! You can blow those excuses out to the water, cause they don't hold water!
Let's go and make it RAIN!

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DEE0973 1/4/2012 2:19PM

    SO SO VERY TRUE!!! Thanks for the reminder

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My happiness levels

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

My happiness levels have changed with age.
When I was younger happiness was often related to excitement, Now that I am older; 50, still consider myself middle aged, my happiness is mostly about being content in many ways.
Most of my life has been centered within the second level of happiness; not totally satisfying. There was always something missing. I also desired love, truth, goodness/justice, beauty, and being. And to achieve thee I have always expressed these desires in acts of charity—seeking cures, being concerned with one’s neighbor, making sacrifices, forgiving personal injuries. I want to make the world a better place and so I offered, and still do, my life, time, energy, and talent for the welfare of others. My happiness, I have learned, cannot be separated from the happiness of others. For me the common good has been and will remain an integral part of my personal happiness.

I now have everything in life I have striven for including love. Even that being the case there still remains a void unfulfilled; my health and weight loss That has been an ongoing struggle throughout my entire life. And now after many years of trial and error mostly error, I have finally found the answers. And wouldn't you know it it's always been right under my nose.
So my happiness goal for this year is to lose my remaining weight and reach incredible health.

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BECCAH35 1/5/2012 9:06AM

    Here's to a journey of healthiness together.

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MAGICKCAT 1/4/2012 12:55PM

    I am so with you....We will Love Ourselves in releasing that which no longer serves us. We are not separate, we are ALL ONE. The sooner the world realizes this we may see the end of war in our lifetime, and other horrible acts.....You're a wonderful lady., By giving love freely, you allow others to expand and grow and heal. Karma will bring that full circle to you.

Akasha emoticon

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ZURDTA- 1/4/2012 8:55AM

    Wise words... and something I really should take heed of! Happiness is within oneself ... not working soley for everyone else's welfare... no matter how noble the motives are.

You cannot put a price on health!

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7356WILMA 1/3/2012 6:33PM

  And you will do it!! You help everyone else with your words of wisdom and positive thoughts, you deserve it!!!

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