Friday, July 30, 2010

When To Speak

"Do not speak, unless it improves on silence."


No Time Left

"If you judge people,
you have no time to love them."

Mother Teresa

LUCK Defined

Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.


Evolution Of The Soul

Please do not think that all you are doing here is
living until you die.

If that were all that's happening,
God would hardly take time to be involved.

No, there is something else occurring.

It has to do with the evolution of your soul.
Do you want to know more about that; about how that occurs?

Why not make it your business to find out?

Sugar-Sweetened Drinks and High Blood Pressure

Need to get your blood pressure down?
Cutting back on soda and other sugary beverages, like fruit punch and lemonade, can help.

Got a serious soda habit? It could be contributing to high blood pressure. By reducing the amount of sugar-sweetened drinks you knock back, you can also bring down your BP reading, according to a study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The average American drinks 28 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages a day!
That’s almost 19 teaspoons of sugar, or 300 extra calories, a day. Even if you give up only one daily can of cola, you may be able to bring your systolic and diastolic numbers down by more than a point. Replace it with water or unsweetened iced tea. If you’re looking for a little sweetness, add a splash of grape juice to some seltzer.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Leaving Hungry


Two Handles

"Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith."

Henry Ward Beecher

Simple Awareness

Never, ever trade your own experience for someone
else's words about anything that is really important.
Like God, for instance.

Or love.
Or what is true about another.

This is a simple awareness, but it comes to you today
at exactly the right time.

If you think about why,
you will know.

Anxiety and Exercise

If you often feel worried or anxious, you can reduce your symptoms drastically by working out regularly.

For people with chronic conditions, worrying is often a way of life. Whether you know it or not, you may be suffering from anxiety. If you can’t sleep or if you feel nervous, apprehensive or irritable, exercise may help take the edge off.
According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which examined 40 clinical trials, people who made exercise a regular part of their routine saw the greatest reduction in symptoms. According to the study’s author, working out can even help people who aren’t that anxious feel calmer.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of walking or other aerobic activity five times a week.


"Where there is fear,
there is no religion."


Take Time

Take time to listen to what is said without words,
to obey the law too subtle to be written,
to worship the unnameable
and to embrace the unformed.

Lao Tzu

I Alone

I am the owner of my karma.
I inherit my karma.
I am born of my karma.
I live supported by my karma.
Whatever karma I create, whether good or evil, that karma I shall inherit,
and I alone.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Might As Well Dance

"Life may not be the party we hoped for,

but while we are here

we might as well dance."

(Mom and Dad, 2006)
Rest In Peace, Daddy.

Less Stress #7

Develop a mantra.

Does a particular word, phrase or quote
help you calm down and relax?

Make it your mantra.
Write it, think it,
and repeat it any time
you feel stressed,
impatient, or anxious.

Laughter As Medicine

"Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come.
Never take yourself too seriously."

OG Mandino


There is no such thing as "change for the worse."
Change is the process of Life Itself, and that process could be
called by the name "evolution." And evolution moves in only
one direction: forward, and toward improvement.

Therefore, when change visits your life, you can be sure
things are turning for the better.

It may not look that way in the very moment change arrives, but if you will
wait a while and have faith in the process, you will see
that this is true.

Organic Produce and ADHD

If your kids eat a lot of produce, you may want to buy organic.
A new study found a possible link between ADHD and pesticide levels.

A study in the journal Pediatrics found that kids with higher than average levels of organophosphate pesticides in their urine were twice as likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, researchers tested only one urine sample per child, which means they were unable to tell whether a child’s pesticide levels remained constant over long periods of time.
While more research is needed to confirm whether pesticides may truly be associated with ADHD, you can lower your children’s exposure to pesticides by choosing organic or locally grown produce. While not organic, fruit and vegetables sold at farmers’ markets tend to contain much lower levels of pesticides than commercially grown produce.
Foods with the highest pesticide content include celery, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, peppers, spinach, kale, potatoes, cherries and imported grapes.

30 Tactics To Outsmart Food Temptations--#12

Distance yourself.

When you're feeling the pull of
something verboten,
move away.

Don't sit next to the buffet table,
find something to do with your hands at cocktail parties and
don't let co-workers leave doughnuts near your desk.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Now I Can See The Moon

The barn has burnt down.
I can see the moon.



I am meant to do
great things.

Intention and Being Steadfast

"If I have the belief that I can do it,
I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it
even if I may not have it at the beginning."


Forcing Things

Force is followed by loss of strength.
This is not the way of the Tao.
That which goes against the Tao
comes to an early end.

Lao Tzu


If something looks beautiful to you,
something else must be ugly.
If something seems good,
something else must seem bad.

Crossing The Sea

"You can't cross the sea
merely by standing and staring at the water."

Rabindranath Tagore

Exercise and Cell Aging

Taking a walk? Kick it up a notch with some hill work. Short bursts of vigorous exercise may help protect against cell aging.

Small bouts of vigorous activity — about 14 minutes a day — may help protect our cells from aging. Telomeres, protective sheaths of DNA that hold our chromosomes together and keep them from unraveling, are thought to be a strong indicator of aging and longevity. The longer they are, the longer our lifespan. Cellular wear and tear can cause telomeres to shorten over time. Short telomeres have been linked to health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and early death.
But a new study suggests that small amounts of vigorous exercise may help keep telomeres intact by buffering them against the effects of psychological stress. Stress also appears to shorten telomeres, while past research has linked regular exercise to longer ones.
The key to vigorous exercise: Get your heart rate up and sweat. Jogging from one telephone pole to the next or walking up a steep hill during your regular walking program is a great way to do it.

A Price

"Success is like anything worthwhile.
It has a price.
You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most importantly, you must pay the price to stay there."

Vince Lombardi

Monday, July 26, 2010

Getting Quiet



"No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well,
ever loses his self-respect."

George Bernard Shaw

Cholesterol Levels and Cancer

Another reason to get your “good” HDL cholesterol levels up?
High HDLs are associated with a lower risk of cancer.

HDL cholesterol helps protect against heart disease by sweeping away artery-clogging LDL cholesterol. Now new research suggests it’s also linked to lower cancer rates.
For every 10-point boost in your number, your cancer risk decreases by 36 percent, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. It’s important to note, however, that this doesn’t prove HDL wards off cancer.
It could just be that people with higher HDL levels also have something else going on in their body that buffers against cancer. Still, working to get your HDL up — and your LDL down — is never a bad thing.
Eat heart-healthy fats like flaxseed, olive oil and nuts; walk for at least 30 minutes a day; if you’re overweight, try shedding even a few pounds; and if you smoke, work on quitting.


Stop wanting stuff;
it keeps you from seeing what's real.
When you want stuff,
all you see are things.

The Same Nature

"Through true honesty, deeply believe that all sentient-beings are one.
That all beings have the same true nature, wisdom, virtue."


One Spirit

"The manifest universe is the body of God;
all people are incarnations of the One Spirit."

Ernest Holmes

"God has no religion."

Mohandas Gandhi

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Come Alive

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs.
Ask yourself what makes you come alive and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Robert Thurmond

Friday, July 23, 2010

Excerpts from THE FOUR AGREEMENTS-#32

By doing our best effort over and over, we master the ART OF TRANSFORMATION.
By doing our very best, the habits of
misusing your word,
taking things personally,
and making assumptions
will become weaker and weaker, and less frequent over time.


Be one with the object of contemplation if you wish to understand.
Enter in.
Don't be an outside observer of life.
Be life.

Arrive where you are.

Anger and Resentments

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind.
Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.


Great Strength

"Silence is a source of great strength."

Lao Tzu


"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal."

Hannah More

Less Stress #6

Get a massage.

A professional massage can
provide soothing, deep

As the tense
muscles relax, so does
your entire body, as well
as your overstressed mind.

I highly recommend utilizing the excellent services of Lea Keating, LMT.
You can reach her by calling (631) 928-2487
She is not only the best massage therapist I have ever been to, she is also a warm, intelligent, and caring person who I am proud to call one of my very best friends.
Make sure you let her know I sent you to her via this blog!

Air Pollution and Circulatory Illness

Air pollution can trigger heart attacks and strokes in people with heart disease.
When the air quality is low, limit your time outdoors.

According to a study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, air pollution is a risk factor for heart disease. Just a few weeks or even hours of exposure to high levels of particulate matter — the kind of pollution caused mostly by the burning of fossil fuels — can trigger heart failure, irregular heartbeats, heart attacks and strokes in susceptible individuals.

Long-term exposure to high concentrations — like living near a freeway or working as a cook in an unventilated kitchen — may even reduce a person’s life expectancy by months or years.

Though it may sound alarming, the risk of death and heart disease are still much lower from pollution than other modifiable risk factors like smoking, not exercising and eating a non-heart-healthy diet. Still, it’s always a good idea to limit your exposure to pollution and follow a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Alignment Needed

"Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance."

Brian Tracy


"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men (and women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Declaration of Independence of United States of America

Observing and Accepting

The most direct way to understand your life situation is to observe with a mind that simply notices all events equally.

Accept the present moment.
It does not mean resigning.
It is simply an acknowledgment that what is happening is happening.
If you understand the present moment, it guides how you act, what you say, and what you choose to do.


"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."



"Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing."

Lao Tzu

Reflections of Our Mind

"Since everything is a reflection of our mind,
everything can be changed by our mind."


A Second Opinion

Unsure about your doctor’s diagnosis?
Get a second opinion and put your fears to rest.
It’s your right, and your doctor will understand.

Never feel bad about asking for a second opinion, especially when it comes to complex medical conditions or any surgical procedure.
Today, most doctors understand that you want to explore all of your options and welcome the opportunity to have another expert weigh in.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

An Instrument of His Peace

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned."

attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

The Mediterranean Diet and Heart Health

A Mediterranean diet doesn’t just stave off heart disease. New research suggests it can help heart patients stay healthy too.

It’s true that eating a Mediterranean-style diet can help lower one’s risk of heart disease. But even if you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease, that doesn’t mean you have nothing to gain.
A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that Mediterranean-style diets can help prevent future cardiac events (like chest pains or heart attacks) in people who already have heart disease.
People who ate the most vegetables, salads and nuts, in particular, lowered their risk of repeat heart trouble the most — compared with those who ate the least of these heart-healthy ingredients.
The key players of a Mediterranean diet include: plenty of unprocessed plant-based foods, like vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains; herbs, spices and olive oil instead of salt and butter; fish; and nuts — and very little red or processed meat.

Insomnia Meditation

In falling asleep, focus on your breath.
Then transfer your awareness to your heart.
You may be aware of it beating or you may just focus on the space of the heart.

Visualize and try to sense the presence of a disk of still white light with its center at the heart and its circumference extending a little beyond the heart.
Set the disk spinning, slowly and then faster.
As it spins, you can see a rainbow of colors and their merging to form the white light.
Fall asleep with the disk still spinning.

Violence Not Permitted

"The pursuit of truth
does not permit violence
on ones opponent."


Not Convincing

"Those who justify themselves
do not convince."

Lao Tzu

Tao Translation In Modern Words--#73

Nothing is softer or more yielding than water.
Yet, given time, it can erode even the hardest stone.
That's how the weak can defeat the strong,
and the supple can win out over the inflexible.

A Bath On The Inside

"Need a good cleanse on the inside?
Find a funny friend.
Have dinner with someone who makes you laugh out loud.
See a movie that makes you laugh 'til you cry.
You need a bath!
On the inside."

Vicki Hitzges

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Knowing The True Value Of Time

"A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain."

Samuel Johnson

Master Charioteer

When anger arises, whoever keeps firm control as if with a racing chariot:
Him, I call a Master Charioteer.
Anyone else, a simple rein-holder-
that's all.


Eating Your Salad First

Eat Your Salad First
Eating your salad before your meal adds fiber and water, which will help you to feel full while and eat less during the remainder of the meal.
Remember to choose a low calorie salad dressing.

My Religion

My religion is based on truth and nonviolence.
Truth is my God.
Nonviolence is the means of realizing Him.


Returning To The Source

Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.
Knowing constancy is insight.

Lao Tzu

Excessive Tiredness in Teens

Is your teen always tired?
Excessive sleepiness, like falling asleep in class, could be a sign that he or she is depressed.

High school seniors who doze off during the day might be suffering from something more than exhaustion — or "senioritis".
According to a study presented at the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, students who frequently fell asleep at school were three times more likely to have strong symptoms of depression.
If an earlier imposed bedtime doesn’t alleviate their tiredness, talk to them to find out what might be keeping them up at night.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Never Been Unloved

Lyrics and Music by Michael W. Smith

I have been unfaithful
I have been unworthy
I have been unrighteous
And I have been unmerciful

I have been unreachable
I have been unteachable
I have been unwilling
And I have been undesirable

And sometimes I have been unwise
I've been undone by what I'm unsure of
But because of You
And all that You went through
I know that I have never been unloved

I have been unbroken
I have been unmended
I have been uneasy
And I've been unapproachable

I've been unemotional
I've been unexceptional
I've been undecided
And I have been unqualified

Unaware I have been unfair
I've been unfit for blessings from above
But even I can see
The sacrifice You made for me
To show that I have never been unloved

It's because of You
And all that You went through
I know that I have never been unloved

How To Never Grow Old

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty
never grows old."

Franz Kafka

Working Out and Brain Cells

Want to raise your GPA? After you hit the books, you may want to hit the gym.
College students who regularly work out get better grades.

Hoping to make the dean’s list this semester? Maybe it’s time you started sweating it — literally. According to a report from the American College of Sports Medicine, university students who regularly engage in vigorous exercise have higher GPAs.
While it could just be that people who push themselves physically are more inclined to work harder academically, other research has shown that working out helps boost brain function and may improve scholastic performance.

Exercise may enhance learning by promoting communication between brain cells.

Excerpts from THE FOUR AGREEMENTS-#31

Do your best and take the action because you love it, not because you expect a reward.
You enjoy every action, and you can even receive greater rewards than you could ever imagine.

Less Stress #5

Organize your life.

De-stress your
mind by de-cluttering.
Clear off your desk,
clean out your closet,
utilize a planner and
donate items you don't

You'll be more
relaxed and ready to
tackle other issues.

30 Tactics To Outsmart Food Temptations--#11

Out of sight, out of mind.

If something tempts you,
get rid of it or avoid it.
That might mean
ridding the pantry of
junk food, changing the
channel to avoid fastfood
ads or taking an
alternate route so you
don't walk past the bakery.

Finding GOD

"Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts
and in every living being."

Swami Vivekananda

Be The Change

"Be the change you want to see in the world."


Saturday, July 17, 2010

This One Is Mine

"Happiness and contentment arrive
when what you think,
what you say,
and what you do are in harmony."

Dr. Crew Lauterbach

Check Your Mood

"It is hardly possible to achieve anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail."

Lec Walesa

Mindful Eating

Approach any meal with mindfulness, with a few mindful breaths before you start eating.
During the meal, try to be aware of chewing your food.
Utilize ALL FIVE SENSES while eating.

The 7 Deadly Sins

The 7 Deadly Sins are:

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Business without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.


Warning On Protein Shake Supplements

Chugging protein drinks to build muscle? A Consumer Reports test shows some shakes contain high levels of arsenic, cadmium and lead.

Protein drinks aren’t only for the Lance Armstrongs and Tom Bradys of the world anymore. According to a 2005 study in the journal Pediatrics, teenagers use them more than any other supplement. The problem: Consumer Reports recently tested 15 popular drinks and powders and found potentially dangerous levels of heavy metals in several of the products.

According to their report, drinking two or more of EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shakes, Muscle Milk Chocolate powders or Muscle Milk Vanilla Crème powders a day could put a person over their maximum daily limit. What’s more, eight of the 15 products tested contained enough lead in a single serving to require a warning label in the state of California. The reason they don’t: These products, like all vitamins and supplements, are not regulated or tested by the FDA. According to independent testing lab, one in four dietary supplements have “quality problems.”

If you choose to take supplements, look for ones that are USP-verified. That means they’ve voluntarily submitted to tests for potency and purity. And remember, dietary supplements are meant to be just that: supplements. You might not be able to get all of your vitamins and minerals from your diet, but strive to come as close as possible.

Can Our MInds Be Tricked Into Satisfying Our Stomachs?

Science News
Could Our Minds Be Tricked Into Satisfying Our Stomachs?

ScienceDaily (July 13, 2010) —

Research presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior suggests that the key to losing weight could lie in manipulating our beliefs about how filling we think food will be before we eat it, suggesting that portion control is all a matter of perception.

Test subjects were more satisfied for longer periods of time after consuming varying quantities of food for which they were led to believe that portion sizes were larger than they actually were.
Memories about how satisfying previous meals were also played a causal role in determining how long those meals staved off hunger. Together, these results suggest that expectations before eating and memory after eating play an important role in governing appetite and satiety.

In the first experiment, participants were shown the ingredients of a fruit smoothie. Half were shown a small portion of fruit and half were shown a large portion. They were then asked to assess the 'expected satiety' of the smoothie and to provide ratings before and three hours after consumption. Participants who were shown the large portion of fruit reported significantly greater fullness, even though all participants consumed the same smaller quantity of fruit.

In a second experiment, researchers manipulated the 'actual' and 'perceived' amount of soup that people thought that they had consumed. Using a soup bowl connected to a hidden pump beneath the bowl, the amount of soup in the bowl was increased or decreased as participants ate, without their knowledge. Three hours after the meal, it was the perceived (remembered) amount of soup in the bowl and not the actual amount of soup consumed that predicted post-meal hunger and fullness ratings.

The findings could have implications for more effective food labeling.
"The extent to which a food that can alleviate hunger is not determined solely by its physical size, energy content, and so on. Instead, it is influenced by prior experience with a food, which affects our beliefs and expectations about satiation. This has an immediate effect on the portion sizes that we select and an effect on the hunger that we experience after eating," said Dr. Brunstrom.

"Labels on 'light' and 'diet' foods might lead us to think we will not be satisfied by such foods, possibly leading us to eat more afterwards," added Dr. Brunstrom. "One way to mitigate against this, and indeed accentuate potential satiety effects, might be to emphasize the satiating properties of a food using labels such as 'satisfying' or 'hunger relieving'."

Friday, July 16, 2010


"I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet."

Persian proverb

Vitamin Megadoses=Danger

Taking a multivitamin? Avoid megadoses.
Large doses of beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin E seem to increase the risk of death!

High doses of vitamins and antioxidants are unnecessary and may even be harmful. A multivitamin can help fortify a diet that’s lacking in essential nutrients, but it’s not meant to replace the vitamins and minerals found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Plant-based diets contain thousands of phytochemicals, many of which are related to good health. By relying only on vitamins and fortified foods, you’re missing out on healthful nutrients that are found only in whole foods.
Plus, some studies show that megadoses of nutritional supplements could even increase the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease.
Your best bet: Stick with a multivitamin that provides no more than 100 percent of your RDAs of beta-carotene and vitamins A and E. Limit highly processed fortified foods, and opt for fruit, seeds, nuts and other whole foods instead.

Beat Your Own Record

"Never mind what others do;
do better than yourself,
beat your own record from day to day,
and you are a success."

William J. H. Boetcker

A Minute Longer

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."

General George S. Patton

Chronic Pain and Meditation

Chronic aches and pains getting you down?
A regular meditation practice may help you cope with physical discomfort.

People who routinely practice mindfulness meditation may be able to take the sting out of chronic pain.
A University of Manchester study found that those who meditate often could handle pain better than people who don’t meditate, because they were able to redirect their attention away from unpleasant sensations. The longer people had been practicing meditation, the greater the benefit. A similar study last year showed meditators were able to tolerate 18 percent more pain than non-meditators.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Full Attention With No Resistance


Eckhart Tolle

Better Than Yoursellf

"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself."

William Faulkner

Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Safe Sex

Don’t let body issues get in the way of safe sex.
According to a survey, obese people have higher rates of STDs and unplanned pregnancies.

Even though they’re having sex less often, obese people report higher rates of STDs and four times the number of unplanned pregnancies than people of normal weight, according to a survey published in the British Medical Journal.
Past research indicates that poor body image and low self-esteem can lead to high-risk sexual behaviors, like practicing unsafe sex. The BMJ study corroborates this, finding that the overweight women surveyed were less likely to seek birth control advice or use oral contraceptives.
Low self-esteem can be a problem for many people, regardless of body type. Don’t let that get in the way of protecting yourself against STDs and unplanned pregnancies.

If Not, Why Not?

Some people take better care of their car than they do
of their body.

Most people, in fact, pay little attention
to their body until something goes wrong.

Yet why
create that kind of situation?

Look at what you are eating.

How much and how
often do you exercise?

When was your last check-up?
Are you treating your physical vehicle as if it is Divine?
If you aren't...why not?

Cannot Be Forgotten

I can burn the books in my bag.
But the verses written in my guts cannot be forgotten.

Self Meditation 118

Every night before you go to sleep, make your body as stiff and tense as possible, almost as if you will burst. Do this for two minutes and then relax for two minutes.
Do this two or three times and then just go to sleep.


All true artists,
whether they know it or not,
create from a place of no mind,
from inner stillness.

Lao Tzu

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Involvement and Commitment

"The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs.
The chicken is involved; the pig is committed."

Martina Navratilova

Age-Related Eye Problems

How to steer clear of age-related eye problems: Get your good cholesterol up, quit smoking and eat a balanced, nutrient-rich diet.

What you put on your plate may help ensure a lifetime of good vision. A study in the Archives of Ophthalmology suggests that eating a healthy diet that’s full of vitamins and minerals may reduce the risk of nuclear cataracts later in life.
Eating plenty of leafy greens, which contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, may also help protect your baby blues or browns. Just don’t go overboard: An 88-year-old woman went into a coma after eating three pounds of raw bok choy every day for several months. Not that you would do that… right?
According to another recent study, not smoking and having high levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) may help protect age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that can cause vision problems and blindness.
You can raise your HDL by quitting smoking, engaging in vigorous exercise and losing excess weight.

Teaching Children Responsibility and Natural Consequences

It is often an unpleasant experience for a parent, but a child must be allowed to experience the consequences for his actions and decisions.
Whenever you intervene, you rob him of taking personal responsibility for his life, and you hinder the shaping of his personality.

Lincoln Said That?

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."

Abraham Lincoln

Who Moved?

"If you are not closer to GOD today than you were yesterday...guess who moved."

Author Unknown

Getting Sick Of It

The only way to get rid of that sickness is to be sick of it.
The Enlightened aren't sick,
because they got sick of being sick.

"Do This"

"Don’t listen to friends
when the Friend inside you says: Do this."


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Excerpts from THE FOUR AGREEMENTS-#30

Honor the man or woman that you are.
Take the risk to express your dream.

Action is about living fully and expressing who and what you are.

Fast Food and Asthma

Need another reason to steer clear of fast food?
A small study suggests that high-fat meals could trigger an asthma attack.

New research may give new meaning to the phrase Big Mac attack. A preliminary study indicates that just one high-fat meal — in this case, fast-food hamburgers and hash browns — can increase airway inflammation and reduce lung function in people with asthma up to four hours later.
Though more research is needed, another recent study found that kids who eat three or more burgers a week are at greater risk of asthma than those who follow a Mediterranean diet.
While this doesn’t mean fast food causes asthma, it does suggest that diets rich in fruits and vegetables may help protect against conditions like asthma.

Clearly Written Goals

Clearly written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking.
They motivate you and galvanize you into action.
They stimulate your creativity, release your energy, and help you to overcome procrastination as much as any other factor.

Self Meditation 117

Meditate on music by being mindful of it, the way you would with breath. Listen to the sounds with full attention. When your mind wanders, return to the music. You may lose yourself in the sound so that you `disappear', which is actually deep meditation.

Include everyone and everything that you meet as part of your practice. They are the means by which you cultivate compassion and wisdom.

Imagine explaining a problem you have to your alter ego, a mirror image of yourself. Allow the words to come without judging. See what you can learn from this.

By NOT For

"You will not be punished FOR your anger,
you will be punished BY your anger.


No Extra Pieces

"There are no extra pieces in the universe.
Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle."

Deepak Chopra

Controlled Anger Can Move The World

"I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson is to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world."


Monday, July 12, 2010


"Procrastination is attitude's natural assassin.
There is nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task."

William James

30 Tactics To Outsmart Food Temptations--#10

Track your calories.

Knowing that you have
to log that candy bar,
extra-large fries or
second can of soda
means you'll think twice
before chowing down.

Look up calorie counts
of junk foods to help
discourage cravings.


Less Stress #4

Just breathe.

When a stressful situation
arises, breathe in and
out slowly and deeply
for 10 full breaths.

Exhaling slowly
decreases your heart
rate and calms the body,
helping reduce stress.

Ethical Life

"A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help."

Albert Schweitzer

Cooking With Oil

Cooking with oil? Know its smoke point. Heating oil above its recommended temperature creates toxic fumes and carcinogenic free radicals.

Cooking with olive oil instead of butter? Good for you! Swapping butter for monounsaturated olive oil may lower your risk of heart disease by reducing levels of LDL cholesterol (that’s the bad stuff) in your blood.
Virgin and extra-virgin olive oil are great for salad dressings, dipping sauces and low-to-medium-heat cooking methods, such as sautéing and stir-frying. Heating oil above its recommended temperature can produce toxic fumes and cancer-causing free radicals.
So if you’re doing high-heat cooking, like browning, searing or frying, choose light olive oil, sunflower oil or avocado oil, all of which have higher smoke points.

No and Yes

"A NO uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a YES merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble."


Tao Translation In Modern Words--#72

There's an old military saying:
"I'd rather face an attack than have to make one.
I'd rather retreat a foot than try to advance an inch."

That's the secret to moving forward while staying put,
preparing for battle without revealing your strength.
When you defend yourself without any show of force,
you give your opponent nothing to fight.

Attacking an enemy you've underestimated is a costly mistake.
When two forces oppose each other,
the winner is the one most reluctant to fight.

Travel On

"Understand that the body is merely the foam of the wave, the shadow of a shadow.
Snap the flower arrows of desire and then, unseen, escape the king of death, and travel on."


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Giving Thanks

"The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted."

Michael Beckwith

Enough Said.

Hating Our Enemies

"There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, July 9, 2010

That Quiet Voice At The End Of The Day

"Courage does not always roar.
Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day that says...
I will try again tomorrow."

Mary Anne Radmacher

Light and Reflection

"One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. "
Lao Tzu

"Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror."
Kahlil Gibran

How does your light reflect in the world?
Be peace
and share peace.


Actually, it is impossible to make a "mistake"
in real terms, since everything that we call
a 'mistake' actually brings us benefit.

So march ahead with all the power and
the fierce urgency of Now.
And don't worry about "mistakes."
Rather, worry about being afraid not to make any.

Ask Yourself

Ask yourself before you speak:

Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it beneficial?
Does it harm anyone?
Is this the right time to say anything?

It's A Fact

"The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives."


Tao Translation In Modern Words--#71

An ocean is greater than the hundred rivers that flow into it,
and all it does is wait to receive what they bring.

If you want to teach people,
don't talk down to them.
If you want to lead them,
find out where they want to go.

People love leaders who make them feel safe
without smothering them.
They'll always support a leader like that,
and because he doesn't try to compete with anybody,
nobody is able to compete with him.

Migraines and A Healthier Lifestyle

People with migraines are at twice the risk of having a stroke.
Protect yourself with exercise and a heart-healthy diet.

If you get migraines, your risk of having a stroke is double that of the general population. Although the absolute risk of anyone having a stroke is low, if you have migraines, you should make sure to address the general risk factors that are known to be associated with strokes.
The best way you can protect yourself is by first knowing what your blood pressure is and then keeping it in the normal range.
If you smoke, then quit—and if you don’t smoke, then don’t start. Secondhand smoke has also been associated with lots of health problems, so stay away from that as well.
Make sure you are walking 30 minutes a day most days of the week.
Maintain a healthy weight, and eat a low-sodium, whole foods–based, heart-healthy diet, like the Mediterranean diet.

Though it’s good advice for everyone, people who get migraines or have other risk factors, like diabetes, heart disease or a family history of stroke, may want to be extra vigilant.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I Love This Quote

"Never argue with an idiot.
They will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with all of their experience."

Natural To the Human Heart

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion, or sexual orientation.
People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love,
for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

Nelson Mandela

Excerpts from THE FOUR AGREEMENTS-#29

Doing your best means to take action.
You can have many great ideas in your head, but without taking action on an idea, there will be no manifestation.
No results.
No rewards.


Sit with others.

If there is no sitting group that meets regularly in your area, then start one and list it in your newspaper.
If there are not other people doing your practice, then sit with other Buddhist groups in your area or sit at the local silent Quaker meetings.
Joining together with anyone who understands the value of taking time to turn inward, to quiet the mind and develop awareness, is amazingly helpful.