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  • Can Meditation Really Help You Lose Weight?

    Recently, Deepak Chopra appeared as a guest on the Dr. Oz Show where he demonstrated a brief meditation practice that he says promotes weight loss. During the meditation he asked viewers to put their attention on their heart and think about anything they are grateful for. Chopra asked them to ask a series of questions like, “Who am I?,” “What’s my purpose,” and “What makes me happy?” Lastly, he instructed participants to become aware of any sensations in their body. He ended the meditation with having viewers bringing their attention back to their heart. Chopra explained that each of these activities stimulated different parts of the brain that promoted self-regulation of their behaviors which in turn would reduce emotional and binge eating and encourage weight loss.

    Meditation has been used for centuries to relieve stress, control negative thinking, curb depression, grow spiritually, and create a deeper relationship with God. Meditation can be a useful tool for weight loss in that the more we gain control over our thoughts and emotions, we are less likely to use food as an emotional crutch. Many people overeat or eat unhealthy foods to fill voids within their lives. When people experience unhappy feelings, stress, or even depression, it’s not uncommon for them to try to enhance their moods with a good dose of cake, candy, or ice cream. Unfortunately, afterwards, not only have they added unneeded calories to their diet, they often beat ourselves up with guilt as well. This emotional-food response is often so automatic that many people do it without even thinking.

    Daily meditation helps us to break the emotional-food cycle by making us more aware of our mental, emotional, and physical processes. Instead of reacting automatically to a thought to eat a gallon of ice-cream, through the practice of meditation, we gain a greater awareness of our thoughts and emotions and actually give ourselves the ability to make more conscious choices. During the mental dialogue that often lead to unhealthy eating, through meditation, we learn to interrupt the process which then gives us the ability to question our response, “Is this really going to make me feel better?”

    Stress is another emotion that often leads to unhealthy eating. After a long day at work or in the midst of a stressful event, a big bowl of chow mein might be just what you need to restore your peace and calm, but again, you will pay a hefty price. In these instances, meditation, again, can have a positive affect on weight loss. Studies prove that meditation is high on the list of practices that help to reduce or eliminate stress. Just a few minutes of meditation each day can bring more peace and serenity to just about every area of your life. Instead of reaching for the Nachos, spend 10-20 minutes in meditation, focusing on your breathing as you let every thought just float from your mind like the clouds passing by in the sky. You can also meditate on a scripture or inspirational passage like, “peace be still,” or “all is well,” or imagine yourself in a beautiful or serene environment like the beach or walking through a forest.

    In addition to meditation, use some visualization exercises to help you curb emotional or over-eating. If you have a problem eating unhealthy foods especially when you are not hungry, practice avoiding or turning down these foods in your mind first. It’s like doing a practice run before the real temptation begins. To do this, close your eyes and in your mind visualize the situation that you may encounter. See yourself looking at the tempting food and then deciding that you won’t indulge, either because you aren’t hungry or it’s not something you want to put in your body. In your mind see yourself turning it down and feeling great about it. You might say something like, “Wow, that looks so good, but I’ve already eaten today or I’m avoiding sweets for awhile.” See yourself walking away from the table and engaging in another activity like talking with friends. Then imagine just how great you are going to feel mentally and physically. Take a deep breathe and open your eyes. Take this great and empowering feeling with you to your event.

    Whether your goal is to lose weight, reduce stress, subdue negative thinking, grow spiritually, or connect more intimately with God, you will find that meditation is a wonderful practice that can benefit your life many ways.

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  • The Secret Of Creativity In Business, Art, And Life

    Years ago, at a Self-Improvement workshop by Jerry Stocking, participants were asked to listen to a children’s rhyme and repeat it. It was a rather long rhyme and everybody lost track of the sequence of events and stopped in embarrassment.

    A tense and nervous atmosphere built up in the room as one person after another failed to recite the entire rhyme. People began to feel that they just had insufficient short term memory to recall and repeat the whole thing.

    Then a NASA Aeronautical Engineer, with numerous pauses, got it!

    His secret was that he paused. During those pauses, in the space between words, his subconscious mind prompted him with the next line of the verse.

    “This,” said Jerry Stocking, “was the secret–because the space between things allowed intelligence and creativity to emerge.”

    Both Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer are equally enthusiastic about this space between thoughts. They call it “the gap.”

    Deepak Chopra says it is a contact point between our mind and the quantum field of all possibilities.

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    Wayne Dyer believes that for a moment, one actually touches the divine before springing back into our consensus reality, which is kept alive by a constant stream of limiting thoughts.

    Echart Tolle has earned fame and fortune teaching others about this space. He is famous for his long silences, during which he is merely being aware, and devoid of thought. When he, by example, induces this state in his audience, they feel a sense of deep peace and “a fullness of being.”

    Similarly, when I was studying art, learning how to draw people, horses, dogs, still life objects, barns, and open spaces, the space between my sketches were the most meaningful. With those spaces, my images came to life.

    I love classical music, and it is for the same reason. The space between the notes is where the magic lies.

    I have noticed a new surge of creativity in my online endeavors as well, when I respect these spaces.

    When I am writing a sales letter, my thoughts become very intense, and after a while I suffer from information overload. When I take a break and come back, all the sentences flow perfectly, and I convey my message the way that I had hoped.

    The same amazing thing happens after studying. If I spend a lot of time researching something, then give it a break, which may last for as long as a day, all the elements of the project become very clear to me.

    The other day, I was listening to a David Valleries interview and I had to smile when he said that his most creative ideas came after he had quit pursuing them and did something utterly mundane instead.

    There is a magic to the space between images, notes, streams of thought, and information gathering. Respect those spaces and confusion dissipates. Then the mind becomes very clear and action becomes efficient and precise.

    Saleem Rana would love to share his inspiring ideas with you. Hunting everywhere for a life worth living? Discover the life of your dreams. His book Never Ever Give Up tells you how. It is offered at no cost as a way to help YOU succeed. http://www.theempoweredsoul.com/enter.html

    The Israeli Integral Salon and EnlightenNext Israel hosted Deepak Chopra and his wife Rita on 1/1/08 during thier visit to Israel. We spoke mainly about dealing with Evil and shifting the conciousness in the middle east to align with the evolutionary impulse and about doing from a refference point above ego.

  • Gary Zukav P1

    Feb 12 2011 Spiritual Partnership
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    Gary Zukav and Linda Francis talk about what they’ve learned from their relationship and what others can learn from them – on MaryanneLive
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  • A Picture eBook of Love Quotes, Symphony of Love

    (PRWEB) August 30, 2006

    “Symphony of Love” is a pictorial Ebook of timeless collection of love quotes which you can use for your daily life. Sometimes in your life you might run out of words or do not know what to say to your love ones and to your friends. This is one of the many moments where an appropriate love quote would say everything. This Ebook consists of 365 pages of love quotes for daily use. This collection of love quotes is carefully selected to only give you the best.

    Love quotes have a special ‘healing’ power for people. Julie Marie said, “Love is the best medicine, and there is more than enough to go around once you open your heart.” Love quotes can also be an inspirational source that drives us forward in our life, helping us to stay afloat in rough seas and giving us the courage to pull through difficult times. A few of the inspirational love quotes which I like are: “In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities” by Janos Arnay, “Where there is love, there is life.” by Mahatma Gandhi, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” by Lao Tzu and “Who so loves believes the impossible.” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

    Love quotes too can be words of wisdom in relationship. A few of the love quotes about marriage and relationship which I like and which I believe are by Amy Bloom, “Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.”, by Benjamin Franklin, “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards.”, by Theodore M. Hesburgh, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” by William Curry, “Love isn’t blind; it just only sees what matters.” and by Donald Laird, “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

    In additional, you can find sweet, cute and romantic love quotes in this timeless collection of love quotes from famous people as well as some unknown author. A few of my favorites sweet and romantic love quotes are by John Clare, “I never saw so sweet a face. As that I stood before. My heart has left it dwelling place ?and can return no more.”, by Bill Wilson, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” and by Alfred Lord Tennyson, “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

    Not only that, in “Symphony of Love,” each page of the Ebook comes with a carefully selected picture of flower to go with the love quotes. Therefore, you are also getting a pictorial Ebook of love quotes. If you like any of the page, you can print it out and use it as a card for personal use. And if you like them so much and really do not mind to print out all of them, you can make it into a calendar as a gift for your family or friends.

    You can go on to my website to download a sample view of Symphony of Love: http://www.symphonyoflove.net/symphonyoflove.html

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  • Robert Burns: There’ll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame

    Burns wrote or collected many songs about the Jacobite Rebellion. This is unusual in that it is about the ‘Old Pretender’. Not Bonnie Prince Charlie but his father James. The self styled James (VIII) and (III); son of the deposed James (II). He instigated the Rebellion in 1715 but it was ill-planned and ill led. This is a suitably sad song. 1. By yon castle wa’ at the close of the day, I heard a man sing, tho’ his head it was grey, And as he was singing, the tears doon came: – ‘There’ll never be peace till Jamie comes hame!’ 2. ‘The Church is in ruins, the State is in jars, Delusions, oppressions, and murderous wars, We dare na weel say it, but we ken wha’s to blame – ‘There’ll never be peace till Jamie comes hame!’ 3. ‘My seven braw sons for Jamie drew sword, But now I greet round their green beds in the yard; It broke the sweet heart o’ my faithfu’ auld dame – ‘There’ll never be peace till Jamie comes hame!’ 4. ‘Now life is a burden that bows me down, Sin I tint my bairnies, and he tint his crown; But till my last moments my words are the same – ‘There’ll never be peace till Jamie comes hame!’ For those interested in such information, this is played in D minor with a ‘dropped D’ tuning ie the lower E is re-tuned to low D
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    A Man’s a Man for A’ That by Robert Burns 1795 read by David Rintoul rnaudioproductions for www.ipodity.com www.allcast.co.uk Is there for honest poverty That hings his head, an a’ that? The coward slave, we pass him by – We dare be poor for a’ that! For a’ that, an a’ that! Our toils obscure, an a’ that, The rank is but the guinea’s stamp, The man’s the gowd for a’ that. What though on hamely fare we dine, Wear hodding grey, an a’ that? Gie fools their skills, and knaves their wine – A man’s a man for a’ that. For a’ that, an a’ that, Their tinsel show, an a’ that, The honest man, tho e’er sae poor, Is king o men for a’ that. Ye see yon birkie ca’d ‘a lord,’ Wha struts, an stares, an a’ that? Tho hundreds worship at his word, He’s but a cuif for a’ that. For a’ that, an a’ that, His ribband, star, an a’ that, The man o independent mind, He looks an laughs at a’ that. A prince can mak a belted knight, A marquis, duke, an a’ that! But an honest man’s aboon his might – Guid faith, he mauna fa’ that! For a’ that, an a’ that, Their dignities, an a’ that, The pith o sense an pride o worth, Are higher rank than a’ that. Then let us pray that come it may (As come it will for a’ that), That Sense and Worth o’er a’ the earth, Shall bear the gree an a’ that. For a’ that, an a’ that, It’s coming yet for a’ that, That man to man, the world, o’er Shall brithers be for a’ that. Audio created by Robert Nichol AudioProductions all rights reserved
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  • Journey to the Fairy Queen

    A guided meditation with Sally Morningstar. A magical journey in consciousness.

    Some of my most-referenced books from my larger collection. Let me know if you’ve read any and what your thoughts are on them! 🙂