Keep Moving For Healthy Balance

I recently accompanied a friend to a class for back problems. The speaker was a physical therapist that specialized in sports injuries...talked about using our muscles all the time…with awareness in different activities. When we get up out of our chairs we should use our leg muscles to lift us up instead of heaving ourselves up with...never to young or old to benefit.

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Meditation - How Can I Start?

...quieting the mind from the everyday chatter; a time for inner peace to take over soothing the inner self. If you happen to find it difficult holding still in your mind for any length of time, know that is o.k. A minute would be sufficient as a starting point if that is where your level of comfort is. Desire and effort is what counts.

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Journal To Dreamland

Ever feel like your brain is on a fast track to nowhere? You’re thoughts rushing up multi-lanes and then switching lanes up ahead, at 90 miles an hour? Taking your mind off of what is in front of you all day, just to keep you awake at night? We have all been there at one time or another...

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Soul Mates, Marriage and Reality

In order to be able to recognize if someone is your soul mate, you need to *know thyself*. A relationship on this level is a true partnership that requires both sides to be aware of the responsibility for a healthy heart, mind and soul.

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Finding Serenity

Of all the tools I have been blessed to add to my toolbox for maintenance of the Soul, one of my most treasured is, modest in first appearance, one of my most useful.

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Life Cycles

Cycles of life. Somewhere along the line I found myself becoming aware of a new one beginning, enjoying the more comfortable middle area where it seems it always was and will remain to be. However, the slight flavor of change was in the air.

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  • Creating Your Personal Sacred Place

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    Written By Jasmine

    Finding the right place in your home for a relaxing ritual is an important part in making it become routine. Whether you want to meditate, do yoga exercises, setting up time for spiritually enhancing reading or writing…to have an area that is an extension of yourself can be inspiring.

    Most meditation and yoga experts suggest keeping a regular schedule (20 to 30 min. a day if possible). There is nothing more convenient and special than dedicating space in your home to the meditative activity of your choice. Spiritual growth is nourished by the nutrients you choose to feed it. Your environment is a direct influence. It can also be an encouraging means by which to maintain a regular schedule.

    Choose a room that feels comfortable and adapt it to fit your needs. Avoid a busy area, as in the kitchen or living room, where noise and activity is high. Focus on a space that is more private and not the center of activity in your home. Some might be able to relax more in a dark room while others might prefer a space filled with natural light. A room where the decor is not so busy as to have your energy bouncing off everything but is tranquil. If its too dark you might have the urge to go to sleep. Perhaps a peaceful den, extra bedroom or a sunroom are all good choices for a meditative space. Get rid of any clutter so it’s a dedicated space. A quiet area and a good choice is away from a telephone. A room with a window overlooking a garden, pond, lake, etc. is a wonderful, calming inspiration. A window is also a good choice, besides the view refreshing you upon opening your eyes, in offering fresh air to keep you alert.

    Not everyone has the luxury of devoting an entire room to their own sacred place. A corner or alcove can be just fine. You don’t have to be behind closed doors, especially if this is not an option in your home. It can be helpful to face away from the doorway of the room you’re in, to avoid distraction. The key point to meditation is that it can be done in any circumstances. If the place you feel most comfortable turns out to be the living room couch, don’t be discouraged, so be it. Just make sure anyone who shares your home knows your plans so you can avoid unwanted interruptions.

    A small table draped with an appealing cloth and objects placed on it, such as special spiritual book, symbols of your faith, photos of loved ones or mementos of special places you have visited. Elements of nature can also be incorporated, such as a feather or a rock found on a special adventure. How about one of those personal, table top waterfalls, if you have the room? Perhaps a special gift you received of a living plant. Candles and incense can add an element of ritual. Especially important in establishing sacred routines.

    Once you find the area you choose to call “yours”…set about to claim and re-decorate! If your fortunate enough to claim a whole room, adding…for example, a comfortable chair, bookshelves for your own library, meditation rug, a table for your personal alter or anything else you deem *sacred* for your own personal place.

    Its a place to set thoughtful, and meaningful items that, collectively, will emanate positive energy. A place where you can sit…and absorb the energy you have planted the seeds for. Don’t try to fill it up all in one go. As with anything done on a spiritual level, its a layering, natural process to evolve with your own growth.

    Once you have chosen and set up this area…for yourself…let it be known this is your own personal space. Others in your household should respect it as such, as should yourself. It’s a part of your life to keep dusted, uncluttered and always tidy, with a certain reverence and honor. Always ready for your next visit. It should be a part of your home you will feel comfort in. No window? A pleasing poster or painting would serve the purpose. Don’t allow it to become a dropping ground for those odds and ends of domestic life!

    In this busy, freeway fast, world…its so essential to our Soul to recognize the need for spiritual comfort. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed, its easy to feel, since there is no huge blocks of time to give to such luxurious needs of the soul…its futile to even try! The truth is, the Soul really requires little upkeep. Most people spend much more time on personal hygiene than they do in providing food for the Soul on a daily basis. Claim and create your own, personal, sacred space and make it a special place to spend a few minutes of your time out of the day.

  • Careful What You Wish For

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    Written by Jasmine

    (Webmistress The Majickal Garden)

    Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. I think this is a popular enough phrase. Do most of us know what it really means? It sounds simple enough. I know what I am wishing for at the time and I really want it. In my naiveté, in a time of lesser enlightenment, little did I realize the reality of such a seemingly simple request.

    I have learned plenty about cause and effect thru serious changes in my life set about by decisions I finally made. Situations that I spent years looking at with the frustration of not knowing what to do about them but wishing things would change. Praying they would change. Asking for help from the universe to guide me to a way thru them with the least amount of negative fallout to affect those around me.

    The thing is, what I was wishing for was indeed valid to the path of my life and it stood far ahead in the distance waiting for me to make the first move. The thing was that I did not have any idea what was out there…but I saw a definite warm light in the distance reach out to me. I had nothing to go on but faith and trust that my destination was where I belonged and I had to do this.

    My fear of the dark shadowed valleys, which I filled in the blanks with my imagination of how I thought it might go, lay between myself and my path. They had left me frozen for so long. It suddenly dawned on me what was required to start this desire to make the change, was to know I believed deep in my soul that it was right for me. Then I was able to make a firm decision. When I reached that point there was a feeling of a part of the load being lifted up off my shoulders. Lightness and relief to find I am not in this alone and would be guided in the move ahead.

    The next step was to push fear and guilt aside as *the bad guys out to sabotage my goal* clearing the way to begin baby steps toward my desires and wishes. Stopping what I imagined might happen. This was not as easily done as said but listening to my souls desire via meditation and keeping my mind clear from the mutterings of worry about *what if* and *how can I*, etc. allowed the messages from the universe, my spirit guides, to come to the surface of my understanding mind. I recognized these messages because they were wrapped in a feeling of warmth, rightness, evoking faith, strength and trust that no matter what happened, it would be alright. I learned to call up that feeling whenever I started to feel the darkness overwhelm me. Getting to this point gave me the strength and courage to face the things in front of me that needed my attention. Sorting thru what I could do something about and omitting the things I had no control over.

    As time went on, and I continued using my tools for accomplishing my goals, I realized some of my worst fears never materialized. On the other hand, some things I never imagined in the changes occurring were quite surprising and something I would not have chosen had it been mine to make. I think this is where *be careful what you wish for…* becomes relevant. If you ask for something, take care of what you might receive and are you ready?!

    I believe in living life on the spiritual path, calling upon the support and tools the universe will supply for us. Whenever I have done this with true intention I have always found results. Sometimes not as I thought they might come about but results just the same. The misconception is that just wishing or asking that something be so, because we think it’s something we really do want does not make it necessarily what we need.

    Making a *wish* or request for change should be done with the responsibility of effort on our part. To know what it is we are asking for and what we are willing to do in order to help this come about. You can’t possibly win the lottery if you’re not willing to go out and buy a ticket!

  • Beginning Meditation

    Picture by Jasmine Webmistress majickalgarden.com

    Written by Jasmine

    (Webmistress The Majickal Garden)

    I am not an expert on this subject by any means. I can say I have researched it over the years and practice it by varying degrees at different times of my life. I understand the concept. I know that when I keep it up with regular consistency it has a positive impact on me. I have more energy, stress is relieved and my spiritual well being is enhanced. It can also increase the healing ability in the body. Be it used for quieting the mind…connecting to spirit guides or prayer. It is something anyone can do with desire and practice.

    One misconception is that meditation has to be a deep mystical experience to be valid. Granted that could be a wonderful outcome when someone gets to that point. However, it’s no less valid to the health of spirit and the soul. It’s simply put, quieting the mind from the everyday chatter; a time for inner peace to take over soothing the inner self. If you happen to find it difficult holding still in your mind for any length of time, know that is o.k. A minute would be sufficient as a starting point if that is where your level of comfort is. Desire and effort is what counts.

    The best place to start is to choose a room you feel most comfortable in. A time when you can be alone is best, especially when you are just starting out. A pleasant incense and maybe some new age instrumental music playing softly in the background can create a relaxing mood. Preferably turn off the phone. You can sit in a comfortable chair or on the floor. Allow yourself a few minutes to get comfortable adjusting as needed. Next, acknowledge any outside noises you might hear…like a barking dog…or a car driving by, etc. Don’t dwell on it; rather, once your mind recognizes the sound, you can let it go without analyzing it.

    Next, put your attention to your breathing. Don’t try to alter it but listen and be aware of it. After a few minutes of doing this, take a slow deep breathe in thru your nose. As you inhale your diaphragm should expand as you gently breathe in…feel and “see” fresh pure air moving throughout your body. When you slowly exhale…let your diaphragm contract as the grey stagnate air leaves your body. Do this about 3 times. Remember to do this slowly. When you finish, you should already feel a sense of slowing down and increasing calmness. Be aware of how you feel without focusing on the words in your mind. (This part of the exercise alone is a great way to de-stress). When a thought comes across…acknowledge it, then let it slip out the other side. This was tough for me at first. However, the more I allowed my body to relax, the easier I was able to let these conscious thoughts go.

    There were 3 methods I used to help me out in the beginning. One was to think the word inhale as I did and exhale as I did that during the beginning breathing exercise. Don’t try to alter your breathing, just be natural. The idea being the mind can’t think 2 things at the same time. It takes the focus off drifting thoughts and allows the body to slow down. Continue this for as long as it helps or feels comfortable.

    Another way to help focus is when a thought drifts in…picture the thought as a curtain you can gently push aside.
    The third might help if you have a thought that keeps poking at you. Have a pen and paper hand to briefly jot the thought down. It can release it from being a concern at that time.

    At the end of your meditation session, when you are ready, open your eyes and give yourself a few minutes to bring the world back into focus. You may find this difficult in the beginning. Be kind to yourself and take it slow. If it begins to feel like it’s a struggle, it might be a good time to stop until next time. Think of it as a process that will progress if you practice regularly. It is best done, in practice, in the morning for a great start to your day. Whenever time works best for you…try to do it the same time every day. Once you get the hang of the exercise it will become easier. The beginning breathing is a basic for many types of meditation in the preparation. Practicing that part first until you feel comfortable with it can be helpful.

    Once you have learned the breathing exercise you can continue on with the rest of your meditation session depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. Getting in touch with your guides, listening for answers, prayer or just allowing your body to enjoy the peaceful calm. There is also some wonderful imagery guiding meditation tapes that you will find in metaphysical based shops or book stores.

    Mediation can be a refreshing fuelling up for a busy day or an unwinding from the same, a time just for you. Goodness knows how much you give to others in the course of a day. Take time for you and enjoy. When all else fails…remember to breathe!

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    “Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

     Nathaniel Hawthorne

     

  • Acknowledge Your Inner Child?

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    Written By Jasmine

    (Webmistress The Majickal Garden)

    We are adults…right? What concern is it to us about this “inner child thing”? Is it some new buzzwords scripted by high dollar psychologists? Something else to be concerned about that we are not paying attention to along with what we are eating or not eating, ingesting thru the environment where there is no control but that could contribute to our quicker demise…what is good for us then is not now?

    We were told ever since we could remember to “grow up”. So…grow up we did. We tried to follow all the rules that society, morality, any religious blueprints inflicted on us by family connections or by choice, to only come full circle and discover we might have left our “inner child” stuck in the mud and muck and we should consider ourselves responsible, on top of all the other head mess ups we might have picked up along the way, not to mention responsibilities to jobs, bills, relationships or the hope of, children etc.

    Hmm…well, who am I to say for anyone else, after picking thru the yes and no’s, coupled with changing contradictory no’s and yes’s, over the last 30 “conscious of adulthood facts or fiction presented to this human soul” years …that I truly believe the inner child is something that we should be conscious of on a developmental spiritual soul level.

    My first experience with discovering there was such a thing as an “Inner Child” was when I found myself going thru therapy 18 years ago for abuse inflicted upon me as a young child. Understand, as a child, these were the times of “silence is golden” and as I was raised…don’t make waves or upset anyone else where silence might alleviate someone else’s potential pain. The sad thing is that as a young sensitive child, I took these ideals straight to the wall and very seriously! The amazing thing to me, as I grew into an adult, I considered myself as someone who had come to terms with this abuse, in my own silent way, and did not think I had any outstanding issues that conflicted with my life directly at that time as to need addressing outside of my own mind, thus I considered myself “healthy”.

    I entered this circle of professionals at the request of someone very close to me seeking their own salvation in the form of outside help for their particular problems and family was encouraged to play a part in their therapy.

    I attended the first meeting with the intention of helping this person by showing my support with my attendance, as requested. However, as I listened to the conversations going on between the professionals in attendance along with the “patients” I felt a slowly growing creepy realization in listening to what was being said that I had a real problem that needed to be addressed in order to be considered “healthy”. It was so like the vision I had heard of Pandora’s Box….the more I heard the more I felt something deep inside me begin to crack open ever so slowly and what was crawling out was nothing short of disturbing. I was caught so off guard as to not be able to slam that box closed in time before I discovered or was ready to admit, to myself even, I might be in need of some help. Scary…very scary, for someone who thought they had their silent nasty secrets all boxed up in a place far, far away.

    So…I offered myself up to the process of outpatient therapy. It was nothing short of an extremely painful process however peppered with surprising evolving relief as we went along, which was the magic pill to allow me to continue. Long story short…part of their plan was to address the “inner child” as an adult. They provided a way to go back in time…well…what it seemed like to me was to tap into the past via my desire to better myself, and acknowledge that little girl I used to be.

    There was no hypnosis.

    Thru my memory of myself as a child…I was able to, with their help, go back in time with my visual memories and “meet” myself as a child. The “mature adult” I had grown into could meet and converse with the younger version of me. By suggesting an envisioned scenario by which I might, for example, as an adult enter my childhood home and progress thru the house to my old bedroom where I would “find my young self” and pop in for a visit. Just as I would talk to any other child except this one I had inside information on regarding her past and her personality and could relate to on a deeply personal level.

    Therapeutically it was very validating and healing in recognizing to myself as well as voicing aloud, as sort of a third person observation, the emotions and thoughts I had kept locked up for what seemed like a lifetime. I left the session with the only words that can describe such a feeling…a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders and deep down inside I felt such relief. Of course there was more to my healing than this one session but it was an important layer, as one would peel an onion one layer at a time that took me to my center with guided efforts on my part with their help.

    Over time I have come to realize how important it is to acknowledge this “inner child’ as something that is always a part of us but seldom is time taken to recognize this as a valid part of us to be seen to. This last 4th of July, my husband and I went out for a nice dinner then chose to come home in lieu of attending any formal fireworks celebrations. We were watching a movie when the fireworks began to burst and blast outdoors. My interest in what we were viewing on the TV was challenged by my inner desire to run outside and see what I knew was being displayed in the sky. Recognizing my unrest…he smiled and suggested we head out the back door.

    I forgot he was behind me and scurried to the middle of the back yard to behold the best and most impressive display of backyard domestic fireworks I had seen to date. With my head tipped toward the sky, I forgot all responsible thoughts and enjoyed the show. My pleasure was deepened in the knowledge that we were in our own private space and far away from any crowds or the impending traffic jams that follow the organized extravaganzas. I looked over at my loved one as I realized he was looking at me with an amused smile. He saw the “raw delight” as I watched the show and a little self-consciously felt like I had been discovered in a private moment but honestly delighted he had been as aware as to see it. I remembered that as a child, it was never the actual lighting of the fireworks, or the sound of the explosion that gave me that “thrill”, it was watching the impending results in the darkened sky that took me away.

    Since that night I have been thinking about the childhood activities that made me feel good and free. Thunder and lightning storms came to mind. Not when I might have been alone mind you, but when I was with someone I cared about and felt safe…I loved them. The loud power in sound followed by the incredibly brilliant light flashes and streaks that followed along with the pounding rain always made me want to run out into the middle of it. Of course, safety expressed by the adult I was with denied me such indulgence however the urge always inhabited me. The onset of such a storm still instills a passionate urge to run outside and behold nature’s display of power with the same feeling of a child.

    I don’t find myself in the position as much as I used to, but going to the seaside and frolicking in the surf can instill the same feeling of freedom and young at heart. Course now as an adult I am aware of not messing up the make-up that adorns my face due to vanity issue but I can still manage to enjoy the feeling of floating on top of a wave if for only a second or two!

    Winter has its own delights with the serious falling of snow. Once I see it falling I get a slight thrill inside brought on by, I know now, from that childhood feeling I used to have. I feel the need to keep checking the progress out the window of the house and if it continues on into the night, and I lose a little sleep, especially when it’s a serious snowfall, all the better to my satisfaction of watching it happen. The adult in me can take over if I have to worry about driving in it the next day, but for that time I can indulge my pleasure.

    I think it’s easy to lose sight of the “inner child” over time and the responsibilities that come with age. Maturity instills a sense of “well that’s just silly.” It might be as simple as thinking back to your own childhood and remember what gave you the feeling of delight. Check back with your own upbringing and see what your inner child might relay to your waning memories. Also, if there are children growing up close to you…consciously watch them at play. Uninhibited by being “grown up” and the “rules” that accompany it and how they seem to become one with whatever they are finding any delight in and how simple sometimes the experience in front of them really is.

    When you find yourself experiencing something pleasurable…relax your conscious mind that chatters to you about bills, jobs, commitments, appointments and responsibilities, letting them go, for the moment. Allow yourself to enjoy by using all your senses and let the agreeable emotions take control in the moments you can feel delight in. It could even be as simple as going a little out of your way to find that particular type of candy that used to make you scramble for the nickels, dimes and pennies that would allow the purchase that would bring that sweet smile to your face , if but for a few moments!

    I wish you warm blessings on your own paths with hopes you will take time out to indulge your inner child, and find something you can feel the emotion of raw delight in.

  • Teen Stress in Todays world, an article released by NoBullying today


    London, UK (PRWEB) November 24, 2014

    Stress is a part of everyday life for teens and youth. The feelings range from average feelings of being tired all the time to feeling overwhelmed and can have devastating long term effects on their mental and physical health. NoBullying examines, in an article released today, the reasons and effects of teen stress.

    Tests, papers, extracurricular activities, sports, friends, and family all play a part in how to deal with stress from school. Some factors put teens at risk of stress overload. Family conflicts, bullying, problems with schoolwork, disability, poor living conditions are hard to manage over the long term.

    Signs of a stressed teen are a person that develops anxiety and panic attacks every day or several times a week, moodiness, headaches, physical symptoms, drinking, smoking, sadness or depression. This often comes as teens being getting overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding them. Often they have part time jobs, school pressure about grades and career choices, peer pressure about sex and drugs, hormonal changes, and sometimes bullying by a clique in school and online.

    With all the stress parents have to be able to talk with their children and help them find ways to cope better with daily teen stress. Stress can cause health problems both physical and mental so learning ways to cope is important for teens. The issues that stress teens the most are parents, homework, relationships, friends, and siblings.

    Many teens tend not to know how to deal with stress at school but find ways to distract themselves from it. A clear sign of teens trying to ignore or play down their stress is the rise of the abbreviation YOLO among teens. An acronym for You Only Live Once, this is a wave of teens living in the moment and trying hard to ignore all aspects of their present and their futures.

    One of the best ways to help teens with stress is to talking to children. Knowing what they are doing and dealing with their problems gives them some place to vent feelings and discuss solutions. It is more than essential for parents to use their own previous experience to tell teens that it all passes and not to let them feel overwhelmed by the stress of daily life.

    Ciaran Connolly, Co Founder of NoBullying says From everyday bullying to college and career choices as well as family issues, todays teens are going through very stressful times and parents and teachers neglect to address the epidemic of teen stress.

    He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of neglecting online safety and photos safety. According to Connolly, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.

    NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.

    The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.

    He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.







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  • The Book of Knowledge hands readers key to truth


    GOLD COAST CITY, Australia (PRWEB) November 25, 2014

    Author, motivational mentor and life coach Roman Harambura believes that human beings are capable of great things and that everything is possible. He attributes all of mankinds potential to one gift in particular imagination.

    Harambura unlocked his imagination through communications with a being named Kuntarkis, who gave him the answers to many of lifes greatest questions. Harambura now brings readers these answers in his new book, The Book of Knowledge: I Am Alien (published by Partridge Singapore), which also features the knowledge to help readers unlock their own imaginations.

    Harambura says the universe is, without a doubt, full of intelligent life forms. He knows this due to his discussions with Jecuss Kuntarkis, an intelligent being who shares with Harambura the secrets of the universe.

    Throughout The Book of Knowledge, Harambura shares what he learned during his talks with Kuntarkis, as well as 433 questions asked by various people and the answers Kuntarkis gave in reply.

    An excerpt from The Book of Knowledge:

    It is your level of thinking that allows you to manifest your reality. Change your thinking and you change your reality. Take your human Ego for example. It is a creation of negative beliefs and conditioning, a combination of thoughts from your created past, based on negative experiences. Because the human Ego is full of fear and is not willing to change, it can only continuously create negative experiences from the past that which it knows to the present and into the future. It is all in your thinking.

    The Book of Knowledge

    By Roman Harambura

    Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 1,136 pages | ISBN 9781482828283

    E-Book | 1,136 pages | ISBN 9781482828306

    Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

    About the Author

    Roman Harambura is a motivational mentor, life coach and author. He says he only lives in the moment, therefore he has no time for a belief system. He uses his liberated style of living to help others, most recently through his book, The Book of Knowledge.

    Partridge Singapore is supported self-publishing imprint from Author Solutions LLC. Author Solutions is a stand-alone company within the Penguin Random House Group. Author Solutions operates independently and powers Partridge along with several other self-publishing imprints. For more information or to publish a book, visit http://www.partridgepublishing.com/singapore or call 800 101 2657 (Singapore) or 1 800 81 7340 (Malaysia). For the latest, follow @PartridgeSG on Twitter.







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