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Saturday, February 8, 2014

How badly do we want peace?

“Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and failure to listen, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening to relieve suffering and promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to speak when anger manifests in me. I will practice mindful breathing and walking to recognize and look deeply into my anger. I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and the other person. I will speak and listen in such a way as to help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord. I will practice diligently with joy and skillfulness so as to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, and inclusiveness, gradually transforming the anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness.”   ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

This message is extremely powerful. It is the method by which we can eradicate war from the world. It eliminates the illusion that each and everyone of us are not responsible for violence, abuse, oppression, and war. 

We, in our daily lives, have the opportunity to contribute to the continuation of fear and violence, or the healing of it. Our daily thoughts, feelings, and words, used against each other, no matter how small we think they are, contribute.

Observe your reactions to others. Commit to healing the energy of separation in your daily interactions. We all equally carry the responsibility of peace.

"Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of love between individuals." 
~ Indira Gandhi

I ask that you now go back and read Thích Nhất Hạnh's message one more time.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Quotes of the day... 2/7/14

“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses
of a particular day, there is always lurking 
close at hand the trailing beauty 
of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.”
     ~ Howard Thurman

“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart 
and watch what happens” 
     ~ Tony DeLiso

“There are no ordinary moments.” 
     ~ Dan Millman

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quotes and health tip of the day... 2/6/14

Use language that heals, lifts, inspires.
Our lives are what we say, think,
feel, imagine, believe.

"We accept the love we think we deserve."
     ~ Stephen Chbosky

"Everything you can imagine is real."
     ~ Pablo Picasso

So... be careful what you imagine :)

Health Tip:  Choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet. ~ by Dr. Dwight Lundell

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Quotes and health tip of the day... 2/5/14

“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, 
it has been owing more to patient attention 
than to any other talent." 
     ~ Isaac Newton

"Acquire inner peace and a multitude 
will find their salvation near you." 
     ~ Catherine De Hueck Doherty

"Could we change our attitude, 
we should not only see life differently, 
but life itself would come to be different."
       ~ Katherine Mansfield

Health Tip:  The Tomorrow Man Theory:
It’s pretty basic. Today, right here, you are who you are. Tomorrow, you will be who you will be. Each and every night, we lie down to die, and each morning we arise, reborn. Now, those who are in good spirits, with strong mental health, they look out for their Tomorrow Man. They eat right today, they drink right today, they go to sleep early today–all so that Tomorrow Man, when he awakes in his bed reborn as Today Man, thanks Yesterday Man. He looks upon him fondly as a child might a good parent. He knows that someone–himself–was looking out for him. He feels cared for, and respected. Loved, in a word. And now he has a legacy to pass on to his subsequent selves…. ~ Chuck Hogan

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Quotes and health tip of the day... 2/4/14

When an emotion arises in you, 
observe what thoughts caused the emotion.
Those thoughts that are intense enough
to cause an emotion are creating a future event,
whether wanted or not. 

"The world of reality has its limits;
the world of imagination is boundless."
    ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Perhaps the only limits to the human mind 
are those we believe in."
      ~ Willis Harman

Health Tip:  Pumpkin seeds offer the body:
Heart Healthy Magnesium
Zinc for Immune Support
Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats
Prostate Health
Anti-Diabetic Effects
Benefits for Postmenopausal Women
Heart and Liver Health
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Tryptophan for Restful Sleep

Monday, February 3, 2014

Quotes and health tip of the day... 1/3/14

“When your mind is besieged by some
inauspicious thoughts, you can bring the
sunshine into your life by staying calm!”
     ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

"A student who considers everybody 
and everything as a teacher will eventually
be the teacher of the teachers."
     ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

"To discipline your body,
you need a disciplined mind!"
     ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

Health Tip:  “It's up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.” ~ Steve Maraboli