Well Our World Didn’t End On 12/21/12/ By Ellen Sweeney

thCABE32H4Well our world didn’t end on 12/21/12. So what’s next? As I see it, we just keep on keeping on and strive for the life we want. We must continue to seek our higher selves and connect with our creator. We must continue to improve our health, mentally and physically. We must continue to strengthen our relationships with our families, spouses, friends and others. We must look into ourselves to see if we are doing our absolute best to make a positive impact on our world and those around us.
The energies that are trying to pull us down and make us fearful and sad, continue to prevail. Turn on the news on any given day and you will see, hear and feel it. Don’t let it daunt you in your determined effort to find peace and happiness. Persevere and you will find your Nirvana!


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Exercises to Relieve Stress at Work Jun 9, 2010 | By Michelle Bolyn

Michelle Bolyn is a licensed mental health professional and has worked since 2006 as a therapist. Bolyn has been writing mental health, wedding-related and relationship focused articles since 2007. She is published on Suite101.com and Examiner.com. Bolyn received her master’s degree in social work from New York University. Photo Credit stress image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com

Experiencing stress at work is normal. You might feel pressure to finish a project before a tight deadline or to deliver a thoughtful presentation to your coworkers. It might be impossible for you to eliminate stress from your workday, but you do have control over how you respond to stressful situations. Use these exercises at work to decrease anxiety and improve your mood.

Physical Exercise
MayoClinic.com recommends working out at least three times per week in order to have a more positive mood and reduce stress. Even though most people already know the benefits of physical exercise, some don’t do it. Many make excuses that they don’t have the time. You can make time for exercise during your work day. You need to take a couple breaks during the day anyway, including a lunch break, so incorporate exercise into your breaks. Take a walk during your lunch break and stash a set of hand weights under your desk to use when you have short breaks between projects or meetings.

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Usually you’ll find that you can concentrate better and have more energy to accomplish tasks in the morning, so Reader’s Digest suggests completing your most difficult tasks before lunch. If there is something you’re dreading to do, don’t wait until the end of the day to tackle it. You’ll feel stressed out throughout the day whenever you think about it and you might feel too exhausted to handle the situation effectively. Before you leave work each day, write on a sticky note the task that is giving you the most stress. Put it on your computer screen and do it the next morning when you get to the office, before you do anything else, including checking emails.

Deep Breaths
If you need an exercise to do when you only have a couple minutes, try taking deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Start by looking at the top left corner of your computer, and take one deep breath. Move your eyes to the top right corner and take another breath. Bring your eyes down to the lower right corner and repeat with another deep breath. Finish by moving your eyes to the bottom left corner and taking one more breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Repeat this exercise if you still feel anxious. If you don’t have a computer at work, pick any square object to do this exercise.

Lavender Mist
Discovery Health recommends using a lavender mist to reduce stress. This technique includes combining six to eight tablespoons of water with two to four drops of lavender essential oil. Keep the spray bottle on your desk and spray your work area when you’re feeling anxious. The smell of lavender will help you relax.

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Having Children Requires Parents and Parenting by Ellen Sweeney

 Having Children Requires Parents and Parenting 

thumbnailHaving children requires parents and parenting. Parents are people who are committed to taking this new person and nurturing them from infancy to young adulthood and have the necessary tools to do so.  There is no way around it. Human beings are not capable of rearing themselves.  Having children requires parent(S) and parenting skills. The best way to get these skills is to have been taught them by your parents or grandparents, who these days are being burdened with the mistakes of their own children.  You can not learn it from a book or You Tube!

  I really don’t care if you are traditional mama and daddy, or non traditional mama and mama or daddy and daddy.  The important thing is having the skills to teach the child the proper way to conduct themselves as moral beings in a society and to let them know they are loved for who they are. They need to know how they fit in society while still being able to be themselves. Teaching them to respect themselves and others is paramount.   This is a difficult task in these modern times and takes a lot of work, cooperation, give-and- take and sacrifice.  Lot’s of sacrifice.  Unless you are going to commit to this and see it through to the end, then perhaps you need to rethink having children or parenthood.

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We have so many children being born to single parent households that we now find ourselves in a societal crisis of young people committing crimes against family and society, a burgeoning financial crisis with the need for government assistance programs, a swelling penal system, with parents being imprisoned because they cannot pay or keep up with child support payments and teens and young adults being imprisoned for crimes against humanity. Also, having babies by multiple mothers and fathers is ridiculous and thoughtless. Why do you feel you must become pregnant or impregnate every person you sleep with?  I personally don’t believe in abortions, but I am a big proponent of personal responsibility.  If you can’t be responsible for yourself, how in the world can you be responsible for a baby?.

  This crisis has caused what I will call a need for social engineering. The government is now called upon to become THE SOCIAL WORKER.  As I see it, the plan is to keep the masses of children from single parent households sub-educated and physically weakened by mass government funded immunization and food programs, so they can either be eliminated from society at large or fuel the funding of the ever expanding penal-industrial complex as SLAVES.  I’m not saying that  children born to single parents are destined to become criminals, or targets of such a scheme, or the parents of single families are inept as parents, but the stats prove the risk is increased.

We have all heard the old adage that “The Children are our future…”  From where I’m sitting right now, that future looks very bleak. So what can be done? What can we as humans do to stop the inevitable collapse of our society?

I feel that the most immediate action will be for parents to take their children and hug them and tell them how much they are loved and start shoring the responsibility of raising that child or children. Put your needs of instant gratification on the back burner and start focusing on teaching that child on the right way to become an important and moral member of society. Stop looking for love in all the wrong places and  when masturbating just isn’t enough and you don’t have the ability to close your legs and say no or keep peter in his pocket, then PROTECT yourself at all costs. Don’t be cheap, fellas:  Buy good quality name brand condoms, because the cheap ones break (Breaking = pregnancy and/or disease).  Most importantly, WEAR THEM!. Just for the record, forget the withdrawal method, the risk of pregnancy is just too high.

So before you jump into bed with that new or old man or woman, make sure you are responsible and proactive to prevent pregnancy when you are not ready to become a committed parent.  If you already have children and have been negligent as a parent, now is the time to man-up or woman-up and start doing your duty to raise your children to become an important and productive member of our society.  You as a parent owe that to the society you live in.  Having children requires parents and parenting

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5 Tips to Help You Stick to Your Diet by Ellen Sweeney

Junk foods

Junk foods

You have to follow a diet that you feel is impossible to stick to and is just not compatible with a happy life. You know this is a necessary step for you to get on the road to health. You have tried before and failed. Will you be successful now? What to do, what to do? I will give you 5 Tips to Help You Stick to Your Diet.

I know first hand how difficult it is to undo unhealthy eating practices. It is difficult when you are used to eating sweets like ice cream, cakes and candies. I know how difficult it is for you to stop eating fast foods or drinking soda. Believe it or not, you CAN stop eating these things. You can be successful and stick to your diet. It is just going to take time, discipline, and imagination. These 5 tips will help you stick to your diet.
1. IMAGINATION AND IMAGERY
Imagination and imagery is going to be crucial to your success. Do you know with practice, you will be able to enjoy each and every food you cannot have while on your special diet? How so you ask? By using imagery.

Imagery is going to be the way to achieve this. Imagine your favorite food….Let’s say a nice, fat juicy double cheese burger. In your mind’s eye, I want you to imagine that cheeseburger. Smell it. See it. Taste it. Top it with whatever you want. Would you like some fries with that? Imagine you have a huge plate of the most delicious fries you can imagine. Now in your mind’s eye start eating your fill. Ummm. Did you enjoy it? Of course you did. Guess what, it did you no harm. Best of all, you didn’t screw up your diet! This method can be used whenever you start to crave a food that will sabotage your diet or be harmful to you. With regular practice, you will readily be able to do this with wonderful results.
The reason this works is because stored in your memory banks is all the sensations you have ever experienced while eating a favorite food. Pulling those memories will enable you to visualize and enjoy your favorite foods, that you cannot have on your diet. Mastering this will do wonders so that you do not feel deprived. Trust me this works and it really won’t take too long to get the hang of it. Most importantly is believing this can work.

2. PORTION CONTROL
Portion control is a very important part of a weight loss diet. We are all too aware that in America, we eat too much. Super sizing things is what has contributed to the obesity problem. When you put food in a large vessel, such as a 9 inch plate, you are more likely to overfill it. Try getting a dinner saucer, which is about 5 or 6 inches and place your food in that instead.

3. AVOID SODAS LIKE THE PLAGUE

Soda is one of the leading causes of obesity and diabetes. The reason is because of the widespread use of HFCS(high fructose corn syrup) as a sweetener. HFCS has the notorious reputation of turning off our satiety mechanism, which tells us when we are full and should stop eating. Start weaning yourself off if you are addicted, by drinking an equal amount of water for every can of soda you eliminate. Eventually you will not want to drink the soda any longer.

4. MIRROR,MIRROR ON THE WALL

A mirror is a necessary part of your embarking on your new diet. It will allow you to see your progress or lack there of. It is preferable if you have a full length mirror or at least a bust length mirror. You need to periodically stand in front of the mirror and do self-talk to yourself, especially when you feel like you might slip and fall of the wagon. The way you do this is stand before the mirror and out loud say to yourself, “I will not fail. I will stick with my diet no matter what. This is life or death. I cannot and will not fail!” This tip will work for other issues as well, such as people who don’t believe they are overweight, or trying to quit smoking or are trying to conquer a drug addiction. Looking yourself straight in the eye, you cannot tell a lie.

5. WATER ,WATER EVERYWHERE

Water is the liquid of life. Without it for 3 days or so, you could die. Water is necessary for every metabolic process we have. Without adequate water, the body must rob Peter to pay Paul, so to speak. Adequate water is approximately 6-8 glasses per day. When you drink adequate amounts of this precious liquid, you will start to lose weight, blood sugar will be under better control and kidney function will be improved. So make sure you try to drink adequate amounts of water. Your body will thank you for it.

CONCLUSION
Now you have five tips to help you stick to your diet, that can help you control cravings and prevent you from breaching your diet. You will be able to keep yourself from failing. Adhering to a healthy diet is paramount to you regaining health, losing weight and being a happier you. I wish you well and much success.

 

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DM 2: How can I lower my blood sugar? / by Ellen Sweeney

Last week, I left you with this question: “How can I make my cells respond better to lower my blood sugar? “ The book that helped me get started on my journey was The 30 Day Diabetes Cure, by Dr S Ripich. This book made so much more sense to me than anything my doctors ever told me.

I have said this many times to myself and my patients; Our body doesn’t fail us; we fail it. Our body is always trying to heal and restore balance… always. We are always bombarding it with something it doesn’t need like cigarettes, drugs, medicines, alcohol, food it doesn’t recognize, etc. How can we expect to stay healthy? When it can no longer do so, we become ill or die. Diabetes is one of those illnesses.
How can I lower my blood sugar?
There are ways to help our bodies heal from diabetes and restore our blood sugar to normal or very near normal levels. I encourage you to work closely with your doctor, as the things I will tell you to start doing may cause your blood sugars to get too low over time and you will need adjustments in your medications. You also need to know if it is safe for you to start an exercise regimen, so make an appointment with your doctor and let him or her know what you are trying to achieve.
Also keep in mind that you may over time, be able to get off the medications all together… over time. When healing the body, it takes time and consistency. Everyone is different. Some people may respond rapidly and others may take 6 months or longer. Don’t become discouraged and please, please don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done, including your doctor. Believe and you shall achieve!!
You Are What You Eat
How can I lower my blood sugar?
First thing you must do is clean up your diet. In the beginning, you must adhere to this diet to allow your body to heal. After healing takes place, occasionally you may have some of these foods on special occasions, but under no circumstances should they ever become part of your regular diet again. NO refined foods, white sugar, processed foods, deli meats, white potatoes, white rice, bacon, hotdogs, sodas, soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, fast food, candy, cakes cookies, alcohol, etc.
You can eat foods such as fresh green, red or purple vegetables, raw fruits, whole grain cereals and bread, pasta that is gluten free, beans, nuts, free range eggs, baked salmon or other fatty fish, hormone free and all natural meat, skinless, boneless chicken. Believe it or not, you will feel very satisfied after eating this way. Once you get over the initial shock, your body will start to respond very nicely.
Of course if you smoke, drug or drink alcohol excessively, you will need to stop.

Water, Water Everywhere
The next extremely important thing is drinking enough water. Dr Batmanghelidj in his book, You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty, states ideally we should drink one half our body weight in ounces. So, for instance, if you are 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water per day. I’m speaking about free water; water that is plain and not added to anything else. If you have kidney disease as a result of the diabetes, than speak with your doctor regarding how much you can safely drink. Hopefully over time, your kidneys’ function will improve. If you are already on dialysis, hopefully getting better control of your diabetes with make you a better candidate for a kidney transplant. Keep in mind that before thongs get better, they may get worse or not improve. This is a phenomena that I have always noticed since I became a nurse. This can be very discouraging, but keep soldiering on. I believe what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

MOVE SOMETHING: EXERCISE
The next important thing is exercise. I know many who have diabetes, suffer from all types of aches and pains, myself included. However, understand that the underlying cause is chronic inflammation. When blood sugars are constantly high, and you are on pharmaceuticals, this produces inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation causes pain, making it difficult for you to have a good quality of life. Normalizing your blood sugar naturally, eliminating toxic things from your body can help reduce this constant inflammatory state. Yet again, this takes time. Exercise changes your whole body’s chemistry in a positive way. Our bodies are meant to move for sustained periods. We were not designed to sit 8 hours a day. We were designed to move.
Let’s go back to our early childhood. Remember how the first thing you had planned for the day was to go outside and play? It didn’t matter if it was cold, hot, cloudy, sunny, raining or snowing; you had to be outside. When you were out there, you were running and jumping, climbing and leaping. Your energy was boundless. The biggest interruption in your day was coming in to eat. Yes that was a big interruption. My how our mindsets have changed. That is why we are sick. The biggest interruption to our day now is doing stuff. Cutting the grass, painting the house, walking to the post office… you get my drift. Man, if we were as kids once again, we would be so much better off.
Back to reality. We all think we don’t have time in our day to exercise, but look at how much time we waste. Right now you are surfing the net. That can easily take up several hours of your time. How about this: place your computer on a table at waist height and just start marching in place for 30 minutes. You can easily fit exercise in throughout your day. You just have to make the time. Walking is one of the best exercises to start with… no equipment needed. You don’t even have to have shoes! If you have a bicycle, dust it off, oil it up and get on it. Like to do yard work? Go for it. The bottom line is just do it; do it for 30 minutes a day, whatever it is you like to do. If you enjoy the exercise then you are more likely to stick with it and make it a part of your new lifestyle.

Diabetes is a plague that is costing the medical community and our society. Let’s get a hold of this demon and eradicate it from ourselves and our society. Make a commitment to yourself and your family to improve your health and wellbeing, so you will be able to enjoy what life has to offer and not spend every waking day worrying about your health. Now, you have the answer to this question: “How can I lower my blood sugar?” Remember, knowledge is power.

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Type 2 Diabetes: What you need to do right now by Ellen Sweeney

Type 2 Diabetes: What you need to do right now

Blood sugar Chart

Blood sugar Chart

Last week we discussed a little of what diabetes is. Now we need to start doing things to correct this situation. Type 2 Diabetes: What you need to do right now. This so important, so that you may live long and well. If diabetes is not corrected, dire things can and do happen. Things like loss of eyesight, limbs, kidneys and life. I hate scaring people, but that is what got me into action. I will try to use the KISS (keep it simple Sam. I don’t like the word ‘stupid’) method.

I was truly scared, but not so much of having diabetes as I was scared of the medicines used to treat diabetes! As a nurse, I have seen people religiously take their medications and get their numbers under control, only to still develop complications of diabetes. Some of the medications like Actos have been implicated in putting people at risk for developing bladder cancer. Others, like Januvia have been purported to cause heart attacks. Of course any medication can have serious side effects, even Tylenol. I just know deep in my soul that all disease has a root cause and to successfully treat a disease, you must address the root cause.

Diabetes does not have an obvious root cause like a cold does. With a cold you know the cause is a rhino virus and it’s just a matter of the body ridding itself of this invader and then full recovery takes place. Unlike the cold and its obvious cause, diabetes develops insidiously. It creeps upon you. You may have some signs that it may be developing like gaining weight, or darkened areas on your skin called acanthosis. You may also have frequent skin conditions caused by yeast overgrowth or if you are a woman, may have recurring vaginal yeast infections.

After blood sugars start getting into the abnormal ranges, you may experience increased hunger,thirst and urination. However, some people may not shows these signs. Only by a blood test can you be diagnosed. The blood tests used are fasting blood glucose and the hemoglobin A1C.

The fasting glucose measures your blood sugar after 8-12 hours after your last meal. The hemoglobin A1C measures your average blood sugar over a three month period. Excess blood sugar crystallizes on the surface of the red blood cells. The red blood cells live about 100-120 days. when the hemoglobin A1C is measured, it gives a much more accurate picture of your long term blood glucose levels. so hurry up and make an appointment with your doctor or nurse practitioner if you haven’t been tested. This is why I’ve written Type 2 Diabetes: What you need to do right now.

So you’ve been told your blood sugar levels are above normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetic. This is known as pre-diabetes. This is an early stage of abnormal glucose metabolism, that if addressed now can revert back to normal levels. If your blood sugar is at diabetes level, you too can get it back to normal levels. Sometimes medications are needed and sometimes they are not.

The first thing you must understand about diabetes is that you cannot utilize the sugars (carbohydrates) you eat properly. This does not mean you cannot eat carbs. Your body needs carbohydrates in order to function. What this means is you must change the type of carbs you eat and the amount.

For the sake of simplicity, there are four types of carbs: slow carbs,fast carbs, high carbs and low carbs. Slow carbs release their sugar content slowly there by preventing spike in the blood sugar. Fast carbs release their sugar content rapidly causing huge spikes in the blood sugar. Low carbs contain small amounts of carbohydrates per serving and high carbs have high amounts of carbs in a serving size. Some examples of slow carbs are whole grains like oats, whole wheat, quinoa, brown rice, nuts and beans. Examples of fast carbs are some fruits like bananas, juices and starchy vegetables. High carbs: Breads,cookies, cakes, candy, processed foods etc. Low carbs: non starchy vegetables and non starchy fruits,berries, nuts, some dairy,meat, poultry and fish.

Now most of the literature and recommendation say to limit total carb intake in a day from 45-60 mg/day. I say try to stay lower than this , especially in the first 6 months of changing your diet. My reason for this is that your overworked pancreas needs a break. In order for it to heal, you need to lessen the amount of work it has to do. Makes sense? The cells that produce insulin have been worked to the point of exhaustion and in the process, less insulin is being produced and the quality and effectiveness of the insulin is inferior. The body cells become resistant to the insulin, which is supposed to tell them to take in sugar. So blood sugars get high.

So how can I make my cells respond better so my blood sugar won’t be high?
Check in next week and find out the next step you need to take in order to start getting your blood sugar under control. I hope your reading Type 2 Diabetes: What you need to do right now will help you get on the path to wellness.

Here are some useful links: http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/diet-and-disease/diabetes/carbohydrate-counting-and-exchange-lists
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Type 2 Diabetes-The new epidemic, by Ellen Sweeney


Blood sugar Chart

Blood sugar Chart

Type 2 diabetes-the new epidemic is a scary title. I have type 2 Diabetes(Type 2 DM). First let me define type 2 diabetes for you. Type 2 DM is when the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin, does not produce enough insulin or you produce enough insulin, but your cells don’t respond to it. That is called insulin resistance.
Explain this further
Our bodies need glucose, which is sugar broken down into its simplest form. In fact, without it we would die. In diabetes the body cannot use the sugar properly because either the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the insulin cannot unlock the cells so they can use the available sugar. So what does the body do then?
Well for starters, let’s understand that the body is always trying to make things right. So if the blood sugar is getting too high, there are signals from the brain that tell you to drink more water. Why? The extra water will help rid the body from the extra excess sugar. Increasing your intake of water will in turn cause you to urinate. As long as the blood sugar stays excessively high, then the thirst-urinate cycle continues. If this is not corrected, then other harmful things start occurring. The brain and the body need glucose to function and if neither can get it, then the body starts to break down fat, with the help of the liver, which is turned into sugar and ketones. The process of this fat breakdown causes a waste product called acetone to be produced. Acetone is dangerous in large amounts and as it builds up in the blood, it can cause your blood to become acidic and then ultimately the body is in sheer chaos. You can ultimately die . At that point, is it now a medical emergency.
Fortunately it takes some time for you to get to this state. Usually the excessive thirst and urination will bring you to the doctor. This is why it is important to see a doctor on a regular basis, because blood testing is done at these visits and pre-diabetes can be detected early before full blown diabetes develops. Pre-diabetes is when the blood sugars are higher than the normal range, but not high enough to be considered at a diabetic level. Pre-diabetes is treatable with lifestyle changes such as eliminating processed and devitalized foods from your diet like sodas, fast foods and processed food. Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains. fish, poultry baked or roasted, will help restore normal blood sugar levels. Paramount to all of this is exercise and adequate water intake. Water intake should be 6-8 glasses daily…I’m talking pure water.
Look at the chart above, showing blood sugar ranges and their meanings courtesy of http://anormalbloodsugarlevel.com/blood-sugar-level/blood-sugar-levels-chart/
So, what if I have full blown diabetes, is there any hope for me? Will I forever be enslaved to pills and shots and not enloying life? I will tell you a resounding NO.
I developed Type 2 diabetes because I was too fat and one of the blood pressure medications I was taking caused me to develop Type 2 diabetes. Next week I will discuss putting Type 2 DM in remission. Please check back then!

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Fear: It will rob you of your joy and happiness by Ellen Sweeney

fear-baby Fear: It will rob you of your joy and happiness. It will keep you from succeeding and finding your way. Fear will stop you dead in your tracks and keep you from coming up for air. As oppressive as fear may be, it is a necessary part of our emotional mind-set.
FEAR AS A NECESSARY PART OF LIFE
Fear is learned very early on. As a newborn, we have a startle reflex, we fear strangers faces. As a toddler, we learn fear from our parents commands…”Don’t touch that, It’s hot” and so on.
As school agers, we take all those lessons learned about fear, and start applying those lessons to our daily life. Then, something odd happens when we’re teenagers. Suddenly, we don’t have fear. We do things that defy logic like drive and ride in cars 100 miles per hour, jump off tall building like we’re superman. Ride bikes like bats out of hell. We dibble and dabble with things like sex, drugs and alcohol. We hang out with the wrong crowd. We listen to our music turned up to the max. We feel we are invincible. But, alas we are not. So many young people are putting themselves in harm’s way with poor and tragic outcomes.
Here are some sobering statistics from the CDC.gov website http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db37.htm:
•An average of 16,375 teenagers 12-19 years died in the United States every year from 1999 to 2006. This is less than 1 percent of all deaths that occur every year in the United States.
•The five leading causes of death among teenagers are Accidents (unintentional injuries), homicide, suicide, cancer, and heart disease. Accidents account for nearly one-half of all teenage deaths.
•As a category of accidents, motor vehicle fatality is the leading cause of death to teenagers, representing over one-third of all deaths.
•Among teenagers, non-Hispanic black males have the highest death rate (94.1 deaths per 100,000 population).
•Homicide is the leading cause of death for non-Hispanic black male teenagers. For all other groups, accident is the leading cause.



Texting while driving, drinking while driving and general inattention is a major factor. Then if you’re lucky and survive teenage-hood, you enter young adulthood. The fears you may have retained in your memory may now come to the surface, much more frequently that we wish. For the most part the fears of young adulthood focuses mostly on education, earning money, marriage, raising a family and living the dream of owning a home and car. As time marches relentlessly on, we reach middle adulthood and those fears that we were once able to move to the recesses of our minds, now come front and center and unwillingly occupy our daily thoughts. Those fears now include health, wealth and death. Those fears visit us frequently throughout our days and nights. Sometimes, they’re so pervasive, we seek solace in drugs, alcohol and pharmaceuticals, never realizing these are the very things that will solidify and worsen our fears.
Take heed people. We all have fears. They will always be with us. How you respond to them will determine if they will rob you of your joy and happiness or if fear will keep you from succeeding and finding your way.
Will you let fear stop you dead in your tracks and keep you from coming up for air? I surely hope you won’t because there is too much life to live and fear will only keep you from living it to the fullest. Stop being afraid and start overcoming fear now.
For more information on overcoming fears and phobias visit these links: http://thinksimplenow.com/happiness/overcoming-fear/ http://www.wakeupcloud.com/overcoming-fear/
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5 Reasons You Need Exercise by Ellen Sweeney

silhouette of a woman exercising

5 Reasons You Need Exercise,silhouette of a woman exercising

“I don’t have time; I’m tired; I hurt too much; I don’t know how; I don’t have any exercise equipment”
These are 5 reasons people give not to exercise, that people often give when asked if they exercise. These are excuses that will totally keep you from achieving maximum health. I will give you 5 reasons why these are wrong. I will debunk these excuses one by one by giving you 5 Reasons You Need Exercise.

REASON #1I don’t have time
This is wrong because EVERYONE can squeeze 30 minutes out of their 24 hr day to exercise. That 1 hr sit-com you’re watching?…Get up and start marching in place for 30 min. On that FB page again?… Get up and do some knee bends,side bends, waist twists and situps for 30 minutes. Better yet,just go for a walk. Cooking dinner?… Dance to your favorite tunes while you’re cooking. You get my drift? Good.

REASON #2: I’m tired
Did you know the quickest way to get energized is to take a walk or ride a bike or dance? In other words, exercise gets the blood and adrenalin flowing. That tired feeling is long gone after a few minutes! Then you feel great. One word of caution though, don’t exercise within 4 hrs of going to bed because you may be too energized. However, sometimes exercise can make some people sleep better. Everyone is different, so see how it works for you.

REASON #3: “I hurt too much”
With regular exercise most people will find their pain greatly reduced. Exercise causes the brain to produce endorphins, the body’s naturally produced pain killer. If you have chronic pain, common sense will tell you not to start off too vigorously… you’ll have to work your way up. Some people desire to start slow with something like Tai Chi and/or yoga.

REASON #4: “I don’t know how”
YES YOU DO! Just move. Exercise is not something that has to be formal. When you are digging in your garden, fishing, throwing darts,washing windows, that is exercise and it does count. However,to be effective, it needs to be sustained for 30 minutes and at least 5 out of the 7 days of the week.
So just start moving. To you folks that are of limited mobility or wheelchair bound, it is even more critical for you to move and exercise, even if you can move very little, move whatever you can.

And Finally, REASON #5: “I don’t have any exercise equipment”
So far, I have given you examples that require absolutely no investment of equipment. However, if you have some available resources, try investing in a jump rope, exercise ball, hoola-hoop, stationary bike or a rower. You may be able to find used equipment in your local paper or on E-bay. So don’t wait any longer. Get moving. You’ll be healthier and happier for it.
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Justice was not served for Trayvon Martin by Ellen Sweeney

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According to the law for conviction of George Zimmerman of second degree murder, there was no evidence (http://www.nbcnews.com/). However, he should have been charged with stalking, child endangering and abuse and at least manslaughter. Since when is it OK to follow someone and that person feeling threatened can’t defend themselves? This is not justice. If you are following me and you come up on me I’m going to fight too and kill if I have to. I don’t get it. Zimmerman was clearly the initiator and gets off scott free…well at least in the earthly court. I believe in divine justice when man fails to deliver. In this case, justice was not served for Trayvon Martin.
Far to often people get away with crimes against humanity. Either they never get caught or they get off on technicalities. But,they think they’ve gotten away with it… or have they?
Justice is meted out nevertheless by the court of the universe. Don’t think for one minute if you do something wrong you are not going to be paid back in full and made to give restitution. This happens all the time. I’ve seen it and sometimes all you have to do is ask the universe to do it. In short order it is done. I’ve seen it done. It works best when you do not pray for harm…just justice.
Justice for Trayvon’s unnecessary and tragic death is going to be meted out very soon. You can’t do wrong and expect to live in peace.
Trayvon’s family will stop feeling the bitterness and sadness and will begin to move on with their lives. One of my favorite quotes in dealings we as humans have to endure upon this Earthly plane is from Sri Yogananda in one of his many conversations with God . He asked God why does he permit suffering and God gave him this answer, “Creation is light and shadow both,else no picture is possible. the good and evil of maya must ever alternate in supremacy. If joy were ceaseless here in this world, would man ever desire another?…The tragedy of death is unreal, those who shudder at it are like an ignorant actor who dies of fright on the stage when nothing more has been fired at him than a blank cartridge. My sons are children of light, they will not sleep forever in delusion.”(Autobiography of a Yogi, p241,para5)

Maya is Satan and his sole purpose is to divert us from spirit to matter, from reality to unreality. This explanation from God does not mean that we should allow people to do whatever they want. The laws of the land are the laws of the land. Justice should be sought using those laws. The laws of the land were designed to protect us from maya. The laws of God were designed to allow us to redeem ourselves.
We should strive to live in peace and harmony. We should abide by the laws of the land and the laws of God. True justice comes from the Creator.
Justice will be served for Trayvon Martin.
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How important is appearance? by Ellen Sweeney

appearance can be deceptive I was listening to a radio program on Moody Radio hosted by Chris Fabry ( http://www.moodyradio.org/radioplayer.aspx?station=MBN2). The topic was “God-shaped Brain // The Eye of the Beholder”. He prefaced the conversation by playing a clip of Dustin Hoffman talking about the character he played in Tootsie. He said ,after being made up, that he thought he would be more beautiful. After asking his make up artist to make him more beautiful, he was told, they have done the best they could do…he could not be made more beautiful. He said after being told this, he had an epiphany of sorts. He realized how many people are not even given the time of day because of how they looked…their appearance. See the interview here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57593028/dustin-hoffman-fights-tears-gets-emotional-remembering-tootsie/ This show inspired me to write this post How important is appearance? Why are some people deemed beautiful and others are not? Why are some people given jobs of importance and others are passed over when they have equal qualifications? How important is appearance?
Appearance is often the sole determinant in your employment, love life and other interactions with others. How important is appearance? Why would your physical appearance take precedence over your abilities or personality? I personally have experienced racism and ageism. I know this to be the case because I will find the person hired for the position I applied for to be white and 10-15 years younger, they may or may not have the caliber of experience that I have. This is hard to prove, especially in nursing. Now that I have aged and have gray hair, I am finding that ageism is overtaking racism! In America, our society places so much emphasis on youth, beauty according to Eurocentric themes, thinness and other shallow quaifiers that makes one desirable. It is up to us to change this nonsense.
When I encounter people, I listen to what their conversation is about. My first impression is not based on their physical appearance. This was not the way I always operated. It took years of me learning to look at the person beyond his or her appearance. Once I learned to do that, it became a natural way for me to look at people. I can speak and interact with anyone without making unfounded judgments based on their appearances.
I often run into young black males, for instance, wearing their pants sagging down who are intelligent, have their heads in the right direction, but because of their youth and immaturity, dress this way. Others will cross streets when they see them or clutch their purses. I have developed my intuition enough to know when someone is truly a threat. I once worked with a guy that was tatted all up and looked like a skin head from all appearances, but was a people loving person and treated all his patients with care and respect. He looked the way he looked because that is what he liked. Did you ever listen to Brad Paisley’s song Accidental Racist, featuring LL Cool J? This song is another example of prejudging based on appearances. Listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaUy46mifII So when you meet people, don’t judge first by the cover. look at what is in the pages. You will become a much better person because of it. How important is appearance to you?
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Power of Prayer by Ellen Sweeney

I wouldn’t wish what Trayvon’s parents are going through on my worst enemy. This is a parents’ worse nightmare. I can understand her praying for God to help her when she takes the stand. I pray for her too. The power of prayer is undisputable.

I don’t believe for one moment that Trayvon was a threat to George Zimmerman. Like so many people that look upon black young males as a threat, he had made up in his mind that this young man was up to no good. All evidence leads to Zimmerman being the instigator in the chain of events that followed. The stand-your-ground law defined in Wikipedia states, “In the United States of America, stand-your-ground law states that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first.”

In this case it seems that Trayvon was doing just that, but with his fists instead. If someone is following you for no apparent reason, that is unlawful and a threat. One witness said Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman. So what if Trayvon was on top. If someone is threatening me I am going to fight back as well. So Zimmerman was getting his butt kicked and then pulls out his gun and shoots Trayvon in his heart and takes his life. What a coward. I am a very peaceful person. but if you threaten my safety or well being it’s going to be a fight. In the heated passion of fighting it is very easy to kill… I realize that, but if you started it, you are wrong if death results and should pay for that. All the evidence I have read points to the unlawful act of murder on the part of Zimmerman. it is a known fact that the propaganda that is disseminated all over the world depicts young, black male youths as gang bangers, criminal, drug slingers etc. I know of what I speak. Even amongst other African Americans, black male youth are looked upon as a threat. This is because so many black youth are involved in gangs, robberies, shootings ,etc. this is a reality. I feel this is a direct function of impoverished ,drug infested urban areas. It is also a result of the presentation of black male youth by the entertainment industry. Most importantly, it is the failure of parents.
Parent have the job of ensuring they instill proper societal and universal values in their children. I see so many parents that don’t tell their children they love them, or say positive things to them on a daily basis. They may take care of their physical needs with clothing and food, but neglect their emotional and spiritual needs. There used to be a time when every child went to church. Whether you believe this or not, religion was developed to control people. It does a very good job in doing that. I am not a fan of the religious dogmas, but I believe in God. When you truly know God, then your goal in life is to constantly strive to find peace and harmony. You won’t be out there looking for trouble or abusing drugs or alcohol or the many things humans engage in on this Earth,. You will work on attaining great spiritual strength and even physical health because one without the other is of no use in this life on Earth. I know first hand the power of prayer. I use it throughout the day. It has gotten me through many trials and tribulations. I have no doubt that prayer will help Mr. and Mrs. Martin is this ordeal.
Trayvon is gone, at the hands of George Zimmerman. Their child, their ‘angel’ is gone. No amount of prayer is going to bring him back, but the universe rights all wrongs. When Mr. ad Mrs. Martin put those words of prayer out there in the ether of the universe, their words will be heard. “No one can pray and worry at the same time.”- Max Lucado (Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-worry-20-comforting-scripture-quotes/#ixzz2YBDac98q)

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