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The Best Girlfriends Of The Zodiac

Posted November 28, 2017 By Mark

 

 

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Sagittarius

She is always guarded but the moment that you can conquer her heart, you will be one of the few special people in her life. If you manage to land a Sagittarius girl, she is on an endless pursuit to always push you to become the best version of yourself. She is a very selfless and generous human being who always places the needs of others above her own.

They are always in the business of trying to make the people around them better. And that is why she has been declared as the best girlfriend.

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The Amazing Mind-Body Benefits of Tai Chi

Posted April 3, 2016 By Mark

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The almost endless list of health benefits from meditation are becoming more and more crystallized into scientific fact as study after study is showing how every aspect of being a human is improved and benefited by spending even just 15-20 minutes per day meditating.  These health benefits include the immune system, stress and anxiety levels, memory and alertness, happiness and satisfaction, pain levels, creativity, and numerous other benefits. Science also reveals that when meditation is taken a step further in the physical biological body through motion, it can not only offer these potent benefits, but can also really catalyze healing and health in the physical body itself.

Tai Chi is  branch of the ancient Chinese Qi Gong practice.  Chi refers to the life force energy itself and through series of gentle movements paired with mindfulness, Tai Chi regulates the flow of chi in the individual and helps to balance the Yin and Yang principles within a person.

In clinical research, Tai Chi has been shown to lead to improvements in the quality of life for those suffering from breast cancer and Parkinson’s.  It is also showing promise for reducing high blood pressure. One study done recently revealed that tai chi improved balance, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and also strength.

The study was conducted by monitoring a group of participants who practiced tai chi and those who did improved over 30 percent in lower body strength and 25 percent in arm strength- this was almost as much as the strength improvements in the weight-lifting group; pretty impressive for movements that seem so gentle and serene.

 

According to U.S. News & World Report:

“… [I]n 85 percent of trials, tai chi lowered blood pressure. Other studies have shown it to reduce blood levels of B-type natriuretic peptide, a precursor of heart failure, and to maintain bone density in post-menopausal women.”

Similarly, mindfulness meditation has captured the interest of many researchers in recent years, bringing new information and scientific validation to an art that has been valued for ages.  Studies clearly show a reduction in the experience of pain in subjects practicing mindfulness meditation.  This type of meditation is shown to alter the physiological state, reducing awareness of pain and increasing awareness in other areas such as alertness and problem solving.

Dr. Mercola says, “If you’re looking for a gentle, mind-body activity to add to your fitness routine, tai chi is a phenomenal choice. A form of Chinese martial arts, tai chi is an ancient form of self-defense that is said to support the balance of “yin and yang” in your body, thereby improving the flow of “qi,” or life energy.

Often described as “meditation in motion” or “moving meditation,” the activity takes your body through a specific set of graceful movements. Your body is constantly in motion and each movement flows right into the next.

While practicing tai chi, your mind is meant to stay focused on your movements, relaxation and deep breathing, while distracting thoughts are ignored. More than 2 million Americans have already taken up this ancient art form, and you might want to join them once you learn about all of its benefits.”

One of the most appealing benefits of Tai Chi is in its gentleness and accessibility for practitioners across all age and social groups. Tai Chi is equally appropriate for children, elders, and everyone in between.  Tai Chi can even be adapted for persons in a wheelchair.  The ancient practice improves balance, stamina, coordination, flexibility, and as mentioned previously, strength and cardiovascular health.

 

·         Here are a few of the known benefits of tai chi from mercola.com,

·         Improvements in physical condition, muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility

·         Better balance and mobility

·         Lower risk of falls, particularly in the elderly

·         Improvements in pain and stiffness, including arthritis pain

·         Improved sleep and overall wellness

·         Enhanced immune system

Another study showed that patients suffering with fibromyalgia who practiced tai chi for a 12 week period showed significantly better reading for their pain, sleeplessness, fatigue, physical functioning, and stress.  Tai chi is looked upon with so much confidence by the medical community that it is even recommended by Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic

We know that mindfulness meditation as well as other forms of what could be called classical meditation are powerful practices that can cultivate peace, health, and overall well-being in the lives of those who practice them.  Likewise, practitioners of tai chi will benefit their minds, bodies, and naturally their spirits as well.

Sources: mercola.comworldtaichiday.org

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By Joshua Eagle

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Of all of the countless foods, exercises and techniques used to help awaken and activate the pineal gland, perhaps none exist with as much power to take you to the highest levels of human consciousness than the following 3 tools. Since there are no quick fixes or shortcuts to activating and strengthening the pineal gland, the following techniques mentioned require self-discipline, dedication and a burning desire for ascended health and consciousness. 12107941_1705701482986333_7683415135186024169_n

Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a sacred tea made from the vine of the Ayahuasca plant mixed with the leaves of the Chakruna bush. In the Amazon, Ayahuasca is considered the pinnacle healing medicine of the rainforests entire medical system, containing the ability to heal people on a physiological, energetic, emotional and spiritual level, from various ailments of different types

In terms of the brain, the unique tryptamines and organic phytochemicals contained in the Ayahuasca tea works to gradually clean out every synaptic chain and neuronal cell in the brain, while simultaneously activating and stimulating the brains pituitary, hypothalamus and pineal gland to their higher functioning states. Being that various synthetic chemicals and toxins such as fluoride and heavy metals tend to get lodged in the brain’s fatty tissue and disrupt it’s electromagnetic and energetic functioning, the tea of Ayahuasca is of particular use to most people in our modern times, if just solely to help cleanse the brain and body of the 44,000+ man made chemicals introduced into our environment since the industrial revolution.

One of the main modes in which Ayahuasca works to clean out the pineal gland and brain is through the act of methylation. Methylation problems in the body are associated with pesticides and chemicals being sprayed into our environment which the body is unable to recognize and metabolize. Methyl-donors in our body, which work to identify toxins and route them out for elimination, can become depleted when one’s body encounters too much toxicity for the liver to handle. It is in these circumstances where plants containing an abundance of methyl-donors are particularly helpful. The top three foods containing methyl-donors in order are: 1) Ayahuasca, 2) Beets and 3) Goji Berries.

The specific methylating compound in Ayahuasca which works to jump-start this detoxification process is frequently referred to as DMT or di-methyl-tryptamine. The DMT molecule – which is found present in every single living animal and plant – only becomes bioavailable when it is combined with an MAO-inhibitor plant that prevents it from being too rapidly metabolized by the body. In the case of Ayahuasca, the Chakruna leaf is the DMT containing plant and the Ayahuasca contains the MAO-inhibiting properties which allows for the DMT to become bioavailable.

Meditation

Meditation is the art of mastering the mind through the development and strengthening of one’s awareness. Being that the subconscious mind is constantly dumping thoughts at random into the conscious mind and can hijack one’s consciousness and attention, it is critical that one develop their capacity to master their mind so that they can steer it in the direction they truly want.  feature_image_template91-620x400

As the barriers between the subconscious and conscious mind are gradually dissolved through the act of meditation, one progressively gains more and more of a leash over their consciousness, which in turn enables them to direct their will power more precisely into what they truly aim to accomplish with their life.

Being that our mind/brain is constantly in action in both our waking lives and dreaming lives, it is an organ of the body that is typically deprived of enough time to be rested and rejuvenated. In meditation, one seeks to relax the mind through putting one’s awareness and intention on stillness. In this state one allows themselves to stop their thoughts and worries and just be at peace for the meditations duration. If and when thoughts arise during meditation, it is the meditator’s mission to not engage in the thought, but to view it from a third person perspective without identifying with it.

Through the practice of this act, one gains more mastery over the subconscious mind and as well as a better perspective on their own undesirable mental programs that may be running like a feedback loop. As one progresses in meditation and the mind acquires more and more stillness, tension in the mind from over-active thinking is reduced and the grey matter of the brain becomes more soft and flexible. In turn the pineal gland which sits in the center of the right and left hemispheres of the brain is enabled to function with greater energetic receptivity and transmutation.

Fasting

What do Jesus, Moses, Buddha and Socrates all have in common? Answer: They all engaged in the practice of fasting. In turn it may be no surprise that one of the best time tested ways to improve mental clarity and rejuvenate the brain, body and soul is through partaking in a fast.

Digestive systems are constantly being bombarded by the food we eat throughout the day, and as a result are often playing a never ending game of catch-up to eliminate old food and digest new food. In this state of constant digestion our bodies are never given a chance to rest and detoxify properly. When a fast is finally undertaken, a massive weight is taken off of the body which frees up large amounts of energy. This new energy is used to produce Human Growth Hormone which stimulates the production of new brain cells and neurons.

A study out of Intermountain Medical Center showed that people who partook in a 24 hour fast had between a 1300% to 2000% increase in Human Growth Hormone as a result. The biggest brain benefit from fasting however may be provided as a result of the detoxification that occurs during a fast. Since the body no longer has to work to eliminate new toxins, it is permitted to backtrack and clean up older stored toxins that have compiled in the brain and body throughout the course of a persons life. As a fast progresses the body is enabled to consume everything that is not essential to its proper functioning. This includes bacteria, viruses, fibroid tumors, accumulated waste such as chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, fluoride and other toxins are allowed to be further eliminated from the body as a result.

One who is new to fasting can begin by skipping a meal during the day. From there one can move onto juice fasting and/or spring water fasting. People suffering from disease or those on medication should always consult a health-care professional before partaking in a fast.

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So I don’t loose it – found at : http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/wild-rice-and-sage-stuffing-with-crunchy-croutons/

 

Toasted bread croûtons add a bread-stuffing texture to seasoned wild rice.
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 8 slices whole-grain gluten-free bread, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 4½ Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large white onion, diced (2 cups)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh sage

1 | Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.
2 | Toast walnuts in dry skillet over medium heat 5 minutes, or until fragrant, shaking skillet often. Set aside.
3 | Toss bread cubes with 21/2 Tbs. oil, salt, and pepper in bowl. Transfer to baking sheet, and bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside, and keep oven on.
4 | Heat remaining 2 Tbs. oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 12 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add garlic, and sauté 2 minutes. Add broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in wild rice, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 40 minutes. Stir in toasted walnuts, and simmer, covered, 10 minutes more. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
5 | Spread in prepared baking dish, and bake 10 to 20 minutes, or until beginning to brown and crisp on top. Serve sprinkled with croûtons, sage and tarragon.

Creole Seasoning

Posted November 17, 2015 By Mark
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DIY Creole Seasoning – just so I don’t loose it  – from food.com

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Have you been spending too much of your time on social media recently? Is that making much of your internet usage wasteful? Social media can be so addictive, so much that we spend hours on it without really noticing.

While social media does contribute in healthy discussions and is also our primary source of news and ideas at times, it’s equally likely to encourage us to refrain from learning something useful in our lives. It’s very important to keep our social media usage in check if we want to enrich ourselves with great learning experiences and upgrade our lives.

Here are 25 great websites which you should check if you want to escape from the vicious trap of social media and live a life full of knowledge, joy, and inspiration.

 

1. Coursera

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Coursera offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on wide range of subjects from hundreds of institutions and renowned professors. You can teach yourself anything from history to programming and learn with a large online community. You can receive a world class education right from your home for free and develop a solid background in a subject area of your interest.

2. edX

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edX is another MOOC platform where you can take online courses from the finest universities in the world. It was initiated as a joint venture by MIT and Harvard University. It also offers hundreds of courses in different subject areas, similar to Coursera.

3. Khan Academy

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At Khan Academy, you can access a wide-ranging library of interactive content on almost every subject out there. You don’t only learn those subjects through wonderful videos, but you also have chance to practice on the subject regularly and keep track of your learning. It’s a great platform to both learn new things and expand on earlier knowledge.

4. Udemy

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Udemy is also a MOOC provider, but unlike academic MOOC providers like Coursera and edX, it focuses on providing real-world skills online. It offers courses on topics from building an ecommerce site and playing guitar to photography. It’s actually a marketplace for online learning, where experts on different subjects offer you lessons, either for free or at a certain price.

5. Quora

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You can learn almost anything on Quora from experts and recognized people, as well as not-so-famous people. This is a question-answer platform where users ask and answer questions. But, unlike other similar sites, the user profiles are authentic and questions and answers are managed according to their uniqueness and relevance.

6. Stack Overflow

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Stack Overflow is probably the single most important site for a programmer. If you’re a programmer, or want to learn programming, this site should easily be your best friend. At this question-answer site for programmers, you can ask questions about your computing difficulties and learn from other people’s answers.

7. Codeacademy

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At Codeacademy, you can learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, PHP, and Python in a very easy and interactive way. It makes programming a fun activity and is very handy for beginners starting at programming. However, the depth it covers is very shallow and this site is helpful only for introductory knowledge of the subject.

8. Tutorialspoint

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Tutorialspoint is another programming and computer science related site on this list, which helps you master different computer-related topics. It provides in-depth knowledge, unlike Codecademy. You can grow on the basic foundation provided by Codeacademy and achieve mastery on anything from Big Data to App Development at Tutorialspoint.

9. eHow

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eHow teaches you wide array of skills on different topics step-by-step. The content is created by its team of writers, called experts, who create how-to guides on topics from personal hygiene to food recipes. You can learn anything from making a Raspberry Pi Alarm clock to making a scarecrow for your garden.

10. Wikihow

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WikiHow is another how-to site teaching us how to do things in an organized manner, but it has been modeled as a Wiki. At eHow, the staff themselves are paid to create the guides, but at Wikihow, everyone can edit, modify, and delete content. So, it’s not just about learning — you can also teach others the valuable skills you possess.

11. HowStuffWorks

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HowStuffWorks is another wonderful website to broaden your horizons, providing you with very unique and interesting information on a wide range of topics. It contains articles focusing on issues which haven’t been explored much previously. If you want to move an inch closer to the truth, this is surely the website you should visit often.

12. TED

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According to TED, its mission is to spread ideas that are worth spreading. It features talks on variety of topics by experts in their fields who share their ideas, visions, and experiences through video talks. These talks are great way to introduce yourself very quickly and effortlessly to new concepts and develop new insights and perspectives.

13. Lumosity

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Lumosity is a great website to improve your mental faculties like memory, attention, and analytical skills. You can train your brain with fun games, and it also offers you personalized training programs to restructure the training as per your needs and keep track of the progress. Its objective is to make you clever, and it’s quite addictive as well.

14. Duolingo

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Duolingo is an award-winning platform that helps you learn and master new languages with minimal effort. It provides you advanced skills in several popular languages, such as Spanish, English, German, and French. It makes language learning a very easy and fun process and it’s completely free as well.

15. Instructables

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Instructables is another wonderful site you should definitely choose over social media, which teaches you to create things. It offers you fun videos and instructions to build just about everything that you can imagine, from a cardboard batman cowl to water balloon mortar. You can also share what you can make with other people.

16. Digital Photography School

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Digital Photography School is probably the most important photography blog out there, which offers plenty of tutorials to improve your photography skills. It doesn’t matter if you’ve years of experience under your belt or you’re just starting out, this site will surely help you grow as a photographer. It also provides you the opportunity to connect with a community of fellow photographers.

17. All Recipes

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At All Recipes, you can find recipes for almost all kind of dishes. You can even enter ingredients and find possible dishes you can cook with your available list of ingredients. There are very easy and quick-to-cook recipes as well, so you can satisfy your palate in a short time and without much hastle. This one is definitely the site to help you embark on a cooking adventure.

18. Spreeder

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Reading quickly is an ability desired by many of us but also one which very few of us possess. Spreeder is there to help us achieve exactly that. It is an online speed-reading software that aims to help us improve our reading speed, and comprehension capabilities as well, and is completely free.

19. Project Gutenberg

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Project Gutenberg offers you more than 50,000 eBooks, all for free. You can download these books in ePUB, Kindle, or PDF formats, or you can even read them online. This site is completely legal as well, since the books available are ones with copyrights that have expired or that have been made free for non-commercial use by the publishers.

20. Investopedia

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Investopedia is your ultimate finance guru that teaches you everything you need to know about financial trends and also helps you to keep your own personal finance in their best shape. With this site, you can teach yourself about investments, share markets, liquidity, accounts, and much more. There are abundant tutorials and videos to help you with that as well.

21. Curious

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Curious provides you with more than 17,000 lessons in almost any topic. As the site states, its mission is to help you learn something new every day and you can start it for free, but you have to pay certain amount to get unauthorized access.  You can learn from the world’s best teachers in topics spanning across humanities, STEM, music, relationships, and more.

22. Memrise

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Memrise helps you learn new things in small chunks. It offers small-sized learning packages in a wide range of topics, from language learning, arts and literature, history, and geography to math and science. The lessons are additive in nature, meaning you learn small packages at a time and build upon earlier packages to learn advanced skills.

23. Zen Habits

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Zen Habits is one of the best motivational blogs on the web, which aims to help you find simplicity amidst the chaos of your daily life. It helps you get rid of the mess and focus on the things that are important and that matter the most to you. The site’s design also embodies its principle, as it’s minimalistic and publishes only the best and most meaningful articles.

24. Brain Pickings

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Brain Pickings is not just another productivity blog in the crowd out there, it’s one of the most soulful and inspiring blogs on the web. It features thoughtful and analytical articles on topics related to literature, spirituality, creativity, and personal growth. Its focus is on things that truly help us grow and things that really matter, and the blog’s not very hard to keep up with either, as it posts few but powerful articles.

25. Psychology Today

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Psychology Today teaches you about various facets of human psychology, helping you to understand the ways in which people behave. Its rich pool of articles help you fathom different aspects of human life, such as relationships, neuroscience, addiction, motivation, amongst others. You can benefit by applying these principles to the betterment of your life.

24 Signs You’re An Introvert- Not Shy

Posted October 3, 2015 By Mark

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Many people believe introversion and shyness are one and the same, but this is not true. All my life I was told that I was shy. I believed it too… until I learned that shyness is the fear of people due to insecurity or social anxiety.

When I learned this, I thought: wait a second- I’m not afraid of people, but being around too many people for too long always leaves me feeling drained. I also know that I always require alone time to recharge my energy. Moreover, I’m not a fan of interacting for the sake of interacting. I usually have a reason behind every interaction. It was then I thought to myself: nope, I’m not shy at all… what I am is an INTROVERT.

If you’ve always thought that you were shy, but you’re not afraid of being around people, check out this list of 24 signs that you are actually an introvert:

1. You Don’t Enjoy Small Talk

Introverts prefer conversations with substance over small talk. We’re thinkers, and thrive on heavier conversations about life, ideas, theories and big goals. But when small talk is inevitable, we can’t help but try to make the other person feel comfortable. We’re good listeners and are naturally in tune with how the people we interact with are feeling. More often than not, you find these casual chit-chats morph into deeper, more meaningful conversation.

2. You Have a Love-Hate Relationship With Your Phone

Introverts are not the best at talking on the phone. It’s not personal, honest; we screen calls from even our family and closest friends. At times we really hate the phone because it’s intrusive and tears our minds away from whatever we’re deeply focused on. However, those we choose to speak with can be sure that our monthly (or annual) phone conversations will be spilling over with plenty of heartfelt talk- and these calls will more than likely last for hours!

3. You Wait to Text Back

When you’re notified that you have a text from a family member or friend, you wait until you’re ready to give it your undivided attention, to read it, and send a thoughtful response.

4. You Find Crowds Stressful

You prefer one-on-one time, where it’s more intimate. If spending time around a lot of people is inevitable, you can’t wait to go home and recharge your batteries.

5. You’re Not Anti-Social… You’re Selectively Social

As an introvert, you find it difficult to meet people you like and feel comfortable with. You don’t get energized by the people around you, and most of the time, it takes you a little while to warm up to someone. We don’t invest our energy on people we’re not completely crazy about, so we choose to get to know them better before we get too close. That said, when we do find someone we enjoy being around or have an interest in getting to know better, it’s kind of special!

6. You Enjoy Being Out With a Group of People… in Small Doses

Every once in awhile you like to go out with a group of people and have a great time. It could be a party, networking event, or a huge concert. But once that’s done and over, it may take days, weeks, or even months, to completely recharge your batteries and feel ready to do it again.

7. You Are Extremely Observant and Mindful of Your Surroundings

You enjoy getting to really know what the people around you are really about. Introverts are also very mindful of their surroundings and small details, so people enjoy having you around and quickly grow comfortable opening up to you.

8. You Unlock Your Heart for Only the Most Special of Souls

Introverts are extremely careful in choosing who we allow to see our inner self. Sure, being left open and vulnerable is incredibly frightening for us, but it means we’ve determined the recipient of our affection and attention is worth the risk. That being said, we’re pretty quick in shutting people out when we feel threatened or hurt. We just don’t have the energy for that.

9. You are Creative

Studies show that introverts are a creative bunch! We are able to take in a lot of information and use it to create wonderful new ideas!

10. You Value Listening… Deeply

Introverts are great listeners. You listen to understand, not simply to respond. And if you’re asked for advice, the help you share has been thought out fully for that specific individual. The act of listening is our way of showing love and respect, and as such, we deeply appreciate when those we communicate with recognize that we carefully think through the messages we share… and that we love it when the same is done for us.

11. You are Highly Introspective

You tend to over analyze situations that don’t even need to be analyzed at all. It may take you a little longer to understand what’s going on, not because you don’t get it, but because you always seek to understand the deeper meanings.

12. You Think Before You Argue

Introverts need to take time to work things out in our heads first, and we choose our words with care. Once we’ve been given the chance to carefully process the issue, we’ll be able to clearly communicate exactly where we stand with those involved.

13. You are Accused of Flirting with Everybody

Which is pretty funny, considering that it takes time for most introverts to actually warm up to anyone. This misconception is usually due to your great listening skills and your mindfulness towards those around you.

14. You Enjoy Your Time Alone

This may not sound like fun to everyone, but introverts not only like our alone time- we need it. Just doing nothing and having some ‘me-time’ is a way for us to unwind and re-energize.

15. You are Rarely Bored

While our extroverted counterparts turn to others for stimulation, we are constantly working out our lives and dreams in our heads. Introverts are deep thinkers and almost always have an inner monologue running through our minds- it keeps us highly entertained!

16. You Don’t Trust Easily

You take your time to observe and really get to know someone before inviting them into your inner circle; but once you have the right people in your life, you don’t hold back and strive to always give the best of yourself.

17. You Have a Very Small Group of Very Close Friends

While introverts usually don’t enjoy much socializing, we adore our small group of close, trusted friends. We prefer to create and maintain fewer friendships at a much deeper level, over a large group of casual connections.

18. You Fiercely Guard Your Personal Space

You value your space and are extremely picky about what you give your attention to and who you let in because the wrong thoughts and people will leave you feeling burned-out.

19. You are More Comfortable Expressing Yourself in Writing

You prefer communicating through text and email because it gives you more time and space to clarify your thoughts before putting them into words.

20. You are Great at Getting Stuff Done

Your alone time is packed with brainstorming, outlining, creating blueprints and putting them all into action!

21. You are a Good Judge of Character

Because you keep to yourself, you are able to take time and observe the people around you and truly get to know who they are. Introverts pay close attention to nonverbal cues because we know words can only tell us so much. So, we’re usually able to see everyone for who they really are and not just what they appear to be.

22. You are Great at Making Decisions

Introverts are masters of thinking things through, allowing us to thoroughly gather all necessary data and weigh the pros and cons before making important choices.

23. You Retain an Air of Mystery

We know there really is nothing mysterious about us, but our tendency to stay just outside the crowd, simply watching and observing, while keeping our emotions and body language in check, makes us seem like we are mysterious.

24. You are A Loyal Friend

Introverts highly value the few close friends they have. If you’ve been welcomed into an introvert’s inner circle, you can almost be certain you have a loyal ally for life.

 

 

credit and thanks goes to : http://www.lifehack.org/

Increase Your Self-Worth In 6 Easy Steps

Posted September 16, 2015 By Mark

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Feeling unworthy and unlovable and assuming that others will reject you are symptoms of trauma. This is especially true if you were abused, neglected, or rejected in early childhood. Self-blame for the trauma leads to the belief that you must have done something bad to deserve the punishment.

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Of course this is an untrue and very sad belief. However, this is how trauma survivors organize their memories of their painful experiences. These feelings can lead to learned helplessness, a psychological term for giving up and not even trying. This can cause depression, when you stop caring what happens to you. If you want to change your life, but it seems like too much effort and seems futile, because you doubt anything will change, here are some processes that may help:

Take it one step at a time: It’s overwhelming to think of doing a lot, but it’s manageable to think of doing one thing right now. Focus upon what you’re doing in the moment, and the future will take care of itself.

• Focus on healing, not shaming: Facing your issues is a way to heal them, not to beat yourself up over them. It’s like peeling an onion: we all have issues we’re working on, one layer at a time.

Detach from diagnoses: Avoid identifying yourself as a broken person. Instead of saying “I am anxious,” use the more detached phrase “I am feeling anxious.” The construction I am identifies you with the condition, which makes it more difficult to heal, while I am feeling signifies a temporary condition and not your identity.

 

Moving From Pessimism To Optimism

Being pessimistic and expecting the worst is a post-traumatic symptom. It’s our misguided way of shielding ourselves from future disappointments. Pessimism gives you permission to not even attempt something fulfilling or healthful. You decide ahead of time that it’s futile to make an effort to lose weight, write that book, finish school, or follow your dreams.

In fact, the favorite phrase of pessimism is “Dream on!”—as if it’s crazy to dream about a better tomorrow. After all, if your yesterday was horribly painful, why should you expect today or tomorrow to be any better? It’s a negativity cycle, because if you don’t attempt to improve your conditions, then nothing will improve . . . and, most likely, things will worsen due to your neglecting yourself. Some people think it’s cool to be pessimistic, as it gives you a detached, I-don’t-give-a-darn attitude. But these “cool” pessimists are left behind while the optimists go out into the world having fun and successful explorations.

Many studies demonstrate the benefits of optimism, including increased well-being, greater ability to cope with illness, and a higher quality of life. To turn pessimism around requires that you have a glimmer of caring about yourself, your health, and your happiness. Think of a plant, which needs nutrients, water, sunshine, and loving care in order to grow. So do you! In fact, tending to a houseplant gets you in the healthful habit of caretaking, which can rub off on how you treat yourself.

Here are 6 ways to become more optimistic and increase your self-worth:

1. Watch biographical movies about people who succeeded, despite all the odds against them.

2. Write a list (or make one in your head) of the times when things did work out for you.

3. Abstain from depressant chemicals, like alcohol, which dampen your enthusiasm for trying something positive and new.

4. Avoid people who are chronically negative, as negativity is contagious.  You don’t have to be optimistic about everything. A more positive outlook will help balance negativity.

5. Make a point to initiate a friendship with someone who is consciously improving his or her life. Hang out with people who are accomplishing their dreams, and they’ll take you along for the ride. Worried they won’t want you around? Think again: successful people love to teach and mentor others, provided that you’re kind and appreciative toward them in return.

6. Start giving yourself appreciation and credit for your accomplishments, small and large. That’s what optimists automatically do, and you can adopt this healthful habit.

 

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Mention the word sex and eyes widen and ears perk up. The strong reaction the subject arouses reflects the spicy nature of sexual energy. We may be at the gym feeling tired and depleted, but if someone we find attractive starts working out next to us, our energy level is suddenly boosted. That energetic intensification represents the activation of our Lower Dantian (energy center below the navel), which holds our sexual energy in reserve.

Pure sexual energy is as unstable as dynamite and just as explosive. It can transport us to sublime states of bliss and delight, or cast us into the darkest pits of anguish, terror, and depravity. The volatile and wild nature of sexual energy convinced some religious traditions to view it as an impediment to spiritual development, and to some degree this belief still continues to perpetuate in the popular imagination because of the confusion, heartache, and pain that sexual intimacy can cause.

To demonstrate this, rank the following three words from the most to the least spiritual: wisdom, love, sex. If we took a poll, the top position might be a tossup between wisdom and love, but without a doubt sex would rank last on the list. No one questions the connection between spirituality  and love or spirituality and wisdom. But the link between spirituality and sexuality is a harder sell.

From the Qigong perspective, however, the notion that sexuality and spirituality are antithetical is misguided, because sexual energy forms one of the cornerstones of happiness. If we ever hope to secure long-lasting happiness in a loving relationship, we must heal our socially conditioned distortions about sexuality. We must erase the invisible line we draw with our minds around our beltlines, above which lies the greater part of human nature and below which lies the lesser. In essence, we must spiritualize sex.

But how do we redeem sexuality and elevate it to the spiritual status it deserves? How do we reconcile the square of sex with the circle of spirit when sexual pleasure is often responsible for so much shame, trauma, and pain? One place to begin searching for an answer to these questions lies in identifying the fundamental, seemingly irreconcilable differences between male and female sexuality. Those differences swiftly become apparent in the bedroom.

Stereotypically, male sexual energy flares up and is exhausted quickly, like a match, while female sexual energy boils slowly and remains hot for a long time, like a pot of boiling water. These different tempos are a source of shame for men who climax too fast and frustration for women who may not climax at all. This problem is then compounded by the notorious fact that when male sexual energy is activated men often become emotionally unavailable, and the other notorious fact that the female sexual experience is often laden with sentimentalism that men normally can’t relate to.

Obviously, we can’t alter our sexual instincts. What we can do, however, is use spiritual practice to overcome the limitations imposed by nature on our sexuality. In fact, we can transform the inherent mismatch between male and female sexuality into an incredible opportunity for spiritual growth.

Let’s begin by considering the way Qigong can help a man harness his sexual energy. When male sexual energy is aroused, it intensifies locally around the genitals and quickly flows out of the body. That is the natural pattern of male sexual energy. But men can learn to reverse that flow and direct their sexual essence upward, toward the Middle Dantian (energy center at located at the heart level). By doing so, a man accomplishes two goals. First, he diminishes the urge to ejaculate, and second, as sexual energy rises to his heart, passion blends with love and tenderness. A man who masters this skill is able to prolong intercourse indefinitely and deepen his emotional connection during lovemaking.

When female sexual energy is aroused, it naturally flows inward and upward from the genitals toward the heart. Stimulation of the breasts further activates the Middle Dantian (energy center at located at the heart level) and reinforces an emotional response. Unlike men, women don’t need to practice Qigong to integrate their sexual vitality with their love. These qualities mingle naturally, and in this respect, female sexuality is inherently more integrated.

But through spiritual practice both women and men can learn to integrate their sexual energy to even higher levels. Sexual vitality can be directed upward from the heart to the top of the head, where it becomes infused with the blissful quality of sacredness. And from there, sexual vitality can be circulated through the Central Meridian Meridian (the energy channel that unifies the three main energy centers — the Dantians) into the sky, where it is experienced as heavenly ecstasy.

Sexuality that centers on the genitals and the Lower Dantian (energy center below the navel) corresponds to passionate sex. Sexuality that integrates the sexual vitality of the Lower Dantian with the heart-centered energy of the Middle Dantian corresponds to intense lovemaking. Sexuality that integrates all three dantians corresponds to blissful sacred love. And sexuality that integrates the all three dantians and the Central Meridian corresponds to cosmic ecstasy.

Cosmic ecstasy is vastly more intense, pleasurable, and meaningful than even the most passionate sex. Comparing the two is like contrasting a bathtub with the ocean.

There is no surer way to bring long-lasting happiness into an intimate relationship than to ground it in enduring bliss.

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Life can be complicated!  Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate through it alone. In addition to an earthly support group of friends and family, every one of us has at least one spirit guide or guardian angel to step in when life gets challenging. Your spirit guides bring the wisdom and perspective of many lifetimes, and, best of all, they have no personal agenda! They are simply here to help YOU on your soul journey

Who are your Spirit Guides?

Your guides are a part of your soul.  Some have been with you for many lifetimes, while others are there for a just short time. Some may be family members who have recently passed, or ancient ancestors who died centuries ago.

Many guides have not lived a human life at all.  That is the case with my master guide, Andrew. Andrew helps me to connect with Spirit people, and he protects and supports me in other areas in my life as well. When I first channeled Andrew he said that he was “of an infinite light”, meaning that he is of a higher level, and has never existed on a human level.

Some guides will show up to help you with a particular activity – like a muse, they provide divine inspiration to artists, writers, even healers. The important thing to remember is that all guides work with you to insure that you learn the lessons you were sent down to this earth to experience.

Open yourself up to receive support and guidance.

To recognize messages from your guides, you must be open and receptive to hearing them. That’s difficult when you’re caught up in the hustle of daily life. Slow down. Take a few minutes each day to meditate, and tune into your inner knowing. Then, when your mind is clear, take a few breaths and send a thought message to your guides. You can ask them a question or request their assistance in a particular area of your life. Then watch for them. Be mindful of any signs and coincidences that present themselves to you. You’ll start to become familiar with the methods your guides will utilize to come through to you.  Remember, each guide connects differently, and each person receives differently.

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Guides will come through in various ways.

1. You might notice various synchronicities and patterns occurring.  Pay attention because these signal something you need to know!

2. When your guides are within your space you will feel a sense of joy or an acceleration of energy surrounding you.  Pay close attention and begin to listen with your gut.

3. Also be mindful if there is a sudden, unexpected change in your emotions.Guides may be attempting to get through to you in this manner – it’s a very effective method of getting you to pay attention.

4. Your guides will also bring people in your life for very important lessons. These “chance” encounters may have been set up months or years ahead of earth time from the spiritual realms in order for you to have a meaningful experience.
Tune in and enjoy the blessings your Spirit Guides provide.

I rarely go through a day without communicating with my guides in one way or another. When I host an event or workshop, I can’t anticipate what kind of messages my Spirit guides will help bring through – but I trust they will deliver. They always do. Before I go on stage, I take a few moments to meditate and ask for their help, and afterwards, I never forget to thank them!

 

Your guides are ready to step in and help you – and by being mindful, you can train yourself to receive their special brand of wisdom and protection. Don’t let the noise of the world drown out their voices. To feel closer to your Spirit guides, first tap into the voice of your own soul.