The Key to unlocking the Treasure Chest of your Heart, may be found in the precious Heart of another. .Your Kindly thoughts and deeds for someone other, will provide a dimensional shift that feels like a Euphoric Utopia that lets your Spirit free.
So choose Freedom. No one is as Free as one who Loves. Your Sacred Heart is amazingly Beautiful and can sing like an Angel. It can make Life immensely more meaningful and profound.
Your Spirit can be Floating in a State of perpetual Freedom. So, choose to be Free. . YOU are one of many Beautiful, Magical Moments in Today and Tomorrow and Forever.
Let Time stand still.
The Stars in the Skies, are the same in your Eyes. . One of the most Beautiful days in Life comes when you are Grateful for the Time and the Love of others, and of God. Thank You Dear Lord, for so many Wonderful Blessings given to those who are responsible for our Bliss. Beautiful Blessings come from God.
Coming to know the Love of God, makes us feel like we are in Paradise, and every Story is a Love Story.
Close your eyes. See with your Heart. Breathe deeply and feel the flow as Life and Love move through you, as you enter into a World of Inner Peace.
You can escape your worries and gently drift to a Beautiful Place. You can become One with your Creator and everything Created. Open your Heart and see your World at Peace.
Feel the connection of Love and Life. Feel the most Glorious feeling you can feel. Feel complete and whole. . Yes, feel who you are, and you will put yourself where Love flows throughout Life.
Life is brief. Love is rare.
But Memories can be Sweet. Cherish them, like your next breath of air.
God Creates endless Beauty and Natural Wonders, like YOU.
Life is about LOVE. Love keeps our World together. Your Heart keeps you together. The World that once seemed merely charming, is bursting with Life, and LOVE.
The feeling of Love is so strong, that we all connect together.
Prayer is the most Beautiful way to keep God in our Heart.
It is so easy to overlook the deep and abiding expressions of God’s Love in all of His Beautiful Works of Natural Art.
Life is not to do with anything, other than Love.
When Life is filled with Love, it is Beautiful and touches the Soul. Happiness is reachable and Life is celebrated every Day.
If you don’t feel Beauty in Life and Living, it just takes a little effort to find it.
You may have to venture into the unknown to set your mind free, to choose Hope and choose your own destiny.
Search for and find what makes you Happy.
You are a blooming Blossom that will someday burst with the brightest colors. Trees whisper and Flowers shout. Life is abundant in the gentle sway of the leaves, as the wind carries the language of Love.
Words are black and white, but Life is not. We should never forget. You areinfinitely Beautiful and Eternally Loved. You have the Key to unlock the Future. Be willing to use the Key to unlock your Love. Be yourself, Love yourself and accept who you are. . Your precious Life can create such a Beautiful flow of soft and soothing emotions. . Your Love can bring Peace and strength through the gentle and careful way you share your Life. Your Compassion can be Blessing each one of us.
One small act of Kindness, a Smile, a positive vibration that we send out, can have an exponential effect for someone else, we may never come to know. . These expressions and gestures are like the Butterfly Effect, by which small changes can lead to large-scale variations in the Future. Your Love will uplift and fill your Soul with Beauty.
Your Kindness touches the Heart and helps you to feel more. You Breathe Life into it.
You can give Life meaning. Never tire of trying to do your best for those around you, in this moment. Close your tired eyes. Forget everything in Life that does not really matter. (Very LITTLE does.) Feel the deep feeling of Love which emanates from your chest and runs everywhere in your Body.
Let your awareness and positive energy inspire you. Wherever you may go, bring your own Sunshine. To let Light come into your Life, stand where it is shining.
There is Beauty beyond what words may describe.
Listen each and every day to the tranquility and quiet in the World of Nature, the forest, trees, and birds. There is a quietude so Beautiful and Peaceful that it flows smoothly and transitions ones conscience to make perfect Harmony with it all. Such awareness will inspire you to search your Heart for the Sacred Space within yourself.
Your Journey in Life can Bless you with Peace and Serenity and Love.
You are a Magical Child of God, a Beautiful Masterpiece of the Universe. You are a shining Light of Happiness, Health, abundance and Joy. . You are not one in a million. You are one in Forever. There is only one of you in all Time. . You are unique and very extraordinary in your own unique and remarkable way. Life is all about celebrating and cherishing each and every moment. You were in Love with Life, as a Child. Fall in Love again, with Life. It is Beautiful.
From the depths of your Soul, listen to the Song of Life, and appreciate the tenderness of each note. . Paradise can be found on Earth. It resides in your Heart. It has no description, except the sound that is found in the quiet, tranquil and Peaceful beat of your Sacred Heart. Your Spirit soars to Heavenly Universal Places that touch the Heart. . Love is the sensation of soothing sounds in each note of Life. It is impossible for anyone to cause you suffering or pain without your permission. YOU must recognize them, and give permission for them to enter your Heart and mind. . In its simplicity, Love washes away all negativity that dwells within. Forgiveness is that powerful. . Goodnight.
There are graveyards of broken Dreams. There are feelings as empty as the void of deep space. Many a sad melody has been played and echoed in the Human Heart.
Words could never express our deepest emotions. But God, My Dear Friend, can bring Life and Healing to your mind and Heart. Every sorrow can draw you closer to God. He feels your need for Love. . Life can Bloom with Blossoms of Beautiful Dreams. Your Dreams can carry you far, far away. Dreams are precious. They point the way. They paint our World with Hope, while they freely roam in the mind. . Ask the Lord to Journey with you, while you Dream, and Dream this Life away.
My Dear Friends, there is so much Beauty that we hold in our Hearts. . God will show you how to Love Life again. For even in the darkest of minds, there is still Beauty. Through Prayer, will can emanate Grace instead of sorrow.
Our Lives can became a story of Hope and Joy. . Yes, the most broken of Hearts are also the most Healing. Pray, Dream, Believe, and Truly Live.
Go to God in Prayer. Our Heavenly Father will shield you from Harm. He will allow the transmutation of dark energy, into Light energy and Love. . He will ease the pain of this World, and bring Peace to all Mankind. And YOU will be Blessed.
You will find yourself transported to a Place you were not even searching for. Prayer will introduce you to the Serene Beauty that envelops your Soul. . And as you share your Love, you will no longer be a stranger to others, but a Kindred Spirit.
Capture the perfect Peace. Experience the Light of God’s Love.
Drops of dew are the gems of a Beautiful Morning. . But to some of us, they are the tears of a sorrowful night. The distinction prevails in our thoughts. . But the Love of God expresses that which cannot be said, on which it is impossible to be silent.
Beauty, like the rays of the Sun, covers your Heart with a Light Veil and touches you deep inside. Our Beautiful World is reflected in you. . We all Journey along a small path in a large park. And, as a warm and gentle breeze touches your face, the green leaves are gently swaying, in tune with your fragile thoughts. . A delicate Flower of our desire slowly unfolds to meet the Light. The flow of Joy fills you with energy and delight. And as you smile, you come to realize that here and now, is the meaning of Life. . The Source of your Inspiration, is the Infinite and Beautiful World within your Sacred Heart.
The Precious Gift that God gave our World, is you. How Blessed we are to have been given such a precious Gift. . As the World seemingly spins out of control, let us Thank our Lord for soothing our Spirits with the God Given Gift of you. . THANK YOU. . Goodnight.
Since 2003, Americans have been able to opt out of receiving most telemarketing calls by putting their phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and millions of them have done so. The Registry now has more than 221 million telephone numbers on it, giving these consumers a little more peace and quietduring their dinner hour. Not only is the Do Not Call program wildly popular with consumers, but it also helps telemarketers operate more efficiently by screening out consumers who do not want to be contacted. . The DNC Registry website is www.donotcall.gov.A Spanish-language version is also available. The Registry only contains phone numbers, no other personally identifiable information, and we do not keep a record of whether the numbers are land line or cell phones. There are some exemptions to the Do Not Call rules. Because of the limits to FTC’s authority, the Registry does not apply to political calls or calls from non-profits and charities (but the Registry does cover telemarketers calling on behalf of charities). Also, calls from legitimate “survey” organizations are not covered because they are not offering to sell anything to consumers. Finally, calls are permitted from companies with which you have done or sought to do business. Specifically, a company can call you up to 18 months after you last did business with it.
Life is more Beautiful than anyone is aware. And, it may be Lived even more Beautifully, when Lived in the Heart. . “It is Beautiful to express Love and even more Beautiful to feel it.” – Dejan Stojanovic
You can hear Beauty, as the wind gently whistles through the Leaves, and in the Songs of the Beautiful Birds in the Trees. .There is a deep yearning to feel more Love in Life. My Dear Friends, no other Love can warm the Human Heart, like the Love of God. . As you Give to God, He Gives to you, Love Forever True. Lives that intersect with the Beauty of the Living found all around, know Love as the feeling of what can be found. And what can be, is, and has always been. You know the feeling of what can be. It has been felt, as a Child, and Loved more than Life. . Life can be Beautiful, because it is.
Just open your Heart and Truly enjoy being part of this Beautiful Life that was Gifted to us from the start. . Psalm 104 is magnificent in telling of the Divine Plan of Nature, to God’s organization of all things: . “Thou dost cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate . . . . Thou hast made the Moon to mark the seasons; the Sun knows its time for setting . . . . O LORD, how Manifold are Thy Works! In Wisdom hast Thou made them all; the Earth is full of Thy Creatures”
How wonderful is the World God Created in His Perfection, in His Love. . Our Divine Artist Created everything Beautiful and Wonderful. The Beautiful Life memories stay with you Forever. . Thank You Lord.
The feeling of Love always shows us the way. Our wait for Love, is the brake to a highlight of Hope. . With enough Love, everything will fall into place.
Life is a Gift. Treat it as a Blessing. Be Grateful. Open the Gift, by opening your Heart. Live in Joy. Joy is your True Nature.
History acclaims our Heavenly Birth, Beautifully Chosen with Happiness and Harmony, blended with sorrow and pain. . Life is like the waters that flow. Still or not, they quench our thirst for a longing to be. There is a shimmering Light for all Hearts filled with grief. It charts the course past uncertainty. And that Light is Love.
Everything God Created is Beautiful and touches the Heart.
You can feel the Love you need and have been seeking your whole Life. Love is Graced to all of God’s Creations. . Let us Pray that we stay on our Journey to know the Love of God. And as we dance in the wind and witness the awesomeness of the Beauty that surrounds us, and listen to the sounds of Nature all around us, let us be grateful to God Above.
Your Prayers affect the subconscious, and put you into an emotional-meditative state. . They are a Divine Way to achieve Inner Harmony, with yourself, with the Lord, and with the World around you.
Life can become a Heart-warming Melody. How very special Life becomes with Love. Like Beautiful Art, Life becomes such an outstanding Creation when it is filled with Love.
Thank the Lord, and Thank each other, for sharing all the Tenderness and Compassion our Sacred Hearts can behold.
Worries and stress subside in the boundless Serenity and Peace of Nature.
With Spring comes Beautiful and bountiful colors and fragrances. And the Birds are singing and everything is coming back to Life. The Trees are blooming and the Flowers are in blossom. . It is sad that we who live amongst the bountiful Beauty of Nature, do not Live in Peace, and come to Love each other without condition.
We are much like the Birds that fly over all this Beauty. Let us take the Time to Thank the Lord for so much Beauty in Life. Breathe deeply and relax.
Notice the Love of God all around, and you will feel Healing begin. The Power of Prayer, engages our Heart and mind in a such positive way. It attracts our unconscious Being to thoughts Positive from the Unseen.
Beauty is both Timeless and Ethereal. . Goodnight.
Stress relievers: Tips to tame stress
Stress getting to you? Try some of these tips for stress relief.
Is stress making you frustrated and irritable? Stress relievers can help restore calm and serenity to your chaotic life. You don’t have to invest a lot of time or thought into stress relievers. If your stress is getting out of control and you need quick relief, try one of these tips.
Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. Even if you’re not an athlete or you’re out of shape, exercise can still be a good stress reliever.
Physical activity can pump up your feel-good endorphins and other natural neural chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being. Exercise can also refocus your mind on your body’s movements, which can improve your mood and help the day’s irritations fade away. Consider walking, jogging, gardening, housecleaning, biking, swimming, weightlifting or anything else that gets you active.
Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet is an important part of taking care of yourself. Aim to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Some people may deal with stress by drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, smoking, eating too much, or using illegal substances. These habits can harm your health.
During meditation, you focus your attention and quiet the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Meditation can instill a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.
Guided meditation, guided imagery, visualization and other forms of meditation can be practiced anywhere at any time, whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus to work or waiting at the doctor’s office. You can also try deep breathing anywhere.
A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but it can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh through your grumpiness. When you laugh, it not only lightens your mental load but also causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response. So read some jokes, tell some jokes, watch a comedy or hang out with your funny friends. Or give laughter yoga a try.
Connect with others
When you’re stressed and irritable, your instinct may be to isolate yourself. Instead, reach out to family and friends and make social connections.
Social contact is a good stress reliever because it can offer distraction, provide support and help you tolerate life’s up and downs. So take a coffee break with a friend, email a relative or visit your place of worship.
Got more time? Consider volunteering for a charitable group and help yourself while helping others.
You might want to do it all, but you can’t, at least not without paying a price. Learning to say no or being willing to delegate can help you manage your to-do list and your stress.
Saying yes may seem like an easy way to keep the peace, prevent conflicts and get the job done right. But it may actually cause you internal conflict because your needs and those of your family come second, which can lead to stress, anger, resentment and even the desire to exact revenge. And that’s not a very calm and peaceful reaction.
With its series of postures and controlled-breathing exercises, yoga is a popular stress reliever. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines which may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. Yoga can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety.
Try yoga on your own or find a class — you can find classes in most communities. Hatha yoga, in particular, is a good stress reliever because of its slower pace and easier movements.
Get enough sleep
Stress can cause you to have trouble falling asleep. When you have too much to do — and too much to think about — your sleep can suffer. But sleep is the time when your brain and body recharge.
And the quality and amount of sleep you get can affect your mood, energy level, concentration and overall functioning. If you have sleep troubles, make sure that you have a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine, listen to soothing music, put clocks away, and stick to a consistent schedule.
Keep a journal
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a good release for otherwise pent-up emotions. Don’t think about what to write — just let it happen. Write whatever comes to mind. No one else needs to read it, so don’t strive for perfection in grammar or spelling.
Just let your thoughts flow on paper — or computer screen. Once you’re done, you can toss out what you wrote or save it to reflect on later.
Get musical and be creative
Listening to or playing music is a good stress reliever because it can provide a mental distraction, reduce muscle tension and decrease stress hormones. Crank up the volume and let your mind be absorbed by the music.
If music isn’t one of your interests, turn your attention to another hobby you enjoy, such as gardening, sewing, sketching — anything that requires you to focus on what you’re doing rather than what you think you should be doing.
If new stressors are challenging your ability to cope or if self-care measures just aren’t relieving your stress, you may need to look for reinforcements in the form of therapy or counseling. Therapy also may be a good idea if you feel overwhelmed or trapped, if you worry excessively, or if you have trouble carrying out daily routines or meeting responsibilities at work, home or school.
Professional counselors or therapists can help you identify sources of your stress and learn new coping tools.
If Tomorrow never comes, will those you Love ever know just how much you Loved them? . And as this thought crosses your mind, ask as you may, did I try every day to let them know in every way that my Heart belonged to them. My Dear Friends, as we go strolling through the valleys of our emotions and climb up the mountains of our Dreams, the veil of uncertainty is lifted in each and every Day, as we Pray. . The Wonderful Knowing that gives us strength, provides Peace to our Hearts and calm to our minds. And when we gently wake in the morning Light, doubt will dissolve and Love will be the only way. . We are Blessed to be here on our Sacred Earth. But regardless of how long, it never seems to be long enough.
Life is so special. As we feel the energy of Living Day to Day, our precious Lives radiate Love and Compassion. . Let us Believe in Life and Love. Let us feel it and Truly Live it..
Over hill and dale we come. . And the difference we make, depends upon how we march, and to the beat of which drum. The World will change for something new and different. Will it be for what the Lord Wills?
Yes, Life is incredible. And each Life is unique. . My Dear Friends, we are Loved. And we are Blessed. And we can face anything in Life. We have the strength to overcome any obstacle, any loss or any situation. We are not alone. Be Blessed in this precious Life. Open your Heart and open your mind. The positive vibrations are all around. Live your Life to the fullest by sharing your Love with everyone.
Be guided by the Holy Spirit and feel the Beautiful Love.
It is Truly a Wonderful Life, if you let it be. What really matters are the people we Love, and the people who Love us.
Give Thanks for the Peace in your Sacred Life. And, give Thanks for the Love in your Heart. . Let us be Grateful for the laughter in Life. And, if these things have not manifested in your Life, give Thanks to the Lord, and they will. You can have what you Believe in your Heart. . Goodnight.
“The meek will possess the Earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of Peace.“ – Psalm 37
Life is short and in a world of chaos, social media and divisiveness, precious things can easily become lost. Sometimes, circumstances out of our control cause loss, and sometimes our own choices cause us to lose the things that mean the most. We all have different needs and priorities in life, but we share one thing in common: the absence of certain things in life causes us to feel incomplete. While our lives and priorities may differ, there are some things vital to living a life of fulfillment… things we need to fight for… things that really matter. Never lose sight of these 7 critical things in life. Peace
Rule #1, Protect your Peace. I used to become really affected by my surroundings. If my space was negative, I had to work hard not to spiral into a negative mindset. The truth is, life isn’t easy, and remaining in our quaint comfort zones doesn’t open the window for change. The more confident you grow in the love you have for yourself, the more you realize that you are strong enough to walk in a room where the tension is thick and maintain your internal peace.
When you protect your peace, you can then balance your emotions and manage relationships and stressful situations effectively. This will help you develop self-confidence and come to terms with yourself so that you can achieve inner peace and cultivate a more positive attitude towards life.
Do yourself a life-changing favor and love yourself enough to put your peace first; love yourself enough to treat yourself. This is not selfish, it is self-preservation and self-love. You don’t deserve to feel “less than.” You don’t have to measure up to the expectations others put on you. Love yourself enough to protect your peace. Health
So many of us take our health for granted until something life-changing happens, and our health becomes at risk. With good health, anything is possible. Without it, you cannot live life to its fullest. It is vital to take care of your mind, body and soul. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Take control of your overall health. Eat healthy and exercise daily to minimize preventable illnesses and the stress that may be keeping you from enjoying life.
Focus on your health and remember to practice self-care. Though we may be caregivers or breadwinners for others, we need to focus on our own health – and mental health. In fact, the more we can look after our own well-being, the better equipped we are to be of service to others.
Being more present, eating well and making time to decompress will enhance your mental health and overall well-being. Practice being kinder to yourself by taking time to reset mentally and prioritize all aspects of your health.
Family & Friendship
Our relationships are our foundation. They are truly the things that make our lives richer and more complete. We must prioritize time with friends, family and loved ones to foster our relationships. Being busy is normal, but why not try to be busy with the people that mean the most to us?
Having people in your life that you can call family is priceless. Knowing that you have someone who cares for you and will always be there for you is the type of support we all need, even if we don’t always admit it. But it is so easy to forget just how much family means to us. They’re the people we typically take for granted because at the end of the day, we know they will still be family. Always remember, your family is irreplaceable. You must devote time, love and energy to nurture your family relationships – not just for the sake of your family, but for yourself.
You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends and make them members of your family. If you know a person you can call your best friend, then consider yourself blessed. Make the most out of your time with your friends and, more importantly, be the best friend you can be.
The unconditional love of family is an indescribable feeling and although you may not always see eye-to-eye, respect each other’s uniqueness and do your best to show your love more often.
Purpose is our “why.” It drives our every action and fuels our passion. It encompasses our work, our relationships, and our approach to living our best lives. Our purpose wraps around everything we do in our lives. To live a fulfilling life, we must have a purpose – a goal, an outcome we want to achieve as we walk this Earth. I feel like I truly started living when I found my purpose. It’s a never-ending journey that I wake up excited about every single day. You can call it your dreams, career aspirations or your own definition of success, but if you really want to make a change in this world, you have to begin with yourself. So, dig deep to find out what you’re passionate about and how that passion can make a positive impact on those around you, then go after it with vigor for the rest of your life. It means living your life in an intentional way. Ultimately, it becomes your legacy.
Time is a limited resource; once it is spent, it’s gone forever. We cannot ever get time back, but we can be intentional with the time that we have.
We all have the same number of hours in our day, hours that are filled with responsibilities and obligations. Managing time often comes down to choices. The problem is, we say “yes” far too often. This is where we lose balance. Each time we say “yes” to something, we are saying “no” to something else. Instead of feeling in control of our schedule, we feel our time is not our own. We rush from one commitment to the next, never feeling truly present at any of them. We cram more into our days but feel we have less and less time to do the things we really want to do or to see the people we want to see. We have less space left for ourselves.
We can take control by saying “yes” to less and appreciating the blank space in our diary. We can protect our precious time, saving it for the activities and people that give our lives the most meaning and joy.
Life is a gift and it is our responsibility to get the most of out of it. It is critical that you always invest in developing your knowledge and skills. One day I think I am an expert in an area, and the next day I am faced with a challenge that teaches me otherwise. It is to our benefit to approach challenges as a learning opportunity. Discover and cultivate your talents through continuous learning and you will add great depth and meaning to your life.
I made a very conscious decision to go back to school to attain my doctorate this fall. Though very supportive, I had mentors and colleagues tell me that to achieve my career goals, going back to school was unnecessary. Though that may be true, my unwavering desire to learn has pushed me on this path. I decided that opening my mind to new concepts in education and coupling that science with my experience was too exciting to pass up. As B.B. King so eloquently stated, “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”
Our human worth transcends formal education and professional development, of course. It is a sum of everything we experience, accomplish, face, and overcome. The more you expand your learning, the more invaluable you become.
I have always said, we were put on this earth simply to love. Love one another, love what we do, love the Earth, and love each moment we are blessed to experience. Love is the most powerful force in the universe.
The real mark of greatness is shown through love’s actions of kindness, compassion, helpfulness and caring. Even if you don’t love your life itself, through loving things or people in your life you can still find meaning and purpose.
Learning how to love your place in the world helps create a positive, healthy attitude toward life. Through love we receive understanding, mercy, joy and forgiveness. Through love most of our emotional needs are met. Through love we feel worthy and valid. Through love we serve a higher purpose and unite in a higher calling.
The energy of love is the highest energy we can experience and acts of love raise our consciousness of the world. Our ability to approach the world with love sets an example for others to aspire to while teaching compassion, forgiveness, tolerance and peace.
Just imagine a world where every action is rooted in Love. I know I do!
Love soothes the mind. It is the most important part of Life.
Everything we do is coloring the World and echoing throughout the Universe. Our Love travels throughout the World and touches the Heart and mind and Spirit. It whispers in the wind. Our Father in Heaven Above wants us to Truly Live. We can find Him in the Beauty of Nature, and hold His Precious Spirit close to our Hearts. Mother Nature never ceases to amaze us with its magical Creations inspired by the Love of God. . He will come to be with you, as you venture forth in the Wilderness of His Love. Allow His Love to move through you, to flow over you, and Live in you. There is nothing as Healing as the music of the Leaves rustling through the Trees. . There are countless Pathways to follow in searching for the Love of God. They are Sprouting in all directions, like a Beautiful Spring Tulip. They are so Beautiful, as they expand deeper into the unknown. They are there to explore. They are there for you.
We are drawn to a certain Time, this moment. Today we need to bathe in Nature. It helps us to enter into the Healing power of our own Nature, which is not separate from the Nature of our precious Earth. . We are one.
Be Happy My Dear Friends. . To be here and be able to Travel on this Spectacular Journey of Life, is a Gift. Let the Beauty that is all around you melt your stresses and worries away.
Make the Castles of your Dreams be high and Beautiful. Let them reach upward to the Sky. . Do not lose the simple Faith in Love, in the Love of God.
You can be on a slowly drifting Cloud of Blessed Dreams. . Life is better with Trust and Faith in our Precious Lord. We can Live His Dream of Life.
You are a Sacred and Beautiful Work of Art, Created by God, with Artistic Grace, fashioned by Love and Beautifully Crafted, with hues more colorful than a Rainbow. . As we travel through Time, a little part of each of us is shaped by those who Love us. We are what Love determines us to be. So let us be Eternally Grateful.
Everything is temporary, except the Love of God. . My Dear Friend, you are Blessed. Thank the Lord for the Blessing of Being, and allow others to feel Blessed by sharing your Life with them.
You can make your Heart, and the precious Hearts of others, feel the Love of God by sharing your Loving presence, and by Praying for Love. . Live the Life you want. Live in Love. . Goodnight.
With unlimited access to information at our fingertips at any given moment, it can be hard to keep up. Sometimes, the constant noise of social media and the 24-hour news cycle can even seem unescapable. The good news – which we could all use right about now – is that some things are worth knowing a lot more than others. From practical tips to tidbits that can help you out a your cocktail party, or virtual happy hour, here are 50 facts everyone should know. So read on to feel your quality of Life rise.
You should throw away the cotton in your medication bottles.
Believe it or not, that little ball of cotton that comes in your bottle of pills, which is there to keep pills safe during shipping, is meant to be removed. It can collect moisture because of its absorbent nature, which makes your pills deteriorate faster.
It’s easy to calculate a tip without a calculator.
Assuming you want to tip 20 percent for good service, move the decimal point one digit to the left and then double that number. It’s that easy! For example, if a bill is for $35.50, you move the decimal to the left, which gives you $3.55. Double that number, and you’ve got $7.10—a 20 percent tip calculated in seconds.
You’re tallest first thing in the morning.
If you’re feeling a bit on the short side, measure yourself when you first wake up. According toJamaica Hospital Medical Center, This phenomenon may be due to gravity compressing cartilage in our spine and in other parts of our bodies, such as our knees when we stand up or sit down throughout the day. “While we are lying down in a resting position, the spine is said to “spread out” or decompress, so when we wake in the morning we are taller after lying in bed all night.”
Just a single month of sleeping in a 66-degree room helped increase subjects’ fat-burning ability by as much as 10 percent, according to research from Commonwealth University.
You’ll yawn more often than you eat breakfast.
Over the course of a lifetime, you’ll yawn approximately 250,000 times, according to one expert on the subject. If you live to 70, that’s about 10 yawns per day.
You can’t breathe and swallow simultaneously.
Fake smiles can hurt you.
It turns out that fakinghappiness can hurt your health. For a 2011 study published in the Academy of Management Journal, researchers looked at the behavior of bus drivers – a profession where people are required to have many friendly interactions throughout the day – and discovered that these people withdraw from their work while putting on a smile for show, and that that could have long-term deleterious health effects.
If you close your eyes in a completely dark room. When you open them, the color you see is called eigengrau, which means intrinsic gray. It’s the shade of dark gray people see when there’s no light.
The smell after it rains does, too.
It’s called petrichor. It comes from an oil plants exude that dries on the ground. When it rains, the oil combines with a byproduct from a type of bacteria to produce the smell.
Craving ice is a symptom of iron deficiency.
If you like crunching ice after you finish your soda, you might be suffering from anemia. Also known as “pagophagia,” the compulsive eating of ice may not just be a nervous tick, but a way of cooling inflammation in the mouth caused by a lack of iron, according to the Mayo Clinic. So if you like chomping down on those cubes, get thee to a doctor, stat.
Sharp knives are safer than dull knives.
Sharp knives aren’t actually as likely to cut you as dull ones. Because a sharp knife easily slices through food, you only have to apply a small amount of pressure when using them. This means that you’re more likely to cut the item you’re intending to cut, and not your hand.
Dull knives, however, can’t cut through food easily, and often cause injuries when resistance between the dull blade and the food’s surface suddenly gives way, at which point the knife flies out of control. Since you have to use so much pressure to cut with a dull knife, they often cause deep cuts and gouges, as opposed to the minor nicks a sharper knife might inflict. Keep your knives sharp and hone those skills for maximum safety.
Tomato juice won’t fix getting skunked.
Instead of dousing yourself in V8, make a mixture of dish soap, peroxide, and baking soda. The skunk spray is an oil, which your grease-fighting dish soap will take care of. Peroxide and baking soda add plenty of oxygen to the mix to help get rid of the smell.
Wikipedia is downloadable.
You can actually download the entirety of Wikipedia and keep it on a USB drive. Here’s the link, if you’d like to eliminate the middle man and own the source.
And it can act as your tour guide.
If you allow Wikipedia to know your location, it can provide you with pages about subjects relevant to where you are using its “Nearby” function.
There are more Life forms on your body than people on earth.
Don’t freak out, but your face is crawling with eight-legged, spider-like creatures. Fortunately, they are microscopic and impossible to see – but, according to the BBC, they’re mites with long, worm-like bodies residing in hair follicles and pores or sebaceous glands.
The size of your social circle is related to the size of your brain.
A scientist at Oxford discovered that the size of a person’s “orbitomedial prefrontal cortex” (the part of a brain that identifies other people’s moods and personalities) can predict the size of that person’s social circle. The average prefrontal cortex averages out to around 147.8 friends in a social network.
And people with friends live longer.
People with active social networks and close friends they talk to live longer than people who rely only on family, according to researchers at Michigan State University. So, whenever possible, make time to see the members of your social circle, even if it’s just for a coffee.
Your hair growth may have to do with your ethnic background.
While human hair generally grows at a rate of about six inches per year, there is some difference in growth rates based on ethnicity. According to research published in the International Journal of Dermatology, people of Asian descent tend to have faster-growing hair than those of other ethnic backgrounds.
Young adults are more likely to be living with their parents than on their own.
Don’t have the cash for rent or a down payment? You’re not alone. For the first time in over 130 years, more people between 18 and 34 are living with their parents than on their own or with a partner.
Taking aspirin during a heart attack may save your life.
Taking an aspirin at the first sign of a heart attack can be a lifesaver. The drug inhibits platelets from forming a clot that can block and artery and cause a full-on heart attack. For the fastest relief (and time is of the essence), chew the aspirin instead of swallowing it.
Most spreadsheets don’t spellcheck.
Before you hand off that important spreadsheet, be sure to run a spellcheck manually to spare yourself any undue embarrassment.
Women can give birth after they die.
It’s very rare, but it has been known to happen. Called “coffin birth,” it’s a phenomenon that occurs when a pregnant woman delivers a child spontaneously after her death – due to gases that built up in the abdominal area, putting pressure on the mother’s uterus and forcing the baby out the birth passageway. One example of this was discovered in 2010 in the grave of a medieval woman who was buried in Italy, according to Smithsonian. (With modern embalming techniques, this doesn’t really happen anymore.)
And men can get aroused post mortem.
Called priapism, it’s most often seen in the corpses of men who have died by hanging and it’s due to the pressure on the cerebellum created by the noose.
Shakespeare invented the name Jessica.
Well, it can’t be proven that he invented it, per se. But the first written instance of the name is found in the Bard’s 1596 play The Merchant of Venice: Shylock’s daughter, an Anglicization of the biblical name Iscah, is named Jessica.
High heels were first designed for men.
Though closely identified as a female fashion staple today, high heels were first designed for men. At the end of the 16th century, Persian-inspired style was all the rage in Europe, according to the J. Paul Getty Museum, and heels were seen as being virile and masculine – and a great way to boost your height a few inches.
The Exorcist film set was haunted.
Based on the book by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist, released in 1973, stirred up quite a bit of controversy in the years surrounding its release. For starters, the set used as the home of Regan MacNeil burned to the ground when a bird flew into a circuit box. The only room left standing was the one used for the exorcism.
Even creepier, not only did actors suffer multiple injuries during the filming of the movie, two of them actually died shortly after filming wrapped—actors that played characters who died onscreen. To make matters worse, according to CBS News, when the film premiered in Rome, lightning struck a 400-year-old cross atop a nearby church.
There’s a mental phenomenon that causes you to see monsters in mirrors.
Called the Troxler effect, and discovered as long ago as 1804, it causes those who experience it to think they see something fearsome in the mirror just on the periphery of their vision – whether they say “bloody Mary” three times or not.
There’s a brewery in Japan that makes beer from elephant dung.
The brewery, Sankt Gallen, produces a beer called Un Kono Kuro, made with coffee beans that have passed through an elephant. It’s a huge hit, according to Fox News.
Snow is a terrible way to stay hydrated.
When it comes to snow, it’s water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. It requires a lot of energy for your body to convert something from a solid to a liquid, and while snow will provide a tiny amount of hydration, it will also lower your body temperature in the process, making you more prone to hypothermia.
Blue cheese can change your dreams.
Having strange dreams? It’s time to skip the blue cheese on your salad. According to research from the British Cheese Board, eating blue cheese is particularly associated with vivid dreams.
You can request a DMV examination for senior citizens.
In some states, you can request that the DMV re-examine a senior citizen. So if Grandpa Joe isn’t taking the hint that he’s not safe behind the wheel, you can put the responsibility for nagging him about it solely on the shoulders of the DMV.
Dishwashers need washing, too.
If you’ve never cleaned your dishwasher, it might be time. Look up some instructional videos or hire a professional, and get that thing in tip-top shape. It will greatly improve your machine’s performance.
The universe has a color.
Researchers at John Hopkins University took the average of light from over 200,000 galaxies. It turns out the universe is, on average, kind of beige. They named the color “cosmic latte.”
Women have more pain receptors than men.
They also have a higher tolerance for pain than men do, according to Time.
You can use Amazon for charity.
Use Amazon Smile instead of plain old Amazon, and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchases to a charity of your choosing.
Many phones attach GPS data to your photos by default.
Many phones, including iPhones, track your location and attach that information to every picture you take by default. You can turn it off in your settings, but that doesn’t remove the information from pictures you’ve already taken.
“I.e.” and “e.g.” are not the same thing.
I.e. is an abbreviation of id est, which means “that is,” but you can remember what it means with the phrase “in essence.” E.g., on the other hand, stands for exempli gratia, which means “for the sake of example,” but can easily be remembered as “example given.”
You only have to be in line before the polls close in order to vote.
You don’t have to cast your vote before the polls close. As long as you’re in line, you’re legally allowed to vote.
You can leave everything you own to your pet.
Don’t have any close friends who feel like good choices to inherit your fortune? Not a problem. Your pets can be listed as the beneficiaries of your will. However, as was the case with famed hotelier Leona Helmsley‘s prized pooch, their total payout may be reduced if your heirs contest the will—her pup only got $2 million of what was supposed to be a $12 million inheritance in the end.
Water won’t put out a grease fire.
Water will make a grease firemuch, much worse. Instead, starve the fire of oxygen by completely covering it and removing it from heat, if possible. Baking soda will also help put out a grease fire, as will a class B fire extinguisher.
You can (probably) mute your microwave.
Most modern microwaves come with a mute option. Sometimes it’s as easy as finding the button that has “mute” written on it in small letters and holding that down for a while. Otherwise, check your owner’s manual and exponentially improve your quality of life.
Finishing your antibiotics is crucial.
If you stop taking antibiotics before you’re supposed to, any bacteria that didn’t get killed can develop an immunity to that antibiotic and become a super-strain that’s much more difficult to kill in the future. So keep taking your pills, even if you feel better.
You can blur your house on Google’s street view.
Go to your house, click on it, and then click “report a problem” at the bottom of the screen. You can also do this for your face or your car.
You can cancel free trials before they expire.
Instead of accidentally getting duped into a membership to a service you don’t want, simply cancel during the free trial period. With most free trials, you can cancel immediately after you sign up and still enjoy the entire trial period.
There are perforated spots on either side of a box of aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Punch those tabs in, and they hold the foil or wrap in place, and you never have to deal with accidentally flinging a roll across the kitchen ever again.
Air isn’t mostly oxygen.
Air is actually78 percent nitrogen. An over abundance of oxygen can actually make you feel kind of high. That’s why oxygen bars started to become a thing for a bit in the late ’90s and early ’00s.
If we only learn to Smile, to spark a Hope, to give of our abundance, to forward Kindness, and share our Happiness, we can begin to Truly Live Life.
You can be amazing, and your words deliver a message that will bring Joy into someone’s precious Life. Your Love will touch their Soul.
You can let others know that they are Loved, and they are needed.
Let us stop worrying about the Future and remember a Time in the past, when our thoughts were so Happy.
Relax and teleport your mind into a different World, a REAL World. Close your eyes and remember a Tomorrow that was Yesterday. You will be able to find Life’s meaning and purpose. It did exist, and can exist again.
You are special. Great things are coming to you. When you Pray, you can feel the Flow of God’s Energy.
“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” – Plutarch
Our conscious, Living Being responds more vigorously to our feelings, than our thoughts. So, let us speak in the Language of the Heart.
Lose yourself in the energy of your feelings, your yearning to help another. . “The more willing you are to surrender to the energy within you, the more power can flow through you.” – Benjamin Franklin
Your feeling is the Prayer. . “For the beauty of the Earth,For the beauty of the skiesFor the love which from our birthOver and around us liesOver and around us liesLord of all, to thee we raiseThis our joyful hymn of praiseFor the beauty of the hourOf the day and of the nightHill and vale and tree and flowerSun and moon and stars of lightSun and moon and stars of lightLord of all, to thee we raiseThis our joyful hymn of praiseFor the joy of human loveBrother, sister, parent, childFriends on earth and friends aboveFor all gentle thoughts and mildFor all gentle thoughts and mildLord of all, to thee we raiseThis our joyful hymn of praiseFor each perfect gift of thineTo our race so freely givenGraces Human and divineFlowers of earth and buds of heavenFlowers of earth and buds of heavenLord of all, to thee we raiseThis our joyful hymn, our joyful hymn of PraiseThis our joyful hymn of Praise.”
Let your Song join the One that never ends. Let the Sea of your imagination rush through your mind and Heart. Escape this reality. Hope lies just beyond the horizon of illusions that are Life. . Knowing comes from awareness that God is Real and that He Lives within.
To grasp Reality, go the Lord in Prayer.
The Stars in the Sky are a mirror. Listen to your Heart.
We can learn how to Love God, and draw closer to Him.
Amazing Love can fill your whole Being. Listen, Pray and Believe.
The Songs and the Stories of Love and Life are so emotional and so exquisite. Someday Love and Life will meet again. Someday it will be Spring again.
Let your Light shine everywhere, and let it Bless those in need.
God has been so good to you. Be Grateful. The Best Way to Praise the Lord and Express His Love is to invite Him into your Life and follow in His Path.
Healing is in the meditation of calming the mind and feeling the Infinite Energy that exists within. You can feel your mind, your Being and your Spirit in each Sacred Breath.
You can inspire others to share your passions with the World. And they will thank you for making this World a better place.
Life passes by and nothing is permanent. We Live each day, lost in the worries and troubles of the moment. We don’t notice Time passing by. Why did Time pass by so quickly? Perhaps it does not exist. Perhaps, it too is an illusion. . Our Hearts ache for simpler Times, for the days when we were Children. They exist in our precious memories. And YES, they can exist again.
Love is what darkness fears the most.
Close your eyes. You will see Peace. You Heart is ready to forgive and to forget and to send Love into the Lives of others all around you, and all over the World.
It is so inspiring to know that people all around this Beautiful World Love each other unconditionally. And through Love we are all connected. We are one.
The dark was never meant to rule the Earth. Our Destiny is the Light, and the Love, and the Peace of our Lord. . Let the Vibration of your Life be Kind to each other, be accepting of one another. The darkness wants to separate us. But the Light of Love, will bring us together.
Clear your mind. Let the Energy of Love flow into the Fiber of your Being through Prayer. You are Love, and you are a Divine Child of God. . With Faith you will become EVERYTHING God wants you to be. Believe in yourself, and Believe in God. This your moment.
Alicia Staley’s journey as 23+ year cancer survivor.
Today, we’re featuring a blog post by S. Adams. As many of you know, I’ve been interested in the environmental impacts that cause cancer. Today’s entry touches on one aspect of that. Thank you for contributing this very important perspective.
Developing cancer can be one of the most devastating things that can happen to a person. The instant your doctor utters the words, “You have cancer” your mind runs an emotional gamut. Fear, uncertainty, sadness, hope, love, anxiety, anger, despair. Cancer is the nightmare no one wishes to wake up with. The resolve to fight for your life, and live it to it’s fullest becomes your focus. There are many unknowns about cancer, and gradually scientists are learning more about what may cause cancer, and how to treat it. While a cure for cancer is still being researched, we as individuals must do what we can and avoid those things which we know can cause cancer.
Carcinogens are cancer causing chemicals. The most well known carcinogens are cigarette smoke, asbestos, benzene, and formaldehyde. These chemicals are found in everyday items such as building materials, glues, detergents, plastics, pesticides, lubricants, paper products, cosmetics, air deodorizers, carpets, and more. It may be hard to avoid items with these chemicals, as they are chemicals used in so many products, and you may not realize how much you are being exposed to them.
With what is known about causes of cancer, it will come as a shock that there are prescription drugs, commonly prescribed medicines, that have been shown to cause cancer in animals. Yet, they are still readily available. One reason they are likely still available is that the big drug makers, with their monetary ties to the FDA, insist more research has to be done on these medicines before they should be considered being labeled with extraneous warnings.
Millions of women experiencing menopause have taken HRT (hormone replacement therapy) to ease their symptoms. HRT boosts estrogen levels, which can promote both breast and uterine cancer development. How many women have used this to relieve their menopausal symptoms, only to develop some form of cancer as a result? We will never know.
Drugs that have been found to cause cancer in rats range from heartburn medications to blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs. Prilosec (heartburn), Aldactazine, Aldactone (both blood pressure meds), Zocor, Lopid, Mevacor, Lescol, and Pravachol(cholesterol lowering drugs) have all been found to be a cause of cancer in animals, and have been linked to increased occurrences of cancer by patients who have taken these drugs.
Do the benefits of these drugs outweigh the risk? The risk of developing cancer is not one to take lightly! The fact that there are even more prescription drugs being researched as being the causes of cancer is disgusting.
There is research being done after scientific research has determined pancreatic cancer to be a Januvia side effect. Januvia is a billion dollar money making diabetes drug produced by Merck, and being the big money maker that is, Merck defends the drug against naysayers, saying more research needs to be done to back up these claims. With similar diabetes drugs, Byetta and Victoza having been found to increase the risk of cancer, expedited research should be required. Are the manufacturers of these drugs hiding research results for the sake of increased profit? With so many drugs being questioned, this certainly seems, sadly, a possibility.
The FDA warns against using the topical eczema ointments Elidel and Protopic in children under two as these medicines are associated with lymphoma and skin cancers. The warning goes on to include that “the long term safety of these drugs is unknown.” As you can read here, the maker of the drug found no reason for a warning to be added to the medicines.
As a consumer, it is in your interest to know the risks associated with prescription drugs that you are taking. Sites like DrugNews.net issue safety alerts, FDA recalls, and important medical industry news that can keep buyers aware of news that may be happening outside mainstream media. Being informed about the side effects and risks associated with medicines is another way to be be prudent in avoiding health risks.
People taking medicine trust their doctors and they trust the makers of the drugs they are taking. It is absurd that so many medicines have been linked to increasing the risk of cancer development, and the FDA should require more research into these drugs, quantifying the risk, instead of asking consumers to ignore the risk completely. Cancer should not be a risk that should be given or taken so lightly.
To focus Pure and Loving thoughts for someone else, is Healing for everyone. . God is always near to guide you and care for you. . With Prayer, He will Create Love and Light and Healing Delight in Living every Day and every Night.
If pain is happening in the Lives of those you care about, there will be something you can do.
It is simple, but powerful. It is the Beautiful Art of sharing all of the Beautiful Light and Love within your Heart. . Sharing your Precious Love is an Act of Divinity, Oh, Child of God. It connects God’s Children through Threads of Love, where Miracles and Infinite Solutions to our daily problems can occur.
“As long as there’s a Sun that sets Primroses will have their glory. As long as there are Violets They will have a place in Story.” – Wordsworth Your Love will uplift the Spirits of those who are going through difficult times.
Sharing the energy of Love and Compassion and Joy will help anyone in need. My Dear Friend, Miracles happen all the Time. It takes your Love to help others to be released from the past, to have Faith in the Future, and to be Healed in the present.
Sending the Light of your Love is the most vibrant thing you can do for someone in need.
Meditation can return lost memories to help us with our Lives.
It is incredibly simple and can be done wherever you are.
Do not get weighed down by the worries and problems. Instead of letting them adversely affect you, simply, and I do mean simply, radiate the Love and the Light in your Sacred Heart.
Love makes us feel at Peace in such turbulent Times. The way to return to Peace of mind and Tranquility of the Heart, is to Live in the bright Light of Love.
Research shows us that the Human mind is capable of thinking ONLYone thought at any one moment. And what a Blessing, because YOU control that thought. According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California, the average brain generates 48.6 thoughts per minute.
This adds up to a total of 70,000 thoughts per day. . My Dear Friends, that is too many. The way to reduce this dangerous and toxic burden, is to focus upon oneLOVING thought, for as long as you can. . Think about it. When you think of nothing but someone with YOUR Love, Life becomes a treasured Blessing.
By the way, the Human brain, which contains roughly 86 Billion Brain Cells, is farmore powerful than any existing computer.
Anchoring your mind and the Light of your Love in the presentmoment, enables you to see only the best in yourself, in other people and in all situations.
Send Positive feelings, Healing Compassion, and your unique vibration. Love, and you will see the Light.
Enjoy every moment that God has given to us. See His Blessing and His Beauty in everything. . The Lord Truly Loves us. His Holy Spirit Dwells within us. Let His Will be done. God is always near to the brokenhearted. He Comforts the Heart, Heals and Restores. . There is nothing our Heavenly Father cannot do. Thank the Lord for all He has done. He has done much more than we are aware of. We may not understand Today. But Blessings abound. And they may be found. Our Journey of Life may be filled with laughter, Joy and Peace. . Despite everything that is going on, we may be courageous and encouraged. The choices are ours.
Love is the Poetry of Life. And as we get older, the waters move slow over the rough rocks, to smooth places in the years and slow the tears and let us go forward in this World.
The waters of our precious Time lick the pebbles on our path, and nurture the Forests of our thoughts, and the hills and valleys of our emotions. They pay Tribute to our Visions of Beauty, to our very Human Nature, to the flow of Time. . These waters, above and below our awareness, resonate like in a Dream, in our corner of the Earthly Paradise in which we Live. . Love it all.
If you listen easy, you can hear God calling. These Beautiful Harmonies become Beautiful Memories. . Just let it be. . Trust in the Lord. Walk barefoot by the stream of Living, Loving waters, that flow through our precious Lives. . .Life is so Wonderful holding the Hand of God.
Fat was the food villain these past few decades but sugar is quickly muscling in to take its place. As rates of sugar-related disorders such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease climb, many experts believe that when Americans rid themselves of fat, they simply replaced it with sugarin all its forms.
But proving that the rise of the chronic diseases was actually linked to higher sugar consumption is a challenge. Dr. Robert Lustig, from the department of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, who has made a name for himself publishing books and research addressing the question of sugar’s effects on the body, wanted clearer answers. Now, he and his colleagues believe they have come up with the definitive evidence that sugar, as Lustig says, “is toxic.”
In most lab studies, the doses of sugar that scientists test are quite high; they want to see what the effect is quickly and, depending on the research, they may not have time to wait to study the more gradual effects that might emerge. And in studies where people reduce the amount of sugar they eat, for instance, those people end up eating fewer calories overall, so it’s difficult to know whether any changes are due to the removal of sugar or to the drop in calories.
Lustig and his colleagues think they’ve produced the “hard and fast data that sugar is toxic irrespective of its calories and irrespective of weight.”
Lustig’s confidence comes from the unique study, described in Obesity, of 43 Hispanic or African-American children aged eight to 18 years old. He collected detailed food questionnaires from each of the adolescents to get an idea of the average amount of calories they ate per day, then designed a special menu for each of them for nine days that matched the total numbers of calories they would normally eat. The only difference in the nine-day diet was that most of the sugar the children ate was replaced by starch — the overall number of calories remained the same. The children weighed themselves daily, and if they were losing weight, they were told to eat more of the provided food in order to keep their weight the same throughout the study.
“Everything got better,” says Lustig. Some of the children went from being insulin resistant, a precursor state to developing diabetes, in which the body’s insulin levels can no longer keep up with the pace of breaking down sugar that’s coming in from the diet, to insulin sensitive.
“We took chicken teriyaki out, and put turkey hot dogs in. We took sweetened yogurt out, and put baked potato chips in. We took pastries out and put bagels in,” says Lustig. “So there was no change in [the children’s] weight and no change in calories.”
After nine days of having their total dietary sugar reduced to 10% of their daily calories, however, they showed improvements in all of these measures. Overall, their fasting blood sugar levels dropped by 53%, along with the amount of insulin their bodies produced since insulin is normally needed to break down carbohydrates and sugars. Their triglyceride and LDL levels also declined and, most importantly, they showed less fat in their liver.
Because some of the children lost weight, to convince themselves that the effects weren’t due to the small amount of weight that some of the children lost, Lustig and his team compared those who lost weight to those who didn’t during the study, and found similar improvements in both groups.
“Up until now, there have been a lot of correlation studies linking sugar and metabolic syndrome,” says Lustig. “This is causation.”
The diet he provided the children isn’t considered ideal from a health perspective — starches are still a considerable source of calories and can contribute to weight gain. But Lustig relied on the starches to prove a point in a scientific study — that the effect sugar has on the body goes beyond anything connected to its calories and to weight. “I’m not suggesting in any way, shape or form that we gave them healthy food,” he says. “We gave them crappy food, processed food — and they still got better. Imagine how much even better they would have gotten if we didn’t substitute and took the sugar out. Then they would have gotten even better yet. That’s the point.”
Not everyone is convinced that the results definitely prove sugar, and not weight loss, is the culprit, however. Susan Roberts, professor of Nutrition, USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University notes that because some of the children lost weight, it’s still possible that shedding the pounds helped their metabolic measures to improve. She also points out that the children self-reported their initial diet, which can often be inaccurate. “We know that a healthy diet and weight loss cause good metabolic changes, and although this study tries to attribute its effects to low fructose, in fact it is impossible to do that because of the study design.”
Some experts are concerned for other reasons. They’re worried that the findings may shift attention away from what they consider to be the more fundamental issue — that overall, we’re eating too much. “Too much calorie intake is still the biggest problem,” says Dr. Mark Corkins, professor of pediatrics at University of Tennessee Health Science Center and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on nutrition. He notes that the study involved children who were obese already and consuming too many calories. “It’s an important study, and the facts coming out of it are very important. It means we need to look at sugars, and at the type of sugars and sugar intake. But I worry that people are going to hang everything on this when we still need to reduce consumption.”
Lustig hopes that won’t happen as more data emerges that details how sugar is altering the body in unhealthy ways outside of its caloric contribution. That wasn’t the subject of the current paper, but he promises follow up studies based on this work that will address that. This study does hint however, at what might be happening. While there has been a lot of attention on the presence of belly fat and its connection to metabolic syndrome, the fact that the children saw improvements in the amount of fat in their liver suggests that might be an important way that sugar is contributing to chronic disease. Obese children and those with diabetes often suffer from fatty liver, a condition normally associated with alcohol abuse but increasingly common among non-drinkers who gain excessive amounts of weight.
This new view of sugar could change the advice that doctors and government health officials give about eating the sweet stuff. Lustig’s hope is that the information is considered as the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalizes its latest Dietary Guidelines, expected by the end of the year, which delineate recommendations for what, and how much of different types of foods and nutrients Americans should eat.
You are never alone. In the dark of moments, the Light and Love of God is always near. Wherever you may be, His Beauty surrounds you. . Yes, He is always near. He cannot be closer, than within. As Prayer draws you closer to God, you will feel His Presence enveloping you in His Loving Arms.
Let us Praise the Lord for His never failing Love.
“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20
Yesterday is History, and Tomorrow a mystery. But Today, this precious moment, is a Gift.
GOD is so Great and Wonderful in all His Works. And among His Greatest Works of all is YOU. Such awareness takes you far from yourself, from this World and its trivial illusions. . It is as if one leaves the body and travels over the Horizon and wakes up the subconscious. . God’s Love is a totally different World that will embrace you Forever. Such a Journey reminds us that we are all going somewhere. . It lets us focus on the essential Path to Love, which lies in the very depth of the Human Heart, and mind, and Soul.
God is here for you in Prayer.
Seize the Day and make it yours. Life has so many questions, and fewer and fewer answers. . So just Be, and just Live, and Love. There will Blossom a reason for your Day, just as wonderful as you are.
The Lord understands your past, Believes in your Future and accepts you and Loves you, on this Day and everyday, just the way you are.
There is a sense of being alone. But you can find comfort and Healing in knowing that you belong.
It comes from the feeling of Loving all Living Things. The pain of Life disappears when we reconnect with the Love of God. Such Love enables us to go where we find Beautiful Inner Peace. This Beauty of Love heals everyone who feels it.
And in sharing your Beautiful Gift, you send Light and Love to an Eternity of God’s Children. . To save one, is to save the Children, their Children and on, and on, and on.
Love is Eternal.
I wish you Peace and I hope you will find Life’s meaning and purpose. . And always remember, you are deeply Loved.
When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.
By Deepak Chopra, MD
The most basic need in anyone’s life is to feel safe. All other attainments are built from this baseline. If you usually feel safe, you are likely to be more productive in your life. But we can all remember times when there were serious setbacks. Then a downward spiral can develop. Whatever the emotion that overtakes us – feeling weak, unwanted, desperate, dejected, or anxious – there is one common element: We feel isolated and alone.
To provide the necessary support at such moments requires a safety net, but it is shocking that the vast majority of people can count on little or no support. Then the spiral downward becomes a crisis. Someone has to reach out before the human spirit gets broken.
In that spirit, the Chopra Foundation has started the Never Alone Initiative. It is based on the simple principle of people helping people, using social media, online videos, personal contact, and in crisis situations the intervention of trained professionals who can offer immediate therapy.
When support is offered, people seize upon it, but the situation in many countries is so dire that short-term remedies are just a first step. An entire mindset must be turned around. This involves changing four toxic beliefs into healing beliefs.
Four Toxic Beliefs
No one cares about me.
I don’t matter.
I am weak and powerless.
I am destined to be a victim.
There is abundant data to show that being poor, uneducated, and embedded in an unstable or hostile social network leads to enormous struggle for almost everyone. But toxic beliefs, which are “in here” rather than “out there,” have been studied much less. Yet everyone’s future is determined by what happens “In here” – the fact is undeniable. Living in a rich, stable country without political strife is not a secure protection.
As the rise in prescription drugs – tranquilizers, antidepressants, and opioids – indicates, countless people spiral into toxic beliefs despite leading advantaged lives. The way out is through Healing the Human Spirit. The Never Alone Initiative focuses on four healing beliefs that are necessary for a sense of well-being.
Four Healing Beliefs:
I am safe.
I am Lovable.
I can achieve.
Even small steps in the direction of these healing beliefs can dramatically alter someone’s future. Going further, to identify with these beliefs can take a person out of personal struggle and suffering.
Taking someone in crisis out of danger has been a major success of the Never Alone program. The focus has been on suicide prevention, offering immediate support through a hotline that includes professional intervention if someone’s suicidal impulses are serious and immediately threatening. To date thousands of potential suicides have been prevented.
Yet the average person who feels unsafe, alone, weak, and helpless isn’t in immediate threat. What they need is a path to Healing. The path is developed through four healing practices that anyone can offer to another person.
Four Healing Practices:
Never alone is based on the conviction that every person in the World deserves these four things, although most people, even in the prosperous West, cannot say that they experience them on a regular basis.
The connection between these Healing practices and a better sense of self has strong psychological support. Yet intuitively each one feels valid from “in here.”
Attention validates “I matter.”
Appreciation validates “I can achieve.”
Acceptance validates “I am safe.”
Affection validates “I am lovable.”
The vision of Never Alone is to instill “I am safe”first and foremost. From there the other healing beliefs can evolve with help, encouragement, and support.
Everything begins by connecting these four healing practices with a shift in someone’s sense of self. As E. M. Forster wrote as the single, universal message in his novel A Passage to India, “Only connect.” Make the connection with Healing, and the Human Spirit can be revived before it breaks. That is the mission of Never alone, which needs to be embraced by everyone, not just those in trouble. A healed Human Being is the vital link to a Healed Planet. To participate in the global movement for collective Healing, join us at NeverAlone.love
DEEPAK CHOPRA™ MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a whole health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His 90th book and national bestseller, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential (Harmony Books), unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. For the last thirty years, Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution and his latest book, Total Meditation (Harmony Books) will help to achieve new dimensions of stress-free living and joyful living. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” www.deepakchopra.com
Observing the Beauty of Life brings back memories of Childhood. The Beautiful scenery in Nature, the precious Lives of God’s Beautiful Creations, made Living more Blessed when combined with the Word of God.
We are not perfect. Thank You Lord. But we can be Happy. Let us cherish our yesterdays and years and keep our Tomorrows filled with Hope. Life is created for you with God’s Love. Allow yourself to be immersed in our most incredible, amazing and magical World. Enjoy every moment.
You can feel every cell of your body waking up. You can bring your body back to Life. And it will feel really good.
The Love of God will do that. And His Love is Timeless.
“For all my days in many ways I’ll think of all I’ve Lived to see The mountains high, clouds in the Sky I thank the Lord for sharing them with me The summer’s glow, the winter’s snow Are not to me just scenery When tree tops sway I long to say Oh, thank you Lord for sharing them with me Life I believe, Love we receive We shouldn’t take too casually For all my days in many ways I’ll Thank the Lord for sharing them with me.” – Jack Fishman / Roy Budd As the depths of your Heart cry out, and you feel for our Living, breathing Planet, and the remarkable Life not yet lost, Pray that we allow Nature to be undisturbed.
GOD will strengthen and keep you in His Loving Care. As you struggle with issues and problems that seem impossible to overcome, please remember, all things are possible with God.
“With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” – Matthew 19:26
Nature is a part of us, and yes, sadly it is being destroyed by those motivated by wealth. But, we are headed toward True poverty. It is a poverty of Beauty and Love. We owe it to our precious Children and future generations to keep our World, our Home and our Life intact.
Let us NOW believe in the Beauty of Life again.
Gentleness and lightness will take us through these Times. Love will be uplifting as emotions are soothed and God weaves Peace into our Hearts.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7-11
Reflect upon Beautiful memories that you and your Loved one shared.
Close your eyes. Relax. And open your Heart to see.
Every Story is a Love Story.
Life is often filled with shadows and dark clouds. And then it starts to clear, and God’s Love and His Sun shines downs upon our World.
What do you pray most often for the people you love most? The question reveals an uncomfortable amount about us (and our prayers).
First, do we pray for those we love? Prayer is one of the most powerful, thoughtful, loving ways we can love anyone we love. Yet we still often struggle to persevere in prayer for others. With countless compelling reasons to pray — to ask the God of infinite power, wisdom, and love to move in the lives of our friends, family, and neighbors — we find a thousand excuses not to. What some of us need to hear most is simply a reminder to stop and pray for the ones we love.
But if we do pray for them, what we pray really matters. And we often ask God for less than we should. At least I know that I myself have sometimes asked for less than I should — for my wife, my son, my parents, my church family. When we think to pray for others we love, our minds can default to practical, earthly concerns — that God would guard or improve their health and safety, or that he would prosper what they do at work, or that he would protect our relationship with them, or for whatever other daily or weekly needs that immediately come to mind.
Prayers like these, while good and even important, fall short of the mountain-moving prayers we might pray — prayers like the apostle Paul prayed. If we prayed more like he did, and God answered, we wouldn’t be able to keep ourselves from praying more for the ones we love.
Why We Pray for Less
Tim Keller observes, “It is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in circumstances” (Prayer, 20). Think about that. From his thirteen letters, we know literally dozens of ways Paul prayed for Christians, and yet he never asks God to change their circumstances. Yet that is what many of us pray for most.
Why do we default to smaller prayers for circumstances, rather than praying for the bigger, deeper, longer-lasting spiritual realities under what we see and experience? For many reasons, of course, but we can try to isolate a couple.
“Apart from the mercy of God and the prayers of others, any of us could be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
First, smaller prayers come easier. We naturally, even apart from knowing Christ, think (and worry) about health, work, safe travel, and relational conflict. It doesn’t take spiritual sensitivity to want a sick person to get well (or a healthy person to stay healthy). Even those who hate God may wish a good life for one another. Big, Paul-like prayers, however, do not come naturally. God-hating people do not stumble into prayers like these. To pray these prayers with real focus, desperation, and hope requires the Spirit to work that focus, desperation, and hope in us. He opens our eyes to the awesome and terrifying realities below our everyday circumstances.
Second, God’s answers to our biggest prayers are often slow and less visible. If we pray for someone to heal, they may get better in just days or weeks. If we pray for someone to travel safely, we know how God answered in a matter of hours. If we pray for a successful interview, we can find out very soon how it went. But if we pray for God to make a brother more like Jesus, we may not see real, reliable fruit for years. If we pray for God to protect our child from Satan and all his temptations, we likely will not witness thousands of ways he has done it. If we pray for God to keep our pastor faithful through to the end, we will not know for sure if, or how, he has done it until that man finally hears, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23).
Big prayers require more grace, more faith, and more effort because spiritual realities do not naturally come to mind, and because the answers to bigger prayers are often harder to recognize — at least for now. For hundreds of thousands of years to come, though, we will taste and see and witness the preciousness of the big prayers we prayed — prayers that moved mountains in people’s hearts, causing earthquakes at their spiritual cores, and changing the course of their eternities.
Seven Daily Prayers
Because Paul wrote to churches, almost all of the prayers we have in his letters are for believers. We can be sure he prayed persistently and passionately, with many tears, for the lost (Romans 9:2–3; Philippians 3:18–19). But most of what we know about Paul’s prayer life centers on what he prayed for his brothers and sisters in the faith, including these seven big prayers — prayers we can regularly pray for the followers of Christ we love most.
1. Open their eyes even wider to you.
Prayer is one of the most powerful, most thoughtful, most loving things we can do for those we love. And the most powerful, thoughtful, and loving prayer we can pray for others is that they would enjoy more of God. Again, Keller writes, “Paul does not see prayer as merely a way to get things from God but as a way to get more of God himself” (Prayer, 21). Paul prays,
Because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened. (Ephesians 1:15–18)
“With countless compelling reasons to pray, we find a thousand excuses not to.”
Because he had heard of their faith, he prayed for them to see God. Do you pray like that for believers you love? Paul knew that we need supernatural inner strength to experience the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love for us in Christ (Ephesians 3:16–19) — not just to receive it, but to experience it, and grow in experiencing it. We need fresh grace to enjoy God again today.
2. Fill their hearts with love for others.
If God has answered our first prayer for those we love, that grace will begin to show in their love for people.
It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.(Philippians 1:9–11)
Paul appeals to God for this kind of extraordinary, contagious, full-to-overflowing love elsewhere as well (1 Thessalonians 3:11–13; Romans 15:5–6). He did not assume that followers of Christ would love one another well. He asked God to make them more and more loving.
It should be no surprise that these first two prayers echo Jesus’s two great commandments to love God and neighbor (Matthew 22:37–39). When we go to pray for our spouse, our children, our church family, our neighbors, these are two great pillar prayers: God, open their eyes wider and wider to you, and fill their hearts to overflowing with love for people.
3. Teach them the wisdom of your will.
Our prayers for one another should begin with a growing love for God, and an overflowing love for people, but Paul does not settle for those two great prayers. He climbs other mountains in prayer for those he loves. He prays for spiritual wisdom and understanding:
We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.(Colossians 1:9–10)
We will not walk in a manner worthy of God merely because we want to. We need God to teach us how. That we want to and why we want to matter massively to God, but we still have to learn to walk. No matter how long we’ve been walking, we all are somewhere along the path to “fully pleasing,” encountering new opportunities and challenges each new day. However far along we are, the next steps require spiritual wisdom and insight, not just human discipline and resolve, so we pray and ask God for what we need to know now.
4. Give them boldness to speak about Jesus.
The commission Jesus left for us could not have been clearer (Matthew 28:19–20). We may forget it or neglect it in seasons of our lives, but it will not be because the charge is ambiguous. God calls every follower of Jesus to win followers for Jesus, and teach them to obey all that Jesus has said. To this end, Paul writes,
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison — that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.(Colossians 4:2–4)
“The most powerful, thoughtful, and loving prayer we can pray for others is that they would enjoy more of God.”
And he asks for prayer elsewhere “that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:19–20).
God acts in three miraculous ways to answer prayers like these. He first gives us words to say, then boldness to say them when we might be rejected (or worse), and lastly he opens the spiritual eyes of our hearers to see and understand the gospel of his Son. When we pray for fellow believers today, we can pray for the same gifts of grace to witness well.
5. Send them good friends in the faith.
Over and over again in his letters, Paul prays that God would allow him to be with other followers of Christ. For example:
What thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?(1 Thessalonians 3:9–10; also Romans 1:9–10; 15:30–33)
Many of us, in the context of healthy churches, have never been so desperate for fellowship, never lingered late into the night praying earnestly to finally see believers face to face. We’re so used to seeing our church family Sunday after Sunday (and more), we may have forgotten just how vital fellowship is to the Christian life.
Apart from the mercy of God and the prayers of others, however, any of us could “be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13) and wander off in love with this world (2 Timothy 4:10). So, one of the most important prayers we can pray for those we love is that God would give them a healthy, faithful church and a few godly, steadfast friends.
6. Protect them from enemies of their soul.
When we pray for God to grow our loved ones’ joy in him, and deepen their love for others, and embolden their words about Jesus, we need to know that they will meet resistance and hostility. Paul faced that kind of opposition everywhere he went, so he asked for prayer:
Brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. (2 Thessalonians 3:1–2)
As we pray for one another, we remember that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Satan and his armies do not attack randomly and sporadically, but specifically and relentlessly. One of the most effective ways to pray for our loved ones is to pray against the enemies of their souls.
We pray with Jesus, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). Not just me but us. Jesus teaches us to pray not only for our own interests — our own temptations, our own struggles, our own besetting sins — but to pray regularly and passionately for the interests of others, to count others even more significant than ourselves (Philippians 2:3) in our war against evil.
7. Make Jesus look good with their life.
Finally, pray that Jesus would be glorified in all that they do.
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11–12)
Paul wraps three great prayers in one. First, ask God to focus and purify their ambitions. These are not just any resolves, but resolves for good, and not just any work, but works of faith. Our prayers will help guard them from bad resolves and works of self.
“One of the most effective ways to pray for our loved ones is to pray against the enemies of their souls.”
Second, we ask God to give them not just strength for their work, but His strength for their work. If these resolves and works are going to glorify God, they must be “by his power,” not their own. We want divine energy and ability pouring through them while they work and serve.
Lastly, and most clearly, we need God to fulfill his work through them — to complete it and make it fruitful (Philippians 1:6, 11). In short, we need him to glorify himself in all that they (and we) do. Thank God for Grace You See
If God answers these prayers, we will see the fruit over time — and we should thank him as often as we see it. One of the best ways to stoke the fires of our big prayers for others is to praise God for what we see him doing in and through them.
How often do we take evidence of spiritual fruit for granted, thanking God instead for smaller, more-circumstantial blessings? The greater, more valuable, more lasting works of God (like the seven above) do not fit neatly into a day or week. To notice them, we have to be looking more closely and over months and years. But when we see, really see, the hands of God at work in the heart of someone we love, few realities will inspire our faith, intensify our joy, and strengthen our prayer lives like these answers to prayer.
You have infinite potential within you, to achieve anything you deeply desire.
There is a dense golden Halo of Light around the most trivial of moments, so that this moment, along with all such moments, can never be forgotten. You Live in a Beautiful World where the Birds are still singing, and you can feel the freshness of the wind and remember Beautiful moments. . You can Live in a Peaceful place, far away from the illusions of a toxic society. Love, despite the darkness. Even in the darkest of moments, there is still Beauty. Be never shamed by following your Heart. . Allow your Life to emanate Grace instead of sorrow. The tragedy of Living some of our days, can become a Story of Hope. Share the melody of each moment. Don’t give up, Dream, Believe, Forgive, Inspire.
The Heart most broken, is the Heart most Healing.
Life can be bittersweet.
But one thing is for sure – the Peace and Tranquility you have known is still there, deep in the recesses of your Heart. . You know what it feels like, from so many years ago, when Life was less complicated, and much more simple. It is written on the walls of your Heart. Written in the Book of the Heart, your Love goes to the World and becomes pure consciousness.
Never forget and take for granted, the Love that gave you Life. . The Sun is shining like it always does. But have you ever noticed it in the Sky before? Such is Love. It is always shinning. Open your eyes and see the Sun. Open your Heart and feel the Love. . No one can ever take the Sun away from you. And no one can ever take away the Love. Bring your Heart and your Sacred Body out into the Light. Let everyone see and feel, the Light of your Love.
Your deepest feelings of pain and Peace, of Joy and longing, help us to bear the unbearable. God gives us the strength to endure the unendurable.
His Love goes straight to the core of our Being and the very Heart of who we are.
Interwoven into our Sacred Lives is the Purest Poetry.
The Beauty of Nature is part of your very Heart and Soul. The opening of Spring Flowers should be accompanied by the opening of your Heart.
The depth of your feeling in one way to share the Love that is beyond any other – the Love of God. .Share your strength, your Joy and your Love. . Your compassionate voice will Grace many others and lift their Spirits. They need never feel alone with a broken Heart.
Believe in Love. Be grateful for all that God gives you. The Light that shines forth allows us to walk in the Light of God’s Grace. What a Blessing to you, that you can be a Blessing to others.
What a Beautiful part of Creation are you. What a Beautiful experience is Life. There were so many people that took Truly Beautiful care of you. Take a quantum leap through Heaven’s Window and Thank God for His Love.
You can feel Divine, because you are. The Lord is reaching out to those who need Him the most.
He gives Joy and Happiness and Love every day of our Lives. The Lord is reaching out to you in ways you are not aware of, yet.
Everything is Beautiful in Nature, in the Natural World, in the World God created for you. Behold the Beauty of the Lord, for He is reaching out to you. Thank God for your Life today, and enjoy the Beautiful scenery. . Remember, to always care wherever you may be. Always be there with a smile so bright and sweet. .Life is never easy. But Love has a very special way to make us smile and say, “Love cannot be denied. The Truth of Love will set you free. Love is what is meant to be. And in time, Love is all you will feel and see.“
I’ve spent the majority of the last two years living on a boat. Life on a sailboat has required me to think about what I actually need to be happy in life.
I discovered that having less stuff, fewer obligations, and more time makes room for the most important things. I have more space in my life for people I Love, things I appreciate, and opportunities I want to take.
And while living on a boat has lots of benefits, it definitely isn’t for everyone. But no matter where you live or what you do, you can take steps to simplify your life.
Here’s why simplifying your life is important – everything in your life takes up space. Whether it’s mental space, physical space, or calendar space, you only have so much room.
Everything you own, everything you do, and everyone you spend time with costs you something. And when you have an abundance of stuff, it costs you a lot.
Simplifying your life will give you more time, space, and energy. The more space you have, the freer you’ll be to truly enjoy everything. Here are five ways to simplify every area of your life.
1. Declutter your house.
Your environment affects how you feel physically and psychologically. Whether you waste time looking for misplaced items, or you grow overwhelmed every time you open your closet, having too much stuff wastes your resources.
A clean, organized space helps you feel more productive and energetic than when you’re living among heaps of clothes, stacks of papers, and piles of dishes.
When you have fewer items to worry about, you’ll feel lighter. You’ll also have the energy to care for the items that you keep. Start decluttering one room at a time, and see for yourself how much better you feel when you get rid of things you don’t need.
Clear the mental clutter and unnecessary chatter. Make space for healthier thinking habits – like gratitude, self-compassion, and realistic self-talk.
When you catch yourself engaging in toxic thinking habits, take a deep breath, remind yourself it’s not helpful, and proactively conjure up a more realistic inner dialogue.
3. Cut out toxic people.
Whether you have a friend who finds a problem for every solution or a cousin who calls every day to complain about how unfair the world is, negative people can take up a lot of space in your life.
While you shouldn’t cut people out of your life just because they’re going through hard times, setting healthy boundaries is important.
Even if you don’t spend much time together physically, the time you might invest into dreading a visit, combined with the time it takes to calm down after the visit, can take a toll.
Sometimes, the kindest thing you can do for yourself and for someone else is to say no or sever ties altogether.Cutting out toxic people frees up space for those who matter most in your life.
4. Take charge of your money.
It doesn’t matter how much money you have. If you’re not taking control of your financial situation, money will occupy too much space in your life.
Commit to taking charge of your money. Create a budget and establish clear goals, and your financial decisions will become much simpler.
You’ll spend less time, effort, and energy thinking about money once you’ve taken control of your income. There’s a sense of peace that comes with financial freedom.
5. Gain control of your time.
You can never earn more time. It’s your most valuable resource. Yet, it’s easy to waste time complaining, mindlessly scrolling through social media, or waiting for things to happen.
Don’t go through life being busy and passing time. Stop doing things that are wasting your precious minutes. Schedule time to do the things that matter most.
But don’t focus on doing – set aside some time for just being. Go for a walk, play with the kids, watch a sunset, and be in the moment.
Life is complicated sometimes, and simplifying things can feel overwhelming – which, of course, is exactly the opposite of what simplifying your life is all about. But you don’t have to change everything at once.
Start subtracting one thing from your Life every day.Get rid of some clutter, clear some mental space, carve an hour into your calendar – make some room somewhere so you can feel lighter and freer.
The less you own, the less you have, and the less time you invest into things you don’t want to do, the simpler Life becomes. And there’s a lot to be said for fully enjoying Life’s simplest pleasures to their fullest.