The Essence of Love / Things You Can Do For Depression / Friday: No School Today

       The essence of Love is awareness.

There are no words
to describe
the Beauty I discovered
in God’s Glorious and Magnificent
World of Nature,
while camping under
the Stars at night,
and hiking through the woods
in the bright, beautiful Sunlight
of God’s Love.

The Beautiful reflections
of the very Blessed past
bring back a tidal wave
of Treasured memories.

To keep Beautiful thoughts
and reflections
in our minds,
is one of the Noblest of pursuits.
Close your eyes
and Pray.
Feel
your Heavenly Father’s Arms
around you.

How Blessed we are.

We all Live
in the Creation of God’s Wonder
and Beauty and Mystery.

Let us
give Him Praise
and Thanksgiving.

Love
is the only reality,

and it is not
a mere sentiment.
It is the Ultimate Truth
that lies at the
Heart of Creation.”
Mohandas Gandhi

The essence
of Love,
is awareness.
.
Love lies in wait,
within
the deeper Power
of our
unconscious state.

The Sacred Tabernacle
of the Human Heart
is capable of
deep intuition.

As it shows us
its own way,
it measures the abyss
which separates us
from the illusions
of Life.

My Dear Friends,
our fragile Heart
is seeking the pathway
of deep
Joy.

Let it be.

Let it be.

Goodnight.

“Truth
is not something
outside to be discovered,
it is something inside
to be realized.”
Osho

From our friends at WEBMD:

Depression

An estimated 19 million American adults are living with major depression. At WebMD you’ll find in-depth depression information including symptoms, medications, and therapy.

Here are some of the things you can do:

Reach Out

Meet a close friend for a walk if you have one nearby. If they’re all too far away, make a call. Talking with someone you care about can help you feel supported and less stressed. Along with lifting your mood, research shows it can strengthen your immune system so your body is better at fighting illness, and it’s good for your heart, too.

Have a Little Dark Chocolate

It has chemicals called flavanols that can make more blood flow to your brain and may help you think more clearly. But don’t overdo it. Chocolate also has fat and calories and lots of caffeine, too. Just a small square of the dark stuff – 70% cocoa or more – 2 or 3 times a week may be all you need.

Play Some Tunes

Music can affect your brain in the same way chocolate does. And when you sing along – it doesn’t matter how well – your brain makes natural painkillers that can give your mood a boost.

Laugh

This can help ease tension in your muscles, and when you breathe in quickly, your heart and lungs get a boost, too. Laughing also makes your brain release chemicals that help your body fight pain and infection. So hunt down some funny clips of your favorite TV show. It’s not goofing off – it’s good for you.

Do a Good Deed

When you do something nice for someone, your body makes hormones called endorphins. These are natural painkillers linked to trust, pleasure, and a connection with other people. Helping others also has been shown to raise your self-esteem.

Hug Your Dog

Just being around your pet can make you feel better. Your body releases a hormone called oxytocin that lifts your mood and bonds you to other living things.
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On a personal note:
A Dog
is the greatest
Therapist
on Earth!
Wm. C. Anderson

Drink Water

When your body needs water, you can feel tired, cranky, or a little blah. It may even affect your mental sharpness. If you’re not excited about drinking a glass of water, you can get it from food: Fruits and vegetables are good sources.

Go Outside

Not only can it lift your mood, but it also can be good for your blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and stress level. You’ll get even more out of it if you take your dog with you and add in some exercise. At the office, a plant on your desk or a picture of the woods can make you feel less anxious or irritable.

Exercise

You don’t have to sweat it out at the gym. A 10-minute walk seems to lift your spirits just as well as a 45-minute workout. And people who exercise often deal with stress better overall. Invite a friend and do something outside to boost the benefit.

Eat Something (Healthy)

If you don’t eat enough to fuel your day, you can get tired, hungry, and maybe even a little snippy – “hangry.” Just make sure to eat the good stuff: Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and lean meats have nutrients to feed your brain and perk you up. They also take longer to digest, so you have energy throughout the day instead of all at once. Things like junk food may give you a boost, but a crash may follow.

Meditate

Focus on your breath and try to keep your mind free of thoughts. When a worry enters your mind, try to let it go. It’s OK if you get distracted – the point of meditation is to continue to try. It can calm you down and lift your mood, especially if you
make it a regular part of your day.

Rest

Sleep can ease anxiety and boost your mood and focus – try for 7 to 9 hours a night. If you have trouble going to sleep, keep your room cool, dark, and quiet and don’t watch TV or use the computer right before you turn in. It also helps to go to bed and get up at the same times every day.

Take a Vacation

If you just can’t shake out of it, you may need time to recharge, relax, and take stock. This can help you see all the good things in your life that get lost in the rush of daily routine. It also gets you away from the stress of work or home life and can help you bond with family and friends.

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                                            School Calendar

                                                 2019-2020
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Second Semester  Jan. 7 – May 22
March 20 (Friday)                      At School for Shakespeare Production
April 10 & 13 (Friday & Mon.)    Good Friday and Easter (No school)
April 28 (Tuesday)                    Trip to Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 4 & 5 (Mon. & Tues.)         Shakespeare Play (at school)
May 18 (Monday)                      Preparation Day for Adventure Trip
May 19 – 22                              Adventure Trip
May 22                                      Last Day of Semester

Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

Coffee & Now Chocolate Good For You? / Spring Break This Week

Mary Alice loves "RJ"

Mary Alice loves “RJ”

My friends,

I know we tell our children what NOT to eat. But let us be certain to inform them about what IS good for them. Please share this information.

The following is from Fitday.com: click here for more.

6 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has recently been discovered to have healthy benefits. While eating dark chocolate can lead to the health benefits described below, remember that chocolate is also high in fat.

Alden captures a Butterfly - on his telephone

Alden captures a Butterfly – on his telephone

1) Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Heart

Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots. Eating dark chocolate may also prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

2) Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Brain

Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart, so it can help improve cognitive function. Dark chocolate also helps reduce your risk of stroke.

Natalie enjoyed playing in the waterfall

Natalie enjoyed playing in the waterfall

Dark chocolate also contains several chemical compounds that have a positive effect on your mood and cognitive health. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.

Dark chocolate also contains caffeine, a mild stimulant. However, dark chocolate contains much less caffeine than coffee. A 1.5 ounce bar of dark chocolate contains 27 mg of caffeine, compared to the 200 mg found in an eight ounce cup of coffee.

3) Dark Chocolate Helps Control Blood Sugar

Dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

Rylee joined the Butterflys for lunch

Rylee joined the Butterflys for lunch

4) Dark Chocolate is Full of Antioxidants

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of cancer, so eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.

5) Dark Chocolate Contains Theobromine

Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. That means that dark chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.

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Ian also enjoyed the waterfall

Theobromine is also a mild stimulant, though not as strong as caffeine. It can, however, help to suppress coughs.

6) Dark Chocolate is High in Vitamins and Minerals

Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals that can support your health. Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations:
• Potassium
• Copper
• Magnesium
• Iron
The copper and potassium in dark chocolate help prevent against stroke

Let's have some fun with that hairdryer

Let’s have some fun with that hairdryer

and cardiovascular ailments. The iron in chocolate protects against iron deficiency anemia, and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

And from: 5 Guilt-Free Beauty Benefits Of Dark Chocolate – The Huffington Post | By Dana Oliver Posted: 08/06/2013
Click here for more.

There are also beauty benefits to enjoying dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate (the good stuff that’s low in sugar and high in cocoa) is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish skin. And its intoxicating aroma and conditioning properties make it the perfect ingredient for hair care. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why you should add dark chocolate to your beauty regimen.

We can play with ANYTHING

We can play with ANYTHING

It repairs dry skin. Iron, calcium and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E are among the many nutrients that we can obtain from dark chocolate. Swap out that extra cup of coffee or green tea for a cocoa-rich drink that will deeply moisturize skin and leave behind a healthy glow. Or you could slough away dead skin cells with a DIY chocolate body scrub made out of olive oil, brown sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.

It shields against harmful UV rays. Flavonols found in dark chocolate

JAKE also joined them for lunch

JAKE also joined them for lunch

have been clinically shown to help your skin protect itself from sunburn, redness and other signs of UV damage. When applied directly to the skin, it also has the ability to repair and hydrate body parts that have been exposed to the sun. But we wouldn’t suggest slacking on sunscreen.

It erases wrinkles and fine lines. Things seem a bit calmer right after we nibble on a piece of dark chocolate, and we all know how stress impacts our skin. And as our friends over at YouBeauty explain, “Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin and fewer wrinkles.” Sort of like eating your way to pretty.

A good time was had by all at the Botanical Garadens

A good time was had by all at the Botanical Gardens