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Keystone Habits

New Year’s is traditionally a time to try to break old habits and encourage new ones. We all know that there are positive and negative habits. But did you know that there are a few “keystone” habits that once adopted tend to produce a landslide of other positive changes.   Studies over the last decade show the impact of fitness on people’s daily routines and they have found even exercising infrequently as once a week, start other unrelated patterns in their lives, often unknowingly. People who exercise start eating better adn become more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and feel less stressed. it is not clear why taking time for fitness...

Meditation Reduces Inflammation

Study Shows That Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Inflammation   Inflammation is an underlying issue in many health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma. I have found that psychological stress plays a role in many such conditions. It has been found in a recent study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, that mindfulness meditation techniques can benefit inflammation.   Mindfulness-based stress reduction consists of continuously focusing the attention on the breath, bodily sensations and mental content while seated, walking or practicing yoga. Although there has been interest in the stress reduction ability of meditation for some time, this was the first experiment to compare it to other stress reducing practices that don’t use mindfulness. In the other program there was nutritional education, physical activity and music therapy.   They used...

PARAPROSDOKIANS

PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and frequently humorous:   1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.   2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.   3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.   4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.   5. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.   6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left..   7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.   8. They begin the evening news with 'Good...

Mantras (Buddhist and Hindu)

Mantras are sacred syllables from the east. They help to focus your mind on the spirit. Because they have been given by millions of devotees for thousands of years, you tap into the stream of the mantra in another dimension. They raise your vibration.       Buddhist Mantras OM MANI PADME HUM OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM OM TAT SAT AUM OM WAGI SHORI MUM OM AH RA PA TSA NA DHIH OM VAJRASATTVA HUM OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA OM NARANI JIVANTIYE SVAHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA TATYATA AUM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI SHAKYA MUNIYE SVAHA     Mantras to the Five Dhyani Buddhas OM VAIROCHANA OM OM AKSHOBHYA HUM OM RATNASAMBHAVA TRAM OM AMITABHA HRIH OM AMOGHASIDDHI AH     Sarasvati: Lakshmi: Kali: Durga: Hindu Mantras to the Feminine Deities OM AIM SARASVATYE NAMAHA OM SRIM LAKSMYE NAMAHA OM KRIM KALIKAYE NAMAHA OM DUM DURGAYE NAMAHA AIM...

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Anagrams: mix up the letters

PRESBYTERIAN: When you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER   ASTRONOMER: When you rearrange the letters: MOON STARER   DESPERATION: When you rearrange the letters: A ROPE ENDS IT   THE EYES: When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE   GEORGE BUSH: When you rearrange the letters: HE BUGS GORE   THE MORSE CODE : When you rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS   DORMITORY: When you rearrange the letters: DIRTY ROOM   SLOT MACHINES: When you rearrange the letters: CASH LOST IN ME   ANIMOSITY: When you rearrange the letters: IS NO AMITY   ELECTION RESULTS : When you rearrange the letters: LIES - LET'S RECOUNT   SNOOZE ALARMS : When you rearrange the letters: ALAS ! NO MORE Z'S   A DECIMAL POINT : When you rearrange the letters: I'M A DOT IN PLACE   THE EARTHQUAKES: When you rearrange the letters: THAT QUEER SHAKE   ELEVEN PLUS TWO: When you rearrange the letters: TWELVE PLUS ONE   AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE:   MOTHER-IN-LAW: When you rearrange the letters: WOMAN HITLER                                ...

WOOD/TREE (The 5 elements)

The essence of a sprouting grain Call me wood or tree, it’s just a name An upward rising energy You may call me ascending chi Grass, flowers or the mighty oak I’m the power behind all growth Though I’m the essence of all humor When blocked I can even grow a tumor Present at spring, I give rebirth Behind all laughter, I am mirth Upward and onward, my motto and song I see what’s right and not what’s wrong I wake each bird and every child I’m in the wind that runneth wild The mist that rises in the morn Each new day is the sun reborn For all those yearning to be free Look within and look to me...

WATER (The 5 elements)

After such hard work, enjoy a shower Though I am soft, I have no less power My drops, through eons erode any rock My nebulous vapor can rust any lock I seek all places deep and low I run not or jump, I relax and flow I am the moist eyes of every daughter To life I am mother, they know me as water Lakes and oceans, rainstorm and dew After the drought, all life I renew Steam me, I’ll condense, freeze me, I’ll melt I’m the flow of emotion, can’t be known, just felt I clean out all toxins, remove all debris No one can live a moment without me Hear me in song in the cry of the loon Poets depict me in the face of the moon Restrict my expression and soon you’ll be old Life is for living,...

METAL (The 5 elements)

Those on earth, they call me real No phantasm, or cloud, with me you’ll feel Hit your thumb with a hammer, bang! I am the essence who is most Yang Those of the east, they named me metal Perhaps the new age shall call me crystal Strength, and tension, pressure and strain The bone of form, the skull for your brain God’s kingdom extended to the realms most dense Valiant souls, they then journeyed hence The fist of the victor, the diamond, the will The spine of a cactus, an avalanche spill To air I am thunder, to water I’m hail My iron stokes fires, to wood I’m the nail To earth I’m the shovel, I’m the essence of men The bullet, the sword blade, the tip of the pen The teeth of the lion, the nails of a hare Feel my...

EARTH/SOIL (The 5 elements)

The acrid scent of compost pile The diaper of a newborn child Earth, just turned, in garden bed The roses of the newly wed The freshest air, when storm has passed The fragrance of the fresh cut grass I bring the fire to life for form Your soul with flesh I do adorn Between the seasons I give you rest Truly I am the cosmic breast I would not have you burn your lips You must have reality in tiny sips A handful of dirt that teems with life If you like, I am spirit’s wife In volcanic ash new life shall creep Pollen sprouting to pistil’s deep The softness of each petal rare Floral fragrance distilled with care My joy to serve, as farmer’s toil All you need springs from my soil...

FIRE (The 5 elements)

I am the fire of the Central Sun The light of life, of everyone The heat that keep the bloodstream warm The lightning of the thunderstorm Wisdom of the sages mind All impure I shall refine Bees buzzing on a summer day Children jumping, as they laugh and play Quasars, pulsars, electrons too All that’s old I shall renew The hearth that comforts every home I breathe in every centrosome The glint in every warrior’s eye The faith that martyrs never die The glow of cosmos, the light of space The speed of thought, desire to race Beyond all form and every name Behold I beat thine own heart flame...