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There will be several topics in today’s blog:

 

Like I have said over and over again here in these blogs is that

I do prevention against disease; against cancer, diabetes,

arthritis, and any other disease, any autoimmune disease is

really any disease plus inflammations of anything in the body.

 

My goal is to never have any of the above.  I had already

become hypothyroid in the 1980s and have been determined not

to have anything else that would cause me any disease.  So far,

I have not had any other disease besides that which being

Hypothyroid is enough because one is more susceptible to

cancer, diabetes, and heart disease being hypothyroid so I take

care nutritionally of my body.

 

Since each of us is unique in body structure with genes and

DNA plus a mired of other factors you need to feed your body

nutrition that will keep you from disease and this website gives

YOU the tools to know your body, mind, and spirit to keep SELF

Healthy while you age.

 

You need to know how much of each you body needs but

be sure you are putting into your body the best quality you can

afford anything because You are in control of YOUR body and

whether it gets any disease or not.

 

I believe I would not have gotten hypothyroidism if I had known that

Iodine was the one thing my thyroid runs on and my body was

running out of Iodine.

 

Below is a list for nutrition that YOUR body needs:

 

Protein

 

When you eat foods that contain protein, they are broken down in the body into amino acids.  These amino acids are used to build and repair any muscle tissue.  This is great for those who are physically active or exercise regularly.  You are able to recover at a faster rate than if you do not consume protein.  Every tissue in your body is made up of protein and you need to consume enough through your diet to replenish it.  Protein is also needed to help your immune and nervous system.

 

 

Carbohydrates

Gives you energy to function throughout your day.  Good carbs

Can be from vegetables and fruits.  When carbs are ingested your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin.  Insulin helps the carbs to be stored in the muscles or as fat.  Stored carbs in the body are also known as glycogen.  They are an energy supply and help to achieve better fat loss but help in overall physique.

 

Fats

Without fats, you will not be able to survive.  They keep your body warm during cold weather.  Fats lubricate joints and keep your muscles loose and mobile for good workouts.

 

Personally, I eat Irish Gold butter which is an excellent fat, I eat cottage cheese not a lot but a little.  I eat beef which has some good fat.

 

I stay away from bad fats – anything man-made is bad fat or anything else for that matter.

 

Natural fat is good fat, man-made and processed fat is bad.

 

 

Vitamins and minerals,

 

I make sure I also get enough vitamins and minerals.  B-complex

Is very important.  I drink Yerba mate tea-250 minerals from south

American.  Because I drink some distilled water I take Dr. Marshall’s pink salt for another good dose of minerals.

 

Water

Always, enough – not too much and not too little.  I have 2 types

Filtered water at home-a PH alkaline water filter and a distilling machine for water and that is all the water I drink from those 2 sources.

 

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“Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can give the

world.”  Ramana Maharshi

 

This website, blogs, and podcast are all about SELFhood and

being self-aware and know:

 

What Does Life expect from YOU?

 

When you know SELF so well that YOUR Purpose in life will be

 

Automatically known and YOU will know

 

What Does Life expect from YOU in the Moment?

 

But, the stillness that YOU can have in your daily life.

 

Being still is very important to YOUR knowing SELF.

 

Put everything aside for 30 minutes a day for the stillness.

 

Stillness with the universe is very, very important to your growth

in life

 

Eckhart Tolle’s book Stillness Speaks reminds each of us how

important stillness is for our spiritual walk in this life.  The book is

a quiet book, small, empty spaces and words that point towards

stillness and silence.

 

YOU have to read books on a spiritual level today and then read

it in a couple months.  Because in a couple of months YOU will

have developed more than where you are today.

 

Stillness Speaks is a gentle journey but one that can take you to

a spectacular and a very special place of new awareness and

a deeper understanding of your place in the universe at this time.

 

Make a commitment to YOUR own stillness to listen to what the

universe has planned for you.  Make the time, do not rush this

because you have the rest of your life to keep moving upward to

all the knowledge and skills you need to KNOW.

 

We all learn on a daily basis what we learn today and we will

learn more tomorrow when added to today – but have stillness in

your life – be ok with the stillness and talking to the universe or

 

God or just being thankful for the stillness and quietness to have a

deeper understanding of SELF.

 

Tolle speaks about that in the nowhere there is everywhere

exists, that it is the nothing that everything is found.  Read each

heading in the book and ponder on each heading and meditate

and pray about every heading in the book and let it go deep within

because you are building and growing and everything YOU read

should be about the growth within and give you tools.

 

YOU may experience:

Peace

Joy

Aliveness

Serenity

Happiness

Oneness

Gratitude

 

Playing your role in the universe is what YOU want for SELF.

What Does Life expect from YOU?

The journey to that is what is bringing you fulfillment, purpose

And the ALL that SELF is needing, wanting, and being grateful for

his wonderful journey into YOU and

 

What Life does expect from YOU

 

This blog, this podcast, this newsletter is all about YOU – so that

YOU can have 1 place to know:

 

What Life Does expect from YOU and how to get there.

 

 

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YOU and YOUR SPIRIT

 

YOUR spirit, mind and body all goes together – and has to be

 

BALANCED in order for you to have a happy and healthy aging

 

life so YOU do not die sick and have to be taken care.  The goal

 

here at this website on and on this podcast is for you to live

 

a stress less, comfortable, and physically active life.  You

 

cannot do that unhealthy, in debt, or in bad relationships-whether

 

with family or friends, whether with women or men.

 

YOUR SPIRIT can provide a:

 

Reassuring belief in a greater force or being

 

Sense of purpose and meaning

 

Focus on your own or univsal wisdom

 

Way to understand suffering

 

Connection with other

 

Reminder of the good in the world

 

I believe in a higher power, GOD, some call the force that created

 

The whole universe

 

Consider some of the science on religion and spirituality:

 

People who meditate have increased activity in a “feel-good”

 

are of the brain.

 

People with strong religious beliefs recovered faster from heart

 

surgery than people with weaker faith

 

People who did not attend religious services died significantly

 

younger than those who attended more than once a week

 

There are different paths of spirituality that are listed:

 

Religious institutions:

 

they say people who attend a house of worship regularly are

 

happier and healthier, research shows.  Likely because of the

 

social connection.

 

Pray or focus on your notion of God.

 

Read religious texts

 

Talk with others

 

Volunteer

 

 

Meditation:

 

Research also shows that meditation offer not only calm but help

 

with anxiety and depression, cancer, chronic pain, asthma, heart

 

disease and high blood pressure.

 

Take up to an hour a day

 

Here are some types of meditations you may do:

 

Deep breathing

 

Mindfulness meditation

 

Visualization

 

Repeating a mantra

 

Some of these paths to your spiritual side:

 

Focus on your goals, values and belief

 

Keep a journal

 

Read inspiring stories or essays

 

Be open to new experiences

 

Look at what is good in yourself and others

 

Listed below are 10 tools that you could use:

 

  1. Connect with others

 

  1. Stay positive

 

  1. Get physically active

 

  1. Help others

 

  1. Get enough sleep

 

  1. Create joy and satisfaction

 

  1. Eat well

 

  1. Take care of your spirit

 

  1. Deal better with hard times

 

  1. Get professional help if you need it

 

Over the years I have done all of the above and each have

 

helped me over the years.

 

I am a work in progress still – almost 75 years old – I am still a

 

work in progress and will be until I pass over the bridge.

 

The #1 thing YOU need to take care of is stress

 

All of the above should help you do that but be:

 

Strong

 

Courageous

 

Forgiving

 

If you cannot handle stress nothing is going to work well for long

 

Anger, stress, not forgiving, jealous.  These are hurtful things

 

that can destroy your life. – your mind, body and spirit.

 

Stay above these things –get them out of your life.

 

 

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If YOUR body is not in alignment, it can cause all sorts of

Problems:

Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain

Foot, knee, hip, and back injuries

Headaches

Stiffness

Fatigue

Muscle atrophy and weakness

Difficulty breathing

Digestion issues

Impingement a nerve compression

Sciatica

Carpal tunnel syndrom

Just a note:  my body got out of alignment when I did not go to

the Doctor when I sprained my ankle and eventually had to have

both hips replaced.  So do take note that it does happen when

body is not in alignment

To solve the problem, you first need to pinpoint the cause.  Most

Postural deviations occur because the muscles that work to hold

A joint in place are imbalanced.  One muscle group will be too

Tight and the opposing muscle group will be too loose or weak.

Here are 5 things to helps keep body aligned

  1. Work on your posture

Pelvis, rib cage and skill are aligned on top of each other

  1. Do exercises that promotes stabilization

Strengthen core muscles of back and abdomen

  1. Practice yoga

Promotes healthy spine and efficient movement

  1. maintain a healthy weight

overweight puts stress on joints and muscles

  1. consider chiropractic care

working on spinal alignment

 

3 Exercises that will help alignment:

  1. Upper back and shoulders;

Standing arm circles

This exercise engages the shoulder muscles, which, in turn

Helps to stabilize and strengthen the muscles of the mid-

Spine, resulting in less low-back pain.

Stand straight, feet hip width apart.  Raise your arms so they

Are extended out to your sides at shoulder level.  Palms up

Place the fingers into the pad of each hand, thumbs pointed

Behind you.  Squeeze the shoulder blades squeezed and

And your arms raised at your sides, rotate both of your arms

Backward in a circle of about six-inch circumference.  One

Set of 40 circles.  Then, palms down, thumbs pointed

Forward in a six-inch circle.  One set of 40 circles

 

  1. Mid-spine:

Statiic back knee pillow squeeze

This exercise promotes pelvic stability by supporting the

shoulders and spine as you engage the pelvic muscles and

extend the mid-spine.

Lie on your back with your legs up over the seat of a chair.

 

Place a pillow between your knees, and hold it with your inner

Thighs.  Extend your arms out to sides at 45 degrees with

Palms up.  Gently ssqueeze the pillow with knees aand hold 1

Second, kepping upper body and abdomen relaxed.  3 sets

Of 20 squeezes.

 

  1. For the pelvis airbench

Promotes proper function of hips and stabilizes the pelvis.

Stand with your back against a wall with your feet and knees

Hip-width apart.  Walking your feet away from the wall about

1-1/2 feet while sliding body down to a seated position

pressing lower back against the wall.  Allow arms to hand

down to side.  Keep weight on heels.  Hold the seated position

for 1-2 minutes

 

These are relatively simple and fast exercises to keep your body

In alignment.  Keep doing these and set up to do these 3 -4 times

a week and your alignment will stay forever

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Your spirit is from all YOUR years before and what you have

 

learned and the knowledge YOU gain in YOUR Life’s lessons.

 

Here are some of the

 

most influential spiritual books in the last 50 years and

 

some of them I have read over and over to gain insight and some

 

of them I will read in the future but I always want to go to the next

 

level –and I know that by learning and knowledge I can always

 

do that.

 

  1. The Secret

 

Rhonda Byrne

 

Law of Attraction

 

Asking for what you want

 

Believing in what you want

 

And being open to receiving it

 

Reader can shift their perspective

 

 

  1. The Alchemist

 

Paulo Coelho

 

Shepherd journeys to Egypt pyramids to find treasure

 

Lessons of discovery of your personal legend,

 

Being your one true purpose

 

And understanding omens

 

 

  1. The Art of Happiness:  A handbook for Living

 

Howard Cutler

 

Importance and attainability of happiness in everyday living

 

The purpose of life is to find happiness, which is determined

 

by one’s mental state, despite outside circumstances

 

No spiritual rules or religious guidelines

 

 

  1. The Celestine Prophecy

 

James Redfield

 

Part adventure and part new age spiritual novel

 

Journey through Peru as he uncovers nine spiritual insights.

 

Shifting a person’s perspective

 

 

  1. A New Earth

Eckhart Tolle

 

Reducing the ego

 

Ego source of all inner and outer conflicts

 

Awakened consciousness

 

 

  1. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

 

Chopra

 

Importance of success in life

 

Happiness and realization of goals, success is not limited

 

to wealth

 

Vedic teachings and presents them to a western audience.

 

 

  1. The Road Less Traveled

 

Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck

 

Attributes that makes a fulfilled human being

 

Discipline, Love, and Grace

 

 

  1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull

 

Richard Bach

 

Different than other gulls

 

Devastated that he was outcast from group.

 

Moved him to higher plane

 

To all of us who refuse to conform

 

Teaching love, forgiveness, and how to reach YOUR

 

true potential

 

 

  1. Eat, Pray, Love; One Woman’s Search for Everything

 

Across Italy, India and Indonesia

 

Elizabeth Gilbert

 

After bitter divorce, went on holiday to Italy

 

Italy to eat good food

 

India to learn about spirituality

 

Bali for balance and love

 

She was in a tremendous amount of pain but ended as

 

a balanced and loving human

 

 

  1. Tuesdays with Morrie: an old man, a young man and

 

Life’s Greatest Lesson

 

Mitch Abom

 

Interviews with Morrie Schwartz, former professor dying of

 

of Lou Gehrig’s disease

 

Ideas of accepting and giving love

 

Nurturing values

 

 

  1. The Four Agreements:  A Practical Guide to

 

Personal Freedom

 

Don Miguel Ruiz

 

Ancient Toltec wisdom

 

Be impeccable with your word

 

Do not take anything personally

 

Do not make assumptions

 

Always do your best

 

Added a 5th– be skeptical but learn to listen

 

 

  1. Siddhartha

 

Herman Hesse

 

Journey o young Nepalese man during the time of

 

Buddha, and his quest to find spiritual enlightenment.

 

Found spiritual fulfillment in a much simpler way that

 

the way proposed by all of the world’s wise men.

 

 

 

I have read most of the above books since the 1980’s when

 

I also went through a devastating divorce.  I was in my 40’s and

 

had no professional skills and was raised by controlling mother

 

and married a controlling man so I had no idea who I was as

 

a single parent, let alone who was I as a person.

 

There are many other books I have read that have added to my

 

Spirituality but all of them have been wonderful for ME in my Spiritual walk

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The Mind is a terrible thing to waste as the commercial for the

United Negro College Fund used to say on the radio or TV.  It

always struck me as being one of the infinite truths of the world

and I have always thought it true to see a mind wasted on being

controlled for one’s life, for being addicted for one’s life, for being

in a small box for one’s life.  These are the things that make me

feel really sad for someone what “cannot see the forest for the

Trees” mentality.

Like Dr. Frankl says in his wonderful book, “Man’s Search for

Meaning” it does not matter what we expected out of life but

what life expected out of us”.  Each of us, who are reading this

has expectations from others, our job, our family, our partners or

spouse.  But what does life expect out of YOU and myself?

 

I love questions to myself-they have made me think over these

many years what DOES life expect out of me?

 

Because I have always believed in the Power of Positive Thinking

I have opened myself up to things that my mind can create and

ways of thinking differently than how I was raised, or how family

friends thought but when something entered my mind it was me

Higher Power putting it there after prayer and meditation and I

needed to follow-through because that was what life expected

me to do.  That is my mind-set, and that is my belief systems that

has grown over many decades of open-thought theory.  Do YOU

have the “Open-Thought Theory”?

 

What do YOU want YOUR life to look like when you are 80?

Will it be meaningful to look back on YOUR life and say “I did do

what life expected me to do”.  Or will you look back to say “I did

what was expected out of me”.

Tear down those walls Mr. Gorbachev– Ronald Reagan’s saying

To the head of Russia – what a wonderful saying.  Tear down

those “old” walls that we have built up over the decades of our

lives.  Whether they are physical or mental – it is clarification that

we all have lived within the walls that come with each of us.

Those walls come from family and friends – intentional or

Unintentional – they are there and it is up to YOU to expand those

walls or tear them down.  Learning and listening are what is going

to open up those walls.  Even the learning institutes YOU have

attended have put walls up for you.   Listen to Professor

Darrell Hamamoto – Professor of Asian Studies at University

Of California-San Diego.  He has studied and taught at these

learning institutes for decades.

 

Only by reading and listening to others can we expand those

walls.

Or tear them down.

The mind should be open to thoughts and free to beliefs.  But

It has to be for the betterment of SELF and others not to bring

Anyone negative thoughts or bring anyone down.  Always UP,

always positive and always open-thought theory.

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YOUR mind has walls that have been built up since you were

In womb and the nutrients, thoughts from your parents and your

environment.  Be open and mindful of what goes into YOUR

mind.  Put the powerful, encouraging and empowering thoughts

and words into YOU.  YOUR life will change for the better.

 

Thank the universe, God, the life you have been given, and

be thankful for the days you are here.

 

Think SELF first because the more you are mindful of SELF

the more you can do for family and friends.

 

Think big, think grand for SELF and be thankful and grateful.

Do not live with rose-colored glasses on so think for yourself

on subjects important to YOU.  There are always a PRO and

CON thought on every subject – take the subject important to

you and do the research on that subject so you are clear in

YOUR mind.

 

When my sister had been given 2 weeks to live she and I were

talking and she said she wished she would have done more

with her life because she knew she could have.  I told her “I

knew she could have also”.  The reason she did not do more

with her life is because:

She would have had to ponder about SELF

She would have had to learn about SELF

She would want to expand SELF

She would have had to step out of SELF

She would have had to work on SELF

She would have had to encourage SELF

She would have to empower SELF

She would have to learn new things for SELF

She would have had to read non-fiction for SELF

 

Because I knew my sister well – those are the things I

observed from childhood.

For myself, I work on all those items all the time.

Life is difficult, Life is not easy, Life can be wonderful,

Life is not stressful when SELF is in control of SELF

 

The following are some recommendations that may help SELF

  1. Turn off the TV
  2. Join a new group for different thoughts
  3. Never complain or whine
  4. Smile going into the store
  5. Do not talk about others
  6. Listen to YOUR inner self
  7. Take a new class at Kahn Academy-FREE
  8. Do not be jealous, be thankful for other’s success

I do not even like to blog about negatives – it puts too much

negative energy into the universe when we want it all to

be positive energy

 

If you have had trauma or tragedies – which most of us have

had those in some part of our lifetime.  The best way to help in

those times-those times may last years – but lithium orates will

help with that, good nutrition, and exercise also will help, along

with meditating and prayer.  Work every day working out of

the mind set from traumas and tragedies.  It is not easy and it

does not happen in 1 or 2 days.  But there is light at the end of

the tunnel when YOU are consistent with working on SELF.

Forgiveness is one of the best tools in YOUR toolbox.

Forgiveness of SELF and then everyone else.

 

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