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FYI: See No Evil, Hear No Evil,________________



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Topic: See No Evil, Hear No Evil______

Monday March 29, 2010

You may be familiar with this saying, from observing the 3 monkeys (no not real ones, but perhaps a picture, painting, etc) where one has his hands over his eyes, another over his ears and the last one covering his mouth (meaning, “speak no evil”). I would go the opposite way and say something positive, ‘Do Good Always!’ Can we achieve what seems like a lofty goal to most? I say YES and YES again! Even when you seem to stumble after making a less than favorable choice in your relationship, health, career, etc; always know that it is ultimately you and only you that can choose to go forward and pick the direction that will lead to GOOD. No matter how many times a child (who is learning to walk) falls down after taking the first few steps, he/she gets up again and continues to make the necessary progress to accomplish what they set out to do. I think that if walking was something we had to learn to do as adults, we may be still crawling or walking on all fours because it takes patience and perseverance to never give up on the task at hand when, in this case we keep falling down and perhaps get bruised and/or injured in the process. We have to truly return to the child-like innocence and natural tendency to do things that we want to do without all the analytical thought processes. Usually, if it feels right/good to you, it probably is (my disclaimer: I am not referring to anything you think is good because it makes you feel like you are superior, but may actually harm/hurt someone else. For example, it makes you feel good to tease or use a derogatory name to refer to a person. This is not what I am speaking of!). I great example, is seeing someone who is struggling to walk across the street or is carrying heavy bags of groceries and you take the initiative to help them out. It is not taking anything away from you to offer a helping hand. Lets not forget that one day, if you are in the same situation, it would be great for someone else to return the favor, so to speak. Perhaps you can share a smile, say “good morning/afternoon/evening” to someone you meet walking down the street. Little things like this, can make such an enormous difference in anyone’s life. You never know how one act of kindness or good deed can have a ripple affect in ways we would never believe or imagine. Go out and do a good deed today and every day and then you will sleep knowing that you dared to care and share your heart with someone, absolutely anyone. As we are all G-d’s creatures and it is time to find our way back to realizing that each of us can be a role model to others by how we live, act, speak and do things in life.

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FYI: To Rest, Is To _______

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Topic: To Rest, Is To_______

Thursday March 25, 2010

This is a saying that was coined by Isaac Basheva Singer. He was a world-famous conductor and lived a long time by following his own precepts (the fill-in the blank he said was, ‘ rot.’). I know that I don’t plan to be sitting in a rocking chair wallowing away by senior years. I have a wonderful senior friend, Frieda, who I love dearly and we get along perfectly (she is my unofficial adopted senior Mom {I call her Moms, so as not to disrespect my own Mom} and she has adopted me as her daughter, unofficially, as well [she does have her own daughter, too]). I bring her up, because she is the perfect example of a woman who is active into her 8th decade of life. It definitely shows in her health and great attitude. That is how I plan to be in my later years, as well. I do not follow the way society says things will happen when you ‘reach’ a certain age. I don’t think that way and I never plan to. What you think in your mind, you create in your life. Think only good and pleasant thoughts and have a positive attitude. Never buy into the negativity and the toxic news and views of other people, including and especially on the TV, radio, magazines and newspapers. There is one fantastic paper I would recommend you read that is published in Florida, but you can read it online and it is called, The Happy Herald (www.happyherald.com). Every single story, advice, etc is meant to inspire you, teach you and make you feel great about life. Why aren’t there more publications like this in every community, city, state in the nation? Now I may have veered away from the topic, but I would agree 100 percent with his mantra. I could also fill in the blank with, ‘give up.’ Of course, it is best to rest when you are feeling sick and we all sleep at night, as well. As a general rule of thumb, movement is important for our body to keep the blood and lymph system circulating. It also gets the endorphins firing and gives you that natural ‘high.’ Exercise (walking, cycling, jogging, etc) always lifts your spirits when you are feeling down and out, especially if you do it outside on/near the beach and are also getting vitamin D from the sunshine. I always tell people, “I am not a sitter (has nothing to do with babysitting, I am talking about someone who is sitting down in a chair/seat most of the time) or a stander. I am a mover (no, not someone who takes your belongings in a truck from point A to point B, but someone who likes to be active.” Even when I am waiting to cross the street, for a bus to come, on a line in a store, bank, etc I may do some stretching or yoga poses to continually keep my body loose and flexible. If I have to sit down for a while, I make sure that I also get up whenever I can to balance things out so that I am not doing too much sitting or standing (there are times when you don’t have the option, such as at a movie or on an airplane, so I make sure I do as much leg stretching/flexing as I can while seated so I can remain limber). If you are new to exercise or perhaps are needing to get on a program for weight loss, start out slowly because you will feel defeated if you try to hard and don’t achieve your results. The real reason, is because your body doesn’t have the same capacity as someone who may be of the same age as you are, but are thin and exercise regularly. Give yourself the time to see the progress and do not give up even if it seems to be happening slower than you’d like. As I stated earlier, always think positive and don’t let others either bring you down by their toxic remarks or let them bring you down to be in their misery. One of the best ways to create positive energy in your life, is to always smile, no matter what. How can this help? When you smile it isn’t possible to be angry, negative or even say something horrible/hurtful/hateful to someone and for them to even think that you mean it. Next you can start laughing. I have discussed this topic in a previous post. Please refer to it and read more about this incredible way to bring levity and healing to your life.

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FYI: Feed A Cold, Starve A ___________

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Topic: Feed A Cold, Starve _______

Tuesday March 23, 2010

This is a great ‘old wives tale,’ and is false. I don’t know who the first person was to say this, but it seemed to get passed down from one to the next and was accepted as truth/fact. The fill-in the blank is, ‘a fever.’ I would change the entire statement and say, “Feed neither a cold nor a fever.” The reason being, the best way for the body to heal is to not put anything in your body. If you have ever been out camping or hiking in the woods/mountains and ever saw an animal who is sick, they do not eat any food at all and they rest to allow their body to heal naturally. Why are humans any different? We are supposed to be more intelligent, but when it comes to health, I beg to differ. We have come so far in many areas of life, but not when it comes to taking care of our own bodies. No pill, potion, vitamin, supplement, drug, etc will cure/heal you. YOU HEAL YOU! How is this so? By getting out-of-the-way and letting it happen. This means to not bombard the body with things that only make it more difficult. The best thing to do is fast. Fasting means to not eat or drink anything at all (dry fasting). Not everyone can do this because they are not used to the process of giving the body a complete rest to rejuvenate and heal (Please note: if you are new to fasting, do not embark on any long-term regimen without proper supervision from a health practitioner or healing center that can guide you step by step and help you work through many challenges that come up for you. Also, please check with your health care provider if you have any preexisting condition where fasting may not be recommended, even though, I would personally say that it would be helpful in any condition/dis-ease you are dealing with). There are centers you can go to for cleansing and some do long-term water fasts, juice fasting and/or blended foods as a means for detoxification. There are benefits to all of these methods because you do not have to go through the process of digesting like you would when you eat a ‘regular’ meal. Our bodies do not heal when we eat, they actually do so when we are sleeping and our stomach is empty. If we have to work and use up energy to process the food while are asleep our internal mechanisms do not get a chance for true rest and rejuvenation. Keep in mind to not eat a heavy meal right before going to sleep. If you are hungry have something light, such as fruit, as it only takes 20 minutes to digest since its simple sugar (not to be confused with processed sugars from various packaged cookies, cakes, etc). Take charge of your life, as it is the only one you have. Doctors do not have the answers so please do your own research to have optimal health. You can get a diagnosis, if you need one and then go about finding the best way to achieve the results you want. Whether you choose chinese medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy, naturopathy, macrobiotics, vegan or raw vegan lifestyle fruitarianism, Ayurvedic medicine, etc. I raise my glass of coconut water in a toast to all people of the world in wishing you the best in life, in health and happiness!

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Sorry for the delay

Hi to all my viewers

I have had some glitches with my internet and haven’t had the time to write a post for today.  I am now only posting twice a week because of my time constraints and other projects I am working on.

I will post tomorrow and then again on the regular day Thursday.

Look forward to your comments, as always!

Namaste!

Mindy

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FYI: Don’t Cry Over __________

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Topic: Don’t Cry Over _______

Thursday March 18, 2010

We all know that what is normally filled in above is, “spilled milk.” Well, yes, I would say that once it happened you can’t do anything to make it go back into the container/cup and what would follow, is simply to clean up the mess. I would fill in the above with, “everything.” There is a time and place for crying and you may laugh so hard that it actually causes your eyes to well up with tears (that is a good thing!). A baby or small child tends to cry more than their elder counterparts. One reason is because they don’t have the means as yet to express themselves since they have not begun talking. Crying can get the attention of others if there is something the matter. There are definitely more sensitive people who tend to get upset and cry at the mere mention of something that they take as negative, hateful or hurtful. My suggestion, instead of bursting out in tears, is to speak to the other party with compassionate/non-violent communication (please check the internet for more information on this topic and the name Marshall Rosenberg). How you would go about doing this, is never to use the word “YOU.” Always begin the sentence with “I.” For example, “I am feeling hurt by the words that were said to/about me. I would appreciate it, if other words were chosen that make me feel happier and proud.” If you noticed in the above sentences, I never used the word, “YOU.” If it is used, then the other person feels like they are being poked at (so to speak) and then feel the need to be on the defensive and then may ‘stab‘ back at you, in response. The goal is to find a way to bring your message across to the other person in a caring way where they can understand it and respond back in a similar fashion. So back to the topic, not that what I mentioned isn’t related to it. Crying when you lose someone special in your life, such as a spouse, relative, pet, etc is valid and expected. Crying for no reason may be something you want to get checked out, as your hormones may be ‘out of whack.’ Some people my start crying after they have a therapy session where they are trying to get through an unresolved issue that has been suppressed for many years in their subconscious/unconscious minds. This is also valid. Even after a massage, re-birthing, hypnotherapy session or other healing holistic modality, one may have fits of crying as a release of past ‘stuff’ that has built up in their physical/mental/emotional state of being. This is normal, too. I like the part I mentioned earlier about laughing so hard that it makes you cry. I say, go out and make that one happen because you will feel great afterwards!

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FYI: Children Should Be __________

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Monday March 15, 2010

This one we all know, but I don’t agree with what is says, “seen and not heard.” I would rather say, “ able to voice their opinion and matter!” Children are aware of what is going on around them at all times from the time that they are born. Even though they can’t speak or say how they feel out loud, they are absorbing everything from the surroundings like a sponge. It is important that a child feels that he/she matters because if they don’t genuinely know that as a youngster, then can grow up and never want to share anything because they are always told to be quiet. This can lead to grave problems later in life (such as children not fitting in with others and being ostracized and that leading to mental problems of which they feel they have no one to turn to for help and even though the signs are there and obvious the acting out occurs that can cause irreversible damage/pain/death to themselves or to others). Always include your children from the time they are able to speak and ask them, “how to you feel about going to ____?” Or, “what would you like for dinner?” Or, “would you like to help Mommy/Daddy to prepare the salad, etc?” Of course, at varying times in their life, as they mature, there will be different things that you will ask for their opinions/suggestions/ideas about. Make the lives of children important always! You (meaning Moms) took the time (9 months of carrying the baby) to bring this child into the world and you can continue to take the time to show that they are THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN YOUR WORLD! For the Dads of this world, you also were/are part of making this child, as well. Be involved in your children’s life, the same way that the Mom would be. Love, nurture and respect your child and above all else, LET THEM SPEAK!

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FYI: Monkey See_______

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Thursday March 09, 2010

I like monkeys because I was born the Chinese Year of the Monkey. I will not tell you which one because then you will know my age, but age doesn’t really matter to me because it is only a number and I don’t connect with that, truthfully. I am in line with telling my mind what is so, and so it is! As it turns out (I will get to my fill in shortly), the human species is closest in DNA to the Bonobo Ape (which isn’t a monkey, but is in the same genus (?) perhaps. They tend to eat lots greens and wrap a banana in the leaf. Greens are fine to eat with fruit because they are not part of the vegetable kingdom, they are actually in their own category. The sugar in the fruit helps balance the strong mineral taste of the greens. Also make sure you rotate your greens daily because they are alkaloids in them that is naturally occurring so that the plant can continue to propagate. If you eat the same greens every day, then you body will build up the poison. I say rotate as many days out as you can (I can do it, myself for 7 days by eating parsley, cilantro, romaine, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, iceburg lettuce and spinach). Now back to my fill in the blank, the usual one is, “monkey do,” and i would say, “and will do anything you tell him/her not to do.” OK! You wonder why I wrote this, I guess? Have you ever seen anyone with a pet monkey and do they usually follow your lead? No! They are mostly doing their own thing, in their own time and in their own way. Not that there is anything wrong with that, unless they are ransacking your place of residence (a monkey needs to have its own space completely so they can do as they please, all of the time!). I would say that most monkeys (the young and younger ones, for sure) are playful, happy and do as they please and are definitely like most children. That is why when you see a monkey at the zoo (I am not a fan of caged animals in any setting, but that is another subject) they are roaming around and swinging from tree to tree and playing with each other. Children haven’t as yet perfected the idea of swinging from a tree, but some do have tree houses. The point I am making, is that it is ok to do what you want in life, especially if you can play and have fun. Just because you are of a certain age doesn’t make you stop wanting to do that. Most people conform to the structure of society and don’t want to look out-of-place by being silly or funny. That is why people get O-L-D. They forget that the best years of life were when we did things that we wanted to and had the greatest time ever. As long as you are not hurting anyone or yourself, for that matter, go out there and laugh till it hurts, skip down the street with a funny hat on, wear clothes that are bright and vibrant and don’t match because who cares! YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME!

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FYI: The Eyes Are The __________

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Topic: The Eyes Are The ________

Monday March 07, 2010

I am continuing with the fill in the blank topics and relaying them to health. This is another one, most of us have heard or read somewhere. The usual ending is “windows to the soul.” I agree with it, but I would also say this, “beauty you behold for yourself and share with others.” What I mean is, when you look at yourself in the mirror, you see your eyes and that connects you with your own self-love and self-worth. There are those who don’t have any feelings for themselves (i.e. know who they are inside and simply LOVE THE SELF!) that are strong enough to know for sure that they are good, valuable and worthwhile. Once you have this, it radiates out to the world and they can feel it coming from you, even without you saying anything. It shows on your face, in your body language (how you carry yourself). You are proud and you walk around with your head held high (but not with your nose up in a snooty/obnoxious way), good posture and sweet gestures. This is not always inborn/inbred, because some of us grow up feeling worthless, helpless, etc. because we are told that ‘you will not amount to anything in life’ or ‘are not good enough.’ Like a baby first learning to walk, sometimes we have to learn/re-learn who we are and the value that we have. Whether you are a woman or a man, treat yourself right! Be good to yourself! It is not about being selfish, it is about valuing yourself and taking the time to do what you enjoy and be around people who feel the same way. Find a support group/person who you can talk to and share the love with (as well as, yourself, and I am not talking about an intimate relationship, rather a close and loving friendship where you can share your time together and value each other). Something else you can do, is to create positive affirmations that you repeat daily to give yourself value, goodness and worth. Say these while looking in the mirror for a stronger connection. Also, you can write them down and post them somewhere that you will notice (such as the bathroom mirror and perhaps laminate it because it would get wet from showering). I am worthwhile! I am valuable! I am good! At the end of saying things like these I mentioned, say “And so it is!” To make it be the truth.

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FYI: Beauty Is In ____________

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Friday March 05, 2010

The word beauty is defined in a dictionary as: the inherent quality in an object of pleasing the eye, ear, or mind; a particular grace or excellence; a fine specimen. Instead of filling in with “the eye of the beholder,” I would say, “your hands” (meaning, you have the power and the right to make it happen). How so? A dear woman, who I call my friend, Tonya Zavasta, totally changed her lifestyle by eating raw vegan food and doing hot yoga (Bikram yoga). She reversed aging and also allowed herself to become beautiful. Please check out her website, www.beautifulonraw.com and check out her before and after photos, as well as, of other people who have become ‘living beauties.’ She has written numerous books, sells exceptional natural beauty products (that she uses herself) and travels the world teaching women (and men) to find their way to the beauty they all have within ourselves and most importantly by way of our lifestyle choices. You need to take charge! No one can rely on others to make their lives the way they want to be. You can get Botox, cellulite removal, plastic surgery, take pills, potions, supplements, etc but will you be able to achieve the truly inherent beauty that comes from the inside out. I would so NO! When you view before and after pictures of those who used natural means to give them the health and the look of a supermodel, you say, “I want that!” Yes! You can have every part of it, as long as you are willing to make the effort and changes that are necessary. I have said this before, and I will say it again; take the first step (whatever that is for you) and go slowly and gradually so that you do not give up on it after a short time. From my own personal example, I’ve been a vegan for 20 years (now raw, as well) and I am still so passionate about it (even more so because I what to share the wealth of knowledge I have with others and reach out to the world with this information)! I am also never bored with the food I eat and I feel and know that it is important to eat a variety of foods and not the same things every day (that is definitely one of the reasons I know that people are more likely to stop eating a certain way because it gets boring to eat the same, lets say, 3 things, day in day out).

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FYI: If At 1st You Don’t Succeed _________

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Wednesday March 03, 2010

I know that this one is heard a lot, more so when we are/were children. I would fill in the blank differently then what we know. My words would be, step back and go for a walk, meditate, etc (do something other than what you are working on) to get a new perspective. If you are stuck in a rut you will not be able to achieve anything at all even if you keep forging ahead. For example, you are at work and there is a project that you need to complete, but you can’t seem to get ‘over the hump’ (like those last 5 pounds you try to lose). You are so focused on getting it done that you don’t realize your perspective may be blurred. Instead of trying to grind through it, take a break (hey! there are those who go out for a smoke break because they can’t indulge indoors {and I am not suggesting you start smoking ever!}…how about you taking a 5 minute break to go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine or maybe sit outside quietly and close you eyes to let go of all the stress that is bogging you down). When you return to your desk, you may have that Aha! moment and come up with the best idea for your project. You can use this technique with anything in your life. You are being good to yourself, by backing away from what is making you stuck and then starting anew, like a rose that needs to be pruned and cut back on occasion to allow it to start over and then bloom once again.

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