Yes, Vegans Can!

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Post by Ed Coffin, Philadelphia Vegan Examiner

There are many myths about veganism. Just to set the record straight, here are 25 things that vegans CAN do!

Yes, vegans can…

…get enough protein.

…be successful professionals.

…step on bugs accidentally.

…be body builders.

…avoid eating soy.

…shave their armpits.

…kill less plants by eating plants than animals.

…eat at a non-vegan restaurant.

…win an athletic competition.

…get enough calcium without milk.

…accidentally eat something that’s not vegan.

…own a leather jacket from their pre-vegan days.

…eat cooked food.

…resist “cheating.”

…be healthy and live long.

…be straight men.

…drink alcohol.

…have “pets.”

…care about humans just as much as animals.

…be straight women.

…eat junk food.

…be Christians, or any other religion.

…eat sugar.

…dislike PETA.

…stay vegan!

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The Emotional Guidance Scale (and How to Climb It)

What is the Emotional Guidance Scale?

The Emotional Guidance Scale, as explained by Abraham Hicks in the book “Ask and It Is Given,” is a scale of our feelings and emotions, in sequence from our highest vibrational feelings to our lowest. It is broken down into 22 of the most common emotions and divided into two sections: the upwards spiral and the downwards spiral:

Upward Spiral:

1. Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love
2 . Passion
3 . Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
4 . Positive Expectation/Belief
5 . Optimism
6 . Hopefulness
7 . Contentment

Downward Spiral

8 . Boredom
9 . Pessimism
10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience
11. Overwhelment
12. Disappointment
13. Doubt
14. Worry
15. Blame
16. Discouragement
17. Anger
18. Revenge
19. Hatred/Rage
20. Jealousy
21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness
22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

All too often when we are feeling down, we’re told things like “think positively” or “chin up”, but in reality the jump from such a low vibrational space to such a high one is usually impossible. What the emotional guidance scale teaches us is that there are many different emotional steps along the way to true joy, and that our only real job is to climb this ladder of emotions at whatever rate or speed we are comfortable with. It’s about doing what you can, with what you have, from where you are.

Thoughts Affect Emotions

Our thoughts affect our emotions and therefore it is only through thoughts that we are able to climb the emotional scale. The first and most critical step is to become aware of where you currently are on the scale and then consciously reach for a thought that can take you a little higher.

For example, when you are in a state of grief or depression (#22 on the emotional scale), getting angry (#17) might not seem very “enlightened” or “positive” but it is actually a huge improvement from where you started. By allowing yourself to get angry (and thinking thoughts that express that anger) you have already climbed several steps and improved your vibration.

Boredom (#8 on the scale) is another interesting example. As shown in the image above, its placement is pivotal – it is right in the middle of the two spirals, meaning that the thoughts you choose from that point on can either spin you off into a downwards spiral, or help you climb out of the downwards one into the upwards one.

How to Think Your Way Up the Scale

Blogger, Maria Erving, gives a simple example of how to consciously choose thoughts and words that will help climb the scale at your own pace. In her words:

Let’s say you feel “disappointed” (#12) with someone. You are disappointed that he’s never on time for your get-togethers, he’s always late, and you feel disappointed, even a bit sad. Now would be a good time to see if you can invoke feelings of “irritation”(#10) within yourself by speaking/thinking: “It makes me really sad and disappointed that he’s always late. I feel that he’s not respecting me… wtf! It is sooo irritating that he thinks that I’m going to wait for him one more minute! I’ve had it with this behavior!”

Noticed how your emotion improved? (you went from #12 to #10)

Now, go even higher up:

“You know what? (still talking/thinking to yourself), I don’t care anymore. I’m leaving and he can just come and wait for me this time. I’m going shopping instead. I’m perfectly fine with that”. (feeling “contentment” (#7) and perhaps a bit empowered, too (#1)

From there you just keep finding thoughts that improve your feelings, and when you find a new, improved state of mind, you let go of the old one!

“The spiritually enlightened person still experiences the full range of emotion, so what they have gained is the awareness and the ability to direct their thoughts in such a way that they can climb up the emotional scale at will.”
– Teal Swan

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What is a Lightworker? Are YOU a Lightworker?

What is a Lightworker? Are YOU a Lightworker? - Artwork by Ellen Vaman

Written by Kimberley Jones | Artwork by Ellen Vaman

The term ‘Lightworker’ has been around for many years, initially used to describe people doing spiritual, humanitarian or healing work. The definition of Lightworker has evolved as our understanding and consciousness has evolved…..as we have evolved.

Today it is understood that Lightworkers are people at the leading edge of transforming human consciousness. They themselves are ‘waking up’, experiencing expanded consciousness and a reconnection to the infinite intelligence accessible to all via our inner knowing. In the process of their own development, Lightworkers are influencing others and catalyzing their awakening even without consciously trying to do so, simply due to their increasingly clear, light and positive vibrational output. A defining quality of Lightworkers, however, is their conscious awareness – this is where their true power lies.

What is a lightworker? Are YOU a lightworker? (Spoiler: Yes, you are.)

Eventually we will reach a time where all people could be categorized as a Lightworker because the future potential of humanity is one where most people most of the time are awakened, conscious, connected, aware, energetically masterful and compassionate. Lightworkers are not any better than anyone else, they are just going first and holding the door open for the next wave.

Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Soul. TeeYou cannot train to be a Lightworker but you can learn to recognize your innate Lightworker traits. You can learn how to look after yourself as you go through the neurological, physical, emotional and energetic transformations involved in your emergence as a Lightworker. You can study to develop your innate gifts and abilities, and equip yourself with the tools to help you serve others.

You did in fact choose to be a Lightworker in the space between lives, before you were born. It is a great honour to be given the chance to come in and experience human life, there are millions of souls who want to be here who don’t get in! So to be here and to be doing the work of the Lightworker at this time of great shifts is a hugely powerful and joyful responsibility, one not to be taken lightly but one to be celebrated and enjoyed at any given opportunity! As a Lightworker you were born with an energy matrix and blueprint carrying your potential as a Lightworker, just as the caterpillar comes into the world carrying the blueprint to at some point transform and become a butterfly.

There are many Lightworkers who having gone through the main chaos of their awakening several years ago are now grounding their work and setting up businesses and organisations to serve others as they break awake. The next wave of awakening is taking place as demonstrated clearly to me in the vast numbers of emerging Lightworkers I have been helping over the years as a healer and coach. The next phase of emergence has begun and the numbers will be greater this time, Lightworkers who are now awake and aware will be called to support those experiencing the signs and symptoms of awakening, they will also be called to start actively creating the new world.

VIEW T-SHIRTS & GIFTSLightworkers tend to be highly sensitive and intuitive, drawn to the healing arts or creative pursuits. Whatever they do, at some point they will feel called to do something more meaningful and possibly spiritual or soulful with their lives, something to help others or change things in the world that just don’t feel right.

There are many labels and categories that describe people that may be Lightworkers , some of which you may have heard before. For example: ’Starseeds’, ‘Indigos’, ‘Magentas’, ‘Crystal/Rainbow/Diamond Children’, ‘Earth Angels’ etc. Not all of these will be Lightworkers necessarily and not all Lightworkers would fit into these categories. Each group is playing a unique role in the evolution of human consciousness, no one group is any better than the other.

Lightworkers are here in vastly growing numbers on Earth to continue the much earlier work of the select handful of awake souls from thousands of years ago we may once have called ‘Masters’, those we based religions around. Then came the Starseeds who are now the teachers and mentors for the current generation of Lightworkers ready to serve and help those Lightworkers who are just now struggling with the early signs & symptoms of awakening. Hence the idea of waves, each one impacting & helping the next and each wave growing in number until every human holds the qualities of a Lightworker & we have an entirely new human consciousness here on Earth.

VIEW T-SHIRTS & GIFTSAs an emerging Lightworker you may feel afraid of being different, of being judged, misunderstood or criticized. Depending on your earlier life trials (common to Lightworkers) you may be lacking in self-esteem at having never fitted in or having been bullied earlier in life for seeming strange. It is important to believe in yourself, to learn to accept who you are, and for your own health and well-being start daring to speak your truth.

Some keys steps to feeling empowered as a Lightworker are:

  • Recognise and lovingly accept yourself as a Lightworker. Learn about what it means to be one.
  • Learn self-care and a daily practice of healing & nourishing yourself.
  • Release and forgive your past and yourself for the times you hid your light and your truth and didn’t speak up.
  • Find your ‘resonant family’ or soul group of fellow Lightworkers.
  • Learn Energy Skills for ‘energy hygiene’, grounding, boundaries and Source connection.
  • Get a mentor and use creative tools to energise your soul purpose & joyful work.
  • Embrace being different!

Why try to hide when you were born to SHINE!

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“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”

– Anne Lamott

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11 Random Truths About #Truth

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“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
– Mark Twain

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
– Oscar Wilde

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“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
– George Orwell

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“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
– Winston S. Churchill

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“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”
– S.E. Hinton

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“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Arthur Schopenhauer truth

“All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; Third, it is accepted as self-evident.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer

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“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”
– Walt Whitman

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“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
– Gautama Buddha

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“When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.”
– Anaïs Nin

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“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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10 Ways to Raise Your Vibration

Read the latest on our blog!

All your thoughts and feelings are energy, and energy is vibration. Learn to Raise those Vibrations and watch your life change dramatically.

  1. Find something beautiful and appreciate it. 
    Beauty is all around us, from the morning dew to the evening stars and everything in between. Most go through life not noticing all the beautiful things that are around them, and yes, they are everywhere, so take the time to notice them, and appreciate them when you see them. Whether it’s the scent of a flower or the way rain ripples in puddles of water, appreciate the beauty life has to offer.
  2. Make a list of all that you are grateful for.
    Making a gratitude list shifts your vibrations from focusing on what you do not have to what is already abundant in your life. There is more to be grateful for than you could possibly imagine. You can start with “I’m Alive!” and expand from there. Gratitude is the Attitude.
  3. Meditate.
    Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and breathe in and out. Too often we rush through our days with a scattered brain leaving us in a state of anxiety and stress. Meditation helps to calm your spirit down and put you in a peaceful state of mind. 10 minutes of meditation a day can change your life forever.
  4. Do something for someone else.
    Giving to someone else shifts your thinking from “I don’t have enough” to “I have more than enough to give to others.” Abundance is a high vibration.
  5. Stop complaining and gossiping.
    Complaining and Gossip puts you in a very low vibration. Ask yourself “Are the things you are talking about bringing you more of what you want?” If not then, stop complaining and start finding ways to rejoice.
  6. Move. Exercise. Get active.
    Vibration requires movement, the more you move the better your vibrations move. So Get Active! Dance! The happier you feel, the more you will draw happy experiences to yourself because you are operating at a different frequency.
  7. Realize that you have more control over your life than you thought.
    You are not a victim to circumstance, past, family upbringing, trauma, or anything else. You can change your life in an instant. Just realize this. In many wisdom traditions this is called “total responsibility.” No one is responsible for how you feel right now but you. It isn’t a curse. It’s a blessing because it gives you your power back.
  8. Breathe.
    Just sit and try to make your breath longer, fuller and more relaxed. It has a direct affect on your nervous system and helps to calm you down. A calm vibration is a high vibration.
  9. Do Something You’re Afraid Of.
    Fear holds us back from being in a state of love and happiness, and facing those fears opens you up to a greater world of possibilities. Fear of Heights? Go skydiving. Scared of public speaking? Recite a poem at an open mic. You’ll begin to realize your fear was worse than the actual problem and a sense of relief will wash over you.
  10. Have a Meaningful Conversation with a Friend
    Rather than gossip or complaining, talk about you ideas. What do you have planned for yourself? What do you think is the nature of reality? Are we spiritual beings having a human experience? Talking about these things with someone helps to raise both your vibrations by thinking big. If you don’t have someone to talk to about these kinds of things with, there’s a community of higher minded individuals right here. Leave a comment down below and let’s chat!

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10 Things You Can Watch Instead of the Super Bowl

10 Things You Can Watch Instead of the Super Bowl

We love how the Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to make it sound all important and fancy. So we will use them, too.

Here are X things you can watch this year instead of the Super Bowl.

I)   THE SUNSET

THE SUNSET

II)  YOUR CAT

YOUR CAT

III)  PAINT DRY

PAINT DRY

IV)  WATER BOIL

WATER BOIL

V)  A PLASTIC BAG IN THE WIND

A PLASTIC BAG IN THE WIND

VI)  AN ANT

AN ANT

VII)  THE CLOUDS

THE CLOUDS

VIII)  A FISHBOWL

FISHBOWL

IX)  THE OCEAN

THE OCEAN

X)  RANDOM PEOPLE

JUST GRAB A SPOT AND WATCH, THEY ARE FASCINATING...
JUST GRAB A SPOT AND WATCH, THEY ARE FASCINATING…

 

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How to Master Your Local Farmers Market

How to master your local farmers market
Article via Lauren Conrad

My weekends aren’t complete without a stroll though the stalls of my local farmers market. It’s my favorite way to spend a leisurely Sunday morning—doing my food shopping for the week as I take in the sights, smells, and tastes around me. Not only are farmers markets the easiest way to support your local growers (which is the eco chic thing to do), they’re the best place to find ultra-fresh and flavorful produce.

But if you’re new to the farmers market scene, it can certainly be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, I consider myself a seasoned pro when it comes to buying local, seasonal fruits and veggies. So before you grab your reusable grocery bag and send yourself off into the sea of produce, here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind…

1. Time your visit. Arriving early is the best way to avoid crowds and have your pick of the best selection of produce. The middle hours, however, are generally the most lively and best for people watching. Pickings will be slim near closing time, but that’s also when the best deals are to be found. Most farmers would rather sell their stock at a discounted price than have to haul it back home.

2. Know your seasons. Buying in season is tastier and cheaper. Epicurious has a handy dandy interactive map for finding out what’s in season where you live.

3. Be a bargain hunter. Not all stalls are created equal. I always do a quick survey of the entire market before making my purchases. This is the best way to ensure you’re getting the prettiest produce at the best price.

4. Multitask. In addition to tender greens, juicy peaches, and berries bursting with flavor, most farmers markets have stalls selling coffee, cheese, farm fresh eggs, freshly baked bread, flowers, and even local honey. If you plan things right, you might be able to skip your trip to the grocery store altogether.

5. Be adventurous. Never tried kohlrabi, squash blossoms, or fresh passion fruit before? Exotic fruits and vegetables are commonplace at farmers markets, so come prepared with an appetite (literally!) for adventure.

6. Ask questions. The growers are right there, so take advantage of it. Ask them where your food comes from and how it was grown. They might even have some tips on how to prepare it or some samples to hand out.

7. Understand organic. Many small farms that follow organic growing practices choose to skip USDA certification because of its high cost. So instead of stopping at “Is your farm organic?” (which refers to the official USDA label) follow up with more specific questions like, “Do you use pesticides?”

8. A little dirt won’t hurt. Organic produce won’t always look as pristine as it is in the supermarket, but don’t let that deter you. Just be sure to rinse your produce thoroughly before serving. I try to remind myself that a little dirt (and yes, even the occasional creepy crawly) is a lot less scary than the harmful chemicals used in conventional growing methods.

9. Join a CSA. Too busy to shop the farmers market? Joining a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture program, is a quick and easy way to support your local growers. Think of it as a magazine subscription only with produce. You purchase a “share” from the farm at the beginning of the season, and then they set aside a box of produce for you weekly or monthly.

Are you ready to take on your local market?

 

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13 Spooky Vegan Recipe Ideas for Halloween

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We’ve ghost-hunted far and wide among the creepy Halloween webs and found some of the spookiest Halloween recipes and treats for vegans. Don’t be afraid to give them a try!

1)  Spooky Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats by Chocolate-Covered Katie

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Rice Krispy Treat Ghosts! Sweet, sticky, salty… and scary. Well, maybe not so much scary. But they are scary delicious!

2)  Three-Ingredient Halloween Apple Bites by Oh She Glows

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These easy to make Apple Bites make for a spooky, festive and healthy addition to any Halloween table.

3)  Vegan Halloween Pizzas by Vegan Richa

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A series of creative vegan pizza recipes in the Halloween spirit, using non-dairy cheese, olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

4) Clementine Pumpkins by Spaceships and Laser Beams

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These Halloween clementine pumpkins are so cute, your kids won’t even realize you are sneaking in a little health food.

5)  Asparagus Skeletons by VegSpinz

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Asparagus Skeletons with Roasted Garlic Tofutti Cream Cheese in a Puff Pastry Coffin. Delicious and creepy at the same time!

6)  Banana Mummies and Hairy Creature Things by Lexie’s Kitchen & Living

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Fun, googly-eyed mummies and “things” from frozen bananas. The kids will gobble them all up as good goblins should.

7)  Leggy Whoopie Spiders by Wing It Vegan

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These Leggy Whoopie Spiders are not only cute and tasty, but gluten-free and soy-free.

8) Carrot Rice Ball Mini-Jack o’ Lanterns by Apron Strings

This vegan Halloween recipe will help tone down the sugar coma while keeping things fun and festive. Very cute!

9)  Eyeball Pasta by Maple Spice

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This vegan eyeball pasta will grab anyone’s attention. Spooky and awesome!

10) Haunted Halloween Layer Cake by Chloe

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A Haunted Halloween Layer Cake that has a dark as night chocolate ganache oozing and dripping down the sides.

11) Skeleton Veggie Platter

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This creative, healthy and crowd-pleasing skeleton veggie platter is great for halloween parties and fun to make with your kids.

12) Mini Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Squash or Bell Peppers by Go Dairy Free

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This festive vegan Halloween recipe is perfect for parties or simply warming up after a cool evening of trick-or-treating.

13) Halloweegan Bat Pancakes by Wing It Vegan

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Spooky and simple idea! Halloweegan Bat Pancakes made from pumpkin pancakes and vegan chocolate ice cream.

***  HAPPY VEGAN HALLOWEEN!  ***

 

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Dear Animals, We’re Sorry. Sincerely, The Human Race.

Dear Animals,

We’re sorry we hurt you.

We’re sorry we torture you.

We’re  sorry we burn you for fun.

We’re  sorry we poke you.

We’re  sorry we prod you.

We’re  sorry we subject you to a lifetime of pain so we can eat you.

We’re  sorry we kick you just to feel better about ourselves.

We’re  sorry we rip the skin off your bones while you’re still alive.

We’re  sorry we sell you in pet shops and then abandon you when we’ve had enough.

We’re  sorry we leave you in garbage cans.

We’re  sorry we shove hormones down your throat.

We’re  sorry we steal your babies from you.

We’re  sorry we throw you off of bridges.

We’re  sorry we chain you up all day and all night.

We’re  sorry we drown you.

We’re  sorry we force you to do unnatural tricks for our entertainment.

We’re sorry we forget to feed you or give you water.

We’re  sorry our disgruntled slaughterhouse workers take out all their aggression on you.

We’re  sorry we force you to fight each other.

We’re sorry we force you to fight us.

We’re  sorry we use you for transportation.

We’re  sorry we sacrifice your life so we can have another leather couch, car seat, belt or pair of shoes.

We’re  sorry we make you scream in pain and then put a picture of a smiling chicken on the box.

We’re  sorry we make you feel like you are part of the family and then forget about you when the baby comes.

We’re  sorry we drag you behind our cars.

We’re  sorry we keep you in dark, crowded, horrid living conditions.

We’re  sorry we force feed you to make you fatter.

We’re sorry we burn your front paws in order to make you stand on two feet so our children can laugh.

We’re sorry we sexually abuse you for our fetishes.

We’re sorry we trap you.

We’re sorry we hunt you.

We’re sorry our shelters still use inhumane methods of killing.

We’re sorry we subject you to a lifetime of terrorizing experiments so we can have yet another shampoo.

We’re sorry we don’t report our neighbors who are mistreating you to the authorities.

We’re sorry we poison you in the middle of the night.

We’re sorry we humiliate you.

We’re sorry we keep you alone indoors all day long and then get too lazy to take you for walks.

We’re sorry we choke you and suffocate you.

We’re sorry we yell at you.

We’re sorry we leave you out in the cold rain and in the hot sun.

We’re sorry we forget you in boiling hot cars with no open windows.

We’re sorry we intimidate you to feel powerful.

We’re sorry we dump you when you’re old and sick.

We’re sorry we sacrifice you for our beliefs and religions.

We’re sorry we starve you as a form of “art”.

We’re sorry we expose you to explosions and gunshots so we can film another movie.

We’re sorry we trap you in zoos so we can watch you suffer.

We’re sorry we treat you like objects that can be exploited for our own selfish purposes.

And most of all: We’re sorry we don’t recognize you for the amazing, intelligent, glorious, magnificent creatures that you are.

Sincerely,

The Human Race

Written by Shira Tamir © 2010

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10 Instant Emotional Fitness Tools

10 Instant Emotional Fitness Tools

When things get out of control and you momentarily lose your emotional balance, there are any number of little things you can do to regain it. Here are ten tools to help get you started.

By Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Originally published on Psychology Today

1. Wash your hands and face and brush your teeth. It cools and cleans the parts of your body that you use most frequently, which is relaxing, and gives you that “fresh start” feeling.

Wash your hands and face and brush your teeth.

2. Put on clean socks and some shoes that you haven’t worn in a few days. Shoes take a day or two to release any moisture they have absorbed, and this is a very easy way to put a little pep back into your step.

Put on clean socks and some shoes that you haven't worn in a few days.

3. Give yourself a good shave (face or legs). This is another instant refresher. Especially if you have sensitive skin or the weather is dry. Plus, when we know we are looking our best, we naturally feel better.

Give yourself a good shave (face or legs).

4. Look at any trophy, diploma, or certificate of achievement that you have earned. And if it isn’t framed and on the wall, frame it now. These are reminders of your accomplishments, and taking in your success is important to maintaining your self-esteem.

Look at any trophy, diploma, or certificate of achievement that you have earned.

5. Remember your last (or greatest) success and think about it for sixty seconds. Taking in your success as often as possible will help you reach another and another. Quite simply, it reminds you that if you’ve done it before, you can do it again.

Remember your last (or greatest) success and think about it for sixty seconds.

6. Know you are the person your loved ones think you are. And yes, that goes for your dog too. Knowing that you are unconditionally loved can’t help but make you feel good about yourself. It’s so easy to beat yourself up, I recommend pulling yourself up instead.

Know you are the person your loved ones think you are.

7. Wash your car, inside and out. Hey, when our wheels are shiny, we feel better. If you don’t think this applies to you, just remember how you felt the last time you got a ride in someone’s very funky car. Race you to the car wash.

7. Wash your car, inside and out.

8. Old clothes may come back into style, but you really don’t want them on hangers for the next twenty years. Throwing out the old makes room for the new. For some, the feeling they get from putting on a new “power suit” fills them with pride.

Organize your closet and get rid of anything that no longer fits.

9. Cook a lovely meal. Even if you are by yourself, preparing a tasty dinner, setting the table, and treating yourself to a wonderful culinary experience will lift your spirits. Sharing it with someone you love and/or respect will make it even more nurturing.

Cook a lovely meal.

10. Look around you, remember that you started with nothing, and know that everything you see, you created. We can all lose our feelings of self-worth, especially when something goes wrong in our world. The truth is that if you have done it before, you can do it again – no matter what.

Look around you

None of these tasks has to be uncomfortable or take you much time. Finding ways to give yourself a little boost when you’re not feeling like you’re at the top of your game is a trick that truly happy people use on a regular basis.

Nurse Reveals the Top 5 Regrets People Make On Their Deathbed

Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Credits: This article first appeared on inspirationandchai.com

Do You Believe in Life After Delivery?

Do you believe in life after delivery?

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other:

“Do you believe in life after delivery?”

The other replies, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life possibly be like?”

“I don’t know, but there will probably be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”

The other says, “This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.”

“I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.”

The other replies, “But nobody has ever come back from delivery. Delivery is the end of life. And what is life all about? Only a sad existence in the darkness, leading to nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” says the other, “but certainly we will see Mother and she will take care of us.”

“Mother?? You believe in Mother? Where is She now, then?”

“She is all around us. We live through Her. Without Her all this world would not exist.”

“Well, I cannot believe it! I never saw a Mom, therefore it’s only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the other replied, “Sometimes, if you are silent enough, you can hear Her singing, you can feel Her caressing our world.”

Meditation Transforms Roughest San Francisco schools

Barry Zito, David Lynch, Russell Brand meditate with students during Quiet Time at Burton High. Photo: The Chronicle

Schools in SF that adopted a mandatory ‘Quiet Time’ (“Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can’t sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds”) saw dramatic changes in everything: grades improved, suspensions fell, crimes reduced, children were happier.. all that good stuff we already know and society is starting to understand.

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The December 2012 Shift Explained

11:11 Shift Explained - December 2012

“If the entire event of 2012 were to be drawn symbolically, it would look very much as this:

The green area are the ‘Worlds’, both this one and the one to come. The violet symbol (which is also reminiscent of the Orion/Osiris constellation) is the symbol of the merging of the two ‘worlds’. The blue circle denotes the center-point between the two world ‘patterns’ known as ‘Chaos’ where nothing seems to have any order or design at all. This point, we believe, is 2012. The blue line is the direction of linear Time as we travel through into a new world and of course, 11:11 is the symbol we are all familiar with.

From the onset, 11:11 is a sign of eminent change, or more precisely, it is a point within the change itself – the point of Creation. It is a symbol which announces that you are currently at a crossroad between the place you have been and the place you are going. On the one hand, it is a symbol of Chaos – that which is not what it once was but not yet that which it will be. On the other hand it is a symbol of balance and perfect symmetry. It is up to us to sustain that peace and balance as we shift through the chaos into something new.”

The Mayan Calendar is said to end at 11:11 Universal Time.

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Learn more about the number 11:11 here.

50 Signs of Spiritual Awakening

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50 SYMPTOMS OF SPIRITUAL AWAKENING – SOURCE

1. Changing sleep patterns: restlessness, hot feet, waking up two or three times a night. Feeling tired after you wake up and sleepy off and on during the day.

There is something called the Triad Sleep Pattern that occurs for many: you sleep for about 2-3 hours, wake up, go back to sleep for another couple of hours, wake again, and go back to sleep again. For others, the sleep requirements have changed. You can get by on less sleep.

Lately I have been experiencing huge waves of energy running into my body from the crown. It feels good, but it keeps me awake for a long time, then subsides.

Advice: Get used to it. Make peace with it and don’t worry about getting enough sleep (which often causes more insomnia). You will be able to make it through the day if you hold thoughts of getting just what you need. You can also request your Higher Power to give you a break now and then and give you a good, deep night’s sleep.

If you can’t go back to sleep right away, use the waking moments to meditate, read poetry, write in your journal or look at the moon. Your body will adjust to the new pattern.

2. Activity at the crown of the head: Tingling, itching, prickly, crawling sensations along the scalp and/or down the spine. A sense of energy vibrating on top of the head, as if energy is erupting from the head in a shower. Also the sensation of energy pouring in through the crown, described as “sprinkles”.

This may also be experienced as pressure on the crown, as if someone is pushing his/her finger into the center of your head. As I mentioned in #1, I have been experiencing huge downloads of energy through the crown.

In the past, I have felt more generalized pressure, as if my head is in a gentle vise. One man related that his hair stood on end and his body was covered with goosebumps.

Advice: This is nothing to be alarmed about. What you are experiencing is an opening of the crown chakra. The sensations mean that you are opening up to receive divine energy.

3. Sudden waves of emotion. Crying at the drop of a hat. Feeling suddenly angry or sad with little provocation. Or inexplicably depressed. Then very happy. Emotional roller coaster. There is often a pressure or sense of emotions congested in the heart chakra (the middle of the chest). This is not to be confused with the heart, which is located to the left of the heart chakra.

Advice: Accept your feelings as they come up and let them go. Go directly to your heart chakra and feel the emotion. Expand it outward to your all your fields and breathe deeply from the belly all the way up to your upper chest. Just feel the feeling and let it evaporate on its own. Don’t direct the emotions at anyone.

You are cleaning out your past. If you want some help with this, say out loud that you intend to release all these old issues and ask your Higher Power to help you. You can also ask Grace Elohim to help you release with ease and gentleness. Be grateful that your body is releasing these emotions and not holding onto them inside where they can do harm.

One source suggests that depression is linked to letting go of relationships to people, work, etc. that no longer match us and our frequencies. When we feel guilty about letting go of these relationships, depression helps us medicate that pain.

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