New Beginnings Ezine
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... and as usual, a few of my favorite quotes:
"I thought I could change the world. It took me a hundred years to figure out I can't change the world. I can only change Bessie. And honey, that ain't easy either.”
— Bessie Delaney
"Tragedy and comedy are but two aspects of what is real, and whether we see the tragic or the humorous is a matter of perspective."
— Arnold Beisser
"An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame."
— Bo Bennett
"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
— Charles Dickens
"But we haven't tried it today.
Today everything is different."
— Jerry Jampolsky
"Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make a habit. Enthusiasm is natural; it is being alive, taking the initiative, seeing the importance of what you do, giving it dignity, and making what you do important to yourself
and to others"
— Gordon Parks
"If we don't change the direction we're going, we're likely to end up where we're headed."
— Ancient Chinese Proverb
"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we make up our minds to walk boldly through them!"
— Orison Marden
"And the day came when the risk
to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk
it took to blossom."
— Anais Nin
"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him."
— Aldous Huxley
It’s November! Here in the U.S., we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Sometimes it’s really hard to be thankful especially when it just seems like we have to go through one horrible thing after another. But, it is necessary to a happy life and this edition is dedicated to showing you just how important this is.
First you’ll find an article from me and after that I have a special treat for you about an amazing novel you’ll want to read. So, please read on and enjoy.
The Curved Road
The road from Point A to Point B is rarely straight. Sometimes there are mountains or rivers or lakes or canyons that we must circumnavigate. Whether we are climbing or swimming or sailing or speeding straight ahead, it is crucial that we learn how to adapt to the changing environment whether it is external, internal, physical or emotional. Often, when other people observe our journey, it might seem convoluted to them and they might make disparaging and discouraging remarks. It is important that you learn to trust in yourself; to follow the road open to you and that you not let others’ comments stop you from following the road you must.
Easier said than done, I know, and this is the point where you ask me “How do I stop listening and how do I know I’m following the right road?” Sometimes it just seems so hard to know if we are doing what we are meant to do; and this also can seem to contradict the laws of abundance and prosperity. It doesn’t; and if you can trust me for a moment, I’m going to try to explain why it doesn’t.
If you are questioning whether you are on the right road that means the first thing I must talk about is stress, overload and living your life in hypnosis.
In the normal course of events, hypnosis is a natural state for every single person and we all go into hypnosis at least twice a day, usually more often than that. The twice a day part is as we are going to sleep and as we are waking up. Those few seconds or for some people minutes before we are completely asleep or complete awake, we are actually in a form of hypnosis.
In addition, if you have a job that is repetitive or you drive a long boring road regularly or you watch TV or a computer screen for more than 30 minutes, you will slip into a light form of hypnosis far more often. This isn’t a bad thing unless there are negative, stressful things occurring at the same time because the underlying definition of hypnosis is highly relaxed and suggestible state of mind; and it is the suggestible part that can cause a problem if you are in a negative situation or around negative people.
Also, since hypnosis is the modern variation of the flight part of the fight/flight pattern of survival, and since most of us cannot actually run away from situations that make us uncomfortable or aren’t always in our best interests, it is possible and (I’m sorry to say), highly likely that at some point in our lives we will find ourselves in a stressful situation that just doesn’t go away. Unfortunately, neither does the hypnosis and we find ourselves virtually living in hypnosis. Again, this wouldn’t be so bad, except that we are in a negative situation or around negative people and highly suggestible at the same time. You can see how this can be a formula for disaster or at least self-doubt.
So, how do you know you are on the right road or how do you get clarity if there isn’t any and all you are feeling is confusion? First off, get out of hypnosis. And the easiest way to do that is by deliberately going into hypnosis in the environment you choose and when you choose to do so. Sounds like a contradiction, I know, but it is the truth. By being counted into and out of hypnosis repeatedly will keep bringing you out of that involuntary form of hypnosis more and more until you are totally out. If hypnosis makes you uncomfortable or you haven’t found a hypnotherapist you feel truly comfortable with, you can also try meditation. They both work at relaxation although from different aspects, but the end result is much the same and my feeling is that when you come out of your meditative state, you are also coming out of any ancillary hypnotic states as well.
In addition, I have a free sample on my site www.newhypnotherapy.com which you are invited to use as often as you wish. It isn’t very long, but it has the advantage of counting you into a relaxed state and then counting you out. By using it repeatedly, it will ultimately bring you completely out of any unplanned and/or unwanted hypnotic states and you can use it at home or any environment where you feel completely safe.
Once you are actually out of hypnosis, you will start to discover that the overwhelming feeling you were experiencing or the confusion that seemed to be running rampant in your consciousness starts to drift away.
Even after this, though, sometimes it feels as if there is still confusion, perhaps as if you are at a fork in the road and you’re not sure which side to take. These are the times when it becomes important to actually trust your subconscious. When you are out of that unwanted and thrust upon you hypnotic state, you can again start to trust your subconscious.
I have recorded a downloadable mini session called Clarity which helps with this process, but you can also use many other modalities or use a combination. As I mentioned before meditation can be extremely beneficial and no matter what you use, please incorporate into your daily thoughts, thoughts about the good things in your life. Take a few moments before you go to sleep at night and either write or think about all the good things in your life and how thankful you are for them. Practice a bit of gratitude always keeping in mind that what you think about is what you attract more of into your life.
This is where trusting your subconscious and practicing the laws of abundance and prosperity actually come together; stop thinking about those things you don’t want any longer and instead focus on all you have and all you want. Your thoughts are like a magnet, use them to attract the life you want and deserve to have.
I remember a quote from Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer in their book, Agnes & the Hitman, “View the past with contentment, the present with joy and the future with hope”. I can’t think of a better way to live your life. And please remember this, it doesn’t matter what anybody else says about the road you are traveling on, it is your journey, others may share it with you for a while, but ultimately it really is only your journey. Make it the journey you want; good, bad, exciting, boring, whatever, so long as it is your choice and not somebody telling you what you should want or should want to be or do. Rather, listen to your own subconscious and it will tell you all you need.
Linda Simmon C.Ht.
And, here’s the treat I was telling you about, Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places by Matthew C. Cox.
October 25th was the official release date of a gripping new novel, based on actual events, that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you go “hmmmmmm.”
Matthew C. Cox was living with his wife and eight children, in a home that many called the most functional home they had ever experienced, when his life was ripped apart by:
- being arrested and handcuffed,
- the upheaval of a family with eight children,
- the .removal of children from the home,
- betrayal by extended family, and
- unfounded accusations and indictment.
He responded by writing a book about his experience, a book that was whispered into his ear as soon as the handcuffs went on his wrists.
Those who have previewed the book say they can’t put it down! The story, based on the author’s six weeks in jail, will pull you through the pages the first time.
The insights into life and spirituality will take you through it again and again.
This book has been endorsed by those who have worked in the legal, medical, and educational fields and, if you order your copy before November 1st, you can receive the book and hundreds of dollars in bonuses.
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What's in your multivitamin?
You may be missing out on a major anti-ager if it doesn't have this mineral -- selenium.
In recent research, even small, hardly noticeable deficiencies in this trace mineral have been linked to a rogues' gallery of age-related maladies, from cancer and heart disease to dementia.
Serious selenium deficiency in the United States is rare. But in a new study, scientists found evidence that slight deficiencies -- so slight they wouldn't have any immediate clinical effect on the body -- could hurt people down the road. It's all due to what the researchers call triage theory.
According to triage theory, your body is like a busy emergency room -- the most critical systems get attention first. So if you're not consuming enough selenium, the things critical to your survival will be first in line to get fed the mineral. But if you run out of selenium, less critical functions will go without. And although those neglected functions aren't required for you to stay alive right now, they likely have important roles in long-term health.
Those other functions that miss out on selenium when you're running short?
They probably have a lot to do with reducing the risk of age-related illnesses. In fact, scientists think they may have already identified at least a handful of those functions -- like healthy brain function and resistance to disease.
Basically, scientists suspect that selenium may help run mechanisms that make natural heart-protective, brain-protective, cell-protective, anti-inflammatory antioxidants. In the United States, selenium deficiency is more common among the elderly and those already in poor health.
A supplement is an easy way to ensure you get enough, but if you prefer to get yours the natural way, snack on a couple of brazil nuts. Nutritional content of the nuts can vary, but you can generally expect to get your daily selenium needs from two to four nuts.
Even though I may have red hair, freckles and blue eyes and even though most people seem to assume I am Irish or Scottish, the majority of what I am is Spanish. 100% on my father’s side from Spain for generations. So, here’s a little tip in honor of my Spanish ancestry.
- Try Spain's 1-Hour Stress Buster
Spain's traditional diet -- loaded with fish, vegetables, and olive oil -- is thought to be great for your heart. But another Spanish tradition might be even better -- the siesta.
Scientists say that taking a nap in the afternoon every day -- on the order of 45 minutes or more -- may help protect the heart from emotional wear and tear. As viewers of the popular TV show Mad Men know, people in the 1960s dressed better, with guys in sharp slim suits and ladies in elegant pastel-colored dresses. But what viewers might not know is that people slept better back then, too.
Thanks to modern-day working hours and late-night TV and computer habits, people now get about 1½ to 2 hours less sleep per night than their grandparents did. And doctors think this sleeplessness -- coupled with more stressful lifestyles -- takes a toll on heart health.
A possible antidote to sleep-deprived lives? Naps.
They're baked into the culture in Spain, where people routinely take a daily afternoon nap. And a recent study suggests that a napping habit may be a super-fine health idea for everyone.
In the study, researchers gave college students a tricky math problem that caused their mean arterial blood pressure to go up -- a sure sign of heart stress. But the students' blood pressure recovered more quickly in those who had taken a 45–60 minute nap before getting the test. In other words, the nappers' hearts were better prepared to weather stress.
If you're able to fit napping into your schedule, make sure you do it right. You don't want your daytime shut-eye to interfere with your nighttime slumber. Follow these three keys to restorative midday sleep.
3 Keys to a Beautiful Nap
Grabbing a short snooze can give you the lift you need to tackle the rest of your day -- physically and mentally -- but the perks don't stop there.
Research suggests that napping benefits almost every aspect of human wellness, from lowering your risk for heart disease and repairing cells to lifting your mood and stamina to knocking down stress and making you more productive. All this can translate to living longer, staying more active, and looking younger.
What are the keys to being a power napper?
Follow these three simple rules:
- Set aside 30 minutes total -- 10 minutes to fall asleep and 20 minutes for the actual nap. Use an alarm.
- Take off your shoes and get comfortable; try to nap in a reclined position on a couch or in your car (but be safe); avoid direct sunlight.
- Avoid napping past 3 p.m. If you nap too late in the day, you can disrupt your nighttime sleep..
- Sauté with This Oil to Save Your Brain
The next time you're looking to sizzle up a stir-fry, you might do your brain a big favor by grabbing this oil from the Asian food aisle -- rice bran oil.
Scientists have discovered that a particular type of vitamin E found in rice bran oil may have brain-protective powers.
Rice bran is derived from the husk of the rice kernel -- and an oil made from this bran is popular in Southeast Asian cooking. Rice bran oil is also great for stir-fries because it has a high smoke point -- meaning it's not likely to burn during this method of cooking. More importantly, rice bran oil is naturally rich in alpha-tocotrienols, a particular type of vitamin E. And scientists think this form of vitamin E could help protect the brain following a stroke.In animal studies, tocotrienols seem to save more brain cells in the event of a stroke, leaving the brain relatively intact.
More research is needed to confirm the benefit in humans, but scientists think vitamin E may somehow turn on a gene that sweeps out the bad things created by strokes -- like toxin-triggering enzymes that kill neurons. And while we're waiting for more definite research in people, know that E vitamins -- a family of antioxidants -- are good for the heart, too, because of their LDL-cutting powers (that's the bad kind of cholesterol). And E vitamins may even have cancer- and infection-busting properties.
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