Welcome to the first newsletter of 2007. I hope your holidays were joyous and satisfying. I must apologize for the lateness of this newsletter but I seem to be getting hit with one thing after another, some good, some bad, and all disruptive. 2007 looks like it might be a very interesting year indeed.
Along with wishes for a happy New Year, we usually hear have a happy and prosperous New Year!!! So, even though everybody is probably writing and inundating you all about this subject, I decided that I really should write a current article about Prosperity and Abundance in our lives, especially since it is, along with releasing negative thoughts, feelings and emotions, a core aspect of my practice.
THE ABUNDANT LIFE
Prosperity and abundance are not just about money or possessions, they are about a rich, full, fulfilling and joyful life that is filled with much laughter, love, excitement and yes, money and success.
John Schaar of the University of California at Santa Cruz has written, “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.”
Professor Schaar has pointed out much more eloquently than I one of the core beliefs in my practice, lectures, writing, teaching and workshops. Take control of your life and your actions by taking control of your thoughts and in that way create your own future.
Life often requires us to do many things that we really don't want to be doing. As a result of this we get so used to feeling frustrated that we imagine we will never get the chance to indulge ourselves in activities that we actually might want and choose to do. Because this happens so often, we start to believe it is our life and because of that, sometimes when an opportunity does come along, we are so wrapped up in the mechanics of survival that we fail to recognize or respond to the offer being presented to us. In addition, over the years I’ve observed just how frequently people relinquish control of their own future to someone other than themselves and, not only that, but so frequently to someone they don’t even respect or admire.
As Professor Schaar has said, the future is indeed a place that we are creating, but not just the future, each and every day we create our current reality as well. Your life does not have to be determined by the whims, addictions and negative behavior patterns of those around you or even your own past. You have the power to take control. You have the power to live the life you dream of.
The truth is that it is our perception of any incident, occurrence, activity or situation that determines whether we are happy or sad, have feelings of joy or hopelessness, think we are making progress or stagnating; and it is this very ability that may be the most powerful tool each of us has at our disposal to shape and guide not only our present, but our future. Even when we know we have this tool available, even when we have learned how to use it, sometimes we simply do not. Have we forgotten or perhaps not forgotten, but are we simply afraid to try. Perhaps it is easier to place the blame for the negativity in our lives on someone else thereby abdicating any personal responsibility whatsoever.
My question to each of you is…
Why? Why do we not only sometimes allow others to take our power and our strength and use it, but frequently we give it to them! Why do we allow others to start directing and controlling not only our present but our future?
In order to make changes, however, sometimes we need to look at the limiting themes that have repeated themselves in our life. These limiting themes tend to be repeated as a result of fear. Fear of change, fear of failure, even worse, fear of success. Maybe you’ve carried that old baggage around long enough. I think that maybe it’s time to get rid of it and start living a life filled with prosperity and abundance, a life that is rich and full, filled with love, fulfillment, happiness and yes, money and success as well.
The real truth, the reality of this world we live in is that desire is the life force of energy streaming through us. It is our desires that keep us alive and magnetic. People without strong desires slowly wither away, living only shadow lives of whom they were and who they were meant to be. The more we allow the energy of desire to flow through us, the more vibrant and alive we become, the more connected we feel, and life just gets better and better.
Allow that desire to flow through you and if you feel I can help, let me know. It is and can be so much more fun and easier than you think.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
Sorry to all who have come to enjoy the poetry of Mr. Steven C. Bowers, it will return next month.
These all focus on Memory this issue…
Seasoning your meals with savory sage may help preserve your cognitive powers.
The active ingredient in sage oil has been linked to better memory, according to research. In one study, people given sage oil tablets performed better on memory tests. In another study of Alzheimers' patients, extracts of the herb appeared to boost cognitive function.
Think you're a multitasking wiz? That may be why your memory's "slipping."
The more things you do at once, the less likely you are to remember any of them. Sometimes that's no biggie -- if you're flipping through a catalog and watching a sitcom, who cares? But if you're hunting for flights on the Internet while talking on the phone and listening to the radio, well, good luck -- both the flight info and the conversation will probably be a blur. The solution is obvious: When something is important, be single-minded.
Want to have the kind of mind that can recall directions with MapQuest-like accuracy?
Get moving. Take a walk, go for a bike ride, hit the gym. Exercise makes extra space in the "scratch pad" part of your brain, also known as your working memory. It's where you jot down bits of information that you need to act on immediately, such as which street to turn onto or what the chef's daily specials are.
Folate may be an important player in your quest to keep your mind young.
A daily helping of folate appears to help ward off one of the causes of age-related cognitive decline: high homocysteine levels. Folate lowers blood levels of homocysteine, a protein that can damage blood vessels and cells of the brain. Include folate-rich foods such as orange juice and dark leafy greens in your diet to ensure you get your share.
Help keep your mind sharp with a few tender spears of asparagus.
Low blood levels of folate and high blood levels of homocysteine were associated with greater memory problems for people 65 and older in a recent study. Protect against memory deficits by getting plenty of folate-rich foods such as asparagus. Increasing your blood levels of folate can help keep your homocysteine levels in check.
A basket of berries may be a good way to boost your memory.
In a recent study, researchers discovered that the extracts of certain berries helped combat oxidative stress and DNA damage, both of which play roles in the development of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers studied extracts from blackcurrants and boysenberries, two kinds of berries high in potent disease-fighting anthocyanins.
Don't let stress hormones hamper your brain activity.
High levels of stress hormones muddle memory in people of all ages by impairing brain areas involved in cognitive processing, a recent study concludes. Keep your memory sharp by fighting stress with regular exercise, social interactions with supportive people, and deep-breathing exercises.
Eating apples and drinking apple juice may be good for your brain.
Researchers examining the effects of apple juice on brain function determined that the antioxidants in apples and apple juice may help prevent some of the damage to memory and brain function that can result from oxidative stress. The researchers speculate that the equivalent of two or three apples per day could provide the benefit.
If you have found this newsletter to be helpful to you and you know someone who you feel could benefit from these thoughts and messages please pass it on.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
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