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Bible verses about motivation for Tough Times

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PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2010) Chaplain Lt. Jason Gregory reads bible verses on the weather deck aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). Bunker Hill is supporting Southern Seas 2010, a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multi-national environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By jeramie

A lot of people would surely agree if we say that life is tough. It is always reassuring to read bible verse about motivation for it somehow gives us the strength to continue with whatever it is that we are doing. Anything could happen in our life regardless of how well we lived, like bankruptcy, job loss, divorce, sickness and a lot more. In times that you think the world is going against you, finding hope and inspiration on bible verses is the best thing to do.

We all have difficult times. Do not think that life is unfair for you experience a lot of difficulties. We all have a fair share on the goodness and difficult side of living. If ever faced with a lot of challenges, do not blame God. You could ask God why, but never blame. When you ask why it’s happening to you, try also to ponder on the possible message that God wants you to realize on the problems you encounter.

Despite of all the problems and difficulties you experience, you should never lose faith in God. If you are down, you simply need to read some bible verses to lift you up.  Always remember that God will never abandon you. He will definitely put you to the test, but on the right time, He will be there to save you and bring you comfort. You need to experience difficulties first before enjoying some good times. Experiencing hardships is part of life. It makes life challenging and exciting. Instead of hating the problems that come your way, be more constructive and try to see what this problem could make you realize.

There are times that the hardships we face are simply eye openers. It makes us a better person and realize how wonderful life it. These problems could also make us more creative and responsive. This way, we become a better person. Try to see other people who are deeply troubled and are into a deeper situation than you are. How come they are still able to live their life? It is simply because they have faith.

Every one of us has to realize that we are nothing without God. This is why when dealing with problems; we need to rely on bible verses about motivation. Reading these verses will not only inspire us but would remind us that we have a God who constantly watching us.

The greatest mistake of a lot of people today is they often turn to worldly comfort when faced with problems. This is the reason why these issues are never solved. When problems strike, be strong and hold on to your faith.

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Bible Verses about life: Dealing with Problems and Guilt

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“Guilt”. Oil on board. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By jeramie

If you want to live a better life it is best that you start reading some bible verses about life. This will surely provide you with the encouragement and the motivation you need in order to carry on with life. God sees everything that is happening in us and definitely he will never abandon us. He will always lift our spirits up when we are about the fall down. We simply have to acknowledge God in our life and to accept him. Start by being familiar with His words through the bible. God is a loving God and many times He had proven that He will never leave us. It’s a big assurance already so we really have nothing to fear while living our life here on earth.

Everyone experiences problems, challenges and troubles. This could be in different aspects of life like family, finances, work, career, business and so on. No one is exempted when it comes to experiencing troubles and hardships in life. Even though who serve God in religious groups also have their fair share of troubles in life. The difference is most of these religious figures and servants of God trusts God more than we do. Always remember that the bitterness of life is intended not to destroy us but to hone us and make us a better person.

The best thing that you can do is to find joy in the trials you face. Always think that God simply wants you to learn something. This is something that could make you a better person and a better believer of God.

One of the reasons why a lot of people feel down, stressful and depress is because of guilt. This guilt feeling is one of the main reasons why we could not anymore do what God wants us to do. This feeling often happens when we sin. After committing sin we feel that we are not anymore worthy on the love of God that is why we turn away from him. This should not be the case. God came on Earth for the sinners. Whenever you sin do not let guilt and despair bring you down. Accept your fault and continue living and learning the ways of life with God in your heart and mind.

All of us need a dose of bible verses about life. This is because it someone reminds us that life is a gift from God. This is why we have to protect and cherish it. Also one of the best ways to be thankful to God about the give of life is to live our life better being able to help others especially those who are in need.

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder and Ensuring a Spiritual Approach is in the Treatment Plan

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German psychologist Emil Kraeplin first distinguished between manic–depressive illness and “dementia praecox” (now known as schizophrenia) in the late 19th century – via Wikipedia

This article is a good example of how the Catholic Church understands many psychiatric issues. I almost didn’t post it because imo a few points are simplistic. Mental health and illness is a complicated topic, and I think the power of the scientific ethos can have a deleterious effect on some individuals when it is uncritically (or incompetently) applied. Having said that, we must begin the discussion somewhere. And Brother Christopher makes a good stab at it, given the reservations just mentioned. — MC

By Brother Christopher

Once called manic-depressive illness, Bipolar Disorder it affects around 5.7 million American adults or about 2.6% of the population in the United States. According to the literature most people will start to see symptoms of bipolar when they are around 25 years of age or older. Race, creed, culture, gender, social class, and age do not seem to have any bearing on the diagnosis.

According to the study done by the National Institute of Mental Health, more than two thirds of people living with Bipolar Disorder will have a history of bipolar disorder within their family, which typically includes at least one close relative who has the diagnosis or unipolar major depression.

Statistically there are three times as many women over men who experience rapid cycling bipolar. Other studies show that women tend to have more depressive episodes and more mixed episodes than men do.

When it comes to children with bipolar and the teens who present with it, they usually have one parent who has the disorder. Children who have parents with this illness will have a risk of 15% to 30% to be diagnosed with Bipolar. If both of the parents have it then the risk will be increased to 50% to 75%.

So, what are the symptoms of Bipolar? Bipolar Disorder causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior—from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of severe depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder will last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with the ability to function in life’s day to day challenges. The initial symptoms can be subtle and confusing and many people with Bipolar Disorder are often overlooked or misdiagnosed—resulting in unnecessary suffering for all involved. But with proper treatment and support, everyone can lead an abundant and satisfying life.

During a manic episode (the high), a person might impulsively quit their job, charge up huge amounts on credit cards, or feel rested after sleeping only two hours sleep, if that. While during a depressive episode (the low), the same person might be too exhausted to get out of bed, and be full of a self-loathing and hopelessness temperament over being unemployed and in debt or just disgusted with life in general. These cycles of up and then down wreak havoc on not only the individual but the family and friends in his or her circle. And those friends and family, often stressed themselves by the actions of the individual’s disorder, often separate themselves from the afflicted over time. The causes of Bipolar Disorder aren’t completely understood, but it often it appears to be hereditary. A 2000 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry it was reported ‘in those with bipolar disorder, two major areas of the brain contain 30 percent more cells that send signals to other brain cells.’ This report theorizes that ‘the extra signal-sending cells may lead to a kind of overstimulation, which makes sense considering the symptoms of bipolar disorder.’ Other studies suggest that a low or high level of a specific neurotransmitter such as serotonin, norepinephrine or dopamine is the cause of the illness; while other studies suggest that an imbalance of these substances is the real problem, i.e., that a specific level of a neurotransmitter is not as important as its amount in relation to the other neurotransmitters. And still other studies propose that they have identified evidence that a change in the sensitivity of the receptors on nerve cells may be the causing issue. In summation, researchers are quite certain that the neurotransmitter system is at least part of the cause of Bipolar Disorder, but further research is still required to verify the exact underlying cause. What we have determined is that research has found that stressful life events can lead to the onset of symptoms in bipolar disorder. These can range from a death in the family to the loss of a job; from the birth of a child to a move (stress affects each of us differently). The stressful event can be just about anything. Once the disorder is triggered and progresses it takes on a life of its own. Once the cycle begins both the psychological and biological processes take over and keep the illness active.

So to provide an exact cause of the illness the best explanation, according to the current research available, is what is termed the ‘Diathesis-Stress Model.’ (Diathesis meaning’ a physical condition that predisposes a person more than usually susceptible to certain diseases.) The Diathesis-Stress Model states that each person inherits certain physical vulnerabilities to problems that may or may not appear depending on what stresses occur in his or her life. The bottom line in the causality of Bipolar Disorder is something you were born with that lays dormant until something in your life sets it off; at least this is the working model until research finds something new.

There are different faces of bipolar disorder in which the medical community classifies the illness.

Bipolar I Disorder (mania or a mixed episode) – This is the classic manic-depressive form of the illness, characterized by at least one manic episode or mixed episode.

Bipolar II Disorder (hypomania and depression) – In Bipolar II disorder, the person doesn’t experience full-blown manic episodes. Instead, the illness involves episodes of hypomania and severe depression.

Cyclothymia (hypomania and mild depression) – Cyclothymia is a milder form of bipolar disorder that consists of cyclical mood swings. However, the symptoms are less severe than full-blown mania or depression.

The most effective treatment for Bipolar Disorder is a combination of medications and counseling. Physicians often treat the mania symptoms associated with bipolar disorder with one set of medications, and use another set of medications drugs to treat the depression. Specific medications are also used for ‘maintenance care’ to maintain a stable mood over time. And although chemic al (medication) treatment is primary, ongoing counseling is important to help patients, and their families better cope with the disorder.

Today, the recommended treatments for Bipolar Disorder may include medications like lithium, anticonvulsant medications, antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizers, or a combination of any these medications they are prescribed with the goal of tempering moods without igniting the manic episode. It is important to take the medications exactly as prescribed and not to stop them. Should the patient feel the need to stop the medication both the patient and the family together should consult the doctor. Many of these medications have harmful effects if discontinued suddenly and should be tapered under the care of the prescribing physician.

As a pastoral counselor our role is to be involved with the counseling aspect of the treatment. ‘Talk’ therapy is an important part of the treatment for Bipolar Disorder. During therapy those involved, both patient and family can talk over their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that are causing problems within their lives. It’s easy to feel alone and abandoned by God. But God has not abandoned his faithful. It is the person who abandoned God because of the way their disease performs. It is here that a program which includes not only mind and body approach, but an approach to strengthen the spiritual relationship with God; a renewal of faith must be part of the healing process.

Such a Christian approach to treatment is based on the belief that:

God who created us and loves us (Genesis 1:26)

-Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’

Jesus the Christ who redeems us (Isaiah 53:5)

-But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

The Holy Spirit who guides us (Acts 1:8)

-But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

Within this approach the goal is to minimize symptoms, help individuals address life problems that they have in developing their lives, and to provide the tools to live a more fulfilling life. While God certainly has the ability to work miracles and cure any malady, He often allows us continue our journey with a ‘thorn in the flesh’ to remind us that He is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:7–9).

2 Corinthians 12:7–9

7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

If a Christian had diabetes or cancer, he would seek medical advice from trained doctors, take prescribed medications and treatments, and seek righteous counsel on how to deal with both his physical and emotional symptoms. The same must hold true for a believer with Bipolar Disorder. Because Bipolar Disorder affects the way a person thinks, finding spiritual counsel and spending time in God’s word are essential to reconnect to God. In order to do what is right, we must identify what is True. Bipolar Disorder alters a person’s perceptions of reality, so a strong and consistent foundation in truth is a necessity when dealing with its symptoms. Followers of the Christ should treat the afflicted with Bipolar Disorder with the same Jesus-like compassion they would show toward everyone else.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mental-health-articles/understanding-bipolar-disorder-and-ensuring-a-spiritual-approach-is-in-the-treatment-plan-7023694.html

About the Author

Brother Christopher Bashaw OFD, RN, M.Div. is a professed Brother in the Franciscans of Divine Mercy, an Old Catholic Tradition within the Independent Catholic Church of the Americas. He is also enrolled in the Independent Catholic Church of the Americas Seminary studying for the permanent deaconate. Brother Christopher has worked as a RN since graduating nursing school in 1984, with nursing experience including drug and alcohol recovery/detox, psychiatric nursing, physical rehabilitation, pain care, military nursing, occupational health, nursing home care, and pediatric/camp nursing. He has brought these skills into the developing his ministry the Mother Mary Society and Franciscan Pastoral Counseling. In addition to holding a M.Div., he holds certificates in Biblical Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery (Level 3) with a Christian approach.


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The Three Poisons of Buddhist Psychology or Christian Teachings Left Ignored

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By Brother Christopher

There are what is known as the three poisons in Buddhism, ignorance, attachment (greed), and hatred. This concept of the three poisons is important whether you consider yourself Buddhist or not, and by understanding this concept of the Three Poisons both your pastoral practice and the client will benefit to wholeness.

Greed, anger and ignorance are treacherous toxins which can build and destroy our life, are noted as the cause of human suffering. Buddhist psychology reveals that not only are these ‘poisons’ the source of our material greed in wanting more and more possessions, and the root cause of all of our harmful illusions of the ego, but they are also painful pollutants, which bring both physical and mental illness.

From the Christian angle, the core definition of greed or attachment defines the term(s) as the obsession with accumulating material goods; a greedy person values material goods more than they value God.

Luke 12:15 New International Version (NIV)

15 Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’

Greed’s buddies are desire and lust; these appetites and attachments cause us to want to ‘get hold of’ things, and to have more and more of them. Leading to never being satisfied. In essence greed and his entourage separate us from the One True God; Greed is that Golden Calf of the Old Testament.

Hate, simply put from a ‘Jesus perspective’ is when we stop considering another’s welfare. Hate is when we simply don’t care. Hate includes ‘when my thing is more important than your thing’.  Hate kills harmony. Hate kills inspiration. Hate kills others. Hate is suicide.

1 John 2:11 New International Version (NIV)

11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

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Hatred’s cohorts are anger, animosity and loathing, which trigger us to reject that which displeases us or infringes upon our ego. Again we create and divide the separation to the Divine as we promote hatred.

Matthew 22:36-40 New International Version (NIV)

36 ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’

37 Jesus replied: ‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’

Ignorance, which is ‘not knowing,’ our true nature, sets the path for delusion or in our believing something that is false when it is not or in believing lies in order to support our ego and avoid hurt.

Mathew 7:21-23 New International Version (NIV)

21 ‘Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

With ignorance we breed fear, co-existence with others diminishes, our intolerance of people, ideas, and practices grows. Out of ignorance we have bigotry, lack of understanding, lack of compassion. Ignorance is a choice that can be overcome through acceptance and education, and is something that is continual in our human life- ever evolving. Ignorance does not allow us to live in God’s Light.

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Countless numbers of us are most likely to be dominated by at least one of the poisons. These poisons fill our lives with suffering, unhappiness and our ability for tolerance and co-existence.  They are the reason we make poor decisions that upset our future.  They are the source of our self-serving and dishonest intentions, which lead us to act both unethically and immorally.  They are the roots of not only our own pain and misery, but the cause of the pain and suffering to those who love us. They bring ruin upon society itself.  Fortunately, there is an antidote, a treatment, a cure to these three poisons.  The practice of loving kindness and compassion and the connection to God, serving God,  is the medicine.

If we become aware of the Three Poisons, their causes and their cures, we can bring about a wonderful metamorphosis to those we serve as well as to our self.  Through the practice of loving kindness and compassion poison is transformed into nectar. And from the nectar evolves true happiness and righteousness that God intended each of us to behold.  When we realize our interdependence on each other, our connectedness to each other and to the Divine Source, as well as our unique oneness, we rid ourselves of the poisons that keep making us sick.  With pastoral counseling guidance can be offered, lessons can be given, but each one us must take the hand reaching out to us, embrace the tools being given to us, and then use those tools. This is God’s way.  As pastoral counselors we must look at how these poisons are affecting our clients… and unlike many other counselor types use the teachings of the Master, Jesus the Christ to teach our clients how to rid themselves of the poisons and bring harmony and wellness back into their life.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mental-health-articles/the-three-poisons-of-buddhist-psychology-or-christian-teachings-left-ignored-7021341.html

About the Author

Brother Christopher Bashaw OFD, RN, M.Div. is a professed Brother in the Franciscans of Divine Mercy, an Old Catholic Tradition within the Independent Catholic Church of the Americas. He is also enrolled in the Independent Catholic Church of the Americas Seminary studying for the permanent deaconate. Brother Christopher has worked as a RN since graduating nursing school in 1984, with nursing experience including drug and alcohol recovery/detox, psychiatric nursing, physical rehabilitation, pain care, military nursing, occupational health, nursing home care, and pediatric/camp nursing. He has brought these skills into the developing his ministry the Mother Mary Society and Franciscan Pastoral Counseling. In addition to holding a M.Div., he holds certificates in Biblical Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery (Level 3) with a Christian approach.  


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Prominent Christians, Past & Present

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The Ten Commandments, illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By PK Christian Writer

While preparing for Sunday school lessons on the Bible, I gave the children a few examples of noted Christians who did not only believe in the Bible, but excelled in the secular sphere as well.

I later published it online, and to my surprise, someone it shared it on another website as well.

Note that all entries in this article may not be considered “orthodox” Christians. Nevertheless, here is an overview of the influence of the Bible, and ode to people who rightfully were the “salt of the earth:

·         The Bible was the first major book to be printed in the world.

·         The Bible is still the highest selling book in the world.

·         The Bible is translated in more than 2000 languages. Almost 93% of the world’s population read the Bible in their mother tongue!

·         The King James Version has helped to develop the English language as well.

·         Scientists such as Isaac Newton, Galileo, Robert Hoyle, Johannes Kepler, Blaise Pascal, and Copernicus were Bible believers.

·         Famous sportspersons and athletes like Shawn Michaels and Eric Liddell have even preached the Bible.

·         Famous actors like Gregory Peck (Oscar Winner) and Johnny Lever are also known for their devotion to faith.

·         Johann Sebastian Bach and Mozart have a timeless influence on both secular and Church music.

·         Florence Nightingale, a Christian, was the founder of modern nursing.

·         William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian, led the movement which ended African slavery.

·         Top universities like Oxford, Harvard and Yale were started as religious institutions.

·         Christian missionaries have helped local communities in poor countries immensely. Indeed, it is not a coincidence that education and health care came with arrival of missionaries in the third world

·         Many astronauts on both Apollo 8 and 11 were believing Christians. They read the Bible in space, and even performed Eucharist while orbiting the Moon! Infact, an athiest onboard on Apollo 8 actually filed a lawsuit against Christians reading Genesis in the Spacecraft.

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Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Spanish text. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This does not go without saying that adherents of other religions have not contributed in anyway to the development of humanity. Nor do I argue that Christians have never acted in way that has harmed mankind.

But history has shown us one thing: Christianity is a religion of revival. There have been dark periods in Church history, but today the nations influenced by Christianity stand on the forefront of modern civilization.

Most importantly, all major atrocities committed by the Church were stopped by the members of the same faith. Whether it was the slaughter of Jews, war with the Turks, or the burning of innocent women, every time it was the Christians themselves who rose against the evils done in the name of God by their own brethren.

This is one, but not the only one, reason that Christianity still holds some relevance today.

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Suleman, M. John – I am a writer who creates content for clients (and myself as well). I think, read, and surf a lot, but my strong areas of research and writing include religion, history, literature, and online content creation (especially ghostwriting).


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Finding your own healthy diet

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was a kid I ate a lot of junk food and had a noticeable pot belly. I got so used to sucking in my stomach in public that it almost became an automatic reflex.

Sound familiar?

I think many adults can relate. And as adults we tend to get even chubbier as the years go by. The metabolism slows down, and so do we. I don’t know all the latest theories about weight gain and loss. But I do know what actually works if I want to slim down.

I’m not huge on food. Some folks invest a lot time and energy on the ephemeral pleasure of eating. It baffles me. Master chefs might want to stop here. These diet tips probably won’t work for you. Nor will they speak to those happy with their weight and body shape.

If you are satisfied with your weight, then skip this article. But if you’d like to shed a few pounds, read on.

The Clue

The first big clue about weight loss came when I lived in India. I was there for two years. And shortly after arriving, I began to lose weight, quite dramatically. Everyone noticed. Teachers, students, even Indian office workers would say that I’d “reduced,” which was a sort of cute way of putting it.

The foods that I mostly cut out were

  • meat
  • fats and cooking oil
  • ice cream

The cow is sacred in India, so it’s not commonly eaten. And grease, well, there’s plenty of that but I steered clear. I’d heard stories about Indian restaurants and street vendors reusing their oil, which taints it with all sorts of nasty micro-organisms that can wreak havoc your digestive system. As for ice cream, I had no freezer. Problem solved.

My food was prepared by a local cook. He delivered a tiffin three times a day. The tiffin included a tiny piece of fish, lots of flat bread, rice, dal (chickpea sauce), veggies and misti (an Indian sweet). Looking back, I was probably malnourished. I was young and didn’t know any better. And the weather was hot for most months, so I didn’t have much of an appetite. For a little treat I nibbled on a chocolate bar every day. And maybe some Maggi instant noodles or processed butter on bread. And still I was thin as a rake.

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Fruits and vegetables from a farmers market. circa 2007, USA, California, Long Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coming home to North America I remember a friend being startled when embracing my skinny bag of bones. I’d lost fat and muscle. It felt good in a way. But it couldn’t last. Not in the overindulgent West.

Later, while writing my doctorate in Ottawa, I was on a strict student budget, so ate simply. Modifying my old Indian fare, I had coffee, cereal and milk in the morning. Noodles, tuna, veggies, all mixed in a single pot for dinner. And the occasional serving of Häagen-Dazs for those dull days. And yes, I did stay thin. But it was a good thin.

After graduating I moved in with my folks. It was nice to live in a house again, but what a tremendous diet change! Suddenly food was everywhere. All types, all quantities. And guess what? I began to gain weight again. Fast. A friend came to dinner and said I was “quite portly,” and he was right.

So here’s what I do when I want to lose weight:

Morning

  • Coffee (as much as I like) with a tsp. of sugar or honey
  • Cereal (any sugar-slathered corn duds I like) with 2% milk
  • The occasional eggs on toast, without bacon

Lunch

  • I always skip lunch at noon because my cereal is taken mid-to-late morning

Dinner

  • Late lunch/dinner of a tuna sandwich around 5 p.m. Add a bit of margarine OR a bit of mayonnaise. Not both. Calories are calories. And we have to make sacrifices somewhere. I do, however, gobble up the extra tuna that I don’t use in the sandwich.
  • Another favorite meal is brown beans, fleshed out with a bean medley on toast. Maybe add a bit of ketchup. It’s not glamorous but it’s cheap and definitely low cal.
  • Some nights I eat instant noodles mixed with tuna (or egg) and lots of veggies. Add cheese powder or seasoning and maybe a slice of processed cheese. Sprinkle with a quality soya like KIKKOMAN.
  • I also eat the occasional frozen dinner. Mostly noodles of some sort. But they’re not very satisfying.
  • Once in a while I’ll have some fresh chicken and veggies pie, the unfrozen kind without preservatives.
  • Once in a while, salad. I should probably eat more of this but I find the preparation is too much hassle. And I’m not wild about bagged salads. Sometimes I add tomatoes and other goodies to bagged salad, but still, I don’t enjoy food preparation too much, so this is not my norm.

Other Stuff

Obviously I eat more than the above. I honestly can’t remember everything I eat, and it changes through the seasons. But here goes:

  • Through the day I snack on fruit. I like bananas best. But any fruit will do. Carrots and celery are also great snacks. After dinner I might have a few shrimp. Maybe a small amount of cheese. Or possibly just some chick peas. I may also eat toast with a bit of margarine if my stomach is grumbling.
  • When invited for dinner, I choose to eat whatever is served. Meats, fancy deserts, etc. That doesn’t happen too often throughout the year. But I do gain a bit during holidays like Christmas!
A jar of Ovaltine from the UK (2006), a mug of...

A jar of Ovaltine from the UK (2006), a mug of ovaltine made with hot milk and a tablespoon of the powder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midnight snack

  • I love late night food. It’s a quiet time and things literally taste better. This is my danger zone. If I’m going to fall off my diet, it’s at the midnight hour. So I have to recognize that. I suggest we all recognize our danger zones, and change our habits accordingly.
  • One thing I find helpful is to microwave a bowl of frozen veggies instead of diving into the ice cream or flavored yogurt. And if I still want to eat, I drink something like a meal replacement powder (with lots of vitamins) in milk. Or fill up with a mug of Ovaltine (made with water, and a bit of milk as a creamer). I may also eat simple bread with margarine. But that’s probably not the best.

The other night I got bored and fell off my diet, big time. I thoroughly enjoyed two cups of ice cream with lots of sundae topping. But I didn’t beat myself up over it. Whenever I falter like that, I think, Well, you probably needed it. Tomorrow is another day. And when tomorrow comes, I try harder not to fall into that pattern again.

We can choose. It just takes conscious awareness. Try thinking like this:

If I eat this food, later on I will feel this way…

Spiritual elements

Sometimes I wonder if overeating is, in part, a spiritual issue. When I spend time with over-eaters, later I often sense in myself a compulsion toward unrestrained eating. Let me theorize for a moment. Or do some theology. Whatever. It almost seems like a spiritual presence that compels others to overeat comes to me. Please understand that this is not intended to insult anyone in any way. It simply has been my way of reflecting on my experience.

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You don’t have to agree with the idea that there might be a link between negative spirituality and overeating. Many would argue that my experience comes from learned behavior, mimicking, or some other social dynamic. And many would add that my interpretation of that experience comes from my analytical bent.

However, I see human beings as partly spiritual creatures. And I believe it’s incomplete to reduce everything to biochemistry, psychology and social learning, as do so many medical doctors and health gurus.

In Catholic theology the compulsion to eat more after being with over-eaters could be partly explained in terms of spiritual attack or spiritual obsession. And in Hinduism, as karma transfer. I realize this is beyond the ken of most people. Industrial culture is, one could say, immersed in a kind of techno-materialism. I just put these ideas out as food for thought. Thinking about overeating as a biological, psychological, social and spiritual issue might help some to discern previously unrecognized factors contributing to their unwanted behavior.

Exercise

The other half of losing weight is keeping fit. I don’t go to health clubs. They’re not my scene. I wouldn’t like rubbing up against machines that complete strangers have been sweating on. And I imagine the vibes at those places are pretty thick.

So I fit my exercise into my daily routine. I do a lot of household chores. I mow the lawn with a manual push mower and clippers. I rake the leaves. I don’t hire someone to shovel out the driveway in winter. Every few days I walk about 30 minutes, or ride my bike to Mass. I often park the car around the corner from busy parking lots and walk a minute or two to my destination. It’s amazing how even this can help.

Feel better!

I hope my story helps you to find your own healthy diet. Remember, everyone is different and these are just suggestions. So be sure to get all the essential nutrients you need. But I suggest minimizing things like excessively greasy food, chips and ice cream. I’ve been both skinny and chubby, and can honestly say that I feel better, all around, when I’m not carrying those extra, unwanted pounds.

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Earthpages gets a new Facebook page!

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Earthpages new Facebook page

There’s an old saying that success is like a snowball. The more it rolls down the hill, the bigger it gets. This has certainly been the case with my use of Facebook.

Since opening my personal Facebook page to the public, I’ve met a lot of really interesting people. People who I’ll probably never meet in person but who are open to relating through the web. Not everyone has that kind of global perspective. Some want to keep their Facebook page private for known friends and family. And I can appreciate that. But I believe the broader perspective will become increasingly normal in the future (it already is with musicians, who collaborate with like-minded souls at a distance).

It’s only a matter of time before mankind’s little boundaries get bigger. And I want Earthpages to be at the forefront of that change.

Funny thing is, as I get to know my new Facebook friends (whom I haven’t met in person), the whole bunch starts to feel like an extended family. Or maybe a circle of acquaintances. We all have common interests. And many post vital stories that I want to share with the rest of my Earthpages visitors.

But still, there’s a slight tension – I’ll be honest – with my extended circle, on the one hand, and my old friends and family, on the other hand. I have to think before posting family photos or divulging somewhat personal info. So far, I’ve managed the two realms on one Facebook page pretty well.

But it’s time to break free and start up a whole new page. And that’s why I’ve launched a second Facebook page for Earthpages. It’s quite new and doesn’t have many followers yet. But I am delighted that the search engines have picked it up.

This new page contains cutting edge stories and alternative commentary. It won’t tell you how I feel today or if I brushed my teeth after dinner! That kinda stuff will be at my first Facebook page, which everyone is still welcome to join. My new page, simply called “Earthpages“, is about what’s happening now. And what will make a difference tomorrow.

Check it out!  https://www.facebook.com/earth5569

—MC


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Misconceptions about the Tarot cards

Tarot of the Forest: The Moon

Tarot of the Forest: The Moon (Photo credit: queercatkitten)

Introduction

When I was a grad student in India, I had a Rider-Waite Tarot deck and did “the cards” almost every day. Well, for a few months anyhow. I also threw the I Ching on near-daily basis.

After a while I realized I was just reading into the cards and hexagrams, hoping that what I wanted would appear in the results, or seeing what I wanted in them. I really enjoyed the archetypal patterns. But after a while when my youthful hopes and dreams didn’t really manifest, I got bored and moved on. I still own that Rider Tarot deck and my personal library contains several interpretations of the I Ching. But I rarely look at divinatory material today.

However, the Tarot and I Ching were a part of my spiritual journey and, as such, I respect them. And that’s why I’m posting this article. It might not be the best written article but I think that’s probably due to language barriers. I might not agree with everything this article says. But if you just scan thru the sometimes wooly sentences you might find a few good points that we should all keep in mind.

Remember, Earthpages is about dialogue. And I’m not really interested in ambitious pundits who babble on and backslap in a tight circle of internet talk shows. Nope. Earthpages is an alternative to all that. And that means publishing stuff by unknowns, even by folks whose English language skills are not quite up to scratch. As long as the article is understandable, and IMO has some merit, it’ll probably appear here sooner or later. After all, language should be used to communicate, not to oppress or exclude.

So, with that unsolicited introduction, here’s the article.

 —MC

Page of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Page of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Misconceptions about the Tarot cards

By Toyajwmt

Although many people have started to believe in the efficiency of tarot cards, but there are still some who still doubt his ability. Like a lot of misconceptions develop as a result of people still think that these cards are a form of magic. As a result, they are not even willing to touch these cards because they think the magic of these cards will affect them negatively. Moreover, symbols, colors or numbers present on these cards have nothing to do with magic, but they only convey some meaning.

These tarot cards are actually thousands of years of human experience that is embedded in these shaped cards symbols, numbers or colors. They do not make accurate predictions of future events, but they can only show us some of the probable or give us some guidance for decision making opportunities.

Two of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Two of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is also a misconception about the tarot cards these cards are evil as symbols present in them, are images or signs of poor people and people who are involved with these Tarot Reading have powers of darkness. Actually, this myth originated in the middle Ages, when the pagans Christians eradicated because the pagans were their main competitors at the time. Tarot at the time was associated with pagans. The anti-Christian pagans they still consider tarot cards as evil without understanding the reason and importance of tarot cards are still. Tarot cards are actually associated or related to any religion they only speak the universal language of symbols to make some predictions likely to happen.

There are also people who think that the origin of tarot cards is China, India and ancient Egypt but according to the evidence found are believed to have originated in Italy. Tarot is considered fraud business to make money for some, but in all professions there are dishonest people who without knowing it are just making their own fortunes. Tarot is actually more susceptible to these types of people cheat. They sometimes regarded as soothsayers. Has been observed that people consider these tarot readers as witches or demons. But the tarot has no connection with any religion or something. Different readers of different religions to choose different cards to suit the images present in them according to their religion deck. This is only for the tarot to a particular religion is nothing more than that.

Ten of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Ten of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dominant there is also a myth that reading tarot cards over and over again or reading your own tarot cards can bring bad luck to a person considered to be fully false by professionals. This may have arisen from the fact that the tarot card readers do not read their own cards. This is not because they can not do that, but yes, it is difficult to do so. The reason behind this is that reading Tarot Reader in Pune requires questioning, and it becomes quite difficult for a person even becoming reader and asks the same time. Nor is sometimes believed that psychic ability is required for read or interprets these tarot cards are trying to say, but this is not true. You just need to have a thorough knowledge of the symbols on the cards and gifts all you need is to decipher its meaning. These meanings have been developed over the years through the human experience. The person should be relaxed and calm during the tarot reading, because it is the subconscious mind which is working at that time rather than any psychic ability of a person to make a prediction. Tarot are sometimes believed to affect the lives of others which is completely opposite of the function of the tarot cards. They can not be used to do things or make things happen but they are only used to predict things or interpret situations. Finally, we must understand tarot cards are useful because it is a kind of knowledge preserved collected over the years.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/tarot-articles/misconceptions-about-the-tarot-cards-6990246.html

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Instead, with the help of these cards can guide people in difficult situations with their amazing abilities and powers.

 


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Shamanic Wisdom Quotes

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By Lee Neale

The following is a best of compilation of original quotes drawn from the well of my personal experience and Shamanic practice over the last few years. I hope they bring some spiritual nourishment to your day. Much peace and love to you all!

When it comes to life’s joys develop photos. When it comes to life’s disasters, develop memory loss.

A diamond in the dark impresses no one. Only when we see the brilliance in others is it reflected within ourselves.

We are all things. We are the cage, we are the key to the cage and the freedom that lies beyond it.

It’s all about now: what we do in this moment changes everything.

Why bother to sweep the leaves? Sit quietly and let the wind do its work.

There is no such thing as boredom; only laziness of mind.

Possibility: everything that you could ever imagine, and nothing you can’t.

At best, spiritual teachers can only point out the potential for a path, but the student must discover and walk upon it themselves.

People stuck in the past are doomed to repeat it. People who fear for the future are bound to meet it. Those who live in the moment are sure to enjoy it.

The blame game can become a disempowering distraction from what is good in the world, what is working, what great strides humanity is making. Our infatuation with certain powerful others as the answer to all our problems reduces our capacity to act; right here, right now, at the point of our experience, to shape our world for the better on our own terms, with our own heart and two hands.

If no one is smiling at you, check your reflection.

As the voice of divine inspiration, you are both the singer and the song.

To say that a human is behaving like an animal, is an insult to animals.

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I’m from here or there, I am this I am that, I am one of these or one of those: pointless. If we must identify, let it be known only that we are human and we are here together in this moment, now. That is enough.

We are notes struck upon a cosmic harp.

Time, time, time and time again. How many times before you count.

Life is music and your heart is an instrument. With love it’s easy to hear your place in the universe’s symphony.

I would rather fail on my own terms, than succeed by those of another.

Be yourself, no one else is going to be yourself.

There is a strong correlation between the decline of a civilisation and it’s inability to respond creatively to and with its environment.

The universe has a way of testing us through chaos. I believe it does this because it loves us, wants us to grow, learn and live a life of fullness and well being. Don’t be afraid of crisis, it is simply mother nature’s way of saying hi.

We are born enlightened. Ignorance is learned.

We are all ordinary miracles.

Your consciousness is an expression of nature. Your nature is an expression of consciousness.

Much better it is for the mind to be full of emptiness, than to be empty of fullness.

To grasp is to lose; to lose is to grasp.

Peace on Earth, not a piece of Earth.

Kindness + time + patience = joy

In our minds we live a million lives; in our hearts but one.

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Lee Neale is the founder of Shama Gaia. He’s an Australian-born sociologist, language teacher and Shamanic healer living in Japan.


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The Harmony thesis

By W.J.Darlington

God of Heavenly Punishment

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It is my whole-hearted belief that out there, in that vast cosmos, is a grand puppet master

a creature born from stone, forged amongst the blazing stars, pulling all the strings. Twisting the will of man.

This deity seeks balance and order, so it manipulates mortals to carry out his will.

Why it seeks balance? we may never know

is there some reward? perhaps

does this creature hold all the answers, or does it give us the questions?

I know this theory sounds insane and inexplicable. Especially since, to the unobservant one, the world is not balanced.

There is war and strife. Hate and rage. Children are dying, and innocent blood is spilt everyday

but at the same time. Children are born, homes are built and half the world is at peace, while the other half rages.

There can be no light without darkness.

A world of light will always have the rebellious, the hateful and the dark hidden away in it’s corners.

The same can be said of a world of darkness.

A world of dark will always have hope, determination; a candle in the night

Do humans really have free will? It is in our nature to wage war, to fight. It runs throughout all of nature, yet we believe in peace loving deities that believe in imaginary worlds with no strife.

Is it so crazy to believe that something out there doesn’t want peace? That something doesn’t want the western indulgence?

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If the gods wished humans to be peaceful, then why did they program us to instinctively wage war amongst each other?

If a god wants the decadent west to fall, then why did it create it in the first place?

Why should a king need to prove itself to it’s subjects with some prophet and a handful of miracles?

Every religion has some guideline. A book, a scripture, writing on the wall, Something! But why? Why are these guidelines not deeply imprinted in our minds? Why do they need to be drilled into us from birth?Perhaps the true guidelines are already within us. The will to fight for dominance, to balance the world may be our guidelines.

What if the gods we bow to are simply creations, meant to cause strife and peace amongst man, in the pursuit of true harmonic balance.

Believe my theories, or don’t. The choice is yours, but you cannot deny my theory is sound in many aspects.

Thank you for reading

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/the-harmony-thesis-6992851.html

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A well-read scholar who has studied human behaviour, religion and Balance for several years

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