Thursday, July 23, 2009

Natural Energy Boosters

More at Health and Fitness

By Sara Melone

On certain days, we all fall victim to the inevitable drag. Sometimes we just can't help yawning and feel absolutely no energy whatsoever. So what do we do to overcome those sleepy, low energy days? Instead of always running for a cup of coffee, energy drink or heaven forbid - sugary snacks, try some of the following natural energy boosters to get your "get up and go" back.

L-Glutamine Powder
Glutamine is the most common amino acid found in muscles. This amino acid supplement is already found in many protein mixes and energy bars. Body-builders have been using it for years to help replenish after a work-out. L-Glutamine is believed to help the body in metabolizing protein and is thought to reduce carbohydrate and sugar cravings.


We already know apples are amazing. They provide fiber and more specifically, a type called pectin that helps lower cholesterol levels and moderate blood sugar. Apples also contain a mineral called boron which is believed to boost alertness and concentration. Apples have even been linked in studies to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's.

Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle is an herb that has been used for thousands of years in conjunction with supporting healthy liver function. Many people do not realize decreased liver functionality can be a major factor in fatigue and low energy. In fact, one of the liver's main functions is breaking down stored fat to produce energy.

That's right, they're good for more than just Thanksgiving pie and Halloween carving. Pumpkin is high in fiber and low in calories, and it has been shown to help stabilize energy. Pumpkins are high in potassium and contain Vitamin C as well as other nutrients such as Niacin, Vitamin E, Calcium and Iron.

If you can stand the heat, eat up! The capsaicin found in hot peppers has been show to boost metabolism and energy. Cayenne pepper is often used by those seeking to increase metabolism and shed pounds because some studies suggest cayenne pepper can raise metabolic rate by up to 25% for a period of several hours after ingestion. Anyone who has ever eaten a hot pepper can testify to the fact that hot peppers can increase circulation immediately. Increased blood flow can translate to better energy levels.

Next time you're feeling a little low on energy, reach for one of these all natural alternatives and get back to feeling great in record time!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Law of Polarity

The law of polarity states that everything in the universe has an opposite. There is no up without down, there is no hot without cold and there is no light without darkness. For everything that exists, there is a pole which measures varying degrees of that particular element.

Revisiting science once again, we remember that all matter in the universe is made up of atoms. Once thought to be the smallest unit of matter, we now know even atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. In fact, atomic structure is the perfect representation of the law of polarity. The law of polarity can simply be represented by a spectrum. At both ends of the spectrum are the polar opposites - light and dark, hot and cold, etc. In the middle lies neutrality. Inside an atom (the building block of all matter) we have the proton (positive), the electron (negative) and the neutron (neutral).

Just think about the last time you tried to pick out a paint color and stared at a wall of paint chips. For every color that exists, there is a spectrum ranging from a very dark shade to a very light shade. There are even colors like ultra violet which we can't see with the human eye, but they exist.

So what do we do with the law of polarity? We use it like a compass to guide us on the right path to the right thoughts and the good life we deserve. If we are experiencing circumstances that are not ideal or feelings that make us feel disharmonious, we can know with absolute certainty that according to the law of polarity there has to be an exact polar opposite to our current experience. For every negative experience we perceive there is either:

a.) another positive experience waiting for us


b.) there is something positive we can somehow glean out of the perceived negative.

Perhaps the most powerful aspect of the law of polarity is in recognizing that for every negative thought or emotion we experience, there is a polar opposite which we could just as easily be experiencing. All we have to do is shift focus back to the other end of the spectrum. The law of polarity helps us redirect our course in life and serves to let us know that there is always an alternative. If we never experienced failure, we could not know and fully appreciate the success. If we did not know hunger or want, we would not know the satisfaction of fulfillment. Like the law of relativity, without knowing our circumstances could be perceived as much worse, we would not know how good we have it already.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Law of Vibration

The law of vibration states that everything vibrates, and nothing in the universe is at rest. Through the use of scientific equipment we can even see this concept for ourselves. The table in the dining room looks solid, but if we were to put the table under a high-powered microscope, we would see that table is actually made up of tiny particles which are moving and vibrating all the time. They do so at such a low rate of speed that they appear not to be moving at all to the naked eye. We could do the same thing even with our own bodies. Our skin cells, blood cells, liver cells and heart cells could all be broken down into subatomic particles which clearly move and vibrate continuously . Even when our bodies die, they continue to vibrate as the molecules break down and the physical body eventually transforms into dust particles.

Everything in our universe is a vibration. The wind, the light, the plants, animals and ourselves. Some of these vibrations are easily detectable while others are not. When someone speaks, their voice emanates in a specific frequency - or vibration. In listening to that person speak, the vibration of their voice is carried into the ear canal where it vibrates the tympanic membrane, or eardrum. This vibration in the ear is then translated into a spark of energy as the brain cells vibrate to interpret the sound, the speech and the words.

Even without having to study the complex mathematical equations and scientific theories that have led to the discovery of this law, you will see its truth all around you. Think about when you put a pot of water on the stove. You leave it alone for a while, and the water stabilizes to appear completely still and motionless. Then you turn on the burner underneath the pot. The burner heats up and transfers heat vibrations to the pot. The pot then transfers heat to the water. As the water heats up, its vibration increases to such a high rate of speed you can actually see it with your eyes. First you detect tiny air bubbles forming and rising to the surface. Then those bubbles increase exponentially and the water begins to boil. It gains so much speed from its high rate of vibration that it continues to expand right out of the pot as the steam vapor rises into the atmosphere.

Remember if everything is vibrating and in a constant state of motion, it must be in motion toward something. Imagine we place two magnets on that dining room table. They are adjacent to each other but independent of each other. Now we grab on to the edge of the table and begin to shake it rhythmically so everything on the table's surface including the two magnets also begins to vibrate at the same rate. Eventually, those two magnets will vibrate close enough to each other that they are able to attract each other and become one joined unit.

Our bodies are also vibrating masses waiting to attract other vibrating forces. If we find we are in a state of despair, we will vibrate toward despair. If we are vibrating positive energy of wealth, health, abundance and joy, we will vibrate toward and attract more of those same vibrations to increase exponentially.

The good news is that we are not lame ducks subject to the will of vibrations. We have control over the vibrations we create and thereby the vibrations we attract and gravitate toward. In an ever-expanding universe where everything exists on a vibrational level, our thoughts are one of the highest vibrational frequencies known to exist. Nothing we know of is faster than the speed of thought. There exists amazing potential in those thought vibrations, and that is why it is so important to harness that power and learn to direct it appropriately.

When we think a negative thought, negativity will vibrate toward us. Think that way for long enough, and it begins to encompass our entire being. Our whole body will vibrate with negative energy right down to the cells in our organs.

It also works the other way, however. In the opposite direction it works faster, better and more efficiently. Alter our thoughts to produce positive vibrations, and it will engulf our entire being in abundant, radiant energy. We will begin to vibrate at such a high frequency that more and more positive energy will vibrate toward us and attach to us at an ever increasing rate. One positive vibration leads to another and then another, propelling us up the ladder to bigger and better things. It's like a Universal multi-level marketing system! We can use the law of vibration and make it work for us to vibrate toward everything good for our life. There is no "good luck" or "bad luck", there is only vibration.

Friday, July 17, 2009

7 Steps to a State of Happiness

Happiness is a state of mind. We choose whether or not we are going to be happy no matter what circumstances life sends our way. There are people who easily become moody and depressed over the simplest set-back, and there are those who continue to shine with a sunny disposition no matter what inconvenience might pop up along the way. What makes or breaks our life is how we deal with the situations presented to us. Jack Canfield teaches an equation known as E+R=O. Event+Response=Outcome.

Today I choose to be happy. What about you? Will you choose to be happy, too? Set yourself up for happiness. Clear away the cobwebs in your mind, your body and your life and set your focus on positive thought and a happy state of mind. To get started, consider making some of the following changes in your daily life to leave the door open for happiness.

1. Adjust Your Diet
Sometimes the things we eat can actually have a negative affect on our mood. Certain foods like omega-3 rich salmon and nuts can boost the mood and help stave off feelings of depression in those who are prone. The vibrational energy of certain foods is another thing to keep in mind. Certain foods might be better suited to match your body's chemistry and vibrational energy. Plus, when we are making healthy food choices and taking care of our body, we automatically feel better.

2. Keep a Journal
A journal can be therapeutic in two different ways. If we are facing difficulty with a situation or a decision, journaling can help with working out feelings in the same way talking to someone can help sort through the situation. Some people find when they have a rough day or a difficult time with a loved one, putting the feelings onto paper allows them to release those feelings from their mind and move on. Others argue this habit might only increase negative feelings as we dwell on them in contemplation. See how it works for you and adjust your habits accordingly. Journaling can be an excellent opportunity to focus on good things, as well. Each night or each week you can write out all of the wonderful things you saw, felt and experienced in the previous days or hours. Focusing on the positive moments will make you feel great, and you always have that record to go back to.

3. Good Deeds
If you've ever helped someone and known how much your help was appreciated or needed, you know how good it can feel to pitch in. If you have the time, make it a regular event and you will notice an improvement in your feelings and general state of happiness.

4. Meditate
Mediation is a powerful tool for focusing the mind and getting clear about what you want to bring in to your life. During meditation, you can practice techniques to relieve stress and let go of emotions that can interfere with your ability to experience deep levels of happiness. Meditation allows you to achieve a peaceful state and become open to the blessings waiting to shower your life!

5. Shed Some Light on the Situation
If you've ever spent a long winter hibernating in the darkness that starts around 4:30 in the afternoon, you know how light (or lack thereof) can affect your mood. Open the blinds and let the sunlight stream in as soon as you first wake up in the morning. Eat breakfast by a sunny window or on the patio, and spend time outdoors each day. Particularly if you work in an office without direct sunlight, make sure you spend your breaks outside or near a window to get a healthy dose of cheerful sunlight.

6. Socialize
Spending time with family and friends who care about you and share your desire to live a happy, positive life can do wonders for boosting your mood. Human beings feed off each other, and when we share great times together life becomes so much more enriching.

7. Exercise
Regular exercise is so important for our bodies. Not only does it release endorphins to make us feel happier right away, but participating in regular exercise makes us feel good because we know we are taking good care of our bodies the way we should. It's a healthy accomplishment we can be proud of!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Law of Relativity

Einstein was famous for his theory of relativity which focused on several areas including gravity and the time space continuum. Einstein surmised the idea that space and time were not necessarily fixed, but that things could change depending on the person or the viewpoint.

If you were sitting on a hill watching the sun set over the edge of the horizon, you might conclude the sun finally set at 5:46 pm based on your vantage point. If you moved further up the hill however, you might actually see the sun set again several seconds later. Move further and further up the hill and the time of the sunset will continually change relative to your vantage point.

The law of relativity states that nothing can be considered good or bad, fast or slow, big or small unless it is in relation to something else.

This law is important in several very specific ways. First of all, it reiterates the fact that our minds are the most powerful element in our life circumstances. No matter where our life is at this moment, we can only feel dissatisfied when we decide there is something to be dissatisfied about. After all, it is only in relation to someone else's perceived triumph or to our own unattained goals that we might feel insignificant in our current achievements. By the same token, only in looking back and seeing how far we have come relative to where we were or relative to where others are now can we truly appreciate the strides we have made.

Finding a way to switch that mechanism in order to see the beauty and wonder in life no matter what level we have reached will open up countless doors. We feel a true sense of happiness and purpose affirming each step taken and acknowledging where we have been and what we have accomplished while focusing on where we want to be. That sense of happiness and contentment only serves to attract more happiness based on the other laws as we know them.

The second portion of the law of relativity is the way in which it works to induce feelings of gratitude. Although it may not be ideal to our desires at that moment, no matter what situation we find ourselves in at any given time - it could always be worse. We can always look around and find someone who is in a worse situation. Not that it is advisable to revel in others' misery, but the simple fact allows us the opportunity to feel gratitude for the blessings we have received and the things we have been able to achieve thus far. Those feelings of gratitude will in turn breed more good feelings and allow us to turn that positive energy into more and more wonderful circumstances for our lives.

The third point concerning the Law of Relativity is concerning speed and time. When people are trying to create something beautiful out of their lives and manifest something specific, they often focus on time and wonder how speedily it will be delivered to them. Often the idea that something will take a long time can be discouraging enough to ward off the prospect of eventual fulfillment. Remember that nothing can be considered big or small, fast or slow except in relation to something else. Only if we perceive it to be a long wait will it actually be a long wait. If we perceive our results will come fast - like at the speed of light - then they will arrive speedily into our life!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Law of Perpetual Transmutation

The definition of transmute is "to change the form, substance or character of. The law of perpetual transmutation refers to the fact that energy is constantly flowing in and out of the material world and taking various forms. The energy source is limitless, and it is never depleted.

We already know this law from what we learned it in science class. Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it simply flows in and out of different forms.

In simple terms: energy radiates down from the sun, and photosynthetic organisms such as plants use that light energy to produce carbohydrate (glucose). That glucose can be used to supply the energy needs of the plant cells to continue growing. When human beings eat those plants, our bodies are also supplied with sugars which we convert to our own energy. In fact, a calorie is simply a unit of energy. Our bodies in turn work, move and think - all the while utilizing those calories inside our cells. When we burn those calories through activity, they move from our bodies back into the atmosphere through the release of heat. It's a never-ending cycle. All energy exists as some form, but it is always changing and mutating into different forms of energy.

What about you? Your whole body is energy. You are a huge mass of vibrating energy and whirling molecules. Your cells are constantly reforming, and your body is always restructuring itself. Your thought patterns create a spark of energy. Even your voice has a unique vibrational frequency all its own.

You are energy, and energy is constantly flowing through you from the invisible, inexhaustible source which you cannot see but can most definitely feel. Energy flows into you and it becomes you - it becomes whatever you direct it to become through your thoughts and actions. The energy then manifests in the material world around you. It can manifest into the dinner you cook for your family, or the house you build with your hands. It can manifest into the relationship you have been focusing on or the career you have been pursuing.

Often human beings are sometimes adverse to change but if we are energy, we are subject to perpetual change. Nothing ever remains the same in our life. We are constantly altered by information, experiences and perspective.

It might sound a little frightening until we think about the vast opportunity this opens up. We are constant transformation. We cannot be hindered by circumstance or station in life. We can become anything. We have to change because we are energy. Energy passes into and through us, and like a beacon we can direct it to transform into our heart's desire.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Best Foot

First dates can be unnerving. The excitement, the uncertainty and raw nerves can easily get in the way and trip us up if we allow them. Often times it can be difficult trying to strike the right balance of conversation, attitude and behavior. While our mothers teach us to be on our best behavior when meeting someone new, our need to be true and honest to ourselves insists we should simply be who we are and "consequences be damned!"

Do we sit politely and hold our tongue, or do we open up and allow our date to see the good, the bad and the ugly all at once? We want to be loved for who we are - imperfections and all. Doesn't it make sense to show all of our faults right away so we can find a relationship with someone who will accept those imperfections right from the start?

In reality, there does exist a comfortable balance somewhere in the middle.

Certainly we should always be true to ourselves and honor both the person we are and the person we are becoming. Especially in dating, we can sometimes have a tendency to put our best foot forward in the beginning only to steadily decline as the relationship progresses, but we should always be putting our best foot forward in every day of our lives since life is about becoming the best version of you possible. It's a commitment to work toward and strive for each and every day, and it's not something that should make occasional appearances then disappear altogether.

If you find yourself on your best behavior during a first date with someone you really like, decide to make that best behavior your new usual behavior. If it's good enough for the first date, it's good enough for the fifth date and even the fiftieth date! No one likes to experience a bait and switch on a date with someone we like. They are quiet and polite with a comfortable flow of conversation, and we find ourselves enjoying their company only to learn several weeks later that their "real" personality is pushy, aggressive and caustic. That will only spell disappointment for all parties involved.

We shouldn't have to mask or try to hide our true spirit from anyone, but sometimes it's better to reveal yourself gradually so your inner layers can be seen for the interesting and unique puzzle that makes up you.

Definitely showcase all of your best qualities. Certainly don't try to hide your negative qualities, but do make a steady and determined effort to minimize those negative qualities. Let your awesome side shine through as much as possible until it eventually takes over. Allow your most positive traits and behaviors to take hold, blossom and expand until they fill up your entire being and you can be seen for how wonderful you truly are.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


The Law of Resonance and Coaching

If you read the article entitled "What is Brain Wave Therapy?", then you've already had a refresher course on the Law of Resonance. It states, "all energy resonates at a specific frequency enabling only energy of a harmonious frequency to attach to it creating your physical results."

In slightly varying terms it is also often stated, "When two energy fields vibrating at different frequencies are brought together, the resonance of the two must meet. Either the higher will be pulled down to the lower, the lower will be raised to the higher, or they will meet somewhere in between."

So when one tuning fork is struck and begins to vibrate and hum, another tuning fork nearby will also begin to hum in unison even though it has not been struck at all. This phenomenon can also be played out on crystal goblets or two perfectly tuned violins. When a string is plucked on one violin, the other violin also begins to sing in perfect harmony.

It's a fascinating concept made even more so when we think about how this law of resonance can be applied to our lives. We already know the human mind emits a certain frequency based on the way we think and the activities we are engaging in at any given moment. These frequencies can be recorded by an electroencephalogram (or EEG). This test measures and records the electrical activity of the brain through the use of electrodes. Using the power of sound wave technology in brain wave therapy, we can actually alter the way our minds work by resetting the frequency in order to invoke better concentration, more restful sleep and lasting memory. It's incredible.

So if our minds are emitting a certain frequency and if the law of resonance applies to human beings as well, then the frequencies of our minds would be automatically adjusting to meet the frequency of other people's minds all the time!


It's no wonder misery loves company when the law of resonance is at work! We can see how truly important it is to surround ourselves with like-minded people who share our vision, our passions and our goals for happiness and success. Now we understand why it can make such a difference to spend time with joyful, supportive people. Even after a difficult day, their laughter and happiness is literally infectious and can bring us back up to a happy frequency almost magically.

Think about how powerful this concept can be when applied to coaching. If you know of someone who is successful, positive and happy, you know they are emitting a matching frequency through their happy and positive thoughts. If you are working with them or spending time with them, you are bound to be picking up some of that signal as well. Your brain frequency will be working to meet theirs. If that person is willing to spend significant time working with you and mentoring you, you will be benefiting both from their wisdom and teaching as well as from their positive brain frequency.

If you think you might need help and encouragement getting your mind on the right track to build the life you want, seek out the advice and counsel of a coach. There are likely people in your own immediate circle who would be willing to offer guidance if you simply ask. You could also seek the services of a qualified life coach or law of attraction specialist. There are many who have dedicated their lives to this work.
You can even find help and support from other people who are on the same path and share your desire for a better life and a more positive outlook. Church groups, social clubs and even online forums are a great place to search and make connections with the right frequencies.

Signing off...10-4!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Dating Conversation Taboos

There are several topics of conversation which some would say are best to avoid in the beginning stages of a relationship. Truthfully, any and all subjects can be discussed if broached in a tasteful and respectful manner. Some of these taboo topics include former relationships, sex, money, politics and religion.

The quandary is that these same subjects are vital components of many people's lives and are areas which warrant discussion between any two people who have caught each other's fancies and intend to build a relationship. So how do we convey the information back and forth while avoiding any unwanted offense?

Religion and Politics

When the desire arises to discuss something of politics or religion, remember to be cautious and respectful. Many people are passionate about these areas of their lives, and they do not want to feel as though someone else is judging them or wishing to persuade them to a differing ideal. These subjects can generally be discussed insofar as politely inquiring about the other person's position and then hearing them out. Once their explanation is complete or if they in turn ask about your stance, it then becomes appropriate to offer your own opinion while taking care not to throw too much weight behind that opinion.

Some couples find a friendly debate to be one of the invigorating building blocks of their relationship. If that becomes the case, it will be uncovered soon enough once two people develop a healthy, trusting relationship where each person is allowed to be themselves even when the opinions vary. In the early stages, most people are glad to share views and compare notes but not too many want to delve into a heated debate while trying to enjoy a date with someone new.

On the topic of money, it's never really polite to ask another person about their specific level of success. It can be acceptable for the individual to divulge whether or not they are financially secure, however. There's nothing wrong with a healthy love of money and pride in one's success, but extensive discussion about financial success can become tedious after too long. This is true of any topic that is discussed at exhaustive length.

Former Relationships
Until one of you says, "Tell me about your previous relationships" it's not usually a good idea to make mention of those previous relationships. They are a part of our past and hopefully a part of our learning curve. When dating someone new, the focus should be on them. No one wants to feel as though they are being compared to a past relationship, and no one wants to wonder if their date is bringing up an ex because they are still not over him or her.

Each new person that comes in your life is a new opportunity. Enjoy that person for who they are in that moment, and do not worry about the past. At some point it becomes appropriate to touch on the past as we come to know one another better, but those moments will typically arise organically.

This is another topic which will typically find its way into the conversation naturally. Unless this was the original and agreed upon intent of the date (by both parties), it's most appropriately discussed in the context of establishing expectations for a committed relationship.

With a little discretion and careful timing, you will find all subjects and easy to broach and comfortable to discuss.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Turkey Hill Duetto

I love ice cream. Who doesn't? My favorite kind of frozen treat is the light and creamy soft serve. All Hail to the Dairy Queen! It's airy, low in fat and calories and the flavor is so smooth and dreamy - like sweet clouds on the end of my spoon. It's delightful in every possible way.

Living in a place where the winters are long and cold, it can be very depressing when the local ice cream shops board up their windows for the season. We make do with ice cream from the grocer's freezer, but there's just nothing quite like that creamy goodness fresh from the ice cream machine.

Imagine my delight when Turkey Hill introduced their Duetto flavors with creamy vanilla soft serve and various flavors of Venice Ice.

Could it be true?

It was!
I tried every flavor I could get my hands on, and I was not disappointed. The root beer duetto tastes like a delicious root beer float in a box. The cherry is akin to a cherry dipped soft serve cone at the local ice cream stand. The ice cream is soft and creamy as promised and although a few stabilizers and preservatives might be at work in that department, in the dead of winter I just have to have a scoop (or two).

Monday, June 29, 2009

Do You Need A Coach?

You've discovered the secret, and now you finally know and understand the law of attraction. You've figured out there is a formula to attracting wonderful things into your life and living the best existence possible. You identified the fact that life is meant to be an abundance of all things good, and you resolved to seek all the abundance to which you are entitled.

So you set to work long ago, mapping out your life and imagining the vision of what you wanted for yourself and your family. You focused, mediated and did whatever you could to bring that image about. You changed your thoughts, you changed your habits and you have done everything you have heard is necessary in order to manifest the vision for your life. You were excited and truly believed it could and would happen. You imagined yourself rich, healthy, happy and surrounded by those you love and those who love you.

Did it work for you? Does it work for you all the time, or are you finding that some things easily come to pass while other things don't? Is there an inconsistency in manifesting your vision?

Why do you suppose that is? Do you look at some of the masters who have used the law of attraction to change their lives and wonder what they have done in order to achieve their goals which you have not?

Are they simply born with the knowledge of the law of attraction?


Many people have the good fortune of figuring out the power of prayer, meditation and positive thought in their own life long before affixing any particular term to the practice. It's possible they may have a naturally happy and positive disposition which allows for an easy transition in applying the principles of the law of attraction to a successful life. So maybe it just comes more naturally to other people?

It could be.

Or maybe it's something else.

The knowledge of how to apply the principles of attraction to manifest good in your life is something that was once possessed by a select few. They taught their pupils who in turn became masters and went on to teach others through the generations. Sometimes it was passed among family members, other times by masters working with their protégés. In fact, some of the greatest masters of the law of attraction are those who have had the opportunity to work with other successful teachers.

Jack Canfield, a successful practitioner and coach of the law of attraction credits the beginning of his transformation to the time he was able to spend working with W. Clement Stone and gleaning the wisdom from Stone's years of experience and achievement. Bob Proctor, another terrific teacher on the law of attraction and the power of thought extends credit to his own teacher Earl Nightingale, a pioneer in the field of personal development. If we were to go back in history, we would find countless examples of the teacher passing on the knowledge to the student.

So maybe that's it. Maybe you haven't been as successful as you wanted because you haven't found the right teacher.

As human beings, all of our behaviors are learned behaviors. We teach each other how to speak, how to read and write and even how to eat with proper table manners. There are a few savants in the world who are able to pick out melodies on the piano with no formal instruction, but most of us need to be taught the correct notes so we can interpret those signals into the music we hear.

If you're struggling with the concept of attraction and the successful application in your own life, maybe it's simply because no one has ever taught you how to apply the practice every day in every way. It may be vastly different from what you have been taught to believe your entire life, and beyond the adjustment period you needed to process the information your education is still incomplete. You can still be wildly successful, but for many of us to enhance and accelerate our progress we benefit greatly in consulting a coach. Often times when we attempt something new, we need guidance and direction from those who have gone before. There's no shame in that. In fact, it's intended. One of the gifts mankind has been given is the interaction of teaching and learning from each other. We employ teachers and coaches for mathematics, science, music and art. Why should the science and art of attracting success be any different?

There are many resources available to those who seek. If you search you can likely find a life coach or law of attraction specialist who would take you as a client and help you find the keys to consistent success in your life. Alternatively, many experts have written extensive literature and offer courses online, through seminars, in books or on tape. All we have to do is try them out to find something that resonates deep within and opens new channels within us to allow the information to flow through us.

Pick a teacher who inspires you and seek them out. If that person is a public speaker, chances are they have a website or they have written at least one book designed to offer you guidance. Take that guidance!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Your Thoughts Do Become Things

You've heard it said before. Lately it's one of the buzz phrases making its way around the world as one person after another begins to deepen their study of the concepts behind the law of attraction. Your thoughts become things. It's hard to get your head around the idea sometimes. When we hear the phrase, we imagine if we sit and focus long enough and hard enough that we can somehow materialize our thoughts into a tangible physical object akin to a genie. Since the other laws of nature as we know them simply contradict this concept, we dismiss the idea as hogwash or nonsense and continue on with our lives as they are.

The truth is, your thoughts do become things. It doesn't happen like an old episode of "I Dream of Jeannie", but it does happen in more ways than we even realize. After all, what happens before every single time you take action in your life? You think it.

When you see an animal in the road, you swerve the car because your mind instantly thinks, "don't hit!"

You look in your closet and think, "I need new clothes." Then you go to the store and what happens? That thought of needing new clothes "materializes" into a new shirt or new pants hanging in your closet.

Remember the last time you were craving Chinese food or pizza? You just couldn't get it off your mind for days until finally you broke down and got take-out. What happened? Your thought became an egg roll!

Sometimes, it happens outside of our own actions or control. My husband and I often do this for each other without knowing. I remember craving pizza for two weeks straight, saying nothing out loud until he came home one night with the pizza of my dreams. Several weeks later I brought him cheeseburgers for lunch and smiled knowingly at his exclamation, "I was thinking about cheeseburgers today!" When I knew he was thinking about getting a DVD recorder at some point down the road without even realizing it, I made sure his thought manifested into a DVD recorder for his birthday.

What about other things? Do you ever have a particular song in your head and then suddenly you hear it playing? Have you ever been thinking about a particular movie for a while and then it comes on TV?

Well it turns out our thoughts do become things after all. It doesn't happen every time with every thought (thank goodness!), and it often comes about in different ways. Sometimes we take the action ourselves to make the reality possible, and sometimes other people in our lives cause it to be. It may not happen by magic like it does in the movies but when you open up to the reality and the possibility, it does seem quite magical in your mind.

So, what are you thinking about today?

Friday, June 26, 2009

What is Brain Therapy?


Well, some of it may seem a little complex or even like some odd new-age spiritual mumbo-jumbo, but there is real science behind it all. Let's see if we can take a gander at trying to break it down.

Quantum physics explains, "all matter is organized by waveforms and frequencies."


Everything in this world is energy, right? The sun is energy in light and heat. Plants, trees and human beings are energy. So the idea is each object gives off energy at a different vibrational level,
producing its own unique frequency. You've heard different frequencies at a rock concert or when someone blows a whistle. Some of these vibrations can be heard by the human ear, and others require sophisticated equipment.


So - you have a frequency all your own. It's the vibrations given off from every cell in your body. Your thoughts and feelings have unique frequencies altogether. We can even see them in a brain wave scan . They're represented by those wavy lines you see jumping around on an EEG monitor after someone has been connected to a bunch of electrodes by people wearing white coats. Those brain wave patterns on the monitor are translating the speed at which the neurons fire.


A neuron is a highly specialized cell which transmits chemical signals in your body. Different types of neurons make up the nervous system and transmit information through your whole body.

Go on.

Every time a neuron fires to communicate information to another neuron, an electro-magnetic spark of energy is released. It's like firing a flare gun to send a message. The more rapid the fire, the faster the frequency. There are very specific frequencies related to the different activities of the body and mind. Each of these brain waves has a unique frequency set somewhere between 1 and 70 Hz, and we've assigned each of those frequencies a unique name.

Ready? I hope you remember your Greek Alphabet...

Alpha is the frequency associated with creativity and relaxation. The brain waves in Alpha are gentle and slow.

In the Beta state, the neurons fire rapidly like it's 4th of July. While in the Beta state, it is likely you are focused and in deep concentration (like right now!)

Gamma is the frequency assigned with awareness and precognition, and it is typically supported by the other frequencies.

When brain activity slows down but your mind is still mostly conscious like before you drift off to sleep, your brain is in the Theta state. Theta is often associated with exercises to uncover memories or even past lives - if you're into that kind of thing.

Once you are completely relaxed in deep meditation or sleep, your brain waves slow all the way down to what is known as Delta.

Still with me? Awesome.

So now we come to the Law of Resonance. You may remember this from your science classes in school. It states, "all energy resonates at a specific frequency enabling only energy of a harmonious frequency to attach to it creating your physical results", or "when two energy fields vibrating at different frequencies are brought together, the resonance of the two must meet. Either the higher will be pulled down to the lower, the lower will be raised to the higher, or they will meet somewhere in between."

Say what now?

Basically, if there is an object that begins to resonate (vibrate) at a certain frequency and there is another similar object nearby, it will also begin to resonate at the same frequency. If they're both buzzing humming at different frequencies, they'll adjust to match each other.

You may have seen the tuning fork demonstration. One tuning fork is struck, causing it to hum. Another tuning fork nearby will also begin to hum in unison even though it has not been struck at all. Cool! Maybe you're experienced it at a stoplight when some young music buff pulls up next to you with the base in his car cranked up. Your car - and even your head - will begin to hum and vibrate in unison. Hm, not as cool.

In brain wave therapy, your brain is exposed to the frequency matching whatever you are seeking - concentration, relaxation or memory. This exposure enables your natural brain frequency to shift and actually match the particular frequency you need for whatever task you want to accomplish.

Based on everything we've learned so far, it makes perfect sense, right? Right.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lindt Excellence Chili Dark


Let me start off by admitting to you all that, yes, I was definitely nervous about eating a chocolate which boldly advertises that it contains red chili pepper. I grew up on good ole' Hershey bars, and in my world, chocolate is its own reward simply for chocolate's sake. The only thing that really makes chocolate sing for me is a hint of good quality mint, so in my mind, chili has no business going anywhere near chocolate.

But I'm not 8 anymore. Not only have I learned to love spinach, I've learned to appreciate quality, pure chocolate and to recognize the difference between that and the imitation chocolate out there that tastes like it contains more oil and refined sugar than actual chocolate. I'm refining my taste buds and daring to be more adventurous in the culinary arena, so despite the fact that I don't necessarily enjoy spicy foods such as chili, I decided to live dangerously and went in with eyes wide open and taste buds poised for the worst.

Past the sophisticated cardboard container embossed in gold with the Lindt name and the delicate foil wrapper lay a wide dark chocolate bar that looked and smelled of deep, rich cocoa. So far, I was not alarmed. It was unassuming, and appeared to be like any other dark chocolate. Pushing past my hesitation, I went in for the first bite. I have to say, I was disappointed. After a few chews, I started to let the chocolate melt in my mouth. It tasted like chocolate - just chocolate. What happened to the chili? I was expecting something different. What had I gotten myself all worked up about if it only tasted of chocolate?

It was good, sure. The texture is rich and creamy, with a slightly bitter flavor that dark chocolate is known for. I shrugged to myself and prepared to take my second bite just as the first was nearly melted away, and then it hit me: a mild warming sensation that spread over the whole of my tongue, reverberating in certain spots like subtle pin pricks tickling my mouth.
How odd, I thought, like a quiet parting gift that softly whispers back at you on its way down the esophagus. It was not entirely unpleasant, but definitely different. After letting my pallet neutralize, I went in again, this time skipping the chewing and simply letting the chocolate rest in between my lips to taste. Again, I tasted the chocolate first, which slowly gives way to the warmth of the chili oil.

I will say it's not my favorite chocolate choice, but definitely worth the $2 to enjoy a new and entirely different chocolate experience.

Manifest Through Nutrition


Have you ever considered the importance of nutrition in the proper application of the law of attraction? If we are living in an attraction-based universe and everything is energy, then even our food and drink have their own unique vibrational signature which can either interfere with or work in harmony with our own.

The law of attraction is all about our brain waves and the power of our thoughts. The idea is that our thoughts radiate a certain frequency which attracts and delivers more of that particular frequency to us. If we're depressed and thinking depressing thoughts, we'll attract more depressing thoughts which beget more and so on. Sometimes this process goes on without our conscious knowledge, but the study of the law of attraction teaches us how to harness that energy and appropriate it into the correct channels. It teaches that our thoughts become things, but we have the power within our minds to change our thoughts to whatever we want and thereby achieve anything and become anything we want.

Everyone knows the power of the mind, but what happens when that mind is not working properly or it is not entirely focused? Extensive studies have been done on the effects of certain foods on the body, the mood and the mind. Certain people respond differently to certain foods. You may already know chamomile tea can make you sleepy for bed and bananas give you energy for a run, but what about the other effects some foods may have on you? What about when your blood sugar crashes after a sugary snack caused it to spike, or your third cup of coffee has worn off? What about those junk food meals that make you sleepy and lethargic so you can barely make it through those emails at work?

If your brain isn't functioning at optimum level and you can't think straight, then how can you properly decipher, attract and manifest whatever you want for your life? The mind is a part of the body, and it requires certain nutrients to get going and to keep going. In addition, if your body serves as the transmission tower, then you have to keep it in good condition to broadcast clearly at all times. No static allowed!

Your body deserves the best nutrition so you can perform at your best all the time. Healthy natural foods from the earth will work in harmony with your chemistry and physical make-up to help you be the best you can be. How do you pick the right foods for yourself? Do some research, experiment with different food combinations and find out what natural foods makes you feel wonderful so you can be focused on becoming your best.

And just think - as you're focusing on better nutrition, you'll be attracting better nutrition! Before long you won't even have to think about it as it will become second nature!

(If that didn't make sense to you, your blood sugar is probably low. Have a cookie. ;o)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Great Go-Snacks for People on the Go!

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Sometimes you want a snack with you during the day to satisfy your hunger and your need to munch. Need some ideas for the most convenient and "on the go" friendly snacks? Consider these:

Apples are a great go-snack. They fit easily in a bag. Give them a rinse and a quick wipe with a clean paper towel, and they'll fill you up with fiber, provide antioxidant protection, and keep the doctor away!

Bananas are great since they come in their own packaging. Full of natural sugars to keep you energized, they are also packed with fiber to fill you up and stave off that gnawing hunger in your belly so you won't go running for something more questionable....

Bell peppers are an amazing snack. All you need is a knife and a zip-lock bag. Wash the pepper, slice it in half, remove the seeds, and slice the halves into strips or bite-sized chunks. Throw them in the zip-lock bag and you're ready to go with a sweet, colorful, crispy and crunchy snack you can munch on all day. You can annoy others with your incessant crunching, and you won't even miss the chips!

Cucumbers are great. Slice them into thin circles or long strips you can whittle away between your teeth, and throw them in a bag with the bell peppers or by themselves. They make a "munchable" snack. To dress them up and add some protein and calcium, bring along cheese slices and top the cukes just like a cracker! YUM! Edible plates!

Berries are a beautiful bite-sized snack. Give them a rinse, throw them in a bag or a plastic container and you're good to go. Not only are they easy to snack on, but they'll be providing you with tons of antioxidants and a boost to your immune system.

You like peanut M&Ms? Almond joy? Me too. For a change, though, try getting used to snacking on the nuts without the candy coating wrapped around them. Peanuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans...pop a handful in a bag and have them with you. If you have to, toss in a couple peanut M&Ms to help ease the transition. Nuts are full of protein and healthy fats that will not only make your hair shiny and make your eyes sparkle with the glow of good health, but they will help you not feel hungry while you're busy reviewing spreadsheets or picking the kids up from soccer.

Cottage cheese comes in terrific snack-sized portions that are great when you're on the go. Toss one in your bag with your keys and your apple, and you'll have a protein and calcium-rich snack that will go straight to your bones instead of your hips. It will also keep you feeling satisfied. Don't forget to bring a spoon!

String cheese. It's chewy! It's stringy! It's fun to eat! Plus it provides about 15% of the daily recommendation of calcium. Not only that, but they come in individually wrapped portions that will stay clean and protected until you're ready to eat them. Just don't leave them in a hot car....eeww....

Grapes are a wonderful snack. Although they tend to take up more room on the vine, and plucking each one off for packing can be time consuming, their high water content will not only help cleanse your system, but it will keep you hydrated and, along with the fiber content, will help keep you from feeling hungry. Grape, anyone?

Mmm, Pizza Hut


More Restaurant Reviews Pizza.jpgPizza Hut, to me and my family, is something of a staple. They've been in operation over 50 years now, and I've been a patron for 30 of those years. Forget Zwieback Teething Toast, I cut my teeth on Pizza Hut pizza crust. For about 10 years straight, Friday nights in my house were Pizza Hut night, complete with a large pepperoni and extra cheese crust.

For a while, I'll admit - I strayed. My body's needs changed and I desired a lighter, thinner crust. For those times, another famous pizza chain fit the bill. For a long while, I cleaned up my eating habits and saw pizza as the enemy and accordingly, I stayed away. Since having met and married, however, I have been drawn back in by a husband who is as married to Pizza Hut pizza as I once was.

Pizza Hut is probably best well-known for their pan pizza - named so because it is baked in a deep-dish pan. Its crust is thick, golden brown, crispy, and glazed with a light coating of oil, which, although perhaps not the best choice for healthy cholesterol, is irresistible in its crispy, crackly texture.

Recently, I've reignited a love affair I once had with the salad bar that is available in most
full-service Pizza Hut restaurants. I've always been a healthy consumer of vegetables thanks to constant offerings at the dinner table while I was growing up, but in recent years, as I've uncovered all the health benefits of consuming fresh foods from nature, I've become somewhat obsessed, and I now crave vegetables as much as I sometimes crave chocolate.

Now, one of my favorite things to do with my husband is have dinner at our local Pizza Hut. He fills up on pizza and bread sticks. I gorge myself on lettuce, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, cheese and a drizzle of dressing. Then I enjoy a slice or two of pepperoni pizza. That way I get the best of everything - fresh vegetable great for my health, cheesy, irresistible pizza, and a fully satisfied belly.

Pizza Hut's most recent transformation has been a highly publicized offering of pastas. Am I crazy, or does anyone else remember that Pizza Hut has always had spaghetti and ziti on the menu? OK, I understand - they're offering NEW pastas, and they want to make sure we know about it. Point taken.

Among the new pasta offerings are a rotini in a marina meat sauce, a chicken alfredo, and a mac
spctuscanipastas.jpgand cheese with bacon.

In my humble opinion, I will say that they are all delicious, although I have to say the alfredo chicken, with its smooth, subtle cheese flavor is probably my favorite. The meaty marina has a somewhat spicy kick which is exciting on the tastebuds, and the mac and cheese is creamy with a rich mouth-feel.

All of the pastas are baked, and come to the table with a
lovely crust of golden baked cheesy deliciousness.

When delivered, an aluminum tin nestled inside a cardboard box keeps them hot and tasty until they reach your door. If you're a regular consumer of take-out, pasta delivered to your door is a great alternative to having pizza delivered.

Pizza Hut has come a long way from the dark wood paneling of 20 years ago. They are emerging with a new image to meet the demands of a new generation, and if they keep turning out great pizza, fresh salad, and terrific pasta, I pledge that future generations of my family will also get the chance to cut their teeth on a nice, thick pizza crust (and maybe a peice of broccoli for a well-balanced knosh).

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Life: Not What the Brochure Promised

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There are some basic rules that have been set down for us as guidance in order to live a happy and fulfilling life. No one is sure exactly where these standards came from, but it's been a consensus for the most part. Follow your dreams, they say. Work hard and you will achieve your heart's desire.

Really? Does that work? I thought so...

I finished high school with good grades and even pursued a four year degree. While I loved teaching and working with children, I found out pretty quickly that I could barely support myself on the salary I was making at a daycare. It was depressing.

So I shifted my focus. I sadly kissed those sweet, chubby faces goodbye and got myself a job in Corporate America. The money was better and so were the benefits. There were fewer diapers and less drooling, but almost as much whining and not quite so much emotional satisfaction. I stayed the course, though. I kept my chin up and my nose clean. I fought to excel at every task given to me and tried to make it my own.

One morning while driving to work down the same route as always, I literally gasped when I found myself in the parking lot at work. After a 40 minute drive, I barely even remembered getting there! Granted it was early in the morning and residual sleepiness might have played a part, but I realized I had been habitually following the same routine day after day and month after month to the point where I could almost do it in my sleep. I was on complete autopilot. I saw myself as a
drone along with everyone else, and I hated it. I didn't enjoy my life, and I saw little reason to my existence. I wasn't growing or learning anything new. All I could see was getting up and going to work all day every day to make the money needed so I would have some place to come home to at the end of the day. Working to maintain that home meant I rarely had time to enjoy my home. There was little time for anything else, either. I found myself caught in a strange conundrum.

At the time, I was also seeking to find my soul mate and spent a lot of time thinking about what he would be like and how we would enjoy life together. Then I sadly realized we would never be fully enjoying life together if he was working, I was working and we were both spending so much of our lives on the survival portion. What kind of a life would that be?

I looked around and thought, "Is this it? Not exactly what the brochure promised!" I thought life was supposed to be something beautiful. Aren't we supposed to spend time learning, teaching, growing and loving each other? What about all the places I had yet to travel? What about all the things I wanted to experience? Where was the excitement and adventure? How would I ever get anything accomplished if I spent my whole life working just to support my basic necessities? I wasn't even living an extravagant lifestyle by any stretch of the imagination. I had a modest two bedroom condo, a reliable car and a little left over for basics like clothes bought on sale, utilities used sparingly and food purchased in accordance to the grocery store sale circular. I rarely ate out at restaurants, I never spent money on books, classes, movies, or makeup... I basically had no extras. I was OK with that, but deep down I just felt there was a promise of something more.

When I started to change my life and realized I could be anything I wanted with the power of my mind and the power of positive intention, it finally began to click for me. NO, life is NOT supposed to be so discontented after all. I'm supposed to be healthy, wealthy and fulfilled in every possible way! Me and my fellow mankind are entitled to be happy and have fun. We were put here to learn and experience everything we possibly can. This is it. We have to make it great!

When I made that shift and I left behind the paradigm I had crammed myself into, my mind and heart literally exploded with ideas and creative consciousness. I went out and pursued several other career paths, learning and gleaning new experiences as I went. I was on fire, and after some a few years I uncovered my vision for what my life should be. For me, it was not inside a corporate office with a daily 8-5. My life vision was about expression, sharing and helping others in a way that meant something to me. I wanted freedom - financial freedom, freedom of my time and freedom to fly by the seat of my pants on any given day. I knew that vision could change or further develop down the road, and I knew all I had to do was follow it.

Years have passed and here I am now - still following, still opening my mind more and more with every day. I still have fleeting moments of discontent, but then I grab the reigns and take back control to steer my life in the direction it's meant to go.

We all have the desire, and we all have the ability. The key is to spend time on inner reflection so you can reveal your life to yourself. Who are you, and what do you want out of life? What do you have to learn, and what do you have to teach? How can you make the things that you love doing become the impetus for your life? Can you figure out a way to support yourself and your family on your passions? Where there's a will, there is most definitely a way. It can be done - especially in the world we live in today. We have so many amazing opportunities open to us. Just open your eyes and begin to see them.