Thursday, July 23, 2015
Defined as the “knowing beyond knowing.” We discover, operate based upon a feeling, evaluate, predict and create. This is how we know beyond knowing. With intuition we generate ideas, get hunches, make predictions and become creative without verifiable facts. It is the opening of the witnessing consciousness. The witnessing consciousness is our ability to separate ourselves from our daily lives (thoughts and actions) and witness our own ability to create and destroy. Life is a constant struggle between creating and destroying. Happiness is a form of creation and anger is a form of destruction for it disturbs our peace of mind. But also remember that negative energy can be created such as hatred. We can also destroy hatred and thereby create peace of mind. Both are important energy forces of life. We just need to learn how to use them in a way that brings us confidence and the ability to listen to our inner voice.
Observe the forces of creation and destruction as they appear in your life. Try to step back and become the witnessing consciousness. Simply observe and know you are the master of your own destiny. Trust yourself.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Happiness is defined as a state of mind that is totally up to you to find. No one can give it to you, but a little papaya can help. This versatile fruit is not only delicious to eat, but has many medicinal properties. It is low in calories and high in nutrients.
Papaya contains natural fiber, carotene, vitamin C and essential minerals. Papaya also contain enzymes like arginine and carpain. Arginine is essential for male fertility and carpain is considered to be good for the heart. Throw a little sex into the health benefits and that will make you smile! Happiness is a state of mind.
Papayas are native to Central America and are an important part of the diet throughout Latin America. Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought the papaya back to Europe, as well as, to many other countries including India, the Philippines and Africa. Christopher Columbus called this fruit “the fruit of angels”
Today the fruit has been cultivated in Hawaii, which is the major United States producers of papayas. Mexico and Puerto Rice also are major players in the papaya game.
Although papaya is rich in Vitamin C, is a natural fiber and contains many other valuable nutrients it is the papain, a remarkable protein-dissolving enzyme that eases many stomach ailments and is an exceptional digestive aid. It can stimulate appetite, as well as, quell that queasy feeling from motion sickness or morning sickness.
Papaya is an excellent fruit for the digestive system. Not only does it help us digest food, but it can relieve indigestion, calm an upset stomach and keep the bowels moving. Because the papain in papaya breaks down the protein fibers in meats, it is often used in restaurants to tenderize meat.
Now when it comes to beauty just pack ripe papaya on your face and let the papain go to work removing acne, dead skin and give you a healthy glow. Many beauty products use papain, but you can make your own facial by simply cutting and blending a ripe papaya and leaving on the skin for about fifteen minutes.
Keeping you healthy, the Vitamin C and vitamin A, which is made in the body from the beta-carotene in papaya, are both needed for the proper functioning of a healthy immune system. Papaya is a great healthy fruit choice for preventing such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds and flu.
Papaya has also been shown to improve health functioning, be an anti-inflammatory for rheumatoid arthritis and to help support bone health. It protects against macular degeneration and promotes lung health. Tastes good, is versatile and supports your health from head to toe; happiness is a papaya state of mind!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The sixth chakra (energy center) is the seat of the witnessing consciousness. It is our sense of intuition.
Intuition has been defined as “the immediate knowing of something without conscious reasoning.” It is a sense of power.
One of the functional types of intuition is discovery. Through verifiable facts we discover certain insights about ourselves. An example would be keeping a journal.
Operative intuition, another functional type is acting or operating based upon a feeling. We get a hunch and act upon it. It might be what we consider good luck. However, the closer we get to spiritual fitness the greater our ability to use operative intuition to witness our modes of operation. We begin to operate on a higher level, receiving messages or urges that lead us to decision that connect us with our higher self.
Intuition is our most powerful sense and the one we trust the least. So see, hear, taste, touch and smell, and then take a moment to take a breath and listen to your intuition. It is your most powerful guide.Doctor Lynn
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Spicy, hot and nutritious, green chili peppers might just be the best aphrodisiac to heat things up in the bedroom. Rich in vitamin C, Vitamin A and lutien, chili peppers are low in fat and high in nutrients.
Chili peppers contain a chemical compound known as capsaicin. Capsaicin and its co-compounds are used in ointments, rubs and tinctures for astringent and analgesic properties. These formulations have been used for arthritis, neuropathic pain and sore muscles. Scientific studies on animals suggest that capsaicin has antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. It has also been found to lower LDL cholesterol levels in obese people.
Green chilis are red chilies that haven’t been dried. They are soft, but equally as hot and spicy. The chili plant is native to the Central American region where it was used as a spicy ingredient in Mexican cuisines for several thousand years. It was introduced to the rest of the world by Spanish and Portuguese explorers during 16th and 17th centuries and now is grown widely in many parts of the world as an important commercial crop.
Among it’s other nutritional virtues, chilies are rich in Vitamin C; an important water soluble antioxidant. It is required for the synthesis of collagen in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of the blood vessels, bones, skin and organs. Regular consumption of Vitamin C helps the body to fight off free radicals and to develop resistance to infectious diseases.
But, it’s the sex benefits of chili peppers that we’re most interested in examining. Heating up the bedroom never tasted so hot!
Hot spicy food improves blood flow all over your body, including the penis, the prostate, the clitoris and other sexual parts. It stimulates nerves throughout your body and can increase physical sensations. Literally it can make sex feel better!
The psychological effects of chili peppers are a popular metaphor for sex. Just the thought of hot spicy Chili peppers makes us think of better sexual performance and hot arousal. Your mind is used to seeing images of sexual spiciness, so when we eat spicy peppers there’s a good chance we’ll think of sex and get turned on!
Chili Peppers are great for your heart. When you think about it; your sexual organs are directly fueled by your heart, so anything that is generally good for the heart is also beneficial for the penis, the clitoris and sexual health. Chili, jalapeño, and other spicy peppers tend to have the greatest circulatory effects of all fruits and vegetables. Greater circulation equals greater stimulation of the sexual organs. Stimulation leads to sexual activity.
So if circulation and heat are beneficial to sexual health and chilies stimulate circulation by heating things up; chilies must be one of the best “hot and spicy” recipes for sex!.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Technology has become overwhelming. Do you know how to step away from your smart phone, emails and text messages, and take a breath? We call it digital detoxing, tech cleanse, personal reboot or just plain switching it off. Whatever you call it; studies show that taking a break is good for the body, the mind and the soul.
The body -Taking a break can help break some of the chronic musculoskeletal changes that can occur as the result of some of the postures and positions associated with PC use, smartphones and other handheld digital devices. For example, excessive computer use rounds the shoulders forward and brings the arms across in front of the torso. These types of habitual postures and position can lead to chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.
What to do? Take a break. Set time aside each day to turn off the machine and go take a yoga class. Yoga is one of the forms of psychical exercise that works to stretch and strengthen all the muscles of your body. Can’t get to a class? Try my Take Five – five minute video that will show easy poses you can do anywhere to stretch and relax. It only takes five minutes to relax and let go. Put on some soothing music and relax. You’ll be surprised how much more energy you’ll have. So let’s start with a good tech detox today! Just shut it off. Next week- mindful tips!
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Whether you strive to find enlightenment or not these four keys will help you to find peace and serenity in your daily life.
The first two are to be happy for those who are happy and prosperous. Never be jealous. This will only disturb your peace of mind. Second have compassion and understanding for those who are unhappy; even if the compassion is not received. By simply being compassionate toward those who are unhappy, angry, sad, and less fortunate you will find peace and serenity.
The third is to find delight in virtuous people. When you meet people who are virtuous (a person of high moral and ethical standards) try to imitate them. Don’t envy them or try to pull them down. Try to elevate yourself to their level. Karma teaches us that we are here to rid ourselves of our vices and gain virtues. These virtues include patience, compassion, commitment, truth, non-violence, non-stealing, non-greed and contentment. Practice these and you will find peace of mind.
Be happy for others, be compassionate for the less fortunate and appreciate virtuous people. Try to lift yourself to their standards. Be compassionate and understanding with everyone you meet. Everyone and everything has the potential to bring you peace and serenity.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Intuition has been defined as “the immediate knowing of something without conscious reasoning.” We all are aware of our sense of intuition and yet it remains so elusive. The process of spiritual fitness is partly about uncovering the nature of this sixth sense. Intuition is further defined as having several functional types.
The first of the functional types of intuition is discovery. It brings about insight and inspiration based upon verifiable facts. We gather facts and from those facts we intuit or get a feeling about what to do, where to go and how to act. An example would be keeping a food journal. We gather the facts bases upon observation and this brings certain insights into our behavior patterns. Let’s start with the movement of yoga and yoga dance. Observe your energy and inspire yourself to reach beyond what you think you know and into what you truly know.
To use functional intuition we need to take the time to gather the facts, observe and then quietly sit back and listen to our own inner voice. This is by far the best way to make decisions and to solve problems. So observe your energy and your movement and listen to your inner voice. It will tell you exactly where you should be, where you should go and how to get there.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Think of corn and you probably think of the Native American Indians or the South American Indians and maize or cornmeal. Long before we were eating corn on the cob cornmeal was a staple in the diet of early humans. For thousands of years before Europeans arrived in the Americas natives were grinding corn into cornmeal.
It was the Indians who taught the first North American settlers how to make cornmeal. It is believed that cornmeal is one of the foods that kept the first settlers alive when they first arrived.
Cornmeal has many uses from making bread, to tamales, grits and something called corn pone. Now corn pone is sometimes a terms used to describe a rural person with little sophistication. Actually corn pone is a thick malleable bread that is cooked in a frying pan over an open fire. Frontiers men cooked this cornmeal concoction. If we delved a little deeper into the health benefits of cornmeal we’ll see that these rural people were no “pones!”
Cornmeal is easy to store and easy to use. By just adding a little butter and water a pancake, flat bread and a cake can be made from cornmeal. During the Aztec rule the peasants lived on cornmeal and beans which provided a complete protein. A gruel made from cornmeal was used to treat diarrhea and other digestive disorders.
Corn is a great source of folate and thiamin or vitamin B1 and B5. Folate is a B vitamin that is known to help prevent birth defects. Folate is also good for cardiovascular health. Folate lowers homocysteine, an amino acid that is a byproduct of the metabolic process. Homocysteine can directly damage blood vessels, so elevated blood levels of this dangerous molecule are an independent risk factor for heart attack, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease. It has been estimated that consumption of 100% of the daily requirement of folate would, by itself, reduce the number of heart attacks suffered by Americans each year by 10%. Folate-rich diets are also associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
Corn is also good for lung health because it is rich in beta-cryptoxanthin, an orange-red carotenoid. As well, the thiamin or B1, is necessary for proper brain functioning and memory. This is because thiamin is needed for the synthesis of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter essential for memory. A lack of acetylcholine has been shown to be a significant contributing factor in age-related impairment of mental functioning such as senility and Alzheimer's disease. In fact, Alzheimer's disease is clinically characterized by a decrease in acetylcholine levels.
In addition to its thiamin, corn is a good source of B5 or pantothenic acid which is an especially valuable B-vitamin when you're under stress since it supports the function of the adrenal glands.
Further it has been discovered that corn meal is a rich source of antioxidants. This all adds up to make corn and cornmeal a healthy inexpensive and versatile food; with no “pone” about it!
Saturday, July 04, 2015
The first is -Be happy for those who are happy and prosperous. Never be jealous. Jealousy only disturbs your mind and destroys your happiness.
The second is-When you see unhappy people; be compassionate. Perhaps these people are suffering from karma. If you can lend a helping hand, do it. If you can share half a loaf of bread, share it. Be compassionate and by doing that you will always retain peace of mind. Our goal in life is to keep peace and serenity within our own mind. So be compassionate, because even if that compassion does not help others, by being compassionate we help ourselves to find peace and serenity.
Before performing any mental or physical actions you should always reflect upon the consequences. Be happy for the fortunate and compassionate for the unfortunate- in this your mind will be peaceful. And what is compassion? It is a desire to help and ease another’s burden. Be compassionate.
The third- next week.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
The sixth chakra or third eye is located between the eyebrows. It controls the pineal and the pituitary glands, the eyes, ears and nose. Its related diseases are colds, sinus problems, and headaches.
It is the source of the soul and the center of intelligence or subtle mind. It has the ability to pierce the veil of illusion, (our misperceptions) which is the source of our problems. Its battle is the constant struggle between creation and destruction. To transcend is to become the witnessing consciousness.
The witnessing consciousness is where we are able to separate ourselves from our thoughts and actions and witness ourselves without emotion or judgement. It is here we are able to clearly see ourselves and to know which choice is the best for us to make. This is the function of intuition. The closer we get to spiritual fitness the stronger our sense of intuition. It is amazing how intense this form of energy can be when you are in touch with your authentic self.
All of life is a struggle between creation and destruction. Every time something is created, something is destroyed. When you create love you destroy hate. It is the law of nature. Listen quietly to your intuitive self and you will always make the right choice.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
The Phoenicians the Egyptians and the Romans did it and so can you- bake a spicy, fruit, and sweet cake full of health, sexuality, happiness and love.
Spray a square or tube baking pan with cooking spray and dust with powder and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
¼ cup of buttermilk – if you don’t have butter milk add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to skim milk
¾ cup of light brown sugar
4 egg whites
2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of carob powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground cloves
1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
½ cup raisins or another dried fruit
1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey
In a bowl combine buttermilk and sugar and mix well. Stir and mix in 4 egg whites. Add the applesauce, olive oil and honey. Gradually add in the flour mixture. Mix well. Stir in the raisins or any other dried fruit that you desire. Also you can add nuts. Mix well, pour into baking pan and cook for 30 minutes or until cake is done. Turn out onto a cooling rack.
And you get health, sex, happiness and love in every bite!