Raise a WSPA Helping Hand for Romanian Bears

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Not so long ago, I seemed to be bombarded with sad animal stories on my Facebook newsfeed posted by a handful of animal loving friends. At the time, I found it hard to take in the photos of these abused creatures, but I made the decision that I would read of their plight without deleting the horrific image. There seemed to be no point in reading and forgetting, so I’ve decided to do my bit for the forgotten creatures of the world by advertising their welfare agencies.

One issue that most people find intolerable is that of the captive bears in Romania. The good news is the World Society for the Protection of Animals has been able to rescue three young bears from the inappropriate undersized concrete cages of Onesti Zoo. However, there are still fewer than 20 bears living in cramped concrete enclosures that need liberating. Zarnesti Sanctuary holds the key to their future with a 69 hectare forest environment.

If you would like to make a one-off donation to the WSPA to help free these older bears, please click here:

World Society for the Protection of Animals

By clicking the above link, you’ll find how the WSPA uses donations to feed and rescue bears and other animals suffering from horrendous lifestyles. Remember, most donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. Print off your receipt and file it away for the end of the fiscal year. It will be this small task that paves the way for a life of dignity for these bears.

Mali the Elephant May Live in Thailand

Those who have been affected by Mali the Elephant’s plight, will be relieved to know the wheels of political action are moving her cause in the right direction. Initially, it’s distressing to know that a vulnerable animal is living in sub-humane conditions. Especially, if this animal is in an enclosure in a foreign country where political communication may be difficult due to language barriers and/or different cultural approaches to animal welfare.

We know the situation for the animal is dire when high profile stars, such as Morrisey, Brigitte Bardot and Yusaf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), climb on board the rescue mission.  Responding to Morrisey’s request of releasing Mali, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III considered this may be possible after a travel health check. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), sent Dr. Henry Melvyn Richardson to examine Mali. He found that she has malformed feet due to living on concrete.

It is my hope that I will, one day in the very near future, read that Mali is on a plane to begin her new life in a forest in the Thai  Elephant Conservation Centre of Lampang, Thailand.

 

Isochiral Music Review

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When I was researching ways a person could maximize their health potential with a view to live the longest, healthiest life possible, I began to notice some very useful information. Wherever and whenever we become involved in any healthy activity, the desired outcome seems to alter our being at a molecular level. If we practise yoga, play Isochiral Music, meditate, eat spinach, practise random acts of kindness, or even brush our teeth, we find that the effect can be felt deep within our biological cells. Therefore, if you are serious about your health you must be aware of “You” at the cellular level.

Being in a demanding career, I look for ways to be efficient with my demanding workload. My main aim in my personal health research was to be efficient in staying healthy, without over spending on time and money. As I studied further into our cellular structures, I learned about a hormone called Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands. Some studies have linked DHEA to longevity. DHEA’s anabolic process can effect growth and differentiation of cells, and has been linked to supporting the immune system. It seemed to be the powerpack I was looking for.

Read how Isochiral Music helps you at the cellular level at Isochiral Music Reviews

 

Is Aaron Murakami taking on Einstein in Aether Matters?

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I must say, I am really enjoying reading Aaron Murakami’s The Quantum Key. If you’d like an honest review, I’ve started a regular account of what I’m learning from him (without giving too much away, of course). Firstly, I believe you don’t have to be a scientist to get into his writing. Sure, it can come across as being a little tech in parts, but if you’re spiritually inclined, you’ll get the gist easily enough.

Murakami is intelligent and bold enough to speak his mind of quantum theories. He understands we need to not rely on ‘authority’ for correct information, due to the dogma that comes with it.

I’m only up to the early chapters, but I’m hooked! Check it out, if you want a little ‘light’ reading. It’s called The Quantum Key.

 

Or if, you’d like to read my review, here it is www.quantumkeytaboo.com

 

 

Creative Blogging Can Be Inspiring with John Chow

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I love the fact that people can be so creative. It’s inspiring to see men and women study slices of Life to find systems that will raise the quality of their life.

John Chow and Peng Joon are two men that have worked out a way to enhance their blogging successes.

They’re also willing to share their system with you!

This is what John and Peng have say on their successful system:

“The ‘Blogging with John Chow’ Blueprint works better than any other blogging method on the internet.   Armed with this as your secret weapon — you could be the next big thing… raking in the big bucks without the need of outdated methods like Adsense, Adwords, or other methods of paid advertising.   So if you’re just starting out, don’t even own a blog or already have a blog that is struggling to earn even a few measly bucks, then you’ll need to read every single word on this page.  

Because even if you know nothing about blogging but have always wanted to know the one, fool proof, working method to generating tens of thousands of dollars every month then you’ll need to keep reading.   So for the next few minutes, close your inbox… stop your internet chat with your friends… hit the ‘x’ on your Facebook window… put your phone on silent.   And instead, glue your eyes to this screen for the next few minutes will be the most important page you’ll ever read”.

This guy, John, has a huge internet reputation. He went from zero to $40,000 per month in 2 years! He’s one of the best. If you need a system thats reliable then John’s system ought to be a serious consideration.

All the best in your blogging success!

~ Karen M Smith

Getting the Most Out of Solar Panel Reviews

PV products for non-commercial real estate are very reasonable as of this  writing, November 2012. When planning an installation the starting point is  definitely selecting which system provides the best electric power for the most  reasonable cost. I am an electrical and computer engineer alumni from Cal Poly  Pomona. This assisted when looking over the multiple solar panels reviews. I  will convey the most important criteria when scouting for PV panels, and  demonstrate their importance in simple terminology. I used these criteria when  picking my 6kWh photovoltaic system to offset my full monthly power bill. At  this point in Las Vegas, Nevada there are multiple PV contractors that are ready  to quote a complete equipment install. Receiving a quote of $27,750.00 for a  3.97kWh solar system with a single 3.5 kWh inverter attached was the inspiration  for weeks of research that generated a superior 6kWh array with twenty four  micro inverters installed for only $15,756.70. The following is the short  story.

I recommend that you buy the equipment first, after which you can find a  contractor to install it. The full amount for the equipment was $9717.15 with  freight shipping to my residence. Since the majority of the investment was in  the panels, the majority of the time really should be invested in solar panel  equipment evaluations rather than general contractors. The most important  factors for deciding on a solar panel are; manufactures warranty, and P.T.C.  (PVUSA Test Conditions that are realistic) per cost.

A normal warranty for PV panels is 90% top power guaranteed for first 10  years, and 80% peak power assured for 25 years. This indicates the first ten  years of performance that your solar panels are going to lose no more than 10%  of their optimum power output, and only 20% for 25 years. This should be  considered the bare minimum acceptable warranty. Don’t forget that a promised  warranty is only as sound as the company providing it, thus a long standing  organization holds more weight in comparison with a new startup.

Useful solar panel reviews provide the P.T.C. and cost per panel, therefore  you simply divide the P.T.C. by the cost. To illustrate a 250 Watt panel from ET  solar carries a P.T.C. rating of 223.6 Watts. If the solar panel costs $250,  then the P.T.C./Cost would be $250/223.6W = $1.12/Watt. The lower we can bring  this number the better deal we certainly have found. Solar panels are becoming  more efficient and less expensive by the day, but on or after November 2012 a  good target is $1.00/Watt or less.

Make certain when looking at solar panel reviews on the internet or when  talking with salesmen on the phone you will always ask for the P.T.C., and not  the considerably higher system Watt rating. Divide the P.T.C. by the purchase  price, and keep negotiating the price unless you get to $1.00/Watt or less. This  may not include shipping, so be sure to compare shipping separately. Unless you  want to talk on the phone you may get a discount online by attaching items to  their cart and doing the checkout until just before completion. By backing out  at the final moment they will initiate the negotiation by contacting you by  email with a lower price.

For the full story on how I was able to reduce my cost in half when buying my  system or for quality solar panel reviews check out my post on http://www.solarpanelreview.org

By John C Berg

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The Ultimate Purpose of Meditation

Dr Robert Puff shares his experience on meditation: I began meditating almost thirty years ago. I think at first I began just out  of curiosity. I had been studying meditation in my academic training and learned  how science has shown that meditation is very beneficial to us.

When I started meditating I found it to be a very relaxing, peaceful  experience. Over time as I grew and discovered that meditation is really helpful  for our spiritual growth, I really dived into it. I now consistently meditate  every day, usually once in the morning for about an hour and then in the evening  for about half an hour.

How does meditation help us live life to the fullest? The primary purpose of  meditation is self-awareness: to really understand who and what we are. In that  discovery we find that at our core we truly are the ultimate source of  everything.

Most of us live a life of unawareness, where we are not really sure of who or  what we are. We go through life thinking, “I’m a doctor”, “I’m a lawyer”, “I’m a  kind person”, “I’m married”, “I’m a father” or “I’m a mother.” We place labels  on ourselves but they don’t help us locate who we are.

The ultimate truth of what we are cannot change. If it had to change, then  how could we be it? That would be like saying, “I live in this house so I am  this house.” But then if you move to a new house, you can’t possibly have been  the initial house.

But then what are we? Are we truly a doctor? Are we truly a father? Even  these things can change. Our children can die or we might end our profession,  for instance. If you really think about it, even one’s character can change. For  example, after meditating for so many decades now, I’ve become a much calmer and  more peaceful person. That person I was before has changed, so does that mean I  am the person I was before?

What meditation does is help us look within and discover who we are, what we  truly are in a permanent state. When we slow down and look, we discover that  which is permanent is very basic. It is like the space in which we live. We put  furniture in the space, along with ourselves and many things. But when we remove  everything, what is left is a space. Similarly, when we eat we put a lot of  different tastes in our mouths and we enjoy them. Sometimes we don’t like them,  but what is the taste we have when there is no food in our mouths? What is that  experience? Going back to the basis of what we are without all the extra  furnishings and tastes is what meditation enables us to do. It helps us discover  who we are. When everything is removed, everything that isn’t permanent is taken  away and we discover who we are because we start looking inward instead of  constantly reacting to outside stimuli.

Many of us are like conditioned puppets. When someone praises us we feel so  wonderful inside but when someone criticizes us we feel sad or angry. Who is  this person that is feeling sad? Who is this person that is feeling excited? Who  is this person on which all these events are occurring? This is what meditation  sets out to answer. It’s ultimate purpose is to discover who we are. If we don’t  know who we are, we are really slaves or puppets to ourselves.

Meditation is about cutting those puppet strings. When you discover that  almost everything that you have done is just a conditioned reaction, you stop  reacting and rather start living, start just being. Through meditation, those  things that are unconscious become conscious. When we discover that we’re not  our thoughts, we’re not our conditioning, we’re not who we thought we were, our  minds become quiet and we learn to just live. We can just be without all the  mind chatter.

It’s a beautiful experience. I can only encourage you to seek out the quiet  mind, and learn what it’s like to live in pure awareness, pure silence. We stop  identifying with labels and we learn to just be. When we just be, there are no  thoughts, there is just pure witnessing, pure awareness. The most wonderful part  about it is that it is who we are. It is our real and natural self. Once we get  rid of the mental clutter we discover our pure, true self. We’ve always been  that, but these illusions of who we think we are prevented us from being who we  really are.

An analogy would be to think of water. With water’s various forms, such as  steam and ice, you can make a variety of shapes and sculptures. But at the core,  those things are still water. In a similar way, we are still going to melt back  into the vast ocean which we’ve always been and which we’ll always be. The  reason for this is that we truly are permanent. We’re not that which is being  created and destroyed. We are that which is eternal: simply awareness and just  beingness without mental commentary.

Our thoughts and feelings continue but instead of identifying with them, we  just witness them. We observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment or  criticism. They just are. We make mistakes, we realize this is just our  conditional response. We stop labeling. We allow ourselves to simply watch what  we do, what comes out of us and what comes out of other people. We step back and  realize that we are, at our core, just the awareness of what is.

When we become able to identify with our true selves, the grip that these  thoughts have on us will weaken and no longer strangle us. We will learn to just  live life, love life as it is, even with its ups and downs, without identifying  with them. If we make a mistake or if others hurt us, we are able to act  spontaneously to what is happening. What arises from this is beautiful and  loving. Without all the labels, when we truly just be, we become very beautiful  and loving.

Even love is just a label, but I believe it is the best label we can use to  describe the ocean of awareness. Even though it is only a label, it truly is  what manifests when we just be.

On our path to enlightenment, the only thing we need when we meditate is to  be earnest in discovering who we are. When we do this, we’re awarded with  discovering our truth selves and our false selves disappear. We learn to just  be.

Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D. is a meditation expert, international speaker and creates  a podcast and articles that explores the world of Enlightenment available at http://www.EnlightenmentPodcast.com He also has a blog at http://www.Meditation-Enlightenment.com If you would like to  contact Dr. Puff, his e-mail address is DrPuff@cox.net

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The Secret of Inspired Action

NumbersDo you wonder why sometimes things seem to line up perfectly and other days  it feels like you’re banging your head against a wall? There’s a “massive  action” school of thought that encourages you to keep banging until that wall  falls down. However, what if there was a way to know where a door of opportunity  would open? Wouldn’t that be a heck of a lot less pain and stress and much more  effective and efficient? In this article, we’ll explore the strategy of  “inspired action” and a simple way to put it to use right away.

First, let’s look at the “massive action” strategy to see its strengths and  weaknesses. According to this approach, you just keep “pounding the pavement”  until you find the right opportunity. Life is just a “numbers game” and your job  is to stick with it and be persistent. If you keep knocking on every door you  can, you’ll eventually get one to open.

Now, the message of persistence encouraged by this strategy is definitely a  plus. No matter what you want to be, do, or have in life, you’ve got to stick  with it and persevere. That’s an important message. Too often people give up  before they have a chance to succeed.

However, the idea that you have to take “massive action” can be a real trap  and a poor way to enjoy your life. It can lead you to keep banging on doors that  won’t open because they just aren’t the right ones. That idea can lead you to  overwork and be constantly stressed and exhausted.

The key characteristic of massive action is that “You are trying to make things happen.”

However, if massive action is your mantra, how do you know when enough is  enough? Is there a limit to massive? Hopefully, that limit doesn’t come in the  form of a heart-attack, stroke, or being tired and frustrated beyond belief.

While the effort put forth in massive action, and the persistence, may be  admirable, there’s another way that gives you even better results with much  greater precision. By using this strategy you’ll realize that you don’t have to  “work like a dog” and it’s “not all up to you.” You begin to recognize that Life  is in your corner, providing what you need, when you need it.

So, let’s talk about what “inspired action” means. Inspired action is about  paying attention to internal and external cues to discover the best course of  action. In other words, you notice inner prompts such as interesting thoughts,  feelings, and sensations, as well as environmental elements that stand out to  you, as indicators pointing toward right action.

Right action can be defined as what is aligned with the flow of how things  are and with what is best for all. The inspired action approach says that there  is a “right action” that will move things along most successfully and  efficiently. The feeling of inspired action is generally ease, excitement, and  synergy. Everything seems to fit together naturally and flow in the best  possible way.

When you are inspired with right action you feel energized rather than  depleted. It may feel almost magical as the right door opens and people respond  as you hoped they would. Resources seem to fall in your lap as that right  opportunity presents itself to you.

Instead of knocking on every door on the street, inspired action first takes  time to discern the best door to knock on. You pay more attention to meaningful  cues about what might work and what doesn’t. You allow Life to inform you,  rather than trying to make Life conform to your preconceived ideas and  plans.

So, the first move of inspired action is to get an initial prompt about what  right action might be. As you follow this initial prompt and continue to pay  attention to inner and outer cues, you refine this initial prompt with finer and  finer detail. You go from a good general direction to precise insight.

To get a good initial prompt and to notice how you might need to adjust that  as you go along requires mindfulness-you need to relax, quiet your mind, and pay  close attention. You focus on what you want to achieve and expect that Life will  show you the best way to get there. In other words, you seek to calm your  emotions, focus underneath your mental chatter, and sense a deeper inspiration  that is connected to what is really happening in “the whole of Life.” A great  way to get to that place is to meditate.

In meditation, you guide your attention toward one thing, such as your breath  or some inner focal point, and let go of everything else. As you do this, your  brain waves come into calm coherence, your heart shifts into an easy rhythm, and  your body relaxes. From that quiet relaxed state you are better able to see,  feel, and discern what you want, what information is available inside and around  you, and what steps to take to get where you want to go. In the clarity provided  by meditation, you make keener observations and are receptive to information  that you might otherwise miss.

Here’s a simple way to begin to access that sort of guidance. You can even  try this right now:

Find a comfortable seat, close your eyes, and take several, slow, deep  breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth…

Once your body is relaxed and your mind is quiet and alert, bring an issue  into your awareness, focus into the area of your heart, and ask your heart a  question. For example, “What is most important to do right now?” Be patient and  keep the question open without rushing to have a quick answer. You may notice a  word or phrase, an image, or a subtle nudge to action.

This might sound a little “woo-woo” at first-until you get the hang of it. A  great time to do this is at the end of meditation practice, once you’ve gotten  really centered and deeply relaxed. Ask your heart any question that’s on your  mind. You might be surprised at what you find.

If you’d like to learn more about releasing stress and accessing inspired  action through your heart, check out the Resource Box below.

Click here if you are you ready to de-stress, quiet your mind, and discover inspired action

 

Kevin Schoeninger graduated from Villanova University in 1986 with a Master’s  Degree in Philosophy. He is certified as a Life Coach, Reiki Master Teacher,  Qigong Meditation Instructor, and Personal Fitness Trainer.

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Art and Creativity for Healing

Tammi Baliszewski, Ph.D. writes a beautiful account of using Art and Creativity for Healing:

What exactly is the effect of creating art? Can painting, singing,  dancing, making pottery or poetry really change or heal us? My research and  experience has me absolutely convinced it does. In fact, from my perspective,  creativity is the most healing tool we have available to claim a more empowered,  healthy and fulfilling life.

More than simply “art,” I am addressing the act of creative self-expression;  a vital, powerful and vibrant act, which is much more than painting a pretty  picture or singing a song. Creativity is the opportunity to give expression to  the soul and can support us in living an authentic, empowered and passionate  lives. Creativity is the opportunity to communicate one’s true self and allow us  to express our own awesome, wonderful, interesting and unique version of the  Divine.

I often hear people claim they are not creative. It is my belief, as human  beings, we are all aspects of the Creator, and therefore innately and naturally  creative. Anyone who has walked into a kindergarten classroom has experienced  the high vibrational energy of creativity. No four or five year old says “I’m  not an artist.” That is a learned or acquired limiting belief. Picasso said it  best: “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you  grow up.”

Even if one has lost that sense of being an artist, saying yes to creative  endeavors, in any form, can be a powerful tool for introspection, revelation and  deep healing. It can also be a way to communicate and connect with a much deeper  part of ourselves. Creativity can help us to understand who we are, what we feel  and why we are here.

Optimal health comes from the balance of body, mind and spirit. When the  spirit is awake, it can dialogue with the body and mind. When the soul is  listened to, honored and expressed, the body, mind and spirit are aligned and  resonate congruently. When the spirit is not listened to, imbalance will  inevitably occur. When we do not do not have genuinely meaningful activities to  pursue, aliveness eventually turns to listlessness; one can easily become  distracted or even addicted. When we are disconnected from our creativity we can  become anxious, bored and/or uneasy. In order to reduce this anxiety many turn  to food, alcohol, drugs, sex or other anxiety-reducing activities.

Art and creativity has its own kind of language and reaches us in ways words  cannot. Bypassing the intellect, visual symbols, music, dance and other forms of  creative expression can provide a sense of relief, joy, understanding, wonder,  excitement and/or peace. Studies indicate that art has the powerful potential to  heal. This is done by shifting ones thoughts, focus and attitude. Art can affect  the autonomic nervous system, hormonal balance and create different brain wave  patterns. This can instantly change a person’s attitude from fear to hope and  their physiology from that of stress to relaxation.

Creativity is also a powerful way we can heal emotional trauma. When we  acknowledge and give expression to our buried feelings, past hurts, anguish and  pain, a great burden is lifted as we release the heavy, toxic build up of  emotions or “energy in motion.” In Barbara Ganim’s book “Art and Healing”, she explains how creativity can be a powerful tool for emotional and  physical healing: “Art is the voice or expression of this inner language.  Expressing painful emotions through color, form, shape and image, releases their  hold on the body and mind, clearing the path for healing.”

In order to clear out any unexpressed emotions one may transfer the imagistic  expression of them onto paper, canvas or sculpture. Once this is done, not only  does the artist detach from stress producing emotions, it can also support one  in seeing things from a new perspective. Messages can serve as a guide to assist  in the resolution of inner emotional conflict. It is then possible to transform  negative images that represent painful uncomfortable emotions into positive  constructive images that can activate the healing response from within.

Art is a powerful tool and gives us the capacity and ability to express not  just buried emotions, but also complex and overwhelming ones. Many have found  that making art, even years or decades after trauma has occurred, can initiate  the process of recovery and reparation. Creativity can support us in taking  charge of how we experience our emotional reactions and minimize the stress in  our bodies, minds and lives.

Gene Cohen, director of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at George  Washington University in Washington, D.C., found that art gave study  participants a sense of accomplishment, boosted the immune system and decreased  loneliness. Cohen was quoted as saying: “Art is like chocolate to the brain, it  taps into both sides. It has benefited the soul of the species since the time of  cavemen or before.”

To read on, visit Dr. Tammi Baliszewski’s full article.

Succeed With Personal Development Seminars

In a fast-paced world where personal relations are turning ever more to the electronic realm and where there is frequent financial and political stress, self-help books and courses have become more popular than ever before. If you find yourself lacking in some area of your life, maybe a fear that controls you, or lack of assertiveness, or an inability to create the types of relationships you crave, personal development seminars may be the answer for you.

What are Personal Development Seminars?

Personal development seminers are courses or training sessions where you learn skills, techniques and behavioral changes that can make a positive impact on your life.

There are a variety of different types of personal development seminars available which can help you improve whatever aspect of your life you feel you need to work on. For instance, you can take a relationship seminar with your significant other to learn to communicate better and grow together. You can take relationship seminars with friends, children, parents, clients or co-workers to learn to work together and share ideas in a more inspiring and uplifting manner. You can also take seminars that focus on improving yourself, rather than your relationships with others. These might include seminars that help you to be a better speaker or listener; seminars that help you to be more assertive; or seminars that help you to integrate positive behaviors and belief systems into your daily life.

Benefits of Personal Development Seminars

There are many ways to approach problems that you feel you have or to take steps to improve yourself. As you choose between your different options, the first essential step is to make a commitment to take action, take a positive step and make a change. Nothing will improve unless you do something to improve it.

Once you have made a commitment to make a change or to learn how to do something better, you can use various self-help books or home courses to learn how to make this change. For several reasons, however, this is often not the most effective way to approach personal development. For one thing, you have to provide all of the motivation to learn a program and stick with it, as you have no one else on your side or no one else there to encourage and aid you. For another, you are interpreting and learning the information on your own with no one to explain it to you, bounce ideas off of you or inspire you.

When you attend personal development seminars, you will be taught by professionals who are passionate and skilled in their field. You will be with others who share your goal to improve yourself. The excitement will be far more than if you are working on your own to improve yourself, and you may feel more inspired, enlightened and impassioned to go forward and make a change than you would if you were simply sitting at home reading a book. You will also have an expert to explain concepts and to help ensure you can incorporate the principles you are learning into your life.

Learn more about Communication Skills Training and Personal Development Seminars at Satvatove.com