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Things to think about #4…

April 17, 2009

The World Is a Beautiful Place

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti-1955


The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don’t mind happiness
not always being
so very much fun
if you don’t mind a touch of hell
now and then
just when everything is fine
because even in heaven
they don’t sing
all the time

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don’t mind some people
dying
all the time
or maybe only starving
some of the time
which isn’t half bad
if it isn’t you

Oh the world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don’t much mind
a few dead minds
in the higher places
or a bomb or two
now and then
in your upturned faces
or such other improprieties
as our Name Brand society
is prey to
with its men of distinction
and its men of extinction
and its priests
and other patrolmen
and its various segregations
and congressional investigations
and other constipations
that our fool flesh
is heir to

Yes the world is the best place of
all
for a lot of such things as
making the fun scene
and making the love scene
and making the sad scene
and singing low songs and having
inspirations
and walking around
looking at everything
and smelling flowers
and goosing statues
and even thinking
and kissing people
and
making babies and wearing pants
and waving hats and
dancing
and going swimming in rivers
on picnics
in the middle of the summer
and just generally
‘living it up’
Yes
but then right in the middle of it
comes the smiling
mortician

Kabbalah

April 6, 2009
I first discovered Kabbalah when I was a teenager while looking through books at a bookstore… purchased a book on the subject and glanced at it briefly for years.

“Kabbalah seeks to define the nature of the universe and the human being, the nature and purpose of existence, and various other questions. It also presents methods to aid understanding of these concepts.” –Wikipedia

Later, while living in New York as an “adult,” I came across a flyer for a Kabbalah information session/orientation/ open house and decided to attend. While there, a lot was said but, there were certain ideas stated that I agreed with.

According to Kabbalah, the critical need to confront the problem of negative influences cannot be underestimated. Kabbalah teaches us that we can remove intrusive negative influences by using tools such as the Red String!

According to Kabbalah, the critical need to confront the problem of negative influences cannot be underestimated. Kabbalah teaches us that we can remove intrusive negative influences by using tools such as the Red String!

There is a very religious side to Kabbalah (it is a religion) but there is a very practical everyday side as well. What I appreciate about the teachings of Kabbalah is the idea of separating yourself from your ego, and materialism. Something that is said a lot in the teachings of Kabbalah is roughly, “If you are not moving towards the light, then you are going towards the darkness.” Kabbalah is meant to be used, not just learned, it urges you to  constantly acknowledge your actions, and to make an effort to improve yourself daily.

Although I am not Jewish, and not ‘really into’ Kabbalah, I agree with some of there core principles and I think/believe I am able to benefit from some of their teachings.

Via the internet,I am presented with Kabbalistic wisdom daily, through an e-mail mailing list. I recommend everyone to sign up to receive it. It’s short and gives you something to think about or integrate into your day.

Here is  the e-mail I received today:

Sunday, April 5

It’s a major short-circuit when we don’t practice what we preach.

I know that better than many because my words and actions are observed by so many. We all have that responsibility to make sure our thoughts, words and deeds are aligned.

Today, match your actions to your words. You will discover a great personal power and satisfaction.

To learn more about Kabbalah or to get on their e-mail list visit the Kabbalah Center online.

Endorphins and Exercising

April 6, 2009

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Everyone knows that exercise has many health benefits such as increasing your fitness level and helping you lose weight.  But, a benefit of exercise that is often overlooked, is how exercise can improve your mood and give you a feeling of well being.

This occurs during exercise when endorphins are released in the body, they are capable of producing these feelings of euphoria and well being. The feelings produced can be so powerful that they can mask pain.

All it takes to experience these benefits from endorphins are moderate amounts of exercise. If you are new to exercise, you may experience a particularly strong effect as endorphins are released in the body.

Health Benefits of Volunteering

April 5, 2009

According to “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research” a study released  by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteering provides health benefits to the individuals who volunteer in addition to social benefits.

They have found that those who volunteer have:

  • lower mortality rates
  • greater functional ability
  • lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer
  • less incidence of heart disease

These studies find that older volunteers are more likely to receive significant health benefits from volunteering than younger volunteers.

“Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger… More than 61 million Americans volunteer to improve conditions for people in need and to unselfishly give of themselves. While the motivation is altruistic, it is gratifying to learn that their efforts are returning considerable health benefits.”

– David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Value of Vitamin-D

April 5, 2009

Vitamin D or “The Happiness Vitamin,” is a natural vitamin that we get from the sun.

Your kidney is depends on sufficent amounts of vitamin D- the sun, milk, eggs, fatty fish, and nutritional supplements can provide you with your daily dose of this vitamin.

Your kidney's are dependent on sufficent amounts of vitamin D- the sun, milk, eggs, fatty fish, and nutritional supplements can provide you with your daily dose of this vitamin.

How your body makes vitamin D  The sun’s energy turns a chemical in your skin into vitamin D3, which is carried to your liver and then your kidneys to transform it to active vitamin D.

How your body makes vitamin D. The sun’s energy turns a chemical in your skin into vitamin D3, which is carried to your liver and then your kidneys to transform it to active vitamin D.

When you go outside in the sun you absorb Vitamin D from the sunlight and it in turn makes you happy. This is why on cloudy or rainy days some people  feel down. This lack of vitamin D is also why some people only get depressed during winter…

There are actually few foods that contain vitamin D, naturally. However, foods like milk, cereal, bread and orange juice are fortified with vitamin D allowing some benefits. Normal, sunlight exposure provides most people with their entire vitamin D requirement.

Vitamin D is important in many ways it:

  • helps maintain bone density
  • healthy bone growth
  • helps maintain the normal functioning of the nervous system
  • It is crucially important in aiding the body’s absorption of calcium

For more information read : The Importance of Vitamin D: Examine How the Sunshine Vitamin is Key to Good Health

Book: The Psychology Of Winning

April 4, 2009

“Its not what you “are” that holds you back; it’s what you think you are not.”

– The Psychology of Winning by Dennis Waitley


I received this book as a gift from a co-worker one Christmas. I read it over the Holiday’s and really enjoyed it. It’s a quick read, with a lot of good concepts and ideas throughout.

0425099997is41The Psychology of Winning covers the 10 qualities of winners, you’ll probably want to read it a couple times… which allows you to review the concepts and apply them in your day to day life… Like I’ve stated before, the most important message in the book is that what matters is not what happens to you in life, but how you react to what happens to you.  You can’t control the cards that you are dealt, but you can control your attitude and your willingness to make the best of it.

Reading this book, will get you excited about life and your place in the world, because it helps you to realize that you have the power to make it great. Don’t let things happen to you MAKE THEM HAPPEN.

Click here to purchase this book, read reviews of it.

Things to think about #3…

April 3, 2009

” When we give from the heart, we do so out of a joy that springs forth whenever we willingly enrich another person’s life. This kind of giving benefits both the giver and receiver. The receiver enjoys the gift without worrying about the consequences that accompany gifts given out of fear, guilt, shame, or desire for gain. The giver benefits from the enhanced self-esteem that results when we see our efforts contributing to someone’s well being.”

-From Marshall Rosenberg’s book:  Nonviolent Communication


To learn more visit the Center for Nonviolent Communication