Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 Focus: I see sensitivity as a strength.

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Albert Einstein said (according to the BBC€™s Website), logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Every great actor, artist, scientist, and scholar has gone beyond the regular level of sensitivity to be highly sensitive. Being sensitive to your children can access their imagination, intuition, and innovativeness even to a deeper degree.

My first suggestion is really to see your children’s sensitivity as an asset. Some adults have told me they see sensitivity as a handicap, weakness, or problem. And if you are one of those people, I implore you to consider seeing it differently. Although I realize both personally and professionally life can be challenging (at times) when you are sensitive, the benefits far outweigh the costs.

Seeing your children€™s sensitivity as a strength is essential. They can intuit answers, develop deep and genuine relationships, access higher dimensions of consciousness, and feel great compassion for others.

Excerpted from the article:
Seeing Sensitivity as a Strength
by Maureen Dawn Healy.

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 Focus: I reclaim my innocence and live from my heart.

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Projection is when we take qualities in ourselves that we don’t like and criticize them in others. We call someone messy or dishonest, and we become upset about those perceived shortcomings while remaining well aware that we are not always tidy or honest.

Surprisingly often what we dislike in others is what we dislike in ourselves but can’t admit to. So we become enraged when we see it in others. We project our feelings onto others in order to feel better about ourselves, and that stops us seeing who they are or who we are.

In this way our minds are overlaid with information that gets in the way of our true innocence. This limits us and takes us away from our authentic selves. Being innocent means speaking your truth and living your truth, and doing so in a loving way. It means letting go of illusion. It is a new kind of freedom, one that so many people don’t know. Innocence lets us live from the heart.

Excerpted from the article:
How to Reclaim Your Innocence: Projection is the Opposite of Innocence
by Allan G. Hunter.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

Gratitude and Beyond: Five Insights for a Fulfilled Life
by Allan G. Hunter.

Using near-death experiences as a springboard into an in-depth discussion of five key areas of awareness, this guide explains how to recognize and demystify these seemingly inexplicable events. Readers are shown how to properly extract the lessons of a near-death experience through reflection and cultivate five key concepts: gratitude, humility, beauty, innocence, and a sense of place in the world. Brief but eloquent, it addresses a popular and important topic without overly-sentimental or religious overtones.

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Monday, December 23rd, 2013 Focus: I choose to have quality of life by living fully, healthfully, and happily.

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Respond or React?
Positive thinking is something that should flow naturally and not be an uphill battle perpetuated by lousy biochemistry emerging from a crappy diet.

Emotions are not, in essence, the result of what happens to you, but rather, how you respond to what happens to you. A balanced biochemistry allows us to respond, rather than react, to the world around us.

The quality this lends to our experience of life cannot be overestimated. It’s not really about living forever. It’s about being healthy enough to live fully, live healthfully, and live happily. Of course, the longer we are able to do this, the better. Isn’t that really the point of it all — quality of life?

Excerpted from the article:
Help! My Brain is Under Attack!
by Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life — by Nora T. Gedgaudas.

Nora Gedgaudas shows how our modern grain- and carbohydrate-heavy low-fat diets are a far cry from the high-fat, moderate-protein hunter-gatherer diets we are genetically programmed for, leading not only to lifelong weight gain but also to cravings, mood disorders, cognitive problems, and “diseases of civilization” — such as cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), heart disease, and mental illness. Applying modern discoveries to the basic hunter-gatherer diet, she culls from vast research in evolutionary physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition, and chronic and degenerative disease to unveil a holistic lifestyle for true mind-body health and longevity.

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Friday, December 20th, 2013 Focus: I am inspired and motivated by positive, as well as negative, role models.

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Despite abundant warnings that we shouldn’t measure ourselves against others, most of us still do. But the problem with social comparison is that it often backfires. When comparing ourselves to someone who’s doing better than we are, we often feel inadequate for not doing as well.

What causes social comparison not to divide us but to drive us? According to recent research, the trick may lie in comparing ourselves to people with whom we personally identify and who followed a path to success we believe we can follow ourselves. Also important is our conviction that the people with whom we compare ourselves succeeded not because of some special ability, position, or luck but because of their own efforts.

In fact, effort is such an important issue that even negative role models can inspire and motivate us if we believe they failed because they didn’t work hard enough. So not only can the strict dieter who exercised three times a week and lost a hundred pounds bolster our motivation and enthusiasm, so can the couch potato who’s remained stuck, due to a lack of effort, at the same weight for years.

Excerpted from the article:
Persistence, Persistence, Persistence
by Alex Lickerman M.D.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY

The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self — by Alex Lickerman MD.

Through stories of patients who have used nine core principles to overcome suffering caused by unemployment, unwanted weight gain, addiction, rejection, chronic pain, retirement, illness, loss, and even death, Dr. Lickerman shows how we too can make these principles function within our own lives, enabling us to develop for ourselves the resilience we need to achieve indestructible happiness. At its core, The Undefeated Mind urges us to stop hoping for easy lives and focus instead on cultivating the inner strength we need to enjoy the difficult lives we all have.

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 Focus: I care about what happens to others, and ask myself, what can I do?

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Unfortunately, one of the repercussions of modern life with all our TVs and modern conveniences and big cities, is that we have become separated from our neighbors and from the people we see daily. We treat them all as strangers. We have become strangers in a strange land.

We must step out from the barriers of protection we have been living behind, and care. We must start seeing everyone as our family, as our brothers and sister. We must care about what happens to them, and then ask ourselves, what can I do?

Your part may be simple, it may be grandiose… Only you have the answer to that. But, we must keep asking ourselves, What can I do? And do it, now, in the moment. Not later when we have time, not later when we remember, not later if we get around to it. Keep asking yourself, what can I do now? As children of God or children of the Universe, we have a role to play. What is that role? Your answers will come as you keep asking yourself, “What can I do now?”

Excerpted from the article:
Going From Hiding to Caring: What Can I Do?
by Marie T. Russell.

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 Focus: I choose my words so that they bring healing and strength to others.

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Our words have a tremendous power to bring healing and strength to another person or to hurt in a very deep way. How beautiful that we all have the capacity to bring healing to others. How sad that we also have the capacity to bring hurt by the way we use our words.

You can alter a person’s life in a very positive or very negative way. We should never underestimate the power we have to use our words for a positive effect on a person’s life or, in some cases, a lasting negative effect.

We all need positive words and acknowledgment. It’s a lot more fun and fulfilling to go for the positive and watch the blessings flow from your words. Everyone can benefit from your positive encouraging words.

Excerpted from the article:
Do Not Underestimate The Power of Words: To Heal or To Hurt
by Joyce Vissell.

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