Immunity Tonic

This is a great “home-made” V-8 juice that is soooo much better for your health and vitality…

A fruit and vegetable juicer makes this boon to your health possible. The investment in a good juicer may be more valuable in the long run than health insurance! The healing and medicinal properties of garlic (which is actually an herb) are astounding. It’s a strong natural antibiotic and immune system strengthener. It purifies the blood natural and lowers blood cholesterol. Dr. Norman Walker, author of twelve books on natural health who lived to be 109, claimed that garlic kills parasites in the intestines. He drank juices like this one every day. Be careful though – raw garlic can upset a delicate stomach. Spinach or the sunflower sprouts add a healing dose of chlorophyll. The importance of chlorophyll in the body cannot be over emphasized. It’s the vehicle for oxygen, which wipes out deadly disease-causing anaerobic bacteria. At Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, potent green juices, containing ginger and garlic, are consumed every day as part of the healing diet.

 

6 Carrots, trimmed and scrubbed                         1 cup Spinach leaves or Sunflower sprouts

1 Tomato                                                                     1 whole Cucumber, scrubbed

2 Celery ribs, scrubbed, leaves removed              1 to 3 Garlic cloves, according to tolerance

1 Red or Green Bell Pepper, not seeded               ½ Lemon

1 Beet, trimmed and scrubbed                                1 teaspoon Carlson’s Lemon Cod Liver Oil

½ teaspoon Liquid Trace Minerals

 

Juice everything but the lemon, cod liver oil and trace minerals in a fruit and vegetable juicer. Juice the lemon by hand. Stir the lemon, oil and minerals into the tonic.

 

Serves 2

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Cloud Meditation: Head in the Clouds

 

Following a cloud with our eyes and drifting through the sky with it can be an easy and relaxing meditation.

When people use the phrase “head in the clouds,” they usually refer to a mental state that appears to be drifting rather than concentrating. For this reason, putting your head in the clouds can be a wonderful meditation tool. Whether puffy and white or tinted with the colors of dawn and dusk or shades of gray, those vaporous sky dwellers can remind you of so many things about life and about yourself.

For this meditation, you can find a physical place to relax and look upward, or you can look to the skies from within your imagination. Directing your thoughts to the endless of expanse of sky that clouds inhabit, you can feel your soul expand to reach beyond any seeming limitations. Following the clouds, you are free to unleash your imagination. You may choose to merely drift along with them for a time, enjoying their distanced perspective on the world, or you can look for messages in their fantastical shapes, or feel the joy of bounding between their immense billowy puffiness. However you interact with them, do so from a peaceful place. Clouds drift above the hustle of the world below, knowing they belong to another realm that cannot be affected by its frenzy, reminding you that peace is always available. By directing your vision beyond the ordinary, clouds also can remind you of the illusion of appearances. While appearing to be solid, their vapor and mist appear like cotton balls from below, giving little indication of the heights they reach. Sometimes they may cast shadows, leaving you in shade, but like life’s difficulties clouds change shape and move onward, revealing the shining sun, twinkling stars, and blue sky that are behind them.

When a ray of light breaks through the clouds, their dramatic filtering only makes the light more beautiful by contrast, just as you can shine more brightly in the midst of life’s challenges. When you allow clouds to offer you a welcome respite, they help you visit the realm of illusion to see the truth beyond.

Interesting, right?

 

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A Virtuous Cycle: The Ripple Effect

 

Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters causing ripples to spread as they move outward.

In a world of six billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.

Should the opportunity arise, the recipient of a good deed will likely feel compelled to do a good deed for someone else. Someone feeling the effects of negative energy will be more likely to pass on that negative energy. One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive thought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone’s life. Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to be that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness. Consider the effect of your thoughts and actions, and try to act graciously as much as possible.

A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an attitude of laughter, or a thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread among your loved ones and associates, out into your community, and finally throughout the world. You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you come into contact with and everyone those people come into contact with. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples move onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of positivity.

 

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Days of Affirmation: Sending Love Ahead to Your Day

 

Send love to your day ahead and remember to stop and catch the miracles.

Upon waking, many people consider the coming day with trepidation. Because of the natural human tendency to focus on what we fear or dislike, it is easy to unwittingly send a message of unease into the future that negatively impacts the quality of your day. However, while our lives are busy and frequently include challenges, they are also rich with joy and experiences worth savoring. We can attract this natural bliss into our lives by starting each day with a message of love. When you send love ahead to your day, that love will manifest itself in your personal interactions, your professional endeavors, and your domestic duties. Tasks and circumstances once made trying by your own anxiety are transformed by your love, and you will find yourself approaching life’s subtle nuances with great affection.

Each morning, when you have cast off the fog of sleep, take several deep, grounding breaths and reaffirm the love you have for yourself. Speaking a loving, self-directed blessing aloud enables you to access and awaken the reservoir of tenderness in your soul. Before you leave the comfortable warmth of your bed, be sure to tell the universe that you are eager and ready to receive the blessings it has set aside for you. Then as you prepare to meet your day, visualize yourself first saturated by and then surrounded with a warm and soft loving light. Gradually widen the circle of this light until you are able to send it ahead into your future. If you are commuting to work, send love to the roads upon which you will drive, your fellow commuters, and your parking space. If you have colleagues who arrive at your workplace before you, send them love. Likewise, a day spent being a parent or addressing household chores can benefit from the sentiment that precedes you. Sending love ahead to everyone you will meet and everything you will do can ensure that your day is suffused with grace.

If you have difficulty sending love to those situations and individuals you deem particularly frustrating, consider that the warmth and tenderness you project can change your life for the better. Each morning, in sending this love, you will exercise your power to control the ambiance of your existence and to color your day with positivity.

 

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A Year to Clear What’s Holding You Back

 

“The call to adventure is the point in a person’s life when they are first given notice that everything is going to change, whether they know it or not.”
~Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey

With all our best intentions and rich resources, why is it so hard to slow down, simplify, and care for ourselves? Why do most clearing efforts fall short or peter out?

Why are we so afraid to let go?

Our drive to attain and succeed comes at a great cost to our soul. We are malnourished, if not starved, when it comes to compassionate self-acceptance, awareness, and care. We yearn for simplicity but struggle to find it. We ache for balance but can’t sustain it. There is no time to juggle it all, let alone clear the things and thoughts that have caused us to feel so overwhelmed in the first place.

After years of study, deep inquiry, and personal experience, here’s what I know for sure:

 For clearing to last you need to put yourself first. You won’t make a dent in reducing the stress and stuff until you’ve healed the the patterns that created it. If you don’t feel safe, you won’t let go.

Clearing is an inside job that begins and ends with you.

 For clearing to last you need to change your mindset. Clearing is not something you “do” or squeeze into your life. It’s a way of life – a journey – that doesn’t always add up, make sense, or go in a straight line. Clearing is not about “getting rid of.” It’s about “letting go of” the things and thoughts that get in the way of you realizing your true nature and best life.

 For clearing to last you need to slow down. Clearing old habits and resisting behaviors is not possible until you slow way down.

Take some time for yourself this New Year….  Put yourself first once in a while.  Remember to think positively about yourself.  And, let the past go.  Remember that while it was an extremely important part of who you are, it is not who you are.

 

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Cosmic Support

 

Nothing happens in our lives and/or in the world without purpose.

The path that speeds us toward our dreams can be a challenging and complex one, so it’s easy to get bogged down in confusion and insecurities. We often hesitate at the start of that path, questioning our purpose or our capabilities. Yet we should be moving forward joyously, eager to discover what destiny has in store for us. The universe has plans for us that eclipse anything we have dreamed of this far. Though we must work diligently to fulfill our potential and to accomplish our individual missions, the universe is aware of both the quests we chose before birth and the goals we have formulated in adulthood. If we accept that it us watching over us and believe that it will facilitate our eventual success, the universe will provide us with the assistance and opportunities that enable us to make significant progress on our journeys of ambition.

Nothing happens without a purpose. Whether we attract success or repel it depends on our willingness to stay open to a wide range of possibilities and to embrace concepts like synchronicity. The universe is always ready to care for our needs, but we must not write off its loving attention as mere circumstance or chance. Likewise, we must endeavor to ensure that our egos do not become a barrier that prevents us from recognizing that even perceived mistakes can be profound lessons that smooth our progress of personal evolution. When we understand that we only need to enthusiastically try our best to realize our objectives, the universe will take care of the details, propelling us forward in its unstoppable current. We may not always immediately understand the significance of certain experiences, but our trust will help us choose wisely at each crossroad.

The universe wants to see you accomplish your goals. No matter how long you’ve hesitated, it will always be there to put its plan for you in motion at the first sign of your faith. You can make the most of this aid by acquiescing to it rather than fighting it. Nurture your dreams but do not attempt to micromanage every detail along the way. The universe will provide you with guidance and, if you pay attention to that guidance, you will find your formerly stressful quest for success to become a journey of great joy.

 

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The Farmer’s Donkey

Here is a little New Years Story for you….

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off! MORAL : Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up. Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive. 2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens. 3. Live simply and appreciate what you have. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less from people but more from yourself. You have two choices… smile and close this page, or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson.

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