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Pets: Energy & Emotion

“The most important thing to understand about energy is that it’s a language of emotion. Of course, you never have to tell an animal that you’re sad, or tired, or excited, or relaxed, because that animal already knows exactly how you are feeling. Think back on some beautiful stories you’ve read in publications like Reader’s Digest and People magazine -stories of pets who have comforted, even saved, their sick, depressed, or grieving owners. These stories often include comments like it was almost as if he knew what his owner was going through. These animals do know exactly what their owners are feeling. A French study concluded that dogs may actually also use their sense of smell to help distinguish between human emotional states. Dogs can sense even the most subtle changes in the energy and emotions of the humans around them.” (p. 66-67)

Millan, C. 7 Pelter, M. 2006. Cesar’s Way. New York, N.Y.: Harmony Books.


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Quick Tips to a Healthier Back

Following any period of prolonged inactivity, begin a program of regular low-impact exercises. Speed walking, swimming, or stationary bike riding 30 minutes a day can increase muscle strength and flexibility. Yoga can also help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Ask your physician or orthopedist for a list of low-impact exercises appropriate for your age and designed to strengthen lower back and abdominal muscles.

  • Always stretch before exercise or other strenuous physical activity.
  • Don’t slouch when standing or sitting. When standing, keep your weight balanced on your feet. Your back supports weight most easily when curvature is reduced.
  • At home or work, make sure your work surface is at a comfortable height for you.
  • Sit in a chair with good lumbar support and proper position and height for the task. Keep your shoulders back. Switch sitting positions often and periodically walk around the office or gently stretch muscles to relieve tension. A pillow or rolled-up towel placed behind the small of your back can provide some lumbar support. If you must sit for a long period of time, rest your feet on a low stool or a stack of books.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Sleep on your side to reduce any curve in your spine. Always sleep on a firm surface.
  • Ask for help when transferring an ill or injured family member from a reclining to a sitting position or when moving the patient from a chair to a bed.
  • Don’t try to lift objects too heavy for you. Lift with your knees, pull in your stomach muscles, and keep your head down and in line with your straight back. Keep the object close to your body. Do not twist when lifting.
  • Maintain proper nutrition and diet to reduce and prevent excessive weight, especially weight around the waistline that taxes lower back muscles. A diet with sufficient daily intake of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D helps to promote new bone growth.
  • If you smoke, quit. Smoking reduces blood flow to the lower spine and causes the spinal discs to degenerate.
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RSA Replay – How to Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential

Streamed live on Jul 8, 2013

Full webcast from the RSA event on Monday 8 July 6pm BST. An edited HD video of the event will be available in the near future.
At the event, one of the world’s leading psychologists, Professor Carol Dweck visited the RSA to discuss how students’ mindsets shape their motivation and learning.

She discussed new research showing a) how parents’ and teachers’ praise can create fixed mindsets and undermine children’s motivation, b) how fixed-mindset school environments can decrease the representation of women and minorities, and c) how teaching students a growth mindset increases their success in school.

Chaired by Dr Jonathan Rowson, RSA

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Contacting the Dream World: Setting Your Dream Self Free

Our dream self is like the imaginary companion we may have had as children. Such a dream helper can represent the person we aspire to be, or might be an unacknowledged aspect of our own self. The following exercise shows how we can liberate this adventurous hero of the unconscious. Try conjuring up a dream self, sending him or her into the dream world to act as your ambassador and carry out missions on your behalf.

  1. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and imagine that you are in front of a mirror. Allow the image of your reflection to build up as completely as possible, observing your face, hair and clothes just as you would in a real mirror.
  2. Dissolve the mirror, leaving your image as if real and three-dimensional. Tell yourself that this is your dream body, a part of yourself that can penetrate deep into the unconscious.
  3. Tell your dream body to travel tonight to the dream place you have chosen, to find the answer to a current problem, or to explore elusive areas of yourself – perhaps peace, happiness or self-confidence. Watch as your dream body willingly accepts your instructions, nodding and smiling.
  4. See the image of yourself become once more an image in a mirror, then watch both image and mirror fading until you are securely back in the real world. When you feel ready, open your eyes to set your dream self free.

Dream Cue: Create an idealized version of your waking self, with all the physical and psychological attributes you would like to have. Contemplating and identifying with this perfect self before sleep will help you to develop a more positive self-image.

Source: Teach Yourself to Dream: A Practical Guide by David Fontana, PhD, 1997, p. 37

lucid dreaming

Build Your Personal Charisma by Olivia Fox Cabane

Olivia Fox Cabane reveals how specific behaviors of presence, power and warmth can help individuals to develop their personal charisma.

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Self-Love Boot Camp

  • Become your own best friend: If you want to see yourself clearly, just step into the shoes of your closest friends. What do they see when they look at you? Probably not the things you complain about, but all the things that keep them coming back for more of your company: Your easy laugh. Your compassionate ear. Your sound advice. Your fun-loving spirit. Get very clear on what it is about you that draws people in. Then spend your time contemplating that idyllic image.
  • Only have eyes for you: The grass is always greener on the other side, except when you are in love. When you are losing your head over Jim, you don’t stop to think, “Gee, Jim is great, but I wish his name were George…” Instead, you believe you have found the best of all possible worlds because of the connection you’ve forged. That is how I want you to feel good about yourself. Connected. I want you to stop comparing yourself with the Miss Thangs with their flat bellies and endless legs, and start admiring yourself for your great smile, smooth skin and hopeful outlook.

Source: Love Smart by Dr. Phil McGraw, 2005, p.57

“But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you that you love, well, that’s just fabulous”—Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Getting Free of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness
At TEDxMiddlebury 2013 Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the idea that we can control and manage our lives as counter to our happiness. After considering the true meaning of happiness, Polly highlights several uniquely human emotions—shame, guilt, envy, and jealousy—that pose as obstacles to this happiness and offers solutions to overcome these emotions. Polly Young-Eisendrath is a speaker, writer, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher. She is a long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism and Vipassana in the tradition of Shinzen Young. She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in independent clinical practice in central Vermont. Her 14 published books have been translated into more than 20 languages, including “The Self-Esteem Trap,” “The Resilient Spirit,” and “Women and Desire”.

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Sedentary Lifestyle vs. Walking Lifestyle

“Unhealthy, calorie-rich diets combined with a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on our waistlines. This potent one-two punch is most likely responsible for the dramatic rise of overweight and obese conditions that have been noted over the last few decades. If we were a nation that incorporated a moderate amount of physical activity into our daily lives, then the poor dietary choices we make would be less punishing when we stepped on the scale. The truth, however, is that not only are we eating more calories, but we’re also burning fewer of them through physical activity such as walking or exercise. This combination has completely disrupted our energy balance, thus producing a country struggling with weight control.” (p. 26)

Smith, I. 2001. The Take Control Diet. New York, N.Y.: Random House.


A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. ©2011 Michael Evans and Mercury Films Inc.

Check out his website http://www.evanshealthlab.com/
Follow Dr. Mike for new videos! http://twitter.com/docmikeevans

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Get Organized

“At least once per month, clear your space of excess items. Move toward minimalism. Look around your home, office, room and other places you spend your time, and consider donating any items you can identify as surplus…If necessary, don’t hesitate to sell items that have value. Use this money to buy healthier food, a new pair of hiking shoes. Think about getting a massage or acupuncture. Use the money to improve your well-being or the well-being of others. Buy a hot meal, a coat, or a bed for someone in need…By clearing the clutter from your living and working spaces, you can help clear the clutter from your mind.

Source: Sow- Planting the Seeds for Health, Well-Being and a Superhero Life by Joe Rignola. You can follow his Facebook group @ facebook.com/sowhappynow

Cheap Organizing Ideas – Getting Organized on a Small Budget

A lot of people think getting organized is really expensive. Yes, there are lots of organizing products that are costly, however, there are also a lot that are also affordable or fall within small or limited budgets.  Alejandra.tv Website – http://www.alejandra.tv/

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