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February 8, 2009

Meditate Your Way To Perfect Health
“one hour of meditation equals four hours of sleep”

I hesitate to use the word meditation. To me, as well as many others, the word "meditation" conjures up the picture of a bearded man sitting cross-legged in front of an entrance to a cave or high on a mountain top. Climbing the mountain and reaching him is part of the arduous journey toward self-fulfillment, self-improvement. Once we find him we ask, "What is the meaning of life?" or "How do we achieve peace in ourselves and our lives?" This all-knowing man tells us the answers are "inside ourselves" and tells us to go and contemplate. I don't know if that answer was worth the journey!

Well, I am not a wise man on a mountain. I am just like you -- involved in life and work, seeking more serenity and calm in my life. I am still learning but I am finding that it is really helping me balance my life.

Research has shown that meditation can contribute to your physiological as well as your psychological and well-being. This is accomplished because meditation brings your brainwave pattern into an alpha state, which is the level at which healing begins.

Here are some of the benefits you can expect.

Physiological Benefits

  • Deep rest-as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of the heart.
  • Lowered levels of cortisol and lactate-two chemicals associated with stress.
  • Reduction of free radicals- unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage.
  • Decreased high blood pressure.
  • Higher skin resistance. Low skin resistance is correlated with higher stress and anxiety levels.
  • Drop in cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular disease.
  • Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to asthma patients.
  • Decreases the ageing process.

Psychological Benefits

  • Greater creativity.
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased irritability and moodiness
  • Improved learning ability and memory.
  • Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
  • Increased happiness.
  • Increased emotional stability.

Meditation is very easy. I suggest you start with a breathing meditation. Sit with your eyes partially closed and turn your attention to your breathing. Breath naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control your breath, and try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is your object of meditation. Concentrate on your breathing until everything else seems to fade way. Continue this for 20 minutes.

I think you will notice a big difference. Especially if you continue doing it daily.

Thank you for your patronage.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
President
thom.king@steviva.com
Steviva Brands, Inc.

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YOUR MIND

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger
Max Steingart

Life is made up of a series of experiences.
Each one will make you stronger, even though it may be hard
for you to realize it at the time.

Life is your classroom in which you're being tested, tried, and passed.
Always try to stay in the midst of life and activity.
Don't isolate yourself from the action.
Your character develops itself in the stream of life.

The setbacks and hardships you endure actually help you in your march
forward to success.
The world was built to develop your character.

Life expects you to make progress in reasonable time.
That's why those elementary school chairs are so small.

YOUR BODY

Three Quick Secrets To Getting Fit

#1 - Set Your Goals
This might seem cliché, but it is very true. In order to achieve something that you set out to do, you must clearly visualize what this "something" is and how you are going to go about measuring it your ways in which to get "it" and knowing when it is that you finally are going to achieve "it." I always have a short-term goal and a longer-term goal, and I am always writing my goals down with a clear map of "How I am going to achieve it" planned along with it. The more you are inspired to reach your goal, the higher your chance of achieving it. What really drives you to lose 30 lbs? What is your reason for gaining 5 lbs of muscle or losing 15 lbs of fat? If your reason for the goal is not a strong enough fuel for you to grasp this pot of gold at the end of the tunnel, you might find yourself on the path to non-achievement. Get realistic about what you want to achieve, draw out a path for how you are going to go about it, and keep your plan visible so that you are constantly reminded of it. Sometimes, I even tell my closest friends and family about my path to my goals so that they can encourage me along the way.

#2 - Develop a Routine
It is proven that if you develop a structured plan for your daily workouts rather than deciding on whim when and where to workout on a workout-to-workout basis, then you will be more successful. Lay out your workout plan a week in advance so that you are making it a priority, and therefore, can plan other events around it. For instance, start waking up in the morning before work and head to the gym at least 4 times a week. After two weeks, you will be amazed that this routine you have developed has become second nature and getting fit has become part of your lifestyle.

#3 - Put "You" First
One of the most common excuses I hear from my clients when it comes to working out was, "I got too busy:" or, basically, they didn't make time to eat right or workout because life got too crazy. I watch several people that I know train for Ironmans, who also have families and full-time jobs. Training for this event can sometimes add up to working out 3-5 hours in 1 day. And they find time to fit it in. So, that just proves that the whole, "I didn't have time" line is the biggest excuse in the book and I find it super difficult to accept it. You have 24 hours in a day and for at least 1 hour of that day, you can set aside time to enjoy some time in the gym, or in a pool, or on your bike. Exercise is important because not only will it make you look better, but it will make you feel awesome and improve your health. Wouldn't the chance to ultimately live longer motivate you enough to mange your time better throughout the day and make healthy decisions. If you can, workout before you go to your job in the morning. Find time to fit in a lunch-hour workout if your job allows. Weekends are perfect for family activities, in which you can join your spouse for an evening walk or encourage your kids to play at the park while you run around the nearby bike path. You are in control- take personal responsibility and make eating right and exercise a priority.

This information and other information on this site is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

YOUR SPIRIT

The Power Of Staying Positive
Our thoughts are not simply ethereal pieces of information that enter our minds and then disappear. The words and ideas that we think can shape our lives and drive us toward success and happiness or failure and distress. How you think and feel can have a profound effect on your ability to recognize opportunity, how well you perform, and the outcome of the goals that you’ve set for yourself. When you maintain an optimistic outlook and make an effort to harbor only positive thoughts, you begin to create the circumstances conducive to you achieving what you desire. You feel in control and few of life’s challenges seem truly overwhelming because it is in your nature to expect a positive conclusion. An optimistic mind is also an honest one. Staying positive does not mean that you ignore difficulties or disregard limitations. Instead, it means spending time focusing only on the thoughts that are conducive to your well-being and progress.

Positive thinking dramatically increases your chances of success in any endeavor. When you’re sure that you are worthy and that achievement is within your grasp, you start to relax and look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems. You are more likely to imagine positive situations or outcomes and disregard the thoughts related to giving up, failure, or roadblocks. What the mind expects, it finds. If you anticipate joy, good health, happiness, and accomplishment, then you will experience each one. Thinking positively may sound like a simple shift in attention – and it is – but it is a mind-set that must be developed. Whenever a negative thought enters your mind, try immediately replacing it with a constructive or optimistic one. With persistence, you can condition your mind to judge fleeting, self-defeating thoughts as inconsequential and dismiss them.

It is within your power to become as happy, content, or successful as you make up your mind to be. Staying positive may not have an immediate effect on your situation, but it will likely have a profound and instantaneous effect on your mood and the quality of your experiences. In order for positive thinking to change your life, it must become your predominant mind-set. Once you are committed to embracing positive thinking, you’ll start believing that everything that you want is within your grasp.

YOUR RECIPE

Low Glycemic No Sugar Added French Salad Dressing
Serves: 20
Carbs Per Serving: 0.85 g
Prep Time:<10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Generally salad dressings are loaded with sugar. This is so counter-productive to eating the salad. Here's a recipe that is totally delicious and low and sugar. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 Cup Olive Oil
1 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tbs. Lemon Juice
2 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1½ Tsp. Salt
1½ Tsp. Dry Mustard
1¼ Tbs Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1½ Tsp. Pepper
2 Clove Garlic – Minced

Instructions:
Put everything in a jar with screw on lid and shake well.
Makes about 1 cup

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1936
Calories Per Serving: 96.8 serving size 2 tablespoons
Total Fat Per Serving:10.875g
Saturated Fat: 1.20 g
Cholesterol Per Serving: 0.0mg
Sodium
Per Serving: 0.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates
Per Serving: 0.85g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0
Sugars: 0.0g
Protein: 0.0g

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