What's In Your Litter Box?
letting go of the past to embrace the present
Hey An acquaintance of mine once told me that if you have one foot in the present and one in the past you are dumping on your present. When you break it all down you find that the past no longer exists that is because well… it's passed. There is nothing you can bring from your past except an experience to learn from. The future too does not exist either and focusing too much on future based thinking can create fear and dread. The Dalai Lama once said “it is not death that man fears so much but, what happens afterwards” and nobody know for sure what happens. That is the kind of future based thinking that keeps us stuck and diminishes the perfection of living in the now. Once you begin to allow yourself to live in the exact present without worrying about your future or dwelling on your past the world begins to unfold before your very eyes like a beautiful blooming lotus. Think about clinging to the railing as you ascend the stairs. As you arrive at the top what would happen if you didn't let go of the rails? You would stay stuck at the top and never reach your destination. One rail is the future and one is he past. Just let go.
We all carry baggage from our past; our failures, blunders and occasions that were so good we believe they will never be better. I call this the litter box. It is time to scoop out what is in that litter box and create a fresh start. Here are a few tips on letting go of the past and living in the present.
Know your options. There are only three options when it comes to resolving the past. Remove from your memory, make amends and change it, or accept it and move on. Throw it away. If there is something in your little box that is particularly stinky, embrace it feel if fully and then throw it away and flush.
Eckhart Tolle once said “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” Allow yourself to let go of the worries of the past and the dread of the future and embrace the positive right here, right now.
Replace your thoughts. Notice when you begin thinking about something that takes you out of the present moment. Then shift your thought process to something more pleasant such as a new passion, hobby or habit.
Immerse yourself in a group activity. Enjoying the people in your life may help put your problems in perspective.
Use meditation or yoga to bring yourself into the present moment.
Learn a new skill or hobby and never dwell skills you never mastered.
Make a list of your accomplishments and add to it daily.
Get physical. Exercise decreases stress in your mind and body as well as increasing endorphins, chemicals that make you feel good and in the present.
Focus all your energy on things you can control, instead of focusing on things you can't.
Identify past blunders or joys and celebrate what the experience taught you.
Ink it. Write everything you want to express in a letter. Then burn it.
Laugh it out. Laughter is completely based in the present. Research shows further that laughter soothes tension, improves your immune system, and even eases pain. Break out a joke book, watch some funny videos on YouTube and start the chuckle.
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Aspirations Create Possibilities
The first ingredient of your success is to dream a great dream. You must dream big and think big to be big. High expectation always precedes high achievement.
You're as small as your controlling desires, or as great as your dominant aspirations.
Once your mind stretches to a new idea it will never go back to its original dimensions.
If you dream of little goals you can expect little achievement. Dream of big goals and you'll win big success.
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three easy tips on keeping you from becoming a statistic
20 million Americans are living with Diabetes and over 40 million have pre-diabetes, thus making this disease almost like an epidemic.  This disease is caused by high blood sugar levels. There are a few different types of diabetes, and it can come into someone's life at any time, and may or not be reflective of their diet. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas in the body that helps the take glucose (sugar) into the liver to store, or be used by cells. Some people are dependant on a insulin prescription because their body has stopped producing it. Aside from Type I diabetes, where the pancreas fails, we each have control of regulating our blood sugar levels, and can get them tested to see how our body is functioning.
Here are a few ways to keep your blood sugar levels in check:
1. Protein-Eat things like eggs, chicken sausage, turkey bacon, or whey protein in the morning to “break-the-fast” from the night. Protein helps keep blood sugar levels more stable, unlike starches which spike and then decline, and leave you wanting more when glucose drops. Calculate your bodies needs with this handy tool http://www.healthcalculators.org/calculators/protein.asp?Submit=Close
2. Don't Skip-Many people go without breakfast, lunch and catch up at night, or perhaps don't snack. It is important to eat small frequent meals to keep your bodies metabolism in a working state. Often people have weight gain, because they are actually starving their body, which responds by storing fat, as a mechanism of survival. The more often you eat, the more you are “using” your metabolism and thus won't “lose” it with weight gain, which puts you at risk.
3. Exercise-Daily ideally, or at least a few good workouts a week will make your body become more efficient at making insulin. Decreasing body fat also allows for greater use of insulin, known as “sensitivity”. Combining cardiovascular and weight training, when approved by your doctor, can give you many more benefits too.  Many people argue that they don't have time to exercise, well think of this, a cartoon from Randy Glasbergen, “What fits in your schedule better, exercising one hour per day, or being dead 24 hours per day?” (see cartoon at http://www.glasbergen.com/?s=dead+24+hours )
Good health is a function of healthy diet and lifestyle, and both of these things are controlled by you!
This information and other information 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.
Relying on Others
The Wisdom of Surrender
by Madisyn Taylor
A deep feeling of gratitude can emerge as we open to the experience of being helped.
Most of us pride ourselves on our self-sufficiency. We like to be responsible for taking care of ourselves and pulling our own weight in the world. This is why it can be so challenging when we find ourselves in a situation in which we have to rely on someone else. This can happen as the result of an illness or an injury, or even in the case of a positive change, such as the arrival of a newborn. At times like these, it is essential that we let go of our feeling that we should be able to do it all by ourselves and accept the help of others.
The first step is accepting the situation fully as it is. Too often we make things worse either by trying to do more than we should or by lapsing into feelings of uselessness. In both cases we run the risk of actually prolonging our dependency. In addition, we miss a valuable opportunity to practice acceptance and humility. The ego resists what is, so when we move into acceptance we move into the deeper realm of the soul. In needing others and allowing them to help us, we experience the full realization that we are not on our own in the world. While this may bring up feelings of vulnerability, a deep feeling of gratitude may also emerge as we open to the experience of being helped. This realization can enable us to be wiser in our service of others when we are called upon to help.
It takes wisdom and strength to surrender to our own helplessness and to accept that we, just like every other human being, have limitations. The gifts of surrender are numerous. We discover humility, gratitude, and a deepening understanding of the human experience that enables us to be that much more compassionate and surrendered in the world.
Crust less Gluten Free, Vegan No Added Sugar Apple Pie
Total Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 apple
Carbs Per Serving: 15.7 g
Prep Time:<60 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
I have been on an apple kick for a while now. I love apple pie but, wow! There is a ton of sugar and carbs in traditional apple pie. Here's a recipe that is ridiculously easy to make and cuts out a lot of the sugar and carbs. Oh yeah… it is vegan and gluten free as well.
4 apples of any variety. Sliced and diced.
4 tablespoon of coconut oil (or butter/margarine)
4 tablespoon of water
4 dollops of sour cream
1/8 cup slivered almonds
1/8 cup pecans
1/8 cup raisins
1/8 cups unsweetened coconut
3 tablespoons Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash to taste Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven or toaster oven to 375 degrees.
Core, slice and dice one medium sized apple and set aside.
In a food processor add slivered almonds, pecans, cup raisins, unsweetened coconut, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder, ground cinnamon and salt. Pulse 3 times for 10 seconds. Remove and set aside.
In four separate small bowl place even amounts of slice apples.
Add filling mixture evenly on the top of each bowl.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water over each bowl.
Add one teaspoon of coconut oil to the top of each bowl.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown to dark brown.
Remove from oven. Let cool to warm.
Add a dollop of sour cream and enjoy.
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