Embracing The Positive
changing your outlook could change the world
In a recent Gallup poll it was found the when asked "in general, are you satisfied with the way things are going at this time" 78% of the people said the were "Dissatisfied". Only 20% seemed to be happy with the way things were going. This certainly speaks to the current malaise that permeates the world at this time. Where is the optimism and positive attitude that existed back in 1999 when 70% of the people were happy with the general direction of things? Has the last 9 years changed us that much? Keep in mind these are all questions I am asking myself.
Last Friday, presidential candidate Barack Obama was in Portland , Oregon speaking to a crowd of 12,000. What is it that everybody sees in this guy? I had to find out for myself. In case you are interested you can see the video of his address here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJqkYYPrHZA
He gave a very good speech and the crowd hung on every word. But, what is it that separates this man from other men. I am about the same age as Obama. What makes him so different than me and why is he up on the podium and I am in the crowd of supporters? This of course got me thinking.
When I got back to my office I watched some more of Obama's addresses and Hillary's and McCain's. http://www.youtube.com/user/BarackObamadotcom The thing that moved me the most is the “Yes We Can” space that Obama speaks from. These is not an endorsement but, observations. His campaign, his speeches and virtually everything generating from this man is positive. He was even able to address the racial issues of his pastor and bring a sense of healing to a very sensitive subject. The bottom line. Obama embraces the positive with a “can do” attitude. So what does that say about me… or us for that matter. This is where I started pealing away the layers of the proverbial onion.
While I looked directly into the mirror, I had to ask myself. Do I come from a place of being positive or negative? I have certainly been negative; I think everybody has. But, as I explored my negativity I really started to notice that negativity comes from a place of fear and weakness and being positive comes from a place of confidence and hope. Which one do I want to be? And… where do I want my motivations to come from and further more how can I make myself a better person and make the world a better place? As you can see I went pretty far down the rabbit hole.
Here is my commitment and I invite you to join me. We are in dire need of change. Change in the world, change in our respective nations and most importantly change within ourselves. Being negative is an easy place to come from. It is safe. However, it takes courage to look at your own weaknesses and vulnerabilities and rise above them and embrace the positive.
Here are 6 simple changes you can make today… this moment to begin the change:
Recognize and become consciously aware of your negativity whether it be in your speech or ideas and commit to making efforts to change this pattern of talking and thinking. Don't beat yourself up! That is just more negativity. Instead give your self credit for the steps you have taken. The first kudos should be that you are reading this!
Build respect for yourself and others. Let go of the fear that people are different than you, this only separates us. Embrace everybody's differences. And embrace and celebrate your own difference. They are what make you unique.
Commit yourself to no matter how bad things may seem, without question that will always get better. They always have and they always will. It is the universal way. Recognize this and be comfortable with it.
Instill a knowledge and comfort in yourself that being positive will pay off. Positive people always excel while the cynics are left behind.
Acceptance and acknowledge that good things happen to people that are positive. Be positive and welcome good things into your lives and others.
Inspire others to share in being positive. As they say “pass it forward”. Being positive is contagious. Be the catalyst that starts it off. Forward this newsletter to your friends and family. Share your positive new outlook with them. Find people that you may have been critical of in the past and look at their good qualities and tell them so, no matter how painful it may be. Sharing this with them may be the first steps in healing and will empower you.
Spread the word my friends. Today is a new day with a fresh start. Every day is. Make this day your very best day and above all embrace the positive.
Live well and have an excellent day.
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Everything is Possible When You Believe
There are no real barriers to your success.
You must simply overcome any doubts you have about your ability.
Your self image prescribes the limits for your accomplishments.
It prescribes the area of what is possible for you.
Don't be afraid of living.
Believe that life is worth living and you will create that fact around you.
If you see yourself as prosperous, you will be.
If you see yourself as broke, that is exactly what you will be.
You will never succeed until you believe you can succeed.
You can be who you want to be.
Turn Back The Clock
how exercise keeps you young
“Exercise can prevent osteoporosis, cut your risk of heart disease, combat diabetes and ease arthritis pain.”
By age 65, nearly half of all Americans lack the brawn needed to lift even a 10-pound weight. But research on the elderly reveals that significant gains in strength and muscle mass are possible in only a few weeks of exercise. In one Tufts University study, a group of frail elderly nursing-home residents, aged 86 to 96, were recruited into a carefully supervised weight lifting program of three sessions a week. Over eight weeks, the participants increased their strength by an average 175 percent and walking speed by 48 percent. A regular program of aerobic exercise and strength training not only allows you to be more active and more mobile, it also reduces the risk of many, if not most, of the diseases associated with old age. Exercise can:
Prevent osteoporosis by building bone mass. Bones can weaken with age, becoming thinner, more porous and prone to fracture. Osteoporosis affects 38 percent of people over age 75, and 57 percent over age 80. Each year, more than 1.5 million elderly Americans take a fall and wind up with painful cracks (most often in the hip). Many never walk again. But like muscle strength, bone strength can be preserved - and osteoporosis prevented - by lifting weights. Bones respond to the stress of exercise by adding hard calcium. At least two-dozen studies show that weight lifters break fewer bones. The younger you are when you start lifting, the denser and tougher your bones will tend to be. But even someone introduced to lifting iron in the golden years can benefit. Several studies on formerly inactive elderly (up to age 70) demonstrate that starting a lifting program can halt bone loss and even result in bone gain. See also these: Diet and exercise tips to beat osteoporosis.
Cut your risk of heart disease. It's the most common cause of death in America - and one of the most preventable. Regular aerobic exercise conditions the heart and can help keep you from becoming a statistic. Weight lifting also seems to multiply the positive effects of aerobic exercise. In one study at Tufts, beginning walkers who didn't lift weights were compared to beginning walkers who did. Both groups logged the same number of miles, but after 12 weeks of monitoring, the weight lifters showed much greater improvement in strength and heart-protective aerobic capacity. See also these diet and exercise tips to beat heart disease.
Combat diabetes. "Among those 65 to 75 years old, 30 percent are estimated to be diabetic, and diabetes can lead to heart disease, cataracts, kidney failure and nerve damage. The most effective way to combat [adult-onset] diabetes is to lose weight," says William Evans, Ph.D., of the department of geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A combined program of strength training and regular aerobic exercise will help you shed those crucial pounds. Exercise also increases the body's sensitivity to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that allows glucose (blood sugar) to get into your cells, and it is the body's inefficient use (or lack of production) of insulin that gives diabetics their woes. See also these diet and exercise tips to beat diabetes.
Ease arthritis pain. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, hits some harder than others, but it attacks nearly everyone over age 65 to some degree. Exercisers, however, take the lightest hits. The American Medical Association affirms that those with osteoarthritis can and should work out. Numerous studies show that those who do strengthening exercises, along with aerobic exercise, can say goodbye to much of their joint pain. And that holds true for those who have rheumatoid arthritis, the second-most common form of the disease. In one study published in the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, elderly men and women afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis were introduced to high-intensity lifting. After 12 weeks, they were asked to describe their levels of joint pain. The lifters reported an impressive 21 percent drop in pain and 38 percent less fatigue.
Your body is made up of 70% water. Drinking plenty of water help fend off the effects of aging as well! What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder. Now, start walking.
There are times when we might feel the need to wash away all of our troubles and call forth freshness into our lives. Since the most cleansing substance on this earth is probably water, we can think of the joy rain brings as an energetic bath, rejuvenating our minds, bodies, and souls. Just being able to spend a few moments every time it rains to become aware of the healing powers water brings to us can renew us in so many ways. As we do this we will find that the more we appreciate the universe’s gift to us in the form of rain, the more we can see that a gentle rain shower is a strong reflective tool that has the ability to cleanse our entire being.
The next time it rains might be a good chance to experience the rain through all of your senses, allowing you to truly understand the importance of each and every drop of water. First, take a few minutes to look outside and notice how each individual raindrop seems to come down in a continual stream. By noticing this you can contemplate how it takes many small accomplishments to create the whole of your existence for nothing exists in isolation. Then you might wish to focus your attention on the sound of the rainfall, letting the sounds of drops penetrate into the innermost recesses of your self. Listening in this way may bring you a greater sense of connection with nature and the world around you, knowing that the sounds you hear are an integral part of not just the physical sustenance you require but that they also nourish your spirit.
Consciously using our senses to feel nature’s healing energy as it comes to us in the form of rain is an act of internal cleansing. Just as the rain physically washes over the earth and rinses out any impurities and imperfections, it also bathes our spirit in the joy that comes from knowing that we are one with the world around us.
Sugar Free Low Glycemic Low Carb Blueberry Almond Muffins
Carbs Per Serving: 4.3 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1/4 cup whole grain or soy flour
1 tablespoon butter melted
1/2 tablespoon molasses
1/4 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1 tablespoon butter melted
2 cups whole grain or soy flour
1/2 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light ricotta cheese
1/2 cup half and half
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blueberries
1. Lightly coat twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper bake cups. Set aside.
2. For topping: In a small bowl, stir together almonds, the 1/4 cup flour, the Steviva Brand Stevia Blend, molasses and melted butter. Set aside.
3. For muffins: In a large bowl, combine the the whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend, baking powder, soda, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Set aside.
4. In a food processor or blender, combine ricotta cheese, half and half, buttermilk, egg, canola oil, vanilla, and almond extract. Cover; process or blend until smooth. Add ricotta mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Stir in blueberries. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling almost full. Sprinkle topping over muffin batter in cups.
5. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups; serve warm. Makes 12 muffins.
Total Calories: 2033
Calories Per Serving: 169.41
Total Fat: 132.2g
Saturated Fat: 34.8g
Total Carbohydrates: 148g
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 12.33g
Dietary Fiber: 35.8g
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