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April 28,, 2013

We Mortals
living every moment to its maximum

A revelation came to me the other day while on a long and steep bike ride. I realized, I am not getting out of this alive. Not the bike ride, but, life. None of us are getting out of here alive. While this is a walk we all take alone, it is also the thread of commonalty we all have. No matter how much money or how much faith you have everything living eventually passes including you. This is the downside, I guess. The reason I say guess, is that death is a great mystery to us all and has been since mans realization of himself and his own mortality. It is something we mortal face with trepidation. Life is ephemeral… short lived and they say just a flash.

All we have is right now, this moment. The past is gone and the future does not exist but, right now is our gift and that is why it is call the present. We are all in the same boat, the playing field is level, we all have the same gift… being in the present.

Making the Most of our Present
Since right now is all we have, it would make since that we should make the most of what we have, right now.

Here are some great tips that may inspire you to maximize your human experience. If nothing on this list rings true for you, create your own list and begin now.

Start a business
I come from a long lineage of entrepreneurs. And while breaking out on your own can be a feast or famine situation the sense of freedom is creates is priceless.

Starting a business puts you in control of your work life, and your money. It’s hard ; small businesses fail every day. But the rewards of even a failed venture can far outweigh the risk. Just knowing that your failure was the result of your own choices instead of a decision made at a corporate office a thousand miles away can be liberating.

Organize a group
What makes you passionate? Chances are, being around other people who are passionate about the same thing would make you even more passionate about it. Often the only thing keeping you and them from coming together is that nobody’s put out a sign saying “Come and talk!” Getting a group going has never been easier with the like of web sites like MeetUp.com. login and check it out. Seeing a group grow and take off can be tremendously awarding. Even if you group does not take off it can teach you amazing lessons in leadership.

Volunteer
I don’t mean for you to spend your holidays at a soup kitchen, though that can often be rewarding yet challenging enough. Make a long-term investment in your community by joining school committees, donating three hours a week in a shelter, hosting a monthly read-along at the library, tutoring at-risk children after school, teaching adult literacy classes, or any of a million ways to play a role in the lives of people who need you. Perhaps the most pressing need in our society is for people to take an interest in and engage with their communities.
Take an active role in your children’s’ activities. Pick one thing your child does and commit yourself to it. Coach their team, spend a weekend day in the workshop with them, buy a bike and ride along with them; make their passions your own. Don’t crowd them, especially if you have teenagers but, show them that you value what they do and who they are by giving them your time and undivided interest.

Write a book or blog
It feels really, really good to see your name on a book cover or on the header of a blog, but it feels even better to know that someone, somewhere, might find his or her life changed by something you’ve written. Share your particular expertise, whether it’s story-telling or woodworking, with the world or just your family. Commit yourself to a page a day, a couple hundred words and within a year you’ll have a pretty decent-sized manuscript. Think it and ink it!

Learn an art
Take painting lessons, a glass blowing workshop, music classes… whatever interests you. Learn to express yourself and you will find a self worth expressing. Don’t settle for being a second rate, devote yourself to an art and master it.

Run for office
The world needs smart, dedicated, and honest people to take care of all the details of making society run. As it happens, running for local office isn’t as challenging as you’d think. Filmmaker and director, Michael Moore, ran for school board while he was still in high school and won. It’s fine to have your sights set on the White House or Capitol Hill, but take a shot at city councilperson, county registrar, or something closer to home first. You can do it.

Take up a team sport
Sure, you want to be healthy, but the whole Stairmaster and stationary bike thing is a little anti-social. Add a team sport to the mix… something you do with other people. You’ll be spending time interacting with others, while also developing team building and leadership skills.

Set an outrageous goal and accomplish it
The tips above are only a handful of ideas about how to maximize your human experience. Maybe you want to record an album, climb a mountain or see 20 countries, don’t just settle for small goals, push yourself all the way to the edge and figure out how to make the most farfetched thing you can think of a reality. You will have to learn a lot along the way, and plan months or even years in advance, that’s what makes massive goals worthwhile.

Be in the moment with all things, welcome life’s grand experiences in, embrace them and above all create your own reality.

Here's to your rich beautiful life.

Thank you for your patronage.

Have a sensational week!


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

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YOUR MIND

Everything is Possible For a Willing Heart
Max Steingart

You can do anything in this world you want to do, but you must want to do it badly enough. You really can have everything you want, if you go after it. You have to want it.

The first ingredient of success is desire. Do you know what you want? Your desire is the planting of your seed.

Your desire for success must be so strong within you that it's the very breath of your life. It must be your first thought when you wake in the morning, and your last thought when you go to bed at night.

You can be whatever you make up your mind to be. What's in your mind and heart is all that counts.

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YOUR BODY

Commit To Your Cardio
every step counts

The first step to making your commitment to cardio is to find what you enjoy. There are so many options to choose from - running, cycling, cardio machines in the gym, and group fitness classes, just to name a few. If you get bored easily, change it up frequently. Find a friend who likes the same type of workout and use the buddy system. If you pick an activity you enjoy, it will be much easier to stick with it.

Make your cardio workout a priority. Quit scheduling your workouts around everything else you have to do, and instead schedule everything else around your workout. Write it in your planner if you need to, but don't let anything interfere. If you make it important in your daily routine, then you will find ways to work in everything else you need to do.

You will be losing a lot of water so don't forget to hydrate. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice 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.

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

Universal Feelings
Everything is Relative
by Madisyn Taylor

Pain is pain and yours is not greater than or less than anybody else's pain and deserves to be acknowledged as such.
Every day we hear stories of personal suffering and loss that far exceed our own. When we compare our situations to those of people living in war-torn countries or those who have lost their homes and livelihoods to natural disasters, it is tempting to minimize our own experiences of suffering. We may feel that we don’t have a right to be upset about the breakup of a relationship, for example, because at least we have food to eat and a roof over our heads.

While awareness of the pain of others in the world can be a valuable way to keep our own struggles in perspective, it is not a legitimate reason to disregard our own pain. Disparaging your feelings as being less important than other people's emotions leads to denial and repression. Over time, an unwillingness to experience your own feelings leads to numbness. It is as if our internal systems become clogged with our unexpressed emotions. This in no way helps other people who are suffering in the world. In fact, it may do just the opposite because when we devalue our own sorrow, we become impervious to the sorrow in others.

Fully experiencing our own hurt is the gateway to compassion toward other human beings. Feelings of loss, abandonment, loneliness, and fear are universal, and, in that sense, all feelings are created equal. Regardless of what leads us to feel the way we do, our comprehension of what it means to be human is deepened by our own experiences. Our personal lives provide us with the material we need to become fully conscious. If we reject our emotions because we think our experiences are not dramatic or important enough, we are missing out on our own humanity. We honor and value the human condition when we fully inhabit our bodies so we can experience and feel life fully. Accepting our emotions and allowing ourselves to feel them connects us to all human beings. Then, when we hear the stories of other people’s suffering, our hearts can resonate with understanding and compassion—for all of us.

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No Added Sugar Low Glycemic Tomato Herb Salad
Serves: 6
Carbs Per Serving: 3.3 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes
Skill Level: Easy

Ingredients:
3 cups fresh tomatoes – cut in ½” cubes (mix it up with a variety of different types of tomatoes. cherry, heirloom etc.)
¼ cup scallions or green onions– sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic or apple vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon dried or better yet fresh basil
1/8 teaspoon dried or better yet fresh oregano
½ teaspoon Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
Combine veggies.
In small bowl mix rest of ingredients.
Add to veggies.
Toss gently till spices are evenly spread thru out.
Chill overnight.

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