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June 1, 2014

Seeing is Believing
the power of visualization

Ok… I admit it. I can be a bit of an Anthony Robbins addict. Some people find his stuff a but outrageous but, for me there is nothing better to accompany me on my morning walk than Tony.

Last week I was listening to him speak on visualization. This is something I do on a daily basis. Some folks would call it day dreaming but, for me it is looking into my future and seeing how I want it to be.

A Psychology Today article references a study looking at brain patterns in weightlifters and found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting. In some cases, research has revealed that mental practices are almost effective as true physical practice, and that doing both is more effective than either alone. For instance, in his study on everyday people, Guang Yue, an exercise psychologist from Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, compared “people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workouts in their heads”. He found that a 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym. However, the group of participants who conducted mental exercises of the weight training increased muscle strength by almost half as much (13.5%). This average remained for 3 months following the mental training.

If this worked for them then it certainly can work for you. Here are for easy steps to get you on the visualization fast track.

Make it the right time. Creative Visualization is best used when you are truly relaxed and feel positive. A good idea is to take a nice long hot bath, especially at night, then put on very relaxing music in headphones, and meditate for a couple minutes.

Start to visualize what you want. After your feeling 100% positive and relaxed close your eyes and visualize a mental movie of what you desire. For many people it's hard to visualize at first so use this tip. Let's say you desired going to the beach. Start off with the feel, feel the warmness of the beach and feel the light breeze swaying away. Then go to hearing, hear the seagulls, the kids laughing, the people talking, the waves. Now visualize yourself, with all these senses, walking to the beach, taking your stuff and doing whatever you would do at the beach for as long as you like.

Practice make perfect. Creative Visualization is much less effective if only done every few days or so. It should be done at daily. Besides… it is so much fun designing your own future… right?

Feel excellent, believe and take action. You must feel like you have what you desire and visualize this on a daily basis. Additionally you should truly expect it to happen. How long will it take to manifest? It depends on how big the goal is. There is no rule book that says how long it will take but bigger goals will take a bit longer than very small ones. Most importantly you must always take action. Visualization without action is just… well… day dreaming.

Have a sensational week [FIRST_NAME]!


Thom King
President
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Steviva Brands, Inc.

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YOUR MIND

Happiness Lies In The Joy Of Achievement
Max Steingart

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.

Happiness does not come from doing easy work. but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demands your best [FIRST_NAME].

Your personal growth itself contains the seed of happiness. You cannot pursue happiness by itself. There is no happiness except in the realization that you have accomplished something. Happiness thrives in activity. It’s a running river, not a stagnant pond.

YOUR BODY

Are You At The End of Your Rope?
lose weight now and just skip it

The best shape I have ever been in is when I was an avid jump roper. Using this one piece of gear is a fantastic way to burn calories and lose weight, and you can jump rope at your own level of intensity for any length of time. In fact, in only 15 to 20 minutes you can elevate your heart rate, work up a major sweat and get an overall energy boost.

From Muhammad Ali to Rocky Balboa, any boxer will tell you that skipping rope isn't something just for little girls on the playground. Few other exercises build timing and rhythm the way jumping rope does. It's a complete cross-training workout that combines elements of cardiovascular and endurance training with muscle strengthening. While you probably know how great jumping rope is for shaping the calves, glutes and quads, what you may not realize is that the constant turning motion of the rope will also tone your upper body.

Getting Started
If it's been a while since you last picked up a jump rope, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, coordination doesn't always come easy, so be patient. Second, when selecting a jump rope, the proper length is important: Stand with both feet on the center of your rope. If the tips of the handles reach chest level, this is an appropriate length. Finally, jumping rope barefoot is not recommended; proper shock absorption is necessary to reduce the risk of injury to your feet and ankles, so wear an athletic shoe with lots of cushioning.

Since jumping rope is so aerobically demanding, the best way to build stamina is to use interval training, which alternates periods of work and recovery. For example, jump rope for three minutes followed by marching in place. Repeat this four or five times and before you know it, you'll have completed your workout.

The Moves
All jumps start with the rope behind you, next to your heels. The speed of the rope comes from your arms rather than your feet; your feet follow whatever pace your arms set. Be sure to not flex at the wrist while turning the rope. Try to keep the wrist as a natural extension of the forearm. Here are four easy moves to help you get started:

Two-Foot Landing
This is just as it sounds. You'll push off your toes and land on both feet, bending slightly at your knees and pushing off of your toes again for the next jump.

Heel Dig
Jump on one foot while you place the opposite heel on the floor in front of you. As you bring the rope around, switch feet; continue to alternate as you jump.

Cross-Country Ski
The pattern is identical to the placement of your feet in actual cross-country skiing (one forward, one back), except you need to jump a little higher to clear the jump rope. In the landing position of the jump, you will open your legs in a stride position and then switch legs as the rope comes over your head for the next landing.

Jumping Jack
This is just like the jumping jacks you remember from fifth grade gym class, but the key is to coordinate the jump with the turning of the rope. Turn once with feet together, once with feet apart and be careful not to bring feet out too far to the side or you risk catching the rope on them.

NOTE: With our busy lifestyles, it is easy to forget to drink water throughout the day. We need water to flush out toxins, keep our energy levels elevated and to keep our tissues hydrated. It contains no calories, so you can drink as much of it as you want to, and if you need some variety, add a lemon or lime slice to it. You can also make homemade lemonade with lemon, water and Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder. Stevia anyone?

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.

YOUR SPIRIT

Layers of Feeling
Coping with Passive Aggression
by Madisyn Taylor

Passive aggression is most often wielded by those who feel powerless and want to avoid their own true feelings.

Many people are taught from a young age to suppress feelings commonly regarded as negative, such as anger, resentment, fear, and sorrow. Those who cannot or will not express these emotions tend to engage in passive-aggressive behaviors that provide them with a means of redirecting their feelings. Passive aggression can take many forms: People who feel guilty saying “no” may continually break their promises because they couldn’t say no when they meant it. Others will substitute snide praise for a slur to distance themselves from the intense emotions they feel. More often than not, such behavior is a cry for help uttered by those in need of compassion and gentle guidance.

When we recognize passive-aggressive patterns in the behavior of others, we should never allow ourselves to be drawn into a struggle for power. Passive aggression is most often wielded by those who feel powerless in the face of what they perceive as negative emotions because they hope to avoid confronting their true feelings. They feel they are in control because they do not display overt emotion and often cannot understand how they have alienated their peers. If someone close to us shows signs of frustration or annoyance but claims nothing is amiss, we can point out that their tone of voice or gestures are communicating a different message and invite them to confide in us. When we feel slighted by a backhanded compliment, it is important that we calmly explain how the jibe made us feel and why. And when an individual continually breaks their promises, we can help them understand that they are free to say no if they are unwilling to be of service.

As you learn to detect passive aggression, you may be surprised to see a hint of it in yourself. Coping with the natural human tendency to veil intense emotions can be as simple as reminding yourself that expressing your true feelings is healthy. The emotions typically regarded as negative will frequently be those that inspire you to change yourself and your life for the better, whereas passive-aggressive behavior is a means of avoiding change. When you deal constructively with your feelings, you can put them behind you and move forward unencumbered by unexplored emotion.

YOUR RECIPE

Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Super Easy Celery Salad
(makes 6 servings)
Carbs Per Serving: 6.5 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Celery provides an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber.  It is a very good source of folic acid, potassium, and vitamins B1 and B6.  Celery also offers a good source of vitamin B2 and calcium. Celery's best feature is that is refreshing, delicious and makes an awesome salad!

Ingredients:
6 stalks celery
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dill
2 tablespoons Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder

Instructions:

Using a food processor, finely chop celery, garlic, and green onions.

Place in a bowl and whisk in the lemon juice,dill, cracked pepper, vinegar, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder, mixing well.

Whisk in olive oil and mayonnaise and continue to whisk until well blended.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

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