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June 26, 2005

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

"Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart."
-- Myla Kabat-Zinn

I have always lived by the philosophy of “when life hands me lemons I will make lemonade”. Sometimes this is easier said than done. So, how do we take these lemons and make a delicious drink? How do we see the glass as half full as opposed to half empty? It involves invoking the power of positive thinking and not being overly attached to the outcome as much as we are to the process.

Whenever you encounter a potentially negative situation try re framing the situation towards the positive. Spend sometime incorporating positive thinking into your general perspective. Is wishing, hoping and positive thinking just magic or does it really work? Depak Chopra has proven that quantum healing does work to the satisfaction of the American Medical Association. Quantum healing already has well documented cases of being effective with cancer patients. The basic quantum healing process: along with a healthy diet, meditation visualizing tumor cells getting wiped out by good disease fighting T Cells has been proven effective in some cases. This is the power of re framing and positive thought in action. This philosophy of positive thinking and creative re framing and visualization does not only apply to health, but also love, money, and future desires. Since this re framing or positive thinking technique has been proven effective, is is really worth it to stay stuck in old patterns of thinking? Just think... if I were just more positive, had faith in myself, how much better my life might be?

Psychologists foolishly warn against wishing and positive thinking techniques, saying it's childlike and delusional. Yet they make a big point about re framing. It is the same thing, take any situation, and visualize how could it better? Then focus on it, imagine every detail and practice overcoming whatever obstacles stand in the way of turing the situation to a positive. I am not suggesting that you avoid reality, but instead I ask that you envision how you could fashion your life into the most positive possible outcome.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.

Practice The ABC Method
by: Brian Tracy

“The first law of success is concentration - to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right or to the left.” -William Mathews

The more thought you invest in planning and setting priorities before you begin, the more important things you will do and the faster you will get them done once you get started.

The more important and valuable the task is to you, the more you will be motivated to overcome procrastination and launch yourself into the job.

A Simple and Powerful Technique
The ABCDE Method is a powerful priority setting technique that you can use every single day. This technique is so simple and effective that it can, all by itself, make you one of the most efficient and effective people in your field.

The power of this technique lies in its simplicity. Here’s how it works: You start with a list of everything you have to do for the coming day. Think on paper. You then place an A, B, C, D or E before each item on your list before you begin the first task.

Determine Your Top Priorities
An "A" item is defined as something that is very important. This is something that you must do. This is a task for which there can be serious consequences if you do it or fail to do it, like visiting a key customer or finishing a report for your boss that she needs for an upcoming board meeting. These are the frogs of your life.

If you have more than one "A" task, you prioritize these tasks by writing A-1, A-2, A-3, and so on in front of each item. Your A-1 task is your biggest, ugliest frog of all.

Decide On Your Secondary Tasks
A "B" item is defined as a task that you should do. But it only has mild consequences. These are the tadpoles of your work life. This means that someone may be unhappy or inconvenienced if you don't do it, but it is nowhere as important as an "A" task.

Returning an unimportant telephone message or reviewing your email would be a "B" task. The rule is that you should never do a "B" task when there is an "A" task left undone. You should never be distracted by a tadpole when there is a big frog sitting there waiting to be eaten.

Analyze The Consequences of Doing It
A "C" task is defined as something that would be nice to do, but for which there are no consequences at all, whether you do it or not. "C" tasks include phoning a friend, having coffee or lunch with a coworker or completing some personal business during work hours. This sort of activity has no affect at all on your work life.

After you have applied the ABC Method to your list, you will now be completely organized and ready to get more important things done faster.

Start On Your A-1 Task
The key to making this ABC Method work is for you to now discipline yourself to start immediately on your "A-1" task and then stay at it until it is complete. Use your willpower to get going and stay going on this one job, the most important single task you could possibly be doing. Eat the whole frog and don’t stop until its finished completely.

Your ability to think through, analyze your work list and determine your "A-1" task is the springboard to higher levels of accomplishment, and greater self-esteem, self-respect and personal pride.

When you develop the habit of concentrating on your "A-1," most important activity, you will start getting more done than any two or three people around you.

Action Exercises
Review your work list right now and put an A, B, or C next to each task or activity. Select your A-1 job or project and begin on it immediately. Discipline yourself to do nothing else until this one job is complete.

Practice this ABC Method every day and on every work or project list, before you begin work, for the next month. By that time, you will have developed the habit of setting and working on your highest priority tasks and your future will be assured!

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Increase Your Life Force
tone and tighten with tai chi
by Margaret Hundley Parker

“Tai chi is low-impact, so it’s especially good for older adults or people recovering from injuries.”

You've probably seen people in the park, moving very slowly and rhythmically while concentrating deeply. Chances are, they were doing tai chi. Tai chi chuan (usually abbreviated to tai chi) is a centuries-old Chinese discipline or moving meditation that increases the flow of chi, or life force, by moving energy through the body. It is a series of bending, stretching, twisting and breathing exercises that uses both movement and stillness to create body awareness and regulate internal energy. It's a great way to simultaneously relax and sharpen your focus, and when performed regularly, it can put the fire back in your eyes.

"The internal balance, calmness, and concentration for the mind, body and spirit that can be achieved through the study and practice of tai chi are so profound that there are truly no limits to the benefits," explains Sifu Ron Statler, an instructor at The Chinese Wushu Research Institute. And though tai chi does benefit everyone, since it's low-impact and low-intensity it's especially good for older adults or people recovering from injuries. Tai chi will help increase your balance, relieve stress and improve concentration, circulation and posture, as well as create an overall sense of well-being. According to Richard Jesaitis, who has been teaching tai chi for 20 years, tai chi "makes people healthy and happy, and those who become very skilled are fiery and bright."

There are different types of tai chi, based on the family from which each originated. Tai chi exercises consist of a set of forms, a series of positions that are strung together in one continuous movement. Forms vary - a single form can contain up to 100 positions and could take as long as 20 minutes to complete. The average form takes about seven to 10 minutes. The forms included in our workout can take anywhere from five to 10 minutes each and they shouldn't be rushed.

Tai chi can be done anytime or anywhere, but it's recommended that you practice outside if possible, and at the same time every day for maximum benefits. The goal is to achieve a balanced stillness in the mind while moving the body in fluid, coordinated movements. Follow the link below to try some tai chi basics.

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Growing Ourselves

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

We are all on a life-long journey. It is a search for who we are and why we are here. It is a journey that expands our consciousness.

There is an urge within each of us to move forward in life. It is an urge to become more whole, to find more meaning, and eventually to help others. It is human nature to strive for a sense of well-being.

We all go through the same growth cycles, though our experiences may appear entirely different. By understanding the process of personal and spiritual growth, we can work more effectively with the process, instead of fighting and resisting it.

“We can learn to be the catalysts for our own change.”

-- Sarah Ban Breathnach

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1 teaspoon allspice
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189 calories
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13 g carbohydrate
137 mg sodium
3 g protein
9 g fat
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