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October 8 , 2006
The Power of Communication
steps on creating better communication and listening skills

Listen up! A mentor of mine once said “You have two ears and one mouth, thus you should listen twice and much as you talk”. It took me a long time to put that into practice because in the past it was always more important to me to be right rather than happy. In the past my poor listening skills had cost me jobs, a marriage and countless friendships. As I have matured I have found that communication is the cement that bonds people together. Creating and perpetuating good communication skills are the key to lasting relationships and even a pathway to World Peace.

I work on my communication skills on a daily basis and the harder the person is for me to communicate with the more my desire to communicate because it helps me hone my communication skills.

Here are a few tips that I use that might help you on the to improving your communication skills.

Listen Up!
As I mentioned before you have two ears and one mouth so, listen twice as much as you talk. And, I mean really listen. Don’t think about what you are going to say next while the other person is still talking. Give this person plenty of room and your undivided attention.

Ask Questions
If you are not 100% clear on what the other person is trying to convey to you. Wait until they are finished and ask the questions. You may want to repeat what they said for example “what I heard is XYZ, is this what you meant or did you mean something else”. This will clear up any misunderstandings and will enable you to prepare for how you will response.

Practice Patience
Patience has always been a huge challenge for me. It is something I work on daily. What I have found is deep breathing. Not every person is going to communicate at the same pace as you and it important to understand and prepare for this. Taking a deep breath before you respond gives the conversation a small break and helps the parties prepare for more talk. An occasional deep breath also keep you calm if the conversation feel tedious or confrontational.

There is never enough empathy in this world. Empathy is the process of “walking a mile in another persons shoes”. Putting yourself in the other persons perspective will help you to understand how they may feel and can most time completely re-framed a conversation that has gone awry. Feeling what another person may feel is a very strong tool in your communications tool box. You can role place empathy by starting with “I know how your feel” and “I have felt the same way”.

Now that you have the tools go practice. You’ll find that relationships will become richer and perhaps ones that have been on the rock will start to come around.

Thank all of you for your patronage.

Have a sensational week!

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


The Seed To Success Are Sown In Your Imagination
Max Steingart

Visualize all the things that you want in life. Then make your mental blueprint, and begin to build. Your imagination can show you how to turn your possibilities into reality.

You must make every thought, every fact, that comes into your mind pay you a profit. Make those mental images work and produce for you. Think of things not as they are but as you want them to be. Don't just dream, be creative.

The will to succeed springs from the knowledge that you can succeed.


Six Great Ab Exercises That Will Battle The Bulge

1. Range-of-Motion Crunches
Come almost back to the starting point to complete each rep of a set of crunches, but don´t go all the way to the floor and release the tension on your abs. Hold and squeeze your abs for a second or two at the top of the movement. Use full range of motion for fewer repetitions instead of pumping hundreds that only move a few inches.

2. Vertical Leg Crunch
Want to get more out of your crunches? Do them with your legs straight up. Contract your abs to curl your torso up while you extend your arms toward your feet.

3. Vacuum
The vacuum is an old abdominal exercise where you just suck in your stomach and hold it for a couple of seconds. Some of the old time bodybuilders were very impressive with this one as a pose. You can use it for a little extra ab conditioning now and then just about wherever you are.

4. Better Crunches
For exercising abs, it is good to do crunches with your back on the ground, your thighs perpendicular to the ground, and your calves parallel to the ground. Then lift keeping your back straight, hold for a few seconds, and lower slowly. As you do this, breathe out when lifting yourself, then in when lowering back to the floor.

5. Try Bench Crunches
Try the bench crunch for a challenging ab workout. Lie on your back with your lower legs on a bench, knees bent 90 degrees. With your lower back on the floor, cross your arms over your chest and curl up slowly, raising your shoulder blades off the floor.

6. Negative Sit ups
Try negative sit ups for a good ab workout. Start in a sitting position on the floor or an ab bench, knees bent and feet on the floor. Contract your abs and keep them tight while you lower yourself slowly, curling down back first until you´re lying on the floor, or until you lose control. Push yourself back up and repeat.

Keeping yourself hydrated during your ab work out will make it even more effective. Don't forget to drink plenty of water! 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, starting working those abs.


The Four D's of Spiritual Growth

"Strive to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To be too wise for worry, too tolerant for hate, and too courageous to be fearful. In short, to be happy."

-- Unknown Source

Reflect on this pathway for meaningful growth:

DISCIPLINE - To create change in our lives, we need to consistently focus on what we want.

DETACHMENT - Practice the art of detached observation. Let go of automatic defenses and patterns.

DISCERNMENT - Seek to discern the lower from the higher. What is self-serving and what is soul-inspired? Discernment carries no judgment. There are no goods and bads. Remain as a detached witness.

DHARMA - This is an East Indian word meaning "living your unique purpose." How do you find meaning and fulfillment in ways that are natural to you? How do you best serve and contribute to the world?

"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears."

-- Glenn Clark


Sugar Free Low Glycemic Cinnamon Applesauce Bars
Serves: 12
Carbs Per Serving: 8g
Prep Time:<30 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

2 Cups Almond Flour (Meal)
2 Cups Oats
1 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Large Egg
1 Tbs. Cinnamon
1 Tbs. Baking Soda
1 Cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or 1/8 tsp
Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
2 Tbs. Molasses

Slightly beat egg and mix in applesauce and molasses.
Mix in Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or
Steviva Brand Stevia Powder then add almond flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon.
Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Nutritional Facts:
115 calories (8% calories from fat)
1.3 g protein
2.0 g total fat (4.9 g saturated fat),
8.2 g carbohydrate
4.2 g dietary fiber
4.8 mg cholesterol
123 mg sodium

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