21-DAY TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE: DAY 21 – CREATE YOUR OWN TECH COMMANDMENTS

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“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them.” — Albert Einstein

Create Your Own Tech Commandments:

We’ve completed 20 days of switching up our relationship to technology. From screen breaks to email fasts, device-free zones to time spent in solitude, we’ve experimented from all angles on how to drive (rather than be driven by) our devices.

Today, expand on these experiences and create your own tech boundaries. List 3 practices you can carry forward to maintain this renewed relationship to technology. Perhaps the no-gadgets at mealtime rule stuck, or you’ve setup an hourly reminder to take a screen break. Maybe you’ve carved out daily time for solitude, or you’ll keep your cell phone on silent or powered off for extended periods each day. In whatever way works for you, commit to at least 3 creative tech constraints that will give you space and time to do focused work, tune in more easily to yourself and your environment, and show up for those you hold dear.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Seeds for Meditation

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THE NEEDLE

You are the Creator’s needle with which is sewn the many patches of Creation into a single garment of glory.

At one end, the needle must be hard and sharp, to squeeze through the ordeal. But the other end must have a vacant hollow, a nothingness with which to hold the thread.

With the world, be firm and sharp. Within, feel how small you are before the Infinite.

Venus Quincunx Saturn 2015-05-10 (Mothers Day)

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We find five (!) quincunx on Mother’s Day besides this notorious one which perfects in the early morning hours.  The ultimate aspect of misunderstanding and miscommunication, it colors the day of this holiday:

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So try to avoid taking too seriously anything anyone says today, whether “good” or “bad.”  Chances are good that any misunderstandings will “come to a head” in a few days on May 14th or May 15th.

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21-DAY TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE: DAY 20 ~ DO AN EMAIL FAST

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“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.” — Lin Yutang

Do An Email Fast:
Just twenty years ago, people enjoyed the novelty of checking their email. These days, the average person spends 13 hours a week on email– using it for an array of tasks, from personal correspondence with long-distance friends and family, to immediate work tasks and far-reaching newsletters, reminder notifications, paperless receipts, and beyond. The innovation of email has evolved into a treadmill of communication– with smartphones and tablets that make it easy for our inbox to be the last thing we see before going to sleep and the first thing we look at upon waking up.

Today, be mindful of the effect of email on your brain. Put up an away responder, step away from the inbox, and spend time soaking in the people and situations in your immediate vicinity. Notice how an email-free day impacts your way of thinking, feeling, and working. Explore ways to rearrange your relationship to email and prioritize in-person presence.

Hauʻoli Lā Makuahine ~ Happy Mother’s Day!

aloha_mother's_dayAlōha āwakea e nā hoa ē a hau’ōli alōha Lāpule ouko’u. Hauʻoli Lā Makuahine i kuʻu māmā aloha nui ʻia. Ō kā maluhia no me oe.

Good day, my friends, and Happy Aloha Sunday to all. A big Happy Mother’s Day to all beloved mothers everywhere. Peace be with you.

Aloha Spirit ~ Fundraising for the film, “Why The Mountain”

This is a fundraising (GoFundMe campaign) to raise funds and awareness about the situation that is NASA’s proposed build-out of a Thirty-Meter Telescope (“TMT”) in conjunction with the University of Hawai’i on Mauna Kea Volcano … a site sacred to the Hawai’ian people.  The film is entitled, “Why The Mountain.”

Please support this effort … because it’s not just about the Mountain, it’s about the Land and the reality that the real universe to be explored is contained WITHIN THE HEART.  If you’ve been reading this website, you already know what is meant by this statement.  This is Hawai’ian … it is all about Aloha Spirit.

WE ARE MAUNA KEA!

Technology ~ World’s First 3D Printed Solar Powered Stirling Engine

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This is the world’s first solar powered 3D printed Stirling engine. Let me repeat. A 3D solar powered Stirling engine! Now that is cool off grid tech. This little ingenious device isn’t going to power your home just yet, but it is a proof of concept, and it works. The mirrors reflect the Sun’s energy onto the central area which heats up causing expansion and as the air cools it contracts. This 3d printed concept was created by German aeronautical engineer Andreas Haeuser.

Forecast for May 11-18, 2015

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A frenzy starts and stops. Rose-colored glasses are standard issue for the weekend. Then the Taurus New Moon has us making like Ferdinand the Bull and relaxing…relaxing…

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for May 11-17, 2015 (6:05) minutes and forecasts for May (full and flash).

Keep Astro-Insight going. Even $1 makes a difference. In fact, recent stats made me realize that if the people who download my podcast from only ONE of the hosting sites contributed $1 a month, that would cover my entire office overhead. Make a donation via PayPal to kbiehlATempowermentunlimited.net (and replace “AT” with @). Thank you!

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Paradigm Shift ~ 8 Signs You Are An Empath & Are Sensitive To Energy

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By Steven Bancarz |  Part of “waking up” means learning to recognize what type of personality you have.  Learning your emotional, physical, and psychological tendencies can help you understand yourself better and prevent suffering in your life.  More and more, people are beginning to realize that they fit into the category of “empaths”.

An empath is someone who has the ability to apprehend the mental and emotional states of other people.  These people have a high social-intelligence and are very good at helping others through their problems. Unfortunately, in doing so, empaths tend to take on a heavy emotional burden since they end of feeling what others around them feel.

Being able to recognize that you are sensitive to energy is important, because so often in life we tend to think what we are feeling has arisen organically within us.  What if some of our thoughts, emotions, and feelings are a result of the people in the same room as us? Or people we are close to in life?

Here are 8 common traits that empaths and energetically sensitive people have.

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21-DAY TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE: DAY 19 ~ HUMANIZE AN AUTOMATED TASK

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“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” — Peter Drucker

Humanize An Automated Task:
These days, rather than waiting in line at the grocery store, you can opt for the self-check-out machine. Rather than digging up cash and idling in line to hand it over to the toll booth operator, you can get an electronic toll device, like FasTrak or EZ-Pass, and enjoy the privilege of driving straight through the toll. More and more, the automation of labor is swiftly shifting our lives towards greater efficiency. But what happens to the people whose work are outsourced to machines? While the convenience of automated tasks may help move things along, how does it impact the multifaceted network of variously-skilled workers who comprise our economy? In the pursuit of convenience, what elements of humanity slip through the cracks?

Today, step off auto-pilot to re-engage with an automated task. Greet the grocery clerk or toll booth operator with a smile. Turn off the timed sprinklers and enjoy the warm sun on your skin as you physically water your lawn. Notice if and how it shifts your body and mind.

Health ~ This Essential Oil Has Recently Been Proven To Kill Lung, Oral and Ovarian Cancer

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Studies have found that the super herb thyme essential oil potently kills lung and breast cancer cells.

The essential oil of common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) which usually known as “oil of thyme” contains 20-54% thymol. Thymol belongs to a naturally occurring class of compounds known as “biocides”. Biocides are substances that can destroy harmful organisms. When thymus is used alongside other biocides, such as carvacrol, it has strong antimicrobial attibutes. Scientists tested thyme for its antibacterial activities in vitro toxicology against three human cancer cell lines. What they found is that thyme kills lung cancer cells, oral and ovarian cancer (i).

Thyme is a native to the Mediterranean, and was originally given the name “thyme” in Greece, they still use it in their cooking mixed with olive oil. Oil from the common herb thyme was discovered to kill up to 97% of human lung cancer cells. Recent research has shown that if you mix thyme and olive oil it will enhance the availability of hydroxytyrosol, olive oil’s most potent anti-cancer compound. Could this be the reason why Greeks have about half the rate of cancer compared to the rest of USA and the Europe. Thyme essential oil, has also been used in Ayurvedic and traditional medicine due to its strong antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal (killing yeast like Candida) properties. Also, oncologist researchers at Celal Bayar University in Turkey carried out a study to find what effect Wild Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) might have on breast cancer cells. They looked at the effects of Wild Thyme on cell death and epigenetic events in breast cancer cells. Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression caused by mechanisms that do not involve alterations in DNA sequence. They reported in the journal Nutrition and Cancer that Wild Thyme caused cell death in the breast cancer cells. The study authors concluded that Wild Thyme “may be a promising candidate in the development of novel therapeutic drugs for breast cancer treatment.” (ii)

Check out the video below and learn – Thyme Essential oil – distillation self produced.

Fresh thyme also makes a great addition to a healthy diet focused on organic fruits, vegetables and whole foods and can be used as a herb in cooking or simply prepared as a tea.

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References:

(i) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

(ii) Effects of Thymus serpyllum Extract on Cell Proliferation, Apoptosis and Epigenetic Events in Human Breast Cancer Cells

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Aloha Spirit ~ Ho’okuleana

tribal-kanaka-maoli-flag-chris-macdonaldHo‘okuleana – it’s an action word; it means, “to take responsibility.” Hawai’ians view it as our individual and collective responsibility to:

Participate … rather than ignore;
Prevent … rather than react and
Preserve … rather than degrade.

This is not really a program, it is an attitude we want people to share. The world is changing; let’s work together to change it for the better.

21-DAY TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE: DAY 18 – HANDWRITE A LETTER TO A LOVED ONE

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“You can’t reread a phone call.” — Liz Carpenter

Handwrite A Letter To A Dear One:
There are boundless ways to correspond with loved ones. Whether by phone or social media, email or video call, a 30-minute catch-up with an old friend has become as effortless as a few taps of fingers on keypad. Yet, such ease and convenience leaves little room for the quality and care that gets conveyed through an artfully compiled package, or a keepsake letter that conjures up snapshots of one’s week or month or year.

Today, take the time to indulge in the slow, classic art of pen on paper: hand-write a letter to someone you hold dear. Relish the reflective process and stir your creative muscles with a doodle here or a brush of poetry there. Or, for an alternative twist, write a letter to your future self. Years from now, you or your friend may stumble upon the very letter you so lovingly crafted today– a provocative reminder of the progression of life, and powerful artifact of the impact of one’s life on another.

21-DAY TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE: DAY 17 ~ SPEND TIME IN SOLITUDE

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“In solitude, the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” — Laurence Sterne

 

Spend Time In Solitude: 

As we move through each day, thousands of messages soak into our consciousness. From advertisements and educational articles, to news stories and music, today’s high speed pace of life makes it difficult to discern what’s worth paying attention to. Take time today to tune into the gift of your own presence. Spend time in solitude. Go for a walk, write in a journal, meditate or just sit quietly and notice yourself and the surroundings where you are.

Prioritizing time alone carves out space in your mind and heart to tap into those deeper truths of who you are and how you want to live. It offers an opportunity to think creatively, and for your own subconscious to unwind new possibilities and out-of-the-box solutions for those challenging problems that seemed locked in stalemate.

As you embark on your minutes or hours or day of solitude, pay attention to the insights– large or small– that rise to the surface. They may be the keys that unlock doors of possibility in your life.

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Meditation ~ Priorities

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The natural tendency is to treat matters of the spirit as luxury items—sort of an appendage to life.

Eating, sleeping, making money—these things are given priority and the time dedicated to them is sacrosanct.

But prayer, meditation and study fit in only when you feel like it, and are pushed aside on the slightest whim.

You’ve got to make your priorities faithful to your inner self. You’ve got to ask yourself if this is what your life is all about.

Set a schedule for spiritually enriching activities.

Be as tough with that schedule as a workaholic would be with his business.

Aloha Spirit ~ Kūmū Hīna, ‘Ikaikā Wāhine

Kūmū HinaKūmū Hīna tells the inspiring story of Hīna Wong-Kalu, a transgender hula teacher who brings to life Hawai’i’s traditional embrace of māhū – those who embody both male and female spirit.  Over the course of a year, Hīna inspires a young student to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe, while Hīna herself pursues a fulfilling romantic relationship with a headstrong Tongan man.

http://video.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365464507

Seeds for Meditation … Inherited Faith

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Our job is not to have faith. We have faith already, whether we want it or not. It comes in our blood from our ancestors, who gave their lives for it.

Our job is to transport that higher vision that gave them their faith down into our minds, into our personalities, into our words, into our actions in daily life. To make it part of our selves and of our world.

Alōha Pō’ahu

Hibiscus Pink PistilAlōha kakāhiāka e nā hoa ē a hau’ōli alōha Pō’ahu ouko’u. Ka mea nana i hana. I lā nani nou. Ō kā maluhia no me oe.

Good morning to you, my friends, and a happy Aloha Thursday to you all. You are the Creator of all things you look-to. Enjoy this beautiful day. Peace be with you.

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“Ka mea nana i hana” is about the creation of the thing looked to. The creator is you! If you maintain a clear kapu (sacred) space — allowing nothing to exist but your own Spirit Greatness and holding only thoughts and feelings that amplify your greatness within your space — then, whatever your heart looks to is what you create. Focus the hana, your personal inner reflective work, on that: it’s your job!

French Toast

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French toast has been a long time favorite of mine.  Even on very sleepy mornings, mom could always get me out of bed with the promise of the fluffy, eggy, spiced toast.  I don’t know what recipe she used (a post for another day perhaps) but here is mine.

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French Toast

11 eggs
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Splash of vanilla
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
12-16 pieces of bread

Preheat griddle to medium heat.  In a shallow baking dish whisk together all ingredients, except for whipping cream and bread, until well combined.

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Whisk in whipping cream.  Grease griddle with a little butter or cooking spray.  Dredge slices of bread in egg mixture and place on griddle.  Cook for around 2 minutes or until golden on the underside.  Flip and cook for about another 2 minutes.  Serve hot, topped with…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for May 06, 2015

Japanese_garden_shrineYesaṃ dhammā asammuṭṭhā
paravādesu na nīyare;
te sambuddhā sammadaññā,
caranti visame samaṃ.

Those to whom the Dhamma is clear
are not led into other doctrines;
perfectly enlightened with perfect knowledge,
they walk evenly over the uneven.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.8

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma,
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Health ~ 2-Minute Exercise to Undo The Spinal Damage Caused by a Lifetime of Sitting

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If you work for up to eight hours on your computer, make sure you stretch your back to prevent any health problems that may appear as a result of your sedentary lifestyle.

Sitting mostly affects lower back, causing a huge pressure, which can later result in severe health problems. Watch the following video and perform these exercises on a daily basis.

You will notice some improvement right away, and do not worry if you cannot stretch as professionals do. It may take some practice before being able to master in doing these exercises.

HEALTH ~ Cinnamon and Honey: The Magic Mixture

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It is found that mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most of the diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Honey has been used as a vital medicine for centuries. Scientists of today also accept honey as a very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients also. Here we present a list of diseases that can be cured by Honey and Cinnamon as researched by western scientists.

Arthritis 
Take one part honey to two parts of lukewarm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body slowly. It is noticed that the pain recedes within a minute or two. Or arthritis patients may daily, morning and night take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If drunk regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research done at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week out of the 200 people so treated practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

Hair Loss 
Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair. It was found to be very effective.

Bladder Infections 

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs of the bladder.

Toothache 
Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be done 3 times a day daily till such time that the tooth has stopped aching.

Cholesterol 
Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, if given to a cholesterol patient, it reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day any chronic cholesterol is cured. As per the information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complains of cholesterol.

Cold and Cough 
Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.

Infertility 
Since ancient times, it is commonly known, that the use of honey strengthens the semen of men. If impotent men regularly take two tablespoon of honey before sleeping, their problem will be solved. In China, Japan and Far-East countries, women who do not conceive and to strengthen the uterus have been taking cinnamon powder for centuries. Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half teaspoon of honey and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body.

Upset Stomach 
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

Gas 
According to the studies done in India & Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

Heart Diseases 
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heartbeat.

Immune System 
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.

Indigestion 
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

Influenza 
It has been proved that honey contains a natural ingredient, which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu. Longevity Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests the ravages of old age. Take 4 spoons of honey, 1 spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life span also increases and even if a person is 100 years old, starts performing the chores of a 20 year old.

Pimples 
Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples completely.

Skin Infections 
Eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections are cured by applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts.

Weight Loss 
Daily in the morning, 1/2 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup water. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

Bad Breath 
People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. So their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Source:

http://www.curejoy.com/co…/cinnamon-honey-the-magic-mixture/

21-DAY TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE: DAY 16 ~ REDUCE YOUR PHONE USE

Zen_Well-max_1024“Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
Reduce Your Phone Use:
The cellular phone is an invention that has added much to our lives. It’s enabled us to communicate on-the-go, plan for change, and pass along short messages when talking is not possible. In recent years, smartphones have created exponential new uses out of our cellular devices. From alarm clock to calculator, web browser to camera to GPS navigator, it has become a handy toolbox of modern life. Whether walking down the street, on the subway, or in the office building, no one is phased at the sound of the buzz or ding signaling an incoming message, calendar notification, or missed phone call. More people in the world today have mobile phones than toilets. With such ease and utility, cell phones have literally become attached at our hips– sitting on constant standby in our pockets and purses, boardroom tables and bedside nightstands. One phone app reports its 4.5K+ users check their phones 2-3 times every waking hour.

Today, reduce your phone use. Keep it powered off or on silent, and check it briefly for limited intervals throughout the day. Leave it in your desk drawer, tucked away in your car, or at home altogether, and notice how many times you feel compelled to reach for and check it.