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Ways that you can help protect the environment April 30, 2007

Filed under: Tips — sarah @ 7:35 am

Ways that you can help protect the environment

It seems that every other day there is a new “Green “initiative to help us “Save the Planet”. We are forever being urged to join in and do what we can to help, but What can we do? Will it really make a difference?

It may surprise many of you to know that there are small changes we can make to our everyday lives, which will have a major impact on the environment. If you are really looking to help the environment, you may wish to consider the following simple ideas :-

Switch Off Electrical Appliances when not in use

Switching off, rather than leaving on stand-by, such everyday appliances as your TV and Computer will save enormous amounts of energy. By saving the energy, we can all help to reduce carbon emission into the earth’s atmosphere, thereby reducing pollution and global warming.

Car Sharing

Rather than travel to work alone, why not arrange a car sharing Scheme with one or more of your friends or colleagues? To give you an example, if you drive one of the fashionable 4×4 cars, you will use more energy in a year than you would leaving your fridge door open for seven years, or your TV on for thirty two years! Imagine the savings if you car shared with 2,3 or even 4 people?

Insulation and Turing Down your Thermostat

These two energy saving ideas go hand in hand, and they will save YOU money. By turning your central heating thermostat down by one degree, this will both reduce both your household emissions, and save you £30 a year in energy costs.

If you also update your roof and wall cavity insulation, as well as eliminating annoying draughts around your doors and windows, you will retain more of the heat in your home, and again reduce emission. A win win situation, I think you will agree?

Recycling

Recycling is perhaps the easiest way to help in the fight to save the environment. You can recycle many every day materials including glass, paper, plastics, cans and much much more. Not only does recycling save on energy emissions, the recycling of paper will literally save millions of trees a year, which are the earth’s main source of absorbing some of the harmful emissions in the atmosphere. Not to mention, the chance of saving areas like the Amazon Rain Forests, which contain some of the rarest of animals, many of which are near extinction due to the actions of man.

Junk Mail

While we all complain about the increase in Junk Mail, we very rarely do anything about it and the mail continues to flow through our letter boxes, straight into the bin – with 99% not even opened.

What can you do about this? There are various websites around the world (UK residents check out http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/mpsr/ for further details) where you can register to receive NO JUNK MAIL. As well as saving your time, your will also be doing a massive amount to help the environment, e.g. every person in the US receives junk mail which is equivalent to one and a half trees a year!! Throughout the US as a whole, this equates to more than 100 million trees a year.

There are many many other everyday changes which you can make to help the environment, they will cost you nothing and many will actually save you money! Why not give it a try? Turn your thermostat down by one degree and see if you notice the difference. We can all help, if we really want to.

 J. Joyce

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How Roses Can be Easy to Grow April 29, 2007

Filed under: Tips — sarah @ 7:33 am

Many people ask whether roses are hard to grow. The answer is, no.

Roses are really quite easy to grow and require little more care than any other perennial plant. You can learn all you need to know to grow beautiful, healthy roses in the new e-book “Gardening Made Easy,” available from our site.

Here’s an overview of the planting, care and maintenance of roses from the chapter on rose gardening in “Gardening Made Easy.”

Planting Roses

Soil preparation for roses is extremely important because roses use a lot of nutrients. Preparing the soil bed for roses using 100% organic compost is a very good practice, not only for the nutrients that the compost provides, but also because compost will drain well and still retain plenty of moisture. While Roses require a well-drained planting bed, they also require plenty of water.

Maintaining Your Roses

Because roses bloom throughout the growing season, they are heavy nutrient users and will require regular fertilizing. Feed your roses in the spring when the leaves begin to bud out and again in late summer or early fall, depending on the part of the country you live in.

Dealing With Diseases That Effect Roses

Roses are susceptible to fungi and mildew, as well as insect infestation. Many of these diseases can be prevented and all of them can be controlled with regular applications of fungicides and insecticides.

There are also several beneficial insects that can be imported into your garden to help you control insect infestations without the use of chemicals.

Winterizing Your Roses

If you live in a warmer climate you will not need to do much in the way of preparing your roses for winter other than a good layer of mulch. In climates where temperatures regularly go below 25 degrees F, you will need to protect your roses with additional mulch.

Building cages around your roses and filling the cages with mulch after the first freeze will ensure that your roses make it through the winter to bloom again in the spring.

These simple and easy suggestions will help your roses renew their beauty for many seasons yet to come.

By Tom Straub

 

Is Dieting A New Kind Of Slavery? April 28, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarah @ 9:28 am

For something that is meant to offer freedom and happiness, dieting sure has a habit of making prisoners of startling numbers of people.

With it now being 200 years since the abolition of slavery in Britain, a move which strangled the great wave of Afro-American stolen people into the New World and started the countdown towards the eventual outlawing of US slavery itself, perhaps now is the time to take proper stock of the real reasons behind this more modern scourge.

Whilst no-one should take the metaphor too far and fully equate the visceral agonies of slavery with the emotional imprisonment of lifelong food issues (that would be an insult to those who suffered and died in a foreign land), neither should we ignore the pain and indignity of self-image distress.

And the fact very much remains that dieting is not a simple choice or a self-elected misery for which individuals can simply assume full responsibility for the cause, or hence full responsibility for the cure. Knowledge and techniques are in the this case a prerequisite for freedom.

Historians may forever argue about which came more forcibly first, a sense that non-European races were inherently inferior, or whether economic forces, driving an insatiable desire for cheap new labour, in turn drove the dehumanisation.

Whatever, just as big themes of social theory resonate through the heart of slavery, so classical and modern social theories underlie current food despair.

Cultural power, as in racial dominance, are at the root of the slavery, along with economic power, as in the Marxist analysis that capital will develop its own ways, means and methods wherever opportunity can be sensed. There is always the fear that utility will trample humanity.

But that model of analysis obviously doesn’t fit neatly alone over the top of the current obesity crisis and the interwoven existence with dieting. What forces are at play and how to do go about recognising them, so that the unhappily food and image obsessed can regain their mental and bodily poise and equilibrium, freed of fatness obsessions and bodily fat itself?

One could argue that it is the power of gender domination at play. It is true that for centuries women have been greatly pressurised by the male view of optimal female beauty and sexuality. But surely this still cannot be the entire picture after the accumulation of several decades of female re-balancing of the gender scales? Indeed, it is very clear that not only obesity but also the associated failed dieting are becoming almost as much male as female issues. There are obviously gender power issues still in play but we need to look further afield for a fuller picture.

Social theory in the last thirty or so years has been taking a far closer look at culture itself through the lens of consumption and consumerism and these perspectives perhaps have much to inform a better understanding of obesity and weight loss issues.

Researcher and theorist Pierre Bourdieu developed a post-Marxist theory which linked aesthetic taste to class positioning. Through his notion of cultural capital, there are always options across every segment of the social spectrum. In the case of dieting, there is everything from ludicrously expensive celebrity colonic irrigationists, through to the tackiest fad diets in supermarket tabloid papers. You can spend a fortune or virtually nothing, yet still dieting has you trapped.

There is a sense with Bourdieu’s work which echoes the Frankfurt School theorists of earlier decades, namely that cultural aspiration is a game of fixed boundaries and it is unlikely to provide any deep or lasting satisfaction. Dieting may be seen as a cultural artifact. It has become so controversial and contested because it is a cultural construction which intrudes onto the altogether more concrete territory of physical health – and because, on this very clearly lit territory, it has abjectly failed in its stated intentions.

This is one of the key viewpoints which dieters can learn to take. Our attitudes towards food and eating and dieting, whatever might be said or written, rarely have simple life-sustaining nutrition as their primary purpose. Class, gender, culture and power are inevitably wrapped over just about every mouthful we put, or don’t put, into our mouths.

Those who wish to achieve permanent, painless and natural weight control would do well to launch their own, individual campaigns against the enslavement of dieting. It doesn’t take hundreds of years of struggle and violence. All that is required is a simple, clear and ever so satisfying shift of perspective. The big difference this time round is that otherwise it is ourselves who are being enslaved.

By Malcolm Evans

 

Perspectives from the Bathroom Mirror April 27, 2007

Filed under: Life — sarah @ 7:26 am

When you look into your bathroom mirror, what do you see? Are your eyes drawn to a flaw? Do you check the depth of your wrinkles, see the flabbiness of your muscles, the little zit on your cheek, the imperfection of a tooth? That your hair is sticking up or that more of it is missing?

Next time you find yourself doing that, stop, take a step back, wink at yourself, and grin. Now see the bigger picture. Notice that your eyes are actually seeing. (Neat little miracle, isn’t it?) See that you have marvelous control over your facial muscles and can turn a frown into a smile in a flash. Straighten your posture and smile more. Notice that you have all your parts, and that they’re all working. Wiggle them around and smile even more.

Then notice that you have a mirror, hanging on a solid, decorated wall, and light to see by that illuminates at the flick of a switch, and a room to stand in, with a floor under your feet and a roof over your head.

Change the angle of your gaze and see the abundance of wealth surrounding you in that one, small room. You have magical tools to alter your appearance, fragrant soaps and shampoos, potions to ease your body’s discomforts, items for dressing your wounds, each made from materials gathered from all over the globe and brought to you through the labor of thousands of workers. At the twist of a faucet, you have clean water in whatever temperature you desire, and towels to dry you. In this sheltered space, you have a toilet, and beside it soft tissue, and at a flush your body’s waste is carried away.

Let yourself appreciate all the behind-the-scenes magic that allows you to enjoy the abundance in this one small room. Think of all the ideas, energy and effort behind the design, the research, testing, fabrication, packaging, marketing, and transport of each item it contains. You are living in the midst of the miraculous, right there in front of your bathroom mirror. All it took was a shift of perception to see it. And the one who is doing the seeing is a miracle, too—a miracle of sensory awareness, thought, emotion, cells and systems, movement, growth, and choice.

What’s the point of this little exercise? It’s simply to experience for yourself that a shift in perception is all it ever takes to see the miracles. The whole world is a magical mirror, reflecting back to you your choices of perception. You can concentrate on the flaws it reflects or choose to see its wonders, whether you’re looking without or within.

Sometimes the flaws require our attention. Sometimes they lead us to inventing or applying new ideas that address a genuine need. It’s when they hypnotize us into believing they are the center of our universe and that everything else revolves around them that they become stumbling blocks.

When you learn to step back from the flaws and see them in the greater context, you bring to them an understanding of their insignificance, relative to the whole. You can return to them with a greater objectivity and an expanded awareness of ways to address them and bring them into harmony with your ideals. And, amazingly, sometimes when you see them in a larger context, they simply cease to matter at all.

Remember the miracles the next time you look into your bathroom mirror. Carry that awareness with you into the remainder of your day, and you will find it opening all kinds of beneficial new perspectives. Remember that you can always choose to see a broader, deeper, more wondrous context—one in which the ultimate miracle is your ability to choose what you will see.

By Susan K. Minarik

 

Do You Have Any Regrets? April 26, 2007

Filed under: Life — sarah @ 8:24 am

Do you ever think back over your past with regret about things you did that you wish you hadn’t done, or things you didn’t do that you wish you had done? Do you ever stop to think that today will be tomorrow’s past? What are you doing today to prevent regrets tomorrow?

It’s easy to look back on the past and to think about how you could have acted differently. So many people wish that they could change their past in some way so that their present life would be better.

Time is continually moving on and what is today very quickly becomes yesterday, then last, week, and then last year. The way to change your future’s past is to make the most of today.

As far as I can see there are only two possibilities when it comes to taking action today to shape your future; either you know what you need to do in order to have a great future or you don’t.

If you know what to do today to bring that rosy future into reality then all it takes to do it is some self discipline. There is an old saying that says that either you develop the habit of self discipline or you will end up at the mercy of someone else’s discipline (often in the form of a job you don’t like).

The people who take hold of their own life and steer it to greatness are all people who have the self discipline to do the things they need to do. Some days they don’t feel like doing what it takes but they do it anyway because they draw on self discipline.

The second possibility that I mentioned earlier is that you don’t know what you need to do today. Solving this is a three step process.

Step one is to get some education. I don’t mean schooling I mean education in the skills of being successful. Achieving success is a set of skills that must be learned.

If you learn them by trial and error then you will probably be in for a long and painful journey before you get to the life that you want. However if you learn from those who have gone before then you can shortcut the journey and make it a lot more comfortable along the way.

When I became interested in being successful I studied everything I could on the subject. I read books, listened to audios and attended courses. Then as I put these teachings into action I added my own experience to the pool of knowledge. Then when I started teaching and mentoring I was given the opportunity to add the various experiences of my students.

Be prepared to learn what you need to learn and be willing to spend what you need to spend to get that knowledge. It will be the best investment that you ever make.

Step two is to put what you have learned into practice by taking action. Even if you are not sure whether your action is right. If you have been studying success seriously then you will probably find that the action is a lot more “right” than you realize.

Step three is to see what results your actions produce and then take more action or modify your action as your results indicate.

Remember that today is when you have the power to ensure that you won’t have regrets tomorrow. It’s all up to you.

 

How to be Successfully Single. April 25, 2007

Filed under: Life — sarah @ 6:00 am

Our planet is brimming with a random lottery of people; undeniably though, finding true love can be considered a risky business. Love is supposed to be a beautiful feeling with lots of happy thoughts emanating from the whole package of being in love, so why is finding true love is considered a difficult challenge?

Is finding love really so hard though? Or do we just make it hard? Finding love is not hard, but sometimes it takes a long time. So if you are single now, and I assume that you are, then you are likely goint go be single for awhile.

Here are some advantages of being single:

1. You are independent Basically you can do what you want when you want. You don’t have to wait, you don’t have to ask, you can just go.

2. You have more time When you’re single; you don’t have to sit around doing nothing. Want to go to the gym? Want to join the hiking club? Play an instrument? How about watch your favorite video for 10th time? Want to take a course? Learn a new hobby? Who’s stopping you?

3. You don’t have to deal with another’s personal habits You can sleep without listening to someone’s snoring and hog all the blankets all the time and nobody cares. You don’t have to pick up after anyone but yourself. And you don’t even have to pick up after yourself if you don’t want to. Give your patience a well-deserved break.

4. You can be spontaneous Be daring! Do what you want when you want to and who cares if you don’t get to dinner until midnight? Do something out of the ordinary, without having to get permission first or calling ahead. This is freedom!

5. You can focus on your career You can channel your energy into your work. Without a relationship, you have a lot more time. Put in those extra hours and impress your boss, or take on new projects.

6. You are your own boss Relationships need compromise and you don’t always get your own way. Both people in a relationship have to give something up for the greater good of the relationship. Do what you want and treat yourself more. Selfishness is good for the soul (in small doses).

Don’t stress! That special someone is out there and you can and will find them. It just takes time.

In the meantime, enjoy being single. In fact, I believe that if you can’t be happy being single, you will never be happy with your soulmate! Kind of like rich and poor. There are lots of poor people who are happy and lots that are unhappy. Same with rich people — lots are happy and lots are unhappy. Now what do you think would happen if we took a poor who was unhappy, and gave them lots of money?

You guessed it! They would probably be happy for a short time, but it wouldn’t last and eventually they would be just as unhappy as they were.

Ever wonder why that is? Being happy comes from inside of you not outside. OK, you are single — enjoy yourself and that special person will come along before you know it!

By Robert Johanssen

 

Do You Really Know Your Self? April 24, 2007

Filed under: Life — sarah @ 8:23 am

Knowing your self. Being your self. Constantly returning your full attention to this so you can luxuriate in and as your self – free of perpetuating and being bound in what you are not.

Discover all of what you are not. Body, thoughts, feelings, ideas, time, space, being and not being this or that.

There is nothing concrete or abstract, external or internal, in the great “out there” or in the great “in here,” that you can point to as being who you are. This mere concept or idea will not do either.

You may well repeat a mantra or formula endlessly without any result whatsoever. You must continuously watch yourself – particularly your mind – moment by moment, missing nothing. This “seeing” is essential for the realizing of who you are and of seeing what is “notyou” “notyou.”

You are the one that is actually looking through your eyes right now. This one that is looking through your eyes is not a person – a Sam, Peter, Susan – and neither is it your mind, nor your body.

Your body and your mind are vehicles that you are driving around through. They are not you. You are the one that is endlessly flowing through this manifestation. It is what sustains everything everywhere. It is you. This is who you are.

You have to surrender, to let go of, to “stop and drop,” what you are not, – “notyou” “notyou” – and be this one that you already are. There is no getting around this.

If you wish to be home in the heart, the hub of life, to be self, then you absolutely have no choice but to let go of what you are not. To stop clinging to what was never true of you in the first place.

If you are unwilling to “see” that you are not this chattering mind that you have taken to be your guidance in life and to surrender it every time that you “see” yourself going there again, then you will have the pleasure of remaining in this belief pattern of pain and suffering and feeling like you cannot do anything about it all – even if you are attempting to rearrange things from within this “bind” of the mind.