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10 Questions to Pounder to Live a Life of Clarity

Welcome to my bathroom. I’m in the shower. This is where I think well.

There is a thought-inducing power that the warm feeling and soothing sound of constant water showers have on the mind of a person.

As I think through life’s most important and challenging questions, I humbly realize that just because I’m asking the questions doesn’t mean I know all the answers.

Therefore, in that spirit, I will now list some questions for you that I hope offer you more clarity as you travel through life.

If you have ideas or answers to any of these questions, leave them in the comments below. Anything is welcome.-

1. What makes playgrounds so incredibly appealing to children?

2. What keeps a person in a particular routine?

3. Why do we find it challenging to keep our living space organized?

4. Why do some people continue destructive behavior, even after seeing the destructive nature of their actions?

5. Why do some consider education or learning as work or a chore?

6. Why is work considered bad?

7. What is the difference between focusing on a solution versus the problem?

8. Do “cliques” still exist during adulthood?

9. What are we making excuses FOR?

10. Why do we take more than we give?

If you have ideas or answers to any of these questions, leave them in the comments below. Anything is welcome.

Happy poundering.

 

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What Successful People Do to Keep Being Successful – Everyday!

 

It’s a Tuesday morning and you are debating whether to get the coffee and the doughnut or just the coffee. After all, the coffee will give you the boost you need and you can save the money spent on the doughnut to spend somewhere else later. This type of thinking may seem rational and logical, the fact remains that massively successful and productive people(super achievers)simply think differently in ALL situations that we ALL experience day-to-day. If you have spent any time with your nose in one ore more book entitled with a catchy “wealth” phrase, promising to show you the habits of successful people, there is often ONE key element or “habit” that each book seems to neglect to mention, but showcases brilliantly. This key trait of super achievers is by for the most important skill to cultivate — it will change your life, business and destiny.

To reinforce this claim I will explain to you exactly what to do in a step-by-step way that will ensure your success, if you commit to using it in your life very day in every way. Your commitment will, in and of itself, embody your drive to be successful in a way that others will take notice and strive to be like.

First, let’s examine what we’ve been told; We’ve been told that in order to be successful we need to wake up early, exercise, and establish daily success habits that have a solid track record within the life category we wish to improve. This, although well intended, is something that seems be hard to implement on a consistent basis. This is because are missing one key PERCEPTION CHANGE that will not rely on any particular set of rules or “success habits”.

You see, we are programmed to resist change. In the wild change symbolizes danger, pain or even death. This is why it’s so extremely difficult to “change ourselves” into becoming successful. But the good news is that YOU CAN DO IT with a simple SHIFT in perception.

THE KEY: The key is this; You must keep your moment – to – moment perception in check. In other words, you must constantly think to yourself “Is this coffee directly related to the successful life I want to lead?” or “Is this comment to a coworker directly related to the the successful life I want to lead?” Here it is, the special sauce; successful super achievers directly relate what they are doing in the moment to THEIR vision of success. Then, they apply the actions necessary to make that vision a reality. If this means waking up early and drinking tea instead of waking up 30mins before work and slamming coffee, then so be it. Super achievers make no exceptions when it comes to their success and the what they perceive their moment – to – moment success to be.

STEP BY STEP: Here is the formula you need to master to engage your super achiever self.

1. Select your “success center”. This is what you relate everything back to ever moment of every day. Answer the following question to find your success center: “What is my ultimate vision of success in the most detail as possible?”

2. Keep a solid awareness of your daily moment – to – moment experience. This will take time and practice — but its WORTH it! Meditation, exercise and keeping your mind calm will help.

3. Relate everything in your current experience to your success center. Asking the following question: “Does the relate to my ultimate success vision?” or “How does this enable me to be the success I want to be”?

 

 

There you have it! GO! APPLY! You can win this game and have your cake too!

And remember;

“Live your inspiration, deliberately!”

Media Diet: Why taking a break is an amazing idea

Did you know that according to the Nielsen report the average American watches 34 hours of television a week? When divided out, thats 4.8 hours of television per day. Now, take into consideration kids over the summer — you guessed it, the numbers escalate quiet a substantially.

When you take a look at how society has changed over the past decade, you might contribute those changes to the people that change within it. However, these changes are largely due to the change in the media’s influence. Things have escalated to an unhealthy degree. We are over stimulated, over used, and thrown out at the end of the day just to sit down to watch something that separates the family and promotes the diminishing of values. We are human, and there are values that come with being human. One, very important value is to be kind to one another, something that seems to be made into a joke in the mainstream media. We are seeing the rate of bullying increasing, along with the divorce rate above 30%(CDC). When individuals are spending almost 5 hours of their valuable time in front of a very influential television set – daily, you may not be a sceptic as to if we are being influenced, sometimes hypnotized, by the media.

According to Prof. Mary Lopez(Occidental College, California) reality television is thought to be responsible for the increase in crime rates for those who participate in the reality programming via television viewing. Laguna Beach has seen a significant increase in the number of sexual predators in addition to changes in illegal behavior from local teens since the debut of the MTV reality show, Laguna Beach. Furthermore, many reality television stars have experienced robberies since allowing the public to enter their homes through reality shows via television and only subscription services like Netflixs and Hulu.

Everyone says how video games are violent and that they make those who choose to play them more likely to be violent in their everyday lives and in their adults lives consequently.  Now, the research has shown that the same outcomes are prevalent after watching reality television.  Researchers argue that watching violent acts that are unscripted can cause viewers to imitate the acts in their every day lives. ”Aggression portrayed realistically is more likely to be imitated than non-realistic aggression” (Nelson).  There are three types of aggression- physical, verbal and relational- and this article touches on all of them and their role in reality television programs explored in a study in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.

We live in fast times where there are so many sources available to choose from in where our psychology has a hard time differentiating from what is healthy and what is detrimental. The  chief matter is our mental and emotional wellbeing. When these two things are in order the rest of our life may seem to be more organized and we are more rational, logical and productive.  Things of this nature need to be protected and cultivated — mass media is not doing this, it’s become a hindrance.

When a mind can be made to believe anything or persuaded to act via media influence, the people within the society need to take charge and speak their voice for they know is right and wholesome. Unfortunately, it seems that many want things to change but few seem to act in accordance to those wishes. Ultimately the importance of having a critical mind cannot be emphasized enough here. Implying the question: How many people must be hurt before change is demanded?

Acoustic Guitar Collection | THE ARTS

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SCIENCE:: *DO NOT EAT!*: Aspartame:>Biochemistry>Analysis

 During a recent research session of mine into the biochemistry of the main line sweetener chemical Aspartame, I found some very very disturbing information about this toxin in regards to our every day food consumption. 

Opening Statement:

I had to post my findings on this[hidden in plain view]nastiness: Researchers at Purdue University(a major research institution known for discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Carolina, found that rats gained on average 20 percent more weight with artificial sweetener such as Aspartame than with natural sugar. They could not say why but believed that “… the artificial sweetener somehow interrupts the body’s ability to regulate or register the amount of calories it has consumed resulting in carbohydrate cravings and/or reduced metabolism.” The contradiction in this is a single finding of mine: On a can of Red Bull you will find that following statements: “Red Bull Sugarfree, low calorie *Improves performance, especially during times of increased stress of strain *Increases concentration and improves reaction to speed *Stimulates the metabolism” If these statements were true, scientifically, you could not find Aspartame as the 11th ingredient on the Red Bull Sugarfree listing. Aspartame is only 11th subject to; Carbonated Water, Citric Acid, and Caffeine, to name a few. Aspartame is located in over 40 readily available products, claims the chemical’s very own website(aspartame.org). Including: Anything labeled as “sugerfree”, “diet”, “fat free”, cereals, nutritional bars, and 90% of soft drinks regardless of ingredient-al merit. Read what you eat if its in a package, eat more things that aren’t packaged!

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Let me break down the chemical reactions that happen within your body:

(All underlined and italicized words will be defined and expanded upon.)

1. The chemical Aspartame is an  non-saccharide compound.

  • Saccharide: Means – Carbohydrate and is had an empirical formula of Cm(H2O)n. 
In relationship to Aspartame: This means it is a non-carbohydrate chemical.
2. The chemical Aspartame is made up of two bacteria cultured amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine combined with free form methanol.
  • Aspartic Acid: Labeled as Aspartate, it is a non-essential precursor to amino acids in mammals. This means it can by synthesized through chemical laboratory manipulation. It is an α-amino acid with the chemical formula HOOCCH(NH2)CH2COOH.
  • Phenylalanine: Is is an α-amino acid with the formula C6H5CH2CH(NH2)COOH, as well. According to several sources, Phenylalanine is produced for; Medical, Feed, and Nutritional applications ONLY for the sweetener Aspartame. By adding this to the products it has been to known to genetically generate  Escherichia coliThis genetic engineering is produced by manipulating the genes controlling enzymes responsible for the synthesis of the amino acid
  • {Escherichia coli: Commonly referred to as “E. Coli” is a Gram-Negative – rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in living organism mammals, such as humans. Most strains of the bacteria are harmless minus the  serotypes types for which are responsable for food poisonings of various degrees. This can cause many product retailers to recall their products due to lack of costumer support based on the costumer sickness.
  • Methanol: Also referred to as methyl alcohol is a chemical with the formula CH3OH. Methane is often used in the the following applications: Feed Stock, Gas, Synthetic Fuels, Solvent, Antifreeze for Pipelines. During World War II Methanol was used to fuel German rocket propulsion systems. For humans, methane has a very high toxicity for humans.  If ingested, for example, as little as 10 mL of pure methanol can cause permanent blindness by destruction of the optic nerve, and 30 mL is potentially fatal – according to a study conducted by Vale on Methane in the journal of Medice in 2007[35 (12): 633–4].

List on Aspartame’s very own website[aspartame.org] you will find a listing of the following products. All of this products are listed as “The Following Reduced Calorie Products Have Aspartame-Sweetened Choices” :

  • Breath Mints
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks
  • Cereals
  • Chewing Gum
  • Flavored Syrups for Coffee
  • Flavored Water Products
  • Frozen Ice
  • Frozen Ice Cream Novelties
  • Fruit Spreads
  • Gelatin, Sugar Free
  • Hard Candies
  • Ice cream Toppings
  • Ice Creams, No Sugar Added or Sugar Free
  • Iced Tea, Powder
  • Iced Tea, Ready to Drink
  • Instant Cocoa Mix
  • Jams & Jellies
  • Juice Blends
  • Juice Drinks
  • Maple Syrups
  • Meal Replacements
  • Mousse
  • No Sugar Added Pies
  • Non-Carbonated Diet Soft drinks
  • Nutritional Bars
  • Powdered Soft Drinks
  • Protein Nutritional Drinks
  • Pudding
  • Soft Candy Chews
  • Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup
  • Sugar Free Cookies
  • Sugar Free Ketchup
  • Table Top Sweeteners
  • Vegetable Drinks
  • Yogurt, Drinkable
  • Yogurt, Fat Free
  • Yogurt, Sugar Free

At the point that the website has to defend itself is reason enough for investigation. For on the aspartame website you will find the following statement:

“The Food and Drug Administration, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the World Health Organization, the Scientific Committee for Food of the European Community and regulatory agencies in more than 100 countries have reviewed aspartame and found it safe for use. The American Medical Association, the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association also have found aspartame safe.” -aspartame.org

To the normal consumer this statement can come as a reassurance if that had any preconceived notions to if the chemical is safe for consumption or not. For, in all actuality this is probably why they list the statement on their site in the first place – because people have been negatively warned about it. There is only one fault to the above statement, however; they left out what aspartame does over a dosage of long-term usage. The studies in this regards reveal a very different marrit in results.

Depression:

Phenylalanine, one of the amino acids I described above. After ingested it reacts to the hormonal levels in your digestive tract and act as a serotonin inhibitor, resulting in paralysis of normally gauged serotonin levels. The body produces serotonin from the amino acid tryptophan found in carbohydrates, such as your every day pastry roll or sandwich.  The desire to eat is switched off as soon as an adequate level serotonin is reached in the body’s chemical levels. But with a constant supply of phenylalanine from aspartame, blocking the production of serotonin, the right levels are never reached and we keep craving carbohydrates. This craving is not as much in our head as some might imply. For this is truly a chemical issue within our bodily systems. This can be corrected by exiting aspartame containing products from our diet. Psychologically, as we continue to eat products containing aspartame and therefor increasing our cravings for carbohydrated products, we gain weight. This can cause depression issues to the point of emotional eating disorters. Unfortunately, most eating disorters are warped around eating large amounts of sugary, pastry-like foods for comfort. Therefore we are continuing the process for which we are trying to escape. On a biochemistry level, sadly, many products in our supermarkets today that contain aspartame are carbohydrate based products.

Neurobiological Effects of Aspartame on the Humanoid Organism:

After ingesting aspartame the chemical methanol is released and converted to formaldehyde and then formic acid. Numerous tests by Universities show methanol breaks down into formaldahyde in the laboratory rats. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin, is a known carcinogen, causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication and causes birth defects. In natural foods such as fruit and alcoholic beverages methanol is always found together with ethanol which neutralizes the toxicity.

  • Formaldehyde: Is an organic chemical compound with the formula CH2O. Popular uses include: Color Negative Film Productions, Woodworking and Cabinet-Industries, in the making of glues, in the making of particle bored, and plastic laminent.
  • Carcinogen: A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.
  • Deadly: Causing or able to cause death: “a deadly weapon”. – webster’s dictionary

Closing Statement:

You must understand the severity of how this can effect everything and everyone you know, by now. For my hopes is that I have loaded the informational gun, in your defense. Read the labels on your packaged food, and eat more whole foods. For there are many evils in this world, and this is one we can actively avoid. Avoid not only for ourselves, but for our future generations.

  • Actively: in an active manner; “he participated actively in the war”.
  • Avoid: Keep away from or stop oneself from doing (something).
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By: Thomas McGregor, CPT

Sources Used:

  1. http://www.en.wikipedia.com
  2. http://www.justmindpower.com
  3. http://www.aspartame.org
  4. http://www.pubmed.com
  5. http://www.startpage.com
  6. http://www.webster.com