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Peace On Earth, Good-Will To Men


lotus-215460_1280-pixabay-freeThis is a wish and a greeting by many different people around the globe.  There is even an international day of peace.

I wish and hope and see peace.  Peace on earth starts with me, my inner peace.

Peace begins with a smile.   Mother Teresa

Go ahead, right now - put a smile on your face.  Keep it there for several minutes.  Notice smile-girl-1245835_1920-pixabay-freehow that makes you feel.  Smile and say hello to the people you greet today and tomorrow.  Were I go to church, there is an older couple and they sit on the back row.  They only stay for 1 meeting.  But they don't leave until they have properly smiled, hugged and given a kiss on the cheek to every person leaving.  When I have had some hard days, this one active of kindness and service has made a world of difference in helping to foster peace in my life.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.   Dalai Lama

the-stones-263661_1920-pixabay-freeThe dictionary defines peace as a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations; and freedom from civil disturbance.

The dictionary defines good-will as friendly, helpful, or cooperative feelings or attitude.  It is synonymous with charity, compassion, goodness, consideration and kindness.

This time of year we tend to think more peaceful thoughts and have more good-will for our fellow man.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

October 8, 2016, my community, which is out of the way in rural Arizona that a devastating national-weather-service-radar-reflectivity
storm never really made national headlines.  Click here to see pictures.  We had what many are calling a 100 year storm.  Many lost their houses and businesses and crops.   I lost my house – I didn’t lose my home.   A year ago, my neighbor lost their house to a fire, they had just moved in when the storm hit.  Then we moved out.  I was actually on my way to the east coast to enjoy some time off.  We drove thru an incredible lightning storm such as I had never seen – the whole dessert was lit up.  My son called to ask if we arrived at the airport ok.  They had a huge rain storm – lots of rain.  But that was just the radar-image-246871beginning.  I told him to check the store for leaks and got on the plane.  We were fine.

2016-10-08-23-32-00After we boarded the plane - “All hail” broke loose – literally.  Not 1, not 2 – but 3 super cells pounded our community.   There was literally a blanket 6 inches deep of hail covering the town.  The streets flowed like rivers with ice bergs.  Our roof suffered so much damage, we need a whole new roof and the ceilings all over the inside replaced.  So we currently live in temporary housing.  The next day, the streets were piled up with a 6 inch layer of hail.... seriously.  For a desert community - this just has never happened in my lifetime.

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We lost part of our business and all of our storage.   Plus we lost a lot of business for the month as everyone in town was affected.

Both cars at home and our RV suffered huge damage, enough for the cars to be totaled out.

The schools were damaged enough that the entire school district got 2 weeks off, one school will be closed until January and the students have be moved into other schools.

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Our community immediately was out helping everyone.  The city trash pick-up was overwhelmed and expected weeks and months of work to clean up.  Instead of sitting at home for an unexpected fall break – high school students went out as volunteers to clean up yards and homes and followed the city trash trucks around to help clean up our town.

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My poor tower garden. It like most people's plants in town were demolished.

Today, 2 months later, the trees still look beat up but the town thanks to volunteers and good-will looks pretty good.

Many are still without homes.  We were in a hotel, and a family offered their basement which we gratefully accepted.  Repairs are slow because so many people need work done.  One third of our business is still getting repairs made.

If it wasn’t for the kindness and good-will of many, so much more would have been lost.  Many people offered their laundry services to wash and dry wet things – to save them.   Many meals were shared.  And, many yards and homes were cleaned up.   Moving through trials with peace and gratitude is the path of least resistance and the path that will benefit you the most.  It allows you to have a clear head and make the best of the situation.

This holiday season will be different for me.  All my Christmas decorations were moved and macro-1251318_1920-dragonfly-pixabay-freesome destroyed.  My house got packed up while I was back East to prevent mold so we are still living out of a suit case and I’m actually missing my holiday sweaters.  For us, it will be a simple holiday without all the decorations.  We are looking for meaningful activities that will help us remember why we celebrate.

Peace on earth, good-will towards men– for me the message of the babe born in Bethlehem was one of peace, good news and good-will.  My heart is filled with joy with opportunities to serve, to visit the lonely, to smile at a stranger, to give and to receive.   World peace begins with me and with you.   It doesn’t matter our differences.  Differences should enrich our lives, not divide us.

The Dalai Lama said, “Going deeper into peace… genuine peace must come through inner peace, not through fear.”  “The key thing is a warm heart of concern for others’ well-being.”  He further explained that a calm mind is the remedy for the loss of hope and a destroyer of fear, distrust and hate.  We have the power within ourselves to restore happiness.  “You must develop compassion, not pity.”  From a visit to San Diego in 2012.

If the storms of your life or the world around you is causing you to feel stressed or upset, let go.  Look for the good.  Find things to be grateful for.  Embrace peace.

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Tips for cultivating inner peace.

  • Learn to go with the flow and adapt to circumstances. That doesn’t mean you have to accept low standards that you can’t change your circumstances.   My favorite saying is, ‘It is what it is.’ It just is, therefore work with what is.
  • Unclutter your life and simplify.
  • Be grateful. Observe the beautiful and wondrous things in our world.
  • Don’t complain and avoid negativity.
  • Spend time around positive happy people.
  • Spend a few minutes a day meditating.
  • Take deep breaths, especially when you’re feeling negative or anxious.
  • Do something you love or participate in a hobby.
  • Give service
  • Journal
  • Choose Love

We have a choice in this world.  Our happiness and our peace doesn't begin when circumstances are perfect.  It begins with us during trials and challenges nurturing our inner peace and choosing to be at peace and share good-will with our fellow man.

Enjoy this beautiful song and video from my friend Shawn Galloway,
"I Choose Love"

From all of us in our family and at Indigo Mountain we wish you peace, health and happiness.

And we wish you Happy Holidays (which means happy holy days).

Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad (Spanish) – Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian) – Kala Christouyenna (Greek) – God Jul (Norwegian) – Srozhdestovm Kristovim (Russian)

Shenti jiankang ankang xingfu [Chinese for Wishing you health and happiness]  身体健康,安康幸福!

The Leaders of Tomorrow, Raising Children

water-fight-442257_1920Kids - and more kids everywhere.   Whether or not you have kids living at home, or adult children, or no children at all; WE are ALL affected by the kids of the world.  Raising children is vitally important.

The youth of today WILL be some of the leaders of tomorrow.

The youth of today WILL be our teachers, police officers, our war veterans, our doctors, our lawyers, the business owners, and the administrators and care givers helping us adults when we enter old age.

The youth of today will possibly be the homeless adults of tomorrow, the veterans having issues, parents that can't find work, and even the criminals locked up in prison.

WE ALL have a responsibility to raise kids that can be the LEADERS of communities, states and this great nation.  We have a responsibility to nurture kids that will want to do the hard jobs and do them well.  We need to raise kids that want to be great teachers to help educate future amazing adults.  We have a responsibility to provide an environment that fosters the arts and creativity in children to help their amazing minds reach their full potential.  We need to place emphasis on raising children in a healthy and dynamic way.

"It takes a village to raise a child." -African Proverb

I know this to be true.  One, I was once a child and two, I have seven children myself.american-soldier-381847_1280

As a kid, I knew that I anywhere I went, if I mis-behaved any adult would be free to correct me.  And as a kid, I respected every adult.  No, life wasn't perfect.  There were adults in my village that were not honorable.  But, that didn't matter.  I had a whole village.  I had church, school, my neighborhood, my friend's parents, my extended family and of course my parents.  Most of them felt it was their duty to correct me when needed along my path.  I think I turned out pretty decent.  I NEVER had the perfect childhood either.  Go figure.

I had good and bad examples.  I learned from both.  I was nurtured by the good examples.  And I was allowed to develop my talents and stretch my brain.

I didn't have a perfect childhood, I didn't get special training or classes, I often got picked last, sometimes I won, sometimes I was alone and scared, sometimes I lost, sometimes I had no friends, my heart got broken and sometimes I got in trouble for things I didn't do and sometimes I actually got away with something.  I fought with my siblings, babysat them and thought my parents were unfair.  I did have people in my life who loved me and some who didn't.  I had a village.  I am the product of that village.

When I was very young, racism was very much alive and real.  Once I was even told not to play with kids that had a different skin color by one of the adults in my village.  That was still an accepted idea at that time.  But I saw those same adults treat other adults with different colored skin with respect and I knew we were all the same.  Then my grandmother did some research, privately but because she was part of my village we all saw and learned from her; anyway she did some research on different races, read books, prayed and changed her view on this topic.  My grandmother was born in the 1920's in the west.  I learned from my grandmother we could adapt and learn on some very controversial topics.  This same grandmother kept taking classes and learning.  Her world went from horses and a few cars to jet airplanes and computers and she kept up with it.  She even took language classes.  I learned from her to keep my mind busy, learn new things, and stay active.  She also served the community a lot in the local hospital and at church.  I saw her quilting blankets for the hospital all the time.  She was serving others until she was 90 years old and passed away.  I learned to serve as a virtue from her.

When I was born, I was left handed.  Although most of the adults thought I "should be" right handed.  In 1st grade I broke my right arm.  The school of course hired a tutor to take care of me even though I insisted I still could right with my left hand.  Nope - I wasn't "allowed".  And I missed that very important time of the day COLORING.  However in 4th grade my teacher was a hippy rebel, she even made us sing "hippy songs" which I still remember to this day.  Well my hippy teacher thought it was good to be left handed and even got me left handed scissors.  I didn't have bad feelings to the other teachers, but sure my heart was happy with my 4th grade hippy teacher that made a huge difference in my life with teaching me that lefties are awesome, hippy music was fun, and basically learning was fun.  She dressed well and taught more than what was in the books.

piano-1493797_1920I always loved to play the piano.  I didn't have a teacher once so I asked my granny if she would teach me.  She was very talented.  She was very blunt and honest with me and said she didn't like kids and wouldn't be able to.  She just didn't have the patience to teach piano lessons.  The horror..... NOT.  My granny was kind and loving and honest.  A trait she taught me.  She taught me that you can be openly honest and kind.  I never held it against her, in fact I loved her even more and admired her.  She did obviously have children of her own, that is how she became my granny.  She had six children.  And she played cello and other instruments, she painted, carved, and made tons of amazing crafts.  In fact this granny kept her hobbies up and learning new arts until she died.  She stayed busy doing and creating.  She in her youth was in an orphanage.  She went onto be one of the artists in Disney's movie "Snow White".  I learned you are never too old or too limited to develop talents.  And I learned you can be honest with yourself and others and still love people.

I had a friend at the age of four.  I still know her today.  She is my oldest and dearest friend.  I spent a lot of time at her house.  Her mother was an industrious person, always busy making things.  And no matter what, anytime I went to her house, she smiled and said hello.  She was a happy person and always had a meal to share.  I don't know if I know a happier person.  She is getting old now but when I see her, she still has a big smile and says hello.  My friends dad was a tease.  He teased me non stop.  They both made me feel accepted in their home and I was expected to follow the rules, which I did of course.  I learned from them how to treat other all the time.

I had a piano teacher, my neighbor.  She went above and beyond teaching me the piano.  She loved the piano herself and she saw in me greatness when I didn't see it myself.  She weekly inspired me.  She had loads of patience even when I didn't practice and she encouraged me to excel and strive for my very best.  I didn't believe in myself or my talent, but she did even when there were others that could play better than me.  She helped me believe in me, the real me.  She taught me that if I worked hard I could play the piano well.  As a senior in high school I learned to play Brahms Rhapsody in G minor.  I learned to keep practicing the rest of my life and the joy of playing an instrument.

I had uncles in my life that not only teased me and played tricks on me, they nurtured my scientific mind and encouraged me to go to college, a university.  Which I did to major in Aerospace Engineering.

When I was eight, I got bit by a rattlesnake and I was in the hospital for nearly a week.  Adults in my village from the community that knew my dad and from church came to visit me.  One of the "old men" snuck me in a milk shake which made my day during the long days at the hospital.  They visited me, which was so nice.  We didn't have computer games, Game Boys, or much TV at that time.  Visitors made the difference.  They even played games with me while I was stuck in bed.

In addition to setting a good example for children - your own or in the community; teach them to endure.  They also need to learn to work in groups.  They can learn the art of negotiation in groups, with their friends or siblings and in school.

Give kids opportunities to make decisions.  As small children this starts with choosing their clothes with your help, you might offer two acceptable outfits and let them choose.  As they get older, the choices should be more complex.  But never make it a do or die situation, they need to LEARN TO MAKE CHOICES.  Our job as mentors (parents, family, neighbors and community) is to help teach them how.

Kids need opportunities to speak out and even debate issues.  They need to learn to speak with confidence, to look people in the eye and shake hands.  They can learn these skills in school, at home, at church and other community programs.

Raising my kids, I was shocked at how many kids in the neighborhood didn't have chores or work to do - or very little and even more shocking was that their friends enjoyed coming and helping my kids do work.  The value of work is an important skill for them to gain.  Small kids can have chores, be patient with them.  I gave my kids chores and at night I went behind them and cleaned up or fixed the job.  But they can learn to do a job and do it well.

My mother had eight children of her own.  She made most of our food from scratch.  She took the small salary that my dad, a police officer, had and raised us all.  I guess we didn't have a lot of money, but I never knew it.  She was thrifty and industrious.  She made clothes for us - especially new dresses for Easter.  She made Christmas gifts for us.  I have a jewelry box, quilt, and other treasures that were made by my parents.  She canned, had a garden and taught me to be self-sufficient.  She got us part time jobs to earn money.  I weaned animals for farmers, chopped weeds in cotton fields, and babysat.  All this before I was twelve years old.  I learned to work from my mother who had an endless supply of jobs that we were to do well before we were allowed to play.  I knew I could work hard.  I could chop wood for the fire place, and move a bale of hay which can weigh about 50 lbs.  I also learned to ride horses from my mother, which I love to do.  We worked hard and then we played.  My mom had us on picnics, horseback riding, camping, and cooking out.  She taught us to have a good time with each other.  She sacrificed a lot for us.  And one time without knowing, she taught me to pray.  I went into her room late one night and saw her silently on her knees for a long time.  And I knew where she got her strength from.  She loved us.

My dad was in the air force, in fact he was in boot camp when I was born.  After he served he came home and did a few odd jobs.  At one point he owned a janitorial company and I remember helping clean the businesses that hired him. We all pitched in the family business.  My dad went to school and then became a police officer and finally he ran for the office of sheriff.  My dad was a hard worker.  He figured out how to remodel and keep our house that was about 70 years old at the time in good shape.  And of course, guess what - we all learned.  By the time I was in high school I learned to sheet rock a wall, and do a roof.  And when we did that roof, the village showed up to help.  We didn't have money to hire people to fix all the stuff a family of ten goes thru, so my dad learned to do a lot.  I thought he was a genius.  I learned a lot I could do.  And my dad loved to travel, so we did and I learned to love the diversity of this country.  His favorite and mine was the beach.  Most importantly my dad taught me what you focus on grows.  He taught me to raise my kids focusing on what I wanted, not what I didn't want.  He sacrificed a lot for us.  He loved us.

I had tons of bad examples in my life.  I'm sure we all do.  But these are just a few of the great lessons I had in my life from the people in my village.  They all made a difference in who I am today.

Get involved with the youth of today - play games with your children, grandchildren or anyone.  My mother-in-law at the age of 92 still plays games with my kids and that that is one of the best memories they have with her.  She never lets them win either.  When they win, they earn it and they know it.

We all, no matter what, need to make a difference today.  The future needs us to.  Our village needs us.baby-1317627_1920

We are mothers to other's children.  We are teachers.  We are extended family.  We are examples.  We are guardians of virtue and values.  We are the story tellers.  We are the village.

I am grateful to all the adults in my village that continue to teach me and I am grateful to all the adults watching over my children all over the world.  My 2nd child lives in China.  She works for a family and spends a lot of time with this family.  We got to go visit her.  The grandmother assured me they were taking care of my daughter (she is 27 years old) and watching over her.  They knew they were her village and wanted me to know they would watch over her and they do.

You can be sure that I watch over the kids I am around.  I love them all.  And I am excited to see the things the children of this world create.  I look forward to the art and the music being created child-1260421_1920within them.  With pride in my community I listen to the younger ones running for political office and standing up for their values and the good of our community.  There is good in this world and there is greatness in our children!  We are a village and we need each other and we need to watch over and nurture the children.

What are you doing to support your village?  What do you think we need to make happen in our communities?

11 Nov 2012 653Do you know someone special that makes your village better?  If you do, send them a thank you note.

Keep up the good work!

Kally Efros

Indigo Mountain

 

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Enjoy the New Year, Simplify and Be Joy

Full bloom of a single yellow rose.A new year rolled in.  Does it seem like 2016 even happened?  If not, why not?  Are you in such a rush that you don't take time to smell the roses and enjoy the moments a long the way?  This is not an article about making New Years Resolutions.  This is an article about simply enjoying life more each day as we start this new year.  [Update - this article was originally posted in 2015.]

Speaking of roses, I love them.  Every house I buy I plant rose bushes.  They remind me of my Grandmother Ellsworth.   There is something special about them and all their varieties.  When we opened our Store, Indigo Mountain in Safford, AZ we wanted to simplify our lives so we bought a house a few blocks from our business.  It has been great!  We can walk to work, walk to a grocery store, and take care of business and our home with ease.  But we still found we were busy and rushing around.  So Mark literally started stopping to smell our rose bushes each day before going anywhere.  That was his daily routine, stop look at the roses, pinch off the dead blooms, and literally SMELL THE ROSES.  Then he started his day, enjoying the moments, enjoying life more.

What do you do to start your day?

What do you want to be different in 2017 as we start a new year?

At the end of the year, what do you want your new year to look like?  As you think about 2016, what do you wish you did different?  NO REGRETS - those were choices you made.  But take stock of those choices and design and organize your life with intention this year with time for enjoying life more and doing the things you want to do.  Sometimes we can spend time running the rat race and not getting very far.  If you want some inspiration, read this article, Stop Allowing Excuses to Run Your Life, an interview about a young man that has accomplished a lot and has no arms.

I think as we mark the moments along the way and breath deeply, smiling more each day that time can slow down - or rather, we just are existing in time instead of trying to create a 30 hour day - which just slows us down.

Here are some ideas to help you enjoy each day more and simplify

  1. Spend less time on social media and texting.
  2. Spend more time face to face with the people you care about.Our family playing a game together
  3. Make memories with those people.
  4. Play games, not on the computer, with people.
  5. Stop and literally smell the roses or other rituals to help you slow down.
  6. Be realistic about what you can accomplish and do in a day or week.
  7. Get your sleep.
  8. Move and exercise as it gives you more energy and increases happy chemicals in your brain.
  9. Eat meals with the people you live with and friends and enjoy the meal, don't rush through it.
  10. Keep a journal and record the things your grateful for and the good times as well as some of your struggles.  Record your goals and dreams.
  11. Make a scrap book of pictures over the year.
  12. Look at your life and simplify.
  13. Learn something new.
  14. Have fun.
  15. Give service.
  16. Take a vacation.
  17. Pamper yourself and other around you.
  18. Get rid of your clutter and things that don't bring you joy.

We've been taking stock of our lives.  Personally we have 2 kids left and home and we want to enjoy each moment of their lives.  We have simplified our life a little more and cut out some activities that we were involved in.  These were great activities, we can all get involved in worthwhile amazing activities.  It just depends on what we choose to do.  After all, we have 24 hours in each day and 8 of those are sleeping hours.  Just for fun, I once added up the things I had committed to do - it was more than 20 hours for a day.  I knew right away that was part of some stress I was experiencing.  Now I take stock on a regular basis of my time.  Just like a check book needs to be balanced, you need to balance your time.  Money doesn't grow on trees and time marches on - we all get the same amount.  We can't do everything, so choose what you want with YOUR TIME.  As we roll into a new year, think about your life.

Once when I was feeling so overwhelmed and busy, I was meditating and pondering on my life.  This is always a good activity.  Most of us have a genius in our head if we just take time to listen.  Well my genius inner voice started talking to me and said, "Who told you you had to work so hard?  Who said you have to get all these things done?"  Of course I answered back - Me.  I was my task master and I realized that no one else probably cared if I did all these things and worked so hard.  But they probably cared that I took care of myself.  So I quit being so hard on myself - you know I wasn't paying myself overtime or rewarding me in anyway.  That was my awakening.

We looked at the activities we have been participating in and our time and our goals for the year.  Some of our activities were cut out.  As a family we decided what to be involved in and what to do so that we had time together.  We decided we also needed more game time together as a family.

We are getting rid of clutter in a big way this year and we already got started last year.  Then the universe decided I wasn't moving fast enough or needed some help.   I love this book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  It is a fantastic book to help you in this area.  We highly recommend this book.  It is short and easy to read.  I now look for objects that bring me joy or have a current job in my life, everything else is easy to let go of.  Our goal in 2016 is to get rid of 1/3 of our stuff so that when the new year of 2017 rolls around, we have tidied up and feel more organized.  It is not going to be an overnight task and we plan to have fun doing it.

Don't make a big deal about New Year Resolutions, just start each day creating the life you want.

If you just exist each day reacting to events and circumstances around you, it can still be a good life but you may not end of where you want.  Take just a few minutes or an evening and think about your life - DESIGN YOUR LIFE.  What do you choose?  Write it down, make a vision board, make a list, whatever works for you.  Then each day spend a few minutes planning your life.  It will make a huge difference.  For me personally, I end the day by looking at my day and planning for tomorrow.  That way when the morning starts I'm already on my game plan.

tea-set for 2 Pixabay freeWe do spend time each day in quiet thought and meditation.  It makes a huge difference.  Mark stops and smells the roses and I do as well.  But my big ritual that helps me slow down is enjoying a cup of herbal tea.  A dear friend got me hooked on herbal fruit teas years ago.  So when I drink my daily cup, I think of her - I think of friends - tea time.  I slow down and savor the delicious taste and smile about my day and the good times.

What do you do to enjoy the day and slow down?

What are your goals this year?  What are your working for?  Check out this article on Smart Goals inspired by our son Chandler.DSCN2982

This I am going to BE JOY; feeling peace and abundance.  What do you choose?

Share your thoughts and tips.

Kally and Mark

December 2015 All About Art

December2015"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls" Pablo Picasso

This month, December 2015, is full of articles on art.  You'll find articles on Art Therapy, the creative process in writing a song, hanging your artwork, and tips to starting your own art collection.   Jayna Mistry has an article entitled:  The World Needs More Artists.  We agree.  More and more schools are shutting down art programs, at the expense of all our communities.  Check out the article on page 55 about a wonderful company called Trades of Hope, helping to empower women out of poverty.

Of course your'll some of the latest fashion trends and the trends in coats.

Be sure to check out our featured wellness article on page 17 on Art Therapy.    Adult coloring books are all the rage, we have had a hard time keeping them on our Arts Blocks by Stuart Miles at FDPshelves in our store.  Art therapy is being utilized to help children with traumatic brain injuries or for PTSD.  It is a form of yoga for the brain.  Coloring encourages imagination which is great for children, but it is also good for adults.  Imagination is the stuff dreams are made of and helps light a fire to our passion.

Be sure and check out this months Your True Colours Magazine.

Photo credits by Stuart Miles at Freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

The Power of Forgiveness

i-beg-your-pardon-927746_1920 Pixabay freeForgiveness actually benefits your heart health and your mental well-being.  Normon Cousins once stated, "Life is an adventure in forgiveness."

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Check out this blog:  The Daily Motivator and his post about The Value of Forgiveness.  He has a beautiful message.  It is short, sweet, profound and a perfect complete message on forgiveness.

The holidays are the perfect time to give yourself and others the gift of forgiveness.  You'll have a better holiday.  Some celebrations can be very painful as the past pain sneaks up on you or you hold yourself back.

It isn't always easy to do for everyone, but we've got ideas to help.  Tune into the Get Real! with Mark and Kally show to catch our show:  The Power of Forgiveness.

Peace is not possible without forgiveness. Martin Luther King once said, “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.”  It is a daily act of living a life of peace.

The dictionary defines the word forgive as:  To grant pardon for or remission of an offense or debt.  To absolve.  To give up all claim on account of.  To cease to feel resentment against.  To cancel liability.

Forgiveness can be very difficult.  However, it is much easier to do than living with resentment.  Forgiveness allows you to learn the lessons of life and move forward.  It is important to forgive yourself and others even when they don't ask for it.

 

Forgiveness is very powerful and it CAN transform your life.  When you forgive, you are NOT saying that the offence is okay.  Your are saying that you are not going to continue to or even begin to feel resentment.Blame...Forgivenss Heals Monson

We can learn a lot about the Amish people and their experience of daily forgiveness.  In 2006, terrible tragedy struck and many might have felt they were justified in being angry.  But instead, they chose to forgive.  Read more about their story.

Cherie Carter-Scott said, "Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were."

Dr. Darren Weissman so eloquently described situations in life as "gifts in strange wrapping paper." The strange wrapping is the experiences in life that you wouldn't always choose, and it is strange wrapping - but there is a gift - there is always a gift.  When you see the gift - the lesson - you can move past the event.  You can gain power from the experience rather than lose your power.

Start by looking at what your'll really upset about.

Next look at how you've handled your pain and your hurt.  What is the cost of holding onto these grudges and disappointments?  What is the cost in energy, intimacy, and self-esteem?

Then you have to decide to let go and forgive.  Don't wait for someone to ask your forgiveness.  Let go of your anger, blame and resentment.  This in turn frees you from what binds you to the person that caused the offence or is at the center of it.

As you let go and forgive you will find you are set free.

Forgiveness requires that you accept the past.  There is no power to change the past.  Holding a grudge or resentment means you want to change the past and that cannot happen.  All you can do is accept what is and what it was.

BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THE MEANING OF IT for you.  This is the key point.  Your interpretation of events can be changed - your beliefs.

Karol Truman has a great chapter on forgiveness in her book Healing Feelings from Your Heart, she teaches to write out forgiveness statements many many times until I releases in us.  Check her book out.love-sign-950912_1920 Pixabay free

Carol Tuttle said in her book, Remembering Wholeness, "…forgiveness of anyone who hurts us in our journey is required if we want to graduate into higher states of light and truth.  Our inability to forgive will keep us stuck, make us sick, and cause us to die eventually.  The opposite of forgiveness is blame and resentments:  two  of the lowest vibratory states we can reach.  Forgiveness is a process of releasing us to higher vibrations of gratitude, charity, of peace…"

Most if not all of us have experienced pain and hurt.  People wrong others - it happens.   Have you experienced anger.  I have and hurt so bad, I just wanted to scream and get off the planet hurt.    I have noticed at those times, my health suffers and I don't grow - I literally can feel a difference in vibrant energy.    I was holding onto so much that at one point I had become so angry and closed off.  I needed to feel unconditional love - I had no idea what that was.  As I was praying and meditating on unconditional love, I had a profound experience - I felt this vibration of unconditional love and it was beautiful!!!!  I knew I wanted more.  I let go of the past, the pain, and the resentments.  I thought I had tried to do that before - but not successfully.  The power of love really did help.

In the coming days and weeks I was forever changed - so much so that people close to me noticed.  In fact one of my aunts "lovingly" said, I didn't like you much before - you were not nice (I didn't realize I wasn't being nice) and now you're so different and I really enjoy being around you.

What is key here is - SHE DIDN'T know I might be entitled to some anger or entitled to the baggage I was carrying around.  SHE DIDN'T know I was wronged, attacked, and hurt.  But whatchurch-820339_1280 Pixabay free happened is - I let the experience take over my life - I didn't set out to do that, but because I held on, it affected me.  While I tried to be a good person, slowly over time, the low vibrations took over.

When I accepted unconditional love - this vibration took over because I chose to let go.  I chose to see others as showing love in the only way they knew how.  I chose to re-frame my perspective of the past and accept love and accept the gifts of those experiences.  I wouldn't trade them for anything - they made me who I am.

Studies show that forgiving others is actually very good for your health and it reduces stress in your body.   Even the Mayo Clinic said forgiveness brings with it plenty of health benefits, improved relationships, decreased anxiety and stress, lower blood pressure, lower risk of depression and a stronger immune system.    Holding grudges can cause physical pain.

One study showed that those who had the ability to forgive, tended to live longer.  http://inspiyr.com/health-benefits-of-forgiveness/

There is a growing trend in November to focus on gratitude.  A great idea.   Let us focus December on forgiveness and beginning a new.

Chronic hostility and anger and are among the most toxic forms of stress and not good emotional baggage to bring to a holiday celebration.

Buddha said, "Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."  Holding a grudge doesn't fix anything.

Forgiveness improves ALL your relationships.

Focus on the the here and now.  What experiences do you want to create.

For some more great tips on forgiveness, check out Wayne Dyer's website.  He has a great article written, "How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You:  In 15 Steps". 

Kally and Mark for webListen in with us for some tips to help make forgiveness a part of your daily life.  If you are struggling, call or come in and talk to us.  The LifeLine Technique and the EVOX are both wonderful tools that help.  Read more about them on this page.

Mark and Kally

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Veteran’s Day – World Peace Through Inner Peace

Veterans Day Thank youVeteran's Day is a day set aside to honor all Vets of all wars, while Memorial Day is a day to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.  Many Vets come home from military service with conditions that don't go away including PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder.

We honor all of our Vets, we so appreciate the sacrifice they and their families make.

November 11th, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set up as a United States legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.  An Act approved on May 13, 1938 made the 11th of November a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and to honor the veterans of WWI.  The Act was amended in 1954 and Armistice Day was changed to Veteran's Day to honor all American Veterans of all wars.

Check out our special program dedicated to Veterans.

At one point, Veteran's Day was celebrated with the weekend so that you had a 3 day weekend.  However, President Gerald Ford declared, this was a holiday set up in honor of the end of WWI at 11:00 am, on the 11th day, of the 11th month.  And so he changed the federal holiday back to be celebrated in honor of that.

Vets suffer many conditions in silence.  Their families feel the effects.  Many Vets have a difficult time integrating back into society and into their families.

Major issues Vets face.

PHYSICAL

  • Over half the Vets that continue to visit their doctor are suffering from continuing pain in their backs, knees, necks, or shoulders.  Many report chronic muscle pain.
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hearing loos and impairment
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vibration exposure can cause lower back pan or numbness in the extremities.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury, more severe than a concussion.  It can lead to brain dysfunction, shorter attention spans, language disabilities, and can lead to PTSD and depression.
  • Adrenal fatigue, which often goes undiagnosed.
  • Sleep challenges.

Treatments are available.

CHEMICAL EXPOSURE

The American Heart Association found that exposure to chemicals can trigger convulsions and death on the battlefield, also cause long-term heart damage.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

As a rule, vets suffer disproportionately from certain infections that civilians almost never experience.  Some of these conditions cause abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, headaches, muscle pain, weakness, anemia.

Treatments:  most of these infectious diseases can only be treated for the symptoms.  VA facilities do not cover alternative treatment options.  And there are many alternative practitioners with the skills to treat infectious diseases.

MENTAL

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), occurs as a result of military trauma but also develops from physical illnesses that vets face as the years pass.  Many practitioners wish to take the disorder part of the name off and et rid of that label.  All it is is, Post traumatic stress and there are many tools to help relieve the symptoms.  It is treatable.  This condition needs to be treated in the whole family - not just the vet.  It is treatable.
    • Invasive thoughts, reminders of the trauma, flashbacks, nightmares.
    • They may avoid things that remind them of the traumatic event - including people.
    • Negative changes in thoughts and moods.
    • Those suffering are on guard all the time, they are jumpy and emotional reactive.
  • Violent behavior
  • Depression
  • Alcohol abuse

PTSD or depression seriously impairs the daily life for about 1/3 of Vets.

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RECOVERY TOOLS AND TIPS

Medicine has come a long way.  But there are many alternative practitioners that a whole range of tools to help ALL the general symptoms Vets deal with.  SADLY….. The VA doesn't normally pay
for this.  But it is worth it to look at alternative treatments.  Do some research and try some different modalities.  Alternative treatments are becoming more normal for most people.   The Department of Defense and the VA are increasingly embracing a wider range of complementary and alternative medicine techniques, such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, Tai Chi, biofeedback, massage, hypnosis guided imagery and relaxation therapy.

Keys to good health.  Anything you can do to improve your health will reduce dependence on drugs and support the body and the mind to heal.

  1. It is important to continue drinking a good amount of water.  Many complaints of pain can be attributed to dehydration.
  2. Food - eat a healthy, balanced diet.   Keeping your blood sugar balanced helps you to deal with situations much easier.  Eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies provides necessary anti-oxidants to help reduce stress in the body.  Eat good protein sources helps to build and repair the body.  Without good food, any injuries sustained have a harder time to heal and can result in permanent damage.
    1. Healing the gut with nourishing foods and herbs like Slippery Elm or the amino acid L-Glutamine help the body recovery from adrenal fatigue by repairing the gut.  Most serotonin is produced in the gut.  Getting the gut balanced can help with depression, anxiety and even extreme PTSD symptoms.
    2. Adding in cultured foods helps.  Check out our radio program from last week for tips.
    3. Limit processed foods and processed sugars.  They can exacerbate mood swings and energy fluctuations.
    4. Avoid caffeine - as it can make adrenal fatigue worse and lower your energy rather than increase your energy.
  3. Exercise helps diffuse stress in the body and can help with PTSD.  It helps to burn off adrenaline and releases endorphins that make you feel better mentally and physically.
    1. Yoga - has so many benefits for MOST of the conditions Vets face.  The practice of yoga helps relieve pain, stretches the body and brings comfort physically and mentally.
      1. Specific yoga practices can help with sleep issues.
      2. Check out Yoga Warriors - a program approved by the National Association of social workers to help.  Their mission is to help deal with PTSD or any combat related stress or reintegration stress.  It also helps with releasing emotional issues and help relax the body.
    2. Meditation calms the nervous system, can help with sleep, may be very helpful for PTSD.
    3. There are many practitioners that teach meditation and yoga specifically tailored to Vets, especially those dealing with PTSD.
  4. Acupuncture is growing in popularity.  The Military Stress Recovery Project has 25 clinics that provide free acupuncture to veterans in the US.  Research is showing that acupuncture improves a lot - including reduced pain, stress, anxiety, depression and improved sleep.
  5. Environment - Create a peaceful spot to relax and meditate.  Create a space that is safe.
  6. Music therapy promotes physical, mental and emotional recovery for veterans.  And even helps with Traumatic brain injury.
  7. Vibroacoustic Bed therapy helps with stress, sleep issues, and even pain.
  8. BioMat - increases circulation, helps the body to heal from Adrenal fatigue, and many other complaints, reduces inflammation and helps with pain.
    1. To get your own BioMat - the company is offering $100 off the professional price with proof of military service.
  9. Get outdoors and do something physical.  Do something challenging like whitewater rafting - it challenges your sense of vulnerability and helps your nervous system become unstuck and may help transition back to civilian life.
  10. Rest - when you rest is when your restore.  If you have sleep challenges then find one of these techniques to help.  Sleeping pills may prevent you from getting into Stage 4 REM sleep - which is where you process the drama and trauma.  The trauma in your life may prevent you from getting to REM sleep as well, which is why it is vital to process the trauma.
  11. Avoid alcohol and drugs - substance abuse makes symptoms worse.
  12. Own your power and take responsibility for your health.
  13. The LifeLine Technique is one of the most powerful tools to help.  We have helped many vets, who then report they are able to sleep and not be so reactive in nature.
    1. The LifeLine technique helps you to understand the true meaning of symptoms, stress, and disease - they represent unprocessed emotionally charge memories - some of them may be buried in the subconscious mind.   This dynamic and practical system bridges ancient healing arts with modern ways of processing and healing.
    2. The LifeLIne is a tool to shift - helping you to get in touch with your heart and create optimal health.
    3. The beauty of the lifeline - it is not a therapy session where you have to relive traumatic events over and over.  It is content free, meaning you don't need to "talk" about painful experiences.  As guided by your subsconcsous mind, you will focus on different emotional concepts as we process.
    4. Coming in 2016 is a brand new eLearning course that can help you learn some of the basics of the LifeLine - valuable for family members dealing with someone with PTSD.  A great tool to help yourself and other family members.
  14. EVOX - is a powerful tool to help PTSD and other traumatic experiences.  It is described as a very gentle and yet very therapeutic took - similar to EMDR, which has been used for the treatment of trauma.  EVOX facilitates perception reframing - the way you feel and think about something.  With EVOX it is possible to quickly and painlessly shift, or reframe perception at a conscious and subconscious level. Perception reframing allows for a more mature or functional reality and is used to improve any aspect of human performance.
  15. In addition to therapies, there are many homeopathic, flower essences, herbal remedies and essential oils which can assist with symptoms whether physical or mental.

What Can We Do to Help?thank-you-veterans_1244

  • Do not set off fireworks at home, especially if you know you have a neighbor that is a Vet.
  • Do no judge.
  • Be kind and respectful.
  • Donate your frequent flyer miles so Vets and their families can travel to see each other or seek medical treament.
  • Say thank you.
  • Help get homeless Vets off the street.
  • Show respect.

Mission Possible:  World Peace Through Creating Inner Peace

World peace begins with each of us.  The Dalai Lami as said, "World peace can only be attained through inner peace."

Inner peace comes as a result of personal responsibility, letting go, and processing emotions.  We to be accepting and loving.

Researchers have been studying the effects of meditation and its affects on the human body, but also the effects on our communities.

Research is clear, the heart-based emotions of the world's population seems to be influencing the magnetic fields of the earth!   The relationship is clear:  A change in the way we feel about ourselves and our world has the potential to affect the world itself.  If the change is a positive one then the effect of the emotions that result should be positive, as well.

Such a positive change is known to create coherence between the heart and the brain and it appears that the effect extends into the fields that support life on our planet.  The HeartMath researcher say, "Regulating emotions is the next frontier in human evolution."

The numbers it takes to effect a change is relatively small, in a community of 10,000; all it takes is 10 people experiencing coherence through mediation to effect the population.

Read more about this exciting work and how you can help at the Heart Math Institute.

Science is really showing us that we can on an individual level affect the world.  We can create world peach through inner peace.

Kally and Mark compressedTune into the radio show for stories and tips and tributes to our Vets.

Thank you to all our Veterans and their families!

Mark and Kally

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Can a Magnesium Deficiency Make You Twice as Likely to Die?

magnesium-elementYou might be 2 times as likely to die as other people with a magnesium deficiency in an often overlook but extremely critical mineral, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

Magnesium deficiency also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient.

Magnesium is critical for over 300 enzyme reactions. It is often used in medicine - but many medical professionals don't know why or use it before an emergency.  Magnesium is one of the 4 electrolytes that include sodium, potassium and calcium.

Magnesium deficiency is linked to inflammation (elevated levels of C-reactive Protein), autism, PMS, cramps, early labor, high blood pressure, asthma, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, constipation, angina, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, and so much more including weight gain and obesity.  Basically if you have a health concern, you might want to look at supplementing magnesium.

You can find a natural source of magnesium in a whole state in Red Raspberry Leaf. It is the best whole and natural source. And it has long been a remedy for men and women for puberty, male/female menopause, PMS, cramps and pregnancy.

We carry a new Liposomal delivery system of magnesium that many find very beneficial - especially for those with digestive issues (most Americans).MagnesiumLiposomal

And you can use magnesium topically. You can make your own, or come get ours.

Try soaking more often in a bath of Epsom salts.

Magnesium is often overlooked.

Many are deficient because our need is much greater.

Most people do not eat enough of the foods high in magnesium.  Food sources are: High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, raw nuts and seeds, wild fish, beans, whole grains (not whole grain commercial bread and pastas - it isn't there despite the label - you need actual real whole grains like your grandparents used to eat), brown rice, avocados, real raw yogurt (not commercial), bananas, dried fruit, and dark chocolate which is why many women and men crave chocolate (again not the junky cheap chocolate with sugar, real healthy and good for you dark chocolate).

And many people are deficient because of the poor conditions of our guts or our digestive systems.  Minerals like magnesium require a low pH to be absorbed.  Your stomach is normally a low pH to properly digest food.  American's are confused by this and think that acid reflux is the result of TOO MUCH ACID.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  So in turn many are popping acid neutralizers from over the counter source and prescriptions.  If your a bit confused on your digestive system, check this article out and I'll explain it better.   Here are some alternatives for acid reflux.  So many people are neutralizing stomach acid and are unable to absorb and utilize what little magnesium they eat and the magnesium they supplement with.

Due to poor absorption of magnesium because of the digestive system, DesBio answered that with their Liposomal delivery of Magnesium, it bypasses the digestive system and gets the magnesium to the cells.

Many drugs can cause a magnesium deficiency as well.

Drinking alcohol, diabetes both type 1 and type 2, any gastrointestinal problems including Crohn's and IBS, and excessive sweating cause you to lose magnesium at a higher rate.

red raspberry leaf capsIn addition you need adequate levels of Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.  And many people are deficient in this nutrient.  You also need Vitamin K1 and K2.  K1 is found in dark green leafy vegetables and K2 is normally made in your healthy gut.  Problem is, most people don't have a healthy gut due to antibiotics both prescribed and in our food supply.  So you need to supplement with ideally naturally fermented foods and good probiotics.

So are you feeling a bit overwhelmed right about now?  Don't worry.  We are here to help.  It isn't as simple as taking a supplement.  In fact, taking a ton of supplements is what is wrong with the natural health care field, every one just wants to throw pills at you.  And unfortunately there are not magic pills.  But as 'Once Upon a Time' fans know, magic comes with a price.  You can take your magic pill, and you will pay a price whether that pill is a Rx formula prescribed by your doctor or another pill promising results, you will pay a price.

The real solution..... it is what we teach and live.  Our Seven Simple Steps to Wellness.  You just need to join us, follow us, and learn from us.  We will help you Get Real help and healing and get on the path to real health, not just a magic pill.  This is why buying a bunch of supplements of random websites can cost you a lot of extra money and may even compromise your health.  Support your naturopaths and healers, they are the ones that have acquired useful information through years of study and research and can help you.

So what can you do if you suspect you are low in magnesium?  And more than 50% of the population is.

  1. Drink more water.  Lack of water actually makes it harder for your stomach to get a low enough pH to digest your food.
  2. Eat right and severely limit your junk food, sodas, coffee and alcohol.  Eat a balanced whole food diet with plenty of leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, good fats, and the right amount of protein.
  3. Get your sunshine to increase vitamin D levels.
  4. Include easily made naturally fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, real pickles (not commercial store bought), and home made yogurt.
  5. Supplement with Liposomal Magnesium while fixing your digestive system.  Call us or come into the store for information.
  6. Supplement with good sources of magnesium like red raspberry leaf.
  7. Take a regular bath in Espsom salts.  And who couldn't use more time in the bath?  Right.
  8. Talk to us and we'll help you on the path to real health and wellness.

If you suffer with a chronic illness, have unexplained illness or are even dealing with depression and anxiety; talk to health expert that might know about magnesium.  It is a simple fix and has helped thousands.

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Your True Colours August 2015 Magazine Budgets and Back to School Help

August 2015Your True Colours is growing in readers.  People are ready for a magazine devoted to real people and their needs.  You'll find a jam pack magazine full of ideas to help you live a happier life this August 2015 edition.

If you or your kids are headed back to school, you'll appreciate most of this months articles.

A Fish Named Fred, Casual Wear from the Netherlands is the most popular article this month.  Check it out to find out why.

Are you still drinking soda?  Did you know that soda sales are dropping?  I have personally watched people lose a ton of weight by just quitting soda.  Check out this article and find out What Soda Does to Your Body.

Wen Chi has a great article on The Secret to Happiness.  And along those lines - Joyful Living and Emotional Health Using Yoga.  There are some great tips for kids doing yoga as well.  Yoga is an incredible form of exercise that has a number of benefits.

Are you working with a limited budget?  Check out these articles.

Our featured wellness article has great tips for you to make your grocery dollars stretch and the importance of having a budget.  In this article you'll see an app I used to help manage shopping and my rules.  Planning ahead can make your grocery dollars stretch and you will have healthier balanced meals.

Check out Brian Avery's article:  Raising Genius, you may find some useful tips to help with back to school activities.

This monthly edition is full of very useful tips.  Check us out.

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Physical Fitness Improves Quality of Life in So Many Ways

Active Young Family Displaying Blank Ad Board by stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net with fitnessWhat does Quality of Life mean to you?  Having the energy to do things, positive mood, good healthy, living pain free, increased mental alertness, social interaction, healthy families and positive relationships are just some of the answers people give.  There are at least 12 benefits of being physically fit and that all contributes to better quality of life.

Did you know that being physically fit is one of the best ways to improve your life and increase your quality of life, including helping with the above list?  And you don't have to work out for a couple of hours a day to achieve that.

What does it mean to be physically fit?  According to The United States Department of Health and Human Services, physical fitness is defined as "a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity".

The problem is that kids and adults are not as active as we used to be.  We have machines that work for us and do many of our chores.  We live in cities and don't do our own yard work.  We drive everywhere.  Physical education is limited or missing in many schools.  Kids don't play outside as much and instead using video games.  And we think that we have to go to the gym to get exercise.

Improving your quality of life starts with getting physically fit.

Here are just some of the known benefits of regular physical activity.

  1. Increased energy.  This is the benefit I notice the most.  Really expending energy and exercising really does give you more energy.
  2. Help with weight management.   Exercise improves your metabolism.  It can help many lose weight.  But weight loss isn't always about diet and exercise.Gril Race Run by arcadante at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  3. Improved health and less disease.  Your body was designed to be used.  Exercise works the most important muscle you have - your heart.  It also increases the good cholesterol and decreases the bad cholesterol.  Exercise even improves Type 2 diabetes.  Exercise even helps with constipation.  Those are just a sampling of the improved health you will notice with fitness.
  4. Better mood, reduced anxiety, and less stress. Exercise affects your brain and hormones are released that improve mood and help with depression.  It actually increases your feelings of happiness.
  5. Improved sleep.  Studies show that physical fitness can help you fall asleep faster and get into a deeper sleep.
  6. Reduced pain, especially back pain.  When you strengthen your muscles and increase flexibility, you will experience less muscle pain.  Sedentary people generally experience more pain and more joint pain.  Your knees were meant to be used.  Inactivity is one cause of knee pain.
  7. Stronger bones.  Regular exercise improves your bones and can help prevent osteoporosis.
  8. Improve brain health, cognitive function and memory, especially if you are learning and doing new things.  So skip the treadmill occasionally and learn a new sport or play with your non-dominate hand.  Fitness isn't just to improve test scores, it can boost memory in adults and more.  Research shows that when kids are physically active, they get higher grades and have better behavior.
  9. Help with addiction.  Exercise release dopamine, the "reward chemical" after exercise.  Exercise is excellent in the addiction recovery process.
  10. Increased relaxation.
  11. Increased creativity.  This is another huge benefit I notice.  When I'm in a slump, a workout or walk in nature will refresh my brain and I feel more creative.
  12. And last but not least and may actually be the biggest benefit of all..... Being physically fit improves your sex life.  The reason is for any of the above list benefits.  When your sick, tired, depressed and out of shape; who wants to think about sex.  Exercise helps to balance hormones and may enhance the experience for women and decrease erectile dysfunction in men.  And sex is beneficial for you as well, it can be a workout and a great bonding time.

Family Playing Football by photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.netGet active and get the whole family moving together.  Take walks, ride bikes, go play volley ball, soccer, family football, basketball, hikes, even skating.  Being active with your friends, or family is not only fun, it is a great bonding activity.

You don't need hours a day to be physically fit.  Each person has different needs, shoot for 30 to 45 minutes a day of activity.  Keep your fitness fun, do things you like.  Keep your routine balance with aerobic, strength and stretching.  Just make small changes in your life and have fun while doing it.

If you are physically limited or aging, we found we love Ageless Grace.  You can do it from a chair and it is a lot of fun for kids as well.  After 10 minutes I was feeling it.

You can take time for exercise.  If your too busy - you may want to re-evaluate what is going on in your life.  Take 10 minutes at the office to stretch or jog in place.  Park at the back of the parking lot.  Take the stairs.  Walk the dog longer.

Regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life.   It reduces your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease and even cancer.  You will experience more energy.  Physical activity is for everyone, no matter your physical condition, you can find activities that work for you.

I make fitness a regular part of my life so I can handle my life better.  There are still times I fall off the wagon, and boy can I tell.  My energy goes down and I get moodier.

Get started today!  Find a workout friend and do something fun.  We once took a dance class learning ball room dancing.  It was a great workout, we learned something new, and spent time together as a couple.  Win win on so many levels.

Mark and kids canoeing

We have made fitness a part of our family, we make memories, have fun and stay active together.  This is a picture of Mark and some of the kids canoeing in Arkansas.  Having fun, staying active and making memories is a great family activity.

How do you incorporate fitness into your daily routine?  What are you favorite ways to stay in shape?

Kally

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Get Real! with Mark and Kally – Book Review: Feelings Buried Alive Never Die

411DP0R9N3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This book was given to me as a gift about 17 years ago.  It was the first "self-help" book I had read or really looked at.  I was shocked that there was a whole book on feelings.  It was eye opening and it literally changed the course of my life.  This book was a catlyst that got me into the healing arts because it helped me heal my life and see my truth.

Book Review - Feelings Buried Alive Never Die on The Your True Colours Image Radio,  April 29, 2015

Karol Truman provides a comprehensive and enlightening KarolTruman250resource for getting in touch with unresolved feelings which, she explains, can distort not only happiness but also health and well-being.

I have had the privelege of being in workshops with her and she is a real, down to earth human being.

Join me for an overview of this book and discover why Feelings Buired Alive Never Die. And I'll share with you her concept of scripting and how it can help you in your life.

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Coming Up on the Get Real! Show:

Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am Pacific/AZ time or 11:00 am Central.

  • May 6 - hCG and Weight Loss, Is It Just Another Fad?
  • May 13 - Book Review:  The Heart of the Matter by Dr. Darren Weissman
  • May 20 - Great Places for Visit:  America's Castles
  • May 27 - The Key to Good Health is in Your Gut

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