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The blind men and the elephant

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I enjoyed John Godfrey Saxe's ( 1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend:

It was six men of Indostan,
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.
The First approach'd the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear,
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!"
The Third approach'd the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," -quoth he- "the Elephant
Is very like a snake!"
The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee:
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," -quoth he,-
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!"
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said- "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!"
The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," -quoth he,- "the Elephant
Is very like a rope!"
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!
So, oft in theologic wars
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean;
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!

Reprinted by Kevin D. Schoeninger of TheMindBodyTrainingCompany.Com in "The Power of Practice"

Everyone has a subconscious context which colors that which they perceive. To experience anything fully requires that you be aware of your prejudices and try to view experiences from different perspectives in order to determine what is real.
One can even choose to focus on a subject and such focus brings that person many more apparent experiences in the area of focus which the person would have previously pass over without notice, or even discounted as different. That is why one should substitute focus on what one wants instead of focusing on what one does not want for the fact of focusing on what you don't want makes what you don't want more visible even when not fact.

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COOP9002 12/16/2014 11:51AM

    good word.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/16/2014 9:06AM

    Definitely! We don't really SEE with our eyes!

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    I can add nothing except

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Free podcasts that I find helpful

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thought for this week. Renee Stephens provides an archive of podcasts that can be listened to free at www.insideoutweightloss.com/podcasts . There is a link to podcasts on self care that are relevant to many life events as well as to weight loss. Listening to them will allow you to pilot your mind and body much as a pilot steers an airplane by making necessary adjustments as life brings you challenging headwinds or cross-winds, a truly holistic approach. Also, there is a free 186 page guide and workbook pdf (offered in exchange for signing up to the future podcasts) at the same page for which I provided the above link. NO matter what you eat and where you are in the weight loss/maintenance effort, the guide/workbook and podcasts are highly relevant to your nutrition plan/goal as they seek to change your mindset from destructive negative subconscious thoughts to positive reinforcement.

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ITSMESHE 12/11/2014 9:48PM

    Thanks for posting the link. I'll definitely check it out!

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    Thank you !

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PATTYKLAVER 11/30/2014 4:49PM

    Thanks very much for the information. I need to get re-motivated and this looks like a plan.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/30/2014 3:31PM

    Thanks for the link. Will be listening to it.

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Technology is wonderful

Friday, November 07, 2014

I took my car to Honest Auto for an oil change and engine light check. They have dedicated laptop computers set up at tables to use while they work on your car, and I decided to check my Spark teams. Isn't technology wonderful?
My wife called me to ask if I could stop on the way back to pick up her medicine which she just called in to the drug store. Thank goodness for cell phones. It saved another trip to the store.
The tech has something to discuss with me. Got to go.

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ITSMESHE 11/7/2014 10:46PM

    I just sat at the auto shop today having the front brakes done - used their computer to Spark to!

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Live in the present and reach your goals

Monday, November 03, 2014

This is meant to be merely an introduction to my The Holistic, Naturopathic Alternative Group which is meant to enable us to gain the knowledge and motivation to treat food, exercise and thought like medicines so we allow our bodies digestion and immune systems and stress response to prevent and remove causes of inflammation and have improved mental function. This allows us to live a healthy life in the moment and achieve our lifetime goals. This is a holistic naturopathic approach and solution to many problems that can't be solved simply by taking medicines, undergoing surgery, or resistance and unhealthy response to factual events.
According to Jessica Black's most recent book "More Anti-Inflammation tips and recipies": Our bodies "will do anything to survive. All symptoms we see are the result of the bodyís attempt to stay alive. Letís face it. Inflammation, when uncontrolled, causes damage. It serves a purpose for healing from sickness or acute injury, but when left to linger in the body it harms healthy tissue. Inflammation has been associated with many illnesses that are extremely prevalent in our society; no one is immune from its effects. That means itís important to be proactive now about reducing inflammation by making good choices. Do it for your health. We canít eliminate all of the daily assaults on our bodies, so letís influence the factors we can. Paying attention to your diet is the easiest way to reduce the effects of inflammation".
Barry Sears sheds a further light on the role of diet in fighting inflammation and notes that while exercise is an important tool in helping the body maintain a state of healthy balance between good and "bad" hormones, too much or the wrong type of exercise causes further inflammation that reverses the benefits of healthy exercise. According to Barry Sears book The Anti-Inflammation Zone. The best tools you have to" reduce cellular inflammation" are the combination of the Zone Diet plus a high-dose of fish oil. Two other tools, although not nearly as powerful as diet, are smart exercise and stress reduction to reduce the collateral damage induced by inflammation.
A great side effect is that the body is better set to maintain a healthy weight by following this diet as the insulin levels are more stable. This is certainly not a quick weight loss plan but a well thought out lifestyle that will have you in better health within weeks and keep you on the road to good health for the rest of your life. It is easy to modify the zone lifestyle to fit most any nutritious diet plan that is a balanced diet, including a vegan diet. See zonediet.com/zone-diet-overview
As for unhealthy responses to factual events, a focus on positive thoughts prepares us for finding and reaping more success in our life. Whatever you give your attention to, be it positive or negative, you attract into your life. Therefore, when you hear yourself using the words ĎNoí, ĎDonítí, etc. you should express what you want instead and act as though it will happen. Let go of negative past events. Feel and express the disappointment of the event briefly without judgement of any person involved, and move on. Let a person who made a mistake save face. Focus instead on creating and expressing positive thoughts and know that you have the potential to attract what you are thinking of (however don't dwell on the future, instead create a vision of success in your subconscious by means such as having a dream board on the wall which you see each day but ignore, then focus on being happy in the present- the subconscious will see the dream even as you ignore it and automatically guide you to your goal). Live in the moment. Practice keeping a gratitude journal and being thankful for all of the good that is already in your life. Very soon you will become the embodiment of absolute positivity and love. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qm5_VvmLps and www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nonmpdmt-pc
If you, like me, are interested in leading a holistic, naturopathic alternative lifestyle and in following your passion then visit my team at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes

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1CRAZYDOG 11/3/2014 11:55AM

    Lots of food for thought~! Thanks

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How to find your passion and follow it

Sunday, November 02, 2014

I am a bit disappointed with my self because I haven't actually started an anti-inflammation diet although I read enough material on the subject, tried a couple of meals and started a team devoted to it. You see I don't do the cooking in my house, and I'm having difficulty even discussing the topic of a more "healthy" diet. I am also known for spending too much time on the computer and books.
I just listened to a couple of you tube videos about finding your passion, i.e., your subconscious purpose you need to know and develop to guide your choices in life. I want to help others find their purpose and make better choices whenever they need to make a decision, to improve the quality of their life, and be more productive which isn't yet necessarily a current description for me because I spend more time thinking of doing well than actually doing it.
I think I found my passion and purpose, it was right in front of me but I didn't see it clearly because of fear and distractions. And I intend to let my wife share in being a partner in achieving it. Today is a major start. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qm5_VvmLps and www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nonmpdmt-pc
If you, like me, are interested in leading a holistic, naturopathic alternative lifestyle and in following your passion then visit my team's introduction topic at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes

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PATTYKLAVER 11/3/2014 9:15AM

    Thanks for all the good information. The older I get, the more I know I need to be better to my body. There's a lot to be said for "Old Wive's Tales" remedies and listening to our bodies.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/2/2014 4:11PM

    Thanks for the information.

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