Cutting Corners

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South Africa, I love my country. However there is one little thing I don’t understand and it’s not the crime rate, I feel safe in my country. It’s our drivers cutting corners and not staying in their own lanes on winding roads.

Ever experienced oncoming traffic that shortcuts into your lane on winding roads, resulting in you almost hitting the side curb or whatever is next to you as you make way for the oncoming, oblivious driver?

This is my route everyday and some days it’s really bad. Often I have to give way, slow down or even stop so that the oncoming driver can have my lane to shortcut in. Over the years, it became a natural instinct to recognize these drivers and give way automatically.

My message to those who cut corners and risk other people’s lives including their own: “If you do cut corners on the road, where else in your life do you cut corners to reach your destination and how many people have to suffer in the process?”

 

 

 

Being Mindful…

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A few weeks ago I experienced a lot of busy-ness as I was preparing for my finals and sorting out my little daughter. My mind was full of calculations, strategies, assessments, thesis and reports. I had to make a change, and found this wonderful information that supported me:

  1. Stop multi-tasking: when you eat, you eat. When you walk, you walk.
  2. Take your time: make your actions deliberate
  3. Do less by prioritizing: it is all a matter of what is important and letting go of what is not.
  4. Plan your schedule and leave enough space between tasks: it takes away stress and gives you a break.
  5. Sit in silence: only 5 minutes of silence and breathing will do you, your thoughts and your body very good.
  6. Focus on the present: stop worrying about the future, or outcomes. Let it go and focus on what you do now.
  7. Be present: listen and talk to others by being completely in the now
  8. Eat to enjoy: savor your food and eat slowly. You deserve this break and take time to digest.
  9. Live your life: savor your life and slow down. Enjoy each and every moment even the stressful ones with deadlines and tasks.
  10. Meditating house chores: put cooking and cleaning into practice of mindfulness. Be present to every task you do and watch your thoughts then change your thought patterns consciously.

During this time I learned a lot about myself, my thought patterns and my insecurities especially on my incapabilities of what I’m currently doing. In fact, if I look at the events now, I am grateful for the challenges because I could locate these habitual patterns that kept me sort of ‘stuck’ in life. Practicing the above will not only support me in achieving that what I want but it will benefit me in the long run to living a mindful, stress-free and productive life. Try it 🙂

MSG Truth

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Why does my noodles taste like chicken when there is no chicken inside the packet? My mom asked me the other day what does MSG stands for. I quickly checked my phone: monosodium glutamate. Used in the food industry as a flavor-enhancing amino acid and used in processed, packaged and fast foods. It is an excitatory neurotransmitter and neurotoxin.

Carol Hoernlein, former food process engineer and food scientist created msgtruth.org:

  •  MSG tricks your tongue into making you think a certain food is high in protein and thus nutritious. 
  • The food industry is trying to confuse the issue by focusing on the “fifth” taste sense they call umami. 
  • Free glutamic acid is detected by the taste buds as a simple way to signal the presence of protein in a food, just as there are fat receptors to detect fats and receptors that sense carbohydrate or sweet flavors. 
  • The purpose is to help us discern real food from inedible matter.  It changes your perception of not simply taste but the nutritious qualities of what you put into your mouth. 
  • MSG stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin.  The blood sugar drops because of the insulin flood.  You will be hungry again, soon.

Thanks to Carol, I am no longer a MSG consumer. Life is precious and with one life comes one body. I say no to MSG! And you?

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Being a Gemini…

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Astrology played an insignificant role in my life, however I agree with most qualities of a Gemini:

We’re considered to have many personalities or faces. Gemini’s are charming, creative, humorous and quick both in mind and body. We have a lot of energy, fast metabolisms and are clever with words. People say we are spiritual, intelligent and adaptable to locations, situations and people. We are naturally proactive and with an inquisitive mind. We love interaction, getting involved and communication. Unfortunately we do get bored easily and we tend to move from one unfinished project/idea to the next. They say we are superficial, but I don’t agree. I think we want everyone to like us but it’s hard to keep our word, as we made so many promises without thinking of the consequences. It’s difficult to stay in routine, therefore we do everything in moderation or to the extreme. It keeps the boredom away and that’s exactly when the multiple personalities kick in…people don’t understand why Gemini’s are so airy and different all the time. We just hate routine! We are a little naïve, we avoid people invading or ruining our positive energy. We don’t like crowds, as we love our personal space. We love everything that’s powerful, different and most of all…beautiful.

Please add your comments especially if you are Gemini 🙂

If Presented With the Opportunity to Get a Message to a Large Audience, What Would Your Message Be?

My message would have to be linked to something I think is plausible and relevant for any person, regardless of country, gender, education or age: Love

Most of us experienced this universal warmth and love. As little babies we survived on love. Our birth brought our families together and it is our families who gave us that what we needed. They stood by us while we developed into the persons we are today.

We should focus on igniting that innate feeling of love and then bring it to settle within our hearts. Once its settled, we should realize that regardless of circumstance, we have the ability to feel love within. We should then focus on expanding that love from within ourselves, out to everyone and everything until we all become one. A big bundle of life and love!! Live life and expand love. Live an inspired life of love. Live now in the moment, out of gratefulness as time has been given to us at birth and it will be taken away from us at death.

Spend each minute wisely and you decide with who you want to spend that time. Say yes and say no without explaining yourself. People will understand if they truly care.

My message for humanity is to reach for a world of love, unity and life! Where people are equal, live with dedication, inspiration and are passionate in whatever they do, with a deep-rooted belief in positive actions.

Perhaps my message is unoriginal…impossible….maybe even boring…..I don’t care as long as I live my message everyday with the wish that my actions positively contribute to the world I live in… Peace, always 🙂

Why Eat Organic?

 

Why eat organic? Agricultural chemicals are connected to the rise in cancer over the years and the cumulative exposure to these chemicals contributes to other degenerative and neurological diseases.

The organic varieties of grain and produce contain more nutrients than the non-organic varieties. Over 200 nutrients are present in un-farmed and rich native soil. The typical fertilizers may only contain 3 nutrients. Nutritional content is fundamentally significant when it comes to fighting toxicity and associated free radical damage.

Watch out for the following non-organic produce. The reasons for the higher amounts of pesticides have to do with the type of delivery used:

  • apples
  • apricots
  • carrots
  • celery
  • Coffee
  • green beans
  • cherries
  • kale
  • leafy greens
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • pears
  • potatoes
  • spinach
  • sweet bell peppers
  • strawberries

Eat as much organic food as possible to avoid exposure to growth hormones, antibiotics and the effects associated with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Pay the extra bit for organic produce because in the end, conventional food might cost you your health.

 

 

 

Smart Phone Technology, What’s Next?

The future is smarter,  and now we are even more connected

Apps have effectively extended the usage of smartphones yet Apps do have their restrictions. Some operate in isolation, with a limited ability to link and connect. In the future we will see Apps working flawlessly together, providing a wealth of integrated experiences.

Already smartphone manufacturers are working on this integration process. BlackBerry offers an integrated inbox solution where messages and notices from all messaging, IM and social networking Apps are displayed in one inbox. Android users have more choice in terms of sharing content and can program the default App of their choice for sharing.

Apple’s latest ‘Passbook’ is a wallet-style feature for various barcode- scanning Apps (boarding passes, loyalty cards, vouchers etc.).

In the past we would have had several different Apps for each particular purpose, in Passbook we get a feel of how Apps commune in one location. Convenience I say!

Alexander the Great

Alexander The Great by Kirsi Salonen

……….On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his 3 final wishes:

1. The best doctors should carry his coffin

2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones…) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery, and

3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see!!

One of his generals, surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal…

I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth…

I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we leave this world empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.

The lesson for life:

We do not take to our grave any material wealth, although our good deeds can be our travelers’ cheques.

TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED.

We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more TIME.

When we give someone our TIME, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back.

Our TIME is our life!

The best present we can give others and ourselves is TIME.

May we have plenty of TIME and may we all have the wisdom to give it away and LIVE until our TIME has come.

 

Is It Possible to Lie Without Saying a Word?

Yes. Lying without saying a word is what I call lying by omission: leaving out a factual detail deliberately that would drastically change the meaning of what was said.

For example:

It’s buying something and not telling the person you bought it. It’s meeting someone for a liaison and not telling your significant other about it. It’s cheating on a test and telling no one. Deleting a word or a phrase to change its meaning to suit your needs….

Lying by omission is when an important fact is omitted, deliberately leaving another person with a misconception. The consequences of lying are that eventually no one will listen to you, trust you or take you serious. It is worth being honest to others and yourself. The benefits to live a life of integrity magnifies a life filled with abundance, love and happiness all year round!

 

When is the Time to Stop Calculating Risk & Reward and Just Do What You Know is Right?

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We live in a world where we are constantly pressurized to make decisions. Decisions, decisions and more decisions. It feels like our entire existence depends on it and our inner voices are consistently calculating what risks are involved and how much we will gain or loose…what will we get in return or not…right?

That is the time when I say: enough! Just do what’s right. Just do the right thing that feels right in your heart and stop thinking. At the end, everything will work out right anyway.

If I look back at the decisions I made especially the big, risky ones, I now see that at the time they were the right ones to choose. As my life transformed into the present, I am here because of those decisions. Sitting, thinking and contemplating about the risks involved is a natural thing, what becomes unnatural is when the sitting, thinking and calculating in your head never stops…

A friend of mine said the most complicated risks are when it’s decisions about your own life’s future, spiritually, family or your career. Live into the moment, do what feels right to you and do what cause no harm to others or yourself.

Live life and take the chances. We are in a specific situation because life brought us there to learn something. Be responsible and accountable for yourself, what others do to you, and most of all for your decisions and consequences.