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Monthly Archives: December 2012
One amazing result.
Eric Whitacre once dreamed of becoming an ’80’s pop star. Instead he became this:
Watch as he explains his journey from a university student with no formal musical education (he didn’t even know how to read music) to a professional composer and conductor and how he created magic with people he never met.
Video credits: YouTube
It’s that time year of again. Time to join a gym and vow to lose the 20lbs you’ve been vowing to lose for the past two years. Will this year be different?
According to Dr. Mike, it very likely will.
Dr. Mike Evans of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital claims that resolutions made at this time of year have a significantly better chance of sticking than when made at any other time of year. He explains how and why in this very entertaining video.
Want to take it in smaller bites?
So, you have a few days left before the year ticks to a close. What do you say? Will you resolve to make a change in 2013? What will it be?
video credit: http://www.myfavouritemedicine.com/new-years-resolutions/
There is sufficient
for the world’s need,
but not for
the world’s greed.
For those of you who celebrate Kwanzaa, may these seven days of festivities be joyous.
Please share your favourite traditions and ceremonies.
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If you could only see one person this week,
who would you want it to be?
Give them a call and arrange a date.
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As many of us hold our breath today, a video, in appreciation of our beautiful home.
video credit: YouTube
World Wildlife Fund
December 21, 2012 – the day life as we know it will end…or so the naysayers will have you believe. What do you believe?
Television and internet sites abound with doomsday predictions:
- The end of the Mayan calendar equals the end of the world
- A total world-wide black-out
- Planets aligning as never before
- Polar shifts
- A huge meteor plummeting toward Earth
- Supernovas and solar storms
Then there are the predictions of societies falling apart. Neighbours becoming enemies. Every man for himself, at any cost. Mass plaques. People turning into zombies!
Am I worried about what will happen on December 21st? Honestly, yes, a little, but not for any one of the reasons noted above.
Why am I worried? Because I’ve been bombarded with messages telling me I should be. So does that mean I really should be worried? Since those very messages are the ones I intellectually disregard as nonsense, then no, I guess I shouldn’t but that is precisely the effect of “mass” media; it affects our opinions.
What I am worried about is the potential for natural disasters to occur in my part of the world. (Not that I wish them on any other part either.)
Many parts of the world are experiencing abnormal weather events and my part is no exception. We used to have snow by this time of year but for the last few years, we have not.
Is this related to 2012? Yes and no. Weather patterns have been changing for years, and changing for the worse. Scientists have been warning society for years that should we not change our reliance on fossil fuels and other environmental pollutants, we would begin to see shifts in the weather. Well guess what folks, it’s 2012 and those predictions are not only coming true, they’ve been true for a while now; except now, it’s indisputable – or at least it should be. We’re seeing more changes in weather patterns and natural disasters; both in the number of events and in overall devastation.
Will we see man against man, fighting to the death, turning into zombies and destroying anyone in their path? I predict no – definitely no.
- Hurricane Sandy, East Coast, North America 2012
- Tsunami of 2011, Japan
- Earthquake in Haiti, 2010
- Katrina, New Orleans, USA 2005
- Tsunami of 2004, Indonesia/Thailand
- European drought and heat wave of 2003
- plus flooding, droughts, ice-storms, etc. in many parts of the world
All the above listed natural disasters have occurred in last 10 years and what did we witness after every single one of those devastations?
An overwhelming outpouring of global humanitarian assistance.
In the film I Am, directed by Tom Shadyac, Dr. Rollin McCraty of The Institute of Heartmath describes how the electromagnetic fields that our hearts emit can be felt by others. One of their studies takes readings from 65 random-number generators placed in cities around the world. On any given day, these machines spin numbers randomly. They spin and spin, with absolutely no sequence. During events such as the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, when there is a global shift of focussed consciousness and empathy, these random number generators all synchronize. Our collective heart energy is affecting the environment.
“What we do at the individual level really does affect the global environment.” Dr. McCraty
I, for one, am sick and tired of hearing all the negative scenarios that “will inevitably happen” should a major natural disaster befall our beautiful planet on December 21st.
There is a shift in global consciousness. People are seeking spiritual fulfillment like never before; not necessarily religious fulfillment but fulfillment of their soul and their life’s purpose. Just look at all the positivity blogs!
We don’t know what’s going to happen on December 21st, just as we do not know what’s going to happen on any day. But we can know that collectively, we can be better than individually provided that each of us act in a positive and heart-felt manner.
Make up your own mind and follow your heart.
video credit: iamthedoc.com
Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss
Video credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqOOUJFv1n0
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas – a thick white feather duvet atop crisp white sheets?
Do you long for Silent Nights?
Do you want to Deck the more than the Halls when you hear Jingle Bells?
Do you wish you could slip Away to a Manger for oh, say, a month, until it’s all over?
If so, then you need to take care of the most important person on your list – YOU!
Make time for yourself. Indulge in a stress-reliever. You deserve it. You need it!
Find time each day for a tiny bit of self-indulgence.
Take a walk after dinner and enjoy the holiday lights and the crisp fresh air.
Take a long hot bubble bath. Light candles, play soft music and stay in there until your fingers are good and wrinkly. Consciously relax and breathe deep.
Meet up with friends for a coffee
Buy your favourite treat and hide it from the others in your house so it’s sure to be there when you want it the most.
Ask for help. Delegate some of your list to someone else. Come on. There’s something you can let someone else cover. Two things? Three?
Take the long way home to avoid traffic and sing along, loudly, really loudly, to your favourite radio station or song list.
Wear a tiara around the house and twirl in circles every now and again. When’s the last time you did that? Are you giggling just thinking of how fun that would be?
If your budget allows, get a massage for the length of time that you can afford – half an hour, forty-five minutes, one hour…
Whenever you can get away with it, hit the snooze button and enjoy the indulgence of an extra ten minutes. Hit it again.
Take care of yourself during the holidays and every day. Be good to yourself. You deserve it.
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What do you do as a special treat for yourself?
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