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Akin to the end of a school year, and individuals moving on, Magnify You is losing a wonderful and very valued part of our team. Assistant Editor, Lisa Mae Brunson has moved on to a new part of her life’s journey to focus on various projects she has been working on. Lisa Mae will be dearly missed and was an integral part of the MY family. The lessons she has left all of us, who have worked with her, have been priceless. She is an amazing woman, a wonderful teacher, and we honour her and share with you our gratitude of her. This month, we bring you another jam-packed issue, filled with information and inspiration. This month, CSI Miami star, Sofia Milos sits down with M.Y. friend, and entertainment contributor-at-large; Italian actress Barbara Magnolfi, for a heart-to-heart discussion on the film industry, spirituality, and much more. Our special travel section this month focuses on the old family tradition of camping. In today’s economy, many individuals are looking for alternatives to summer vacation travelling. What better way to be economical, connect with nature, and re-live your childhood past than to go on a camping trip with your family. As we head full-scale into the wedding season, many women are searching frantically for that perfect dress that they are going to wear during one of the most important transformations of their lives. In today’s world, times have changed and there are more women who are pregnant on their wedding day. For many women who are pregnant and looking to find that perfect dress, they feel at a complete loss. Lee Samson gives some great advice for pregnant brides. As always, we welcome your letters and comments. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next month, we continue to celebrate your magnificence. Leyla Hur Editor-in-Chief
Page Sofia Milos erupted onto the scene of American television with her captivating role of “Yelina Salas” on CSI: Miami in 2003. She sat down with Barbara Magnolfi to share her take on life, love, pursuing your dreams, and a little world peace
Table of Contents Features 16 FATHER'S DAY 2009 – TRIPS TO TAKE WITH DAD THIS YEAR
15 CRASH COURSE IN CRYSTAL HEALING BY NICOLE LANNING
45 REFLEXOLOGY – HEALTH BENEFITS FROM AN ANCIENT THERAPY BY MARITA REYNOLDS
BY JAMIE SEIGEL
18 CHANGE YOUR MINDSET CHANGE YOUR LIFE
25 HERE IS AN EASY BIRTHDAY CAKE TO MAKE GRANDMA!
BY DR. CINDY BROWN
BY MARY REDFOOT
27 LEAVING THE WILDERNESS ALIVE HOW TO SURVIVE WHEN ALL YOU HAVE IS YOU – PART ONE
26 EXPLORE FAMILY TREE SCRAPBOOKING - HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A LASTING LEGACY
BY JUDITH ACOSTA
67 ESTATE PLANNING FOR PETS AND DOMESTICATED ANIMALS BY JOHN C. MARTIN
Featured Topics 8 PANIC DISORDER? YOU CAN RECLAIM YOUR LIFE!
BY JULIA HANSON
38 DIFFICULTY CONCEIVING – 3 TOP TIPS FOR GETTING PREGNANT FAST!
47 OUT OF CASH? HOLD A RENT PARTY BY MARTE CLIFF
49 TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE WORLD BEYOND YOUR BACKYARD BY LISA AZIMI
47 INFLATABLE MOVIE NIGHT BY NATHAN JAEHNIG
BY CLAIRE CARPENTER
37 BABYMOON VACATION PACKAGES - HOT NEW TREND BY JAKE WILSON
50 WHILE YOU'RE CHASING YOUR DREAMS TO SUCCESS REMEMBER TO TAKE TIME FOR PLAY BY JOSEPH JACKSON
BY LISA MAE BRUNSON
10 A NATURAL WAY TO MANAGE PANIC ATTACKS BY PRIMROSE WILLIAMS
39 TOP 10 TIPS ON FINDING THE RIGHT MATERNITY WEDDING DRESS BY LEE SAMSON
51 5 WAYS TO A BETTER STAYCATION BY CHRISTINE LOUISE HOHLBAUM
53 ROAD FOOD, GLORIOUS ROAD FOOD! BY TARA WAECHTER
Special Travel Section ~ Camping 54 CAMPING – AN ECONOMICAL AND ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE FOR YOUR NEXT FAMILY VACATION
62 GLUTEN FREE CAMPING – THE SECRET TO HAVING GREAT GLUTEN FREE CAMPING TRIP
19 CREATE YOUR DREAMS!
BY JAMES DREXLER
20 FIVE MAIN STEPS TO HAVING THE BODY OF YOUR DREAMS
63 CAMPING WATER HEATER – HOW HELPFUL IT IS DURING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
BY PAT MATSON
BY D COLEMAN
22 THE FRESH SPLENDOR OF EXOTIC DESIGN
BY BRETT BAUGHMAN
BY MICHELLE VIGGIANO
64 CAMPING WATER FILTER SOLUTIONS BY ASHOKA TAAVI
23 REVITALIZE WITH THE USE OF HEALTHY HEALING HERBS AND ESSENTIAL OILS
65 FIVE FUN SONGS FOR KIDS TO SING AROUND A CAMPFIRE
BY AMY WILCOX DOEBLER
54 CAMPING 101 – SUPPLIES AND PREPARATION BY BEN NYSTROM
BY ROGER TURNER
55 CAMPING, HIKING AND BACKPACKING - MUST HAVE ESSENTIALS
67 CAMPING – WHAT A DIFFERENCE A GENERATION MAKES
BY H. JEFFREY DAVIS
BY DAN PATRICK
BY MARGIE DETTMAN
24 HERBS, GROWING – HARVESTING – USES BY SHELLEY SMITH
56 HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE WHEN BUYING AN OUTDOOR TENT
35 BREAKING FREE BY LEYLA HUR
37 MALWARE AND YOU: HOW TO BREAK IT OFF BY RESSA KINNEAR
BY ADAM CARTER
3 EDITOR’S CORNER 57 CHOOSING THE RIGHT SLEEPING BAG BY STEVE H.
57 TOP 10 - COUNTDOWN TO WHY YOU SHOULD GO CAMPING
BY LEYLA HUR
40 NATURAL SKIN CARE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS BY PRIMROSE WILLIAMS
5 TIGER BALM FOR THE SOUL BY LUAN MITCHELL
6 GETTING OUT OF OUR OWN WAY
46 A NEW ERA FOR ONTARIO WINES – A TIME TO BUY LOCAL BY PAUL LIZAK
BY DR. JEANINE AUSTIN
BY DAVID REICHMAN
58 FINDING A GREAT CAMPSITE
7 FACING YOUR FEARS
48 HOW TO HELP KIDS SLEEP IN THE SUMMER
BY AARON HUEY
BY STANLEY LEWIS
BY JACK COLVILLE
60 LEARN LUXURY CAMPING EQUIPMENT - BE COMFORTABLE WHILE CAMPING
12 CREATING YOUR SECOND WIND BY STUART ROSEN
14 A BRAND NEW YOU
BY KINDAL GUTHRIE
BY CHRISS BARR
61 IDEAS FOR CAMP COOKING
16 LOVE IS THE WAY
BY SUSAN FOLEY
BY CRYSTAL DAWN MORRIS
62 WHAT FOODS ARE BEST FOR TENT CAMPERS?
17 KEEPING YOUR TEENS SAFE ON SOCIAL NETWORKING
BY JAMES BRAUERS
BY JUSTIN SACHS
Cover by Christophe P. Petyt
Tiger Balm for the SOUL This is a “Dream Big” offering, it is a “working exercise,” for as we have heard, “faith without works is dead! You will need to massage it a little, but the “tiger balm,” will be effective when massaged in the right places, just try it and see! You will need to DO the exercises here as they are REAM listed one by one. It’s our first “Positive Vibration” together, and YES, there is a first time in every reader’s life!
Write down a powerful dream you hold dear! What does it look like, GRRRRRREEEEEEEEAAAAAA AT! How does it feel to imagine living that dream? Even GRRRRREEEEEAAAAAAAT-er! Post that dream for yourself somewhere that you can reflect on it often – the bathroom mirror, or in your purse in a special spot you will look at often (side zipper,) or (little mirror pouch) or while you’re brushing your teeth. You can post it on the fridge so you can look at it while you’re preparing healthy meals or the inside of your front door so it’s the last thing you see when you start your day! Maybe the place is beside your cozy side of the bed for those great night time Diversify thoughts! Decide right NOW to be a person of action! Make a decision that you are going to make that call, or write that letter, or walk that extra mile! Now write down (in your own creative terminology) ten steps it will become a “step by step,” pattern, or formula for you to use: Focus on 10 proven, tried-andtrue strategies from mentors you have admired, study them and pick and design your own… then
stick them all together in any way you like, it does not have to be a collage, image board, although I use one of those also, I have done other alternate choices as well, these, “imaginings” that you will learn to depend and build on as you thrash your way through the “Jungle Gym” of life will serve you well.
the next? List three. Do it again, exactly the way you want to, with no reservations! Go on, break the rules – this is your take the “Tiger by the Tail,” coming out party, rub that tiger balm on thick, and massage away old negative patterns and habits.
Yo, landlubber, I “set sail” with mine. I wrote them (all ten) out in sailor terms on a piece of paper, photo copied them several times, and folded them into little paper boats. I made a IG O ON IT S BUBBLISHIOUS decision that I was never going to allow anyone to pirate me or Reap the Ultimate Harvest. In my right to a great life ever again! life’s journey, notice your actions, Then, I filled my bubble bath, and be kind and respectful to the Viola! I had a toast to my Land, people, help all life toward success, and I saw where I was their endangered dreams and be going for each of the steps along generous in giving back and in my way. I “came clean!” offering a helping hand and bring Do be sure to look into, and embrace every wisdom tidbit as you go.
Out your Inner WINNER, with pride. That means you are free to just be, get creative! That means you can, color, or stitch, or finger paint or whittle or even just photo copy, whatever – but make it yours, personalize the “top ten” your way. What actions do you need to take to get yourself from one step to
DREAM BIG! GO ON… IT’S BUBBLISHIOUS! Winners need space – they are not always just condominium or apartment loving species, 24/7 they need to “get out a bit, to roam!” Sure, they can be loners, but not always… Go get EM tiger! If you study real tigers, you would find out that their beat may be anything from 50 to100 square miles of territory per tiger, so let
go of that tiger tail! It is this territory that is at risk of being taken over, you need to be set free. Deforestation has shrunk the habitat of tigers, do you see the metaphor here? The small villages and hamlets that exist on the periphery of forests have no mega designs on the forest – village folk do not normally venture into tiger land – if they do it is only to collect firewood or seasonal berries. It is the Big Boys who have their eyes on the trees and the poachers who entrap and ensnare villagers and tigers alike. It is estimated that at least one tiger is slaughtered every day. The IndoTibetan and Nepal-Tibetan borders are the ‘Poaching Trails’ from where the remains of this once mighty ‘Lord’ find their way into the list of active ingredients of Chinese medicines (China having wiped out its own tiger population). Do you wonder what their famous ‘Tiger Balm’ is made of!! Tiger Balm, Tiger POWER! Now it is my hope that you’ll think of this exercise as a technique designed to get you thinking tiger thoughts, “out with the old in with the new!” Give it a chance, please do join the Winning, and drop the whining! Go on, apply some “tiger by the tail,” principles, you have learned here, after all we are building “good habits” as we go, through our life jungles, and It only works if you work it, YOU are number one!. The “Tiger’s tail” you are holding back, may just be your own. It’s time to “Let Go,” Loosen Up!” Run Free, and just Chill Out! From America to Australia and Madrid to Mexico, inspired audiences are leaping to their feet after hearing LuAn Mitchell's message of genuine hope, unwavering faith and personal commitment to action. LuAn is a woman who has overcome adversity on every front, and she can teach you to do the same. Her life is a story of tragedy and triumph, emerging every time to reach the pinnacle of business, family and personal success. Contact LuAn at email@example.com
Getting Out of Our Own Way My dad is an easy going and open minded man. It is funny for me to contemplate that he has a daughter with my temperament. I can see his face looking down at me as a young girl, perplexed by his daughter's inability to let anything go, even when it clearly didn't serve me to do so. As a child I could easily be described as intransigent, perfectionist, and stubborn. Unfortunately, many of these qualities followed me into adulthood. Looking back, I can see how my own tenacity caused me many troubles. I just couldn't seem to get out of my own way.
wonderful book, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Dr. Wayne Dyer writes, "By staying in harmony on the path of the Tao [The Way], all the contentment you could ever dream of will begin to flow into your life-the right people, the means to finance where you're headed, and the necessary factors will come together." The Tao teaches us that there is always a gentle way, a gentle truth, that is available to those of us who choose it.
When we step into the flow inherent to The Tao we begin to get out of our own way. We can begin to do this by relaxing and trusting. We might start this process by slowing down and breathing deeply. I often find that tapping into my I now “The Tao teaches us that there is always intuition and understand noticing Divine a gentle way, a gentle truth, that is why I was guidance helps so rigid available to those of us who choose it…” me to access with my The Tao in my desire to control my life. My hard own life. driving ways were nearly constantly positively reinforced by As Marianne Williamson has said, everything and everyone around we needn't worry that God will me. If I worked hard enough I saw lose our file. If we take time to that I could achieve nearly reflect on our own lives we might anything I wished for in my little see how we were loved and world. Whether it was making the supported (sometimes despite cheerleading squad, getting our best efforts to muck things straight A’s or having the up!) by life itself many times in attentions of the most desirable our past. This insight may give us boys in school, I saw that striving the confidence to begin to trust would pay dividends. The and move with the Divine problem was that relying on my patterning in our life. own energies and overdriving everything in my life was Dr. Jeanine Austin is a doctor of life exhausting. By my teenage years coaching for women around the world. She is passionate about helping women I had burned myself out. In live a joyful and authentic life. Dr. Jeanine addition, I couldn't help but notice uses cutting edge tools and/or spiritual the things I pursued and attained perspectives which assist her clients in weren't offering me much living actualized lives. Contact Dr. Jeanine at firstname.lastname@example.org satisfaction. I knew there had to be another way. I have to admit that it hasn't been until recently, in my forties that I have begun to deeply understand what it means to trust the organic patterns of my life. In his
student. Without hesitation she asked her new teacher, "How did you do that?" "It's very simple little flower, I just closed my eyes." In our kids Warrior Camps, we speak a lot about fear. What are you afraid of? Our answers vary but most often we hear the same answer... The Dark. Kids are surprised to know that adults have the same fears as they do. Adults are afraid of the Dark too...but the adult Dark...the unknown, the void, the "nothing you know" or even worse the "thing you don't know".
Facing Your Fears A long time ago at Kyudo, a student searched Japan for the greatest archery teacher in all the land. She found a teacher in the city who could hit a tree from a remarkable distance. "Are you the best of all teachers? Will you teach me?" The master answered, "If you seek the best than you must find my master. He lives in the country." The student traveled to the country and found the Master's Master. He demonstrated his skill by hitting a leaf off a tree from a remarkable distance. "Are you the best of all teachers? Will you teach me?" She asked. The Master's Master answered, "If you seek the best than you must find my master. He lives in the mountains." The student traveled to the mountains and found the old, wise Grandmaster. By the time the student was able to speak with him, it was nighttime. She asked the old man, "Are you the best of all teachers? Will you teach me?" The Grandmaster quickly grabbed her bow from her and with a blur of motion, took one of her arrows from its sheath and fired into the pitch black. The student heard a "thunk" a remarkable distance away and journeyed into the night to find that the Grandmaster had pinned a falling leaf to the tree...
When was the last time you were rocked off your core, out of your center, completely ungrounded by a situation that didn't seem to match the current energetic flow of your day? When was the last time you were caught off guard or blindsided by an experience that shook your foundation? When was the last time you were plunged into the darkness of the unknown? Did you set up a camp fire there and pitch a tent? Did you curl up and go fetal, waiting for the monsters to come? Did you shout for help, only to hear the frightening silence the void provides? Did you search for the light? Even if you didn't find it, was it in vain? Or did you close your eyes and start dancing? What else is there to do in the Dark but dance anyway? Sitting down and wishing it was light won't get anything accomplished. Not just the external darkness created by events we may or may not have control over, but the internal darkness... Our dark side. Our Dark night of the soul. Can you dance that dance? Can you aim your arrow without your eyes into the darkness achieving what you know to be true despite the dark? To aim with your heart? Of course you can. So the real question is: Do you?
...in the dark. The student ran back to the Grandmaster and in a breathless voice from a deep bow, she said, "Onagashey-mas" (please teach me). The Grandmaster smiled and accepted her as a
Aaron Huey is an internationally known speaker, one of 5 facilitators of the world famous “Predicament”, owner of Fire Mountain Programs, and one of the creators of the rapidly growing coaching system “Experience the Leap”. An educator for 17 years he is nationally known as a leading empowerment coach for children, teens and families. Contact Aaron at email@example.com
Panic Disorder? You Can Reclaim Your Life!
In today’s economic crisis, many people are suffering from some form of anxiety or stress. With the rise and fall of the stock market, the crash and burning of the ‘Big Three’ and various other companies laying off thousands and going under, it’s no wonder thousands of people are experiencing panic in ways they’ve never imagined. It is estimated that one out of seventy-five people will experience some form of anxiety disorder. With the recent economic developments, that number could easily double or triple, leaving a sea of very distressed and worried individuals. But Anxiety and Panic disorder does not have to rule your life. There are several things you can do to relieve your symptoms and reclaim your life. As a longtime sufferer of Panic disorder, which escalated briefly into agoraphobia, (fear of leaving the house) I have spent countless
hours poring through every text book, news article, pamphlet, and encyclopedia in search of answers and some miracle cure that would take away the scary symptoms I experienced. Those with anxiety disorder often experience a multitude of symptoms, oftentimes frightening and in serious cases, debilitating. While each individual may have a different experience, there are several common factors that link each experience together.
Most people experience lightheadedness, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, heart pounding, sweating in the extremities, hot flashes, abdominal discomfort, weakness, tingling, numbness that can take over all or several parts of the body, a sense of unreality or imminent doom, the fear of dying or going crazy, faint, choking or smothering sensations, chest pains which can mimic heart attack pain, hyperventilation, shakiness, and a bevy of other unpleasant symptoms and feelings.
Like snowflakes, no two panic attacks are the same. Often you may feel that ‘this one’ is going to be the ‘big one.’ You didn’t die the first time, but you’re sure to die this time. You didn’t go crazy or lose control the last time, but this time you’re bound to be missing a screw and committed to the loony bin. Sound familiar? Most ‘first timers’ will end up in the emergency room with tubes coming out of your arms, an EKG test performed on your heart, an oxygen mask strapped to your face, and a vat of blood drawn. A host of tests conducted will usually reveal: “There is nothing wrong with you. You’re absolutely healthy. You just experienced an anxiety attack. Nothing to worry about. Go home and get some rest and you’ll be just fine.” Except for the millions of people who suffer from Panic Disorder, there is no such thing as ‘fine.’ On the contrary—the worst has just begun…
solution to a healthy state of being. Educate Yourself. I bought every book I could find on Panic and Anxiety disorder and read, and re-read about the condition until I was ‘Panic Disorder Savvy’ and could challenge even my local psychiatrist to a quiz showdown. Internet articles also proved to be helpful, as well as pamphlets and other medical resources and periodicals. This really helped me to understand that I was not abnormal, or dying, or crazy.
the way you behave and revitalize your daily technique. I strongly recommend developing a support system. This can be made up of friends, family, co-workers, healthcare professionals—people you trust to get you back on track and thinking and behaving in a healthy manner while experiencing an attack. One of the most important things I ever did was develop a support system. People I would call or talk with during my panic attack episodes. This usually consisted of a sibling, friend, healthcare professional or coworker that I felt close to.
Look into alternative therapies. I do NOT recommend stopping any medication if you have already been prescribed medication for your disorder. Please discuss any changes you would like to make with your doctor, prior to making them. That said—I personally got rid of the prescriptions I was taking and began a natural therapeutic regimen that was healthier for my body.
Before creating your support list, first, ask each person if they are willing to be on the list, and then make sure you tell them beforehand (and if you have your wits about you at the time— during the panic attack,) that they should not freak out, no matter how you look or sound. Remind them that you cannot die from a panic attack (even though you may feel like it) and that you just need them to continue talking to you and have them keep you talking.
I was diagnosed with a severe form of panic disorder when I was fifteen years old. At “Anxiety and Panic disorder the time, I was under an extreme amount of stress, This will assist in regulating does not have to rule your life…” and in the middle of a bright your breathing which is the clear day, my heart just ‘went main cause of anxiety distress. I drank herbal teas made of crazy.’ Before I knew it, I was Hyperventilation cuts off the chamomile and peppermint, running down the street, oxygen in your body, which which both promote relaxation. I screaming at the top of my lungs creates lightheadedness and also added St. Johns Wort, a that I was going to die. I was sure dizziness. This sends your natural anti-depressant, to my of it. After spending several hours parasympathetic nervous system daily vitamin regimen, and in the emergency room, I was cut and endocrine system into increased my fruit and vegetable loose with a handful of pamphlets overdrive and causes your intake. For women, Evening detailing the ‘fight or flight senses to go haywire. Your body Primrose Oil is also ideal to take response’ and several releases adrenaline, which also for PMS and mood swings, which prescriptions for anti-anxiety and contributes to the heart racing, can trigger panic attacks. antidepressant medications. hands sweating, ‘I’ve got to get the hell out of here’ feeling. Aromatherapies are an excellent I experienced extreme side way to relax the senses and effects from my medication and Panic attacks are really a promote calm and tranquility. I was unable to continue with the stimulus and sensory overload. utilized aromatherapy and color treatment for very long. After The key is to stop them before it therapy on a regular basis to several years of being prisoner in gets out of hand. Recognize that create a peaceful environment my own body, suffering your body is simply gearing up for and to quiet my racing mind, embarrassing outbursts in public, a danger that isn’t there. This is a which was prone to run all over countless trips to the ER, cutting natural body defense and it was the place if I let it have its way. classes in school because I was designed for a great purpose. unable to sit still, experiencing a Yours (and mine for a while) are Incorporate behavioral brief stint of agoraphobia in which just out of whack. modification techniques. I was unable to leave my house, and essentially not being able to Keep talking to your friends until In order to change the way you nip my panic attacks in the bud, I you are able to calm down. think, and thus, the way your decided to come up with my own Repeat this process until it is body reacts, you have to change
natural for you to reach for the phone at first symptom. When talking doesn't help, try humming a song. It doesn’t matter what song, as long as you continue humming and regulating your breathing. Fourth: Focus. Focus. Focus. Train yourself to focus on something else. Pay attention to a shoe, or a leaf, or a pen on the table, and note every single little detail. What color, texture, or position is the pen in? It doesn't matter what you think about, what matters is that you have switched focus. Eventually you will also feel calmer. Educate friends and family. Communicate when you are not having a panic attack. Let your friends and family know what a panic attack feels like when you have them. Reassure them you are ok but that you really just need their support and understanding. Remember to let them know how much you appreciate their understanding. This process is usually not easy for all parties involved, so communication is vital in overcoming anxiety disorder.
Go to a park or somewhere in nature and take deep breaths. Take the time to be grateful for what you have. Every time something negative or scary pops into your head, counteract it with a good thought or feeling. This will become a habit and in time the despair you feel will disappear. There is hope for the future, and panic disorder can be gone forever. Reclaim the life that you deserve! Lisa Mae is a ‘Creative Visionary’ and ‘Painter with Words’, she captivates her readers and fans with her honesty and integrity. She has captivated thousands of hearts all over the world with her written words of inspiration. Lisa Mae is the founder of the Love, Hugs and Inspiration Campaign and author of Rose Colored Glasses. Contact Lisa Mae at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Natural Way to Manage Panic Attacks
Be Good To Yourself. Remember to take deep breaths whenever you are conscious of your breathing. Learn to slow your breathing. Even if you breathe fast, keep trying to slow it down. Tell yourself you are okay. Most importantly, don't get angry with yourself. Don't feel upset if you cannot control it. Sometimes it is best to let them happen and get it over with. It usually doesn’t last as long as when you fight the panic. Do what you can to alleviate stress. Do something you enjoy every week. What makes you happy? What makes you laugh? Spend some time doing that. Don't focus on Panic Disorder as the main character in your life. You are the main character and you can take control.
Panic attacks can strike without warning and without an obvious reason bringing with it uneasiness, paralyzing fear, heart pounding and terror.
kicks in at the wrong time. This is an involuntary physiological response when the body deals with an emergency or dangerous situation.
Although panic attacks happen to people suffering from other anxiety disorders, there is a difference between panic and anxiety. The actual difference is in the duration and intensity of the symptoms. Panic attacks last only for a short duration, whilst anxiety attacks occur gradually and are usually less intense but last for a longer period of time.
The stress causes the increase in adrenaline for the body to increase metabolism to produce quick energy. The muscles become tense, breathing and heartbeat increases and the blood composition changes slightly.
Panic attacks happen when the body’s ‘flight and fight’ reaction
The symptoms of panic attack reach the full intensity within a few seconds and fade away after a few minutes. These symptoms include pounding heart, shortness
of breath, trembling, hot or cold sweat, fainting, numbness, nausea and tightness in the solar plexus. Prescribed medication causes many physical side-effects like dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, heart palpitations and sexual problems. These debilitating conditions can be helped by using holistic therapeutic treatments like hypnotherapy, counseling, relaxing herbal remedies, aromatherapy, meditation and yoga. As panic attacks are often followed by feelings of helplessness, depression and fear; and living in the fear of another attack causes stress â€“ this is where aromatherapy can help. The following list of essential oils can assist in alleviating panic attacks. You can use them individually for their separate effects, or combine them to help manage attacks when they happen. The combination of Frankincense, Lavender, Neroli and Ylang Ylang can help you fight panic attacks naturally. Frankincense is a major essential oil that is involved with balancing, relaxing and soothing the mind and spirit. French Lavender is a powerful essential oil that soothes the mind, relaxes the spirit, and is a
mild antiseptic. Its soft mild scent has a flowery aura. It can help ease the sore aches and pains in the muscles and it can reduce the head tension. Neroli oil distilled from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. The fragrance relaxes the mind and restores energy levels. It can help relieve anger and irritability and it keeps you from allowing emotions to flare. Ylang Ylang is a sensual oil that can follow up from the other oils to help finalize your relaxation. Its exotic aroma uplifts the spirits and brings peace to the busy mind. Research has shown that ylang ylang essential oil lowers blood pressure and eases tachycardia (rapid heart beat), deepens breathing and has a calming effect on the central nervous system. It also eases stress and lifts depression, so this is an ideal oil to ease panic attacks. Other relaxing and calming essential oils are Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, True Melissa, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang. Use these essential oils alone or in combination to manage and reduce the severity of panic attacks. Consult a qualified aromatherapist and medical practitioner â€“ particularly if you are already on medication, to see if essential oils might assist you. Essential oils can be used in massage, bath, diffuser, and inhaled from a tissue. Aromatherapy, when used correctly, either alone or in conjunction with medical treatment, helps maintain a relaxed and calm state of mind in our daily lives which leads to better health. This can be helpful in keeping recurring panic attacks at bay. Inhale from a tissue Take a clean, soft facial tissue; fold it so you can easily inhale from it. Then add drops of
essential oil as per the recipes below: Choose ONE of the following: (1) 1 drop Rose, 4 drops Lavender EO; or (2) 1 drop Neroli, 4 drops Lavender EO; or (3) 1 drop Rose, 4 drops Frankincense EO Stress Buster for Panic Attack Fights fatigue, stress, tension and anxiety 3 drops bergamot EO 2 drops frankincense EO 3 drops cedar wood EO 1/2 pint, or, 300 ml of 70 percent alcohol or vodka or perfumers alcohol Pour alcohol into a spray glass bottle. Add the oils and shake well. Leave for 1 week in a cool, dry place (not the fridge) to mature before using. Close eyes if spraying near the face. Use this spray when you feel the symptoms of a panic attack coming on, or to maintain your calm. Another Stress Buster for Panic Attacks 20 drops lavender EO 10 drops Clary sage EO 5 drops sweet orange EO 1 oz distilled or floral water (lavender or orange flower water) Remember to shake well before spraying, as the oil and water separate almost immediately. Keep eyes closed while spraying. Again, use this spray when you feel the symptoms of a panic attack coming on, or to maintain your calm. *None of the above recipes are a substitute for medical treatment. You should always have a full discussion with your medical practitioner.
Primrose Williams has studied Aromatherapy and Reflexology in Hong Kong since 1993 and holds a number of certifications. She has a deep interest in both subjects and has given personal consultations by way of holistic advice and customized aromatic blends. To learn more about Aromatherapy, Reflexology, and Reiki, contact Primrose at email@example.com
Creating Your Second Wind Success sure can take a lot out of you. You know, it’s just ‘so much work’ and sometimes, well, it’s just plain tedious. That’s why so many of us quit, because it’s just too much and we get tired or it’s just not as exciting as it looks on TV, so we get bored. Either way, we quit long before we can even see the finish line.
When the going gets tough, the tendency is to just stop doing it. After all, that ends whatever is causing the exhaustion. Unfortunately, since that also stops the progress towards success, stopping isn’t always the best option. One of my mentors had this great advice:
We don’t have to feel bad about it either, since half of all small businesses fail within the first five years. We can always meet up at the local coffee shop to swap war stories. They’ll understand. Of course, it sure would be nice to live like the other half… the ones who actually achieve their dreams and taste the full sweetness of success. If only there was some magical force that could help us reach that finish line. But wait! There is… Beyond the exhaustion and the boredom is that magic, called the “second wind.” Successful people not only wish for it, they rely on it to get stuff done. So what is the ‘Second Wind’ and what does that have to do with me? Well, the term ‘Second Wind’ is usually used in running and other high endurance exercises. It happens when a runner gets past the point of exhaustion and the body ‘shifts’ into a more balanced state of being. It basically adjusts itself to run more smoothly. For our purposes, we can use the same principles to reach our own state of enhanced balance. By keeping these simple principles in mind, your ‘Second Wind’ will be just around the corner: Keep Going
“There are two times when you need to keep going. When you want to, and when you don’t!” Remember, runners catch up to their Second Winds along the road… keep going until you find it. Don’t keep pushing so hard The second wind doesn’t always come after your first wind is gone. Sometimes it comes before, and sometimes not at all. Pushing yourself to exhaustion just results in exhaustion, so don’t force it. Keep the momentum going; just don’t burn so hot that you burn out. Don’t stop Don’t do the opposite and give up. It’s easy to confuse ‘not pushing so hard’ with ‘stopping’ since stopping sure feels like you’re not pushing so hard after all. However, take note, when a runner ‘stops’ to catch their breath, they always keep walking or moving their bodies. Regaining momentum is easier from a slowdown, than it is from a complete stop. Rest up This is the subtle difference between a pause and a stop. Everybody needs time to ‘recuperate’ whenever they’ve really become exhausted. Learn to use the power of recuperation by actively resting. In other words, keep the focus and intention moving in the
direction of your success, even when other parts are not in motion. Sometimes you need to give your second wind a chance to catch up to you. Do something relatively different Now if the problem is simply boredom, it could be that you’ve been stuck in one place for too long. Go do something different for a while. Get outside, go for a walk; move around and break up the monotony. If you can find some activity that is similar, yet different, it can open up your mind to new possibilities. Then, when you return to what you were doing, you’ll have a fresh perspective. Slight differences can make huge differences. Get help Thinking you have to go it alone is probably one of the most detrimental practices for failure. Yes, success takes time and effort, but who said it had to be yours? When others pitch in, they can add to your strength and/or ease the pressure on you. It takes a village, so build a village. Believe that you can make it We go where we face and we face wherever we think, so if we imagine ourselves exhausted and quitting, we’ll quit as soon as we get tired. If we believe we’re going to make it, we’ll still get tired, but we just won’t quit. There will be times when all you have is your belief in what you’re doing. Let that be your guide. One… More… Step… Finally, sometimes you just have to micromanage yourself. Don’t think about the long journey still ahead, or the obstacles that are on the road. Just think about the next step… just the next one… and after that, the next. Narrow your focus to the task at hand, pass it, and keep going. Sometimes the key to big results is thinking small. When in Doubt, Blow! And finally, when there are times when everything is still and no movement can be found anywhere, reach down into the deepest of your core, and blow! Don’t wait for the second wind—MAKE the second wind! You really can get much farther than you think you can. It takes believing in your goal, taking action on it and keeping the momentum towards it at all times. Your Second Wind is out there; all you have to do is get out there and catch it. Stuart "GuruStu" Rosen is a motivational author, speaker and cartoonist, whose work appears in "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life" and "Walking With the Wise". He also co-hosts "Manifesting the Positive" Radio with the effervescent Leyla Hur. Contact Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Brand New You Do you ever feel like just wiping the slate clean? Starting over from scratch? If you do, then Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) is a fabulous place to start. Feng shui is often confused with interior decorating, and although many interior decorators use a western version of Feng shui, that’s not what this amazing Chinese art is all about. What it is about is creating a positive and harmonious flow of energy in your environment. Feng Shui is completely indifferent as to whether your couch matches your drapes. Because Feng shui consists of energy flow, the first thing you’ll want to do is start cleaning out the old, the broken and the unwanted things you have in your home and office. Take a look around and ask yourself a few questions. When was the last time you wore that pair of pants from 1988 or read that book titled ‘Will We Really Put a Man on the Moon?’ The more old items you have lying around, the easier it is to stay stuck in the past, which makes it difficult to move forward in life. An easy rule of thumb to follow is; if you haven’t worn it, read it or used it in the past twelve months, then you need to store it, give it away or throw it away. If you need to hire a professional organizer to help you with this process then take action because it will be worth your while. The next thing you need to do is make any repairs you’ve been putting off. Now is the time to mend the screens, tighten drawer handles, and grease up the doors. Broken items represent broken energy so if you have something that is beyond repair, replace it immediately. This is also a great time of the year to clean up the outside of your house. Get rid of old toys the kids have outgrown (including the swing set), piles of rotted wood, (this is a big energy drainer especially if it’s up against your house,) repair leaky hoses and remove dead plants. Your yard represents the strongest source of energy (known as chi in Feng shui – pronounced chee) coming into your home, so the healthier your yard is, the healthier the chi in your home will be.
major dose of new energy so she could really blossom again. After clearing the clutter, setting up her Feng shui and relandscaping the front of her home, things completely turned around for Carrie and her family. Her husband began spending more time at home and less time at work, Carrie found a job that fit with her children’s school hours and she was able to find someone to help take care of her mother for a few hours a week. Not only was she relieved; Carrie was a completely new person and looked ten years younger. Talk about blossoming!
When you set up Feng shui in your home it will be much easier to re-energize yourself and embark on your new life. The reason for this is that Feng shui, being an earth science, supports you in your efforts and makes it much easier to achieve your goals. A perfect example of Feng shui at work: My client, Carrie, had a nice home but it had a lot of stuff all over the place – school books, toys, papers, shoes, drawers so full you couldn’t even open them and a garage packed to the gills with baby furniture (her kids were in grade school at this point).
That’s the amazing thing about Feng shui. It is the catalyst that helps you finally achieve the results you’ve been pushing so hard to get. By utilizing the energy, or chi of Feng shui, anything you desire is possible. Hard work is great but it just isn’t enough. You need your home and work environment to support your hard work and when it does you’ll feel like a brand new person…guaranteed. Chriss Barr is a Feng Shui and Dowsing Expert as well as the author of 4 Easy Ways to Ignite Your Love Life and Fatten Up Your Wallet. You can contact Chriss to learn more about Feng Shui and Dowsing at email@example.com
Choosing a crystal for a specific reason, first focus on that reason and then allow your intuition to choose the right crystals. There are a lot of crystals to choose from for any particular reason. Such as crystals to attract finance abundance. There are the amazonite, aventurine, diamond, emerald, gold, peridot, green tourmaline, and many more. Focus on the intention and reason and let your intuition guide you to the right crystal for your purpose. When cleansing your crystals, there are various ways to perform this session. You can use the light and energy of the sun or moon, bury them in Mother Earth, visualization, smudging, or cleanse them with sea salt water baths. Work with the session that resonates best within you! Programming crystals can be done one of three ways. You can program them with the passive method, the active method or charging them with Reiki. All three ways are appropriate, but each crystal is different and unique so follow your intuition and work with each crystal individually. When healing with crystals, there are many techniques out there, such as crystal elixirs and baths, crystal grids, laying on of stones, chakra healing, aura healing, hands on healing, and many more. Each case is individual as well as their energy resonation with the crystals being used. This is where training in this type of field comes into your learning of crystal therapy. Crystals resonate by their color as well as their properties.
In addition, her yard had a big thorny cactus welcoming people to the front door and beyond the cactus there was just yards of dirt. It was a very drab and unfriendly environment. Carrie said she was unhappy in her marriage because her husband was always at work. She also felt stressed because she was looking for work and couldn’t find a job, and she was overwhelmed with her aging mother’s health problems. If that wasn’t enough to weigh her down, she was also struggling to take care of her two children while still finding time for herself. Needless to say, Carrie needed a
Crystal healing works with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual problems by removing the dis-ease and making you at ease with yourself.
Crash Course Basics In Crystal Healing Crystals are powerful and effective sources of energy which can be used as an aid to healing.
So please make sure you have aligned the correct crystals for each color as well as property when working with healing and crystals. And remember each person's individual session will be different as we all have different energy fields and levels and will
resonate differently with different crystals so have a variety to work with! I hope this helps you all in your own path of working with crystals. If you wish to know more please feel free to contact me! By Nicole Lanning: http://www.healingartforms.com/crystalthe rapyprogram.htm Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Nicole_L anning
~ Goose Hunting in Seymour, Texas - Located less than three hours from Dallas, you and Dad can get away for a bit and enjoy the outdoors without straying too far off the beaten path. Remember to bring your own equipment and get suited up in your camo gear, so you can be ready to blend in with your surroundings. This idea works best if you are both early risers, since hunts typically start between 4:30 and 8:30 am.
~ Rafting on the Colorado River Float down the Colorado River at the base of the Grand Canyon for a four hour scenic look at area rock formations and wildlife. The trip covers 15 miles of river and a float through Glen Canyon. You can even take a short hike out to see some Indian petroglyphs while you are there.
Father's Day 2009 Trips to Take With Dad This Year This year, instead of buying Dad that book that will collect dust or the shirt he may or may not ever wear, give him a memory he can cherish for years to come - a vacation with one of his closest loved ones...YOU! Finding that perfect destination to visit with Dad can be a challenge, but it is a lot easier if you know exactly where to look. Something involving physical activity is a pretty safe bet and should be considered whenever possible. With that in mind, the following are a few ideas to kick around, some of which you may have considered and others that you might not have otherwise thought of:
~ Fishing Excursion in Eagle River, Alaska - Spend a few days taking advantage of top notch spinning and fly fishing for rainbow trout, salmon, lake trout, and arctic grayling. King salmon, which weigh between 30 and 40 pounds, are found in unusually large quantities on these trips. Make sure to have your fishing license in hand, and you and Dad are in for a real treat. ~ Round of Golf in Orlando, Florida - Florida is known as the land of golf courses, and the Hunter's Creek Golf Club is one of the best. Golf Digest has rated this course in their top 75, and it is also one of the longest courses in Florida. You can book a package that includes a bucket of balls, clubs, lunch, cart use, and 18 holes of golf. If what you are planning to do is not on this list and you need some more ideas for how to spend Father's Day, visit www.Reserve123.com. Jamie Siegel is a travel writer originally from upstate New York. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is passionate about all things related to music, pop culture, and, of course, travel. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jamie_Si egel
Love is the Way
Tantra is a path of love. When we learn to love ourselves as we are, and life as it is, we shift from suffering to acceptance. Each moment is an opportunity to open and practice being Love. As we begin to accept ourselves, we learn to accept life with its many contradictions. Rather than fight against what is arising, we allow life to be as it is. We stop listening to the judging voice that chatters in our head. We see the world as a reflection of our own inner landscape and rather than focusing on fixing the problems â€œout there,â€? we recognize that the change we desire begins inside of us. We become the Love we want to see in the world. Take the Self-Love Inventory How loving are you? When are you unkind or unconscious? How does the way you love yourself inform your experience of life? How do you limit love in your life? The Self-Love Inventory: How do you love your body? Do you feed it healthy food? Do you give it enough exercise? Do you touch it in pleasurable ways? Do you wear clothes that feel good? Do you appreciate it? Is your body an instrument of love?
Are you kind to your mind? Do you recognize the mind’s addiction to thinking? Do repetitive critical thoughts haunt you? Are you able to witness them without believing in them? Do you meditate and create spaces between your thoughts? How often is your mind at peace?
Acceptance is a portal to freedom from guilt, shame and suffering. Learn from your mistakes and experiences. Appreciate the gifts you have received. Accept your life. If you don’t like what’s happening take responsibility for it and change it. If you are suffering over the past and are unable to find acceptance, then seek out professional help so you can heal, release and transform. Learn to Live in the Now Time is an illusion. There is really only this moment. How much energy have you wasted worrying over the past or planning for a future event that never manifested? Are you living for today or are you putting your life on hold for some imagined future? Is your life so busy you don’t even notice the beauty around you? How often do you connect intimately with the people you love? What would need to change for you to live each day fully present?
Do you appreciate the emotions that flow through you? When emotions arise do you accept and feel them fully? Do you find healthy ways to express both positive and negative emotions? Do you deny, judge or put limitations on certain feelings? In what ways do you honor your Essence? Do you have a spiritual practice? Do you have a spiritual community that supports you? Do you feel alone in the world? How do you connect with Source? Do you recognize your own Divinity? You can’t give to others what you are unable or unwilling to give to yourself. When you are able to fill your own cup, by loving all aspects of yourself and recognizing you are not separate from Source, you become Love and it naturally flows through you and into the world for the benefit of all. Let Go of the Past It is easy to blame yourself and others over what has happened in the past. Bad things happen. Mistakes happen. Life can be painful.
Value “Being,” Over “Doing” We live in a “doing” based culture. Most of us have a ‘To Do List’. When we meet someone for the first time we ask, “What do you do?” A common greeting is, “How are you doing?” Our personal sense of value comes from what we have accomplished. Once a goal is reached, we mentally check it off our list, feeling a momentary sense of accomplishment. Soon we have a new goal to strive for. If a goal remains elusive then “the judge” shows up and labels us as “failures.” Doing becomes an addiction. What happens if we stop? Is it really ok to just be? Four years ago, I took a mid-life break and decided to focus on being instead of doing. I was a master doer. I had no idea what a challenge the first six months would be. Each day I woke up and habitually asked, “what I am I going to do today?” It took conscious effort to let go of control and trust that the day could unfold on its own. Gradually, I learned to relax and instead of “to doing” myself, I authentically responded to what was arising. Eventually, I remembered what I had known as a child—life is about being open, curious and playful.
Our True Nature is Love When we learn to surrender into the Now, we discover freedom. As we begin to live in the present moment we experience more peace and beauty in our lives. By filling our own cup with Love, Love flows through us. When we move beyond separation, we discover that Love is our true nature and the Source of all Being. By living as Love in each moment, we are creating a new world, one based on love instead of fear. Tantra teaches us to love ourselves, to love life, and to live in the moment. Crystal Dawn Morris, the founder of ‘Tantra for Awakening’, is a Certified Sky Dancing Tantra Teacher. Her classes, workshops and private coaching sessions give people practical tools for ecstatic living. For more information, contact Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping Your Teens Safe on Social Networking
Hundreds of teenagers will find themselves turned down from colleges and universities solely because of their Facebook and MySpace profiles. Others will find they are turned down when applying for jobs they would otherwise be accepted to. The reason is because of the images they’ve posted of themselves on their social networking sites holding beer cans and smoking marijuana. For some, it could be as simple as drinking from a red plastic cup. A recent study has shown that over 75% of teenagers have a profile on a social networking site like Facebook or Myspace, and over 50% of teens visit these sites everyday! The scary thing is that social networking is more than just a place to connect with friends. It’s now the place for job recruiters and college admittance staff to review a candidate’s social conduct.