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Issue 2 September 2011 NOURISH - FEED YOUR BODY ~ MIND ~ SOUL
Feed Your Body ~ mind ~ soul
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This last month has been a very busy me! Deadlines were sneaking up on those of us who contribute to Nourish. Amidst moving, cleaning, gardening, and healing treatments me was found to sit at our keyboards and present the words you will read within. In thinking about the last month, it feels like August flew by with trying to fit in all the fun things that signify summer before the beginning of September. September feels like the month of gearing up. I guess for me Septem‐ ber has always been a me of new. As a child it meant new clothes, new school supplies, new teacher, and possibly new friends. The feel‐ ing seems to have stayed with me as an adult and even though there really is no new each September it feels like I should bring on the new. Be the ini ator. The days are ge ng shorter, groups that took a hiatus over summer are restar ng, and the foliage is star ng to change. . It is a me to reflect on what you have sowed during the spring and sum‐ mer that is ready to harvest. Enjoy the oﬀerings that are being brought to you right now. If you have felt like the last couple of weeks have been nutso crazy busy, the full moon arriving today is in Pisces, we should feel as if there is calm within the maelstrom of ac vity we have been involved in. It will not last long so enjoy the moment. The other planetary aspects are s ll bringing us the feeling of not really knowing which end is up. Decep ons are s ll floa ng around so take extra care and listen to what your gut is telling you, even if you are not sure about that anymore, lis‐ ten in the quiet s ll moments. Perhaps the new that we need to em‐ brace is to know ourselves truly. Embrace all the light and shadows of who we are, and accept it all at our deepest levels. This will help us to own our own authority which I think will bring stability, calm and peace to our lives. Transforma on is happening and the more we can accept and go with the flow the easier it will be. con nued page 4
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Feed Your Body ~ mind ~ soul
SEPTEMBER NOURISHMENT Quote
Your Amazing Energy Field
Conversations with Chamuel
Natures Wonders - Honey Bees
Marlene Cobb Editor/Publisher
Laughter is My Life Raft
Energy Field, Power Animals, Stress Buster, Essential Oils
All I Need is the Air that I Breathe
Laughter is My Life Raft
Being Supportive to Grievers
Earth Crystals Astrology
Kaye Castleman Archangel Chamuel, Teatime Jeannie Magenta
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“A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering.” Byron Katie
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Your Amazing Energy Field So—you want to get more experience with your energy field, do you? Want to see what’s up with that? Here is a simple exercise designed to help with that! Find yourself a sweet, silent spot to get com‐ fortable in. This might be your bed, might be your easy chair – just make sure that no one is going to interrupt you. Turn oﬀ that phone! Put on some so music, if you wish. (Very so , be‐ cause you don’t want to have your a en on drawn back to it.) Go through a basic relaxa on ritual by focusing your a en on on your feet – toes first. Feel the very ps of your toes, and allow yourself to feel a so warmth all across them. Then slowly move this warmth up your en re body – through your feet to your ankles, to your calves, past your knees to your thighs, into your pelvis & bu ocks. Allow it to move up your back bone, vertebra by vertebra all the way up to the base of the skull. Then feel it move through your back, relaxing & so ening all the muscles and tendons in your back. Now move the warmth into your abdominal area, past your solar plexus and into your chest & shoulders. Move it down into your arms, your forearms, into your hands & out the ps of your fingers. Now focus on moving the warmth, the relaxa on into your neck – first the throat area, then the back of the neck, including the muscles & tendons on the side of your neck. Finally, move the warmth into the back of your head, the top of your head and onto your face – your forehead, eyebrows, cheeks, nose, chin – even so ening & relaxing your tongue in your mouth. Focus your a en on once again on your toes, and take a deep breath all the way into them. Now do that again. At this point, I want you to focus your a en on on the skin on one or both
of your arms. Get comfortable with that, then focus on the layer just under the skin. Move through the layers (you don’t have to know anatomy, just go with your feelings here!) un l you get to the bone in your arm. Feel what that feels like , then move slowly back to your skin. When you are feeling your skin again, move your a en on to the hairs on your arm. Hold it there, being gentle with yourself. If you lose the focus, just bring it back nice & easy. Ready? Now, move your a en on to the air just above the hair on your arm. Mmmmm. You’ve got it! All you have to do now is to follow it out away from your body. You may follow it out as far as you want, or you can give it a boundary of about 6 inches from your body. Do this o en, using diﬀerent parts of your body OR by paying a en on to what it feels like, and going there o en during the next month. Enjoy!
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CONVERSATIONS WITH CHAMUEL by Kaye Castleman Archangel Chamuel is most commonly known as the angel of love and compassion. (S)He can be helpful in dealing with communication issues, relationships, ethnic and racial tension, and to assist in situations where we are looking for things we have lost, or cannot find. As a channel for messages from Chamuel, I have found he has a strong desire to support the opening of our heart chakra, especially at this critical time in our development....
Welcome, once again, Dear Heart, to the sacred energy of the angelic realms. As you connect with this special vibra on, take me to enjoy a slow and conscious breath. Allow your awareness to li from the denser frequencies of your earthly existence to the lighter fre‐ quencies of higher dimensions. As challenging as it is for you to do this, so is it for us to visit your dimensions, but when we both have the inten on to reach for the other, it is possible for us feel each other's embrace in the same way that long‐lost friends fall into each oth‐ er's arms a er a long separa on. It is no more compli‐ cated than this, and with prac ce you can feel my pres‐ ence whenever you look for me. There is no great secret to this channeling business. It is not the domain of special persons or unusual skills. In fact, it is the natural experience of an unclu ered mind and an open heart. If you have any interest in convers‐ ing with the many angels and en es that surround you, we recommend that you first empty your mind of the ongoing parade of thoughts that keep it occupied. This can be done in many ways. It can be as complicat‐ ed or as simple as you wish ‐ through the discipline of involved medita on prac ces, or simply by removing each thought that is keeping your mind busy in this mo‐ ment, and hanging them one by one on a tree, where you can come back to them later. As your mind begins to let go, you will feel yourself relax. This always hap‐ pens. Once you move your consciousness from the mind, removing it from its governing role, all aspects of your being will begin to shi . And as you experience this, there is very much for you to learn from it. As you observe this phenomenon happening within yourself, you will come to know that it is your thoughts which cause you to stress. There is no stress outside of your thoughts, and therefore, all stress is self‐induced. All pain and worry and fear is self‐induced. It is your thought telling you it is so. And because your stress is
induced by you, it can also be released by you. Actual‐ ly, there is no other way for it to be released. Outward circumstances can change drama cally, but if your thought does not change, then neither will your stress. This is an important, core truth for you to grasp. And when you begin to master the management of your thoughts, your world will change. So this is why it is the first thing we suggest when help‐ ing you to connect with us. Remove your thoughts. Put them on hold for a few seconds, and feel what that is like. Take your eraser and rub them out, one by one. Press the 'Delete' bu on, and see the blank page that is your mind. Sweep them away, like cobwebs, allowing in the fresh air and light. As this happens, you will feel dis nct changes in your body. Your shoulders will relax, your breath will become deeper and more even, aches and pains will recede, and all the func ons of your body will begin to balance. This is the ini al step to li ing your vibra on, and opening your arms to welcome us back to you. Once you can feel this process taking place, then move your awareness to your heart. Your next step is to re‐ lease the heart energy. This can be a daun ng task for many. So many of you have walls and filters and great fears around your heart. It is impossible to remove the‐ se all at once, and so we suggest you first open your heart in the places that you feel safe. Think of the peo‐ ple in your life that you love and trust, and focus on the feeling that this brings you. These people may s ll be on earth with you, or they may have le long ago. Even if there is only a single person who you can bear to open your heart to, then fill your awareness with them. As you do this, no ce how much more relaxed you feel, and how the process that was ini ated when you re‐ leased your thoughts, con nues to evolve.
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As you open your heart and allow the energy that is there to pour out, the natural laws of the universe begin to magnify that expression, and radiate that mag‐ nified energy back to you. This is the state of a loving being ‐ love pouring out, being magnified, and being showered back. We recognize that it is o en diﬃcult to reach this divine energy in your dense vibra ons, but it is possible for each of you to express it at some level. There is no excep on to this, because each of you is love at your core, and though there may be many veils and hindrances that you carry with you in this life me, there is always a divine thread that even the most lost and wounded soul can access. For many of you, the blessings of your life are very clear. Opening your awareness to your world brings immediate gra tude and recogni on of the abundance, the joy and richness of your expression. You are indeed one of the fortunate. Know that this state is yours be‐ cause you have earned it. It is not reached without many life mes of experience and growth. And with this gi comes the opportunity to share. Every me you open your heart to the wonder and beauty of your life, every second you recognize the blessedness of each re‐ la onship you have welcomed in, every moment you acknowledge the perfec on of this situa on, then you send ripples into the universe that change it for every‐ one. The whole of humanity is upli ed. So whether your heart is heavy, or burs ng with joy, or somewhere between the two, find that place of safety and peace that allows you to expand the love that you are and share it with your world. This is the step that li s your vibra on so that we can share the same space. In the lower vibra ons, there are also en es that may be contacted. There are many levels of beings that in‐ habit the near Earth realms. Many of these are visible to some of you, others not. These spirits and energies can o en be contacted with less eﬀort and at lower vi‐ bra ons, because they themselves exist at lower vibra‐ ons. This is quite a significant subject on its own, and not really part of this message, so suﬃce it to say that these en es do not bring the same energy as those from the angelic realms, which, I humbly admit, (chuckle) are the highest order of vibra on. So that is it. Quite simple, really. Find a quiet space where you are unlikely to be interrupted, then clear your mind and open your heart. We are wai ng for you to call on us. We are here for each and every one of
you. And if you wish to connect with me, Chamuel, in par cular, I can give you one other piece of advice. I have a special rela onship with your heart chakra, and my energy is par cularly strong there. If you are look‐ ing to find me, a er you have followed the simple steps above, focus your IN‐ten on on me, and your AT‐ ten on on your heart. When you no ce something happening there, that will be me. I welcome all who are interested to share sacred space with me. For those who are content to here my words through others, know that I am with you, too. All of us in the highest realms hear your prayers and work on your behalf. Many of us par cipated in the events of the past few days, to bring about a posi ve outcome in what might have otherwise been a most tragic event. Remember that there is great power in your inten on, that you are surrounded by loving beings of light that are here to serve you, and.... that we are all connected. Chamuel
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TASTE SENSATIONS TEATIME...... AHHHHHH! By Kaye Castleman In China, where tea has been produced for al‐ most 3000 years, it is said that "superior tea comes from high mountains.". The al tude and mountain mists help shield against too much sunlight, and provide the proper temperature and humidity for the leaves to de‐ velop slowly and remain tender. As with wine, the quality and taste of a par cular tea is influenced by both environmental factors such as soil, climate and al tude, and the tea maker, who decides when and how the leaf is picked and how it is processed. Tea is made from the dried and cured leaves of a white‐ flowered evergreen from the Camellia family na ve to China, Tibet and northern India. This produces the true tea beverage, which is quite diﬀerent from the wide variety of herbal sanes that are made from other plants. There are two main varie es used in tea‐ making: the favoured small leaf variety (Camellia sinen‐ sis), which thrives in the cool, high mountain regions of central China and Japan, and the broad leaf variety (Camellia assamica), which grows best in the moist, tropical climates in Northeast India and the Szechuan and Yunnan provinces of China. There are hundreds of types of tea, but most fall into four main categories: green tea, black tea, oolong tea and white tea. Though these all come from the same plant, the specific variety of tea plant and the way the leaves are processed a er harves ng determine the type of tea that is created.
BLACK TEA Black tea requires the most processing of the four main categories. The fermenta on process usually begins by placing the leaves on drying or withering shelves to re‐ move the excess moisture. When they reach the de‐ sired stage they are then rolled in special machines, then moved to a temperature‐ and humidity‐controlled environment where the leaves are heated and ferment‐ ed or oxidized. Some processors use machines to chop the leaves into small pieces before the drying stage in order to speed up the process. It is this stage that pro‐ duces the dis nc vely rich flavor and amber colored brew. Black tea varie es include Darjeeling, Ceylon and Assam. GREEN TEA Green tea is withered and rolled but not fermented dur‐ ing processing to retain the original color of the leaves. The result is a fresh tas ng tea that produces a pale green‐yellow liquid that has a grassy flavor. All Japanese teas are green with names like gyokuro or sencha. Chi‐ nese teas include Quan Yin and the most famous and expensive green tea, known as Dragon Well tea, which is grown on the hillsides of Hanghou. OOLONG TEA Oolong tea lies somewhere in the middle between green and black tea. It is fermented like black tea, but the process is stopped part way through. The leaves are then 'rubbed' repeatedly to release the enzymes and juices necessary to produce good flavor, aroma, and texture. The next step is to heat the leaves, which pro‐ duces a unique balance between green tea's delicacy and black tea's depth. Formosa oolong from Taiwan is considered one of the finest oolong teas.
WHITE TEA White tea is the rarest and least processed tea variety. It is steamed and dried and does not go through the withering or fermenta on process. This rare (and very expensive) tea is picked as dawn breaks in four north‐ eastern Chinese provinces. It contains buds that are covered with fine silvery hairs. They impart a whi sh/ gray color to the liquid, hence the name 'white tea'. It is some mes called silver p pekoe or white needle. When you brew white tea it is a pale yellow straw color, with a slightly sweet flavor and none of the 'grassy' under‐ tones o en characteris c of green tea.
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SCENTED AND SPICED TEAS There is another category known as scented and spiced teas. Scented teas can be made naturally by mixing var‐ ious flowers and petals with green or oolong teas, al‐ lowing the tea to absorb the natural flower oils. Jas‐ mine tea is one of the best known of the scented types. Other scented teas and spiced teas can be flavored with just about anything by spraying natural and ar ficial flavors on the leaves. The spiced teas usually contain a mix of tea leaves and pieces of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, dried orange or lemon peel.
WATER The best tea is only as good as the water with which it is prepared. We recommend using filtered or spring wa‐ ter with a natural mineral content that is neither too hard nor too so . Dis lled water is not recommended since water purified of its mineral content produces a flat tas ng infusion. The freshness of the water is im‐ portant as fresh water contains more oxygen, which enhances the taste of the tea. Never use hot tap water or water that has already boiled for a long me as this will result in a flat and dull tas ng tea with li le aroma. PREHEATING THE TEAPOT... AND CUPS! It is important to preheat the pot or cup in which the tea will be steeped. If hot water is poured into a cold container, the temperature of the water will drop too quickly and the full flavor of the tea will not be extract‐ ed. To preheat the pot, pour a li le of the boiling water from the ke le into the pot. Then pour this water oﬀ into the drinking cups to warm them, too. MEASURING DRY LEAVES
MAKING THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA
Adjus ng the amount of leaves is the way to adjust the strength of your tea, and this is very much a ma er of your own taste. We recommend star ng with one rounded teaspoon of dry leaves for each 6‐ounce cup, but this can vary widely for diﬀerent types of tea.. With lighter weight teas such as large, wiry oolongs and whites, try 2 teaspoons per 6‐ounce cup. WATER TEMPERATURE
METHOD We recommend using loose leaves in a teapot, since this method allows for maximum freedom for the leaves to unfurl, which makes for a stronger, more fla‐ vourful cup. However, it is necessary to monitor the infusion me so that the tea is not le too long and al‐ lowed to become bi er. Besides being more expensive, teabags tend to contain an inferior quality of leaf, and teabag packaging and ink can aﬀect the flavour. Like teaballs and mesh infusers, teabags also provide insuﬃ‐ cient space for the leaves to expand and for water to circulate around them. If you do find a quality teabag, be sure to prepare as any fine tea. Basket filters, tea socks and tea presses all allow the tea leaves to expand and are therefore acceptable op ons, but tea socks can retain the flavors from previous batches of tea, and should therefore only be used with similar types of tea.
Black and dark oolong teas (as well as most herbal ‐ sanes) are best prepared with water that has come to near boiling. Don't let the water boil too long or the ox‐ ygen content will be reduced and the tea will taste flat. Green, white, and green oolong teas should not be pre‐ pared with boiling water as this will cook the leaves and destroy their flavor. Japanese greens tend to taste best with water at 170‐180º F. China green teas tend to taste best with water at 185º F. Generally, the finer the green tea, the lower the water temperature should be. To brew green tea without a thermometer: pour the water at the moment that bubbles begin to rise from the bo om of your ke le, or bring the water to a boil first and then let it cool for two to three minutes before pouring.
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TASTE SENSATIONS TEATIME...... AHHHHHH! By Kaye Castleman STEEPING The me it takes for tea to brew depends on the leaf size. The smaller the leaf, the faster the tea infuses. Un l familiar with a par cular tea, steep for a minute or two, then taste. Pay a en on to the taste rather than the color. When the tea tastes right, serve or pour oﬀ all the liquid to avoid oversteeping. Most teas reach op mum flavour a er one to five minute. Some green, oolong and white teas are good for mul ple infusions. Just add fresh hot water to the pot and increase the steeping me slightly for each subsequent infusion. Repeat un l the flavour starts to fade.
STORING TEA All tea has a shelf life. The enemies of tea are air, light, moisture and odors from other foods. To preserve its freshness as long as possible, tea should be stored in a cool and dry place, in a container that is opaque and air ght. An air ght n is best. Avoid glass jars, as this exposes the tea to light. Since tea absorbs other odors very easily, it is important to store it away from any strong‐smelling foods. Tea does not usually freeze or refrigerate well.
CHOOSING YOUR TEA READ THE LABEL Look for authen city. Government regula ons help en‐ sure a tea’s origin and authen city. A tea marked “Assam,” for instance, must be 100 percent Assam tea. Teas may be marked “Assam blend” or “Assam type” if at least 51 percent of the tea comes from Assam. Also, Bri sh doesn’t mean be er. England doesn’t grow tea and neither does the U.S., so all teas from either coun‐ try are imported. You might be paying for packaging and foreign impor ng rather than quality. WHAT KIND OF TEA DO YOU WANT? Get to know a li le terminology so you can discuss tea varie es with your local tea specialist. Experiment with diﬀerent teas to find out which ones you like ‐ black or green? teas that work with milk or sugar, lemon or honey? a blended tea that combines flavours, or a sin‐ gle‐origin tea? Taste teas from diﬀerent regions. With experience, you will be able to describe the character‐ is cs of tea ‐ a fruity tea, a rich tea, a delicate or floral tea. We recommend visi ng a quality tea shop that specializes in various types of imported teas. Speak with knowledgable staﬀ and taste some of the finer teas they have to oﬀer. Many teashops will sell you a small sample to take home and try. HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO SPEND? Tea is a remarkably inexpensive indulgence. Next to water, it is the least costly beverage you can drink. One pound of tea makes a whopping 200 cups of tea. But buying cheap tea doesn’t automa cally get you a deal. For the most part, you’ll get what you’ll pay for. We recommend choosing a selec on of teas at diﬀer‐ ent prices as you educate your palate. Anyone who has become accustomed to the flavour of superb teas im‐ mediately recognizes the harshness of inferior types. Con nued next page
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ENJOY! It is no coincidence that for some of the oldest and wisest civiliza ons on the planet, tea is their beverage of choice. Whether your palate prefers the sweet taste of Indian Chai, the deli‐ cate aroma of Chinese Jasmine, or the robust flavor of Russian Black, each provides its own unique gi to your body and mind. You may wish to go on a tea‐tas ng excursion through your local area, or begin an a ernoon tea party group with friends featuring sandwiches and treats with a diﬀerent tea each me. Perhaps you prefer that moment in the day when it is only you and your cuppa. However tea comes into your life, we invite you to explore its possi‐ bili es. There is a world of indulgence out there..... enjoy!
LAVENDER TEA 2 1/2 tbsp fresh lavender petals (or if dried and crushed, about 4 tsp) 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves (or if dried and crushed, about 4 1/2 tbsp) Honey if desired 8 cups of water Prepare the water and your choice of server as men‐ oned in the tea me ar cle. Into your teapot or a diﬀus‐ er if using, place the lavender and mint. Pour boiling water over the herbs, place lid on teapot and let steep 5 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.
Few people realize that the lavender flowers are edible. Tea made with lavender can be beneficial, and has a wonderful flavor. Lavender, taken internally as a tea, can aid your health in many ways, taking care of things including exhaus on, stress, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, migraines, depres‐ sion, diges on, gas, upset stomach, colds, gallbladder and liver problems, loss of appe te, nervousness, and makes a great breath freshening mouthwash! Mint taken in this way is good for the diges on, can act as a seda ve to help you relax, and aids in perspira on to lower fevers.
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POWER ANIMALS By Vera Enshaw
reat Blue Heron keeps coming in to my life, both in the physical and in feather form. I love watch‐ ing these majes c birds. They are so incredibly stately when standing or flying—balance is obvious when look‐ ing at them. Their feathers are gorgeous and keep coming to me. Yesterday evening I stood for several minutes in one spot along a side street. When I stepped up onto the sidewalk I looked down and saw so many small heron feathers! The feathers are unique in shape—the wispy feature of those long wing & throat feathers carries through even to the down. I knew that I needed to look and see what knowledge, what messages Spirit has been sharing with me.
This appears to be a huge job—there is so much infor‐ ma on, how am I to share it all, collate it all and make sense of it? And that is one of the messages of heron— I am able to figure it out. There are many ways to solve any issue and I have the ability to see them. More than one path, and the ability to move through more than one medium. Heron lives in trees so is connected to earth. She moves through air easily and with grace— looking straight ahead, body & legs in a straight line. In water she finds sustenance, and she is able to do that without leaving the shallow waters along the shore.
Heron lives on her own, makes her own way in life. She determines her path, each step slowly & carefully planted. I have moved through a labyrinth like heron moves through water—each foot raised high and then carefully planted before the next step is begun. (Look at Tai Chi for instruc on here.) Where I want to rush through life, heron is showing me that living is actually a slow process. “Slow down, grasshopper!” Every mo‐ ment comes whether I rush or take it easy. I can choose to be peaceful, to let one moment flow into another wai ng for the right me to take the next step—or I can choose anxiety, trying to force events
into existence before the me is ripe. A reminder to breathe. Everything in its me.
Balance, innately connected to water. Water feeds us spiritually—I have fountains in my home that run con‐ stantly. To sit and watch a river, a lake or the ocen fills me up with whatever I seem to be needing in that momvent. It doesn’t even need to be peaceful– I love being at the beach when the ocean is wild & tumultu‐ ous, or standing close to a roaring waterfall. Somehow that sound fills me and fills me and fills me. I enjoy be‐ ing in water while being out of water. I can also see that my body needs more water than I am currently giving it. Drinking more and also spending me in the bath, allowing my body to absorb as much as it needs! During breeding season the solitary herons gather to‐ gether in colonies. This speaks to my ability to mix and mingle in groups, to be part of a group for periods of me. It also speaks to the necessity of moving away from the group when my season with it is over. When I listen to my heart I know when the me is up. My head argues the point!
hat has been catching your a en on lately? Is there a bird, an animal, a rock that has been showing up with increased regularity? A word? A song? Pay a en on—with just a li le bit of medita on, some wri ng or even researching books or the internet, you can gain valuable insights into what is happening in your life and what you can do to enhance it, or shi & change it. Namaste
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Natures Wonders Honey Bees
20,000 ‐ 40,000 Female Worker bees. The smallest member of the colony, workers do everything but lay eggs and mate. As the worker bee lives for about 35 days, I think we should take a look at their life; 0‐5 Days ‐ Young Bee ‐ Begs for food from older worker bees, and cleans the empty cells so that the queen will deposit eggs. This young bee also warms and later stocks the cells of older larvae with pol‐ len. 5‐10 Days ‐ Nurse Bee ‐With the pharyngeal glands fully developed she begins to pro‐ duce royal jelly. The worker feeds this protein rich substance to the larvae. 10 ‐ 15 Days ‐ Building Bee ‐ Using the wax she produces, the worker builds combs and caps oﬀ cells. The worker also stores pollen and nectar, cools and warms the hive, removes dead bees, feeds the queen and drones, and other hive du es as needed. 15 ‐ 20 Days ‐ Guard Bee ‐ Poison glands have developed and the workers now guard the entrance to the hive against enemies and other bees from diﬀerent colonies. 20 ‐ 35 Days ‐ Honey Making Bee ‐ With her flight muscles fully developed she is a racted to light and starts to make for‐ aging flights. The worker now collects nectar, pollen, water, and propolis. The propolis which is a resinous substance is collected from tree buds, and sap flow and is used to create bee glue. The bee glue is used to seal small crevices.
The other night a show I was watching featured a short 5 minute clip on honey which intrigued me to the point of wan ng to know more. I knew that honey was pro‐ duced by bees but the process of how it got from flow‐ er nectar to honey that I enjoy I knew nothing about. So oﬀ I went to research this amazing process. The making of honey is one of nature’s most amazing processes. The two key ingredients for honey are flow‐ ers or blossoms and bees. In the hive (or in a wild nest), there are three types of bee: Queen Bee. The queen bee is the largest, and you guessed it, she is the ruler of the colony. The queen might only fly twice during her life me. When the queen is 9 days old she goes on her ma ng flight, which only occurs this once, she will mate with several drones on this flight. The spermatozoa are stored in the queen’s repro‐ duc ve storage sac and will be released to fer ‐ lize eggs during her life me. The queen con‐ trols the popula on of the hive. In mes of a shortage of food sources she reduces the num‐ ber of eggs she lays, when the hive becomes over populated she stops laying eggs, and leaves the hive, her second flight (if needed). Half of the colony will swarm with the queen looking for a new home. The queen can live up to 5 years. Male Drone bees whose main purpose is to fer lize the eggs of future bees. If the drone mates with the queen during her ma ng flight he dies, if not he will live for about 90 days. Drones themselves come from unfer lized eggs and do not have s ngers.
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Okay we have the roles of the colony figured out, and we know flowers are involved so let’s get down to how honey is actually made. Worker bees visit 100 ‐ 1500 flowers in a single flight, collec ng nectar from them. The nectar is stored in a second stomach the bees have called the honey stomach. The nectar mixes with a number of proteins and enzymes produced by the bees in this special stomach. The workers return to the hive, and transfer the nectar into the combs. Once the combs are full they fan the air around the stored nectar with their wings, drying the moisture out of it: during this process the nectar thickens and eventually trans‐ forms into what we recognize as honey. When this is done, the bees cap the honeycomb with wax that is produced by the bee from four glands found on her un‐ der body. By late summer or early fall, the hives are full of capped honey, ready to go. The beekeepers remove the combs, scrap oﬀ the wax, extract the honey, and bo le or pour into larger pails for storage. Honey that is stored properly it can last for decades. The color will darken, and it might lose some of its flavor but it will s ll be edi‐ ble. Crystalliza on might happen; all that is required is to soak the jar in warm water to melt the crystals. To me this is fascina ng, to think that this small insect has not only such a grand purpose but is also self‐ contained in a small environment. Everything they need they produce. Honey has been used all through‐ out history for centuries. There are many uses for hon‐ ey and here are just some of the benefits; Natural source of vitamins, minerals, and essen al ami‐ no acids ‐ vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, panto‐ thenic acid, certain amino acids, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodi‐ um, and zinc. The levels depend on the floral source. Quick energy to keep you going ‐ due to the simple sug‐ ars glucose and fructose. An oxidant benefits ‐ researchers are discovering more and more about an oxidants, and the ones in honey can play a part in elimina ng harmful free radicals from
the human body. Honey for healing ‐ it is a natural an microbial that in‐ hibits the growth of certain bacteria, yeast and molds. It can also prevent scarring. . Honey for beauty ‐ a natural choice for so , supple skin, and shining healthy hair. Here is a recipe to try out! Enjoy!!
Sunflower Wheat Bread Makes 2 loaves • 2 packages active dry yeast • 1 cup water, warm (105° to 115°F) • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted • 2 teaspoons salt • 1/3 cup honey • 1 cup milk, warm (105° to 115°F) • 2 cups whole wheat flour • 3-1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour • 1/2 cup bran, unprocessed • 1/2 cup wheat germ 1 cup sunflower seeds, unsalted Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, combine butter, salt, honey and milk. Add yeast mixture. In a separate bowl, combine flours, bran, wheat germ and sunflower seeds. Stir dry ingredients into the milk mixture, forming a stiff dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover. Let rise in warm, draft-free place until double in size (about 1 hour). Punch down dough. Shape into 2 loaves. Place in greased 8x4x3inch pans. Cover. Let rise in warm, draft-free place until double in size (about 1 hour). Bake at 400°F 15 minutes. Reduce heat and bake at 350°F about 25 minutes.
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LAUGHTER IS MY LIFE RAFT by Jeannie Magenta We all have diﬀerent ways of coping with life and, like most people I have resorted to a variety of methods. Ge ng sick. Overea ng. Wan ng to run away or hide out un l eve‐ rything blew over. None of these were healthy ways of dealing with life’s pressures and yet they were the only coping mechanisms that I had. I feel very grateful to have discovered stronger, more empowering tools to deal with those pressures. Laughter Yoga is my favorite tool of all me! It started in 1995 in India, but it was not un l 2005 (a whole decade later), while at Rhodes Wellness College, that I heard about this amazing phenomenon. The irony is that the day Laughter Yoga was presented, I was home “sick” – and I had to hear about it from my classmates the next day! My curiosity was piqued and I went on to become a Laughter Leader.
laughter. Our bodies came programmed to laugh. It doesn’t ma er whether one is born deaf, blind or both, at the age of 2‐4 months we begin to laugh. From then on our beings love to connect with other people who are laughing! Laughter is an exercise that can be done alone or with others or even while talking on the phone. The desire to laugh is in all of us! Laughter is a super food that heals and strengthens the body, mind and spirits of all who enjoy its many benefits. The more o en I laugh the more I remember just how healing it can be to the physical, mental, emo onal and even spiritual state of one’s being. To find a laughter club near you visit www.laughteryoga.ca or www.laughteryoga.org for local lis ngs. I no longer flounder in life’s troubled waters ‐ I am always packing laughter as my personal life ra ! Ha Ha Ha Haaaaaa
So how does one go from dealing with life’s stresses by ge ng sick to dealing with them by laughing? All it took was a few really good belly laughs to remind me that life is not meant to be a struggle filled with seri‐ ousness. I could be an adult and s ll keep my playful spirit. I use my current mood to determine where my laugh‐ ter meter is si ng. I know that the less I feel like laughing and don’t want to be around people, the more I need to begin laughing again. Because I know that a cranky a tude leads nowhere fun, it is oﬀ to Laughter Yoga class for me! Laughter Yoga is really simple! Go ahead, try a fake laugh ‐ only for 30 seconds. See if you can last that long without laughing for real. How did you do? My experience is that people can seldom go more than about half that me without breaking into genuine
Jeannie Magenta runs a weekly non‐profit Laughter Club and pre‐ sents laughter workshops, Sessions, and conference energizers for corporate and non‐profit organiza ons. Jeannie is also a cer fied Hatha Yoga teacher and Wellness Counselor. She has always had a passion for people and spreading joy and once you meet her you will understand why she can help so many find more joy in there life. She can be found at www.lovetoshine.ca
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You come home from work tired and cranky. All those people and every one of them has their own issues. Too much work, too little time to do it in. And when are you going to get time to spend with your family???? Stress—we all live with it—that doesn’t mean we have to stay in it! Here’s a quickie stress buster that can help alleviate it every day!
A er you get home from work, undress & get into the shower. Let that lovely warm water flow over your skin. Stand right under the shower head if possible and focus your a en‐ on on your crown chakra. Open the chakra, allowing the water to flow right through your core, coming out the soles of your feet and down into the earth. Con nue with this focus for a minute or so then allow the stream flowing through to get larger, so that your whole physical body is being washed—all the muscles, tendons, blood cells—each fiber of your being is cleansed. Again, expand your awareness so that now the water is cleansing the first layer of your energy field—the ether‐ ic level, just an inch or so beyond your skin. Don’t stop yet! You want to expand your awareness out even further—at least 6 inch‐ es—and then another 6 inches. Breathe in and out, un l you feel complete.
rain shower slowly stopping, so there is no shock to your system. Be gentle in your movements as you finish your shower. Give yourself the gi of me before you leave the bathing room. Drink a large glass of water. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Blow kisses at the beauty you see there. (For an extra special treat, put a drop or two of calming lavender, lemon or orange essen‐ al oil into the shower before you start. The scent will be diﬀused in the steam—lovely!
Now you are at the stage where you can slowly begin to step away from the flowing water. The eﬀect you want is like that of a NOURISH - FEED YOUR BODY ~ MIND ~ SOUL 17
DENTAL HEALTH JAW PAIN
by Amanda Wagman
Temperomandibular joint and muscle disorder, re‐ ferred to as “TMJD or TMD" is a condi on that can cause pain and dysfunc on of the temperomandibular joint and or surrounding muscles. There is no certain way of know‐ ing how many people suﬀer from TMD, but some es ‐ mates suggest over 10 million Americans are aﬀected, and the condi on appears to be more common in women than men. With so many people being aﬀected by TMD, there are many ques ons to be answered, such as, what is TMD and what are the causes? What are signs and symptoms and how are TMD diagnosed, treated, and handled during dental procedures ? TMD and Causes
‐Neuromuscular junc on tes ng, somatosensory tes ng
‐Standard dental radiographs
‐Computerized mandibular scan / kinesiography / lectrogathograph / jaw tracking
‐Diagnos c study models
TMD is an acute or chronic inflamma on of the TMJ and or surrounding muscles. TMD may aﬀect only the muscles, or the joint itself. Although the precise causes of TMD have not been iden fied, these condi ons are believed to be caused by trauma that eﬀects the joint. Normally, if there has been some sort of accident/incident that has caused in‐ jury to the head and neck, this can be deemed the cause of TMD; however, TMD is usually mul ‐factorial, and is also strongly associated with stress, sleeping disorders, malocclu‐ sion, and systemic diseases such as fibromyalgia, osteoporo‐ sis, and arthri s. Symptoms There are a wide range of symptoms that a client may present with, and the symptoms do not always draw a en‐ on to a TMD. Headaches, earaches, diﬃculty chewing or bi ng, aching facial pain, tenderness of the jaw, clicking sounds, gra ng sounds while chewing, and a loss of func on while chewing are all symptoms of TMD. Another symptom of TMD is always feeling the mandible (jaw) is out of place.
Currently, there is no one procedure that can posi vely diagnose TMD. Because as men oned earlier, the exact causes of TMD are unclear, diagnosing TMD is quit tricky, and takes a skillful clinician. During theses diagnos c proce‐ dures, the clinician will also document any symptoms that may be present, take a dental and medical history, and do a thorough examina on of the head, neck, face, and jaw. Dur‐ ing the examina on, the clinician will feel the joint and con‐ nec ng muscles for tenderness upon opening and clos‐ ing. Sliding the teeth side to side, and watching and listening to the jaw open and close is necessary. Palpa on for point tenderness is also common. Treatment
Diagnosis Diagnosing TMD can be very diﬃcult. The following is a list of the some of the more frequent diagnos c procedures:
‐Muscle tes ng / range of mo on measurements
‐Cephalometric or lateral skull x‐rays
‐Electromyography (EMG), surface EMG
‐Electronic registra on (Myomonitor)
Treatment for TMD can be put into two categories: non‐ surgical treatment, and surgical treatment. Non‐surgical treatment includes intra‐oral appliances, occlusal (bite) ad‐ justment, physical therapy, medical management, relaxa on therapy, and acupuncture. Surgical treatment is controver‐ cial and some op ons include condylotomy or intra‐oral ver‐ cal ramus osteotomy, treatment of alveolar cavita onal osteopathosis, par al TMJ prostheses, and orthognathic sur‐ gery.
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Intra‐oral appliances are occlusal orthopedic appliances, occlusal splints, bite appliances/planes/splints, and mandib‐ ular occlusal reposi oning appliances. These appliances are considered necessary when there is loss of func on and pain in the joint. Intra‐oral appliances are the most common method of treatment provided by den sts. Occlusal adjust‐ ment is another popular treatment for TMD, and is consid‐ ered to be early treatment. The den st can easily and quick‐ ly adjust the occlusal rela onship between the maxillary teeth and the mandibular teeth to determine if this will in‐ crease func on and decrease pain. IPhysical therapy is another common treatment for TMD. Like many other joint disorders, physical therapy has proved to be a conserva ve form of treatment when per‐ formed by a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapy may include, but is not limited to repe ve ac ve or passive jaw exercises, thermal modali es, manipula on, vapor cool‐ ant spray‐and‐stretch technique, and electro‐galvanic s mu‐ la on. ni ally, medical treament of TMD may include prescrip‐ on drug therapy, similar to other orthopedic and musculo‐ skeletal condi ons. Non‐opiate analgesics and non‐steroidal an ‐inflammatory drugs are necessary for mild‐to‐moderate inflammatory condi ons and pain. Low‐dosage tricyclic an ‐ depressants are considered medically necessary for treat‐ ment of chronic pain, sleep disturbance and nocturnal brux‐ ism. Adjuvant pharmacologic therapies, including an con‐ vulsants, membrane stabilizers, and sympatholy c agents, are considered medically necessary for unremi ng TMD pain. Opiate analgesics, cor costeroids, and muscle relax‐ ants are considered medically necessary in refractory pain. There is a strong posi ve correla on between the eﬀec veness of relaxa on techniques and reducing chronic pain associated with a variety of medical condi ons, includ‐ ing TMD. In a meta‐analysis of 13 studies, approximately 70% of clients suﬀering with TMD pain required no further treat‐ ment, were symptom free, or were substan ally improved following treatment using relaxa on techniques, compared to 35% of clients who were subjected to placebo treat‐ ments. Of worthy note is the synergis c response displayed by the use of an intra‐oral appliance as well as relaxa on therapy (deep breathing, medita on, yoga, guided image‐ ry). The most successful non‐surgical treatments have been when dental and psychological treatments are combined. A systema c review found substan al evidence of the eﬀec‐ veness of acupuncture for treatment of TMD pain. Less controlled studies on trigger‐point injec on have been con‐ ducted, although trigger‐point injec on and dry needling of trigger points have become widely accepted treatment. While dry needling and trigger point injec ons of anesthe c
appear to be equally eﬀec ve, post‐injec on soreness from dry needling has been found to be more intense and of long‐ er dura on than experienced by pa ents injected with local anesthe c. For acute pain, four appointments over a two week span is ideal. Addi onal treatment is essen al when the pain persists and further improvement is expected. If any of the non‐surgical treatments are not successful, surgi‐ cal treatments are available, but should be avoided at all costs. Surgical procedures range from arthrocentesis (least inva‐ sive) and progress through arthroscopy, condylotomy/ eminectomy, arthroplasty, and joint reconstruc on using autogenous or alloplas c materials. Autogenous gra s (e.g., costochondral, car lage, dermal, fat, fascial and other autog‐ enous gra materials) may be considered necessary upon individual case review. TMJ Concepts prosthesis may be used as a “salvage device” for treatment of end‐stage TMD disease, when no other viable therapeu c alterna ves are available. TMD and Dental Procedures For the client who suﬀers from TMD, dental treatment can be painful and stressful. To help clients with TMD, in‐ strumenta on may need to be adapted to accomodate mini‐ mal opening of the mouth. The use of a bite block and fre‐ quent rest periods may relieve some discomfort during treatment. Shorter, more frequent appointments are pre‐ ferred over longer, less frequent ones. TMD aﬀects millions of people, and s ll there are no defi‐ nite causes. There may be a broad range of symptoms that do not always clearly indicate TMD. A knowledgeable clini‐ cian is essen al in diagnosing TMD, and with so many new op ons for treatment available, it will be interes ng to read about the success rates in the future. Amanda Wagman, RDH
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I also use a lip balm that has no chemi‐ cal ingredients, as the lavender can be drying)
help trea ng burns. I put lavender on burns that I get while cooking, and there is not even a mark le most of the me. Beware!!! Most commercial lavender oil is actually LAVINDIN— which will increase the burn!
Great bug dope—helps to keep away mosquitoes. Just put a couple of drops on your hands, rub over the bare areas of your skin. If you do get cozy with a mosquito, a bit of lavender on the bite will take away the itch
ho hasn’t heard of the relaxing
benefits of Lavender essen al oil? Laven‐ der (lavendula angustafolia) is a universal oil that has been known to balance the body, and to work wherever there is need. The world’s top aromatherapy ex‐ perts, when asked which essen al oil they would take if they were only allowed one, all responded “lavender”. Lavender can: •
help clear up infec ons
help one deal with depression
help heal inflamma on
help one sleep: put a drop of lavender on your pillow, or on the bo om of your feet, when having trouble sleep‐ ing.
help avoid or heal cold sores – it is very fast at ge ng rid of them. If I feel the cold sore coming on, I put the lav‐ ender on immediately, and most of the me it never goes further than the itch! (When using lavender on my lips
In this day and age of “super bugs” and virulent flus, I am so grateful for lavender essen al oil—it helps keep me free from dis‐ease! Know the source of your essen al oils—if they are being sold as therapeu c, or me‐ dicinal grade ask your supplier for the in‐ dependent lab cer fica on. For more in‐ forma on on lavender & other essen al oils, feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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GREEN FLAME RITUAL
flames what can happen. Make sure you are in an area free of over hanging debris, that is fairly open.
This is one ritual that I absolutely love doing. It is rather You will need a n can, any size will work except for a simple and doesn’t require lots of ingredients and the small fish can, unless you really want a small ritual. Soup eﬀects are both amazing and wonderful. cans work great. Rubbing alcohol, 99% works best for The Green Flame Ritual can be used for many purposes. having the best green flames. Epsom salts. Place some I happen to like it for a releasing ritual, and since the full Epsom salts into the can, over them pour the rubbing moon is about releasing that which you no longer require alcohol, enough to cover. Time to light it with a match. makes it a perfect thing to do right now. You can use I would love to hear of your experiences with Green green flame to manifest as well (I would recommend you Flame. Everyone experiences something diﬀerent. Once do that ritual on the New Moon date) the flames were shoo ng about 3 feet into the air, and The first thing you need to do is think about what you are when I would feed it something I was releasing ready to release from your life. Don’t take this step light‐ (inten onally as I don’t usually write them out) the ly, really think about what is in your life right now and flames went really small and looked like they were chew‐ what you need or want to let go of. Write them down. If ing it up. Other mes the flames have been small un l I you wish you can write them down on small pieces of place something into them and they flare up. I do know paper and fold into li le packet's. Personally I don’t al‐ that whatever I am releasing always goes. I feel lighter ways write them down but I do spend me thinking a er doing a Green Flame. about what I am going to give to the flames. Enjoy Time to gather the ingredients and pick a me when you Marlene will fire Green Flame up. I recommend doing green flame outdoors. One never knows when working with
APPLE FACTS ♦
The average person eats 65 apples per year.
Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
The largest apple ever picked weighed three pounds, two
There are more than 7500 varie es of apples grown in the world.
Red Delicious is the most popular, Golden Delicious is the second most popular.
One medium apple contains about 80 calories.
The word apple comes from the Old English aeppel.
The only apple na ve to North America is the crabapple.
Apple trees don't bear their first fruit un l they are four or five years old.
The Cel c word for apple is abhall. ♦
Querce n is found only in the apple skin.
The skin also contains more an oxidants and fiber than the flesh.
Archaeologists have evidence of people ea ng apples as far back as 6500 B.C.
Source h p://www.healthdiaries.com/ea his/20‐facts‐about‐ apples.html
China produces more apples than any other country. NOURISH - FEED YOUR BODY ~ MIND ~ SOUL 21
ALL I NEED IS THE AIR THAT I BREATHE MARLENE COBB
I am not actually going to talk about the air quality we all breathe, I am going to talk about our ac‐ tual breathe. Do you know how you breathe? I would say that most of us never pay any a en on un l we are having issues with not being able to breathe. That usu‐ ally puts us into a panic. We need air for our bodies to func on. Breathing is natural but if we add some breathing techniques to our daily rou nes we can con‐ trol our stress levels. There are also techniques to in‐ crease our alertness, help control pain and promote be er sleep.
To increase your alertness do a bellow breath exercise. Short breathes in and out of the nose; they should be equal in length. Try for 3 in/out sequences per second. Breathe normally, and then do another round. Try for 15 seconds to begin with and then work up in 5 second increments to 1minute. This brings about a feeling of invigora on comparable to a good workout.
‐7‐8 technique. With your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth where lose li le ridges are, breath in for a count of 4 through your mouth. Hold for a count of 7. Now slowly breathe out through your nose for a count of 8. Do this for a cycle of 4 breaths. You should feel no ceable calmer. This is a great exercise for when our bu ons are being pushed, before reac ng try 4‐7‐8. Perhaps my favorite exercise is the coun ng one. I find it works the best for me to just calm down, and relax. When I am worked up about something or I am having problems falling to sleep this is the exercise I use. Inhale and exhale normally, on the exhale count 10. Keep inhaling and exhaling normally coun ng down with each exhale un l you have reached 1. If you s ll feel anxious, stressed, angry, or just oﬀ go for another round. The great thing about breathing exercises is they can’t hurt you and they are free.
To relax and calm your nerves we will look at a 4
ARCHANGEL MICHAEL (MY-KEL) “HE WHO IS LIKE GOD”
HEALS/HELPS WITH: FEAR AND NERVOUSNESS, PROTECTION, CLEARS ENERGY CRYSTAL: SUGILITE AURA: ROYAL PURPLE/ROYAL BLUE
Michael is a fiery, warrior angel. He is the "big gun" of the archangels and the one called upon most o en for the simple reason he is able to help with most situa ons. To call on Michael takes no formal request a simple "Michael I need you!" will do. He comes to all who call on him, and especially likes to come into our dreams and work with us to clear away any fears that may be blocking us from living our lives to their fullest poten al. When Michael is nearby, you may feel extreme heat, and/or see cobalt blue sparkles. Wearing or holding the crystal sugilite may help you to channel Michaels energy. Michaels' energy is very powerful, and filled with love, when you call on him you get a sense of being safe and secure. Messages from Archangel Michael; "I am protecting you against lower energies, and guarding you, your loved ones, and home." "You are a powerful, loving, and creative child of God. You are very loved." "Be clear about what you desire, and focus upon it with unwavering faith." NOURISH ~ FEED YOUR BODY ~ MIND ~ SOUL 22
ASK AUNTIE Dear Aun e; Recently I accepted a new job. I was told that the jobsite needed to be turned around and that there were challenges but I would have all the support I need‐ ed. Since arriving on the job it turns out that there are many challenges, and the support might be not as freely given as first indicated. I have faith that I can handle the job and turn this place around. My ques on is will the support be there? Without the support will I be able to facilitate a change that is required? I feel that I can turn this place around in 3 – 6 months is this a realis c expecta on or will it be met with road‐ blocks. I would like some guidance as to what to expect given the current circumstances, and any insight you can give to make things go smoothly. I am prepared to walk away from this situa on should the support not be there for I feel that it is a two way street of give and take. Any guidance on this situa on is appreciated. Thanks PM Vancouver, Canada
Dear PM: Wow! You have really bi en oﬀ a lot this me, haven’t you? You actually answer your own ques on: “I have faith that I can handle the job and turn this place around.” It seems as though what you are really asking is this: Is my intui on correct? Am I really working from intui on or is this my head and emo ons controlling me? Your intui on is indeed correct. The journey will not be an easy one—but when has it ever been for you? You are a warrior, you do your best work when your are figh ng for someone else. This me you must be the warrior who has pa ence. You will be able to accom‐ plish much in this place, but first you will have to win the trust of the management. That they will also have
to win your trust is immaterial at this me—and may never, in fact, happen. You must be on guard always to make sure that work is done on schedule. You are the boss here, people who have done work that is below standard will have to be gently but firmly guided by you to do their best. A warm word of apprecia on, the gi of a smile and a cool (or hot) drink will work wonders. People want to do their best, but they are not willing to do that if their best is not recognized or if they feel abused. For each job that needs doing YOU must know what steps need to be taken. You must be in there be‐ fore the workmen, looking at the situa on and wri ng down the process. Keep track of this so that both of you are always aware of what the next step is. This will call on you to exercise great tact: people do not like to be told how to do the job they are used to doing. With management you need to get a clear idea of what they expect your role to be, and to have that in wri ng. You must have the authority to fire on‐site em‐ ployees if they are not doing the standard of work that is required. In terms of gaining the respect and trust of management, you need to prepare a weekly report and submit that to them in wri ng, and insist on a me ei‐ ther weekly or bi‐weekly to discuss this. It will be neces‐ sary for you to be firm about your oﬀ hours—nego ate this with them before it becomes an issue. PM—develop your ability to be tac ul. Keep your faith. That there will be roadblocks you already know, otherwise you wouldn’t have asked the ques on. They are not insurmountable. You will have to take it one step at a me. What are the priori es? What needs doing immediately, what can wait a while? Again— discuss it with management. Research the law so that you know what is and is not acceptable. Begin each day asking Spirit for help and advice—then listen and pay a en on. You are dearly loved!
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BEING SUPPORTIVE TO GRIEVERS At some point in our life we lose something or someone that is dear to us, or we have a friend or family member going through the process of grieving. The grieving pro‐ cess happens not just when someone that touches us dies. It could be that we lose our job, get a divorce, a long term friendship ends, an illness strikes and our way of living changes. Any one of these things can draw us into a tailspin of grief. At these mes does anyone really know what to say? I have been the person grieving and watched as people struggled to oﬀer some comfort to me, and probably just wanted me to snap out of it and be the me they knew and loved. I have also been the friend, sister, co‐worker who is racking my brain for something that will oﬀer comfort and not just sound hollow. It can be awkward trying to figure out exactly what to say to
someone who is hurt, angry, depressed, lost. O en our words and a hug are all that we have to oﬀer in the way of comfort and support. I was very delighted recently to run across an ar cle adapted from Lium, Eric, I Know Just How You Feel, Avoiding the Clichés of Grief, The Publisher’s Mark, Ne‐ vada, 1986. It gives some op ons for those mes when we just don’t know how to express sup‐ port to those who are in the process of grieving. Marlene Cobb
TRY TO AVOID
“You must be strong for your children/ spouse, etc.”
“It’s only natural that you’re struggling; why not share that pain with your children so they can understand and learn healthy grief habits?”
“No sense crying over something you can’t change”
“You may need to shed a lot of tears over this and these tears will be good for you”
You’re just not your old self”
“I can only imagine how an experience like this would change a person”
“Time will heal”
“You must be in a lot of pain; it is important to give yourself as much me as you need”
“You should be over this by now”
“I know it will take a long me for you to work through this and I will help you as much as I can”
“Life goes on”
“Life has dealt you a terrible blow; it will be hard for you in the months ahead to live with this pain”
“Count your blessings”
“Your pain is as real as the good things in your life are; this is not going to be easy to adjust to”
“God never gives us more than we can han‐ dle”
“This must seem like more pain than anyone could bear; try to deal with it a li le at a me”
“God helps those who help themselves”
“You do not have to go through this alone; I know you are doing the best you can and I am here to help you in whatever way you need”
“If there is anything I can do, just call me”
“I will call you tomorrow (or in a few days) to see if there is anything you need; please let me know”
“It’s be er to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”
“I know your pain must seem unbearable at mes because you loved him/ her so much”
“Be glad you don’t have problems like mine”
“Your loss is unique and your pain is your own to bear”
“What you don’t know, won’t hurt you”
“You will need informa on in order to fully understand your loss; what would you like to know about what happen?”
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Amethyst Amethyst comes from the quartz family which is not really surpris‐ ing as most earth crystals seem to come from this family. The purple color varies from deep rich royal purple to lighter versions like mauve or lavender. When I started to write this ar cle the most knowledge I had for Amethyst was that it was purple, I owned quite a few pieces, I find it very good as a relaxing crystal, it helps one con‐ nect with the divine, can be found around the world in various loca‐ ons ‐ Brazil being number 1, and is a good crystal to have in your bag. I was in for a treat when I started researching it for the legend and lore surrounding Amethyst make for some interes ng reading. The word Amethyst comes from two Greek words ἀ and μέθυστος; a ‐ methustos, meaning not intoxi‐ cated. Legend would have it that Greeks and Romans cra ed drink‐ ing vessels out of amethyst and wore amethyst to protect them from becoming intoxicated. They also wore amethyst to protect against magic, homesickness, and evil thoughts. Amethyst also pops up in Greek Mythology when Dio‐ nysus, the god of intoxica on, and of wine, was pursuing a maiden named Amethystos, who refused his aﬀec ons. Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a
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prayer which the goddess Artemis answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethys‐ tos's desire to remain chaste, Dio‐ nysus poured wine over the stone as an oﬀering, dyeing the crystals purple. Amethyst is also considered the bishops stone and was worn by Catholic Bishops to symbolize piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wis‐ dom. Reference is also made in the bible to amethyst in Exodus 39 as one of the 12 stones to decorate the breastplate of Aaron. It was also symbol of celibacy. Legend and lore aside Amethyst really is a very good stone to have in your collec on. I am not sure if it really does help with non‐ intoxica on but amethyst can help with; When worn helps alleviate migraines. ♦ Improves concentra on. ♦ Amethysts have a soothing and relaxing eﬀect on people, they promote healthy sleep habits when placed on the body or under the pillow.
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An excellent medita on tool that accelerates the develop‐ ment of psychic abili es.
Increases confidence in life.
To cleanse amethyst , wash it once a month under warm run‐ ning water and leave overnight among dry hema te stones.
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SEPTEMBER 2011 Source: www.horoscope2011astrology.com Aries Horoscope (March 21‐April 20): Not prone to saying no to yourself in any way during this me, it's best for you to par cipate in sports, amusements, and whatever brings forth your playfulness. Just watch out for compe veness that makes the spirit of others fall down. Children may be more diﬃcult to handle. Play with them carefully. Don't worry about self‐discipline. It's impossible now. Taurus Horoscope (April 21‐May 21): It seems your property, what you own and/or where you live, has been in a state of repair, reorienta on, and trans‐ forma on. At some point, you will need to emerge from your domicile, and begin to plant an outer room which you will call your "garden room." Perhaps it's also me for a greenhouse or a home oﬃce and new computer. Where is your community? Gemini Horoscope (May 23‐June 20): Careful of conflicts with those you have daily encoun‐ ters with, including neighbors and in mates. Create a community yard sale or a neighboring clean up crew. Ideas from you may seem to have the force of God behind them but others may rise up in de‐ fense. Each day dawns with you having considerable energy. Use it well and direct it forth with goodwill in all encounters. Cancer Horoscope (June 21‐July 20): Be very careful when evalua ng your home and/or possessions. It's possible that several disputes concerning what is of value and how much importance should be placed on what you own. Make your values known and work to establish this knowledge in all areas of your life. This will assist others in understanding you. Don't purchase anything beyond what is needed now.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23‐Sept. 22): All Virgos may feel for awhile that they are in the back‐ ground, not seen or heard much, and this can lead to a sense of yearning, a feeling of unease and irritability that is hard to live with. Working alone is most important during these mes or working within charitable fields. Create a project (a crea ve one) or do research or scien fic work that advances humanity. The agi‐ ta on will then pass. Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23‐Oct. 22): In order to reach your goals, you'll realize they must be achieved through group eﬀort. Therefore, dis‐ nguish goals, who your groups are, figure out how to more coopera vely work with them, apprise them of your plans, and ask for team help. They will be more than willing to as‐ sist you. Do not subordinate yourself to the group. You are to be their leader. Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23‐Nov. 21): You have great ambi on to achieve great things once again. This occurs to you every year or so around this me. Preferring to be your own authority and have independence, you may not be very tolerant of others. Try not to be in conflict with them. Instead, align yourself with their interests and your welfare and authority will rise to the top. You won't defeat all challenges. But try hard.
Leo Horoscope (July 21‐Aug. 22): You may find yourself figh ng for your rights, whether it's your iden ty, your preferences, your work interests, or you ac ons. Though your personality is very domi‐ nant now you will not assume authority over oth‐ ers. Actually you want freedom primarily to do what you want, when and where. This is what you will defend. A lot of work will be done this and next month. Careful of overwork lest an illness befall you. NOURISH ~ FEED YOUR BODY ~ MIND ~ SOUL 26
Sagi arius Horoscope (Nov. 22‐Dec. 20): More crea ve work will be done now than before. You will also try to explain to others your philosophical worldviews. Some will hear you and some won't. Those who won’t can't. So keep moving. Don't think that you are what you believe. You are simply a messenger. Expand your mind in all direc‐ ons, gathering informa on from everywhere. Careful with travel, the law, and your thighs. Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 21‐Jan. 20): Something will be confronted and this will force you into a subtle transfor‐ ma on. Perhaps someone has a powerful eﬀect on you, which causes internal change. Perhaps you will experience conflict about values. You will then re‐examine beliefs. Finances could lead to con‐ flict, too, which will change your pa ern of spending. What you seek now is intense and transforming and out of the ordinary. Do not expect others to change. You must first. Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 21‐Feb. 18): If you experience tension in any area of your life, channel it into crea ve forms of art, wri ng, rela onships, and coopera‐ on with others. In all interac ons you will be the more asser ve, the one in charge. Bring grievanc‐ es out into the open but with kindness and a calm manner. Compromise will be diﬃcult but you will need its subtle in‐ fluence to create bridges between you and the rest of the world. Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 18‐March 20): You will do a tremendous amount of work during this me, more than usual. This may lead to exhaus on and self‐ denial, which is not a good state of aﬀairs for Pisces. Look at your life and see if you are doing service for others beyond your capacity. Working alone is most important now along with daily physical exercise. Do not suﬀer in silence. And be aware of your capaci es. Rest more.
Your future is filled with love, friendship, and fun! Look for the bright side in each moment.
With the universe as my partner, I move from success to success. I share this harvest of good with others, and we are all blessed. Everyone in my world prospers, including me. This day holds unexpected possibilities. Grab one!
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