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Choosing The Right Drug Rehab Center

Many people in the past, especially drug addicts, dreaded entering drug rehabilitation as the treatment they received was harsh and unsympathetic. Kindness was not usually exhibited to drug addicts as society viewed them to be evil or bad, instead of being sick. Today, there are only a few people who harbor such ideas, whereas most have accepted the reality that there are already modern and humane methods to address a problem such as drug addiction.

In current treatment programs for drug abuse, there is a kinder and more compassionate approach. Genuine kindness and concern for their well-being is now a primary focus of these programs. Hence, when faced with drug cravings, can a person enter into a private or government-run rehabilitation center. It is an excellent way to begin a patients recovery efforts by aiding his/her capacity to identify and deal with possibilities of drug relapse and re-addiction when out again in the real world.

Well-reputed drug rehab centers for their effectiveness are known to provide one-on-one therapy sessions, in which such sessions attempt to work on a patient’s psychiatric problems. Moreover, these sessions would also even provide lessons in meditation and yoga, and additional access to other psychiatric specialists. These benefits being offered by different rehab centers make choosing quite difficult.

There are also some personal considerations in choosing a drug rehab center. This points to the imperative that a patient should think of his/her recovery since it is the pressing need above everything else. Being self-concerned is apparently the best way to gain from rehab as if the results are to no avail, it would lead to dejection and future therapy would not even be considered. Further, many people worry whether they could afford to be treated since they do not have access to ample insurance. Nonetheless, there are insurance companies that may grant residential support in an instant.

There are also a number of companies which may the patient to follow certain processes before he or she can enter a rehab facility, which includes outpatient treatment. Many rehabilitation facilities often discuss the costs for a patient and a certain level required in committing to rehab. Well-renowned rehab centers would usually advertise patients who have had success in putting away with their addiction and are living their lives free from drugs. While in rehab center, a support system in the form of family and friends is also essential for a patient to recover.

Apart from a reputation of treating it clients with success through its advertisements, this should not be the only meter stick in choosing. Contacting people who have undergone or are informed about the effectiveness of a rehabilitation center is also an useful way to properly choose. Lastly, consider that a smaller rehab center also has a greater probability for a one-on-one therapy which is critical in the later of stages of treatment.

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Pregnancy at 40 – Ways to Achieve Pregnancy at 40 Years Old

Is pregnancy at 40 possible? Although doctors tell women their ovaries will produce fewer and fewer healthy eggs after the age of 35, it is still possible to get pregnant naturally, have a healthy pregnancy, and give birth to a healthy baby.

You can reverse your reproductive age with natural remedies, and in my kinesiology clinic, I have seen many peri-menopausal women restore regular menstrual cycles for long enough to get pregnant. They’ve done this using the “Mature Mother’s Kit” and program that has been wildly successful in helping women restore their fertility an get pregnant at any age.

It consists of the following:

A healthy diet, consisting of organic wholefoods, organic fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of bottled or filtered water, and a reduced salt and sugar intake. A healthy diet can help you achieve a healthy weight, as being too overweight or too underweight can interfere with ovulation.

Avoiding stimulants, such as coffee, tea or caffeinated drinks, as they over-stimulate the adrenal glands, leading to an excess of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can interfere with menstrual cycles and ovulation.

Body cleansing is also a vital part of boosting the fertility and getting rid of the toxins that interfere with hormonal balance and fertility. A herbal body cleanse, such as a “Body Cleanse Kit” should include kidney strengthening herbs, to provide the body with enough energy to reproduce. A liver cleansing program to strengthen the liver and help it to break down excess hormones is also important, as is parasite and heavy metal cleansing.

Taking a food-based nutritional supplement to enable the body to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients. These supplements provide your body with the vitamins and minerals needed to strengthen the reproductive organs, nourish the developing egg and provide the body with enough energy to reproduce.

Taking antioxidants to stop free radicals from damaging cells, including the cells of the ovaries, follicle, and egg. Antioxidants also used to reverse aging, when combined with the right diet and nutritional supplements. To get the best benefit from antioxidants, they should be extracts of superfood fruits and vegetables, such as “AntioxiPlus” or you can eat large quantities of these antioxidant fruits.

Hormone balancing, which includes taking herbal remedies to lower FSH levels, balance estrogen and progesterone levels, regulate menstruation and assist the body in ovulating naturally. There are many herbal remedies for fertility on the market, but the one that I use personally with my mature mothers is “FertilPlus”, which is completely organic, and does not contain pesticide treated ingredients, like other herbal remedies.

Reducing stress levels, as stress accelerates aging, and is a major cause of unexplained infertility. You can do this by listening to brain-wave audios that put the brain into a deep state of quantum relaxation, that only years of meditation can achieve. It is only when your brain is completely relaxed that your body can also relax and focus on healing itself.

It is also vitally important to stimulate the flow of blood to the ovaries, so that they become more responsive to FSH. This can be easily done with Chinese Fertility Massage and acupressure techniques, which you can do effectively on your own. Fertility Yoga is also an effective way of improving the health of the ovaries, and of increasing blood flow to all of the reproductive organs.

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Penis Health and Nude Sunbathing: A Testosterone Booster?

Many men are avid fans of nude sunbathing, taking pains to ensure proper penis health by keeping the organ covered in a good, effective sunscreen. The pleasures of nude sunbathing are many, and as long as appropriate penis care is practiced, it can add an extra element of fun and freedom to one’s beach or backyard experience. And interestingly, there may be a testosterone benefit associated with tanning in the nude as well.


Testosterone, of course, is the male sex hormone and something about which men often have concerns. While few men ever actually know what their exact testosterone levels are, most men want to make sure that they are on the high side.

That’s understandable. In popular culture, high testosterone levels are associated with true manliness: a hairy chest, bulging muscles, a sperm-filled sack and a massive penis always standing erect and ready for action. While the truth is that there is not quite such a direct link between the hormone and these attributes, testosterone nevertheless plays an important role in both physical development and sexual issues, including the sex drive.


Sunlight is of great importance to the continued health of any individual, male or female. In men, sunlight can play a role in increasing the amount of testosterone produced by the body. This is one of the reasons that ancient Greeks used to exercise outdoors in the sun. While an indoor gymnasium has its advantages, the lack of sunlight is a definite detriment.

When bare skin is exposed to sunlight, there is a definite increase in testosterone production. One study found that exposure to sunlight on the back increased testosterone production by about 120%.

Even more impressive, exposure of the genitals to sunlight increased testosterone by 200%. (That might be one reason so many erections pop up on a nude beach – that and the presence of shapely nude women, of course.)

Add in some exercise

If a guy really wants to get the testosterone levels climbing, he should consider combining exercise with his nude sunbathing. Vigorous exercise also stimulates the process by which testosterone is produced, so engaging in a naked workout outdoors should have even more of a benefit.

One can bring weights to the beach if one wants, but it may be easier to just engage in more sports-like activities. A game of nude volleyball or bare basketball can get the job done and be much more enjoyable. (But do remember, men: you’re playing without an athletic supporter, so be careful.)

Another activity that can be entertaining is nude yoga. This has become more and more common in recent years. It’s worth investigating if any practitioners are in one’s area and if there is a clothing-optional outdoor space where a class could be held.

Take care

Remember, the direct exposure of the penis to sunlight results in the testosterone boost. This means that a man needs to go the full Monty to derive the maximum benefit. This also means that a man needs to limit the amount of time that the penis is exposed to sunlight without sunscreen. If the penis is making its nude sunbathing debut, lathering on sunscreen regularly is essential. If it has a bit more experience in being exposed, a man can parcel out a bit of screen-free penis time – but he must be careful not to overdo it!

Nude sunbathing can help boost testosterone levels, but it also exposes just how good one’s penis health practices are. That means men who are going natural should regularly use a first-class penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil), especially if they are prone to dry or flaky penis skin. A crème that contains a combination of natural moisturizers (such as Shea butter and vitamin E) can provide the hydration to deal with common dermatological issues, making the rod appear shiny and smooth. If a persistent odor clings to the penis even after washing, a crème formulated with vitamin A can do the trick. That vitamin is equipped with antibacterial properties that attack rank member order. Employ that crème to help one’s manhood make an impact on the beach.

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Healthy Body and Healthy Mind Lead to Good Life

A healthy life is important to lead a good life. Our health is like a wall pre-requisite to draw a picture. We are the architect of our own health. Either we prevent being unhealthy or cure the damage already done. Physical fitness is very vital. Fitness is a relative term. A sprinter should have a different degree of fitness as compared to a music teacher. There are many more dimensions one can bring to define fitness. Depending upon the required level of fitness, one should take appropriate steps.

More than five billion people live in this world. The body constitution of each one of us is different. The calories needed for every individual is different. There is no one common prescription for everyone in this world. Let us take few examples. The energy level needed for a professional designer is different from a taxi driver. To prescribe a labourer to grab a cereal bar for breakfast is ridiculous. My dad’s friend, a chain smoker died at the age of 83! Believe me, I observed him leading a healthy life. I am not recommending you to smoke to live a healthy life. I try to drive home the point that you should not get carried away by exciting information that is available around you and go overboard to apply in your daily life also. That is dangerous to a healthy life.

While we cannot have five billion suggestions for physical fitness and healthy life, we can identify common needs for all of us. Whether you are an Olympic champion or an office clerk; a celebrity or a hair dresser, only three appropriate steps have to be taken by you. Look at your eating habit, physical fitness exercise and exercise for the mind. You can build further with many bolts-on to achieve laurels in life.

We can use our common sense to lead a healthy life. It does not require great knowledge about science or medicine or physical exercise. Leave that to the specialists. We are all aware that food is very important for sustenance. Our body is a mysterious workshop containing various machines. Food is its input. The machine processes the food and provides energy to the body to do our daily life activities. If the input to the machine is more than its capacity to process, obviously the machine will break down. If the quality of input to the machine is not conducive to the construction of the machine, again the machine will collapse. Apart from the quality and quantity of intake, we should pay attention to timing. There is a saying. I am sure all of us know this. We should eat breakfast like a prince. In the after noon, we should eat lunch like a king. In the night, we should eat meal like a beggar. The digesting power during the night is very poor. Also there is no physical activity involved in the night when we sleep. So allow the stomach t be half filled. Have your dinner couple of hours before going to bed. When we wake up in the morning, if we take a glass of water, it helps for the body to hydrate to prepare for the day’s job. How we cannot start our car with 4th gear, the same way we should consider our body. After 10 hrs of empty stomach when we break the fast, we should start with simple and easily digestible food. Basically we should start with first gear and move on. In my view, to have physical fitness, 3 times of intake – morning, afternoon and night is sufficient. Perhaps refreshment between lunch and dinner can also be incorporated. The key driver is to scrupulously follow the routine timing of intake. This is a good recipe for a healthy life.

Our stomach is the origin for all our ailments. Even the main reason for bad breath originates from the stomach only. If we do not take care of our stomach and brush our teeth with costliest tooth paste and wash our mouth with most expensive liquid mouth wash, the bad breath will not vanish. We should keep our stomach clean by taking appropriate quantity, quality of food in routine timings. It is easier said than done but not impossible. You know who is the culprit? It is our tongue. If we pay heed to the taste, then we would not be able to control the quantum. It does not mean that we should not enjoy the taste. In fact the tongue contributes to a great deal for healthy life. When we enjoy food, we feel good. Feeling good is a sign of healthy life. If someone asks you to take only green vegetables to have physical fitness, there is no difference between us and herbivores. But the trick is not to cross the limit of moderation. That will be counter productive. Give importance to the taste but be careful. We should eat to live and not live to eat.

Many of us believe that being slim leads to a healthy life. One of my friends is slim but has cholesterol. It is a wrong notion. The body structure of each one of us is different. An elephant should not try to become a horse. Nature has created that way. What is important is to prevent becoming over weight or obese or under weight. If the damage is done, consult specialist to get back on track. Do not perform any physical fitness exercise without the proper guidance of a physical education expert. Sometimes you are the expert of knowing your own do-s and don’t-s. The first day when I went to learn Tai Chi, Chinese version of Yoga, the master told me to rotate my neck clockwise and anticlockwise as a warm up exercise. However I was earlier told by my orthopedic surgeon not to rotate my neck to recover from a type of spondylities I had. What was good for others did not suit me. There will be many such situations where we should use our wisdom. Especially we have to be careful on physical fitness exercise.

Life is a series of experiences. If our experiences are good we say the life is good, otherwise we say the life is bad. Mind determines whether an experience is good or bad. Healthy life is achieved by the combination of healthy body and healthy mind. Mind does not exist in our brain. Mind is a subtle matter manifests in our astral body between our soul and physical body. The food we eat is converted into energy by the blood and the finest particles of food reach the subtle mind and then to still subtler intellect. While healthy food definitely supports for a healthy mind, nevertheless exercise to the mind is also very important to have a healthy life. Yoga is considered to be one of the best forms of giving exercise to the body and mind. A branch of Yoga has physical fitness exercise also. Meditation is another form of giving healthy exercise to the mind. These have to be practiced with the help of specialists. This is the body-mind-intellect complex. A simple but effective understanding and application of the above will go a long way to attain a healthy life.

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Milk Thistle Benefits – How This Herb Can Help Women With Lumpy Breast Tissue

If you are one of those women who are plagued with lumps in your breasts, you’ll know how worrisome it can be at times. Of course it’s always really important to get any lumps checked out by your doctor. No question. But what we’re talking about here are those benign lumps which can come and go with your monthly cycle. So in this article we’re going to take a look at how milk thistle benefits women with lumpy breast tissue.

I happen to be one of these women, too and so I know what it is like when you are routinely checking your breasts as advised and suddenly find that there is a new bump somewhere. This happened to me again a few weeks back, and despite the fact I have this history, I was still really upset so I went off to have it checked out and put my mind at rest. Yes, it was nothing abnormal. Which was a relief.

But the doctor did point out that I had severe lymphatic congestion which accounted for some unpleasant swollen lymph nodes, tiredness and irritability. Well, I knew it was time to go back to my old herbal remedy. And that’s what I want to share with you today. It’s milk thistle.

Not many women know about this amazing plant and what it can do for you. Did you know milk thistle benefits include relieving symptoms of congested lymph?

This plant is renowned for its ability to regenerate the liver and protect it from toxins. But little is known about how it supports the lymphatic system to transport toxins back out through your blood stream to cleanse your body. When this isn’t working properly, your skin can erupt with all sorts of complaints including acne and boils. You can feel very depressed and out of sorts. And the lymph can build up in all sorts of places. With me this has always been in the breast tissue.

So taking this herb on a daily basis is key to reducing those lymphatic blockages we can feel as lumps. I have been doing this again for about 3 weeks and already I have noticed a big difference. In order to support this process I do daily yoga stretching exercises to help shift the energy and keep my bodily fluids flowing. And something else you might want to do is pour yourself a lovely warm bath and fully immerse yourself in it for a while. Switch off to everything else and fully relax to heighten the experience.

Now, I’m actually killing two birds with one stone here because the milk thistle benefits are many. This powerful herb is also protecting my liver, cleansing it and helping to promote new liver cell growth. And my liver does so many jobs, it’s a miracle that it manages to keep up with its tasks. If your liver doesn’t function properly, you can get seriously ill. Nurturing it with herbs is one of the best things you can do.

But in order to fully enjoy the benefits of milk thistle you need to make sure that it is standardized to contain at least 70 – 80% of its active compound silymarin. This is the ingredient that brings about the medicinal benefits. Now, as with every form of cleansing and detoxing, you have to make sure that you drink large amounts of water to flush all the toxins that get released out of your body. Otherwise they will build up and you can end up feeling really ill.

A really good way to take advantage of milk thistle benefits is to take them combined in a quality nutritional supplement. Ideally with a selection of other herbs that cleanse and support your immune system to enhance your feeling of well-being. Choose a form that is specifically suited to your needs. If you’d like to read more about the benefits of nutritional supplementing, you can read some detailed information on a brand I recommend on my website.

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Women’s Clothing – Today’s Fashions

Today’s women’s clothing are a line of ultimate representation of a woman’s body confidence that will make her all the more stylish and glamorous. Find about the lessons of women’s clothing and the cardinal rules of dressing up in relation to your body shape as you read on.

1. The Summer style

The heat is on! Pull on your khakis and that plain shirt. – oooh, don’t even try to. Plain tees are too boring to beat the heat. Get load and do it through colors. Summer is all about kooky pattern mixes, wild and exotic colors. Try on some batiks or embroidered fabric tops, uniquely patterned skirts or clothes that are rich in colored pretty ruffles. If you want to still stick with your jeans, pair it up with off-the-shoulder tunic as a cover up.

2. The Simple but elegant style

Dressing up sexy does not always mean micro mini skirts and super tight tube tops. Try on some sassy classic look. Make it loose, not tight. Full-skirted, not gripping. Flatter the looseness of a longer, full-skirted dress that will go with your height and don’t be afraid to stand out. Skinny and tall women will look good on belted dresses with stiff pleats that are so forties look.

3. Cheer up style

Who says only the kids can dress sweet and funky? Deduct 8 to 10 years your real age with colorful, swooshy dress that will make you feel dancing the Mary Poppins’ way. It’s okay to dress sweet and funky as long as you know where to wear it and the right accessories to go with it.

4. One of a kind find

The perfect way to make a fashion statement is to try on women’s clothing that are hot and would seem uniquely yours. Floral and metal studs are classic embellishment combos to the unusual fabric.

5. Shape up!

Covering up isn’t flattering. And broad expanses of fabric emphasize body shape and size. Bare backs, knee-length or shorter skirt, v-neck tops and three-quarter sleeve t-shirts will help you show off some shape. The most flattering with women’s clothes are straight leg or boot cut jeans that will sit on your hips, your waist or just below your hip bone. And remember, that full, round shapes on top and bottom will make you look a bit more round.

6. Red alert!!!

In every women’s clothing diary of style, Red is a classic color that has never bored anyone. It embodies power, bold confidence and certified trickery for figure-flattering because of its deeper-hued incarnation. Also, it has an amazing power to absorb light and conceal darkness.

7. Wear Black when you’re in doubt.

True enough, black makes everyone look slimmer. It is the safest color to be in. Take note of this, black will never fade in the language of fashion, especially in with women’s clothing.

8. Look great in a shift

Shift dresses has a slimming effect because they are constructed with darts at the bust line and seams that enhances curve and waist-shape. Most shift dresses are either knee length or shorter. But both lengths give the same universal slimming effect.

There you have it. I hope I do gave you some useful tips and lessons on women’s clothing. So, dress and feel good at any size!

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Simple Stress Relief: The Power of Laughter

This may strike you as funny but laughing offers powerful natural stress relief and other far ranging health benefits. It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s infectious, more so than any cold, cough or sniffle! And even better, laughter is good for you! According to studies, laughter may relieve pain, relieve stress, bolster happiness and one’s sense of well-being as well as build immunity. For our purposes, let’s focus on the role of laughter as a natural stress relief superstar!

Did you know that the average adult laughs 15 times a day? That seems like a lot of laughing until you learn that a child laughs approximately 400 times a day! Kids certainly do seem happier and less stressed out than the rest of us. So what do kids know about the natural stress relieving benefits of laughter that we adults seem to have forgotten?

  • Laughter decreases the levels of stress hormones in our body like adrenaline, cortisol, dopamine and epinephrine while increasing the secretion of health promoting neurotransmitters and endorphins.
  • Laughter increases our ability to fight infection at the cellular level which translates to a stronger immune system and fewer stress related physical symptoms. In other words, laughter can effectively protect our bodily systems from the effect of further stress.
  • Laughter increases productivity, natural ability, creativity, confidence, efficiency and motivation — while stress, and its insidious cousins, worry and fear, stifle these traits.
  • Laughter keeps us focused in the present. If you really think about it, now is all we have. The past and future don’t exist (except in our heads) so living fully in the present is critical because it’s the only time we can experience happiness.
  • Laughter is social! Smiling and shared laughter binds people together and promotes greater intimacy. Laughing is infectious: your resulting good mood can help elevate the mood of others around you. Better moods mean reduced stress levels which can stop or prevent conflict, diffuse tension and help people acknowledge differing points of view.
  • Laughter makes “life” not so bad. A light-hearted, humorous approach to life is important for keeping healthy. Those who are able to laugh during difficult times may view their circumstances as less threatening and serious and therefore, more tolerable than people who don’t laugh as much. “Laughers” find life more enjoyable because they don’t worry as much. While life isn’t always fun, it’s more fun with regular laughter.
  • Laughter is relaxing as it invokes a physical and emotional release.
  • OK, now we know why and how laughter is such a powerful natural stress relief method, here are some suggestions for how to get more of it in your life so we can catch up to the kids!
  • Fake it! Your laugh doesn’t have to be genuine. The good news is the body can’t distinguish between fake laughter or real laughter and both versions produce the same “happy” body chemistry. The fake laughs will most likely lead to real laughter anyway!
  • Laugh instead of cry!Instead of getting frustrated, try to laugh. Look for the ridiculousness of your quandary and note that someday you’ll look back on it and laugh. Well why not laugh about it now? Getting more lighthearted and silly makes laughing easier which helps you manage stressful events much better. And if you really can’t find anything to be amused about, be amused at NOT being amused. Make fun of how serious you are and that will help you find genuine amusement, laughter, and stress relief.
  • Truly funny movies and TV comedies that make you laugh out loud are great natural stress relievers. This is an easy way to get laughter in your life thanks to online video services like Netflix.
  • Hang with Friends. Socializing with good friends ups your laughter quotient considerably. Laughter is contagious so you’ll laugh more in the good company of others. Social activities like the movies, sports events and parties set you up for lots of laughs and good feelings. Be sure to share your time with people who make you feel good as often as possible.
  • Do Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yoga can help recondition ourselves to laugh. It’s easy and fun and better yet, anyone can do it regardless of one’s physical stamina. If you’re a joiner, Laughter Yoga clubs are being started all over the country but you can also easily learn and on your own.

So many people look to the world for natural stress relief methods without realizing that they can relieve stress naturally themselves with simple laughter. The body is wired to laugh – it knows how to do it, regardless of what your ego tells you. It’s just out of practice. What’s more, you don’t need to be jokey, be well humored or even be happy to benefit from the stress relieving benefits of laughter. It’s easy to laugh your stress away – please give this awesome natural stress relief method a try and see for yourself.

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Top 7 EFT Books on Amazon

If you love EFT, (Emotional Freedom Technique), then you’ll want to print a copy of this list. These are the most wished for books on Amazon. This means there is probably a book or two on this list your EFTer would love. Save yourself some time by using this list as a shopping list. Your EFTer will love you for it.

1.The EFT Manual (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques) by Gary Craig. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

No surprise that this freely available pdf is now No.1 on the Amazon EFT list. Gary started EFT for us all. No matter how you learned of or about EFT. It came from here. Learn EFT from the Original EFT master.A must read.

2.Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing: The Last Self-Help Book You Will Ever Need by Gloria Arenson. (5 out of 5 stars)

A clearly laid out and concise extension to EFTs basic doings. If you haven’t been ‘getting’ EFT to work for you. This may just be the bridge that you need to start clearing your own emotions. As it says, maybe ‘the last self-help book you will need. This is a very practical hands on book. Happy Days

3.EFT for Procrastination (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques) by Gloria Arenson. (5 out of 5 Stars)

Another book by Gloria, this time just focusing on how to apply EFT to procrastination. If you are about to stop reading this book or put things off. Then this is the book for you. This is a small and compact book, which you can carry with you and take out when you need it.

4.EFT for the Highly Sensitive Temperament (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques) by Rue Hass. (5 out of 5 stars)

Perhaps the worse thing about this book is the title. I did get confused about highly sensitive temperament. Then thought oh, she just means highly sensitive. If you are highly sensitive, then this is a great addition to your EFT library. Yet, if you are ‘shy’ do you go looking for help and assistance?

5.Improve Your Eyesight with EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques by EFT Carol Look (5 out of 5 stars)

I’ve improved eyesight before with hypnosis and it works a treat. It is great to see improve your eyesight as an application of EFT. As ever, I’m always impressed with the detail and breath of Carol’s tapping. She always seems to cover all her bases, leaving no stone unturned.

6.Freedom at Your Fingertips: Get Rapid Physical and Emotional Relief with the Breakthrough System of Tapping by Ron Ball and Joseph Mercola (4.5 out of 5 stars)

This is can be used by a beginner to EFT, but for me it is more of a Question and Answer and How do I use EFT for… Think of a question about EFT. In here you will find an answer for it. A great Q and A reference guide.

7.EFT for PTSD (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques) by Gary Craig. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Perhaps this is where EFT has been used or show its application the most. If you get to watch any of Gary’s intro DVDs. This is where you’ll see the amazing power of EFT. Recorded live sessions with war veterans. This book is an excellent resource guide.

Isn’t it about time you started expanding your EFT knowledge?

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The Mystic Power of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

I have been on the spiritual path since my birth and I have had the blessings of many divine souls and personalities–both living and non-living. Deeply influenced by Hindu gods and after a brief stint with atheism during my college days in the 1970s I discovered Jesus Christ as my personal saviour. But soon thereafter I discovered Sri Aurobindo through his writings in the library of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. I also came in touch with The Divine Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry. I regard myself as an exponent of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga believing in the maxim “All life is Yoga.”

In my long journey of ups and downs in life, I also experienced the grace and blessings of Sai Baba of Shirdi. However, the turning point came in 2007 when a friend introduced me to the mantra “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” and asked me to chant it along with determinations about my goals. I did not ask him for the meaning of the mantra and just went on chanting it. Soon I experienced many benefits relating to finances, health and relationships.

My friend told me that Nam Myoho Renge Kyo was revealed by a Japanese Buddhist monk Nichiren Daishonin who lived in the 13th century. Nichiren intensively studied the Buddhist scriptures and came to the conclusion that the Lotus Sutra was the panacea for transforming the people’s suffering and leading them to the state of absolute happiness. He further affirmed that all human beings possessed the Buddha nature and could attain Buddhahood. Chanting of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, the title of the Lotus Sutra, alone will enable people to attain Buddhahood and have the strength and wisdom to challenge and overcome all challenges. Nichiren established that the practice of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo was capable of awakening our and others’ happiness.

Whenever I was under stress or I faced adverse situations in life, I used to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo till I saw breakthroughs.

The period between 2012 and 2015 was of intense struggle. I seriously started chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo in mid-2014 and I am happy to say that I became a member of the Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG)–the Indian offshoot of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in January 2015. There are several sects that are adherents of Nichiren Buddhism—the main being Nichiren Shoshu and the Soka Gakkai.

I have been regularly attending monthly discussion meetings which are held in the districts where members participate in several Gakkai activities, recite Gongyo and chant Daimoku (Nam Myoho Renge Kyo) and share experiences. Guests are welcome to attend these meetings. I regularly read the Goshos—the writings of Nichiren Daishonin. It is rather uncanny that the Goshos written centuries ago have relevance even now. Senior leaders in faith also recommend reading the words of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda available through his large number of books. We regard Mr. Ikeda, now in his eighties, as our Sensei and strive to forge a mentor-disciple relationship based on faith, practice and study. .

I have had several victories including expiation of financial, health and relationship karmas which I have shared in the meetings. What has appealed to me the most is on our human revolution and sharing our faith with others.

Nichiren’s Buddhism is a vast subject and I will strive to share my knowledge in subsequent articles.

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Pain Relief – The Psoas Muscle Can Be the Key

What if I told you that this muscle you’ve probably never heard of could be the key to releasing your knee pain, your ankle pain, your shoulder pain and your neck pain? It may be hard to believe, but by the end of this article you will understand why releasing this muscle can relieve pain and tightness from our feet to our heads. Releasing the psoas can be the key to opening up the body and allowing it to expand and relax.

You have two psoas muscles, one on each side. The psoas is your hip flexor. It is attached to every vertebrae of your lumbar (low) spine. It descends into the pelvis and joins with the iliacus muscle in your hip socket and then dives down to attach to your femur in the back, near your sits-bone. It is the muscle that lifts your leg when you walk, run, and bike. It also does a little bit of rotation of the leg and can bring the low back closer to the pelvis and legs. If tight it will pull the legs up and into the hip sockets at a slight rotation. It will also pull the back down and forward, compressing the joints and tilting the pelvis. This pull can cause repercussions in the knees, feet, shoulders and neck. If I compared you body to a bicycle wheel, the psoas would be the center, and if the center gets warped the outside will get warped too.

When the psoas is tight it will rotate the femur. Of course we walk with our feet straight which puts a twist where? That’s right…the joint that really doesn’t like to twist. The knee. It has been my experience that knee problems that aren’t caused by blunt force (i.e. a ski accident), are often a result of a chronically tight psoas muscle. And even when there is a traumatic reason for a knee injury, releasing the psoas can ease extra strain on the knee and result in faster healing and decreased pain. I have a regular massage client who is in his 50’s, in good shape, plays basketball and golf, but was plagued by pain in his left knee. He even thought about quitting basketball, but after releasing his psoas and maintaining that release, (I see him every six weeks or so), he really has no knee pain and has been able to continue and even increase his exercise regime.

The psoas can also pull the whole upper body down toward the center. Our body is all interconnected. One thing pulls another thing, which pulls another thing. A tight psoas can pull the shoulders down and in, which can cause everything from sore upper back muscles, to arthritis, bursitis, bone spurs, and torn rotator cuff muscles. This shoulder pull will also affect the neck, pulling it down and forward.

The psoas muscle is the muscle that pulls us into a fetal position. We tend to hold a lot of trauma there, and in our bellies in general. This is one reason we often have trouble with this muscle. Of course sitting all the time doesn’t help either. We spend much more time in flexion, (at our computers, in our cars) than we do in extension. When our psoas gets stuck in flexion it will tilt our whole pelvis and puts extra stress on our spine which we tend to feel in our neck and low back. This cronic pelvis tilt can also cause tight hamstrings, which you can never seem to stretch. You can’t stretch them because they’re already stretched do to the pelvic tilt.

There is hope! There are many wonderful ways to release your psoas muscle. You could see a massage therapist that is comfortable working on the psoas (just ask them before you make the appointment). There are great stretches to be done and something called creative rest where you lie on your back with your feet up on a chair and allow your low back to fall on the floor and your hip sockets to release. Yoga and Pilates can be effective ways to work on the psoas.

Being successful in decreasing our pain and stiffness lies in treating the cause, not just the symptoms. Once you release the pull (which is often the psoas) everything else can release. Now that you know what the problem might be you will be much more successful at finding solutions.

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