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Skating Tips From Esther Bernard – Bangalore Sports

Imagine whooshing down the road with the wind for company and in a set of wheels that doesn’t require you to turn 18 and get a license. Roller Skating as a sport is a big favorite among kids, especially in Karnataka. Although the number of skating clubs in the city isn’t all that high, awareness about the game is building up and there are several district, state and national level championships held to hone your child’s talent and competitive spirit. One of the clubs in the city is Esther Roller Skating Club (09886568364), run by ace skater Esther Bernard, 25. Esther was ranked the 24th fastest skater in the World Championships held in France in 2001 and has represented India in several Asian Roller Skating Championships. With 27 gold medals at several National and All India Roller Skating Championships behind her, she’s a great source to get some skating tips from. MetroMela spoke to her.

* I believe the right age to start learning roller skating is four years. This sport needs strong ankles and around this time, children’s ankles are strong enough. Their bodies are also flexible, they pick up the technique well and are easier to handle than smaller children.

* Skating is a great way to maintain balance. I feel that children are able to do well in studies and the sport even if they have taken it up in a professional way. I myself missed school half the year because of tournaments but did well in academics. I attribute a lot of it to the discipline of the sport.

* Skating teaches you to think smart and plan. You also learn to coordinate, balance your body and concentrate.

* It builds a good immunity level in your body. In all these years, I’ve rarely seen skaters fall ill.

* When you are skating, ensure that you have a lot of water in the breaks in between.

* There are chances of lots of bruises in skating, even though the kids use knee guards etc. Some kids play safe but to really learn, you need to get aggressive.

* Parents need to be aware that skating can become an expensive sport. The equipment for beginners is available at any sports goods shop across Bangalore. Beginners can buy good skates from Yonex for around Rs. 400. For kids participating in tournaments there is professional equipment available from premium brands like Bont, which you can order from abroad or through the skating clubs. Those are expensive and cost around US$ 250.

* Children can take up the game at any age but the ideal age to start is four plus. Most of the children I train for competitions are in the 5-7 age bracket (semi-professionals) and 8-12 years (professionals).

Skating Clubs in Bangalore…

Ace Rollers School of Skating

Started by an enthusiastic group of parents who wanted to promote skating as a sport, this club has been in existence for the last six years and takes children from four years onwards. Children coached by the club have participated in state level, national level and even the world championship. Experienced coaches train the kids and physical fitness is of utmost importance, says Dr Veena Ashok, a committee member. Beginners have four classes a week for an hour each, while those going for professional tournaments have classes six days a week at 5.45 AM. They practice at the Jayanagar Stadium.

Esther Roller Skating Club

Run by 25 time national champion Esther Bernard, this one year old club takes in kids from the age of four. Classes are held at the skating rink in National Games Village, Koramangala. They also hold summer camps from where they select talent for tournaments. There are three categories – beginners, semi-professionals and professionals. Classes are held in the evenings between 4.45 PM and 7.30 PM. The fee is Rs. 300 a month approximately.

Coles Park Skating Club

This club is run by five-six coaches and takes in kids from four years of age. The classes are held at Coles Park. You can opt for either early morning classes (6.20 AM to 7.30 AM) or evening classes (7 PM to 8 PM). The fee is Rs. 550 a month.

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The Modern Fabrics Used to Make Body Shaping Underwear and How it Works

Having a perfectly toned, shaped, and fit body is what everyone dreams. People use several techniques to shape their bodies. Some indulge in exercises like yoga, aerobics, workouts, or dance forms, while others simply use the medical science. People go through operations, lipo sculpture, and other types of body shaping surgeries etc.

In spite of all the efforts, some people do not get the desired results. These exercises can help in weight reduction, and muscle development, but sometimes the perfect shape is still not there. An easy way out for perfect figure shape is the body shaping underwear.

Body shaping underwear is not something new. It was a trick used by women in the seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Women at that time used to wear uncomfortable corsets to shape, and tone their bodies, which made them look more ladylike. These figure shaping underwear were made of fish bones, or other uncomfortable materials, which also caused skin problems in many.

The figure firming underwear has evolved a lot today. They are available in a variety of shapes, and materials. Without any kind of uneasiness one can easily use this new type of figure-shaping underwear, and get rid of all the extra fat. A diverse range of body shaping underwear is available in the market today. These figure shaping garments not only use new designs, but also new technology, and new fabrics.

One can also buy an all-in-one body shaping garment that will shape your body completely within a small span of time. The fabrics used in this new figure-maintaining underwear are satin, cotton, silk, and several other manmade fabrics. They do not have the uncomfortable hooks, or buttons like the old ones. The figure shaping underwear is made of stretch material, and people can easily choose from different fabrics according to their needs and comfort. Whether the tummy one wants to tuck in or thighs, and legs that one wants to shape, the all in one figure – shaping underwear is the solution.

The stretch material used in body firming underwear helps in accentuating hips, thighs, and tucking in the tummy at the same time. One can choose from different fabrics as each offers a different degree of comfort, and the rate of improvement. The stretch material does not squeeze, or compress the body, and shapes of the body through the fat redistribution mechanism.

In the fat redistribution mechanism, the fat cells in the boy can be transported from one part of the body to the other. It makes the body evenly toned. The different shapes of the body firming underwear determine where the fat cells would be transported. Some body shaping underwear also through exertion of pressure firms up body shaper, and eliminates fat cells largely.

Body shaping underwear is very easy to use, and can help one get great improvements in figure shape, and appearances. Having a good appearance makes one look attractive, and boosts the confidence of an individual.

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15 Key Life Categories for Successful Goal Setting

So, you’ve sat down and started goal setting. Where did you start? Your monster goal of course!

A monster goal is what’s most important to you at this point in your life. That’s a natural place to start. Well, whether it’s career, family or a special relationship, are you neglecting the rest of your life in your goal-setting efforts?

I have come up with 15 areas of your life that you could consider in your goal-setting plan. This will help you to take steps to build a balanced and more fulfilling life. Here they are in alphabetical order:

1) Artistic/creative
2) Career
3) Community
4) family,
5) Financial,
6) Fitness,
7) Friends,
8) Fun,
9) Health,
10) Learning/intellectual,
11) Living environment,
12) Personal relationship,
13) Psychological,
14) Recreation,
15) Spiritual

Of course, you don’t want to create goals in every single area of your life. It would be a little overwhelming and might actually work against you. Pick 3-7 of these areas in addition to your monster goal and then do your goal-setting process. As you’re doing this, consider carefully which areas might be most important to you.

Following is a brief overview of seven of the 15 areas with a few examples for some of them.

Artistic/creative – Do you have a yen to paint or do you love to sing? Maybe you like to carve wood, make soap or play a musical instrument. Including goals relating to activities such as these can add color and fulfillment to your life in a way that other goal-setting areas do not.

Community – This area includes such things as volunteer work with local groups (non-profit or other), or political, and social activities in the area where you live. It also includes organizations you belong to such as clubs and other social groups.

Financial – This area may be obvious in some ways and can relate to your career. But you may also want to consider goal-setting relative to retirement planning, savings and investing. You might also want to add learning about retirement plans or investment vehicles as part of this area of your life.

Fitness – Good health is the underpinning of a good life. And, because exercise is a major contributor to your health, goal-setting in this area is very important. To paraphrase Tony Robbins, you can have a lot of enthusiasm for success but if you can’t get out of bed in the morning, then you’ve got a problem!

Fun – Now you may be one of those people who never misses an opportunity to “let loose”. But if you’re like most people, this may be an area of your life that you neglect. So I say, life is too short not to have as much fun as you can while doing all that other goal-setting stuff! Telling jokes, being silly and generally letting down your hair are good goals to help keep your life balanced and joyful.

Learning/intellectual – Keeping your mind sharp and youthful is a worthy goal, wouldn’t you say? A few ways to do this are to take classes in stimulating topics you’d like to learn about, read new books/magazines and play mentally challenging games like chess and bridge.

Spiritual – For some people, this may not be an important aspect of life. For others, it could be the most important. Here, I’m not just talking about religion and traditionally spiritual issues. Goal-setting in this area of your life could include writing down an intention to forgive someone, to be more loving to others or to start a new practice such as meditation or yoga.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, all 15 areas are important, I chose the ones I felt most connected with as examples. As you go through the list, figure out what will give you the most satisfaction in your life; more friends, more money, more fun, a partner or any of the other areas. One good way to help make your choice is to rank each area on it’s importance to you on a scale of 1-10 (one = least important and 10 = most important). You’ll find yourself enjoying your goal-setting experience more than ever, but most important, you’ll be enjoying your life more!

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An Interview With Self-Realization Fellowship’s Brother Brahmananda

TIS: First of all, I wanted to offer my condolences on the passing of Sri Daya Mata.

BB: Thank you very much. It’s been nine days now.

TIS: Right. How is everyone in the Fellowship handling it?

BB: We’re doing well. We’re going to have a viewing of her body at Forest Lawn Memorial Park starting today for three days, and we’re having a public memorial service this Sunday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

TIS: Well I originally had wanted to speak to you about the true meaning of Christ at Christmas, which I would still like to touch on, but thought Sri Daya Mata’s passing offered an opportunity to talk about death, specifically in relation humanity’s fear of it, especially here in the west.

BB: You know, two books came out of her lectures, one of which was called Only Love and the other is Finding the Joy Within You, and in that latter book, she gives a description of a death experience she had many, many years ago when Yogananda was still with us.

TIS: I haven’t read either of those, so would you mind elaborating on it?

BB: Sure, not at all. In fact, once for some reason, we were on a telephone conversation together and she related this story directly to me, but she writes about it in detail in the book as well. She’d had a long meditation one evening and went to bed, and there was a tremendous pain in her side and she wondered what it was. The next morning she didn’t show up for breakfast, so one of the other nuns looked in on her and found out she wasn’t well. The nun called a doctor who said she had to go to the hospital. She said, “No, I will not go unless Master gives his consent.” Well he was out in the desert, about 150 miles away and there was no phone. Finally, they were able to get a taxi to go out there, and Master commented to a monk beside him, “You know, this is her time to die,” but he told Sri Daya Mata to go to the hospital. So she was taken to the hospital, and there was an operation, and as the surgeon was making his incision, she had the knowledge that he had made a mistake, but she wasn’t in the position to say anything. Then suddenly everything vanished.

There was a tremendous golden light, and she saw the spiritual eye and heard the great Aum sound reverberating through her. She said she was in a state of timelessness, and was beholding her whole life at one time, in the same moment. And then, out of the Aum sound came a beautiful voice saying, “This is death. Are you ready for it?” And in the light of the spiritual eye, she saw the world that was ahead of her filled with tremendous joy and intense communion with the Divine; it made the world we live in seem utterly gross and burdened by darkness. So she replied, “Yes, Divine Mother! One does not come this far into the other world and then want to go back. Why would I hold on to such grossness, when this divine bliss lies ahead of me?” But then the voice said, ever so sweetly, “But if I ask you to stay for Me?” She said she felt this tremendous thrill of joy. So she said, “You would ask me to stay for You? Yes, Divine Mother. Let me serve You!” And the voice said, “All right, my child. Now sleep,” and she lost consciousness. The operation proceeded successfully, and of course she came out of it.

TIS: Wow, amazing.

BB: So that just shows you her consciousness, and that was forty years ago and she’s been with us ever since then–until now. Although, I’m not sure she isn’t with us now, because just a couple of days before she left, she said to Mrinalini Mata, vice president of SRF, “When I’m gone, I’ll continue to love you all.”

TIS: So could you talk about why you think death is so hidden, or feared, especially in our western culture?

BB: Because there’s no background. In the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, we find that this whole universe is one of ongoing spiritual evolution in which Spirit freezes itself into solid matter, and gradually evolves itself back into Spirit, and this is going on all the time. It goes through the various kingdoms, the plant kingdom, animal kingdom, human beings and back to Spirit, and we’re part of that. So after perhaps eight million lifetimes in other life forms, the soul is here in human form.

The soul is individualized Spirit. It’s not as though we were ever created. We’ve existed always, but Spirit formed us from Itself and is drawing us back to Itself. So, as human beings, we incarnate from lifetime to lifetime, gradually evolving spiritually. Initially we experience the universe and the world through our five senses and what we’re seeking is joy. Well, it happens that joy is the very essence of Spirit. So what we’re looking for is Spirit itself, and we don’t find it through the senses. Gradually, through trial and error, we find that’s not going to work, and then comes the idea that perhaps the source of joy is inside.

TIS: Right.

BB: Now the great ones of India found techniques to quiet the body and mind so that one can begin to feel the inner bliss, the inner joy, the inner peace of Spirit, and that’s what Yoga is all about. And that is what we practice in Self-Realization Fellowship. Now, not having that understanding, people have no idea what death is about. We have our traditional ideas of heaven and hell, which don’t seem particularly logical, and a lot of people believe there is nothing beyond this physical world. They’re often uncertain. There is something inside us that says life goes on, and yet this seems refuted by the senses. So there’s doubt, uncertainty, and when there’s that kind of doubt, fear arises and I think that’s why people are so afraid of death. It’s the possibility of the extinguishment of our consciousness. Intuitively we know this won’t happen, but the fear is there.

For years now I don’t think I have, myself, had any fear of death. But there is a certain attachment to this physical body that everyone has. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be in it. Even realized souls have attachments to the body. Lahiri Mahasaya, the Guru of Yogananda’s guru, who was a disciple of Babaji, when he heard the message from his Guru that he was going to soon leave his body, he went into deep stillness. It took him a while to get used to the idea, so it’s an interesting phenomenon. We’ve all gone through it many, many times, but we don’t remember that.

TIS: Thank you for that insight. It’s helpful (at least for me) to have that understanding. So the other thing I wanted to discuss with you was Christ and its true meaning at Christmas time. Sri Daya Mata would always put together a beautiful message on this for both Christmas and Easter and I was hoping you could elaborate on that.

BB: Christmas represents spiritually the birth of the Christ Consciousness within us. Our essence is Spirit and Spirit is Cosmic Consciousness. We have been frozen as matter, and we’re evolving back to Spirit, eventually getting rid of the shells of delusion that surround us. Christmas represents the awakening of the soul to what it really is, and its mergence with that Christ Consciousness, which Yogananda said is the intelligence of the Divine throughout all of creation. As the seasons go, this is sort of the bottom of the yearly cycle where spring and summer lie ahead of us. There’s a kind of seasonal awakening which is represented in this ancient holiday that we now celebrate as Christmas. Esoterically, one can say this symbolizes the birth of the Christ Consciousness within us.

Now, what does Christ represent? On the altars of the Self-Realization Fellowship temples and centers, we have pictures of Christ and Krishna, who represent the same kinds of consciousness, Krishna in the East and Christ in the West. There’s a cultural aspect to this that is quite interesting. Carl Jung understood that there is tremendous spirituality in the East, in India, but he wouldn’t go there. He wouldn’t take it on, or get into that religious philosophy because he felt it was dangerous to his inner consciousness, as he was born a Christian. He gave the example of a friend who went deeply into the I Ching, traveled to China, and totally immersed himself in that culture–and eventually went mad. So Jung felt it would disturb his psyche if he did something similar. Now what Yogananda has done is to make the highest teachings of India assimilable by the western psyche.

You’ve mentioned you’ve been reading The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You, the two volume set of Yogananda’s commentaries on the Christian Gospels. Selections from this work have been compiled in a much smaller book called The Yoga of Jesus, which is very nice.

TIS: Yes, I’ve read it in its entirety and it’s a wonderful introduction to the two volume series.

BB: It really is. The smaller book has the essence of the larger work, though it doesn’t have the marvelous introduction where Yogananda talks about his experiences with Christ, and the spirit of Christ that was with him as he wrote that scripture. But The Yoga of Jesus presents some key things, like the idea that at the birth of Jesus, the Magi–literally the priestly class in Iran or Persia at that time, were actually wise men from India, and as a youth Jesus went back to India to reciprocate that visit and thank them for it. Of course, there are other accounts of Jesus being in India. The Shankacharya of Puri, who visited the United States back in the 50’s through the auspices of Self-Realization Fellowship, told Sri Daya Mata that he had evidence in the Jagannath Temple in Puri of Christ being there. He was going to write about it but never had the opportunity. Yogananda said the same thing, and there are other sources, too.

So Jesus was in India and spent time there. He also spent time in Tibet with the Buddhists and then came back with all of that knowledge. Yogananda says that Jesus taught his disciples something very much like Kriya Yoga, which is our highest technique of pranayama, or control of life force, which brings the energy and consciousness inside. So Jesus was teaching that to his close disciples, but, to the masses he was speaking in parables — giving them ideas that would help them in their lives. What we’re teaching is what Christ really taught; he was a Yogi. That’s why we have the Yoga of Jesus.

TIS: Often during this time of the year, people debate whether Jesus was actually born on December 25th or not, does this date matter?

BB: I don’t think it really matters. Sure, there’s evidence that Jesus was born in the spring time, but it seems appropriate, as I said, to celebrate the birth of Christ Consciousness at this part of the yearly cycle.

TIS: Ok, so in closing could you talk a bit more about Jesus the man vs. the Christ Consciousness which was bestowed upon him?

BB: I suppose the key difference between our understanding of Jesus, and the traditional Christian understanding is centered in the third chapter of John, where Nicodemus is talking to Jesus. There’s the verse: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Those words indicate on the surface that the belief in Jesus, is the only way back to God. But, that can’t be. In the Bible, you have the example of Abraham as described by Jesus as being in heaven. Of course, Abraham had no experience of Jesus the man. When Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am,” he fully identified himself with that consciousness of God, the Christ Consciousness, the vast intelligence of God throughout the universe. He felt himself as one with that, and he spoke from that vantage point. He spoke of himself as that Christ Consciousness.

That doesn’t preclude the possibility that there have been other great saints who were also one with that consciousness, Buddha, Krishna, and others. The traditional view is that Jesus is the only son of God. He said: “No man cometh unto the Father but by me,” and he’s talking from this state of Christ Consciousness, saying no one can expand back into Spirit without going through the Christ Consciousness that he was one with. So to me, that’s the great misunderstanding of Christian orthodoxy. Yes, Jesus is the only way, but that means the Christ Consciousness is the only way. I believe that man’s consciousness has existed for countless years on this planet, and many other planets, and obviously, this spiritual evolution, Spirit back to Spirit is an ongoing thing that doesn’t depend on one particular man, but it certainly does depend on that consciousness of God.

TIS: Thank you. I really appreciate your time.

BB: You’re very welcome.

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Using a Health Savings Account to Pay for Alternative Medicine

Health Savings Accounts allow you to set up a tax-deductible account to pay for medical expenses that are not covered by your health insurance. These include expenses to cover your deductible, and other medical expenses like dental and eyeglasses. But many don’t realize that HSA funds can be used to pay for virtually any type of medical service, as long as it pertains to the treatment or prevention of a specific health condition.

Because money withdrawn from a health savings account to pay medical expenses is tax-free, anyone who has an HSA can funnel all alternative medical expenses through their HSA and get a tax write-off. This could include biofeedback, naturopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, aromatherapy, magnetic healing, reflexology, and the list goes on.

People who use complementary therapies are often very health conscious, and go to traditional physicians less often. So it does not make sense for them to be paying a high premium for a traditional health insurance plan with a co-pay, particularly when their medical treatments are not covered anyway. Instead, many are choosing a low cost high-deductible HSA plan.

Alternative Therapies Becoming Mainstream

Many hospitals are now offering complementary treatments. The website for the Memorial Sloan-Keating Cancer Center states that complementary therapies are used to “help alleviate stress, reduce pain and anxiety, manage symptoms, and promote a feeling of well-being.”

Some group health insurance plans are beginning to cover more complementary expenses, but there is still very little coverage for these expenses in individual or family plans. Those that cover chiropractic limit coverage to 12 – 20 visits per year, and a few will cover a limited amount of acupuncture. But very few if any cover hypnotherapy, Reiki, iridology, or faith healers.

Why Complementary Medicine

The conventional medicine practiced by most MDs is called allopathic medicine. The philosophy of this system is to treat disease and injury using counteractive methods. For instance, if you have a fever you may take aspirin to make it go down, if your cholesterol is elevated you may take a statin to reduce it, if you have heartburn you may take an antacid. The thinking is mostly focused on removing the symptoms of disease, and the primary treatment modalities are surgery and prescription drugs.

But there are other ways to look at things. Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief in the body’s own healing powers, which can be strengthened through the use of certain foods, vitamins, herbs, or other “natural” treatments. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on ancient Chinese theories about the balance of yin and yang. Ayurvedic medicine is based on principles of movement, metabolism, and structure.

Part of the growing use of complementary therapies is a reaction to the costs, side effects, and philosophy of conventional allopathic medicine. Physicians get much of their continuing education from the pharmaceutical industry, and they work in an environment where the insurers and the patients are both looking for a quick fix. The result is that the average 60 year old is now taking 5 regular medications, yet there is little expectation that those drugs will ever cure the health problems for which they’re being used. Many consumers see this, and instead are using other methods to try to get to the root of their illness.

What is Considered an “HSA Qualified Expenses”

Qualified medical expenses have been partially defined in IRS Publication 502, and through various federal court rulings. There is no definitive list, but there are really very few restrictions as long as the procedure is for the treatment or prevention of a specific health condition. For instance, you could not use your HSA funds to pay for a relaxing massage for your own personal pleasure. But if your doctor recommends you get a massage for specific medical reasons, this is considered a qualified expense. Yoga would not normally be considered a qualified medical expense, but it would be if it was recommended as a physical therapy following some sort of accident.

Some may question why the government would give a tax deduction for someone to use some crazy energy vibration machine to cure their cancer. But this is as it should be. No one but you should be able to decide what type of treatment you will use for your own illnesses. By empowering individuals to manage their health as they see fit, Health Savings Accounts encourage personal responsibility and help loosen the monopoly on healthcare that conventional medicine has had for the past few decades.

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Food Guidelines For Basic Constitutional Types

Tridosha system

The central concept of Ayurvedic medicine is the theory that health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily humours or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Vata is the impulse principle necessary to mobilize the function of the nervous system.

Pitta is the energy principle which uses bile to direct digestion and hence metabolism into the venous system.

Kapha is the body fluid principle which relates to mucous, lubrication and the carrier of nutrients into the arterial system.

All Ayurvedic physicians believe that these ancient ideas, based in the knowledge discovered by the sages, exist in harmony with physical reality. These concepts allow physicians to examine the homeostasis of the whole system. People may be of a predominant dosha or constitution, but all doshas have the basic elements within them.

The philosophy of Ayurveda

The emergence of different schools of Sanskrit philosophy like Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Sankhya, Yoga, Vedanta and Mimamsa was another landmark in the history of Indian medicine. The principles expounded in these philosophies facilitated the development within Ayurveda of its theory of humoral pathology which propounds that the human body is composed of Tridoshas, the three humors – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When these are in equilibrium they are called the Tridhatus.

The body in which these three humors are in a state of equilibrium enjoys perfect health; their disequilibrium causes ill health.

Disease management in Ayurveda

The principles of pharmacology are fundamentally different from those of other systems of medicine, especially evidence-based medicine. Most medicines are prepared form herbs.

Shamana and Shodhana are the two concepts of disease management in Ayurveda. Shamana means alleviation. Shamana methods mitigate the disease and its symptoms. Shodhana means elimination and Shodhana methods aim at the elimination of the basic cause of disease.

Note: Guidelines provided here are general. Specific adjustments for individual requirements may need to be made, e.g., food allergies, strength of agni, season of the year and degree of dosha predominance or aggravation.

okay in moderation okay rarely



o Avoid: Generally most dried fruit, Apples (raw), Cranberries, Dates (dry), Figs (dry), Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Raisins (dry), Prunes (dry), Watermelon

o Favor: Generally most sweet fruit, Apples (cooked), Applesauce, Apricots, Avocado, Bananas, Berries, Cherries, Coconut, Dates (fresh), Figs (fresh), Grapefruit, Grapes, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes , Melons, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Pineapple, Plums, Prunes (soaked), Raisins (soaked), Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tamarind


o Avoid: Generally most sour fruit, Apples (sour), Apricots (sour), Bananas, Berries (sour), Cherries (sour), Cranberries, Grapefruit, Grapes (green), Kiwi, Lemons, Mangoes (green), Oranges (sour), Peaches, Persimmons, Pineapple (sour), Plums (sour), Rhubarb, Tamarind

o Favor: Generally most sweet fruit, Apples (sweet), Applesauce, Apricots (sweet), Avocado, Berries (Sweet), Cherries (sweet), Coconut, Dates, Figs, Grapes (red & purple), Limes, Mangoes (ripe), Melons, oranges (sweet), Papaya, Pears, Pineapple (sweet), Plums (sweet), Pomegranates, Prunes, Raisins, Strawberries, Watermelon


o Avoid: Generally most sweet & sour fruit, Avocado, Bananas, Coconut, Dates, Figs (fresh), Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangos, Melons, Oranges, Papaya, Pineapple, Plums, Rhubarb, Tamarind, Watermelon

o Favor : Generally most astringent fruit, Apples, Applesauce, Apricots, Berries, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs (dry), Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Prunes, Raisins, Strawberries



o Avoid: Generally frozen, raw or dried vegetables, Artichoke, Beet greens, Bitter melon, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Burdock root, Cabbage (raw), Cauliflower (raw), Celery, Corn (fresh), Dandelion greens, Eggplant, Horseradish, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mushrooms, Olives, green Onions (raw), Peas (raw), Peppers, sweet & hot Potatoes, white Prickly pear (fruit & leaves), Radish (raw), Squash, winter Tomatoes (cooked), Tomatoes (raw), Turnips, Wheat grass, sprouts

o Favor: In general, vegetables should be cooked Asparagus, Beets, Cabbage (cooked), Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Cucumber, Daikon radish, Fennel, (Anise), Garlic, Green beans, Green chilies, Jerusalem artichoke, Leafy greens, Leeks , Lettuce, Mustard greens, Okra, Olives, black Onions (cooked), Parsley, Parsnip, Peas (cooked), Potatoes, sweet, Pumpkin, Radishes (cooked), Rutabaga, Spaghetti Squash, Spinach (raw), Sprouts, Squash Summer, Taro Root, Turnip greens, Watercress, Zucchini


o Avoid: In General pungent vegetables, Beet Greens, Beets (raw), Burdock root, Corn (fresh), Daikon Radish, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Chillies, Horseradish, Kohlrabi, Leeks (raw), Mustard greens, Olives green, Onion (raw), Peppers (hot), Turnip Greens, Watercress, Zucchini Prickly pear fruit, Radishes (raw, Spinach (cooked), Spinach (raw), Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Turnips

o Favor: In general, sweet & bitter vegetable, artichoke, Asparagus, Beets (cooked), Bitter Melon, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots (cooked), Carrots (raw), Cauliflower, Celery, Cilantro, Cucumber, Dandelion greens, Fennel (Anise) Green Beans, Jerusalem, Artichoke, Kala, Leafy Greens, Leeks (cooked), Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Olives black, Onions (cooked), Parsley, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers sweet, Potatoes, sweet & white, Prickly pear (leaves), Pumpkin, Radishes (cooked)Rutabaga, Spaghetti Squash, Sprouts (not spicy), Squash, winter & summer, Taro root, Watercress, Wheat grass, sprouts, Zucchini


o Avoid: In general, Sweet & juicy vegetables, Cucumber, Olives, black or green, Parsnips, Potatoes sweet, Pumpkin, Squash summer, Taro root, Tomatoes (raw), Zucchini

o Favor: In general, most pungent & bitter Vegetables, Artichoke, Asparagus, Beet greens, Beets, Bitter melon, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Burdock root, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cilantro, Corn, Daikon radish, Dandelion greens, Eggplant, Fennel (Anise), Garlic, Green beans, Green chilies, Horseradish, Jerusalem, artichoke, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leafy greens, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Okra, Onions, Parseley, Peas, Peppers, sweet & hot, Potatoes, White Prickly pear (fruit & leaves), Radishes, Rutabega, Spaghetti Squash, Spinach, Sprouts, Swaush, winter Tomatoes (cooked) Turnips, Watercress, Wheat grass



o Avoid: Barley, Bread (with yeast), Buckwheat, Cereals (cold, dry or puffed), Corn, Couscous, Crackers, Granola, Millet, Muesli, Oat bran, Oats (dry), Pasta, Polenta, Rice cakes, Rye, Sago, Spelt, Tapioca, Wheat bran

o Favor: Amaranth, Durham flour, Oats (cooked), Pancakes, Quinoa, Rice (all kinds), Seitan (wheat meat), Sprouted wheat, bread (Essene), Wheat


o Avoid: Bread (with yeast), Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Muesli, Oats (dry), Polenta, Rice (brown), Rye

o Favor: Amaranth, Barley, Cereal, dry, Couscous, Crackers, Durham flour, Granola, Oat bran, Oats (cooked), Pancakes, Pasta, Quinoa, Rice (basmati, white, wild), Rice cakes, Seitan (wheat meat), Spelt, Sprouted wheat, bread (Essene), Tapioca, Wheat, Wheat bran


o Avoid: Bread (with yeast), Oats (cooked), Pancakes, Pasta, Rice (brown, white), Rice cakes, Wheat

o Favor: Amaranth , Barley, Buckwheat, Cereal (cold, dry or puffed), Corn, Couscous, Crackers, Durham flour, Granola, Millet, Muesli, Oat bran, Oats dry), Polenta, Quinoa, Rice (basmati, wild), Rye, Seitan (wheat meat), Spelt, Sprouted , wheat bread (Essene), Tapioca, Wheat bran



o Avoid: Aduki beans, Black beans, Black-eyed peas, Chick peas (garbanzo beans), Kidney beans, Lentils (brown), Lima beans , Miso, Navy beans, Peas (dried), Pinto beans, Soy beans, Soy flour, Soy powder, Split peas, Tempeh, White beans

o Favor: Lentils (red), Mung beans, Mung dal, Soy cheese, Soy milk, Soy sauce, Soy sausages, Tofu, Tur dal, Urad dal


o Avoid: Miso, Soy sauce, Soy sausages, Tur dal, Urad dal

o Favor: Aduki beans, Black beans, Black-eyed peas, Chick peas (garbanzo beans), Kidney beans, Lentils, brown & red, Lima beans, Mung beans, Mung dal, Navy beans, Peas (dried), Pinto beans, Soy beans, Soy cheese, Soy flour, Soy milk, Soy powder, Split peas, Tempeh, Tofu, White beans


o Avoid: Kidney beans, Soy beans, Soy cheese, Soy flour, Soy powder, Soy sauce, Tofu (cold), Urad dal, Miso

o Favor: Aduki beans, Black beans, Black-eyed peas, Chick peas (garbanzo beans), Lentils (red & brown), Lima beans, Mung beans, Mung dal, Navy beans, Peas (dried), Pinto beans, Soy milk, Soy sausages, Split peas, Tempeh, Tofu (hot), Tur dal, White beans



o Avoid: Cow’s milk (powdered), Goat’s milk (powdered), Yogurt (plain, frozen or w/ fruit)

o Favor: Most dairy is good!, Butter, Buttermilk, Butter Cheese (hard), Cheese (soft), Cottage cheese, Cow’s milk, Ghee, Goat’s cheese, Goat’s milk, Ice cream, Sour cream, Yogurt (diluted & spiced)


o Avoid: Butter (salted), Buttermilk, Cheese (hard), Sour cream, Yogurt (plain, frozen or w/fruit)

o Favor: Butter (unsalted), Cheese (soft, not aged, unsalted), Cottage cheese, Cow’s milk, Ghee, Goat’s milk, Goat’s cheese (soft, unsalted), Ice cream, Yogurt (freshly made & diluted)



Avoid: Butter (salted), Butter (unsalted), Cheese (soft & hard), Cow’s milk, Ice cream, Sour cream, Yogurt (plain, frozen or w/fruit)

o Favor: Buttermilk, Cottage cheese (from skimmed goat’s milk), Ghee, Goat’s cheese (unsalted & not aged), Goat’s milk, skim, Yogurt (diluted)



o Avoid: Lamb, Pork, Rabbit, Venison, Turkey (white)

o Favor: Beef, Buffalo, Chicken (dark), Chicken (white), Duck, Eggs, Fish (freshwater or sea), Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Shrimp, Tuna fish, Turkey (dark)


o Avoid: Beef, Chicken (dark), Duck, Eggs (yolk), Fish (sea), Lamb, Pork, Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Tuna fish, Turkey (dark)

o Favor: Buffalo, Chicken (white), Eggs (albumen or white only), Fish (freshwater), Rabbit, Shrimp, Turkey (white), Venison


o Avoid: Beef, Buffalo, Chicken (dark), Duck, Fish (sea), Lamb, Pork, Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Tuna fish, Turkey (dark)

o Favor: Chicken (white), Eggs, Fish (freshwater), Rabbit, Shrimp, Turkey (white), Venison



o Avoid: Chocolate, Horseradish

o Favor: Black pepper, Chutney, mango (sweet or spicy), Chili peppers, Coriander leaves, Dulse, Gomasio, Hijiki, Kelp, Ketchup, Kombu, Lemon, Lime, Lime pickle, Mango pickle, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Pickles, Salt, Scallions, Seaweed, Soy sauce, Sprouts, Tamari, Vinegar


o Avoid: Chili pepper, Chocolate, Chutney, mango (spicy), Gomasio, Horseradish, Kelp, Ketchup, Mustard, Lemon, Lime pickle, Mango pickle, Mayonnaise, Pickles, Salt (in excess), Scallions, Soy sauce, Vinegar

o Favor: Black pepper, Chutney, mango, (sweet), Coriander leaves, Dulse, Hijiki, Kombu , Lime, Sprouts, Salt, Seaweed, Tamari


o Avoid: Chocolate, Chutney, mango (sweet), Gomasio, Kelp, Ketchup, Lime, Lime pickle, Mango pickle, Mayonnaise, Pickles, Salt, Soy sauce, Tamari, Vinegar

o Favor: Black pepper, Chili Peppers, Chutney, mango (spicy), Coriander leaves, Dulse, Hijiki, Horseradish, Lemon, Mustard (without vinegar), Scallions, Seaweed, Sprouts



o Avoid: None

o Favor: In moderation: Almonds, Black walnuts, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Charole, Coconut, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts


o Avoid: Black walnuts, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts

o Favor: Charole, Coconut


o Avoid: Black walnuts, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Coconut, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts

o Favor: None



o Avoid: Popcorn, Psyllium

o Favor: Chia, Flax, Halva, Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower, Tahini


o Avoid: Chia, Sesame, Tahini

o Favor: Flax, Halva, Popcorn (no salt, buttered), Psyllium, Pumpkin, Sunflower


o Avoid: Halva, Psyllium, Sesame, Tahini

o Favour : Chia, Flax, Popcorn (no salt, no butter), Pumpkin, Sunflower



o Avoid: Flax seed

o Favor: For internal & external use: (most suitable at top of list), Sesame, Ghee, Olive, Most other oils

o External use only: Coconut, Avocado


o Avoid: Almond, Apricot, Corn , Safflower, Sesame

o Favor: For internal & external use: (most suitable at top of list), Sunflower, Ghee, Canola, Olive, Soy, Flax seed, Primrose, Walnut

o External use only: Avocado, Coconut


o Avoid: Avocado, Apricot, Coconut, Flax seed, Olive, Primrose, Safflower, Sesame (internal), Soy, Walnut

o Favor: For internal & external use in small amounts: (Most suitable at top of list), Corn, Canola, Sesame (external), Sunflower, Ghee, Almond



o Avoid: Alcohol (hard; red wine), Apple juice , Black tea, Caffeinated, beverages, Carbonated drinks, Chocolate milk, Coffee, Cold dairy drinks , Cranberry juice, Iced tea, Icy cold drinks, Pear juice, Pomegranate juice, Prune juice, Soy milk (cold), Tomato juice, V-8 Juice, Herb Teas: Alfalfa, Barley, Basil, Blackberry, Borage, Burdock, Cinnamon, Cornsilk, Dandelion, Ginseng, Hibiscus, Hops, Jasmine, Lemon balm, Mormon tea, Nettle, Passion flower, Red clover, Red Zinger, Violet, Yarrow, Yerba Mate

o Favor: Alcohol (beer; white wine), Almond milk, Aloe vera juice, Apple cider, Apricot juice, Berry juice (except for cranberry), Carob, Carrot juice, Chai (hot spiced milk), Cherry juice, Grain “coffee”, Grape juice, Grapefruit juice, Lemonade, Mango juice, Miso broth, Orange juice, Papaya juice, Peach nectar, Pineapple juice, Rice milk, Sour juices, Soy milk (hot & well-spiced), Vegetable bouillon

o Herb Teas: Ajwan, Bancha, Catnip, Chamomile, Chicory, Chrysanthemum, Clove, Comfrey, Elder Flower, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fenugreek, Ginger (fresh), Hawthorne, Juniper berry, Kukicha, Lavender, Lemon grass, Licorice, Marshmallow, Oat straw, Orange peel, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Raspberry, Rosehips, Saffron, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Spearmint, Strawberry, Wintergreen


o Avoid: Alcohol (hard; red & sweet wine) , Apple cider, Berry juice (sour), Caffeinated, beverages, Carbonated drinks, Carrot juice, Cherry juice (sour), Chocolate milk, Coffee, Cranberry juice, Grapefruit juice, Iced tea, Icy cold drinks, Lemonade, Papaya juice , Pineapple juice, Tomato juice, V-8 juice, Sour juices

o Herb Teas: Ajwan, Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Fenugreek, Ginger (dry), Ginseng, Hawthorne, Juniper berry, Mormon tea, Pennyroyal, Red Zinger , Rosehip, Sage, Sassafras, Yerba Mat

o Favor: Alcohol (beer; dry white wine), Almond milk , Aloe vera juice, Apple juice, Apricot juice, Berry juice (sweet), Black tea , Carob, Chai (hot, spiced milk) , Cherry juice (sweet), Cool dairy drinks, Grain “coffee”, Grape juice, Mango juice, Miso broth, Mixed veg. juice, Orange juice, Peach nectar, Pear juice, Pomegranate juice, Prune juice, Rice milk, Soy milk, Vegetable bouillon

o Herb Teas: Alfalfa, Bancha, Barley, Blackberry, Borage, Burdock, Catnip, Chamomile, Chicory, Comfrey, Dandelion, Fennel, Ginger (fresh), Hibiscus, Hops , Jasmine, Kukicha, Lavender, Lemon balm, Lemon grass, Licorice, Marshmallow, Nettle, Oat Straw, Passion flower, Peppermint, Raspberry, Red clover, Sarsaparilla, Spearmint, Strawberry, Violet, Wintergreen, Yarrow


o Avoid: Alcohol (hard; beer; sweet wine), Almond milk, Caffeinated , beverages, Carbonated drinks, Cherry juice (sour), Chocolate milk, Coffee, Cold dairy drinks, Grapefruit juice, Iced tea, Icy cold drinks, Lemonade, Miso broth, Orange Juice, Papaya juice, Rice milk ,Sour juices, Soy milk (cold), Tomato juice, V-8 Juice

o Herb Teas: Licorice, Marshmallow, Red Zinger, Rosehip, Bancha

o Favor: Alcohol (dry wine, red or white), loe vera juice, Apple cider, Apple juice, Apricot juice, Berry juice, Black tea (spiced), Carob, Carrot juice, Chai (hot, spiced milk), Cherry juice (sweet), Cranberry juice , Grain “coffee”, Grape juice, Mango juice, Peach nectar, Pear juice, Pineapple juice, Pomegranate juice, Prune juice, Soy milk (hot & well-spiced),

o Herb Teas: Alfalfa, Bancha, Barley, Blackberry, Burdock, Chamomile, Chicory, Cinnamon, Clove, Comfrey, Dandelion , Fennel, Fenugreek, Ginger , Ginseng, Hibiscus Jasmine, Juniper berry, Kukicha, Lavender, Lemon balm, Lemon grass, Mormon tea, Nettle, Passion flower, Peppermint, Raspberry, Red clover , Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Spearmint , Strawberry, Wintergreen, Yarrow, Yerba Mate



o Avoid: None

o Favor: All spices are good Ajwan, Allspice, Almond extract, Anise, Asafoetida (hing), Basil, Bay leaf, Black pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard seeds, Nutmeg, Orange peel, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Peppermint, Pippali, Poppy seeds, Rosemary, Saffron, Salt, Savory, Spearmint, Star Anise, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric, Vanilla, Wintergreen


o Avoid: Ajwan, Allspice, Almond extract, Anise, Asafoetida (hing), Basil (dry), Bay leaf, Cayenne, Cloves, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger (dry), Mace, Marjoram, Mustard seeds, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Pippali, Poppy seeds, Rosemary, Sage, Salt, Savory, Star anise, Thyme

o Favor: Basil (fresh), Black pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Ginger (fresh), Mint, Neem leaves, Orange peel, Parsley, Peppermint, Saffron, Spearmint, Tarragon, Turmeric, Vanilla, Wintergreen


o Avoid: Salt

o Favor: All spices are good Ajwan, Allspice, Almond extract, Anise, Asafoetida (hing), Basil, Bay leaf, Black pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel*, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard seeds, Neem leaves, Nutmeg, Orange peel, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Peppermint, Pippali, Poppy seeds, Rosemary, Saffron, Savory, Spearmint, Star Anise, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric, Vanilla, Wintergreen



o Avoid: Maple syrup, White Sugar

o Favor: Barley malt, Fructose, Fruit juice, concentrates, Honey, Jaggary, Molasses, Rice syrup, Dried or fresh sugar cane juice, Turbinado


o Avoid: White Sugar, Honey, Jaggary, Molasses

o Favor: Barley malt, Fructose, Fruit juice, concentrates, Maple syrup, Rice syrup, Dried or fresh sugar cane juice, Turbinado


o Avoid: Barley malt, Fructose, Jaggary, Maple syrup, Molasses, Rice syrup, Dried or fresh sugar cane juice, Turbinado, White sugar

o Favor: Fruit juice, concentrates, Honey (raw & not processed)



o Avoid: Barley green, Brewer’s yeast, Vitamin: K

o Favor: Aloe Vera juice, Bee pollen, Amino acids

o Minerals: Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, Royal jelly, Spirolina, Blue-green algae

o Vitamins: A, B1, B2,B6, B12, C, D, E, P and Folic acid


o Avoid: Amino acid, Bee pollen, Royal jelly

o Minerals: copper, iron

o Vitamins: B2,B6,C,E, and Folic acid

o Favor: Aloe vera juice, Barley green, Brewer’s yeast

o Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, zinc, Spirolina, Blue-green algae

o Vitamins: A, B1, B12, D and K


o Avoid:

o Minerals: Potassium

o Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B12, C, D, and E

o Favor: Aloe vera juice, Amino acid, Barley green, Bee pollen, Brewer’s yeast

o Minerals: copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, Royal jelly, Spirolina, Blue-green algae

o Vitamins: B6, C, P and Folic Acid

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Melanomas – Visible and Invisible

Melanoma is essentially skin cancer. If detected early

enough, it can be cured in ninety-five percent of the

cases. However, it can also be fatal if allowed to run its

course. Melanomas can be almost invisible in some cases, so

a cursory examination is not effective in some cases.

Hidden melanomas are, fortunately, relatively rare.

All melanomas are formed from cells that produce pigment.

These are called melanocytes. So the cancer can develop

wherever there is pigmentation in the body. Hidden

melanomas can occur in difficult to detect parts of the

body, hence the need to do a thorough check annually.

An example of an unusual location where a hidden melanoma

can develop is the eye (intraocular melanoma). So the eyes

should be included in the check-up. An effective

preventative would be to use high quality sunglasses with

one-hundred percent UV protection. If you have prescription

glasses, photochromic lenses with UV protection are


It is useful to be aware that melanomas can also develop in

areas that are not exposed to sun rays. These include the

palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, in-between toes,

under the nails, and on the scalp! Even harder to detect

areas that the cancer can develop in are the genitalia,

anus, and mucosal lining of the mouth.

A potentially dangerous phenomenon is a “halo nevus”. This

manifests as a white halo around a mole or brown spot. It

appears that the mole or spot is shrinking, but a more

lethal process is underway – the melanoma is actually

digging deeper leaving less of itself on the surface.


It is of vital importance that you do a body skin check

every month, looking for brown spots in all the areas

outlined above. What you should also be looking for are new

spots or moles, or any changes to existing ones over a time

period of a few months. Potentially dangerous growths are

those that have asymmetrical ragged borders, or are six

millimeters or more in diameter. Another danger signal is

when growths disappear and reappear, or growths that bleed

easily. Melanomas under the nails usually occur in the

thumbs and large toes, and appear as black or brown

coloured streaks.

Possible symptoms of hidden melanomas, such as in the mouth

and esophagus, are inexplicable bleeding from the nose,

genitalia or urinary tract, throat pain and difficulty

swallowing, and a tightness in the esophageal area.

In addition to your personal monthly skin check, it is

strongly recommended that you have an annual examination

conducted by a qualified dermatologist.


Melanomas can develop in anybody, but the following are at

a higher risk:

Those who have had a previous skin cancer.

Those with a family history of skin cancer.

Those with several abnormal appearing moles (dysplastic nevi).

Fair skinned people with light eyes, who easily sunburn.

Blacks, and dark skinned people, are susceptible to under

the nail melanomas (subungual), and mucosal melanoma.


Avoid excessive exposure to the sun, but don’t be obsessive

about it. Remember, sunlight stimulates the formation of

vitamin D, which is important for the body. Conduct

frequent checks on yourself, especially if you fall into

the high risk group. And, studies show that if you exercise

regularly, you gain protection from melanoma. Researchers

think that this might be because exercise enhances a

process called UVB-induced apoptosis, in which the body

kills sun-damaged cells.

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Tony Robbins – Personal Power II – Day 19-21

Day 19 -21 (includes the weekend review time)

Today, we’re drilling down to observe how to overcome fears of failure and success.  Both of these fears can paralyze one from taking any action at all, and of course, success in anything is tied up in taking massive action.

In order to eliminate fears, we must change our mental rules. First, what must happen for you to feel successful and to feel like a failure? Define specifically what that looks like for you. Then, you must create new definitions for what has to happen for you to feel successful and to feel like a failure.  Developing new rules by which you can happily achieve your goals, well, that really can make for a more satisfying life.

For example, at the beginning of this lesson, my old definition of success was:

I wanted to achieve reasonable goals by accomplishing several things each day directly related to financial gain. I wanted time left over for hobbies, play and other areas of endeavor.  Achieving that felt like success to me. Your definition is bound to be different, but the idea is to identify where you are NOW. make success achievable so it can easily be attained.

To feel like a failure, my definition was:

I let things go that I know are good for me. That includes not following through on actions that are directly connected to success.

Where did our rules come from? Who designed the success and failure rules we live by? Are they empowering or dis-empowering? Can they be improved?

I didn’t think my old rules were wrong.. just maybe not complete.

So, here’s my new definition of success:

To live in a forward posture, learn and grow with expectancy and curiosity. To Boldly, confidently experience my life so that no matter what happens, I will be able, to the best of my ability,  choose my attitude and my desired outcome, without fear.

And my new definition of failure:

To live in fear with no hope of improvement. But even then, I’d learn something, so then it wouldn’t really be failure, would it?

Huge difference! Changing those definitions have given me ways to be far more successful, more often, and basically eliminate failure.

Let’s look at taking a core fear and getting rid of it. This is called the “erasure technique” and it really blew my mind! I don’t know if you’re like me, but I’ve had several events in my life with strong negative emotions connected to them. From time to time, they just run themselves like a movie and the same angry, sad, fearful, emotions come up again. I have tried various techniques to try and diffuse them (and it has helped quite a bit), but I wanted to see if I could get even more leverage.

OK, are you ready? Here’s the technique. Stand up tall and straight, feeling really great.  Say “boom” or “great” or some other word to anchor the feeling. Now, watch the memory of some old, big mistake you made. Pick a really big one!  Run it forward, but at a distance like you’re in the audience watching. Now run it backwards faster and faster. Repeat it several times, but add clown suits, costumes, funny voices, big ears, just make it silly. Run it back and forth in your mind until you actually smile when you think about this. What you’ve just done is break up the old pattern, much like scratching a record until it can’t play anymore.

Think about the pain connected to not being free of these old memories and get yourself enough leverage to take the time to do this. You can do this technique for each one.

The second part of today’s lesson had to do with rejection. Many people have allowed rejection to influence their lives. Tony talks about making similar changes when dealing with this emotion as when dealing with success and failure.

1).   Decide that rejection will not control your life.

2).   Get leverage by understanding the price you pay if you fear rejection. Also, what are all the benefits for not being affected by rejection.

Create a new set of rules for rejection. Learn that no matter what someone says or how they respond, it may be their issue. Massive rejection is really one of the keys to success. As you get stronger, sometimes the old friendships and associations you had may drift away. The dynamic changes you are adopting causes you to attract in new friends that reflect the new values you are developing. Condition yourself to feel strong when you get rejected. Create helpful anchors to control access to the strength you wish to feel.


Write down 2 failure and 2 rejection events.

What benefits were there from those 4 experiences?

Now, use the erasure technique to change them.

Don’t forget to also write down three money making ideas. Grow your mental portfolio for your future.

I’d love to hear from you about the results or questions you might have.

See you for day 22 (two days off for review and subliminal tapes or CDs if you have them).

And, of course, onward!

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How to Escape Fatigue and Stay Active

We tend to become tired easily quite often as we use up the stored energy. Here are a few ideas which would come handy in order to remain physically and mentally fresh all the time.

Drink More Water

It is always recommended to drink more water as it will increase the brain activity and blood circulation to brain. When more blood reaches the brain, it will automatically help to stay active. It is advisable to keep track of how much water is consumed every day and it is recommended to increase the intake of water till 3 litres of water a day is reached. Keeping the body hydrated is the first step to stay active all the time. Besides removing fatigue, it also helps the skin to glow and makes metabolic activities to be performed with ease.

Eat Healthy Foods

On eating more health-rich foods, we can stay active. The breakfast is highly essential and must not be skipped as it provides energy for the entire day. There must be higher amount of carbohydrates in the breakfast meal. The foods which are rich in iron content must be taken as it prevents the body from being non-anaemic. It is also necessary to drink fresh juices for the brain to remain active. Drinking glucose will provide immediate results. This activates the brain cells immediately making you fresh. The fruits can also be cut into pieces and taken in a small box to the office and can be eaten instead of oily foods.


The sweat is not only good for the physique but also for the mind. It helps to keep the brain working at a faster pace. Severe workouts are not necessary. Even mild exercises to hands and legs would suffice. The exercises also help to tackle stresses, blood pressure, and by increasing the oxygen intake, nourishment is supplied to the cells. Yoga can also be done which helps to improve the concentration and the working of the brain. Other aerobic exercises can be encouraged in work places to fight fatigue and can also be recommended in every educational institutions to help students to tackle tiredness.

Relax During Breaks

The break time is highly essential and continuous work will definitely lead to fatigue. Moreover, if a lot of time is spent before the monitor, there will be a lot of energy loss. It is recommended to close eyes for twenty seconds for every continuous-twenty minutes that you look into the screen of a desktop or laptop. That would be a good relaxation to the eyes. It is advisable to use radiation protected glasses while using computer as it would help eyes not to become tired quickly. Walking out from the chair for a break is essential. Whenever time permits, it is advisable to take fresh air from outside.

Get More Sleep

It is definitely not going to be useful when the work is done continuously compromising the sleep as it spoils the health to a greater extent besides making the person drowsy for the next day. The sleep at night time cannot be compensated by equal sleeping time during the day. The best time to sleep would be from ten in the night to six in the morning. Insufficient sleep not only spoils the physique but also causes mental illness like stress and high blood pressure. It is absolutely important to get sufficient sleep as this aligns the activities in the brain and help us to perform better the next day.

Thus you can see that these measures can be taken to avoid fatigue and stay refreshed all the time and lead an active life.

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Field Hockey Warm-Up Drills

Before starting any sports practice or game, you must make sure to run a thorough warm-up that gets players both physically and mentally ready to play. A good warm-up routine includes both a cardiovascular component such as running and a series of stretches that highlight the muscles used most during the sport in question.

The following field hockey warm-up drills are an excellent addition to any warm-up routine since they emphasize the basic skills of the game while getting the joints moving and the blood flowing to avoid later injury.

One thing I’ve noticed in my years of coaching field hockey is that players hate running laps. So at our field hockey practices we’ve replaced running laps with a 5-minute long version of freeze tag. Tag is an excellent way to get players running around while keeping their minds more active than if they were simply running laps around the field.

After the cardiovascular section of your warm-up is completed, it is time for the stretching. I like to start off with head rolls and neck stretches and make my way down. If you have no experience leading a stretching routine, don’t hesitate to contact other coaches or a certified yoga instruction for some guidance on which stretches are not to be missed for your field hockey team.

Hits and Misses

Once you’ve finished stretching your team’s muscles, it is time to begin the field hockey warm-up drills. When selecting drills for your warm-up, look for simple drills that emphasize the basic skills of the game without pushing players too far–save that for the conditioning drills!

The first warm-up drill I like to use at my field hockey practices is a basic hitting drill, since the hit is hockey’s most basic and useful skill. For this hitting drill, I divide my team into partners and have them stand facing each other 10 feet apart to start off with.

When running this and all other warm-up drills, the emphasis is on perfect form. For example, when hitting it is important to make sure the player’s hands are firmly together near the top of the stick. Use the hands and wrists to bring the stick backwards, and the goal should be to hit the lower half of the ball when the stick is brought back down. Don’t forget to follow though with the stick after the hit is completed. Another thing to remember is to keep the feet parallel to the direction you want the ball to go.

I have my players hit back and forth for 2 minutes at this distance, then I blow my whistle and have each player back up one giant step, repeating this process two more times before moving on to the next drill.

Push Pass Perfection

The next of the field hockey warm-up drills focuses on the push pass, which is a better way than hitting for moving the ball over large distances. Using the same partners as before, have your players stand anywhere from 20 to 40 feet apart and push pass to each other.

The form of the push pass differs slightly from that of the hit. For the push pass, players are to place their left hand near the top of the stick with the right hand further down. Keeping their eye on the ball with their knees bent, players are to shift their weight from the back foot to the front as contact is made with the ball. As with the hit, make sure to follow through completely. The follow through is complete when the stick is pointing towards the direction of the pass.

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