Nick S

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    I listen to this one often to remind myself of the power love holds, and how sharing will help make it stronger.
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    I was advised a few years ago, by a health practitioner I was taking classes with, to follow the candida diet myself. She said I didn’t have candida itself, but that I did have excess yeast within me, which could if not addressed lead to candida. It took a lot of changes in my diet to address this, but have been finding it to help improve my health greatly. The book she recommended to me to learn about the candida diet was The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates, and this explained a lot to me. Another book I picked up in search of more recipes is The Candida Free Cookbook by Shasta Press. What I’ve learned since being on the diet is that two major causes of the excess of the wrong kinds of yeast within me were gluten and sugar. I now try hard to steer clear of these altogether as well as most dairy. The only dairy exceptions I allow are ghee, kefir, and yogurt, which are allowed after the yeast within you has begun to diminish. Since you are vegan you won’t need to worry about illuminating dairy at all from your diet. Beans and nuts, (but not seeds), and meet are advised to be removed from the diet as well witch did make it hard for me initially to get enough protean, but once progress was made I was able to re-introduce these in moderation and still make progress. One other thing I have done to help is use CALM, (a powdered magnesium drink). One of the biggest struggles I’ve found since taking on this diet is when I’m eating with most others. To them I’m a very picky eater. I just have to face up to this and tell myself its best that I care for myself first. Since good progress has been made over the last few years I allow small exceptions at times, but still I’m a picky eater to most. What have you tried so far, and how has it worked? Is there anything in particular you’re in question about? I know it is a struggle, and will require changes to your everyday life, but once you find what works you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. I’d be happy to share recipes or other advise if you’re interested.
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    I have read the book and done the liver flush once before. It was all done on my own, except that I went to have colon hydrotherapy right before the flush, and again the following day. It is important that you have done the research and are ready for it. Time of year is an important aspect to consider as well, spring is a good time to clean, and fall is great. Summer is doable if needed, and winter is the worst time of the year. Also be sure to consider whether you really need it or not, are you showing signs that it would be helpful to flush? Also do you have signs or know you have big gall stones? If so it is best not to do the flush for they might get caught and cause problems on the way out of your body. Andreas Mortiz information on doing it is the best I have so far found and be sure to read and reread so that it’s clear in your mind what needs to be done before starting. I have met others who in the week of prepping for the flush began to have health problems and had to go to the hospital because they had other health issues that needed attention more than the liver flush. They can be helpful when needed, and there are many who need it, just be sure you are one and that you are ready for it.
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    If you do talk to her about healthier choices it would best not to present it as “certainly helping”, but instead that it “would likely” or “has been known to help”. First, what works for one doesn’t mean it will work for all, everyone’s unique. Second, by presenting it as a possibility instead of a guaranty it encourages the person to think it over more, which leads to higher chances of them trying it. Unless the person is coming to you for a straight answer about the problem, then they are much less likely to consider doing what you suggest if you place it as certainly helping. Another thing I’d like to bring up, which I have recently with my mother who had cancer removed from her lower left parathyroid a few weeks ago, is the Ayurvedic view of cancer. Ayurveda is a health practice I have been studying for the past few years that is over 5,000 years old. The cause of cancer is viewed a bit differently in Ayurveda, but not in a way that contradicts modern science. Here are two quotations explaining how cancer is viewed in Ayurveda. “Modern science is just now acknowledging the importance of the mind-body connection, but knowledge of it has been part of Ayurveda for five thousand years. Our sense of self, our attitudes and understandings, our feelings, are all psychobiological events. Self-esteem is one such event, one that is strengthening to our cells and to all aspects of our bodies. A lack of self-confidence and self-love is detriment. Cancer is an example of this lack. Cancer cells have lost their intelligence and grow separate from the body. They are irregular and robust and have an isolated, selfish sense of self which is in conflict with the life of normal, healthy cells. When cancer occurs, it’s as if a war is going on between the cancerous cells and the healthy cells. If the healthy cells are strong enough in self-esteem, they can conquer and kill the cancer cells. But if we do not have enough self-esteem and self-respect, then the cancer cells will win and will conquer the healthy cells. Thus self-esteem is important for maintaining immunity. If you love yourself as you are, you will develop confidence, and that will heal disease. That is why cellular immunity, or natural resistance, depends upon self-esteem.” From The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad “The most extreme example of illness caused by lack of purpose is cancer. Ayurveda considers cancer an emotionally caused disease. By not having a purpose in life (i.e. suppressing life) people create life within their body-cancer. When seriously ill people discuss what they would love to do (instead of what they are told to do) life returns to their eyes. As they begin to follow up on these ideas, some remarkable recoveries are seen. Purposeful career is then an aspect of this new definition of health" from The Ayurveda Encyclopedia by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha I don’t have a clear explanation as to what it means with the cancer found in the breast, but with the breast relating so much to the feminine character, I think it seems very clear to relate to this. Just something I feel the urge to present to others because many people I know have been getting cancer recently.
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    I had a similar experience Thursday morning, with a new moon eclipse approaching later that day on the other side of the world. What happened was I went out to the garden, just before going to work, in order to pick some mint leaves to add to my water. I found lying right next to what was once a burn pile a dead crow. I couldn’t tell what had killed it, for there were no clear marks upon its body. Short on time, I had to leave it in order to make it to work on time, but felt bad for the crow all throughout the day. As soon as I got home from work I dug a hole as deep as I could where the burn pile had been and buried the crow. After filling it in and packing down the dirt I squatted down and placed my hands upon the earth for several minutes sending my best thoughts to the crow. This brought relief to me. Today when I went out to the garden to water I found a hole dug by an animal where I had buried the crow. Luckily it was not deep enough to have reached the crow. I filled it in again and then put a large pile of dead branches and leaves over it to make it even harder for animals to get to it. Hopefully this will allow the crow’s corpse to remain undisturbed until it has fully gone back to the earth. If you have already disposed of the lizard, and cannot bury it like I did the crow, then you can go back to wherever you disposed of the lizard and spend some time there with thoughts in honor of it. I think it is good to feel pain for creatures, and all others, but it is also important to have ways of learning and growing stronger from the experience as well. This does not mean stronger in tolerance to the pain, but stronger in finding ways to learn from the experience. Also you might find it helpful to feel some sadness for your dog as well. It is a dog’s natural instinct to hunt, and if there is not much to go after they will settle for whatever’s around. There are two cats on the property I’m living at and one of them also hunts lizards sometimes. We greatly discourage this, and instead praise them when they go after rats and gofers, which cause problems around the property. I still feel a bit bad for the rats and gofers when killed, but not as much so because we are having to allow this as a defensive action. If we let them go around undisturbed our garden, food, and other belongings will be damaged, and so letting them die is done more as a defensive act. Even the Dalai Lama has said it’s ok to swat mosquitoes that are trying to suck your blood. And so, for the dog, it would be best to try and find a way for it to use its hunting instincts in a positive way as well. Don’t encourage it not to use its hunting instincts at all because suppressing natural urges is a terrible thing to do. Instead, if there are no other animals that would be good for it to hunt, you can instead try to have it use the instincts for treats or toys. Make the dog work/hunt in order to urn them though, so that it feels satisfied by using its hunting instincts. Well these are my thoughts about it and what I have found to help with such incidents. As long as I feel I have shown honor to and learned from the experience I look back on it with positive thoughts. I work hard at doing this with all experiences in fact and find it to help a lot. I hope this helps and that you are able to feel at piece with the incident.
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    For more information about laughter yoga I found this website. I have done it with others and on my own just a few times. It's easy enough that you don't need a guide to lead you, you just need to laugh. I don't do it often, even though I feel I should, but from when I have it has really helped. Also I do practice hatha yoga often, have done shakti naam yoga several times, and have found all these yoga practices to help a lot in bringing balance to my body/mind/spirit(aka. emotions). Some address certain parts of you more than others. Laughter yoga is amazing for the spirit when needed, but also the body and mind.
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    Why is that? I don't see it ending that way. No matter what I will learn from the experience. With the intent of expressing my true feelings towards the others, I feel it will help direct both of us in the right direction, weather that be closer or further apart emotionally. I truly do wish them the best, as I try to myself, and feel that with that intention, no matter where it leads it will ultimately be better.
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    Thanks. I'd agree she's not very emotionally healthy. I would like to try and help her come to better balance, however I do need to make sure i am headed for it as well.
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    Caffeine makes people mentally quicker, and I am naturally not too mentally quick. That's the simplest way I feel I can put it. Others don’t say such directly to me, but the way they suggest how it helps, gives me that impression. And it’s not very often at all that they say it will help me directly. Two big reasons why my mind works very different than other common individuals are; as a child I was diagnosed as being heavily dyslexic. Middle school was spent at a school dedicated entirely too dyslexic student, and even in that I was in a special ed class for part of the day. Ten days before turning 19 I suffered brain damage from an encephalitis attack in my left front temporal lobe. A severe headache and very high temperature, due to the swelling of my brain, led to a seizure and temporary comatose state until the doctors could lessen the swelling and lower my temperature.
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    I had to look up the definition of dour in an attempt to decide if they are indeed that. I'd say yes, but not to any extreme. My theory for why my mother is so is because when born she came out with the cord wrapped around her neck choking her in the process, and this lead to her naturally having a very defensive character. My mother would say that her mother would present her birth in a very joking way as though it were funny how she choked, but my mother sees it as a terrible thing. An example within the last few years of her getting upset about me laughing was this. She was having problems with her computer and I was trying to help her fix it and explaining how in the process. I was having a hard time figuring it out myself and, as a defensive action I naturally have, laughed at how frustrating computers can be in order to make it emotionally easier for me. She, not seeing the direct cause of my laugher, instantly became defensive and said that I was laughing at her for having trouble with the computer. I tried to explain how it was not at all her, but the computer I was laughing at, however she wouldn’t believe me at all and told me I had to leave right then and there. As for my father he is very indifferent emotionally. It seems rare I see any on him, and when I do never to any extreme. He always goes along with what my mother says, and only speaks his own opinion when asked, never giving to much of an answer, and always in support of my mother’s opinion. If I laugh around him he usually just doesn’t show any acknowledgement to it at all. I do plan on just letting loose, and whatever comes about, it will help me in the end.
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    Just felt I should add that I do have the intention of while doing yoga each day perform Simhasana, (lion posture), several times followed by, (I can’t remember the name), a practice where you raise your arms to the sky and start openly laughing which will also be done several times. I felt this will help keep my mood and humor in good balance.
  12. Proper use of humor This coming week I am meeting with my parents, brother and his fiancé, several aunts, uncles, and cousins coming with their significant others. (I will in fact be the only one present without a partner). This will be happening in Truckee at a cabin my father owns and built from the ground up. My father was born on the 4th of July 1951, and for the last decade or so it has become a tradition for us all to meat there for his birthday and a weeklong family gathering. What keeps eating at me as the time approaches is that starting about 15 years ago my parents, (mother mainly), greatly discouraged me from using/expressing my sense of humor. It seemed many times they felt I was laughing at them, when I felt I wasn’t, or they felt I was laughing for reasons that weren’t appropriate. This has lead to me developing a natural instinct to keep a straight face at all times, and to greatly resist the urge to laugh, and not just around them, but at all times. Over the last 2 years I have been encouraging myself to go against this instinct and give in to humor more, but it’s hard. They have said I can try using it around them, and from the little I have tried they haven’t encouraged me not to, however I can’t remember them ever laughing or smiling because of it. I feel that if I could once again allow myself to be openly humorous around them, then my fear of using it would quickly go away, making it easier to use around others. And so I plan on putting extra effort into expressing it when around family this coming week, even if that leads to them asking me to leave. I am a little worried that due to me having to suppress it for so long, chances are high for it to at times come out more dark. Another issue that will add to this is that an aunt of mine, (she had married a brother of my father), has died earlier this week and many of them are going to a funeral just before meeting again at the cabin. I am worried that this event will make them even more sensitive to my using humor. I’m putting this out, asking if any others have any words of advice or support. I wish the best for all, but need to include myself, and so feel I need to do this. In the end this might turn out fine, without a problem, but for now I feel worried/anxious about it. If nothing else, thanks for reading.
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    Thanks Juan, you're right it is very important to listen to your natural urges. I can be bad at that myself, but it’s important to do if you wish to remain in good balance. When the body/mind/ego is out of balance it will lead to dis-ease, aka sickness. Garnet, it sounds like you're taking a very safe path in using it, which I applaud. Smaller amounts used, of good quality coffee, at the proper times of the day is a good way to do it. The one thing I feel the urge to point out is if you feel you "need" the coffee to operate normally then that is an addiction. I feel that many people are indeed addicted to it without really realizing it. I know it has been used for a long time now. It started to become more widely dispersed and used around the world at the same time tobacco and sugar were. Now these two things are leading to major health problems do to over consumption of, as well as alterations of the plants to match the growing consumption of. This makes me more suspicious that coffee will lead to one as well due to it being ever on the rise of consumption by the common individual.
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    Thanks, a truly beautiful song. I've been listening to Faun's music a lot lately.