Thursday, April 30, 2009
Often referred to as one of the most influential women in the world, chat show host Oprah Winfrey certainly knows how to draw an audience. No wonder she’s also the richest women on TV. *Must get snipping.
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If I feel depressed I will sing.
This post is related to the post I've made about Intuition. Many people say that intuition is a reliable inner thought that can be a tool to guide our lives. I hope this will be a useful set of tips you can use to exercise your intuition. It is there with you, you just need to dig yourself better to find it. For sure I know we all can have good intuition. Just like the quote below that you must train your intuition. Therefore, you'll be able to know the things you have to decide in life. Whether to go right or left, whether to stay or go, whether so do it or not doing it and many more.
1. Inner Voice
Many people report a "still, quiet inner voice." Your intuition will always communicate with you in a compassionate, loving manner that is perceptibly different from your normal inner chatter. If your inner voice seems quiet, try asking yourself a question like "What is the best course of action to take?" Pause for a moment and then think about all the options you've just been given. Does any one leap out as the best decision? If not, go deeper and ask the question again. A new answer may emerge. Write your results in your journal. Then, jot down three small action steps that can you take that will move you in the direction you chose.
You can receive a wealth of guidance when you learn to ask for intuitive insight from your dreams. Our minds are still active and racing with thoughts while we sleep. As we replay our daily anxieties in our dream state, we are sometimes given answers and solutions to our problems. Often, these answers are revealed to us through symbols. A few years ago, I was torn between staying at my full-time job at a software company and leaving to devote my energies to my own business. I was still thinking about my decision when I drifted off to sleep one night. I dreamed that I was out on a lake with my feet planted in two different canoes both pointed in different directions. I knew then that I couldn't pursue both vocations and have the energy to realize my goal. I gave my notice the next day and haven't regretted it for a moment. Here are some ways that you can tune in to your dreams and get the answers you need:
- Write a few paragraphs about your concern or problem.
- Try to summarize the issue in a question, and state the question to yourself as you drift off to sleep.
- Before you become fully awake in the morning, ask yourself, "What is the answer to my question?" Sometimes you may remember a specific dream and feel that you have your answer in the dream's symbolism.
- You may not remember the details of the dream but you may feel that you've awakened with an intuitive answer to your problem. That's an equally valid way of receiving intuitive guidance in your sleep.
Intuitive information often comes through your feelings or emotions. You may simply "feel right" about a certain course of action. Or you might experience a sense of distrust about an individual or situation. Part of learning to trust your intuition is remembering to ask, "Does this decision make me happy?" or, "Do I feel energized by this decision?" There are many ways to ask the question and experience the answer but here's the truth: Your intuition will provide you with information to make positive choices. Would it make sense for you to be sent to earth with a magnificent inner guidance system and every time you trusted it you felt awful? No!
4. Physical Sensations
The Japanese call intuition "stomach art." We call such sensations a "gut feeling." You might find that your body feels heavy if a decision you've made is wrong. Your body may feel light or experience "chills" if it is the correct path for you. Here's an example of how these sensations guide us: You've just been offered the "perfect job." You notice that when you think about accepting the position your body feels heavy or there's a knot in your stomach. If you feel physically uncomfortable when you think about the job, your intuition is imploring you to consider your choices. You can ask more questions and do more research about the position and the company to see if you can determine the cause of your intuitive response. Or, you can understand that your intuition is warning you away from this company for reasons you may not comprehend on a rational level. Intuition may lead you to pursue other opportunities based on those physical sensations. How many times have you ignored signals your body gave you only to later say to yourself, "I wish I'd trusted my gut instinct?"
(source from awakening-intuition.com - images from justbesplendid.tumblr)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
These are 10 simple things that we should say more often to other people. Look up whether you have said one of these words today. These words I believe can brighten someone's day. But the most important thing is to try to say these words using your feeling and your heart. Say it like you really mean it. Try to put aside your ego and say this word trully. And you will be able to see what's the impact of this for the one you say it to. Such a simple word but really has great positive impact for other people's mood.
“Hello.” How often do you sit silently next to someone on a train, or in a waiting room? How often do you stand tapping your foot in a line at the post office or bank? Just saying a simple “Hello” or “Hi” to the person next to you, and offering them a smile, could give you an instant mood-boost. And you might even get into a conversation to pass the time while you’re waiting.
“Thank you.” It’s hard to say “thank you” too often. Even when you feel someone’s performing a service that they should do by the nature of their job, thanking them will make both of you feel good. How about saying “thank you” to your employees or subordinates when they carry out a task for you, “thank you” to the girl at the checkout when she packs your bags for you, “thank you” to the waiter who brings your meals… Those two small words of gratitude can mean a lot.
“Please.” A word which we often associate with “thank you”, perhaps because we were taught to say both as young children, is “please”. Using this little word turns a demand into a request – and makes people much happier about fulfilling it. When you queue up for a coffee at Starbucks, don’t just bark “Venti Mocha Frappuccino” at the barista – add a “please”. When asking your partner to pass the salt at dinner, put in that “please”. It doesn’t just set a great example for your kids, it sets a tone of politeness and mutual respect.
“Here, take my seat.” Most of us are lucky enough to be fairly able-bodied and can easily stand on trains and buses without risking falling over. If you see someone elderly, pregnant or struggling in any way (perhaps a mother with a small child), offer them your seat. If you’re worried you’ll accidentally offend them, add a “I’m getting off soon” or something slightly jokey like “I could do with stretching my legs.”
"This one’s on me.” Out for drinks with a friend or acquaintance? Rather than insisting on splitting the bill straight down the middle, offer to buy for both of you. It’s nice to feel generous, and to feel that you’re receiving a gift – and your friend can reciprocate next time, if s/he wants. A note of caution: if you are a lot better off financially than your drinking partner, be sensitive about this.
“Let me help you with that.” If you see someone struggling, offer to help. They may rebuff you, but most people will be touched and grateful – you’ll get to make their day a little bit easier, which will put a dash of joy into yours. You might offer to help someone who’s:
Struggling with getting a wheelchair up or down steps
Lifting heavy luggage onto a train
Carrying an overladen tray across a café
Having difficulties reading a notice or leaflet
Keep an eye out for other situations where you can make yourself useful!
“I don’t think we’ve met. I’m [name].” Many of us aren’t great at introducing ourselves. If you meet someone new, don’t just mumble about the weather or say nothing but “hi”; tell them your name, and ask theirs. It’s awkward to talk to someone for ten minutes before having to say “Sorry, I didn’t catch your name,” so be confident and upfront when meeting new people.
“What I’m really passionate about is…” So often, conversations revolve around matters of little consequence to both the speaker and the listener. If you feel that most of what you say is just small talk, try going deeper. Obviously, this doesn’t mean boring the person next to you on the bus with your entire life story – but when you’re getting to know someone, share some of your hobbies and interests, or tell them about your big life plans. You never know, you might have found a kindred spirit.
“Have a great day!” Although phrases like “have a nice day” can be overused by shopworkers and telesales staff, it’s still worth wishing people a good day, evening or weekend when you part. Speak with genuine enthusiasm, and you’ll almost certainly get a smile and a “thanks, you too!” in response – a great way to end a conversation on a high note.
“I love you.” Lastly, those three most important words; “I love you.” Do you say these enough to the people who you love? Don’t just think about your partner here – how about your kids, your parents, your grandma? It’s easy to assume that people “just know” we love them, but sometimes hearing those little words can really make someone’s day.
I shouldn't have eaten that much. But what can I do..that was a really tasty bowl of nut from the family picnic basket on the park. Ooops, don't tell them I ate that okay=)
Hey, what are you looking at? I know, I know, you don't need to say it. I have a really bad hair style and hair color. I fell asleep when my hair stylist try new hairstyle for me. There goes my money.
This little turtle says "Enough for me, now how can I get this apple for take away so my family can enjoy it also? hmmm is there any delivery service?"
Ants marching...1,2,3,4...1,2,3,4...oops, careful kiddo..it's a slippery road ahead. Open you parachute!
"Some things that you previously assumed were thoughts may have been intuitions. Some intuitions may just have been thoughts. If you are overly analytical, as opposed to simply observant, you may tighten up and block your intuition as well as your sense of what you experienced. Relax, and let the indicators below help you notice if a perception is intuitive."
- Resonates. Intuitive guidance has a ring of truth to it, a brightness, a 'ping', an 'ah-ha' sense. It may even just feel 'right'. You may even feel a wave of calm or high energy in your body. Even a difficult intuition feels clear. It may be a hard message, but it can still create a sense of peace and truth.
- Surprises. It can be surprising. It may be something you've never thought of before or wouldn't think of. Intuition may not be a surprise, but if it is a surprise and something you wouldn't of considered, you know it is intuitive.
- Nuggets. It is a nugget or nuggets of insight, not a full linear story. As you develop your intuition, you learn to organize and understand the story.
- Non-rational. Not irrational or illogical, but non-rational. The rational reason may not yet make sense or may be unknown at the time. You may recognize things as an intuition after-the-fact, because at the time it didn't seem to make sense so you didn't bother with it.
- Other location. You may sense intuition in another 'place' in your mind or body. You may sense it in your belly or on the right side outside your head or in another place, rather than in your head. You may experience it in a dream.
- Downloads. Intuitions have more of an 'arrival' and 'show up' way about it, and it also seems to fade away. It is 'allowed' and 'received.' It is not actively created. Ask a question, then you stop and rest and allow what comes to flow freely.
- Keep in mind that this is not the battle of intuition vs thoughts. You want to use both effectively to make decisions in the highest interest of your true essence and nature. You most certainly have wise experiences and thoughts you can use to make decisions. In fact, when your thoughts are wise, your intuition will validate with the same insight or not kick in at all because it isn't needed. The reason to distinguish the difference, is that our thoughts can also represent limiting or false beliefs, or wishful thinking. So value both and look to discern what is an intuition.
(source from ezinearticles.com - images via justbesplendid.tumblr)
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
According to Wikipedia, the source of all source, Lexophilia is the love of words. The term, a neologism and unofficial word of the English language, derives from two Greek words – lexis, a derivative of the Greek logos meaning "word," and philia, meaning "friendship" or "fondness." Lexophiles, lovers of words, derive pleasure from amassing a complex, variegated, and broad vocabulary. Although not all lexophiles use their vocabulary in everyday speech, most lexophiles pride themselves in their knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and homonyms. Lexophiles generally appreciate the nuances surrounding different words, and they normally strive to select the best word for a given circumstance. So, I found this list of some kind of a word play of Lexophiles. Here it is...
6. On a pile of coats.
10. In bed, while one of you is asleep.
-Robert Herrick, Hesperides
(quote picture from homegrownhospitality.typepad)
Monday, April 27, 2009
Punaluʻu Beach (also called Black Sand Beach) is a beach between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu on the Big Island of the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. The beach has black sand comprised of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. This volcanic activity is in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.Punalu'u Beach is the most visited of the few black sand beaches on Hawaii's Big Island and the stunningly black sand is actually volcanic rock, deposited as lava and subsequently cooled when met by the ocean. Apparently to take any of the sand home would result in you being cursed by a volcano goddess by the name of Pele.
Papakolea Beach (also known as Green Sand Beach) is a green sand beach located at South Point, in the Kaʻu district of the island of Hawaiʻi. One of only two green sand beaches in the world, the other being in Guam,the beach gets distinctive coloring from olivine crystals found in a nearby cinder cone. One of only 2 green sand beaches in the world, the truly magnificent sight of Papakolea Beach can be experienced by travelling to Hawaii's Ka'u district. Again, the unique colour of its sand can be attributed to volcanic activity - specifically, the green hue belongs to the abundance of olivine crystals which have been produced as a result of a nearby cinder cone erupting and eroding.
You may need to wear your shades when visiting Hyams Beach in New South Wales, Australia, but not just due to the sun. All beaches face roughly east, out across Jervis Bay and Point Perpendicular to the Pacific Ocean. The sand at these beaches is fine, soft and brilliantly white, The Guinness Book of Records reports Hyams Beach as having the whitest sand in the world.
The hills surrounding Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California, are rich in Manganese Garnet. A result of this being washed down onto the beach is the colour scheme you can see above - the entire stretch of sand has become a shifting, pink and purple canvas.
Red Sand Beach (also known as Kaihalulu) is a pocket beach on the island of Maui, Hawaii. It lies on the side of Ka'uiki Hill, which is a cindercone hill just south of Hana Bay, on the eastern half of the island.Red Sand Beach is partially shielded from the rough open ocean by an offshore reef. The result is a natural sea wall that protects the bay from large waves. Kaihalulu is one of the few red sand beaches in the world, and it boasts picturesque scenery. The sand is a deep red-black, which contrasts with the blue water, the black sea wall, and the green ironwood trees. The cindercone behind the beach erodes constantly, which continually enlarges the cove. This hill is rich in iron, and is the reason why the beach's sand is such a deep red.You won't find many beaches elsewhere in the world with sand as red as this one. Kaihalulu, or Red Sand Beach, is situated on the island of Maui and can thank the neighbouring cindercone hill for its intensely deep red appearance.