Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.
CONTINUING THIS WEEKS POST ON, WHAT IS LIFE ABOUT AND WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? AND WHY DO WE EXIST? PLUS, CONTINUING ON THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY.
Good morning, Monday-
This weekend, I was soul searching and realizing how we take things for granted.
Are you enjoying your journey through life?
I heard this story over the weekend, and I would like to share it with you.
It goes like this, a father of a family well off wanted to show his son, how lucky he was to have a house with a swimming pool in the back yard, pet dog and a giant T.V. screen.
So, he decided for his son’s vacation, he would take him to a farmhouse and have him spend two weeks with a farm family.
On his way home, as they were at a diner; the father asked him if he had an enjoyable time and what he thought about living on a farm ranch.
His son spoke up, Dad he said; they have a bigger pool than us.
Yes, they have a river to go swimming in.
Plus, they have four dogs, and we only have one.
Also, Dad, they may not have a T.V.; but they have a porch and every night they go out and tell stories and sing.
As far as I see, they are wealthier than we are.
The moral of the story is, are we enjoying the journey and knowing that it is precious with each breath we take.
I learned this, while living in Mexico.
Dan and I would visit with the natives, and they would be so joyful.
One of our taxi drivers told us, we are put on this earth to enjoy.
There are much more than things, we have our environment, the land and family.
Today, I am taking this one step farther by saying, our quality of life is not just living wealthy; but living and enjoying what we have.
That is the meaning of life to Dan and me.
Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every post this week; I will share something that I have written in the past that has to do with this very topic.
TO HONOR ALL BREAST CANCER PATIENTS.... ITS OCTOBER
THE BLAME GAME!!
Since I have been blogging about both myself and my husband’s experiences with cancer, I have had some comments from individuals that feel that they have been blamed for getting their cancer.
One remark was that because they did not eat the right foods or because of the environment in which they live.
First, I have never felt that I was to blame for my cancer and feel sad for anyone that feels that way.
This blog is not to make anyone feel blamed, but to educate one on how to better manage their lives for prevention and further recurrence.
Throughout my healing and managing my cancer I have gathered knowledge that I wish I had known prior.
There is no blame but education ~ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
I was watching this TV program the other day, and something was mentioned that life is about learning everyday something new.
This is what gives us knowledge to apply in living.
I would like to think that this blog is helping someone that wants to think creatively and try something new.
This is the reason I had decided to publicize my choice of treatment and to post other types other than the conventional ways.
There is so much out there for us to check out and choose from.
So~ I would like to hear from others that have had gone through cancer, do you feel that others blame you for your disease?
So, let us continue the series, what is the meaning of life?
In combining our physical and mental functions, we can control our bodies and keep them healthy.
It took me a long time to realize this for myself.
Hopefully, this will help you, our followers.
The last two weeks we posted on, self-empowerment, self-control, renewable vitality, emotion mastery, conscious communication along with smart focus, learning & adaptability, and constructive thinking.
Simple Ways to Find Out What Life is About-
Today, we will explore the eighth one, Travel.
You saw this one coming, right?
Those that seriously travel tend to gain a deeper perspective of life.
The trick is, though, you cannot go into your travels as a fanny pack-touting tourist that is only interested in seeing the sights and hitting up the pristine beaches or the golden mountains.
Here is a good litmus test for you, if you expect everyone to talk to you in your native language as you travel; you are not in the right headspace.
If you take the time to travel, make sure to do so with the specific purpose of seeing the world outside of your own comfort zone.
How are other cultures different from your own?
How do other geographic areas affect how people live?
What does a developing or war-torn country truly look like?
If you set out with this perspective, you are much more likely to have your heart and mind open in ways you never could have expected.
Tomorrow, exploring the nineth one, Try to Be More Aware.
OCTOBER 3rd, Dan, and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about October that is so significant during this month?
World Architecture Day – October 3, 2022
This goes out to my son-in-law, Justin.
World Architecture Day is celebrated every first Monday of October, on October 3 this year, to appreciate the great architectural works of the ancient and modern worlds and the super brilliant people who design them.
Also, stay updated with the real estate transformation through architectural engineering from top real estate journalists.
Can you believe that the Great Pyramids, built over 4,000 years ago, is the only Great World Wonder still standing?
We can only imagine the brilliance of the Egyptian architects and the engineering involved.
Architecture is not only limited to buildings but encompasses every aspect of human life and is essential to our development as a race.
The history of architecture is the history of humankind, they are interlinked.
With successive changes in architecture comes development in our culture, tradition, commerce, technology, and intellectuality.
The first architecture era of renown is the Neolithic period, which was between 10000 and 2000 B.C.
The structures of this era were usually rectangular, and dwellings were built independently of each other.
The Neolithic architecture was made of stone, tree trunks, reeds, clay, and thick timber posts.
This type of architecture could be found in south and southwest Asia and most of Europe.
Stonehenge is a famous architectural structure from that era.
The next architecture era of note was the period of antiquity when some of the world’s greatest and most revered architectures were made.
The first notable architecture of this era is the Ziggurat of Ur, a Mesopotamian structure dedicated to the god Marduk.
That was followed by ancient Egyptian architecture, from the Pyramid of Djoser built in the Third Dynasty to the Giza pyramids in the Fourth Dynasty.
The classical period saw the rise of ancient Greece and then Roman architecture, which dominated architectural styles for centuries.
Ancient Greece architecture was designed for the people to enable a striving society.
Grecian architecture includes the Parthenon and the Erechtheion.
Roman architecture was the most advanced for its time, and its influence was felt as far as North Africa.
Ancient Romans were also known for innovations such as domes, baths, aqueducts, and rounded stone arches.
The Pantheon and the Colosseum are the most important pieces of architecture from the Roman period that we have today.
The Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Neo-Gothic architecture that followed saw prominent structures such as the Durham Cathedral, Lund Cathedral, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Reims Cathedral, and the Florence Cathedral.
The Modern architecture era began in the early 20th century, ushered in by Art Nouveau’s architectural style.
It saw architectural styles such as Art Deco (Empire State Building and Chrysler Building), Expressionism (Einstein Tower and the Lotus Temple), and Internationalism (the Seagram Building and the Equitable Building).
Postmodernism is an architectural style that is quickly gaining acceptance in the 21st century, of which the Team Disney Building and the Dancing House are examples. 3D printing and sustainable architecture are styles predicted to dominate the architecture scenes for years.
In 1985, the International Union of Architects created World Architect Day to remind the world of its responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
The day perfectly coincides with World Habitat Day.
Time is precious and is priceless, so Dan and I will continue each day to pull from a box of 365 inspirational quotes; one quote and share with you.
WHATEVER YOU LOVE, DO IT NOW.
Today Dan and I will be continuing the book, Ten-Minute Relaxation, For Mind and Body by Jennie Harding.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are always with you; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy, meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 2; THE SENSORY JOURNEY; TASTE-
MEDIEVAL MOOD FOODS-
Today, Dan and I are going to share one of Hildegard’s soothing recipes.
The next few days we are sharing three simple recipes based on Hildegard's ideas, which can be made quickly to soothe your digestion.
These particularly are helpful if you have been under severe emotional stress.
They take slightly more than ten minutes to prepare, but not much longer.
And will each make enough for one person.
Are you ready for the third recipe?
STEWED APPLES WITH CLOVES
To this day, apples still grow wonderfully sweet in the Rhineland area were Hildegard lived.
She believed that cooking them made them gentler on the system.
The addition cloves as a warming spice during cooking improves the flavor as well as stimulating the tastebuds.
1. Wash, peel, and core two ripe dessert apples, chop into small pieces.
2. Place in a pan with four cloves, one teaspoon of honey, three tablespoons of water.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Remove the cloves and serve,
Tomorrow, HERBS AND SPICES-
As I ponder over all that I have learned, I have come to find that we all have our own blueprint.
Our bodies are precious and there are many components in taking care of them.
Throughout the blog, Dan and I have related the separate ways through body, heart, and soul.
It is all about power of knowledge and learning to take care of yourself, keeping your cells happy.
Our immune system is one of the key factors in keeping healthy.
It is important to know how it works!
Germs and Viruses????
Continuing from yesterday, probably the most well-known case of infection by human contact occurred not long before that in 1847 when there was an appalling death rate among women in childbirth at a hospital in Vienna.
The doctor in charge, Ignaz Semmelweis, realized that the cause of the puerperal sepsis infecting women was that many of the doctors were in the habit of attending the women immediately after having been vivisecting corpses elsewhere in the hospital and that none of them washed their hands.
When Semmelweis insisted all doctors must wash their hands in chlorinated water before attending at childbirths, the death rate among mothers dropped quickly from 18% to less than 3%
This case is particularly interesting because it demonstrates not only the cases both for and against the germ theory, but at the same time the case for pleomorphism, the changing of microbes from one form into another.
A healthy body's milieu interieur is alkaline in nature with a pH of 7.2-7.6 (7.0 being neutral), any variation either way tending towards disease.
In acidic conditions morbidity increases in proportion to acidity, and after death the acidity becomes much stronger, providing the environment for the body to decompose.
The dead tissues self-destruct in the process called autolysis under the influence of the natural enzyme, cathepsin, and the action of natural bacteria which appear automatically when the acid condition occurs.
Where do these bacteria come from?
Answer: they have been in the body all the time but in a different form which is harmless.
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
FULLY ALIVE, FULLY AWARE
Until Tuesday, if you can imagine a thing,
then it has already existed,
somewhere, some when, somehow.