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Just Another Video :) September 13, 2010

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Yoga And Meditation September 12, 2010

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Yoga and meditation

Yoga is developing as a part of life. It is a way that you can integrate body poses and breathing exercises with added meditation to give a peace of mind to have peace with the world.

Meditation comes from intense concentration, where the individual focuses so thoroughly on a single object that he or she thinks of nothing besides his or her awareness of that object (Some religions may find that their idea of prayer could fall under this definition). Yoga will take things a little bit further by making meditation the highest point of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

These “eight limbs” define Yoga as a lifestyle: your attitude to the world around you is followed by your attitudes towards yourself, physical posturing, breathing exercises, withdrawing the senses, concentrating, contemplating, and finally enlightenment. You will go into an state of bliss that will result in the use and development of the other seven. Meditation combines withdrawing the senses, concentrating, and contemplating to be the final state that can be accomplished before bliss.

At any rate, meditation calms the mind and offers a number of health benefits even before enlightenment. With regular mediation will help reduce all the stress and anxiety. It will also lower your blood pressure and it will decrease your risk of a heart attack. It can improve concentration, clarity of thought, and release your creative side.

With some research, mediation with yoga will increase the matter of the brain’s cortex, and it will help with cognitive, emotional, and sensory date of the brain. Meditation may also slow natural shrinkage of the frontal cortex due to aging. The 20 participants on average meditated for 40 minutes a day. Actually, most change happens in the brain’s right half.

Meditation really isn’t easy though. Clearing the mind of extraneous thought is difficult, and all thought even more so. Learning how to do meditation will take some time and hard work.

You will want to sit somewhere with your back and head straight, to start out. You will find that you will want to learn some basic breathing exercises first to help you. You will then want to close your eyes, breathe in through your noses and exhale through your mouth. You will want to focus on your breath. You will be able to get cool air to enter through and the warm air leaves. You will want to make sure that you focus on the way that you breath. You will want to redirect all of your wondering thoughts and then just focus on the warm air leaving. You should start off with some short meditations that last a few minutes. Most beginners will start off counting their breaths so that they can focus on the breathing, but you will only want to count to four and then start over again.

Just A Quick Video !! September 11, 2010

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I just wanted to add a quick video of myself so you guys can see who I am and know a little about me :)

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Help Combat Global Warming September 11, 2010

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Affordable Ways You Can Help Combat Global Warming

Have you heard of global warming before?  If you regularly watch television, surf the internet, or listen to the radio, there is a good chance that you have.  In recent years, global warming is an issue that has seen an increase in press.  Although there is a lot of debate that surrounds global warming, you may still be concerned.  After all, if the predictions are right, the earth may not be a safe place for your future family members.

If the thought of global warming and the affects it can have on the planet in the future scare you, you will want to do you part.  Unfortunately, many individuals do not realize how easy, as well as how affordable it is to join in on the fight against global warming.  Unfortunately, much focus is placed on energy efficient vehicles and appliances.  If you do not have the financial means needed to make these purchases, it is okay, as there are more affordable ways that you can help.

One of the biggest chances that you have to help prevent global warming or lessen its impact is in your home.  In your home, you will want to look at your electricity uses.  Are there appliances, like your computer, that are turned on when you aren’t using them?  How about the lights in your home?  Are your lights turned on even when nobody is in the room?  If you answered yes, these are things that you will want to change.  Limiting your electricity use is a great way to not only help prevent global warming, but it can also save you money too!

As previously stated, you will want to lessen the amount of electricity used in your home.  One of the easiest ways to do so is to ensure that all lights and appliances are turned off when they are not in use.  What is nice about this approach is that it is completely free and, as previously stated, you can save yourself money!  Another step involves examining your heat.  Instead of having your thermostat cranked up high, you may want to put on a sweater and turn the heat down.  Even a few degrees can help reduce the toxic emissions that come from your home.

In keeping with electricity, you will want to take a close look at energy efficient light bulbs.  Unfortunately, many individuals do not realize the many benefits to using these light bulbs, as opposed to traditional ones.  For starters, you can save yourself a little bit of money each year by switching all or at least most of the lights in your home to energy efficient light bulbs.  Also, these light bulbs work much longer than traditional ones.  Depending on your use, an energy efficient light bulb can last as long as one or two years.  By price comparing, you can easily find multi-packs of these energy efficient lights for around five dollars.  Talk about affordability!

Even if you are a renter, as opposed to a homeowner, there are still ways that you can work to combat global warming.  You may want to speak with your landlord about making any window repairs, especially if you feel cold air entering into your home when it shouldn’t be.  Ask your landlord about the hot water heater, do they use a hot water heater blanket?  Hot water heater blankets are affordably priced and they can help to save the environment and your landlord may also be able to save a little bit of money as well, as they can lower the temperature of their water heater.

As previously stated, you may not have the financial means needed to purchase a new hybrid or energy efficient car.  Even so, you will still want to take a close look at your methods of transportation.  When you drive, do you really need to?  If you are able to walk, carpool or take public transportation, you are encouraged to do so.  Even if you leave your car home, just a couple of times a week, you are still doing your part, even though small, to help stop the horrific impacts that global warming may have on our planet.

Saving Money Buying Organic Foods September 11, 2010

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How to Save Money When Buying Organic Foods

Are you interested in eating healthier?  If you are, you may be interested in eating organic foods.  Unfortunately, if this is the first time that you are looking to do so, you may be turned off by the costs.  We all know that organic foods can be expensive, but did you also know that there are a number of ways that you can save money?  This is important to know if you are looking to try organic foods, as you do not want to write them off right away due to costs.  A few of the many ways that you can go about saving money on organic foods are highlighted below for your convenience.

A great way to save money on organic foods involves searching for affordable prices.  You will want to find an organic food store that is known for their great sales or one that is known for their everyday low prices.  If you have a number of stores to choose from, be sure to visit them all.  This can help you get a good idea as to which stores have the best prices, as well as the largest product selections.  When looking for organic food sales, look for store sale fliers or search online to see if they are posted on a store’s website, should one exist.

Using organic food coupons is another great way to save money on organic foods.  Unfortunately, this can sometimes be difficult to do, as organic food coupons can be difficult to find, but it is more than possible to do so.  For starters, you can use the internet.  Online coupon websites may have organic food coupons available for printing.  Also, check the online websites of companies that make or sell organic foods, as you may also find printable coupons online.  You should also check your local newspapers, namely on the weekends.  Since organic foods appear to be increasing in popularity, many coupons are now appearing in newspaper inserts.  Also, look for coupons that may be offered in-store.

In keeping with using organic food coupons to help you save money when eating healthy, there are a few extra tips that can help you save even more.  Organic food coupons can sometimes be hard to find in the newspaper, but at least one coupon typically appears each week.  If possible, examine your newspaper in your car.  If you see a coupon or a number of them for organic foods, go back and buy another newspaper.  Most expatriation dates are set so that you can make two or three trips to the store to use your extra coupons before they expire.  Also, ask friends or family members to be on the lookout for organic food coupons.  If they don’t eat organically themselves, they can pass the coupons on to you.

In addition to shopping for organic foods locally, the internet should also be examined.  You can and should shop online for organic foods or at least browse through your options.  A number of websites sell organic foods. These can be online stores or product manufacturers that have mini-stores on their own websites.  What is nice about using the internet is that you can compare products and prices from different websites all in a few minutes.  Just be sure to keep an eye on the cost of shipping, as you don’t want to pay more than you need to.

The above mentioned ways are just a few of the many ways that you can go about saving money when looking to eat natural, organic foods.  Extra tips involves stocking up on foods when they are on sale and visiting local, traditional grocery stores.  In addition to specialty organic food stores, most supermarkets have organic food sections.  They may also have great sales on their products.  In fact, you can examine store sale fliers or the internet to see if these sales do exist.  This is a great way to find affordable natural foods, without physically having to shop around yourself.

Organic Gardening September 11, 2010

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Steps to Success with Organic Gardening

If you have long been curious about organic gardening, you may now be familiar with how things are being done in this process. But even so, you must not tire out from learning new things to help you with this venture.

It is important to keep yourself updated with how things are being done. You should be in tuned with the local gardeners in your area so that you can talk things out with enthusiasts like you. If your goal in going organic in terms of gardening is to help nature, then you are on the right track. For sure, nature itself will find ways to help you out and for you to be able see solutions to your problems just around the corner.

This is how generous nature is. And this is also the basic idea of the organic process of gardening. It is to give back to nature what nature has bestowed you with. In gardening, you will have to veer away with synthetic materials. You only have to use what can be found on the ground or the environment around you.

For example, in fertilizers, you have the option to make your own compost. But this is no easy task. Doing so will take a lot of effort and time on your part. The first method to go about this is to gather dried leaves, certain animal manure, vegetable peels and the likes on a compost bag. You have to attend to it periodically to add moisture once in a while and to make sure that you are doing things right.

The second method is to pile up the materials that you have gathered on the ground. Pile those up in a space that you will allocate for your compost. You just leave them there and let nature takes its course through those materials. Through time, years even, that pile will be turned into compost materials that you can also use as fertilizers for your garden. But you’ve got to be careful to choose only the part that is not infested with pests. If not, you’ll have bigger problems with your garden.

The latter method will take longer. And because it is open and you cannot regulate it, certain elements can be accommodated into the pile which may be harmful to your garden. So when you are already using that, you still have to check very closely so that you will retain your garden’s health and beauty.

You have to remember that you must be picky with your plants. Ask a local dealer what plants will grow easily on your location. You must not opt for something you like that will not survive the site’s conditions.

Learn the art of mulching. You have to do this periodically in your garden beds. This will kill the growing weeds. You’ll be able to monitor the unnecessary pests and get rid of them. This also moderates the temperature of the soil. And by mulching it, you’ll prevent the soil from eroding.

Have a variety of plants in your garden. This way, you will be able to attract beneficial insects. These are the types that would feed on the pests that your garden may incur.

And the most important thing to do in organic gardening is to befriend your plants. You must know all them fully well. This way, you will have an idea as to what to do in cases where a problem struck and you have no one to help you.

The History Of Tattoos September 11, 2010

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The History Of Tattoos

Tattoos have a rich history of tradition, dating back thousands and thousands of years.  Throughout the course of time, there has always been an important role of tradition and ritual behind tattoos.  In the past, women in Borneo used tattoos as a way to mark their skills.  Tattoos were also used in the past as a way to ward away illnesses and disease by placing the tattoo around the fingers and on the wrist.  Throughout history, tattoos have also been used to symbolize a clan or society as well.

The purpose of tattoos has differed from culture to culture throughout the course of time.  Research has shown that the earliest tattoos come from Egypt during the time of the pyramids, although most believe they started much earlier.  Egyptians at this time were believed to use tattoos as a way to mark the slaves and the peasants.  Around 2,000 BC, tattoos spread to China and then on to Greece, where the Greeks used tattoos as a way to communicate among spies.

Along the way, Japan also incorporated the use of tattoos as well.  The Japanese people used tattoos for religious and ceremonial rites.  During this era, Borneo women were the artists.  They produced the designs that indicated the individuals point in life and the tribe that he was affiliated with.  Tattoos were very popular during these days, although infections were quite common.  Tattoos were a long way from being perfected – which showed in the way they were done.

Tattoos were shown in the western regions as well, although they weren’t well accepted at first.  William Dampher, who was once an explorer, was the man who re-introduced tattoos to the western areas.  During the year 1961, he brought a heavily tattooed Prince to the area, showing off his tattoos with exhibitions.  He made quite a bit of money with these attractions, which in turn made tattoos very popular and well desired throughout London and surrounding areas.  Before then, it was nearly 600 years since tattoos had been witnessed in the area.

Chatham Square, which is located in New York City, was the first place to feature American styled tattoos.  During the turn of the century, Chatham Square attracted people from all over the United States, especially those with money.  A man by the name of Samuel O-Reily set up shop in Chatham Square, becoming the first man to use an electric tattoo gun.  In the beginning, the now popular tattoo gun was based on Thomas Edison’s electric pin that used a needle point to puncture paper.

The electric tattoo gun features moving coils, a needle bar and tube, which are common components of today’s guns.  The electric gun was very popular, allowing those who wanted a tattoo to get one at a great price.  These guns helped to revolutionize tattoos and allowed the tattoo artists to give tattoos fairly fast as well.  People took to this new technology in flocks, making it by far the best and most efficient ways to get tattoos.

During the late 1960s, tattoos really began to take off.  They were featured in magazines, television, and talked about everywhere.  These days, tattoos are very common, with nearly ½ of the population in the United States having at least one tattoo.  They are still common with bikers and clans, symbolizing that one is a member.  There are millions of designs out there for tattoos – including different color combinations that have helped to make tattoos the phenomenon they are today.

Organic Foods September 10, 2010

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Organic Foods:  Why You Should Buy Directly From Farmers

Are you interested in improving the way that you eat?  If you are, you will want to examine natural, organic foods.  After a close examination, you will see that there are a number of benefits to eating organic.

As previously stated, there are a number of benefits to eating organic foods.  One of those benefits is your ability to shop at a wide range of locations.  Organic foods are available for sale at supermarkets, organic food stores, and online.  With that said, organic foods are also commonly sold directly by the farmers who grew them.  If you have local farmers who sell organic foods, you should consider doing your shopping directly through them.

When it comes to buying many organic food products, such as fruits and vegetables, directly from organic farmers, many individuals wonder why they should do so.  In all honesty, there are a number of reasons, as well as benefits to buying organic foods directly from the source.  One of those benefits is the assistance that you will be providing to local farmers.  It is no secret that many farmers find it difficult to stay afloat financially.  In fact, hundreds of small farms shut down each year.  Instead of shutting down, many farmers are now making the switch to organic foods.

As previously stated, a large number of farmers, all across the United States, are now making the decision to go organic.  Unfortunately, this decision isn’t always easy.  It can be costly in the beginning, as well as very risky.  Although you may not necessarily think about it at the time, you can provide financial relief and assistance to organic farmers by buying their products directly from them.  When you buy organic fruits and vegetables directly from the farmer or farmers who made them, they are able to receive all profits, not just a portion of them.  In this aspect, you can consider buying organic fruits and vegetables directly from farmers your good deed for the week or month.

As nice as it is to hear that you should purchase some organic foods directly from the farmers who grow them, you may be curious as to how you can go about doing so.  For starters, farmer’s markets should be examined.  Farmer’s markets typically involve the setup of stands and booths.  Many farmer’s markets in the United States allow a large number of farmers to attend and set up booths.  Depending on your local farmer’s markets, its size, and who is present, you may be able to find organic food sold.

In addition to visiting one of your local farmer’s markets to see if organic foods are for sale, you can also visit local farms in person.  To help you decide which farms should be visited look for signs or advertisements in local newspapers.  It is also usually easy to spot farms where organic foods are being sold.  This is because many set up roadside booths or have a storefront building on their property, which is usually easy to see from the road.  If you do make the decision to shop with a local farmer, be sure to bring cash, as many small operations are not equipped to accept checks, debit cards, or credit cards.

As highlighted above, there are a number of reasons why you should buy your organic foods directly from the source, farmers.  With a number of different buying options, you are encouraged to support your local organic farmers.

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