Going Om – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Back in the day, when I first began a journey of spiritual awakening, I learned about something called a CHAKRA. As it was explained to me, a chakra is an energy entrance point for our bodies. In Sanskrit, the word chakra translates as wheel or disc. I was taught to imagine that these wheels were spinning and that spinning charkas were a good thing.

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National Mutt Day – by Annette Rochelle Aben


“In every heart, there is a hole. In every shelter, there is love in which to fill it.” This famous quote is from Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, who created National Mutt Day, in 2005. Ms. Paige’s efforts, raise awareness of the need of mixed breed, shelter dogs to find loving homes.

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DIY Inspirational Meme Deck – by Mindy A. Early


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My love for quotes, knows no limits. It’s incredible how a certain arrangement of words can succinctly provide a window into a complex greater wisdom. When I was younger, I jotted down my favorites in notebooks and scrapbooks. After I purchased a computer, I transitioned to archiving them digitally. Still, the luckiest quotes were scrawled on the inside cover of my journals, or saved as my desktop background, where I’d see them often. The rest remained in my archives, waiting for me to rediscover them.

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Pitching National Camping Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Campfire stories shared by those with delightful imaginations. Floating down the lazy river on a raft. Sleeping under the stars and wondering if it gets any better. These are some of the reasons why people LOVE camping! Grab your tent, a bedroll, some trail mix and hit the road, even for a weekend this month, as June is National Camping Month.

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Every Child a Reader – by Annette Rochelle Aben


Reading cannot only be fun but also something healthy!  Back in 1999, The Association of American Publishers launched National Get Caught Reading Month. Celebrated every May, the aim was to help children through the sharing of early language experiences. This would help their brains develop quicker, thus offering them the opportunity for a brighter future. These days, the guardianship of this program is being handled by Every Child a Reader http://www.everychildareader.net. Along with the support of the Children’s Book Council http://www.cbcbooks.org the aim is to inspire a life-long love of reading in young people of all ages.

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Taking the bull by the horns – by Andreas N. Bjørndal


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You can repeat your mistakes again and again or face them and change them. You can postpone again and again or take action. You can suppress again and again or express by opening the closed drawer, getting some fresh air or let the feelings flow.

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Finding the Fountain of Youth – by Annette Rochelle Aben


As I was growing up, I used to hear people say, “Well, you learn something new, every day.” Of course, it generally followed an “ah-ha” moment for them and was a pretty clever way of them owning their humility by admitting they didn’t know everything there was to know. Naturally, I didn’t appreciate any of it until I reached an age when everyone expected I should pretty much know everything. After all, what are people in my age bracket doing on this earth if not to be a reputable source of wisdom and knowledge! How happy was I, now that I had everything all figured out!

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Boxing Champ – by Annette Rochelle Aben


It’s the shortest month of the year yet, there’s so much to be done in February. Don’t you feel that way? I do. I look about and see piles of trash and treasures that need to be dealt with. I see things that I swept out of view to make room for holiday decorations or I have even acquired so many new things, that I truly need to reorganize.

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Playing with holons – by Andreas N. Bjørndal


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A holon is a wholeness and a part of a bigger whole at the same time. You are a holon. Your organs are holons within you. Your health depends on the harmony and cooperation between your organs. It is the higher organisation that you represent that takes care of that.

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January is National Mentoring Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


When you were growing up, was there someone you looked to for guidance?  Perhaps, you were simply mesmerized by a teacher and the way they were able to command the classroom. Maybe, the neighbor who knew everything there was to know about gardening, was a person you found yourself shadowing. One might say that you were mentored by these folks, intentionally or otherwise. Mentors are an important part of our culture, without them there is an incredible amount of information that would be lost. To pass along what we know how to do, to the next generation, helps to ensure that traditions can live beyond our lifespan. But it’s more than that. When someone takes another under their wing, they are not only doing so to share information but to aid the underling in the absorption, processing and utilization of said information. There are strong bonds being built through those connections.  We teach each other to value each other.

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How to create a magic new year – by Andreas N. Bjørndal


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Life is full of cycles. The day, month and year are all determined by the movements of the Earth, Moon and the Sun.
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All cycles have a beginning, a growth, a maximum, a decline and an end. We are now starting a new year and new beginnings. Let it be a magic beginning by giving it the little extra.

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How To Make Good Basmati Rice – by Marie Pollnow


Inspired to make good Basmati Rice? Well here ya go …
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1 Cup – Basmati Rice
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1 and 3/4 Cups – Water
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Rinse the rice.  Put the rice in a bowl and pour cold water into it.  Take your fingers and swish the water around.  You will see a cloudy white substance.  This is the starch.  You do not want this in your rice.  I rinse my rice a total of three times, making sure not to lose rice in the sink.

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The magic of repetition – by Andreas N. Bjørndal


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Indigenous music sometimes seem simple in its structure with its on-going repeating themes. Despite that it has a power to pull you into a deeper state of mind. Some people need to rock themselves or we rock the baby in repeated rhythm to rest or fall asleep. The ability of repetition to take you both deeper and higher has been under estimated.

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