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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Spiritual Literacy Month – by Annette Rochelle Aben


What does it mean to be spiritually literate? Have you ever thought about this? I didn’t until I was checking out the handy dandy listings online of celebrations held in the month of December. While there are many National and Internationally designated days for worthy causes listed, this is what caught my eye.

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Operation Santa Paws – by Annette Rochelle Aben


As you are putting together your shopping lists for this meal and that function, for this person and that family, here is another “family” to consider. Your local animal shelters. That’s right because 2017 is the 16th year for a project known as Operation Santa Paws. http://www.hautedogs.org/santapaws.html (pronounced  Hot Dogs, how cute is that) Originally started by Jason Rudd, in California, this auspicious time was designated to “gift” the shelters as well as the workers in honor of Christmas itself.  The campaign runs from December 1st – December 24th each year.

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Take off your blinders! – by Andreas N. Bjørndal


.Today information is perishable, becoming more superficial and changes frequently. News, facts and research are updated within hours, weeks or months. Journalists focus on the sensational aspects that give them readers, traffic and “likes”. Less sensational information is drowning and becomes more difficult to find.

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Problem Solver Number One by Andreas N. Bjørndal


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Every now and then, we are faced with challenges, trouble, and discomfort, which are problems we need to solve. Sometimes, our sense of well being is strong and we feel we can face any problem, other times we have been hit again and again. The challenges seem too many or too stuck.

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