Ways to Better Your Life in Today’s World

Rest, relax and recharge. It’s a simple phrase with a heavy meaning, yet we struggle to actually achieve it. For whatever reason, the three “R’s” have become illusive and often times unobtainable, but part of the path to self-fulfillment depends on your ability to slow down and revel in the progress you’ve made thus far. Perhaps the most underrated segment of the Triple-R solution, rest, is essential to learning, memory, metabolism, mood and health. It’s vital, because your body literally rejuvenates as you rest. When you deprive yourself of sleep, you open yourself up to a weakened immune system and limited brain function. So leave work at work, put down your phone and allow yourself time to unwind. Relaxation sounds like something of a tropical daydream, but in fact relaxation is something you need to achieve your goals, because it keeps stress levels low and ultimately improves your health. Obviously, we can’t sleep and lounge all day long, but if you simply relax for 10 minutes every hour or two, you’d be surprised at the invigorating results. Focus on your breathing, get into a comfortable position and loosen all of your muscles. Make this a part of your daily routine and watch as your day gets easier. Recharging allows you to finally do what everyone says not to!  All week, you’ve taken a run, hit the gym, or opted for the stairs instead of the elevator, but now its time to let your body catch up. Today, take the elevator and a slow stroll in the park instead. Go ahead and get that 30-minute massage you’ve been wanting and tonight, take a bath and just read a book so that your body can regenerate itself for the next day. Regardless of your hectic schedule or stressful workload, these easy steps will help you greatly improve your health while getting you on your path to success and fulfillment in everything you do.
Written by: Aaron Lyles  Brought to you by: silentjourney
No post next week as I will be out of town for a Celebration of Life to honor a dear friend who passed last year. Sun-rays-through-trees

Indigenous Mayans Win Huge Battle to Ban GMO Soy Beans in Mexico

Wanted to share this with you.  From WE SUPPORT ORGANIC website.  This is fantastic.  Now if we could just get the rest of the world to hop onto the bandwagon!


  • Mayans of the Campeche Region have just won a two-year legal battle to get rid of Monsanto and their GMO soybeans (suicide beans). Following the ban of GM maize in Mexico, this ancient and agriculturally savvy culture has won a major battle against biotech monopolies around the globe. Image credit: CIAT International Center for Tropical AgricultureThe Second District Court ruled in favor of three Mayan communities from the Hopelchén township who dared to take on the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock , Rural Development, Fisheries and Food ( Sagarpa) and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources ( SEMARNAT).

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    This means that Saragapa now must make a concerted effort to be sure that no GM soybeans are planted throughout Pachen and Cancabchen communities in Hopelchén. Just two years ago, the same agency allowed Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready GMO soybeans to be planted in the region – infecting more than 253,000 hectares with suicide seeds that cause human infertility and poison the environment.

    Read: France Bans GMO Corn Maize Despite EU Commission Pressure

    Seven states were under Monsanto’s reign – free then to plant their GM seeds wherever they liked within those borders, including the municipalities of: Campeche, Hopelchén , Tenabo , Calkiní , Escárcega, Carmen and Palisade.

    In just a few of these places, the authorities were angry that the government had given Monsanto authorization, and they decided to fight the ruling. Campeche beekeepers were especially upset since this would affect bee-keeping negatively in the region. They called Monsanto’s influence, ‘pollution of production,’ resulting in loss of income and closing of markets for many bee keepers with international contracts.

    After two years of litigation, and arguing that the planting of GM soybeans was in direct opposition of traditional beekeeping practices, AND that it was in violation of their right to a healthy environment – pointing out that increased use of herbicides and deforestation were both outcomes of GM planting – the Mayans won their case. These small indigenous communities have taken on the multi-billion-dollar biotech and Big Ag companies and won. They are an example to us all.

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Did you know symptons for heart attacks in women are not the same as for men?    Based on my own recent experience I have to agree.  My pain was not typical and I wasn’t even sure I was having a heart attack until I checked online for symptons of heart attacks in women.  Here’s what I found which led me to call 911:

Nature****If you are a woman, recognizing a heart attack may have its own set of hurdles and obstacles. A recent study in women who were hospitalized for a heart attack found that they tended to be slightly less likely to have reported chest pain/discomfort than men. Instead, they may report what doctors call vague or less-typical symptoms, including the following:

  • Upper back pain, shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain or pain spreading to the jaw
  • Pressure in the center of the chest
  • Some sweating
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue, like they just ran a marathon

It’s also important to keep in mind that doctors cannot necessarily tell from your symptoms, alone, whether or not there is a cardiac problem. They work based on the level of suspicion, folding in the results from further tests and evaluation. That’s why knowing your risk factors and having a healthy (but not to the point of obsessing) suspicion that it could happen to you is so important.

In considering the list of heart attack symptoms, consider the following:

  • You can definitely have a heart attack without chest pain.
  • Chest pain/pressure/discomfort is often present, but not always.
  • Women are more likely than men to have so-called atypical symptoms (and no chest pain) such as upset stomach, nausea and shortness of breath.
  • Not having chest pain can make it harder for both you and your doctor to recognize a heart attack.****
  • Here’s what my experience was:
  •   Around 4:30 AM on December 29, 2013, I had intense pain in my upper back and shoulders.  I was unable to sleep due to the pain so got up and sat on the edge of the bed.  The pain seemed to dissapate somewhat in that position.  I sat there for a few minutes and then laid down again on my other side and finally was able to go back to sleep.  Around 10:30 AM I awoke with the same intense pain so got up and went to my desk and sat at my computer.  The pain in my shoulders and back came in waves.  It would let up for a short time and then it would return.  I wondered if I was having a heart attack but wasn’t sure as I was belching a lot and thought it might just be indigestion.  I got up and walked around a little and took an aspirin just in case  (I read somewhere that it’s a good idea) and then went back to my desk chair and sat down as I was getting very short of breath.  I hesitated to call 911 as I felt it would be embarrassing if it turned out to be just indigestion (silly me!)  I waited in hopes the pain would go away and I would be fine.  In the meantime, I went online and checked for symptons of heart attacks in women.  I had three out of the six listed symptons (back and shoulder pain, sweating and extreme fatigue) so around 1 PM I called my son and said “I think I’m having a heart attack”.  He said “Call 911…we’ll meet you at the hospital!”.  Guess I just wanted someone to give me permission so I called 911 and the rest is history.  My advise to anyone having unusual pain (unusual being any pain you haven’t experienced before)…call 911 and get help.  I think probably the aspirin was helpful as I didn’t have extreme damage to my heart, for which I’m eternally thankful .
  • So…that’s my experience.  Hope none of you have to go through this…but just in case…you are forwarned.
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Ran across this information in my emails today, so thought I would share.  Hope you find it interesting.

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Search online for “ways to get rid of ants”, and you’re likely to turn up page after page of results, but which ones work and which ones don’t? It’s not so easy to decide. Save yourself the hassle of sifting through the lore, and give these cheap, natural and science-based ant remedies a try:


Wipe down your countertops, cupboards and any other places where you’ve spotted ants with a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Repeat throughout the day to maintain the efficacy.

Why This Works: Two reasons, really: ants hate the smell of vinegar, and it removes the scent trails that they use to get around

Chalk/ Baby Powder

Draw a line of chalk or sprinkle baby powder across the spot where the ants are entering your home.

Why This Works: Talcum powder, an ingredient in both chalk and baby powder, is a natural ant repellent. Just be careful if you decide to use it: some studies have linked talc to cancer.


Mix together equal parts Borax and either syrup or jelly. Then, place where the ants will find it.

Why This Works: Once consumed, Borax damages both the ants’ digestive systems and their outer skeletons, resulting in death.


Spinkle cinnamon, mint, chili pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves or garlic – whichever one you happen to have – in the area where you’ve seen ants and along your home’s foundation. Bay leaves can also be placed in cabinets, drawers and containers to further deter those pesky critters.

Why This Works: Many plants – including the ones listed – give off a strong scent to repel ants and other insects in the wild, and it works just as well in your home.

Coffee Grounds

Sprinkle your used coffee grounds in the garden and around the outside of your house.

Why This Works: Ants are repelled by the scent given off by the grounds; and incidentally, so are cats.

Cucumber/Citrus Peels

Leave the peelings in areas of known ant activity.

Why This Works: Cucumber and citrus peels are toxic to the types of fungi that ants feed on, and therefore avoided by the ants.hibiscus