The Devil Wears Prada

Welcome to 2014. Yes, a new year with new beginnings and changes abound for many around the world.

It has been a while since I last wrote on this Blog. There are so many things that have happened since the turn of 2014, that like magic, things have changed in my life somewhat.

Currently I’m wearing my Prada sunglasses (from Thailand), and sipping Green Tea on my verandah in the morning sun realising that I have had the Devil inside me – not literally – but in my head as Ego. Since I was 16, I have been scared of driving. Go forward 18 years later, and with some slight pressure, I decided that 2014 would be the year to start learning. My Ego was giving me the negative scary scenario about how driving is bad and scary and how Sydney drivers are terrible. Well Sydney drivers may be terrible at times, but well it shouldn’t be that scary. So on my recent 34th birthday, I received vouchers for learner driving. A week later was my first hypnosis treatment to combat the fear of driving.

man in car

Weeks later, I was in a car learning how to drive. The Devil inside me (Ego) was gone and I felt that driving is the thing that can open many doors for me – not just in greater employment opportunities – but driving people around, as they have done for me in the past decades.

So 2014 has started with changing myself for the better. Next week I’m beginning Italian lessons.

What have you achieved so far in 2014? I would like to know.

T

Joy to The World

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Currently it is the 31st of October 2013 in Sydney Australia, and it is a general spring day. Today is Halloween, where it is based on a Pagan ideal to celebrate the death of the Sun (Winter is approaching – Northern Hemisphere). However, the Sun will be Born again around the 22nd of December for the 3 days afterwards which would be the 25th of December when  the Sun is alive and the days will be getting longer from that time forward – in the Northern Hemisphere. As I’m in Australia, it’s opposite…the Sun is already alive and well.

Just now I was sitting on my verandah reading and enjoying what the sun has to offer. It gives energy and creates synthesis for plants and trees, so it can give life. But it can also give joy to those who bask in it.

What also can give joy is following your intuition and your sixth sense. Recently I have noted some strange and amazing things that have happened to me and my friends in the past months. With myself, it was seeing scenes of TV shows and movies, and then moments or hours later, there is the scene. Sometimes I would turn the TV on and see the scene I was thinking about a lot earlier.

Also for me, and for some of my other friends, there would be an urge to do something that you wouldn’t question, even though it was at the back of our minds, I would be able to pick certain horses that would win, but with low odds, so I wouldn’t bother betting on it, or that someone will be entering my life again, and I would think about them prior.

I would also notice songs playing and they would attribute to the questions I would be asking about things. Sometimes I would even hear the same song several times a day in completely different locations.

Sometimes I would have a problem and sleep on it, as the Ego sleeps aswell, which means your intuitive self is still awake. I would wake up with the answer, and solution. Many of my friends create their lives from their intuitive dreams, and I am just discovering it.

All About Neem

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Recently I was in Noosa, Queensland – a place I fell in love with so much that I am to visit again next year – hopefully February. Whilst I was there, I bought something that I have known about for years, and something  people from the subcontinent use daily for many issues. It’s something that can be used for skin problems, hair issues, as an insect repellent and even to protect tooth decay. It’s Neem.

Neem is a plant. The following are some useful information on the uses of the Neem plant.

  • Bark
    • It is a bitter, cool, acrid, astringent, and refrigerant herb. Useful for fever, loss of appetite, tiredness, coughs and intestinal worm infestation. Helpful for healing wounds and to combat vomiting, excessive thirst and skin diseases.

 

  • Leaves
    • Are used in the treatment of Vatik disorders (that is neuro-muscular pains) and is also reported to remove toxins, preventing damage from free radicals and purifying the blood as well as beneficial in eye disorders and insect bite poisons.
  • Fruits
    • The fruit is bitter, purgative, anti-hemorrhodial and anthelmintic in nature.
  • Flowers
    • The flowers are used in conditions of Pitta (balancing the body heat) and Kapha (cough formation) and by nature are astringent and anthelmintic.
  • Seeds
    • They are bitter and have anthelmintic (vermifuge – destroys and expels intestinal worms) properties, as well as being anti-bacterial.
  • Oil
    • The oil derived from crushing the seeds is a powerful anthelmintic compound and has a very wide spectrum of action and is highly medicinal in nature, which includes being a spermicidal compound (this action is because of the volatile fraction coded as NIM-76) s as well as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, etc.

Neem is a one stop shop for everything to heal the body, or even prevent illness. The following are the benefits of Neem Oil, which is from the seeds of the Neem plant.

  • Cuts, wounds, minor skin disorders and mosquito and insect repellant
    • Mix with Vaseline or a carrier oil in a ratio of 1:5 and apply to affected area.
  • Athlete’s foot
    • Add 15 ml to warm water and soak the feet in this preparation.
  • Head lice
    • Mix 50/50 with a carrier oil and massage into the hair and scalp. Leave on for 1 hour and shampoo. Repeat once weekly for 3 weeks or as long as the problem persists.
  • Stop mosquitoes breeding
    • Spray or pour oil on all breeding areas. The oil can be emulsified (to mix with water) by adding normal dish washing liquid to it.
  • Plant protection
    • Add 30 ml to 1 liter of water and add 1 ml of dishwashing liquid. Mix well and spray immediately for plant protection. Do not store the mixture; make fresh formulation for each spray. Spray the mixture on top of all the leaves and on the undersides where insects often hide – you can also spray it around the roots.
  • Lamp oil to ward off mosquitoes
    • Add 5 – 10% oil to any lamp oil and burn lamp normally.
  • Dandruff and itchy scalp
    • Add a few drops to your regular shampoo.
  • Ticks and fleas on animals
    • Add a few drops to your normal pet shampoo (ratio should be 30 ml (1 oz.) to 240 ml (8 oz.) shampoo). (Personally we have found that plain baby shampoo works the best.
  • Warts
    • Apply 1 drop of undiluted oil directly on warts once per day. Watch carefully for any possible irritation, and should that occur discontinue use. Continue for 2-3 weeks.
  • Psoriasis, cold sores, eczema, athletes foot, skin ulcers and other fungal skin conditions
    • Mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) with 4 ounces (120 ml) carrier oil such as jojoba or grape seed oil and apply twice a day to affected skin. Should skin irritation occur, discontinue use, or make mixture with less Neem oil.
  • Pet and livestock spray for ticks, fleas, mange mites and other pests
    • Mix 1 ounce (30 ml) oil with 1 gallon (3.8 liter) water and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid (to emulsify the oil). Place mixture into a spray bottle or other type of sprayer, and spray animals once every two weeks. (This mixture can be used on indoor and outdoor plants as well as flowers and vegetables.)
  • Cleaning the house
    • Add to carpet shampoos and spray mattresses to kill dust mites.
  • Hand wash
    • Add a couple of drops to liquid hand soap for antibacterial properties.
  • FOR ALL THE ABOVE
    • As Neem oil has a rather strong smell you might want to add a few drops of your essential oil to any mixture to mask the smell. Lavender or lemongrass essential oils work well – but you could add your personal favorite.

There is also a product extracted form the Neem leaves in an aqueous form. This is great for the skin, hair, as an insect repellent and much more. It has similar benefits to the oil, but smells much cleaner.

Neem really is a great natural product.

For further Info:

http://www.essentialoils.co.za/neem-oil-uses-used-for.htm

http://theneemman.com/

 

The Strange, The Weird, and The Wonderful…

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The Discovery Channel is a great source of fascination when it comes to the strange, the weird, and the wonderful. Even You Tube has many insights into the world we live in through strange docos and unique stories.

I cam across a documentary on The Discovery Channel many years ago about the unique way of cleaning way before the ‘industrial revolution’. The show was about ways to combat issues in life with strange uses. I was intrigued and wondered what sort of information would be told to the viewer.

The show also covered the many uses for certain things the body produces.

Below are some ideas that may seem unorthodox, but can work (warning for those who are squeamish).

In ancient Rome, Egypt and even in Victorian times, one of the methods of cleaning clothes, skin and as a rinser for hair was the use of urine. I know weird right. But the chemicals in clean urine can be a stain remover, cleansing agent and as a toner. It is said to be good for combatting Tinea and even used as a protection for the skin disease - that’s if you pee on your feet. If you think it’s weird to use urine as a by product, you’ll find that Urea (urine) is an ingredient in many cosmetic products. So you’ll find that you may already wash with it – but the animal kind.

Another strange thing was Dog saliva. If a dog licks your feet, hands, wherever you have a skin problem, Dog saliva may help you.

I do have a friend that did get his Dog to lick his feet, which had a wart on it (gross I know). After a few goes of Dog saliva, the thing vanished. I once tried Windex instead for a wart on my finger. It worked just aswell.

Lastly, there is another body fluid that the body produces that helps increase the population. There are books about its use as an ingredient in cook book style publications – honest to God. But I think we’ll leave that for another time…that is unless you want to Google it now. ;)

 

 

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/08/from-gunpowder-to-teeth-whitener-the-science-behind-historic-uses-of-urine/

How to Act Busy Without Really Trying

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For the past 15 years, I have done many jobs in many areas – beauty retail, office admin, finance, media, public relations and marketing, local government, and even acting.

It was in the office environments that I learnt to not take too seriously. I mean, you do have a job to do, but having that time to talk to colleagues or friends is very important. There have been times where I would not really start ‘working’ until 11am, even though I would get in at 9am.

It was when I was working in finance when I discovered that working smarter was more of an option than working harder, especially as there was no acknowledgement in the first place. It was a great place to work, and the people were great.

So every morning I would arrive at work and turn the computer on. I would read my emails. Then I would perhaps go to the toilet. I would carry a folder and papers and go and talk to some people/colleagues/work friends. Then come back to my desk and look at that days work. Then I would be peckish and head downstairs and get something to eat. Go back up, eat and then begin my actual work day. Then two hours later, it would be lunch.

To be fair, I did all my work and some, but to enjoy the time at the office, you need to enjoy yourself some what. To this day if I am in an office environment, I would always carry papers and a folder to go and talk to someone, which means “I am busy, and on the way to doing something important”. See if you don’t have anything in your hands and you are having a chin wag, people would assume that you are not working, but having those ‘special’ papers and a folder, means business.

 

 

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – for Two Days?

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As I’m writing this I looking out the window toward the ocean. It’s another nice spring day in Sydney.

Earlier, I was looking at my emails and read a blog about ‘worry’. I do tend to worry about stuff – whether it would be about my health, my finances, my family, or the logistics of how things would work out. One of my worst habits are that I have a tendency for obsessions with perfectionism and high expectations. Sometimes it’s great, but other times – not so. It really can be exhausting on the mind and body. Looking around society, I’m not the only one.

The blog post mentioned the idea to allow two days to not worry about anything. I was thinking ‘wow’ –  two days to not worry about anything.

I continued reading and learnt the two days are YESTERDAY and TOMORROW.  

YESTERDAY is gone, and will never come back. TOMORROW has not arrived yet and is ‘beyond our direct control’. There are so many possibilities for TOMORROW. So TODAY is the only time to enjoy what this day has to offer.

YESTERDAY and TOMORROW bog us down, it’s TODAY that counts.

Enjoy TODAY’s journey.

 

 

See below for more information:

http://donslifephilosophy.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/no-worry-for-two-days/

Happy Life, Happy Brain

happy-brain

it is a nice Spring day in sunny Sydney. As I am writing this post, I am listening to some upbeat classical music – “Elysium” by the instrumental girl group Bond. It is a catchy tune that invites happiness and the ability to open the creative parts of my brain. I also use this song to run, and yes, I am not sick of it as yet.

When it comes to a happy life, the brain is the organ that has to remain healthy. And as the body is all connected, and not departmental, it’s the other systems of the body that have to work in synergy too. To explain, if one would eat McDonalds every day, then the digestive system would be out of whack, and the brain would be feeling ‘depressed’ as there would be no ‘fuel’ for the body to be healthy. The brain needs glucose, and fat – good fats. It  needs wholesome foods with all three – protein, fat and carbohydrates.

The brain is actually made of fat. When people get older, they are told to reduce their fat intake, for whatever reason. The correlation with that could be the high incidence in some Western Countries with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, which is from Latin originally meaning “madness”, from de- “without” + ment, the root of mens “mind”) is a serious loss of cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. But it doesn’t have to be this way. However, sometimes these ‘diseases’ can be side effects from either pharmaceutical medications or even trauma to the brain over time.

There maybe a correlation with people on high fat diets – similar to the French – or people on Mediterranean diets – from Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia  -  where there are lower incidents of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The reason may also be  that they use their brains when they are older (learning) and not let it go idle.  Whatever the case, brain health is very important. Some foods that protect the brain are walnuts (which look like the brain), avocado, almonds, fish oil, salmon, tuna, and olives (just to name a few).

What the brain doesn’t seem to like is excess sugar. Some studies have mentioned that sodium fluoride (in water supply and toothpastes) and artificial sweeteners may also harm it over time, but the jury is out on that.

Another thing for a happy brain is meditation and journal writing. Another is listening to classical and instrumental music.

Whatever you decide to do, a happy life is a happy brain.

Gratitude is the new Happiness.

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Today I was doing some errands. One of those errands was going to my local Council to pay something. I got my printed number and then waited patiently for it to be called. Whilst waiting, I heard this woman yell at the customer service person. She was talking about some issue that was so miniscule, that she obviously had too much time on her hands. She was talking about how her rates had gone up, and also had to tell her life story about why she had to have a permit to park her car in her own street in Bondi. People in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs – or anywhere else in Australia I guess – don’t know how good they really have it. Half the world’s population doesn’t live like us. They even want to come here, as they think it is paradise compared to where they came from. It may be.

This year, my new concept in life was to have more happiness in all facets of life. Sometimes fate would guide me in the most interesting directions, which turned out to be major learning curves. One of these interesting learning curves was to take full responsibility for my own actions, and the other was to be grateful for what I do have. My Ego self always would want more stuff, and sometimes I would give in. But maybe having gratitude in your life would allow yourself to be more happy with what you already have, not what you don’t have.

To have gratitude in your life, write down once a week or even daily, a list of what you are grateful for in your life. The people in Sydney’s East should be grateful that they are close to the beautiful ocean, that they have excellent recreation facilities,  wholesome food available with international flavours , that they are able to get to places easily with excellent public transport, and enjoy what Sydney has to really offer. Yes, Sydney isn’t really designed that well, where Melbourne or Adelaide are actually better, but don’t have the harbour.

Where ever you live, and whatever you do, take full responsibility for yourself, and be grateful for everything you have. When you have gratitude, you have  power to change the storyline of your Life.

 

 

 

Quality vs Quantity

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Today I had lunch. It was a nourishing bowl of green vegetables, brown rice with quinoa and a dollop of tahini. It was satisfying and full of high quality ingredients. It was not the quantity I was looking for as I was hungry, but the quality of the organic natured ingredients made me feel satisfied. I usually like quantity, especially in food. The bigger servings the better. Quality I do like as well, but sometimes the ‘big plate, small food’ at some restaurants is less desired as I would be hungry again in an hour or so. The question remains, is life better with the quality of one’s life, or the quantity?

I used to know someone that did a lot in her life. She had adventures, met exciting people, saw the world and wore the most beautiful clothes. She was a person who never really thought she would have a long life. She would maintain her sense of youth as she died aged 50. She compacted her life, that strangely, she did everything she wanted to and perhaps needed to do – from a metaphysical point. Her life was full of quality. She had the best of everything, which is what she wanted. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, we are human after all. After her funeral and subsequent years after her death, I still wondered whether she knew the secret on having a quality of life than having a life with quantity. I mean she could have lived to a ripe old age of 90, but stuck in a nursing home.

At this age I am now, I feel it’s all about quality, quality of your friends, quality of food, quality of health, and the quality of your partnerships. Why settle for second best, whatever that means.

So with Quality vs. Quantity, for me, quality wins, as too much of anything isn’t that good.