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I’ve been reading quite a few books from Cheri Huber lately. Her work is mainly focused on meditation and being in the moment. I’ve been meditating consistently since mid-2011 so it wasn’t a big jump for me to add the nuances that Cheri teaches in her books into my own daily practice.
I found that the more I practiced what she was teaching, the more insight I gained. Think about gaining insight after insight after insight… being in a continuous state of complete spontaneity and surprise… as if every breathing moment is another moment for you to learn something new. It’s an exciting place to live from.
Cheri talks about “living in insight” as a reality for those who practice meditation. I think Cheri is spot-on. Anyone who commits to the regular practice of being in the present moment can live in insight. I thought this idea of living-in-insight as being such a wild and exciting ride that I would buy a bunch of Cheri’s books.
Here are a list of Cheri Huber’s books I recommend:
- Nothing Happens Next
- That Which You Are Seeking is Causing You to Seek
- When You’re Falling, Dive
- The Key
- What You Practice is What You Have
I have experienced Benign Positional Vertigo for just over 10 years.
If you experience dizziness at times that lasts for hours or even days at a time, you’ll appreciate some of the resources on this page. In this article I’ll share some of the treatments I have used for ‘curing’ Benign Positional Vertigo.
Benign vertigo Vertigo is naturopathically defined as: “An abnormal sensation that causes you to feel as though you or your environment is moving or spinning (this is an actual sensation of movement and is different than dizziness). It occurs when there is a problem in the vestibular labyrinth, the portion of the inner ear that control’s balance.” – Lise Bourbeau
Still not sure what vertigo is?
Imagine being drunk or on a roller coaster for an entire day. Sure, it might be fun for the first 15 minutes or so, but an entire day of feeling dizzy can be draining. That’s what vertigo is.
Yesterday I got a wave of Vertigo. It was the first time I’ve had symptoms in about a year. It came on so suddenly and was so violent that I went straight to bed.
I woke up 3 hours later and still had a dizzy spell. When I woke up I felt angry for feeling so weak and useless. When I get these dizzy spells, I can’t do much. I can barely brush my teeth because standing along triggers the nausea. Most times, all I can do is lie in bed.
Cause of Vertigo
The vertigo “dizziness” occurs when there is a problem in the vestibular labyrinth, the portion of the inner ear that control’s balance. Apparently, there is a small crystal that gets lodged in the inner ear and sits on nerve endings. This triggers the “off-balance” or “spinning” feeling.
Back in 2003 I had my first waive of vertigo. It was the first time I noticed these symptoms and even though I don’t believe in traditional medicine or drugs, I had to do something about the nausea. At that time I went to see a local medical doctor.
The doctor said that sometimes a tiny crystal in the inner ear can cause this imbalance. What he did was walk me through a series of body rotations that would help me dislodge the crystal and ‘pop-it-out’ of my inner ear.
After doing the exercise a few more times at home, the vertigo subsided. No drugs. No medicine. I just did the home treatment and I was back to normal in a couple of days. You can find the exercise here: Vertigo Home Treatment for Left Ear Click here to read more…
The fountain of youth. It’s attainable within practical measure and it’s so simple… and if you GET what I’m about to share with you… you will feel younger, longer.
The more we stress about our problems, the bigger they get.
Sometimes the best thing to do is let go of our problems. Not to give up, but to let up – and make some “space.”
One day last week I took the afternoon off. Even though it was during the week I decided to go on a date with my wife. No blackberries, hand held devices or computers. No email. Just the two of us hanging out for the afternoon; just like we used to when we first met.
It was such a great afternoon. I forgot about all my problems. I forget about all my concerns and I forget about my work. That evening, 8 or so hours later I solved two of my biggest problems… one of which didn’t require any work on my part. The other one came to me as a new idea.
How did I do it? What’s my secret?
Here are the three steps to think more clearly and creatively:
Step 1: Think on Paper (30 Minutes)
There is a quote from one of the Rich Dad’s from the popular book Rich Dad, Poor Dad Book. He said, “Always think on paper.”
I’ve always loved this quote and lived this. I have a white board in my office where I do all of my thinking. I draw and doodle; I connect the dots. I look to see how things flow together. I cut and paste. I use words and text to mold my ideas and explore my problems.
Once I’ve emptied my head I’m then ready to… Click here to read more…
Guest post published with permission from Tony Gallivan.
Life is full of beginnings. They are presented every day and every hour to every person. Most beginnings are small, and appear trivial and insignificant, but in reality they are the most important things in life.
See how in the material world everything proceeds from small beginnings. The mightiest river is at first a rivulet over which the grasshopper could leap; the great flood commences with a few drops of rain; the sturdy oak, which has endured the storms of a thousand winters, was once an acorn; and the smoldering match, carelessly dropped, may be the means of devastating a whole town by fire.
The Greatest Things Proceed from the Smallest Beginnings
Consider, also, how in the spiritual world the greatest things proceed from smallest beginnings. A light fancy may be the inception of a wonderful invention or an immortal work of art; a spoken sentence may turn the tide of history; a pure thought entertained may lead to the exercise of a world-wide regenerative power; and a momentary animal impulse may lead to the darkest crime.
Have you yet discovered the vast importance of beginnings? Do you really know what is involved in a beginning? Do you know the number of beginnings you are continuously making, and realize their full import?
If not, come with me for a short time, and thoughtfully explore this much ignored byway of blessedness, for blessed it is when wisely resorted to, and much strength and comfort it holds for the understanding mind.
A beginning is a cause, and as such it must be followed by an effect, or a train of effects, and the effect will always be of the same nature as the cause.
The nature of an initial impulse will always determine the body of its results. A beginning also presupposes an ending, a consummation, achievement, or goal. A gate leads to a path, and the path leads to some particular destination; so a beginning leads to results, and results lead to a completion.
There Are Right Beginnings and Wrong Beginnings
There are right beginnings and wrong beginnings, which are followed by effects of a like nature. You can, by careful thought, avoid wrong beginnings and make right beginnings, and so escape evil results and enjoy good results.
There are beginnings over which you have no control and authority- these are without, in the universe, in the world of nature around you, and in other people who have the same liberty as yourself.
Do not concern yourself with these beginnings, but direct your energies and attention to those beginnings over which you have complete control and authority, and which bring about the complicated web of results which compose your life.
These beginnings are to be found in the realm of your own thoughts and actions; in your mental attitude under the variety of circumstances through which you pass; in your conduct day by day – in short, in your life as you make it, which is your world of good or ill.
In aiming at the life of Blessedness one of the simplest beginnings to be considered and rightly made is that which we all make everyday – namely, the beginning of each day’s life.
Begin a Life of Blessedness
How do you begin each day? At what hour do you rise? How do you commence your duties? In what frame of mind do you enter upon the sacred life of a new day? What answer can you give your heart to these important questions?
You will find that much happiness or unhappiness follows upon the right or wrong beginning of the day, and that, when every day is wisely begun, happy and harmonious sequences will mark its course, and life in its totality will not fall far short of the ideal blessedness.
It is a right and strong beginning to the day to rise at an early hour. Even if your worldly duty does not demand it, it is wise to make of it a duty, and begin the day strongly by shaking off indolence.
How are you to develop strength of will and mind and body if you begin every day by yielding to weakness? Self-indulgence is always followed by unhappiness. People who lie in bed till a late hour are never bright and cheerful and fresh, but are the prey of irritabilities, depressions, debilities, nervous disorders, abnormal fancies, and all unhappy moods.
This is the heavy price which they have to pay for their daily indulgence.
Yet, so blinding is the pandering to self that, like the drunkard who takes his daily dram in the belief that it is bracing up the nerves which it is all the time shattering, so the lie-a-bed is convinced that long hours of ease are necessary for him as a possible remedy for those very moods and weaknesses and disorders of which his indulgence is the cause.
Men and women are totally unaware of the great losses which they entail by this common indulgence: loss of strength both of mind and body, loss of prosperity, loss of knowledge, and loss of happiness.
Begin the Day by Rising Early
Begin the day, then, by rising early. If you have no object in doing so, never mind; get up, and go out for a gentle walk among the beauties of nature, and you will experience a buoyancy, a freshness, and a delight, not to say a peace of mind, which will amply reward you for your effort.
One good effort is followed by another; and when a man begins the day by rising early, even though with no other purpose in view, he will find that the silent early hour is conducive to clearness of mind and calmness of thought, and that his early morning walk is enabling him to become a consecutive thinker, and so to see life and its problems, as well as himself and his affairs, in a clearer light; and so in time he will rise early with the express purpose of preparing and harmonizing his mind to meet any and every difficulty with wisdom and calm strength.
There is, indeed, a spiritual influence in the early morning hour, a divine silence and an inexpressible repose, and he who, purposeful and strong, throws off the mantle of ease and climbs the hills to greet the morning sun will thereby climb no inconsiderable distance up the hills of blessedness and truth.
The right beginning of the day will be followed by cheerfulness at the morning meal, permeating the house-hold with a sunny influence; and the tasks and duties of the day will be undertaken in a strong and confident spirit, and the whole day will be well lived.
Then there is a sense in which every day may be regarded as the beginning of a new life, in which one can think, act, and live newly, and in a wiser and better spirit.
This is only part of the first chapter of the great wisdom from Mr Allen’s Byways of Blessedness. If you would like a FULL COPY of Byways of Blessedness click here Byways of Blessedness. Click here to read more…
This is a guest post from Teri @ The Bliss Network.
Have you heard of the bestselling book, “Happy For No Reason” by Marci Shimoff?
When I read that book for the first time, I totally got what she was saying about happiness set points and some people just naturally being happy.
My name is Teri Williams and I am “Happy For No Reason”. In fact, most people know me as “The Bliss Lady”.
Now, I’m not saying that I’m in a great mood every nano second. I’m human and I get upset, frustrated and a little p.o’d just like everyone else.
The difference is, I’ve learned to let those feelings and emotions last for mere moments instead of days on end. How do I do it? I practice every day by following my Blissness Plan!
Blissness Plan? What’s that?
You’ve heard of a business plan, right? Similar to a business plan, the Blissness Plan is a simple, basic guide to move you closer to your own bliss.
Wouldn’t it be nice to just breathe through a negative moment and pay closer attention to what really matters?
The Blissness Plan contains 12 action steps to take, one each month, designed to help you on the path to bliss. Most of the steps are common concepts that we all know but don’t generally follow. It’s really up to us to create the life of our dreams.
Download Teri’s 12 Steps to Happiness and start following your bliss today!
Teri Williams empowers others to live the life of their dreams. She is a humanitarian and entrepreneur who works to help people grow their businesses and enhance their lives by connecting them to People, Resources, Opportunities and Strategies. Visit The Bliss Network where we guide, mentor and inspire each other to live a blissful life!
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My wife and I were chatting this morning. She decided to sleep in this morning instead of getting out of bed and going to the gym – nothing wrong with that, but after our conversation I learned something really valuable about how she motivates herself to go to the gym and exercise.
She told me that she woke up this morning and *pictured* herself at the gym doing her workout. She made the picture big and bright, but that wasn’t enough to get her out of bed. The picture wasn’t enough to motivate her.
But I know my wife very well. There are times when she is very excited to go to the gym. So I got curious and asked,
“What does get you excited about the gym?”
And she said, “When I focus on how the *feeling* I have after the gym – after my workout and even the next day. I feel like a gladiator!”
As she said those words she started flexing like a real gladiator… she looked pumped up and excited.
So in a nutshell, my wife’s strategy for getting motivated to workout and go to the gym is to focus on the feeling she has after her workout.
“That’s interesting,” I thought. Click here to read more…
I started cycling at the local GoodLife Fitness gym last year. If you’ve ever done stationary cycling you know how grueling it can be. It’s a deep pain and extremely exhausting. That little bike can dish out quite a punch. It’s a fantastic workout if you can get through the whole class.
It’s been over a year now. I’ve been cycling once per week to get into better shape for hockey and it’s worked
When I first started cycling I used to hate climbing. Climbing is when you crank up your gear shift (resistance) on the bike. You crank it so you literally have to jump out of your seat to hammer down those pedals. If you don’t, you’ll come to a complete stop.
It takes every ounce of energy and effort to keep moving forward. It tests your limits, it tests your will and it tests your mind. Walking down a set of steps after this work out is not an option.
I almost fell off the bike once when climbing. It was my fourth week cycling and we were running a climbing circuit. The circuit went like this: Stand up and climb for 5 seconds, down and sit for 10 seconds, up for 5 and down for 10, and so on and so forth. As I was going up and down on one of those cycles I almost spun out of control. I lost my footing and I almost lost the bike too!
Yesterday I was climbing again. When the music started and we were about to start, I got excited!
- All I could see was this massive mountain in front of me.
As I was pedaling all I could think about was every challenge that has ever come my way. I was thinking about every obstacle that has ever been in my path. I was thinking about every time I’ve ever gotten knocked down and how I got back up.