Wednesday, December 31, 2014

When visualizing always focus on the end result of whatever
 it is you want. Don't let other unrelated images enter your mind 
about the hows, whys, and wheres of its attainment.
Know what you want and imagine it done.
Imagination gives the Universe direction.
A dream is just a dream until you can see yourself in the picture.
The function of the human mind is to dream.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Moon

The Voyage

The Voyage

Your dreams are gifts
that set you in motion
on the tides of time
where life is an ocean.
And your sails are filled 
with the winds of desire
to surge through the waves
of murk and mire.
But when you awaken
with your goal at hand,
you'll see your true destination
was the voyage not the land.

-Mike Dooley

Monday, December 08, 2014

Stepping Stone Falls - Flint, Michigan, United States

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, 
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, 
and tolerant of the weak and strong, 
because some day you will have been all of these."

-George Washington Carver
The biggest risk of life isn't making mistakes; it's regret, 
missing out on things. Don't be afraid to take a chance.
When the outside world seems too difficult to take, and the stress 
 in your life becomes overwhelming, look inside for your strength.
The simple completion of each day is an achievement.
"Make each day your masterpiece."

-Dallas Woodburn
"Being successful is doing what makes you happy. 
Life is too short and uncertain to do anything else."

-Alexander Brokaw

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Six Historical Facts About Medical Marijuana

The use of medical marijuana dates back thousands of years.

As the debate over legalizing marijuana heats up, many continue to dispute the value of marijuana as a treatment for various ailments. But, as the following facts show, history tells a much clearer story.

1. The earliest record of medical marijuana comes from ancient China.

In 2737 BC, Chinese Emperor Shennong wrote a book on medicine that included cannabis as a treatment for many conditions. According to ancient Chinese texts, cannabis was thought to be helpful for constipation, gout, rheumatism and absent-mindedness.

Interestingly, Shennong was not only an emperor but a pharmacologist as well. He was said to have tried hundreds of herbs on himself in order to test their medical value.

2. Ancient Egyptians were the first to use cannabis as a treatment for tumors.

The Fayyum Medical Papyrus (Photo: Antique Cannabis Book)
 The Fayyum Medical Papyrus (Photo: Antique Cannabis Book)

The 2nd century Fayyum Medical Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian text, is believed to contain the earliest record of cannabis as an ingredient in cancer medicine.

Cannabis continues to receive significant interest as a cancer therapy today.

3. Cannabis was used as a veterinary medicine in ancient Greece.

The ancient Greeks used cannabis to dress wounds and sores on their horses after battle. The plant was also given to humans for a variety of ailments, including ear pain and inflammation.

Interestingly, the practice of medical cannabis is believed to have spread to Arabic countries from ancient Greece.

4. Medical marijuana was introduced to Western medicine in the mid-1800s.

Label of 19th century cannabis extract made by Eli Lilly (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Label of 19th century cannabis extract made by Eli Lilly (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

In the 1830s, an Irish physician by the name of William Brooke O’Shaughnessy observed the use of medical marijuana during a trip to India. After studying its effects, he introduced cannabis to physicians in England as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including muscle spasms, rheumatism, epilepsy and pain. As early reports of its effectiveness were published, the popularity of cannabis-based medicines quickly spread across Europe and North America.

5. The name ‘indica’ refers to Indian cannabis.

The name Cannabis indica was originally thought up by a French biologist in 1785. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck was also visiting India when he observed a difference between locally-grown cannabis and its European cousin, the hemp plant.

European hemp was mostly used for agricultural purposes and was known at the time as Cannabis sativa. Lamarck decided to classify the Indian species separately, giving it the name Cannabis Indica.

6. Cannabis was listed in the United States Pharmacopeia from 1851 until 1941.

(Photo: Pixabay)
(Photo: Pixabay)

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) provides a list of acceptable medical products each year, and cannabis was recognized in many of its earliest editions. But while cannabis preparations were widely prescribed in the late 1800s, they began to be replaced by synthetic drugs during the 20th century.

Leading up to and following the passage of the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, prescribing cannabis became increasingly difficult and its once-prominent role in Western medicine was soon forgotten. Cannabis was removed from the USP in 1942. Medical Marijuana has been making its comeback today as a natural and safe remedy for many ailments.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

"Today I am living, and my heart sings with joy for the days that follow."

-Angela Sayers
"Gratitude for the abundance you have received 
is the best insurance that the abundance will continue."

"Each day comes bearing its own gift. Untie the ribbons."

-Ruth Ann Schabacker
"The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. 
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity. 
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

-Melody Beattie

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Winter Forest

"Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe
 is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, 
and everything your heart desires must come to you."

-Shakti Gawain
You create your reality according to your beliefs and expectations. 
Your world is formed in faithful replica of your own thoughts.
That which I give thought to, I begin to attract. 
That which I give thought to that brings forth strong emotion, 
I attract more quickly.
Thoughts become things. Every thought has a frequency. 
Magnetic signals draw parallels back to you.
Your world present and future is directly and specifically 
affected by the signal that you are now transmitting.
To develop your mind is a great thing.
 It keeps you interested in life, curious and passionate. 
Be hungry for inspiration and knowledge.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"To see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower. 
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour."

-William Blake
Just as your thumb makes a print, unique and individual - that type of thumb has never existed before and never will again. It belongs to you; there will never be another like it. The same is the case with your Being. You are a Being who is unique and individual, incomparable, and only you have it.
We are always the same age inside.
Our present self is only a part of our whole personality.
Consciousness is like a flower with many petals.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Home Made Thank You Card

We've all gotten greeting cards before. But have you ever received a card 
that was hand made from the person who was giving it? I bet most people would realize that a hand made card is a lot more special than any store bought choice. Making a card yourself takes time and effort. And you actually have to write the words! Anyone can do it, but rarely does anyone take the time. In today's world it is easier to pick one up while at the grocery store, and pay a few bucks for convenience. Sure, store bought cards are still very nice and thoughtful, but I encourage, if you have the time, make one yourself. 
Its easy! And fun! And you will feel a sense of accomplishment when 
it's done. It is good for the soul to be creative and encouraging to others, so what better way than to say "Thank You, I Love You, or Happy Birthday"
 to someone you care about? Being creative is also a great way to rid stress  from our lives. Take some time out and tell others just how much
 you really appreciate and care about them.

Reuse/Recycle past greeting cards.
Use old magazines for clipping pictures and words.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Buffalo Bill's Lookout Mountain - Golden, Colorado

The way you feel is caused by the thoughts you are thinking.
Keep checking on how you are feeling throughout the day. 
Check the feeling in your body and make sure your body is relaxed.
 If you detect tension, then take a moment to focus on 
letting go and relax your entire body. 
A feeling of peace in your body and mind is your aim, 
because that frequency of harmony
 will put you in alignment with the Universe.
For in seeking joy, you not only find perfect alignment 
with your Inner Being and with who you really are, 
but you also find vibrational alignment with all the things you desire.
Your emotions are your physical indication
 of your relationship with your Inner Being.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

"What lies before us and what lies behind us
 is but a small matter compared to what is within us."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light. 
For I have loved the stars to fondly to be fearful of the night.
Happy is he who dares courageously to defend what he loves.
"Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not the muscles."

-Alex Karras
Do not underestimate your worth by comparing yourself to others.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Can Marijuana Help Combat Brain Aging?

While there are many health products that make claim to having antioxidant and anti-aging properties, none come close to the benefits of cannabis.
As studies have shown, cannabinoids – the active chemicals in marijuana – possess a unique ability to counteract the brain’s aging process as well as a variety of diseases that may arise during later stages of life.

What is Aging?

Aging is influenced by the balance between the generation and clearance of toxic molecules that tend to build up as one gets older. Brain cells (also known as neurons) are especially sensitive to this, since they are fully developed once an individual reaches adulthood and do not divide past this point. Neurological diseases are an inevitable result of an imbalance of toxic molecules within your brain.

Marijuana: A Powerful Antioxidant

We’ve all heard of an essential aspect of our diet known as antioxidants, but not many truly understand why they are necessary for good health. As it turns out, the term “anti-oxidant” itself provides a pretty thorough explanation of its biological role.

Antioxidants interact with free radicals to prevent cellular damage.

Antioxidants are compounds that counteract the damaging effects of a biological phenomenon known as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the build-up of natural by-products called free radical molecules, which can only be cleared by a healthy intake of antioxidants.

Brain cells are particularly sensitive to oxidative stress. In fact, studies have linked the build-up of free radicals to the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Cannabinoids found in marijuana – specifically THC and CBD – have been shown to possess potent antioxidant properties. Interestingly, the antioxidant action of marijuana is believed to occur independently of cannabinoid receptors, meaning that you don’t need to get high in order to reap the antioxidant benefits of cannabinoids.

Oxidative stress is believed to contribute to a variety of inflammatory and degenerative diseases, both in the brain and elsewhere in the human body. Likewise, pre-clinical trials have highlighted the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in diseases such as collagen-induced arthritis, infarction, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, myocardial ischemia and atherosclerosis.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Another notable anti-aging aspect of cannabis is its role in inflammation. Along with oxidative stress, inflammation is another biological phenomenon that contributes to the progression of many age-related disorders.

Imagine the possibilities if Cannabis was as mainstream 
as harmful prescription pills and over-the-counters.

Cannabinoid receptors have been identified on immune cells and, when activated, these receptors work to suppress inflammatory responses. Immune cells of the brain (also known as glial cells) are involved with inflammation of the brain, which has also been linked to the progression of various neurodegenerative diseases including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Activity of the cannabinoid system has been shown to decrease inflammation, both in the brain as well as other parts of the body.

Role in Neurogenesis

The hippocampus plays a role in memory, learning and spatial orientation. 

Contrary to historical findings, recent studies have identified a growth of new brain cells that occurs throughout adulthood – a process known as neurogenesis. Indeed, while it was once thought that the brain stopped developing after a certain point, scientists now believe that the hippocampus – a specific part of the brain – is capable of producing over 5,000 new brain cells each day. Scientists also believe that marijuana can promote neurogenesis, while the regular use of alcohol, nicotine and opiates are known to suppress neurogenesis.

This is an important consideration for older individuals, as the process of neurogenesis has been found to slow as you age. Furthermore, increased neurogenesis has been linked to improvements in aspects of memory and learning, while decreased neurogenesis has been linked to anxiety and depression disorders.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Which Season Were You Born?

"Cheerful, Depressed? The Season In Which
 You Were Born Might Hold the Key"

by Laura Tedesco/Yahoo Health

Even if you don’t buy into astrology, recent research suggests that the time of year you were born does actually play a big role in who you become. Specifically, your season of birth may be linked to your moods later on in life, according to a new study presented at the European College of CNP Congress in Berlin. 

The scientists’ interest was sparked by a body of research suggesting a link between birth season and something more stable than mood: personality. In a British study, for example, young and middle-aged adults born from October to March tended to seek new, intense experiences more than those born in the other half of the year. Another study, published in Neuroscience Letters, suggests that people born in the winter may be less agreeable.
And the effects of your arrival date aren’t just psychological — there’s also evidence that your birth season can affect everything from your bedtime (spring- and summer-born folks go to bed later) to your risk of developing cancer. According to a 2014 International Journal of Cancer study, a spring or summer birthday is associated with a significantly higher risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in childhood and young adulthood. And an Italian study found that women born in March may begin menopause earlier, while those born in October experience the change later.

So can your season of birth affect daily fluctuations in mood? To answer this, the Hungarian researchers evaluated the temperaments of more than 400 people then matched their moods with their birth months. Here are the most significant trends:
  • People born in the summer are more likely to experience rapid, frequent swings between feeling sad and cheerful, compared to folks born in the winter.
  • Individuals with spring or summer birthdays tend to be excessively positive. In a previous study in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the same researchers observed this quality in people born between April and June.
  • Winter babies grow up to be more irritable adults than people born in any other season.
  • People born in the fall are less prone to bouts of the blues than people who arrived in the winter. In the Journal of Affective Disorders study, October emerged as the birth month least associated with depression, although this finding wasn’t statistically significant. 
If your inner skeptic isn’t convinced, consider this: Your birth season reflects differences in several environmental influences during gestation and after birth — nutrients available, your mother’s level of physical activity, outdoor temperature, types of pathogens, light exposure; all of these factors play a role in nervous-system development, study author Xenia Gonda, a psychologist at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, told Yahoo Health in an email.

There’s also evidence that the time of year you were born affects levels of various neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin, which play a clear role in mood, she added. 
A simpler explanation: Certain times of year may be more conducive to babymaking. “Season influences how likely parents are to procreate,” said Gonda. People with seasonal affective disorder, for example, may be less likely to get busy during the colder months, when they’re feeling down. The result? “Kids inheriting a risk for this illness are less likely to be born during autumn,” she said. “So there may be both environmental and genetic reasons.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

"The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination; 
stuck on this carousel, my little eye can catch one million year old light."

-Richard Feynman
"Let your mind wander in simplicity. Blend your spirit with the vastness."

-Chuang Tzu
Be alive and enjoy the adventure.
Your life is but a reflection of your predominant thoughts.
You are here to experience outrageous joy, to experience the exhilaration of consciously creating your own reality.
You are an eternal Being. You are eternal consciousness. You are in your physical body for the thrill and exhilaration of specific focus and creation.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes."

-Frank Lloyd Wright
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. 
He gave me life that I might enjoy all things.
"Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods 
of life with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy."

-Abraham Maslow
Scientists at The Institute of Hartmath in California has shown that feeling love, gratitude, and appreciation in your heart boosts your immune system, increases vital chemical production, increases physical vitality and vigor, reduces stress hormone levels, high blood pressure, anxiety, guilt, burnout, and improves glucose regulation in diabetics.
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back 
and realize they were the big things." 

-Robert Brault
Live your life with an attitude of gratitude.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

-Albert Einstein
Write down all your goals and desires on paper.
Write in the present tense. 
Imagine what it would be like to have it now, and be thankful.
Take the time to imagine life how you desire it. 
Visualize as clearly as possible the things you want.
You must match the pictures that you paint with your imagination. Your environment and the conditions of your life at any given time are the direct results of your own inner expectations. You form physical materialization of these realities within your own mind.
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."

-Albert Einstein

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Rifel River - Sterling, Michigan, United States

Give without expectation. Giving should not come with a price tag.
One of the greatest gifts we can give is an open, loving heart.
The greater the love you feel and emit, the greater the power you are harnessing.
The fruit of taking care of others is enlightenment.
Giving happiness to others is the best way to give happiness to yourself.
If you continually give, you will continually have.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Set aside ten minutes a day to focus specifically on your positive thoughts 
and see what kind of a difference it makes in your life.
The key with mindfulness is that it is about developing your inner awareness,
rather than allowing your thoughts to take over.
"Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."

-Joseph Campbell
You really can make a difference, and make the world a better place
 in whatever way is right for you.
What is it that your life lacks that would give it greater meaning?

Monday, September 22, 2014

"I Cross My Heart" - George Strait

Our love is unconditional, we knew it from the start.

I see it in your eyes, you can feel it from my heart.

From here on after let's stay the way we are right now,

And share all the love and laughter that a lifetime will allow.

I cross my heart and promise to

Give all I've got to give to make all your dreams come true.

In all the world you'll never find a love as true as mine.

You will always be the miracle that makes my life complete,

And as long as there's a breath in me, I'll make yours just as sweet.

As we look into the future, it's as far as we can see,

So let's make each tomorrow be the best that it can be.

And if along the way we find a day it starts to storm,

You've got the promise of my love to keep you warm.

In all the world you'll never find a love as true as mine,

A love as true as mine.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Take the first step in faith. 
You don't have to see the whole staircase,
 just take the first step."

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Doubt is the number one killer of motivation.
Playing it safe is the one of the riskiest decisions we can make.
Turning away from the world and toward your own happiness 
is the path to authenticity.
"The only disability in life, is a bad attitude."

-Scott Hamilton
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion of their commitment of excellence, 
regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

-Vince Lombardi
When it comes to being happy, the journey is the destination.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

You have the absolute choices about the "truths"
 that you create in your own experience.
Anything that you give your attention to, will become your "truth."
A belief is only a practiced vibration.
What creates/created the world? Is it God? Energy? Describe energy or god. It can never be created or destroyed. Always was, and always has been. Moves in and out of form. Whatever source you choose to believe, it is all the same.

We each have the freedom to define, and understand our higher power. May it be
God, Allah, Buddha, Jesus, Jehovah, Source Energy, Well Being, or The Universe. There is no right or wrong answer.
There is a power greater than ourselves.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Zac Brown Band - No Hurry

Zac Brown Band 

"No Hurry"

You know my old car needs washing

And the front yard needs a trim

And the telephone keeps ringing

And the bossman knows I know its him

And the bills ain't gonna pay themselves

No matter anyway

Cause I ain't in no hurry today

There's nothing wrong with an old cane fishing pole

And the smell of early spring

Sit down in a fold-up easy chair

On a quiet shady river bank

Let the world go on without me

Wouldn't have it any other way

Cause I ain't in no hurry today

Ain't in no hurry

I'd Be a fool now to worry

About all those things I can't change

And the time that I borrow

Can wait till tomorrow

Cause I ain't in no hurry today

When I must return

To the cold cold ground

Have 'em take their time

When they lay this sinner down

Heaven knows that I ain't perfect

I've raised a little cain

And I plan to raise a whole lot more

Before I hear those angels sing

(Gonna get right with the lord)

But there'll be hell to pay

But I ain't in no hurry

Ain't in no hurry

Be a fool now to worry

About all those things I can't change

And the time that I borrow

Can wait till tomorrow

Cause I ain't in no hurry

Ain't in no hurry

Ain't in no hurry today


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the thing he has not, 
but rejoices for those he has."

True gratitude is a natural response to the miracle of life as we experience it moment to moment, a sense of abundance from the heart that is independent of our desires for the future.
Gratitude helps us track success, to notice what is right in our lives.
"Gratitude, like love needs to be active."

-Christopher Reeve
Life is all about appreciation.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Romance Via Text

Text Message from Carla to Roberto:

July 29th 
My love blooms more and more for you every day...

(two days later)

July 31st
every day... <3

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Emotions are the perfect reflection of your current point of attraction.
When finding joy, 
you are finding vibrational alignment 
                                                   with the resources of the universe.
It is the absence of negative emotion that is freedom, which is true joy.
Don't allow yourself to be controlled by negative emotions.
Whenever you are feeling negative emotion, it is always telling you that whatever you are thinking about is very important, but more importantly that you are thinking about the opposite of what you desire.
Negative emotion means that you are going in the wrong direction.
Every emotion that you feel is about your alignment or misalignment 
with the Energy of your Source.
Feelings are a feedback mechanism to whether or not we are on track with our thoughts.
It is impossible for you to feel bad and attract good.
Your emotions are an immediate signal as to how you are feeling and thinking.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stop Complaining

Change your thoughts, change your world.
Only the contradiction in your own thoughts and vibration
can keep you from the things you desire.
Everything you think about you want. Everything to talk about you want. The Law of Attraction does not differentiate. Its all about the energies, frequencies, and emotion that attracts similar circumstances in our lives.
Every subject is one of two subjects: wanted or not wanted.
But the Law of Attraction does not differentiate.
What you are thinking about you are attracting, good or bad.
Do not be limited by your current state of where you are.
The potential for opportunity is found in everything.