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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Beauty | Posted on 31-05-2018

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There are so many advertisements out there for different kinds of skin care products that it’s difficult to really know which ones to use. Every company makes claims, and many of them make it sound like you can just slosh on their product and you will magically acquire perfect skin. Well, the fact of the matter is, skin care products aren’t necessarily all they’re cracked up to be. And while they all state that their product is the best one, they are simply not all the same. Also, it is important to remember that, just because one skin care company is super expensive and another one is super cheap, doesn’t mean that the super expensive one is superior. In my own personal experience, sometimes the costlier products are actually quite inferior. For example, I have extremely sensitive skin, and one time I decided to pamper myself and treat myself to an expensive skin care product line, which was based on special ingredients. The line cost me more than 100 Kuwaiti Dinars, and within minutes of applying the eye cream the skin around my eyes had swelled up to three or four times the normal size, and I looked something like a monster from outer space! Needless to say I immediately returned the cream and showed my eyes to the shocked sales people, who refunded my money right away. From that day forward I made my own eye cream with my own two paws! It consists of a lovely vitamin E based cream or Calendula Oil, with additions of the pure essential oils of rose, neroli, orange, frankincense, and geranium.

 

 

More recently I tried another commercial eye cream from a high end range of skin care products and found one that I loved. This was pure coincidence and was based on the sincere recommendation of a friend who said she swore by it. So now Clarins and Julep (the Restorative Face Milk) skin care products have become a staple on my dressing table. (And my favorite eye cream for staving off wrinkles is the “Extra Firming Concentrate”). I’m sure that other companies have some great products as well, but I am a chicken when it comes to trying new things, because of my super sensitive skin. I would rather break out the oatmeal and make a yummy smelling mask of finely ground oatmeal, yogurt, and add in some aromatic lavender, rose, neroli, or any other essential oils that I enjoy.

And on that subject, it is absolutely simple to make your own products with things that you can easily find around the house or in your garden. Even plants that grow wild in Kuwait can be used. Take basil for example, which grows wild all over the place (basil is a very aromatic plant that has lovely tall purple flowers growing like a stem straight out of the leafy part) or ladies mantle (which has a leaf that resembles an  umbrella). You may also want to use rosewood, lemon or another citrus type essential oil (particularly if you suffer from super oily or pimply skin). In fact there are so many different things you can try and it can be so much fun to experiment. You can even have a skin care party. You can try natural fruits and vegetables as well. Just peel your item and use the pulp for eating, naturally. Then you can use the skin or peel that you would normally throw away for putting on your skin. The important constituents of the fruit or vegetable are almost always in the skins or rinds. That is where many of the the essential oils are. So, you can use lemon peel, for example, for your skin to make it soft, clean, and bacteria free (which is important for people suffering from acne and other similar toxic skin types). You can use orange for older, drier skins. And you can have a lot of fun experimenting with a variety of different things till you find out what works best for you.

If you prefer using commercial skin care products, you still can of course. If you’re blessed with strong skin that doesn’t easily become sensitive from products then you will have more leeway in your experimentation with commercially made products. But, if you’re like I am, with super sensitive skin, then you will not have the luxury of trying all kinds of new things all the time, because you will end up with unsightly blemishes (or worse)! So, you will have to be more careful, and test everything ahead of time. But, the fact of the matter is that there are products out there on the market that are inexpensive and are just as nice as some very high end ones. For example, many people are happy with gentler products such as St. Ives, others swear by Neutragena or Nivea, and a personal old favorite of mine has always been Aveeno, which has recently become available again in Kuwait. Even though none of those previously mentioned products are completely natural, they are usually gentle. Or, just use really natural things like fruit and veggies. Naturally this list is far from exhaustive and there are certainly many other wonderful skin creams out there in the market place that you can try, now more than ever.

The point is that you don’t necessarily have to pay a premium price for good skin care (see the brands I mentioned above), and just because you do (while I personally use Clarins, Julep, and others and love them), doesn’t guarantee that you are going to get a product that won’t mess up your skin (as proven by my eye cream fiasco with a teeny tiny jar of 30 KD eye cream from a brand that will remain unnamed).  Let the buyer beware, and the buyer is you!




Ramadan Eating

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss | Posted on 17-05-2018

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Since Ramadan is here, it is appropriate for us to talk about some of the traditions of fasting and their benefits. The fact is that fasting is one of the best things that you can do for your health, but only if you do it correctly. The Ramadan injunction states that every man and woman who is physically and mentally able to fast should fast the month of Ramadan. To fast the month of Ramadan means that the person should refrain from all food, drink, smoke, bad words, and intimate relations, from just before sunrise to the call for prayer of the sunset prayer. Now, unfortunately, not all people fast with the true spirit of fasting in mind, which is a shame, since the benefits of doing so are untold. In fact, there are so many benefits that are unseen that it is quite amazing, and certainly many more hidden benefits that we may discover in the coming years. But in order to reap the most we can from these incredible benefits of fasting in this manner, we must follow the true spirit of the fast completely.

It is important when fasting in the month of Ramadan to have the right intention, which means that you should know that you are doing the fast for the sake of God (Allah, or whatever other name you wish to call Him by). This is naturally imperative for Muslims. Even if you aren’t a Muslim, you can still get benefit from fasting the month of Ramadan. Just keep your intentions clear, for example, stating that you are fasting for the benefit of your health, for the benefit of the poor, etc. This is another example of positive, directed thinking.

 

Subsequently the benefits of fasting will only be derived if the faster completes his or her fast in the correct manner. This means that you do your best to wake up early before the period of time before sunrise occurs, in order to eat something light and unsalted in order to prepare for the fast soon afterward. According to one hadith (prophetic tradition), it is recommended to eat oatmeal at this time in order to complete your nutritional requirements, and fill up your stomach in an appropriate way before starting the fast for the day, although any light and appropriate meal will certainly do. Then when it is time to begin fasting, you need to remember that you are fasting and that even bad language should be avoided as much as possible. You might think, well who cares about language! Well, the fact of the matter is that it does matter. (Remember what we talked about previously many times with regard to positive, optimistic attitude and the idea that even bad words can affect the energy around you, so be aware and watch yourself).

In order to fast properly you must stay away from smoking during those hours as well as intimate relations, but the most important thing, of course, is the food and drink. That means that the fasting person will take absolutely no food or drink whatsoever during the daytime fasting hours, even water. That is also why it is very important to make sure that you drink enough water during the non-fasting hours, especially here in Kuwait and in other desert regions, where it is so hot during the daytime and you need to be careful not to become dehydrated.

After a long, perhaps hot, day of fasting, after imagining all the delicious foods that you weren’t able to eat all day long, you come to the time of the call to prayer of the evening prayer, which signals the end of the day of fasting. This is where a lot of the trouble begins. You are admittedly very hungry at this point in time, and if you’re not extremely careful, you just might totally “go crazy” at this time of the day. It is not a good idea to eat yourself out of house and home, after having fasted for a day. The idea is to get sustenance, not to see how much food you can stuff into your already shrinking stomach.

That is why it was recommended to have just a few dates (normally one, three, or five) and some water in the beginning. This way your blood sugar is given a boost, but it is done without pure artificial sugar (as in with Vimto and other sugary drinks). After having a few dates the people normally pray the Maghreb (sunset) prayer. Then when you come back to the dinner table you can actually feel like you’re ready for your meal. You are less likely, at this point, to kill yourself eating, since your blood sugar has been healthily raised, your vitamin and mineral level has been raised also, and your body is not quite as desperate. It is a good idea to have some soup at this point, and probably one of the most popular soups in these parts of the world is lentil (adas) soup. Usually the small orange lentils are used in this type of soup (although the larger brown ones are nice as well), combined often with cumin seed, but there are others who make a more tomato-y soup with black lemon, and both methods are absolutely delicious.

Then, once your stomach is a bit more settled, having heavier food is a possibility. Many people stop after the soup, and wait for a certain period of time having their actual dinner later in the evening. I think that is probably a very good idea, because you are less likely to overeat and you are also less likely to gain weight that way. Additionally, you have given your stomach some reprieve in order to prepare it for a proper meal before bombarding it with food after having rested for many hours previously.

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Natural Alternative Diet | Posted on 14-03-2018

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The Benefits of Drinking Water

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 29-10-2017

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Anyone who has ever fasted, particularly the special type of fasting done during the month of Ramadan, knows the value of water. When you are fasting, you might not be that interested in food, but you are certainly going to be thinking about water. When you fast completely from sunrise to sunset, you are fasting from food, water, and other things. Your body needs water regularly, and especially in this hot, dry desert region where dehydration can be a problem. So, the lack of water during the hot daylight hours of Ramadan can be a real problem for some people, especially if they don’t drink enough water during the evening hours. So it is imperative that you drink enough water during that time.

The question is what is so special about water? Well, to tell you the truth, a lot! Remember that water contributes to 70% on average or so of our entire body weight. Without water we can’t live. It’s as simple as that. We need water just as we need air to breathe.

Water helps us to metabolize many kinds of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It is responsible for helping us to carry out our urinary functions and our bowel functions as well. If we do not drink enough water, we often find ourselves suffering from urinary infections or constipation, both of which are miserable. We need to get all those toxins out of our bodies and the only way to do that is to drink water (in addition to eating a healthy diet).

Did you know that if you don’t drink enough water, your blood can actually become quite thick? When that happens you can imagine how difficult it is for your blood to circulate around in your body. It is the same way with our lymph circulation as well. We need to do whatever it takes to increase both our blood and our lymph circulation, and one of the best ways to do that is to drink plenty of good fresh water. The definition of good fresh water doesn’t have to be mineral water, or even spring water either, but can be simply good carbon filtered or ozone enhanced water, particularly living here in Kuwait, with the treated water that is available out of the taps. In fact, too much mineral water can actually be detrimental to your health. Luckily, we have plenty of good bottled purified water available at all the supermarkets in Kuwait, that doesn’t contain excess amounts of minerals.

Did you know that if you are overweight, drinking plenty of water will actually help you to lose weight? If you don’t drink enough, your body will not be able to react properly and metabolize at the faster pace you need to be able to keep weight off, thus making you feel sluggish, and lethargic, which is the opposite of what you need to be when you are overweight. It is water that helps our bodies to burn fat. The less water you drink, the harder it is going to be to lose weight. Plus, if you are one of those people who retain water it is even more important that you take care to drink plenty of water, because the less water you drink, the more likely it is going to be that you will retain more water. So, drinking more and more water will actually help your body to get rid of all that excess water weight that it is holding on to.

Your skin will also thank you for drinking plenty of water, because without it, you will most likely have dry, dehydrated skin. You will also not have that glow that everyone wants. That is the glow that tells others that you are healthy. It is so important and even can help prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Plus, in this super hot region, particularly when we are fasting, drinking plenty of water during the non-fasting hours is imperative for regulating the temperature of our bodies. If we don’t have enough water circulating around our bodies, we cannot get the optimum temperature control that we need, and this is extremely important to our general health.  This is another part of a properly working metabolism, and without that we can’t expect our bodies to work well otherwise.

Also, if you want your brain to function as it should you absolutely must drink plenty of water. It is extremely important that you get in enough hydrating water in to your evening hours, so that your mental functions stay healthy and at an optimal pace.

You are also more likely to come down with the host of viruses and bacteria that are going around if you don’t drink enough water. When you are getting enough water your body is able to flush out those invaders and keep you safe from their attack.

So, starting from the time you break your fast, until the time of the early morning call to prayer, make sure that you drink plenty of water. Keep a small bottle of water with you at all times, in order to remind you to drink it. Don’t skimp, and preferably don’t drink lots of coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks, which will take away from your overall hydration. Sip water throughout your waking non-fasting hours, and be as healthy as you can be!




Your Circadian Clock

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 01-10-2017

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        Every single person (even animals have it too) on earth has something called a circadian clock. This organ is also called the “biological clock”, and is known scientifically as the “suprachiasmatic nucleus” (SCN). This so-called clock is responsible for the inner rhythms of our bodies, which technically run on a 25 hour cycle (although we assume a 24 hour cycle based on daylight and nighttime hours). Actually the circadian clock is really a tiny organ consisting of two tiny lobes the size of pin heads and made up of thousands of tiny neurons found in the hypothalamus in our brains that is responsible for the timings of our existences. This tiny organ gives the body information and changes things, for example temperature, awareness (wakefulness), and hormonal changes. It is believed that light plays an important part in the operation of this organ, and thus the daytime, nighttime differences that are found. But it is known to be affected by other influences as well, even sounds, etc. (like the ringing of an alarm clock for example). This is also why people get jet lag when changing time zones, especially when going forward in time. The circadian clock basically rules over many important hormonal functions through the pineal gland also found in the brain. It is so important that without the proper workings of it, we can easily die. That is one of the reasons that people who are severely sleep deprived begin to hallucinate and can eventually die in some extreme cases if the lack of sleep continues for any length of time.

It is due to this circadian clock that we have that it is important that we sleep at night and wake up in the daytime. The circadian clock is also why people who work the night shift and sleep during the daytime can possibly become ill, and often (if not always) do not get that completely rested feeling that people who sleep at night get. They go through life feeling “not quite right”. Indeed, they aren’t because there are some important hormones that are only secreted during certain periods of sleep at night, and never during the daytime, no matter what period of sleep the person is in. In fact, most work related accidents occur during the night shift or when workers have been sleep deprived. Also, it is known that shift workers suffer from an inordinately high ratio of mental, emotional, and physical problems. If you think about it, that is quite profound. It really makes you think. For all of us night owls all over the world, and all of the late night diwaniyah lovers in these Middle Eastern countries, this should be a word to the wise. While you might think it fun to stay up all night, your body will take the toll, and you will ultimately pay a price for it. You have to ask yourself if it is worth it. Is your daily late night fun worth trading your health for? I don’t think so. This isn’t to say that you can’t stay up late sometimes. Doing anything once in a while isn’t going to hurt you, but staying up all night every single day is going to be harmful sooner or later. So make sure you get to bed early enough to sleep well at night.

If you or someone you know suffers from problems such as depression (or other mental illness), problematic blood pressure, heart and circulation problems, allergies, acne, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, or a host of other ailments, it might be because your sleep schedule is out of kilter. So, in order to solve the problem, one of the first things you must do is to get your sleep back on track. Make sure that you sleep during the nighttime and get up in the morning. Sleeping relatively early is a good idea as well, in order to give your body plenty of time to get the rest it needs so that your circadian clock will be able to function at its best. Waking up early will put your body in good stead for a healthy and energetic day. Once you get on a regular schedule of sleeping at night and waking up early in the day (preferably not sleeping after eating your lunch), you will soon begin to feel much better and often, without doing anything else, your health will automatically improve.

Naturally, ideally you will need to make other healthy changes in your life as well. It is important to make sure that you also eat well. Eating well means that you need to eat whole, preferably organic foods. You have to make sure to get plenty of fresh, healthy sources of protein including seafood, poultry, meats, eggs, etc, and plenty of fresh, wholesome vegetables, with small amounts of whole grains, fruit, and other supplementary foods added for variety. You must also do your best to get in some form of exercise on a regular basis. Any type will do, including walking, swimming, bicycling, and more. Not only will you feel stronger with exercise, but you will sleep better as well, which will definitely help your circadian clock to work better. This will keep your metabolism up, help your circulation and your lymph to carry away the impurities in your body, and turn you into a much healthier person to be sure.

The bottom line is that our circadian clock is extremely important to our daily living. In fact, without it we simply do not live healthily (and in some extreme cases, at all). Just because it is not something obvious that we think about all the time or even notice, doesn’t mean that it isn’t imperative to our well being. In fact, it is one of the most important organs that we have in our bodies. So, we must do the best we can to keep it in tip top shape. This means getting enough sun, enough sleep, and enough good food and exercise. This means sleeping at night and waking up in the daytime, and making sure we stay on this healthy natural cycle. Let’s get healthy!




How To Do Reflexology for Your Sinuses for Yourself Video on YouTube!

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 19-08-2017

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How to do reflexology for yourself on your hands for sinus problems 🙂

 




The Water Crystal Miracle (Part One)

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Beauty, Natural Health | Posted on 04-03-2017

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What kind of image do you get in your mind when I say “snowflake”? If you are from a colder climate originally (as I am) and you have any experience with snow, particularly as a child, you will immediately imagine two things. The first is the original, that amazingly lacy, one of a kind, intricately designed by nature ice crystal that you used to look at stuck to the outside of your window panes throughout winter. Those wispy fantastic icy delicious flakes that used to land on your tongue is what will come to mind. It is a scientific fact that each and every one of these snow flakes (which are made up of a number of ice crystals) are completely and absolutely individual, with no one snow flake ever looking exactly like any other one. They are always one of a kind.

Another image that always comes to my mind is the paper snowflakes that we used to make as children. We would fold paper into a very small square, and cut geometric corners and pieces out, so that when we unfolded it we would get our own rendition of the natural snowflake. Every time we made on it would be just a little different (or a lot) just like the real ones. We would stick these on the walls and windows, and could be extremely beautiful in their own right. (In fact one day when I was going through my papers, I found some ancient paper snowflakes that I had made many moons ago. They are still beautiful and I still love them!)

Ice crystals are one of those little God given miracles that we don’t really think about very much. They are always there, so we don’t feel their rarity, and we hardly ever sit and concentrate on them to admire their beauty. If your refrigerator gets frosted up, you will find that it is loaded with ice crystals in the form of that nasty frothy frozen water that we want to get rid of. The only time we really think about how fantastic ice crystals are is when they are in the form of snow, and here in Kuwait, we are not likely to get snow any time in the near future. Thus, the only people who really know about the beauty of snow and ice crystals are those living in the farther north or south, where it snows. Well, that is a true shame, because those ice crystals are some of the most amazing things you will ever see. They are special because they are wonderful to look at, but also because of their fleeting nature. As soon as they melt they are gone forever.

I recently came to know something very interesting about ice crystals. An interesting discovery has been made about water and ice crystals. There is a Japanese researcher who has initiated some of the most enlightening science that you will see in a long time. The implications of this science are immense if used to their maximum potential, but the party has only just begun, and hardly anyone is aware of it yet. I am talking about ice crystal formation and the influencing factors that affect them. If I told you that it has been discovered that certain words, music, and other influences can affect water, what would you think? Perhaps you would think that sounded a bit crazy. After all, water is water isn’t it? How could outside influences affect it?

Well, the idea is that every single thing on earth has something that we call vibrations. I am talking everything, including inanimate objects, so water has vibrations as well. That is why sometimes when you look at an object it almost looks and feels good, comforting, or even evil. We can feel it from inside our “souls”, but can’t really explain it on the outside. Water is not different. It has vibrations too. But, water is important to us as humans since we need so much of it. Our bodies are made up of more than 80% water, and we need to keep on replenishing it in one way or another every day. We might get our water from fruit or vegetables, or just from drinking it, but we need it. So, what if there was something wrong with our water? What if the water we were drinking wasn’t as healthy as it seemed. If we kept drinking unhealthy water, sooner or later it would have to affect our health, wouldn’t it? It only makes sense that that would be true. One the other hand, what if we were drinking healthy water? It stands to reason that healthy water would be ideal for us and help bring us to good health. Health water, good health…makes sense, doesn’t it?

What if I told you that water could be “made” to be healthier? What if I told you that we could be harming ourselves through harmful water that doesn’t look, seem, or test harmful from a known scientific medical standpoint, but is actually harmful due to other factors? It piques your interest doesn’t it?

It did mine when I first heard about it. I had to know what they were talking about, and when I did know, I was so blown away that I just had to incorporate it into my life immediately (which I have). Then, the next thing on my agenda was to share this important, indeed, revolutionary, life changing information with you. The rest of this story is so incredible that it is likely to change many things about your life if you take it to heart. Naturally, it will only change you if you let it, because the information you are about to find out about is something that you can either implement or not. No one is going to force it on you. But if you have the slightest bit of common sense you will see how mind boggling this concept is and use it for your benefit and the benefit of others. What makes it ideal is that there is really nothing simpler. The concept is easy to understand and even easier to use. For those of you who were following my “Mind over Matter” series that recently ran in the paper for several weeks, this is a logical extension of the concepts that you learned there.

 

So, next week we will get into the meat of what this concept is all about and how to use it for your health and well being, as well as that of your family and friends. If you haven’t read the “Mind over Matter” series, go to the Internet now and check it out on Arab Times Online (in the health section from recent weeks). There are eleven articles in that series, read them all. While you don’t have to understand or use the concept of “mind over matter” in your life in order to understand how water crystals work, it will certainly help you a great deal and give you several alternative views of looking at the issue, which will make this new experience all the more enlightening for you.

To try your hand at making your own snowflakes online go to this website:  http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/

Or get this very rare snowflake making book:

 

To see some beautiful natural snow flakes go to this site: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/photos/photos.htm

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The Power of Positive Thinking – Revisited

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Health | Posted on 19-12-2016

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I had this week’s article already planned out until I got an email from one of the readers about how they were thinking that the idea of “mind over matter” and “positive thinking” were very nice and all, but she really couldn’t imagine being able to apply such concepts realistically in her life.  She stated that she had been feeling depressed for some time and that she really was pretty much at the end of her rope and didn’t know what to do. When I read this letter I felt sad for her, that she has been and still is suffering so much from different problems, but I also felt glad in a way, because she had connected with the articles about mind over matter and positive thinking in the first place, which means she is already halfway there. I’m sure she doesn’t even know it yet, but indeed it is true. Perhaps since she wrote the email she has progressed even further, and gone on to apply one or two of the positive thinking concepts in her own life. It doesn’t really take much to be able to make this way your own. In fact it is quite simple indeed. It just sounds and feels difficult for some because they are so far away from doing that sort of thing that it seems totally alien to them. Really, every single person has it in them to act and react in just the way that I have been describing throughout this series. It just takes a little effort.  Isn’t it worth it? I think it is!

Now, getting back to our mission, remember, we are changing the world one mind at a time.  So you begin with yourself, and then through you the rest of the world will change. If you don’t believe me, just try it. But, remember, it is important to think positively about this, and to know for certain that indeed one single person can be the impetus for changing things in the entire world. What do you think about people like Moses, Jesus, and other prophets? Didn’t they change the world? What do you think about people like Mother Theresa, Gandhi, and all the other people who have done great good? Haven’t they made an impact on the entire world? They have! So, who says that you can’t do something for the world too?

Have you ever heard of the phrase “pay it forward”? This is a concept that began when a young, fictional boy in a story started what has become a worldwide movement.  It means that you do a good deed for three different people. When they ask how they can pay you back, you simply say, don’t pay it back, you pay it forward by helping three more people. Thus, the initial three people helped would ideally go and help three more each, and the “helping” movement would spread out so far that it would include thousands, if not millions of people. That was what the story book boy had in mind. But, as life imitates art, a real-life movement has been initiated on behalf of the concept of paying it forward. The great thing is that the idea of paying it forward doesn’t have to mean that the good deed is something difficult, or something expensive, or even something time consuming.  It can be as simple as a smile (although we should be giving those on a very regular basis). It can be helping someone carry their bags, or helping an elderly person cross the street, giving a young person important advice in a nice, caring way, giving money to a total stranger who looks like he (or she) might be hungry, giving someone a warm coat to wear on a cold day, giving someone a bottle of water (particularly here in Kuwait where the summers are scorching hot at up to 50 plus degrees centigrade), or a cold drink, some clean food, etc. Imagine how you would feel if your job was to clean the streets in the hot summer sun, and you were required to walk along the streets from the morning until the afternoon or God knows when, in order to pick up the papers and cans that some inconsiderate people threw out their window. You probably wouldn’t feel good at all. So, what can you do to “pay it forward”?

Well, first of all, each and every one of us needs to be extremely thankful that the person doing that job isn’t us. Then, we must think of nice ways to help these destitute people out. You know they are poor, live in very difficult conditions, and make practically nothing to send home to their families.  So, why don’t we get them food that they can eat while they are outside, nice cold bottles of water, and even clothing, rather than give the clothing to the charity box. We can give them money as well, if we like, why not? In fact there is practically no end to what we can do for the street workers, as well as the construction workers, the road workers, and more. Also, no matter how small your income is, try to make sure that somehow, someway you are giving even the smallest smidgeon of it to the poor. No matter how small your salary seems to be, you can be sure of two things: that there are other people who make less than you do; and that you are a millionaire compared to some. If you keep that in mind, and also, at the same time, always remember to give a little bit to charity, you will find that your own wealth starts increasing and as long as you don’t count it all the time (except to make sure that the bank isn’t stealing it) will continue to do so.

I’m sure some people are reading this thinking what?” “What does giving in charity and not counting my money have to do with my anything???” “If I don’t count it I won’t know what I have!!!I” Well I will tell you what I like to do. I like to just ignore my money and leave it, give as generously as I can, and I always find myself with more money than I thought I had. Sometimes it’s less or more, but that’s alright. You see, it doesn’t really matter what the quantity is, because what is important is that you give something, no matter how small it seems. One of my favorite good deeds is to NOT throw papers and other trash in the street, but to carry them around with me, until I am able to find a proper trash receptacle. Another thing we can do is to pick up papers, cans, and things that other people throw down (if it is feasible) and throw them into proper trash receptacles. Just make sure that you are smiling when you do it.

  

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The Power of Positive Thinking (Part One)

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Health | Posted on 28-10-2016

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Have you ever heard the phrase mind over matter? If you have, you may or may not know what it is or how to use it, and if you haven’t heard it before, you have now! These three little words, “mind over matter” might be the most important words you will ever hear, and if you use them they will definitely be some of the most powerful. I say this because these words can change your life. But it won’t be the words of course, it will be you. It will be your own positive thinking.

So, you might be wondering what this phrase means, or you might know what it means but not how it relates to your life. On the other hand you might be one of those gifted people who already understand the concept of “mind over matter” and apply it in their life, if so you are already ahead of the game, but even then you can read on, because you may just glean some important new angles from this article. You see, you can never learn too much about this amazing concept. You can never go too far in applying it. The fact is that mind over matter is one of life’s miracles that every single person can avail, but very few ever do. And that is truly a shame.

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I am one of those people who have always had a natural feeling for the concept of mind over matter. I have always known and believed this concept and applied it in my life. This concept and the optimistic drive that I have and use every day has made me who and what I am today, and is still changing me on a daily basis, hopefully into a progressively much better person. You might say that I believe in miracles, and I also believe that whatever I dream about can come true if I want it to, and if God gives it to me. So, while I fervently believe that mind over matter is real, palpable, and at the disposal of every single human being, I also believe that God may or may not let me (and others) have whatever I (or they) want or am (are) working for depending on His absolute knowledge. Thus, the concept “mind over matter” comes attached to an aspect of trust in universal wisdom and power, but that doesn’t negate your power and the power of your will. You will find that your will is one of the most powerful tools you will ever have, and you can benefit yourself and others to a degree that you may have never dreamed of, so read on.

You see, you have the power to get what you want. You have the power to make your dreams come true. You have the power to be whatever you want to be. That power is mind over matter.

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So, we need to define mind first. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word “mind” means:

1 : RECOLLECTION, MEMORY <keep that in mind> <time out of mind>
2 a : the element or complex of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons b : the conscious mental events and capabilities in an organism c : the organized conscious and unconscious adaptive mental activity of an organism
3 : INTENTION, DESIRE.

Aha! Mind is our thinking, feelings, and everything else that is conscious. Good. And what about matter? According to the same dictionary it means:

1 a : a subject under consideration b : a subject of disagreement or litigation c plural : the events or circumstances of a particular situation d : the subject or substance of a discourse or writing e : something of an indicated kind or having to do with an indicated field or situation <this is a serious matter> <as a matter of policy> <matters of faith> f : something to be proved in law g obsolete : sensible or serious material as distinguished from nonsense or drollery h (1) obsolete : REASON, CAUSE (2) : a source especially of feeling or emotion i : PROBLEM, DIFFICULTY

2 a : the substance of which a physical object is composed b : material substance that occupies space, has mass, and is composed predominantly of atoms consisting of protons, neutrons, and electrons, that constitutes the observable universe, and that is interconvertible with energy c : a material substance of a particular kind or for a particular purpose <vegetable matter> d (1) : material (as feces or urine) discharged from the living body (2) : material discharged by suppuration : PUS

3 a : the indeterminate subject of reality; especially : the element in the universe that undergoes formation and alteration b : the formless substratum of all things which exists only potentially and upon which form acts to produce realities

Now, you might think that this is too much information about the word “matter”, but it isn’t, because the concept of “mind over matter” includes all this and more. It can be applied in every situation, for every person and at every time.

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That’s all I’m going to tell you this time, but I now want to make a request. I want each and every one of you, my readers, to tell me what you think I mean by “mind over matter”, and if you already apply this concept in your life I want you to tell me how. If you don’t apply it I want you to tell me what you think it is and how you might be able to use it in your life. Your ideas and thoughts will be published next week. My email is below, and I want to hear from you!

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