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The Art of Living

Creating a sustainable lifestyle

If you happened to be an outsider looking in on this world and all its lifeforms, you would see that the human population has become excessive to the point where it is destroying the environment that it depends on for its existence. If we carry on like this for another generation or so, humanity and most other species will become extinct. Life on earth will carry on without us and do very well, therefore we need to adopt a lifestyle that sustains and celebrates life instead of destroying life.

Politicking

And why things are the way they are

Most of us are familiar with ideas like politicians are the most untrustworthy species and that our world is in a mess due to their incompetence. But to understand why the world is the way it is and the failure of your political systems, we need to step back and summarise the evolutionary process that brought us to this point.

It’s fairly well known that we evolved from hunter gatherer tribes where sometimes one person was the leader and sometimes decision-making was more democratic. There is no one fits all description but things changed more quickly with the advent of agriculture and perhaps more importantly, the use of money and the development

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Parivrtta Trikonasana

Yoga Asana Series

Revolving Triangle Pose

Parivrtta Trikonasana is a powerful dynamic stretch requiring good balance and strong concentration. There is an intense stretch in the legs with an elongation and twist of the torso which releases a lot of energy. The pose also challenges your ability to balance and pay attention to your body.

This pose is achievable by people who from standing, can comfortably fold forwards from the hips keeping their knees straight and resting their hands on the floor. Those who cannot do this will most likely need something to rest their hand on to prevent the flexing of the spine as you can see in the video below.

Classically this pose is taught with the

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Amenorrhea

Irregular periods or cessation of the menstrual cycle

Remember that a normal period begins sometime between age 7 and 15 and if it doesn’t then this is unusual and some investigation is advised. The period cycle is defined as the number of days between the first day of your bleeding until the first day of your next period.

A normal period cycle is typically between 21 and 35 days but often around 27-29 days with the period or time of bleeding (flow) and occasional discomfort lasting from 2 to 7 days. The amount of bleeding or flow varies for different women, however that experience should be fairly consistent every month.

Why do periods sometimes stop?

If your periods stop unexpectedly

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Facebook Scams

User beware

Some say the world is a very dangerous place and facebook seems like a safe haven, you sign up, connect with friendly people and exchange ideas. It sounds lovely and harmless, however there are criminal gangs, corporations and other nefarious users trolling through all the facebook members searching for opportunities to make a profit.

Some of these scams are phishing schemes trying to obtain your username and password, while others end in surveys and bogus offers to get some of your data. Other lure girls as targets for sexual exploitation and there are some who run blackmail scams. Several have been known to spread viruses and other malware, so it’s important to keep anti-virus software installed and updated.

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Suicide, An Untold Story

The story of a corrupted life

Michael always thought that there was something wrong with the world, as a child he’d seen lots of suffering in terms of unhappy children, parents arguing, his mother crying and then there was all the violence on TV that has parents watched every day. This was normal, it happened to everyone and it seemed so strange that people focused on these horrible things and ignored the beauty and the life all around them.

He conformed to all the social rules but when he got to school it seemed that everybody lived by slightly different sets of rules which was so confusing. He tried not to think about that and he passed through his early

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The History of Massage

With a little rubbing, the ouch soon goes away

1883 Portrait courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Massage is an instinctive human response that when we bump ourselves, we rub the sore spot and the ‘ouch’ soon goes away. This basic instinct has been slowly developed over the countless generations into a sophisticated healing art and science in some form in over most of the World.

Egypt had a well developed social structure 5,500 years ago and people may have used massage then. Imhotep, the physician and architect recorded his knowledge of aromatic oils or unguents made by mixing aromatic plants, resins and gums with oils or fats.

The use of massage in India goes back a

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Whistles and Cat Calls

What’s a girl to do?

There’s a story going around about the aspiring actress Shoshana Roberts who walked the streets of new York and got 108 cat calls over the 10 hours of her experiment. But who in their right mind is going to spend 10 hours a day walking the streets just to make the point that some guys have bad manners and she doesn’t know how to deal with that.

In contrast, the New York Post writer Doree Lewak who would you believe was brazen enough to walk by some building sites bra less in an otherwise fairly modest dress and she says that cat calls are flattering and women

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Living with Chronic Disease

What doctors don’t tell you

When you are diagnosed with a Chronic Illness, doctors should tell you the symptoms, the side effects, how it can progressively get worse, what treatment is available and maybe they’ll even suggest what to eat, but what they don’t tell you while you’re sitting across from them is how hard the rest of your life suddenly becomes.

They don’t tell you all your favourite hobbies that required a lot of energy might as well be tossed to the side. They don’t tell you all your life goals and dreams get jumbled up and switched around and some even need to be put on the back burners until you’ve found a way to manage your symptoms.

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Housework

Humour

A Clean House Is a Sign of a Wasted Life

Some say a clean house defines a woman and even a relationship which is nonsense, yet it takes time that could be spent more productively hence the use of servants by the more affluent and now some robots.

Remember … a layer of dust protects the Wood beneath it, yet dust, dirt and grime are breeding grounds for pathogens that can toughen us up or kill us – the choice is ours.

‘A house becomes a home when you can write ‘I love you’ on the furniture.’

I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect – ‘in case someone came over’.

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Belief – A Redundant Idea

Updated from June 2016

As we think, so we become

Beliefs are the thoughts and convictions that we generally hold to be true, they are ideas without substance having no actual proof or evidence. Beliefs may contribute to or hinder our development and understanding of the world, and who we are.

People used to believe the earth was flat, but today we know it’s round from testimony and scientific consensus, or you maybe you have flown and seen the curvature of the Earth. The erroneous belief has been replaced by acquired or direct knowledge, therefore we no longer have to believe because we know. But so many were so attached to that particular belief, it took hundreds of years to

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