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Yoga For Two

The typical saying is two heads are better than one…. but today two heads are becoming one. I usually practice yoga alone and go within to find silence and peace in the world. LIO-19Distractions can become a nuisance once you want to focus on eliminated the mind chatter.  The benefits of finding a partner to do yoga with are endless. Team work, trust, communication, flexibility all come into play so it makes the perfect medium to working on relationships!  Lets begin

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Finding a yoga partner can help you get an extra stretch in postures. There are many benefits of doing yoga with friends and family.

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Yoga with a partner can help you make progress quicker and further. It will also help you build a strong relationship being most of the postures require trust and communication in order for them to be fully beneficial for both participants.

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To make a long session short… Yoga is fun by yourself but can be even more blissful when you add a friend into the mix. You may find yourself laughing at the little things you never noticed or the newness of what you are attempting. Either way join the fun grab a partner, smile and  be safe!

 

 

 

Health Benefits of Over-Steeping Tea

Overview

Steeping your tea allows you to impart the nutrients found in the tea leaves to the water or liquid you are steeping the leaves in; however, over-steeping imparts more nutrients and flavors from the tea leaves, according to a study published in a 2007 issue of the “Journal of Chromatography.” Over-steeping your tea may result in bitter tea, but this can be avoided by utilizing a proper temperature to brew the tea. This means 106 degrees Fahrenheit for green tea and 200 degrees Fahrenheit for black tea, according to Planet Tea.

Cancer-Fighting Properties

Over-steeping imparts more of the antioxidant properties of the tea into the liquid you consume. These antioxidants, such as ECGC, have been researched in regards to cancer prevention. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that this research has shown that green tea drinkers have decreased risk of cancers such as breast, stomach and skin.

Mental Alertness

Most teas contain caffeine; however, the longer your steep the tea leaves, the more caffeine is imparted into the liquid. Caffeine is bitter and may be a reason why people don’t over-steep tea. Unfortunately, you will miss out on the benefits of caffeine if you choose a shorter steeping time. Research from The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that caffeine has been shown to increase mental alertness. This can lead to improved concentration and focus.

Steeping – is the soaking in liquid (usually water) of a solid so as to extract flavours or to soften it.

Seeping –  is the flow (of a liquid) or leak slowly through porous material or small holes.

Source: Livestrong 

Georgia Guidestones

The Georga Guidestones are located in Elbert County, Georgia, approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Atlanta, The Georgia Guidestones are a huge granite monument located on a hilltop in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. It is sometimes referred to as the “American Stonehenge,” a title that has been applied at times to a number of other structures, including Mystery Hill.

A message comprised of ten guides or commandments is inscribed on the monument in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient scripts.

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A message consisting of a set of ten guidelines or principles is engraved on the Georgia Guidestones in eight different languages, one language on each face of the four large upright stones. Moving clockwise around the monument from due north, these languages are: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. The message in English reads:

  • Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
  • Guide reproduction wisely improving fitness and diversity.
  • Unite humanity with a living new language.
  • Rule passion, faith, tradition, and all things with tempered reason.
  • Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
  • Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
  • Avoid petty laws and useless officials.Balance personal rights with social duties.
  • Prize truth, beauty, love, seeking harmony with the infinite.
  • Be not a cancer on the earth. Leave room for nature. Leave room for nature.
  • Balance personal rights with social duties

A shorter message appears on the four vertical surfaces of the capstone, again in a different language and script on each face. The explanatory tablet near the Guidestones identifies these languages/scripts as Babylonian Cuneiform (north), Classical Greek (east), Sanskrit (south), and Egyptian Hieroglyphics (west), and provides what is presumably an English translation: “Let these be guidestones to an age of reason.”

The monument is almost twenty feet tall, and made from six granite slabs that weigh more than 100 tons. One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it.

A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the monument, provides some clarifying notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones.

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The stones are placed so that a slit at eye level in the central upright slab permits an observer to view the eastern horizon and aligns with the position of the rising sun at the Summer and Winter Solstices. Through the center stone, from south to north, a two-inch diameter hole is inclined at an angle of 34 degrees and points to the North celestial pole. A beam of sunlight passing through a hole in the capstone forms a spot of light below. The position of the spot can be used to determine high noon and the day of the year.

Read more about these structures came about here : Crystal Links

Book Select: Working With Spirit Guides

Was searching the cabinets for an interesting read and this one popped out at me. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet but i plan on knocking it out.

In How To Meet and Work with Spirit Guides, popular author Ted Andrews teaches you simple and effective techniques for establishing rapport with your angels and guides. Explore meditation, divination, fragrance, crystals, and other ways to connect with spirit helpers, and enjoy the many gifts and learning opportunities gained by working withScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 9.38.10 AM

Each of us can benefit from contact with the spiritual realm, and we often do so without realizing it. Spirit guides serve many roles and take many forms of expression within our lives. They inspire creativity and insight, help open us to abundance, protect us, and serve as our companions.

Still searching for a PDF so until then grab a copy over at  Amazon 

 

California 100 % Clean Energy by 2050

The entire state of California can—and will—get 100 percent of its energy from wind, water, and the sun in a matter of decades, according to a Stanford professor who just published an extensive report outlining the state’s renewable power potential.

“There’s about a 95 percent chance that [California] will be powered by 100 percent clean energy” by 2050, Mark Z. Jacobson told me in a phone interview.

Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, is the lead author of  a new paper published in the journal Energy that outlines how the Golden State can meet all of its energy demands with wind turbines, solar panels, tidal generators, hydroelectric dams, and geothermal power stations by midcentury. And zero fossil fuels or nuclear power. Previously, Jacobson has outlined how to do the same, in broader strokes, for the entire world.

Read the Full Article at MotherBoard 

Rem Sleep and The Emotional Brain Study

Sleep and emotion have been linked since the discovery of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep sixty years ago. Sleep, in particular REM sleep and the dreams it harbors, seems to modulate mood, restoring stability to the weary mind. Scientists have struggled to understand this link through the biological study of the brain, the psychological study of dreaming, and the clinical study of how sleep is affected by psychiatric illness.

To Read the Full Study check it out on Scribd

Taylor Beck The Twitcing Eye REM Sleep and the Emotional Brain

My First Real Fast …

Day 1 –  Was pretty easy to get through … I made a salad early in the day and right before i finished adding the final seasoning I was hit with a reminder that I was suppose to be fasting .  I put the salad in the fridge .. I think after that moment I was pretty locked in and set for the day. Did some yoga and pretty much conducted my day as normal.  8.7.14

Day 2 – I felt myself a little tired early in the day around noon but I didn’t think it was physical tiredness more mental so I decided to walk over to the family dollar and checkout a few things. Right before i left i grabbed a mostly full gallon of water and a moringa seed for some energy. After Family dollar I thought it would cool to see if anyone is on the courts plus it wasn’t that far of a walk taking in mind the 100 degree weather.  I went to the basketball court and played 2  one on one games with an older fellow. I let him win the first one .. I think he bumped his score up a bit .. but the second game I had to let him have it and took the win so the game we play will be a tie breaker. I didn’t want to put out too much energy so I felt two games was enough and began to walk back. Took a quick hour nap and was back up.

I have been tempted to eat a few times but it seems like i really don’t want to. Its not hard compared to when I tried to fast while eating meat, I was basically feigning for some food where as now its not that big of a desire. Usually a cup of water quenches my appetite.

I get the chills easier … like when you listen to music or someone says something that you resonate with. Seems like I’m more sensitive to that kind of thing so I have been playing music to get that effect … As well as reminiscing on certain memories to bring about that effect. When your mood matches the music the effect is stronger and if you really can remember the memory you are thinking of it can bring back strong emotions almost as if you were there again. The amount of water i have been drinking could have an effect on that as well. Been drinking a little under a gallon a day, Yoga has been short and slow paced no really long sessions as I usually do.

Im starting to wonder if we need food lol … just kidding but I am starting to like this feeling.. Possible 30 day fast …… Lets see  😀  8.8.14

Day 3

Dreams seem more clear and easier to access. I had one last night but ill keep that one to myself!   On day 3 now and I think I’m going to keep going but I need sleep … feels like i didn’t sleep last night and that is probably because i didn’t.

-Woke up .. updated site … went back to sleep  if feels like i dont sleep though its like im just laying there still awake but my body is resting its weird …. either way my energy is super low  and I think im going to grab that salad. The next fast I may continue a bit longer but for my first real fast I think this has served the purpose I needed.  Time to eat everything!  Peace

Super Moons and Meteor Shower

SAN FRANCISCO – Aug. 10 brings the start of the “Old Faithful” of meteor showers, the Perseids, as well as a super moon.

The prolific Perseids show up once a year, in August, filling the night sky with as many as 80 shooting stars an hour. This year’s show coincides with the arrival of a super moon, which occurs when the Earth and moon are at their closest.

Super moons bring with them 30% more light. That’s a problem as it makes the meteors less visible.

Still, the two events together make this a good few days to spend some time outside at night, says Ben Burress, an astronomer with the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland.

The shower’s peak will come in the hours before dawn Aug. 11-13, Burress, an astronomer with the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif..

“If people want to catch them, the early morning hours before dawn on Aug. 11, 12 and 13 are all fair game,” said Burress.

Look in the constellation Perseus, which is just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation, in the northeastern portion of the sky.

Normally, a bright moon would dim the visibility of meteors, but the Perseids have bright meteors, so “it’s not a complete washout,” Burress says. “But it won’t be nearly as good as it would if the moon wasn’t up.”

Another option is to look as night falls, when the moon is low in the east, according to Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine.

If you’re lucky, you might see some Earth-grazing Perseids. These are unusually long and graceful meteors, less frequent but quite lovely.

This year’s Perseid shower won’t be the wild, showy 80 meteors per hour that can happen when they arrive during moonless nights. Even so, a shooting star or two reminds us that looking heavenward is always rewarding.

And if you don’t see a meteor, you’ll still get to see a super moon which makes it is well worth going outside.

Astronomers call these “perigee full moons,” though in the past few years, they’ve taken on the popular name “super moons,” according to EarthSky.com.

Super moons occur when a full moon and the Earth are closest in their orbits.

The moon will be 190,000 miles from the Earth, 20% closer than its farthest point, when it is 240,000 miles away.

“That means it’s maybe 10% to 15% larger on average than a full moon and about 30% brighter,” Burress says.

The moon’s closeness isn’t just something to look up for. It also brings extra high and low tides, which make it a great time for beachcombing.

Lucid: Meditations

I will also be sharing my meditation experiences on Infocus as well so stay tuned and check out the journeys.

Things began to come into light vaguely like a lighter with a low flame slowly growing in the output of butane. It felt like I was following someone through a dark tunnel he was holding a dim light. I began to question where I was being led. Asking this question directly…my only respone was being told ”

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 1.20.58 PM I was told not to think.. Because here thoughts can be heard.”  This made me want to think more  but i cut that  current thought off short and continued on the right side behind the person guiding me.

We made it to the end of the tunnel with what seemed to be a few turns. We came to a surface with gloomy grey misty  light. What felt like we were elevated greatly above ground and a huge cylindrical  corridor connected the two towering structures. The vibe that lingered was suspicion due to the no thinking warning. It also felt like an escape of some sort. Me being the person being led out of where ever I was previously. Near the end of  the corridor a square cut out was lifted similar to a pothole in the street I was made to get in first. I went down into the dark tunnel similar to the previous one but my guide shut the door on me. I had a brief moment where i felt like did not know what to do. In addition to not wanting to think suddenly I hear 2 shots .. I thought my guide was shot initially.. Instantly on the tail end of a quick panic I  heard the same voice that said “dont think go this way”. I also felt like I suddenly knew what I where I was supposed to go. Soon after i appeared at the end of this tunnel that exited out from the side of a huge mountain highly elevated. I remember being told by the guides voice saying I was to fly to the east side of this mountain using the sun as my guide. Hesitant to jump I imitated a take off twice before jumping off. I also remember being told use your gear to fly. So I launched my self off of the side of the mountain beginning to fly. Looking down was a large body of water to my left connecting to a white sand like beach. Green white and blue were the main noticebale colors i picked up. The altitude I was flying at things at ground level were very tiny but the mountain was huge. I completed my decent to what seemed to be a opening similar to the exiting port in the side of the mountain. The decent was not completely to the ground level more so mid mountain. Still a very high entrance  in the mountain. … I opened my eyes after I landed, felt like I was being led somewhere w/out enough knowledge to what was going on. Plus I was in no thought stealth mode so not too much time to contemplate, only do.

Lessons I learned:
These mental places are only a thought away. Once the thought is lined up correctly the images will begin to flow. Concentration and the  Use of breathe to build up the energy within is key to seeing.  Deep breaths activate the pulsation. Find your center in the middle of what seems to be swaying sensations and gain control of the flow of energy. An interesting sensation came over me once i began holding the citrine. A blanket energy felt like a wave of slow moving water surging over me. With these sensations the two usual reactions it causes me to take is first make note of it then allow myself to go deeper within the sensation. I think thats enough unearthly knowledge for today

Crystals: 3 Quartz 2 Citrine 2 Amethyst 1 Shatuckkite 1 Black Tourmaline 1 Lapis .. Setup in a circle seated in the center holding Lapis and Citrine.