30 May 2013

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12 September 2012

Added to the diet: Red Beets.

Since a couple of weeks my wife and I are enjoying fresh vegetable juices and green smoothies as regular replacement for breakfast and lunch and I feel much more energetic! We were inspired by the great documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and by acquaintances already having great results with juicing. We downloaded a recipe plan from http://www.jointhereboot.com/ and got started.

This afternoon I was drinking a lot of bright red juice. The cause for the color is clear: Tomatoes, Red Beets and Red Pepper as ingredients. There was some cucumber, selery, lemon and onion as well and the taste was quite powerful.

Before we started juicing I very rarely ate red beets. Now almost every day. I started to really like the taste!
But what are the red beets actually doing to me? Why should I continue to juice and consume them?

Easy to learn from some of my favorite health sites, like this (abstract) from NaturalNews:

(1) Beet juice is alkaline and helps stave off acidosis, a harbinger of all diseases.

(2) Beet juice helps stimulate liver cells and cleanse and protect bile ducts. It also helps relieve the kidneys of stress to help cure gout. It also helps relieve constipation.

(3) Beets help cleanse the blood and create more red blood cells. They are useful for treating and curing anemia. Heavy daily beet consumption has even been used to treat leukemia and other cancers. 

(4) Red beets and their leaves are a high source of folate, which is the natural base of folic acid. Folate helps build tissue and red blood cells. 

(5) Beets contain lots of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which help prevent or even cure macular degeneration and other age related eye issues.

(6) Beets are a high source of phytonutrients called betalains. Beet betalains provide strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.

(7) Beets help lower blood pressure, maintain blood vessel elasticity, and even help eliminate varicose veins.

(8) Beets are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, iron, and biotin.
Wow! I had not realized I was gaining so many benefits. Definitely going to continue the consumption.

Learn more:

15 June 2012

Blogging, almost forgot that I liked doing that ;-)

It has been a long time since I have made thoughts public via this medium. Of course, many Facebook updates and an ocassional tweet are quite easy to post, but a meaningful blog article requires some more effort.

Let's just get started again and share some useful stuff!

After a busy period I do have some time off now, and I love te learn about the wisdom of life. Therefore, I can even call myself a Philosopher (Philo + Sophia =
“lover of wisdom” where wisdom is knowledge of life). Therefore, a Philosopher is, quite simply, someone
in love with understanding how to create an authentically awesome life.

And that's what I'm really up to - creating an awesome life. And although I'm pretty happy with how things are going now, I love to get inspired by people who have studied a lifetime in order to learn about creating an awesome life. And by making some notes, and sharing some thoughts, we can get our wisdom extended day by day.

I do have some spare time now, but the pile of books full of wisdom in my cupboard waiting to be read is huge! Therefore, I decided to start with some practical wisdom and choose two books:
1) "SmartReading, Lees een boek per uur" (read a book in an hour) (in Dutch only) by Paul vander Velde and Peter Plusquin
2) Procrastination., why you do it, what to do about it, by  Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen.

I thought this would be a great combination. Learn to read amazingly fast and don't postpone actually bringing this skill to practice.

The SmartReading book is really great for reading non-fiction books. It's about a seven step process in which you learn to explore a book, set yourself reading goals, scan the book at a 1-2 second rate per page, create a mindmap of the subject, turbo-read the book and make some useful updates to the mindmap you created. So this method not only enables you to go fast, the retention rate is much higher too!
The claim is that you could improve your reading speed 4-10 times, but that would require a little practise. I was already very pleased with my 3-times-as-fast improvement and am sure that it will have improved further when I'm done with the big pile of books behind me.

Now about procrastination: That seems to be (amongst others) about the fear of failure and fear of success. It was good to have some insights about one can become a good procrastinator (which probably isn't your ambition ;-). I'm not doing a in depth review here, because there are few good ones on Amazon which you might enjoy.

So, with these very practical snippets of wisdom in my pocket I will get on it and publish more blogs soon, if I dare!

The Sedona Method

The Blog message below was actually a post from me back in October 2010. It was moved offline by blogger because of a copyright complaint.  Perhaps from Hale Dwoskin. Anyway, I am making the proper referrals I think and you can find more yourself easily.
I'm always inspired by methods which make life easier. On one side to get practical things done effectively, on the other side to get limiting emotions out of the way effectively.

The method I like to practise for the latter is the Sedona Method teached by Hale Dwoskin.
"The Sedona Method is a unique, simple, powerful, easy-to-learn and duplicate technique that shows you how to uncover your natural ability to let go of any painful or unwanted feeling in the moment. The Sedona Method consists of a series of questions you ask yourself that lead your awareness to what you are feeling in the moment and gently guide you into the experience of letting go."

Today I discovered an interesting parallel between the chart of 9 emotional states which are described in the book about the Sedona Method and the 17 levels in the Map of Consciousness, as described by dr. David Hawkins in his book Power vs. Force. Although his theory is food for discussion, the resulting map could be very useful.

Mr. Dwoskin describes the Sedona method as an effective way of releasing emotions of apathy, grief, fear, lust, anger or pride to courageousness, acceptance and peace.

Dr. Hawkins promotes the method of kinesiological testing to determine levels of falsehood and truth.

The level of consciousness influences the indivuidual's perspective and dictates the way he or she relates to life experiences. For Hawkins, moving upward into higher states of consciousness is the only way to make meaningful progress in one's life. It seems that the average individual only moves up 5 points in their entire lifetime. However, a focused effort to move into higher states can lead to incredible leaps of awareness in relatively short periods of time.  Individuals will fluctuate between different points on the scale, but an overall average number can be calculated using kinesiological testing. Briefly, here are the energy levels outlined by David Hawkins:

See the link between the two scales in the table below. The map of consciousness describes some additional levels.

It's great to use such a simple method as the Sedona Method to get to a higher level.

The average human being is at around 207. So, if you feel a lot of apathy and guilt, realise you are dragging other people down, sucking their energy to a lower level
If you (try to) dwell in a state of neutrality, willingness or even acceptance, you know you are vibrating at a higher level and you can radiate that to the people around you. They feel uplifted by your presence, in a way.

Hope that just this insight might raise your level a point or two!

31 August 2010

How to think like Leonardo da Vinci

Michael Gelb has written a book on Leonardo da Vinci.
I came across a note on this one today and I was struck by two things. Yesterday, I was pondering on what to do with my signature strength "Curiosity and interest in the World" and I was reflecting on The Whole New Mind (see blog). Well...take a look at nr 1. and 5 + 7 below. Old Leo's genius consisted of some attributes that we need to develop for the Conceptual Age ahead!

The seven attributes of da Vinci’s genius:
1. Curiosit√† — An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.
2. Dimonstratzione — A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.
3. Sensazione — The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to clarify experience.
4. Sfumato (literally ‘Going up in Smoke’) — A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.
5. Arte/Scienza — The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. Whole-brain thinking.’
6. Corporalita — The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.
7. Connessione — A recognition and appreciation for the connectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.

Thinking about this...got a few ones covered! Still a bit in the shadow of Leo though. Guess there still some work to do.

In business I come across quite a few people who have a problem mastering 4. Still a whole lot of black and white thinking going on. I love the AND/AND approach instead of the THIS OR THAT approach. Next time I encounter such a situation again I will just say "I'm practicing to think like Leonardo da Vinci".