Living Forever Young

Living Forever Young

 

Book: “Living Forever Young: The 10 Secrets to Optimal Strength, Energy and Vitality” by Skip Archimedes, Watkins Publishing, 256 pages.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Right away when you learn about the author Skip, you have to be amazed. He was a gymnast but had an accident and broke his back. He was told by doctors and specialists that he would never walk again. Within 18 months, he was back on his feet and winning a championship, the English Sports Acrobatics Championship. He has helped change many people including his mother who walks her dog and swims a 100 lengths every day. What is also very important to note is that the forward was written by David “Avocado” Wolfe who is well known in the natural health industry.

The ten main chapters of the book are:Breathe, Move, Nourish, Rest, Love, Shine, Believe, Learn, Commit and Live. This book is not an exercise or nutrition book but more of a life-enhancement book. It is important to have an alkaline body – not one based on acid.

With the first element breathing, it is important to breathe deeply with the exhale longer than the inhale. Interestingly, breathing deals with 70% of toxins. Breathing during exercise or while outdoors is important. Try to exercise for 30 to 45 minutes of good breathing. The second element, movement is important to your body and Skip offers up his Mom as an example. At 69, she had physical troubles, then she went on one of Skip’s retreat and lost 28 pounds and soon afterwards took up swimming and walking her new dog. At 74, she is in great shape and is active. Try aerobic, anaerobic exercise and yoga. The important thing to do is to find an activity that you enjoy.

Did you know that jogging, skipping, circuit training and rebounding can stimulate bone growth and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, especially in women?

With nourishment, the third element, it is important to drink 2 litres of water a day. Skip is a vegan but indicates this is an individual choice. He does suggest a plant-based diet is best. Skip suggest juicing and making smoothies from scratch so that you know what goes in them. He has a number of Morning Green Juices to start his day before breakfast. Superfoods such as wheatgrass, barley, chlorella, spirulina, hemp protein, chia, and cacao add to your smoothies and boosts your nutritional intake. Eating a raw salad helps too. Fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods which are good for dealing with you pH levels. If you are going vegetarian, there should be enough protein in a diet filled with fruit, vegetables, nuts, beans, pulses, seeds and grains.

The fourth element is rest or regularly scheduled sleep which is important to the body. A change is as good as a rest such as a change in routine or small vacation. A meditation or guided visualization is a good option for changing a mood.

Love is the fifth element. As Lucille Ball said “Love yourself first and everything falls in place.” It is important to love yourself first and foremost before loving others. Esther Hicks says that what you give out is what comes back to you whether it is negative or positive energy. Consider also how love will imprint your DNA to affect future generations in your family.

The sixth element is sunshine both in terms of vitamin D requirements and also a metaphor for your internal sunshine – of light emanating from inside of you out. There is, after all, no life without sunlight. You should be exposing 40% of your skin 20 minutes daily. Rats had more serotonin when exposed to more natural sunlight which deals with depression.

The seventh element is believe so that you can live an authentic, valuable and rewarding life. It is important to find your purpose and passion and combine the two if possible. For this to happen, you need self-belief and a lack of doubt. As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

The eighth element is to learn that stimulating your mind is also nourishing your body. Likewise in a similar fashion, Plato emphasized exercises as being important for the mind.

The ninth element is commitment and being able to visualize the end goal that you desire. It is your beliefs, passions and purpose that define who you are. It is important to have thankfulness and a positive attitude in reaching one’s goals.

The final and tenth element is to live. You have your inner world of body and mind and now you need to deal with the outer environment that you physically live in. Your spirit is vitally important. For internally, you should do a detoxification, such as a 3 day juice fast of fruits and vegetables (5 pints or 2.5 litres). Failures are only lessons so continue on your way with trying everything from A to Z.

These in a nut shell are the ten elements to a successful life. This was a good read and I recommend it to be people would like to be encouraged.

Tags: Breathe, Move, Nourish, Rest, Love, Shine, Believe, Learn, Commit and Live, Self-help improvement book, broken back, mother, gymnastics, champion, fast, detoxification

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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology

Book: “Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression– Self-Help Strategies to Build Strength, Resilience and Sustainable Happiness” by Miriam Akhtar

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This books is relatively short for a self-help book. It is 254 pages on a digital copy. It is full of good information some of which is common sense but others that are the result of research studies. Miriam Akhtar suffered being “visited by the black dog” but no more based on practices she has implemented in her life.

Miriam spends a good portion of the beginning book explaining what “depression” is and is not. It is rather exhaustive and I wonder when you truly deal with depression, do you need such a lengthy explanation. Depression is a lengthy and continuous feeling of being hopeless, helpless and worthless. It is much more than a passing fancy. It is intense. There are psychological, physical and social symptoms to depression but too many to list here. It is the black hole that you simply can not get out of. There are various spirals you can take down with you from psychological, social to physical and pessimistic spirals.

She starts off the book about the ‘Tale of the Two Wolves.’ The grandfather is explaining to his grandson that there is a struggle going inside each person. A wolf that is evil and mean and a wolf that is good and positive. The grandson asks, which wolf wins to which the old man responds “Which ever one you feed?” It is very important then to feed the positive part of yourself and with determination, deny the negative of any feeding to the evil or bad one.

Miriam suggest doing positive things each day even if it is small and for example involves simply walking in the mall. Many approaches involves using your mental capacity to make changes and as this is the case, it will take time and constant repetition to do so.

Some of the arsenal in the positive kit are: Gratitude, Savouring, Acts of Kindness, Connecting with Loved Ones, Using your Strengths, Mindfulness Meditation, Loving-Kindness Meditation, Physical Activities, and Visualizing Your Best Possible Self (seeing your future positively).

Miriam Akhtar highlights many books that offer further insights into the positive parts of the kit. She references these book as places to get more information to deal with depression.

With gratitude, it is dependent upon the senses you relate to most as to what you are most thankful for. With visual, it might be seeing beautiful art and with touch, it might be a massage or hot bath. With smell, it might be smelling flowers and with auditory, it might be listening to good music or a listening to a choir.

French author, Albert Camus, speaks of “In the midst of winter, I found there was inside me an invincible summer.” We all need to see the beauty and positives in the negative and the cold.

With Loving-Kindness meditation, there are three aspects available – a Visualization of imagining a person smiling at you, of Reflection – reflecting upon positive aspects of a person or yourself and Sound – repeating a sound or mantra such as “Loving Kindness.”

Some tactics for dealing on worrying are: distract yourself, write down your fears, avoid the triggers that set you off and taking one small step towards solving the problem in a s positive way.

These are some of the methods that Miriam has used in dealing with her depression and it can help you too. I recommend this book to people who deal with depression. There is more in the latter part of the book.

Tags: Positive Psychology, Depression, Self-help, Strength, Resilience, Happiness, Visited by the Black Dog, Anxiety, Gratitude, Savouring, Acts of Kindness, Connecting with Loved Ones, Using your Strengths, Mindfulness Meditation, Loving-Kindness Meditation, Physical Activities, and Visualizing Your Best Possible Self

Suffering?

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Book: “You Were Not Born to Suffer: Love Yourself Back to Inner Peace, Health, Happiness & Fulfillment” by Blake D. Bauer

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is extensive. I took the maximum time to read this book before it left my computer due to time restrictions. The practical questions are worth their weight in gold. They are very in depth and inquisitive. They make you really wonder about your past and how it has affected your current status in life. I particularly liked the letters written from your current age to your 5 year old, 10 year old, 15 year old and 20 year old stage and so forth. It continues to your current stage of development. In exchange, you also write from a younger age to the current age a letter. It is very informative what comes out of your mind.

The beginning is good but is indicated as an introduction. It should not be that as it is already an intimate part of the book. It should have been chapter 1 and continued onward.

Blake write about the butterfly scenario. I love this story because it says so much. A butterfly was trying to get out of its cocoon and a person thinking they would be kind in helping it out cut it out of its cocoon. Not realizing that blood runs to its wings and that the butterfly comes out exactly when it is strong enough and ready enough to come out. The person did not help the butterfly but hindered the life path of the butterfly. The butterfly was bloated and could not fly. That is with us people. We need to deal with the difficulties to deal with the good things afterwards. It builds strength.

Blake indicates that we become depressed or unwell because we have not learned to express our emotions. We need to remain healthy and happy throughout our lives but for this to happen, we need to be aware of how we are feeling and able to bring out the good and the bad. We need to be authentic to ourselves.

In fact, no one is a bad person for wanting an authentic life. It is simply a desire that each human being has and should have. If we are not reaching our potential it is because we don’t know how to meet our needs. We don’t even know how to ask for what we want or need.

Our egos are not wrong. If we do make our egos wrong, we effect our psyches in a negative way.

According to Buddha, it is not to live in the past or the future but it in the present moment that counts and makes all the difference. There are many good quotes from many good sources throughout the book. I also liked the affirmations that are included after the chapters.

We do need to realize that negative experiences from the past were there to teach us a lesson for leading towards our true purpose. “Everything is exactly as it is supposed to be.”

With that, I will close my review and recommend this book for anyone who is suffering. Read the book and enjoy the insights. Take the time to do the questions as they bring much insight that you would otherwise would get from a counsellor but this way you can do it on your own. Best of luck.

Tags: younger age, younger self, past, butterfly, cocoon, Buddha, ego, suffering, psychology, insights, counsellor, potential, extensive.

The Aha! Factor

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Book: “The Aha! Factor: The Intuitive Guide to Getting What You Desire and Deserve” by Mariana M. Cooper

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I feel as if the author Mariana M. Cooper or Mari has been a long lost friend of mine. We have so much in common. Her journey into the spiritual realm started back in the 1980s as did mine. She has many insights that I agree with. Some I already knew but others are written out in such a way that they make more sense. As well, many of her spiritual habits are ones that I have been doing.

In the beginning of the book, Mari explains the Bull’s-eye of Energy which consists of three rings. The first is your aura which extends from your body for 50 feet or 15 meters. The second ring is the soul which extends 500 feet or 150 meters from your body in all directions. It is vast and impacts much more than you realize. Finally, the last ring is the spirit which extends indefinitely and is part of the entire universe. It is the interconnectedness of everything physical and non-physical and has no limits. Through focussed thought you are engaging the Bull’s-eye of Energy. Until you use it, is remains neutral and not in use.

From there there is the energy grid or Energetic Communication System (ECS) which is a massive web of light just like a cosmic spider web which interconnects all things. This reminds me of the ever-present Internet and its capacity to be worldwide. The ECS is where we manifest, magnetize, actualize and attract our desires and intentions. It works in conjunction with your five senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight. The ECS consists of your intention, your intuition, your telepathic ability, your channeling ability and your capacity to receive and perceive both physical and energetic information.

The Aha! Factor is the ability to take information and make it understandable in a context from many sources. The Aha! Factor uses intuition a great deal and to understand its modern context, one only has to look towards Oprah when she gets the insight of having a conversation with someone or something finally makes sense in a new way. Your Aha! Factor uses the four clairs – clairvoyance, clairsentience, claircognizance and clairaudience. Your intuition uses signs, symbols and synchronicity. Your Infinite Self interprets all information because it uses our entire being from the energetic part of ourselves to our physical part of our life.

There is so much information and good understanding in this book that it is impossible to go over each aspect in this review. It is best to get a copy of the book and read it for yourself. I highly recommend this book for people who are aware of being spiritual or are into a new age/way of thinking of enlightenment.

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Basic Black

Basic Black - Cathie BlackBook: “Basic Black – The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)” by Cathie Black

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Cathie Black has done amazing things as a woman and person. From working in advertising for small magazines and for Ms. Magazine to being president and the publisher for USA Today. She has sat on the board of Coca-Cola and IBM. She has been influential as a powerful business women. She has been recognized seven times among the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.”

It goes without saying that she knows a lot of people. She drops names easily but it is because of her hard work at her position that she is able to do so. She was influential in working with Gloria Steinem at Ms magazine and also with the O magazine for Oprah.

She details her life events through various stages of development. She climbed the corporate ladder in the magazine and the newspaper industries. I have worked in various industries and so I found many of her points of insight were common sense. Some of her opinions show-cased her personal bias such as needing and being contacted with the exact new spelling of her name that she decided to take on as a teenager. Many of the leadership tips are sensible and make sense for anyone who has dealt with people. I found one of her last chapters the most interesting and that was the one dealing with “Black and White: Advice from All Over.”

The book reads like an extended magazine fashioned with various inset topic headings and also the use of colour inside the book and subheadings on the title page. This only makes sense based on the industry she has worked in for a very long period of time.

I would recommend this book for people interested in advertising, marketing, newspapers, magazines and interested in climbing the corporate ladder. Finally remember to “…create a healthy, happy 360 degree life for yourself” by “…trusting your instincts, adapting to change (and) pursuing your passion.”

Tags: Cathie Black, magazine, newspaper, Hearst, Gannet, USA Today. Mss, Cosmo, Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey, advertising, marketing, president, CEO, common sense, advice, corporate ladder, magazine look and feel, 360 degree life, instincts, change, passion.