Full Bald Eagle

Mikawoz Full Bald Eagle

 

Full Bald Eagle

 

This is a full-bodied photograph of a Bald Eagle that I took in the Interlake area of Manitoba, Canada. It is majestic and stunning. It is a bird prey often found near bodies of water for food supply and old forest growths for nesting.

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Freedom from Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating

 

Book: “Freedom From Emotional Eating” by Paul McKenna

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Paul McKenna is a successful author in Great Britain. He has been described as a modern-day guru with a mix of Dr. Phil and Tony Robbins. He offers a number of techniques for dealing with emotional eating and emotional overeating.

He sees the industry of diet-clubs and diets in general with the billion-dollar industry as a farce. The industry know that its substitute products do not work and that dieting does not work and yet they continue to sell their wares. Over 70% of people who go on diets regain the lost weight and often more.

The new “normal” is not a good normal. Over one-third of British people and one-half of Americans are clinically obese. This is absurd that in western countries with overwhelming amounts of food, that there are people starving themselves.

Paul McKenna says there is his Golden Rule of Four. First, you should only eat when you are truly hungry. Second, you should eat what you want. Third, however, you should eat consciously. And fourth, you should stop when you are full. These golden rules have been written in about in his previous books: “I Can Make You Thin” in 2005 and “Hypnotic Gastric Band” in 2012. Both these books have helped many thousands of people to lose weight. They provide the basic outline that this book also includes but more.

Paul McKenna says that the book is only half of the products he offers. The second important part is the audio and video downloads associated with the Hay House website. You have access to his Hypnotic Trance, to “Listen While You Eat,” the Emotional Balancing Technique, Stop Self-Sabotage Technique, and the Havening Technique. He offers some hypnosis to deal with the emotional aspects of overeating. A person usually eats to numb their negative pain and doesn’t want to deal with their negative emotion such as sadness, anger, grief, fear or depression.

McKenna’s method deals also with associated reasons for self-sabotage when the real reason for the original action was for self-protection or self-preservation. It the past, they may have decided that a certain emotion could not be dealt with because it was too scary and needed to be protected by another method of dealing with the suffering and pain and so they compensated by overeating or emotionally eating.

Finally, there are success tracker sheets which keeps you on target by asking simple questions and also whether you have used certain techniques that day. Eventually, a person gets a handle on their emotions, even the negative ones. Gradually people lose weight and this method is more long-lasting because it is not a fad or passing fancy.

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Bats and Eyes

Mikawoz Bats and Eyes

Bats and Eyes

 

This is an abstract acrylic painting. It is a treatment of red and black paint. There seems to be images of bats and eyes found in this painting. Let your imagination go wild with what you see here.

 

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The Aha! Factor

aha factor

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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Prof Reader

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.”

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Until Today

Until Today Book

“Until Today” By Iyanla Vanzant

Book: “Until Today: Daily Devotional for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind” by Iyanla Vanzant

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book will take you a year to read; at least, it should. It is daily devotional book dated each day for an entire year. I read the book at a number of sittings because I did not know if I could wait a year to read all the amazing insights that Iyanla has to offer.

Iyanla’s insights are so incredible and in depth. Her wisdom is of sage advice. I enjoyed reading her book and think it would be very good to focus on one aspect each day. Each month has a different focus. From January to December, the devotee is supposed to focus on different elements such as the following: life, love, awareness, acknowledgment, acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, faith, trust, worth, service and peace.

It is difficult to discuss everything Iyanla goes over so I will keep my comments to a minimum by quoting a couple of days in the book. On July 30, the beginning of the day starts with “I will gain more understanding when I realize…there is a place called home where I am always welcome.” There are four paragraphs that follow expounding further on this concept. It ends off the page with a focal point. In this case, it reads, “Today I am devoted to finding my way back home!”

Other example pages have poems or quotes or sayings in it. One of my favourites is found on December 29 where the following is given.

“You are here:

To gain character as you lose ego

To gain integrity as you lose dishonesty

To gain strength as you lose fear

To gain compassion as you lose disappointment

To gain discipline as you lose willfulness

To gain equality as you lose separation

To gain appreciation as you lose resentment

To gain enthusiasm as you lose hostility

To gain tenderness as you lose rigidity

To gain boldness as you lose bitterness

To gain generosity as you lose selfishness

To gain optimism as you lose inadequacy

To gain excitement as you lose embarrassment

To gain gratitude as you lose greed

To gain love as you lose ignorance.”

The book in my estimation is fantastic. Iyanla puts down in writing many of her inner peaceful secrets and understandings of God. This a a great spiritual book that could be read first thing in the morning each and every day for years to come with new insights being found all the time. I highly recommend this book.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback by Mary Mikawoz - Photography

Rhodesian Ridgeback by Mary Mikawoz – Photography

Rhodesian Ridgeback

This includes two photographs of a Rhodesian Ridgeback or the African lion hound. In one, he is sunning himself, gazing into the sun and in the other; he is galloping and frolicking in the ocean. I feel as if he is dreaming of playing in the waters.

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Eagle Eyes

Photography by Mary Mikawoz - "Eagle Eyes"

Photography by Mary Mikawoz – “Eagle Eyes”

Eagle Eyes

This is a photograph I took in the Interlake area of Manitoba, Canada. I would like to thank David Elliott Atwell for driving me around and letting me take such great photographs. Without him, these beautiful eagles would not be captured with their striking eyes, golden beaks and white heads.

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The Power of the Heart

The Power of the Heart

The Power of the Heart

Book: “The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life” by Baptist de Pape

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This is a beautifully produced book by Simon and Schuster with beautiful imagery and masterfully written by Baptist de Pape. He has interviewed eighteen spiritual leaders and scientists in combining his information in this book and the movie by the same title.

The book contains more detail as the movie could only be an hour and a half in length as directed by Drew Heriot, also director of the famous “The Secret” movie. The book outlines more of the interviews that took place. For example, he was able to interview Maya Angelou for three hours and could not put all her valuable insights into the movie so some more information and quotes appear in the book.

The power of the heart is the seat of the soul. The heart has a resonance that can be felt 8 to 10 feet away. Also the heart’s energetic field is greater than that of the brain. Thoughts and emotions physically change the heart and how it functions. The heart will tell you the truth of matters before your complicated ego can get in the way.

The book is subdivided into three parts. The first part deals with the “Paths to the Heart” and includes opening to your heart’s wisdom and living in the now. The second part deals with “The Inner Powers” and deals with everything from gratitude to creating authentic power and synchronicity. Finally, the third part deals with the “Heart in the World” dealing with forgiveness, money and resilience.

The book is a well thought out spiritual reflection of current day knowledge and insights. The 18 inspirational international speakers and scientists have accomplished much and are among the leaders in their respective fields. To end, it is worth mentioning their names so you can see how impressive the leaders are in this book and movie. Isabel Allende, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Bernard Beckwith, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Linda Francis, Dr. Jane Goodall, John Gray, Rollin McCraty, Howard Martin, Ruediger Schache, Marci Shimoff, Dean Shrock, Eckart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, and Gary Zukav.

Finally, I would like to mention that I have also seen the movie and would also recommend that both the book and movie are worthwhile ventures to new thought and spiritual seekers.

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Life Loves You

Life Loves You

Life Loves You

Book: “Life Loves You: 7 Spiritual Practices to Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay and Robert Holden

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is a reflection of a nice conversation between Louise Hayden and Robert Holden. You follow them through time having conversations about life loving you. They go over their childhood memories and their past. They come to a conclusion that they did not love or accept themselves when they were younger.

They quote Albert Einstein and Buddha for how we should love and accept ourselves so that Life Loves You or God Loves You. The universe, according to Albert Einstein, is either a friendly or unfriendly place? Which do you decide upon? It’s a choice.

Each chapter is followed by an exercise. The first is to do mirror work. Being able to face yourself and say that you love yourself is key. Then the 10 dots of Affirmations, lets you place 10 markers around your house where you affirm something positive in your life every time you see the 10 dots or 10 stickers around your house.

An Affirmation Board is like the Vision Board – simply affirming what is important in your life. Daily Gratitude whether first thing in the morning, throughout the day or last thing before you go to sleep is very important. Being receptive to receiving good is very helpful. By creating a receiving journal you open yourself to what the world can provide. Finally, blessings to and of the world, heals the future.

This book is enjoyable to read. It reads very easily and reflects upon Louise’s life and how she has progressed. She did not expect or know Hay House would be the sensational success it is today other than she wanted to self-publish – “You Can Heal Your Life.” From there, she simply did what was in front of her. Many of her successes were at a later stage of life but that did not stop her from moving forward. From learning to ball dance to producing art work at a elderly age, Louise does not let life stop her and so we should follow a similar example. She produced the “Blessing Buddha” as a work in progress for five years and it became a hit at Art Beat in Vista, California with many prints being sold. The Blessing Buddha is currently in the Hay House headquarters.

I recommend this book for spiritually aware people or people who would like to become more so. If you are feeling down about yourself, this is a good book because it helps you to love yourself more.

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