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Sleepless Nights?

Safe to say that everyone I talk to does not sleep well and definitely does not get enough of it. Dr. Oz was saying that when we sleep our body replenishes our immunity, so when we don’t get sleep then we are more susceptible to all the bad stuff. It is important to shoot for at least 7 hours a night. Dropping it down to even 5 hours increases your death risk to 15%. If you need a natural sleep aid, try Astragalus Root supplement, 400 mg per day to be taken an hour before you go to bed. Happy sleeping!

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Curb Your Sugar Intake.

We all tend to have an issue with sugar. It tastes great and is found in all our comfort foods. But what does sugar do the second it goes in your mouth? Watching Dr. Oz demonstrate, sugar sets off a fire storm in your body because it is an inflammatory. And eventually it rusts your insides. Cutting sugar out of your diet forever is pretty much impossible. So what can you do? Add anti inflammatory foods to each of your meals daily. Eat 7 walnuts at breakfast, celery sticks at lunch and fresh garlic at dinner. Simple enough.

Rehabilitate Your Liver

If you drink a lot or at least fear the damage you’ve done to your liver, then this little tincture might be for you. From that same Dr. Oz episode where I wrote about cholesterol, here is a simple fix. 30 drops of Milk Thistle Extract in a glass of water daily can help reverse lover damage.

Lower Your Cholesterol

Do you have high cholesterol? If your LDL is high and you fear heart disease and attacks then this natural remedy may be for you. I was watching Dr. Oz and he had a naturopathy doctor on and they said that yo-to dieting can lead to high cholesterol. If you’ve yo-yo’d at least five times in your life then your risk for a heart attack is pretty great. They said that a simple fix could be by adding Brewer’s Yeast to your diet. 1-2 tablespoons per day, mixed in with your food can help curb the icky blood vessel stickers.

2001: Space Odyssey

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if ever there was a definition of cinema it would be this film. It’s weird how you can watch something as a kid and not get it at all. Then when you revisit it later in life it suddenly makes all the sense in the world. I just watched 2001: Space Odyssey again but this time at the Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight in Hollywood. It was magic. Seeing it projected on the curved screen, the quality of film and the big sound. It was as if I was seeing it for the first time. Truly, this is how it is meant to be seen. Began with the overture, even had an intermission. It was spectacular.

Stanley Kubrick. Damn. I never wanted to be a fake fan, of anything, so I generally don’t. But seriously, this film is from a moment (or more) of genius. It is weird when you watch this film, with it’s non-dialogue to story to silence to trippiness and special effects- it all makes sense in the most non-sensical way. There are images and sound and feelings expressed in this film that people just get and connect with.

The sequence at the end…I interpret it as dimension traveling. And it freaks you out because it is stuff you have thought about yourself. At least I have. The thought of bending time and space to make it one continuous loop that you can move through simultaneously. It’s obviously a trip and your brain goes into overdrive to even think at that level. But I love it. I get lost in space thinking quite often and I get existential now and then, this film pretty much sums up the thought process. And it’s not that it makes you feel any better; it just makes it so that you can see it and understand it as it plays out in front of you instead of in your head.

The acting. There is this quiet control in Kubrick’s direction of his actors. I wish I could have seen him direct because there’s something he does that just makes it all the more believable. The characters were great. Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (William Sylvester) has this cool demeanor about him, this quiet intelligence of knowing something that we nor his peers don’t have the pleasure of knowing. Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) has to be one the best ever written. By far he gets the best scenes: from a standoff with HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain) to traveling through the psychedelic sequence and facing every moment of his entire life…He was so much fun to watch. Then there’s Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) who was just plain cute. I loved his interaction with . When they are sitting together eating their meal and watching their interview. I love how they don’t talk to each other because they don’t have to; they just know each other so well and don’t need to. I like how all the characters don’t ever go above volume and never have a dramatic freakout. And HAL, hands down the favorite. It was very intuitive of Kubrick to write a computer character that would turn on its maker. I feel like it was a type of thinking ahead of its time, or at least the best portrayal of such a concept even to date. I loved the sequence when Bowman dismantles HAL, it was so destructive without having dramatic action. It was all done through sound and visuals. Those are my favorite moments because Kubrick is invoking a feeling through the abstract.

so good. that’s all.

meditation challenge: day ten

Today’s Centering Thought: I am one with the breath of life.
Sanskrit Mantra: So hum. (I am.)

I’ve learned the importance of breathing as silly as that sounds. Most of us don’t even pay attention to our breath throughout our days… But it has so much to do with how we feel. When we’re experiencing pain or anxiety our breath stops leaving us feeling frozen and helpless. I have found that real deep breathing, starting from the naval on up is the way to really get your calm on. In yoga and in this meditation, the word prana is used to describe your life force, the source of your energy which is your breath… Without it you are non-existent of course. What is important is to focus on your breath at least one time in your day because it will help you feel energized if you let it.

meditation challenge: day nine

Today’s Centering Thought: My outer world, reflects my inner world.
Sanskrit Mantra: Sat Chit Ananda (Existence, Consciousness, Bliss)

How do we create balance in our lives? By creating your environment, which will in turn reflect inside. I think there’s something to this… When I am diligent about yoga, meditation and healthy eating, it just makes me want to be productive and do good. But it is hard to keep it up, which is okay considering it’s human nature to fall as long as we get up again.

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