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How to Deal with Change

Seasons Change and So Do We Michael Corthell "The beauty of change is found in its ability to reveal the resilience and adaptability within us." Change is an inevitable aspect of life, whether we embrace it or not. The more we resist change, the more we experience pain. Buddhism recognizes the inherent beauty in the transformative nature of existence. It compares life to music, where if a note or phrase is clung to beyond its intended duration, the melody is lost. Therefore, Buddhism can be summarized in two simple phrases: "Let go!" and "Walk on!" Release the desire for self, for permanence, and for specific circumstances, and instead flow with the rhythm of life. Our first reaction to the unexpected change is usually quite negative. Feeling vulnerable and maybe even threatened, we can react badly. In fact, we go through stages: Surprise (shock, wondering why this is happening to us.), Panic (how the changes will impact us and if we'll be abl

How We Were All Conditioned to Worry About the Future

  ''There is too much 'go-go-go' and not enough just 'sit and be', especially in the western world, a culture that has created a population of stressed-out neurotics both chasing and at the same time dreading their collective futures.''  —Michael Corthell   ''We have an absolutely extraordinary attitude in our culture, and in various other cultures, high civilizations, toward the new member of human society. Instead of saying frankly to children, "How do you do? Welcome to the human race!" we are playing a game and we are playing by the following rules: we want to tell you what the rules are so that you know your way around, and when you understood what rules we are playing by when you get older, you may be able to invent better ones. But instead of that, we still retain an attitude to the child that he is on probation; he is not really a human being, he is a candidate for humanity. And in just this way, we have a whole system of prepar

What is Nutrigenomics and How Might it Prevent or Cure Disease?

by Michael Corthell Exercise your body and give it the fuel that is good for it. Pretty simple. Basic. There are many reasons why we human beings don't do it—some refusing to even consider eating right, never mind getting some exercise. In this article, I present some scientific evidence that may help you break through those excuses and get motivated to take action and get healthy. Eating right and exercising are at the top of the shortlist of things we all must do to gain and maintain optimal health. Common sense has told us to do this for centuries, but today we know much more about how food and exercise affect our total mind/body makeup through scientific research and evidence. ''Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.''    —Hippocrates Today we will look at how positive food choices can actually change our genetic make-up for the better, by looking at ' nutrigenomics '. Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of the int

The Vegan Society: Why Be Vegan?

by The Vegan Society Why Go Vegan? For the animals Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason for becoming vegan, but for many, it remains the key factor in their decision to go vegan and stay vegan. Having emotional attachments with animals may form part of that reason, while many believe that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. Specifics aside, avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere. A more detailed overview on why being vegan demonstrates true compassion for animals can be found here .  For your health Well-planned vegan diets follow healthy eating guidelines and contain all the nutrients that our bodies need. Both the British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognize that they are suitable for every age and stage of life. Some research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and

Positive Affirmations for 2020

Ending 2020 with Positive Affirmations I'm a firm believer in the power of affirmations. We have reached the end of 2020 and are very much in need of some powerful positivity. So when you begin to feel a bit overwhelmed as we close out this year, use these affirmations as your guide to peace and patience.  Let's begin to heal ourselves, the nation and the world. Michael Corthell _______________________ Today, I look for the beauty in everyone and everything. (via  Heal Your Life ) I am grateful for all the good that is coming my way. (via  Heal Your Life ) Today I take a moment to count my blessings. (via  Heal Your Life ) Traffic jams around the holidays give me time to do more affirmations. (via  Heal Your Life ) I have unlimited energy during the holidays and I use it well. (via  Heal Your Life ) I share my love and holiday joy with everyone I meet. (via  Heal Your Life ) My home is a happy place to be during the holidays. (via  Heal Your Life ) Throughout the holidays, I a

There is Reason for Optimism in 2021

  by Michael Corthell “A time to tear down and a time to build up.” — King Solomon, Ecclesiastes Most people began 2020 with all the hope and optimism that marks any new year. Little did any of us know that a deadly pandemic was beginning on the other side of the world that would have a tremendous impact on people's lives. As we reach the end of this momentous year, millions are feeling that 2020 has been the absolute worst year of their lives. But, history has tells us that all bad things will pass, and that good days will come again. “Everything has its time. There is a time for everything under heaven.” Pete Seeger famously rearranged the words for the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!'' (To Everything There Is a Season) In 1965, it was adapted by The Byrds and became an instant hit. 2020: a time to tear down Many verses in Ecclesiastes seem relevant are a perfect fit for 2020. It was a time to die. Large numbers of our neighbors died from the coronavirus. It was a time to kill

about Courage

  “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life Skills That All Real Men Should Know

by Michael Corthell There are some basic skills every real man should know and maybe even be good at. (These skills, of course, are not limited to men!) ''Each day of life brings another lesson. Lesson for today? Speak less and the more you will hear and learn.'' Know how to shake hands. You can tell a lot about a man from his handshake. Know how to take great photos. Every cell phone has a camera, use it. Know how to build a proper fire. An essential life skill for survival and summer camping trips. Know how to cook for yourself and for your family. A real man knows his way around the kitchen. Know how to argue like a Harvard lawyer. This is not screaming and yelling. It is being compelling. Being able to argue your case clearly and effectively is a great skill to master. Know how to dress yourself. It is very important for anyone to look the part and dress for success. Know how to kiss. The first time you kiss can make or break a first date,

The Art of Asking

by Michael Corthell Sometimes we need to ask for something. Sometimes we do not. Knowing the difference is all important. How do we ask for what we want and get it? There seems to be a kind of art behind getting what we want — some people seem to have a magic wand. They seem to always get what they want. Are they magicians?  What's going on? What are they doing that other people aren't? How do they ask for what they want and seem to succeed every time? ''If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.'' — James 1:5 The art of asking: Know exactly what it is you want. This obvious question is often overlooked. Take the time to learn, figure out, or discover what you want. Once you know what you want it’s much easier to ask for it. Make sure, ask yourself why? If you don’t want it at the heart of your being, ask yourself why you’re asking. If you do want i

Opinion: America needs true patriots

 December 16, 2020 Michael Corthell If you are wondering why America was “blessed” with the Trump presidency, wonder no more. His rise was precipitated by nationalism. If you further wonder if “all will be well” when he is gone from office the answer is no — at least not right away. What swept him into office still remains, and it is something that needs to be addressed by the Biden administration. Climate change may indeed be the world’s No. 1 existential threat. But nationalism is America’s immediate existential threat. Nationalism is not patriotism. It is, rather, a perversion of patriotism. Nationalism sees inclusion and diversity as weaknesses, while patriotism views these ideals as a way to lift each other up and unify us. Embracing our diversity is the source of our nation’s strength. “We the People” does indeed mean all the people. America must unify. America needs true patriots.

Opinion: Trump has used gas lighting tactic throughout his life

December 17, 2020 Michael Corthell  As the Trump presidency fades, let’s look at his chief propaganda tactic — gaslighting. Why do we need to do that? Because another wannabe dictator will use the same methods to confuse and manipulate the people. Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity makes a victim question their own reasoning and reality. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting. It is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists and cult leaders. It is done slowly (like dimming a light), so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed. In the movie Gaslight (1944), a man manipulates his wife to the point where she thinks she is losing her mind, hence the name. The number one tactic in gaslighting? The perpetrator tells blatant lies, (see The Big Lie) and makes the victim less able to use reason and critical thinking. The gaslighter then, in effect, creates a very strong delusion, making himself appear to be a victim who requires unquestioned loyal