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Spices for a Healthier Life

Over the years the herbs and spices Victoria and I use to bring out the most flavor in our food …have evolved. Today we are choosing not just for flavor but for the health benefits as well. From the National Library of Medicine:“Spices not only enhance the flavor, aroma, and color of food and beverages, but they can also protect from acute and chronic diseases. There is now ample evidence that spices and herbs possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumorigenic, anticarcinogenic, and…

We all Deserve the Perfect Partner

We all want one person in our daily life who showers us with love and adores us unconditionally. Someone we trust without doubt. That’s the perfect partner. Together we can share the best that life has to offer. Yet so few of us ever experience or can sustain this kind of relationship. Look around, do you know of any couples who act like they just can’t get enough of each other? The main reason that so many fail to have…

Our body Temple …why bother

Aging sets in when we give up on our health and well-being. Our body, our physical self, truly is our temple. It is the instrument with which we are able to experience life and express our essence in the world. That being the case, wouldn’t you expect that we would take very, very good care of our temple? But typically we do just the opposite. We build and maintain a separation from our body. When we experience the inevitable challenges…

Why Feeling Useful Matters

By now most of us have learned that the key to a happy fulfilling life has to do with contribution …being useful to others. More and more research has weighed in to demonstrate how being good to others is good for you—for your well-being, health, and even your longevity. But how do we find the best way to make our best, most rewarding contribution? That seems to be a big challenge for many. Your most rewarding contribution may not produce…

What to do when you’re feeling helpless

We’ve all been there. Something devastating happens to us …and we are helpless to change it or make it better in any way. We can’t let it go. We continue to replay it over and over, hoping somehow to feel better. But the replay never helps us feel better. It only makes us feel more pain, more helplessness, more stress. If we don’t stop the replay, that feeling of helplessness (leading to stress) can led to major physical and emotional…

You don’t need to wait for the inoculation

You can protect yourself from the COVID-19 virus right now …if you haven’t already. It’s an insight that I’ve shared with you before. Focus on doing all you can to build your healthy immune system and do whatever it takes to obtain peace of mind. With all the craziness going on around us, “peace of mind” (the absence of mental stress or anxiety) may seem nearly impossible to achieve. Yet, peace of mind is exactly what we must have in…

How to Change your True Age

It’s a fascinating topic really. If you want to know your true age, don’t look at the calendar. The calendar tells you your chronological age, but this number may be far from accurate in defining your true age. As it turns out, your true age is not a simple number but is a combination of where you stand along three dimensions. These three dimensions are your functional ages. The three functional ages represent your biological age, your psychological age, and…

Your Legacy is Your Life Story

What’s the legacy you’ll leave when you die? No one in my family ever mentioned leaving a legacy. What a shame, what a loss to those of us who remain. Even those who left some of their written story …it was way too sketchy. They mistakenly assumed that their life story was of little value. So many questions remain. So much valuable history lost forever. “Legacy is fundamental to what it is to be human. Research shows that without a…

What you need to know about Alzheimer’s

Worldwide, there are already around 50 million people with AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) or other types of dementia. The number keeps on expanding by millions a year. These10 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures 2020 paint a disturbing picture of a disease that is epidemic …with no cure in sight. The good news: When the medical community declares that the disease can’t be halted or prevented, they refer to the fact that a drug has not been developed to cure AD. That’s…

Quantum Physics and You?

I did poorly in the physics class I attempted at University many, many years ago. Just a reminder, physics is the scientific study of forces such as heat, light, sound, pressure, gravity, and electricity, and the way that they affect objects. So can you understand why I just couldn’t get interested when I was 19 years old?  What did it have to do with me? Forty years later I became very interested in that branch of physics called Quantum Physics…