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Diva Musing: What about Spirit?

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Article # 3: What about Spirit

In the previous article, I indicated we would be looking into ‘the mind’ next. I decided this was perhaps not the best order of topics, so we will take a peek at “spirit”.

The word “spirit”, from the Latin spiritus, refers to “breath”, which was taken from the Greek “pneuma”.

Spirit may be thought of as Essential Energy — present everywhere, eternal, un-changeable. Let us think of Energy also as Light and also as Love, as in the Light of Love. Light is an attribute of Spirit. Love is an attribute of Spirit. This analogy may not be perfect but we may find it helpful and we need all the help we can get in order to talk about something that is not readily visible nor readily discernable by the senses of our bodies.

There is no good Energy or bad Energy, no negative and no positive Energy. There is only Energy. Negative Energy is a mistaken identification, simply a misunderstanding. What we used to think of as negative Energy turns out to be a temporary observation where a limited ‘time-space’ appears to have less Energy when compared to another ‘time-space’ that appears to have more Energy.

The intensity of Energy appears temporarily less here and temporarily more there. We have mistakenly described these observations as ‘this place has negative Energy while that other place has positive Energy. This is simply a misnomer, a mis-understanding, a mis-take.

Perception, that which the body’s eyes can see, is not Truth. Perception may show us that the magician has just sawed a lady in half, and then, somehow, managed to put her back together again. This is not Truth. The lady was never sawed in half, it only looked that way. It was only perceived that way. It never really happened at all.

Perception can be easily deceived. The old saying, “seeing is believing”, is inaccurate. “Believing is Seeing” is far more relevant.

Energy is simply Energy, Spirit is simply Spirit, it is as simple as that. Neither positive nor negative, it simply is. The ‘Law of Conservation of Energy’ implies that Energy cannot be created or destroyed. Energy is eternal and unchangeable, having always been, always will be. Its form may change, but the Energy remains the un-changed. By considering Energy as Light, it may be easier to see how Light, how Spirit, expresses Itself.

Giving and receiving are united, they only appear separate to separate minds who see everything as separate from themselves.

Giving is proof of having. We cannot give what we do not have. By giving the Light of Love, this Light returns to us, and lovingly witnesses to us that we have given It.

  • Spirit is Source. Spirit shares It’s Light because that is how It expresses Itself.

  • Spirit knows only Truth, being only Truth. It is from Truth that Mind receives It’s inspiration.

  • Spirit inspires. The Mind focuses this inspiration to manifest in the physical world.

Our next article will be about the ‘Mind-mind’ and how we use it for making mistakes or for correcting, forgiving, them. The choice is always open for us to decide.

http://foundationforwellbeing.org/mind-thoughts-thinking.php

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Diva Musing: Fire…

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Fire is perhaps the most horrible natural devastation on the planet.
My heart and prayers goes out to the people of California; Orange County  who lost homes, pets and family in the raging fires.

I got good news this morning that my entire diva brigade in OC was safe along with their houses and pets.  I hope many of you received the same good news. 

I pray that you all remain safe and I pray for your quick healing and return to normal as soon as possible.

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing: What About Spirit…

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I was asked to post this again so here it is.  Namaste…
Article # 3: What about Spirit
In the previous article, I indicated we would be looking into ‘the mind’ next. I decided this was perhaps not the best order of topics, so we will take a peek at “spirit”.
The word “spirit”, from the Latin spiritus, refers to “breath”, which was taken from the Greek “pneuma”.
Spirit may be thought of as Essential Energy — present everywhere, eternal, un-changeable. Let us think of Energy also as Light and also as Love, as in the Light of Love. Light is an attribute of Spirit. Love is an attribute of Spirit. This analogy may not be perfect but we may find it helpful and we need all the help we can get in order to talk about something that is not readily visible nor readily discernable by the senses of our bodies.
There is no good Energy or bad Energy, no negative and no positive Energy. There is only Energy. Negative Energy is a mistaken identification, simply a misunderstanding. What we used to think of as negative Energy turns out to be a temporary observation where a limited ‘time-space’ appears to have less Energy when compared to another ‘time-space’ that appears to have more Energy.
The intensity of Energy appears temporarily less here and temporarily more there. We have mistakenly described these observations as ‘this place has negative Energy while that other place has positive Energy. This is simply a misnomer, a mis-understanding, a mis-take.
Perception, that which the body’s eyes can see, is not Truth. Perception may show us that the magician has just sawed a lady in half, and then, somehow, managed to put her back together again. This is not Truth. The lady was never sawed in half, it only looked that way. It was only perceived that way. It never really happened at all.
Perception can be easily deceived. The old saying, “seeing is believing”, is inaccurate. “Believing is Seeing” is far more relevant.
Energy is simply Energy, Spirit is simply Spirit, it is as simple as that. Neither positive nor negative, it simply is. The ‘Law of Conservation of Energy’ implies that Energy cannot be created or destroyed. Energy is eternal and unchangeable, having always been, always will be. Its form may change, but the Energy remains the un-changed. By considering Energy as Light, it may be easier to see how Light, how Spirit, expresses Itself.
Giving and receiving are united, they only appear separate to separate minds who see everything as separate from themselves.
Giving is proof of having. We cannot give what we do not have. By giving the Light of Love, this Light returns to us, and lovingly witnesses to us that we have given It.
  • Spirit is Source. Spirit shares It’s Light because that is how It expresses Itself.
  • Spirit knows only Truth, being only Truth. It is from Truth that Mind receives It’s inspiration.
  • Spirit inspires. The Mind focuses this inspiration to manifest in the physical world.
Our next article will be about the ‘Mind-mind’ and how we use it for making mistakes or for correcting, forgiving, them. The choice is always open for us to decide.
http://foundationforwellbeing.org/mind-thoughts-thinking.php

Diva Musing: The Watering Hole…

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After I meditate and leave for the day, I usually eat a light breakfast before work… as I often don’t get to stop, even for a comfort break, all day.  Recently I’ve started going to the Taco Bell near here.  I sit and send my morning motivational texts to friends and family, while listening to music from the 50-60’s which won’t mean much to you younger lot.  However,  I smile and enjoy some of the best coffee ever and ease slowly into my day; thanking the Universe for making such a great way for me to start my mornings.

How about you my “Divakind”? How do you you ease into your day?  Are you kind to your self?  Believe me it makes the day go better and you get more done.

Namaste The Queen Cronista…

Diva Ranting: Positive Parenting…

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I don’t listen to the news…its all bad, stupid or tainted by the fake press.  However, one cannot avoid the ramblings of patriotic Americans over the NFL debacle.  I can almost guarantee none of those idiots (players, owners, or press) have been to see their grandmothers since this mess.  I will guarantee that they would slap the holy crap out of them!!!  Here are a few tips I’m sure these overpaid, over-entitled idiots were taught by Grandmom but failed to listen.  Hats off to the patriotic, disciplined parent and grandparents who have raised good citizens all over the world. 

Namaste, the Queen Cronista

POSITIVE PARENTING
http://americanspcc.org/parenting/positive-parenting/
American SPCC supports healthy parent-child relationships, and is a strong proponent of non-violent, positive parenting. We hope to help break the cycle of child maltreatment and violence, and have a positive effective on the well-being of children and families.
There is no doubt that parenting can be rewarding and exhausting all at the same time. The process of parenting is a full-time job, full of joys, trials, challenges, and triumphs. No parent is perfect. However, good parents take their parenting roles seriously, and are empowered to learn and develop their positive parenting skills. They accept responsibility for the total healthy development of their child, and good parents act as a positive role model. They mentor and guide their child through childhood to a successful adulthood.
What is the Definition of a Parent?
According to the Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, a parent is described as ” a protector or guardian,” “to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline,” and, “a person who brings up and cares for another.”
What are the Benefits of Positive Parenting?
Positive parent-child relationships provide the foundation for children’s learning. With parents’ sensitive, responsive, and predictable care, young children develop the skills they need to succeed in life. Early parent-child relationships have powerful effects on children’s emotional well-being (Dawson & Ashman, 2000), their basic coping and problem-solving abilities, and future capacity for relationships (Lerner & Castellino, 2002). From Positive Parent-Child-Relationships. Click here to download a complete pdf copyCourtesy of HHS,gov and The National Center on Parent Family Community Engagement.
4 Key Points to Positive Parenting Success:
  • An Effective Parent
    Your words and actions influence your child the way you want them to.
  • A Consistent Parent
    You follow similar principles or practices in your words and actions.
  • An Active Parent
    You participate in your child’s life.
  • An Attentive Parent
    You pay attention to your child’s life and observe what goes on.

Diva Musing: Dalai Lama…

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As our world continues to rage out of control, I felt the ever encouraging words of the Dalai Lama would be food for the heart.  Nurture the heart and the rest will follow…
Namaste, The Queen Cronista
The Dalai Lama has some very insightful verses. I’ve gathered my favorite quotes from the Tibetan leader about a variety of topics such as love, compassion, peace, humanity, violence, and the environment. It’s a very interesting read. Enjoy  :
1- Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
2- If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
3- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
4- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
5- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
6- The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.
7- We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
8- We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
9- Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
10- If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.
11- If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.
12- Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.
13- We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.
14- Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
15- As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.
16- To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
17- There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.”
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.
18- The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
19- A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.
20- In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.

https://ineedmotivation.com/20-wise-quotes-from-the-dalai-lama/

Diva Rambling: Elderberry…winter health helper….

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I’m trying to get us all thinking wellness for winter.  Elderberry elixir and cough drops (I order online) were very helpful to me the last couple of winters.  When all the Teachers & Student were home with the flu I was not.  I think the elder helped make that possible.  I’ve always had a great immune system until I move here 5 years ago.  I’m guessing serious trauma and head injury messed it up somewhat.  So I do wellness care to keep things on track.  Here is one you may want to consider for your tool box as well.  Wishing wellness to all of our divas.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista….
Elderberry Benefits: Elder Blossoms as Herbal Medicine
http://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/rosalee-de-la-foret.html
Elderflowers have many uses, but they particularly shine in two areas: for fevers and to promote healthy skin. While that may seem an odd pairing, it’s not uncommon that herbs acting as relaxing diaphoretics also support the physiological functions of skin health
In my northern climate, elderberry distinctly marks each season. By late winter and early spring, the elderberry bush begins to leaf out, greening the landscape with its plentiful leaves. As summer approaches, it briefly breaks into a profusion of white blooms. During this season you can easily distinguish the shrubs from other green growths. Take note of where they are! By late summer and early fall, the shrubs will be dripping in heavy bunches of berries. While I love elderflower for medicine, the berries remain one of my favorite herbal medicines of all. 
People have been using the elder herb for thousands of years for food, medicine, and tools. It has a rich folklore and has long been associated with the faery worlds, death, and rebirth. It is still highly revered today as one of our most powerful herbs for preventing and treating colds and influenza. 
Herbalists are not the only ones who are recognizing the amazing benefits of elderberry. Numerous clinical trials have been done with the berries and in 2013 the first international conference on elder was held in Columbia, Missouri. The goal of the conference was to “raise elderberry to the scientific level it deserves.”
John Evelyn, writing in praise of the Elder, says: ‘If the medicinal properties of its leaves, bark and berries were fully known, I cannot tell what our countryman could ail for which he might not fetch a remedy from every hedge, either for sickness, or wounds.’
– Maude Grieve, 
A Modern Herbal
Elderberry Benefits: History and Folklore of Elderberry Uses
There is a long history of elderberry uses in Europe. Archaeological excavations show large numbers of seeds at prehistoric sites, indicating elders were consumed during the Magdalenian era, which was 17,000 to 12,000 BP. It’s been hypothesized that the wood was probably used as well for making tools.1 
Excavations have revealed ceremonial flint spearheads that were modeled after elder leaves, giving us the insight that the elder was probably revered then as it is now. 
Elderberry shrubs were an important plant for the Celtic people. Celtic druids made flutes from elder to communicate with the souls of dead people. Celtic myth says that the spirits of the forest dwell in the hollow wood of the elder tree and that the white blooms in the spring symbolize the reincarnation of the dead. 
During the spring in Austria and in the north of England, people would leave elder cuttings on graves. If the branches flowered then that meant the soul of the dead had joined paradise. Luckily, elder grows really well from cuttings! 
Historically, almost every part of the elder bush was used for medicine, including the flowers, berries, leaves, and bark. This article will specifically look at using elder blossoms and elder berries.
Elderberry Benefits: Elder flowers as a Relaxing Diaphoretic
While mainstream culture often reaches for a pill for fevers, herbalists recognize many types of fevers and use a variety of herbs based on the kind of fever a person has. 
Elderflowers excel for fevers when the person feels hot, is agitated or tense, and isn’t sweating. Drinking the warm tea encourages the capillaries to open up, thus helping to dispel excess heat from the body. A traditional tea remedy for fever that is still common today includes a blend of elderflowers, peppermint, and yarrow
While elderflowers are ideal for this particular type of fever, I wouldn’t hesitate to use them in other feverish cold and influenza situations. The tea blend mentioned above is many people’s favorite tea to take at the onset of a cold or flu to help them shorten the duration of the sickness. 
An almost infallible cure for an attack of influenza in its first stage is a strong infusion of dried Elder Blossoms and Peppermint. Put a handful of each in a jug, pour over them a pint and a half of boiling water, allow to steep, on the stove, for half an hour then strain and sweeten and drink in bed as hot as possible. Heavy perspiration and refreshing sleep will follow, and the patient will wake up well on the way to recovery and the cold or influenza will probably be banished within thirty-six hours. Yarrow may also be added.
– Maude Grieve, 
A Modern Herbal
Like most diaphoretics, when taken as a cool tea rather than a hot one, the diuretic effect is more pronounced, encouraging the healthy flow of urine. 

Diva Musing: Health and Glutathione…

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I had a friend in Arizona who had her Ph.D in Herbology.  She got me on the daily holistic wagon train of supplements long ago.  One of the newer ones I’ve been researching is listed below.  I have only had the flu once in my life and until I moved back to the mold filled air of Appalachia 5 years ago no allergy or bronchial  problems.  So last winter I added this and Schisandra (more on that tomorrow) to my daily regime of supplements.  I also take 2 tablespoons of ACV ( Raw Apple Cider Vinegar) and Amino Acids each day.  I am pleased to say, that for me it helped!  I did not get sick once last winter.  
As always I encourage you to research what works for you.  I am not a doctor.  However, I am one healthy Cronista at almost 70 years old.  If you can’t take good care of yourselves, you cannot take good care of others.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista…
REDUCED GLUTATHIONE
If you know Glutathione or GSH, you know it’s an ultimate antioxidant found in every cell of your body. It’s produced naturally within your body if you have the right pre-cursors (or ingredients) available to create it.
Antioxidants do good work, Glutathione is an excellent antioxidant… Sounds like a plan for success!
Unfortunately the naming conventions can be a little confusing so let’s go through a LITTLE science, a couple of steps, and ultimately find out “what is reduced glutathione?”
NEUTRALIZING FREE RADICALS
A free radical is a molecule that has an unpaired valence electron. The electron shell surrounding the molecule is ‘dangling’ or ‘open’. In most cases, there ARE exceptions, this means the molecule is ‘reactive’ and will try to fill that gap by stealing an electron! This process has biological and chemical implications and is an important part of our world… but like anything… can cause trouble!
REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES (ROS)
Specific free radicals are known as ‘reactive oxygen species’ like superoxide and hydrogen peroxide and they can cause cell damage. Again a natural by-product of different bio-chemical processes like metabolism of oxygen. Unfortunately if allowed to build up, or if your body does not have enough antioxidants to plug the electron holes, these free radical reactive oxygen species can cause damage!
REDUCED GLUTATHIONE
So we want to know what is reduced glutathione and what role does it play with these ROS’s and free radical damage. Reduction is a process where oxygen is lost and hydrogen and electrons are gained, so reduced glutathione is missing an oxygen molecule but has an extra donor electron!  Basically the GSH molecule needs to be in a reduced state so that it is available to neutralize free radicals by bonding it’s extra electron to the reactive oxygen species molecules ‘dangling’ free radical electron.
This reaction is far from the end… the GSH molecule actually once oxidized (by binding to that ROS), will now be known as glutathione disulphide. The glutathione disulfide will go through an enzyme reaction known as glutathione reductase that reduces the molecule back to reduced glutathione! This is what makes glutathione your body’s best antioxidant.
RATIO OF REDUCED GSH TO OXIDIZED GLUTATHIONE
The important part to your health, is having a good ratio of 90% or more.. of reduced glutathione to oxidized glutathione. That ratio means your body has sufficient stores to battle of ROS that can build up and cause inflammation, to provide your liver with detoxification and enzyme transportation, and to protect your cells!
INCREASE REDUCED GLUTATHIONE
Now you know what reduced glutathione is and you know it’s among the most powerful antioxidants in the world. So increasing your glutathione levels in a safe way from a verified source in supplement form starts to make really good sense. BUT THERE IS A CATCH!
Your body won’t easily absorb reduced glutathione. It gets broken down in your stomach before it reaches the blood and can be of any real use to you. Thankfully there are new supplement alternatives like lipisomal glutathione and acetyl-glutathione that will protect the reduced GSH molecule allowing you to raise GSH levels in your body and experience all the potential health benefits!
reduced glutathione
reduced glutathione in MedicineExpand
reduced glutathione n. 
The form of glutathione that acts as a hydrogen donor during cellularoxidation-reduction reactions.
The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Glutathione is an important antioxidant in plants, animals, fungi, and some bacteria and archaea. Glutathione is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen … Wikipedia
Formula: C10H17N3O6S
Molar mass: 307.3235 g/mol
Solubility in methanol, diethyl ether: Insoluble

Diva Musing: 4 Wheeling….

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Well the Diva went 4-Wheeling for the first time ever on Saturday.  Why have I never done this before?  It’s not just the majesty of creation and all of nature you see, you get the overwhelming sense of peace that comes with the quiet time in nature.  We spotted no wildlife this trip.  The acorns are falling so the animals are in the wood foraging instead of in the open fields.  

My driver only splashed me with mud twice and even that was fun. I got several specimens of rock for my collection and discovered a new plant not indigenous t this area.  What a treat it was…all of it.  Not many young folks would even take a near 70 year old Diva 4-Wheeling let alone splash and hop over mud and dirt for the full effect.  Hats off to Hoss, my driver.  What fun.  

I haven’t enjoyed nature that way in a long, long time….shame on me!  I’ve tried to copy some of my pictures but the blog won’t let me???  The point being…get out in nature and remove your angst.  It works every time. I’ll try to learn how to get the photos on the cite when the leaves turn and the mountains are alive with rainbows of color.  

I wish you each a trip into nature that heals and calms.  

Namaste, The Queen Cronista.

Diva Musing: Habits of Successful Students…

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For my Divas who just started back to school and those who may be going back from a long time off, I thought I’d post a little thoughtful tips on successful students.  Homogenize it and make it your own.  Wishing you all a successful school year….Namaste, The Queen Cronista

10 HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS

Get Organized. Making a plan for what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it will make sure you’re always ahead of the curve – literally. 

Don’t multitask. Studies have shown that multitasking is physically impossible. 

Divide it up. Studying isn’t fun to begin with, and forcing yourself through a study marathon will only make it worse. Dividing your work into manageable chunks and rewarding yourself when you finish each chunk will make studying (more) fun.

Sleep. Don’t underestimate the importance of those eight hours of zzz’s every night! Getting a good night’s rest will sharpen your focus and improve your working memory.

Set a schedule. Do you work better right after school or after you’ve eaten dinner? Are you more productive in 90-minute blocks or half-hour spurts? Find a schedule that works for you, and stick to it. 

Take notes. Taking notes will not only keep you more engaged during class, but will also help you narrow down what you need to study when exam time rolls around. It’s much easier to reread your notes than to reread your entire textbook!

Study. This one might be obvious, but did you know that there’s a right and a wrong way to study? Review your material several days ahead of time, in small chunks, and in different manners (for example, write flashcards one day and take practice tests the next). In other words, don’t cram. 

Manage your study space. Find a place that will maximize your productivity. Look for places away from the television and other distractions. Whether it’s your local library or just the desk in your bedroom, set aside a study space that you’ll want to spend time in. 

Find a study group. Sitting down with a group of people who are learning the same things as you is a great way to go over confusing class material or prepare for a big test. You can quiz each other, reteach material, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. After all, teaching someone else is the best way to learn. 

Ask questions. You’re in school to learn, so don’t be afraid to do just that! Asking for help – from a teacher, a tutor or your friends – is a surefire way to make sure you truly understand the material.