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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Feeding Both Wolves in Your Mind

The old Cherokee simply replied, “If you feed them right, they both win.” and the story goes on:

“You see, if I only choose to feed the white wolf, the black one will be hiding around every corner waiting for me to become distracted or weak and jump to get the attention he craves. He will always be angry and will always fight the white wolf. But if I acknowledge him, he is happy and the white wolf is happy and we all win. For the black wolf has many qualities – tenacity, courage, fearlessness, strong-willed and great strategic thinking–that I have need of at times.These are the very things the white wolf lacks. But the white wolf has compassion, caring, strength and the ability to recognize what is in the best interest of all.

“You see, son, the white wolf needs the black wolf at his side. To feed only one would starve the other and they will become uncontrollable. To feed and care for both means they will serve you well and do nothing that is not a part of something greater, something good, something of life. Feed them both and there will be no more internal struggle for your attention. And when there is no battle inside, you can listen to the voices of deeper knowing that will guide you in choosing what is right in every circumstance. Peace, my son, is the Cherokee mission in life. A man or a woman who has peace inside has everything. A man or a woman who is pulled apart by the war inside him or her has nothing.

“How you choose to interact with the opposing forces within you will determine your life. Starve one or the other or guide them both.”

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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En Lille Historie Med Et Stort Budskab

En dag bad en lærerinde sine elever skrive navnene på deres medstuderende ned på 2 stykker papir.
De skulle levne noget plads  mellem hvert navn. Hun bad dem tænke på det bedste, de kunne sige om hver eneste medstuderende og skrive dette ned under den enkeltes navn. Det tog klassen resten af timen at fuldføre opgaven, og da de alle forlod rummet, afleverede de hver især deres opgave.
Den følgende lørdag skrev lærerinden en liste til hver eneste elev, hvor der stod, hvad de andre elever havde skrevet om vedkommende. Om mandagen gav lærerinden hver enkelt elev hendes/hans liste. Inden længe  smilede alle eleverne. “Virkelig” hørte hun, der blev hvisket. “Jeg vidste ikke, at jeg betød så meget for nogen” og “jeg vidste ikke, de andre kunne lide mig så meget” var de fleste kommentarer.
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Ingen nævnte senere disse lister. Lærerinden vidste ikke, om eleverne viste listerne til eller diskuterede listerne med deres forældre, men det betød heller ikke noget. Opgaven havde haft den effekt, hun ønskede. Eleverne var tilfredse med dem selv og hinanden, og gruppen af elever begav sig videre på livets landevej.
Mange år senere blev en af eleverne dræbt i Vietnam, og lærerinden deltog i den efterfølgende begravelse af netop denne specielle elev. Hun havde aldrig før set en militærperson død i en  kiste. Han så smuk og så voksen ud, som han lå dér. Kirken var fyldt med hans venner, og en efter en gik de alle en sidste gang forbi kisten.

Lærerinden var den sidste, der velsignede den døde i kisten. Netop som  hun stod der,kom en af de soldater, der var med til at bære kisten, hen til hende. Var du Marks matematiklærer?” Hun nikkede “ja”. Så sagde han : “Mark talte meget om dig”. Efter begravelsen deltog de fleste af Marks  tidligere klassekammerater i en komsammen. Marks mor og far var der også. De ville tydeligvis gerne tale med hans tidligere lærerinde. Vi vil gerne vise dig noget” sagde Marks far, mens han tog sin tegnebog op  af lommen. “De fandt dette på Mark, da han blev dræbt. Vi tænkte, du ville genkende det” mens han varsomt foldede to stykker papir ud. Papir, der tydeligt var blevet tapet sammen pga. sliddet af de mange  gange, det havde været foldet og lagt sammen.

Lærerinden vidste uden at se papiret, at det var det samme papir, hvorpå hun havde skrevet alle de gode ting, kammeraterne havde haft at sige om Mark. “Tusind tak  fordi du gjorde det”, sagde Marks mor.

 “Som du kan se, skattede Mark det meget højt.” Alle Marks kammerater samledes omkring hende? Charlie smilede skævt og sagde: “Jeg har også stadig min liste, den ligger øverst på mit skrivebord derhjemme.” Chucks hustru tilføjede, “Chuck bad specielt om, at dette blev indføjet i vores bryllupsalbum.” “Jeg har også mit, det er I min dagbog”, sagde Marilyn.

Så tog Vicky, en anden klassekammerat, sin lommebog frem, og  viste sin slidte liste frem for gruppen og sagde stolt “Jeg har det altid med mig. Jeg tror, vi alle har gemt vores liste.” Da satte lærerinden sig ned og græd. Hun græd for Mark og for alle hans venner, der aldrig ville se ham igen. Størstedelen af mennesker af i dag opfører sig, som om de har glemt, at livet en dag stopper. Men ingen af os ved, hvornår denne dag kommer. Vær derfor sød, fortæl de mennesker, du elsker og synes om, at de er specielle og vigtige for dig. Fortæl dem det inden, det er for sent.

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Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Use Your Stepping Stones

Live life

make mistakes. 

They will make you a stronger you,

if you use them too.

Life is down and up,

accept it,

opportunities up will pop,

everyday bit by bit.

So live your life,

mistakes is not a cutting knife.

Fight fight fight and fight again,

you will face the pain and yet again.

But you know your direction,

and that alone,

will give you wisdom and satisfaction.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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The Toy-maker and the Better You

There is competition with others,

but the most important thing is:  

There is you

and the BETTER YOU

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A short story of effort and enthusiasm

There was once a boy whose greatest dream was to have a rocket, and launch it to the moon. Unfortunately, he had little money and couldn’t afford one. One day, at the side of a path, he found a box for one of his favourite kinds of rocket. Opening it, he found there was only one rocket inside, made of dodgy paper, the consequence of a factory malfunction.

The boy was very disappointed, but at least he now finally had a rocket of sorts. He started preparing his plans for the launch. For many days he collected paper of all shapes, sizes and colours; and with all his soul he set about drawing, painting, cutting, sticking,and colouring all the stars and planets that would turn his rocket into an outer space in paper form.

It wasn’t an easy job, but the final result was so magnificent that his bedroom wall looked like an open window onto the galaxy. From then on, the boy enjoyed playing with his paper rocket every day. One day, a friend came to visit, and in the boy’s bedroom he saw that spectacular sight. The friend offered to swap it with the boy, for a real rocket he had at home.

The boy went almost mad with joy, and delightedly accepted the swap. Since then, each day, playing with his new rocket, the boy would miss more and more his old paper rocket, with its planets, stars and all the rest. Really, he had much preferred playing with that one. He realised that it was much more fun playing with toys he had made himself, with great effort and enthusiasm.

And so it was, that the boy started building all his toys by himself, and when he grew up he became the greatest toy-maker in the whole world.

 

Remember to be your own toy -maker,

with effort and enthusiasm

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Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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At være fortabt og finde sig selv

Hvornår har du sidst følt dig fortabt? Fysisk, hvis du pludselig ikke kunne finde vej til noget, eller at du ikke kunne overkomme det? Eller mentalt, hvis du ikke kunne rumme følelsen eller tankerne enten i dit personlige eller sociale liv.

At være fortabt er en vital og yderst vigtig proces i at finde ud af hvem du er, og hvad der er vigtigt for dig i dit liv. Nogle lever et helt liv uden at finde ud af det. Vil du det?

Når du føler dig fortabt og du føler dig på dybt vand er der en risiko for at ængsteligheden eller ligefrem angsten sniger sig ind på dig, og tager fat i dig. Her er det du skal huske på, at angsten er noget du selv skaber, og selv er noget du kan kontrollere. Angsten kan ikke gøre dig noget, med mindre du lader den gøre dig panisk, og du deraf gør noget dumt. Hvis du føler angsten gribe dig, så søg tilbage til dit kerneselv med åndedrættet i centrum. Træk vejret stille og roligt helt ned i maven og mærk dig selv. Gennem det rolige åndedræt finder du styrken…..og dig selv i situationen.

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The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.”

Julian Green

Herunder er der tre måder, hvorpå det at være fortabt (faret vild) kan være udviklende for dig. Det kan være lærerigt, give dig selvindsigt, selvtillid, nærvær og livskvalitet.

1. For det første er du nød til at lytte til dig selv og mærke hvilke behov, følelser og tanker du har om selve livet. Føler du dig tilfreds med det du har, og der du er på vej hen? Føles det rigtigt, det du har gang i, eller er du for ydmyg og lever mere for at gøre andre tilfredse. Ofrer du dine behov for andres? Spørg dig selv om dette er rimeligt. Vil du leve dit liv sådan? Giver det dig den bedste livskvalitet?

I always thought I knew who I was, but I didn’t. Many of my ideas about who I was came from the world telling me what I should and shouldn’t choose, and who I should and shouldn’t be. 

  

2. Er du bange for at finde ud af, hvem du virkelig er? Er du bange for at dykke ind i            dig selv og kigge på eventuelle dæmoner, som vi jo alle har nogle af mere eller                      mindre? Uanset hvad, så er det altid godt at udvide ens selvindsigt og finde bedre            ud af dig selv, hvis du ikke allerede i forvejen ved tilstrækkeligt. Mærk efter i dig selv. Træk vejret dybt, mange gange og mærk efter, hvad der rører sig i dig. Hvad popper op? Se på det. Hvad tror du det er. Imens husk du er til stede nu og her, i nuet og du er så meget tilstede.

The first step to ‘finding who you are is to break yourself down. To question your beliefs, opinions, likes, and dislikes. Were did they come from? Who are you trying to please? Who are you trying to impress?

3.  At finde dig selv er en rejse, ikke en destination. En del af det er at begå fejl. En stor del af at blive klogere på dig selv, sker gennem en masse begåede fejl, så du skal være vis nok til at lære af. Bliv ved med at kaste dig ud i at gøre ting, og vær ikke bange for fejltagelser, for hvis du lærer af dem alle, så bliver du efterhånden meget klog på dig selv og livet. Bare husk; at når du er dig selv, så vil du få større respekt fra dine omgivelser, og hvad der er allervigtigst – Du vil respektere dig selv.

Nogle gange vil du tvivle på dig selv, især hvis du føler at evnerne eller kompetencerne ikke rækker til forskellige opgaver. Dette må ikke stresse dig. Igen træk vejret dybt. Prøv at sætte dig ind i tingene, se om du kan finde noget overblik og indsigt. Måske kan du finde nogle muligheder.

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The same is true for most life challenges – we often remember challenges and mistakes we made, and what was learned from these failures. Sometimes a little failure early in the learning process can be a good thing.

Knowing yourself means respecting your values in life, your beliefs, your personality, your priorities, your moods, yourhabits, your magnificent body, and your relationships.

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Knowing yourself means understanding your strengths and weaknesses, your passions and fears, your desires and dreams. It means being aware of your eccentricities and idiosyncrasies, your likes and dislikes, and your tolerances and limitations.

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Knowing yourself means knowing your purpose in life.  Plan what you really want to do and work on what needs to be done to get you to there…… starting today.

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There are many simple ways to get lost and challenge your mind—reading an engrossing book (perhaps especially a good mystery novel), engaging in some conversation about a topic you don’t know much about, or just trying something new that isn’t in your usual repertoire (lost in a menu at a new restaurant).  Getting lost makes you and your brain grow, and while scary at times, you can enjoy the benefits.  Get lost!

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

 

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Motion i den mørke tid

Det er ikke altid lige nemt at holde gejsten oppe til motion i den mørke og køligere tid, og det er helt naturligt. Man får nemlig en helt naturlig trang til at hygge, putte og spare på energien. Desuden er der også en større trang til at indtage føde og endda af den mere usunde slags. Ydermere er der også juletiden at slås med.

Men du ved det godt. Du bør komme afsted, og det lurer i baghovedet som en dårlig samvittighed. “Jeg skal nok få det gjort. Bare ikke i dag. I morgen bliver det”. 

Nej! Det bliver heller ikke i morgen. Det skal gøres I DAG.

Når du er færdig med dagens opgaver eller lige er stået op, og du mærker at energiniveauet er helt i bund, så er det, at du sørger for at få drukket et glas vand (gerne med en halv friskpresset økologisk citron)  og siger til dig selv, at kravet til motionen er bare en gåtur. Når forventningen blot er en gåtur, så er det noget nemmere at leve op til, og så kan du derudfra udvikle din fysiske udfoldelse, når du er kommet afsted. Det kan være, når du har gået et stykke tid, så får du lyst til at lunte eller powerwalke. Det kan også være, at du bare vil gå i samme tempo, og det er fint. Sådan kan det fx også være med svømning. Tag i svømmehallen med forventningen om wellness. Dejligt bad, sauna og måske spa. Så kan det jo være, når du er kommet i svømmehallen, at det udvikler sig til nogle baner svømning. Det samme kan du gøre i fitnesscentret.

Det handler blot om ikke at stille for høje forventninger til dig selv, planlæg at du kommer afsted, og så gør det.

Find den naturlige energi og lyst til bevægelse. Hvis du har mistet den, må du tvinge dig til at finde den igen.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Herb Your Life

Herbs are so fascinating, because they are such “all-rounders”: They are fragrant, tasty, and have healing properties. Since the beginning of human history, they have inspired individuals and cultures around the world, especially through their effects – in the kitchen, laboratory, or witch’s den.

In Europe, the secrets of herbal medicine were preserved for centuries in the seclusion of monastery walls, until the invention of the printing press put herbal primers into family households. Then, at the beginning of the twentieth century, modern medicine eclipsed the knowledge of herbal healing, a wisdom handed down for generations.

Today herbs are witnessing a revival: Cosmetics makers and pharmaceutical companies are experimenting with active ingredients from nature, while natural healing has regained its place alongside academic medicine. People increasingly rely on the gentle healing effect of herbs in their everyday lives. Below you can see five short videos of herbs around the world.

The Secret World Of Herbs

The Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices

Most of us have herbs and spices in our kitchen cabinet somewhere and they often get haphazardly added to recipes and culinary creations. Interestingly, there are many health benefits of herbs and spices, not to mention they improve the taste of so many foods! The problem is, most herbs and spices have been sitting on a grocery store shelf for a long time, and thus they don’t have much nutritional value left.

Therefore I recommend growing them yourself whenever possible.

All spices originate from plants: flowers, fruits, seeds, barks, leaves, and roots. Herbs and spices not only improve the taste of foods, but can help preserve them for longer periods of time. Herbs and Spices have antibacterial and antiviral properties and many are high in B-vitamins and trace minerals. True sea salt, for instance, contains 93 trace minerals. Most herbs and spices also contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than fruits and vegetables.

Cinnamon

Most people have cinnamon around the house, but usually it’s been there for a few years! Cinnamon has the highest antioxidant value of any spice. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and lower blood sugar and blood triglyceride levels. Cinnamon has also been used to alleviate nausea and to increase sensitivity to insulin and aid in fat burning. It provides manganese, iron and calcium. It’s antimicrobial properties can help extend the life of foods.

While cinnamon is an incredibly healthy and nutritious spice, it is often hard to branch out from the most common uses of cinnamon: cookies, muffins and desserts. Other places in the world cinnamon is used in savory and sweet dishes, everything from breakfast to dessert. I’ve even had it in chilibefore! Our most common uses are a tablespoon added to almond pancake batter, on apples baked for dessert or in homemade granola bars. It is a great addition to savory foods and in curry powders.

Basil

I add basil to practically everything I make, from eggs to vegetables to soups. Basil has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and can help prevent osteoarthritis. It has been used in digestive disorders and is being studied for its anti-cancer properties. Though commonly used in Italian cooking, Basil is a versatile herb that can be added to practically anything. Fresh is always best, but dried is ok too as long as it is freshly dried. Basil can be sprinkled in omelets, on baked or grilled veggies, in soups, on meats or sliced fresh into salads. Layered with tomato and mozzarella cheese, it makes a wonderful Caprese Salad.

Arrowroot

Arrowroot is a starchy herb that I keep on hand, especially since we went gluten free. It has an amazing thickening ability similar to cornstarch, and it can be added to soups, dips, baking etc. Arrowroot can be used in place of flour for a roux or as the main baking ingredient in a gluten-free teething biscuit for kids. It is soothing and highly digestible so it is often used in treatment for conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Turmeric

Turmeric is often found in kitchens around the world, but is not commonly used in the U.S. It is a common ingredient in Indian foods, and a great addition to soups. It contains Curcumin, a cancer-fighting compound. It is more often taken medicinally in America for its ability to reduce inflammation and improve joints. For a spark of flavor, add to egg dishes, soups, meat dishes, sauces and baked foods.

Garlic

Most households have garlic around in some form or another. Fresh cloves are always best, but powdered, minced and granulated forms provide excellent flavor. This is another one that goes into everything from eggs, to tuna salad, to baked fish for dinner. Studies show that just 2 fresh cloves a week provide anti-cancer benefits.

Dill Weed/Seed

Dill has antibacterial properties but is most known for its stomach settling ability (ever wonder why pregnant women crave pickles?). It contains a variety of nutrients but loses most when heated to high temperatures. For this reason, it is best used in uncooked recipes or in foods cooked at low temperatures. It is a great addition to any type of fish, to dips and dressings, to omelets or to poultry dishes.

Cayenne

Cayenne has many health benefits and can improve the absorption of other nutrients in foods. It has been shown to increase circulation and reduce the risk of heart problems. Though available in capsule form, it is also a great addition to many foods. In small amounts, it can be added to practically any dish, meat, vegetable or sauce. As tolerance to the spicy flavor increases, the amount added can be increased also.

Mint

Another wonderful herb that is used in many places of the world, but is not as common in the U.S, is mint. It has traditionally been used to calm digestive troubles and alleviate nausea. Many people enjoy a tea made from peppermint or spearmint leaves, and the volatile oils in both have been used in breath fresheners, toothpastes and chewing gum. Externally, the oil or tea can be used to repel mosquito. This herb is easiest to consume in beverage form, though an adventurous cook could add it to meat dishes or dessert recipes. Herbs like lemon balm, oregano, and marjoram technically belong to the mint family, but due to their pungent flavor, are usually referred to on their own. Speaking of…

Oregano

Oregano is a common ingredient in Italian and Greek cuisine, and they have the right idea! Oregano (and it’s milder cousin, Marjoram) are antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer and antibiotic. It is extremely high in antioxidants and has demonstrated antimicrobial properties against food-borne pathogens like Listeria. Its oil and leaves are used medicinally in treatment of cough, fever, congestion, body ache and illness. Combined with basil, garlic, marjoram, thyme and rosemary, it creates a potent antiviral, anti bacterial, antimicrobial and cancer fighting seasoning blend. It can also be sprinkled on any kind of savory foods. A couple teaspoons added to a soup will help recovery from illness.

Cumin

The second most used herb in the world after black pepper, cumin provides a distinct and pleasant taste. It is most often used in the U.S. in Mexican or Spanish dishes and in seasonings for tacos or chili. I recommend just buying in bulk and using with chili powder to season these dishes. This will provide better flavor and save money. Plus, have you ever read the ingredients in those little seasoning packages? Hello MSG! Cumin has antimicrobial properties and has been used to reduce flatulence. It is a wonderful addition to curry powder or to flavor Mexican or Middle Eastern dishes.

Curry Powder

Another spice mix that is not commonly used in the U.S. but you might have tasted it in Thai dishes is curry. It can have a wide variety of ingredients, but often contains turmeric, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, mustard powder, cayenne, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, fenugreek and a wide variety of peppers. With all these ingredients it has an amazing range of beneficial properties. Curry is an acquired taste, but can be added to meats, stir frys, soups and stews.

Rosemary

If you’ve had rosemary, it was likely on a lamb dish, but its uses are much more varied. It has a high concentration of the antioxidant carnosol and research shows it may have benefits in cancer treatment and healthy digestion and use of cholesterol. It has a pine/lemony scent and I use it most often in soap making due to its smell and ability to fight aging by rejuvenating the small blood vessels under the skin. If you aren’t ready to jump into soap-making just yet… try it on meat dishes, in soups or with vegetables. Water boiled with Rosemary can be used as an antiseptic.

Thyme

One of my favorite herbs, thyme is a member of the mint family and contains thymol, a potent antioxidant (and also the potent ingredient in Listerine mouthwash). Water boiled with thyme can be used in homemade spray cleaners and or can be added to bathwater for treatment of wounds. Thyme water can be swished around the mouth for gum infections or for the healing of wounds from teeth removal. Teas made with thyme have been used to treat athletes foot and vaginal yeast infections. Thyme tea can also be taken internally during illness to speed recovery. In foods, it is often used in French cooking (an ingredient in Herbs de Provence) and Italian. Add to any baked dishes at the beginning of cooking, as it slowly releases its benefits.

Herbs & Spices Bottom Line

There are many other beneficial cooking herbs and spices and I hope to write about a majority of them in time. I encourage you to branch out from salt & pepper and try all the wonderful culinary combinations that can be made with these herbs and spices. If your local store doesn’t carry these (or others you’d like to try), you can purchase many of them online.

https://wellnessmama.com/1092/herbs-spices-benefits/

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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