Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Simple Ways to Balance Your Life Day by Day


Simple Ways to Balance Your Life Day by Day

Marie Kay, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Feb 1, 2010


"Keeping your life in balance may seem like a constant struggle. You feel like you are being pulled in all directions, and feel pressured to be everything to everyone. The key to finding balance in your life is to develop some positive habits that will allow you to feel less overwhelmed, and more in control. Work to add the following activities into your day, until they become part of your regular routine.

 1) Exercise - Any physical activity that you can incorporate into your day is beneficial. A 20 minute brisk walk around the neighborhood will boost your energy and leave you feeling invigorated. You can also make small changes throughout your day, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking your car further from a building's entrance and walking the extra distance.

2) Practice quiet time - During this time, you should be alone with no distractions. Use this time for meditation, deep breathing, or simply a time of silence to quiet your inner voice and clear your mind. Quiet time alone is necessary in order to relax and recharge, and will ultimately help you to function better throughout the day.

3) Eat mindfully - The foods you consume throughout the day have a major impact on your health and well-being. Stress can cause you to binge on junk food, or to rush through your meals without giving much thought to nutrician or portion size. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily menu, and take a multi-vitamin every day.

4) Sleep - Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep per night in order to function properly during the day. That number may seem unrealistic with today's busy lifestyles, but even a small change, such as going to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual, can have a big impact on your body and your health. Don't underestimate the importance of a full night of sleep, and make your sleep a priority in you life.

5) Exhibit kindness - Something as simple as a smile or a kind word can encourage someone else, as well as improve your own state of mind. Be mindful of the world around you, and offer kindness to others on a daily basis.

6) Spend time with those you love - Take time to play with the kids, or have lunch with an old friend. Being with friends and family is good for the soul. Enjoy laughter and good times with those who are most important in your life.

Developing a habit takes time and effort, but if you work to put these actions into practice, your persistence will pay off with a new found balance in every area of your life."

Monday, January 30, 2012

Better Ways of Living Your Life Easily



Hello! The following article written by marissa sayno sheds light on "Better Ways of Living Your Life Easily".  It is important for our body, mind and spirit to embrace a simpler way to view life.  Laughter and humor are some of the keys to a happier spiritual journey. God wants our spirit to experience and enjoy our time on this earth. Step back and Step out... Start living the Easy Life! =)

Better Ways of Living Your Life Easily

Why You Need Humor

marissa sayno, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Aug 10, 2009




"Is it just a human habit or some form of a modern-day trend that people nowadays love to talk about the saddest stories of their lives than those that are full of bliss? There are far too many people who are living a stressful life. Everywhere you go, you can encounter someone who does nothing but talk about how miserable his or her life is. Reality is already tough as it is and people who do negative talks make life on this planet simply tougher. If an entity from another planet would visit us here, they might scratch their heads in confusion on hearing too many bitter endings that will exceed all the films of drama and tragedy in this world.

We all know for a fact that life is short and full of uncertainties. You can either live the rest of this lifetime worrying about the what if's and what must's, or you may just go with the flow and laugh. Life should be a fun experience, instead of being a puddle of pain and suffering for you to wallow in. Saying Ha Ha is better than ranting a million Blah's. When Sam Butler said that our main task in life is to enjoy it, he could never have been wrong.



Do you really need humor to live a better, more fulfilled life? The answer is a resounding YES. In fact, many studies have found out that laughter just releases all those feel-good chemicals in the brain that make you feel happy. For this, many have been using laughter therapy to have better health. Laughter lowers your blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed. Without stress, your body is in harmony. Laughter pumps oxygen to our blood, giving you endorphins that helps you achieve an ultimate well-being. When you are in this state, you just can keep things in clearer perspective, making you live your life to the max, the way you want it to be lived.

No matter how unorthodox it may sound, there are funner ways to live the bitter sweet realities of life, without the drama. Here are ways on how you can live life easier:

1. Make a strict commitment of living your life with FUN!


2. Don't make silly excuses as to why you can't enjoy life.

3. Laugh your way through life. If laughter is not a natural talent you possess, find ways to laugh by watching funny flicks, reading humor book, or attending laughter therapy sessions. Remember that a sense of humor is something learned, not inborn.

4. Slow down and take simple pleasures out of your life.


5. Give time for yourself and make it a priority.

6. Get a dose of laughter each day and share them with others.


7. Relax and find time to be grateful for all the wonderful things and persons making up your so-called life.



Happiness can be inspired from within, manifesting into the world outside yourself, and spreading to those people you love. Not everything can be solved by laughter, but having a happy heart and mind can make things lighter than what meets the eye. Having a positive attitude in life just gives you an edge over the rest.
Be Grateful for the Gift of Laughter!"


Published by marissa sayno

Marissa Sayno is a professional freelance writer, pushing the limits of her creativity to the max. A slogan writing contest for Cosmopolitan magazine's local issue has made her discover this knack for writin...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Taking Time in Life For Enjoyment





 
Greetings! TAKE TIME TO ENJOY YOUR LIFE! Trust God and Allow your Spirit to be
Free! ...
"Take Time To Enjoy Your Life Today Because Yesterday Has Gone And Tomorrow May Never Come..."


Taking Time in Life For Enjoyment

Sandy Corder, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Dec 2, 2008

"On one of the late night talk shows a few months ago, the host asked an older movie legend: "If you had it to do all over again, what would you change"?
The aging star was pensive for a moment then stated: "I would take the time to walk through a field and pick flowers with my Mom".

He went on to explain how he was so busy trying to be famous that he stopped doing the simple things with those he loved. He became a little teary eyed and continued: "I hired a caregiver for my Mom when she needed help. I remember seeing them take walks together while I watched from a window." All I wanted was to be alone and focus on me and my desires, thinking that there would always be time later." "Now that she is gone, I miss being with her. I did not realize how much time I would have to be alone".


 

Sound familiar? Many of us become too self-involved to understand what is really important. Loving someone means more than giving them money or paying for their needs. Often, those we love only want one thing, to spend time with us. Rationalizations for our absence are lies we tell ourselves because we believe there will always be an opportunity later.

How about you? Spent time with your loved ones today?


 

Go ahead, it won't hurt. Go for a walk with someone you love and that you know loves you. Maybe, you could pick a few flowers along the way."

Published by Sandy Corder

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Learn How to Face Your Fears

Greetings Once Again!  Learning How to Face Our Fears can be a difficult task while on our spiritual walk... It is important to take the time to look at all aspects of your life... Learn what frightens you... Then tackle it head on by allow God and His Spirit to lead the way... The following is an article by Sandy Corder about learning how to face your fears...  Open your heart and mind and take control! Sincere Peace!

 

 

Learn How to Face Your Fears


An Elephant Never Forgets

Sandy Corder, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Nov 29, 2008

"We have all heard that old saying: "an elephant never forgets."
While it is true that elephants do have memories of their birth and beyond, it is also true that their actions are based only on instinct. Unfortunately, instinct does not tell them to duck when propelling themselves through a dense jungle while being chased by a mouse.

A mouse, very small and frail, is one creature that produces great fear in the mighty elephant.

It is imagined that we humans, like most elephants, are afraid of something. No matter what our great ability, age or financial status, fear is there, somewhere. It is that fear that blinds the elephant, and us, to that low hanging tree limb that we hit while running away.

Why? Along with fear there is anxiety. The more that we fear, the more anxious we become. That anxiety blinds us from seeing what is right in front of us. Facing reality means facing our fear, which usually entails change. Change invokes fear, fear creates anxiety and anxiety causes us to run away.

The change we see may not always be in us, it could be in or with someone we care for, even depend on. When that happens, our initial response is usually with anger, then frustration and more fear. Unless we stop and look at that fear, that thing or situation that scares us, the anger and fear only grow.

We all know that the little mouse is no threat to the most powerful of beasts, but the beast does not know that. It responds only to fear of what it does not know.

Now, the human mind does allow for rational thought, but only if we take the time to face our fear. Fear is not a rational thought. It is a percieved threat to our reality, not a real one.

When we see or sense a change in our lifestyles or if we see changes in those we love, the answer is not in running from our fear. Running only has us hit that low hanging branch--it only causes pain for everyone.

If that elephant would only turn around and face its fear, it would not take off running and then allowing itself to get hurt. The same goes for us, turn around, face that fear before it starts to control you instead of you controlling it.

What are you running from today? "

Published by Sandy Corder

Registered Nurse with several degrees; a Mother/Aunt, sister and friend. My greatest accomplishment was taking care of my Mom when she had Alzheimer's.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder - PART 3

Hello Once Again!  As old man winter grips his icy hands upon us... many people fall victim to the chilly, grey and overcast days that surround them.  It is important to make sure you get the proper help to keep your spirit alive and well during this bleak time. If you are one of the lucky who enjoy the cold frosty months of winter... take time to share the warmth of your spirit to those who may be a bit down.  Allow your light to shine its brightness into someone who may be wondering around in the darkness...  Trust God and His Spirit to guide and comfort you as well as those around you.  Sincere Peace to you all!

Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder


When Depression Goes Beyond the Winter Blahs



Amanda Sposato, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Dec 13, 2006



"Society sees the changing of seasons not only in climate but in the different behaviors of large groups of people in general. Summer months are filled with lawn parties, BBQs , and young people "cruising" town and having fun. There seems to be a higher complaint rate of noise pollution in these warmer days and local, state, and nationwide festivals are held for days on end. Summer truly has a way of bringing out the joy of life. On the other end of the spectrum, when the winter months arrive, the world seems to crawl to a slower pace. As the population adjusts to the shorter days and colder weather, people start sticking close to home. For someone experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder, this change not only happens around them, it happens inside them as well.




The diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV) defines Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, as "a subtype of major depressive episode." Like regular depression, it's characterized by a general sadness and lack of energy, as well as weight loss or weight gain, the inability to sleep, and the urge to withdraw from society in general. The difference is that it comes and goes with the seasons. Clinical studies have shown a link between the amount of light a person is exposed to and the amount of hormones that regulate depressive emotions. Though this link has been questioned and still garners a few skeptics in both the scientific and psychological world, it has been strong enough to warrant developing therapies that involve the use of a light box and/or anti-depressants to counteract the effects of SAD.




On a personal level, SAD is extremely hard to deal with. Ask anyone who deals with depression on a regular basis and there's a good chance they can tell how debilitating it is. Because SAD is a type of depression, there's no comparison on which is worse. They're both hard on those who suffer with them. However, SAD is experienced in slightly different ways. Depressives with this type can go for months without feeling "down." They'll sleep well, life will seem good, and their health and wellness will reach high points. Social events will seem more inviting and everyday stress will be well handled. But with the onset of cooler weather and a higher frequency of overcast skies, all that can change, sometimes almost before the sufferer realizes it. Someone living with Seasonal Affective Disorder may find that they no longer take joy in seeing their friends or pride in doing a job well done. It might get harder to fall asleep at night and almost impossible to get out of bed in the morning. Often, sufferers will spend days off from work or school doing nothing more than lying in bed, hiding from the world. Mood swings can become more frequent as well as overindulgence in habits such as smoking, drinking, or compulsive eating. Work becomes a chore and even a person who is normally outgoing and friendly can become quiet and sullen.




Critics say that SAD is nothing more than an overblown term for the winter blues that everyone seems to get. Unfortunately, someone dealing with true Seasonal Affective Disorder might agree. Why is that a bad thing? A person who constantly believes that they SHOULD be okay will tend to believe that they're at fault for their low moods. After all, weren't they fine just a few weeks ago? Not knowing that there could be a valid reason for the way they feel can serve to push them further into depression, leading to physical pain as well as thoughts of suicide.



Like any form of depression, there are ways to counter the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Regular exercise is highly recommended, preferably outside if the conditions aren't too cold or hazardous for walking or jogging. Even on a cloudy day, the little bit of light absorbed from being outside can increase the good hormones that lift the depressive state. Bright lamps around the house can also help as well as keeping plants in the home to increase the oxygen in the living space. Calming activities, such as knitting or writing, can be a good way to relieve the stress that seems harder to handle in the face of SAD depression. Though being in a crowd might not sound inviting, forcing one's self to go out and be with friends can offer relief from the general malaise of Seasonal Affective Disorder.




When the small things that can be incorporated into everyday life just don't seem to work, options such as counseling and anti-depressants are the next things to try. A counselor can be a good person to talk your feelings out to as well as gain new perspective on certain life events that are currently bothering you. These stresses may seem too difficult to deal with, and a counselor can help you find ways to view them as doable rather than overwhelming. Certain prescriptions have also been found to help deal with SAD. Zoloft can help the world seem a little brighter even during those short days of fall and winter, and for those who experience depression in the manner of severe mood swings, Lithium tends to be a good equalizer. A patient with SAD should discuss the options with a family doctor or counselor to see what would work best. (Note: Anyone going this route should be aware that different anti-depressants don't always work the same on everyone. If the side effects are worse than the symptoms you're treating, talk to your doctor about a change in prescription).



Whether you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or even just general depression, remember that there's always help. Explore your options and don't fall into the trap of believing you're at fault. Gather support from your friends and family and venture into different avenues of treatment. After all, just because the sun isn't shining shouldn't mean that you have to suffer."

Inspirational Quotes for the New Year


Inspirational Quotes for the New Year


Marie Saxton, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Jan 3, 2011


"At any moment, we can choose a fresh start and renew the year. Here's some inspirational quotes to help keep those New Years Resolutions, or to inspire you to create new ones."

Benjamin Franklin
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.

Edith Pierce
We will open the book, its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Years Day.

G. K. Chesterton
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.

Mark Twain
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

William Channing
I will seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than fashion. I will seek to be worthy more than respectable, wealthy and not rich. I will study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly. I will listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart. I will bear all things cheerfully, do all things bravely, await occasions and hurry never. In a word I will let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.

C.S. Lewis
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream

Joseph Campbell
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year

Monday, January 2, 2012

YEAR IN REVIEW! 2011 TESTIMONIALS


Happy 2012!  The following is a list of testimonials that have been posted on the DNA Connexions Blogspot page.  It is important for those reading the testimonials to know that I recognize my gift is "From God..... Through the Spirit... Through me... To You..." I view myself as translator... God receives all of the recognition for any information that is given... It is my belief that God allows me to help others on their spiritual journey by sharing intuitive information that may help a client who is searching for healing or spiritual guidance. It is not my job to judge or convince anyone to believe or follow a specific religion or spiritual lifestyle. However, I feel it is my responsibility to be open to the spirit and God's leading to help those struggling for direction while on their spiritual walk... Thank you to all of those who were open and willing to share their personal experience. 

May God bless you in the the new year!  Sincere Peace!



IN THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL











SUMMER 2011 TESTIMONIAL - "GOD WINDOW"









AUNT HELEN











WHO'S THAT LADY?


SHE WAS STILL IN THIS SPACE











THE MYSTERY OF MY BATHROOM DOOR











THE ONLY THING THAT STOPPED ME








WE DID RECOGNIZE HER











EXPLORE THE SPIRIT







TRUE HEART








SEEING








"LITTLE TERRI" - SWEET SPIRIT











THE LADY IN WHITE