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Inner Child Meditation

Treasures From Our Past ….
Deep within each of us lives the child we once were. For most of us, our inner child lies hidden beneath the layers that we’ve put on in order to become adults. In our rush to put on grown-up clothing and live adult lives, we may have forgotten the wisdom and innocence that we possessed when we were children. In meditation, we can connect with our inner child and reclaim what we have forgotten.

You can start by finding a photo of yourself as a child that you can look at for a few moment
s. School photos often work well to help you connect with this part of you. Sit in a relaxed position, close your eyes, and start taking deep breaths. Set the intention that you are going to connect with your inner child. Wait for an image of yourself as a child to appear in your mind’s eye. See your grown-up self hugging your inner child. Listen to what your inner child has to say. Perhaps your inner child wants to give you the answer to a question that you’ve been mulling over. After all, you never needed to look outside yourself when you were a child to know how you felt or what was true for you. You always knew the answers. There also may be an ache from a childhood wound that you can now heal by talking to your inner child and offering them the wisdom and perspective that comes with maturity. Or maybe you’ve merely forgotten how to see the world with childlike wonder and hope! , and your inner child would like you to remember how. Tell your inner child that you love them and will keep them safe. Embrace your inner child and tell them that you are always there for them. Allow your inner child to always be there for you.

Connecting to your inner child in with meditation is a very useful tool, but you can also connect with your inner child even when you aren’t in meditation. Treat yourself to a play date, ice cream, or a walk in the park. Let yourself laugh and play more. Give yourself permission to be as wise as your inner child so you can stop focusing on what isn’t important and start living as if every moment is precious. Your life will be filled with more laughter and fun.

Sources: Daily Om

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Scientists Show How Certain Vegetables Combat Cancer

While it has been known for some time that eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, can help prevent breast cancer, the mechanism by which the active substances in these vegetables inhibit cell proliferation was unknown — until now.


Scientists in the UC Santa Barbara laboratories of Leslie Wilson, professor of biochemistry and pharmacology, and Mary Ann Jordan, adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, have shown how the healing power of these vegetables works at the cellular level. Their research is published in this month’s journal Carcinogenesis.

“Breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, can be protected against by eating cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and near relatives of cabbage such as broccoli and cauliflower,” said first author Olga Azarenko, who is a graduate student at UCSB. “These vegetables contain compounds called isothiocyanates which we believe to be responsible for the cancer-preventive and anti-carcinogenic activities in these vegetables. Broccoli and broccoli sprouts have the highest amount of the isothiocyanates.

“Our paper focuses on the anti-cancer activity of one of these compounds, called sulforaphane, or SFN,” Azarenko added. “It has already been shown to reduce the incidence and rate of chemically induced mammary tumors in animals. It inhibits the growth of cultured human breast cancer cells, leading to cell death.”

Science Blog December 23, 2008
Carcinogenesis December 2008; 29(12):2360-8

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20 Ways to Attack Shyness

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Regardless of whether you are introverted or extraverted, you have probably felt shy at some point in your life. There is a misconception that only introverts experience shyness, but in reality being shy has more to do with being uncomfortable with yourself, especially around other people.

Shyness has three components:

1. Excessive Self-Consciousness — you are overly aware of yourself, particularly in social situations
2. Excessive Negative Self-Evaluation — you tend to see yourself negatively
3. Excessive Negative Self-Preoccupation — you tend to pay too much attention to all the things you are doing wrong when you are around other people

This ThinkSimpleNow article has compiled some excellent tips that may help you overcome the uncomfortable feeling of shyness:

1. Understand Your Shyness — What situation triggers this feeling? And what are you concerned with at that point?

2. Turn Self Consciousness into Self Awareness — Recognize that the world is not looking at you. Most people are too busy looking at themselves.3. Find Your Strengths — It’s important to know and fully accept the things that you do well, even if they differ from the norm.4. Learn to Like Yourself — Practice appreciating yourself and liking the unique expression that is you.5. Don’t Conform — Trying to fit in like everyone else is exhausting and not very much fun. Understand that it is okay to be different.6. Focus on Other People — Rather than focusing on your awkwardness in social situations, focus on other people and what they have to say.7. Release Anxiety through Breath — A simple technique to calm anxiety is taking deep breaths with your eyes closed.

8. Release Anxiety through Movement — One way of viewing anxiety is that it is blocked energy that needs to be released. You can release this energy through physical movement.

9. Visualization — Visualizing yourself in the situation as a confident and happy person helps to shape your perception of yourself.

10. Affirmation — Words can carry incredible energy. What you repeatedly tell yourself gets heard by your unconscious mind, and it acts accordingly.

11. Do Not Leave an Uncomfortable Situation — Turn the fearful situation into a place of introspection and personal growth.

12. Accept Rejection — Accept the possibility that we can be rejected, and learn to not take it personally.

13. Relinquish Perfectionism — Create visions of yourself out of the Being from who you are, naturally; and let that expression flow.

14. Stop Labeling Yourself — Stop labeling yourself as a shy person.

15. Practice Social Skills — Like any other skill, social skills can be cultivated through practice and experience.

16. Practice Being in Uncomfortable Situations — Placing yourself in these uncomfortable situations will help to desensitize your fear of the situation.

17. The Three Questions — During social settings where you may experience nervousness, periodically ask yourself the following three questions:

1. Am I breathing?
2. Am I relaxed?
3. Am I moving with grace?

18. What is Comfortable for You? — Going to bars and clubs isn’t for everyone. Understand what feels comfortable for you, and find people, communities and activities that bring out the best in you.

19. Focus on the Moment — Becoming mindful of what you’re doing, regardless of what you’re doing, will take focus away from the self.

20. Seek and Record Your SuccessesKeeping a journal of your successes will not only boost self-confidence, but also shift your focus toward something that can benefit you.

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Practice Meditation

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The many benefits of steady breathing and focused thinking.

Meditation is easy to do at home. Practicing every day, even for a short time, can be beneficial for weight loss because it helps boost positivity.

Sitting comfortably with your back straight, breathe steadily and focus your mind on your breath as it flows in and out of your lungs. After a few minutes, visualize pleasant, tranquil surroundings such as the seashore or a woodland riverside. Playing a tape of soothing music can also help create the right mood.
Source:Reader’s Digest.

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