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Awakening Yourself From Within

In human history we  have never been richer, had more, created more or inspired greater technological advances. And yet, we have never been so unhappy.
The World Happiness Report (2) shows people in developed continents such as Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand are less happy than they were in 2005. This is despite increased economic benefit. The Happy Planet index 2014 (3) shows that countries such as Indonesia are happier than any 'developed' nation.
It is all too obvious from these studies that wealth and riches do not bring happiness or fulfillment. There needs to be a change in how we perceive life and what we want from it. If following our current path of ongoing economic development in a bid to achieve personal and national happiness is not working, then what would work? What path can we follow? And how do we find it?
Throughout human history, there have been teachers of consciousness who have led many to a higher level of happiness than most of us will ever experience, because most of what we seek is transitory. It does not last.

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Success in business is temporary and disappears when we die. A triumph on the sporting field lasts just a moment, the focus turning quickly to the next game or the next season. A relationship can be wonderful one moment and disastrous the next. Children grow and leave their childhood home. A beautiful sunset fades. A blooming flower dies.
To find a higher level of consciousness requires you to step away from what you think you know and allow yourself to experience what is not available in the normal world of consciousness.

Yet, when you truly open your eyes, you will find the majority of the world is asleep, their consciousness running on auto-pilot.
Some people rise, have a shower, eat breakfast, dress and fall out the door, into the car, or onto the bus and go through the day with no thought of what they are doing or why. They are unaware and asleep. This is the sad reality.
If you wish to seek true happiness there is only one part of the universe that is constant. That is the spirit inside you.
This may seem strange to some but if you are ready, the idea of rediscovering your spirit will ring true for you. You will know you want to awaken. If you do not, you are still under the influence of the one thing that creates the unhappiness that you experience around you everyday.
You do not know this thing that influences you because it casts a mirror that makes it appear as if it is the external world that is at fault.
If only that job would be less busy, if your son or daughter would obey you, if that beloved person would return your love, if only problems would stop, if only money would start to flow… then you would be happy.
It appears certain to you that the root of your unhappiness is caused by factors outside of yourself. This is the delusion.
The true cause of your unhappiness and your suffering is within the part of you that makes the choices that puts you in these situations to begin with. This part of you does not want you to awaken or know the joy that every moment of life can bring.
Learning to discover, understand, and know this part of you is the first step to awaken.
So, to begin with, you must find and recognise your ego.
Your journey demands that you know your ego, so you can recognise it and become free of it. Many of us do not even know it exists and have never really experienced freedom from it.
Likewise attempting to describe your true spirit to the unconscious is like describing a beautiful desert island with sparkling turquoise waters and plentiful fish to a nomadic desert dweller. It may sound wonderful but they have no concept of what it is really like.

Living without the ego is pure joy.  No matter what happens, your life can be one that holds no stress or fear or anxiety.
This is not controlled by will, it simply does not arise.

I'm Fine - How are you?

There's nothing the matter with me,
I'm just as healthy as can be,
I have arthritis in both knees,
And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.
My pulse is weak, my blood is thin,
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

All my teeth have had to come out,
And my diet I hate to think about.
I'm overweight and I can't get thin,
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

And arch supports I need for my feet.
Or I wouldn't be able to go out in the street.
Sleep is denied me night after night,
But every morning I find I'm all right.
My memory's failing, my head's in a spin.
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

Old age is golden I've heard it said,
But sometimes I wonder, as I go to bed.
With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
and my glasses on a shelf, until I get up.
And when sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself,
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?

The reason I know my Youth has been spent,
Is my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went!
But really I don't mind, when I think with a grin,
Of all the places my get-up has been.

I get up each morning and dust off my wits,
Pick up the paper and read the obits.
If my name is missing, I'm therefore not dead,
So I eat a good breakfast and jump back into bed.

The moral of this as the tale unfolds,
Is that for you and me, who are growing old.
It is better to say "I'm fine" with a grin,
Than to let people know the shape we are in.


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Medical: General Knowledge about Dialysis

Dialysis is a treatment that does some of the things done by healthy kidneys. It is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your body's needs.

When is dialysis needed?

You need dialysis when you develop end stage kidney failure --usually by the time you lose about 85 to 90 percent of your kidney function and have a GFR of <15. Click here to learn more about the stages of Chronic Kidney Disease and GFR.

What does dialysis do?

When your kidneys fail, dialysis keeps your body in balance by:
  • removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body
  • keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate
  • helping to control blood pressure

Is kidney failure permanent?

Usually, but not always. Some kinds of acute kidney failure get better after treatment. In some cases of acute kidney failure, dialysis may only be needed for a short time until the kidneys get better.
In chronic or end stage kidney failure, your kidneys do not get better and you will need dialysis for the rest of your life. If your doctor says you are a candidate, you may choose to be placed on a waiting list for a new kidney.

Where is dialysis done?

Dialysis can be done in a hospital, in a dialysis unit that is not part of a hospital, or at home. You and your doctor will decide which place is best, based on your medical condition and your wishes.

Are there different types of dialysis?

Yes, there are two types of dialysis --hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

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What is hemodialysis?

In hemodialysis, an artificial kidney (hemodialyzer) is used to remove waste and extra chemicals and fluid from your blood. To get your blood into the artificial kidney, the doctor needs to make an access (entrance) into your blood vessels. This is done by minor surgery to your arm or leg.
Sometimes, an access is made by joining an artery to a vein under your skin to make a bigger blood vessel called a fistula.
However, if your blood vessels are not adequate for a fistula, the doctor may use a soft plastic tube to join an artery and a vein under your skin. This is called a graft.
Occasionally, an access is made by means of a narrow plastic tube, called a catheter, which is inserted into a large vein in your neck. This type of access may be temporary, but is sometimes used for long-term treatment.
Click here to learn more about hemodialysis

How long do hemodialysis treatments last?

The time needed for your dialysis depends on:
  • how well your kidneys work
  • how much fluid weight you gain between treatments
  • how much waste you have in your body
  • how big you are
  • the type of artificial kidney used
Usually, each hemodialysis treatment lasts about four hours and is done three times per week.
A type of hemodialysis called high-flux dialysis may take less time. You can speak to your doctor to see if this is an appropriate treatment for you.

What is peritoneal dialysis and how does it work?

In this type of dialysis, your blood is cleaned inside your body. The doctor will do surgery to place a plastic tube called a catheter into your abdomen (belly) to make an access. During the treatment, your abdominal area (called the peritoneal cavity) is slowly filled with dialysate through the catheter. The blood stays in the arteries and veins that line your peritoneal cavity. Extra fluid and waste products are drawn out of your blood and into the dialysate. There are two major kinds of peritoneal dialysis.
Click here to learn more about peritoneal dialysis

What are the different kinds of peritoneal dialysis and how do they work?

There are several kinds of peritoneal dialysis but two major ones are:
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) and Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD).
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) is the only type of peritoneal dialysis that is done without machines. You do this yourself, usually four or five times a day at home and/or at work. You put a bag of dialysate (about two quarts) into your peritoneal cavity through the catheter. The dialysate stays there for about four or five hours before it is drained back into the bag and thrown away. This is called an exchange. You use a new bag of dialysate each time you do an exchange. While the dialysate is in your peritoneal cavity, you can go about your usual activities at work, at school or at home.
Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) usually is done at home using a special machine called a cycler. This is similar to CAPD except that a number of cycles (exchanges) occur. Each cycle usually lasts 1-1/2 hours and exchanges are done throughout the night while you sleep.

Will dialysis help cure the kidney disease?

No. Dialysis does some of the work of healthy kidneys, but it does not cure your kidney disease. You will need to have dialysis treatments for your whole life unless you are able to get a kidney transplant.

Is dialysis uncomfortable?

You may have some discomfort when the needles are put into your fistula or graft, but most patients have no other problems. The dialysis treatment itself is painless. However, some patients may have a drop in their blood pressure. If this happens, you may feel sick to your stomach, vomit, have a headache or cramps. With frequent treatments, those problems usually go away.

How long has dialysis been available?

Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis have been done since the mid 1940's. Dialysis, as a regular treatment, was begun in 1960 and is now a standard treatment all around the world. CAPD began in 1976. Thousands of patients have been helped by these treatments.

How long can you live on dialysis?

We do not yet know how long patients on dialysis will live. We think that some dialysis patients may live as long as people without kidney failure.

Is dialysis expensive?

Yes. Dialysis costs a lot of money. However, the federal government pays 80 percent of all dialysis costs for most patients. Private health insurance or state Medicaid programs also help with the costs.
Click here to learn more about insurance options

Do dialysis patients feel normal?

Many patients live normal lives except for the time needed for treatments. Dialysis usually makes you feel better because it helps many of the problems caused by kidney failure. You and your family will need time to get used to dialysis.

Do dialysis patients have to control their diets?

Yes. You may be on a special diet. You may not be able to eat everything you like, and you may need to limit how much you drink. Your diet may vary according to the type of dialysis.
Click here to learn more about diet for dialysis patients

Can dialysis Patients travel?

Yes. Dialysis centers are located in every part of the United States and in many foreign countries. The treatment is standardized. You must make an appointment for dialysis treatments at another center before you go. The staff at your center may help you make the appointment.
Click here to learn more about traveling on dialysis

Can dialysis patients continue to work?

Many dialysis patients can go back to work after they have gotten used to dialysis. If your job has a lot of physical labor (heavy lifting, digging, etc. ), you may need to get a different job.
Click here to learn more about working with kidney disease
If you would like more information, please contact us.
©2014 National Kidney Foundation. All rights reserved. This material does not constitute medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment recommendations.

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How to Develop Interpersonal Communication Skills

Often, problems arise when this coordination is co-opted by one party's ignorance or incompetence at a given element. But do not fear. Here are nine quick tips to improving your interpersonal communications skills that will get you in the game right away.

This is the quickest, clearest skill to develop to let your conversation partner know you regard them as more than a sounding board. Something as simple as using their name will allow a much greater path toward mutual communication.

Learn to read the tells of your conversation partner and how to tailor what you need to say to optimize effectiveness as the conversation progresses. This skill will serve you well.

To improve your interpersonal communication skills, get to the point of what you wish to say and do not rely on implication to get your message across. Don't make more work for your counterpart.

Include everything you need to say and all of the supporting facts and data to make your points.

The easiest way to improve your interpersonal communication skills is to avoid jumping to premature conclusions about your counterpart or what they are trying to say.

Also, avoid making assumptions as best as you can, as most often they are wrong, and work to inhibit communication. "Begin challenging your own assumptions," said Alan Alda. "Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in."

Use "I" and "me" and "mine" qualifiers as often as you can to mark your words as your own, and foster a sense of competency in your counterpart.

Always be clear in interpersonal communication and do not rely on hope that the other person understands "the gist" of what you were trying to say. Be clear and be direct.

This is perhaps the most crucial skill to learn in improving your interpersonal abilities. Respond thoughtfully and carefully to others, do not "react" because reaction is most often an unthinking (and disrespectful) activity.

You can improve your communication skills by adhering to each of these 9 tips throughout your social and work life.
Communicating with people, though outwardly may seem an easy task, is actually an incredibly nuanced and difficult thing when you examine the nuts and bolts of all of the moving parts that happen beneath the surface of interpersonal interaction. In this article are nine quick tips to improving your interpersonal communications skills that will get you in the game right away.
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9 Most Important Career Planning Tips

1. Never Stop Learning
Life-long learning is your keyword.

The world is constantly changing, and everybody is looking for new ways of doing business.

If you have decided that your current skills are good enough, you have also decided that your current job is good enough.

But if you want a career in the future, you should add regular updates to your skills and knowledge.

2. Ask, Listen And Learn
A good listener can learn a lot.

Listen to your co-workers, your boss, and your superiors. You can learn a lot from their experience.

Ask about issues that interest you, and listen to what they say. Let them tell you about how things work, and what you could have done better.

Most people will love to be your free tutor.

3. Fulfill Your Current Job
Your current job might be best place to start your career.

It is often very little that separates successful people from the average. But nothing comes free.

If you do your job well and fulfill your responsibilities, this is often the best way to start a new career.

Talk to your supervisor about things you can do. Suggest improvements. Offer your help when help is needed. In return ask for help to build a better career. It is often possible - right inside your own organization - especially if you have proved to be a valued employee.

4. Build Your Network
Your next career step might arise from your contact network.

Did you know that more than 50% of all jobs are obtained from contact networks?

If you have a good contact network, it is also a good place to discover future careers, to explore new trends, and to learn about new opportunities.

Spend some time building new contacts, and don
t forget to maintain the ones you already have.

One of the best ways to get serious information from your network is to regularly ask your contacts how they are, what they do, and what is new about their careers.

5. Identify Your Current Job
Your current job should be identified, not assumed.

Make sure you don't work with tasks you assume are important. This is waste of time and talent.

When you start in a new job, talk to your superior about your priorities. If you are not sure about what is most important, then ask him. And ask him again. Often you will be surprised about the differences between what you assume, and what is really important.

6. Identify Your Next Job
Your dream job must be identified.

Before you start planning your future career, be sure you have identified your dream job.

In your dream job, you will be doing all the things you enjoy, and none of the things you don
x378t enjoy. What kind of job would that be?

Do you like or dislike having responsibility for other employees. Do you like to work with technology or with people? Do you want to run your own business? Do you want to be an artist, a designer or a skilled engineer? A manager?

Before building your future career your goal must be identified.

7. Prepare Yourself
Your dream might show up tomorrow. Be prepared.

Dont wait a second. Update your CV now, and continue to update it regularly.

Tomorrow your dream job may show up right before your nose. Prepare for it with a professional CV and be ready to describe yourself as a valuable object to anyone that will try to recruit you.

If you dont know how to write a CV, or how to describe yourself, start learning it now.

8. Pick The Right Tools
Pick the tools you can handle.

You can build your future career using a lot of different tools. Studying at W3Schools is easy. Taking a full master degree is more complicated.

You can add a lot to your career by studying books and tutorials (like the one you find at W3Schools). Doing short time courses with certification tests might add valuable weight to your CV. And dont forget: Your current job is often the most valuable source of building new skills.

Dont pick a tool that is too heavy for you to handle!

9. Realize Your Dreams
Put your dreams into action.

Dont let a busy job kill your dreams. If you have higher goals, put them into action now.

If you have plans about taking more education, getting a better job, starting your own company or something else, you should not use your daily job as a "waiting station". Your daily job will get more and more busy, you will be caught up in the rat race, and you will burn up your energy.

If you have this energy, you should use it now, to realize your dreams.

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Stop Complaining Start Achieving

Your complaining attitude takes you away from your success. This means that the more you complain about your circumstances the more you move away from your destination and vice versa.

On top of that, if you keep complaining, you will give birth to two more mental diseases which are 'blaming' and 'criticizing'. When you don't like your circumstances you start finding faults in people around you and then you start blaming and criticizing them for your failures. Hence all three diseases, complaining, blaming and criticizing strengthen their roots in your brain and eventually this negative attitude becomes your personality trait.
When you complain you waste your precious time. You build negative energy which piles up in your brain stealing your peace of mind leading to chronic psychological disorders hence it's a concrete physical, mental and emotional loss which is no way closer to any kind of benefit.
On the contrary, if you are a hard working soul, you believe in your skills instead of luck. You believe in the  power of Now. You believe in power of making things happen instead of waiting for things to happen. Your analytical skills give you the luxury to break down the bigger problem into smaller problems and then you start fixing each problem one by one, moving near to your ultimate goal slowly and steadily. 
So now is the time to decide whether you would like to live as a loser by complaining, blaming and criticizing OR live like a successful chap, the one who doesn't waste the time by looking in the past, the one who does not have a negative thought process, the one who is visionary and the one who once make a commitment then focuses on it all the way till the task is accomplished.  
Complaining causes draining of energies and you are in position to lose your powers in this world of competition. 

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Optimist Vs Pessimist - Let's Refresh

The pessimist finds fault;
The optimist discovers a remedy.
The pessimist seeks sympathy;
The optimist spreads cheer.
The pessimist criticizes circumstances;
The optimist changes conditions.
The pessimist complains about the apple seeds;
The optimist plants them.
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The pessimist creates loneliness;
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The pessimist nibbles at the negative;
The optimist is nourished by the positive.
The pessimist builds barriers;
The optimist removes roadblocks.
The pessimist invents trouble;
The optimist enriches the environment

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10 Habits That You Should Avoid Because They Make You Age Faster

The habits listed below make you look older than you really are:
1. Doing More Things at the Same Time
If you thought that multitasking is good, you were wrong. You cannot finish anything while multitasking and also it produces more stress. Don't try to accomplish everything at the same time but focus on only one task at a time. Scientists have discovered that constant stress releases free radicals that damage your cell, making you age.

2. Having a Sweet Tooth
Here is sad news if you have a sweet tooth. Desserts not only add extra pounds to your body, but they also add years to your face. You have to consume less sugary treats if you like to keep your skin's youthful glow. The process known as glycation can make skin lose its radiance and it can result in appearance of dark circles under the eyes, larger pore sizes, wrinkles, etc.

3. Lack of Quality Sleep
Not getting enough sleep not only will leave you with dark bags under the eyes but also may shorten your lifespan. Sleep deprivation may have negative effects on your skin, reducing its elasticity. Additionally, lack of sleep can lead to attention problems, weight gain and mental sluggishness.

4. Watching Too Much Television
Spending too much time in front of the TV may shorten your lifespan and also it can add some extra pounds to your weight. Stop being a couch potato and embrace an active everyday life.

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5. Smoking
Smoking has many negative effects on your health, including the skin. Studies have shown that smoking is connected to facial aging.

6. Not Using Sunscreen
Not using sunscreen walking back and forth every day may be even more harmful than one day spent at the beach. Exposing to ultraviolet rays is the biggest cause of early aging. UV rays are still present on cloudy days, so it is better to use sunblock even then.

7. Having Too Much makeup
Makeup can clog skin pores and cause breakouts. Also, skin products with chemicals, alcohol and fragrances could dry the skin, producing wrinkles and premature lines.

8. Sleeping With Your Head in the Pillow
Here is one odd fact: Sleeping with your face in the pillow can cause wrinkles and premature aging. According to dermatologists, connective tissue and collagen in the face becomes weaker with age.

9. Eating Fat Free Food
Some fat is necessary for a youthful skin. Include good fats like omega 3 that is found in salmon and mackerel and some nuts like walnuts and flax seed to keep your skin flexible and soft. Omega 3 fatty acid food prevents appearance of wrinkles and improves heart and brain health.

10. Not Using Eye Cream
Using eye cream should be part of your usual skin care routine. Because skin around eyes is gentler than the rest of the face, it ages faster. Therefore, moisturizing skin around eyes increases creation of collagen and elastin that helps in tightening the skin.

10 Ways to Make Yourself Look And Be Smarter

Whether you're trying to survive an intensive college schedule or just want to seem smarter in front of your friends, you can do a lot of things to both look and be smarter. Here are ten simple tricks for boosting your real (and perceived) brain power.

10. Read Faster and Better

​Obviously, one of the best ways to boost your intelligence is to read more! You can read faster (and thus consume more knowledge) by getting your speech mechanism out of the equation. So give your mouth something to do, like eating, humming, or chewing gum to get through that stuff quickly. Then, take some time to absorb and reflect on what you read to keep it in your memory. Whether it's War and Peace or just the Wikipedia Random button, you'll be surprised by how much more you learn when you're reading not just fast, but well.

9. Speak Up (and Do It With Expression)

The more you can contribute to a conversation, a meeting, or other discourse, the smarter you'll come off. Even if it means admitting ignorance or asking questions, you'll still look better than if you stay silent—and you might actually learn something in the process. Expressive speech is key: you can boost your credibility a lot by simply making sure you speak with an engaging tone. Change your pitch and volume as necessary, and try to minimize the number of pauses as you speak. A little confidence goes a long way.

8. Don't Fall Prey to BS

When someone's trying to convince you of something, they can often resort to logical fallacies, appeals to your emotion, and other "workarounds". Learn the most common forms of BS so you can detect them as they come up. By knowing what they are, you'll also be able to avoid dishing out those same fallacies yourself, which can be a big hit to your credibility if someone catches you.

7. Focus on What You Know

When engaged in a heated discussion with your friends, you're bound to stumble upon a few holes in your knowledge. It's okay to admit when you don't know something, but if you're feeling particularly self-conscious and want to keep up the appearance of intelligence, the key is emphasizing what youdo know. If you're in an argument, don't stress disagreement so much as agreement—that way, you aren't straying away from things you know about. You're stressing the parts you do know while still taking part in the discussion. Photo remixed from originals by auremar andartenot

6. Get Some Exercise

A healthy body means a healthy brain. So, in between all the reading and mind-expanding, make sure you're leading a healthy physical life, too. That means eating right and getting regular exercise. A number of studies. have shown links between regular activity and intellect
ual capacity, productivity, and creativity. Will spending all day at the gym make you smarter? Not quite, but sitting around all day will not only kill you, but hinder your brain from being at its absolute best.

5. Talk to Yourself

While mumbling to oneself is often looked at the behavior of a crazy person, a recent study showed that talking out loud to yourself can help give you a temporary cognitive boost when trying to find something. The theory behind it: when you give yourself verbal labels to a task you're performing, you focus better on the task at hand at any given moment. So when you feel the need to open your mouth, don't fight the urge—it might help you get things done faster.

4. Learn a Second Language

People who know a second or third language are often perceived as smart by others, but research shows that it can actually make you smarter, too. If you know a second language, you're able to adapt to and switch between certain mental tasks better than those that only know one, so if you want to give your brain a real boost, learning a new language is a real (and useful!) way to do so. It's not actually hard to do, either: all you need is this simple four step method to learn in just a few months.

3. Do Things the Hard Way

Technology really has made our lives easier (after all, that's what Lifehacker's all about), but sometimes it's worth doing things the hard way. Take GPS navigation, for example: it's great that you can essentially never get lost, but if you rely on it too much, you'll never truly learn your way around. Instead, wean yourself off your GPS dependency and actually learn your way around town, develop a sense of direction, and learn to navigate using your brain. Doing things the hard way can help keep your brain sharp, so don't be afraid to forgo the easy stuff once in a while. Photo by Ramunas Geciauskas.

2. Know What Won't Make You Smarter

There's a lot of work going into researching what makes us smarter—much of which we've mentioned here—but it's also important to know what won't make you smarter. Check out our list of nine stubborn brain myths that just won't die to see just a few examples, like "the internet is making us dumber" (it isn't, if you use it properly), "listening to classical music makes children smarter" (unlikely), or that "brain games make you smarter" (don't waste your time). The less time you spend on silly myths, the more time you can spend actually expanding your brain, so get these out of your system now.

1. Just Believe You Can Be Smarter

The last step? Just believe you can be smarter. Studies have shown that this simple belief can actually make it true. That isn't to say you should be pompous: you need toassume you aren't that great yet, which will leave you open to learning new things and asking new questions—the exact sort of things that can make you smarter. But it'll never happen if you believe your intelligence is somehow fixed, so once that roadblock is gone, you may find you're much freer to pursue the level of intelligence you want. If you're having trouble doing that, it may be time to recalibrate your reality—attitude is everything.


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Safiya and Meraj story

The passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the attractive
young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the steps.
She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of the
seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he had told her was
empty. Then she settled in, placed her briefcase on her lap and rested
her cane against her leg.

It had been a year since Safiya, thirty-four, became blind. Due to a
medical misdiagnosis she had been rendered sightless, and she was
suddenly thrown into a world of darkness, anger, frustration and self-
pity. Once a fiercely independent woman, Safiya now felt condemned by
this terrible twist of fate to become a powerless, helpless burden on
everyone around her.

"How could this have happened to me?" she would plead, her heart
knotted with anger. But no matter how much she cried or ranted, she
knew the painful truth her sight was never going to return. A cloud of
depression hung over Safiya's once optimistic spirit. Just getting
through each day was an exercise in frustration and exhaustion. And
all she had to cling to was her husband Meraj.

Meraj was an Air Force officer and he loved Safiya with all of his
heart. When she first lost her sight, he watched her sink into despair
and was determined to help his wife gain the strength and confidence
she needed to become independent again. Meraj's military background
had trained him well to deal with sensitive situations, and yet he
knew this was the most difficult battle he would ever face.

Finally, Safiya felt ready to return to her job, but how would she get
there? She used to take the bus, but was now too frightened to get
around the city by herself. Meraj volunteered to drive her to work
each day, even though they worked at opposite ends of the city.

At first, this comforted Safiya and fulfilled Meraj's need to protect
his sightless wife who was so insecure about performing the slightest
task. Soon, however, Meraj realized that this arrangement was not
working - it was hectic, and costly. Safiya is going to have to start
taking the bus again, he admitted to himself. But just the thought of
mentioning it to her made him cringe. She was still so fragile, so
angry. How would she react?

Just as Meraj predicted, Safiya was horrified at the idea of taking
the bus again. "I am blind!" she responded bitterly. "How am I
supposed to know where I am going? I feel like you are abandoning me."

Meraj's heart broke to hear these words, but he knew what had to be
done. Meraj promised Safiya that each morning and evening he would
ride the bus with her, for as long as it took, until she got the hang
of it. And that is exactly what happened. For two solid weeks, Meraj,
military uniform and all, accompanied Safiya to and from work each
day. Meraj taught her how to rely on her other senses, specifically
her hearing, to determine where she was and how to adapt to her new

Meraj helped her befriend the bus drivers who could watch out for her
and save her a seat. Meraj made her laugh, even on those not-so-good
days when she would trip exiting the bus or drop her briefcase. Each
morning they made the journey together and Meraj would take a cab back
to his office. Although this routine was even more costly and
exhausting than the previous one, Meraj knew it was only a matter of
time before Safiya would be able to ride the bus on her own. Meraj
believed in her, in the Safiya he used to know before she would lost
her sight, who was not afraid of any challenge and who would never,
ever quit.

Finally, Safiya decided that she was ready to try the trip on her own.
Monday morning arrived, and before she left, she threw her arms around
Meraj, her temporary bus riding companion, her husband, and her best
friend. Her eyes filled with tears of gratitude for his loyalty, his
patience, his love. Safiya said good-bye, and for the first time, they
went their separate ways.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday... Each day on her own went
perfectly and Safiya had never felt better. Safiya was doing it! She
was going to work all by herself!

On Friday morning, Safiya took the bus to work as usual. As she was
paying for her fare to exit the bus, the driver said, "Sister, I sure
envy you."

Safiya was not sure if the driver was speaking to her or not. After
all, who on earth would ever envy a blind woman who had struggled just
to find the courage to live for the past year? Curious, she asked the
driver, "Why do you say that you envy me?"

The driver responded, "It must feel so good to be taken care of and
protected like you are."

Safiya had no idea what the driver was talking about, and asked again,
"What do you mean?"

The driver answered, "You know, every morning for the past week, a
fine looking gentleman in a military uniform has been standing across
the corner watching you when you get off the bus. He makes sure you
cross the street safely and he watches you until you enter your office
building. Then he blows you a kiss, gives you a little salute and
walks away. You are one lucky woman."

Tears of happiness poured down Safiya's cheeks. For although she could
not physically see him, she had always felt Meraj's presence. Safiya
was lucky, so lucky, for he had given her a gift more powerful than
sight, a gift she did not need to see to believe - GIFT OF LOVE THAT

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4 Symptoms that Your Body has Toxic Overload.

Human body stores toxins every day. Toxins can come from food, even from air, and there are so much of them in the body because of the irregular diet and insufficient physical activities toxins cannot be eliminated.

If you want to know in what condition your body is, you have to understand the signs your body sends. Maybe you don't pay attention to those signs and don't take them as a warning.
These are the four most common signs that your body is full with toxins you must get rid of immediately.

1. Physiological needs
The more often you go to the toilet, the more toxins in your body! However, this should not scare you because it is the way toxins get out of your system. Otherwise, they will get back in the blood stream and can make huge problems. If you have problems going to the toilet, try drinking more water, tea and certain probiotics.

2. Bad breath
Bad breath can be a sigh of toxic overload in your body. It can be caused by bacteria, but also can be a sign that your liver and intestines have problem with eliminating the toxins. Use tongue cleaner to eliminate the bacteria on your tongue and consume parsley and coriander because they are great for liver detox.

3. Strong reaction to smells
Strong reactions to smells like a perfume or a smoke may be caused by the toxins in the body. If the liver has problem with removing the toxins out of the body, we can become very sensitive to smells. Help the liver with milk thistle and dandelion oil.

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4. Can't get rid of extra pounds
There are many reasons for not losing extra weight. Hormone imbalance, poor diet, and of course, toxins. When the body is overloaded with toxins, it may be impossible to get rid of the extra pounds.

Our Solutions

It is really important to make sure our body eliminates the toxins properly. It means better natural ability of the body to do so and finding a balance. Some sort of cleansing or detoxification may help, but also, smaller amount of toxins is really important.
Consume dandelion tea, parsley, cilantro, and milk thistle which will support your liver and help in the cleansing process.
Practice deep breathing — we get rid of a lot of the toxins in our bodies through our lungs.
Choose clean organic food, work up a good sweat, go more often to the toilet and hydrate your organism.
Work your way up to healthy, toxin-free life!


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