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Looking Inwards - Finding Your Real Powers

We all have three eyes. Two for looking out and one for looking in. Why would we want to look in when everything is happening 'out there'? Because the treasure we seek is inside, not outside.
What is treasure? Beauty, truth, peace, happiness. 
You already have what you seek. You already are stunningly beautiful. You are already peaceful and loving. How come you don't know this? Simple, you never look inwards, beyond superficial memories or recent experiences, so you never see your own riches. Take a moment to stop, look in and see. Don't rush. Don't search. Just look. And be aware.

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23 Photos of Super Quality Cabling

1. Just look. Be soothed.

Just look. Be soothed.

2. It's so lovely.

It's so lovely.

3. All those cables, so perfectly arranged.

All those cables, so perfectly arranged.

4. Remarkably, these are actually in the exact same spot.

5. All this order is just so useful.

All this order is just so useful.

6. If your cables looks this good, you should be displaying them.

If your cables looks this good, you should be displaying them.

7. And whichever brave person took this on and came out the other side deserves a medal.

And whichever brave person took this on and came out the other side deserves a medal.

8. And this person should too.

And this person should too.

10. Just truly lovely.

Just truly lovely.

11. There's nothing better to look at.

There's nothing better to look at.

12. It's all just so neat.

It's all just so neat.

13. Put this in place

Put this shit in the MOMA.

14. I mean, come ON, look at this.

I mean, come ON, look at this.

15. All cables should look as good as this.

All cables should look as good as this.

16. All server rooms should get made over like this.

All server rooms should get made over like this.

17. Looks so good.

Looks so good.

18. Looks so right.

Looks so right.

19. And it's so important.

And it's so important.

20. How it should be.

How it should be.

21. How to make the world a better place.

How to make the world a better place.

22. In one easy move.

In one easy move.

23. Perfect.


How To Eat Right When You’re At A Fast Food Restaurant

There comes a time in almost every diet plan where you find yourself sitting in a fast food establishment – or, as the case may be, frantically going through the drive-thru as you rush off to whatever else your day may bring.
As you do this, anxiety starts to build in your stomach. You've been doing so well on your diet and now you are about to ruin it in one fell swoop.
It's no secret that most fast food menu items are loaded with fat, refined carbs, and calories, and are the opposite of what a healthy diet should be.
That said, if you are willing to put in a little extra effort, you can uncover hidden nutritional gems in a fast food restaurant that won't cause too much damage to your diet plan.
Always remember, eating light when dining out is essential. You're far better off going for a light meal now and then simply adding more to your next meal – which you can prepare yourself – to make up for it.
Let's look at how to eat right when dining fast food at a few different types of establishments.

The Burger Place

burger joints
Perhaps the most commonly frequented fast food restaurants are burger joints. Be it McDonald's, Harvey's, Burger King or otherwise, one thing is certain and that is there is no shortage of high calorie options.
Most burgers easily come in at 500+ calories and if you plan to add a side of fries to that, tack on another 600 or more. This makes for a meal that, for many people, is well over half of your daily food intake.
The solution? Get smart. Most burger restaurants will have a grilled chicken burger option, so start there. Order your grilled chicken and then request it with no mayonnaise or 'special sauce' (Hint: Never trust the 'special sauce').
If you're on a low carb diet, you might consider removing half the bun from this sandwich, or forgoing the bread altogether and getting that chicken on top of a salad (if they don't have a chicken salad option in the first place).
If you feel like you need something that contains potato, avoid French fries at all costs. There's simply no way to make these healthier.
Instead, opt for a baked potato (if they have one) and top it with some salsa rather than traditional high fat source cream or butter.
If you opt for these choices, you'll be eating wisely.

The Taco Joint

The Taco Joint
Moving on, you might find yourself stopping at a taco or burrito place. While a bit less common than a burger place, these definitely have no shortage of locations as well.
Here, the first tip is to opt for one type of 'shell' only. Don't do a soft shell in a hard shell. That's just double the calories, double the carbs, and double the fats.
If you can, choose a softer shell. Hard shells have been fried and so, have more unwanted fats.
Next, opt for grilled chicken over beef or steak for your meat filling or, if you prefer, try some beans instead. Beans are a much lower fat option and will give you a good dose of fiber as well.
As you top that taco or burrito, keep the sour cream off. It's high in saturated fat and provides no real nutrition. Instead, try guacamole if it's offered. Request them to only put on a little, but feel good since it's a healthier form of fat that your body needs.
Finally, be sure that you only eat one. Don't go in for two or more, even if the price seems right. One is more than enough to fuel you until you can get to a healthier meal.

The Pizza House

Try choosing the vegetarian pizza
The next place you might find yourself stopping is the pizza house. The smell of freshly baked pizza is like none other, and you may be tempted to pick up the most delicious looking slice you can find.
Instead, try and seek out a thin crust pizza. This alone can save you at least a hundred calories per slice, if not more. The thinner the base, the better.
Then, watch your toppings. Try choosing the vegetarian pizza which will be lower in fat and calories than beef or pepperoni.
And, the more vegetables on your slice, the better.
Apart from these choices, you won't be able to alter much else on your pizza as in the fast food restaurant, it'll already be prepared and waiting for you.
If you find yourself in a sit-down pizza house, then you can request that they use much less cheese, which will reduce the fat and sodium content.

The Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop
The coffee shop is another place you may frequent. Whether it's first thing in the morning or a quick stop-off as you go about your day, cafés and coffee shops are often our most convenient option when hunger strikes.
So, what will you order?
First, steer clear of anything baked or deep fried. Donuts, muffins, croissants – all bad news as far as your diet is concerned.
Also, ditch the bagels. Bagels are simply too high in carbohydrates to be considered a 'light' meal option. Unless you have an intense workout planned for later in the day, you just don't need that many carbs.
Going in for a freshly prepared sandwich can be one option here and from there, you might consider only eating half of it at once. Choose one that comes on wholegrain bread and is light on mayonnaise to keep the fat content down. Turkey and chicken are both great sandwich options, but do steer clear of tuna or egg salad. These are also going to be prepared with plenty of high fat mayonnaise, so won't do your diet proud.
As an alternative option to a sandwich, you might go in for a broth-based soup. These are often served at coffee shops and can be a great way to fill that hunger void for the time being.
Be it chicken noodle, vegetable or minestrone soup, all will provide just a few hundred calories.
Finally, a word must be mentioned about your coffee selection. If you are getting a drink, make it as simple as possible. Many of the gourmet coffee varieties today are nothing short of dessert in a cup and will pack in far too many calories, along with grams of sugar and fat.
Opt for a plain black coffee and add a little cinnamon and sweetner to it as desired. Herbal or green teas are also fantastic options. Being smart about how you hydrate is just as important as choosing the right foods to eat.

The Sub Stop

Sub sandwich
Sub sandwich's pride themselves on being the healthier alternative to the burger and in most cases they are. You do, however, still need to be careful about how you order.
First, don't go in for that foot-long sub. A half sub (typically a 6 inch) is more than enough for just about everyone.
Next, choose whole wheat bread. You will be taking in quite a bit of carbs at this meal, so the least you can do is make sure that it is going to provide some fiber as well.
Next, opt for some lean meats – chicken breast, turkey are all quite good options. Steer clear of meatball subs, steak and cheese subs, or any sort of mayo based salad sub. Those will all contain too many fat and calories to be considered healthy.
When choosing condiments, stick to mustard. It's your best bet to keep the calorie intake down and ensure that you aren't taking in any unwanted saturated fat.
Load that sub up with as many fresh vegetables as possible. One great thing about a sub restaurant is that they typically make it right in front of you, so you can easily request more vegetables than average.
So there you have some quick tips to remember as you find yourself in a fast food restaurant. There's no question that it's not the most ideal situation to be in if healthy eating is important to you, but this said, it doesn't need to completely derail your diet and lead to weight gain.
You just need to be smart in your approach and practice moderation in serving size with whatever you choose to eat.
Source: shawacademy

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Life is a Game of Juggling

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family,Health, Friends and Spirit and you're keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.
Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and ha
​​ve proper rest. Value has a value only if its value is valued."

Dubai: New Attractions For This Year

Dubai Municipality releases video of Dubai Safari Park, which is expected to open in October
Image Credit: Gulf News Archives
Covering a total area of 119 hectares and built at a cost of Dh150 million, the Dubai Safari Park is located at Al Warqa, opposite Dragon Mart.

Dubai: Authorities are working round the clock to open the Dubai Safari Park to the public by October and, with the Dubai Water Canal also expected to be inaugurated this year, the city is counting down to 16 project launches in 2016.
Ranging from the new fish market in Deira to the world’s largest ferris wheel at Bluewaters Island, residents will not be lost for choice when it comes to exploring Dubai’s newest attractions.
Dubai Municipality has released a 15-second video, giving residents a sneak peak into the development of the Dubai Safari Park project that will become home to over 1,000 animals from around the world, including more than 350 species of rare and endangered animals. The video only shows one section of the project, the African village, which is close to completion, leaving the waterfall and wadi as a surprise until its grand opening.
“The Safari Village is almost complete, which will house the animals. We are now finalising the last details of the main building’s façade, as well as the project’s landscape that will feature the elements of rock, water and earth,” said Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.
Diligent workers are currently focused on giving the final touches to the park’s facade and the main building. By the third quarter of 2016, the new zoo will also include an Arabian, Asian and African Village with architecture and landscaping to match, in addition to a butterfly park, a botanical garden, a resort and veterinary facilities.
“The new zoo will not be your average one and will be a completely different concept than the zoo we have now. The purpose will be to house the animals in safe conditions that meet high international standards, and at the same, give families and children to learn about the animals and their habitat in a fun yet educational way,” said Hanan Hassan Al Aradi, an official at Dubai Municipality working on the project.
Projects lined up for 2016 opening

1- Dubai Safari Park: Covering a total area of 119 hectares and built at a cost of Dh150 million, the safari park is located at Al Warqa, opposite Dragon Mart. When designing the green project, Dubai Municipality ensured that Dubai Safari Park will incorporate solar power, water recycling, waste disposal and other recycling facilities.

2- Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre: The Dh40-million observatory centre will be built by June at Mushrif Park in Mirdif, and will feature a space museum, gallery, a theatre and a one-metre telescope. The centre will also have a lecture theatre and scientific academy to hosts students from schools and universities.

 3- Dubai Frame: Although the month for the Frame’s launch has not been revealed, Dubai Municipality has confirmed that the Dh160-million project will open in 2016. The project consists of two 150-metre high towers, connected by a 100 square metre bridge, where visitors can take in the panoramic views of Old and New Dubai. Located at Zabeel Park, the project will also feature a museum on the ground floor.

4- Dubai Ferris Wheel: The world’s largest ferris wheel, Dubai Eye, will be 210 metres high and is part of the Dh6-billion Bluewaters Island project near Jumeirah Beach Residence. Biult by Meraas Holding, the ferris wheel will have 48 capsules to hold 1,400 visitors, and offer breathtaking views of Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa.

5- IMG Worlds of Adventure: The 1.5 million square feet theme park is located in the heart of new Dubai and will open in early 2016. Tickets are priced at Dh300. The park will contain four zones: Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure, and IMG Boulevard, which will include 28 restaurants, 25 shops and 4,500 parking spaces.
Worlds of adventure

6- Dubai Parks and Resorts: The theme park is expected to open in October 2016. Riverland Dubai will be both the main entrance to the resort and a connecting point between all three theme parks – Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Legoland Water Park and the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed hotel.
Dubai Parks and resorts

7- Deira Fish Market: The Dh250-million project is located opposite Dubai Hospital in Al Hamriya, and will meet the requirements of the community as a fish and vegetable market. The two-storey building will include 150 fruit and vegetable stands, 63 shops for spices, more than 70 meat outlets, and over 770 kiosks.
Fish market

8- Dubai Opera House: The 2,000-seat, multi-format theatre is located at Downtown Dubai and is set to open in March. Once opened, the opera house will be the centrepiece of the Opera District, and will host opera, theatre, concerts, ballet, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes.
NAT 160116 Dubai Opera House

9- Dubai Metro extension: The Roads and Transport Authority will start working on a 15-kilometre extension of the Dubai Metro, and will add seven stations connecting Dubai World Central Airport Al Maktoum International Airport and the Expo 2020 site with the rest of the city. The new stations will connect neighbourhoods at Discovery Gardens, Jumeirah Golf Estates, and Dubai Investments Park.

10- Dubai Water Canal: The three-kilometre canal originating in Business Bay will pass through Safa Park and Jumeirah, culminating in the Arabian Gulf. The project will create 80,000 square metres of new facilities with private marinas for boats, and will also host a shopping centre, four hotels, 450 restaurants, walkways and cycle paths.
Water Canal

11- City Walk Phase 2: While Phase 1 of the Meeras Holdings’ retail space is already up and running, the mixed use Phase 2 will add 10,000 square metres of retail area, in addition to residential units. Centrally located, the new complex will add to the bustling shopping and dine-out arcades on Al Wasl Road. The second phase is set to add an extra 10,000 square metres of retail space.
City Walk

12- Used Furniture Market: Set to open in June, the second-hand market for furniture is located at Nad Al Sheba 3 at the end of Manama Street, and was built at a cost of Dh76.8 million. Covering 310,000 square metres, the market will feature 120 shops across six blocks, as well as administrative offices and a food court.
Used Furniture Market

13- Palms Park: Located in Al Awir, the park covers 10.8 hectares and is designed in the shape of a palm tree, representing the UAE’s environment. The park will contain more than 1,400 palm trees and offer as many as 300 types of dates, which will be sold at the Date Souq within the park.

14- Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk: The Dh150-million waterfront attraction will run the full 11-kilometre length of Palm Jumeirah’s crescent. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2016 and will feature glass-encased cafes and restaurants with views of The Palm, Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline.
Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk

15- Marina 101 Tower: Dubai’s second tallest tower at 426 metres high will be located at Dubai Marina, and was originally scheduled for completion in 2012. Set for a 2016 opening, Marina 101 will be home to the Middle East’s first Hard Rock Hotel.
Marina 101 Tower

16- Nikki Beach: The international beach club is set to open on the manmade Pearl Jumeirah in February, and covers over 52,000 square metres. The Nikki Beach Restaurant and Beach Club will open next month, while the rest of the hotel and resort will open later, according to Meraas Holding.
Nikki Beach

The Grass Is Always Greener

The Grass Is Always Greener
Finding The Joy You Have

Not one life goes by in which there is not the search for joy and happiness. It is unfortunate, however, that people so often believe that the search will be entirely fulfilled by finding the perfect job, acquiring some new gadget, losing weight, or maintaining an image. The problem inherent in looking outward for sources of happiness is that focusing on what you don't have or what you aren't inevitably leads to unhappiness. It is easy to get caught up in your desires and to ignore the sources of joy and growth already present in your life. It is said that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. When you have stopped comparing yourself and your assets to others, you'll be able to recognize that to others, you are on the "green side." Learning to live in the moment and to enjoy your personal lot can be a source of profound contentment.

Start by recognizing what you have. Make a list of one hundred reasons you have to be thankful, even if they seem like small things. Our emotions are based on our perspectives. Try to envision a circumstance wherein your reasons to be thankful feel important. Then apply that perspective.

Joy and satisfaction must come from the inside. Many people feel very sincerely that a different circumstance, financial situation, or wardrobe would bring them happiness, only to find out when they have achieved their goal that they feel the same as they did before. Accepting your current circumstances and embracing them, rather than expending energy on negative thinking, will help you overcome obstacles and enact changes naturally. The happier you are, the more you will be able to make the positive changes that really matter.

Unhappiness inspired by what you don't have is easy to overcome when you open your eyes to the wonderful things already present in your life. Remember that joy is a state of mind and it is pointless to sacrifice the happiness of today for a set of possibilities that may or may not come to be.