How are you? Have you found time yet today to just be with yourself? To find some stillness or silence? To connect with your essential self.
This is one of the first things I try to do each day. Because on waking, the mind is open and receptive to new ways of doing things… Until …. it starts thinking again. The only places the thinking mind knows or wants to go are the past and the future. I don’t know about you but sometimes when I go to either of those places, it isn’t good. So while I’m still fresh I take time to sit and meditate and then say a prayer from A Course in Miracles which says not much more than “My day is a blank canvas. Let it be filled in ways that I can’t yet imagine.”
Curious about the prayer?
It’s very simple and you don’t even have to pray to the same thing, person, being, spirit, power that I pray to.
What would you have me do?
Where would you have me go?
What would you have me say, and to whom?
And then I can take my thinking mind into the future under controlled circumstances and plan the day. And I don’t have to think about it again.
Try it and see what happens. When you first wake up. Miracles might just happen.
Anyway, I digress. Today’s blog post is not about that. It’s about the fact that my collection of interesting links just keeps growing and I don’t know what to do with them. I subscribe to so much stuff thinking I’ll be able to share it on the Essentially Being Facebook Page, but there’s too much and people would probably ‘unlike’ the page.
So I’ve decided to follow in the footsteps of some online divas like Gala Darling and start a “linkfest” post once a month. That way I get to share stuff, clear my backlog and you can read it or not at your leisure. How does that sound?
The broad categories of these links will be: meditation, cancer, news about diets and general interest. The last could include environmental stuff or how to make yourself feel better articles. There is so much out there that captures my attention …
So without any further fanfare …. ta daaa …. here are June’s links (and by the way, there will also be some Essentially Being news at the bottom so if you don’t want to look at the links, just scroll on by and read the news).
This one speaks for itself: Mindfulness Beats Exercise, Healthy Diet in Resistant Major Depressive Disorder
It turns out that the brain is directly linked to the immune system through lymphatic vessels in the brain. This has enormous ramifications for the treatment of neurological conditions with immune interactions like multiple sclerosis. Not directly related to meditation, but it might explain the success of meditation, which improves immune function, in the treatment of such conditions: Researchers Find Missing Link Between the Brain and Immune System
Traditionally meditation has been about letting go of craving, attachment and aversion. It is about learning to accept our present moment experience, and ultimately connecting with our inner nature or for some, a divine presence. In the rush to introduce mindfulness into every aspect of our lives and striving for particular outcomes, are we missing the point? As meditation explodes, its purpose is debated
And in fact, meditation can be stressful: The Trouble with Mindfulness
High consumption of soy products might be associated with low incidences of hormone-dependent cancers, including breast and prostate cancer. [EB note: if you are going to eat soy, make sure it’s GMO-free and preferably organic]: Soy and Breast Cancer: Focus on Angiogenesis
We’ve known for a while that exercise plays a role in breast cancer, often improving survival rates. Here’s an article about a very recent study: Exercise May Blunt a Woman’s Risk of Lung and Breast Cancer: Studies
Someone wants to hold Big Pharma responsible for the cost of cancer drugs. At the moment people pay insanely high prices for often very little return. I heard a quote the other day that in the USA they “keep people alive with cancer until they run out of money” (Howard Lyman). (I wrote a blog post about that and a Four Corners episode called Being Frustrated At Buying Time): An ‘Utterly Broken’ Drug Market: The High Cost of Surviving Cancer
There has been a lot of hype around the latest immunotherapy drugs and their potential. Having been on a trial for a similar drug and realising that it was still harming part of me, I like to look to see who will really benefit from the latest good news. Chris Wark, of Chris Beat Cancer, spends time analysing the claims and has done this little video: Immunotherapy Drugs: New Hope or More Hype?
My mother has always been an advocate for breastfeeding, where possible, and was a member of the Nursing Mothers Association over 40 years ago. We are learning a lot about the benefits of breast-feeding for building immunity so this article caught my eye: Breastfeeding Linked to a Lower Risk of Cancer in Kids.
All our bodies produce melatonin to put us to sleep. If you are low, go and face the daytime sun with closed eyes. Once you see red behind your eyelids, stay there for about 15 seconds and your body will start up production again. And this is a good thing: Melatonin could be an overlooked treatment for cancer.
When I was diagnosed I was about 15 kg heavier than I am now. And two years before that, add another 10 kg. It doesn’t surprise me that they are finding a link between obesity and cancer, particularly as our mechanisms for detoxing, like the liver and kidneys, get put under real pressure and the toxins store amongst the fat: Obesity ’causes one in five cancer deaths’.
And finally something that covers everything – exercise, diet and meditation: Battling cancer with exercise, nutrition and mental health
I seem to be hungry ALL the time these days. I don’t know if it’s because my intake is like being on a diet or whether I’m still healing and my body just craves the nutrients. So I found this interesting: How to Block the Hunger Pangs When You Diet
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted about plant-based diets. So it must be true! Moving toward a plant-based diet could save $16 billion.
Dean Ornish is one of the few researchers to have done long-term studies on nutrition. And he thinks high protein diets are a myth: The high-protein diet myth
There is a lot of conflicting information about nutrition generally, but particularly about the paleo diet. And there just aren’t enough long terms studies done on it. In this article Dr Marion Nestle, one of the lecturers in my health coaching course and a professor in nutrition goes head to head with a nutritional consultant: Is a paleo diet healthy?
And then there is sugar. I have been trying to stop sugar … again. It really is very cunning the way it just keeps sneaking back into my diet. In case you missed it, 60 Minutes did a show last night on hidden sugars in food products, even so-called “health foods.” You can watch it here: Secret Sugar
Here’s a lovely interview with Dr Jane Goodall, one of my heroes: Jane Goodall: What I Know
Do you think that you are buying eggs produced by happy chickens? Choice recently revealed that labels can deceive: What you’re really getting when you buy ‘free range’.
Do you ever wonder if it’s possible to live without generating waste? This young woman is another hero: My first year living Zero Waste (aka, see how much trash I produced in 1 year)
Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to be returned to nature when I die. And these might just be the thing! Bye-Bye Coffins! These Organic Burial Pods Will Turn You Into A Tree When You Die.
Spend some time on your own, just being and these things might happen for you: When You Start to Enjoy Being Alone, These 10 Things Will Happen.
And finally, I have been dying to share these with you. I have been using them for over a year now and just love them: Bamboo Environmental Toothbrush.
Essentially Being News
I’m so excited about the space I’m using to teach meditation and run events now. It’s going really well. About 20 of us got together last week to watch The Connection and meditate. It was a fabulous evening.
And I’m even more excited to let you know that there are still some places available in the meditation courses starting this Thursday, 18 June 2015. Go HERE for details.
Also, I will be running my first workshop on 27 June 2015. Come and spend an afternoon with me learning about gratitude and getting some tips on how to practice gratitude daily. If you want to know more about gratitude and miracles as they are described in A Course in Miracles, this is for you. Details are on the Events page: HERE
And I know I keep mentioning it but I’m in the process of building a new website. Because my health remains my number 1 priority, the time I have to devote to such a large project is obviously limited (more about that another time). What that means is that I have decided not to publish any blog posts for a few weeks until I get this important job finished. I’ll probably still post on Facebook and Instagram, so if you want to keep in touch, you can by clicking the icons at the bottom of the page or the widgets in the sidebar.
But until the next post (hopefully on the new website), be happy. Be well, Just be.
And so be it.