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@Late_Bloomers Yes, it's not surprising that Lavender is used for these studies. It's the first essential oil I purchased and one I'd never be without to this day!

6 days, 15 hours ago on Essential Oils and Surgery

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@Late_Bloomers No, we don't grow chillies. Not sure if our season is long enough and I don't use them all that much!

No flooding so far, so we seem to be okay. And spring IS coming :-) I actually sat in the sun yesterday!


Lori

6 days, 15 hours ago on A Time to Sow and a Time to Reap

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@HYakBack Hi Holly! I know what you mean. What to you and I has come to feel normal and logical is still not completely mainstream but it's coming! Imagine: medical research is now validating the holistic approach! These are exciting times. Did you ever think you'd see this day?

6 days, 16 hours ago on Can the Mind and Emotions Impact Health?

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Hi Barbara!

My husband has started our plants too, first in the house and now in the greenhouse! Seems funny to do with snow piles still lying around everywhere! But better to start early than too late.


I'm sure you have some great recipes for those chillies. I'm staying tuned!

Lori

6 days, 17 hours ago on A Time to Sow and a Time to Reap

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@AshleyStone1 @roselo Hi Ashley! I can certainly sympathize with you as worry is a problem many of us face. The world is sometimes (always) too much with us, especially today when all the news from across the planet is so available to us. I've struggled with it for many years.


In fact, recently I decided to "give up worry for lent" :-) I wore a special ring I don't usually wear to remind me and whenever I caught myself worrying (I CAUGHT myself!) I would say wait-a-minute. I gave up worrying for lent. It was only fourty days - you can do anything for fourty days. LOL


The funny thing is that this has caused a gentle shift in me. The world didn't change but I. Put. It. Down.  At least during lent! The funny thing is, since Easter, I haven't picked it back up again. Seems the habit stuck.


For what it's worth Ashley. :-) Worrying doesn't help but just knowing that was never enough for me. The lenten exercise was.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Are You Carrying the Weight of the World on Your Shoulders?

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See Dr. Abbass on an interview on TV this evening about the work he's doing. http://globalnews.ca/news/1928083/new-research-shows-psychotherapy-reduces-doctor-hospital-costs-in-nova-scotia/

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Can the Mind and Emotions Impact Health?

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@holly Hi Holly! So sorry I am only seeing this now :o 

We make decisions that are not based on rational thought, so true! Funny how often we operate on autopilot!

Thanks for sharing the link!



2 weeks, 4 days ago on How Can We be Sure of What We Know?

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Sorry Josh! I don't know how I missed these comments (Where WAS I!?!?)

I think the best idea is to go with what you feel. How can that lead you astray?


I love this "I just do and unless I have a need to prove it I just let it be."  As good an approach to life as I've seen :-)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on How Can We be Sure of What We Know?

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@Allanabbass No problem Al! Thanks for taking the time to address these questions. We really appreciate it!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Can the Mind and Emotions Impact Health?

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@Sarah Lord Hi Sarah,

My brother had trouble with Livefyre and the comments but he wanted me to pass this along to you:

He suggests that you ask your doctor for an emotionally focused therapist that understands this model.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Can the Mind and Emotions Impact Health?

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@Stacej Hi Stacey! Seems Al can't log on so he asked me to convey this message to you:


Hi: Usually if the emotional system is moving well after treatment, feelings don't start to bottle up again but sometimes more sessions are needed with a crisis to help deal with stronger feelings triggered by the crisis.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Can the Mind and Emotions Impact Health?

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@SocialMediaDDS @Allanabbass The book is amazing Claud! I loved learning about this treatment and the disruptions to early attachment figures which makes the treatment necessary. (btw, Al's response to you is above this comment. Livefyre seems to be acting up today :o )  


And isn't it exciting that the mind-body-emotion connections are being validated by conventional medicine.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Can the Mind and Emotions Impact Health?

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@Allanabbass Thanks Al! Can you say more about "help them feel and recognize their feelings"? How do you do that exactly?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Can the Mind and Emotions Impact Health?

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@rshin Maybe there is no perfect answer to this Rula. Who knows whether or not we awaken in a different dream. I think that we all get to have our own answers and that's what makes it fun. I am well today. I hope you are too. Thanks for another fun conversation! :-)

1 month, 1 week ago on How Can We be Sure of What We Know?

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@rshin "Are these things real or are they illusions?" I guess that's the question. Maybe the paradox is in that they are both real AND illusions? :-)

1 month, 1 week ago on How Can We be Sure of What We Know?

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@rshin Seems there is no absolute truth (which actually nullifies this statement) only perception of reality. Are we roughly on the same page? It's a BIG topic, isn't it ;-)

1 month, 1 week ago on How Can We be Sure of What We Know?

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@rshin Hi Rula,

I've heard this story and it's a good one to address this topic. We do encounter ourselves wherever we go, I believe, and also we encounter the manifestations of our beliefs. So you believe there is no truth? What is there then? Paradox? If truth is paradoxical and we do have paradox, doesn't that mean we have truth as well? Or does that nullify the truth?

1 month, 1 week ago on How Can We be Sure of What We Know?

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In keeping with the Did You Know series that shared Twitter Tips and Facebook Tips, I am going to share some tips as to how businesses can use Instagram.  Instagram is actually one of my favorite social media channels and I feel that all businesses should have an Instagram account.  Here’s why.

So timely Claud! I just signed up for Instagram!

1 month, 1 week ago on Did You Know? Instagram is a Social Media Game Changer

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@Late_Bloomers Hi Barbara! You say "as a teenager I was very convinced to have found truth and also had answers to everything". Yes, they say if you are a child and you have all the answers, that's fine, but if you are an adult who believes she has all the answers (even though we do have a personal worldview - paradox--again!) then you are still a child!


Taking a step back to observe what is going on. A fine way to Update :-)


1 month, 1 week ago on How Can We be Sure of What We Know?

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This is very frustrating Barbara! I don't know how, in the age of social media, companies dare to give such terrible service.

I have to agree with @Penelope J 's suggestions. (Thanks Penelope!) . Please follow up here so we can hear what happens!

Lori

1 month, 1 week ago on Who Needs Customers?

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@rshin Hi Rula!

Gordon's book is blowing me away.  I'm glad you're thinking of reading it.

I loved Zukav's Dancing Wu Li Masters! It was probably my introduction to quantum physics. I have intended to re-read it but a funny thing about that. For some reason I have a hard time re-reading a book LOL I picked it up and started reading it and then there were other books calling me. It is one worth the re-read, though. Maybe at another time.

The second book you mentioned sounds interesting. I will have a look for it:-)

Thanks!

Lori

P.S. Let me know what you think of Roots of Empathy!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on What Are You Reading?

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@eddyfy_ Hi Eddy! Thanks for all the recommendations!  I see that you, like @SocialMediaDDS  are a reluctant kindle owner. We do like the feel and smell of a book. To me a library is a special, nearly sacred place. All those books in one place, treasures waiting to be discovered! :-) To find the classics in one place, and also free (on Kindle) is a treat!


Zero Echo Shadow Prime sounds fascinating! Though the idea of AI scares me, especially after I heard Stephen Hawkins say we should never go there. Irkadura  sounds good too! 


How is everything else in your world these days Eddy? 

2 months, 1 week ago on What Are You Reading?

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@Rileyhar Hi Riley! :-) So good to see you! Thank you for the recommendation. I'm planning on seeing the Movie The Imitation Game tomorrow night and there is a WW II series on CBC called X Company starting this Wednesday that looks intriguing so your recommendation is falling on fertile ground! I've added it to my Wish list at amazon. Wow - it's only 6 months old and has 52 reviews already! 


Hanson's information about the negativity bias came as a relief to me. You know how long I've been trying to work out this happiness thing and I know it all goes back to the wiring on the brain. Let me know what you think of it after you read it okay?


Are you having a bad winter too? I say "bad" but I really enjoy it ;-) It makes for good writing time! Take care and keep in touch!

2 months, 1 week ago on What Are You Reading?

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@SocialMediaDDS Hi Claud! Seeing you here makes me nostalgic for the early days of LFI!  I miss you too! 

I do use my kindle a lot. It's hard to resist a device which can hold so many books and yet fit in your purse! Yet there is something exciting about a stack of books just sitting there waiting for you.


Yes, you're going to become a grandmother! SO exciting! And if your daughter lives near a school which offers this program she could approach them and offer to be a part of it! I imagine the parent learns as much as the children do. What a great opportunity for her!


My husband is shovelling out now - not sure how much fell in the last 12 hours but I'm guessing it's about 2 feet. Still, we should be able to get to town this afternoon. I can't imagine how high the snow banks will be there. We are running out of places to put the snow. But, like you, I don't mind at all.


2 months, 1 week ago on What Are You Reading?

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@Gelacacine Hi :-) I love how you'd go back and save the contents of the library in Alexandria! You've got  lot of interesting ideas! Welcome to Life, for instance Gelacacine!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on If You Could Time Travel, Who Would You Visit?

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@Sabrina Bolin And your visit drew me back to the porch to hear again my own message! Funny how we can forget out OWN MESSAGE. LOL It's so important to stay connected to the message, to see the gift in every thing, even those with horribly ugly wrapping paper.


I've gotten a bit sidetracked this month with personal projects but I hope to get back to the writing in February. I've set a deadline to get it to my First Readers by my Birthday. (Would you like to be one of my Readers?  I'd love to have your take on it.) It still feels like it has a long way to go to get to that point, though. Happy end-of-January and eve of a new month!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on How Does Life Support You?

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@HYakBack Hi Holly! Nice to see you too! The Right to Write. I'm going to look that up :-)  So what will your book be about? I don't know what else can be as much fun as writing a book.


I agree, Life may be sending a lot of magical messages to us and we may be missing them. I think we miss the gifts with ugly wrapping paper because we just don't care to open them, but everything is a gift.


Good luck in your writing :-)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on How Does Life Support You?

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes That sums up 444 words very well Josh! :-)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on How Does Life Support You?

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Bon Voyage Barbara! Have a wonderful time! 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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Hi Gini, Hi Everyone!

I'm afraid I'm not so skilled at goal-setting (should I read Traction, hmmm....) but I have 3 goals for 2015 just the same. One is personal, one is recreational and one is a business goal. That should keep me busy. And balanced.

I'm raring to get into the new year but the holidays just don't seem to want to stop :o I LOVE this time of year, the organizing, the purging (clutter-clearing: what fun1) , the clean slate just lying there waiting for us to fill it up!

:-)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on 2015 Business Goals

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This is beautiful Barbara! I wish I were so inclined with the camera to have captured 2014 so well. Perhaps this year I will put my new iPod to work :-)

Yes, why think of years end, though I've never been successful in NOT being HYPER aware of it, and also of being wary of the upcoming year. Who knows what a new year will bring. Perhaps it is as you say, "Every year has its ups and downs." 

All the best to you in 2015!

Lori

3 months, 3 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures

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@Late_Bloomers Thank you Barbara! Happy Holidays (as good as they can be) to you too!

4 months ago on Merry Christmas

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@speculationsimpressed And to you too  Glynis! :-)

4 months ago on Merry Christmas

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@HYakBack That's such wisdom too Holly, "focus on the little joys and the present moment." :-)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Do You Confuse Expectation and Anticipation?

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@HYakBack Hi Holly! You already feel the losses :-( Why is this holiday so charged? I guess it wouldn't hurt so bad if it never felt so good. Once when we were at our summer place one of my kids commented, on our last day, that she hated to leave. My cousin commented, "Why would you ever want to go anywhere that you wouldn't hate to leave?" Such wisdom in that. We all have a lot of Christmasses inside us, don't we? They are all there, like layers of time, simmering in a pot we call Christmas-to-come. Well it's here and we may as well soak up the joy that comes with it. Do you think managing the expectations and anticipations can help?


Yu are closing your psychology practice for the holidays or for good? What will you write about?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Do You Confuse Expectation and Anticipation?

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@glynisj Isn't it fun collecting Santas?! I used to look at the craft shows for a really unusual one. But I have so many now.


"Because of your husband's work...he'll be working that day."  Is he Santa Claus ;-) 

Quiet is alright in my books. Sometimes the heightened expectations set us up for a disappointment. Those are hard to live up to.

5 months ago on Do You Confuse Expectation and Anticipation?

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@Julie Barrett No, they don't collect them (good idea though) as they are visiting before I'm ready to take the decorations at the time they are here! I give them a "map" telling them how many Santas they have to spot in each room.


Hmm... you've traded chaos for quiet? Sorry about your first Thanksgiving without your husband home. :-( He'll be missing some great turkey I bet. Wish I were close enough to come and break the wishbone with you. Better days ahead.

5 months ago on Do You Confuse Expectation and Anticipation?

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@HYakBack So true Holly! I knew so much more when I was younger too! The older I get, the more I know I don't know! LOL I'm trying to recall a quote I read in a book, I think Dandelion Wine, where the character says when you're twenty you have all the answers but if at fifty or sixty you still believe you do, something is amiss.


Acceptance really is the only way through this obstacle course. Knowing that all is "unfolding as it should" helps me to remember to practice acceptance. :-)

5 months ago on Do You Have All the Answers?

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Happy Anniversary Barbara :-) I understand the gaps in your posting schedule only too well. We all need a break to recharge our batteries now and then. I"m just so glad you started four years ago because otherwise we'd not have met at all :o

Lori 

5 months ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@glynisj Hi Glynis :-) I am a planner too so I get what you're saying. What's that joke, if you want to make God laugh tell him your plans. But seriously, the plan is the destination and how can we move at all if we don't have that. Maybe we need to learn to laugh with God?

5 months, 1 week ago on Do You Have All the Answers?

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@HYakBack Front porch of not (of course, it's a symbol and a tool) it sounds like you've got a community there! I'd stay there too :-)

5 months, 1 week ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@HYakBack That sounds wonderful Holly! Where do you live? Did you grow up with this neighbourhood or did you join it later on? Was it always like that?

5 months, 1 week ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@AlliPolin Hi Alli, Those are smart kids you have :-) They know, as you put it, "It's not only about kicking around a ball but doing it with friends in the community." This makes me think of my first night in residence at university. As my mom and dad left me there Mom gave me some good advice. "Leave your door open so you can meet some of the girls going by." She was so wise! Maybe that's relevant to us today "to leave our doors open" represented by sitting on the front porch. You never know who you're going to meet or who your next best friend will be. 

5 months, 1 week ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@Tina Barbuto Hi Tina :-) I'm glad you came to the porch! Can I pour you a cup of tea?


I think it's cool that you have both a public and a private space at your place, so you can honour the way you feel in the moment. We all need time to recharge and if being on the front porch means we're sharing energy we don't have it also means we'll not be very much in a space for community. It's like answering the phone to say don't have time to talk: wouldn't not answering the phone convey that message. :-) I've always wondered about that!


Do you think the need for privacy and recharging is why we have so few porches these days?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@Late_Bloomers Hi Barbara :-) You both community build without a porch and hide at the back of the house :o I love the idea of honking as you go by! I remember when I was old enough to be noticing and returning to the small town where I was born. Sleeping at my grandparents house I recall hearing a lot of horns honking at night. I thought there must be impatient drivers in this town. But then I was driving in a car with my cousin and noticed he honked at many cars in greeting just as they honked back. My initial assessment of the town as impatient was replaced immediately by one of a friendly town.


What matters is the connections we make, not the porch or deck or even where it is. I'd meet you on your porch, front or back for that glass of wine. :-)

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes That sounds so nice! My grandparents porch had a swing on it where we'd sit with Grandpa who had all the time in the world for us when we visited! In our summer place there is a sofa (and old one) on the porch, one of my two favourite spaces there (the other being the shore). Dreaming of a porch...and a comfy chair :-) Way to manifest one!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@glynisj Hi Glynis :-) It's all about the chairs, isn't it. And watching the world go by. How succinctly you captured the feeling of the front porch!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@PennyK That sounds so nice Penny. Do you feel connected to the neighbours then? Does it feel good to know you only have to go out to your (front) deck in order to do so? What kind of cookies do you have today? ;-)

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@Vidya Sury That's wonderful Vidya! You're so fortunate! It sounds like a wonderful place where you live. Do you have a porch - a photo to post here? 

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@BrendaXena How does the photo sparkle Brenda!? What a view too - what is that lit-up building outside the window? Cool! Will your beach be in Greece? Imagine retiring there! :-) I'd surely take you up on that glass of wine in Greece!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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