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Poems and Stuff / Re: Growing and Developing as Human Beings
« Last post by Sam on April 02, 2014, 08:49:32 PM »
Good solid wisdom here.

Love
Leroy
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Poems and Stuff / Growing and Developing as Human Beings
« Last post by angelbearbp on April 02, 2014, 05:43:45 PM »
Hello everyone! Here is something I wrote inspired by my own growth and spring arriving! :)

Growing and Developing as Human Beings Versus Trees

By Britney Pieta

(a conversation in the head of the planter of two new trees)

Two trees are growing side by side as a planter observes their progress.

      “Hey that sapling is growing faster than the other one. I wonder why.”
 
      “Maybe this sapling is more eager to grow and somehow receives more direct sunlight, fertilizer, and water than the other one.” 

     “But no worries. The slower one will eventually grow tall and strong because every seed of this kind of tree I planted has the same potential and ultimate growth held inside it. At least that is what it says on the instructions that came with it.”


      “Maybe I should check up on the slower sapling and pay extra attention to it to make sure it gets what it needs.”


     So as you can see no logical planter would ever tell a new tree to grow faster. They know from previous experience that they grow at their own rate. They also know that no amount of yelling or threatening the new sapling will ever make a difference if it catches up to the other one. What they can do is try to provide the right environment and nourishment that the one struggling needs. The rest they leave up to the seed’s inner potential to let it grow and thrive in its own time.

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Poems and Stuff / Re: The Highly Sensitive Person part 1
« Last post by Sam on March 24, 2014, 05:59:45 AM »
A great start. Love you.

Love
Leroy
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Poems and Stuff / The Highly Sensitive Person part 1
« Last post by angelbearbp on March 23, 2014, 06:17:04 PM »
Hello everyone, I will be posting about HSP's in a series that I think will help all of you out there who are sensitive like me. This is a quiz to see if you are an HSP.

Enjoy! :)

-Britney


Highly Sensitive Series:

Part 1: quiz


Answer T for True or F for False

1.   I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment.
2.   Other people’s moods affect me.
3.   I tend to be very sensitive to pain.
4.   I find myself needing to withdraw during busy days, into bed or into a darkened room or any place where I can have some privacy and relief from stimulation.
5.   I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
6.   I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens close by.
7.   I am made uncomfortable by loud noises.
8.   I am deeply moved by the arts or music.
9.   I am conscientious.
10.   I startle easily.
11.   I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time.
12.   When people are uncomfortable in a physical environment I tend to know what needs to be done to make it more comfortable.
13.   I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once.
14.   I try hard to avoid making mistakes and forgetting things.
15.   I make it a point to avoid violent movies and TV shows.
16.   I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me.
17.   Being very hungry creates a strong reaction in me, disrupting my concentration or mood.
18.   Changes in my life shake me up.
19.   I notice and enjoy delicate tastes, sounds, scents, works of art.
20.   I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.
21.   When I must compete or be observed by performing a task,  I become so nervous or shaky that I do worse otherwise.
22.    When I was a child, my parents or teachers labeled me as sensitive or shy.
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Poems and Stuff / Part 3 of Insomnia Series
« Last post by angelbearbp on March 19, 2014, 05:58:29 AM »
Hello everyone! Here is the final part of my series on insomnia. In the future I will be posting about different faucets of daydreaming.

Enjoy!

-Britney


Part 3 of Insomnia series: Answers to General Questions on Dreams


What causes nightmares?

 "It's either because I worry too much or have an overactive imagination,” Sara S. said.
“Nightmares are stress dreams. They go away with time,” Leroy Kattein.

Experiencing a traumatic event is also noted by professionals as a cause. After a death in my family I kept dreaming about my mom that she was really alive just in hiding.

“Nightmares are less common in adults, though studies have shown that they too may have nightmares from time to time. About 5-lO% have nightmares once a month or more frequently.”  http://www.asdreams.org/subidxedunightmares.htm


When do bad dreams signal a problem?


 When it causes you to wake up in the middle of the night and you lose sleep and when you can’t focus in school, job, or daily activities because your dream is haunting you.
 
What can be done about bad dreams?


Visualize peaceful images before you fall asleep. Keep a journal by your bed and try to wake up to write them down. See if your subconscious is trying to tell you something that you are not facing in real life. Also be aware if it is coming from something that happened during the day such as watching a horror movie.

“Some techniques for reducing the distress of the nightmare include writing it down, drawing or painting it, talking in fantasy to the characters, imaging a more pleasant ending, or simply reciting it over several times.” http://www.asdreams.org/subidxedunightmares.htm

Sometimes our dreams are signals of problems in real life. That is why there is psychoanalysis which may be good for some people. You can have psychoanalysis done by a counselor or psychology professional.


How to have a good dream


http://www.ehow.com/how_5433491_good-dreams.html

Can dreams predict the future?


 My sister and I both have had dreams that came true in our real life. There is  research about how when we sleep say we gather information in our waking lives and your dream is just those bits and pieces of information put together.
Other psychologists say that dreams that come true are just mere coincidences. http://www.dreammoods.com/reference/faq.htm#predictfuture

What are we doing while we sleep?

My mentor Leroy told me that in our dreams we can help or teach others. This is because according to him our spirits are awake and active while we sleep.
Tiffany Snow says, "The spirit within us never sleeps—we are sparks off the Divine Flame; does God ever sleep? No, and neither do the Angels. Our spirit inhabits our bodies like electrical wiring in a house."

Are there differences about the purpose of dreams across cultures?

http://allisonbryant.tripod.com/id12.html
North Americans believe the wishes of the soul are fulfilled in dreams. Dreams can also give answers to conflicts. They also have dream catchers to catch bad dreams. Muslims believe true dreams come from god, and false dreams are from the devil. Japanese people believe ancestral spirits visit in a dream and answer one's plaguing questions. Hebrews believe reams are a prophecy from god. Egyptians believe their gods reveal themselves in their dreams, often with strange demands.

Are there really monsters in your bed or closet?

 “Adult monsters,” could be about financial matters, relationship matters, or work matters; while on the other hand,” kid monsters “may be the bully that picks on them or the fear of the dark which may make shadows or noises seem like something is in the room with them.

Can you change your dream while you are dreaming?

Yes, this happens to me all the time through practicing lucid dreaming:
http://www.wikihow.com/Lucid-Dream

 In Boy Meets World the main character Cory kept having the same dream because he always woke up in the middle of it, sometimes you have to finish the dream and go through all of it to make the particular dream go away for good.
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Poems and Stuff / Re: Stay Joyful with Seasonal Affective Disorder
« Last post by Sam on March 10, 2014, 09:46:26 PM »
You write well, I love it.

Love
Leroy
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Poems and Stuff / Stay Joyful with Seasonal Affective Disorder
« Last post by angelbearbp on March 10, 2014, 07:13:19 PM »
Hello everyone! Although this winter is almost over, I thought I'd share articles I write for VITAS Hospice after they are published.

Enjoy! :)

Staying Joyful this Winter with Seasonal Affective Disorder
By Britney Pieta

     SAD, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depression disorder where people experience an overwhelming sense of sadness in the fall and winter. Some people react with this depression due to the decreasing amounts of sunlight and the colder temperatures as the fall and winter begin.

      Performing an act of kindness is 100% guaranteed to make you feel better and maybe even make you popular among others.  A random act of kindness involves words or actions. The great thing about kindness is that both the giver and receiver are blessed equally. You will always naturally feel good after doing them whether that is your goal or not. A kind word can be a warm greeting such as a “hello” or a “good morning”, a compliment or word of praise, and a prayer or blessing.

      A kind action can be helping someone who has dropped their change, opening the door for someone, helping an elderly person cross the street, handing a warm cup of coffee to a homeless person, or even a smile. As everyone knows, “Smiling is universal.”  Ways to show kindness are endless and you can become really creative with it too. Just remember that spontaneity is better than planning down to the small details because there are no scripts necessary when it comes to doing good deeds. Just let whatever is inside your heart come out.

      Movement is another way to help you with SAD. Any kind of movement whether it is working out at the gym, swimming, walking, dancing, cleaning your house—it all releases endorphins and helps you have fun on those cold, long wintery days. Moving is helpful especially when done with others such as in a play performance or during a spiritual worship service. It also is one of the greatest stress relievers. When tension builds up in our bodies we need to find a way to release it and what better way to do it without costing you a dime then good old-fashioned exercise?  As my chiropractor said, “God made us to move.”

     When Solomon said laughing was good medicine, he meant that literally. Laughter is another great cure and reliever for SAD. My pastor told me that, “Smile it will make your brain think you are happy.”  Science also tells us that it “Takes more muscles to frown than to smile.” So smiling and laughing at a good joke even when you don’t feel like it and aren’t in the mood can instantly lift your spirits up. You’d be surprised. So grab one of those old movies lying around your house, or look up a funny YouTube clip and prepare for those sad clouds to be blown away.
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Poems and Stuff / Re: Make Everyday a Good Day essay
« Last post by Sam on March 02, 2014, 04:47:50 AM »
Another superb essay for today. You have described it well. Love your writings

Love
Leroy
   
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Poems and Stuff / Make Everyday a Good Day essay
« Last post by angelbearbp on March 01, 2014, 07:21:13 PM »
Hello everyone! Here is another motivational essay.

Enjoy!
-Britney

Make Everyday a Good Day
By Britney Pieta

What is it that makes a day a good day or a bad day? Many of us have various labels for the experiences we go through in life that define how positive or negative they were. What if you could look at your life and say that everyday had something good in it?

For someone who is physically ill and in the hospital a good day might be that they had enough strength to take two steps outside their hospital bed. For someone in jail a good day might mean that they had a night of escape through a comforting dream. For a homeless person a good day might mean that a stranger smiled at them.  For a business man a good day might mean they made it through their work day without drowning in paperwork. For a college student a good day might mean they got enough points to pass their test to get into their dream school. The list goes on and on….

All of us are in a slightly different reality, clouded by perceptions, interpretations, and beliefs. So while you may have been in heaven today, your neighbor might have just been through a hellish day. How can two people living next to each other have extremely different experiences? You have to remember that life is what you make of it. You can choose to see something good hidden within every experience.

So ask yourself, “What is considered good day for me?” And better yet, “How can I make this day good?” What are some steps I can take to not only survive the day but thrive throughout the day?

Then ask yourself, “How can I bless someone today?”  “How can I brighten those lives around me?”
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Poems and Stuff / Re: Chios energy healing book notes
« Last post by Sam on February 23, 2014, 08:13:37 PM »
I like this list. It is good to train with and meditate.
You are great as usual.

Love
Leroy
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