Meditation and your immune system

I know that my condition has improved since I began meditating.  My muscles are not stronger, but my endurance is much better.  Part of it is because I am more mindful of the  movement of my body, which results in me being more aware of when it is time to stop and rest.  I also found it easy to change my diet, reducing sugar and alcohol with little effort – a miracle of sorts.

In his article on meditation and your immune system, Deepak Chopra mentions a study which showed that meditation may have actually reduced the  pro-inflammatory gene expression in my muscles.  It also explains why I rarely get sick.  I learn something new everyday!

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Growing up I heard a lot about grace.  The grace of God was a common phrase I often heard on Sunday morning.  But what is grace?  I could not define it.  So I looked it up.  Grace is defined in the dictionary as mercy, clemency, a pardon, and a favor of good will.  So grace is the opposite of judgment.

Then how come people, myself included, are so judgmental?   Especially when we try so hard to be good people?  It has nothing to do with religion, so it must have to do with our egos.  When we pass judgment, we make ourselves and our group right, and we feel better about ourselves.  In reality, judgment sets us apart and causes divisions between us.  When we are young, we are taught good and bad behavior so that we can get along with others in our families and in society as a whole.  We learn the norms of our society, that is, what behaviors are acceptable.  When we become adults, all that we have been taught is internalized, so we judge ourselves and others as being good or bad.  It is based on fear of not being accepted, not on love.  The good news is that we can change this.  The fact is that if we want to really grow into our true, authentic selves, we must stop judging.

How do we stop judging?  If we stop judging ourselves, we begin to stop judging others.  Today I am giving myself a gift – I am focusing on not judging myself.  When I find myself doing it, I am exhaling the negative thoughts and inhaling thoughts of grace. and mercy.

Happy Mother’s Day to me!

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Estimate Your Future Health Care Costs

Part of being content is being prepared for retirement.  AARP makes it possible to estimate how much you may spend on healthcare in your life-time, based on your health issues.  The list is only for the most common conditions, but you can still get an idea how much you may spend on healthcare in your lifetime, so you can make sure you are saving enough.

You have indicate how long you think you will live.  The best indicator I found ask questions about your family medical history and life style.   It is completely anonymous.

How long will I live?

How much am I likely to spend on healthcare in my lifetime?



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BBQ Chicken and Green Beans


This is one of our favorite meals on the grill.  There is nothing that compares to fresh picked green beans from the garden, but in April fresh ones from the market are really good as well.

I love to make my own sauce because the store bought ones often have high fructose corn syrup in them.  It is also saves money and then I don’t mind paying more for free range chicken with no antibiotics.

BBQ Sauce for 12 Chicken Thighs

  • 1  6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 TBSP honey
  • 3 TBSP Tamari soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP black strap molasses
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 3 light shakes red pepper
  • 1 shake turmeric

Mix well and refrigerate until you are ready to use it.

Marinate chicken thighs in 4 cups of water, 1/2 cup lemon juice concentrae, and 1 TBSP salt for at least 4 hours.

Grill until almost done, add sauce, turning over if desired.

Green Beans

I boil the beans until a little soft.  Then add just enough olive oil to coat them, salt and pepper, and a dash of dill weed.


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Life is the Journey

I leave no trace of wings in the air, but I am glad I have had my flight.                                                                                                       – Rabindranath Tagore





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Life is like a piano


Contentment lies behind both happiness and sadness if we keep in mind that both states are temporary.

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Relax and Reduce Stress Right Now

You can calm down and relax anytime, anywhere.  In this short video, Dr. Dean Ornish, who wrote Reversing Heart Disease, shows us how we can reduce our stress level in less than 3 minutes, wherever we are:  Inner Balance


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