Welcome to Week Ninety-eight of Three Line Tales – Heads Under Water

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Welcome to Week Ninety-eight of Three Line Tales Heads Under Water

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Heads Under Water

Three brown bears had had their head underwater fishing for some time.

The white bear stood guard but was becoming deeply concerned as he caught sight of a movement coming toward them, a human was approaching slowing taking photos, but white bear felt terror within him.

White bear decided he wasn’t waiting any longer, time to move, roaring out danger to the three brown bears still with their heads under the water, white bear hurriedly moved on, hoping his mates got away from the danger, perhaps they had gone to sleep permanently with their heads still under the water, they never heard him.

Here is the link if you would like to write for 3lineTales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Write three lines to go with the weekly photo prompt.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction, quotes you think fit the photo prompt or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 75 – Shining & Winter

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 75 – Shining & Winter

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “shining & winter” and write a tanka poem.

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.
  2. If you would like to write a Haiku poem instead of Tanka poetry, please do.
  3. In fact, the choice is yours, write any style of poetry you wish using that prompt

Copy and paste the link of your finished poem in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks, as I receive them..

My tanka poem  – using the words “shining & winter”.

riding through the night
winter snow queen venture ride
moon shining brightly
childhood dreaming in my class
never listening to teacher

 

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge” Week 74 – Eyes & Ears. Thank you.

Joelle LeGendre – Two on a Rant, only on her own at the moment.

The Bag Lady – Cheryl is a widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Frank J Tassone – Writer, Teacher, Husband and father, he has a Haijin in Action blog

Reena SaxenaFounder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Sarah Whiley She writes short stories, poems, and has a weekly challenge for writers, interesting website.

Indira – She knew all along about, love, compassion, compatibility and friendship, but now she has discovered much more, please check her blog she covers many subjects.

Deborah – She is the author of A Wise Woman’s Journey, Deborah is a poet and as she say’s a “cat mama”.

Vandana- her website title is Feelings and Freedom, she likes reading, writing, music, and nature it shows on her blogs. Check it out, please.

All about Microwave Ovens and Recipes

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Fresh Homemade Garlic Bread In Microwave Oven

Image Credit – by Praisaeng http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

Microwave Cooking

Microwave cooking is a cook’s best friend, so much can be cooked, easier and without fuss.

These days with the modern kitchens, well-built appliances, you have an easy to care for a clean kitchen, and microwaves ovens are one of them, very quick to master up a meal in a few minutes, when you are short of time and family are waiting for a meal to be served.

There are not many meals that cannot be cooked in a microwave, it is just a matter of following some good recipe books on a microwave, and a little experience, it is quite simple for the average cook, hope this page will help you achieve that.

Tip for Microwave Cooking

Remember: Microwaves cannot be stored in the food.

When you eat food cooked in a microwave oven you are not eating microwaves.

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Photo Credit – Suat Eman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net – the Modern kitchen. 

Microwaves Oven Tips – What are Microwaves?

How does a microwave oven work?

Micro meaning small or electromagnetic waves are a form of radiant energy.

Microwaves travel at 2450 million times a second, as fast as the speed of light and also travel in a straight line.

In a microwave oven, these waves are concealed within the oven itself and are reflected off the walls and door.

Once the doorknob or handle is released all microwave energy stops.

As microwave energy comes into contact with a substance it is reflected, transmitted or absorbed.

Only when this energy is absorbed is heat produced in cooking, microwaves are reflected by metal, transmitted through paper, glass, china, ceramic, wicker or wood products and plastic utensils and absorbed by water in the food.

  • Microwaves cannot be stored in the food.
  • When you eat food cooked in a microwave oven you are not eating microwaves.
  • Microwaves are colorless, odorless and tasteless. They do not affect the flavor of the food.

When you plug in your microwave to a normal 240-volt power outlet, power is fed to a transformer which converts low voltage line power to the high voltage required by the magnetron tube.

The magnetron is the heart of the microwave oven, it converts electrical energy to microwave energy and then the energy is directed into the oven cavity.

When microwaves enter food, they simply cause the liquid or moisture molecules in the food to vibrate at a fantastic rate, friction, created by this vibration produces heat and this is conducted through the food.

Convection Microwave 

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Photo Credit A microwave oven with convection feature

Food cooked in the convection microwave can be cooked quickly, as in an ordinary microwave oven, yet come out browned or crisped as in a convection oven.

Advantages of Microwave Cooking.

There is no preheating of the microwave oven, as you do for conventional ovens, this will save time as well as cutting down your fuel bill.

Food cooks more quickly but looks and tastes the same as conventionally cooked food, in fact, you will find vegetables do taste better as the true flavor is retained by using only small quantity of water and the nutritional value is far better for you and the family.

Food can be cooked in the dishes you serve to the table, no extra washing up.

Leftovers can be reheated and served without drying or loss of flavor.

Microwave ovens do not heat up the kitchen.

It remains cool and pleasant at all times.

With the Sunday roast, cook enough for the next day, cover with glad wrap and place in the refrigerator and reheat the next day or when required, take only about three minutes to heat, or deep freeze it and use at a later date, will take about 5 mins all depends what size meal you have saved.

Important Points to Remember for Microwave Ovens

Strips of aluminum foil may be used to cover areas of food that appear to be overcooking, like chicken wings, drumsticks or the tail of a fish, but NEVER allow the foil to touch the oven walls as the wall cause “arcing” and could damage the oven.

Do not cover food completely with foil as this reflects microwave energy and the food will not cook and can also damage the oven.

Don’t operate the oven empty.

Don’t attempt to cook eggs in the shell. Pressure will build inside the shell and it will explode.

How a Microwave Oven Works

About the Video above

Bill details how a microwave oven heats food. He describes how the microwave vacuum tube, called a magnetron, generates radio frequencies that cause the water in food to rotate back and forth. He shows the standing wave inside the oven and notes how you can measure the wavelength with melted cheese. He concludes by describing how a magnetron generates radio waves.

Useful Tips about Microwave Cooking

Maybe you used a microwave for heating food but have never cooked in a microwave oven for cooking.

  • Microwave cooking does not change your whole idea of cooking.
  • Your everyday recipes can be used.
  • But remember to cut down the cooking time.

Take a guide for timings from the cookbook supplied with your oven and learn to open the oven door and test or stir the food just as you would with conventional cooking.

  • Never overcook as this cannot be rectified.
  • Undercook and then you can always give a little more time to complete the cooking if required.

Microwave Oven Cooked Chicken.

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Microwave Cooking – Poultry

Tips for best results for cooking chicken

Poultry (Chicken) is very nice cooked in a microwave oven as the flavor and moisture are retained.

Ensure that poultry is fully thawed prior to cooking: the microwave oven will do this in a much shorter time than by conventional methods (approximately 30 mins).

  • After thawing remember it must be washed, dried and prepared for cooking.

Chicken Pieces with bone – HIGH – 8-10 mins per 500 grams, 185 F / 85 C, Standing Time 15 mins

Chicken Filets – HIGH – 6 mins per 500 grams, 170 F / 75 C, Standing Time Nil

Turkey Whole – HIGH for 10 mins then reduce to Medium 10 mins per 500 grams, 177 F/ 80 C, Standing time 15-20 mins.

Turkey Hindquarters – HIGH 8-9 mins per 500 grams, 177 F/ 80 c Standing time 10 Minutes

Duck – High 8 mins per 500 grams, 177 F/ 80 c, Standing time 15 minutes

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Cooking a ROAST CHICKEN in a Microwave

1 x No 15 Chicken (1.5 KG)

1 onion

Seasoned salt or barbecue sprinkle

METHOD

1. Wash and dry chicken, place breast side down into a micro proof baking dish.

Cut onion into quarters and place inside the bird.

If desired, legs may be secured together with string or elastic band.

2. Sprinkle with seasoned salt or barbecue sprinkle and cover with paper toweling.

3. Microwave on high 15 mins. Turn chicken over and cook a further 15 mins.

4. Remove chicken from baking dish. Wrap in foil and allow a standing time of 15 mins before serving.

TIP –  Your favorite stuffing may be used to season chicken, cooking time remains the same.

Helpful Tips for Cooking Microwave Vegetables

By microwaving your vegetables, you save the food value.

If you boil most of the food value is discarded down the sink and very little nutritional value left.

Microwave cooking of Vegetables is superb, so little water is used and the color, flavor, and vitamins are retained within the vegetable.

Vegetables should be covered during cooking to trap the steam. This keeps them moist and hastens the cooking time.

Choose a casserole dish with a lid or use glad-wrap, to cover the utensil.

Use a shallow, wide dish for asparagus, broccoli or cauliflower to keep a single layer rather than pile vegetables on top of each other.

Piling creates a density resulting in longer and uneven cooking.

Remove any covering away from hands and face to prevent steam burns.

Vegetables cooked with their skins on, for example, jacket potatoes, should have the skins pierced prior to cooking to prevent bursting.

Frozen Vegetables can be cooked in their original packages, just pierce the bag as no additional liquid is necessary.

Season, before serving.

Glad freezer bags are also suitable for cooking vegetables, just twist the end and tuck under, no metal ties.

Cooking time will vary depending on quantity and type of vegetable used, however, it is advisable to test occasionally for doneness.

Keep in mind that cooking will continue for a brief period after the Vegetables are removed from the microwave oven.

Overcooking will result in dehydration, toughening the vegetables.

Here is a quick way to cook cauliflower that retains the flavor.

Cauliflower Au Gratin

CAULIFLOWER AU GRATIN

1/2 head cauliflower,

1/4 teaspoon salt,

1/4 cup water

METHOD

1. Break the cauliflower into flowerets, wash and cut stalks with a sharp knife.

(the stalks are a lot firmer and by cutting they will cook better).

Place flowerets into a large pie dish plate (stalks down) with the larger pieces around the outside and small pieces in the center.

Sprinkle with salt and pour over the water.

2. Cover with glad wrap and microwave on HIGH 8-10 mins (depending on size, of cauliflower).

Drain off excess liquid, reserve for sauce.

3. Return glad wrap covering over cauliflower and allow to stand while making the sauce.

WHITE SAUCE

2 tablespoons butter,

2 tablespoons flour,

salt and pepper,

300 ml milk or a mixture of milk and cauliflower liquid

grated cheese,

dried breadcrumbs

METHOD:

Place butter into a micro proof mixing bowl, cook on HIGH 40 seconds to melt.

2. Add flour, salt, and pepper, stir well, cook a further 30 seconds on HIGH.

3. Gradually stir in milk, cook on High 2 minutes, stir around outside of bowl return to oven a further 2 1/2 minutes on HIGH.

4. Beat sauce well, pour over cauliflower.

Sprinkle with a mixture of cheese and breadcrumbs.

Return to the oven for 2 mins on HIGH to melt cheese and reheat cauliflower.

If desired place cauliflower under a conventional grill to crisp and brown instead of this last 2 minutes cooking.

P.S. You can prepare this CAULIFLOWER AU GRATIN dish while cooking your meat in the conventional oven and brown under the grill, just before serving.

I will be adding more Microwave recipes, hope you try cooking in your Microwave oven, it is easier than you think.

Healthier Living

Healthier Living

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Days gone by, were we healthier?

Breakfast was always eaten, never missed, porridge or wheat bix, followed by a meal just like the image above.

We never worried about what goodness we would get from eating this and that, we ate what was put in front of us, and never asked questions, just thankful we had something to eat.

Most of it was homegrown and home-baked, we never had takeaways, anything like that was cooked at home.

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These days we know much more about what makes us healthy and what doesn’t.

We understand good nutrition and exercise, we’ve got powerful drugs and incredible surgical techniques, that can help save and prolong our lives, so we should be much healthier shouldn’t we?

I can honestly save my parents never took me to a doctor in the early years of my life, we didn’t get sick very often, if we did there were all the home remedies, for curing this and fixing that, not like the doctors these days, that you cannot get an appointment until next week, by that time you are better, so that answers the question, “ARE WE REALLY SICK”?

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Maybe we should stick to some of the old ways of curing our ill’s and wails.

Eating, exercising and aging healthy is easy to achieve if we look back to the twentieth century and how they lived without all the modern medicines, maybe we should rediscover the way our ancestors survived without all the drugs we have these days.

Were we Healthier In the 1950s?

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You would think so, but when we make comparisons to how we lived 60 years ago, it’s surprising to find we don’t necessarily have the upper hand in the fit and healthy stakes.

Rates of diseases like diabetes and heart disease were lower and obesity wasn’t the major problem as it is today, now cancer deaths are taking over heart-related deaths.

In those days we never ever worried about our weight, in fact, we had good eating habits and were much more physically active.

Preparing everything that our family ate from scratch – we could not pull something precooked from the freezer, as a matter of a fact, never had a fridge until 1959, we only had a safe which was outside on the south side of the house, every time you wanted any chilled food you would have to go outside to get it.

You couldn’t open a packet or jar out of the cupboard and pull some precooked meal out, this meant we ate a lot less salt and fewer preservatives, and the large portion of our main meals was homegrown vegetables, which were naturally organic and most times not exposed to pesticides.

A sponge cake was my favorite special treat, made from our own eggs, and jam made from our orchard, with cream taken from the cream-can, we only had this on a special occasion, and that was it a treat I enjoyed.

Yes, our diets were much higher in saturated fat, food was cooked in butter or lard, rather than the so-called healthier oils, and there was no such thing as low-fat dairy products.

Pudding After Main Meal Midday

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Our main meal of the day was midday, as we were farmers, we always had pudding after our main meal, but the thing about this is that you could work that big meal off in the afternoon before evening and just have a light tea before retiring for the day.

So you can understand the big healthy Breakfast to start the day, as we never had a heavy meal before retiring for sleep.

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Photo Credit – Vanilla Cinnamon Rice Pudding

Never a week went by without having a pudding of sago, tapioca or rice cooked in many different ways.

My best treat for puddings, on special occasions, was sherry trifle.

I still make a trifle for Christmas, my family loves it.

Despite all this, we consumed fewer kilojoules than most of us do today, we never drunk all the flavored coffees, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks that we drink these days – all of which are laden with kilojoules.

Why Our Grandparents Hardly Ever Got Sick

Many of our ancestors of a century or so ago were hardly renowned for glowing good health.

Although infant mortality was high, many women died in childbirth and diseases like cholera, typhoid and influenza wiped out whole families, (like 1919 in NZ – in the flu epidemic, where many thousand lost their lives, which was world-wide).

A recent study shows that Europeans who lived in the 1950s mostly had much stronger immune systems than we do today.

While that is partly to do with their eating pattern, and exercise, it is also down to the yeasts found in the bread they made themselves.

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What is Beta Glucan?

Beta glucans are sugars that are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants, such as oats and barley. They are sometimes used as medicine.

These yeasts contain compounds called beta glucans, which can help the immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses, according to research.

Beta glucans are considered to be so effective in boosting our natural defenses that they are being included in several cancer drugs currently being developed.

These days, most yeast-based foods like bread don’t contain beta-glucans because they’re removed during the refining process.

It is suggested to take beta glucan supplements, (as long as you don’t have a gluten problem such as coeliac disease) and eat around 10 servings of organic fruit and vegetables a day to boost your immune systems.

Three Things To Improve Your Health

1. Try cooking as many meals as possible from scratch, using fresh ingredients and no processed foods.

2. Grow some of your own food, even if it’s a few vegetables.

Vegetables can be grown in a container if you have a small section, such as tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, peas, beans, and capsicums.

3. Read the labels on all processed foods, if it contains ingredients like preservatives and additives, don’t eat it.

Weekend Writing Prompt #32 – Reflection of Life Poem

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Weekend Writing Prompt #32 – Reflection of Life Poem

To Participate in Sammi Cox Challenge, use the link above.

A word and photo prompt. Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below. 

Word Prompt – Reflection

Prose Challenge – Write a story in 150 words where a character sees their reflection and is surprised by what they find.

Poetry Challenge – Write an acrostic poem, where the first letter of the first word of each line spells out “reflection” as it is read from top to bottom.

Reflection of Life

Reflection is a split second of a vision in your mind

Every little detail can change at a second glance

From the high heavens above to the ground below

Like the sky showing clear can change wild very quickly

Even the still floating leaves seems to be breathing air

Carrying on fighting for survival even after falling down

True to your life it is a reflection of a split second of a view

It will only lead to destruction of the mind if you let it in

On the inside of your body as well as the skin on the outside

Now stop and think about that reflection what do you see?

All About Orchids – Beautiful Flowers

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All About Orchids – Beautiful Flowers

Orchids are a beautiful flower, that you can get weeks of joy in admiring the bloom before they fade and die.

Maybe it was a passing fad, but orchids were one of those crazes I had, I still love orchids, and my family still give me orchids, but I have found I do not look after them as well as I used to.

The main problem is, I never seem to get them repotted after flowering, that is what they need or they just seem to die or not flower the next year, they need a lot of feeding in the spring and summer.

They are not cheap to buy and I thank my family for all those beautiful orchid they have gifted me.

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Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium Orchids have been gracing living rooms and conservatories for decades, they survive a surprising amount of cold, even thriving light frosts that catch me out in late autumn.

Living in the hills in eastern Taranaki, they did not like the cold winds even in the autumn, it knocks them.

I get caught out with the slugs and ants getting at the flower spikes before they have really formed.

If you are growing Cymbidium orchids, in the summer place them outdoors under the shade of a large tree, and give them plenty of water.

Decrease the water in the autumn and overwinter – only water once the plant is completely dry.

Feed them frequently in spring and summer, but give them a rest from feeding in the winter.

There are hundreds of hybrids available in stores, but it pays to purchase plants in flower so you know what you are getting unless you know the names of the plant you are purchasing.

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Phalaenopsis – Moth Orchids

I have had Moth Orchids flowers to last for over two months inside they are well worth the price you pay for them, as one plant is more economical than buying fresh flowers every week.

But to make them last they need a little bit of tender loving care.

Place them in a position that receives filtered natural light, constant warmth, high humidity, good air circulation and minimum nighttime temperature of 15 c.

Set the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and topped with water to help maintain humidity levels.

Feed them weekly, year-round, with dilute soluble fertilizer, applied when watering.

Water only when the plant is almost, but not quite dry.

Cut flowers stem back to just above the second node from the base to promote further flowering – but don’t chop off the strange looking aerial roots sticking out of the soil.

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Cattleya Orchids

Cattleya orchids are often used as corsage flowers because of their size and fragrance.

They require the same temperature and light conditions as moth orchids.

Water and feed Cattleya regularly in spring and summer.

Reduce watering in autumn and winter (or after flowering), allowing them to dry out between watering as they are very susceptible to over-watering.

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Paphiopedilum – Slipper Orchid

Slipper orchids have been classed as a poor man’s orchid, but I never thought of it as that, it is a beautiful orchid, well worthy of there name.

The slipper orchid is fascinating, the little pouch on the front lip of the flower is designed to trap small insects, which become covered in pollen.

When they escape, the insects transfer the pollen to another orchid.

When treated correctly slipper orchid flowers will last for months, and they do.

Place them in a high light position out of direct sun. They prefer day-time temperatures in the region of 21c to 26c and night temperatures of 15c, although a period of lower night temperatures in autumn will help initiate new flower buds.

Keep them constantly moist, but not soggy over summer and just moist in winter. Keep water away from the leaf base where flowers emerge to prevent new buds rotting.

Feed orchids with a weak solution of soluble plant food every fourth watering. Re-pot every second year.

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Disa Orchids

Disa orchids grow naturally amongst reeds on the banks of cold mountain streams in their native homeland, South Africa.

Unlike most other orchids which are grown in a bark mix, Disa orchids are grown in chopped sphagnum moss or a peat and pumice mix.

Grow them in a sunny to semi-shaded area outdoors anywhere the temperatures do not fall below freezing.

Water them with fresh rainwater and feed with 1/4-strength soluble plant food over spring and summer.

Re-pot new shoots each year and be sure to discard old flower shoots.

A tip or two about repotting orchids   Don’t over-pot orchids, they resent being in containers much larger than their root system.

Re-pot when roots have just started coming through the base of the pot.

Feed with well-diluted soluble fertilizer while watering and go easy on fertilizer – little and often is the key

Ways of Healing – Fulfilment of Life.

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Ways of Healing – Fulfilment of Life.

Some years ago I was feeling not complete, something was missing, so I started looking for peace, balance in my life, a sense that I was okay with all that was going on in my life, by cultivating inner peace it may help provide some answers.

This is what I came up with after much searching and thought.

I studied, Reiki therapy, 7 Chakras of the body, Color therapy techniques, Natural Healing Energies for the soul, are just a few subjects I spend much time with.

I did find what I needed to heal all the hurts that been in my body for the last 70 years, that was in Jesus, at the end of this article I will talk more about it, it was a miracle that changed my life for good.

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Photo Credit – Reiki Therapy – Hands-On Healing

Unlike massage, Reiki is about life force energy, not muscle pressure.

What Is Reiki?

It’s a healing therapy that is similar to the “laying on of hands” in faith healing.

Simply put, the idea behind reiki is that when a practitioner gently places their hands on various parts of your body, it makes you feel deeply relaxed. When your body is in this state, its natural healing abilities are given a kick start and work on any health issues you may have.

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Photo Credit –  Reiki was developed in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui.

After three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama, he claimed he had received the ability of “healing without energy depletion”.

The name Reiki (pronounced ray-key) comes from the Japanese words rei, meaning spirit or universal power and ki, meaning life force energy.

How Does It Work?

Reiki enthusiasts believe we all have a life force energy running through us, and if this energy is low or has been disrupted in some way, (such as by negative thinking), then we are more likely to get sick or feel stressed.

They say that when a practitioner places their hands in certain positions, the Reiki life force travels from them into the client, helping the person’s body to flow properly. Because our body responds to our thoughts and feelings, it’s going to be in a much healthier state if we are feeling relaxed and positive.

Although Reiki often thought of as a way of treating stress-related conditions because it helps you to relax, advocates say it can also be used to help with physical and medical conditions ranging from heart disease to recovering from injury it is not touted as a cure but, according to anecdotal evidence from practitioners and clients, some conditions seem to clear up after treatments.

There is no scientific proof that Reiki can treat health problems. A recent review of nine studies into reiki, carried out by two UK universities found there was insufficient evidence to indicate reiki was effective in treating any medical conditions. The only benefit it might have were “placebo effects”. according to the review.

However, some people swear by it to help with a range of complaints as well as general wellbeing.

Reiki Healing Music! – 1 hour

There is nothing better than listening to some good music to relax you. There’re many videos on the internet that could help you.

5 Things You May Not Know About Reiki.

1. It is a non-invasion therapy in which the practitioner puts their hands very lightly on the patient’s body or holds then slightly above it. There is no manipulations or deep pressure.

2. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion and you do not have to be religious for it to be of benefit. You do not have to even believe in it to be of benefit.

3. Reiki can be used in conjunction with other treatments, both orthodox and alternative. It may help people to recover more quickly from treatments and in some cases, to need less pain relief.

A Reiki practitioner should never tell you to stop other treatment because you are having reiki.

4. You do not have to be sick to have reiki – it can help with general feelings of well-being and help you to feel calm and positive.

5. The ability to give Reiki is passed on from a teacher to a student during a class in which the student becomes “attuned” and learns about the positions in which to place their hands while giving it.

Practitioners say healing energy goes wherever it is needed. Some people who have had Reiki treatments report a variety of sensations, from heat and tingling where they are being touched by seeing colors, but others say they felt nothing unusual.

The Healing Energy

There are many great books, information on the internet, if you read about healing energy, you will not only be inspired but will become more emotionally whole, as it is part of the healing progress of a soul-searching body.

Life is not a portrait of perfection, learn to except, what we cannot change, and you will be free to learn self-love.

Love yourself!

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The Seven Chakras.

Chakra – Ways Of Healing The Inner Soul

There are seven main energy centers (chakras) of the body which resonate with the seven rainbow colors.

Anyone who is familiar with Acupuncture will realize that there are, however, a large number of minor chakras throughout the body totaling something in excess of 300.

A Chakra is like a spiral of energy, each one relating to the others.

Imagine the main Chakras energy centers as a set of cogs wheels, they are rather like the workings of a clock or an engine, each cog wheel needs to move smoothly and at a similar speed for the clock engine to work properly.

Thus good health and well being is achieved by a balance of all these energies, the smooth running of the cogs wheels.

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Color Energy in Medicine

Every living thing on Earth is dependent upon light for its very existence.

Rays of light from the sun contain the full spectrum of electromagnetic radiation.

We recognize it as visible or white light. When light is passed through a prism, it is broken down into the different color waves that make up the color spectrum. The color spectrum includes the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

In color therapy, color is energy.

Every cell and organ in our bodies has a specific vibrational frequency.

Like tuning forks, each color also gives off its own vibration and is associated with specific healing properties.

If applied correctly, each color can trigger changes towards better health and overall well-being.

Practitioners believe disorders can be healed by applying colors of corresponding vibrational energy, either to the whole body or to the organ affected. For example, shades of red affect our physical energies. It is stimulating and warming. Blues are cooling and cleansing, affecting our spiritual energies. The yellow shades serve to bridge them, affecting our mental energies. The three colors together provide opportunities for healing our body, mind, and spirit.

Colors have been known to ease stress, fill us with energy, and even alleviate pain and other physical problems.

Used to treat both physical and emotional problems alike, color therapy may involve exposure to colored lights, massages using color-saturated oils, contemplating and visualizing colors, wearing clothing of specific colors or eating colored foods.

My father was a person you could call a colorman, he used colored embroidery cotton which he wore pinned to his singlet, every color was supposed to be a cure for some ailment

The Old Rugged Cross

My Search for Healing the Inner Soul

Last year I went to a funeral of a very special friend, beautiful service.

One of the songs that were sung was “The Old Rugged Cross” as I was singing in a voice I had never sung like that before, these words took over me and had me shaking, it was as if Jesus stood before me.

The Old Rugged Cross

The last verse

To the old rugged cross, I will ever be true

Its shame and reproach gladly bear

Then he’ll call me some day to my home far away;

Where his glory forever I’ll share.

Refrain

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross

Till my trophies, at last, I lay down:

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it some day for a crown.

When I finished singing those above verses I was a new woman, now I see life differently, I’m ready for anything that is put in front of me, all those years of hurt that had been with me since I was about five years old were gone, Jesus had healed me in that song.

Last note: I was brought up in a Christian family went to church every Sunday day, I lost my bearings in my late teens, it has taken over 60 years to get back on track and I love it.

I’m FREE.

All About Brains

Brain Exercise

All About Brains

The brain is the control center of the whole body.

As the say goes” USE IT OR LOSE IT” it sure applied to my brains, as it has been a constant demand on my mind.

Some days I can think better than others, so much stress lately hasn’t helped, but when I go to bed at night and wake up in the morning, writing is always on my mind “What am I going to write about today”?

One of the reasons I am always keen to keep my brain active is –

  • I have one sister with a brain disorder (epilepsy)
  • another sister who had Multiple Sclerosis, she died 2006
  • also, another one who had a brain tumor remove some years ago
  • so I do concentrate on keeping my brain turning over every day.

Brain Fact

The human brain hasn’t changed in the last 40,000 years or more, and yet we are expected to train and learn more new tech knowledge every day, we are increasingly experiencing a state of information overload.

Exercise our Brains

We all know how important it is to exercise our bodies, but did you know how vital it is to regularly give your brain a workout. Research shows that using your brain – in particular, to learn something new – can help it to work better.

And while it’s true that our brains shrink as we age and many of our cognitive (thinking) abilities degrade over time, it is possible to prevent or reverse this decline by constantly challenging your mind.

Use your Brains

People used to think that once we became adults our brains were incapable of change. This was because the brain develops the wiring that controls abilities such as hearing, seeing, feeling, thinking and movement when we are infants. But over the last ten years or so, new research has shown that physical changes take place in the brain every time we learn something new.

Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are released, helping to keep our “mental wiring” working properly. This process of physical change is known as brain plasticity. It is now thought that one of the reasons the brain doesn’t work as well when we are older could be because we’re not using it to learn new things like we did when we were younger.

Scientists say you should do activities that teach you something new every day, that it is a challenge to you and makes you concentrate.

Keep trying to do things that are progressively harder every day it helps to boost the levels of crucial brain chemicals that improve your learning and memory.

How the human brain works

Five Brain Exercises

1. Learn To Play A Musical Instrument

Playing an instrument helps to exercise many types of related brain functions, including listening controlling refined movements and translating written notes to music.

2. Memorize A Song

Listen to a song over and over until you can remember all the words. Developing careful listening habits helps your ability to understand, think and remember.

Singing the song word for word requires you to be able to focus your attention and tap into your memory. When you focus like this your brain releases a chemical that helps it to rewire itself.

Once you have memorized one song, try another one.

3. Exercise Your Peripheral Vision And Memory

Sit in a place where you don’t usually spend much time, stare straight ahead and don’t move your eyes. Concentrate on everything you can see, including everything in your peripheral vision.

When you think you’ve noticed everything you can, write down a list of what you’ve seen. Then do it again, this time adding to your list.

A task like this, which use vision and memory, encourage the brain to release more of a chemical that is crucial for our ability to focus and remember things.

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This is a puzzle I did, it made my brain work, but I enjoyed it

4. Do A Jigsaw Puzzle

Make sure it’s a challenging one of at least 500 pieces. Mosaic puzzle, will test the mind and make your brain turn over with so many different colors involved in the design.Completing a jigsaw requires you to make visual judgments, focus and use refined movements to put the pieces in place. It gives your brain a great workout.

5. Play Ball

Practice throwing and catching a ball. Do it by yourself if no-one else will play ball. If you’re really good at it already take up juggling.

Mastering these activities improves your brain ability to see and to develop hand-eye coordination, which helps strengthen your brain.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 74 – Eyes & Ears

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 74 – Eyes & Ears

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “eyes & ears” and write a tanka poem.

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.
  2. If you would like to write a Haiku poem instead of Tanka poetry, please do.
  3. In fact, the choice is yours, write any style of poetry you wish using that prompt

Copy and paste the link of your finished poem in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks, as I receive them.

My tanka poem  – using the words “eyes & ears”.

whats he doing here
looking at me, big blue eyes
floppy ears also
me viewing my first laptop
which button should I push first

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge” Week 73 – Morning & Winter – 29 November 2017. Thank you.

Sammi Scrabbles – Sammi Cox lives in the UK and loves writing, she has a new weekend writing prompt.

Joelle LeGendre – Two on a Rant, only on her own at the moment.

The Bag Lady – Cheryl is a widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Reena SaxenaFounder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Sarah Whiley She writes short stories, poems, and has a weekly challenge for writers, interesting website.

Frank J Tassone – Writer, Teacher, Husband and father, he has a Haijin in Action blog.

Iamblane has interesting poetry, follow the link I’m sure you will enjoy reading it. – https://dracofluvia.wordpress.com/

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories