Doesn’t sound very magical, reading your Tarot cards online. But the images still have a deep resonance and who’s to say that spiritual guidance can only be found in the dark cobwebbed room of a fortune teller?
So draw 3 Tarot cards today. Ask a question and see what the cards reveal. Stay open and remember: there’s no right or wrong answer. You’ll naturally find one that resonates with you!
What? Positive quotes on hygiene? How you expect that to be uplifting? Let’s put it this way, hygiene makes the world a much more pleasant place to live in…don’t you agree?
Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Ya know what I do almost every day? I wash. Personal hygiene is part of the package with me.
I think that carrying on a life that is meant to be private in public is a breach of taste, common sense, and mental hygiene.
Irony is the hygiene of the mind. -Elizabeth Bibesco
I do a lot of vocal hygiene.
Most of you have heard about the rapidly decreasing number of bees and the very real need to do something about it. This recent EU ban is a step in the right direction.
The two-year, EU-wide ban on the use of three neonicotinoids – insecticides which have been strongly linked to declining bee numbers – is a victory for bees and for independent science. The European Commission and many European governments have reacted responsibly to the British and European scientific evidence showing clearly that a suspension is justified, despite the UK government opposing the ban.
There is a huge weight of peer-reviewed, scientific evidence that links the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides to bees. Scientists have found that even a really low dosage of these chemicals can disrupt bee behaviour in a way that is likely to contribute not only to bee decline, but to the decline in other pollinators from the honey bee to the butterfly.
This research used far below the level of neonicotinoids that European governments consider a “safe” level of toxic chemical. In Italy, the government banned three neonicotinoid pesticides and, as a result, the winter deaths of honey bees fell by more than 50 per cent in three years, suggesting that a neonicotinoid ban will be effective in helping to save our bees.
When we think of meditation, we imagine ourselves in a field or on a remote beach….certainly not in the office. But the beauty with meditation is that it spills over into all aspects of our lives, including our professionalism and ability to be employed. Read on:
As 2012 drew to a close, Labour MP Chris Ruane kicked off a debate in parliament about mindfulness and its potential impact on unemployment. The ensuing discussion gave a clear signal to the public that this powerful mind-body practice is firmly on the agenda of our country’s leaders.
“Mindfulness can both prevent people from becoming unemployed, limit the effects of unemployment, and help people to get back to work,” said Ruane. Plus, he pointed out, mindfulness has proven to be beneficial in the workplace, with participants more engaged in their work. “With a greater ability to concentrate, workers become more compassionate, both with themselves and their co-workers,” Ruane said. “And when used in prisons, prisoners become less aggressive and hostile, and have fewer mood disturbances.”
The signs of a widespread mindfulness movement don’t stop there – the practice is being taken ever more seriously within a host of corporate businesses. Its popularity in the workplace makes sense; its focus on stilling and de-cluttering the mind has been shown in many studies to improve attention span and concentration.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”
For example, Transport for London recently carried out a mindfulness programme that led to some impressive results. Among the participants, days off sick due to stress, anxiety and depression fell by 70% and absences for all health conditions fell by 50% in the three years following.
Did you ever have to wait for news? Of course you have. We all have. Not the easiest process but part of our complex human experience. Here are some tips to make waiting a little easier:
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.
Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don’t see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself. - Marianne Williamson
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. - Bertrand Russell
From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it. - Bette Davis
Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired. - Mae West
I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do. - Salma Hayek
I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. - J. B. Priestley
We’re always happy to support our fellow positive news bloggers so today, our spotlight shines on Meg Willis and her Simple Pleasures blog.
Some of Meg’s simple pleasures include:
- Being able to wee with the door open in my room at university halls
- Wearing clothes fresh out of the tumble dryer
- People unknowingly creating sexual innuendos
- Those times when it is highly inappropriate to laugh
- Finding more left over vodka than I remember
- The realisation that a horrendous spot is finally disappearing
- Observing mildly disliked people telling a joke and getting zero reaction apart from a large dose of tumbleweed
- Mass spooning
- Cooking the perfect dippy egg
Keep up with Meg here.
Glowing plants. Could you imagine anything more magical? Well more than simply stellar-looking, these glow-in-the-dark plants or “biological lights” could be used in the future in place of traditional lighting that requires electricity. Read on.
Some people can boast a green thumb, but very few people can boast a glowing green thumb. For a pledge of $40, Glowing Plants will send you 50 to 100 seeds to let you raise your own glowing plant at home. The project’s creators say that this is a one-off opportunity and the seeds will not be available commercially later on.
If you’re not the gardening type, then a $150 pledge gets you a young glowing plant that already has had a good start to life. It’s up to you to take care of it, feed it, and keep your cats from eating it.
Creating a glowing plant is not a simple process. First, the Glowing Plants team had to design DNA sequences using the Genome Compiler software program. The Kickstarter funds will be used to print the DNA, which is then inserted into Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant. The synthetic biology transformation allows it to glow in the dark, no blacklight required.
Being alone can often seem like a scary prospect for some of us. Sometimes we put ourselves in all sorts of unhealthy situations in order to protect ourselves from “solitary confinement.” But it is only in the state of being alone that we can discover a genuine sense of comfort in our own skin. If you struggle with being alone, here are a few pointers:
* Remember some of your favorite alone activities since you were a child and do them. This could be curling up with a book or a good puzzle or digging in the garden.
* Get in touch with feelings you’ve been avoiding. Often we don’t want to be alone because we’re afraid we’ll have to sit with our feelings. Guess what happens? The feelings remain and build as busily try to avoid them. What resists persists. Sit with it, no matter how awful it may feel at first. You’re showing your deepest feelings respect.
Being lonely and being alone are two different things. The latter can be freeing…and sometimes very necessary to fully check in with yourself.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the problems stemming from North Korea: threat of world destruction, national brainwashing, etc. So let’s go down South for a bit, shall we? Let’s shed some light on South Korea, who recently swore in its first female president. And lastly, let’s send some positive wishes and prayers to South Korea, who has quite a path ahead of them:
SEOUL — South Korea has inaugurated its first female president. She is Park Geun-hye, the daughter of a former president with a controversial legacy.
Before a crowd of 70,000 people, Madame Park Geun-hye, dressed in an olive green coat and wearing a violet-colored scarf, took the oath of office as her country’s 11th president since its inception in 1948.
She then saluted as a military band marched and cannons fired to celebrate her inauguration.
In her inaugural address, the president called rival Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test “a challenge to the survival and future of the Korean people” and said North Korea will be “the biggest victim.”
Calling on the North to abandon wasting resources on nuclear and missile development, the new president in Seoul pledged to “move forward, step-by-step, on the basis of credible deterrence to build trust between the South and the North.”
President Park also issued a warning to Pyongyang that she will “not tolerate any action that threatens the lives” of the people and security of the nation.
March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day and though we must confess we forgot, hopefully this story is our belated dedication to amazing people making a big difference in our communities.
At Tim’s Place in Albuquerque, N.M., Tim Harris serves customers breakfast, lunch, and hugs.
“Sometimes customers get sad, I give them a hug and they feel a lot better,” Harris told AOL News as he stood by the restaurant’s door, greeting babies, old women, and parents. “My hugs are way more important than the food,” he said, laughing.
Harris likely is the first restaurant owner in the nation with Down syndrome. He demonstrates daily how babies born with an extra chromosome can lead normal, productive lives, investing in their communities and bringing joy to others.
Read more at WorldMag.com.
Watch this touching video of Tim in action.