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Intent of the Day: More Water


We’re continuing with nutritional goals this week by drinking more water. How much is enough? You probably grew up hearing that 8 cups is the official goal, but is that still the case? The truth is it depends on things like our age, gender, and activity level. You can decide what is right for you here. Once  you know, join in on this intent to drink more water.

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How Will We Restore the Earth on Earth Day?

Today is Earth Day! Since it’s inception in 1990 as an international event, we’ve spent today celebrating the one and only earth we have. But what is the state of our one and only? Mashable shared 7 eye opening facts about the state of the earth. At our current rate, we’re seeing plastic take over our oceans, water and food supplies coming to a shortage and air quality and forests diminishing. What will we do about it? Continue reading

On-the-go Wellness Tips

Rich boys have many toysWouldn’t wellness living be so much easier if you didn’t have to also deal with running errands, commuting, sticking to deadlines, working, taking care of yourself and your family, and all your other daily responsibilities?  Of course it would be! But let’s be honest, ditching all your responsibilities isn’t going to happen anytime soon. That doesn’t mean there’s no hope for wellness living on a busy schedule though. You just need to implement some simple, on-the-go wellness tips that have your health in mind. Check out my personal favorites:

  • Drink Plenty of H20. I know you’ve heard this a million and one times (now a million and two), but drinking plenty of water is a must for your health and wellness.  There really is no excuse for not drinking water regularly (if you’re reading this you likely don’t lack access to fresh water). Carry a bottle with you in your purse/bag, drink water at work, and order water at restaurants when you eat out (even if you order another drink too). If the taste is holding you back, order water with a side of lime, lemon, or cucumber for some added flavor (fruits are delicious with gas water) or just make yourself drink it anyway (practice some tough love and all).
  • Carry Healthy Snacks. We all know skipping meals lowers our metabolism, increases the amount of food we eat at our next meal, and typically makes us eat the first and easiest thing we can find (enter vending machines, drive-thrus, and convenience store junk food). Plus, if you’re anything like me, hunger also makes you cranky, easily annoyed, and unable to think clearly (hence eating a king size chocolate bar in one sitting seems totally reasonable). This is why it’s essential to keep healthy snacks in your purse/bag, at the office, and in your car. They come in handy when you don’t have time for a real lunch, are running errands all day, or get stuck in traffic. My favorite, on-the-go snacks include raw nuts, fruits (apples, bananas, oranges), tuna packs, almond butter packs, and protein bars (check the labels for nasty ingredients if you don’t make your own).
  • Do Quickie Exercises. Even if you enjoy regular workouts, some days you just don’t have the time or energy to fit one in and that’s totally normal. I recently discovered the QuickieChick and her workouts are perfect for busy, on-the-go lifestyles. All her exercises are only a few minutes long and many of them are designed to do in bed (yes, you read that right!). If that’s not your thing, do simple exercises at your work desk. We all know movement is a major part of wellness, so fit something into your day.
  • Choose Healthy Options at Restaurants. Whether you love eating out or not, there are some days where you just have to do it. While some restaurants offer healthier options than others, always remember to stick to low fat proteins, eat plenty of veggies (ask for them without butter), ditch any sauces (except olive oil with a squeeze of lime), and avoid anything fried (I know it’s obvious, but sometimes the smell of french fries makes them extra tempting). While it can be easy to indulge while eating out, remember how crappy it always makes you feel and order wisely.
  • Use the Power of Your Breath. This is BY FAR the simplest, on-the-go wellness tip that takes less than 5-10 seconds and you can do anywhere! All you have to do is focus on your breath and take one full deep inhale and one full deep exhale. Just like that you are practicing a mini-meditation that will give your mind and body a quick (and much needed) break. Of course, if you have more time, do this for a full minute or two. Becoming aware of your breath (and subsequently connecting to yourself) can become part of your daily routine (every hour, every time you go to the bathroom, or every time you get into your car) or something you do when you’re feeling stressed. This practice will make a world of difference in your life and it’s just too easy to not start doing now – seriously, start now!  

What are some ways you bring health and wellness into your on-the-go lifestyle? Share with the Intent community in the comments below!   

11 Simple Tips For Healthy, Beautiful Skin

skin treatment applyingYour skin, the biggest organ you have. Keeping it healthy and youthful is not so hard! Here are 11 simple tips to get and maintain beautiful, healthy skin:

1. Lemon water
When you wake up in the morning, drink a room temperature glass of water with organic lemon juice. This cleansing process is a great life practice, helps with great skin and great health.

2. Drink Water
Drink enough water very day, avoid sodas and sugary juices.

3. Wash your face
Don’t just wash your face before bed, suds up when you get home, even if it is early afternoon. Bacteria can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts and long term damage can cause scarring.

4. Disinfect your reading and sun glasses
Great practice to implement every few days with rubbing alcohol. Think of all the surfaces glasses touch from desks, kitchen tables, bathroom counters to the counter at your local coffee shop, then they get placed back over the face. Keeping skin clean is important. 

5. Take nutrients
Remember to take your vitamins, minerals, fats and antioxidants even if you are eating a great diet. Fats are especially important to keep skin supple and firm. You can increase your good fats naturally by consuming more salmon, flaxseed, and almonds. Just understand that good fats are not saturated fat such as those found in dairy products and meats, which increase free-radical damage that makes skin more susceptible to aging.

6. Eat great food
8-10 cups of vegetables per day, 2 cups of fruit per day and high quality lean proteins is a good startEat vegetables from all possible colors of the rainbow weekly to ensure a variety of nutrients in your diet.

7. Go organic
Use organic skin care products. There are loads of chemical free products to choose from that don’t break the bank.

8. Sun Protection
Protect your skin from the sun. Ideally, SPF 30 with moisturizing and of course make sure it is organic. Every 10 minutes of daily exposure to UVA ‘the aging rays”can cause changes that  lead to sun spots and wrinkles in a matter of three short months, so don’t skip this step! Studies are now showing using a lower SPF but applying frequently is the way to go for optimal sun protection.

9. Let it go
If something is bothering you, talk about it and work it out – don’t wear it on your skin. Stress and unbalanced emotions can age you fast. You can increase the stress hormone “cortisol” quickly with constant anxiety which can trigger acne and facial redness.

10. Regular exercise
Studies show those who work out on consistently have firmer skin than non exercisers, so get your exercise on, once approved by your doctor. Exercise infuses skin with oxygen and nutrients that you need for collagen production!

11. Get to sleep
Maintaining a healthy sleep routine is critical for long term skin health. If you are in the habit of staying up late in front of the television, break it and get to sleep at a decent time every night. Your skin and overall health will be improved.

Bonus Tips!

How about a little retinoid?

The vitamin-A in retinoid derivatives speed cell turnover and collagen growth to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and fade brown spots. With a version now available over the counter called retinol, we can all use this product easily. Retinol may take up to 3 months to see noticeable  results, so be patient.

Fall in love with your looks/yourself just the way you are

The truth is we will never be at or feel our best until we can fall in love with exactly the way we are right now. It is our inner beauty that shines through our skin. All the practices, products and magical potions in the world can’t improve our looks if the insides are not appreciated, cared for, loved and nourished. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you see yourself as beautiful, so will everyone else.

Renay Matthews is a nutritionist practicing in Agoura Hills California and can be reached at www.elitewellnesspath.com & www.greatgrubforkids.com

Originally published July 2010

8 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

No273 13 Oct 2009 Sneeze

When travel became a major part of my life about 10 years ago, I’d always get sick either before, during, or after a trip. It was like clockwork; I almost started really believing that catching a cold or feeling like crap at some point was just a normal part of traveling. Can you relate? If so, please keep reading, because it really doesn’t have to be this way (cue some hallelujah music). Turns out, I was being my own worst enemy and doing all the wrong things to keep my body and immune system strong, and you might be too.

Today, after big moves across the United States and the Equator, with lots of travels in between, I can say I’ve learned the hard way (sneezing and sniffling) how to keep myself from getting sick while traveling. Sitting on my sister’s deck this Kansas summer morning, 5,000 miles away from home, I’ve compiled a list of my tried and true ways to keep your body and immune system strong – these tips work whether you’re traveling for a few days or a few weeks.

Bring your good habits with you:

It took you months to consistently eat 4 servings of veggies a day (or mediate, workout, journal, stop binge-drinking, whatever “it” is for you), don’t leave it behind while on vacation. These core habits are part of your lifestyle and they keep your body, mind, and, spirit healthy – all which affect your immunity. Obviously, you have to be flexible in making this work while away from home, but you can so do it. For example, if you’re staying with friends or family and cooking-in, offer to make your favorite veggie dish or buy a veggie tray to snack from throughout the day. Who knows, your good habit might even rub off on others – a win-win all-around.

Don’t overbook yourself right before or after your travel dates (less pre/post vacation stress):

I used to be so bad at this – running around like a crazy woman the day before or planning something important the day after returning from a trip. I know it’s hard with busy schedules, but you have to plan ahead and not book yourself solid at least the day before and the day after a trip (or the day of if you are leaving late at night, you get the point). It will always take you longer than you think to pack, get everything squared away for while you’re gone, and then get back in the groove when you return. Trust me, make this a priority and book pre/post vacation blocks in your calendar and you will reduce your stress levels – keeping your immune system strong.

Take immune boosting herbs and vitamins:  

If you regularly take vitamins, don’t forget them (I’ve regrettably done that more than once). It’s also a good idea to bring an extra supplement specifically to help keep your immunity strong. This could be Vitamin C supplements, Echinacea, or my new personal favorite, bee propolis. All of these give you that extra boost that you will need since you are in new surroundings with different germs and bacteria.

Wash your hands (a lot) and carry hand sanitizer:

We all know to wash our hands after using the bathroom and before eating (if you don’t, you need to make that a new habit), but while on vacation you really should wash your hands more than you think is necessary. Your skin is your first line of defense and your hands specifically are always touching things and then touching your own face, mouth, or eyes. My rule of thumb is this: when I see a sink with soap, I wash my hands. I also always have a travel size bottle of hand-sanitizer. It’s the best while on an airplane and running around doing fun, travel activities.

Plan to take it easy sometimes:

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it – you’re on vacation so you want every single minute jam packed. It sounds great in theory but awful in practice. It took me years to finally make this a travel priority but once I planned chill time (aka me time) and stuck with it, my vacations were much more stress free, and guess what, I starting getting sick less often. Coincidence, I think not. If you’re traveling with family that loves to keep things jam packed or kids that need constant entertainment, plan a pool day or even just a “free” day that has nothing pre-scheduled. This gives you time to just go with the flow and that’s always super fun too.

Don’t skimp on your sleep:

This is important before, during, and after the trip. Of course, you might have a late night here or there (you are on vacation after all), but make sure you keep getting a healthy 7-9hours per night. I know it can be difficult to sleep well while away from home, but you can always take some natural sleep supplements with you and try to make your sleeping area as comfortable as possible. For me, that means a quiet, dark room with a glass of water by the bed.

Keep healthy snacks around:

While on vacation, it’s normal to try local foods that aren’t exactly considered healthy (last night my sister enthusiastically made one of her favorite deep fried recipes), and that’s OK. However, if you eat unhealthy your whole trip, you will lose energy and increase your chances of getting sick. The best thing to do is bring some healthy snacks with you and/or buy some when you arrive. I don’t travel without some sort of nut mix and I almost always buy fruits, Greek yogurt (if a fridge is available), and protein bars. This gives my immunity a boost and keeps me less tempted to eat something unhealthy on the go when hunger creeps up.

Drink lots (and lots) of water:

When I’m traveling, I take my already high amount of water drinking per day to another level. You won’t see me get on a plane, leave the hotel, or go out to eat without bringing water. Drinking water is a big must while you travel because it flushes your body of toxins, helps your digestion (which is associated with your immune system) and keeps you hydrated. Keep water with you throughout the day and chug a glass before you head out in the morning and before you go to bed.

Follow these tips, and next time you get back from traveling you won’t have say, “I had a great time, but unfortunately, I got sick”. Instead, you can say how awesome it was and start planning your next vacation!

Do you have any other tips to not getting sick while traveling? I’m always down to learn a new trick – share in the comments below. 

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3 Easy Ways to Green Your Health for Summer

Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 12.39.58 PMIf you’re like most people, a little voice inside your head has probably been telling you for a while that it’s time to get back to a more natural way of living and take a more serious look at the toxins in your everyday life. Even so, you may feel confused about the simple, practical things you can do to minimize your exposure and maximize not only your health, but your contribution to a cleaner planet.

What if I told you that making small, simple changes in your everyday routine could make a huge impact on your health and well-being, as well as the health of our planet?

Studies are coming out frequently about how everyday chemicals in our bodies are resulting in health problems like learning disabilities, autism, cancer and infertility. Often, the impact chemicals have doesn’t show up for decades, like with tobacco, for example. What is also unclear is what happens inside our bodies when we come into contact with different chemicals from lots of different sources. What are the risks for us and our children? Don’t wait to find out! You can do something today, right in your own home. Become aware of what goes IN you, what goes ON you, and what SURROUNDS you.

IN You: Your drinking water

If you think the water coming out of your tap is clean and health-giving … you’d be mistaken. In 2008, an investigation by the Associated Press showed that America’s tap water is contaminated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including antibiotics, pain medications, antidepressants and sex hormones “in significant quantities.” Scientists are concerned that, even in small concentrations, these drugs could harm us over time because water is consumed in such large amounts every day. Our bodies may be able to deal with a big one-time dose of a chemical, but if a small amount is consumed continuously over years … no one really knows what can happen to our health.

Green Tip #1:
Play it safe: Buy a water filter and fill up your own reusable metal or glass water bottles at home. Get off plastic bottles. 8 out of 10 plastic water bottles used in the U.S. become garbage or end up in a landfill, contributing to global warming.

(To check your local water quality, go to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s site at www.nrdc.org and then go to “What’s on Tap”? You should be able to access your community’s Annual Quality Report, or you can ask your water utility company for a copy of its annual water quality report.)

ON You: Your personal care products

Most of us use at least 10 cosmetic and personal care products a day and according to the Environmental Working Group, people apply an average of 126 unique ingredients to their skin daily. No one really knows what happens in our bodies when we repeatedly expose ourselves to minute amounts of synthetic chemicals from a variety sources. Another way to absorb chemicals in our personal care products is through the mouth. When a drug like nitroglycerine is administered for a heart condition, it is given under the tongue for fast absorption. So are natural homeopathic remedies. So what happens with your toothpaste?

Green Tip #2:
Switch one thing you use most often in your bathroom. Your toothpaste, for example.
Chemicals like fluoride, saccharin, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), triclosan and acetylpyridium chloride are in there. Switch to a natural brand that doesn’t contain these chemicals.

SURROUNDS You: Your household cleaners

If you’ve ever walked down the household-cleanser aisle at the market and your eyes began to burn or your nose became irritated, it’s because common cleaning products contain chemicals that can be more dangerous than the germs themselves. Every time your children roll around on the carpet or your pets lick crumbs off the floor, they are being exposed to noxious chemicals. Don’t make the assumption that if it’s on the grocery shelf it’s been tested and is safe. Most of us, unwittingly, buy products for our home with ingredients that are either poorly studied, not studied at all, or are known to pose potentially serious health risks. Of the roughly 17,000 chemicals found in common household products, only 3 in 10 have been tested for their effects on human health. Why? Because the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission does not require manufacturers to test household cleaning products before they appear on store shelves.

Green Tip #3:
Use hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and baking soda to clean your home. Fill one spray bottle with a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide and a second one with vinegar. Spray one right after the other. Use it to wipe kill salmonella and bacteria on counter tops, appliances, and cutting boards. Do the same for the shower to kill bacteria and viruses. Use baking soda instead of commercial abrasive cleaners. Put it in a grated cheese container made of glass with a stainless steel top that has holes in it, and just sprinkle it on the surfaces and scrub.


Beth Greer, Super Natural Mom®, is a syndicated radio talk show host, former president and co-owner of The Learning Annex, Certified Build It Green® healthy home makeover specialist, and holistic health educator, who eliminated a sizable tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery. She’s author of the bestseller, “Super Natural Home,” endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Ralph Nader, Peter Coyote, and Dr. Joe Mercola. Visit her at www.supernaturalmom.com 

Originally published December 2011

What’s in Your Water?

Glass of Water

We use water every day for cooking, drinking, showering, and cleaning clothes, dishes, and various surfaces – we’d all agree water is vital to life. Our bodies are made of more than 60% water (the brain and heart contain 73%, lungs are about 83%, skin is 64%, and even our bones are 31% water), we’ll simply die without clean water for more than a few days. Yet, often in developed societies we take for granted our easy access to water – just turn the faucet knob – and assume it’s clean and safe.

Before water reaches your sink, surface or ground water supply goes through a series of cleaning and disinfecting processes that separate sentiments and destroy harmful bacteria and parasites. The exact process and disinfecting agents used differ among water treatment facilities, but the principles are the same – remove dangerous material for safe consumption. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect system and usually various levels of contaminants remain and our clean water supply isn’t as clean as many of us think.

Harmful Toxins in Tap Water

  • Chlorine & Chlorine by-Products:  Liquid chlorine is part of the water disinfectant process because it is effective at killing most bacteria and parasites, is relatively cheap, and stays in the water supply to continue destroying bacteria throughout the transportation process. Unfortunately, this also laces our clean water supply with chlorine and its harmful by-products and exposes us whenever we use tap water (both on skin and inside the body).
  • Plastics & Pesticides:  Chemicals residues from plastics and pesticides enter the water supply from agriculture, industry, and households and the cleaning process doesn’t always remove them. Studies show that fish exposed to these toxins experience gender disruptions, and many believe plastic and pesticide residues effect neurological and reproductive functions in humans.   
  • Heavy Metals:  Aluminum, lead, copper, and methane are just some of the heavy metals found in tap water. Water treatment facilities add aluminum to the clean water supply to make it look cleaner. However, research shows aluminum exposure may be a link to Alzheimer’s disease. Lead and copper exposure affects physical and mental development in children and can cause high blood pressure in adults.  
  • Fluoride:  Many cities in the United States put fluoride in their water supply to help prevent cavities. However, very few other countries in the world add fluoride due to its various adverse health effects and moral, ethical, and political concerns.  
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs:  Ever since the late 1990’s pharmaceutical drugs including antibiotics, antidepressants, blood pressure medications, cholesterol medications – just to name a few – are turning up in our clean water supply. This creates serious health concerns because all pharmaceutical drugs come with some adverse side effects and can potentially not mix well with other medicines. Not to mention, you don’t want to randomly be taking pharmaceutical drugs without your knowledge.

Having running water is something no one wants to give up, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept these toxins entering your body. And if you’re like me and water is your favorite drink (one sec as I take a big chug), you really need to protect yourself so you don’t get a build-up of these and other toxins in your system.

Protect Yourself

  1. Find out exactly what contaminants are in your water by getting a copy of your local annual water quality report at EPA.gov.
  2. Invest in a water pitcher filter, faucet filter, or whole house water filtration system. I don’t own my own house yet, but you can bet I will be investing in a whole-house system when I do. Don’t forget your skin absorbs chlorine and other toxins too.
  3. If your local water contains fluoride, take action to get it removed from your water supply. Start a petition in your neighborhood and talk with family and friends about the problems of putting fluoride in our drinking water. Unfortunately, most inexpensive water filters don’t filter fluoride, so you can only get rid of it with a more comprehensive filter.
  4. If you haven’t turned a water faucet on in a day or so, run it for a few extra seconds before using the water. Also run it longer if you notice a funny smell or texture, and when in doubt, contact your public water department.
  5. While I don’t love using bottled waters (when you drink as much water as I do this is both costly and bad for the environment), it’s the best option when you are on the go or at a restaurant.

After all this water talk, go grab yourself a glass and drink up! Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. I’ll be drinking one with you…cheers!

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Opting Out to Live an Unconventional Life

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Approaching the security checkpoint while leaving Portland airport, I realized that everyone was being asked to step into the large full-body scanner before being allowed to move on to their departure gates.

Alarm bells went off in my head, as I’m committed to protect my safety and well-being by avoiding these scanners at all costs. (I’ve checked out the research and frankly, I prefer to protect my DNA whenever possible). I carefully watched as my turn inched closer. No-one was escaping the scan and everyone seemed to be willing to comply.

Arriving at the first officer, I announced that I’d prefer not to walk through the scanner and would be perfectly happy to have a manual body check. The second security officer loudly broadcast, “We have an opt-out.” I probably shouldn’t have, but I smiled. Mostly to myself. Opt-out. Perfect description of my entire week spent in Portland, if not much of my life actually. I was prepared to embrace the moniker and wear it well.

Visiting Portland has been a long held dream, so I’d jumped in feet first when I was fortunate enough to get one of 1,000 tickets being offered to the second annual World Domination Summit, the brainchild of author and uber world travel hacker, Chris Guillebeau. His book, The Art of Non-Conformity, had spoken loudly to all my own instincts of being true to myself, living an unconventional life and opting out, even if that meant living a life that didn’t quite conform. Living a life that often had me turning left when everyone else seemed to be going right.

Unsure of what might happen at a gathering whose theme centered around the question “How do you live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”, my curiosity had me say “yes” and take the plunge.

And for my time in Portland, I continually chose to opt-out. From traveling there alone knowing no one in advance (a big step outside my own comfort zone), to riding public transit which is so accessible and free in the core of the city (I rarely take public transit in Toronto), I was opting to try things that might be a bit uncomfortable, to stretch myself even if it was in small ways.

As an extroverted introvert, I found it easy to talk to everyone in Portland and especially at WDS, where the energy was very alive and open. Although I chose to stay somewhat to myself, I trusted that whomever I was supposed to connect with, was exactly who I would meet.

It continued to fascinate me that people of all ages and stages in life, from all over the world, had chosen to converge in Portland for this event and more often than not, they all were as introverted and shy as I am. Or perhaps I only met fellow introverts to engage in stimulating conversations with!

The opening speaker, Brené Brown, talked about vulnerability and was both powerful and funny, while showing us why being “cool” closes us off from true emotional connection. If you haven’t watched her incredible TED talk on vulnerability, which has had over five million views, I can only say that her message strikes a truly universal chord. Her humour and sensitivity were touching and she ended by putting us all on the spot, asking us to be oh-so-uncool and join in a group sing of Don’t Stop Believin’. This showed me that others had chosen to be here for the same reason I had. To find a tribe of like-minded people and to feel that somehow we belonged. We were all in our own individual ways, opt-outers.

So what do one thousand opt-outers do for a weekend together? We inspire and uplift and support each other. We continued to hear throughout the weekend that ideas and inspiration alone mean little, without action. We also heard from many inspiring people who had created an enormous impact in the world from a simple desire to do better and be better, by being harbingers of service on a planet that has no shortage of causes.

It was a weekend of generosity of spirit by all the speakers, by the volunteers and by all of us who attended. It was a weekend of serving each other in many ways; of being available, of sharing, of being vulnerable to being seen for who we are. No masks. No suits of armor.

Perhaps for me, the most generous and authentic act came from Chris Guillebeau himself. A soft-spoken, gentle and humble spirit, he closed the event in an almost unbelievable way. At this totally non-commercial, no-sponsor, no-ad event, no-one is selling anything ever, throughout the entire weekend. A tribute to his vision and authenticity.

Chris took center stage and began a story, telling us how this year WDS had turned a small profit. Nice. He went on to tell us that an anonymous donor had chosen to give a substantial sum of money to the event. Wow. Substantial enough that it equated to $100 per attendee actually. Wow again. He went on to explain that they had thought long and hard about what to do with it.

My first thought was that he would donate it to Scott Harrison’s incredible organization, charity water, as not only was he a keynote speaker, but was a shining example of how one person can turn their life around, moving from a self-serving life to one of selfless serving.

Chris went on. No, they had decided something much different than this. Chris believes in empowering people. His latest book The $100 Startup (which we had already been given in our welcome bags) tells inspiring stories of people who, armed with an idea or dream, often no plan and a small amount of money, started something that became a personal adventure, while being of service to the world.

By this time, the crowd was in captivated suspense. What was Chris going to do with the money? In an act of empowering generosity, he opted out of keeping the money or making a decision on all our behalves. Instead, he was giving each of us a $100 bill with very simple instructions. To go out and do something, start something that would make a difference. The room was buzzing. For a moment I wondered if I’d heard him correctly. He was giving this money back to us? Empowering all 1,000 of us to make our own choice?

In all my years and all the events I’ve attended, this stands out as a first. An extraordinarily authentic act by someone who walks and talks his truth. I left unsure of what to do; one large donation or small acts? My first inspiration struck as I walked around downtown Portland. I chose to randomly give small amounts of money to street musicians and homeless or hungry people. Helping someone with no home or food, strikes a personal chord with me. That was my place to start.

In reflecting on the themes of the event, community, adventure and service, I see how they all resonate deeply with me. They confirm that by opting out of following a conventional path and aiming for a remarkable life, we have the opportunity to shift and create new paradigms.

With my pat down finished, I walked towards my departure gate, remembering Brené Brown’s message about embracing uncertainty and that each of us belongs here. Although I have no idea what is coming towards me, I am happy to face it as a committed opt-out.

I’m willing to take a stand for who I am, and what I believe in, continuing to create conversations that just might encourage others to step out of their own comfort zones and join the growing army of us opt-outs who are determined to make a difference, by being of service in as many ways as we can.

Where do you choose to opt-out in your life?

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Sages, Scientists and Sustainability – Oh, My! (video)

At the Chopra Foundation’s 2012 Sages and Scientists Symposium, brilliant minds from all over the world gathered to share their thoughts about the “Merging of a New Future.” It was a stimulating conversation, filled with revelations and sprinkled with optimism, with topics that ranged from medical research to leadership in business, and even social media. I can’t imagine any one other than Deepak who could bring together such a fascinating array of speakers and entertainers!

We heard from former President of Mexico Vincente Fox, General Wesley Clark, Chemist, Quantum Physicists, Corporate leaders, and more. Entertainers included upcoming musical groups Black Opera, Caught A Ghost, kid’s dance troupe The Miniotics, Flamenco dancers and a group of male acrobats to performed on poles!

By the way, all of the volunteers looked fabulous wearing the Jnana Yoga tee-shirts ! Jnana Yoga is the path of knowledge, so this was the perfect design for the conference. Each of the speakers received the gift of a shirt as well. We got tons of compliments on them!

Here are some of the highlights that I captured on video:

Dr. Rudy “Rock Star” Tanzi accepted the Spirit of Rustum Roy Award for his contributions in Alzheimer’s Research. I was fortunate to get an interview with the late Dr. Rustim Roy during the 2010 Symposium and you can see what he had to say about the “New Science” in this video:

This year I was delighted to interview Dr. Lothar Schafer – he had so many amazing things to say that I ended up making his interview into three videos! Here’s one:

All of the attendees, including me, were impressed by what two young men are accomplishing to help solve the world water crisis. Here’s my interview with Mike Muniz from Generosity Water:

Leonard Mlodinow is Deepak Chopra’s co-author in their book , War of the Worldviews. It was great speaking with him and getting a behind-the-scenes perspective. Here’s what he had to say:

One of the most popular entertainers was poet/rapper, J. Ivy. He performed with his beautiful and talented wife. You’ll be hearing a lot from this guy:

Carlos Dominguez gave a great talk. He calls himself a “TechNOWist.” Find out exactly what that means in this interview:

“What is radiation ? What we should do? What our Japanese brothers & sisters should do:”.

Dear Friends,
 Japan has seen devastating calamity of nature.According to my sister Dr.Niharika Purohit 5 elements of the nature has created problem.(1)Earth-earth quack.(2)Water -Tsunami(3)Wind-spread the radiation(4)Fire-Makes fire in cities & towns.(5)Sky-Spoiled the ether.
Every thing has destroyed the area,but radiation is the most dangerous factor as you aware.It might spread to the surrounding areas also.I am sending a file with this shows an experienced remedy for the radiation.If possible & if you have trust in me then do forward the file to your Japanese friends,groups,observatories,not as a scientist but as a human being.At least we should do some thing for them.
Pl.feel free to have more details about the attached file & its matter.
with best regards,
Divyadarshan D.Purohit
Gurudev Observatory,
Gaurishankar Sharma
Shantikunj Hardwar
(249411) India

What is radiation?
Energetic particles or waves passes through space/medium are called radiation. These are of mainly two types.(1)Ionizing Having ionized atom & (2)Non Ionizing e.g. Radio waves & visible light. Electric/magnetic field divided radioactive radiation in mainly three beam.
(A)Alpha: with +ve  ion e.g. plutonium.
(B) Beta :  with +ve ione.Krypton-85 of Nuclear power plant is a beta emitter.
 © Gamma:
Radiation in any form is dangerous to atmosphere as well as human body/animal/living body. It is hard to prevent /stop the radiation once it is started.
Let us hope :
In our Indian mythology there is a proved therapy for pollution control, human body & mind control etc. & i.e.Yagya,Agnihotr,havan or say pious sacred fire.
It is proved by scientific research ( I have so many proofs ,not possible to give in this small letter but I can provide later on to the interested) that,
It balance the cycle of Nature & nourishes the human life ,helps to create pure-clean-medicinal environment & atmosphere, cleans negative effects of pollution. It helps to reduced micro flora  (air microbes),SO2,NO2 & bacteria level in water.
Some Examples:
According to Dr. Shirowich, a Russian scientist has remarked that (i) Cow’s milk
contains great power of protection from atomic radiation; (ii) Houses having
cow-dung covered floors enjoy complete protection from atomic radiation; (iii) If
cow’s ghee is put into Yagna fire, its fumes lessen the effect of atomic radiation to a great extent.
Cow dung contains plenty of menthol,ammonia,phenol,indole compounds, formadin etc.
In the garden of employees house at Narora Nuclear Power Plant in UP of India ,Mixtures of cow dung & cow urine are being sprayed & allow the person to walk on the sprayed land with naked legs ,it seem that radio activity has been absorbed.
It is also observed that a half an inch of layer of a cow dung will not allow x rays to penetrate in hand.
If a Yagya (Sacred Fire with chanting of sacred chants) is carried out in a anti pyramid type vessel(known as Kund) i.e. oblation of fire with cow dung(i.e. only from cow family like cow ,calf or bullock & not else),cow ghee, gugool,& dry twigs of banyan tree, audumbar, palash, peepal etc. then radiation could be controlled. Even ash products of this experiments has also the same effect.
How this could be effected?
Though this is yet to be proved fully by scientist community but I have experienced and as per me this gives result in this way…..It helps to prevent decaying of radioactive elements by changing its temperature, making a chemical bonding or taking it at resting state.
I want to prove the same if I am having a detector to measure radiation (if any one is ready to provide the same/help then  our Indian group of scientist is ready to carry out experiments in effected area of Japan & this will be a mile stone in radiation prevention ).
According to Dr.W.Selvamurthy of DRDO there are only  3 herbal plants in the world which can work as radio protector /antidote for radiation. Basil(Tulsi) is one of them.
If Basil & Neem are taken as food, by diluting in drinking & bathing water they can also help as a remedy.
What we should do:
Not as a scientist but as a part of humankind I request you to forward this to your known Japanese friend so they can be benefited.
What Japanese should do:
If they can not do the yagya as specified, they should do …
(1)Make the fire of Cow dung & cow ghee round the clock,
(2)Try to spray the smoke of this on the effected area with help of Helicopter, vehicles.
(3)Do mix the plenty of basils & neem in the water.
It is good to do something rather then a painful death.
Hope you will understand the feelings, because no cosmologist is writing this ,only your friend, a friend of humanity is urge you to spread the message to Japanese people. Let us pray for natural calamities &Japan,
Om shanti.

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