What A Turtle Taught Me About Relaxation

         I was at a painting seminar in Maui in January earlier this year.  I had an interesting experience in the ocean with a sea turtle that gave me a new perspective on how be in the flow and relax.
     It was my last day in Maui and I was savoring the last time I would be snorkeling in the ocean before I would get on the plane for a long flight to the mainland for me which is home.
     It was about 10 o’clock in the morning and I swam out near the cliff and realized that it was a little too late for me  to see the sea turtles near the cliff that would have been there around 9 that morning.  There was quite a few people near the cliff so I decided to swim the other way away from the crowd on my own.
     A few minutes later I began to snorkel and as I looked straight ahead I saw what I  though I imagined was a beautiful sea turtle.  I thought that there was no way I was seeing a sea turtle because they were supposed to be by the cliff earlier in the day.   As I kept looking I realized that it was actually there and it was swimming straight towards me.  I was so excited to see it that I stopped swimming and let him come closer to me.  He glided closer with a curious zen-like flow.
     As I watched in amazement I noticed that the turtle was moving with so little effort.  The ease and grace with which the turtle was moving was so peaceful and relaxing that I realized that the turtle was teaching me how to relax.  I stayed and watched as he came closer, I realized also how slowly his arms were moving.  It reminded me of an eagle in flight, gliding through space effortlessly.
     I felt like the turtle was gliding to me, with so much ease and so little effort to teach me how to relax, be present in the moment, and flow with grace and ease.  It was a discerning moment that I will never forget.  To this day when  I close my eyes and revisit this magical encounter, it allows and reminds me to relax,  to be in the flow and approach life with ease.
     I think we can learn a lot from nature, if we just look, listen and use our senses.  This was an experience for me that did just that.   So next time you are in nature pay attention and listen!

Thank you for reading,
Cynthia Haas

Happiness is a Frequency

Happiness is a Frequency

Everyone wants to be happy.  Some people more than others are consciously seeking it.  It can be a lonely and some think a selfish quest but it does not have to be.  You can be lead to happiness quite easily.  It is like a muscle, or habit.  The more you do it, the easier it is.  Be sure to do something that makes you happy everyday, even if it is only for 10 minutes.  Everyone has 10 minutes.  Make that time for yourself.  You will be “happy” you did.

This is what I have found.  Don’t think so much.  We think WAY too much, about everything, all the time.  And we are wrong a lot of the time about many things.   Especially about people.  If you find yourself thinking too much, STOP.  The easiest way to stop thinking is to start having fun.  Do something that makes you smile or gives you an immediate positive charge.

Dancing is the easiest way that I know to raise your frequency and stop thinking at the same time,( to say nothing of the physical benefits of moving. ) Find some music that you love.  Keep track of music that you love.   Because when you need it, you may not be able to recall it.  I have a dance track on my computer.  When you are listening to music you love, it is hard to think obsessively or worry about problems (or the election).

I love a quote by Einstein, something like “problems are solved at a higher frequency than the frequency in which they were created.”

To raise your frequency, listen to music you love and move your body if you can.  Some call that dancing.  People say they don’t know how to dance.   I say okay, then just move your body to the music.  Everyone can do that.  Move your hips a little and you will look like you are dancing.  Find music that when you hear it, you cannot resist moving or tapping your feet.   Feel the music, focus on nothing but the music.  The beat, the voice, the instruments, not  so much the words.  The music alone gives you the feeling.

Put some tracks that you love on your phone with headphones on and imagine yourself dancing.  You will be.  Have fun.

You will be happier which makes your life a little easier and more fun!

Confrontation and Chocolate Cake

Confrontation and Chocolate Cake

It is nice to ask if it is a good time for someone to hear a complaint, grievance or to be confronted.  If you just launch into it with an unsuspecting person, they will not be able to hear what you are saying.

Timing and permission are everything.  I remember being at seminar years ago, and we were eating dessert after dinner.  It was an amazing chocolate cake with gooey, shiny chocolate frosting.  The kind of cake that if you like chocolate, you cannot resist.

I was listening to a couple of women who were so angry at a certain man for some inappropriate behavior.  I did agree, however I saw that he was enjoying a piece of this incredible chocolate cake and so advised the two women to wait until he was finished eating his cake.  It seemed  only civilized and appropriate that they should wait.  It was a sacred few minutes.  They did not listen to me and confronted him anyway.  I am sure his enjoyment of the cake was now ended, and he may even associate chocolate cake now with being attacked verbally by angry women.

I felt sorry for him, and wished they had waited.  I am pretty certain he did not hear what they were trying to convey.    I enjoyed mine for him.

The Sugar Industry Paid Researchers to Mislead Us

The Sugar Industry Paid Researchers to Mislead Us

In the 60’s, research began to link sugar consumption to heart disease and other health problems.  The sugar lobby hired two Harvard researchers to fabricate a study that linked fat to heart disease  to take the heat off sugar.  It worked!  Their fake study appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, a publication of authority.  This fake study became gospel.  Fat was the health threat, not sugar.

Today this could not happen because researchers have to disclose who is funding the research.  Often you have to dig deep to see who is the real source of the funds, not just the company, but who is behind the company, and then even who is behind that company, until you reach the real source.

In the 1970’s, it was very rare that anyone under 40 years old had Type 2 diabetes.  It was called adult onset diabetes. Then young people started getting diabetes due to all the sugar, cereals and grains they were consuming all day long, beginning with breakfast.  The standard American diet is SAD. Since the sugar lobby convinced everyone that fat is the bad guy, we assumed sugar was okay.  The low fat, high carb diet propaganda had begun.  Today we know how detrimental that combination is to our health.  It has been proven to be wrong, and yet, most doctors, the food pyramid and the American Heart Association are still pushing high carbohydrate low fat diets.  Why?

Not all fats are good of course.  Some are very unhealthy, like hydrogenated vegetable oils aka transfats. Researchers  knew in the 1070’s how bad margarine was for you, yet it was being marketed (can you believe its not butter?) as healthy.  Health professionals urged you to stay away from butter and use margarine, aka transfats.  You have to know your fats.  There are good fats, not so good fats, and bad fats.   I will write more about fats later, but for now- Olive Oil, Butter and Coconut Oil, organic and raw are the best.

We now know what foods are  healthful and what foods are definitely not, even though they are touted as “healthy.”  Food now is often “engineered” to taste and smell great, designed to make us overeat.  Did you realize that sugar is an appetite stimulant?  It is.  And sugar is in almost everything we eat that is pre-packaged.  That food is full of “empty calories” (calories that have no nutritional value).  We end up eating until we are full, then 2 hours later we are hungry again because what we ate had and too little nutrition.  We are malnourished. We overeat, are often overweight, and are undernourished nutritionally so our body tells us to eat more. It is a vicious cycle, one that the food industry perpetuates.  Did you know that the food industry has laboratories where they chemically enhance the food to make it taste extraordinary and addictive (bet you can’t eat just one).

The purpose of this website is to help you to figure out a new way of eating that is simple, nutritious and delicious.

There are so many dysfunctional , disease causing  food choices.  Many people do not realize the toxicity in the food choices they make.

I want to offset that with knowledge and simple recipes.  Stay tuned .

What A Turtle Taught Me About Relaxation


I was at a painting seminar in Maui in January earlier this year.  I had an interesting experience in the ocean with a sea turtle that gave me a new perspective on how be in the flow and relax.

It was my last day in Maui and I was savoring the last time I would be snorkeling in the ocean before I would get on the plane for a long flight to the mainland for me which is home.

It was about 10 o’clock in the morning and I swam out near the cliff and realized that it was a little too late for me  to see the sea turtles near the cliff that would have been there around 9 that morning.  There was quite a few people near the cliff so I decided to swim the other way away from the crowd on my own.

A few minutes later I began to snorkel and as I looked straight ahead I saw what I  though I imagined was a beautiful sea turtle.  I thought that there was no way I was seeing a sea turtle because they were supposed to be by the cliff earlier in the day.   As I kept looking I realized that it was actually there and it was swimming straight towards me.  I was so excited to see it that I stopped swimming and let him come closer to me.  He glided closer with a curious zen-like flow.

As I watched in amazement I noticed that the turtle was moving with so little effort.  The ease and grace with which the turtle was moving was so peaceful and relaxing that I realized that the turtle was teaching me how to relax.  I stayed and watched as he came closer, I realized also how slowly his arms were moving.  It reminded me of an eagle in flight, gliding through space effortlessly.

I felt like the turtle was gliding to me, with so much ease and so little effort to teach me how to relax, be present in the moment, and flow with grace and ease.  It was a discerning moment that I will never forget.  To this day when  I close my eyes and revisit this magical encounter, it allows and reminds me to relax,  to be in the flow and approach life with ease.

I think we can learn a lot from nature, if we just look, listen and use our senses.  This was an experience for me that did just that.   So next time you are in nature pay attention and listen!

Thank you for reading,

Cynthia Haas

 
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