Refined Carbohydrates – Evil Incarnate

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So in the spirit of the Body portion of our Triad of Virtue.  I speak a little about diet.

If someone were to ask me, “If I want to be healthy, how should I eat?” this is how I would tell them to get started:

I would start by cutting out all refined carbohydrates, simple sugars in other words. Continue reading

Minding your Health

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Remember the Stoic Triad?  Body, Mind, Spirit?  At this point, I would like to talk about Body, about minding your health.

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos-the trees, the clouds, everything.”  Thich Nhat Hahn Continue reading

10 Things in our Control to Give our Love…and Receive Love

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“So the question is not:  How can we obtain love and understanding?  The question is whether we have the capacity of generating love and understanding ourselves…true love is like that too.  Loving one person is really an opportunity to learn to love all people. If you have the capacity to love and to understand, you can do that now, you don’t have to wait.  When we succeed in this, our worry and fear go away, and we feel wonderful right away.” –Thich Nhat Hahn Answers from the Heart

Oh, the eternal questions about love (read more here).  What is love?  When will somebody love me? Continue reading

Blame Yourself First; Change Your Perception First

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“The first difference between the philosopher and the uneducated man is that the latter says, ‘Woe is me for my child, for my brother, woe is me for my father’, and the other, if he is compelled to speak, considers the matter and says, Woe is me for myself.’ For nothing outside the will can hinder or harm the will; it can only harm itself. If then we accept this, and, when things go amiss, are inclined to blame ourselves, remembering that judgement alone can disturb our peace and constancy, I swear to you by all the gods that we have made progress.”  Epictetus Discourses Book 3, Chapter 19

In this excerpt, Epictetus reemphasizes that our impressions Continue reading