Nov 022014


Knitting can help our Well Being

A few month ago I stumbled upon a craft group in our local library. I was given some wool and knitting needles since I was keen to join in.

One of the ladies in her seventies told me that she is a co-ordinator for Operation Cover Up(OCU) group in the Rodney area north of Auckland. You may be able to imagine my surprise and wondering if I heard  right. Yes, I did hear correctly.

Operation Cover Up is a charity organization under the umbrella of Mission without Borders.

The way it works is that people all over New Zealand donate their time to knit or crochet blankets and other items, which get sent to Eastern Europe to keep people in need, orphans being the main beneficiaries, warm.

Below are some of the photos of the blankets, etc. created by the Rodney OCU group.

Most of the creations, which help orphans to keep warm, are knitted with donated wool.

Follow Yorinda’s board Knitting for Orphans on Pinterest.
Since I found that knitting again has helped me to calm down when I feel anxious I did some research online about the benefits of knitting and was astounded by the wide range of therapeutic benefits knitting and other crafts can have.

Carol Caparosa  found that when she was in hospital with her young child she could not focus on anything. Fortunately she was reminded of knitting when she was given a hand knitted jumper for her child. When she started to knit she found that it had a great calming effect.

This experience inspired her to get people in hospital, patients and care takers, to start knitting and this developed Project Knitwell.

According to a research, which used the Project Knitwell, done over 13 weeks  in Georgetown  with 39 Nurses (in the oncology department) found that those who  suffered compassion fatigue benefited greatly.

Alzheimer’s and dementia can also be decreased through a regular activity which includes crafts like knitting according to a study, published by Yonas Geda, associate professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona,  involving 1332 adults ranging from age 70 to 89.

Therapeutic benefits of knitting and other crafts might be:

  • Relaxation
  • Reduction of stress
  • Meditative effect
  • Lowering of anxiety
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Better Memory
  • Feeling less depressed
  • Problem solving improves
  • Coping better with life
  • Feeling good

Find out more about the research at Stitchlinks

If you want to find out more check out The Truth About Knitting and Crochet….They are Good for You! 

Guinness Record for knitting with the largest knitting needles was held by Julia Hopson in Cornwell, who knitted ten rows of ten stitches with 3.5 metre long needles which were 6.5cm in diameter

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Knitting needle (you can find a conversion table for knitting needles at this page)

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Feb 092014

Playing and Meditating with Mandalas

Mandala with starsDo you think that coloring in is only for children?
Think again!

It can be very meditative and relaxing when we spend time to color in Mandalas.
Doing this is just for our own benefit and the outcome doesn’t matter. Nobody has to see it.
You don’t even have to keep the end result, the positive effects are in the process. Like with a lot of things in life.

Mandala – sanskrit for Circle – has been used since ancient times for self reflection, centering and relaxtion.

Looking at mandalas and coloring them in can be very therapeutic!

Benefits of playing/working with mandalas images include:

  • Aids in dealing with emotional problems
  • Teaches patience, the ability to deal with limitations
  • Finding self-realization
  • Providing a calm and focused mind; better concentration
  • Harmonizing the flow of energy
  • The ability to enter a trance-like state from colouring or meditation on them
  • Developing perfection – the link between the spiritual path and the desire of medicine to heal
  • increase retentive memory

Zoe Francis writes in her book how colouring in Mandalas had affected patients: “the doctor noticed the most amazing changes in her patients. Not only did they seem calmer and more centered, the overall atmosphere had become more harmonious and light hearted.” Patients on a psychiatric ward responded positively to colouring in mandalas, one patient even started to talk again.

Carl G. Jung found mandalas helpful ” I realized more and more clearly that the mandala is the center; it is the expression of all life; it is the path of individuation.”

Zoe mentions in her book that looking at and/or coloring in mandalas is a form of therapy. She says on page 24 that “they intuitively help us to regain our perspective on what really matters in life.” Mandalas can be ” a reminder of God’s unconditional love.” Page 25

You can find 12 small Mandalas for coloring in on PDF here.

You can also just color the lines of a mandala, which can be fun and effective.

The image was colored in at a Free Coloring site. Scroll down to find more mandalas/images; there are lots!

To find free Mandala pictures online by type Mandalas into the Google Avanced Search and choose the option you prefer under ‘usage rights’.

Below is a video I found on You Tube. Take a break for a few minutes to watch it.

Mandala Mediation

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Another way to meditate with drawing and coloring in is to us ‘Zentangle’.


Mandalas for Meditation” by Zoe Frances

Zentangle untangled Kass Hal

Find Mandalas on Amazon (affiliate link)

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Jan 292014

Internal KnowingTurning Affirmations into Empowering Questions

A way to engage our own powerful internal search engine we can ask ourselves questions.

The purpose of these questions is to focus on what we want and allow the answers and or evidence to present themselves.
This may happen immediatly or it may take more time.

Focusing on what we want is powerful in itself.

Questions are very effective because when we ask a question the search for the answer is automatic and inevitable.

How often do we ask ourselves questions like “Why do I feel so tired?

Why can’t I …? What’s wrong with me, why don’t I …? – – or worse

Any question we ask ourselves or others, regardless of whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’, activates the internal search engine to find an answer.

What kind of answers would you like to find? My guess is that you would like to find those answers which empower and benefit you.

What we focus on expands, regardless of whether it is a statement or a question.

Affirmations have been tauted as a way of attracting what we want.

It certainly helps when we affirm what we want, since our focus is on that instead of what we don’t want.

What if we would turn Affirmations into Questions?

This is the epiphany Noah St. John had one day in the shower. He then developed what he calls Afformations.

The difference between Affirmations and Afformations is that the first ‘makes things firm’ the latter contributes to ‘forming’ new thoughts.

“Rather than trying to force yourself to believe something that you don’t really believe, you’ll be forming new assumptions about life and your relationship to it, based on what your really want.”The Secret Code to Success by Noah St. John (page 72)

We are already using Afformations but maybe not always to our advantage.
Like in the example of the questions above we are activating our subconscious to focus on and finds the answers to something we don’t really want to manifest more of.

Afformations when used consciously can do just that.

Asking empowering question helps us to access our internal wisdom and knowledge as well as connects us to the universal database.

So, well chosen questions/afformations are using our mind effectively and they also contributes to peace of mind and feeling calmer.

“Change the questions, change the results, change your life.” (The Secret Code to Success page 72)

Creating Questions

To help with creating questions the following may help.

The poem ‘The Elephant Child ‘ by Rudyard Kipling opens with:

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

‘Why’ is about the motive.

‘How’ is about the method.

“When you ask questions that assumes that what you want is already true, you will activate that part of your brain that will seek to make it so.

And this what will unleash your hidden power to take action and change your life.

Why does this work? Because of your brains embedded presupposition factor: when you ask a question either internally or externally, your brain is wired to search for the answer.

The point of the question is to use your mind in a new way, to focus on what you have instead of what you lack.” ( Afformations by Noah St. John page 54)

Accept the truth of your new question.

Read, write, say them, listen to recordings of them.


  • Why is it so easy for me to …?
  • Why am I …?
  • Why did I …?
  • Why do I have ….?
  • Why do I love …?
  • Why focuses immediately on finding the answer.
  • Why am I so rich? Your mind will focus on all the things you have!

One thing I love doing is turning uplifting messages and/or suggestions from books into questions.

This post has been inspired by the books by Noah St. John The Book of Afformations: Discovering the Missing Piece to Abundant Health, Wealth, Love, and Happiness and The Secret Code of Success: 7 Hidden Steps to More Wealth and Happiness (affiliate links)

Click here to read the whole ‘The Elephant Child’ poem

Another interesting and inspiring post about question is Empowering Questions on who you want to be by Marquita Herald.

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Aug 122013
Ketogenic diet

See Link below

Coconut oil has many benefits. It contains Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) which are converted into Medium Chain Trigycerids(MCTs) which produce ketones which are superfuel for the brain.

Fasting and exercise can contribute to creating Ketones.

The Ketonic Diet which has helped people with epilepsy includes the restriction of carbohydrates. The movie “First do no harm” based on a true story starring Merryl Streep

Merryl Streep introduces the Ketonic Diet

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This is in the hope that this post making a difference to ‘one of the thousands of starfishes will get a chance.’

Check out this section of the movie

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The Website of The Charlie Fondation has lots more information including recipes.

“Ketones are the superfuel for the Brain.” Richard Veech MD

When coconut oil is used the ketones are produced regardless even though eating less carbohydrates enhances this production even further. Apart from producing ketones it also helps protect the brain and it stimulates cell growth.

Yes, Coconut Oil is a saturated fat which is different to other saturated fats since it has the MCFAs and is very high in Lauric Acid(48%), caprilyc acid and capric acid giving is the anti-viral/bacterial/fungal properties.

We need saturated fats

  • to absorb vitamines and minerals
  • for proper growth,repair and maintenance of body tissue
  • to protect unsaturated fats in the body from free radicals
  • as a preferred source of energy for the heart
  • essential for the lungs
  • helps us feel full

Dr. Bruce Fife has a chapter in his book “Stop Autism Now A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Reversing Autism Spectrum Disorders” entitled “The Ultimate Brain Food”

“Coconut oil: The Ultimate Brain Food

The MCTs in Coconut oil are converted into ketones, which act as high potency fuel for the brain.
This superful bypasses the glucose metabolic pathway to overcome defects in glucose metabolism. In doing so, it boosts energy output, normalizes brain function, stops erratic signal transmission that lead to seizures, improves cognition and memory, improves motor function, supplies building blocks for the repairs, maintenance and growth of new brain tissues.
Ketones reduce the brain’s need for oxygen, protecting it from injury caused by physical trauma, ashpyxiation, or other causes. Ketones have proven useful in stopping the progression of neurodegenerative disease and even reverse the symptoms.” (page 131)

Stop Autism Now! A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Reversing Autism Spectrum Disorderssrc= (affiliate link)

Read about a diet plan on the following post Ketogenic Diet Benefits Cancer and Weight Loss by Dr. Axe.

Check out my other posts on Coconut Oil:

Alzheimer’s Neurodegenerative Diseases and Coconut oil

You may purchase various quantities at the following link:

Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (affiliate link)

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Aug 022013

Chia-SeedsChia seeds have many benefits as well as being packed with nutrients.

The Aztecs called it their ‘running food’ since they could run all day on just a handful of chia seeds.

This tiny seed absorb up to ten times their weight in water.

It is recommended to soak them first.

Here are some of the results for Chia Seeds from research:

  • Balancing bloodsugar levels
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Aiding digestions/bowel health
  • Weight loss
  • Improving cardiovascular health
  • and many more

“Chia seeds have been shown to have:

6 times more calcium than whole milk

15 times more magnesium than broccoli

3 times more antioxidant capacity than fresh blueberries

3 times more iron than spinach

2 times more potassium than bananas

High in Fibre/More fibre than flaxseed

More protein than beans, soy, or peas”

From Bio Distributors on Chia (not an affiliate link)

For Recipes and more information:

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Here is an infographic about how Chia compares to Flaxseed

How do chia seeds compare to flax seeds?

Infograpic: Compare Chia Seeds to flaxseeds

Photo Credit for Chia Seed image 200×200: Stacy Spencley

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Jul 232013

Coconut OilHere are a few sites which have some awesome Recipes using Coconut oil

Some of the sites have lots more recipes with coconut oil like the Matcha and Coconut Butter Truffles. Matcha is green tea powder.

Below the list of yummy dishes you can make with coconut oil (on Listly) is one recipe which I have adapted from Bruce Fife’s book

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Coconut brownies

(adapted from the book The Coconut Miracle by Bruce Fife)

Preheat oven to 350 F/175 C

Mix together:

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3/4 cup of (coconut)flour

1/3 cup of cocoa

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of nuts (walnuts)

In a separate bowl

1/2 cup of coconut oil (8 Table spoons)

2-3 eggs

Mix dry with wet ingredients

If too dry add another egg(beaten)

Press into a greased flat baking dish (25×25 cm or similar)

Sprinkle with shredded coconut

Bake for 30 to 35 min

Cut into 16 squares

Each square contains 1/2 Tablespoon of coconut oil

Read more about the Benefits of Coconut on the following posts:

How Coconut oil may benefit your health

Arthritis Fibromyalgia and Coconut oil

Alzheimer’s Neurodegenerative Diseases and Coconut oil

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Jul 122013

Brain with Alzheimer's diseaseThe beginning of Alzheimer’s disease starts long before we have any symptoms. We can do a lot to prevent it. Now there are a lot of stories of remarkable recoveries from this debilitating condition.

The video below speaks for itself!

Unconventional But Effective Therapy for Alzheimer’s Treatment:

Dr. Mary T. Newport

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Read more about Dr. Mary Newport‘s and her husband’s story at:

Physician Prescribes Coconut Oil And Successfully Cures Alzheimer’s Disease

The book Stop Alzheimer’s now How to Prevent and Reverse Dementia, Parkinson’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, and Other Neurodegenerative Disorders by Bruce Fife has very detailed information about the neurodegenerative diseases, their causes and possible cures in it.

Read more about this on the Coconut Research Center website by clicking on the following link:

Conquering Alzheimer’s with Coconut Ketones

Another video about this:

Alzheimer’s Doctors Taking Note of Coconut Oil –

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Check out this post on Health Impact News Daily:

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease: The News is Spreading

Check out my other posts on Coconut oil:

Arthritis Fibromyalgia and Coconut oil

How Coconut oil may benefit your health

Recipes using Coconut Oil

Photo Credit: Alzheimer’s Disease on Wikipedia

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Jun 152013

Cayenne PepperAt a Herbal College Dr. John Christopher learned about the benefits of Cayenne Pepper. Since Dr. Christopher was told by his mother that cayenne pepper would burn the lining of the stomach he needed some convincing. His teacher Dr. Nowell “introduced him to over a dozen people whose lives had been saved with Cayenne: people with heart troubles, ulcers, asthma, and many other ailments.”

In his thirties, Dr. Christopher had arthritis, hardening of arteries, stomach ulcers and the doctor told him that he would not live past 40. Having learned about the benefits of Cayenne Pepper he started taking it and built up to taking a teaspoon of cayenne three times a day.

At 45 years old he was examined by two doctors for an insurance policy and one of them told him that he had ‘the venous structure of a teenage boy.’

” Once a child was shot in the abdomen; a bullet hit the spine, ricocheted, and made a second wound leaving the body. One of Dr. Christopher’s herbal students, living next door, heard the shot and raced over, as she knew that the parents were not home and that the children, ages eight and four, would not be shooting guns.

There was the eight-year-old gushing blood out both sides. She ran to the cabinet and mixed a tablespoonful of cayenne in a glass of water; she poured it down the boy and immediately called the ambulance, which was eighteen miles away. The emergency room attendant said that the boy would probably bleed to death, being that the distance was so great. The ambulance arrived and rushed the child (who had been playing “Cops and Robbers” with his father’s pistol, which he had found Under the pillow of the bed, to the Primary Children’s Hospital eighteen miles away. When he arrived, he was the center of attraction, not because his ease was so dangerous, but because he was chatting a mile a minute – and there was not bleeding. The bleeding had stopped by the time they arrived at the hospital. The chief doctor said to the parents, “I have seen many accident victims in my life, but this is the first time in such an emergency operation that I have opened an abdomen to find no blood, except for a small amount that was there before the bleeding stopped so quickly. This has saved your boy’s life.” (Herbal Legacy)

Ways of taking it:

  • 1 teaspoon in a small amount of warm water
  • In capsules
  • Eat a teaspoon of peanut butter before you take it

Have a tablespoon of soaked chia seeds after, or Coconut oil, porridge or yoghurt.

To start with I found it hard to drink the cayenne water but now it is easy and I don’t feel I need to take anything straight after.

You can also use it in a bath for aches and pains and influenza. It removes toxins and cleanses the pores:

1 teaspoon of cayenne and 1 teaspoon of ginger

Read more about Dr. Christopher and Cayenne Pepper.

Photo Credit: Maya Dumat

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Feb 202013

Magenta Rose LoveThe other day I listened to one of the 48 hour free replays [not and Affiliate link] by Dr. Anna Michelle the founder of Heart Healing Solutions.

Marci Shimoff, the author of “Love for no reason” shared four tools in her talk on Unconditional Love… From the Inside Out!

One of them was the power of a Loving Kindness Prayer.

C. J. Scarlet a woman who was in a wheelchair, suffering from lupus and overweight.

She used the Loving Kindness prayer every morning and every night and said it silently in her mind to people she met throughout the day.

After a year of doing this the doctors declared her recovery a medical miracle.

She was symptom free, lost weight and no longer needed the wheelchair.

Here are the words for the Loving Kindness Prayer she used:

May I be safe

May I be happy

May I be healthy

May my life be one of ease

My wish (for you)

a Song by Rascall Flatts

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Marci Shimoff also talked about the benefits of Ho’oponopono.

In the hope that the readers may feel inspired and uplifted I decided to share this and the short video I found on You Tube.

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Feb 132013

Laugh out loudLaughter has many Health Benefits

How does laughter make you feel?

Have you ever had a time when you laughed a lot in a short time? How was that?

Laughter is the (best) Medicine’ is one of the sayings.

Now research confirms that laughter has beneficial effects on our well being.

A good belly laugh not only brings more oxygen to our lungs it also helps expel stale air (carbon dioxide CO2).

Most people have a residue of 2500-2800 ml CO2 in their lungs. So the more this gets expelled the more oxygen can be taken in.

Longer exhalation, which is part of the exercises is one of the secrets to good health.

Imagine what a good session of laughter exercises interspersed with breathing could do. Since the laughter is combined with gentle stretches the session is like a cardio workout. 10 min = 20 min on a rowing machine, bike or treadmill.

Laughter Yoga Sessions provide this.

In Laughter Yoga sessions we laugh for no reason.

A combination of yogic (belly) breathing and laughter and gentle stretching exercises usually leaves people feeling more energized and with a sense of general well being.

The exercises are playful and childlike and the simulated laughter soon becomes real.

Doctor Madan Kataria, a GP started Laughter Yoga in 1995 in Mumbai, India when he was researching the benefits of Laughter.

People have reported that they have been able to reduce and/or even stop their medication for diabetes, high blood pressure, allergies and asthma under the supervision of their doctor. Laughter session have also been said to reduce pain and depression.

Laughter may well be the best medicine is an article about Dr. Kazuo Murakami research on how Laughter switches on our genes 18 of them designed for the immune system.

It reduces the levels of stress hormone cortisol.

The childlike playfulness of the exercises also make them fun to do and since everyone in the group is doing them it is possible to lose our self consciousness we may have. We can play and be silly and feel accepted while doing so. Laughter is contagious.

Enjoy the Laughing Baby for a Minute

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Optimal time for laughing for well being 3 times a week for 20 min.

You can join the laughter club on Skype.

Times for Laughter Sessions on Skype

Laughter Session Times on Skype

Just add ‘laughterclub’ to your contacts and join in to laugh at the session times.

To find your local time check the World Time Buddy.

Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter Yoga (Dr. Madan Katira’s Laughter Yoga Website)

Benefits of Laughter (American School of Laughter Yoga)

Laughter Yoga and Diabetes

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