Friday, May 18, 2012

For Mother, for Mother Earth

Mother and son pilgrims in Lhasa, Tibet / Photo: Janna Weiss 2008

For Mother's Day
How did the mother who raised you inspire you?

I dedicate this post to the mothers the brave victims who are fighting for the right to raise their children and for the right of all mothers to raise their children in a warm and loving home. Mother is the source of compassion. When we have healthy and peaceful mothers, we have healthy peaceful families. When we have healthy peaceful families we have healthy peaceful communities.





Lori Shemtov is a warm loving caring mother who has been denied the right to raise or even to see her two young children for the past 4 years. She is a courageous social activist, exposing social injustice in a neglected area of human rights activism.
Lori Shemtov's blog (Hebrew)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
"Everywhere we are talking about peaceful humanity, the peaceful world. This is not from prayer, not from technology, not from money, not from religion, but from mother. This is my fundamental belief.
Mother, I consider, is our first teacher, teaches compassion. The first day after my birth, immediately I learned, I experienced mother's compassion, mother's affection.
That is, I think, the most important part of building a healthy family, and that means a healthy humanity."


"Peace starts within each one of us.

When we have inner peace,

we can be at peace with those around us.

When our community is in a state of peace,

it can share that peace with neighboring communities."

- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama






This song won first place in the Greenforall contest for the song that most exemplified Dr. Martin Luther King's social justice values.
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Radio announcer: The United Nations declared that today the world's population reaches 7 billion people.

- Hi, seeya, wuzzup man? How're you doin' man?

- I'm chillin' for the most part, y'know.

- It's hard to see my mom and my family struggling.

- You know what I think about that bro'? It's like - there's mothers struggling all over the world.
 [missing] you know what I mean?
 [missing] One thing I think we need to do is...

- - -
Minus the race color and creeds power to the people
we strong enough so now we can live long enough to defeat you
it's in our D.N.A, to get rid of this racist
That poor shit i can cope with but i'm so sick of this hatred
we strong as 7 billion come on lets keep it building
My Asians keep creating
My Russians keep the Steel in
My Germans send them Euros by the plurals to the states
My Egyptians send that Tea by the case I like the taste
United Nations ain't doing what they supposed to
Finding a strategic way to bring the nations closer
Tell me whats a border?
Why we dividing cultures?
Why we collide with social order!! (why we collide with social order)

- - -
Woman:
We want to shed blood for lunch.
Our forefathers shed blood for lunch!
We're gonna do so...

- - -

Its a war going on outside nobody's safe from
People fighting for they lives, only the fake run
Its a war going on outside nobody's safe from
People fighting for they lives, only the fake run!

(Chorus) Power to the People!
This is not a White thing
This is not a Black thing
This here is a world thing
Power to the People!
This is not a Brown thing
This is not a Red thing
This is a world thing
7 Billion Strong, 7 Billion Strong
7 Billion Strong, 7 Billion Strong
7 Billion Strong, 7 Billion Strong

(Silent C) Slavery performed by governments politicians and Uncle Tims
Pulling our strings like puppets in hope that we dont look up to them
Until we Occupy public land
and stand for something instead of falling for nothing
Let 'em know we know something
Tell 'em we're tired of suffering
Victims to hells destruction
The mystery's in the rubble
Start digging to fix the puzzle
Scream victory with the shovel
Yeah, and tell all them muthufuckas that fucked us, FUCK YOU!
Divided they will kill us
United they will hear us
And their worst fear is knowing that the fear is no longer with us
So Power to The People
People to The Power
Power to The People
People to The Power
The bank still making profits
Unemployment still ain't dropping
Colleges holding you hostage
You're bound to pay for that knowledge
Everything's about a dollar
Nothings free but the problems
There's a price for the peace and that's a piece of the problem
Why all we see is the violence!
According to the census we made 7 Billion
Well, how many of us 7 Billion gonna make 7 Million?
and heres a better question for the livin'
How many of us living, or just existing? Power to the people!

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Christin's mother: Continue to make me proud, with that smile, and always care about people, and give people everything that you have in you give, because I taught you well, I taught you all that you need to do, and all that you need to make it in life, and as long as you use all of those things, Christin, you will make it real far.
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Honor the woman who raised you:
post this video on your Facebook page and share how she's inspired you.

Lyrics here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFVcBDCpCHc

May 14 - The Dalai Lama Will Receive the Templeton Prize in London, thousands will attend
For Mother Earth: Listen to the Children

Post in Hebrew
 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Clary Sage Omega-3 Healing People, Fish & the Sea



  

 Healing Ourselves & The Earth Together

 


Dear Friends, Marvalous, the company that distributes clary sage Omega-3 seed oil, is currently in court proceedings intiated by its distributors and others. The science and information regarding clary sage Omega-3 is accurate. I can no longer recommend purchase of the product. March 3, 2013

I've been a health professional for almost 30 years. Quite honestly, this unique clary sage Omega-3 makes me feel as if we're living in China during the discovery of ginseng, or the discovery of caterpillar fungus in Tibet. Clary sage Omega-3 is a wonderful herbal product, a cold pressed Salvia sclarea seed oil that has a whole body systemic effect, so it produces extraordinary results, in people of all ages, with a wide range of problems.

For a year, I suffered chronic shoulder and arm pain from a torn muscle or ligament. Acupuncture, massage, herbs, exercise, rest - nothing helped and it only got worse. I had difficulty using my arm for ordinary tasks. After a few weeks of clary sage Omega-3 my pain-free range of movement began to increase. After 2.5 months of clary sage Omega-3, two capsules per day, my son and I tossed a basketball for close to an hour, including hard and far throws in every direction, and my shoulder was completely pain free. My improvement continues steadily. 

   Important Info About Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acid is an essential nutrient for every cell in the body, as Omega-3 fatty acids are components of all cell membranes. Most human diets today are deficient in Omega-3. These two facts also explain the Omega-3 systemic effect on all bodily systems for such a wide range of disorders.

Recent research indicates that vegetal Omega-3, ALA, is an essential nutrient in its own right. The body also breaks down ALA to DHA or EPA as needed. Vegetal sources of Omega-3 include: leafy green vegetables, soy, grains, walnuts and more. Higher concentrations of Omega-3 are found in chia seed, flax seed, and purslane. 

The multi-billion dollar fish and krill oil industries share responsibility for decimation of the fish population and the marine environment. Fish oil is also contaminated with PCB, mercury and other heavy metals. Therefore, fish and krill oils are no longer viable choices for Omega-3 dietary supplementation.  

An Israeli agricultural scientist discovered clary sage seed oil to be a rich source of stable Omega-3, as well as over 100 other secondary compounds, including Co-Q10 and all types of Vitamin E. Clary sage seed oil is an alternative to traditional fish oil.

Translated testimonies (from Hebrew)

Ayelet, biologist, after 10 years of fish oil  2:34

Hi, I'm Ayelet.

I'm a biologist. I've been taking Marvalous for more than half a year and I'd like to tell what wonders it's done in my life, and in my granddaughter's life.

Before I tell you about the magic of the Omega-3 from Salvia sclarea oil, I would like to mention that I religiously took Omega-3 fish oil 1000 mg per day for more than ten years, and when I started taking Marvalous Omega-3, only then did I realize the extent to which my body was hungry for the right Omega-3, that's right for the body.

In the first three weeks, I had gynecological changes that I won't describe here, and and my arm opened up, the movement in the shoulder. I had the beginning of frozen shoulder, due to inflammation. Now I can move my arm back.
     
After a month and a half of taking two capsules a day, my dosage of Eltroxin - I take Eltroxin because my thyroid doesn't work so well - I took 5.5 pills a week, and now I've gone down to 4 pills a week. That's a very significant reduction, more than a 20% decrease in the Eltroxin dosage.

My granddaughter - I gave my granddaughter one capsule a day, a 4.5 year old girl, a little one, with atopic dermatitis, eczema in the joints and behind the knees, neck and all sorts of places. One capsule per day, for three weeks. After 3 weeks her skin was completely smooth, the way a 4.5 year old child's skin should be.

I had papilloma growths here [strokes her neck] and they fell off, they're falling off, not all, but most of them. The one's that are still on the neck aren't growing. I don't need to... I had to go to the clinic every three months to have them removed with liquid nitrogen. I've stopped going, for more than 6 months I haven't needed to have these growths removed.

My life is filled with joy. You're invited. 




Miri Schrangheim, homeopath, immune system / allergens 1:05

Hi, my name is Miri. I'm 55 years old. I'm a veterinarian and a homeopathic physican. I want to share a surprise I experienced from taking Salvia sclarea Omega-3.

My husband and I each took two capsules every morning, since, based on our knowledge, Omega-3 can help the body to lower cholesterol.  


The surprise came a week ago, when my husband got his blood test results. Compared to his tests two years ago, his allergen values dropped by half.

And what we experienced before we got the results... for the half year he's taken the Omega-3, he's had no asthma, no migraines, and no itching - and that's amazing. 


Naomi, shiatsu teacher, reports:
"Here are some testimonies I heard today (April 27, 2012) -

1. A 64 year old man with renal insufficiency, after a month with 4 capsules per day all his blood values improved. He's much more energetic.


2. A 2.5 year old boy with a rare liver disease, 6 months with [clary sage] Omega and the liver returned to normal function.


3. A religious woman with ten children. After her sixth birth, her thyroid gland was damaged. She took Eltroxin for 12 years. Today, with 6 capsules of Omega, she is completely free of Eltroxin and is balanced.


4. A 12 year old girl with childhood Type I diabetes. A few months with Omega and she's completely free of medications."


Naomi herself no longer suffers from hair loss, and her hair has grown back.

A Feeling of Mission: Testimonial Videos

ADD / Joints / Krohn's / Panic Disorder & More  9:35 
Hebrew / English subtitles


Herniated Discs / Sciatica 2:36

Congenital Brain Damage 4:06


Diabetes / Arthritis / Neuropathy 0:49


Autism / ADHD 8:27

Dermatitis 1:00

Autism 0:48 


 Joints 0:55

 Cramps 0:59

Spinal Leak 0:34 

 Testimonies from Pennsylvania 4:33


Acknowledgement

I am grateful to many distributors and to the many people who have taken Marvalous, for enabling the creation of this page.


56 Countries: 

Peru
France

Philippines
Germany
Argentina
Poland
Greece
Australia
Portugal
Holland–Netherlands
Austria
Russia
Hungary
Belgium
Singapore
Iceland
Belize
Slovakia
Ireland
Bolivia
South Africa
Israel
Bulgaria
South Korea
Italy
Canada
Spain
Japan
Chile
Sweden
Kazakhstan
Colombia
Switzerland
Latvia
Costa Rica
Thailand
Liechtenstein
Cyprus
Turkey
Luxembourg
Czech Republic
Ukraine
Mexico
Denmark
United Kingdom
New Zealand
Dominican Republic
United States
Norway
Ecuador
Uruguay
Panama
El Salvador
Venezuela
Paraguay
Finland

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Ethics for any human being - basic human values


I would like to acknowledge Dr. Nativ Dudai, Volcani Institute, Israeli Agricultural Research Organization, and the Neve Ya'ar research team, for their kindness, dedicated research, contribution to humanity and the Earth. 

For the scientifically minded
Alpha-linolenic acid and its conversion to longer chain n-3 fatty acids: benefits for human health and a role in maintaining tissue n-3 fatty acid levesl. by Gwendolyn Barceló-Cobijn, Eric J Murphy. Progress in Lipid Research (2009) 48:355-374. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19619583 Dispels the popular belief that ALA is 'not as effective' as fish oil.
Omega-3 fatty acids in wild plants, nuts and seeds. by Artemis P. Simopoulos. Asia Pacific J Clin Nutr (2002) 11(S6): S163–S17. Full article.  http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/apjcn/Volume11/vol11sup2/S163.pdf Contains tables of vegetal sources of Omega-3 and %.
Compositions containing as the active ingredient components from Salvia sclarea seed. Israeli patent 168574, Date Granted: Sept., 2003, Accepted: March 2006. PCT/IL2004/000804. USA 20060286184 http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20060286184.html Contains nutritional tables comparing clary sage (Salvia sclarea) and chia (Salvia hispanica) seed oils. 

Note: Evening primrose oil, borage seed oil and black currant seed oil contain Omega-6 fatty acids (GLA) and not Omega-3 (ALA).

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Age of the Brain Is Here


Soldier Blue 1970


Nu, finally. Do you remember when the good Big Screen movies would make it to us from America two years later? We didn't mind watching "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) or "Soldier Blue" (1970) belatedly. We opened our folding chairs in the kibbutz auditorium (alternately a wedding hall, basketball court and cultural activity center), the projector with the big movie reel was ready, and we were content with our lot. 

Soldier Blue 1970 - 1 of 12

Now, several years later, never mind, better late than never, here too, meditation is becoming mainstream. Hurry to sign up – but don't worry too much if it's filled up already. There are plenty of places for you to learn and practice mindfulness, attention placement, full and compassionate presence in each and every moment. The main thing is not too worry, the teachers tell us... 
 
Mark Greenberg on Nurturing Mindfulness in Families, Schools and Youth

On a more serious note, Dr. Mark Greenberg, who specializes in bringing mindfulness into classrooms in America, will be speaking at an important and groundbreaking conference at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) and Levinsky College of Education (details in Hebrew). Mark Greenberg was one of the people who participated in the dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, mentioned in Daniel Goleman's book “Destructive Emotions.” He emphasizes the ethical aspect of mindfulness, that is too often forgotten.

Neuroscience and meditation – Mind and Life Insitute 8:00

What's really important? It's important that we be compassionate, that we be ethical, in other words, and it's definitely important to teach and to learn this knowledge, from generation to generation. It seems to me that it's alright for us to say a “Shehehiyanu” (a prayer said on new occasions) for the initiative, with the hope that this kind of activity grows, deepens and establishes strong roots in our country. We can now welcome the Age of the Brain in Israel and the world, and the dawning of the New Millennium for which we have waited so long – 2000 years, at least, if I'm not mistaken...

Yaki Platt

Yaki Platt is teaching in Israel now, including: "Dealing with Difficulties Through Mind Transformation" – warmly recommended (details in Hebrew).

Blessings for happiness, for all beings.
(For all beings, not for happiness :)

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Integrative Public Health Model to Heal Violence


Tibetan Medicine & Public Health
My thanks to Haifa University for access to d-bases and literature
and to John Hopkins School of Public Health OpenCourseWare.

  

 



  

 

 War and depression are in the expected top 10 causes of disability worldwide.
Other causes are also related to poverty and stress. 



 Most social intervention and funding focus on the predisposing situations.
Very little is invested in personal cultivation of compassion.
(White text is mine.)

Cultures around the world have herbs for anger and depression. Here are three examples. 
Herbs are palliative and helpful, but do not treat the root cause of violence. 
Let's look at Tibetan traditional medicine.

  
 The Medicine Buddha is central to Tibetan medicine. 
Here depicted in his celestial palace surrounded by medicinal plants

 The three root causes of suffering:
1. attachment/craving/passion/lust/greed, 2. aversion/anger/hatred, 3. ignorance.

A Tibetan amchi's private practice.
The Medicine Buddha sits atop an herb rack in the center of the clinic.
Left top: Drawers with herb pills
Left bottom: Acupuncture & cupping
Right top: Pulse diagnosis
Right bottom: Examing urine

Left: Removing a demon after all patients have left the clinic
Right top: Applying a blessed stamp, here for fertility
Right bottom: Humor & laughter; Amchi-lak jokes with his patients

 Traditional representations of the three root causes of suffering. 
What do these pictures mean? Tibetans have learned from this pictures for centuries.

 Individual predisposition to violence arises in the mind. 
Our tendency to see others as "all good" and "all bad," called splitting in Western psychology, gives rise to our intent to harm others. "All good" = Buddhist attachment, "all bad" = Buddhist aversion.
Splitting arises from our grasping to a mistaken view of "I" or self. 

For Students of Buddhism: Please note that the model also presents the three stages on the Path to Enlightenment. 1. Abandoning the intention to harm others by the practice of ethics is the basic stage, which represents a gross level of (self) awareness (Hinayana); 2. Abandoning attachment and aversion (splitting) by cultivating equanimity and the wish to help others as much as one can, the Mahayana stage, represents a more advanced and more subtle level of awareness; 3. Finally, at the most subtle or deepest level of awareness, we "tame that mind of ours" and uproot the underlying cause of suffering, the mistaken notion of "I," by cultivating wisdom, the understanding of emptiness of independent existence.


The integative model shows that the mistaken view of self is the root cause of violence. 


 Left: Prof. Richard Davidson, University of Wisconsin neuroscientist
and Matthieu Ricard, formerly a biologist at the Pasteur Institute in France,
now a Tibetan Buddhist meditation adept.
Right: Matthieu Ricard's point on far left is 4.5 standard deviations from the bell curve! 
Matthieu Ricard has been dubbed "The Happiest Man in the World."

Above screenshots are from this TED talk, "The Habits of Happiness" by Matthieu Ricard:

 Examples of contemplative neuroscience research.




 My humble efforts. 



If more individuals cultivate compassion, the left-hand side of the bell curve, indicating greater happiness and compassion, will increase; the right side will decrease, and we will have a more compassionate, less violent society.

  Education is key for cultivating compassionate individuals. 
The wish to help others and to relieve the suffering of others can be cultivated.