I stopped what I was doing in the kitchen caught by a newscast showing a television station in Crimea, devoid of staff. It was shut down entirely a few days ago by Russia and now there is only one station being broadcast, direct from a channel in Russia – I believe it said Channel 24.
Looking at the clip of the Russian station it felt like I was looking at Cuba! My first visit to Cuba was in 1987. Russia was very much a presence in Cuba then. The accommodations for tourists were the stucco villas. The highrise glass, glitter and brass towered influences had not yet arrived. These all happened after Russia pulled out of Cuba several years later.
In 1987 I had a tiny black and white television in my room. There was no television until 11 o’clock at night. When the one station came on we got to listen to speeches by Fidel Castro until 1 in the morning. That was it. One man, one station.
So, when I looked at the television tonight and saw that one man sitting in the Russian t.v. station saying whatever it was it was a bit of deja vu for me as my mind raced back…a quarter of a century to live in Cuba with the Russians.
Oh…and my early morning walks along the beach included the panoramic view of Cuban military patrolling the beaches machine guns in hands and low flying military helicopters doing war manouvres.
I search the internet for an appropriate image to include with this short blog, and what do I find? I find an article that speaks of Russia reinstalling its nuclear weapons in Cuba and saying that apparently it has been going on for the last 5 years. Is this fact or fiction? Who knows. The article, posted on February 27, 2014 at beforeitsnews.com. The link is http://bit.ly/1n3JfBX for this actual article, some of which reads:
As you are about to see, Russia has been building up arms in cuba for the last 5 years, while Obama continues to weaken America’s defenses on our southern border.
Then I hear what’s going on in Venezuela about beating and killing and imprisoning of people who speak out against what is happening there – and I think of my actual first hand experiences of just that happening in the jails of Cuba.
Is there a connection in all of this Cuba-Russia-Crimea-Venezuela-Cuba stuff?
New Brunswick has the highest rates in both the overweight and the obesity levels. One in four people are overweight and the statistics are rising, not declining.
I was born in Atlantic Canada – Cape Breton Island. I am the granddaughter of a fisherman. My father was in the RCAF and we lived in PEI until I was 13, spending our summers at our home on Cape Breton Island. I ate a heck of a lot of fish, as can be expected. Meat was a “treat”. My grandfather fed a lot of people during the great depression as a result of which to this day I have no doubt that if I mentioned who I was, I could continue to receive fresh fish – and lobster which used to be my favourite – free of charge. I experienced this as a child.
What does this have to do with being overweight and obese? Everything and all due to recent experience and return to living in the Atlantic Provinces, notably currently in Moncton. Up until this time I always wondered why a people with high fish diet would be overweight.
Prior to moving to Moncton I had lived in Toronto for over 20 years and I never put much thought to the availability of food. There was always plenty of everything and prices were flexible due to high competition. When I would say to someone here in New Brunswick that living in Toronto was a heck of a lot cheaper they would look at me like I was crazy.
But, Toronto is cheaper; a lot cheaper in everything except the purchase of a house. Apartment rentals are cheaper than some of the places or at least on par with those in the City of Moncton. Things like drug store items – yes even from the same brand named store – are more expensive here than in Toronto. And food; well don’t get me going on the cost of fresh produce in Moncton – let alone organic!!
I’ve always been a member of a fitness club and one, which will remain nameless, here in Moncton charges exactly the same rates as I paid in their club in Toronto, even though income of the average citizen in Moncton is, at best, 50% less than the income of the average citizen in Toronto!
I asked the people at the fitness club how they could justify charging the same fees to a population that is so cash poor? Answer is something to do with it being a “corporate” thing. Yes. No consideration for the location of the club. I doubt that fitness club ranks high on the scale of “giving back to the community” in which their business(es) are located.
What is wrong with that picture? Is the message you are receiving, like the one I received: that they do not really care first and foremost about fitness; that it is really about the bottom line dollar?
Okay. Back to my story.
I’ve always been a healthy eater and drifted pretty much into being sort of vegetarian; that is I love and prefer vegetables and fruit and am a freak about juicing! I can live on my home-made juices.
Until moving here and going through the last 18 months or so of being stripped away, of discovering the high cost of living and the sad state of income and job availability, I never put any thought to the privilege I had of walking out the door and getting all my juice ingredients any time, anywhere at a great price. If I had any thoughts they were that I was saving money because I did not eat meat.
Moncton is known for its Call Centres. These jobs involve sitting at a desk, talking on a phone for 7 or 8 hours a day, with a couple of 15 minute breaks and a half hour lunch. Sedentary jobs are known to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke and the health industry recommends getting up and walking around every hour or so. Anyone who has worked in a call centre can tell you that you do not do this at a call centre. You are chained to your phone and desk 80% of the time.
Wrapping this all up (I could go on forever) I can tell you that when you do not have a job, have no income and are barely making it, there are places available (and sometimes friends and/or family) where you can get food to settle that angry growling in your stomach – but, the food that is available is food that I never purchased; have not purchased for over 20 years. The majority of available food (because of a need to be dried goods) will provide some nutrition, but is also guaranteed to:
- increase your weight, and
- decrease your health levels
These “life happens” situations are definitely going to increase your stress levels, and the number one villain in increased cholesterol is stress. Are you getting the picture?
So, so far we have Stress + Wrong Food + High Cholesterol + Risk of Heart Disease Due to Type of Job
As I watched the newscast last evening they showed men and women waddling down the streets, one hand holding a cigarette or feeding a face. Smoking and over-eating all the wrong foods. Male or female, they all had big stomachs; what I call beer bellies, so I wonder where drinking statistics would fit into this picture? Can you see the downward spiral here? It becomes like a catch-22 situation.
People are getting more unhealthy by the day and the prognosis for Canada is not good. Sadly, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are leading this race.
The Atlantic Provinces (especially in comparison to my long time home town of Toronto) are cash poor, strapped and high on the unemployment scale and single parent scale with so many of the men of the house having to work in other provinces to keep a roof over the family and food on the table. Stress, stress, and more stress keeps moving in. Individuals like you and I begin to change, our health my start to decline. Then it snowballs to the household, the community, the town, the municipality and ultimately the entire province.
Is there a one solution fix to any of this? Likely there is not, but we could begin by considering those things that you and I may be aware of at this time.
I think a good beginning might be with the businesses that are in the health industry in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. I can only speak for the province I currently live in and the examples from my own experiences here in Moncton, New Brunswick. I mentioned the health club (fitness) that charges the same fees as in Toronto to a population 50% poorer.
I can also give an example from what I am trying to do to help others; my switch from the corporate world to the holistic health field.
I am a Reiki Master. I received my training and Reiki Master in Toronto in 2008. Keep in mind what I have mentioned about the lower-income scale here in Moncton, in comparison to Toronto.
I did an internet search across New Brunswick to see what people were charging for each of the three levels of Reiki. I almost fell off my chair when I came across one person who was charging $450.00 for the first two levels (each) and $550.00 for the third (Master) level!
Why, you may be asking, would that have stunned me? Are you ready for this? Are you sitting down – especially you folks in New Brunswick who may be reading this? Are you sure……?
The person who charges $450 for one level of Reiki training, charges what you would pay me for all three levels of Reiki training. Living in wealthy Toronto, I knew people who charged $200 for a level, and people squawked at that price. Wow! I still shake my head when I think about the cost differentiation.
My surprise at this is primarily because these people live here have done so all of their lives and so they know how costly life in New Brunswick can be. Then there is a sadness aspect to this because I like to think that people in the health, especially the holistic health fields are there because they first and foremost want to help people return to healthy living, whole and holistic living. The sadness comes about because the person charging $450 for one level of Reiki training knows that his or her student would consider $450 a whole lot of money to spend on one course. If I could I would help anyone no charge, but I do need to keep a roof over my head and juice on my table.
Until this week I was offering a free one time only session in Reiki for those who are wondering what it is all about. Things have been so tough for me (seriously, no food – but I say this only for facts, not for pity; just facts) I have adjusted that and am asking for a $10 donation so I can buy some carrots to make my juice – I gotta have my juice! I see how unhealthy we are and how so sadly and totally drug dependent when there are natural ways of helping our bodies heal themselves.
It makes me sad to see the young girls and women so out of shape. I do not care who you are, every one of us likes to look and feel good. Every one of us likes to receive an admiring glance from a stranger as they pass by.
I am of the belief that our exterior is a reflection of our interior; that is, we express to the world at large what we are thinking about ourselves on the inside.
Can anyone of you tell me that when you see someone who is unkempt, disheveled and sloppy looking on the outside, it says to you that the person likes her/himself? No? I didn’t think so.
I want people to experience the benefits of Reiki for themselves. I do not have a goal of having someone come to me all the time. My ultimate goal and desire is to have people see the benefits of Reiki (in this stress filled society) and to take even just one level of Reiki training. All they need is that first level and they will be able to do for themselves, their families and precious little critters and house plants (yes, my plants have always flourished) what they had experienced from one treatment by me – any time, any where!
I guess, being the granddaughter of a fishermen, it is easy to see why that saying,
It is better to teach a wo/man how to fish than to continue feeding her/him
has become my motto when it comes to Reiki. Yes, I’d love to help you, but even more I’d love to show you how you can help yourself, any time any where!
There is a high proportion of holistic health workers in and around the City of Moncton. There is a lot of competition and it would seem to me that there has to be a way of working together, instead of in competition with one another, to accomplish our goals of seeing our brothers and sisters begin to live healthier lifestyles. I would definitely welcome some insight from long time members and residents of this metropolis. We all need to make a living. Perhaps in a collaboration of working together we could figure out how to do this to help as many people as we can for as little as possible.
After all, it is not about the money. No one enters into a helping hands or social work type of profession with money and getting rich as an ultimate goal, because it just is not in those industries. Anyone who has left the corporate world will know this to be a truth.
There is a verse in Scripture that has always bothered me, but because I was taught to not change a word or anything in Scripture, I felt my thinking was off; that my thoughts were wrong and that I would be punished in some way for thinking those thoughts. The verse I speak of is found in the Book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament at verse 17:9:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
How could this be, or surely this isn’t true are the thoughts that have rung through my head. Clearly, if read as written, we are being instructed not to listen to our heart; to follow our heart. Why, was my simple question, especially with the heart being a symbol of love? I’ve asked of self, “Has someone accidentally gotten this wrong; perhaps missed or changed a word or two?”
Having worked in the legal profession most of my life I’ve come to know that one simple word change can change the entire meaning of something.
And, all of that aside, I’ve wondered why the Creator would Create in me an instrument like the heart, which is the vital organ that dictates and tells the world I am either alive or dead; how and why would the Creator create in me a heart so terrible, so wicked and deceitful? What would the Creator’s purpose be in doing such a thing to every human being?
Science recently discovered the heart has a brain of its own. So, thus far we know we have a brain in the head and one in the heart. I wonder, does the heart have ears to hear, like the head has ears to hear?
Many years ago a word came out of my mouth. Someone asked me how I knew something they were thinking when they had been sharing about themselves and out of my mouth came, “I heard you with my hearing heart.”
I’ve come to experience that the heart does hear. Just as it is not visible to the human eye, so is the brain not visible, nor would the ears be. I’ve come to realize that my heart hears what is not spoken by someone. You might call that reading between the lines or some other phrase.
Think about it. Surely you have found yourself knowing something was perhaps not quite right, or not the entire truth when someone was speaking with you. Surely you’ve thought, “They’re not telling me everything,” and you’ve had a pretty good idea about what was not being spoken out loud.
I’ve come to realize that my hearing, thinking heart needs balancing sometimes with my hearing, analytical brain because one is in and of the world and the other in and off things unseen or unheard by human faculties.
I do not believe the Creator ever would or ever has created anything that wicked! How can someone create something if s/he does not first have it in and of her/himself? You cannot give what you do not have, and you cannot be what you are not.
A thing might become wicked, and in this case the heart might be labelled wicked for its motives in influencing you or I to do something that is self-serving and perhaps harmful to others. But, this thing was not created wicked, just as no human is created wicked. We become by our choices and our choices. Choices I make are based on motives. I think the same would apply to the heart as to the brain. What is the motive behind the choice I make?
As for the last part of that biblical quote, “who can know it?” I would suggest that Spirit knows the heart; knows our motives and that if we listen Spirit will provide us with guidance in making a decision. Spirit will help us to balance the possibilities between the ego mind influenced by things of the world and the heart influenced by the unseen and primarily the emotions.
I freely choose not to believe this statement of Scripture that categorically labels my heart as being wicked. How can the heart, symbolic of love, be “wicked?” It just does not make any sense at all!!
With those words as an encouragement, using those two words, I have worked to strengthen myself and encourage myself in times of extreme challenge or disappointment. I have used them to help me take that next step.
Today I came to see that I have been short-changing myself; not seeing the entire spectrum of who I am and what I can and will do in this Spiritual journey as a human being. You and I are so much more than what being strong may mean.
We are Spiritual Beings on a human journey. When we come to truly know the who and what of what this means, to be Spiritual Beings, we will know that we are not just strong,
we are power-full!
If I had to choose between being strong and being power-full, I would choose power-full. To be power-full is to be all things and have all resources that power provides. Being strong is an “off-shoot” of being power-full, not the other way around.
Ask yourself this question. Which would logically come first; the power or the strength? It is just common sense. And, it took me all these years to hear this truth! I’ve often shared that at times I am real, real slow to get things, but when that “Ah Ha!” light comes on, zowie!!
Today, though I will not change the etching on that mirror and disfigure it, I will from this point forward see my self as being power-full. I have absolutely no idea what that means, other than to say whatever the choice I make, if it is in line with the love and light of oneness, showing respect and honour to all life, then that power will fill not just my life with all things good, but this universe.
What is the point of having something, if we do not utilize it? To be full of power and to ignore it would be the insanity of insanity.
To not utilize this power that fills me, is to allow it to become stagnant and my cup will remain forever full of the same thing. Life is not, is never the same from one moment to the next. I must, by order of how this universe works, use that which I currently have at hand, in order to be emptied and re-filled with the needed power for the next steps of this journey.
The power that fills me now is the power I need for now. That is and will be living in the fullness of NOW!
The power I need for now is simply the power to take this next step. It then becomes a building block, for the next step to be taken and in order to take that next step, I must be power filled with the tools needed for that next step.
Hopefully this makes sense to you. The murkiness and haziness through which I have been looking are beginning to clear; the veil is being torn aside and my vision is becoming clearer.
I am powerful. Now, what am I going to do with that power?
Yahshua gave us the answer. The answer will be exactly the same for every Spiritual Being, on this human journey.
I am going to serve my fellow man utilizing my own personal abilities and talents; abilities and talents that not one other human has nor can they express identically to that which has been given to me!