Free Motion

20 Feb 19
Thrive Global
There’s no such thing as the mind and the body as separate, independent units. Our bodies aren’t shells or housing for our minds either. Body and mind are inextricably intertwined, and the thoughts that we think, and the activity of the mind, determine the health and expression of our DNA. We can measure the health of our DNA. Researchers measure the health of DNA by measuring something called telomeres. Telomeres are stretches of DNA that cover the ends of our DNA strands. Think of them as the protective plastic tips that cover the ends of shoelaces. Without telomeres, DNA would become damaged and tattered at the ends, just like your shoelaces without the aglet (I did a google search for that!). One of the more widely accepted theories on why and how age affects the human body is the theory of telomere deterioration. Or in other words, the aglets wear away and the shoelace becomes a frayed mess at the end. In general, older and less healthy people have shorter and less intact telomeres. Younger and healthier people have longer and more intact telomeres. Telomeres are measurably shorter in people with chronic and degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, and high stress. Needless to say, measuring telomeres is pretty interesting to researchers because some think they hold the key to longevity and vitality. Once something can be measured, it can be studied… Science proves we can change our DNA with mind control. People enrolled in mindfulness training maintain telomere length compared to control groups whose telomere length shrank. Cancer and heart disease patients are frequently studied. Meditation and mindfulness practices preserve telomere length. There are two mechanisms that lead to telomere preservation. One is the increase of an enzyme called telomerase. Telomerase directs the addition of DNA to the ends of the chromosomes, and mindfulness and meditation increase telomerase. The other mechanism is via the reduction of cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone that (among many other things) increases inflammation. An entire book can be written on the damaging effects of inflammation, but for here I’ll say that inflammation is at the root of chronic disease and pain. Telomerase=good Cortisol=bad These effects have relatable impacts on our health. People who meditate have higher antibody titers against the flu virus. They have less anxiety, a greater attention span, and reduced age related memory loss. Meditation improves sleep, reduces cravings, reduces blood pressure, and helps control pain. Meditation can be easy. Whatever stereotypes you have about meditation, you can release them. Start with short and simple meditation sessions. Even a couple minutes a few times a day has a positive impact. You don’t have to silent your mind. If that’s hard for you, focus on your breath, a pleasant sound or image, or a mantra (word). Try sitting with eyes closed and just thinking or saying the word “release” each time you exhale. Or sit or lie quietly and count your breaths. A form of meditation called Samu involves mindfulness in motion, and you can read about that here: The Easy Meditation Practice for Fidgety, ADD Afflicted, Go-getters Like Meif I can do it, you can do itmedium.com I hope you take this away from reading this piece: You DO have say over your health. Your heredity does not have to be your destiny. Your body can and will heal! Have more faith in the power that made your body, because it also heals your body. Enjoy! I made a 5-day Guide to Mastering Happiness, and it’s yours for free! Click here to get the guide for free! Originally published at Change Your Mind Change Your Life on Medium.com
20 Feb 19
9to5Mac
Apple is releasing the third iOS 12.2 public beta today following the developer beta release yesterday. iOS 12.2 public beta includes the latest Animoji characters — shark, owl, giraffe, and warthog options — before they’re officially released. iOS 12.2 beta also includes changes to the AirPlay icon in Control Center plus AT&T ‘5G E’ in certain markets on certain iPhones and iPads. iOS 12.2 also introduces a variety of other changes and features as seen in the previous beta version: New Screen Mirroring icon in Control Center New full screen Apple TV Remote Control Center interface New “Speakers & TVS” in Home app settings More detailed Apple Wallet UI for Recent Transactions Updated details button in Wallet card UI Tap a transaction for more detail Card details feature bubbly inset rectangles rows Motion & Orientation Data is new Safari toggle in iOS Settings Air Quality Index reading in Maps Safari warns about websites not supporting HTTPS Fill in a search suggestion without submitting the search Apple News in Canada Keyboard color picker Inline Safari music playback Album name full song search results in Music app Check out our hands-on video with the first iOS 12.2 developer beta below: Beta 3 also introduced these changes: About screen in Settings app now lists hardware device model name Lock screen now displays date properly again Apple News header text changed from ‘APPLE NEWS’ to ‘News’ Remote tile redesigned for HomeKit TVs and Apple TVs Music videos no longer automatically play in fullscreen Find Interests in Other Apps for Today at Apple sessions Updated buttons in Wallet app details If you’re not a developer and still want to test drive the pre-release version of iOS, you can join Apple’s public beta program for free at beta.apple.com. A public beta version of tvOS 12.2 is also expected today; macOS 10.14.4 public beta updated yesterday.
20 Feb 19
Health Talk Dot Blog

  Once again, I have found myself not posting consistently to this site. So much for my resolution to keep up on that. If I’m being honest, I didn’t need another two week break, I just got lazy. However, healthtalk.blog was still weighing on my mind. I’ve been planning to write a post reacting to […]

20 Feb 19
ORPHIC MAGAZINE

The current refugee crisis has been deemed the worst one of our era, with people seeking refuge from violence, persecution, and even climate refugees. Millions have been displaced and resettled in countries across the globe, with the largest number of refugees currently coming from Syria. With the crisis in Syria being one of its magnitude […]

20 Feb 19
Wisdom, Experience & Emotions in the Digital Age

Childhood was far from easy, and I shared some of it in my chapter from the book series 20 Beautiful Women,Volume Six. Interestingly enough, I don’t remember much about when I was a child. I merely have flashes of the past up until I was seven or eight years old. Perhaps it is because the […]

20 Feb 19
Dr. K's Waiting Room

Winners: Buddy Murphy, Sasha Banks and Bayley, The Usos, Finn Balor, Ronda Rousey, Baron Corbin, and Daniel Bryan. The Cruiserweight Championship was once again relegated to the kick-off show; I’m starting to wonder what the WWE did for the kick-off show before they brought back the Cruiserweight Championship. I guess I kind of get that […]

20 Feb 19
Duke Basketball Playbook

Welcome to  the Duke Basketball  Playbook 2016-17 season preview. Welcome Duke Fans: Mark your calendars for the game dates, fire up the Hi Definition 4-D Flat Screen TV, and buckle your seat belts. This year shapes up to be a National Championship for Duke to lose—and that is not just my opinion— as this is […]

20 Feb 19
Dig The Falls

Photographing Waterfalls This is meant to serve as a basic how-to for anyone who would like to photograph waterfalls like the pros. Everyone loves waterfalls! People love the scenery, the sound, and the feeling they give as the water crashes about the rocky landscape, whipping up a misty breeze. And with so many waterfalls across […]

20 Feb 19
Success Inspirers' World

President’s Day in America was Monday, February 18, 2019. It is an amalgamation of two former holidays commemorating the birthdays of Presidents Abraham Lincoln [Feb. 12, 1809], and George Washington [Feb. 22nd, 1732].

They are widely regarded as the greatest American presidents in history. There are solid arguments for either to be number one, however, there is no doubt the other would hold the title of second greatest Chief Executive.

20 Feb 19
Radio Free

I arrive in Huitzuco, Guerrero—population 17,475, according to the sign at the town’s entrance—around noon on a Thursday in late January. The bus squeezes through narrow roads to park outside the station, a waiting room and ticket booth in a low blue building. The trip from Mexico City takes just two and a half hours, […]

20 Feb 19
Snapping for Sanity

Those who have read my latest novel, Chains of Being, may have picked up on my kind-of-goodbye at the end of the book. I even co-opted my friend Shakespeare to deliver the message, complete with a modern day wizard metaphorically breaking his/her staff. That’s not a spoiler, by the way. The ending is almost unspoilable, […]

20 Feb 19
Astute News

In his novel 1984 George Orwell invented the expression “newspeak” to describe the ambiguous or deliberately misleading use of language to make political propaganda and narrow the “thought options” of those who are on the receiving end. In the context of today’s political discourse, or what passes for the same, it would be interesting to […]

20 Feb 19
Asian Religions / Hist 16b / Rel 5b

by Peter Tran This image shows a column that serves as a piece of Buddhist architecture. The column contains a variety of intricate patterns, but one of the more noticeable details are the footprints at the bottom of the column and the wheel inside each footprint. These footprints are meant to be Buddha’s footprints and […]

20 Feb 19
West Dunbartonshire Councillor Martin Rooney

Labour councillors put forward proposals to close the 2019/20 budget gap at a meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council on 14th February A copy of the motion is below:   MOTION – COUNCIL TAX – COUNCIL MEETING 14th FEBRUARY, 2019 This Council thanks officers for the report at Item 11 of the Council which sets out […]

20 Feb 19
Quilting Gail

I haven’t had a lot of issues with colour bleeding.  But I have had a few. I posted in Oct. 2016 HERE about how the label bled really bad … so bad that I could see it moving quickly and without thinking too much, I cut it out really fast!  I was using a solid […]

20 Feb 19
Activism In Motion

Mini Challenge: animated icon Examples of vector illustration motion styles AE: Animating with illustrator files Cartoon the News project review Examples of clean icon explainer animation Project: Stress Relief/Mental Health Icon Explainer Links Different Styles of Icons in Motion: Illo – Build Up Your Skills Cub Studio – 7 Steps to Animation Flat 3D Nintendo […]