Ecco perché è bene prepararli qualche giorno prima anticipando un po' le attività della giornata: dal risveglio alla cena. A suggerirlo è il dottor Oliviero Bruni, direttore dell'unità di neuropsichiatria infantile dell'Ospedale Sant'Andrea di Roma.
L'esperto spiega che i problemi legati al cambio dell'ora interessano principalmente i bambini in età scolare, le cui giornate hanno ritmi ben definiti, mentre non riguardano l'equilibrio dei neonati, “che hanno delle loro abitudini molto diverse”.
'”Ogni bambino – spiega Bruni - ha delle caratteristiche individuali che lo rendono diverso dagli altri anche nel sonno, ma una regola da insegnarli è quella dell'autonomia al momento di addormentarsi”.
“Č importante che il riposo del bambino non sia legato alla presenza della mamma e del papà o che il piccolo non dorma solo se ha il ciuccio: è importante insomma che sia in grado di autogestirsi, perché questo giova anche al sonno dei genitori”.
“Un'altra cosa fondamentale – aggiunge Bruni - è provare ad assecondare il più possibile i suoi ritmi di veglia e sonno, provando magari a modificarli a poco a poco”. “Una tecnica che può funzionare è quella della presenza del genitore nella stanza che però non interagisce col bambino, in ogni caso meglio non lasciare il piccolo piangere a lungo”.
Anche l'alimentazione può aiutare ad affrontare meglio il passaggio dall'ora legale a quella solare, e viceversa. Lo spiega la Coldiretti che ha stilato un vademecum degli alimenti utili per conciliare un buon sonno e di quelli da evitare per battere il jet lag da cuscino come cioccolato, cacao, the e caffè per la presenza della caffeina, oltre ai superalcolici che inducono un sonno di qualità cattiva con risveglio al mattino.
Innanzitutto - avverte la Coldiretti - a cena è fondamentale evitare cibi con sodio in eccesso per cui vanno banditi alimenti con curry, pepe, paprika e sale in abbondanza, ma anche salatini e piatti nei quali sia stato utilizzato dado da cucina. Anche gli alimenti in scatola per l'eccesso di sodio e di conservanti sono da tenere lontani.
Esistono invece cibi che aiutano a rilassarsi: innanzitutto pasta, riso, orzo, pane e tutti quelli che contengono un aminoacido, il triptofano, che favorisce la sintesi della serotonina, il neuromediatore del benessere e il neurotrasmettitore cerebrale che stimola il rilassamento. Ok nella dieta serale anche a legumi, uova bollite, carne, pesce, formaggi freschi. La serotonina aumenta con il consumo di alimenti con zuccheri semplici come la frutta dolce di stagione. Tra le verdure - ricorda ancora la Coldiretti - al primo posto la lattuga, seguita da radicchio rosso e aglio, perché le loro spiccate proprietà sedative conciliano il sonno, ma anche zucca, rape e cavoli.
Un bicchiere di latte caldo, giusto prima di andare a letto, che oltre a diminuire l'acidità gastrica che può interrompere il sonno, fa entrare in circolo durante la digestione elementi che favoriscono una buona dormita per via di sostanze, presenti anche in formaggi freschi e yogurt, che sono in grado di attenuare insonnia e nervosismo. Infine - conclude la Coldiretti - un buon dolcetto ricco di carboidrati semplici ha un'azione antistress, così come infusi e tisane dolcificati con miele che creano un'atmosfera di relax e di piacere che distende la mente.
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1991-1997: Oil Investment in Central Asia Follows Soviet Collapse
The Soviet Union collapses in 1991, creating several new nations in Central Asia. Major US oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Texaco, Unocal, BP Amoco, Shell, and Enron, directly invest billions in these Central Asian nations, bribing heads of state to secure equity rights in the huge oil reserves in these regions. The oil companies commit to $35 billion in future direct investments in Kazakhstan. It is believed at the time that these oil fields will have an estimated $6 trillion potential value. US companies own approximately 75 percent of the rights. These companies, however, face the problem of having to pay exorbitant prices to Russia for use of the Russian pipelines to get the oil out. [NEW YORKER, 7/9/2001; ASIA TIMES, 1/26/2002]
December 11, 1994: Russia Invades Breakaway Region of Chechnya, Starting First Chechen War
A Chechen rebel looks at the government palace in Grozny, Chechnya, in January 1995. [Source: Mikhail Evstafiev]
In 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Dzhokhar Dudayev won an election in Chechnya, which is a region within Russia and not a republic like Ukraine or Kazakhstan. Nonetheless, Dudayev proclaimed Chechnya independent of Russia. The next year, Chechyna adopted a constitution defining it as an independent, secular state. But Russia did not recognize Chechnya’s independence. In November 1994, Russia attempted to stage a coup in Chechnya, but this effort failed. The next month, on December 11, Russian troops invade Chechnya. This starts the first Chechen war. Up to 100,000 people are killed in the 20-month war that follows. The war will end in August 1996 (see August 1996). [BBC, 3/16/2000; BBC, 3/12/2008]
August 1997: CIA Monitors Central Asia for Oil Reserves
The CIA creates a secret task force to monitor Central Asia’s politics and gauge its wealth. Covert CIA officers, some well-trained petroleum engineers, travel through southern Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan to sniff out potential oil reserves. [TIME, 5/4/1998]
Fall 2002-January 2003: US State Departments and Former Oil Executives Plan Iraq’s Post-Invasion Oil Industry
The Bush administration picks Philip Carroll, a former CEO of Royal Dutch/Shell’s US division, to advise post-Saddam Iraq’s oil ministry. [HARPER'S, 4/2005, PP. 74-76] He is formally appointed in January 2003 along with Gary Vogler of ExxonMobil, three employees of the US Department of Energy, and an employee of the Australian government. In the months before the invasion, they are sent to Kuwait where they “begin planning for the restructuring of the ministry of oil to improve its efficiency and effectiveness [and] begin thinking through Iraq’s strategy options for significantly increasing its production capacity,” Carroll later explains. [MUTTITT, 2005]
May 28, 2006: Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline Opens
The first oil pumped from Baku, by the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, arrives in Ceyhan, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, and is loaded onto a ship. The 1,770 km pipeline, which passes through the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, bypasses Russia and Iran for geopolitical reasons. The main shareholder is British Petroleum, and other significant shareholders include the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), Statoil of Norway, and the US company Unocal, which has an 8.9% interest and became interested in the project no later than 1998. Unocal begins losing interest in a pipeline across Afghanistan around the same time (see December 5, 1998). Substantial amounts to finance the $3-4 billion Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline were arranged by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The consortium members put up the remaining 30%. [US CONGRESS, 2/12/1998; ALEXANDER'S GAS AND OIL CONNECTIONS, 7/12/2002; GUARDIAN, 12/1/2003; GUARDIAN, 5/26/2005; EURASIA DAILY MONITOR, 5/31/2005; TURKISH WEEKLY, 5/29/2006] Journalist Pepe Escobar comments: “In terms of no-holds-barred power politics and oil geopolitics, BTC is the real deal—a key component in the US’s overall strategy of wrestling the Caucasus and Central Asia away from Russia—and bypassing Iranian oil and gas routes… BTC makes little sense in economic terms. Oil experts know that the most cost-effective routes from the Caspian would be south through Iran or north through Russia. But BTC is a designer masterpiece of power politics—from the point of view of Washington and its corporate allies. US Vice President Dick Cheney, already in his previous incarnation as Halliburton chief, has always been a huge cheerleader for the ‘strategically significant’ BTC.” Escobar also mentions that the amount of Caspian oil was overestimated (see November 1, 2002), “the Caspian may hold only 32 billion barrels of oil—not much more than the reserves of Qatar, a small Gulf producer.” [ASIA TIMES, 5/26/2005] However, the Caspian area is still believed to hold considerable amounts of natural gas. The construction of this pipeline does not halt plans for the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean (see January 18, 2005).
Cuvântul Zeitgeist descrie climatul intelectual, cultural, etic si politic al unei ere sau a unei tendinte. În germana, cuvântul are mai multe straturi de semnificatii decât în traducerea engleza, inclusiv faptul ca Zeitgeist se poate referi doar la evenimente din trecut.
„Zeitgeist: Adaos” (Zeitgeist: Addendum) este un film documentar din 2008 produs si regizat de catre Peter Joseph, o continuare a productiei din 2007, „Zeitgeist: Filmul”.
„Zeitgeist: Addendum” are si el o continuare realizata în 2011, si numita „Zeitgeist: Mergând mai departe”.
Zeitgeist Addendum încearca sa localizeze cauzele fundamentale ale acestei coruptii sociale în care traim, în timp ce ofera o solutie. Aceasta solutie nu este bazata pe moralitate, politica, legi sau orice alte notiuni de „unitate” ale treburilor omenesti, ci mai degraba pe o întelegere moderna, care nu este superstitioasa, a ceea ce suntem noi si cum ne aliniem cu natura, din care facem parte.
Aceasta solutie pledeaza pentru un nou sistem social care este actualizat pâna la notiunile din zilele noastre, puternic influentat de catre munca de o viata a lui Jacques Fresco si „Proiectul Venus”.
Jacques Fresco, un designer futurist, inventator, a pus bazele comunitatii Venus, din Florida, care nu este o localitate la fel ca cele pe care le cunoastem cu totii, ci o comunitate atipica: un oras circular, de care se aminteste în documentarul de mai jos.
To begin with, let us dispense with all preconceived notions we may have. Let us, for a few minutes, disregard Adam Weishaupt and his Bavarian creation. Let us cleanse our minds of any ideas placed there by Dan Brown or other fictional authors. Freemasonry, the Bildeberg Group, Bohemian Grove, The Trilateral Commission, The Council on Foreign Relations, and all other associations we implicate upon the word "illuminati", cast aside for just a few minutes, I beg of you. Just so we can approach these ideas with a clear head and without prejudice... and let's just look at the word for a minute:
illuminati (ih-loo-muh-nah-tee, -ney-tahy)
— pl n , sing -to a group of persons claiming exceptional enlightenment on some subject, esp religion
[C16: from Latin, literally: the enlightened ones, from illűminâre to illuminate
From the route source - literally "The enlightened ones". Now let us look at the word "enlightened":
— adj 1. factually well-informed, tolerant of alternative opinions, and guided by rational thought: an enlightened administration ; enlightened self-interest 2. privy to or claiming a sense of spiritual or religious revelation of truth: the search for an enlightened spiritual master.
So, cobbling this together a bit, I arrive at the following deductive definition of "Illuminati": Those who seek to be factually well informed, tolerant, guided by rational thought - to remove the dimness or blindness from one's eyes or heart".
That doesn't sound malignant or evil at all!?! What gives here? This sounds to me like a good thing! This enlightenment. In point of fact, aren't we all here trying to accomplish just that? To either become enlightened or to try and enlighten others with the bits and pieces of knowledge that we've managed to come across?
In fact every single person I can think of, from the totality of history, that I respect, admire, look up to, idolize, or hold in regard are people who did exactly this... enlighten. From Sun Tzu,and Socrates and his student Plato, through Euclid, Archimedes, Niccolò Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and into modern personal heroes such as Thomas Edison, F.D.R., and J.F.K.... And many more... All minds that I see as trying to move humanity forward... to make things better.
How did this all end up so twisted? Wanting to be informed and caring turned into a synonym for pure, unadulterated evil? Well, truth be told, it was probably because knowledge is power. Villify it and you've created a taboo against the very thing that might empower the masses to make a stand. Old school psyops. Reverse psychology.
It's hard for some of the younger folks to conceive of but, even a hundred years, or so, ago, literacy was the exception - and not the rule. People relied upon experts to instruct them, as necessary, and relied heavily upon others ( scribes or scriveners ) when they needed something written. Therefore the average person, anywhere in the world, only really knew what they'd been told - and the ones doing the telling had some very vested interests... such as the the Church or the servants of ones Monarch or landlord. We were told what to think and information was not only controlled... it was monopolized by the few. Knowledge that had been discovered by the ancients in Greece and in Rome was now, by chance and by malice, locked away and only allowed to the few.
A quick study of just one branch of this "tree", if you will, of hidden knowledge - a study of the schism - also called The Reformation shows that, at one point, laypersons were not allowed to even touch the bible, the Mass was, in some places, and at some times, given facing away from the congregation - and in Latin, a tongue mostly foreign to the people of that time... As if just reading the lips of the Priest might accidentally allow for some sort of revelatory learning. All the participants were really allowed to do was recite passages, in a tongue not their own, on cue. Information was totally controlled.
Books were uncommon, and were largely written in Latin until a guy named Johannes Gutenberg perfected a method of mass producing information quickly and economically by use of printing - thus opening the flood gates for the average person not only to have access to information, but also to have a strong motive to learn the, heretofore rare art of literacy ...
Cine ar fi zis mai demult ca aceasta criza va dura ani si ani de zile, ca, iata, s-au incheiat patru ani de criza si intram cu brio in cel de-al cincilea an?
Va mai aduceti aminte de fostul premier Tariceanu care dadea asigurari ferme ca turbulentele financiare, criza, reprezinta fenomene locale, care nu vor atinge in nici un fel Romania. Si care vor disparea in cateva luni?
O astfel de asigurare ne dadea si Banca Nationala a Romaniei (BNR), chiar prin reprezentantii ei cei mai de seama. Si, totusi, iata-ne: pe 1 octombrie 2012 S-AU IMPLINIT PATRU ANI DE CRIZA!
Da, la inceputul acestei luni criza a implinit aceasta varsta. Reamintim, criza a intrat in Romania la inceputul ultimului trimestru din anul 2008. Adica, la 1 octombrie 2008. Am bifat data de 1 octombrie 2012!
Si ce s-a intamplat in acest timp? Cum ne gasea criza si cum suntem acum? Econtext va arata in ce situatie eram cand a intrat criza in tara noastra si cum suntem acum.
Concret, am selectat 15 indicatori socio-economici si vom arata care era valoarea lor in octombrie 2008 si care este acum.
Mai exact, va aratam cat era salariul mediu, cat era pensia, cati someri erau, cat costa benzina, aurul, cat era pretul apartamentelor, cursul de schimb, etc., in octombrie 2008 si la ce nivel se afla acum.
Cei 15 indicatori analizati sunt: (1) salariul mediu net, (2) numarul pensionarilor, (3) Produsul Intern Brut (PIB), (4) datoria externa, (5) numarul somerilor, (6) rata somajului, (7) cursul euro/leu, (8) cursul franc/leu, (9) dobanda de politica monetara, (10) valoarea creditelor catre populatie si companii, (11) pretul apartamentelor, (12) chirie medie, (13) pretul aurului, (14) pretul benzinei, (15) pretul petrolului.
Dintre acesti 15 indicatori, unii au inregistrat o evolutie negativa, altii o evolutie aparent buna. Din pacate, domina lucrurile negative. Cea mai drastica inrautatire a avut loc in cazul aurului, care s-a scumpit de aproape trei ori (168%, mai exact), de la un pret de 74,37 lei/gramul la 1 octombrie 2008, pana la 199,4 lei/gramul la 1 octombrie 2012.
Nici benzina nu sta mai bine: pretul ei a urcat cu 51% in patru ani, de la un pret mediu de 4,06 lei/litru (octombrie 2008), la 6,12 lei/litru (octombrie 2012). De asemenea, a urcat masiv si datoria externa a Romaniei.
In privinta evolutilor pozitive, e de notat cresterea salariilor (desi mai mult pe fondul concedierii angajatiilor cu retributii mici), dar si alti indicatori.
Dar IATA cum au evoluat salariile, PIB-ul, datoria externa, cursul de schimb, pretul locuintelor, dobanzile, pretul benzinei si alti indicatori in cei patru ani de criza:
While this article is not focused on the recreational use of cannabis, Terence McKenna's quote speaks directly to a sacred right, increasingly being legislated against in our society, namely, the ability to choose and use substances that grow freely on this Earth as our medicine.
In a day and age where possession of an herb like cannabis is an offense punishable by incarceration, it is important for us to reflect on how we arrived at this dark point in time.
Herbs, after all, were put here by God. If you prefer the word Nature, the point is the same, and it was put best by Bob Marley when he said: "you can't tell God it [cannabis] is illegal."
And yet authorities are telling God, and you and me, that it is illegal, despite a growing body of scientific evidence that it has profound potential as a medicine. Does this not in some way call into question the very legitimacy and authority of those who would lay claim to the right to decide what a human can or can not use a natural substance to improve their health, or enliven their spirit? As long as no harm is being done to others in the act of choosing what is best for oneself, who can rightfully take issue with the freedom to choose one's own "medicine"?
Were it not for the fact that the human body is hard-wired to respond to cannabis through the endocannabinoid system (ES), claims for its medicinal value would have much less weight. The ES, in fact, encompasses a wide range of physiological processes, including appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory. So fundamental are these processes to what motivates and defines human behavior, it is no wonder that a plant with the power to directly affect these functions would be the subject of such profound controversy, as well as brutal, socioeconomic and politically-mediated criminalization.
Indeed, the endocannabinoid system mediates the psychoactive effects of cannabis associated with its "highs" and sometimes "lows." Any plant with the power to alleviate pain or illness and which grows freely in the wild represents a significant threat to a conventional medical establishment whose monopoly is founded on the coining of medicines from patented and proprietary chemicals.
Cannabis, however, is not a Johnny-come-lately to the fierce debate over whether traditional herbal medicines have proven safety and efficacy within the "evidence-based" model of medicine. In fact, few plants can lay claim to as much scientific, and particularly human clinical data supporting its right to exist alongside other prescribed medicines as a viable treatment option. Indeed, the GreenMedInfo.com project has uncovered 129 distinct disease categories that may benefit from this remarkable plant thus far, and new studies are being added on a weekly basis.
Given the glut of research establishing the likelihood of a legitimate medicinal role for the plant in human disease prevention and treatment, the tides are beginning to turn against the miseducation of the public about this valuable herb. The fate of the practice of traditional herbalism itself, and our health freedom as a whole, hinges, in many respects, on whether the pharmaceutically-driven medical establishment, and the drug conviction-dependent privatized-prison industrial complex succeeds in maintaining the media-articulated stranglehold on mainstream opinion. We hope the positive cannabis science will arm those advocating for health freedom with the truth, and ask that you distribute it widely to those who are receptive to rational, science-based discourse on this herb's benefits.
Possessing and using any herb, but especially one that has such a high level of safety, should be the choice of that free adult, and not grounds for the termination of their constitutional and human rights associated with arrest and imprisonment, which in this day and age is equivalent to enslavement and torture.
Sayer Ji is the founder and director of GreenMedInfo.com and co-author of the book The Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure with New York Times best-seller Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. His writings and research have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, Reuters.com, GaryNull.com, and Care2.com. Check out his newest project: Dr. Gourmet.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.
"If the words "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on." - Terence McKenna
This article was amended on 18 March 2011 to remove references to Facebook and Twitter, introduced during the editing process, and to add a comment from Centcom, received after publication, that it is not targeting those sites.
The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.
A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.
The project has been likened by web experts to China's attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.
The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as "sock puppets" – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.
The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations "without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries".
Centcom spokesman Commander Bill Speaks said: "The technology supports classified blogging activities on foreign-language websites to enable Centcom to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the US."
He said none of the interventions would be in English, as it would be unlawful to "address US audiences" with such technology, and any English-language use of social media by Centcom was always clearly attributed. The languages in which the interventions are conducted include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto.
Centcom said it was not targeting any US-based web sites, in English or any other language, and specifically said it was not targeting Facebook or Twitter.
Gen David Petraeus has previously said US online psychological operations are aimed at 'countering extremist ideology and propaganda'. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP
Once developed, the software could allow US service personnel, working around the clock in one location, to respond to emerging online conversations with any number of co-ordinated messages, blogposts, chatroom posts and other interventions. Details of the contract suggest this location would be MacDill air force base near Tampa, Florida, home of US Special Operations Command.
It also calls for "traffic mixing", blending the persona controllers' internet usage with the usage of people outside Centcom in a manner that must offer "excellent cover and powerful deniability".
The multiple persona contract is thought to have been awarded as part of a programme called Operation Earnest Voice (OEV), which was first developed in Iraq as a psychological warfare weapon against the online presence of al-Qaida supporters and others ranged against coalition forces. Since then, OEV is reported to have expanded into a $200m programme and is thought to have been used against jihadists across Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.
OEV is seen by senior US commanders as a vital counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation programme. In evidence to the US Senate's armed services committee last year, General David Petraeus, then commander of Centcom, described the operation as an effort to "counter extremist ideology and propaganda and to ensure that credible voices in the region are heard". He said the US military's objective was to be "first with the truth".
Centcom confirmed that the $2.76m contract was awarded to Ntrepid, a newly formed corporation registered in Los Angeles. It would not disclose whether the multiple persona project is already in operation or discuss any related contracts.
Nobody was available for comment at Ntrepid.
In his evidence to the Senate committee, Gen Mattis said: "OEV seeks to disrupt recruitment and training of suicide bombers; deny safe havens for our adversaries; and counter extremist ideology and propaganda." He added that Centcom was working with "our coalition partners" to develop new techniques and tactics the US could use "to counter the adversary in the cyber domain".
Asked whether any UK military personnel had been involved in OEV, Britain's Ministry of Defence said it could find "no evidence". The MoD refused to say whether it had been involved in the development of persona management programmes, saying: "We don't comment on cyber capability."
It is unclear whether a persona management programme would contravene UK law. Legal experts say it could fall foul of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, which states that "a person is guilty of forgery if he makes a false instrument, with the intention that he or another shall use it to induce somebody to accept it as genuine, and by reason of so accepting it to do or not to do some act to his own or any other person's prejudice". However, this would apply only if a website or social network could be shown to have suffered "prejudice" as a result.
• This article was amended on 18 March 2011 to remove references to Facebook and Twitter, introduced during the editing process, and to add a comment from Centcom, received after publication, that it is not targeting those sites.
Source: guardian.co.uk - Authors: Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain (17 March 2011)
2007--- The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. guardian.co.uk
Many people find it comforting to believe that someone else is looking out for them, watching over them, and guiding them gently through the path of life. Indeed, life would be so much simpler if someone else were responsible for our destiny, for countering evil with good, and for ensuring that caring people enjoy a comfortable afterlife.
Many well-intentioned but misguided people will tell you prayer is the answer to the problems of the world. They’d have you believe that if only you pray often enough and hard enough, you can realize your most precious goals. Unfortunately, this is not reality.
The untold suffering throughout the world should be evidence enough that no benevolent creator is watching over us, helping justice and fairness to triumph. People start wars, people abuse children and animals, and there’s no deity to prevent that.
You are responsible for your own happiness, and you alone are responsible for your own successes and failures.
Be an honest person for its own value – not from fear of spending an eternity in hell. Success in life requires hard work and logical thinking, and these are the values you must strive for.
Positive thought is about the recognition that we are empowered with a degree of control over our destiny. It is the realization that by doing our best along a pathway that is right we achieve as much as we possibly can. Doing this brings the knowledge and satisfaction that we could have done no more.
Positive thought is not about optimism or pessimism. These are related to future expectation. It’s easier for an optimist to think positively; but even a natural pessimist can adopt a positive attitude, though they expect the worst they can recognize that a positive approach in the here and now will affect the future and make it not so bad as it might have been.
Neither is positive thought about unrealistic expectation or denial of that which should be addressed. It is about making the best of what we can change and accepting what we can’t.
There are two kinds of events in life. Those we can control – or at least influence – and those we can’t.
Obviously it’s natural to be more positive about things we can influence. First we must identify how we’d like that event to turn out. This is not always as easy as it sounds as we ourselves may be subject to numerous external influences. We may need to visualize ourselves in a range of outcomes of the event in question. We should listen to our head and our heart but ultimately we should be true to our own essential, instinctive feeling. That which simply feels right probably is.
Having actively decided how we would like an event to turn out we can apply ourselves completely positively to making our desire into reality. Of course we may not always be completely successful, but in making our best effort along a path we know to be right we shall achieve the best outcome possible.
Events we cannot change (often because they’ve already happened) must be accepted. That which is, is! We should not give way to negative thinking over them, eg bitterness, anger, resentment, regret… for negative thinking is not only pointless but also distracts and wastes valuable energy. Much (if not all) of what happens to us occurs for a reason. We may even have chosen it before incarnating into flesh, or it may be presented as an opportunity to learn and grow. Either way there is no point resisting the irresistible. Far better to focus one’s energy towards what can be positively influenced.
Suppose a person loses their job. It would be too easy to sink into despair. But that is unlikely to find them a new job as well as overpowering the positive thought essential for moving forwards. A better approach is to accept the situation. On the one hand unfortunate, but on the other a challenge and an opportunity. Perhaps the chance to try something different, to stretch one’s capabilities in new ways and in so doing to fulfill our true purpose in being here, the growth of the Spirit. A side effect of positive thought is absolute freedom from regret.
The biggest obstacle to positive thought is fear of failure, or rather, fear of the disappointment of failure. But disappointment is a human emotion of no Spiritual significance. Expect nothing, but know that anything is possible. And in this knowledge pursue your life path(s) with energy, confidence and focus.
If you believe and know something is right and possible for you positive thought will keep you progressing relentlessly towards that goal, even when it’s against the odds and contrary to the well-meaning but ill-informed advice of negative naysayers. Where there is will there is way. It is from this true positivity that that which is really special can, and often does, arise.
The phases of the moon are caused by the relative positions of the earth, sun, and moon. The moon goes around the earth in 27.3 days, or 27 days 7 hours 43 minutes, on average. This measurement is relative to the stars and is called the sidereal period or orbital period. However, because of the earth's motion around the sun, a complete moon cycle (New Moon to New Moon) appears to earthbound observers to take a couple of days longer: 29.5305882 days to be exact. This number is called the synodic period or "lunation", and is relative to the sun.
The sun always illuminates the half of the moon facing the sun (except during lunar eclipses, when the moon passes through the earth's shadow). When the sun and moon are on opposite sides of the earth, the moon appears "full" to us, a bright, round disk. When the moon is between the earth and the sun, it appears dark, a "new" moon. In between, the moon's illuminated surface appears to grow (wax) to full, then decreases (wanes) to the next new moon. The edge of the shadow (the terminator) is always curved, being an oblique view of a circle, giving the moon its familiar crescent shape.