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Welcome To Conscious Friends
March 22, 2009

Hello and welcome to Conscious Friends, a community of The Conscious Living Foundation!

As you know, our site was created to support those interested in spiritual and personal growth. Along the way, many of us have realized that relationships are an important part of creating and maintaining a harmonious and uplifting life.

To that end, The Conscious Living Foundation is pleased to offer these pages on our site in the hope that we all can find new like-minded friends and perhaps develop deeper relationships.

There are several ways to visit these pages.  As a...more

50 Benefits of Meditation
June 17, 2008
Meditation literally means, "thinking process with present moment awareness".

1.) To have healthy heart.
2.) To have normal blood pressure.
3.) To have normal cholesterol.
4.) To prevent stroke / paralysis.
5.) To have perfect digestion.
6.) To have perfect weight.
7.) To have perfect sleep.
8.) To become a perfect choice maker.
9.) To reverse and regress ageing.
10.) To remain young.
11.) To prevent cancer.
12.) To become embodiment of positive emotions.
13.) To get rid of negative emotions. more

Is Consciousness Energy?
June 11, 2008
If you tune into someone's "vibrations," are you picking up some form of energy they are emitting - perhaps something we might call "psychic energy?"

It may be tempting to think so . . . to think of consciousness as a form of energy. But is it?

What might be going on when we say we feel someone's vibrations?

Well, one possibility is that their brain or their body could be sending out waves of energy - something, perhaps, like electricity. If so, it must be far more subtle than any form of energy known to...

100 Ideas for Creating a More Peaceful World
May 20, 2008

Creating world peace takes many forms, but surely it begins with individuals. Here are 100 ideas for creating a more peaceful world. Everyone can play a part in creating peace. It continues to be the most significant challenge of humankind and requires the efforts of each of us.

[The list contains only 97 Ideas because I removed broken links to defunct websites.

You can bring it back to 100 Ideas by adding your own for Creating a More Peaceful World!

When you do, take a moment to post your additions on the Conscious...more

Recipe for Simplicity
May 6, 2008

"Simplify, Simplify…" More than a century after Henry David Thoreau uttered these words, his plea for simplicity has more significance now than ever before.

We work hard and play hard, filling nearly every moment with activity. Most families believe they need two incomes to pay for a standard of living that has doubled in the last 50 years. But do we?

Based on my three-year study of over 200 people who have simplified their lives, I found that we can work less, want less, and spend less, and be happier and more fulfilled in the process.

Here are ten...more

Spiritual Diversity
April 29, 2008

To our pre-Christian spiritual ancestors, spirituality was both contemporary and relevant. In cultures where polytheism (the belief in many gods) was the rule, rather than the exception, individuals were given the ability to find their own beliefs and to choose their own spiritual paths based upon their personal needs and the calling of their own hearts. Households had specific deities that represented the prosperity and protection that the family hoped for their home. Agricultural festivals had gods that watched over the planting, the growing crops, and the harvest. This diverse pantheon of deities created a culture where a person would draw closest to the god...more

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Friends Help Keep You Healthy!
April 13, 2008

At the 1972 Grammy Awards recognizing 1971 musical achievements, Carole King, songwriter, won the Song of the Year award and James Taylor, performer, won the award for Best Pop Vocal Performance-Male. Both awards were for the song "You’ve Got A Friend."

The world was a pretty stressful place in 1971, and I think an important statement was made about the needs of the people when a ballad about friendship was chosen as the most important musical accomplishment of the year.

Just how important is it to have good friends? Pretty darn important, as recent research has shown. A study completed with older Americans found that lonely people actually had blood pressure levels thirty points higher than non-lonely folks. This led to the theory that loneliness itself can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease.

In younger people, it was once believed that men and women both reacted to stress with the "fight or flight" response. As it turns out, this reaction is more a male response than a female response.

Men often respond to stress with a surge of adrenaline and aggressive or angry behavior. The metabolism is stimulated to fight if that seems the best way to deal with the stressful situation, or flee if that seems the prudent course. Of course, in today’s man, the "flight" is more figurative than literal even though the body's reaction prepares one to physically escape any threatening dangers by actually running away. When a man comes home from work all stressed out, the first thing he usually does is isolate. He takes himself off to a quiet place in the house and relaxes alone, away from any family hustle and bustle. A man who is unable to isolate typically responds with anger toward his wife or children. Even though men have a reaction tendency that leans toward isolating, they do still benefit from the presence of a friend during stressful situations.

It has been discovered that women have quite a different response. The phrases "tending and befriending" and "nature and nurture" have been coined to describe how women deal with stress. Rather than turn to fight or run away, women "circle the wagons," they call friends, they get together, they snuggle with the children, they interact with others.

Some researchers believe this difference in response to stress has to do with the different ways men and women react to the presence of the hormone oxytocin. This hormone is released in both sexes as a calming response to stress, and generally has an anti-anxiety effect. However, normal male hormones seem to reduce the efficacy of this stress-fighting hormone while normal female hormones enhance the effect. The reason could be that oxytocin leads to maternal behavior, the natural reaction of the female to protect and nurture her children in moments of danger or distress.

I believe that the differences in how men and women deal with stress is the reason that men are often more vulnerable to stress-related illnesses like high blood pressure or stroke, thought women are quickly catching up to men in the area of stress-related illnesses. Due to the befriending way women deal with stress, they are able to reduce the levels of stress hormones and recover more quickly from stress reactions than do their male counterparts. However, since women have moved into the corporate world, I believe they have less opportunity to exercise the "befriending" response, and this may explain women's increasing vulnerability to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. They are not able to relieve stress in the normal, natural way women have done for millennia

For both sexes, laughter is one of the best stress-reducers in the world. Friends who can make you laugh are worth their weight in gold.

In the meantime, click the link below to enjoy a very funny rendition of "You’ve Got A Friend" performed by Vincent Price with a variety of monsters from "The Muppet Show." Even better…watch it with a friend!

Vincent Price and Muppets sing "You've Got A Friend" 0:02:46

By Michelle Wood

Be Well With Michelle ~ Naturally!

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