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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...
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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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Green Tea Fight Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease
February 14, 2007

Although many tea-drinking Americans have grown up on black tea, green tea is gaining popularity due to its reputation for promoting health. The major difference between black tea and green tea comes from the way they are produced. In black tea, the leaves are dried slowly, and during this time the antioxidants in the leaves disintegrate. In green tea, the leaves are slightly steamed and then quickly dried, protecting the antioxidants from disintegration. This simple difference in procedure makes all the difference in health. Antioxidants can be powerful tools for health, and many people know that vitamins C and E are good sources of antioxidants. It may not be as well known that the antioxidants in green tea are of even greater benefit than those in vitamins C and E. Beyond promoting overall health, the green tea antioxidants have also shown promise for disease prevention and control.

Recently, two researchers published separate reviews of studies looking at the relationship between green tea consumption and cancer rates. They determined that the more green tea a person consumes, the less likely he or she is to get colon, stomach, bladder, breast, pancreatic, esophageal, prostate, or skin cancer. However, many of the studies involved single cases and some relied on information from interviews, which can be subjective. More clinical trials are needed to establish this relationship.

Other studies seem to indicate that the antioxidants in green tea can lower cholesterol levels. One study showed that 10 cups a day of green tea was able to lower cholesterol levels; however, another study of 6 cups a day did not show these results. Again, more clinical trials are needed.

Most studies on green tea conclude that you need to drink 6 to 10 cups a day to see health benefits. One cup of green tea contains significantly less caffeine than coffee. However, when you multiply that amount by 6 to 10 times it adds up to a lot of caffeine. Since too much caffeine may cause side effects (such as insomnia, restlessness, headaches, nervousness, and rapid heartbeat), decaffeinated green tea is recommended. Green tea extracts are also available. A recommended dose for general health is 300 to 400 mg/day. (Look for a product that states that it has been standardized to contain 80 percent total polyphenols and 55 percent epigallocatechin.)

In other places in the world, green tea has been consumed to promote health and longevity for approximately 5,000 years. Recently, it has gained popularity in America. The research to date supports consuming green tea for general health benefits. However, more studies are needed to confirm its specific role in disease prevention.


References

Brown MD. Green tea (Camellia sinensis) extract and its possible role in the prevention of cancer. Altern Med Rev. 1999;4(5):360-370.

Bushman JL. Green tea and cancer in humans: a review of the literature. Nutr Cancer. 1998;31(3):151-159.

Imai K, Nakachi K. Cross sectional study of effects of drinking green tea on cardiovascular and liver diseases. BMJ. 1995;310(6981):693-696.

Integrative Medicine Access: Professional Reference to Conditions, Herbs & Supplements. Newton, Mass: Integrative Medicine Communications; 2000.

Komori A, Yatsunami J, Okabe S, et al. Anticarcinogenic activity of green tea polyphenols. Jpn J Clin Oncol. 1993;23(3):186-190.

Weisburger JH. Tea and health: the underlying mechanisms. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1999;220(4):271-275.


Review Date: March 2000
Reviewed By: Integrative Medicine editorial

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