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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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Watercress Next Anti-Cancer Superfood
February 21, 2007

Watercress can fight cancer by preventing damage to DNA, it has been claimed.

Eating a bowl of the vegetable can significantly reduce DNA damage to blood cells, according to new research.

But doctors said a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is the best way to stay healthy and fight cancer.

The salad leaf contains ingredients that help prevent damage to cells and DNA, the research found.

Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the research involved 30 men and 30 women, half of whom were smokers.

They ate 85g of watercress a day for eight weeks - the equivalent of a small bag of prepared salad - in addition to their regular diet.

The results of blood tests on the participants showed a 22.9 per cent reduction in DNA damage to white blood cells.

Damage to DNA is considered by experts to be an important trigger in the development of cancer.

The researchers, from the University of Ulster, also witnessed a 100 per cent increase in levels of the molecule lutein and a 33 per cent rise in beta-carotene, both of which have antioxidant properties which help cells defend themselves against damage.

The research, funded by British watercress suppliers, suggested that increased concentrations of carotenoids - naturally occurring food pigments that contain vitamins - could improve the antioxidant effects.

The researchers concluded: "The results support the theory that consumption of watercress can be linked to a reduced risk of cancer via decreased damage to DNA and possible modulation of antioxidant status by increasing carotenoid concentrations."

The benefits of eating watercress were especially notable among smokers, according to the study, possibly because smokers had significantly lower antioxidant levels at the start of the study than non-smokers.

Professor Ian Rowland, who led the project, said he believed the findings were "highly significant", but added: "What makes this study unique is it involves people eating watercress in easily achievable amounts, to see what impact that might have on known bio-markers of cancer risk, such as DNA damage.

"Blood cell DNA damage is an indicator of whole body cancer risk, and the results support the theory that consumption of watercress is linked to an overall reduced risk of cancer at various sites in the body.

But Cancer Research UK said the study was not large enough to show a clear link to a decreased risk of cancer.

Dr Anthea Martin, science information officer at the charity, said: "While the results of this study are interesting, it involved a relatively small number of people. Larger studies are needed to determine whether the effects of watercress translate into a decreased risk of developing cancer.

"We do know that a healthy, balanced diet, including plenty of vegetables and fruit and limited amounts of red and processed meat, can help reduce the risk of cancer."

Cancer Research UK is funding a study of 500,000 people across 10 countries looking at the effect of foods on cancer risk.

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