Monday, October 27, 2008

Into A New Age

Man has come a long way throughout hi(s)-story. We started out as hunter/gatherer for Tens of Thousands of years. People, in form of tribes, were roaming the earth, searching for food and opportunity. Then, for thousands of years, we settled and cultivated the land and became farmers during the Agriculture Age.

With the Industrial Revolution we entered into the Industrial Age, where we produced things and machines, and created a somewhat easier life for ourselves. This period lasted for a couple of hundred years.
We are living now in the information age which encompasses a global economy. In contrast to the industrial age we have shifted from production of physical goods to the manipulation of information. Many of our successes today come from the accomplishment and the sacrifices of people living during the industrial age.
We pretty much conquered famines, except for political gains. People have left personal properties and individual lives for the sake of finding jobs and "prosperity." We have greater life expectancy and lesser threats to our lives' safety.
With the arrival of the computer and especially the internet, we transitioned into the Information Age within just a few decades.

People are in general happier today by connecting with mental disciplines and spiritual principles and finding hope in absolutes such as: everything is energy, we are all one and of one origin. We all want peace but we resist the change to achieve it. Paradoxically, we can only grow through change.

Through the internet we have entered into a global economy. As Victor Hugo wrote more than 150 years ago: "The French revolution is for all the world. It is a battle perpetually waged for Right, and perpetually gained for Truth. Right is the innermost part of man:
Truth is the innermost part of God. What can be done against a revolution which has so much right on its side? Nothing. To love it. That is what the nations do. France offers herself, the world accepts her. The whole phenomenon lies in these few words. An invasion of armies can be resisted;
an idea whos time has come (an invasion of ideas) cannot be resisted.”
Victor Hugo, Histoire d'un Crime (History of a Crime) (written 1852, published 1877)

William G. Huitt, Ph.D wrote a very enlightening article about this transition during the past 200 years entitled: Success in the Information Age: A Paradigm Shift. He talks about the changes which took place in our economy during the past 100 years. How manufacturing has changed, and how distribution has taken over a large part of our economy. He also enlightens us in regard to training young people to get a good education in order to get a good job is not the only desirable goal. Rather, he encourages us to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and to become bigger thinkers, adjust quickly to new products, new circumstances, and be adaptable to many different jobs and work environments.

He as well as Daniel H. Pink: in his book A Whole New Mind, conclude that the real break-though came from taking a whole brain thinking approach. Daniel projects that the future belongs to the “right-brain thinkers."
We are concerned about changes like increased natural disasters, financial and political instability which has us scouting for security. By using our creativity and focus on possibilities, we can embrace any new trend, and expand our human threshold.

I suggest that we have to look inward for changes. The real change we are looking for has to come from the inside of each individual. The training system which the TEAM has developed very much supports these trends. It gives all of us the opportunity to become the best we can be by going beyond ourselves, serving others and grow and learn continuously.

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Monday, October 20, 2008


Bilberries look very much like blueberries. They have been used in European medicine to help support vision, circulation and diarrhea.

The Bilberry bush grows wild throughout the forests and meadows of many parts of Europe and western Asia, and also in the Rocky mountain regions of North America. The bilberry is closely related to the blueberry, cranberry and the huckleberry, and it shares the health benefits of those related fruits.
Benefits of bilberry:
Bilberry contains flavonoids called anthocyanosides, which are found largely in dark-skinned fruits, and act as potent antioxidants in the body. These anthocyanosides are thought to be at least part of the reason that bilberry is effective in treating such eye disorders such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. In one Italian study, a combination of bilberry extracts and vitamin E stopped the progression of cataracts in 97 percent of the study participants. Bilberry may also help improve night vision. British pilots in World War II ate bilberry jam before flying at night, claiming that the jam gave them better vision. Some research seems to indicate that the pilots were correct—bilberry may help the eyes adjust to different light intensities more quickly.
In Europe, a bilberry extract called Vaccinium Myrtillus Anthocyanoside (VMA) is a popular treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, a condition characterized by swelling, varicose veins, pain, itching, and skin ulcers in the legs.
It might also prove to be an effective treatment for Raynaud’s disease, a condition that causes numbness and pain in the outer extremities (fingers, toes, nose) upon exposure to the cold--the anti-inflammatory properties of bilberry help reduce the stress on capillaries, and relax small blood vessels, which helps keep the blood flowing to all parts of the body. Because bilberry strengthens the capillaries, it is also used to discourage bruising.
Bilberry promotes good circulation and strengthens artery walls, and thus may be an effective treatment for atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up on the artery walls and blocks the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart.
Bilberry’s anti-inflammatory properties also work to reduce the overall inflammation, including inflammation of the gums, that has been linked with heart disease. Bilberry has long been used to ease gastrointestinal discomfort. During the 16th century in England, eating bilberries mixed with honey was a popular remedy for diarrhea. Today, Commission E, an expert panel that evaluates herbal medicines in Germany, endorses bilberry as a treatment for diarrhea. The commission also recommends bilberry for treatment of mouth sores—bilberry is thought to have strong antiseptic qualities, and initial studies indicate that it may be an effective treatment for peptic ulcers as well. Bilberry has also been used traditionally in the treatment of diabetes, fibrocystic breast disease, and painful menstruation.

What is it inside the bilberry herb that enables it to provide such amazing benefits? They are the following: arbutin, ericolin, beta-amyrin, anthocyanosides (strengthens the walls of the capillary and vascular system), nonacosane.
Conditions helped by bilberry:
• Diarrhea
• Dysentery
• Mouth and Throat Inflammations
• Atherosclerosis
• Peripheral Vascular Disease
• Cataracts
• Diabetes mellitus
• Fibrocystic breast disease
• Retinopathy
• Stomach Ulcers
• Gout
• Urinary Tract Infections

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Paradigm Shift


Be - Do - Have versus
Have - Do - Be

Today, we live in an age of many paradigm shifts. Think of a Paradigm Shift as a change from one way of thinking to another. In 1962, Thomas Kuhn wrote "The Structure of Scientific Revolution." For the first time in all of human history we can realize that we are spiritual beings from the start.

In the dark ages and before, people were mostly uneducated and only aware of their physical surroundings. During the last 400+ years, we became slowly aware of our true nature as spiritual beings.
During the age of the renaissance, a period between the 14th - 16th century, people were awakened to their free will. It began as a movement to recapture the spirit of ancient Greece, but it soon developed into a movement transforming all aspects of society, including culture, political structure, the economy, and even religion.
During the age of enlightenment, people were awakened to their intellect. They believed that human reason could be used to combat ignorance, superstition, and tyranny and to build a better world
During the 19th and 20th century, science in form of psychology, started to focus on the human emotions. Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behavior. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behavior.
In the New Age, we have one more step to go, to discover the realm of heart. The heart (shim jung in Korean) is the center of our being. It can only be discovered by awareness. That means we cannot identify ourself with our thoughts or our emotions but rather become the observer of them. Heart is directed by intuition, inner alignment and intention, vision, creating synergy and being in the Flow. Heart is our connection to God and all of creation.
Obviously, will, intellect and emotion are parts of our mind which is invisible and therefore, deals with intangibles.
In this abstract world, we want to focus on values first. When we identify with qualities like love, truth, peace, honesty, integrity, etc., become those values by integrating them into our character and act upon them in our everyday life, we will have a happy and satisfying life.

Unfortunately, in our society we have it all backwards. We want to have first, than do and finally think that we can be happy. Do we have a happy and peaceful society?
Let's focus on the values first. Children learn from our example. Here is a poem I like a lot:

Children Learn What They Liveby Dorothy Law NolteIf a child lives with criticism. He learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility. He learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule. He learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame. He learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance. He learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement. He learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise. He learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness. He learns justice.
If a child lives with security. He learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval. He learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship. He learns to find love in the world.

Living with the end in mind (Stephen Covey, in his book: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, has a whole chapter on this subject), focusing on who we want to be or even better who we were meant to be according to God's blueprint, allows us to follow a plan for life. According to the Law of Attraction we have the ability to create a life we desire. During the journey and acting on our abilities and talents, we can have the life we want. The doing becomes easier by finding and following people who have achieved what we want.

Living the BE - DO - HAVE paradigm takes practice. It may seem backwards at first, for we are programmed to believe that our primary source of happiness, joy or contentment lies outside us.
By looking inward we can discover our true needs which are acceptance, appreciation and approval. These needs will be fulfilled in relationships with God first, and through parents, family, friends and others.

Monday, October 6, 2008


Some consider bananas a perfect food. It is certainly an easy snack, very satisfying and healthy. It is promoted as the source of potassium and is soothing to an upset stomach.
There are many more benefits to this fruit:
--> Banana is an energy booster.
Banana contains tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is known to make you feel happy and improve your mood.
--> Banana is a rich source of iron, thus it is helpful in cases of anemia.

--> Banana is good a good source of potassium. If you are taking diuretics take 2 bananas a day to prevent the depletion of potassium in the body.
--> The skin of the banana is said to help remove warts (cover the warts with the inner skin of banana).
--> Banana is good for people who have high blood pressure because it is low in salt.

Banana is also helpful in the following cases:

Stomach ulcer (banana has a natural antacid), Colitis, Digestive disorder, Diarrhea, Constipation (banana is high in fiber), Hemorrhoids.

Nutritive Values : Per 100 gm.
· Vitamin A : 430 I.U.
· Vitamin B : Thiamine .04 mg.;
· Vitamin C : 10 mg.
· Calcium : 8 mg.
· Iron : 6 mg.
· Phosphorus : 28 mg.
· Potassium : 260 mg.
· Carbohydrates : 23 gm
· Protein : 1.2 mg.
· Calories : 88

Banana is one of the 19 fruits of the MonaVie juice. To learn more about it or to order, please visit my website: