Broccoli, mushroom, green bean stir fry with Quinoa.

veges and quinoa

Makes 2 servings.

Add oil to wok or saucepan. Once heated, add garlic and onions and sauté until fragrant.  Add sliced mushrooms, basil, parsley and stir for 2 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and reduce heat and cover. Allow the ingredients to steam for 5-6 minutes before serving over quinoa.

Ing:

  • 4 tsp. coconut oil, or;
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup organic soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 6 mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups green string beans
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 6 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/3 cup quinoa cooked

Introduction to Insight Meditation

Hello fellow bloggers,

Today I stumbled upon a series of 6 videos by Rodney Smith of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society. For quite a while now I have been curious as to what real results and or states of relaxation could be reached through meditation, so i decided to give the first video a watch. Part way through the first class, I was instantly taken in by the philsophy, science and art of the experience he was describing. I attempted meditation before and experienced a tiny bit of the calming effect.  But it was only today that I decided that I would aspire to make meditation a regular part of my life.

The first video really gives you an introduction to some of the expectations to have when beginning the practice of meditation.  Smith does an excellent job explaining how you only get out of it what you put in, and that it is an art form not to get right right away, but one that takes time and patience (another characteristic meditation will enhance). All I can say is everything Smith described about meditation promises to enhance your experience and understanding of yourself and your life, and allow you to live in the moment instead of the go-go-go mentality. For me the idea that we live in fast-forward and not the present,– to the notion of retraining your mind to experience every second of your life, without feeling like it is passing you by– really resonate with me.  I do shift work in the mental health field and certain days I am so caught up in my 6 appointments that I often could not recall what I was doing between appoiintments, or tell you the day of the week.  I instantly recognized how much of my time is spent preoccupied with schedules and ordinary routines, and how little time is spent enjoying the pure spirit of the moment.

To get you started Smith recommends an affordable meditation pillow set ($40-50) and a book which is also affordable($10-15)– both are optional. Smith suggests using pillows you have at home if they are comfortable enough for you and doesn’t deem it necessary to buy the equipment at all. Its your call.

So I leave you with that. He does an excellent job at explaning the philosophy behind this insight meditation and how it will alter your perception of the world– I could not speak to it as precisely as he does so I’ve posted a link to the video serie4s below. They are available for free, but you are able to make a donation at your descretion.

Introduction to Insight Meditation

E.I Changes Raises Questions

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2012/05/24/nl-ei-seasonal-reax-525.html

The government has to stop with the one size fits all regulations surrounding government programs such as E.I. The changes may be rectified for some individuals relying on the employment insurance system, but not for others. For example, for people who are employed seasonally, such as fishermen, it is unrealistic and silly to suggest that a fisherman, enjoying a modest standard of living, should have to possibly accept employment in a totally unrelated occupation at minimum wage. Such changes will raise concerns in the realm of worker satisfaction and possibly work-life stress.

These controversial changes to the E. I. system are fundamentally messing with the whole notion of worker satisfaction., which runs deep. With all the scientific literature that exists, we now know that people whose work is satisfying, experience a better overall quality of life. They call in sick significantly less often, their productivity is higher, their mental health is less often affected by work-related stress and anxiety, etc.

So in the Government of Canada’s [GoC] efforts to put Canadians back to work and improve their financial security, they may actually be taking more away from E. I. recipients than it is giving back.

Obama Publicly Affirms his Support on the issue of Gay Marriage: Election-grab or what?

 President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Roberts, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts of the interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Whats your take on the news?

I am not suprised to see Barack Obama drawing media attention to publicly declaring his support for gay marriage.

Political elections specifically presidential ones, are strategically designed so that when support is at an all-time low, one of the top priority options is appealing to a new constituent group. This makes a lot of sense, but it is good for him to finally affirm his standing on this side of the issue.
Though his time as president is ending with the U.S in an even worse financial position, he was dealt a terrible deck of cards. My only hope (advice) is that the voting population base their votes on his decisions, making light of the circumstances of the state of affairs of the administration, when he took office.
The Bush Government did a terrible job running the country, and yes that was quickly apparent too, but many of the consequences of the decisions made by the Bush administration did not rear their head until President Obama took office.
Ron Paul seems to be the candidate with the best ‘plans.’

Link Found Between Routine CDC Vaccinations and Autism in Baby Monkeys

Vaccine Bombshell

While surfing the web today I discovered an article detailing a study conducted by Dr. Laura Hewitson involving monkeys that were administered vaccinations, and then underwent PET and MRI scans of the brain. Results of the study revealed baby monkeys that received multiple injections at 4 and 6 months, showed symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The injections produced a maturation abnormality, a shrinking of the volume of the amygdala, and an alteration in the binding capacity of [6-O-methyl-11C] Diprenorphine, denoted as, [11C]DPN: a neurotransmitter targeting the opoid receptor.

The amygdala is made up of a web of highly concentrated neurons located in the centre of the brain, and play a vital role in the regulation of emotions (Vactruth.com Frompovich, 2012).

Pretty interesting article. There definitely need to be more studies conducted in this area.  The results of the study are startling, as one blogger called the results a bombshell. Future studies could try to reproduce the same results in monkeys to either credit or discredit the reliability of the initial findings.

In the mean time people should push for the CDC to be held accountable and due diligence, and call for independent researches to replicate the research findings.

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Super Moon in the skies over Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.

Super Moon in the skies over Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.

A so-called ‘supermoon’ shines brightly over a frozen lake in Muskoka, Ont., on March 19, 2011. Image Submitted by Michael W., posted online by CBC.ca

Known as the ‘perigee’-the moon mades its closet approach to the earth in orbit around the sun on May 6, 2012 at a distance of 356,955 km from the Earth. According to NASA the moon appeared 14 percent larger, and 30 percent brighter than other moons this year (CBC News, May 4, 2012).

For more stunning images showing the May 6 Super Moon check out the link below.

Brief Introduction and TED talk.

Hello world, as the title says. This is my first blog and is intended to provide a place to exchange opinions, ideas, and other thoughts about a multitude of topics. I have many interests and many ideas that I wish to share for your feedback, and your contributions. Topics of great interest to me at any given time,  I will post here, to initiate a dialogue between myself, and you (the rest of you folks using the WWW). Around the site you will also see many scenic photos. These photos were taken over a period of about 5 years and are scenic views of the geographical typography in the areas I’ve lived.

In my next post I will dive right into a discussion of our social and cultural understanding of Darwinian Evolution and how my theory agrees with but differs from Darwin’s theory. I encourage your feedback and appreciate your comments. Please keep the discussion appropriate in nature and comment only if you have a valuable contribution; namely refrain from flaming, cursing, and so on.

I will also reference a few websites that I regularly visit to find out helpful tips and recent news in many disciplines.

Go ahead and check out the embedded video below. It is a talk given at a TED Conference by Rory Sutherland. The talk is titled “Perspective is everything.” I will post after watching, feel free to comment.

Very interesting talk indeed.  The idea that the circumstances of our lives may actually matter less to our happiness than the sense of control we feel over our lives. This point is incredible compelling and I would say it is very true for me personally. What are your thoughts on that?

You may also want to check out Dr. Nick Chater’s work on the topic in the decision sciences, which focuses on solving problems psychologically.