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1. 10 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity and Optimize Your Intuitive Powers  2. HERBAL



10 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity and Optimize Your Intuitive Powers

Whether you consider yourself a highly creative person or not, it is possible for all of us to be more creative if

we'll take the time to nurture that part of ourselves. These simple steps will give you direction in how to bring

more of your creativity to the surface and to optimize your intuitive powers at the same time. Pick the ones that

seem to fit for you and give them a try.

1. Develop the habit of taking time for regular meditation and/or reflection. Meditation doesn't have to be hard

or mystical. Start by simply setting aside 15-20 minutes once or twice a day to simply sit and be quiet. There

are several techniques you can try such as concentrating on the flame of a candle, or saying a word (commonly

referred to as a mantra) over and over to yourself. As far as I can tell the method you choose isn't nearly as

important as simply choosing to sit and be with yourself on a regular basis.

2. Surround yourself as much as possible with an environment that supports and nurtures you. This can include

setting aside a special place in your home where you can spend quality time with yourself, or finding what I call

'sweet spots,' places nearby that you enjoy spending time.

3. Try out different pastimes that energize you and help to get you in the creative mood. This will vary for

different people, but here are some common examples: jogging or other forms of aerobic exercise can have a

meditative aspect to them; bicycling or swimming are other possibilities; taking long walks especially in natural

settings; taking long drives through the country side, try it with and without soothing or inspirational music; or

taking a long, soothing bath by candle light.

4. Get plenty of sleep. For most people that's more than they may think. While you might be able to do okay on

5-6 hours a night, the creative juices will flow more readily with 7-8 hours. This may require taking certain

actions to create a most restful environment. (See "Seven Steps to Turning Your Mind Off So You Can Get a

Good Nights Sleep" by coach Michele Lisenbury. You can request a copy from Life On Purpose.)

5. Identify and eliminate any habits which tend to interfere with your creativity. Some of the common ones to

consider would be drinking alcohol, doing drugs, watching too much television or consuming foods high in

caffeine and/or sugar. While none of these are necessarily detrimental in small amounts, if it's habitual you're

probably not partaking in moderation.

6. Treat yourself especially nice at least once a week. Creativity specialist Julia Cameron, author of The

Artist's Way, encourages her students to take themselves out on an 'artist's date', as a way to nurture

themselves. These dates don't have to be expensive or extravagant just as long as they are fun and energizing.

7. Exercise your creativity and imagination. Like so many other things if you don't use your creativity it tends

to atrophy, it's the old 'use it or lose it' syndrome. Spontaneous brainstorming sessions are one effective way to

stimulate your creative juices. If you have a problem, try writing out a list of ten or more different ways you

could solve it. Or make a list of the ten most exotic trips you could take. Then take the best ones, at least in

your mind just to exercise your creativity.

8. Make up life projects so large that they will require you to be creative in order to fulfill them. This is a

catchy one because if you aren't careful it can backfire. The idea here isn't to necessarily fulfill on the projects

as much as to have the projects energize you to tap more deeply into your creativity. As long as you remember

that the purpose isn't whether or not the project is accomplished, you'll be fine.

9. Take up a hobby or sport just for the fun of it, and have it be something that you're not already good at. As

we get older we often get 'set in our ways,' which can be a real killer to creativity. Taking up something that's

fun but that you aren't already good at will stretch you to develop yourself in new ways. Become a student

again at something whether it's ballroom dancing, yoga, a martial art, or underwater basket weaving.

S-t-r-e-t-c-h your creativity muscles.

10. This one is for you to create on your own. Make up a tenth way to develop your creativity and intuitive

powers. Then send it to me and I'll compile the best into a second list, TEN MORE WAYS TO NURTURE


Simply and purposefully,


Service Assistant, Life On Purpose Institute



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Oriental Mushroom Salad

Preparation: 6 min.

2 hrs of marinating.

2 teaspoons honey

2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons Oriental sesame or peanut oil

1 clove garlic, bruised

1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced thin

1 small sweet red pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped

2 teaspoons minced fresh coriander or parsley

1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds(optional)

1. In a large bowel whisk together Honey, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, and sesame oil. Add the garlic clove,

mushroom, and red pepper and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. Remove and discard the garlic clove. Transfer the salad to a serving platter and sprinkle the coriander and

sesame seeds if  you wish to taste and serve.


Mushroom salad with bean sprouts Omit the sweet red pepper. Add 3 green onions, sliced with tops included,

and 1/2 cup drained bean sprouts. Proceed as directed above.


Mushrooms darken quickly once they are cut, slice or cut them last. If you don't use all of them that you cut,

brush the cut surface with lemon juice or vinegar.

ONE Serving.

Calories 52 Protein 2g.

Total Fat 3g. Carbohydrates 7g.

Saturated Fat 0 Sodium 105mg.

Cholesterol 0 Added Sugar 11Cal

Fiber 2 g.



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Exercise makes bones and muscles stronger and helps prevent bone loss. It also helps you stay active and

mobile. Weight-bearing exercises, done three to four times a week, are best for preventing osteoporosis.

Walking, jogging, playing tennis, and dancing are all good weight-bearing exercises. Strengthening and balance

exercises may help you avoid falls and lessen your chance of breaking a bone.


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Latest News: Moderate consumption of any alcoholic beverage red or white wine, beer, or spirits can be heart

healthy. Moderate means one drink a day for women, two for men. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5

ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor. It's now thought, as well, that grapes, grape juice, and

therefore all wines may also contain compounds that benefit health.

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