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I keep misplacing my house keys, I can't remember anyone's name-I finally told my doctor that my memory has been getting terrible lately."


"What did the doctor do about it?"


"He made me pay in advance."


Sure, it's easy to make jokes, but we know how frustrating it is to feel like your memory is slipping. One remedy for remembering a familiar name, place or fact is to simply relax and forget that you can't remember. When you're not thinking about it, it will pop into your mind.


Neither of us believes a good or not-so­good memory is a matter of age. We think we're all victims of data overload.


The genius scientist and physicist Albert Einstein didn't believe in remembering anything he could look up. While that's not always practical, it is a tension-relieving thought.


Meanwhile, we have some remedies that may help you recreate a wonderful memory.


Natural home remedies


ü       Choline is used by our brains to make the important chemical acetylcholine, which is required for memory.

ü       At a health food or vitamin store, buy choline chloride or choline hydrochloride­ not choline bitartrate. (The latter sometimes causes diarrhea.) Taking choline may improve your memory and your ability to learn. You should also notice a keener sense of mental organization.


Dose: Take 500 mg of choline twice a day. (Set your alarm clock so you won't forget to take it.)


ü       Here's a memory-improving drink-combine half a glass of carrot juice with half a glass of milk, and drink daily.

ü       Three prunes a day supposedly improves memory. It can also help prevent constipation, and since constipation paralyzes the thinking process, take three prunes a day.

ü       Daily doses of fresh ginger used in cooking and for tea may heighten memory.

ü       Add four cloves to a cup of sage tea. Sage and cloves have been said to strengthen memory. Drink a cup every day.


Try This Paraguay Punch


Yerba mate (pronounced mah-tay) is a form of holly and is the national beverage of Paraguay, where it's grown. One of the many positive effects of the herb, according to South American medical authorities, is that it strengthens one's memory. Drink one cup early in the day. Yerba mate is available at health food stores.

NOTE: Be aware that yerba mate contains caffeine, although less than coffee or regular tea.


ü       Take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of room-temperature water before each meal Not only is it said to be an excellent tonic for the memory, but it also curbs the appetite.

ü       Ah, the healing powers of almonds. Eat six raw almonds every day to help improve your memory.


Eye-Opening Discovery


Our research led us to a Japanese doctor whose records show that he successfully treated more than 500 patients who were having memory problems. How? By recommending they take eyebright, an herb best known for treating eye disorders... until now.

ü       Add ½ ounce of eyebright and 1 tablespoon of clover honey to 1½ cups of just-boiled water. When it's cool, strain the mixture and put it in a boule. Drink ¾ cup before lunch and ¾ cup before dinner.


ü       Two mustard seeds, taken as you would take pills, first thing every morning, are said to revive one's memory.

ü       Eat a handful of sunflower seeds daily. These seeds are beneficial in many ways, one being memory improvement.

ü       According to a gem therapist, wearing an amethyst helps strengthen one's memory. You just have to remember to wear the amethyst.

ü       Walking increases oxygen flow to the brain ...and it's never too late! Researchers experimented on adults between the ages of 60 and 75. The group that walked briskly three days a week, starting with 15 minutes each day and working their way up to 45 minutes a day, had a 15% boost in mental functioning. That 15% could mean an end to the frustration of not remembering things.. .at any age.


What's the most prevalent color in legal pads? In Post-Its? Notice a pattern forming here? According to color therapy research, yellow most stimulates the brain. Writing on yellow paper may help you better remember whatever it is you've written.



Home Remedies for GLAUCOMA

Glaucoma is a loss of vision that usually occurs suddenly and without symptoms. Vision is impaired when there is damage to the optic nerve, but there may be other factors involved. If you are having trouble seeing, see a qualified eye specialist! Glaucoma may be reversed if treated promptly.


CAUTION: Glaucoma is a serious condition. Before using any home remedy, be sure to consult an eye specialist.


Home remedies for glaucoma


*         Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in the US. B2 is also the vitamin that's most beneficial for eye problems like glaucoma. Take 100 mg every day, along with a B-complex supplement (The reason for the B-complex supplement is that large doses of anyone of the B vitamins can result in urinary losses of other B vitamins.)

*         Soak a cloth in hyssop or witch hazel tea and apply to a black eye to reduce swelling.

*         Bathe the eyes morning and evening in an eyewash made with fennel seed, chamomile or eyebright.

*         Make an eye wash from eyebright, goldenseal, strawberry leaf, or witch hazel tea to relieve irritation.

*         Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes.


A Lift on a Rainy Day

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The MN took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.


She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached..


It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away... God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."


The Result of Initiative

Some years ago, three brothers left the farm to work in the city. They were all hired by the same company at the same pay. Three years later, Jim was being paid $500 a month, Frank was receiving $1,000, but George was now making $1,500.


Their father decided to visit the employer. He listened to the confused father and said, "I will let the boys explain for themselves." Jim was summoned to the supervisor's office and was told, "Jim, I understand the Far East Importers has just brought in a large transport plane loaded with Japanese import goods. Will you please go over to the airport and get a cargo inventory?" Three minutes later, Jim returned to the office. "The cargo was one thousand bolts of Japanese silk," Jim reported. "I got the information over the telephone from a member of the crew."


When Jim left, Frank, the $1,000 a month brother, was called. "Frank," said the supervisor, "I wish you'd go out to the airport and get an inventory of the cargo plane which was just brought in by Far East Importers." An hour later, Frank was back in the office with a list showing that the plane carried 1,000 bolts of Japanese silk, 500 transistor radios, and 1,000 hand painted bamboo trays. George, the $1,500 a month brother, was given identical instructions. Working hours were over when he finally returned. "The transport plane carried one thousand bolts of Japanese silk," he began. "It was on sale at sixty dollars a bolt, so I took a two-day option on the whole lot. I have wired a designer in New York offering the silk at seventy-five dollars a bolt. I expect to have the order tomorrow. I also found five hundred transistor radios, which I sold over the telephone at a profit of $2.30 each. There were a thousand bamboo trays, but they were of poor quality, so I didn't try to do anything with them."


When George left the office, the employer smiled. "You probably noticed," he said, "that Jim doesn't do what he's told, Frank does only what he'd told, but George does without being told."

The future is full of promise for one who shows initiative.


YOU can make a Difference!

"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Those powerful words are part of a speech given by Martin Luther King in August 1963.


Those are the words of a man who was persecuted and then murdered for preaching non-violent civil disobedience whilst fighting for black peoples civil rights in the United States during the turbulent early sixties.


His dream was manifested a year later, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which (also) guaranteed blacks the right to vote.


In that same year, at age 35, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.


We all have a dream.


Or more accurately, we all had a dream.


As children, not preoccupied with what is possible, sensible or logical, we all dreamt of making a difference.


I remember myself dreaming of being the best brain surgeon in the world, saving people - making a difference.


At the age of 15 I become a vegetarian, determined not to kill anymore.


We all had a dream!


It involves 'growing up', some falling down and too much listening to those who never made a difference to arrive at the 'conclusion': "I cannot make a difference."


Think for a moment, how the world would be if all people had chosen not to strive for their dreams and make a difference. People like Martin Luther King, John Kennedy, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa...


You may look at these names and feel somewhat intimidated and be tempted to ask : "Can I really make a difference? Is it worth the price I would have to pay?"


It is easier to live a compromised, mediocre life, hoping that someone else makes a difference, while you read about it.


However, if that was your choice, you wouldn't be reading this article now.


Now is a time for action.


As Barbara Streisand said, "Remember, one voice can save Mother Nature. It can help bring about peace. Even one voice... this one voice... can make the difference."


It is time to confront our upbringing, conditioning and circumstances.


We all had and have people in our life, telling us that dreams are for children, encouraging us to 'grow-up'.


It is time to share with them the old Chinese proverb, "Man who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt man doing it."


Making a difference is like throwing a pebble in a pool. The ripples spread from the center to larger and larger circles of influence. It begins within you.


Find your dream again. Shake off the dust.


Put it before you and say, "Hello, I'm back! " Get reacquainted!


Feel the energy, excitement, enthusiasm, fire and passion, overflowing within, calling you to movement and action.


Take a stance! Let people know what you think and what you believe in, remembering the old phrase: "Stand for something or fall for anything" - Words are not enough - let your actions talk.


Making a difference challenges you to think and act differently. To be different!


It requires daring. Being different is rarely considered a quality.

It requires commitment. Commitment both to yourself and to your integrity.

It requires persistence. As Winston Churchill said, "Never, never, never, never give up!"

If you're not sure yet, why you should make a difference, let me put it simply:

It stretches you to fulfill your potential

It gives a meaning to your life

It lights your being and actions; and

It encourages others with their dreams so that they can make a difference too.

If more of us would make a small difference, this planet is bound to become a better place.


The Nineteen Horses

One rich man owned 19 horses when he died. In his last will and teastament he had written that upon his death, half the horses he owned should go to his only son; one fourth to the village temple and one fifth to the faithful servant.The village elders could not stop scratching their heads. How can they give half of the 19 horses to the son? You cannot cut up a horse. They puzzled over this dilemma for more than two weeks and then decided to send for a wise man who was living in a neighbouring village.


The wise man came riding on his horse and asked the villagers if he can be of any help to them. The village elders told him about the rich man's last will and testament which stated that half of the (19) horses must be given to his only son, one fourth must go to the temple and one fifth to the faithful servant.


The wise man said he will immediately solve their problem without any delay whatsoever. He had the 19 horses placed in a row standing next to one another. Then he added his own horse as the 20th horse. Now he went about giving half of the 20 horses – that is ten horses to the son. One fourth of 20- that is 5 horses were given to the temple committee. One fifth of twenty- that is 4 horses were given to the faithful servant. Ten plus five plus four made 19 horses. The remaining 20th horse was his own which he promptly mounted, spoke a few inspiring words, and rode back home.


The villagers were simply dumfounded, full of disbelief and filled with admiration. And the parting words of the wise man were inscribed in their hearts and minds which they greatly cherished and passed on to their succeeding generations till today.


The wise man said: In our daily lives, in our daily affairs, simply add God's name and then go about facing the day's happenings. Ever come across problems in life that are seemingly insurmountable? (Like the villagers, do we feel that such problems cannot be solved?).


The wise man continued: Add the God Principle in our daily lives and the problems will become lighter and eventually will disappear. In the manner of the ice which, with the addition of the heat principle will turn into water, and that will eventually evaporate as steam and disappear. And how do we add God's name in our daily lives? Through prayers, filled with true love and devotion with sincerity of purpose and dedication that only total faith can bring about. Meditation is a powerful means of directing the mind Godward.


But without true love and devotion entering into it, it remains like a boat without water. It is not difficult to push a boat that is floating in water, but extremely hard to drag the same boat on dry land.


In the same way, if our life's boat floats on the waters of true love and devotion, we can sail easily in it. The principle of love of God and devotion with total faith, (like water) makes easy the voyage of our lives. When the mind is pure and the heart full of simplicity and holiness, such a devotee becomes an instrument in the service of the Lord.


As is the mind, So is the Man

Open Your Mind


There is nothing more beautiful than the opening of dew kissed rose buds, the shy, demure blush of a sun-kissed sky, rippling waves sparkling like a thousand diamonds or the tender, trusting smile of a child.


We are a mitigated part of the vast universe that surrounds us. If we close our minds to love and kindness and are constantly weighed by pessimistic thoughts of hate, misery and squalor our lives too will be devoid of all that is good and beautiful.


Mind Your Mind


The human mind is just a bundle of random thoughts. As the mind so is the man. Keeping the mind clean and clutter-free is almost impossible, but once that is achieved one can almost drown in divine bliss.

One way to purge the mind of all useless and no good thoughts is to allow only the pure, elevating thoughts to be housed in the mind. Discarding thoughts that disturb one's disposition is essential and should be done immediately, almost on a here and now basis. One way to reduce the burden of impure thoughts from the mind is to reduce the number of thoughts per se. Do not allow the mind to get crowded with thoughts and gradually the mind will learn to concentrate only on one key idea.


Gradually and with practice, the individual will be able to let go of this one singular thought and then the mind will be filled with celestial peace.

After all, the mind is both the cause for bondage and its liberation. It is up to us whether we use or misuse this tool...


Harness Your Mind


Our mind is like an unbridled horse that runs amuck along wrong roads wrecking havoc on its path. There is no direction and all that guides this stray horse is a senseless desire to prove its might and power. Neither is it guided by reason nor driven by purpose, all that propels this mind into action (?) is temporary titillation of the senses and a short-lived gratification of the ego.


Wants are reared by ambition, which in turn is the creation of the ego. When wants are not satisfied they lead to unfulfilled desires that again are a manifestation of the `I' or the ego.


Through the control of the mind we can control the senses and control our wants and desires.


Controlling the mind is the first step towards self realization.


Though religious scriptures aid in this control of the mind, they are wasted without modesty. Merely learning them by rote or without modesty will lead to ego, which again will make the mind reckless and lose.


God resides within all of us; it is our unjust and egoistical actions that keep us away from Him. Through self-discipline and mind control we can annihilate the false ego and walk the path to God that is devoid of ills like jealousy, anger and greed and full of divine and unending bliss!


The Supreme Truth

Are you Well and Truly Meditative?

Must one turn to a recluse to meditate? Must one give up worldly possessions and ties to unite with the Supreme Being? Must we turn away from all pleasures only because they `delude (?)' us from our avowed path of Godliness? The answer is NO! Meditation does not translate into conscious reclusion. Uniting with the Supreme Power is not about severing our worldly ties, neither is it about pursuing austerity merely for the sake of it. Meditation is not about getting into a trance and being `unconscious' about immediate surroundings.


Meditation means being aware of your surroundings and your self. You are aware of all that is happening within and without you. The breath you are taking, the air surrounding you, the sun that you are standing under, the water that is flowing by you, the flowers blooming around you, the swaying trees…they all impact a meditative person in more ways than one.


A truly meditative person will not shun her/his social responsibilities instead s/he will accommodate new ones in the existing list.

Meditation is conscious realization of the Supreme Being who lives within all of us.




"See God in every person, place, and thing, and all will be well in your world."

--Louise Hay


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