Tag: life experiences

I wish I knew – on success and happiness

I have grown to realize that we all breathe the same air. In some way we are connected, think of someone and (coincidence as we say) they appear or they may call you on the phone, and we say – I was just thinking about you or you just cross my mind. Look at someone without them looking at you and all of a sudden they turn and look at you, or sometimes you feel someone looking at you and when you turn they are truly looking at you. I wish I knew more about the awesome presence and all the mysteries of God or our creator, and then I would have taught my kids to be more aware of these mysteries.

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We all have the potential to be successful and happy; however success and happiness mean different things to different people. It is really how we look at things or how we respond when things happen to us. Just as we cannot make anyone do anything, no one can make us do anything. We are the ones who have the power to say yea or nay. No one but our self is keeping us back from being successful and happy. There is nobody to blame for anything but yourself.

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Our experiences are what determine who we are, each one provides a lesson to be learnt, and however sometimes we tend to curse these experiences or focus on the negative instead of looking to see what lessons we are supposed to learn from them. This can be so challenging when you are really down to nothing or as someone puts it when you are  at the bottom of the barrel. I really wish I knew this, as it takes courage, determination and faith to move on and our kids need to know this. They need to know when something happens it is not the end all or the be all. They need to know that God/creator/divine whatever name you select does not want to harm us, just to protect us and prepare us for something better, but we must understand this. It is only when we understand this that we would see the good that has been prepared for us.

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I wish I knew that God guides us in a really sullen way and the only way to be aware of his guidance is to be still. This would have been a great practice for my kids. Each day you must take time and empty your thoughts and ask for guidance or as the various spiritual teachers say ‘be still and know that I am’.  As I continue to experience this stillness I have grown  to be so much more patient and accommodating and at peace.

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I really wish I knew the experience of being in the moment – of knowing that right here, right now I can be happy. Not worrying about anything but having a deep knowing that everything is being taken care of, that I have everything I need. I have wisdom, peace, love, joy, abundance etc. This is what I wish I had taught my kids to know, just know that all is well, without doubt, fear or worry.

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Using Foods to fight depression

This is the final part of my article ‘Depression and Life experiences’.

Using Foods to fight depression

When people are depressed the sadness and hopelessness feelings etc that they get are sometimes caused by the reduction of mood controlling molecules (serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine). These are called neurotransmitters and they are responsible for controlling the thoughts and emotions in our brain. While therapy helps in facing the painful issues and exploring ways to overcome them thereby altering the level of neurotransmitters in the brain, the body also needs adequate supply of amino acids, vitamins and other nutrients to produce these neurotransmitters.

The following are some foods that are known for helping the body during a state of depression:

Complex carbohydrates

Increase your intake of carbs. They boost your energy and improve your serotonin level which controls the feeling good mood. Instead of sweets use whole grains, e.g brown rice, and cereal also peas, beans and vegetables. Sweets increase your blood sugar whereas carbs are digested slowly and stabilizes your energy level. Fluctuations in your blood sugar levels also cause depression.

Lean Meats

Lean meats contain the amino acid referred to as tyrosine, which increases the levels of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. These two brain chemicals are responsible for helping you feel more alert and focused. If you are depressed it makes sense to include more lean beef, skinless chicken, turkey etc. in your diet.

Fight depression with Omega-3

Salmon, mackerel and sardines, and other fatty fish containing omega- 3 fatty acids are known for improving mood and memory.

Dark Leafy Green Vegetables

Increase your intake of dark green vegetables such as spinach and romaine lettuce. These contain folate which is a nutrient that may help lower your risk of depression.

Dark Chocolate


If you are a chocolate lover now is the time to increase your intake of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is known to improve your mood during depression.

In addition to foods you may consider increasing your intake of sunlight. Sunlight helps fight depression – it improves your mood and energy level.
Aerobic exercise – walking, running etc also puts our body in a good mood.

If you miss the first part- Depression and Life experiences here is the link: http://joseylifeline.com/depression-and-life-experiences/

Here is the link to the second part – How to deal with depression: http://joseylifeline.com/how-to-deal-with-depression/

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