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The Expression of Love

by Tanya Geisler on February 22, 2012 · 14 comments

Here's what I know about love.

Unexpressed, love is:

a painting unrealized,

a gift not given,

a talent not shared,

a song unsung,

a good idea, that no one will ever know.

Yes. It may exist, but until it's been shared, it's merely the lonely tree falling in the forest. Irrelevant whether it makes a sound or not.

Expressing love is risky. There can be no doubt.

The painting may not be admired. The gift may not quite fit. The talent may not be appreciated. The song may not resonate. The good idea may "good" but "not for right now".

Painful, to be sure.

But once you BELIEVE in the value of the whisperings of you heart?

Magic ignited.

Once you believe your painting is the answer; the gift is transformative; the talent will heal souls; the song will endure in hearts forever; the idea IS the change, then you'll shout it from the highest mountains, right? Loud and righteously proud.

What will it take for you to believe your love into expression with wild abandon?

by Tanya Geisler

Just one from all the gems

Love is beautiful. Love is essential for electrifying health. Love is essential for life. Without the act of making love, life does not exist. This is beautiful, don't you think?

The following is a list of ten love tips that will allow you to live your life with electrifying health. You want to live as long as possible, right? More importantly, you want to feel alive during your time on beautiful Earth and not suffer from any disease or cancer. This is certainly possible and the following tips will help.

1) Love yourself. You are the most important thing in your life. If you don't take care of yourself then how are you going to help others?

2) Love others. My sister just got married in Key West. The love she shares with her husband is infectious. If you are deeply in love then you will make sure your lover is in grand health. You will make sure you are in grand health as well. You want to be with this person for as long as possible.

3) Make love. Yes, that means have sex. Sex with someone you love. Sex is physical activity. It gets your blood flowing. It's fun. It's play. And, of course, it creates life. Making love with someone you love is one of the world's greatest de-stressors in the world. Excessive stress is one of many players in disease and cancer. You want to avoid both, right? Find a lover and make love with him or her!

4) Love to cook and/or prepare food. Unless you live with a professional chef, make cooking a hobby. If you hate to cook or prepare delicious raw food such as a smoothie then you are more bound to buy packaged junk food at the grocer or to pass through a drive thru. If cooking becomes a hobby, something you love engaging in, then your health will improve. Home cooked meals are almost always better than packaged crap at your local grocer. Start with cooking meat and veggies with lots of spices and herbs and then go from there.

5) Love nature. Where do you spend the majority of your time? If you work, eat, relax and get entertained indoors then you are probably nature deficient. Get outside. I don't care how cold or hot it is. I hate the cold but I still feel outrageously relieved when I step foot outside in the heart of the Winter. It's difficult to explain the incredible phenomenon behind the healing properties of nature. If you are constantly inside and stressed then it's time you spend more time outdoors. Go for a short walk. Take a long hike. Play a sport. Go to the beach. Ski or snowboard. Don't be afraid of the sun. Vitamin D3, aka the Sunshine Vitamin, is essential to all life. A burn is too much but a tan is perfect and protects you from damage. Maybe you need a non human companion to join you on your walk?

6) Love your pet. We own a lovely Boston Terrier. I'm deeply in love. I LOVE taking him for walks. The longer the better. If I never looked forward to putting the leash on him and stepping outside then I would feel stressed every time I had to do this "chore." This would probably lead to bad habits that could lead to poor health.

7) Love movement. Any form of movement is better than no movement at all unless you are completely exhausted or have a strong desire to relax. Every single time I decide to lift my butt off the chair and do a few push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, leg swings, hip extensions, arm circles, etc. I feel alive. My confidence soars. Just a few minutes of this many times throughout the day can do wonders for many folks. Love the movement you are engaging in and feel your health improve in an instant.

8 ) Love sleep. Sleep is important. If we all know this is true, then why do we fail to place an importance on it? We instead watch hours of TV on a daily basis. Ditch the television. You think you love watching the screen when in reality you don't. You love being outdoors. You love to play. You love to sleep. Love it more. Understand that it is vital to your health and be grateful every time you place your head on your pillow and pull the covers over your body. Love the energy you gain from sleep.

9) Love to smile. Are you feeling stressed out? Smile. Try to laugh a little. How are you feeling now? If you actually completed this small task then you should have felt alive for at least that brief moment. The simple act of smiling is one of the simplest, yet one of the most powerful and contagious actions you can take to improve your health. A fake smile won't work unless a real laugh follows. But if you make smiling a habit then it will all of a sudden happen automatically. You will find yourself laughing more. Your happiness, and thus health, will increase at a rapid rate. It may take some practice but it's worth it. It's so simple folks. Just smile! 🙂

10) It's your turn. Leave a comment below with at least one tip that deals with health and love. What do you love that improves your health? Maybe its giving a hug, playing a sport, meditating or engaging in yoga. Whatever it is, share. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts.

by Todd Dosenberry

Do You Love Your Money?

by Paula Pant on February 16, 2012 · 9 comments

When I tell people that I write about money, some respond by crinkling their nose and saying, "Money? But that's not what matters in life!"

And then – more often than not – they'll repeat that famous phrase, "money is the root of all evil."

Well, that's not exactly how the saying goes. Although that phrase is ingrained in mainstream pop culture today, it takes its roots in a Biblical verse that reads: "The LOVE of money is the root of all evil."

Since this month's Jungle of Life theme is love, let's take a second to explore the love of money.

What Do You Love?

If I asked you to make a list of things you love, what would you write?

Family, friends and pets come to mind immediately, of course. Then people start listing objects and activities.

"I love ice cream," – an object.

"I love to swim," – an activity.

"I love that cozy sweatshirt I've had since high school," – an object.

"I love to paint," – an activity.

No one thinks its wrong to love an object or an activity – unless that object is "money" or that activity is "making money."

When people tell me that money is the root of all evil, I reply that money is simply an inanimate object, like a coffee mug or a garden hose. It has no innate good or evil. That quality comes from the meaning we assign to it.

According to the "root of all evil" expression, money itself is fine. Loving money is not. But why?

It's okay to love ice cream, cozy sweatshirts, warm socks, Van Gogh paintings and the orange tea kettle that your sister gave you six years ago. Why is money singled out as the one object that it's not okay to love?

I picked those examples for a reason. I'm betting no one objects to loving "ice cream and warm socks," but some people would object to loving sports cars, glitzy mansions and emerald necklaces. Why? Because those objects remind people of money.

This is usually the point where someone says, "Hold on. A mega-mansion uses tons of environmental resources."

True. But so does ice cream production, from the methane-emitting cows to the cost of maintaining a sub-zero freezer truck.

The tea kettle you use to drink Jasmine Green Tea required someone to build a factory, produce a kettle mold, inspect the kettle, package it, deliver it, market it, account for its revenue and loss, and legally protect it.

Everything uses resources and costs money. Why pretend that it doesn't?

I believe that "love of money is the root of all evil" is only half the story. I believe that phrase is talking about a blind, jealous, possessive love. The phrase "love of money" is referring to the type of co-dependent love that causes the two partners to become lesser, instead of more whole.

But I do think we owe it to ourselves to create a healthy love for money.

Here's a radical idea: Why not "love" money by being a good steward over it? Nurture and protect your money, in the same the way you might nurture and protect your garden.

Steer clear of possessive, co-dependent love, the kind that causes you to stagnate. Move towards a wholesome love in which both you and your money are able to grow freely.

Money, after all, is a tool that can buy acres of rainforest, send your nephew to college without student loans, and pay for the veterinary appointments that your puppy needs. It's okay to love money for the life it gives you.

by Paula Pant

14 Super Fun (and Thrifty) Ways to Say I Love You

by Jason Kotecki

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love. Well, at least according to Hallmark. The stores are saturated in pink and red, the calendar has that pesky little fine print next to the fourteenth day of February, and the pressure is huge to commemorate the big day with your sweetheart. That often means roses, chocolate, a […]

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Does Love Mean You Shouldn’t Leave (An Argument)?

by Stacey Curnow

In an issue of Oprah magazine Jerry Seinfeld talks about marriage. He says that one of his ground rules in an argument with his wife is that they both have to stay in the room until they work their differences out. “In fact,” he continues, “I said this to my wife the other day: ‘I […]

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Live A Life Of Love

by John Spence

I am giving a speech in a few days at the TEDx event at the University of Florida and they have asked me to talk about “The MOST Important Thing I Have Ever Learned.” I plan to share three key ideas with the 1,600 or so attendees… 1. You become what you focus on and […]

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Love Will Keep Us Together

by Jen Slayden

Love keeps us together, right? But what happens when our society portrays love through perfection, wealth, lust, and greed? What do we teach our children about love? With a skewed definition in place, it is even more important to share with our family the true meaning of love: which encompasses hope, positive behavior, strength and […]

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Love Is

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: HimynameisEuan “Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” ~ Gary Zukav Soft music. Dimmed lights. Candle-lit. A service of healing, for all who want it. Deeply. And for whatever healing that might mean. The time: nearly two years ago. This was the third such […]

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