#GuestPost – America’s Reality Today by Jamell Crouthers

The concept behind me writing America Under Mind Control was to enlighten people on how much we are controlled mentally on a daily basis. What we fail to realize is society programs and trains our minds to act and be a certain way. Whether we know it or not, we surely don’t take the time to understand the messages being conveyed to us everyday.

From the moment we are coherent and able to speak as little children, there are messages being told to us. While we don’t realize that as children, as we get older, we should start to grasp the concept that the world does anything and everything to control our minds and keep us separated from each other.

Let’s just take the education system for example, which is something I do delve into toward the end of my book, do you remember anything that you were taught in school? Besides the basics of learning the alphabet, learning to write and simple functions of math, how much of what you were taught actually relates to your life?

You ever take the time to question what you were taught in your history books and science books? Probably not because you took everything those teachers taught you at face value. Meanwhile, a lot of it were all lies but at this point, how much do we care?

We were taught to be obedient in school, respect authority, don’t question what you’re being told. You ever catch yourself sitting with someone or in a meeting with people and you have your hands folded most of the time? Yup, that was indoctrinated into your mind and you subconsciously do it now because you did it so much repetitively that it’s ingrained in your mind.

This all works perfectly into a Corporate America environment where you are to respect authority, don’t challenge the big bosses and do what your told. America teaches you to go to college, bury yourself in debt, get a plethora of degrees only to be paying loans back a large percentage of your life which makes you what?

You ever notice you’re not taught the most important aspects of life? Critical thinking, cognitive thinking, challenging yourself and others. The most important things you learn in life you learn on your own or through others, opening a bank account, money management, stocks and bonds, buying a car, buying a home, building and growing your own business. Imagine if we were taught through hands on experiences (which is what life mostly is when you think about it), but that’s not what the rich and wealthy want from you.

Take the time to just think about that alone and then imagine how many other things the wealthy people are doing to control your mind. I tackle things such as music and radio, television, our shopping habits, print media, gun control, technology, credit cards, gambling, student loans, the food you eat, politics, diseases and medicine and many other things.

Until we start understanding and realizing the world around us, we will continue to be average, we aren’t meant to live a life like that. If you have an open mind about life and the world, my book is definitely worth reading, it’s available on Amazon and other bookstores.

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Indian Goddess. Abused?

Hello everyone!

On the second and the third installment of the TRUST TRILOGY, my characters Sophia Leibowitz and Ethan Ashford discuss children and women abuse, especially in India and China. Why have I spoken of such a touchy subject in a contemporary erotic romance?

Because, in my opinion, books should pass on a message, even when they are fiction and supposedly only meant only for entertainment.

The violence against women¬†are escalating to such a proportion that last year 224,270 crimes against women were reported, but unfortunately these numbers are underreported. It‚Äôs said that 100 million Indians, largely women and girls ‚Äď sometimes, little boys ‚Äď are trafficked.

Ad Agency Taproot¬†created the campaign ‚ÄúAbused Goddesses‚ÄĚ, physically recreating scenes from old hand-painted images of Indian goddesses all hurt, because¬†even the powerful Indian Goddesses, whom are worshipped, must be feeling¬†that¬†they are being abused too.

Here are the beautiful created, but heartbreaking photos of the ads.

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                        Goddess Durga, worshipped for her strength and invincibility

Sixty-eight percent (yes, 68%!) of women in India are victims of domestic violence and the gang-rapes are being reported in international newspapers.

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                                     Goddess Lakshmi, goddess of wealth

We‚Äôre in the 21st century and, it’s incredible, unbelievable, that there are women who still think they‚Äôre men‚Äôs or families‚Äô properties, because they were led to believe such as they grew. As Simone de Beauvoir said in her book “The Second Sex”: One is not born, but rather, becomes a woman.¬†

We should teach our girls to respect themselves as human beings, observing our differences as we are not physically equal to men physiologically speaking, but much the same where rights are concerned.

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        Recreation of Goddess Saraswati, goddess of Knowledge, arts music and science

Each beautifully made ad includes a phone number to report abuse. Their number is 022-2652 0601 (or 0602).

An amazing initiative. Congratulations to those who did those ads and are helping this cause. Let’s stand up and applaud.

May these revered Goddesses give us the courage to stand up and speak out for the abused ones, who need our help!

My best,

Assinatura Cris

 

 

Cristiane Serruya is the author of the TRUST trilogy: A New Beginning; Betrayed; and Pandora’s Box and THE MODERN MAN, already reviewed here by Niyati Mavinkurve. Cris is also a lawyer, and has worked with abused women and children. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Cris, Raphaela & Giovanna in The Botanic Gardens in Rio de Janeiro

Cris, Raphaela & Giovanna in The Botanic Gardens in Rio de Janeiro, in 2008.

Cris can be found online: via her website http://cristianeserruya.com.br

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/cristianeserruyauthor

Twitter: @CrisSerruya and @TrustTrilogy

The TRUST TRILOGY books, Trust: A New Beginning, Trust: Betrayed and Trust: Pandora’s Box¬†are being sold by Amazon India, on the following links:

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She is also on:

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583811.Cristiane_Serruya

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/crisserruya/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzFpFsNvdcH6g-6ce_PobbQ/videos

Playfulness and Health: Guest Post by Aarti Patel

aarti patel pic resizedWhat is playfulness?¬†If you’re reaching for the dictionary on this word, toss it aside! Playfulness can’t be described with words. It’s a feeling, and it’s one that can easily be neglected in this world and in health. How is playfulness good for your health?Girls on cell phones.
When you’re playful, you’re appreciating the lightness that can be experienced in your life. This lightness naturally supports a balanced body and mind, gets you looking forward to new experiences, and helps you enjoy interacting with yourself and the world around you.

Naturally when stressful times arise it’s not always possible to bring out your playful side. On the other hand, how many days or weeks go by for people in today’s current lifestyle that aren’t riddled with stress in some way? Let’s be realistic and say that playfulness can sometimes appear on the endangered feelings list.

Don’t forget to enjoy your personality along the way in life. Playfulness isn’t all about how you appear to the outside world. It’s more about the lightheartedness you allow in your own life, even when life presents you with a regular reel of challenges and missteps. It’s a secret joke exchanged without words. It’s that laugh you share with yourself or someone else. It’s watching yourself, someone else, or your pet do something unexpected and memorable. Playful moments aren’t frivolous, they last for a long time.

Handle the daily routines, responsibilities, work, duties, and bills.¬†Just don’t forget to play sometimes too.

Yo-Yo Health Habits and How to STOP: Guest Post by Dr. Aarti Patel

We commonly hear about “yo-yo” dieting, but in fact people are tempted to approach many other health habits in that up and down style. What is yo-yoing? When you try dieting or getting healthy in an all or nothing fashion, then you’re yo-yoing. Yo-yo health habits feel great when you’re on the upswing, successfully performing all the rules that you’ve set in place. Once you run out of motivation to practice health habits at such a stringent level, then you enter the yucky downswing of yo-yoing. All the progress you made can seem to vanish overnight.¬†How do you break this vicious cycle?

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Yo-yo habits place a burden on your body by not letting health settle into a steady rhythm. With so many ups and downs, the body doesn’t feel rested or truly taken care of. Yo-yo habits are also intertwined with mental-emotional ups and downs. To break the cycle, this style of healthiness has to be recognized for what it really is—a diversion rather than true self care. When you decide to go from nothing to everything, from total neglect to constantly pressuring your mind and body to do one thing, real health habits don’t get a chance to develop.

Which health habits are you used to yo-yoing?¬†Are they related to diet, exercise, sleep, or something else? Think about why you approach your health habits in this manner. Sometimes fear can infiltrate a natural urge to get healthy and make you feel like if you’re not doing everything, then it’s not worth the effort. This mindset can make you feel more deficient than it does provide you with effective motivation, support, and momentum toward health. Feelings of fear and deficiency then become the foundation for new health habits, and they don’t offer a very steady foundation at that.

The yo-yo mindset obviously tells you that putting in smaller amounts of effort more consistently is not good enough.¬†But does that make sense?¬†When you watch an athlete practicing a sport, someone who goes all or nothing doesn’t get a chance to regularly practice good habits for performance. Your health is the same way. Consistent habits, even if they’re on a smaller scale will go a lot farther than large efforts that only last a few days to a week. When you focus on¬†quality over quantity¬†in health, you’re taking a more realistic approach and one that your body will welcome more openly and sustain over a longer period of time.

Take a look at your health habits and figure out whether they’re in danger of the chaotic yo-yo experience or whether they’re actually sustainable. Think about which of your habits have never lasted past the short-term and why that may be. If you notice some yo-yoing going on, brainstorm on how you can re-frame these habits into more lasting and quality expressions of health.

As you resist the urge to yo-yo and you settle into more realistic and consistent health care routines, you’ll be amazed at how much farther your efforts take you. The fears will be easier to face when you’re not riding a health roller coaster, and feelings of deficiency will be less

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frequent and instead be replaced with more natural confidence and motivation surrounding your health.

What can you do to stop the vicious cycle of yo-yo health habits in your life?

Author Bio

Aarti Patel, N.D. is a naturopathic doctor and homeopathic practitioner in the San Francisco Bay area. She focuses on helping patients connect the underlying dots in health to both feel better and look good. Outside of practice, she maintains a homeopathy blog at www.pictureithomeopathy.com. Dr. Patel also offers natural health tools and resources at www.healthovers.com.

The Legend of COMET: by Author Jo Sparkes

Author Jo Sparkes’ book is all about the game of COMET!!

Today, she writes a Guest Post for us, telling us about the game that makes her book GREAT!!

Jo, it’s over to you!!!

In the book The Birr Elixir there is a game called Comet.

Comet is a game, of four teams of four men, a center cone or comet tail, and four balls of varying values. Both short and vicious, the goal is to win the highest number of points by sinking the best ball first. There are few rules on how to stop your opponent from winning.

There are varying accounts of how Comet came to be.

One claims it was created long ago on the Great Continent, and by a Trumen. The young boys would always play with balls, and one of the many challenges was to toss the ball into a basket. Prowess was measured by how many times you could sink the ball before it missed.

Keel, so the legend goes, was a young man who desired a young woman named Lyra. Lyra, however, was very beautiful, and her head was turned this way and that by all the men who wanted her.

comet 3The day came when Lyra was at the well, with three men who had followed her, teasing her to grant them a dance at the harvest celebration. In those days there were only a few dances, so Lyra was trying to decide who would be her partner.

Nearby stood Keel, idly tossing his ball into a basket. He asked Lyra for the last dance, and she denied him.comet 2

So he tossed the ball at her ‚Äď and despite the thinner opening, sank it into the water jar she carried.

Immediately the men took Lyra’s jar and set it into a stump to hold it in place. Lines marked distances, and soon everyone was measuring his skill.

 Legend, for those who are interested, says Lyra granted Keel the dance. 

 

So this is how the legendary game of COMET started!!! To know MORE about COMET,  visit the website HERE

Author Jo Sparkes is the talented author of the series, ‘The Birr Elixir (Book #1 of the Legend of Gamesman).

Check out her profile on Goodreads HERE