Applying The Principles Of Conscious Leadership

David dibble - An AgeNation Careers ExpertBy David Dibble

Nothing makes my heart sing more than seeing people apply in their lives the principles of Conscious Leadership. Maryle Malloy has, for six years, been applying/modeling these principles in her work in veterinary medicine organizations–and with great success. Below is a little blurb she gives to her clients explaining her philosophy. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Maryle!

Maryle Malloy – On Conscious Leadership in the Workplace

Early in my career, I recognized certain universal principles as powerful tools for self-realization. As I began to apply these principles in my life, I saw an improvement in my relationships with family, friends and co-workers. In 2005, I had the distinct pleasure to study with David Dibble, a successful businessman, corporate leader and teacher. He is the creator of New Agreements Systems-Based Management™. NASBM teaches systems-based improvement to leaders at all levels, and is based upon a unique combination of systems thinking, professional growth, and personal growth.

Systems based management is not new, it is used extensively by top ranking organizations and taught at Harvard and Yale. What is new, is David’s method of combining proven management techniques with personal tools for transformation. I have incorporated this method into my work with several different organizations over the past 6 years, with significant measurable results.

New Agreements Systems-Based Management Model

New Agreements Systems-Based Management addresses four critical areas:

* Top Line: Uniting leadership
* Systems Line: Supporting people to be successful by identifying and resolving key system issues
* People Line: Bringing meaning, energy, and joy to work
* Bottom Line: Creating measurable results.

The New Agreements™ are much more than another laundry list of things to do. They are a comprehensive roadmap to a more evolved way of being for leaders and organizations; thus dramatically changing the experience of work for people in the organization, as well as its customers and suppliers.

Top Line:

Many workplace behaviors are rooted in fear. Fear makes us feel that we need to exert control over ourselves, and others, and control stifles the human spirit. Many times fear and the need to control are the result of poor systems/processes. If this is the pervading culture in your organization, and you desire a change; it is critical to shift the paradigm from fear to support—especially supportive leadership and systems. As a leader, when you love your people, you’ll love your work.

Systems Line:

* 90/10 Rule: 90% of the results being created in the workplace are a function of the systems in which people work, not the efforts of the people.
* 80/20 Rule: 80% of the results are created by 20% of the variables; focus on the critical 20%
* 50/50 Rule: There are two factors in improving any organization, one is transforming systems,the other is transforming people, both are equally important.

People Line:

Serving Others Is True Leadership. The workplace is alive because it is made up of people. New Agreements™ leaders commit to loving, supporting, and serving their people, which equates to; loving, supporting and serving the organization.

Bottom Line:

Identify key metrics (80/20) such as partner satisfaction, revenue and profitability. Measure and record your progress. Course correct as necessary.

Lincoln’s Principles for Conscious Leaders

Lincoln On Leadership – Executive Strategies for Tough Times – by Donald T. Phillips

“Lincoln in his first month of office faced challenges that would make even the most experienced CEO tremble: “Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union, taking all Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory.”

He was a President elected by a minority of the popular vote, despised by many of his own advisers, without military training and with limited financial, managerial and political experience. So how did he save the company….er, the nation?

Lincoln’s Principles for Conscious Leaders

-Sayings in bold are from Lincoln on Leadership by Donald Phillips-

-Explanations in non-bold are by David Dibble and correlate to Conscious Leadership principles-

* You must seek and require access to reliable and up-to-date information. Be DATA driven. Remember Deming, “In God we trust. Everyone else must use data.”

* Coach and counsel a new executive so that he or she may get off on the right foot. Remember, you want him to succeed. New people must be trained. That is a Conscious Leader’s responsibility. Expecting new people to be successful without proper and ongoing training is unfair and a set-up for failure—both for the employee and the leader.

* Use force only as a last resort. Create systems and environments where people have their best chance to be successful. When all else fails, only then take well-thought-out forceful action.

* Everywhere you go, at every conceivable opportunity, reaffirm, reassert, and remind everyone of the basic principles upon which your organization was founded. Share your vision at every opportunity.

* A good laugh is good for both the mental and physical digestion. Remember, life, including work life, is meant to be joyful and fun. Don’t take things too seriously. Laugh often, especially at yourself.

* Always let your subordinates know that the honor will be all theirs if they succeed and the blame will be yours if they fail. As a Conscious Leader, we must take responsibility for setting our people up to be successful. When your people are not performing up to their potential, look first at yourself as the source of under-performance. Have you done the systems work that will set them up to be successful? Is there something in you that is contributing to the problem?

* When you make it to the top, turn and reach down for the person behind you. When you make others better, you make yourself better. To serve is to be served.

* Do the very best you know how—the very best you can—and keep doing so until the end. Always do your best. Persevere. But always check to see what Inner Wisdom may be telling you and course correct within that guidance.

* When the occasion is piled high with difficulty, rise with it. Think anew and act anew. As Einstein says, “We can solve problems with the same thinking that created them.” Avoid “More-Better-Different” approaches to solving difficult problems. Use a systems-based approach and New Agreements Systems Tools to get “out of the box.”

* The probability that your may fall in the struggle ought not to deter you from the support of a cause you believe to be just. Even on a path aligned with life purpose, there will be many bumps in the road. Many times the more good you do the more bumps will come your way—particularly in the beginning of a meaningful journey. Be brave. Keep going. Know that you are on track and that we learn and grow the most when working through difficulty.

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End Health Care Hysteria! 10 Ways to Save the U.S. and You

Marilynn Preston - An AgeNation Health & Wellness ExpertBy Marilynn Preston

Personally, I love a smart, juicy debate. But over the last few weeks, I’ve grown weary and frustrated listening to our political leaders argue about the escalating cost of health care in this country. Runaway health care costs are crippling the economy and Medicare as we know it must end, say the Republicans. Escalating health care costs must be controlled and Medicare fine-tuned for greater efficiency, say the Democrats. Both major parties and the Tempest-in-the-Teapot party, as well, focus all their energy and verbiage on costs, costs, costs.

What we DON’T hear about is demand, and that, dear readers of this healthy lifestyle column, is what is really sinking America. Yes, the cost of medical care is a problem to be solved, but it’s only a part of the picture. Just as troubling, the hot button that no politician is willing to press is our skyrocketing demand for health care. (And that’s without talking about the coming impact of millions of retiring baby boomers! See The Coming Demographic Revolution).

Too many American’s are not well. Two-thirds of U.S. adults are obese. Only 20 percent of us exercise three or more times a week. Toxic chemicals – in our food, our water supply, our dry cleaning – compromise our immune systems. Our kids are overweight, diabetic and showing early signs of heart disease. We’re No. 7 in the world for cancers. Unrelieved stress is crushing our spirits, not to mention our lungs, bladders and prostates.

And by the way, our for-profit, super-expensive system – no country spends more on health care than we do – is not delivering the best medical care. Far from it. Any politician who claims we’re No. 1 is lying through his implants. The World Health Organization rates U.S. health care as 37th; another major study of 13 industrialized nations puts us at a sorry 12th. Another Tylenol moment: Life expectancy here is actually slipping!

And here’s the biggest and least discussed problem of all: More than 75 percent of the $2.5 trillion the U.S. spends annually on health care goes toward treating chronic conditions such as diabetes, bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. These are lifestyle diseases, and for the most part they are due to poor diet, too much stress and too little physical activity.

So what would a wellness-oriented U.S. system look like? It would make a very serious effort to motivate and educate citizens to lead healthier, happier, more active lifestyles: incentives for maintaining a healthy weight; vouchers to promote smart eating; tax deductions for health-club memberships, lifestyle coaches and yoga classes; mandatory health education so people understand why they are sick and what makes them well. Right now, you have to know the rules of safe driving to operate a car in this county. Why not require citizens to know the rules of healthy living so that, over time, we don’t need so many doctors, so many drugs, so many sick days?

I know I’m dreaming. I know the debate about health care will continue to focus on runaway costs rather than reducing demand. So it’s really up to you, dear reader. Of course, some diseases can’t be avoided, and accidents happen, too. But deciding to be responsible for your own wellness is a giant step toward reducing medical costs, for you and the country. Here are 10 ways you can make it happen:

1. Exercise. Do something physical and fun 30 to 60 minutes a day. The results will astound you.
2. Eat real food, not too much. Avoid processed foods, sugar, colas. Learn to cook.
3. Get enough sleep. This is crucial! Your body needs rest to heal itself.
4. Stress happens. Manage it wisely by learning to meditate, by doing yoga, by practicing mindfulness.
5. Ignore the drug ads on TV. They just create demand for drugs you may or may not need. And the hundreds of possibly fatal side effects often require even more drug-taking.
6. Maintain a healthy weight.
7. Stop smoking.
8. Work with a health care team that combines best practices of Eastern and Western medicine and supports your efforts to stay well and prevent disease.
9. Know what it takes to build and maintain a strong immune system.
10. Cultivate compassion. Be kind. Help other people.

If you have suggestions or comments on this topic, or would otherwise like to join in the conversation, we would love to hear from you. Just post your comment in the Comments section below.

Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, personal trainer and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, http://marilynnpreston.com and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to MyEnergyExpress@aol.com. To find out more about Preston and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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Being Mindful of the Good News on the Environment

Faren Dancer - AgeNation's Expert on Environmental SustaiabilityBy Faren Dancer

There seems to be a lot of discussion lately about how things are speeding up on Planet Earth, energies are intensifying with shorter intervals between memorable events, both personally and collectively. It’s becoming more apparent that thought and action creates corresponding outcomes, and because the boomerang affect appears to be coming back around more quickly, there’s a flicker of hope that an expanded awareness of how energy works may, in time, move into the mass consciousness. In the meanwhile, it pays to remain optimistic even in the face of environmental catastrophe, personal hardship or a lessened sense of security. Despite all the reasons to feel reluctant, nervous, stressed or discouraged, (one could reduce the impact by turning off Fox News) it’s important to keep one’s focus on things that are uplifting. Remembering to count blessings, being mindful of avoiding negative thought forms, taking time to focus on others or worthy causes, or merely marveling in a New Mexico sunset, are proven ways to stem the rising tide of uncertainty. An inner knowing of our eternal relationship to the Universe allows for a more pleasant, less compressed experience. We can relax a little bit and marvel in the wonders of life’s journey.

After this year long onslaught of depressing environmental news, (do you believe it’s already been one year since the BP debacle in the Gulf of Mexico?) there’s certainly a bit more attention being placed on humankind’s capacity to run the show or ruin the party. The essential lack of perception regarding the Unity principal (oneness) is compounded by a constant bombardment of propaganda, nationalism and exploitation, both of the Earth and its varied inhabitants. But despite the wave of uneasiness caused by wars, financial chaos or natural catastrophes, there’s a wealth of positives to be seen, if we take the time to look. Despite the rumor that it doesn’t sell newspapers or arouse those negative emotions that are easily stimulated and mostly addictive (which does sell newspapers)… sit back, relax and enjoy an uplifting ride into the, somewhat forgotten, realm of… Good News!

Starting with the air we breathe, here are some noteworthy events of the past year as reported by the American Lung Association. December 31, 2010 marked the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act. America has much cleaner air than it did in 1970 thanks to this landmark public health protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s capacity over the years to enforce it. We’ve also seen the first new limits in 39 years on two dangerous pollutants: sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Cleanup is now being proposed by the EPA for numerous power plants across the country spewing massive amounts of toxins into the air, this includes the coal burning power plants in Navajo country. I recently had the privilege of hosting on GREEN TALK RADIO representatives of Navajo Nation, the Sierra Club and the American Lung Association to discuss the coal plants in and around the Navajo reservation, (five total), its health implications and the current EPA hearings looking to address the concerns. Other recent advancements include cleanup of dirty diesel engines, stronger limits on toxics from cement kilns, cleanup of ocean-going ships steering for U.S. ports, new limits on tailpipe exhaust and 160,000 lives saved this past year due to the Clean Air Act.

Despite the discussion of animal extinctions, on a much happier note, there were also a large number of wildlife discoveries, including a new monkey in Brazil, a new species of lemur in Madagascar, and a new ape in Southeast Asia.

Here’s some of the top good environmental news stories as reported by the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

Legislators in the U.S. House and Senate introduced long-awaited bills to strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act, there may possibly be enough consensus on the law’s deficiencies to make action possible in 2011, despite a more conservative Congress.

How about safer and healthier food for everyone – the Food and Drug Administration gained important new powers to monitor and inspect food producers and to order recalls of tainted food. President Obama signed a bill that renewed and greatly expanded the Child Nutrition Act.

We’re beginning to take a hard look at fracking. In New York, outgoing Governor David Paterson extended the state’s moratorium on gas drilling through 2011.

Californians stand up for their climate change law-Californians voted overwhelmingly to reject climate change denial.

San Francisco became the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to inquire that cell phone retailers provide point-of-sale information on how much radiation each model releases.

Ditching plastic bags, coast to coast- laws that ban or charge for the use of plastic grocery bags are gaining popularity.

Some brands take the lid off cleaning ingredients – In 2010, the cleaning products industry launched a voluntary initiative to begin disclosing more of what’s in their products.

The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the State of Montana and the Federal government, completed the final phase of the Montana Legacy Project. With a price tag close to $500 million, a critical 310,000 acres of forest, rivers and lakes of the Crown of the Continent will be conserved forever. The project not only benefits wildlife like grizzly bear, lynx, wolverine and trout, but also people whose livelihoods depend on this spectacular place. On the other side of the planet, the Conservancy teamed up with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection to create an expansive conservation blueprint that will help conservation practitioners develop large-scale plans and priorities for protecting the country’s land and water resources.

Fuel-Efficient Cars and SUVs – This year, 21 cars, SUVs, station wagons, and hatchbacks got better than 30 mpg. This includes models by Ford, Honda, Lexus, Volvo and Jaguar to name few. Hybrid and electric cars got a lot cooler—and more accessible. Chevy’s Volt even the title of “Car of the Year” from both Motor Trend and Automobile magazines; Green Car Journal dubbed it the “Green Car of the Year” as well. The cost of batteries for hybrid cars has fallen sharply in the past year, while reliability, as well as recyclability, have made tremendous improvement. This is quite a leap from where we were at just a few short years ago.

There is a great tendency to emphasize what’s wrong with the world, an endless list of paradoxical and cold-hearted occurrences that generate great cause for concern, but it is our choice as to where we place our attention. Is the glass half full or half empty? How long is it appropriate to look toward the problem, before we shift that time spent to being engaged in solutions? Again, no easy answer, but staying in a place of gratitude helps generate the future we choose to experience.

So, in the meanwhile, let’s pause for a moment and acknowledge the progress we’ve made, the entrepreneurial spirit that drives innovation, and all the countless people, organizations, agencies and businesses that are creating much of the good news we desire. While we’re at it, let’s go out there and create some good news of our own!

Please tune into GREEN TALK RADIO each week an AgeNation Radio, and you can also contact Faren at faren@unicopia.org

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Easter – a Resurrection of the Mind

David Dibble - AgeNation Careers ExpertBy David Dibble

We tend to think first of Easter as the time when Jesus was resurrected. But I wonder if this isn’t also a great time for each of us to take stock in life and seek to rise above the fear that creates so many of our problems, both individually and as a humanity. Imagine what our lives would be like without fear dictating our thoughts and actions.

Yes. I know there is much to be fearful of in this crazy world we live in—Wars, death, finances, crime, drugs, disease, and dysfunctional relationships, just to name a few. If fear is the bad guy, where does he hide out? If we can find his hideout, maybe we can root him out. Unfortunately, this bad guy holds up in the most subtle of hideouts. He lives in our minds—and long before he does his dirty work in the outside world.

Think about those special times in your life when you were completely unafraid. Things that come to mind for me include experiencing moments of complete connection, being at the top of a pyramid, and surfing alone in the warm waters of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Luckily, as we have continued our practice to clear our minds of fear-based thoughts, Linda and I been blessed to have more and more of these moments and at the most mundane times.

I tend to think that “life” can only be experienced fully when fear is not present, at least the kind of fear that lives in the mind. I base this assumption on a few experiences I’ve had when my mind stopped and I experienced the me that lives beyond the mind. I guess I’d describe these experiences as ecstatic. I’m sure of one thing. There was not the slightest hint of fear present in these experiences. I think each of us has a bigger, more elegant self that lives beyond the mind and without fear. This self is the real you and me–connected–one.

According to the story, on Easter, Jesus rose above fear and death. With him as a model, maybe this Easter is the time when you and I begin to rise above our fears and live as more fully expressed human beings. Can you imagine living in a world without fear? That’s the resurrection of the mind.

HAPPY EASTER!!

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Green Talk – Our Renewable Future?

Faren Dancer - AgeNation's environment & sustainability expertBy Faren Dancer, host of AgeNation and KTRC 1260, Santa Fe’s Green Talk Radio

As we move into spring with the promise of renewal we’re reminded of our connection to the Earth, the sustenance it provides and the reminder that by planting, in mind and action, the harvest will eventually end up in our kitchen. During a time when contrasting agendas of the haves and have-nots, the corporations and the people, the right and the left, the old and the renewable, are obscured by vivid images of devastation, we are somehow united by a sense of vulnerability, not too unlike the common enemy provided by the events of 911. This time the enemy is Mother Nature, who appears seemingly unaware that the natural cycle of Earth changes causes such intense upheaval to our established civilizations.

Added to this, is another culprit, an enemy capable of contaminating the entire world ecology, and unfortunately that enemy is our ourselves, or let’s say the unbridled industrial, military, scientific complex. This coalition, devoted to perpetuating a technology that has never proven to be cost effective, has never solved its issue of mega toxic waste, or exhibited real ownership for potential destructive consequences, i.e., the current events that are unraveling in Japan. In recent years the nuclear industry has presented its product as “clean, renewable” energy. Green house gases have certainly contributed mightily to the climate change dilemma and nuclear does manage to sidestep this by-product generated by fossil fuels.

Now, like during the times of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, when the sobering realities of nuclear radiation are being experienced… and felt, international attention is being refocused on these consequences, and let us hope that the media doesn’t deflect the ultimate severity with a wave of corporate propaganda. It still amazes many that the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico failed to generate a more pervading sentiment against off-shore drilling. And, since that infamous well was capped, the sparse media attention paid to the environmental aftermath points to the serious corporate influence of the media.

So what does the average citizen, devoted to a sustainable future and feeling resistance to the mesmerizing influence of the establishment, do to help turn the tide toward a clean and renewable society? The answer is multi-faceted, of course, unique to each individual as seen through their own lens. Yet, there is a common theme, whereby communities, and even countries, across the planet are beginning to reach beyond the corporate grip and create alternatives…it is ultimately a revisit of how we view each other, ourselves and our enemies. True sustainability begins within each person, in how we think, to have a mind that is perceptive but at peace, a heart capable of love and forgiveness, and the ever-revolving capacity to visualize the future we wish to experience. These qualities, along with willingness to take action, will drive our transition. The ability to harmonize with ourselves, each other and our environment, will provide the clarity and inspiration to make the wise choices in the dramatic years ahead.

We can be assured that no matter what transpires the pervading powers will continue in their attempts to convince us that all needs to remain business as usual. Will Humankind’s profit driven mania to extract its insatiable need for energy from deep beneath the Earth’s crust continue to place our environment in peril? If we continue with our current approach there’s little doubt. It appears that the well sealed tomb of decomposing matter wasn’t meant to be invaded; the highly toxic components brought to the surface with the inevitable potential to contaminate our world. But through ignorance and greed the manic quest, and its inherent dangers, will continue until there is little fossil energy left or ongoing catastrophes continue to spoil the party. Highly radioactive plutonium and uranium are the substances vibrating at such a high rate of decomposition that their poisonous properties aren’t meant for exposure to our above ground atmosphere. Gas, oil and coal are less impacting, but the practice of burning them to extract the energy has obviously produced the unintended side effect of atmospheric warming and climate change.

Recently, I had a discomforting lunch date with a natural gas mogul. In his quest for unceasing profits he has adopted a convenient philosophy. The ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy would be a long, drawn out process requiring natural gas as the perfect stopgap. Of course, in his mind, the transition could easily require another 100 years of natural gas extraction and, happily (for him), there is the equivalent of that supply hiding in shale deposits along the coastlines. When asked how this could be accomplished without serious damage to the environment, he confidently stated…”this process will have no obvious impact environmentally.” A seemingly convenient point of view adopted to alleviate a conscience hell bent on justifiable profits.

So, as a counter perspective to which many of us can adhere, the evolution of truly renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, algae, hydrogen and, as yet undiscovered sources, must be the focus of our energy future. Though the return on investment isn’t as readily apparent, the necessity to protect our world is the payback that makes sustainable sense. With this perspective we will all profit from maintaining a livable planet for many generations to come. In the meantime, we’re all a ride that will eventually unravel our previous approach and help to reveal the more appropriate direction for our future.

Please tune into GREEN TALK RADIO each week an AgeNation Radio, and you can also contact Faren at faren@unicopia.org

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American Samoa’s Flag Day Celebrations

John Wasko - Travel, American Samoaby John Wasko (First published in BusyCorner Magazine)

On April 17th 1900 American Samoa and the United States of America formally ratified their unifying deed of cession. American Samoa officially became a territory of the United States. Flag Day in American Samoa commemorates the first raising of the flag in American Samoa. 2011 is the 111th anniversary of the first flag raising.

American Samoa’s great Pago Harbor served as a coaling station for the United States Navy begininng in 1847. The Naval era ended in 1951. Since then, American Samoa has enjoyed properity from the tuna processing industry, blue water fishing fleets and the relationship with the United States.

As a reminder of American Samoa’s long and distinguished military history, the United States Marine Corps Band performed at this year’s Flag day ceremony.

At American Samoa’s Flag Day Arts Council 3 nights of performances, several groups performed their Sa Sa’s (sah’ sa) We were excited when a new group took the stage. After a while the challenge was to decipher the story telling action and gestures. Samoan rhythmic clapping is a music art form. Hand clapping, body slapping, gestures, percussion, actions, voice and beat convey emotion and story telling. In unison, the performers align to a beat with transitions that signal new actions and themes. The performance is punctuated with contrapuntal rhythms; often a division between the men and women of the group.

Here in American Samoa we take our national sport, long boat racing, seriously. This 4 minute video is an emotional 2011 Flag Day Fautasi Race ride of anticipation, hope, jubilation and reflection.

Two teams, Nuuuli Satani and Samoana High School were inspired: Nuuuli by the untimely death of their captain and Samoana by an aging boat builder and energetic young captain who asserted that the impossible is possible; that the power of spirit is an unmeasurable force. Enjoy American Samoan fautasi fever from race beginning to an unlikely finale.

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State Governments Restrict Voter Registration? You’ve Gotta Be Kidding!

AgeNation's You've Gotta Be kidding!State Governments Moving To Restrict Voter Registration

Clearly these are challenging times. Our national political dialogue has, for the most part, been reduced to a school yard brawl in which name calling has replaced civil discourse and truth has been sacrificed to satisfy questionable political agendas. What is equally disturbing is that there is a movement underway in a number of states to enact restrictive and abusive voter ID laws under a thin veil of “preventing voter fraud.”

Legislation already passed in Ohio could deprive nearly 900,000 citizens—mostly seniors, low-income individuals, students, the disabled and people of color—of their voting rights. A similar law was passed in Texas, and more laws are being considered in 20 other states.

With the 2012 election rapidly approaching, this kind of unconscionable behavior could prevent millions of people from exercising their right to vote. Call this Democracy? You’ve gotta be kidding!

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Transocean Gives Out Safety Bonuses? You’ve Gotta Be Kidding!

AgeNation's You've Gotta Be Kidding!Transocean Ltd gives safety bonuses despite Gulf spill deaths

From an online posting on Political Hotwire this week we learned that Transocean Ltd, the company responsible for operating the deep water rig in the gulf that exploded killing 11 people and causing more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – the largest spill in U.S. history – “gave its top executives bonuses for achieving the “best year in safety performance in our company’s history”

“A commission appointed by President Barack Obama earlier this year said the explosion was caused by a series of time and money-saving decisions by Transocean, BP and oil services company Halliburton Inc. that created an unacceptable amount of risk.” “Best year in safety performance”?  – You’ve Got To Be Kidding!

And – if that is not bad enough – check out these Rachel Maddow reports on the lessons that still haven’t been learned from the Gulf Oil disaster – here and here. Now you really have got to be kidding!!

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It’s Just a Little Anxiety…Right?

Gail EdgellA series on coping with menopause by Gail Edgell

In today’s fast-paced world with intense deadlines and increasingly complicated financial situations, there is one experience common to menopausal women; anxiety. From speaking to large groups to worrying about the evening’s dinner, we all have unique stressors that increase anxiety in our lives, but while we may not all share the same triggers; we can all empathize with the effects of increased menopausal anxiety.
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  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Sweaty Palms
  • “Mile-a-Minute” Thoughts

The physical affects listed above are only a small sample of the plethora of symptoms that are associated with anxiety in menopausal women and these alone are enough for most of us to seek a solution, but in order to treat anxiety during menopause, one must first understand it.

What is Anxiety?

As stated above, anxiety is a physical feeling, a response to outside stimuli, which prepared our ancestors to stay and fight, or run away from threatening situations. This response, known as the sympathetic nervous system response, or the “fight or flight” response, still holds value even in today’s advanced society, where most of our traditional threats have evolved from fast moving predators to fast moving vehicles. When a sympathetic nervous system response is triggered, increased levels of adrenaline rush to the brain allowing us to make quick decisions and increase our physical prowess. While this increased adrenaline is beneficial in short bursts, prolonged exposure can be dangerous, affecting our bodies in a number of ways including, but not limited to:

  • Adverse effects to the immune system
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Osteoporosis

What Can I Do to Lower my Anxiety?

1. Deep Breathing – Surprisingly enough, a simple deep breathing exercise can prevent our bodies from triggering a sympathetic nervous response.

2. Watch What You Eat – You can keep your body more relaxed by maintaining a constant blood sugar level. It is important to remember that increasing your sugar intake is not a long term solution to blood sugar fluctuations. Try replacing some of the high sugar foods in your diet with the following:

  • Protein rich foods, like eggs
  • Foods loaded with “good” carbohydrates, like oatmeal
  • Whole gain or whole wheat foods
  • Essential fatty acids, like Omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in fish

3. Ensure Hormonal Balance – As we age it is common for women to experience a hormonal state that has become unbalanced. By changing your diet and taking menopausal herbs, you can keep your hormones in balance even during menopause.

Worry-Free?

As discussed above there are innumerable stressors in our lives, most of which cannot be avoided. By following the three easy steps above you can reduce the amount of menopausal anxiety in your life and, in turn, reduce the associated negative effects. So remember the next time you have a tight deadline, or have to speak to a large crowd, take a moment for yourself to take some deep breaths and feel the clam wash over you.

If you enjoyed this article simply click here to gain access to unlimited, valuable menopausal information, a variety of experts and the first three tips in our “Ultimate Guide to Solving your Menopausal Symptoms Today”.

And please feel free to use the comment section below if you have specific questions you would like answered, or have specific experiences you think might be of help to others experiencing menopause.

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Cyphers – Episode 10 – White Ashes

Cyphers - Web DramaCyphers is a character drama about a group of individuals who discover unexplained phenomena, and how this unearthing affects their personal and professional lives. While searching for the catalyst to these appearances, they uncover treacherous organizations obsessed with controlling food and water supplies. Each character is drawn, willingly or unwillingly, deeper into each organization’s conspiracy.

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White Ashes from David Forlano on Vimeo.

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