I have been frequenting Steeps for some time now. A buddy of Mine introduced Me to it a while back. They specialize in a plethora of loose leaf teas, from oolong, to exotic blends. The cafe’s them selves have a cozy atmosphere, that make You feel at home. I especially enjoy their London fog’s(earl grey tea lattes)!
I met one of the owners at one of the Edmonton locations today for the first time.Â Robyn operates the College Plaza location at 11116 82nd Avenue (Whyte). Edmonton, Alberta. I highly recommend the Old Strathcona location to any one.
You can click on the logo beside or the link below to access their main website for all locations in Canada.
I just watched this movie titled ‘Oh Canada’. It is a comical view of how Canada and the rest of the Planet is complex with its monetary system, governments, constitutions, etc… In the past I would have eaten these views up, but I have realized that every thing in Life is simple. We create complexity, really think about this… Look at some of what We call “advanced and complex”, for example building a rocket. You may say building a rocket is complex, but have You noticed any thing complex has been engineered by many people in a collective manner. One simple thought combined with many other simple thoughts will create a collective of complexity(namely one complex idea from many simple sources). So Our rocket, We have many engineers with some thing to contribute to the final result. This holds true for every thing else! Every thing is simple when broken down to its main components. The most simple You can get is “Every thing is Energy”. Every thing vibrates, that is how We may see some thing, hear some thing, touch some thing, and so forth…
We have been taught to think most stuff is complex and You require a advanced education to under stand or create stuff. Well I have a what You would call a basic education, and I under stand quite a lot. We all know the answers to every thing, We just have been choosing to think We do not. If You take the time to relax and clear Your mind when presented with a issue, You will be truly amazed at how You will eventually come up with the solution. I have done a experiment time and time again, to see if that last statement is true. You may do this as well, lay out in front of You a space to place categories of what ever You like. For example Person, Place, Object, Food… Now write down on pieces of paper things that would go into these categories, make at least 50 pieces of paper with various names. Now get a clock, or stop watch to time Your results. What You are going to do is mix the pieces of paper up, and when You are ready place each piece of paper in the above categories. Do it as fast as You can, and mark down the time it took You to do so. Now, go for a walk, read a book, eat a snack, simply just relax for a while. Come back to Your space, and mix up the pieces of paper again. Now place the pieces of paper near the above categories, but this time, take Your time doing it. Calmly and relaxed place each of the pieces in their categories. When You are done mark Your time down. I will bet You that You did it faster and with more accuracy?! My point is if You are relaxed and calm, Your mind works more efficiently and effectively. This will work for any thing You do, trust Me.
I will leave on this note, “truly imagine a World with out money” I mean We operate with out economics altogether, not lack there of, but truly living with out money. How would that feel?
The movie below, is the movie I wrote about briefly above, about 2 hours in length. It is interesting, but does not support My beliefs what so ever. I viewed it as purely entertainment. No offense to the director.
I discovered this information several months back, and wish to share it with You. It is on the swine flu outbreak back in the mid seventies. It goes to show that history repeats itself in many aspects of life.
On February 4, 1976, the swine flu scare began when state health authorities, conducting a routine check on a flu outbreak at the Fort Dix, New Jersey, Army base, found they could not identify the virus in some of the blood samples taken from the sick soldiers. Shortly thereafter, a barrage of conflicting information about swine flu and the mass immunization program was launched in the mass media. Early strong support for the immunization program from the administration and health authorities led to a number of people being inoculated. The widely publicized deaths of some of them, along with contradictory reports by other health authorities, led much of the nation to turn away from the inoculations. One outspoken critic of the flu program was J. Anthony Morris, a microbiologist with the Food and Drug Administration and a longtime critic of flu vaccines. He predicted that inoculation might result in hypersensitivity and trigger neurologic illnesses ranging from persistent headaches to encephalitis to paralysis to Guillain-Barre and to death. He was fired from the FDA by Commissioner Alexander Schmidt for “insubordination.” Speculation was offered as to whether there was such a disease; whether it represented a grave threat to life, and whether or not the remedy was a greater danger than the illness. One group which was not confused by the conflicting information was the insurance companies who refused coverage to the four manufacturers of the swine flu serum. Federal Insurance Company, principal underwriter for the drug companies, explained to Business Insurance in May, 1976, that it was not convinced that there has been time enough to test the vaccine for side effects. Unfortunately for those who died or suffered paralysis following swine flu inoculations, the media message was not as clear. The swine flu snafu story is being nominated as a “censored” story of 1976 not because it did not receive enough media coverage, but because it received so much conflicting and inadequately-researched coverage, that the public was in the end left uninformed.
SOURCES: (In addition to the following examples of contradictory media coverage, there was countless coverage of the swine flu problem in magazines and newspapers, and on radio and television.)
Time, April 26, 1976: “Flap Over Swine Flu.”
Business Insurance, May 1976.
New Times, June 11, 1976: “Sweating Out the Swine Flu Scare.”
Newsweek, July 12, 1976: “Swine Flu Snafu.”
Time, December 27, 1976: “Roll Down Your Sleeves .. ”
U.S. News & World Report, December 27, 1976: “End of Road for the Swine Flu Program.”
Parade, March 13, 1977: “Scientist J. Anthony Morris — He Fought The Flu Shots and the U.S. Fired Him.”
Here is My opinion on the so called “Swine Flu Pandemic”(H1N1). I believe it is just another marketing tactic for the pharmaceutical industry to sell vaccines. It has all the signs of a traditional marketing campaign written all over it, take for example all the flyers, tv commercials, government issued postcards! I mean come on, there is more money spent on advertising this so called “Flu”, than preventative health information campaigns in general! And the sad thing is it prays on Your “Fears”. The campaign gears mostly towards parents, children and the elderly, because what parent does not desire to protect their child!
I was ill a couple of days ago, and showed all the “symptoms” they suggest are “H1N1”. I got thru it just fine, and I honestly did not take one single form of medication of any sort. Reason being I do not believe in medicine at all, Your body knows best, and if You trust that Your body knows best(which I have done for quite some time now) then You begin to realize that nature knows best as well! I know You are thinking “But what about all those pandemics that happened in the past?”, well I can tell You that those affect most do to the simple fact that “You were taught they will harm You!”. This all stems back to simple beliefs You have been taught by others! I will elaborate more on beliefs in another post, but for now just contemplate the fact that “what You belief to be true will come true!”. And I mean You have to fill it with emotion in order for that statement to have power. And On that note I bid You a due.
When thinking back to when and what motivated Me on all this Spiritual drive (and what I mean by this is a “non-religious view” of how We experience Our lives!).
I Have read this book that is Simple and to the point “The Freedom of Choice” by Tom Chalko. The book catapulted Me to where I Am today, and still read it from time to time, in order to re-ignite that spark I felt when I first read it!
Below is a link to where You can download the book for free, or You may purchase it!
Book(s) Download Site
Tom Chalko also has many other books to read as well. I highly recommend “Thiaoouba Prophecy” by Michel Desmarquet, do not be put off by the title, it is a Awesome read!
Doing by Not Doing
by Owen Waters
This week, we'll explore another aspect of Taoist philosophy.
It's an even bigger brain teaser called Wu Wei (pronounced
"Woo-Way"), which is about "doing by not doing." And, strangely
enough, it's the secret to getting things done!
This philosophy says that, when nothing is done, nothing is
left undone. When I first encountered this stark contradiction
I became seriously worried about my brain cells short-
circuiting and melting. In fact, the more I thought about
it, the more convinced I became that I was starting to smell
smoke coming out of my ears.
Later, at an older and riper age, I began to see the idea
behind the apparent contradiction. The alternative translation
of "action without effort" instead of "doing by not doing"
helped to clarify the original idea. I came to realize that if,
instead of trying to make something happen by the usual efforts
of planning, willpower and determination, you go within and see
the action accomplished, then something very different happens.
The action doesn't mysteriously become accomplished by magic or
by non-effort, but you experience a state of flow which enables
you to move through the task with ease, grace and incredible
A leading light in positive psychology today is Hungarian-
American professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. (In case
you're wondering, his last name is pronounced,
"Cheek-sent-me-high-ee.") His focus on happiness and creativity
led to the concept of FLOW, which is a state of concentration
or complete absorption in an activity. He points out that
developing a state of flow leads to higher skill development
and the ability to meet higher challenges within a chosen
The message of the Tao is to develop exactly such a state of
flow and to do it by developing deeper states of inner
awareness. The easiest way to invoke a state of flow,
therefore, is to go within, attune with your inner being and
the intended task, then come out into the world of action and
carry out your intuitive guidance every step of the way until
the task is completed.
In a state of flow, the action is guided from within and the
doer virtually vanishes into the deed.
The key to creating the desired state of flow is that, because
your inner being is fully attuned with the universe, you can
then act in a manner which is perfectly aligned with all other
circumstances related to your work. This is how synchronicity
happens and coincidences become commonplace in your life.
People, ideas and materials all come together at the exact
right time and in the right place because flow is an
orchestration of the many, not just the one.
You can be the main person conducting the work, but the
universe responds to your inner connection and brings to you
everything that you need with effortless coincidence.
The message of Wu Wei is that there is a time and a place for
everything to come together for effortless achievement. By
intending a goal and connecting with your inner being, you
start the creation of that perfect time and place by attracting
all the resources you need to achieve the goal. Then, by acting
exactly when the energy feels right, you express the flow of
ideas and energy which pour forth from your inner being.
Achievement becomes effortless, and the realm of being has
become manifest in the world of action. You will have achieved
success by alignment with the inner realm of 'not doing.'
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This article was written by Owen Waters, author of "Freedom of
the Spirit: Four Powerful Steps to Spiritual Freedom." This
deeply insightful e-book combines some of today's most proven
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Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland ,
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It
is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to
90 in August, so here is the column once more:"
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.
Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God.. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea
what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't
be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But
don't worry; God never blinks.
16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But
the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life,
don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy
lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In
five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your
29. Time heals almost everything.. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of
anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38.Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw
everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
45. It is statistically written that 93% will "not" pass this information on to others :)