Metaphysically Speaking, Reflecting, My Stones Are My Sanity!

By Sharyce Arciaga  |   Published Here August 15, 2021

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My stones are my sanity. They allow me a feeling of peace and calm. They lend a form of relaxation like mental yoga. The isolation that is my current reality along with social distancing finds me in a state of exasperation… and I feel so alone.

Those who I thought cared about me are missing in my life. I am here in the world just the way my dear friend was who just passed recently. His name is David Tucker. Rest In Heaven, my road dog! Lol. He always loved eliciting a laugh from others and was a self-proclaimed comedian! Yet, I just can’t help thinking that you come into the world alone and you go out the same way!

If he were alive I would call him right now. Curiously, we never quite had an agreement of our minds. Rather, we shared an agreement of soul. We had an enduring soul agreement for over 20 years. So life goes on and u can stay in a joyful place or head towards another.

Realizing we are human-beings first, let us all go forward with compassion and understanding of those who may be ruthless and only out to win their selfish prize. And let us understand that these people are often existing with no real concept of humanity, love or the spirit of cooperation or sharing.

Many are living enshrined with remnants of smoke screens that block clear vision; and reliving their lives through ghettos of haunting memories where hereditary psychological trauma wreak havoc on minds from harsh social injustices and imbalances, and the simple act of living.

Such is the world as if it has been tilted on its axis… or as if it has completed a pole shift as the Aztec Mayan Calendar predicted for the 21st Century. For the world has been shifted, and altered dramatically, both alchemically and tumultuously.

Let us not forget nor ignore the Universe… the cosmos that dynamically play a major role in the energy on the planets… and on earth. As we know our mighty Sun, Ra is the giver and sustainer and the life-force of the earth. Shall we revel in it daily for healing!

I recently read that we are on the leading edge of thought. What does that mean to u? Could it possibly mean that we are trend setters who are creating the times for future generations and creating future worlds? And so it is. It is in concert that we must join as all in agreement to going forward with determined momentum, while supporting and uplifting all in a sustained manner with love and light.

My stones are my sanity during these horrendous times. They vibrate and calm my soul. They relax my inner being. They propel me forward as I traverse the realms of space and time. That is when I am connected to all compounds and elements of the Universe. The atoms, the molecules, the protons, neutrons, the collapsars (dying stars) and black holes… the all… the universe… the cosmos.

Interestingly and especially if you are up on the Sumerian Texts and Annunaki story… Collapsars may forge much of the universe’s gold. That’s according to Google Science News. For more information on the Annunaki story see: Annunaki 101:The Ancient Gods of Sumer.

These are the places in which my mind often dwells as I live a simultaneous multi-dimensional existence. So calming. So relentless. Yet, my stones are my center and my sanity! If you feel that you also dwell on a multi-dimensional plane I would love to hear your comments.

Sharyce Arciaga is an online entrepreneur, spiritualist, blogger, author and the owner of Black Queen Jewels, a one-stop shop for Fine Jewelry, Gemstones and Collectibles. For Fine jewelry, precious metals and collectibles see Black Queen Jewels

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Why Say You’re Fine When You’re Not!

By Susan Leigh  |   Published June 27, 2021

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Many of us enjoy exchanging pleasantries as we pass each other whilst taking our walk in the countryside, or nod and share a few friendly words in a familiar work or social setting. There’s often a smile as we ask, ‘hello, how are you?’, which is often unthinkingly followed by the usual, ‘I’m fine thanks, how are you?’

There’d be surprise if there was any other response to the non-question that’s been asked. It’s a polite greeting, which sometimes doesn’t even warrant waiting for the reply before we continue on our wa

But what happens when we say we’re fine when we’re not? We’re regularly advised to talk about our feelings, reminded of the importance of sharing with others when we’re down, of letting them help. But how do we do that?

 Context is important when we’re asked how we are. Did the question consist of a quick nod of recognition or was there a more concerned degree of interest being shown? What else were you both doing when you met? Were you both on your way somewhere else? Is the time and place appropriate for you to start disclosing that you’re struggling or would it be better to plan a future meet?

– Staying quiet can, at times, seem the easiest option, even though it can result in us experiencing escalating stress levels, tension and unhappiness. We may not even know ourselves why we’re feeling that way, are unable to find the words to explain what’s going on, are frustrated by our low mood. Keeping a journal or talking to someone else can sometimes help us process those feelings of confusion and overwhelm.

– Acting as if we’re fine may have become an important tool in our survival armory. It enables us to function on a daily basis, provides a welcome veneer to hide behind, allowing us to get through each day. If we really thought about explaining how we feel we’d have concerns about falling apart and be uneasy as to how we’d recover sufficiently afterwards.

– Making ourselves vulnerable can be a concern too. Once aired, details about messy or distressing personal situations cannot be retracted. Yes, someone may care about us, be interested and supportive, but how will they view us on future occasions; will it change our relationship and if so, will that be okay?

– Offering verbal clues can sometimes be a good way to start a conversation when we’re feeling low and out of sorts. Comments like, ‘I’m okay, thanks, not too bad, surviving, I’ve been better, I’m getting there’ are all indicators that we’re not the happiest we’ve ever been! Those replies could be an opportunity for the other person to enquire if we’re really okay, prompt them to ask if we’d like to talk or maybe suggest we arrange a coffee. But, for them to follow-up depends on how busy they are, how they’re feeling themselves and whether they’re inclined to be supportive.

 How close is your relationship? Do you want to risk changing the dynamics of the relationship by sharing how much you’re struggling, reveal what’s actually going on when you’re asked how you are? And actually, sometimes it can become a bit of an issue if, whenever we meet, our personal situation becomes the opening topic conversation. Sometimes not talking about our problems can give us a break and stop us from being constantly immersed in our situation.

 Can you trust the other person to do right by you? No one wants to disclose their innermost anxieties and concerns, only to then find themselves the subject of gossip a few hours later. Feeling able to confidentially share with another, and for that to be received in a supportive way is a major component when we’re not feeling fine.

 Ultimately it’s our responsibility to share if we’re in need of a little caring friendship. But to do so requires us to be in the ‘right place’ to ask someone if they’ve time for a chat, to feel confident enough to reveal that we’re feeling low and in need of someone to talk to. And, also, to not take it personally if they reply that they’re too busy to talk right now, but will get back to us and speak later.

– It’s also important to be clear about what we need. Is it advice, someone to simply listen without comment, an ally, a hug? Doing that allows everyone to know what’s expected of them.

And don’t forget that none of us operate in a vacuum. The other person will, no doubt, have their own story, issues and problems of concern to them. Try to reciprocate and allow time for them to be heard too. And if you find you’re really struggling remember that talking to your GP or contacting a counsellor or hypnotherapist could provide the professional support you need on your journey to feeling really fine.

Susan Leigh, South Manchester counsellor, hypnotherapist, relationship counsellor, writer & media contributor offers help with relationship issues, stress management, assertiveness and confidence. She works with individual clients, couples and provides corporate workshops and support.

She’s author of 3 books, ‘Dealing with Stress, Managing its Impact’, ‘101 Days of Inspiration #tipoftheday’ and ‘Dealing with Death, Coping with the Pain’, all on Amazon & with easy to read sections, tips and ideas to help you feel more positive about your life.

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Use “The Big Five” to understand your personality and gain insight into your current challenges:

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There have been many personality models developed over history. A scientist by the name of Lewis Goldberg developed the most commonly accepted model in use today. This model is named “The Big Five.”

The combination of these five personality factors can accurately describe a person’s personality and predict their behavior and success in life quite well.

  1. Extraversion. On one end of this scale are the extroverts, and on the other are the introverts. Most of us lie somewhere in between. Think of introverts as those who gain energy while spending time alone. They tend to tire from social interactions.

    1. Extroverts are just the opposite. Being alone drains their energy and they are recharged by spending time with others. Extroverts are commonly described as sociable, socially confident, talkative, energetic, and assertive.

    1. Introverts are frequently introspective, reserved, and quiet. They are often, but not always, lacking in social confidence.

  2. Agreeableness. This characteristic is self-explanatory. Agreeable people are polite, sensitive, cheerful, patient, and enjoyable to be around. They are likable and like others. Those low in agreeableness are often described as blunt, rude, sarcastic, and abrasive.

    1. Not surprisingly, studies show that most prison inmates rank in the bottom 2% for agreeableness.

    1. Those high in agreeableness are well-liked by everyone.

    1. Women tend to be more agreeable than men by a significant margin.
  1. Openness. This isn’t the willingness to share your deepest, darkest secrets. Openness in this context is a measure of how open you are to new experiences. People high in this trait are interested in new ideas and perspectives. They also tend to value art and music. This trait is closely linked to intelligence.

  2. Conscientiousness. If you’re high in conscientiousness, you value order, achievement, self-discipline, and like to take care of business. You are not particularly interested in new experiences or novel stimulation. You are neat, organized, and like to work from a schedule.

    1. This trait is strongly correlated with success. If you know someone that doesn’t seem all that smart or talented, but they are still successful, they are almost certainly high in conscientiousness.

    1. Those very low in conscientiousness are chronic procrastinators, disorganized, and often labeled as underachievers. If your life always seems out of control, it’s likely that you are low in conscientiousness.

  3. Neuroticism. Those that rate high in neuroticism tend to be unstable, seek short-term enjoyment, are impulsive, and negative. They have poor job performance, a greater tendency for addiction, and difficulty adjusting to change.

There are several Big 5 tests available online for free or for a fee. You can also contact a mental health professional about testing. If you’re struggling with life, it can be helpful to know where you fall within these five personality traits. You can then begin making adjustments to alter your scores as needed.

For example, if your life is a disaster, and you realize that you are low in conscientiousness, you could start taking control of your day by creating a schedule each evening. This has been found to be very effective in raising your level of conscientiousness.

Those low in agreeableness can make it a point to do something nice for someone each day. If you’re high in neuroticism, learning to meditate or reading a  book on anxiety reduction can make a big change in your life.

Understanding your personality can help you to tame the challenges you’re currently experiencing in your life. If you’re feeling stuck, a quick personality test might provide the answers you’re looking for. See how you score on The Big 5.

Expressing Ourselves With The Colors We Wear

By Wanda McDowell  |   Published February 22, 2021

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There are many ways we as humans can express ourselves without using words. We can express ourselves with body language, cues, gestures, so on and so forth. We also express ourselves most vividly using fashion. What we wear can say 1,000 words about ourselves without even knowing it. For the sake of time, we will just focus on the primary colors. What we put on for the day can also let people in on our moods and/or the depths of our souls. Wearing red exudes confidence. Wearing red is empowering and defines capability and dominance. All qualities of a leader. It is also the color of sensuality, aggression, passion, and boldness. Another bold color that is sure to attract attention is orange. Many associate wearing orange with creativity, enthusiasm, warmth, happiness, ambition, and harnessing new opportunities. People say when you wear yellow often, it is a sign of your vivaciousness and you will probably spend the entire day laughing because it represents your sublime femininity. Wearing a yellow dress suggests that you are an active, creative, and exciting woman.

There are some mixed feelings about wearing green. It is an earth tone and most associated with the earth. There is also a myth surrounding green spirited leprechauns. According to Fables, Leprechauns are short spirits that take the form of an old man in a red or green coat. They are mischievous and like to make shoes. They place their gold coins in a pot of gold that is hidden at the end of a rainbow. If you catch one, he will give you three wishes provided you let him go. Therefore, green is normally associated with luck. It is also a color of security, abundance, growth and balance. The negative opposite this color is associated with is envy. It is strongly recommended to only wear this color when you are open to different perspectives, need to feel grounded, calm, and generous. Don’t wear this color when you’re confused and unsure, feel stagnant, and want to be alone. Wearing this color will only intensify those emotions.

Wearing blue lets people know that you are an authoritarian. You are morally strict and have little patience for disorganization and zero tolerance for those you can’t depend on because you are a dependable person. You are trustworthy and loyal to the core. However, too much blue can come across as coldness to some people. When you want to exude power, have mental control, communicate an important message, and represent conservativeness than you should wear blue to accentuate this purpose.

Wearing Indigo is a sign of great discovery. It is a sign that you mastered opening your third eye. You have a greater awareness of what is going on in the world around you. Your perception is spot on as well as your intuition. Listen to your innermost thoughts because they are guiding you in the right direction to happiness and abundance. The color indigo represents power and dignification. It also conveys integrity and deep sincerity. When you are wearing indigo, you are expressing your great devotion, wisdom and balance because you are a fair and impartial person. You seek justice and have a distaste for ambiguity.

The color violet- purple is associated with creativity, insight, and love of art. When you wear purple, it indicates you are an emotional and sensitive person so family and friends should tread lightly because your feelings get hurt easily leaving you emotionally scarred for some time. You are also dreamy, passionate, and love the occult.

There are two colors that I think are also worth mentioning because they are worn so much: black and white. When you wear black you mean business because it is a color that is taken seriously. Wearing black is a statement that says, “I am an ambitious person.” Whatever they do is done with purpose and intent. They can be sensitive as they are emotional and wear their heart on their sleeve-literally. It is all or nothing with them. Do not be deceived by their outward appearances because beneath that shirt is smoldering intensity. They are also easily excitable because they have a heightened sense of awareness. Wearing white represents purity or innocence. Wearing a white dress at a wedding was often thought to convey the bride’s virginity. White is bright and adds highlights.

If you believe what I have written is incorrect. I implore you to do your own research behind what wearing colors symbolizes and how it is associated with our subconscious mind.


Wanda Collins

Devoted mother of 3 who has a passion for fashion and home decor.

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Foil Dinner Recipes That Everyone Is Loving Right Now

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Preparing dinner for the entire family doesn’t have to be too much hard work, especially when you don’t have enough time on some days. If you don’t have the luxury of time but still want to prepare a fulfilling dinner, why not go for a foil dinner? It’s super easy to prepare and the best part is, no clean up required after!

Try these popular foil dinner recipes:

Hawaiian Chicken Extravaganza

What you need:

  • 1 kilogram chicken breast, chopped
  • 2 cups rice of your choice, cooked
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large head broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cups green peas
  • 2 cups crushed pineapple
  • 2 to 3 cups teriyaki sauce

Prepare 4 sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil, folding the sides to create a 1-inch rim. Spray the foil with cooking spray. Divide the rice, chicken, onions, bell peppers, broccoli, green peas and pineapple between 4 foils. Fold up the sides to create a packet. Drizzle each with teriyaki sauce. If grilling, cook the packets on a pre-heated grill over medium high heat, turning a few times, for 30 minutes. When baking, cook packets on pre-heated oven (400F) for 30 minutes. Allow a few minutes to cool before opening the packets.

Cheesy Burger and Veggie Packets

What you need:

  • 1/2 kilogram ground beef
  • 2 potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 12 cherry potatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced baby carrots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppered seasoned salt

In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup chopped onions and Worcestershire sauce. Season with 1 teaspoon seasoned salt. Using clean hands, shape mixture into 1-inch thick patties. Prepare 4 pieces of 18×12 inches heavy duty aluminum foil and spray each with cooking spray. Divide potatoes, beef patties, cherry tomatoes, carrots and remaining seasoned salt among 4 foil sheets then fold over sides to seal. Cook on a pre-heated grill, covered, over medium heat until all ingredients are heated through and potatoes are tender, about 18 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool before consuming.

Enjoy your next meal time with the entire family – something fulfilling, satisfying and most of all, delicious! Prepare any of these easy foil dinner recipes – we’re sure you won’t be able to get enough (and so will your loved ones!)

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grill experience, reviewing various grilling accessories and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog. For more grilling secrets, tips, recipes and more, head over to Adrian’s website where he has other interesting grill-related products and posts.

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My Cup Of Tea

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Tea is not only a beverage, it’s an experience for millions around the world. The phrase “my cup of tea” is associated with many aspects of life. Whether it is morning time or sun set hours, the experience gets better only with tea. The term has also deeper connection with like and dislike. It has a special place in every family. It has been associated with family members’ lifestyle and comfort. This special beverage has widespread consumption making it 2nd most popular drink after water. Researchers believe that it came from China as a medicinal drink and gradually reached every corner of the world. Tea loving nations have developed a number of recipes around tea based on their need and consumption behavior.

Some countries consider tea as a daily habit, while some others have it to comfort the body and mind. If you are a fan of this beverage, you must try some healthy recipes at home. These recipes are either related to hot beverage or cold beverage. In addition to a cup of tea, a glass of this beverage is also very common when the mood says to have something out of the box. Whatever may the type, it should be healthy and match our need. Let’s have a look at some of the popular and easy recipes for everyone.

  1. Lemon tea

Lemon is a good source of vitamin C and it prevents many diseases like, kidney stones, anaemia, indigestion, etc. So, you should consider having lemon in various forms as a part of your routine diet. If you are preparing black/green tea, just squeeze half of a small lemon and you are done. Enjoy!

  1. Cardamom flavoured

Cardamom has cancer fighting compounds along with antioxidants and properties that help digestive problems. One exciting thing about this spice is its fragrance. Brew one or two cardamom with black tea or add milk, sugar etc. according to your taste. It will give you awesome taste and feeling of having a natural flavour.

  1. Spicy taste

Adding spice can bring very powerful taste and gives refreshing feeling right from the first sip. This recipe may include spices like, star anise, honey, milk, cardamom, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, etc. Boil together with tea powder and enjoy.

  1. Mixed with Jaggery

Jaggery prevents constipation and cleans the liver. It has antioxidant properties and minerals like zinc and selenium. If you are preparing spiced tea, add palm jaggery to sip on a perfect cup. Being a traditional sweetener, it can also be added with milk and milk powder.

  1. Adding basil

Basil has a lot of medicinal properties and it is regarded as a holy pant among Hindus. It can sharpen memory, it can combat cold, flu, and infections, treats insect bite, asthma and stress. So having this with a sip will give you a lot of benefits. Having anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it acts as a one-stop solution for all the members of a family. Preparing basil tea is very easy. Add 10-12 middle size leaves during boiling and your drink is ready.

All the ingredients mentioned here are generally available in any kitchen. If you are excited about trying these recipes, go and prepare. Family members will definitely like your culinary skills.

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