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Close your eyes and visualize dolphins splashing in the gently rippling waves. A warm breeze blows the palms around you, bending their fronds gently. Your toes digging deeply into the hot, moist sand, you drink it all in like a pina colada in the desert.

There, isn’t that relaxing? Don’t you feel the tension slipping away from you like sand crabs at low tide?

I am Wongmo, your host and mentor on a journey of self-discovery. Through the courses and seminars I offer, you will find yourself immersed in the healing power of self enrichment and find yourself transported to an island of tranquility and self knowledge. Many of my ongoing courses are available via internet subscription or by postal mail and my weekend seminars, held several times a year on the Big Island, are the perfect way to incorporate my coconuts of knowledge into the tree of your day-to-day life.

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Why I am a Vegetarian and not a Vegan

I have been a vegetarian for over ten years. I recently became a vegan, but only for a few months. I understand many of the moral issues that support being a vegan, however, here are the reasons why I am a vegetarian, as opposed to a vegan.

I no longer felt healthy

My vegetarian diet was balanced and healthy. I had high levels of energy and glowing skin. I could cook simple and quick meals and was also able to visit restaurants without having to question everything on the menu. When I became a vegan, this all changed. My diet took over my life. I was no longer able to grab a snack at work, and every meal became a chore.


I lost weight; my skin lost its shine. I stopped going to the gym, as I no longer had the energy. I was always feeling lethargic and low on energy. After one month this started to affect my mental state, leaving me feeling short tempered and slightly depressed. Becoming vegan did affect my overall health.

I felt the entire world revolved around food

From the moment I got out of bed, to the minute I went to sleep, I was always thinking about food. Something as simple as my morning organic coffee became a chore. Checking with coffee shop owners that my milk was soy and sugar was turbinado. Before debating with other vegans on forums the actual ethical state of the coffee bean and the destruction of nature relating to its farming.

Eating out became a nightmare. It can be difficult being a vegetarian when you go to restaurants, but being a vegan made it a miserable experience. I found myself asking waiters questions that I knew they did not have the answer to. I started to find eating out an embarrassment, as people from other tables looked on as I questioned every item on the menu.

Being vegan is a full-time job

If you can dedicate most of your time and mental energy to being a vegan, then I say good luck. If you have a real moral belief that being a vegan is a solution to health and global problems, then become a vegan, and I hope you find more happiness than I did.

paleo tableSince my vegan experiment, I have decided to form my diet. I have agreed to adopt a Paleo diet. Eating everything natural, except meat. I like this diet, as everything is natural, and I feel secure again. After so many years being a vegetarian, I am not going to let a few months as a vegan spoil my beliefs surrounding the meat industry.

I like my new diet. If it is fresh and healthy, I eat it. That can be anything from fish, dairy, vegetables, and fruits. I eat anything that is not meat or processed. I am pleased to say I am back to feeling healthy with good energy and a glow to my skin.

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The 3 Ultimate IOS App to help you with your Meditation Practice

Several years ago, I made some small lifestyle changes. I’m not kidding; they were small at first. The first was to give up low-quality coffee and only drink barista coffee – it’s so much better. This simple change led me to want to be more mindful about what I ate. I established a mantra good food for health, and I changed how I nourished my body.

I returned to running and yoga. I needed to improve my sleep, and I stumbled upon meditation. Now I tell everyone if they can make one single change in their life, learn how to meditate. It’s not easy at first, but there are some great IOS apps to help you get started and keep at it. Here are the three ultimate IOS apps to help you with your meditation practice.

Insight Timer

Insight TimerInsight Timer has more than two million users, and I am one of them. I agree that this app is one of the top 50 apps of the year. I get to choose from more than five thousand guided meditations. I can select specific teachers from their extensive list. Also, I can choose themes such as sound healing, chanting and mantras or nature sounds. Each meditation exercise is rated by their community of mediators. I like that I can interact with my FB friends and Contacts. For an added fee I can select which starting bell I want to hear including interval bells and ending bell. This app is great for beginners, but seasoned meditators will enjoy it as well.


HeadspaceHeadspace is one of the easiest meditation apps that I use. I started by using their free trial which is Ten Free ten-minute sessions for beginners called ‘Take 10’. I was immediately hooked on guide Andy’s soothing Aussie accent, and I decided to buy a paid subscription. There are five categories to select Foundation, Health, Relationship, Performance, and Headspace Pro. Each pack contains ten to thirty sessions. I can customize between ten, fifteen, and twenty-minute sessions. If I want a quick meditation, I select from their Singles, shorter practices. I have customized reminders set up on my phone so that I never miss a practice. I love that I can track my progress. Anyone can use this app; they even have a section for kids.


CalmCalm offers three-minute sessions up to sessions that are twenty-five minutes long. My favorite program is Daily Calm which are ten-minute programs that I do in the morning or before I go to bed. The app also includes breathing exercises, soothing sounds or sleep stories. I have a paid subscription so that I can use their vast assortment of guided and unguided exercises. The guide has a calming female voice. Each time I complete a session another unlocks in the series. I enjoy the variety of background sounds that I can choose from. I am also able to customize reminders and my meditation history. There is more silence in their programs which helps me deepen my meditation practice. There is a video component to it that helps me with breathing; it shows me when to inhale and exhale. I also enjoy using Calm Kids to help my

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Why becoming a barista is a better career than you think

Are you a coffee lover? Do you like to try new coffee drinks? Do you go often to have a cup of coffee with your friends in coffee shops, or do you visit a different café every time? If your answer is YES to all the questions, you have good material to become a barista, and you would probably enjoy that profession all the

The “coffee industry” is one of the biggest global fields, and it provides jobs to millions of people all over the world.

It begins with the farmers, then it continues with the processors, then shippers, traders, raw coffee beans buyers, coffee roasters, retailers, and in the end, the baristas. Since the coffee industry will be successful for many years to come, and it will become stronger every year, you might consider to try out this profession.

If you are armed with patience and proper skills, you will see that being a barista can provide you a decent pay, and you will have an interesting job that you will enjoy.

To become a barista you don’t need a school and you can learn as you work, but having a certificate from a coffee school will allow you to have an advantage to other barista job applicants, and you will be able to find a better paid job, but it will also help you with developing your coffee making skills. Here are some advantages that this career offers.

  • You can turn your part-time job into a career – Becoming a barista is more than just having a job, it is a coffee-schoolprofession that can open the doors to higher levels of growing coffee industry.
  • You will get tips – As with any other job, you will get the regular hourly payment, but in this job, you will be able to earn tips. The barista salary is not that high, and it will be close to the minimum wage or maybe a little bit higher, but you will earn much more at the end of the month thanks to the tips. The more popular the place you work is, the higher the tips are.
  • You can have a flexible schedule – Being a barista allows you to have a second job if you want. Many baristas begin their shifts early in the morning, since they make the product that is most wanted exactly in that period. This profession gives you a chance to have a very flexible schedule, and take the shifts that best fit your needs.
  • Free coffee – Even though drinking too much coffee during the day is not so good for you, as a barista, you will be able to have as much coffee as you want and you will never feel sleepy on the job.
  • You will have fun – You will meet new people on a daily basis. While working, you will have a chance to have interesting conversations from time to time, and get many new friends along the way.
  • You will work in a stress free, relaxed surrounding.
  • Work anywhere you want – Guess what? Anywhere you go people love to drink coffee, meaning that if you have a coffee school certificate you will easily find a job where ever you want. This makes the barista profession great for those who don’t like to be tied for one place, and love to travel.


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Spend Money On Your Health! It Could Be the Best

Most people spend their money on luxury. They buy the latest gadgets, wear the most recent fashion trends, and go on lavish vacations. A huge portion of their earnings goes to material things.

Sadly, a lot of people tend to neglect their health. Rather than spend money on nutritious foods, health supplements, and regular medical checkups, they choose to spend it on things they do not even need.

running-exerciseIf you are one of these people, you should start changing your ways. If you do not give importance to your health, you will regret it one day. Do not wait until you are old and weak before you pay attention to your health. You have to start making changes as soon as possible. You have to act now.

What do you think will happen if you continue to eat junk food, fast food, and other foods that lack nutritional value? What will happen to your body if you do not exercise and just stay sedentary?

How do you think you will end up a few years later if every day you are stressed out from work and other things? You may not exactly know what will happen, but it most definitely will not be a good one.

So, if you want things to be better in the future, you have to take good care of yourself. You can start with the basics: nutritious food, exercise, and meditation. You can also add vitamins and supplements to your diet.

When you invest in your health, you will thank yourself later. Just think of it this way, if you work hard to earn a lot of money and ignore your health in the process, you will end up getting sick and spending all your hard earned money on hospitalization and medication.

health-careYou may even spend extra on private nurses and special care. All those years of working for money will be pointless. Instead of enjoying your retirement, you are spending all your time, money, and energy trying to get better and stay alive.

You cannot even spend time with your loved ones because you are in the hospital. This is what is going to happen if you do not invest in your health early on.

Do not hesitate to spend more on good food. Yes, fresh produce and meat are more expensive than fast food, but they are more nutritious. Preparing your own meals can be time-consuming while ordering takeout is more convenient.

However, the takeout food contains a lot of salts, preservatives, and other ingredients that are not good for the body. Thus, it is still better to take that extra time to prepare and cook your meals.

Vitamins and supplements can be costly too. Fortunately, you can save some money by using coupons. For instance, you can use an iHerb code to get discounts on fish oil, amino acids, superfoods, antioxidants, and other supplements.


These products are effective in supplementing your body all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its best.

Aside from diet, you also need exercise and meditation. No, you do not need to spend a lot of money on gym memberships. You can actually exercise for free! You can run, jog, or brisk walk. You can also ride your bike or engage in sports. You can also do yoga if you prefer an exercise with a slower pace.

The same thing goes for meditation. It is good for your health and you can do it for free. Do not worry because it will not take much of your time. You can meditate for just a few minutes in the morning and in the evening. It is easy and relaxing.




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