1-2-3 Stretch Your Mind!

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

Yesterday my daughter Katherine and I went out to breakfast. After discovering our favorite Sports Cafe, Goose Loonies, no longer served breakfast on Sunday mornings, we decided to go a completely different route.

We chose a local Hometown Buffet, a restaurant whose claim to fame is everyone can get exactly what his or her tastebuds desire. Because of repparttar vast selection and wide array of tasty delicacies assembled onrepparttar 123956 sumptious buffet, any dining experience is possible.

Occasionally I get cravings for institutional style scrambled eggs.

Satisfying that need was my sole focus as I surveyedrepparttar 123957 vast assemblage of food choices before me.

The surprising comfort of my scrambled eggs always brings a smile and contented smile to my spirit.

What is it aboutrepparttar 123958 eggs that quickly brings me to this different state?

Possibly it isrepparttar 123959 connection between eating institutional eggs and one ofrepparttar 123960 more remarkable of my life: my college years. A period of coming into my own. The first time I was not identified as "Sue's Sister" or "Nancy's Daughter" or "The Nicest Jordan Child." I could simply be me. And I ate runny scrambled eggs a couple times a week as I set forth onrepparttar 123961 new adventure each day held.

Perhaps that is one ofrepparttar 123962 reasons I adore scrambled eggs. I had various emotional associations that I connect to this dining experience. Especially with eggs that are cooked in high quantities rather than in my own skillet.

I have been reading a book entitled, "Keep Your Brain Alive" by Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin. A fascinating read, it features Neurobic exercises which will increase mental fitness.

Amongrepparttar 123963 simplest and most effective means of stretching our brain's effectiveness is to connect multisensory associations and to regularly switch our standard routines.

After eating my scrambled eggs, I opted for a crunchy green salad. Having "mismatched foods" or lunch for breakfast is one way to surprise and delightrepparttar 123964 brain. Also,repparttar 123965 quiet to eat scrambled eggs immediately followed byrepparttar 123966 loudly crunching veggies create a multisensory playground for my neurons to laugh and rollick. Katherine was so intrigued by my selection, she followed suit. A brief aside, I wonder what has happened this year? My fourth grader has accomplishedrepparttar 123967 high honor of being onrepparttar 123968 Principal's list two consecutive grading periods and has been selected for Mt. Vernon Elementary's Academic Pentathlon team. Interesting to ponder.

Turning NMA to PMA

Written by Lisa van den Berg

I recently re-readrepparttar amazing book by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone entitled 'Success through a Positive Mental Attitude'. WOW, what an eye-opener.

Napoleon Hill's books are legendary in their message and this one is no exception and W. Clement Stone was one of repparttar 123955 most successful salesmen inrepparttar 123956 entire Insurance industry. Together they weave a rich tapestry of ideas, formulas and principles by which to achieve exactly what it is you want out of Life.

The main thread running throughrepparttar 123957 book is one of changing your mind from a predominantly negative attitude to a positive one. They say that we all have an invisible talisman that hangs around our necks, with a side for PMA and a side for NMA (positive and negative mental attitude). It is our choice, throughout our lives, to use either side ofrepparttar 123958 talisman.

I sat and really thought about this. In my ruminations, I discovered that this is a principle which we basically all know about, but we don't have an idea how far reaching this premise really is.

When you start to really 'listen' to what you are saying to yourself all through a given day, you realize how innately negative your thinking is, even when you are a naturally positive person. Little things that that 'voice inside your head' says, that undermine you. Things like 'That'll never really work, so don't even try' or 'here he comes, he's going to say something nasty again and I'll have to say something nasty back,'cos I've got to defend myself' or' I'm tired, I think I'll take a nap and finish this work tomorrow'.

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