Dump Those Negative Tapes

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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How can we jettison this baggage of years?

One strategy is to become aware of your own internal chatter. When something happens and you screw up, it is an independent event: you made a mistake as humans do. Try to separate that one event from anything that has happened inrepparttar past. One error can be quickly dealt with and resolved. Watch as your mind starts to link that event with every other mistake you have ever made, attempting to form a lifelong pattern of questionable judgments and poor decisions.

Analyze what you are telling yourself and watch forrepparttar 137403 give-away absolutes: "I always . . . I never . . ." Absolutes are irrational and illogical; they reflect our thinking not reality. Being aware of them bubbling in your mind gives yourepparttar 137404 opportunity to negate them: if you have ever, just once, been successful at something, no matter how small, then you cannot be, by definition, a "total" failure. Just one contrary event completely wipes out an "always" or a "never."

Increase your consciousness of your mental processes by writing down your actions and your thoughts. Cognitive therapy uses similar (more structured) techniques to explore your mental processing so that you can understand what your own mind is doing in shaping your vision ofrepparttar 137405 world and yourself.

The realization that it is your mind, right now, which is defining your mood and your emotional distress, creates a wonderful opportunity. If your psychological discomfort arises out of your thinking, not out of some long-standing immutable neurosis nor warped brain cells, then you know you haverepparttar 137406 power to change!

This new perspective onrepparttar 137407 world is freeing and empowering. The old recurrent critical tapes can be pushed intorepparttar 137408 dead file where they belong. Your present, your future, your sense of self is yours to control because your thoughts can be consciously directed.

It took years to get you to where you are now. Vow to spendrepparttar 137409 rest of your life nurturing those sprouting positive thoughts until they blossom and fill your entire brain. The old tapes will have no place left to lurk.

Virginia Bola operated a rehabilitation company for 20 years, developing innovative job search techniques for disabled workers, while serving as a Vocational Expert in Administrative, Civil and Workers' Compensation Courts. Author of an interactive and supportive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at http://www.unemploymentblues.com

Nettles The Needles Sting

Written by Judi Singleton

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1. Washrepparttar nettles and put in salted boiling water for about seven minutes.

2. While they are cooking, put olive oil, garlic, and hot pepper into a frying pan over medium heat for three to four minutes.

3. Removerepparttar 137341 cooked nettles fromrepparttar 137342 boiling water and put intorepparttar 137343 frying pan withrepparttar 137344 garlic and pepper. Stir and cook for a few minutes, until excess water has evaporated andrepparttar 137345 nettles are coated with oil.

4. Userepparttar 137346 waterrepparttar 137347 nettles were boiled in to cookrepparttar 137348 pasta. When pasta is al dente (chewy), drain and toss withrepparttar 137349 cooked nettles. Serve with fresh grated parmesan. Serves four.

Potato Nettle Soup

200 Nettle Leaves (young shoots) 1 Sml Onion 6 Small Potatoes 250ml Water 1 Tsp Salt 1 Tsp Parsley 3 Cloves Garlic

Method Puree onion, garlic, and nettles with 1 cup of water. Cut potatoes into small pieces. Simmer pureed mixture with potatoes and remaining water for 45 minutes or until tender. Use a potato masher to mashrepparttar 137350 potatoes makingrepparttar 137351 soup thick and creamy.

Olde English Nettle Pudding

An old English recipe, which is not a dessert but a hearty main dish. Userepparttar 137352 English teacup measurement again. Volume of one of these is approximately 250ml Water torepparttar 137353 top.

Method In a bowl addrepparttar 137354 ingredients below:-

2 Cups Cooked & Chopped Nettle Greens 1 Cup Chopped Onion 1 Cup Chopped Broccoli or Green Cabbage 200g Raw Rice, 1 Cup Minced Beef (omit this if veggie) Cup Suet (beef or vegetarian).

Season with 1 teaspoon salt and a little freshly ground black pepper, mix well, then tierepparttar 137355 mixture up in a muslin cloth that has been wrung out in cold water. Drop into boiling water and boil for 1 hour, or hang over boiling water and steam for 3 hours. When you removerepparttar 137356 pudding cloth, you will have a round cannonball of a pudding that is delicious when served with a good gravy or melted butter.

The Nettle Beer made by cottagers is often given to their old folk as a remedy for gouty and rheumatic pains, but apart from this purpose it forms a pleasant drink. It may be made as follows: Take 2 gallons of cold water and a good pailful of washed young Nettle tops, add 3 or 4 large handsful of Dandelion,repparttar 137357 same of Clivers (Goosegrass) and 2 OZ. of bruised, whole ginger. Boil gently for 40 minutes, then strain and stir in 2 teacupsful of brown sugar. When lukewarm place onrepparttar 137358 top a slice of toasted bread, spread with 1 OZ. of compressed yeast, stirred till liquid with a teaspoonful of sugar. Keep it fairly warm for 6 or 7 hours, then removerepparttar 137359 scum and stir in a tablespoonful of cream of tartar. Bottle and tierepparttar 137360 corks securely. The result is a specially wholesome sort of ginger beer. The juice of 2 lemons may be substituted forrepparttar 137361 Dandelion and Clivers. Other herbs are often added to Nettles inrepparttar 137362 making of Herb Beer, such as Burdock, Meadowsweet, Avens Horehound,repparttar 137363 combination making a refreshing summer drink. Mrs. Grieves, A Modern Herbal As our soils and bodies are very depleted of minerals one ofrepparttar 137364 ways forrepparttar 137365 body to absorb minerals quickly is by using wild herbs. Our ancestors used nettles for all kinds of uses, so we have a history in our body of usingrepparttar 137366 minerals in these wild herbs.

Judi Singleton is a free lance writer and publisher. If you like this article and would like to hear more of Judi's wisdom about plants. You can join her network at www.ryze.com Herbal Harvest or read her blog at http://herbalharvest.blogspot.com

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