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St Andrew’s 400-year festivities unearth history and legends

St Andrew’s 400-year festivities unearth history and legends
There’s a banner showing the Taj Mahal in the compound of Bandra’s St Andrew Church. Flanked by pinched portraits of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, this Mughal era tomb is meant to highlight the church’s rich heritage. Because, as the poster explains, when the Taj was built in 1654, “St Andrew’s parish was already 38 years old“. The church dates back even further. Vatican records show that the hermitage of St Andrew existed in 1601 and there are also references to a church being built in 1599, which local historians surmise might have been St Andrew.

The Taj Mahal poster is the handiwork of the church’s PR cell, which is gearing up for the parish’s upcoming 400-year anniversary celebrations. They will kick off after the Feast of St Andrew’s at the end of November. About 60 of the 7,660 parishioners are working on the celebrations, which will culminate in December 2016, said Ft Caesar D’Mello.There will be cultural activities, inter-religious dialogues, the unveiling of a commemorative stamp and a historical volume documenting the growth of the parish -once dominated by Kolis.

They were originally part of the Church of St Anne, but according to a 1669 Jesuit letter, the parish grew too large and unwieldy . Also, some parishioners objected to the “bad“ fish smell so the Kolis were given their own parish.Then in 1739, Salsette was taken over by the Marathas and St Anne and its surrounding fortifications were blown up so they wouldn’t fall into enemy hands. From 1739 until St Peter’s was built in 1853, St Andrew’s was Bandra’s only church.

Herman Rodrigues, who has been heading the historical cell, says they have been trawling libraries for information. For now, the best source has been 16th and 17th century Jesuit reports from the Vatican Library in ancient Portuguese. “A priest would spend six months visiting all the churches in Sal sette and then he would write a report,“ he explains. “Each letter is like a work of art because of the calligraphy .“

In 1966, the church’s wooden portico was demolished and the building’s façade was extended. Every effort was taken to ensure that it resembled the original. Even the height of a round window was adjusted so on both solstices, the sun’s morning rays continue to hit the central point of the altar where the host is kept -just like in the original design. Ft D’Mello was amused when the research yielded another curious tidbit preceding a 1992 renovation. “The baptistery was originally built on stilts,“ he said. “Pigs from the village would scratch their backs against the props shaking the building.“

The 1669 Jesuit letter mentions a curious legend about a Mother Mary statue in one of the side altars.“Once upon a time, the Kolis were fishing in this sea of Bandra,“ reads the translation. “They fished not a fish but a statue of the Mother of Pearl, within which the pearl Jesus was found and with festival joy placed it in this church.“ Rodrigues claims the side altars are originals –so it’s possible the current statue is the same one that was fished out of the sea.

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Posted by admin - May 17, 2015 at 11:35 am

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India must make its case globally to get Dawood Ibrahim

India must make its case globally to get Dawood: Ex-home minister
Dawood Ibrahim

Dawood Ibrahim

Former Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Saturday said India will have to put pressure on the global community as well as on Pakistan for securing fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s custody .

“We had given Dawood Ibrahim’s reported address in Pakistan and passport details to the Pakistan administration and International Police Organisation from time to time with a request to locate and hand him over to India,“ Shinde told TOI.

Shinde, who was home minister between August 1, 2012 and May 2014, said while a red corner notice was issued in 1993, the United Nations Security Council had also issued a special notice in 2006 against him.

During his visit to US, Shinde discussed the spurt in cross-border terrorism with FBI sleuths and their attorney-general. “All along, our emphasis was on tackling terrorism and nabbing the terrorist. In my opinion, Pakistan must cooperate with India,“ Shinde said. “Pakistan has r paid a heavy price for prol tecting terrorists,“ he said.

During his ministerial stint, Shinde was instrumental in expediting the execution of t Pakistani terrorist Ajmal “ Kasab and Parliament at tack convict Afzal Guru. After the apex court had upheld the death sentence for Kasab and Guru, they had filed mercy petitions before the President. Subsequently, Shinde had cleared the proposals when the Rashtrapati Bhavan had sought the home ministry’s opinion. Recently, there was a furore after minister of state Haribhai Chaudhary informed the Lok Sabha that “Dawood had not been located so far and that the extradition process with regard to him would be initiated once he is located“. Subse quently , on May 11 Union home minister Rajnath Singh amended Choudhary’s reply , saying that the don’s details, including his Pakistani passports and his addresses in Pakistan, have been provided to the authorities. Singh said that Pakistan is under obligation to locate a person in respect of whom a red corner notice has been issued to enable the requisitioning country to start extraditiondeportation proceedings. Dawood is wanted for masterminding the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

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Posted by admin - May 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

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Alcohol consumption in India has risen by 55% over a period of 20 years

At 55%, India records third highest rise in alcohol use
A global study has found out that alcohol consumption in India has risen by 55% over a period of 20 years.More worryingly , the young are getting initiated to alcohol much earlier, while more women are indulging in hazardous and binge drinking.

The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published a report examining the economic and health implications of alcohol use among its 34 member and a few non-member countries.Among a list of 40 nations, India got the third position, only after Russian Federation and Estonia, for shooting alco hol intake between 1992 and 2012. Countries that closely followed India were China, Israel and Brazil.

The OECD report said heavy drinking was alarmingly on the rise among youth and women in many countries. “ An increasing proportion of children experience alcohol and drunkenness at early ages. Girls have caught up with boys in the past 10 years,“ it stated.

The percentage of under-15 boys who haven’t had alcohol went down from 44% to 30%, while for girls it decreased from 50% to 31% in the 2000s. The trend of heavy drinking witnessed among the young of all countries has experts worried. A global study by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found that alcohol consumption in India has risen by 55% over a period of 20 years, with India coming only after Russian Federation and Estonia for shooting alcohol intake between 1992 and 2012. The trend of heavy drinking witnessed among the young of all countries has experts worried.

“It can be dangerous and have long-term effects such as habit formation or other chronic conditions,“ said hepatologist Dr Aabha Nagral, who consults with Jaslok Hospital.Binge drinking among the youth has also been associated with increased possibilities of road accidents and disabilities in the report.

Dr P C Gupta, director of Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, quoted a WHO report which said about 30% of Indians consume alcohol, out of which 4-13% are daily consumers and up to 50% of these fall under the category of hazardous drinking.

The OECD researchers evaluated that drinkers from member-states were downing an equivalent of over nine litres of pure alcohol per year, which rose by a few units if home brewed and illegal stocks were taken into account. “ All of this amounts to drinking over 100 bottles of wine, or 200 litres of beer, a year,“ the report stated. Indians featured much lower here as average consumption of pure alcohol hovered around 2.5-3 litres annually.

The findings have set alarm bells ringing within the medical fraternity and health activists who are demanding a national policy to curb alcohol use, which is associated with over 200 ailments of the liver, heart, pancreas, brain, and even causing cancer. The report has pointed out how alcoholism cuts through classes and afflicts the poor and rich alike.

Head and neck cancer surgeon Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, who consults with Tata Memorial Hospital said, “ Alcohol is causally related to cancers of the mouth, oropharynx, liver, oesophagus and breast. It is ap palling that such a toxic, carcinogenic compound is brazenly advertised and consumed by an ever-increasing number of youth without any warning.“

The rapid rise in alcohol consumption is also not without economic ramifications. A developing nation loses around 1% of annual output due to lost productivity of workers.

The report said alcohol practices varied from country to country and depended on culture and practices. Nagral, however, said it was crucial to understand that the previouslyfollowed British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines, which suggested consuming three units a day for men and two units for women as relatively safe, may no longer be the thumb-rule. “The alcohol concentration may vary or quantities may not be same. More importantly , we have noticed that even with moderate drinking one can develop liver disease over a period of time,“ she said.“The fact that alcohol consumption for youngsters or women is no longer a taboo in our society has brought about the big shift,“ Nagral said.

A silver lining, though, as stated in the report, is that if users can cut down even one unit of alcohol per week, it can bring about a great difference to the disease graph.

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Posted by admin - May 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

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Top 50 Bollywood Actresses

Celebs Mar 2015
  RANK T.SCORE
Anushka Sharma Anushka Sharma 1 50.5
Deepika Padukone Deepika Padukone 2 35.0
Priyanka Chopra Priyanka Chopra 3 28.0
Alia Bhatt Alia Bhatt 4 27.5
Sunny Leone Sunny Leone 5 27.2
Katrina Kaif Katrina Kaif 6 27.0
Kareena Kapoor Kareena Kapoor 7 26.5
Shraddha Kapoor Shraddha Kapoor 8 26.0
Sonam Kapoor Sonam Kapoor 9 24.0
Kangana Ranaut Kangana Ranaut 10 23.2
Sonakshi Sinha Sonakshi Sinha 11 23.0
Yami Gautam Yami Gautam 12 21.0
Aishwarya Rai Aishwarya Rai 13 20.5
Jacqueline Fernandez Jacqueline Fernandez 14 20.2
Bipasha Basu Bipasha Basu 15 20.0
Madhuri Dixit Madhuri Dixit 16 19.2
Parineeti Chopra Parineeti Chopra 17 19.0
Kajol Kajol 18 18.7
Vidya Balan Vidya Balan 19 18.6
Hema Malini Hema Malini 20 18.5
Shruti Haasan Shruti Haasan 21 18.2
Preity Zinta Preity Zinta 22 18.0
Juhi Chawla Juhi Chawla 23 17.7
Shilpa Shetty Shilpa Shetty 24 17.5
Kalki Koechlin Kalki Koechlin 25 17.3
Ileana Dcruz Ileana Dcruz 26 17.2
Kajal Aggarwal Kajal Aggarwal 27 17.1
Tamannaah Bhatia Tamannaah Bhatia 28 17.0
Raveena Tandon Raveena Tandon 29 16.0
Sushmita Sen Sushmita Sen 30 15.5
Tapsee Pannu Tapsee Pannu 31 15.0
Konkona Sen Konkona Sen 32 14.7
Raima Sen Raima Sen 33 14.5
Bhumi Pednekar Bhumi Pednekar 34 14.2
Lisa Haydon Lisa Haydon 35 14.0
Rhea Chakraborty Rhea Chakraborty 36 13.5
Asin Thottumkal Asin Thottumkal 37 13.2
Huma Qureshi Huma Qureshi 38 13.0
Malaika Arora Malaika Arora 39 12.5
Shreya Saran Shreya Saran 40 10.0
Minissha Lamba Minissha Lamba 41 9.5
Nargis Fakhri Nargis Fakhri 42 9.2
Mandira Bedi Mandira Bedi 43 9.0
Mallika Sherawat Mallika Sherawat 44 8.5
Aditi Rao Hydari Aditi Rao Hydari 45 7.7
Chitrangada Singh Chitrangada Singh 46 7.5
Radhika Apte Radhika Apte 47 6.5
Sridevi Sridevi 48 5.5
Neha Sharma Neha Sharma 49 5.2
Neha Dhupia Neha Dhupia 50 5.0

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Posted by admin - May 16, 2015 at 8:28 am

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Rating index of Bollywood stars

Celebs Mar 2015
  RANK T.SCORE
Shah Rukh Khan Shah Rukh Khan 1 38.0
Salman Khan Salman Khan 2 37.0
Amitabh Bachchan Amitabh Bachchan 3 33.0
Akshay Kumar Akshay Kumar 4 28.0
Aamir Khan Aamir Khan 5 27.0
Varun Dhawan Varun Dhawan 6 24.5
Ranbir Kapoor Ranbir Kapoor 7 24.0
Ajay Devgn Ajay Devgn 8 20.5
Hrithik Roshan Hrithik Roshan 9 20.2
Ranveer Singh Ranveer Singh 10 20.0
Saif Ali Khan Saif Ali Khan 11 19.5
Arjun Kapoor Arjun Kapoor 12 19.2
John Abraham John Abraham 13 19.0
Sushant Singh Rajput Sushant Singh Rajput 14 18.7
Sidharth Malhotra Sidharth Malhotra 15 18.5
Ayushman Khurrana Ayushman Khurrana 16 17.7
Farhan Akhtar Farhan Akhtar 17 17.5
Anupam Kher Anupam Kher 18 17.0
Dhanush Dhanush 19 16.7
Arjun Rampal Arjun Rampal 20 16.5
Ram Kapoor Ram Kapoor 21 16.0
Imran Khan Imran Khan 22 15.5
Irrfan Khan Irrfan Khan 23 15.2
Govinda Govinda 24 15.1
Siddharth Siddharth 25 15.0
Sunny Deol Sunny Deol 26 14.6
Aditya Roy Kapur Aditya Roy Kapur 27 14.5
Sanjay Dutt Sanjay Dutt 28 14.4
Kunal Kapoor Kunal Kapoor 29 14.2
Vivek Oberoi Vivek Oberoi 30 14.1
Boman Irani Boman Irani 31 14.0
Rishi Kapoor Rishi Kapoor 32 13.0
Manoj Bajpayee Manoj Bajpayee 33 12.2
Neil Bhoopalam Neil Bhoopalam 34 12.0
Emraan Hashmi Emraan Hashmi 35 9.7
Paresh Rawal Paresh Rawal 36 9.5
Shahid Kapoor Shahid Kapoor 37 9.2
Divyendu Sharma Divyendu Sharma 38 9.0
Abhishek Bachchan Abhishek Bachchan 39 8.5
Yo Yo Honey Singh Yo Yo Honey Singh 40 7.0
Darshan Kumar Darshan Kumar 41 6.5
Riteish Deshmukh Riteish Deshmukh 42 6.2
Anil Kapoor Anil Kapoor 43 6.0
Gulshan Devaiah Gulshan Devaiah 44 5.2
Ali Zafar Ali Zafar 45 5.0
Fawad Khan Fawad Khan 46 3.9
Randeep Hooda Randeep Hooda 47 3.8
Rajinikanth Rajinikanth 48 3.7
Ali Fazal Ali Fazal 49 3.6
Rana Daggubati Rana Daggubati 50 3.5

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Posted by admin - May 16, 2015 at 8:23 am

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What helps bring positive energy into the home and ban negative/dark energy?

How to bring positive energy into your home

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How to bring positive energy into your home
You cannot see energy with the naked eye but you can certainly feel it. Your home is an extension of your body and spirit. House blessing is an ancient tradition that invites positive energy into your home. So, if you are moving into a new home or just updating your current space, you can actually consider setting up your place to attract more positive energy.

What types of energies are there in our houses?

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What types of energies are there in our houses?
Energy is a term used to describe all the different levels of vibrations that effect us consciously or unconsciously. Physical Energy is one category of energy vibration. The red leather couch actually has a very different vibration composition than the yellow fabric couch, and the difference affects our energy field. The red couch offers a solid rooted sense to a person and allows them additional grounding. The yellow couch will offer a more expanded and unlimited sense of thoughts.

Emotional energy

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Emotional energy
Emotional energy is another type of energetic vibration. There is emotional dust that is unseen by the eye, but exists in every home. Clearing your house once a month with sage will absorb the extra emotional vibrations allowing for everyone to have more space to express themselves safely.

Psychic energy

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    Psychic energy
Psychic energy is another form of energy vibration that exists in a home. There is an energy grid on the earth and an energy grid in the air which runs through each of our houses. Depending on the location and “openness” of the house or the people who live there, there may be unhealthy psychic vibrations running through the house. This grid mapping of a home and its energy fields can be done by a number of intuitive professionals.

Electromagnetic radiation

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Electromagnetic radiation
Electromagnetic radiation vibrations are a huge hazard in our houses these days. They are extremely unhealthy. Do not have a cell phone or computer in your bedroom. The electromagnetic field from these devices causes ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. What does that mean? In short, these devices emit frequency that will cause the breakdown of the natural chemical bonds in our bodies.

Start attracting positive energy

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Start attracting positive energy
Based on the idea that your living space reflects your life, there are many age-old sciences that help us achieve a balance. Your home should be your sanctuary where you can feel nurtured, energized and fulfilled. Your space reflects and affects your inner life. If you bless your home and lavish it with love, it becomes a gracious holder of your dreams. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and imbue your space with love, harmony, health, happiness, and prosperity with these simple ideas…

Get close to nature

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Get close to nature
Nature creates a sense of peace. In fact, viewing nature reduces anger and anxiety and enhances feelings of pleasure. So flood your home with natural light, open windows and doors to let fresh air inside, and bring plants indoors. Decorate with bamboo, wood, or wicker, and use stones and rocks to add texture. You can also adorn the walls with paintings of nature and its serenity.

De-clutter every room

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De-clutter every room
This is absolutely fundamental to ensuring a harmonious home and life. Clutter in the home restricts the flow of positive energy, and can result in cluttered thinking. Having a tidy, organized home will result in feelings of calm and relaxation. Anything that is broken, unused, or brings back unhappy memories should be thrown away.

Meditate

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Meditate
A proper meditation once or twice a day in your living space will broadcast a powerful positive vibration. A broadcast from a meditative state of mind becomes much more powerful than it would otherwise be, making positive energy more powerful than negative energy. A proper meditation will saturate a space with uplifting energy for several hours.

The power of colours

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The power of colours
Colour choices play a big role in your home’s energy. Black, while stylish can actually attract and hold negative energy if used in too large a quantity. You don’t need to get rid of your black items, just be sure to balance them out with other bright and cheerful colours. White is one of the best colors to attract positive energy. If you think of white light, it actually contains all the colours of the rainbow when seen through a prism. This makes the colour white very powerful.

The power of colours

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The power of colours
However, too much white can feel overwhelming so be sure to balance it out with some other colours. Earth tone colors are especially nice to bring in some grounding and centering energy. The major colors of the rainbow can also help with positive vibrations in the home. Each colour has unique aspects, so including more of that colour in your home can help draw that energy in.

Kitchen space

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Kitchen space
Kitchen is the symbol of prosperity – and should be ideally placed in the south east. Kitchen in the north or north east may bring financial and health problems. In this case hang three bronze bowls upside down on the ceiling but do not hang over the stove.

Use mirrors wisely

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Use mirrors wisely
Mirrors reflect energy, so position them in places where you want to increase energy flow. Also, make sure that mirrors reflect something beautiful. You don’t want mirrors to reflect anything low energy or negative, like kitchen trash cans. Think twice before adding mirrors to your bedroom decor. They can energize the room which is not so great for getting enough sleep.

Balance the elements

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Balance the elements
Make sure you have something representing the five elements – wood, earth, metal, fire, and water – in every room of your house. The goal is to stay grounded, centered, and balanced in your life and your environment. For example, place a wooden bowl filled with stone pebbles alongside a candle and a vase of flowers. Or try to incorporate colors that symbolize the five elements: Black = water; Green = wood; Red = fire; Yellow, tan, and brown = earth; White = metal.

Open the front door

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Open the front door
Energy flows through the front door. An open and inviting pathway allows positive energy to flow into your home, whereas energy can stagnate if the entryway is closed off. Want opportunity to come knocking? Place a red-flowering plant outside or put some red accent colors on or around your front door. Red attracts energy, fortune, and luck.

Water bowl with Flowers

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Water bowl with Flowers
Bowl filled with water, flowers or lemon kept facing the main door is considered auspicious. Make sure to change the water regularly.

Bowl filled with sea salts

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Bowl filled with sea salts
Salt is considered a symbol of purification. It is also a popular mineral used to cleanse and purify homes filled with negative energy. Sea salt is commonly used to get rid of negative energy and to allow balanced flow of energy inside the home. The sea salt is either used alone or mixed with water and placed in certain areas of the home.

Bowl filled with sea salts

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Bowl filled with sea salts
A bowl filled with sea salt should be kept facing the North-East and South-West directions in an open pot. Epsom salt pot is the best way to get rid of stressful feelings and negative energy from home. A bowl half-filled with rock salt and water can also be kept in the hall. Some people believe that whenever a large amount of granules of salt appear to build on the edges of the bowl, it indicates the existence of negative energy at home.

Stop runaway energy

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 Stop runaway energy
You can’t benefit from the positive energies that flow through your front door if they zoom right out the back door. If you open the front door and there’s a direct line to the back door or a window, that’s runaway chi. You can stop runaway chi by placing furniture or some other decorative object in or near the questionable path and by using rugs to impede energy flow. Hanging a room separator or a faceted crystal near one of the doors will also help.

Position of furniture

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Position of furniture
Furniture should be positioned so as not to restrict free passage through the room, as this is a reflection of the flowing of energy. People should be able to sit with their backs to a wall whenever possible.

Make repairs promptly

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Make repairs promptly
Any house features such as stairs, doors or windows that are broken or not working restrict the flow of positive energy. Repairs should be made as quickly as possible to allow the energy to flow freely again.

Use scents

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Use scents
Scent is a wonderful way to bring positive energy into your space. Fill your home with the soothing aroma of incense and scented candles. You can also use scented oils to fill your home with your favorite scents. Cedarwood, citronella and cinnamon are all good for purifying the home. Lavender and eucalyptus are both good scents to promote healing and purification.

Use scents

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Use scents
You can use whatever scents appeal to you and lift your spirits. Try a variety of scents to find those that resonate best with your emotions. If you prefer not to burn candles for safety reasons, purchase an electric candle warmer instead. Plug it in and as the candle wax warms, the house will be filled with the scent of the candle.

Adopting pets

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Adopting pets
How you feel when you see any cute lovely pet like dog, puppies and cat running here and there or touching your leg or playing with you after you coming with lot of stress from outside? It definitely makes you smile, quickly increase happiness and awesomeness. Pets increase positivity quickly. God sent animals to help us, for our survival and for our happiness. If you don’t have any pet, buy one and spend a few minutes with them daily, you will feel disaster change in your family and home.

Using candles

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Using candles
Candles emit positive energy and convey to the universe your intentions. Below you will find a list of colors and what they attract. Black candles serve to dissolve the negative energies, however; black should always be burned with another color in order to bring forth balance.

Sound energy

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Sound energy
Sound energy is a physical form of energy that moves as a vibrational transmission through matter. Sound loops of a gentle rainfall, waves lapping the shore, an easy breeze through leaves and trees, and a burbling stream (similar to an indoor fountain) are wonderfully calming. You can add other design elements to your home in the form of a sound system, wind chimes, playing musical instruments, drumming, ringing bells, or singing to enhance your home’s sound energy.

Our thoughts are the energy

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Our thoughts are the energy
Positive thoughts will attract more of the same, but if you find yourself constantly judging your own behaviour and self criticising, this non-beneficial energy will then affect you and those around you. The thoughts running through our minds daily about ourselves then become our life’s intention. So think positive!

Put yourself in the power position

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Put yourself in the power position
When you lie in bed, sit at your desk, and relax in your favorite chair, make sure you can see the entrance to the room. Having your back to the doorway leaves an unsettling feeling, like you’re not protected. Position yourself so you won’t be startled when someone enters. The only exception to this is the placement of your bed. Do not have your feet directly in line with the door of your bedroom.

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Posted by admin - May 12, 2015 at 7:12 am

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