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ANOTHER SMILEY

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Of the many blogs posted thus far, Peace Begins with a Smile has been the most popular. Numerous people have spoken to me regarding it. In addition, as I’ve been smiling more in my life, I’ve been exquisitely pleased with the responses of others. Of note is when I go to the gym and check in—the people working behind the desk more and more greet me with a smile. And, of course, I smile back!

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QIGONG AND CONNECTING TO SOURCE ENERGY

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Because people often wonder what the differences are between Qigong and Tai Chi, I explore these increasingly popular practices in my recent book, The Paradoxical Return of the Feminine. I have personal experiences using each, and today I want to share information about the effectiveness of Qigong. Who knows—it may be time for you to begin and/or deepen Qigong practice!

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PEACE BEGINS WITH A SMILE

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At the end of the previous blog, reference was made to Mother Teresa, who reminded people that peace begins with a smile. This prompted me to research information regarding the effects of smiling. Much to my delight, I learned how smiling affects the brain and the body:

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ACUPUNCTURE AS A WAY TO BALANCE THE BODY AND BEING

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Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that is used to treat a wide range of conditions. The traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) method is widely used in the United States. Based on the belief that a life force (qi) circulates within the body along pathways called meridians, acupuncture works to balance this flow of vital energy along the meridians at various depths. The practitioner may also gently move or twirl the needles, or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to them. Usually the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while the patient lies still and relaxes, and the energy flow rebalances. As the Mayo Clinic also points out, even Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue.

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DENUCLEARIZATION

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The threat of nuclear war follows us like a shadow that we must absolutely turn around and face. For decades the United States and the international community have tried to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, as well as its exports of ballistic missile technology. These attempts have included times of crisis, stalemates, and tentative progress toward denuclearization. The United States has pursued a variety of responses to the increasing challenges posed by North Korea, including military cooperation with U.S. allies in the region, wide-ranging sanctions, and non-proliferation mechanisms. Furthermore, the United States has engaged in two major diplomatic initiatives to have North Korea cease and desist in its nuclear weapons efforts in return for aid.

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