The Power of Water

GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
The Power of Water

In a clip from the series, “In Conversation with the Mystic,” Sadhguru and Ed Begley, Jr. discuss the importance of keeping four elements cleansed for optimum health, longevity, psychological balance and meditative possibilities.

World Peace Day with Sadhguru, Arianna Huffington to speak. On September 21, Isha Foundation, an international non-profit human service organization, will host a day-long celebration of entertainment and enlightening talks at its yoga and meditation center in Tennessee. Arianna Huffington will be a speaker at this event and will be in conversation with Sadhguru.

Sadhguru will hold Inner Engineering Programs in Tennesee (Octpber 3-6) and San Mateo, California (October 11-13). For more information, click here.

Time To Write? Go Outside
Nothing coaxes jumbled thoughts into coherent sentences like sitting under a shade tree on a pleasant day.

I’m Not Afraid to Say I Think I’m Beautiful
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I’m much more comfortable behind a camera than in front of one. For a decade I’ve been an editor at various publications, working with top models and celebrities. So when many of my readers asked me to highlight more of my personal style, I cringed. No, my goal was simply to showcase the clothing (especially the shoes) that brought me joy, made me feel powerful, sexy, or more at peace.

Or was that really what was going on? I think something more complicated was brewing. I’m at ease with not being model-thin and appreciate my classical features and sense of style. But, in the fashion industry, wearing a size 6 is considered “fat” and being over 30 is absolutely “old.” Frankly, no chic chick wants to be labeled as either.

Call me fat, call me old (or too thin and young), but I’m not afraid to tell the world that I think I’m beautiful. Yup, I said it. And no, I’m not a self-obsessed narcissist. I am sick and tired of advertisers, corporations and beauty products telling me I need to fix myself. I like who I am and the way I look. Yes, I have a bit of a belly and wrinkles around my eyes, but I am comfortable about that. I want all people, especially my young daughter, to understand that not only is it okay to feel beautiful, but self-love is one of the most important and empowering things a person can feel (and practice). I am fit. I am healthy. I am just right, stretch marks and all. (I’ll tell you a secret: I’ve dressed a lot of models and most of them aren’t flawless, either.)

I feel beautiful; I hope you feel that you are, too.

If you don’t, I want to encourage you to take a long look in the mirror and focus on the things you like about your appearance. Then try it again, this time focusing on all of the places you despise (we all have them). Instead of hating, send each of those areas love. Practice this every morning, as you get ready. Just like working out, it may feel uncomfortable in the beginning but it gets easier the more you practice. There is scientific evidence that proves that repeating a thought (or affirmation) actually creates new neural pathways in the brain. This simple exercise has changed my entire outlook on my physique. It’s quick and free, and there is no product in the world that can give you the kind of confidence that comes from loving yourself. “I am beautiful,” is a mantra I hope every person, man or woman, chants inwardly everyday. Join me by posting a photo of yourself on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #soleprescription

Because you are beautiful, just the way you are.

Green – The Huffington Post
Trooper, Pit Bull That Was Stabbed In The Head, Going Home With Colorado Family As Floods Recede
There aren’t many happy endings when it comes to Colorado’s flood disaster, but you can count Trooper’s story as one of them.

Trooper, a pit bull, has 35 staples in his head from where he was stabbed. He was taken in by Marley’s Mutts, based in Bakersfield, California, where he had to work to recover from the stab wounds and a severe respiratory infection.

Marley’s Mutts described Trooper’s wounds on their Facebook page:

His wound was so severe, so deplorable, that I wondered, very honestly, whether he’d have the resolve to forgive and forget. Remember that it wasn’t a paper cut he was recovering from but 10inch, muscle deep gash that ran half the circumference of his head!! The injury is clean, a straight cut which our vets believe was human inflicted, most likely with a knife.

But when it came time for him for to be adopted by his new family, who live in a ranch north of Denver and reportedly love pit bulls, disastrous floods slammed Colorado and delayed the meeting.

“The flooding situation effected everyone in that area. They live just north of Denver but I know it directly effected them to a great degree not to mention their vehicle so it’s a positive story obviously for Trooper because this is a kind of dog we could have had for years,” Zach Skow, executive director of Marley’s Mutts told 7News.

A last minute addition to the happy ending is that another pit bull named Tanner will be going to a new home too.

Tanner’s adoptive family lives in Wisconsin but will be meeting their new pooch in Colorado.

How Did Early Birds Get Their Wings? New Study Suggests Surprising Answer
How did the first prehistoric birds get their wings — and when?

McGill University paleontologist Hans Larsson thinks he might have answers to these fascinating evolutionary questions. He’s the lead author of a new fossil study showing that small carnivorous dinosaurs called maniraptoran theropods experienced a dramatic change in the way their limbs grew in relation to the rest of their body.

The study suggests that a lengthening of the theropods’ forelimbs around 150 million years ago allowed the limbs to serve as airfoils, which in turn may have eventually enabled the first birds to take off and start to fly. Longer forelimbs were most likely coupled with a shortening of the hind legs, reducing drag and making it easier for the birds to perch on tree branches.

“Our findings suggest that the limb lengths of birds had to be dissociated from general body size before they could radiate so successfully,” Larsson’s collaborator Alexander Dececchi said in a written statement. “It may be that this fact is what allowed them to become more than just another lineage of maniraptorans and led them to expand to the wide range of limb shapes and sizes present in today’s birds.”

Larsson chairs the university’s department of vertebrate paleontology. Dececchi, a former McGill graduate student, is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of South Dakota.

Their study isn’t the first to look at the origins of flight in prehistoric birds. But a lack of information made it difficult to reach the sorts of conclusions regarding limb lengthening found in the new study, Larsson told The Huffington Post in an email.

“Over the past half decade, there have been a huge number of near-bird and early bird discoveries from around the world, but mostly in China, and these new fossils now allow us to ask these more quantitative questions,” Larsson wrote. “I think our results are accurate because we used a comprehensive set of data (from nearly everything we know of the fossil record) and applied current [statistical] methods.”

Larsson likened the apparent change in the ratio of limb length to body length to the “kinds of uncouplings of limb size to body size now known to have happened in bats, whales and Great Apes,” he told HuffPost Science.

Larsson’s research is consistent with current scientific thought regarding the evolutionary timeline of birds. His most recent findings dovetail with previous research in which he examined competing theories about early bird flight.

The first theory holds that birds began to fly “from the trees down” essentially by gliding. The second holds that birds began on the ground and eventually flapped, hopped, and ran their way into the trees. Larsson ascribes to the latter theory, which is known as “the ground-up theory.”

“We found conclusive evidence that bird ancestors were not arboreal, rejecting the ‘trees down’ hypothesis,” Larsson told Northeast Public Radio Station WAMC in April. “In fact, the limb anatomies at the origin of birds … is most like those of running mammals and birds today, like horses and ostriches. Better understanding of the ecology of the origin of bird flight helps refine evolutionary hypotheses for their unique flight mechanics.”

Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
How To Achieve The World’s Most Beautiful Halloween Hack (PHOTO)
When Halloween is coming and your child can’t eat candy because he follows a special diet to treat his epilepsy, you don’t just tell him he can’t trick or treat. You don’t even just tell the neighbors he can’t have candy. No — you go to the toy store, get some alternate giveaways and distribute them to people nearby with one helluva great note.

It may seem like you are a superhero, and to your child, you probably are. People may share your words on Reddit — not once, but several times — and you’ll go viral because love like this is too beautiful not to share.

Some people may even call you the “best dad EVER,” but as anyone with kids knows, this is what parenting is all about.

Found this on my door knob. Best dad ever

Via Reddit

Sproutling’s Wearable Baby Monitor Will Text Parents While Baby Sleeps
Forget about the iPhone5S — a new, futuristic baby monitor might soon top parents’ wish lists.

Sproutling, a startup that aims to “grow your parent IQ,” is developing a new baby monitor that will pick up more than just sound.

Co-founder Chris Bruce told The Huffington Post that the monitor will have three parts: a small wearable sensor that will strap to a baby’s ankle, a wall sensor, and a mobile sensor. Together, the parts will constantly check things like a baby’s heart rate, skin temperature and movement, as well as the room’s temperature, humidity, noise and light levels.

The sensors will then convert the information into insight reports available on an app that parents can access on smartphones and other devices. If anything is amiss, the app will alert parents.

“You want to know if your baby is OK,” Bruce said. “The monitor will be able to tell you, ‘Is this normal?'”

The app will also be able to turn the analytics into predictions — like when your child will wake up from a nap — and will even be able to sends text or email alerts when your baby actually does, Bruce said.

Sproutling recently raised funding to build the monitor, which is in its early stages of production. It’s not expected to ship until next year, but Bruce said he expects it to be a hit with parents.

“As a parent, most free time is when the baby is sleeping,” Bruce said. He called the product an asset for parents when it comes to time management.

The Sproutling monitor is only the latest in the world of wearable tech — hands-free devices we don’t have to pick up to interact with (like Google Glass or the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch). In the case of some health-related wearable tech innovations, like the Jawbone UP, the products use data to give insights into our well-being — like how much sleep or exercise we’re getting. It was only a matter of time before wearable tech made its way to babies.

Some parents are already praising the idea: “I would have loved to be able to use some of the data from a wearable to help determine optimal sleep patterns for my child. I’m not sure if it would have helped my daughter sleep through the night earlier in her development, but to me as a fledgling parent, knowledge is power,” TechCrunch’s Leena Rao wrote.

Bruce said that as a parent himself, he understands the anxieties that most parents face when leaving their child alone. His answer? Technology.

“We truly believe we can help grow happy families,” Bruce told the Huffington Post. “Technology is an asset.”

Visit sproutling.com for more information.

Good News – The Huffington Post
Interspecies Love: 11 Cutest Crossbreeds (PHOTOS)
Some love just can’t be kept apart.

Most animals mind their own business. They keep to themselves and only get down with their own species. But some animal loves are too great to be confined by a little thing like genetic viability. These animals are breaking barriers and giving the world some of the cutest new creatures around, like Ippo, the Zonkey born recently in Italy. Which animals create the cutest crossbreeds? Let’s do the math.

Dad Given Months To Live Walks Daughters Down The Aisle At Surprise Ceremony (VIDEO)
Fred Evans has cancer, and his doctors have given only months to live.

But even after receiving the dire prognosis, the 62-year-old father of four refused to let go of a long-harbored dream: to walk two of his beloved daughters, Gracie and Kate, down the aisle.

There was, however, one obstacle in his path: Gracie and Kate weren’t planning to get married anytime in the near future.

Refusing to let this small problem get in his way, Evans planned a special ceremony for his children — a ceremony that would allow him to share his love and his blessings with his kids before his death.

Matt and Julie Norine, the photographers who were connected to the Evans family through the nonprofit Fotolanthropy and were there to capture the heart-wrenching event, wrote this of the ceremony:

As a daddy, Fred wants to make sure he got the opportunity to walk his other two daughters down the aisle and give them away. Their oldest daughter Martha helped her mom and dad plan a special ceremony to do just that.

They told the girls Fred had something special planned for their mom, and gave them each a different time to arrive at the chapel […] When the girls arrived, their dad greeted them wearing a tuxedo. They each shared a special, quiet moment alone with their dad in the foyer of the chapel. He gave them each a bouquet and told them just in case he would not be there the day they get married, he wanted to walk them down the aisle and give them his blessing.

The girls had no idea that Fred had this planned, and the look on their face when they started to realize what he was doing was priceless.

After walking his two girls down the aisle, Evans announced that he had “one more bride.” He told his wife, Karla, that he wanted to renew their vows.

“She was presented with her own special bouquet and she and Fred walked down the aisle together. Karla’s brother officiated the simple ceremony, as they each promised to continue to love each other for the rest of their lives,” the photographers wrote of the tender moment.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Fotolanthropy CEO and founder Katie Norris said she’s glad Evans and his family will have this special event to look back on in the days to come.

“We are grateful that this family can see their father’s act of love become a legacy that will live on,” she said.

See snippets of the beautiful ceremony, held at the Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas, earlier this year, in the video montage above. But be warned: The video is sure to tug at your heartstrings.

(h/t: Daily Mail)

A Look Inside Bark-N-Rest, A Retirement Home For Former Death Row Dogs (PHOTOS)
By Crystal Gibson, Dogster

Tiny, frail Jordan is almost 20 years old, has no teeth or a lower jaw, and is blind in one eye. She was dumped at a shelter in 2012 and scheduled to be euthanized.

Minnie, who is between 12 and 14 years old, was surrendered to a shelter in 2013 with a tumor in her belly that weighed as much as she did: three pounds. The little Chihuahua also had mammary cancer, likely from being overbred.

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And while Chance may not be a senior dog, the young shepherd suffers from advanced cerebellar hypoplasia; he’s missing 95 to 98 percent of his cerebellum. When he was left at a shelter in Fort Worth, Chance was unable to eat or drink on his own, couldn’t walk, and his little bobble head would knock into the metal walls of his cage from his lack of coordination.

All three dogs were deemed unadoptable and were going to be put down.

But then a miracle happened.

And that miracle was Dawn Enriquez, founder of Bark-N-Rest retirement center and hospice for senior, special needs, and terminally ill dogs. She rescued Chance, Minnie, and Jordan from death row and brought them to Bark-N-Rest to be cared for, and most importantly, loved.

Since 2009, Enriquez and her small team of volunteers (including a volunteer groomer) have rescued 36 death row dogs, three of which were later adopted out as healthy seniors. Twenty-two dogs have passed, and the remaining 11 are being cared for at one of Bark-N-Rest’s three foster homes in Texas.

Story continues after photo.

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Bark-N-Rest was started after Enriquez’s dog, Gidget, died from cancer. Gidget, who was adopted by the Enriquez family from a shelter in 2007, had been listed as young and healthy. Unfortunately Gidget was actually neither young nor healthy; she was riddled with disease and very fragile.

Enriquez did everything she could to give her ailing senior dog a good quality of life, and when Gidget passed in 2009, the idea for Bark-N-Rest was born. “I decided from this point on, I would only take in the terminally ill, deaf, blind, senior, and all-age special-needs dogs with life-altering disabilities that one one else wants,” she says.

Unlike other rescue groups that often deal with younger, healthier, and adoptable dogs, Enriquez is regularly faced with the decision to send her “residents” to the Rainbow Bridge when it becomes the most humane thing to do. She can never really know how long she’ll have with each dog, but believes that for most, the time they spend at Bark-N-Rest is often the only time in their lives that they’ve ever felt loved and secure.

“For me, it is much sadder for them to die alone, scared, confused and suffering in a shelter as just part of another day-to-day process. It’s worse than me having to make the call to send them peacefully with care and love to the Rainbow Bridge,” she explains.

The dogs all come from high-kill shelters as owner surrenders or strays with conditions that would make most of them unadoptable. But thanks to Bark-N-Rest — whose priority is to rescue the oldest and most disabled, and those who are terminally ill — dogs like Minnie and Chance do not have to die alone and unloved. “We take those who won’t recover but still need and deserve quality of life for what time they have,” Enriquez says, but she also makes sure to always choose quality of life over longevity. “I won’t allow dogs to suffer or go through painful procedures if the prognosis is too poor. It’s not fair.”

And while in the care of the foster families ready and willing to go the extra mile for Bark-N-Rest’s special residents, the dogs are made to be as comfortable and safe as possible. In Enriquez’s home where she fosters some of the dogs with neurological issues and arthritis, there are carpets with thicker padding, baby gates to block off stairs and thick, industrial nonskid fatigue mats for dogs like Chance (who requires round-the-clock, hands-on care).

Thanks to the care and unconditional love they receive at Bark-N-Rest, the residents often blossom from sad and depressed dogs into happy, thriving ones with a new lease on life.

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Since arriving at Bark-N-Rest (following a short stay at Texas Star Rescue), sassy senior Jordan now has an appetite as big as her diva personality. Enriquez says she loves to lay around in the sun and walk around in the yard.

“Miss” Minnie underwent surgery to remove the mass in her tiny belly and it bought her some time and a better quality of life. She has terminal cancer, but will never have to worry about passing away alone, scared, and unloved. According to Enriquez, Minnie hates being left by herself for even a minute and her cry sounds like a newborn baby. She likes getting her way!

And despite missing almost all of his cerebellum (a case so severe it’s the first time documented in a live dog), Chance is defying medical odds and thriving in his new home. He must be fed and watered by hand, as well as be kept on soft surfaces because of his floppy head, but the young dog is expected to have a normal lifespan. He goes to swim therapy in a canine rehabilitation and conditioning center, and Enriquez reports that he’s happy and he wags his tail. Chance even has his own Facebook page, where fans can read his story and follow his progress.

But when it comes to taking care of multiple special needs and terminally ill dogs, funding is always a challenge. “Our average costs are around $800 per month, and many grants are only for healthy and adoptable animals,” Enriquez says. “So few funding sources, other than private fundraising, are available for the forgotten ones.”

Most of Bark-N-Rest’s residents will never be adopted out, but none ever have to worry about going back to a shelter. No matter their age or medical condition, all the dogs have a forever home at Bark-N-Rest.

“Any amount of time we have with them is a success, and a second chance to feel they matter and are loved.”

If you’d like to learn more about Bark-N-Rest and its residents, please visit its website and Facebook page. In addition to monetary donations (including an option to sponsor a specific resident), Enriquez says that food, supplies and beds are always needed and welcomed.

All photos via Bark-N-Rest’s Facebook page and courtesy of Dawn Enriquez.

About Crystal Gibson: A child-sized Canadian expat in France who is fluent in French and sarcasm. Owned by a neurotic Doxie mix, a Garfield look-alike, and two needy Sphynx cats. An aspiring writer and pet photographer with a love of coffee and distaste for French administration, she can be found blogging over at Crystal Goes to Europe.

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