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The Tao of Healthy Living and Weight Loss

Posted by Catherine Morgan on January 14, 2009

A few weeks ago I was flipping through the million channels on my TV trying to find just one thing worth watching (which isn’t an easy task).  Luckily I found Dr. Wayne Dyer on PBS.

I read my first book by Dr. Wayne Dyer (Real Magic) about twelve years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  So when I watched his seminar on PBS that was based on his latest book, of course I had to run out the next day and buy it.  This one is called Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life, and it’s his interpretation of the 81 verses of the Tao.

tao[The Tao Te Ching was written five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, and offers advice and guidance for living a balanced life.]

As I read, I came across aspects of this wisdom that are helpful in my quest for better health and weight loss.  So, even though I’m no philosopher (obviously), I thought I would share some verses that stood out for me.  They offer guidance for healthy living and even weight loss.  Here are three.

[Keep in mind that I am only pulling the parts of these verses that I find most relevant to good health, this is by no means a complete look at any of these verses.]

Verse 9Living HumilityTo keep on filling is not as good as stopping.

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Movie: Lost Horizon (1937) – The Story of Shangri La

Posted by Catherine Morgan on July 26, 2008

This is a movie I remember watching when I was very young. I always thought it was called Shangri La.

Here is the movie in its entirety.

Lost Horizon (1937)

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World Reiki Day – Do you know what Reiki is? (with youtube videos)

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 17, 2007

World Reiki Day – Do you know what Reiki is? – by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at

Apparently Wednesday was “World Reiki Day“, I guess I “sort-of” missed it. But, since Reiki really does deserve to have a whole week of awareness…I’ll officially declare this “World Reiki Week”. Can I do that??? Hope so. Okay, now that that is settled, let’s talk about Reiki.

Reiki means “universal” and ki or chi in Chinese means “ life force energy”, and it is said that “life force energy” is the foundation of all life. Reiki is much more than “hands on” healing, when a person discovers Reiki, they often also discover a deeper awareness of their own spirituality or potential for personal growth. And, Reiki can fit into any lifestyle (materially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually) – making Reiki “inclusive” and available to anyone.

There are five principles of Reiki:

1. Don’t get angry today.

2. Don’t worry today.

3. Be grateful today.

4. Work hard today.

5. Be kind to others today.

It seems to me these are principles we could all stand to live by.

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Is There Universal Morality Beyond Culture and Religion?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on July 24, 2007

Our guest blogger for today is Axinia from 1000 Petals. Enjoy.

photo by axinia

I was invited by Chatherine Morgan to write a guest post to her Blog “Be the change you want to see in yourself” – thanks for the opportunity, Catherine! I decide on a topic that can be of interest for many, I hope.

Is there universal morality beyond culture and religion?

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Four Great Guest Bloggers Lined-Up For Your Enjoyment Next Week.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on July 18, 2007

Hi everyone!

I’m really excited about going to Chicago next week for the BlogHer Conference. I was considering just posting a comment that I would have no posts for this particular week. But instead, I decided to ask a few other bloggers if they would consider contributing to my blogs while I was away, as guest bloggers. And the response was wonderful, we have some great bloggers that will be posting here next week. Since I am going to be so busy, and I plan on having these posts “auto-published” throughout next week, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to these wonderful guest bloggers today.

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What Is Outside Our World, We Can Not See — A Beautiful Thought From Rumi

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 23, 2007

This is a great post from 1000 Petals, she always has such beautiful posts. If you haven’t checked out her site yet, you really should.

photo axinia


What if someone said to an embryo in the womb,

“Outside of your world of black nothing

is a miraculously ordered universe;

a vast Earth covered with tasty food;

mountains, oceans and plains,

fragrant orchards and fields full of crops;

a luminous sky beyond your reach,

with a sun, moonbeams, and uncountable stars;

and there are winds from south, north and west,

and gardens replete with sweet flowers

like a banquet at a wedding feast.


The wonders of this world are beyond description.

What are you doing living in a dark prison,

Drinking blood through that narrow tube?”

But the womb- world is all an embryo knows

And it would not be particularly impressed

By such amazing tales, saying dismissively:

“You’re crazy. That is all a deluded fantasy.”



One day you will look back and laugh at yourself.

You’ll say, “ I can’t believe I was so asleep!

How did I ever forget the truth?

How ridiculous to believe that sadness and sickness

Are anything other than bad dreams.”

RUMI (1207-1273)



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The Energy That Surrounds Us All – How To Tune Into Your Light And Your Soul

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 26, 2007


picture by © pctiger



We all know that there is energy surrounding us that we never see. Radio waves, micro-waves, these are energies that are all around, but we never see them. If we didn’t have micro-wave ovens, or radios, we wouldn’t even realize these energies exist.

Even though we can not see something, it does not mean that it doesn’t exist. Take our country for instance…..Did America only exist once it was discovered? During the time before America was “discovered”, had you tried to tell anyone that if you went to the end of the “flat” earth you would come to a country called America…..well, they would have just thought you were crazy. The same is true for radio waves, even before the invention of the radio, they existed. So what is real and what is not real, is a very complicated thing. Just because we see something, doesn’t mean it is there, and just because we don’t see something, doesn’t mean  it’s not. Have I lost you yet?

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In The End Only Kindness Matters — Click on the song at bottom of this post.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 22, 2007

This is a post from January, when I first began this blog. Back then I didn’t know too much about blogging…..still have a lot to learn. Anyway, I did learn something new a few days ago… to add a YouTube Video to my post. So, I thought I would re-post this and include the song by Jewel, that was my inspiration for writing it. So at the end of this post is the music of Jewel….I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

49 - Sun rise or Sun set?? ==> Sun Rise on 26 Dec 05 morning picture by © hikinghk

ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS — by Catherine Morgan

Jewel has a song, and in it she sings….”In the end, only kindness matters”. Those are very profound words. I would even say, that these are words to live your life by. Because, it is so true. In the grand scheme of things, we are here on earth only a very short time. Many of us spend much of this time being angry at people, making judgements on others, and generally just not being as kind as we could be. So, the question then becomes….How can we change that? How can we live a more kind life?

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