I love this statement made by Socrates: I am not Greek, nor even Athenian. I am a citizen of planet earth. Whether an individual is Irish, Tibetan, Hispanic, Israeli, American, Indian, Palestinian, American or African, the feelings of sorrow, joy, love, loss, grief, compassion-- these are felt the same by us all. I have traveled the corners of the world enough to know that playing with the fire of violence creates the ashes of destruction. And yet it cannot be denied that from the ashes of destruction the phoenix of transformation can usher in a society of peacemakers. We are, even now, capable of employing visionary solutions to challenges such as global warming, war, world hunger, unifying science and spirituality, and economic imbalance. The paleontologist and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin forecasted that the next label for homo sapiens will be homo progressivus. Buckminister Fuller, a visionary architect and inventor, suggested we would evolve into hetero-techno sapiens. Whatever the descriptive label, each of us is being called to participate in co-creating the world we wish to see. To become a fully qualified beauty therapist in the UK, the TQT (total qualification time) is 990 hours. After this, there's specialised training, where you will find lasers, IPL (intense pulse light), advanced radio-frequency, dermapen/needling and the like. There is currently no central register for therapists in the UK, and the industry is still self-regulated. BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology) offers a directory and insurance to qualified and verified practitioners, but each borough requires individual registering before therapists can work. Most reputable clinics/treatment rooms will have their licences and insurance certificates displayed prominently in reception. The USA is different again, with the hours required for qualification varying dramatically across the individual states. Florida, for example, only requires 250 hours of training, whereas Washington requires 750 for your basic aesthetician licence, with a further 450 required for the Master Aesthetician qualification. Some states will allow you to inject under the guidance of a doctor's clinic, but others, like California, won't even let you break the skin with a lancet to remove milia or perform dermaplane on clients. It's a minefield. You will need to check the qualifications in your home country, so always do your research. Reach for the sky, lengthening your spine while keeping your shoulders away from your ears.

Feel the sensations in your arms and your back as your muscles move to accommodate your stretch. Next, push your hands out in front of you, interlacing your fingers with your palms facing out. Hold this stretch for a few moments. Notice how it feels to round your back and push away from you. Now take your hands and join them behind you, interlacing your fingers again. Press out and up with your palms facing away from your body. Notice the tightness between your shoulder blades. Return to your resting position and note how you feel now. Hopefully, you feel a little more relaxed and comfortable! It liberates your life force. It completes the past. Choose now to heal your old unfinished business. It is time to let go of the pain. Place your hurt on an altar and surrender it to God. Set yourself and others free. Affirmations I forgive and forget. I am at peace with all that happens. I release the old hurts. Fine-tuning our metabolic machinery not only helps us shed fat and balance blood sugar, but also improves sirtuin activity and protects telomere length, combating cellular aging.

The answer to long-lasting health is simple: stress reduction, high-intensity exercise, intermittent calorie restriction, and a microbial-friendly diet rich in polyphenolic compounds from vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. MODIFIED CALORIE RESTRICTION Scientists suggest that a 25 percent calorie reduction is needed to increase AMPK and sirtuin activity leading to improved mitochondria function. However, cutting back that much on calories is too challenging for most people. Another option is to occasionally fast for a day. Here is a healthy way to do it: pick one day a week and simply don't eat for twenty-four hours. If you're the type that gets jittery with no food, you can drink a pea-protein shake in the morning and evening. Alternatively, you can try night fasting, my personal favorite. Pick three nonconsecutive nights out of the week and fast for twelve or more hours. What do you know for sure? Can you list the people in your life who support you? What would be your dream team? What does community look like to you? How do you wish it looked? Do you know your gifts? Instead of identifying with the actual career or line of work you're in, think about the skills you use on the job, and name those. What about skills you use at home or work that come naturally to you, but for which you aren't necessarily paid or expected to perform? What comes easily to you? What are you great at? Start with one of your ideas and schedule a time to make it happen.

Even small steps can add up to make a noticeable difference. TIP #6: LEARN TO SAY NO AND ASK FOR SUPPORT. If you notice a pattern of exhaustion and depletion in your life, please--please--learn to say no to a few things. When you're run-down, adding more responsibilities to your to-do list is a recipe for disaster. Take a break from what you can and say no to overcommitting yourself. Respite from commitments doesn't mean you have to stop saying yes forever. It just means now is a good time to care for yourself. And be sure to tell others what you need. Don't be afraid to delegate and let go of your high standards--done is better than perfect, and we all know perfect is impossible! For my final mentored ministry, I did an internship at a large Evangelical church in Boston, living in their international student house and filling various ministry roles. It was a great experience but living in a dorm setting and sharing a kitchen with nine other people convinced me that I needed more personal space. I decided to look for my own apartment or one with just one other housemate. Instead, for financial reasons as well as the fear of loneliness and the deep, sheer pit of depression, I responded to an ad for an intentional Christian community. The people were warm and friendly, the food homemade, the children adorable, and the house much lovelier than anything I'd be able to afford otherwise. At age thirty-two, having just sworn off communal living, I moved into an even bigger community than I'd ever lived in before. A year later, the worst depressive episode of my life began, and for better or for worse, over the next several years this community was where it was going to play out. Even though I craved solitude, I ran toward community. Maybe I wouldn't have experienced such a devastating depression if I'd allowed myself the quiet and the time alone I needed. On the other hand, I think I'd been pushing off the depression for so long it was bound to hit me eventually. The ganglion cells then project backward to the exit pathway from the retina, the optic nerves.

The optic nerves transmit the light information to the brain, both to form visual images and to signal the time of day to the inner clock. A Clock in the Eye The more we learn about the circadian timing system, the more nuances and intricate mechanisms we seem to find. In our research, we discovered that the retina itself contains clockwork that affects the amount of light needed for a signal to be passed along to the brain. This specialized internal clock is self-contained in the eye and operates independently of the master clock in the brain. We learned this by training lab rats to report (by pressing a switch) whenever they saw a dim flash of light. They lived in a darkened testing chamber and received a reward when they reported correctly. The darkened chamber allowed their rods to remain as sensitive as possible. However, the level of flash they could detect did not stay the same at all times. Plan a menu and shopping list for next week eliminating all GRAINS and ALCOHOL and including HEALTHY FATS , like olive oil, coconut oil, and solid cooking fat (see Rendered Animal Fat ). Shop for the foods necessary according to your menu. At the end of the week, remove all GRAINS and ALCOHOL from your house in preparation for next week. Do one batch-cooking session to prepare your meals for next week. This week, start avoiding GRAINS and ALCOHOL in your diet, and start adding HEALTHY FATS , following the menu you prepared last week. Plan a menu and shopping list for next week eliminating all LEGUMES and NIGHTSHADES and including BONE BROTH . Shop for the foods necessary according to your menu. At the end of the week, remove all LEGUMES and NIGHTSHADES from your house in preparation for next week. Do one batch-cooking session to prepare your meals for next week. This week, start avoiding LEGUMES and NIGHTSHADES in your diet, and start adding BONE BROTH , following the menu you prepared last week. To be successful, you will need to ensure you don't fall into the temptation that will arise from cravings.