After a month, use a mesh strainer or cheesecloth to strain out the solids, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can. This stuff is liquid gold! The solids can be used in a stir-fry, or you can compost/discard them. Add honey to the liquid and stir until incorporated. Mimulus is a low-growing shrub with small flowers shaped like monkey faces or tiny lustrous colored masks. The name Mimulus comes from the Latin mimus, which means mime or actor, one who wears a mask. When made into a flower essence, Mimulus is a remedy for known fears. It is the flower to call on when we are frightened or anxious about something real, something that we can name and describe, even if it has not yet happened; In addition, Mimulus is recommended when there is great, even excessive, sensitivity and fragility, when the timidity that naturally arises with concerns about something immediate and real becomes a generalized, persistent, and tormenting anxiety. The Mimulus person lives behind a mask of fear. Margaret was dedicated to her healing process. Although she was not immediately aware of any marked change, with careful self-observation she began to recognize that her symptoms of heart palpitations and chest tightness usually coincided with an emotional upset. Sometimes it was her own emotion, but more frequently it was when she felt someone else's upset. What was even more striking was that the worst symptoms came when she was in the presence of someone who was trying to hide feelings from Margaret or from themselves. I was shaken to my core, unhinged, feeling like I was adrift without an anchor to hold me steady. Imagine realizing that everything you believed about yourself and your worth was wrong. If I wasn't what I achieved, then who was I? What worth could I possibly have anyway? Thundering rumbles of self-doubt roared, and waves of fear crashed over me.

I felt like I was drowning. How could I ever survive this? God, however, never leaves us alone in our pain. He was my anchor even though I could not see or feel Him. But he used my sweet husband to throw me the first rescue line. Pay attention to how you feel about each one, and you'll find your path. Count Your Successes Seeing yourself moving toward your goals and the life you want will help you feel stronger and more independent. Recognize and positively affirm each step you take--even the small ones. It can be tempting to just keep looking at what still needs to be done. When you acknowledge your satisfaction with what you've accomplished, you'll feel more enthusiastic and energized to keep moving forward. Keep your spirits and courage strong by counting all your successes. You Can Always Decide Again Few decisions are permanent. Don't get stuck because you think each decision, commitment, or new obligation is forever and can never be changed. Personally I want a woman with hella money and a fatty with zero kids freak in the sheets and loyal! Something like this may have made my top ten, because it's ideal in my lil infatuation with the perfect woman and future mother to my child! Realistically however, in this exercise not one of these need to make my top five. All Those things are great (for me at least) but none are mandatory or a guaranteed list for a successful long lasting (key word) relationship. Anticipation

Contrasting Courting vs Dating W hat is the difference between courting and dating? I feel that this may be a difficult topic to address but I shall try my best. Reason being, is this new free for aLL form of dating that we have now. I'm the perfect age to be able to remember when you actually had to have a little mouthpiece and charisma to get women. For example, they go to Google when they want certain information, and within their search, they usually find their answers within minutes. Speed is very important in business today, especially with the rise of global competition. They have high levels of confidence. The workforce benefits from their confidence, a number one ingredient of an outstanding salesperson. They are expert multitaskers. This generation grew up watching The Simpsons, eating their macaroni and cheese, and instant messaging their friends online all at the same time. This ability serves them well in the work environment. They are direct. They have the ability to straight talk, to tell you what is on their mind, to be direct and to tell you what they feel. Their authenticity is beginning to dilute the political correctness and the political games that go on in modern organizations. I don't get that. People all have their own lives and I understand that. Just because I don't reply for two days, I'm not invited to your birthday anymore? By removing himself he screwed up the whole group dynamic, and as a result, it's much quieter these days. But I don't mind that.

I prefer to spend my time with people who are similar. I don't have expectations of my friends. My best friends and I, including my brother Daniel, have never had issues for as long as we've known each other. I've also never had fights with my brother, and that's something a lot of siblings find hard to believe. I'm older, and every time I wanted to tease my brother as kids, my mother told me off: You never, ever, fight with your brother. For starters, it's not possible to have a healthy and functional loving relationship when one or both partners are chronically blocked to love, or when one or both partners have their drawbridges locked fast in the up position and are all about defensiveness and garrisons. Healthy intimacy requires loving energy to flow back and forth. Plenty of dysfunctional intimate relationships exist, and most of us have probably been in at least one of these in our lifetime. For my part, I have been in many. But I didn't get to experience real love, no matter how loving I felt, until I encountered another individual who was committed to love as a principle and love as a concept in his own life. Secondly, the journey to a healthy, loving intimate relationship begins with healthy relating to ourselves. We must learn the art of care and kindness before we can give it away. We must learn compassion and self-honesty and appropriate boundaries and communication. These things, in whole or in part, may come naturally to some people, but in my experience, they do not come naturally to most. So we have to learn about them and learn how to integrate them into our lives. Taste your fire cider and add more honey if needed until you reach your desired sweetness. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or in a cold, dark place. Drink 1 to 2 tablespoons when needed. An Altered Microbiome And here we've come full circle.

As I mentioned earlier in this article, the gut-brain axis comprises a highly complex, bidirectional communication system that regulates multiple neurochemical and neurometabolic pathways that connect the GI tract, skin, liver, and other organs with both the enteric and central nervous systems, including the brain--and influences endocrine, immune, nervous, and other physiological systems operations. Although the GBA's exact mechanisms remain under investigation, studies have shown that--just as neurological stress can affect the microbiome--an altered microbiome can cause pathologies within the brain. Let's dig in a little here. Much like the intestinal barrier, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a highly selective, semipermeable membrane within the capillaries of the brain--where endothelial tight junctions (very close spaces between the cells lining the capillaries) serve as gatekeepers, allowing only particular substances such as fat-soluble molecules and certain gases in, while keeping pathogens and toxins out. However, in studies of laboratory mice, researchers discovered that, by releasing specific materials into the bloodstream, a leaky gut can lead to increased permeability within the blood-brain barrier. She realized that even when the person wasn't aware that they were having an emotion or an upset, she could clearly feel the emotion. Her heart would tell her in no uncertain terms that something was up. This discovery was new and interesting information, but we had yet to see any dramatic change in how she was feeling. Her reticence, shyness, anxiety, and lack of self-esteem were all still present. Then one day she came in looking radiant. Her whole demeanor had changed. She told me she was reading a article and came across the phrase, What we consider our greatest weakness is often our greatest gift. At that moment, something shifted for Margaret. I will never forget when the aha moments started happening, when the pieces started coming together for me in a sort of wild internal dance that literally had me gripping the sides of my chair. It is only while I sat there, absorbing these words, that I realized how wrong I had been all these years, how my heart valve was not faulty at all--how it was, in fact, a most powerful healing tool that allowed me to feel, at a very deep level, not only my own emotions, but also the emotions of others. Although Jonathan did not completely understand what I was going through, he patiently listened to my angry hiccupping tears and raging words. Then he prayed over me. God had actually shown him this storm rising up in me before I recognized it myself. Jonathan once again lovingly helped by contacting my friends and asking them to reach out to me. This man of mine knew that I struggled most with admitting when I need help.