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By Lori Yerdon
USAG Humphreys Public Affairs

The Latin-inspired dance-fitness program Zumba classes came to School Age Services for the first time on Feb. 11, and 13 children gave the after school program a shot.
For some of the kids this was their first attempt at the fitness class with instructor Karen Morton but for others, Zumba is an activity they look forward to each week at Humphreys American School.
Morton, a second grade teacher at HAS, offers Zumba classes to students, their parents and fellow teachers twice a week at school and she thought it would be beneficial to offer the class at CYSS too.
“As a teacher, I’m seeing more and more obese children,” Morton said. “I’ve seen a pattern in all my years of teaching and children are just not active anymore. I remember when kids would go outside and play and climb trees but kids don’t do that anymore. That’s why kids have a problem with obesity today.”
A student of Morton’s, Cailyn Meswain, age 7, said “The class is fun and I like to dance.” Meswain has the opportunity to take Zumba classes three times a week now that it’s being offered at SAS.
After the inaugural workout, Morton talked with the kids and explained the importance of good nutrition, being active and why they should get up from behind their computers and video games to exercise.
“A lot of children nowadays are doing nothing,” Morton told the kids. “They are just playing video games and if kids don’t work out when they’re young, they may have problems when they get older, like heart disease or diabetes.”
“Your bodies aren’t meant for you to sit; you need to move your bodies,” she added.
Nine years ago, doctors told Morton she was morbidly obese and with that diagnosis, she made a decision to change her lifestyle and to lose weight for the sake of her health.
“The reason I started working out is because my heart was failing me. I had knee problems,” Morton said. “After doctors said I was morbidly obese, I promised myself that I would work out and that I would help others.”
Once Morton made changes in her diet and began to exercise regularly, she began to inspire and motivate others to live healthier lives as well.
She has started fitness clubs at each of the schools she has taught, and now her drive and dedication to help others has brought her to School Age Services.
Zumba is “fun because I get to dance and exercise,” said David Polaski, age 8.
Morton told the kids “Even if you don’t come back to this Zumba class, get out and be active. Go for a walk or run. Everyone should be active for at least 30 minutes a day.”
“I’ve gone to Zumba classes before myself and it was so much fun and I think that Zumba is a way to show kids that fitness is fun,” said Karla Burke, the program director for SAS. “It’s important to show children at this age that they need to be physically fit.”
The official Zumba web site said that since its inception in 2001, Zumba Fitness has grown to become the world’s largest and most successful dance-fitness program with more than 10 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking Zumba classes in more than 90,000 locations in more than 110 countries.
The Zumba class is offered on Fridays at the SAS building and children in grades first through fifth that are registered with SAS in Building 570 are eligible to participate. For more information on this and other CYSS programs, call Burke at 753-8507.

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Melissa Gomez

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An Elvis Presley impersonator kisses 2010 Operation Rising Star winner Melissa Gomez on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a break from her recording sessions at Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena, Calif.
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Gomez exceeds Rising Star expectations in recording debut

By Tim Hipps
FMWRC Public Affairs

PASADENA, Calif. – Operation Rising Star winner Melissa Gomez exceeded her expectations while recording a three-song demo CD at DMI Music’s Firehouse Recording Studios.

“I’ve never thought I could sing as good as I just sang in there,” said Gomez, a 30-year-old former Soldier turned full-time Army wife and mother. “I was hitting notes that I didn’t know I could hit. And, Terry, oh my gosh, if I just had a few months with her, I wouldn’t be talking to you – I’d be talking to Oprah or somebody. I’d be famous.”

“She just really pushed me beyond boundaries I thought I couldn’t go past. The songs are coming out way better than I thought they would.”

Gomez was referring to vocal coach Terry Wood, who led the 2010 Operation Rising Star winner to unprecedented sounds inside the Southern California recording studio.

“I got her to the piano just to do some warm-ups and had her do some exercises and got her up to a high D, which I don’t think she ever in her wildest dreams thought she could hit,” Wood said. “And she does it easily. She’s experimenting and finding out what her voice really can do, without much effort, really.

“She’s got a unique sound and she’s just discovering who she is as an artist. I think right now she’s finding out even in this process that she’s got a lot more versatility in her vocals and dynamics than she realized.”

Gomez’s husband, Sgt. 1st Class Louis Gomez, confirmed those sentiments.

“I’ve heard her sing notes that I’ve never heard in the 12 years that I’ve known her,” he said. “She’s really come out of her shell and surprised most of us here. I’m extremely proud of her.

“I’ve always tried to support her singing. Being in the military, you have to give and take and make sacrifices. As many sacrifices as she’s made for me, I’ve always tried to support her endeavors to sing. I’ve always told her where there’s a will there’s a way. If we try hard enough, anything is possible.”

After deploying twice to Afghanistan and once to Colombia, however, Louis was concerned that Father Time was working against Melissa.

“As the years went by and times got tougher with deployments and stuff like that, I figured she was losing the opportunity,” he said. “She was growing older, and with my job, I’m rarely home. And when I’m home, I’m doing some type of training or school somewhere or TDY, and she’s normally left with a full plate at the house.”

Melissa, too, was beginning to wonder.

“It’s been a while since I’ve sang,” she said. “I’ve been kind of dormant for about four years, so I was like, ‘Am I out of my league?’ But it’s like riding a bicycle, it comes back eventually.”

For Gomez, it came roaring back like a motorcycle.

“I kind of likened it to Melissa being an instrument that we’ve all spent a little bit of time trying to play, trying to help grow to the next level,” said Victor Hurtado, who worked with Gomez on three different Army Entertainment Division programs: Operation Rising Star, Stars of Tomorrow and USA Express. “Terry took her and just transformed her to the next level. It’s not even the same person anymore.

“Melissa is proof that the heart, along with the pitch – the stars kind of aligned with the material. Her voice is different. Her voice is something that none of us have heard before. She passed my expectations by a million. I kept asking, ‘Was that Melissa? Was that Melissa?’”

Gomez was the first Operation Rising Star winner to copyright one of her own songs in Pasadena. She co-wrote “The Life” with a little help from Hurtado and U.S. Army Soldier Show music director Joey Beebe.

“It’s a good documentation of the life of a military spouse living with a Soldier and having a Family that moves a lot,” Hurtado said. “It will introduce the story very organically without really being in peoples’ faces. It just kind of says these are the circumstances and this is why we do it. It doesn’t tell anybody anything they don’t already know, but it gives them a direct perspective.

“It’s emotional, but it’s also very black and white.”

Melissa Gomez expressed her Puerto Rican heritage and sounded right at home in another song on the CD, the upbeat meringue “Poder,” which means power or to empower.

“It’s about military life and being a woman in this lifestyle, saying that I have the power to be a mother, a spouse, a Soldier,” said Gomez, who co-wrote “Poder” with Hurtado and Carlos Guillen. “It’s from my culture. It’s my music. We incorporated that into the other two songs, too – there’s like some bongos and congas and things you wouldn’t normally here outside of Latin music.”

“In Spanish, it says I thought I knew what power was when I was in the military, but now I’m empowered to be a mother, to be a wife,” Hurtado said. “It’s an interesting play on the word Poder and it embraces her culture.”

The other song on her demo, “The Dreamer,” written by Matt Moran, was Gomez’s winning song on Operation Rising Star and is being considered as part of the musical offerings for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Hurtado said.

“She’s got a unique sound and she’s just discovering who she is as an artist,” Wood said. “She’s finding out even in this process that she’s got a lot more versatility in her vocals and dynamics than she realized.

“She’s a belter. She’s got a good strong belt, and she’s got some nice falsetto stuff. A lot of her journey from here on is just experimentation and listening to different styles and realizing that she can do them all.”

Despite working long days and nights in the studio, Melissa and Louis found time to cruise through Hollywood Hills and along Rodeo Drive. They explored the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street and saw the Capitol Records building. They arrived just in time for the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center and to spend Valentine’s Day together in Old Pasadena.

Melissa Gomez got a kick out of being kissed by an Elvis Presley impersonator on the sidewalk outside Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The plaza sits adjacent to the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

“I have to say [the highlight of my sightseeing adventure] was at the theatre when Elvis kissed me on the lips,” she said. “That was the funniest part. I loved that. It was just fun. I didn’t expect to come see lookalikes.”

Likewise, she had no idea how much work goes into recording three songs.

“It’s been really long days, like 12 and 13 hours, but that’s OK because they took good care of me,” Melissa Gomez said. “I’m just shocked at how much it takes to make one song and we’re kind of rushing through the process. If we actually took the real amount of time, it would be weeks before we put out a song.

“I never knew this many people had to put their hands on it for it to become a final product. By the time we finish, it’s like 50 people have taken part in one section of a song. I’ve learned a lot from that – especially hearing my own song come to life.”

Gomez heard just enough to make her yearn to return to the studio.

“I think this is something I’m going to pursue now,” she said. “Maybe try and put a little more time into some vocal lessons and really see if I can take it up a notch.”

She then saluted the U.S. Army for helping her find the way to L.A.

“This is pretty big,” Melissa Gomez said. “This is something that I probably could have never done on my own, so it’s a really big deal.”


Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services

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Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services, a model for the Army, holds 2nd annual TAPS Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp

By Rob McIlvaine
FMWRC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services; the 2010 TAPS Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp at Fort Hood, Texas, brought together nearly 300 Family members from as far away as South Korea, Alaska and Nebraska who joined other survivors in weekend-long program of comfort and support.

Included in this group were 120 youngsters ranging in age from four to 19 who participated in a full schedule of activities, each with a Soldier/Mentor who spent the entire two full days with them using the buddy system.

“We’ve had Families tell us, ‘We don’t want to sit around and cry,’ so based on their feedback and with the help of Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, our Survivor Outreach Services has grown considerably,” said Janeth Lopez, Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services Program Manager.

Lynch, who is now the commanding general of the Installation Management Command, combined the efforts of several organizations and services to take care of military Families when he was the III Corps and Fort Hood Commander.

“One of the biggest challenges for an installation is acquiring the space needed to house the services required to adequately help surviving Families,” Lopez said.

Beginning in the spring of 2009, a series of events led to significant changes for surviving Families at Fort Hood.

First, the God Star Family Center’s organization, Helping Unite Gold Star Survivors (HUGSS) was replaced by SOS, a program which falls under the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.

“Along with the Casualty Assistance Center, HUGSS, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and focus groups used to help form the program’s future, the Fort Hood SOS program began to take shape,” Lopez said.

Lopez went on to say that weekend events such as this wouldn’t be possible without the assistance and financial help from groups like TAPS.

The Fort Hood area of responsibility includes 175 counties in Texas. Because of the size, one of the first actions, after acquiring the large space to house their offices and Hall of Remembrance, was to hire a staff.

“Our local program was given a Program Manager position and an Office Assistant, two Support Coordinators who would help a Family with programs already existing within the Army, two Financial Counselors and two Family Life Coach positions who would help Families of fallen Soldiers cope with the impact of grief, loss and bereavement,” Lopez said.

For the second annual Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp, Fort Hood units, their Soldiers and area businesses pitched in to make the weekend memorable for all those attending.

Members of the Armed Services YMCA volunteered their time to cook beef brisket from six in the morning on Saturday until four in the afternoon when the pulled brisket, baked beans, hot dogs and salad were served up for free.

One of the guys pulling out the brisket and wrapping it up in tin foil for further baking was retired Army Sgt. Maj. David Clemons, who was 1st Cavalry Command Sergeant Major from 2006 to 2008.

“I’ve got some guys in there on the wall at the Hall of Remembrance and I just enjoy giving back,” Clemons said as he jabbed a long fork into a brisket with a hearty smile on his face.

Other units joining were Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment, pilots of an Apache Attack helicopter from the 21st Cavalry, a couple of tanks including an M1 A2 SEP V2, a team of Army bridge builders, the Army band, and dogs and their Soldier handlers from the Army K-9 corps. Local businesses included Westbound, a rock and roll band, and Veteran Sound, a group of veterans who handled music mixing and speakers for the band.

“In the three months I’ve been here at SOS the ball has really begun to roll and is now creating a landslide,” Financial Counselor Duane Atchison said of the program.

“Thanks to Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch who started the ball rolling, the interaction of units here on base and the chaplain, this program will do nothing but get stronger and become a major support system for surviving Families,” Atchison said.

During the first day’s opening general session, TAPS Director of Training Darcie Sims told the surviving Families that no matter where or how a Soldier died, everyone was there to listen and to help.

“It is not how someone died that brought us here. None of us wanted to be here. Whatever happened that cost them their life, it did not cost them our love,” Sims said.

“Many of us here maybe never got a chance to say ‘I’m sorry’ or you didn’t get a chance to say ‘goodbye.’ Tonight after dinner and the Soldier Show, we’ll all get a chance to yell up to the heavens, ‘Goodbye, I love you,’” Sims said.

Following two full days of sessions where Families spent time sharing their stories and learning how to cope through meditation, games, exercise and dance, the time for the balloon release finally arrived.

Messages to their loved ones were attached to balloons and they took to the field.

Wayne, a child of a Soldier who had fallen, had no problem announcing what he had written to his father as his Soldier/Mentor David Riecke helped him get ready to release his balloon.

“I miss you,” Wayne said.

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From left to right, Kendra Carlson, of Fargo, and Staff Sgt. Jared Dion, of the 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron, are running the full-marathon May 21 in memory of the 12 fallen Soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard. They are members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Run & Remember Team, Fargo, N.D. The team, which is comprised primarily of current and former North Dakota National Guard members and families, raised more than ,000 for TAPS during the various Fargo Marathon races in Fargo over a three-day period from May 19-21. About 160 runners were participating in the various Fargo Marathon events as members of the TAPS Run & Remember Team. TAPS provides direct support to families who have been impacted by a death in the military regardless of geography or circumstance. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

Divide and Conquer or Unite and Triumph

Make Love, Not War – Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Left

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Divide and Conquer or Unite and Triumph; two heads may be better than one, but not if they bash against each other. The human species is pitted against itself and against its own enlightened self interest at the dawn of this bright New Millennium. The unexamined human mind is similarly split and fractured, its potential as yet unrealised.

The fracture lines are exposed by our various tribal superstitions and regional lies, but aren’t caused by these outdated totemic religious dogmas and catechisms. Most of the planet is blatantly lorded over by fossilised dynasties and racist dictators. Where you see any single family holding multiple positions of power you’re looking at gangsters in operation, running a parasitic kleptocracy. Cronyism and nepotism are age-old methods of feathering your own nest and fending off rival petty tyrants at everyone else’s expense.

Tyrants use racism as the primal wedge to force populations apart, in order to divide and conquer all comers. Every other antagonistic ‘ism’ is another version of a single primordial fear – the fear of the other and of the unknown, embodied in racism and justified by religion and patriotism.

The so-called ‘free world’ appears to be trapped in an illusion of democracy that delivers power into the hands of exactly the same classes of mediocre incompetents and all too efficient control freaks – who also believe they’re born to hoodwink and rule over everyone else.

Divide and Conquer or Unite and Triumph; while life and liberty are infinitely more secure under a compassionate and swiftly acting rule of law than under the whims of inherently insane brutal overseers, no nation on Earth can honestly boast it has a completely free, independent, incorruptible or efficient legal system – let alone a free one. All democracies face similar hurdles.

Under the simple U.N. definition of a democracy – a nation that has given the vote to all its adult citizens for a generation or more – very few countries measure up. Even the United States only qualified as a democracy after the end of the Cold War – twenty-five years after it finally gave the vote to African Americans in all southern states in the mid-sixties.

More than one in a hundred US citizens are currently incarcerated in a rapidly expanding privatised penal system – a higher proportion than any other country. Libertarianism and liberty are not the same thing; as President Roosevelt famously remarked, freedom includes freedom from as well as freedom to. He included the freedom from want as one of the essential four freedoms that America embodied, in his almost universally accepted vision of the American Dream. This freedom has been derided and ignored by subsequent corporation-run governments as ‘socialist’, ‘communist’ and, even worse, ‘utopian’.

There is no free country on planet Earth – yet – but we can make one! First we have to disassemble all the false divisions that separate us into illusory competing groups, which congeal our shared blood into false notions of nations, states and races. To do this we have to see that our emperors have no clothes except those we choose – or are convinced – to give them.

If you want complete control over the human species the oldest trick in the book is to divide the struggling primates into illusory nations and artificial countries, to pit parochial tribes against other nearby ignoramuses. Take a look at Iraq, for instance – a country that was literally invented wholesale by conquering Western interests early last century. It was created with deliberate, easily exploitable faults and fractures so that racist warmongers could hold onto the region’s resources – including energy supplies – and keep control of a vital strategic corridor, with a classic move in what was universally known in Imperial times as the ‘Great Game’.

The fact that Iraq’s artificially created borders contained mutually antagonistic groups who had never been able to live together peacefully was a major bonus for the conquering crusaders – a deliberate ploy of the Western Powers that’s been widely used throughout history. Until 1959 they were able to steal all the deeply riven despot-governed “Iraqi” peoples’ energy supplies without paying a single pound or dollar in royalties. The now largely forgotten Iraqi revolution temporarily freed its people from the yoke of Imperialistic oppression, but built-in internal divisions, exploitative neighbours and imperialist retaliation undid the fledgling nation spectacularly. Watch this space for no further developments – just more of the same.

The Americans learned the tactic of divide and conquer from the English, who picked up the trick from the Roman Empire. The technique is much older than Rome, originating in primate sibling rivalry and unexamined, culturally entrained competitive behaviour. ‘Division’ is an ancient trick of the divine gods who rule over mortals – the word ‘divide’, ‘divine’ and ‘devil’ all spring from the same root of the Tree of Knowledge of Life and Death, in case you’re interested in that sort of thing.

Most self-professed democratic nations literally labour under the illusion that they have freedom of choice – when they only have two nearly identical thumb-twiddling, tweedle-dumber political parties to choose between. Governments are mainly comprised of old men corrupted by power and fear, and officious Oppositions usually only serve to oppose – they hardly ever contribute anything new or meaningful to a rigged debate.

When you only have to bribe, coerce and co-opt a handful of figures in Cabinet and Opposition you have little to fear from the many millions of subjects who believe their vote means something. Unless you actually know a politician intimately and personally – know them well enough to be absolutely certain they’re honest and motivated solely by the best ideals – only new faces in politics can be trusted at all; you can more easily see their reactions to the strings attempting to pull them.

Some members of the tyranny of despots would like to be good shepherds instead of wily predators, and some are working to remold the world into a more splendid image than their devolutionary fellows – but to exercise power over others is an inherently corrupting Faustian pastime.

Under these circumstances your vote can only mean something if you don’t vote for either of the two alternatives that have a chance of winning! In practice the ‘choice’ comes down to a primitive playoff between two corporate-industrial-military front-men, whose faces and voices are almost all that most citizens see or hear of their governments. Meaningful change is rendered impossible in this false gladiatorial contest. If you have no choice but to vote for a party, then vote for a third force that may hold the balance of power without being already corrupted by it.


Freedom Exits Under Dominator’s Adversarial Laws

The simple but supremely successful trick of duopoly politics holds the world in thrall to a fundamentally feudal hive structure of remote masters, bureaucratic governors and workers who jump for carrots and cringe from sticks.

Democracy is far more than the sham of party politics, and real democracy is strangled to death by fat cats enjoying expensive private parties held at everyone else’s expense – lousy parties with tinny music, bland costumes and boring speeches – cringe-worthy parties which are no fun at all. Real democracy requires that people can elect representatives who will represent them – not some other individual, group or party.

The whole notion of parties representing the people is an inherently absurd historical error that we now have the means to correct. In the newly emergent interconnected age of distributed networks, we can each become a sovereign of our own true estate – our bodies – and all have a truly equal say and vote in where our species is headed. Modern technologies and widening education bring a truly global democracy within easy reach. Individuals could simply vote for issues and cut out the middleman politicians entirely!

But before we can trust majorities with ultimate – if democratic – power over minorities who may be very different from them, we have a multitude of issues to address and rectify. Fortunately, a fair global framework already exists to protect us all from our own potential errors, one which provides an almost universally ratified Bill of Rights covering every child, woman and man on Earth.

The various U.N. treaties regarding all sorts of rights have been assembled under an adequate umbrella of universal protection known as the International Bill of Rights. It already forms the basis for many domestic laws that various nations have adopted under its articles – but chances are that as a mere citizen you’ve been kept entirely in the dark as to the true reasons behind your particular government’s apparent wisdom and largesse.

The International Bill of Rights is easily accessed via United Nations websites and is easily digested; see if you can find anything in it with which you disagree. It’s likely that the vast majority of humans on the planet will have no problems with its definitions of rights and freedoms, but there are many other issues to deal with if global electronic democracy is to become a reality – for instance, finding a way to curb the power of programmers and technocrats, and the powers of our easily controlled, utterly coercible and censorable mass media. We face ancient dilemmas; who guards the guardians and who watches the watchers? And how do you disarm a paranoid bunch of brainwashed tribalists armed by despots who profit from the continual killing – and who control their civilization?

We have to make an end to war. Creating peace involves creating a space without suffering or violence. If we want to end war a good place to start – if you’re serious about changing your attitudes but can’t abandon or thoroughly alter your current life – is at the kindergarten level of competitive training for violent combat and war; sport.

Competitive sports train the innocent for war. That’s the whole point behind encouraging the ‘masses’ to back and barrack for tribalistic, totemically differentiated teams, folks; it teaches that life, war friendship, love and politics can all be dealt with using the same brainless reflexive win-lose concepts and simplifies everything to an easily divisible level. Sport and war reduce the multitude to elevate the domineering.

If you want to change your world stop paying any attention to the stupid duopolistic distractions of competitive sport and party politics. Many will rebel at this – that’s the whole point. Most current day politics, finance, wars and pieces are equally delusory distractions, keeping your eyes off the prize and your mind off the main game by turning off your mind.

All problems with our conscious decision making processes stem from the self-same source, whether they be individual or collective.

We have to understand where this global split personality arises from; it comes from within each of us. The adversarial structures of our systems of law and government arise from minds that continually argue with themselves and never know peace or inner silence.

This is not just a consequence of the bicameral – twin chambered – nature of our split brain structure – it’s a result of a planetary shockwave that affected us all in prehistory, resulting in our collective and individual inability to recover from a blow to the head delivered simultaneously to the entire species. The Earth was struck by a massive interplanetary discharge – a planet-wide electric shock felt by all, amid a global catastrophe that threatened to extinguish our species.

Remember the ancient Babylonian (Iraqi) story of the ‘Tower of Babel’ and humanity’s cleavage into disparate tribes and nations who could suddenly no longer understand each other? It’s instructive to note that the chroniclers of this pre-Biblical narrative averred that the sky god destroyed the tower to divide Humanity and thus render us powerless – because we were beginning to rival the deities themselves. *

We have little understanding of what abilities we’ve lost as a species – like many victims of electro-shock therapy, we are afflicted with partial amnesia. Suffice to say that once upon a time we could all ‘hear’ on more than one level… whether we remember or believe it or not – and that ability and many others are well within our reach and grasp. The younger you are when you start to change yourself the easier it will be.

Until both hemispheres of our brains can operate together in a balanced synergy – which can only arise from the healing light of clear self-examination and careful tuning – our star-spanning minds are reduced to an argumentative, jostling conversation between two or more equally half-blinded and crippled parts. When we become internally unified and fully integrated we have the ability to tune in with – and on – anything and anyone, anywhere and anytime; and self-styled gods of all creeds and stripes find the idea of such a self-aware Humanity repulsive; it renders us abominably uncontrollable and unbindably free.

The almost universal mental imbalance resulting from this lack of internal attunement is the origin of all apparent divisions and false dichotomies that surround us. Our brains are instruments that require tuning – and harmony is only possible when all crazy notions of aloneness and competition are cast aside.

When we open ALL our eyes we can easily see that disagreement isn’t required to reach the truth, and argument isn’t necessary to arrive at easily achievable and universally agreeable goals. It’s easy to see that all of us are one being staring through the starry eyes of a multitude – and to know that death is impossible.

All it takes is to the ability to do nothing and think nothing. Absolutely nothing. The moment of wonder is only a moment away when you’ve mastered this ‘simple’ trick – the first step to true enlightenment. The world is always waiting for you to reemerge from the delight of the light imbued with immanent innocence; the universe is alive, and responds to your inner sense. The universe is a co-creation and it takes all kinds to make a world. Even if you can transform yourself in the bright void of superconsciousness, your life awaits you on your return. Changing the world means changing your mind and your life; the devil lies in the details you slowly shed with your old discarded skin.

The Whole Holy Hologram

If you want to change your world, the only place to start is within yourself. This requires continual self examination and an awareness and recognition of your true motives and programming. It requires abandoning the false ideas of notional nations, separate races, superior religious superstitions and parted politics. It means rechannelling all your competitive behaviour and attitudes into a recognition of unity with others – and with all things. It’s easy to recognise the all-powerful unity that lies within our vast diversity of cultures, perspectives and beliefs when you stop identifying with individual idiosyncratic fractions and factions. The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.

The real Great Game is the Royal Maze of the Mind that leads to enlightenment. The gate to the core of the maze resides at the core of your brain, in the central space between and behind your eyes and between your ears, below the crown of your head. If you locate yourself there – right now – and view the world from the perspective of the centre of your own head, you’ll see your view widen from a narrow tunnel to a wide expanse that incorporates everything in your field of view.

We’re primates living in a planetary tree that’s scarred with the graffito of our passions – loves and hates born of our illusory fear of mortality and separation, which compel us to make our mark on the world. We can do better than simply making marks and leaving scars.

All we have to look beyond the surface differences that camouflage our identically innocent spirits and wise ancient souls. If we want to start making a paradise planet out of this industrialised wasteland we have to recognise where the primal split in our species really lies. The first illusory division in our species – and the hideous result of our ongoing inner distractions and artificially contrived divisions – is the enduring armed truce in the pointless, ultimately unsurvivable battle of the sexes.

When peace is made between woman and man the planet can flower into a garden paradise fit for children. When our apparent differences are recognised for what they are – interlinked and interlocking survival strategies designed for life and consciousness to expand on the floating crust of a chaotically changeable ball of hot mud circling a blazing electric fireball – we can celebrate the gift of the interlocking jigsaw puzzles that our bodies and tribes really are.

We can learn that our species-split sexuality is a technique of regeneration and transformation on an individual and global scale – we’re not just a tools used by a bunch of genes for their own survival, but companions, lovers and co-creators. We can learn to control our own fertility at will and lovemaking can keep us young and supple, and be a portal to higher consciousness and the abilities it provides.

The techniques are miraculously still available, despite being long suppressed by rigid prudes worshipping the same false religions that burned Giordano Bruno at the stake – along with many millions of wise women and men – and which still stone women to death for being outdoors alone, or refuse to allow their sheeple to use contraceptives.

The place to make world peace real is in the still core of your mind and the still, pure warmth in the core of your heart. The way to heal yourself and the planet is to still your mind and make love – real, true, non-possessive abundant love – and as the hippies said, if you can’t be with the one you love then love the one you’re with.

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it – it might as well be you. Make love, not war; when we learn to accept each other and work together life is no longer a job or chore, but a work of divinely inspired Art. When we open our eyes in the new fresh dawn of sensuously rational happiness we find we don’t have to climb out of the purblind pit of false dogma and censored history – we’re already free in a brave new world.

Turn on! Tune in! Opt out of the system that’s destroying your world and do something else! You literally create reality as you pass through it.


Kegel Exercises For Men: How the Private Gym Program Works

We worked with the prominent professionals in the world to establish the very first physical fitness program to target, train and enhance the male pelvic muscles. The bladder, prostate and penis are managed by a complex set of pelvic muscles. Weak pelvic muscles can result in erectile dysfunction, early ejaculation and soft erections.

The Private Gym Program isolates and reinforces these crucial pelvic muscles. It’s an interactive, follow along DVD and online workout program that guides you week by week.

Strength training is crucial to living a healthy life, and we are here to assist you master the principles. Best of all, you do not require any elegant devices for this exercise, simply a durable chair.

POPSUGAR Fitness uses fresh physical fitness tutorials, exercises, and works out that will assist you on your roadway to healthy living, weight reduction, and tension relief. Take A Look At Class FitSugar, our do-it-along-with-us real-time exercise program hosted by Anna Renderer who will influence you to sweat together with physical fitness professionals and Hollywood’s most popular celeb fitness instructors. Class FitSugar routinely covers the most buzzed-about exercise classes and patterns, consisting of the Victoria’s Secret exercise, Tabata, P90X, Bar Method, and more.

We worked with the prominent professionals in the world to establish the very first physical fitness program to target, train and reinforce the male pelvic muscles. The Private Gym Program isolates and enhances these essential pelvic muscles. Strength training is essential to living an in shape life, and we are here to assist you master the basics.

Weight Loss Exercise Program – Week1


Weight loss workout program; discover some of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s preferred traditional bodybuilding workouts and chosen training strategies for developing muscle.

Military people training individuals fitness. When it comes to bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger understands finest.|Fundamentals Are Best |
” The most significant error being made in bodybuilding today and following a weight loss workout program is that individuals aren’t covering standard workouts,” states the Austrian Oak. Arnold disapproves: “Today, when I go in the gym, I do not see any of the kids finding out about the tidy and press, or the take, or the upright row from the flooring.”.

Schwarzenegger’s persistence on the necessary lifts is not due to some grandfatherly desire to live in the past. It originates from years of ongoing interest and knowledge in the market, and from the hard-earned understanding that it does not take expensive devices or off-the-wall shows to end up being probably the very best bodybuilder in history. Return to your bodybuilding roots and experience amazing development.|Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Training Tips |

” There are 3 chest workouts that must constantly be done,” Arnold states. “The bench press, the slope bench press at various angles, and the dumbbell flies.”.

” For back, I did chin-ups, bent-over barbell and dumbbell rows, and the T-bar row. Any sort of rowing motion will offer you that density. Those are the workouts I depend on from the start of my profession to the end.”.

Arnold depended on the barbell curl to construct thick biceps, however he likewise utilized slope dumbbell curls and concentration curls to separate his biceps.

And then triceps muscles press downs and overhead triceps muscles extensions later on.”.

Arnold’s shoulders were developed by barbell presses, behind-the-neck barbell presses, lateral raises, military presses, and dumbbell presses. “We constantly did presses behind the neck and an unique dumbbell press which would extend the front deltoids at the bottom and completely bend it at the top. Now those are called Arnold presses.”.

” The squat is the most essential workout to develop huge thighs,” states Arnold. “I did back crouches, front squats, leg extensions, lunges, single-leg dead lifts, excellent early morning workouts, and a great deal of leg curls.”.

” The routine training we provided for abs was simply leg raises, knee raises, crunches, and sit-ups. All of us thought in doing 500 representatives of Roman chair sit-ups.”.



Weight loss workout program; find out some of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s preferred traditional bodybuilding workouts and chosen training strategies for constructing muscle.

Military people training individuals fitness. Arnold disapproves: “Today, when I go in the gym, I do not see any of the kids discovering about the tidy and press, or the take, or the upright row from the flooring.”.

Arnold’s shoulders were developed by barbell presses, behind-the-neck barbell presses, lateral raises, military presses, and dumbbell presses. Now those are called Arnold presses.”.

The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

The Physical fitness Design Without a pulse has really established an exceptional body on an artificial heart.
All I can state is, huge WOW!
He technically has no pulse and through determination and grit has actually handled to establish a body that numerous much healthier individuals would covet him.

Heart or no heart, he hasn’t let anything stop him from staying active and living the life he desires.
There numerous unknowns and what he has actually done is absolutely nothing except amazing. Individuals can remarkable things, it never ever stops to astonish me how some individuals with severe specials needs can be effective when they focus their efforts on something they wish to attain.

On the other hand, there are individuals who are relative much healthier and do extremely little. I understand that there are lots of elements like psychology and inspiration however to me, that’s not a reason.
One does not need to go extremely far to see the professional athletes in the Special Olympics. It’s difficult to think how blind, amputees and psychological health individuals can do the important things they do.
Has it to do the method one is raised? One’s genes? Or something else?
I do not comprehend why many individuals can live such an inactive life. If they have no vision or prepared objectives to reach or attain and depend on others to assist through their inactive live, it appears as.
I discover this extremely unfortunate since it appears as if they are squandering their lives when numerous others that are not filled with health are doing amazing things and attaining amazing objectives.

Has it to do the method one is brought up? One’s genes? Or something else?

Fitness at Home

School-age kids need to have lots of chances to get involved in a range of activities, sports, and video games that fit for their character, capability, age, and interests and get some physical fitness at house. Brainstorm with your kids on activities that feel. Many kids will not mind an everyday dosage of physical fitness at house as long as it’s enjoyable.

The National Association for Sports and Physical Education advises that school-age kids: get 1 hour or more of energetic and moderate exercise on the majority of or all the times likewise, take part in numerous bouts of exercise of 15 minutes or more every day prevent durations of lack of exercise of 2 hours or more

Physical fitness in the house

There are numerous benefits to signing a kid up for the softball group, practice and video games as soon as or two times a week will not be adequate to reach activity objectives. From family tasks to an after-dinner walk, keep your household active every day.
Permit sufficient time free of charge play. When left to their own gadgets, kids can burn more calories and have more enjoyable. Playing tag, riding bikes around the area, and structure snowmen are enjoyable and healthy.
Keep a range of sports and video games devices on hand. It does not need to be pricey– a variety of balls, hula-hoops, and dive ropes can keep kids hectic for hours.
Be active together. It’ll get you moving and kids enjoy to have fun with their moms and dads.
Limitation time invested in inactive activities, such as viewing TELEVISION, browsing the web, and playing computer game.

Make household physical fitness getaways part of your regular regimen. Let household members pick an activity– go hiking, ice skating, or attempt out the rock-climbing health club.

You can assist reveal your kids that work out is very important by routinely exercising yourself.

Physical fitness for Kids

Through exercises, kids can learn more about setting objectives, conference difficulties, sportsmanship, team effort, and the worth of practice.

In between the ages of 6 and 8, kids are honing standard physical abilities like leaping, tossing, kicking, and capturing. Some kids delight in doing this in arranged sports groups, however non-competitive leagues are best for more youthful kids.

Kids who are 9 to 12 years of ages are refining, enhancing, and collaborating abilities. Some end up being a lot more devoted to a sport while others leave as competitors warms up and level of play enhances …

It’s OKAY if a kid isn’t thinking about conventional sports, however it’s essential to discover alternative methods to be active. Motivate a kid who does not like soccer, basketball, or other group sports to check out other active alternatives, like karate, fencing, golf, cycling, skateboarding, tennis and hiking.

School-age kids need to have lots of chances to take part in a range of activities, sports, and video games that fit for their character, capability, age, and interests and get some physical fitness at house. Brainstorm with your kids on activities that feel. The majority of kids will not mind an everyday dosage of physical fitness at house as long as it’s enjoyable.

In between the ages of 6 and 8, kids are honing fundamental physical abilities like leaping, tossing, kicking, and capturing. Some kids take pleasure in doing this in arranged sports groups, however non-competitive leagues are best for more youthful kids.


Have you had insane strong physical fitness minutes? Around 1950, maybe constant with the Industrial Revolution and the writing of World War II, the term “physical fitness” increased in western vernacular by an aspect of 10.
A contemporary meaning of physical fitness explains either an individual or maker’s capability to carry out a particular function or a holistic meaning of human flexibility to handle different circumstances. This has actually caused an interrelation of human physical fitness and beauty which has actually set in motion international physical fitness and physical fitness devices markets.

Relating to particular function, insane strong physical fitness minutes is credited to an individual who has substantial aerobic or anaerobic capability, i.e. strength or endurance. A holistic meaning of physical fitness is explained by Greg Glassman in the CrossFit journal as an increased work capability throughout modal domains and broad times; proficiency of a number of qualities of physical fitness consisting of strength, endurance, power, coordination, balance and speed and having the ability to enhance the quantity of work carried out in an offered time with any of these domains. A well-rounded physical fitness program will enhance an individual in all elements of physical fitness, instead of one, such as just cardio/respiratory endurance or just weightlifting.

Prior to the commercial transformation, physical fitness was specified as the capability to perform the day’s activities without unnecessary tiredness. With automation and modifications in way of lives physical fitness is now thought about a step of the body’s capability to operate effectively and efficiently in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to withstand hypokinetic illness, and to fulfill emergency situation scenarios.

An extensive physical fitness program customized to a private normally focuses on one or more particular abilities, and on age- or health-related requirements such as bone health. Physical physical fitness can likewise avoid or deal with lots of persistent health conditions brought on by unhealthy way of life or aging.

A street exercise is a physical activity carried out primarily in public centers or outside parks. A street exercise is a contemporary name for bodyweight exercises in outside parks. Street exercise groups and arranged competitors exist.

A common insane strong physical fitness minutes cand likewise be a street exercise regular typically includes workouts such as pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, dips, muscle-ups, sit-ups, and crouches. Street exercise likewise includes some fixed (isometric) holds such as the human flag, front lever, back lever and planche.

Sports working out – a system of workouts with differing levels of effort attended to health fortifying, advancement of strength and endurance, along with, for forming an athletic constitution. Sports working out is utilized to increase strength level, establish physical shape and for rehab.
Isometric workouts – a kind of strength training where you hold a fixed position.

Exercises (Kalestenos)– is a complex of numerous easy workouts which are carried out utilizing simply body weight. The goal of these workouts is to train muscularity strength and to progress extensive physical fitness.

Urban Calisthenics – a type of bodyweight workout carried out without any or little device. Groups and/or people train and workout in city locations and areas. Advanced Urban Calisthenics abilities consist of Muscle Up’s, Typewriter pull-ups and both Front and Back Levers.
Street exercises are generally carried out outside or in particularly developed street exercise parks. A common street exercise park appears like a play ground with a soft underground and includes a number of bars, poles and other items utilized for body weight workouts.

Have you had insane strong physical fitness minutes? Concerning particular function, insane strong physical fitness minutes is associated to an individual who has substantial aerobic or anaerobic capability, i.e. strength or endurance. A holistic meaning of physical fitness is explained by Greg Glassman in the CrossFit journal as an increased work capability throughout modal domains and broad times; proficiency of numerous characteristics of physical fitness consisting of strength, endurance, power, balance, speed and coordination and being able to enhance the quantity of work done in an offered time with any of these domains. A well-rounded physical fitness program will enhance an individual in all elements of physical fitness, rather than one, such as just cardio/respiratory endurance or just weight training.

Physical physical fitness can likewise avoid or deal with numerous persistent health conditions brought on by unhealthy way of life or aging.

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