Choosing Your Words Carefully may Improve Your Health and Wellbeing

Your words create your reality. The kind of words we use to describe our situations and our lives are the way that we perceive our lives to be. Our perception then is the reality. When you say things like something is a disaster or you are suffering from a disease, you are painting a clear picture for yourself and anyone listening that this is just the way it is. Can we, then, change our situations, or at the very least change our perception of a situation, by changing the way we speak about it? That is what positive affirmations are for. Research has shown that a positive outlook and attitude can improve a patient/s chances at overcoming serious medical conditions like cancer and chronic pain. It follows then that a positive mindset can help you overcome your negative beliefs about yourself and your life as well.

Saying that someone is a “pain in the neck” is a good example of using somehow meaningful language. Could saying that mean that literal pain in your neck could manifest? Is someone a “cancer” in your organization or family? By firing them or cutting off communication you could improve the quality of your home or work life, correct?

Choosing your words carefully is something that our mothers taught us as we grew. When you consider the powers of words in terms of doing what you say and saying what you do, you manifest the reality you live by your words and actions. Remember this as you make your way through each day and try to practice positive affirmations that will enrich your life and your soul.

Stop and think about the types of negative words you use to describe yourself on a daily basis. Do you say you “doubt you can”, “wish I could”, “don’t like that”, or are you just afraid? These are the words you can consciously work to replace in your vocabulary to improve your overall state of wellbeing and success. .Take the time to consciously reprogram your thoughts and words to eliminate the negative and replace it with the positive.

Positive words and affirmations are the types of thoughts you want to have floating through your mind and coming out of your mouth. In this way you reprogram your thought patterns and with it your whole life. We fill our lives with the images that we focus on. Focus on love and love will come to you; focus on the bad and you will feel bad, look bad, and your relationships will be bad. This is a simple fact of reality. To master it all you have to do is literally change your mind.

Start each day with positive affirmations such as “today I will be the best and most positive I can be”. Then as you go about your day, you can actually do it. Go out of your way to find the positive in every thought and situation even if you have to say that it was an “opportunity to learn” or a “challenge to be accomplished”. Live happily and speak about it in a positive way. What will at first seem like a tough prospect will soon be second nature to you. No more doom and gloom; only a positive outlook and a positive, happy, well balanced life will be ahead for you.

– Article by Natural News

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October 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

A Personal Journey of Spiritual Enlightenment

j0411744_medSometimes I find myself thinking, with youthful enthusiasm and impatience, “I want spiritual enlightenment, and I want it now!” I liken it to some great accomplishment or place within me that I will some day be. But enlightenment isn’t a video game; It doesn’t lie in some magical place at the end of my journey. I have the theory, or knowledge, that it is the journey. It’s in each and every moment. When I find, even briefly at times, that place of stillness that can only be found in the moment, in that moment, I am enlightenment.

Even with all my theories and knowledge, of which I am so very grateful, I sometimes forget that it is the experience that makes it real and true for me. The answer can only be found in the question, and once found, seems to lose its importance. But I’m okay with that – most of the time – as I’ve found, and have been saying for years now, the more I learn the less I know. The depth of one’s soul is not in having the answers, but in knowing to ask the question.

j0407152_medOne great question I remember asking myself years ago was, completely without judgment, in a place of childlike innocence and curiosity, was “What would possess someone to become a hypnotherapist?” What was most interesting about the way in which I asked this question was, (1) It was more a feeling than spoken intellectually with words, and (2) That I cared more about the path of one’s life that brought them to that place than the decision itself.

For me, I just decided one day. It wasn’t some long, thought-out process, but was more about the path of natural healing within the body (through herbs and nutrition), and the connection with energies that I had been exploring for a number of years. It was a natural evolution for me, just as incorporating nutrition and energy work into my practice of hypnosis and meditation seems for me now, even though there was more “conscious thought” put into the latter process.

I guess, no… I feel that I have always known this was the work I would be doing. However, I had to allow the process to evolve in its own time. As Sue Monk Kidd states in her book, When the Heart Waits

The fullness of one’s soul evolves slowly. We’re asked to go within to gestate the newness God is trying to form; we’re asked to collaborate with grace. That doesn’t mean that grace isn’t a gift. Nor does it mean that the deliberate process of waiting produces grace. But waiting does provide the time and space necessary for grace to happen. Spirit needs a container to pour itself into. Grace needs an arena in which to incarnate. Waiting can be such a place, if we allow it.

July 24, 2009 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Hungry For Change?

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June 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

The “Healthy” Coffee Company

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June 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

Is Coffee Bad For Your Health?

Honestly, I have always thought so, until recently. As a person, and business owner, with a firm belief in true health and nutrition, as well as a strong dedication to conducting business in a very ethical manor, I feel confident that this product is one that I can personally stand behind.

After just one week I noticed increased focus, as well as ability to articulate and communicate my thoughts in a much more clear fashion (very important qualities for a hypnosis counselor!). Shockingly, I even noticed drastic improvement in the psoriasis that have plagued my knees and elbows for almost 15 years now. After trying numerous all natural, and western remedies over the last 15 years, I feel confident that my skin will be clean and clear for years to come…

Now, anyone who know me could testify that I am the last person to ever think coffee could be healthy, but here I am, eating, or rather drinking my words!

Below you will find more information about this wonderful product, as well as a link for placing your next order online.

–C.J. Cantrell, Certified Hypnosis & Meditation Counselor

Coffee…The Good News and the Bad News

Coffee has always received mixed reviews from the health community when it comes to determining its effect on the human system. While we know it contains in that popular stimulant caffeine, it also has its fair share of naturally occurring nutrients such as potassium, calcium and super oxide dismutase, more commonly referred to as SOD. SOD has recently earned nutritional kudos as a very good systemic balancer and highly versatile antioxidant known to help eliminate free-radicals from the human body. Recent medical studies have shown that coffee may reduce your risk of colon cancer, and yet another study reinforces the belief that coffee may (slightly) increase your risk of urinary tract infections.

It is also noted that the more freshly made a batch of hot coffee is, the higher the nutrient content. The longer the coffee sits around, the more detrimental it becomes to the human system. So, where any kind of brewed coffee is concerned, drink it immediately after brewing, or not at all.

On the other hand…

cup-of-coffeeFor a long time coffee was thought of as a caffeine-driven stimulant and little more than that. Caffeine is a quick energy “pick-me-up” that has also received much criticism. In some circles, and according to certain studies, caffeine has been blamed for everything from genito-urinary complications to global warming.

Coffee’s often alluded to ill effects on the bladder, kidneys and reproductive system are probably less the fault of caffeine than that other negative coffee constituent…its reputedly high acid content, or what amounts to a low pH.

Much has been made of pH balance in recent years and perhaps rightly so. Without getting too technical, the pH range for any organic element on earth is from zero (0) to fourteen (14), fourteen being extremely alkaline and zero being extremely acidic. The term, pH, refers to the potential for hydrogen. And since hydrogen is one of the principal elements of cellular life, a higher potential for hydrogen (alkaline) would seem to be better, at least to a degree. But “balance” is the operative word here, especially when we refer to the most delicate of all ecologies – the human body. The ideal pH balance for the human body is about 7.5 or slightly alkaline, and ranges of 6.8 to 7.8 pH are considered acceptable, depending upon the time of day. Not surprisingly, most fresh fruits and vegetables and certain herbs contribute to a highly alkaline pH. Meat, pasta, breads, grains, sugars, sweets (and most of the things we enjoy eating) tend to create a highly acid pH. Unfortunately, in the modern high-stress, fast food, high sugar, processed junk diets we have today, most of what we eat drives our systems into the acid pH range.

Several studies now show that people with high acid pH levels are much more prone to get ill. So, what we are facing is a kind of constant juggling that requires an avoidance of certain highly acidic foods. The worst offenders are colas and sodas (at about a 2.8 pH). Anything made with refined sugars is ridiculous, simply because the body cannot even recognize the personality of the food and turns it into acid on contact. Coffee and tea log in at about a 5.0, as do some herbal drinks, wine and certain meats. So, the challenge with the human system is always a balancing act – one that requires it to eat foods that are slanted slightly toward an alkaline pH.

So, the secret in the measure of coffee is the ability to use what is good in it and minimize that which is not. This requires some understanding of it, and what foods you might combine it with.

What Gano Excel has done with Ganocafé!

Obviously then, the ideal coffee would be one that is more closely pH neutral and one that has balance with other nutrients. For that the research scientists at Gano Excel have worked for years to come up with the answer.

ganoderma-branchWhat has now come into a point of remarkable revelation is that blended with certain beneficial foods such as Ganoderma lucidum (red mushrooms in six different presentations) this amazing blend can create a splendid synergy in a truly nutritious coffee. In 1997, Gano Excel created Ganocafé, the first known beverage in the world that combines coffee, the second most consumed drink in the world next to water, with Ganoderma and its more than 200 trace nutrients.

It’s a developmental process that began over 12 years ago and has resulted in the development and marketing of an entire family of wellness products and a completely defined wellness lifestyle. Beginning with a fundamental formulation of Ganoderma-based products that is revolutionizing the concept of wellness as we know it, Gano Excel has also been able to apply that same kind of molecular research to interlink it with the world’s finest blends of coffees. The result is an entire family of products that are as exceptional in taste, touch and aroma and flavor as they are imbued with an exceptional interaction of powerful nutritional components that has become the buzz of the wellness industry – a truly nutritious, “healthier” coffee that is actually better for you than any other coffee on the market today…and holds its own with any gourmet coffee brewed anywhere in the world.

For a list of Gano Excel’s exceptional Ganocafé products, visit and prepare to be amazed!

June 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Law of Attraction: Self-Esteem and the Physical Reaction

An In Depth, Three-Hour Workshop
with C.J. Cantrell, Certified Hypnosis/Meditation Counselor

Hour 1 – We will be covering some of the latest scientific research on how the brain functions, the role of emotions, and quantum physics put in a way that everyone can understand. Discover the science behind atoms, why they vibrate according to the String Theory, and how this relates to circumstances and events you attract into your life.

Hour 2 – Learn other Universal Laws such as the Law of Intention, the Law of Balance and the Law of Allowance. Discuss how and where religion and spirituality converge and how to incorporate these principals into your personal belief system. This is a very interactive process where you will get a chance to experience true intention and balance, creating a permanent emotional memory to reflect on as you begin to incorporate this knowledge into your everyday life.

Hour 3 – Find out how your levels of self-esteem relate to the physical reality of your life. Discover how “one’s perception becomes one’s reality,” and how you can improve your life in every area, from relationships to finances in order to create a healthier, happier, and more balanced existence.

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Regular Price – $60/Person

Prepay* and attend for only $35/Person!

Hosted by the Pilates Core Center
176 Route 70 (at Jones Rd)
Medford, NJ 08055

For more information call Advantage at 609-792-3056
or visit

*$45 at the door. To receive prepay discount, please be sure to register and pay at least 24 hours in advance.

June 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm 1 comment

Navy Bean Soup (Recipe)


  • 1 lb dry navy beans
  • 1 large onion, minced (I prefer sweet red onions)
  • 3 stalks celery, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil (I prefer the latter)
  • 5 large tomatoes, diced
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Soak the beans overnight in enough water to cover 2 inches. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. In a large soup pot, saute the onion and celergy in oil for 10 minutes
  3. Add tomatoes & saute an additional 10 minutes
  4. Add remaining ingredients
  5. Bring to boil, lower to simmer and cook for 2 hours.

Serves 6

Per Serving:

Calories: 162

Protein: 6 gm

Carbs: 23 gm

Fat: 5gm

Recipe from Good Time Eatin’ in Cajoun Country by Donna Simon

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May 8, 2009 at 1:01 am Leave a comment

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