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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

What is Love?.......AND.......A GIVEAWAY

I seem to be sticking with the LOVE theme at the moment This morning I was transferring old files from an old desktop to my laptop and I came across the following poem:-

What is Love?

Is love the sparkling eye
triggering a dream romance?
Until the fall out and
‘I’ll not give in’ stance

Is love the instant
all consuming fire?
turning eventually to ash
in a funeral pyre

Is love that complex
arithmetic calculation?
Where the books
are subject to computation

Is love to do with
fleeting external beauty?
staying together now through
some imaginary duty

Or is love to do with
hearts beating as one?
seeing only the beauty
of the internal sun

Or is love the sharing of
life with mutual respect?
Knowing together you’ll win
no matter what others may expect

Or is love the laughter
following an angry word?
Realising “falling out”
is plainly quite absurd

Or is love the finding
through pain or fun?
You have found the ‘someone’
with whom you become as one

John Gibson
22nd March 2006

And now for the giveaway...........

I received such lovely comments on yesterdays post that I am offering a print of the poem (8 x 10 inches) as a give away. To participate all you need do is firstly be a follower of my blog (if you are not currently a follower and would like to be entered just press the follow button), and you must let me know you wish to participate, I'll put all the names into a "hat" and draw the winner on Sunday (4th August).

Monday, 30 July 2012


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Pass it on - The Rock Philosophy (8)

As with previous Sundays I have continued with 'The Rock Philosophy', showing the end of the last segment of last weeks for continuity.

 As you leave Rock 2 resting on the beach and find yourself once more above the you under the tree, you see yourself casting Rock 5 into the sea, you find you follow him too on his journey…………

Chapter 4

Rock 5’s journey

As he sailed through the air towards the water his thoughts were in turmoil. One moment he was safe in the protection of GOD, enjoying the protection of the shade, the comfort of being a part of something greater and now here he was looking down seeing his shadow race across the sand underneath, then over the water. Strange, he thought it was starting to look bigger, that is until he fell through his shadow into the water.

Now his hope that this was a bad dream disappeared as the water passed over him on his way to the bottom.

Small fish seemed to miraculously swim out in an expanding circle as he fell through them. The water he could see now was a greenish blue color when the sun shone on it. All too soon he came to rest on the sandy bottom.

If Rock 5 could have cried he would have been in tears, his whole world, everything he knew to be true turned out to be false. He wasn’t aware of any other Rocks near by, all he could do was try to steady himself, yet he could not help but be angry, his important position in life had disappeared, without warning, gone. These other Rocks on the beach who did not believe in his God were still there, except of course for the other little Rock which had been swept away. It just did not make any sense how could this have happened to him? He had done nothing wrong in his life.

Rock 5 could feel some gentle nudging coming from underneath as a small crab burrowed underneath him. A shoal of fish swam above him, their shadows rushing across the sea bed. As the crab made himself comfortable, Rock 5 could see another small crab moving across the sandy bed towards him. He couldn’t understand how crabs spoke to each other however there was no doubt the crab which had settled under him was preparing to defend his territory, as the approaching crab drew near “Rock 5’s” crab scuttled out and locked into battle with the interloper. “Why is this happening?” thought Rock 5 “I am big enough for both of them and more, yet they battle when there is no need”. As he watched them circling each other, locked in combat, Rock 5 got to thinking about his situation under the tree, how he would have felt if another Rock had landed beside him, they would not have fought for this was not the Rock way. He was honest though with himself realizing he would not have been happy either, even although there was plenty of room under the tree for many Rocks. Now he felt really alone and would have been glad of the company of another Rock.

The crabfight finished, one crab scuttled in its funny angular walk away from Rock 5, the other headed underneath Rock 5. Suddenly there was a whoosh of water as a gull plunged into the water exactly where the shoal of small fish were, the Gull’s beak opened and closed quickly on one of the fish. It all happened in one fluid movement, the Gull never breaking speed from entering the water to leaving it. Without warning other Gulls plunged into the water in exactly the same way, with the same success. Rock 5 couldn’t believe it “I never knew life could be so interesting?” he said to himself “I am still alone but there is so much to see here and I am important to the crab, I protect him, may be he thinks I am a God? Well it doesn’t matter, I like it here!”

As he started to feel comfortable a large current caught him and swept him much further out to sea. Rock 5 was not happy now, this was getting too much. As he settled once again on the seabed he noticed it was much darker here. There were again small shoals of fish swimming about him, some stopped to nibble at him which he found quite pleasant. “Now what?” he thought as all the little fish started to swarm about in panic. As he was aware of the small fish panicing, so he became suddenly aware of something much, much larger, he could feel the vibration in the water as an enormous shadow appeared, there was a mouth like a cavern which was scooping up all the small fish and it was heading towards him!.

Saturday, 28 July 2012


As a boy I used to love reading the Tarzan stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs, I still enjoy them now. I have always found timeless wisdom within these exciting stories.. One of the main principles of the stories is the absolute straight forwardness of animals, both domestic and wild. A lion is a lion, an elephant is an elephant, an ape is an ape, a dog is a dog each withing their confines of being they are straight forward and honest. These characteristics have rubbed off on Tarzan which embodies the best of both the animal world and the human world. The Villains in the stories display the worst of human nature, greed, selfishness, brutality etc.. This is why I have shown Why? as the title, as human beings we have a great capacity for good or evil, why does one person go one way or the other, of course in real life it is not just as simple as that, however there must always be an influence coming from somewhere.....................

Friday, 27 July 2012

Thursday, 26 July 2012


I was looking at the word pleasure, then I broke it down this way, please ur, it made me think that whilst we may do pleasing things for our selves which bring some pleasure. The greatest pleasure of all is when you see someone's eyes light up when something unexpected or thoughtful is done for them, conversely what a great pleasure it is when it is the other way around and we feel so good because of something which has been done for us. For example, Ethan who is 11 often now makes me a cup of coffee or tea when I get back from my early morning dog walk and whilst it is simple but such a real pleasure because he is so thoughtful.

So when you add please ur together, as in doing something for another, it brings at least two fold pleasure, as in to the giver as well as the receiver.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The Mayonnaise Jar and Coffee

I always try to hold onto things which make a simple but very effective statement.  This is one of them, I first received it years ago and several times in various forms since and to me it is a wonderful philosophy, simple yet elegant and true. And so................ if you have read it before please feel free to refresh the memory banks, and if you haven't read it, I hope it elicits a smile of understanding.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar... and the coffee...

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of
him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty
mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the
students if the jar was full.  They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly.  The pebbles rolled into the open areas between
the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They
agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar
was full. The students responded with an infamous "yes."
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and
poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space
between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things. Your family, your children, your faith, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions. Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter. Your job, your house, and your
car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff. "If you put the sand into
the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner.  Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


The word indigenous popped into my mind this morning, here it is as shown in Wikipedia :-

Raoni Metuktire, Kaye, Kadjor and Panara, leaders of the Indigenous Kayapotribe, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Sven-Roald NystøAili Keskitalo and Ole Henrik Magga, the three first presidents of the Norwegian Sami Parliament.
endorses Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, 2010
The New Zealand delegation endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in April 2010.
Baka dancers in the East Province ofCameroon
Inuit people on a traditional qamutik (dog sled), Cape Dorset, Canada
Indigenous peoples are ethnic groups that are defined as "indigenous" according to one of the various definitions of the term, though there is no universally accepted definition.[1]
In the late twentieth century, the term began to be used primarily to refer to ethnic groups that have historical ties to groups that existed in a territory prior to colonization or formation of a nation state, and which normally preserve a degree of cultural and political separation from the mainstream culture and political system of the nation state within the border of which the indigenous group is located.[2] The political sense of the term defines these groups as particularly vulnerable to exploitation and oppression by nation states. As a result, a special set of political rights in accordance with international law have been set forth by international organizations such as the United Nations, the International Labour Organization and the World Bank.[3] The United Nations have issued a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to protect the collective rights of indigenous peoples to their culture, identity, language, employment, health, education and natural resources. Depending on which precise definition of "indigenous people" used, and on the census, estimates of a world total population of Indigenous people range from 220 million Indigenous peoples in 1997[4] to 350 million in 2004.[2]
Indigenous may refer to:
In Ecology and Geography
  • Indigenous resources, resources which exist within local geography, that are not imported
  • Indigenous species are those established in a given region, having originated there, or been long settled without human intervention

So take me as an example, I was indigenous to Scotland, in fact I was indigenous to a specific area in Scotland. Yet if I trace my ethnic roots backwards, at some stage my ancestors would have come from other areas, even before Scotland was Scotland.  And if I went further back, it would be to a time when there would be no names we would recognize now.  And if I were to keep going back eventually I would find I was indigenous to spirit, that indefinable energy which is the basis of all human beings, and therefore rather than indigenous being a term which separates us, if we go far enough back we know we are all together, related by the common bond of spirit and life.

Monday, 23 July 2012


I worked in the computer market for a few years back in the late 70's and early 80's, I had a months training (we were allowed home at the weekends). I trained on the British Olivetti A5 and A6 machines. They were like huge typewriters which worked with magnetic cards.  The A5 in 1978 was approximately 8000 pounds sterling (roughly $11000), was the computer that every business should have...... A magnetic card could hold up to 256 bytes, not Kb's, Mb's or Gb's.  The first step when using the computer was to load the program which was stored on a number of  magnetic cards. You get the picture?

As I write I have a portable hard drive no bigger than a decent wallet or purse lying beside me and it holds 5 Gb's I think, and they are so cheap to buy. Such progress in technology.

As for the human race, well that is another story....................... We still have wars, famine, starvation and drought.  There are still many, many abuses of civil rights and not just in 3rd world countries.  Yet with absolute certainty the rich get richer and politicians tell us they are going to make things better.

Anyway here is a simple little riddle for you, what cant you see and yet you cannot see without it?


Sunday, 22 July 2012

Pass it on - The Rock Philosophy (7)

As with previous Sundays I have continued with 'The Rock Philosophy', showing the end of the last segment of last weeks for continuity.

A voice came up again, Rock 2 couldn’t be sure if it was a voice he had heard before, they all sounded quite similar “That sounds wonderful, we always seem to be here, never moving, seeing the same Rocks all the time.” 

“Now that cannot be true” replied Rock 2 “I am sure you get other Rocks who pass by like me whom you talk to!” 

“Of course we do, but it isn’t the same as traveling yourself.” was the reply 

Rock 2 laughed as he answered “Of course you are quite correct, however you don’t have the dangers of being smashed against larger rocks either, together you are much stronger than you would be individually” 

“Never thought about that” said a voice 

“Anyway” said Rock 2 thoughtfully “from up here I can see different groups of rocks, there are at least three groups of Rocks nearby, they are beautiful in their different colors, they too must have stories which you can share.” 

“We don’t talk to them, they are not like you who is much the same as us, these Rocks are different, they don’t think or feel the same way as us.” stated one of the Rocks 

“Do they not?” came Rock 2’s reply “from up here it looks to me as if they share the same water you do, they have the same crabs which live under them and the same plants which grow around them.” 

“Yes but we are different, we don’t have any fungus which grows on us!” said one of the Rocks 

“That’s true” said Rock 2 “why is this?” 

“Well we don’t allow it to grow!” 

“Do you not find it pleasant having the fungus on you?” Asked Rock 2 

“Of course we do, but we choose not to let it grow, when we feel the current moving us we rub together so it doesn’t get a chance to grow!” 

“Really” replied Rock 2 in amazement “If you like it why stop it?” 

“This is perhaps to complex for you to understand” was the reply from the Rocks. 

“Try me?” asked Rock 2 

“We believe life is better out above the water and if we keep ourselves smooth, giving up that which we like and enjoy then we have more chance of reaching the world above!”

“Forgive me for asking but why would this help you reach the outside world?” asked Rock 2 

“It is very simple, being smooth and giving up the comforts in our lives means when the current arrives each day one of us may win the chance to reach the surface!”

“Have any of you been swept away before?” asked Rock 2 

“No, but we have heard of others who have, normally it is only a few of the many who are this lucky.” 

“It seems a very large gamble to me especially when you give up what you have for something you assume will be better. I know who ever succeeds may not find it will bring the joy they expect!” said Rock 2 

As they spoke an undercurrent passed along the bottom of the sea, Rock 2 felt himself shift slightly but settle again. He watched in amazement as the rocks below all moved slightly, rubbing against each other, keeping their surfaces clean. The order of the rocks changed slightly too as those at the top moved around slightly as those below moved up ever so slightly. Rock 2 could see eventually all the Rocks would get a chance at the top. 

Rock 2 couldn’t help now but ask “Let me make sure I understand you properly, you want to reach the top by giving up what pleasure you could have including your friends here, you are never truly at peace and you don’t talk to your neighbors?” 

“True.” was the reply 

“If you gave up trying to reach the top, you would have joy here and now enjoying what you do have as opposed to what you might have. You would find you would have a pleasant covering of fungus and then you would be exactly the same as your neighbors. You might then find your world is much better than you think!” said Rock 2

“Why would we want to change our lives when what we have works so well!” was the reply which was echoed by the others saying yes in collective agreement. 

As Rock 2 felt exasperation taking over he heard a very slow deep voice coming from the very large Rock on which he was sitting “Give up, I did after many years of protecting them from currents which would have spread them far and wide. I too tried to help them see the possibilities in their lives!” 

At the final word from the large Rock, Rock 2 was swept away by another current once more on his journey. As he passed over the Rocks he could see them in their slow “dance” where their collective imagination convinced them what they didn’t have was better than they had. Rock 2 felt the current carry him once more on to the beach. As you leave Rock 2 resting on the beach and find yourself once more above the "you" under the tree, you see yourself casting Rock 5 into the sea, and then you find you follow him too on his journey…………

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Elusive? (2)

My Eternal Journey - Excerpt from my little book!

Every human being has the desire (however well hidden it may be) to improve their life. To find that elusive happiness which will stay with them all their life? No matter rich or poor, prince or pauper, we all search for this elusive something.


All the answers we ever need in life are already there if we know how and where to look and then if we find them can we accept them for they may not be convenient to who we are and what we think we need or desire?


The self help industry is worth a fortune and is probably one of the largest growing markets. From beauty and diet products through to self help gurus who tell you how to improve your life. Of course it all comes at a cost.


Is it effective?


The true art of teaching is not to teach and preach but to care and share. Learning can be like a gardening exercise, the gardener plants the seed, however instead of nurturing it he decides a quick fix will bring about a quicker result.  The plant gives the appearance of growing quickly, however when the strong wind comes the plant gets blown away for it grew too quickly without having the roots to hold it firmly in place and therefore could not weather the storm. There is no quick fix to self change, anyone who says otherwise is blowing smoke for they are not addressing the true inner issues which effect most if not all human beings.


There is an old  philosophy which asks, why give a starving person a fish thus making them dependent on you. Where if you give them a fishing line they can feed themselves and their families for life, thus retaining their independence and dignity.

Most self help books, lectures and all that goes with it do not address the true problem, the recipient believes that they do not have the skills or the knowledge themselves and that a self help ‘quick fix’ will make things better.  Of course the providers of this ‘self help’ benefit financially for pointing out the recipient’s shortfalls and possible solutions which sound wonderful in the heat of the moment (remember the gardener).


Here is truth, the Eternal truth, you already have your ‘fishing line’, and you can ‘feed’ yourself for life! You have only forgotten how to use it.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Thursday, 19 July 2012


We have had a forest fire which has been burning since Sunday.  It is behind the mountain which is behind us.  It has spread along beautiful forestry, destroying all in its path, the emergency services have been working night and day to put it out.  At least 2 villages have been evacuated. We have seen the orange glow at night and had a steady flow of ash carried by the wind.  It reminds me of what my Mother taught me as a child "Firs is a good servant but a poor Master!"  As I was thinking about this it made me think about our emotions which can be quite like fire at times creating destructive situations which are created by fear. One of the most effective ways of stopping fire is to starve it of "food" or oxygen, similarly with negative emotions we can starve them of fear so that they may no longer damage.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Icebergs (2)

Some people believe there is nothing else but this life, no connections to previous lives or even special connections to other lives in the here and now.

If I remember what I was taught at school, an iceberg is much greater than what we see on the surface, there is invariably much, much more hidden beneath the surface of the water. I therefore ask you to think about the possible similarities to life.

Imagine if you will icebergs floating on a smooth surface of water. Some are larger than others, some are more beautiful than others, some have inherent flaws, some hidden, some visible. Occasionally something may happen which scars the original iceberg effecting its direction, yet it carries on with its journey. It doesn´t really control where it is going, its movement unknown to it, is mainly controlled by currents, climate and the hidden mass underneath which it is not really aware of. Occasionally it will pass close or touch other icebergs, although more often than not this happens below the surface of the water where it can not be seen, only the effects are felt. Water is also a super conductor of energy, so something that happens a distance away can still effect the iceberg on its journey.

In life we on this earth plane are the tips of our own individual icebergs, unaware mostly of the mass beneath the water which is much greater than the "surface" us. The mass below the surface is the experience and learning content from all of our previous lives. The surface water is the barrier between the earth dimension and all the different dimensions of the spirit worlds.

When we become aware of the whole and complete us we can start to effect the unseen, underlying currents which carry us forward, realising now that we are much greater than we think.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012


Why  can we not all live together in peace without someone believing that because of "whatever" that they are naturally superior to others.

I have borrowed in part from a very old expression "In the land of the blind..........!"

In the land of the blind there is no racism.

Monday, 16 July 2012


Sunday, 15 July 2012

Pass it on - The Rock Philosophy (6)

As with previous Sundays I have continued with 'The Rock Philosophy', showing the end of the last segment of last weeks for continuity.

You walk home along the beach and see a small flat Rock being washed up on the beach, you stop and stare at it, and the familiarity between this Rock and Rock 2 is uncanny. You pick it up turning it over in your hands, you see the different veins running through the Rock, some look like gold, you decide to take the Rock home with you as you feel unexpected warmth coming from it. When you arrive home you sit holding the Rock feeling its gentle energy flowing though you and you find strangely your mind drifting again. You find yourself looking down on the beach where you had been, you even see yourself lying under the tree, with this aerial view you see the four rocks on the beach near you and you see Rock 5 beside you. The wave comes in which carries Rock 2 off and you follow its journey….

Chapter 3

Rock 2’s journey 

Rock 2 is being swept out to sea. As the water caught him causing him to leave the other Rocks on the beach he couldn’t help thinking life was unfair “just when you are starting to feel settled, getting to know your neighbors and feeling good about yourself, then wham! “Why me?” was his inward cry. He could feel himself tumbling through the waves, feeling the water caressing his surface, cleansing him. He started to enjoy the journey, as he was carried along by the waves his mind was going over his most recent discussion with the other Rocks on the beach. “That big Rock was strange yet there was something really nice and calming about him, all the other Rocks though seemed to be the type which had settled and didn’t really move very much, how lucky they are!” he thought “Why am I always the one which gets swept away, I am not that small, I am broad on the top and on the bottom, I guess though I am incredibly thin in between” At that he felt himself reach the end of the current journey and drift towards the bottom of the sea. The journey downwards was cool and occasionally dark as the light filtered down from the top. He felt himself come to rest on the crest of a very large rock. As he became more settled he began to become more aware of his surroundings. He tried to speak to the large Rock but got no answer, Rock 2 thought it was typical of big rocks, either they were attached to the ground and in effect were the ground or more often than not they just were not interested in smaller beings and consequently ignored smaller Rocks as if they didn’t exist.

Rock 2 became aware of a collection of smaller Rocks below him, he could hear one say to the others “I was nearly away that time, I nearly made it” the voice was very excited. Another voice responded “You are a fool if you think it was your turn, I felt myself being lifted by the current, and it was my turn” 

Yet another voice laughed “You should listen to both of you, you never had a chance.” 

Rock 2 was becoming increasingly intrigued by the discussion and couldn’t help but call down to his new neighbors “What did you think was going to happen?” 

There was a silence as the collection of rocks tried to establish where the voice had come from. 

Oh hello up there” came a voice from the smaller Rocks “Where did you come from?” 

Rock 2 explained what had happened and how he hated getting moved about all the time, here he was until the next time he got swept away. 

There was a collective ooh from the Rocks down below “You are so lucky to see all the wonderful things which you have, never having to stay in the same place for long” was the reply from another member of the group. 

Rock 2 thought he’d better set the record straight “Listen” He said “I just seem to get settled and then I am away on my travels, I never ever seem to make friends I can keep, I never get too comfortable and I always feel alone”

A voice came up again, Rock 2 couldn’t be sure if it was a voice he had heard before, they all sounded quite similar “That sounds wonderful, we always seem to be here, never moving, seeing the same Rocks all the time”

My fearured wisdom art is 

You can tell the people who enjoy life, even with the personal challenges that each and ever
one of us has to face.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Every Step of the Way!

Although we may sometimes feel that we are standing facing the world on our own, we never are.

Friday, 13 July 2012

The Light

Light dispels darkness, it does not seek darkness, it does not question the darkness, it does not judge the darkness, it simple is.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Heroes (2)

It seems strange, thinking about all my "heroes", real and fictional and yet there was one whom I have known personally all my life. You may say, well it is your dad, most sons hero worship their Dads, however, my Father in his early life had a very tough time.  He was a part of a very large family in Dunoon, 15 I think plus his parents. His father, my grandfather had passed away by the time I came along.  He was by all accounts a drunken, abusive (verbally and physically) husband and father.  He I think only had one leg.  My grandmother was the gentlest most patient person despite her life.

My father used to run around in his bare feet at times they were that poor.

My father joined the 8th Aryll and Sutherland Highlanders at the outbreak of WW2, he would have been circa 20 yrs old, one of his older brothers, my Uncle Charlie was in the same regiment.  Their regiment formed the rearguard (basically they were sacrificed) at St Valerie, France to allow the Brittish army to escape at Dunkirk.  It was Churchill´s aim to bolster the French to resist the German Army also.  Anyway many were killed, my father and his brother were captured and spent the next 6 years of the war (the rest of the war) in a German prisoner of war camp.  They were poorly fed, were worked in quarries breaking stones and so much more.

My father never really spoke about his life very much, in fact it was like "pulling teeth" trying to get him to talk about it.  I think he had made about 16 escape attempts so much so that he and the others were threatened with being shot.

He did tell me about one attempt which is quite illuminating. he and his fellow escapees were running through a field when the Germans opened fire. Someone shouted to, Andy I think his name was, you´ve been shot in the legs (something like that), as soon as Andy heard this (still running) he fell over...............

My father was very quiet, a painter and decorator to trade.  He died in 1981 from cancer of the pancreas. Yet even now my surviving uncles (on my Mother´s side and cousins) still talk about him with great love and respect.  When you live with someone you don´t always appreciate them as fully as they deserved until they are gone and then it is to late. He was a man filled with quiet strength learned no doubt from the storms of life.

He liked nothing better in later years than sitting in his garden enjoying the sunshine and smoking his pipe.  He was like the tree that provides safety and shelter, well rooted into the ground, withstanding all weathers, yet providing that quiet yet profound strength in the background.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Coconuts (2)

I first shared the following on 24th August 2010.  The coconut is quite incredible and if you wish to find out why, read on:-

(Cocos nucifera) 
The Tree of Life

The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means "monkey face" because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Nucifera means "nut-bearing."

The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world's population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.

Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers.

Coconut In Traditional Medicine

People from many diverse cultures, languages, religions, and races scattered around the globe have revered the coconut as a valuable source of both food and medicine. Wherever the coconut palm grows the people have learned of its importance as a effective medicine. For thousands of years coconut products have held a respected and valuable place in local folk medicine.

In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

Coconut In Modern Medicine

Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses. 

Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases. 

Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections. 

Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites. 

Provides a nutritional source of quick energy. 

Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance. 

Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. 

Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose. 

Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body. 

Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis. 

Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes. 

Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis. 

Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth. 

Helps protect against osteoporosis. 

Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease. 

Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers. 

Improves digestion and bowel function. 

Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids. 

Reduces inflammation. 

Supports tissue healing and repair. 

Supports and aids immune system function. 

Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers. 

Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease. 

Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease. 

Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay. 

Functions as a protective antioxidant. 

Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease. 

Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do. 

Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation. 

Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement). 

Reduces epileptic seizures. 

Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections. 

Dissolves kidney stones. 

Helps prevent liver disease. 

Is lower in calories than all other fats. 

Supports thyroid function. 

Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate. 

Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats. 

Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems. 

Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection. 

Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. 

Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin. 

Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking. 

Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots. 

Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion. 

Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun. 

Helps control dandruff. 

Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do. 

Has no harmful or discomforting side effects. 

Is completely non-toxic to humans. 

See Research to read some of the published studies regarding the above mentioned uses of coconut products.

Coconut Oil

While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, it's the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine.

Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is a unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties. It is now gaining long overdue recognition as a nutritious health food.

Coconut oil has been described as "the healthiest oil on earth." That's quite a remarkable statement. What makes coconut oil so good? What makes it different from all other oils, especially other saturated fats?

The difference is in the fat molecule. All fats and oils are composed of molecules called fatty acids. There are two methods of classifying fatty acids. The first you are probably familiar with, is based on saturation. You have saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Another system of classification is based on molecular size or length of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Fatty acids consist of long chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached. In this system you have short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).

The vast majority of fats and oils in our diets, whether they are saturated or unsaturated or come from animals or plants, are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Some 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are LCFA.

The size of the fatty acid is extremely important. Why? Because our bodies respond to and metabolize each fatty acid differently depending on its size. So the physiological effects of MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly different from those of LCFA more commonly found in our foods. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids. Both the saturated and unsaturated fat found in meat, milk, eggs, and plants (including most all vegetable oils) are composed of LCFA.

MCFA are very different from LCFA. They do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and help to protect against heart disease. MCFA help to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease. It is primarily due to the MCFA in coconut oil that makes it so special and so beneficial.

There are only a very few good dietary sources of MCFA. By far the best sources are from coconut and palm kernel oils.