Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mind Cannot See Love - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Mind cannot see Love

Which is not within it’s view

Only reflections

© 2017. M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I wrote this poem being inspired by the movie called, The Shack which I highly recommend.   I am publishing it today for the first time on my blog today,  20 June 2017.  I do like the medium of haiku.  So few words that have the ability to reveal so much if properly ordered.

Monday, June 19, 2017

For And With The Divine - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

When faced with a dilema

There are two ways to go

Turn away from it


Walk directly into the storm

The storm will last but a short while

And after

You will be

Enlivened and refreshed

Too many have been conditioned

To take the easy way

Devoid of conflict

Devoid of challenges

Devoid of Love

It is better

To accept one’s humanness


Participate in lifes ups and downs

By this way

A turnaround is possible

A turn away from

False beliefs

False educations

False conditioning


Embrace reality

With all it’s thorns and pitfalls

Travel through one’s life

With an air of expection


Open to all one meets

As one travels on one’s way

Walking alone


Walking together

Walking always toward

The Promised Land

Of one’s own making

Find balance


You will find Love

That Love that has always been with you


Within you

Accept your life as it is


You are in a position of change

For the better

Be at peace

While you walk toward a destination that was the same

At your departure

As it is upon your arrival

Walk the human path

For that is the path

That is the shortest distance to the Divine

One does not walk away from


Out of one’s humanity

To arrive in the Divine


One walks into one’s humanity

To be in the Divine

Then in balance

Human walks alongside


Together with the Divine

An union occurs within

One’s everyday reality

An union of Heaven and Earth

Not as no longer human as you have been taught


As more human

In this partnership

The human walks for and with

The Divine


For and with

The Divine

© 2017  M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I began this poem a few days ago and spent this morning editing it.  I am publishing it for the first time on my blog today,  19 June 2017.  I do hope that it moves you to insights of your own making. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

So Shall It Be - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Some live

Some die

Some  exist in a zombie trance

Those whom awaken from the trance

Have been given the power

To release

Their brothers asnd sisters

From the zombie trance

They have the antidote

They carry it within their being

They say to us

Awaken now

Awaken now

If you so will

So will it be



So will it be



In this Moment


So shall it be

© 2017  M.N. Hopkins

Note:  This was written and published on my blog for the first time today, 16 June 2017.  It took me about an half hour to write after the initial wave of inspiration.  I play with the words until they find their rightful place on the paper.  If you can understand that and let down your guard for just a moment then you too will  awaken from your Zombie trance.  You will find the antidote hiding within the above words of this poem.

I Sit Looking Out - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

I sit looking out

Enjoying Birch and Fir Trees

At peace with nature.

© 2017   M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I started to write a poem yesterday in my usual style of writing and it just did not work.  I though of how to simplify the message and what popped into my head was the word, Haiku.

I have used this form many years back and taught poetry lessons to my students using this form and have been able to effortlessly create examples for them just by staring at an object or out the window and playing around with the words that come to mind while after checking I am using the proper 5-7-5 form of the Japanese poetry.

I wrote this poem this morning, 16 June 2017 and published it for the first time on my blog today.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

7 Reasons to Get More Magnesium by Margie King

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7 Reasons to Get More Magnesium
by Margie King

Green Med Info.      11 June 2017

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, and is the reason why vegetables are green.  But few people fully appreciate the importance of this miraculous mineral. 
The human genome project reveals that 3,751 human proteins have binding sites for magnesium.[i]  And so far we know this one essential mineral activates over 350 biochemical processes in the body to keep things flowing.
Plants are green because they contain the light-harvesting molecule chlorophyll which bears a striking resemblance to human hemoglobin (with the difference that the latter contains an oxygen-binding iron atom and not magnesium). 
Here are just seven good reasons to get more magnesium-rich foods in your diet today.
1. Prevent Migraines.
According to University of Vermont Professor of Neurology and migraine expert Robert Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., every year nearly one in five Americans experience some form of migraine attack.  One in 25 will have headaches lasting at least 15 days per month. These disabling attacks include severe one-sided, throbbing headaches, and sensitivity to light and sound.  They may also involve nasal congestion, cloudy thinking, and nausea.
In one study of 133 migraine patients, supplementing with 500 mg of magnesium oxide for just 12 weeks significantly improved the frequency and severity of migraines.[ii]
And a double blind, placebo controlled study from Kaiser Permanente showed that supplementing with magnesium significantly cut the number of days children suffered with a migraine.[iii]
2. Lower Heart Disease Mortality.  
A study in the journal Atherosclerosis found that people with low magnesium levels were more than twice as likely to die of heart disease.  They were also more than seven times as likely to die from all causes.[iv]  
3. Manage Diabetes.  
Magnesium deficiency is common among type 2 diabetics, especially those with neuropathy or coronary disease.[v]  A Harvard study found that diabetics taking 320 mg of magnesium for up to 16 weeks significantly improved their fasting blood sugar levels as well as their HDL (good) cholesterol.[vi]
4. Relieve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
A double blind, placebo controlled study from the University of Texas showed that magnesium malate improves pain and tenderness in fibromyalgia patients.[vii]
5. Lower Risk of Colon Cancer.
Epidemiologic studies link low magnesium levels with higher rates of colorectal cancer.  And a meta-analysis from China confirms that higher magnesium intakes are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer and especially colon cancer.
The Chinese researchers analyzed eight prospective studies covering 338,979 participants. Their results, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found the highest average intake of magnesium was associated with an 11% reduction in colorectal cancer risk compared to the lowest average intake.  
In addition, for every 50 mg per day increase in magnesium, colon cancer was reduced by 7%.
An earlier meta-analysis by Imperial College London and Wageningen University found that for every 100 mg increase in magnesium, colorectal cancer decreased by 13%.
6. Build Strong Bones.
Studies find a significant association between bone density and magnesium levels.[viii]  But magnesium content of bones decreases with age.[ix]  In addition, sugar and alcohol cause magnesium to be lost through the urine.
Magnesium assists calcium in building bone strength,[x] but it does much more.  It stimulates the hormone calcitonin.  That helps draw calcium out of the blood and soft tissues and put it back into the bones. Too much calcium in the blood and tissues can increase the risk of arthritis, heart attack, and kidney stones, as well as osteoporosis.[xi]
And getting more magnesium may mean you need less than the government's recommended 1,200 mg of calcium per day.  One study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that increasing magnesium while lowering calcium to 500 mg per day was enough to increase bone density.[xii]
7. Reduce Signs of Metabolic Syndrome
Mexican researchers looked at the effects of taking oral magnesium supplements on people they categorized as "metabolically obese, normal-weight (MONW) individuals."
MONW individuals have a body mass index under 25 which is considered normal weight.  But they also have hyperinsulinemia and or insulin resistance.  And they have high triglycerides and high blood pressure.  As a result, these individuals are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 
The researchers studied 47 MONW individuals who had low magnesium levels.  In a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial one group received a daily solution of 30 ml of magnesium (equivalent to 382 mg).  The control group received 30 ml of a placebo solution. 
Their results were published in the Archives of Medical Research.  After only 4 months, markers of metabolic syndrome were significantly lower in the magnesium group.  They lowered their systolic pressure by 2.1 points and their diastolic pressure by 3.8 points.  Their fasting blood glucose levels dropped 12.3 points and their triglycerides plunged 47.4%.   
Magnesium is also known to:
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include constipation and other digestive problems, low energy, and irregularities in menstrual flow and reproductive health, and migraine headaches
Magnesium also relaxes the body from tightness, tension, tics, spasms, cramps and stiffness.  And it helps prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth, in your heart and arteries, and even in your brain. 
The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 420 mg for men or 320 mg for women.  But it's estimated that between 80% and 90% of Americans are magnesium deficient.  One government study showed that 68% of American women do not consume the recommended daily amount of magnesium.  Almost 20% don't even get half of the recommended amount.[xiii]
Magnesium deficiency is relatively easy to remedy with food.  One of the richest sources of magnesium is high quality chocolate. Dark chocolate has a whopping 176 mg of magnesium in a 3.5 ounce bar.  In fact, if you crave chocolate your body may be telling you it's low in magnesium. 
Other high magnesium foods include:
  • Dried seaweeds
  • Dark leafy greens (especially collards, spinach and Swiss chard)
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Whole grains (especially millet, brown rice and quinoa)
  • Almonds, cashews, and filberts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Lentils
  • Avocados
  • Wheatgrass
  • Spirulina ​and chlorella​​

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Emotional Baiting - Know The Signs

This is far too common today.  We find in our governments, the media, our schools, health care facilities, in our places of worship, in our homes and in our playgrounds and sandboxes. Narcissism as well as other mental and emotional imbalances are as an epidemic in these times we live in.

Know the signs and avoid walking into this trap and once in the trap, use the truth spoken in calmness and certainly as your weapon.  Do not allow others to demean you as a means of maintaining their own weakness, deceptions and lies.

© M.N. Hopkins 

Below is a quote from a movie called,  Gifted, which by the way, I highly recommend.

"Never get on the bad side of a small minded person with a little bit of authority."

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Mountain Video

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"The Mountain" - amazing and relaxing video of nature including trees, mountains, stars and our beautiful Earth.
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This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

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