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Zentraveler on the Essence of Zen!

 

Essence of Zen

Essence of Zen

This is not a cookbook recipe or a perfume advertisement.  This is a simple treatise on how to get the most out of your life. This simplistic quote sums it up beautifully.

     The essence of life is to live and let others live;to smile and to make others smile; to fulfill ones duty and to cherish the dreams to be realized in this life. —–Malabika Sen  Hello I though this treatise was on the essence of Zen not the essence of life. Just checking grasshopper on who is paying attention and wouldn’t it be a great benefit if you added zen to your life!
     Lets take a look at what the essence of zen really is! Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.—Shunryu SuzukiZen Buddhism is a meditative practice which is designed to increase self-awareness and compassion. It is not a religion as such, with a set of beliefs and dogmas to be accepted, but rather a way of approaching life and a way of experiencing life, together with a set of practices to help the individual achieve an enlightened (nirvana) state.
     A Zen meditation is a mind-body encounter, in the sense that there is an emphasis on ritual physical movements (bowing, chanting, sitting, walking, etc.), but the primary purpose of such activities is the quietening effect they have on the mind. The Zen experience is one of ‘sitting loose’ to life, and it is therefore in sharp contrast to the somewhat ‘driven’ left-brain orientation of the West, with its emphasis on rationality, logic and control. Using a phrase from Zazen your job is really simple!  JUST BE!
     So there you have it….if you want to get off the merry-go-round and slow things down why not take some time and learn to just be. Not as easy as it sounds grasshopper.  But I promise you… you can take this skill and apply it to human relationships, stuck in traffic, long lines, airports and the dental chair. Whats not to like…being wired tight to the max.
Take time to be still and be in the moment. A Zen master stated if you really want to know the secret to happiness all you have to do is accept WHATEVER HAPPENS in your life.

QUOTE: I believe life (which zen can be a part of) encompasses never ending experiences. Searching and questioning through past and present lives, the answers to which, each of us will find in our own timescale.  Ultimately bringing us an understanding of the “bigger” picture and our place within it.—Shad

Dennis Waitley said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The essence of Bodhidharma’s teachings is that one does not need to study sacred texts, worship deities, or do elaborate religious rituals to achieve enlightenment. Rather, one needs to break through the boundaries of conventional thought using meditation and experience the world as it truly is in the moment.

Zen maintains that this was the way the Buddha himself attained enlightenment. Zen teaches that all humans have the capacity to attain enlightenment because we all have an inherent Buddha-nature; indeed, we are all already enlightened beings, but our true potential has been clouded by ignorance. According to some Zen traditions, this ignorance is overcome through a sudden breakthrough — called satori — during meditation in which the true nature of reality, and our experience of it, is revealed. 

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your bad temper…it has no practical use and is a waste of energy and emotions.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Just Be!  Just Bee! Just B  no jumping around Grasshopper and u2 can capture the essence of zen.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

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Zentraveler on the oil that heals!

 

Zentraveler

Zentraveler

When I was a child if I was bad my mother gave me a dose of  CASTOR OIL which I hated and shook my head as if bit by a snake.  Also when I was good and came down with any sort of infection my mother delivered the dreaded CASTOR OIL like Nurse Ratchet…and vol-la the cold or whatever magically disappeared. Sometimes these older remedies have a great deal of merit…  which allows us the cliche of MOTHER KNOWS BEST! As my brother was  a fast learner he was almost always good to avoid the castor oil treatment.

Castor oil comes from the castor seed, Ricinus communis, which has a very unusual chemical composition and healing properties. Castor oil is a triglyceride, comprised of fatty acids, 90 percent of which is ricinoleic acid. This unique fatty acid is found in lower concentrations in a few other seeds and oils (0.27 percent in cottonseed oil and 0.03 percent in soybean oil) and is thought to be responsible for castor oil’s unique healing properties.

The castor seed plant is native to India. Centuries ago, the plant was referred to as “Palma Christe” because the leaves were said to resemble the hand of Christ. This association likely arose out of people’s reverence for the plant’s healing abilities. It was later adopted for medicinal use in Ancient Egypt, China, Persia, Africa, Greece, Rome, and eventually in 17th Century Europe and the Americas. Castor oil is one of the best kept secrets in the world of natural health.  Taken from the bean of the castor plant, this oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, which exerts powerful therapeutic effects. Historically, castor oil was taken as an oral laxative.

Today, however, taking castor oil this way it is not recommended because its powerful laxative effect can disrupt normal digestion and healthy intestinal flora. When it comes to treating chronic conditions, sometimes it is more effective to treat our bodies gently. Castor oil best exerts its powerful effects when applied topically, directly to the skin. It proves to be a simple, cheap and effective remedy for a variety of common health issues including: hair-loss, arthritis, back aches, muscle aches, and may even help in certain cancers.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: Advice is like Castor Oil, easy to give, but dreadful to take—Josh Billings

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

  • Advocates claim castor oil is most effective for strengthening your lymphatic system when it is applied topically in a “castor oil pack,” a treatment popularized by the late psychic healer Edgar Cayce

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Castor Oil plants..be careful grasshopper they can be your own poison.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Use Castor Oil packs on the body to restore lymphocytes and to improve your immune system.

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Zentraveler explores Malaysia!

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Since I live in the Philippines its a great opportunity to travel to Asia. Sometimes your travels are partially determined by discount flights which you can search on the internet. This was our case as we booked a round trip flight from Cebu, Philippines to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The direct flight took three and a half hours and cost $315.00 dollars for two persons.

Now that the flight was booked for a twelve day stay in Malaysia, the next step was to book hotels since this was the busy holiday season. We used booking.com which was fast with friendly software.  We gave them a credit card for room guarantee and you could cancel any time up to 30 days with no fees involved. They immediately emailed your hotel reservation with your confirmation number and you were good to go.

Le Baron Hotel Langkawi

Le Baron Hotel Langkawi

The next part is rather tricky as the ego and your desires to see the entire country in a whirlwind trip need to be trimmed down to a realistic schedule. We looked at a map of Malaysia and could go to several national parks and see Orangutans in the wild or visit rehabilitated centers which takes some advance planning, which did not fit our schedule on this trip or head to the opposite coast and visit Royal Cities, freshwater lakes and learn about the local culture.  We decided to head north and visit historic Georgetown on Panang Island and ferry to Langkawi Island for a nature tour of the mangroves and rivers.

 

This was our rough itinary with plenty of extra time for travel and sight seeing.  As our starting point we booked  four nights at the V Garden Hotel  a bit out of the way and approximately one hour from the airport.  Very nice hotel for the money, the rooms were small but very clean and efficient with a friendly staff and only a few minutes walk to the mrt station which we used daily to tour the attractions of Kuala Lumpur.

Zentraveler Croc Adventure

Zentraveler Croc Adventure

From Kuala Lumpur we wanted to take the train, but was booked one month in advance so we took a five hour luxury bus to Butterworth, a ten minute taxi ride and a fifty minute ferry to Panang Island where we booked a budget hotel named The Red Inn Cabana.  Excellent value at $30.00 per night with breakfast included and  centrally located in historic Georgetown.

Historic Georgetown             Museum

Historic Georgetown
Museum

Leaving Georgetown we were to take a direct ferry to Langkawi Island which was sold out, so we bused several hours to another ferry depot and a two hour ferry ride to Langkawi where we checked into Le Baron Hotel which was upscale with two swimming pools and located on the scenic seacoast.

Luxury Bus

Luxury Bus

We headed back to Kuala Lumpur on a direct bus about six hours to the main bus station and checked into the An Casa Hotel and Spa centrally located next to the bus station and close proximity to an mrt station, China town, and the Central Market.

We decided to reward ourselves and proceeded on a gastronomic tour to die for. Many of the food critics have labeled Malaysia as the best food choices in the world.  And to prove a point my partner Perla gained seven pounds in twelve days. To try to communicate how good the food is nearly impossible. The main reason is the diversity of the food from many Asian backgrounds including, Chinese, Malaysian. Singaporian, Indian and local mixed cultures.  You can choose to eat street food which is quick and tasty and many ways the way to go if on a budget or go to traditional Chinese and Malaysian Restaurants with  fancy menu’s an upscale service.

Green Curry Fish Filet

Green Curry Fish Filet

You could make a point about eating your way through Malaysia and you could come away a died in the wool believer that the Food Gods gave everything they had with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and sauces to die for.

Mangrove Tour Langkawi

Mangrove Tour Langkawi

So there you have it!  If you want the city life of Kuala Lumpur and also take in the historic sights of Georgetown on Panang Island and travel to Langkawi Island to watch eagles soaring over pristine rivers, pack in a mangrove tour feeding wild monkies and discover hidden lakes… then all you have to do is book your flight and The World is Your Oyster!

Aquarium Kuala Lumpur

Aquarium Kuala Lumpur

QUOTE: Malaysia is a country unlike any other: Full of promise and fragility. Its history, cultural and religious diversity make it a rich, compelling and surprising land.—Tariq Ramadan  

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

  • Malaysia is located between 2º and 7º north of the Equator; Peninsular Malaysia is separated from the states of Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. To the north of Peninsular Malaysia is Thailand while its southern neighbor is Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are north of Indonesia in Borneo while Sarawak also shares a border with Brunei.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: ORANGUTANS…YOUR VANISHING RELATIVES NEEDS YOUR HELP.  Dig deep Grasshopper or this game is over…EXTINCTION IS FOREVER.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Create your own Gastronomic tour of Malaysia eating a sampling of the best prepared foods in the world…not to mention chocolate covered GRASSHOPPERS.  Look out Grasshopper or you will end up on the menu.

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Zentraveler on the secret to easy meditation!

Anyone can have instant success at meditation and with the stressful world we live in could you find 30 minutes a day to be totally relaxed and watch a kaleidoscope of colors float by as if watching a three d movie. Your brain is like a motor in a car but revved up to the top without a break.  We all know you can’t run an engine full-out without something blowing up.

This easy to learn secret to meditation not only leaves you fully relaxed, but you now will have a lifelong system that can be employed anywhere. People fly all over the world on a supposed vacation to try to relax.  They join groups, they try yoga, they watch movies, they drink alcohol, they smoke marijuana…and some drift into hard drugs with a dead-end life.

If they only knew the Universe has a unique system already installed in the human model and all you have to do is tap into  it. You could sit by the river for 20 years, become a monk, live in an isolated cave or om hum till  the cows come home , have a guru teacher, move to India or join some cult where your leader decides your destiny. Since the average modern day humanoid has a retention span of a mosquito and this is a new year… I will now give you the meditation secret that  will streamline your life.

By simply reading you will have the secret and the cost is zero.  Whats the catch? The catch is you actually need to do this as a part of your daily routine for optimum results.

Here it is THE SECRET TO EASY MEDITATION :  You start by putting on some soft music.  You then lie down on your back with comfortable pillows if you like and close your eyes.  No cheating keep your eyes closed.  Your brain will try to fool you by bringing up all sorts of memories and will interfere at will.  Just let all of this brain noise pass by…its fun and don’t try to meditate…just be! I told you this was easy…no pressure just lay back with eyes closed and soon you will begin to see purple and green colors floating in and out and lightning strikes of bright lights. The brain and ego is pissed and tries to interfere..just laugh and watch the show.  You may see a rainbow of  lights flashing or moving like pulsating jellyfish.

The soft music continues and you are amazed at what the Universe gives you if you know the secret! So there you have it! An easy way to meditation that leaves you fully relaxed for thirty minutes a day.  What if I fall a sleep during meditation? It’s ok your body and brain probably needs it. Don’t try to hard using western standards to see these colors or be disappointed in your meditation…just be!

QUOTE:“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Meditation enables us to enjoy whatever we do in our lives more fully and happily—whether that is playing sports, taking care of our family, or advancing in our career.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your Brain!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Use the easy method of meditation on a daily basis!  Grasshopper you are exempt… you sit around in the field meditating most of your life.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free

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Zentraveler on super typhoon Yolanda!

Just when life seems to have some logic and meaning out of nowhere you are hit with the greatest typhoon ever to hit land in the world.

With winds in excess of 300 miles per hour the word DEVISTATION  would be light compared to the reality of peoples properties and lives.

Rather than boar you with the details I have to say it is a real luxury to have fresh drinking water, electric or a generator, any internet connection and food on the table.

I waited in line for two hours with my laptop only to be disconnected after four more laptops showed up plus over a hundred people lined up in the street to charge their devices.

At this point I would like to give thanks for everything and anyone who shares a sense of help for the people of the Philippines.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ZENTRAVELER

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Zentraveler on virtual travel.

Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum Paris France

Maybe you hit the travel wall and are tired of taxi-cabs trying to rip you off, delayed flights, buses and train schedules, cramped seating, miss representation of hotels with fancy pictures on the internet, immigration hassles of getting to and from airports, bus, airport and train depots, lousy bathroom conditions, Montezumas revenge, mosquitoes and sand-flies using you for target practice, plastic everywhere and smells that would challenge the human imagination.

If so and this applies to you grasshopper… sit back in your easy chair and begin the virtual travel itinerary.  There is a story about a man who wanted to impress his new girlfriend… so he spent hours studying the virtual tour of the Louvre art gallery in Paris, France.  He has never been to France so he went on-line and learned some quick French, took his girlfriend from San Francisco to Paris and when they went through the Louvre Museum he was a walking encyclopedia of information about all of the famous artists and paintings. You can start your virtual travel by taking the Expert Guided Louvre tour at: www. viator.com/Louvre-Museum.

Over dinner that night with him ordering in French… complete with frog legs, sweet breads, brains, and a bottle of Pouilly-Fuisse white wine he proposed marriage and they have lived happily ever after.

Native Dancer

Native Dancer

In the Age of Disinformation this man could easily be trained to become a politician as he hadn’t told his girlfriend that he actually visited France or been to the Louvre Museum before.  However using this an example you can literally travel around the globe with a few clicks of the mouse or twitches from your new apple tablet…and maybe even impress your friends.

There are over 10,000 travel videos on the internet something to interest every type of traveler.  Sit back in your easy chair and begin your virtual sightseeing travel experience with the following websites.

Travelistic, Trip Films, Geobeats, Zoom and Go, Videomap, Compulsive Traveler, Travel Channel, Overlander TV, Traveler Videos, and Lonely Planet TV

So there you have it!  There are many types of travelers:  some like to travel from point A to point B, others want discovery, pure adrenalin junkies, and others want to learn the culture and arts of a new country.  You too can join the ranks of seasoned travelers with a few clicks of the mouse.

Virtual Travel Image

Virtual Travel Image

QUOTE: “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: While the name “virtual travel” may conjure up ideas of virtual reality machines and time travel, the truth is really not that glamorous, but it is very interesting nonetheless. The concept is really a fairly simple one. Using a computer and an internet connection, a person goes online and finds virtual destinations and tours from the comfort of their own home. For anyone who has ever used the internet take a 360 degree tour of a home, hotel room or house, the idea should seem familiar. There are a variety of sites on the internet which are geared specifically to providing internet users with a lifelike travel experience without even having to leave their homes.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your computer files!  Download free Dropbox and your good to go with all of your files saved and can be accessed anywhere in the world.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Its all in ZEE travel or is it! Try some virtual sightseeing travel…it could really open your eyes and expand your imagination!

Virtual Travel Photo

Virtual Travel Photo

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Zentraveler on secret to living one hundred years!

Live to be 100 years old

Live to be 100 years old

GREAT NEWS  for anyone born after the year 2000: They’ll probably live to 100, according to research from Denmark. That’s roughly 20 years longer than the life expectancy of the rest of us. But we could live that long, too, says Walter Bortz II, MD, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University: “What’s holding us back are bad habits.”

Luck and genetics play roles in longevity, of course, but you can’t control that. To hike your odds of hitting 100, focus on what you can do, like loading up on fruits and veggies (add five years), working out five days a week (add two to four years), and cutting down on stress (may add up to six years).

Much has been written about the secret to living a long life.  My mother lived ninety-nine plus years…  just short of one hundred years. Some of the things Zentraveler learned are so simple yet often times ignored

1.  She always maintained a positive attitude no matter what occurred in her life

2. She always slept well and  normally went to sleep within a minute after she went to bed

3. She ate very small meals and enjoyed five or six cups of coffee per day and put fresh blueberries on her cereal

4. She maintained  strong relationships with  friends and relatives

5. She kept current on world affairs

6. She kept busy through retirement collecting more than 700 teddy bears after age 90

7. She stayed away from doctors and hospitals

8. She watched all of the latest movies on tv and turned off the ones that were too violent

9. She tried to find the good in everyone she ever met

10. She kept her religion private but attended regular service at the church or on tv

Bonus:  She was grateful for everything life gave her!

Her real secret which she communicated many times was:  life’s secret:  “I don’t mind what happens.”  Her answer was life is a trade off…example John lives in a big expensive house,  but was killed in a car wreck!  I drive three hours each day to go to work (make more money) but maybe better to not put hat much stress in your life.  You are driving your own life… so don’t fall into the trap of blaming other people for what happens.

QUOTE:”If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And If you didn’t ask me , I’d still have to say it.” —George Burns 

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Many interesting claims about longevity can be found in ancient writings.  In the book of Genesis, Adam and six of his direct descendants are said to have lived for more than 900 years. The oldest, Methuselah, was said to have lived 969 years.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Save the rain forest. Save the orangutan. Save the world! 

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Get off the couch grasshopper, keep moving, eat good food, don’t worry and live your life.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free

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Zentraveler on The Art of Travel.

The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel

Cool Travel

Cool Travel

The question is are you just following some hot tips that you read in the latest trendy travel magazine or do you want to cultivate some rules of travel which you can use for a lifetime.

Ask yourself what do you want from your travel experience.  Would you like to fly to Cancun, Mexico and stay at a holiday resort that is loaded with noisy folks playing drinking games and partying all night long.  Many of these travelers might as well stay at their local Holiday Inn and experience the same drunken brawl…since their eyes are closed  and that is all they get.

Or would you like to fly to Cancun and visit many of the wonderful Mayan Ruins traveling through the exotic tropical jungles and joining in on an educational tour of the ruins… then find that quaint hotel with nature and nothing but the birds to listen to in the twilight of the evening.

As you can see these two totally different travel vacations arrive at the same airport, but have amazing different results. You are not only the designer of your life you can also design the perfect vacation.

When we think of the word art many things conjure up in your mind.  The art of music, the art of dance, the art of painters, gourmet art, the art of zen. Art is normally associated with training the mind voice or hands to paint, play an instrument, make pottery, write a song, write a book, and much more.

Madridejos Museum

Madridejos Museum

The art of travel isn’t much different.  If you really want to get the most from a travel experience then you need to do  research on where to stay, what to see and what you expect from this travel opportunity. You are in essence training your mind like a fine tuned violin to get the most from your travels.

The art of travel:

1. research your next travel opportunity and print out your travel itinary

2. prepare list of attractions and things to do

3.  make a budget to fit time frames and stick to it

4. make a daily log of your activities and money spent

5. pack light and have good  pair of walking shoes or sporting shoes

6. bring flashlight, whistle and first aid kit with your meds and vitamins

7 . copy of passport, credit cards,  important numbers packed  seperately

8. ask the locals for information

9. emerge yourself in the local culture

10. take plenty of photo ops

11. have fun

Some of the hot travel opportunities are taking a voluntary travel vacation… where you might teach people how to recycle, how to make a neighborhood vegetable garden, make solar ovens, dig new wells,  tag rhinos, go to language school, enroll in a gourmet cooking school,  take a wildlife conservation holiday or go on a biosphere expedition.

Sporting vacations which include: skiing, mountain climbing, scuba diving, golfing, spelunking, river rafting, kayaking, sailing, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, bungee jumping, sky diving, ziplining.  Out of sporting vacation options…  you could add some broom cleaning to your travels and  fly to Canada and learn curling on the ice.

Other travel vacations are eco-travel, visiting and photographing churches, museums, ancient ruins, photo travel and many more that your imagination and research can conjure up.

Bohol Church

Bohol Church

So there you have it if you really want to learn the art of travel you need to do some pre-planning pack appropriately, and you too can cash in on the art of travel.

Ocean Kayaking

Ocean Kayaking

QUOTE: “Travel makes one modest, you can see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”–Gustave Flaubert

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Aside from love, few activities seem to promise us as much happiness as going traveling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs, and landscapes. … Jean-Pierre Acoustin and Alain de Botton from their book The Art of Travel

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: WATER  Water is very precious. It is being used without any consideration. If we are not careful very soon the time when we do not have any water will come. Imagine surviving without any water. No water to drink, no water to cook food with, no water to brush our teeth. Water is an important part of our daily lives. We are dependent on water for all our activities. Thus we must first begin by saving water.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: It’s all in zee travel…get off the couch Grasshopper and open your big bug eyes!

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free

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Zentraveler on the Zen KISS!

KISS

KISS

The zen kiss is not like the Eskimo nose rub or the romantic movie screen kiss.  In fact it’s not about two humans engaging in the tradition of the kiss.  It’s a simple life philosophy that simply stands for KISS:  “Keep It Simple Stupid.” If you study longevity and people who have had a long rewarding life they have that one ingredient that separates them from the rest of mankind.  They have a mindset that allows them to continue life in a simple zen manner.

They keep out of costly entanglements, law suits and fights with their neighbors… since they simply go about doing their business and don’t meddle into anyone elses business.  Why complicate things when life can be so beautiful by living a simple yet productive life.

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania and watched the Mennonites simply go about their business growing fruits and vegetables, farming and making handicrafts and basically living on a self-sustained manner… butchering their own meats, making cheeses and blending into their own society.  They don’t get involved with national politics, wars or the run of the mill corporate disasters.  They simply live very much like the zen philosophy.

So there you have it!  My average blog is around one thousand words so I have tried by example to shorten this blog to under four hundred words and keep it simple stupid.  KISS

QUOTE:  Albert Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The international KISS Principle or idea is key to the success and order of any business and/or your life.  Using the KISS Principle will not only have a positive effect on your life, but also on those around you.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your tendency to complicate everything.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Organize your life by utilizing the KISS  principle.  This is for you grasshopper:  Keep it simple stupid or you will end up as just another multitasking weasel.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free

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Zentraveler on The California Sea Snail… possible cure for Cancer.

Keyhole Limpet Sea Snail

Keyhole Limpet Sea Snail

As time marches forward medical technology is rapidly closing in on some of our worst nightmares….THE DREADED BIG C or THE DREADED CANCER. If I were to place a bet I predict some research group in the immediate future will discover a cure for cancer. If I was chosen to perform cancer research I would look for the ugliest, awfullest, poisonous snakes, jelly fish, mantra ray’s, the deadly blowfish…  mix that with some scorpions, poisonous tree frogs, wart hogs and you might just discover the cure.  Every disease has a natural cure somewhere.  It’s up to science and modern technology to discover a cure for cancer.

Researchers are going in every direction to find a cure for cancer and they are getting very close.  Just recently a small research firm in California discovered that the sea snail had the ability to stop cancer dead in its tracks.  There are several problems…we have very limited supply of natural sea snails so this research company has learned to grown sea snails in a controlled environment and can then in the not to distant future extract the blood from the sea snails and make a vaccine to cure cancer.

The California sea snail  may end up going down as one of the most exciting biotech stories of the future.  At the heart of the issue is a compound called Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin, or KLH for short.Most likely unfamiliar to anyone without a PHD in Biochemical engineering or Pharmacology, KLH is one of the most important base-ingredients  for the creation and evaluation of new pharmaceuticals.

The reason is, KLH is one of the most widely-applied  ‘carrier proteins’ currently in use.  It is the molecule which, by virtue of its shape, has the ability to deliver the active ingredient of a multitude of medicines to key receptors points inside cell walls. KLH works on an intra-cellular level, it will be a necessary component of any future drugs designed to kill Malignant Cancer Cells… Which means that the future cure for cancer itself will likely rely on KLH sea snail intervention.

The problem with the cancer cells is a lot of the antigen that are expressed on the cancers is actually your own tissues. The body sees them: This is my own, I shouldn’t react to it. : Cancer cells are, in essence, your own cells. So your immune system doesn’t see them as foreign invaders.  And, as such, it fools your immune system to kind of ignore them and let them keep growing. And when the tumor mass gets to be a certain size, then your body no longer be able to handle it.  So doctors use treatments like radiation and chemotherapy, which target all fast-growing cells in your body… that’s why cancer vaccines have such promise.  It’s something that it’s high on the radar screen because of the characteristics—that they can differentiate the normal cells from the tumor cells and be able to target the treatments to the tumors.  Cancer vaccines could train your body to only attack the cancer cells.  The challenge is finding something on cancer cells that would help your immune system differentiate them from your own cells.

So there you have it! As the clock ticks faster and faster modern science is closing in on a long-awaited cancer cure.  If you have too much money and time why not do your part and contribute to the eradication of all cancers.

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QUOTE: “Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur.”   …Michael J. Fox

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

Since the signing of the National Cancer Act 35 year ago, progress in the war on cancer has occurred through the work of geneticists, molecular biologists, epidemiologists, chemists and physicians at the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive cancer centers, clinical cancer centers, basic science cancer centers and consortium cancer centers. These prestigious centers include the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, which offers some fast facts to keep you up-to-date on the cancer front.

 

Early detection through screening, more effective treatments, reduction of exposure to risk factors and equal care for people diagnosed with cancer contribute to reducing the burden of cancer in the United States. Americans’ risk of dying from cancer continues to drop, maintaining a trend that began in the early 1990s. However, the rate of new cancers remains stable. Death rates decreased for 11 of the 15 most common cancers in men and for 10 of the 15 most common cancers in women

Cancer is a group of more than 100 different diseases characterized by the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells that form a tumor. Some cancers, such as blood cancers, do not form tumors. Benign (non-cancerous) tumors may grow, but they do not spread to other parts of the body and are usually not life threatening. Malignant (cancerous) tumors grow and invade other tissues in the body. Cells from malignant tumors can also break away and travel to other parts of the body, where they can continue to grow, a process called metastasis.

The statistics on survival are encouraging for many cancers. There are approximately 10.1 million Americans alive with a history of cancer—some are considered cured, others are in remission or are receiving treatment. The overall survival rate for all types of cancer is 65 percent. The USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to contribute to that success.

Resources: American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program, National Cancer Institute and the NCI Entertainment Education Program, National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database


 

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your Life!  By being better informed on Cancers new treatments and scientific break-through’s you could  save your own skin plus help your friends and relatives.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: If you think you have CANCER you should get a cancer check-up  …early detection can save lives.

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