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7 benefits of growing a beard

7 benefits of growing a beard

by James Arthur Warren

1 Beards look masculine
It’s the beard that makes the man, not the man that makes the beard. Beards convey power, wisdom, courage, strength and self assuredness to name a few. Beards have a pre-eminent power that demands respect. A study by the University of New South Wales titled “the role of facial hair in women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities” found “that beardedness affects judgments of male socio-sexual attributes and suggest that an intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive while full-bearded men may be perceived as better fathers who could protect and invest in offspring.” [1]
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2 Beards save time which is usually spent shaving
Shaving takes approximately 5 minutes per day. Assuming you shave your face 7 days per week, that adds up 35 minutes per week, 30 hours per year or 63 days of shaving if you shaved daily for 50 years.

3 Beards are sensual and soft
What more can I say. Everyone likes the feel of a beard, from you kids to the people you greet with a hug.

4 Beards save money by not shaving
Razors, electric shavers, electricity, shaving foam, shaving soap, hot water and time. All these costs can be avoided and reduced by growing your facial hair.

5 No razor is required
Razors cost money and use resources. Growing a beard reduces both the financial cost and resource costs associated with shaving. The environmental costs of razors include, energy costs, plastics, and metal production as well as the problem of disposing of razors in a safe sustainable manner such as recycling.

6 No shaving soap or foam is required
Like razors, shaving soap and foams have financial and environmental costs associated with their manufacture and use. These costs include, costs in manufacture such as energy and resources as well as pollution costs from the chemicals released into the waterways during their use.There are pollution costs associated with the packaging that soaps and foams come in as well as the chemicals released into waterways..

7 Beards protect your skin
Growing a beard protects the skin from damage by the sun or wind, Beards also offer protection from skin cancer on the face.

Bonus Benefit
The bonus benefits about growing a beard is that because it is natural, it is better for your health and the health of the environment. Beards require less resources, generate less environmental pollutants and have less environmental costs than shaving. One example is that thousands of hectares of rainforest and orangutan habitat has been destroyed for the production of palm oil which is used in the manufacture of shaving soaps and foams.

[1] http://www.ehbonline.org/article/S1090-5138(13)00022-6/fulltext

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7 Benefits of owning chickens or chooks.

7 Benefits of owning chickens or chooks.

by James Arthur Warren
Chickens or chooks as they are known in Australia are easy to keep and ensure a daily supply of fresh eggs.

Watch this video and read on to find out the 7 benefits and if you get to the end I will give you an extra bonus benefit of owning chooks.

Here are the 7 benefits of owning chooks.

1. Free Eggs and they are more nutritious
Eggs from free range chickens eat natural food like grass from the garden. You can also ensure that their food is organic. This means your eggs can be more healthy and nutritious.

2. Free range chooks are happier
Chooks locked in small cages have a short and unpleasant life. However, free range chickens live longer and healthier lives.

3. Get rid of food scraps
Keeping chooks is a great way to get rid of food scraps instead of putting your scraps into the garbage. Food scraps decompose and form methane, a greenhouse gas, in a landfill.

4. Manure for the garden
Chickens produce manure which is a good source of nutrients for plants in your garden.

5. Back yard exterminators, eating insects
Free range chooks wander around the garden eating pests that attack and eat your garden plants.

6. Improve the soil
Chickens improve the soil by scratching it up and aerating it. They also add nutrients to the soil in the way of manure which acts as fertiliser.

7. Happiness. release of oxytocin the love hormone
Loving and nurturing anyone or thing stimulates the love hormone oxytocin making you feel happier.

Bonus Benefit: You can eat them.

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7 Benefits of reusable jute or hemp shopping bags

7 Benefits of reusable jute or hemp shopping bags

by James Arthur Warren

In the whole world over one trillion single use plastic bags are produced and used each year. Less than one percent are recycled and many end up as litter polluting our environment. The bags then wash into rivers and oceans being mistaken for food and killing animals. Plastic bags are photodegradable breaking up into finer and finer particles which are ingested by krill. The plastic polymers then bioaccumulate up the food chain.

In Australia there are 7 billion single use plastic bags used each day. Luckily some states around the world  like South Australia and France are legislating to reduce and eliminate the use of these environmentally harmful products. However if your government is not acting fast enough to reduce the number of plastic bags used it is your responsibility to do something about it.

What can you do?

You can get some reusable, sustainably produced just or hemp bags and say “No bag thanks! I’ve brought my own.”

There are a couple of videos at the end of this blog post that explain the problem of single use plastic bags and solutions.Check out PPB- Post Plastic Bag on facebook

Here are the 7 benefits of reusable jute or hemp shopping bags.

  1. Reuseable
  2. Stronger
  3. Less Litter
  4. They biodegrade not photodegrade
  5. Sustainably produced
  6. Less plastic bags are used
  7. Supports local enterprises

For the BONUS BENEFIT watch my video or read to the end of this article.

1 Reusable

The are reusable so you can use them over and over again. However most polythene bags are only used once and then discarded which encourages waste and overconsumption.

2 Stronger

Hemp and jute are stronger than plastic bags so they don’t break.

3 Less litter

People are unlikely to litter a reusable bag because it is reusable unlike single use plastic bags which are by definition designed to be discarded after on use. For this reason some people discard them as litter into the environment. In the environment they get eaten by turtles, fish and other animals which then die from starvation.

4 Biodegradable and not photodegradable.

Biodegradable bags break down in the environment into their organic components of carbon dioxide. Photodegradable plastic breaks up into finer and finer particles of the original product. This leaves a toxic leachate that then bioaccumulates up the food chain.

5 Produced from sustainable crops.

They can be made from sustainably produced crops like hemp instead of petrochemicals. Using hemp like products encourages the adoption of a sustainable cellulose industries. However plastic products are a by product of the oil industry which is a damaging industry.

6 Reduce the number of plastic bags used.

7 Reusable bags can be made locally

This gives people entrepreneurial opportunities as opposed to supporting globalised petrochemical corporations.

The BONUS BENEFIT Vegetables stored in plastic bags sweat, go soggy and rotten quickly but in hemp bags they don’t.

Here is a video that explains about ending our addiction to plastic bags.

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7 Benefits of Tai Chi

7 Benefits of Tai Chi

By James Arthur Warren

Tai Chi is a graceful series of body movements from ancient China. It is a flowing and focused, non-competitive exercise accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi is also called Tai chi chuan and has many different styles each emphasising different principles and methods.

The seven benefits of Tai Chi are:

1 No equipment is required.  

Unlike yoga which needs a yoga mat, Tai Chi require no equipment Tai Chi also requires little space. This means Tai Chi can be practiced anywhere, anytime. If you live in a small apartment or during your lunch break it is easy to find a space large enough to practice Tai Chi.

2 Good for your joints.

Tai Chi is  good for your joints, especially your smaller joints. The movements in Tai Chi ensures that your joints move in all directions increasing movement and flexibility. Tai chi is better than more repetitive movements like running which only exercise some joints in some directions. Tai chi movements involve a large range of movements of many joints.

3 Good for sleep.

Tai Chi should be practiced in the morning, out facing the sun. A Flinders university study “have shown that evening bright light stimulation is beneficial. It delays their rhythms, delays their final awakening, and increases their total amount of sleep” [1] The blue light in the early morning stimulates your brains and is good for your sleep quality and enhances your biorhythms.

4 Enhance your energy.

Tai Chi gets the energy, known as “chi” flowing more efficiently the body.

5 Good for your circulatory system.

Tai Chi is good for increasing the blood flow to the fine capillaries in your extremities like fingers and toes

6  Improves your patience.

The movements of Tai Chi are performed in a slow and deliberate manner. At the same time a focusing on slow movement, focus on breathing is required. Tai Chi can’t be hurried or rushed. As the preying mantis said to the hungry grasshopper jumping about looking for food, “Patience grasshopper”

7 It makes you happier

Tai Chi makes you happier because you commune with god. There is a saying that goes “when you do Tai Chi, you do it with God” There are 108 movements of Taoist Tai Chi and once learnt you allow your body and movements to be guided intuitively by God.

Bonus Benefit:

Tai Chi is for all ages. Yes. People of all ages can do Tai Chi and benefit.

[1] http://www.flinders.edu.au/sabs/psychology/research/labs/sleep/bas.cfm

[2] Image 

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7 Benefits of Quantum Pause Breathing

Seven benefits of Quantum Pause Breathing (Box Breathing)

By James Arthur Warren

Think about this. It is possible that we breathe some of the atoms that Leonardo Da Vinci breathed every time we inhale. [1]

You all want more energy and efficiency from your everyday lives and Quantum Pause Breathing can help achieve this. Here I outline 7 benefits of Quantum Pause Breathing and if you read all the way to the end of the article there is a bonus benefit and a YouTube video you can watch to learn more.

Quantum Pause is a simple, four-stage process beginning with an in-breath of anywhere between three and six counts (depending on your lung capacity), posture, and degree of privacy. After you have gathered in your breath, breathing through your nose, you hold it (pause) for an equal count, and then exhale through your mouth, again, for the same count, and then hold (pause) for the same count. [2]

Quantum Pause breathing does not specify a length of time for each part of the breath but emphasis is put on uniformity of each stage. Box Breathing takes Quantum Pause Breathing to another level and specifies a full 100% inhale and exhale. This cycle is repeated three times in one minutes for up to 5 minutes or a total of 15 cycles.

Quantum pause breathing is a great technique to integrate the when, which, how practice and the six heart virtues [1]. It can be practised at any time in meditation, in your daily work practice and  even during your commute to work.

There are many benefits of breathing well including an awareness of the importance of breath in metabolism.

1 Increased lung capacity

The quantum pause breathing technique practiced daily, encourages a full 100% inhale and exhale which exercises the lungs and increases lung capacity. Most people in daily activitieslike  sitting at the desk use less than their full lung capacity. This means that their lungs are never fully expanded or contracted, missing out on vital oxygen. In the afternoon or evening this can equate to yawing which is an autonomic nervous response to a lack of oxygen.

2 Better oxygen transfer

Exercising the lungs increases the efficiency of respiration. Simply put, more oxygen comes into your body and more carbon dioxide leaves. The oxygen we breathe is used with water in the respiratory process for the metabolism of carbon based foods and the result is carbon dioxide that we breathe out.

3 Mental clarity and focus

Breathing well results in greater oxygenation of the brain resulting in greater mental clarity. This can also be applied before going into sport, study or work for more focus.

4 Heart-brain coherence

Your heart, like your brain, has millions of neurons and your lungs supply the oxygen for both to function well. The rhythmic nature of Quantum Pause Breathing helps to synchronize both the heart and the mind.

5 Alertness

Quantum Pause Breathing can be applied when sitting in a meeting, a class or just before reading  a book. The extra oxygen in the brain increases alertness and induces calmness.

6 Stimulate the lymphatic system and detoxify the body.

Deep breathing stimulates the lymphatic system which picks up toxins and helps to excrete them.

7 Makes you happier and reduces stress

Quantum Pause Breathing stimulates the feel good hormones, the pleasure inducing neurochemicals in the brain. It can be applied before or during a stressful situation to induce a feeling of calm.

Bonus Benefit.

Regular practice of Quantum Pause Breathing aids recovery from cigarette smoking and other respiratory illnesses.

Watch this video to learn more.

[1] http://superbeefy.com/how-is-it-possible-that-we-consume-some-of-the-atoms-breathed-by-leonardo-da-vinci-every-time-we-inhale/

[2] http://eventtemples.com/sessions/evt3/downloads/Spiritual%20Activism%20EVT3.pdf
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