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Bad Vibes: What Else Is There to Say?

I watched a video this morning that explained how people vibrate at different levels and when you interact with someone who vibrates differently than you do it creates ‘bad vibes’. Boy, oh boy, have I ever been feeling that lately.


Bad Vibes Can Drain Your Energy

The longer explanation was about how human beings – and everything – is made up of atoms and how we’re protein-based and all atoms and protein give off vibrations – and that each cell in your body is basically a miniature battery.

So, when we encounter someone whose vibration conflicts with our own vibration, it creates this kind of cross-wave that’s basically a bad vibe that drains your energy – just like energy drains from a battery.

The video also explained how some things block vibrations, and while it didn’t quite say how to block bad vibes that drain your energy, I would like to offer a few of my own ideas on the topic.

Affirmations and Symbols of Faith to Ward Off Bad Vibes

I suggest keeping a note book with a few simple affirmations written in it. Write simple, positive messages that remind you to breathe and that support your own sense of positive energy.

Quotations that inspire you are also great to use for affirmations.

You can also choose a symbol of your faith to display where you’re spending time, or a healing gemstone ring that makes you feel positive.

Get Away From Toxic Messages By Turning Off Social Media for a While

We’ve all been there… tying to communicate with someone who drains your energy.

Sometimes you can’t easily get away, but if it’s coming through your social media accounts, all you really have to do is log out for a while.

Get your energy back up by doing something away from the toxicity for a while – and it’s a recurring theme – maybe you need to consider cutting some ties with the toxic people who are draining the life out of you – but that’s your call.

Whatever you do, though, do it safely and with kindness, because you don’t want to become the toxicity – if you’re feeling white-hot anger and wishing some jerk would just kick the bucket – calm down before acting – it’s better for YOU that way.

3 Powerful Healing Gemstones for Your Home

Gemstones have long been associated with protection and healing. Some of the strongest of those are also commonly available.

Gemstones can help align and stimulate or calm energies in rooms and in bodies, protect from psychic attacks, either by themselves or in combination with other healing gemstones.

Amethyst

Amethyst balances and helps align energies, as well as raising lower energies to higher ones, helps protect against psychic attack, and aids in meditation. It provides a balance between the physical and spiritual worlds. It is known to enhance mental function. It is best cleansed under cool or cold running water, even if it comes from a tap. (Make sure the points are facing down.)

Moonstone

Moonstone is a stone of feminine energy, helping women especially to regain and maintain their energy and power balances. Combined with the above stone, it helps with emotional wisdom. It brings serenity and helps release negative energies. The clearer and more colorful the stone is, the more healing energy it has. Cleanse it in moonlight, either on the night of the new or the full moon for a fresh or more potent energy, depending on the phase.

Garnet

Garnet has been considered a ward against evil since ancient times, and supports energy flow throughout the body. It helps remove negative energy and replace it with positive energy. It also helps calm chaotic situations. It assists with love relationships, either helping deepen existing ones or helping to find new ones. To cleanse the stone, submerge in sea salt water or dry sea salt overnight, or place under cool or cold running water, even from a tap, points down.

Healing gemstones make beautiful, useful decorations for your home, calming the environment. Caring for them is easy, and the benefits are many.

Why You Should Forge Your Own Trail

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forge Your Own Trail image courtesy of Pixabay

At a glance, it may seem as if the logical thing to do is just follow the trail that others have carved, and sure, there may be times when you should do that. However, think what you may be missing by following someone else’s path.

The One Who Goes First Sets the Standard

The person who goes first, sets the pace and creates the original benchmark, or set of goals, for the people who follow. For example, Henry Ford created the a manufacturing process that companies worldwide are still trying to replicate.

The One Who Goes First Enjoys the Adventure

Being the first one to do something is exciting, and fun, and an adventure. Following may have the advantage of using an easier path, but the leader gets the bragging rights, the excitement of being first, and gets to enjoy the most success.

The One Who Goes First Gets to Help Others

Helping others makes us feel good – it’s just part of being human that we (for the most part) enjoy the way it feels (emotionally) when we reach out to help someone else succeed.

Forging your own path is pretty likely to give you more of a feeling of accomplishment than you’re ever going to get by following someone else’s trail. And here’s the real difference between making your own trail and following someone else’s…

Should you have others you look up to and ask for advice? Absolutely! Should you follow the advice blindly without considering how it meshes with your goals and existing know-how? Probably not!

Tips for Resolving a Breach of Contract

A breach of contract may be defined as a broken promise. Something that stems from an individual’s failure to fulfill any term of a contract without a lawful excuse. Maybe you hired a developer to build your company’s website and they stop midway through the job without giving you the password, or perhaps a handyman never finished the job or performed shoddy work. Another common breach of contract involves employees who quit to go to work for the competition, one of the reasons Nike sued some of its designers who decided to abandon the company for rival Adidas, as Oregon Live reports.

Breach of Contract image courtesy of Pixabay

These tips can help you resolve a breach of contract without having to sue, no matter what the reason, whether you live in Hamilton, Ontario, Los Angeles, California or anywhere else. Oftentimes, simply sending a demand letter will do the trick as few people want to face a lawsuit, especially when it’s obvious they’re in the wrong.

Try to Work It Out

Before sending any type of formal notice, or threatening a lawsuit, make an attempt to work it out more informally. That can save you time, money and potentially even the working relationship. Never threaten to sue just to get out of a deal that isn’t as lucrative as you thought it would be as it’s likely to backfire, particularly if you’re bluffing, which can lead to a long, drawn-out court battle.

Send a Notice of Breach

If you’re unable to work it out with the other party, the next step is to send a “Notice of Breach,” which creates a record of the date the party that breached the contract is officially told – that can be important if a dispute ends up in court. The notice must indicate which part of the contract was breached. For example, did the other party fail to perform, such as not delivering goods or services, or not paying you for what you provided? Or, maybe they made it impossible for you to perform your obligations? No matter the reason the breach occurred, it’s important to identify all contract clauses affected and list them out. If there is more than one, they should all be listed with the strongest claim first.

Don’t be melodramatic, instead, stick to the facts using a professional tone. If it goes to court, it won’t look good in the eyes of the jury or judge if you have a bullying tone.

In many cases, sending a Notice of Breach will allow both parties to come to a satisfactory solution on their own.

Arbitration or Litigation?

If the breach of contract can’t be resolved without intervention, the next option is either arbitration or litigation. Arbitration involves submitting the dispute to a neutral third party to help resolve it and is much more cost effective than litigation. It’s also much quicker and less cumbersome than having to go to trial. An agreed-upon arbiter is selected to hear the dispute and issues a decision that’s binding.

Native Deodorant: Product Review

I received a free sample of Native deodorant from a company called PinchMe. I reviewed the sample on the PinchMe site, as requested, but I wanted to share about it here, too.

Native Deodorant
Free sample of Native Deodorant

My Free Sample of Native Deodorant

As I mentioned above, I got this free sample of Native deodorant in exchange for a review on another website, but I want to share about it here, too.

It’s an interesting personal care product, in my opinion, because it’s designed to give you a clean, fresh feeling without any of the harsh chemicals you find in some other deodorant brands.

Native deodorant info card
Native deodorant info card

My Experience With Native Deodorant

The first thing I noticed about Native deodorant is its light, floral scent. Looking at the Native deodorant website, I see it also comes in unscented, but I personally prefer the light scent the free sample had instead of an unscented product.

Feels thick: The second thing I noticed is how it goes on. It has a slightly different feeling than the deodorant I normally use, and it feels like it maybe goes on thicker. It wasn’t unpleasant or anything, just a bit different.

Need to reapply sooner: I also found I had to wash up and reapply it sooner than I do my regular brand of deodorant. The company’s website comments mention how long it lasts, but that wasn’t my experience.

It seemed to be effective on me for just about six hours before ‘armpit-onion-skunk’ smell started – compared to the 24-hour protection my existing brand provides – so I would say – don’t expect all-day protection from it – based on my experience.

Extra Native deodorant info card
Extra Native deodorant info card

Why I Liked Native Deodorant

I know I mentioned the differences between the deodorant I normally use and Native deodorant, and having a different texture and needing to apply more often could be perceived as negative, but here’s why I think Native deodorant is a great product:

  • It’s healthier for your body because it doesn’t contain sulfates, aluminum, or parabens
  • Cruelty free with no animal testing, ever
  • All-natural ingredient list you don’t need an encyclopedia to decipher

Thanks for visiting Intrinsic Vicissitude. I hope you enjoyed this review of Native deodorant, and your comments and questions are welcome below or on our Facebook page.

Natural Supplements That Relieve Depression Symptoms


Do natural supplements that are said to relieve depression symptoms work? That’s the focus of this article, read on to learn the findings of my research, but be sure to talk to your doctor before trying any of the supplements mentioned here – to see if they may help with your depression.

Image of depression courtesy of Pixabay

As an adult, depression has been one of the most disabling things I’ve experienced, and I can say with a great deal of certainty that almost every problem I’ve had – and those problems that I still have – are linked to depression. I’ve been blessed in that my chronic depression hasn’t been severe enough that I’ve needed to seek medical help, though I often wonder if I couldn’t have saved some time in life and been in a better place faster if I had talked to my doctor about my chronic depression.

Natural Supplements With Reputations for Relieving Depression

A number of natural supplements have gained status for the way users claim they relieve depression, and given the severe side-effects of some prescription medications, it’s worth looking into the depression relief options provided by natural supplements such as CBD oil, fish oil, SAMe, and folic acid.

CBD Oil for Depression

I hesitated, at first, to write about CBD oil due to its perceived-but-incorrect association with marijuana. It comes from the cannabis plant – but – it’s a different strain of cannabis than the kind that gets you high and ‘loopy’ -that’s a totally different kind of depression relief. The strain of cannabis plant used to produce CBD oil has had the THC ‘bred’ out of it over the years and while it does provide a kind of relaxed bliss, it isn’t going to give you the munchies or make you laugh like a buffoon even if something awful happens the way the other kind of cannabis does.

Fish Oil for Depression

I’ve been using fish oil for a few weeks now, though I didn’t start it for depression. I was having so much trouble with my focus and attention deficit problems that I was desperate, but I don’t like to take prescription medicines if there’s any other way. And, I have noticed some relief of my attention problems, along with the surprise benefit of noticing some relief from my depression. (That’s saying something for me, that I got through the holidays with no bout of depression.) Another plus for fish oil, it can help support heart health, according to the label on the bottle.

SAMe for Depression

SAMe, S-adenosy-L-methionine, is a molecule that occurs naturally in the human body, and it’s been found to help depressed adults who don’t respond well to prescription depression medications. It has also been found effective in relieving osteoarthritis symptoms in patients participating in some studies. It has been noted, however, that bipolar patients experience more manic behavior when taking SAMe, so it’s advised that bipolar people avoid this natural supplement.

Folic Acid for Depression

Low levels of folic acid, also known as folate and as vitamin B-9, have been linked in studies to a number of common ailments, including depression. This vitamin is found in the dark, leafy greens that are often left out of the typical American diet, and it’s easily replaced with supplements or dietary changes. Physical issues its lack-of is associated with include depression, birth defects, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. If you check the labels of multivitmins,you may find it’s already in your daily multivitamin supplement.

Thanks for visiting Intrinsic Vicissitude and reading this post about natural supplements for depression. Questions and comments are welcome, and again, be sure to chat with your doctor before adding new supplements to your diet. Every body responds differently to new medications, so your physician’s care is always your safest starting point in relieving depression or any other ailment.

Do Binaural Beats to Improve Focus Work?

The past few weeks, I’ve been really struggling with focus, and the amount of work I’ve been able to produce has really suffered. I decided to try listening to some music with binaural beats to improve focus, and I wanted to pop in here and share a bit about it. (Music that’s got a beat but isn’t much to dance to… though a night out dancing to regular music has benefits, too.) After all, being productive is one huge thing that affects my sense of positivity and how I feel about – well – everything.

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Where I Found Free Music With Binaural Beats to Improve Focus

Since this is my first experiment with this technique, I wanted to explore some free options, and I found some on YouTube. I don’t have enough experience with this yet to recommend any specific binaural beats soundtracks or videos, but I will say I found the music and experience of listening to Super Intelligence: Memory Music, Improve Focus and Concentration With Binaural Beats Focus Music by Greenred Productions while working made me feel more at peace – which was in itself a very nice thing after a crazy-hectic few weeks.

Music With Binaural Beats as Part of a Meditation Session

I also listened to music with binaural beats as part of a couple meditation sessions, and I found these far more relaxing than my usual meditation sessions. I also found I was more deeply relaxed for several hours after the meditation sessions than normal.

What Binaural Beats Haven’t Help Me With Yet

So far, the jury is still out for me on whether binaural beats can help improve my focus and productivity, though I suspect with patience and continued use I may see a change for the positive. As of now, I haven’t noticed any real improvement in those areas. Where I have noticed improvements are in the depth of relaxation I’m able to achieve and the depth of meditation I’ve been able to achieve with these relaxing tones playing in the background while I work and meditate.

What the Experts Say About Binaural Beat Therapy

Binaural beat therapy might sound like a lot of silliness or like some new fad, but a bit of research reveals its long history and its effectiveness at treating some patients.

Binaural Beats were first discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, and it “has been used in clinical settings to research hearing and sleep cycles, to induce various brain wave states, and treat anxiety,” according to Psychology Today.

Almost ten years ago, around 2010, it was popular to say that kids listening to binaural beats were i-dosing – or that binaural beats music was a digital drug for teens – which was really not proven to be the case – but I wanted to include a mention of it here in case you remember reading about i-dosing from back then.

My Questions for You About Binaural Beats

I’m curious to hear if anyone reading this has tried listening to music with binaural beats to increase focus and productivity (and if it worked or not.)

I’m also curious – if it worked – did it work the first time or did it take multiple tries to notice a difference?

I’m thinking about picking up this CD of pure binaural beats on eBay, to make a personal self-guided meditation for myself, so if you’re interested in trying it for yourself, pop over to eBay and take a look.

Four Ways AR and VR Will Shape Digital Marketing

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are rapidly shaping digital marketing, and there is more integration on the horizon. Customers are eager for new, ground-breaking ideas. To stay on trend and keep customers engaged, companies must begin to incorporate both AR and VR into their business plans. Below are four ways that AR and VR will shape digital marketing in the very near future.

Digital Marketing
Digital Marketing image courtesy of Pixabay

1) Advertisements via Virtual Reality

Google has already jumped on board the VR train, by announcing that they have already placed ads in virtual reality worlds. Users can merely gaze or stare at the ads to start playing them. Movie studios are also experimenting with this. Lionsgate also recently crafted a virtual world for their horror movie, Jigsaw.

While VR advertisements aren’t widespread at the moment, it doesn’t mean they aren’t working. In fact, they should increase in popularity over the next several years. Analysts are predicting that VR advertising will continue to surge, hitting $38 billion in annual revenue by 2026.

2) Simulated Customer Interaction

Businesses are also looking at marketing via simulated customer interaction. Clothing stores, such as Gap, have created dressing room apps. These apps allow customers to try on clothes without stepping into the store. Users simply input their measurements and are able to see how items will look on their bodies.

Similarly, home improvement stores, like Lowe’s, are allowing their customers to remodel their rooms without committing to any changes. Lowe’s also offers DIY classes in virtual reality. Users wear a VR headset and get to work on a project, without making costly mistakes or messes.

3) Innovative Brand Experiences

Some brands are offering their customers out-of-this-world experiences. The lack of chocolate canyons and milk rivers on Earth didn’t stop Oreo from making them a virtual reality. To promote their cupcake-filled flavor, Oreo created a VR film that scored over three million views and created plenty of buzz.

Coca-Cola also had similar results with an AR campaign earlier this year that had over six million views. The success and popularity of AR campaigns will increase the likelihood of more and more companies using these strategies.

4) Digital Packaging

Many companies have begun to use AR as digital packaging. In the past, Starbucks app users have been able to take a picture of their cup and see it come to life on their phone screen. Aside from being innovative, digital packaging allows companies to provide their customers with additional information. For instance, customers can scan the packaging and download more information about the product.

Conclusion

AR and VR are becoming very popular in the digital marketing world. By using these new ideas, companies are creating increased brand awareness, customer engagement, and customer experience. To stay popular, businesses should begin looking into content marketing services to strategize ways to use AR and VR in the future. With out-of-this-world brand experiences, simulated customer interaction, and more, AR and VR services will be in high demand.

The Benefits of Enjoying a Night Out

The rigors of everyday life can get pretty tiresome, and when a traditional vacation getaway isn’t an option, a night out on the town, relaxing and having fun can leave you refreshed and ready to get back to your everyday routine.

Benefits of a Night Out
Benefits of a Night Out image courtesy of Pixabay

Why You Should Go Ahead and Enjoy a Night Out

There’s no denying that the time you spend doing normal things and taking care of everyday life is important and is time well spent, but it can take its toll after a while if you don’t get a break.

Everyone needs balance to be a happy, healthy person, and time out of the house, having a good time is a big part of achieving a healthy work-life balance.

“The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.” – Steven Covey

There are a lot of benefits of family time, including the strong emotional bonds it creates and better behavior in children. However, when you focus only on family time – or work – and don’t make some time for yourself to do things you enjoy, you can end up tired and angry and just plain frazzled.

Whether you opt for a night out alone, with your significant other, or a group of your best friends is (obviously) up to you – but making time for yourself and your friends is good for your psyche and for your health, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Suggestions of Things to Do on a Night Out in Scranton

If you’re in the Scranton area, why not plan a night out in Scranton, and enjoy the benefits of relaxing for an evening getaway?

The  Scranton PA nightlife scene includes a variety of entertaining and relaxing things to do, including:

  • Music lovers in The Electric City can enjoy concerts at indoor or outdoor venues.
  • Live performances also include things like poetry readings and plays.
  • The dinner and bar scene offers tasty things to eat and drink while chatting with friends or meeting new people.
  • Bowling (regular or cosmic) is a fun option if you enjoy active outings that let you burn a few calories while enjoying a night out.
  • Playing mini golf is another fun, active way to spend  a night out in the Scranton area.

Why not plan your next night out on the town now – it gives you something to look forward to, plus you may think of something you want to add to your itinerary in order to make the evening even more fun.

Thanks for visiting Intrinsic Vicissitude, comments are always welcome both here and on the Intrinsic Vicissitude Facebook page.

Why You Can Feel Great About Preparing Your Dog’s Food From Scratch

When I adopted my little J-dog, I expected him to be a sweet little cuddler, and of course, he is. What I didn’t expect was his skin allergies making him and everyone else uncomfortable. Luckily, his skin cleared up when I started preparing his dog food from scratch.

Advantages of Preparing Your Own Dog Food
Advantages of Preparing Your Own Dog Food

Intrinsic Vicissitude is honored to partner with Dog Product Picker to bring you this post about helping your dog stay healthy with high quality food.

Why Home Made Dog Food Is Better for a Dog’s Skin (at Least Sometimes)

Using J-dog as an example, he has a grain allergy and if he starts eating grain-based dog food, he gets itchy and starts to lose his fur. I could pick up grain-free dog food at the store, but it often upsets his tummy, leading to “other” unpleasant problems – plus it gets pricey to get the really good brands.

The benefits of preparing your own dog food – for owners of dogs that have  allergies and skin problems – are that you get to feel good about helping your pet stay healthy, and you end up with lower vet bills as your pet grows healthier.

(Be sure to discuss anything regarding changing your pet’s diet with your vet before doing it – just to be safe – he or she may recommend a brand that you’re comfortable with.)

Now, I have to admit, this might be harder to maintain for a larger dog. Even with a small pooch, it can be a lot of extra planning. If I forget to plan ahead and get ingredients for his food, I have a backup supply of grain-free food to put in his feeder that I store in the freezer to keep fresh so he never has to go hungry.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Food Recipe

I try to keep my recipes simple and not change things up too much in order to avoid giving J-dog an upset stomach. I do occasionally switch meat and carb sources, depending on what I can find on sale.

Ingredients for Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Food

This recipe uses a 1:1 ratio of chicken and carbohydrates, but you can mix it up according to your vet’s recommendations – or experiment to come up with something your dog likes.

  • Raw cubed chicken (1-cup)
  • Raw cubed sweet potato (1-cup)
  • (Optional) Peas or diced carrots (1/8-cup)

Directions for Preparing Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Food

I like to prepare this almost like a stir fry, though it also turns out nice if it’s steamed.

  • If stir-frying, spray a light layer of cooking oil in the pan to prevent sticking.
  • Put everything in the pan or steamer at the same time, and cook over medium to medium-high heat.
  • Let the food cook until the chicken is cooked through and sweet potato cubes get soft.
    • (It might seem a little bland to you, but  a lot of spices aren’t good for dogs, and bland is typically better for the canine digestive system.)
  • Let the food cool before serving it to your dog.
  • I like to cook up  a large batch ahead of time, so I don’t have to prepare a special meal for the dog every day.
    • (I don’t mind spoiling him a little because he gives us an immeasurable amount of love, but there are limits to how many extra meals I want to cook each week, you know what I mean?)

Since I put my little J-dog on a grain-free diet and started cooking the vast majority of his meals, he seems happier, healthier, (fuzzier) and he’s even put on some weight so I’ve had to shop for new dog care products, mainly a pretty new collar for his tags and a car seat harness for him to wear when we go out in the car.

If you have any questions or comments about my dog food recipe or this post, comments are welcome, and it would be great if you join the conversation on Facebook if you want to do that.

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