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Ozone Water Treatment 2

Author: David Faulkner Water is never 100% pure. You are kidding yourself if you think that water can be. Water is a universal solvent. When water enters the environment, it immediately becomes contaminated with many different organic and inorganic substances. Not all of these contaminants are bad for you. Some of them are toxic for humans to consume, however, which is why water treatment systems are designed and necessary for removing these substances from municipal water sources to provide clean and safe drinking water. While municipal water sources may have taken out most of the bacteria and parasites from our drinking water they often add other toxins such as chlorine and fluoride. Additionally, they fail to remove many environmental toxins, pesticides, carcinogens and even pharmaceutical leftovers that other people sent down the pipes. Bottled water is expensive and very hard on the environment due to transportation costs and of course tons of plastic filling up the landfills. What is the eco-friendly solution? Filter your water. There are many different water treatment systems to choose from. One of the water treatment methods that you may want to try is known as the ozone water treatment method. What is ozone water treatment? Ozone or O3 is a gas that has no color or smell to it. The ozone gas will has a reaction with anything that it comes in contact with. Because of this reaction, the ozone is used largely for cleaning and disinfecting things. The ozone gas is so highly reactive that it will cause corrosion when it comes in contact with a surface. Ozone is a great way to disinfect and clean but, for living tissue contact, it can be damaging. Why Use Ozone Gas To Treat Water? Ozone is the greatest biocide that is available. Ozone gas will react with the water and will kill viruses, bacteria, microorganisms, and fungus in the water. It can also stop scale deposits from forming and causing hard water to occur. In certain research studies, legionella has also been destroyed by ozone gas. Legionella is a bacterium that is found to thrive in cooling towers. Every test that has been done shows that by sending ozone gas into the cooling tower will lower the bacteria counts and will provide standards for drinking water that is of a better quality. Ozone gas has also been shown to impact corrosion in the heat surfaces in a positive way. Ozone Water Treatment Use Ozone water treatment systems also get rid of the microorganisms that are found in water. Biological films ore one of the worst problems facing today's supply of fresh water. By getting the biological agents under some sort of control, the ozone water treatment system can make sure that the water is free form viruses, bacteria, and other substances. The ozone water treatment system will also help to eliminate the problem of scale deposits in the pipes. Because it inhibits the gathering of scale deposits, it will help to improve the work quality of the heat transfer surfaces. This ozone gas will make the system very good for industrial use and especially good for those systems that use water to heat or cool. Image Source:

Biodegradable Utensils Are Great For Composting 7

By Duong Vicki Summer means barbeques, family gatherings, picnics, beach parties, and even more barbeques! Summer is the time of year that all your good dishware and silverware stay in their cupboards and drawers and you utilize nothing but disposable plates and cutlery. But did you ever consider how much waste that adds up at all the landfills? So many plastic utensils end up piling up landfills and aren't being recycled, because who would even think to recycle that? A better alternative that does the job and is good for the environment that's now catching on in the market is biodegradable cutlery [affiliate link]. Made from corn starch and other biodegradable "plastic" fillers, eco-friendly utensils are on the rise in popularity. Contrary to belief, they will not fall apart on you if you use them in hot items like soups, and they will not break if you use them in cold foods or desserts like ice cream. Biodegradable utensils work just like their normal plastic counterparts; the only difference is that they won't pile up in landfills and can even be used in your compost bins. For the avid gardener who likes to compost, these eco-friendly utensils can be highly beneficial to your garden. After you're done using these utensils, toss them into your compost bin or heap instead of the trash can. In most cases, the packaging that the utensils come in is also biodegradable, which means you can add that to your compost bin, too. Since they're made out of corn starch and other eco-friendly materials, these biodegradable utensils will not harm your compost heap, adding to your nutrient-rich compost. Do keep in mind that if you plan to toss these utensils into your compost bin that it can take anywhere from six to 18 months for them to fully decompose. So the next time you're planning your big summer barbeque or food outing, consider using the eco-friendly alternative versus the regular plastic ware. Not only would you be reducing waste at landfills and giving back to the earth's soil, you'll feel good knowing that you're doing your part to protect the earth while enjoying the barbeque. About the author: For a wide selection in chipper shredders and lawn sweepers, be sure to stop by Shop for biodegradable plates & utensils [affiliate]

Meditation Techniques 4

meditation techniquesby Judy Braley Our hectic schedules are crammed with crises, to-do lists, issues marked urgent and overflowing in trays... Far away from everyday events, at your core, lies a place of quiet, calm, serenity, and stillness... Feeling connected to life and your core can be an everyday and effortless activity. Should you meditate? The short answer is "Yes!" So if that's all you wanted to find out, you can stop reading right now. But I hope you don't because next I'm going to give you my take on the what?, why?, when?, where?, and how? of meditation. First I'll warn you that I'm not a purist when it comes to meditation, so if you're looking for a lecture on Buddhist spiritual principles regarding meditation, you've come to the wrong place. I'm a busy, working parent who uses meditation to calm myself, to bring peace and happiness into my heart, and to bring awareness and clarity into my life. If you're looking for an approach less wrapped in spirituality and more tailored to a modern, hectic life, then I hope this article helps you. What There are lots of formal definitions out there for what meditation is, but what it comes down to is a basic focusing of attention and quieting of the superficial thoughts of the mind. It's becoming conscious of what's going on in your head rather than being on auto-pilot as usual. Meditation is a chance to: * get in contact with the inner stillness that exists beneath the level of your thoughts * bring your calm attention to an issue or feeling you want to resolve * stay calm at anytime under any situation * relax your mind and body * connect, on the spiritual side, with the creative energy of life. And guess what - you already do a form of meditation all the time. You focus attention on replaying the argument you had with your spouse, or on how fat you are, or on how little money you have. These are the types of negative things that your mind turns to when you're asleep at the switch, when you're not consciously paying attention to what you're thinking. When you decide to meditate, you choose to be consciously aware of where your attention goes and you can choose to let go of thoughts that don't support you in a positive way. When you decide to meditate, you can also choose to become quiet inside - something your thinking mind rarely lets you do. Why Here's a short list of the benefits of meditation, although there are many more: 1. Reduces stress 2. Can help with depression, fears and conflicted emotions 3. Improves self-confidence 4. Helps cultivate peace and happiness 5. Slows aging, improves memory, helps with healing the body, strengthens the immune system, and relieves headaches 6. Allows you to bring calmness to any situation 7. On the spiritual side, many who promote meditation state that it is a way to consciously connect to the creative force of the Universe or God 8. Allows you to focus your creative energy to attract the things you desire into your life. When and Where Anytime! Anywhere! Yes, you can set aside a specific time for meditation and sit in quiet contemplation for an hour or more in a room that you designed using feng shui, but you don't have to. I know that method certainly isn't an option in my life right now, but I still benefit greatly from meditation. You can meditate in the shower in the morning, when you're in line at the grocery store, for 20 minutes during lunch, for a few minutes before bed, whenever - the options are endless. Many meditation proponents suggest setting aside 10-20 minutes right when you wake up in the morning and right before bed. Those are good choices if they fit your schedule. Those times do not fit my schedule so I take 15 minutes during my day at work to meditate and I slip in "mini-meditations" throughout my day when I'm standing in a line or waiting at a traffic light or anytime I feel tension building in my body. How There are as many ways to meditate as there are gurus and experts to tell you about them. If you're new to meditation, one of the most important things I want to tell you is that there are no rules except relax! Meditation is not a job or a competition. It's a path to calmness, gentleness, kindness, and relaxation. Years ago when I first considered meditation, one of the biggest obstacles I thought I had was the relentless voice chattering away in my head, the endless thoughts. I could rarely stop them so I thought I was a failure at meditation most of the time. I remember going to a two-day silent meditation retreat where a teacher guided us in meditations. By the end of the second day, I finally experienced a quieting of my mind. I went home feeling incredibly joyous and peaceful. But by the next day my doubts returned. If it took me two days in silent meditation to get to a point where my mind was quiet, how was I ever going to fit meditation into my life? I've since learned that you don't have to silence your thoughts to meditate. You can simply become aware of the fact that you are thinking and then let the thoughts float away. You don't have to beat yourself up over the fact that you can't stop the thoughts. In fact, it's better if you accept the fact that your mind can be a busy place and just turn your attention to what you want to focus on over and over again when your mind starts to stray. With practice, you'll find it easier to let go of the inner distractions and bring your mind to where you want it to be whether that's to inner silence or to focus on a specific issue. There is no specific way you have to sit or stand to meditate. Sit, stand, walk, lay on your stomach at the beach and watch the waves - whatever works for you is fine. Don't limit yourself because you think you have to be sitting a certain way - that's just an excuse for not meditating. How to meditate will probably depend on your purpose. I vary how I meditate depending on what I want to gain from the meditation. If I'm stressed, I choose to focus on my breathing or on consciously relaxing different parts of my body. If I have a goal I'm trying to achieve, I focus on sending energy to that goal. If I want to connect with the inner peace that I know is somewhere inside of me, I focus on the silence in my mind and try to let all thought float away. Here are a few different meditation techniques that I use depending on the situation and what I hope will be the result: * Breathing meditation: I like to put my attention on my breath as it comes in and out of my nose. I gently follow my breath and notice how it moves naturally into and out of my body. I find this technique instantly calming. Others suggest noticing your breath as it passes from your chest down into your diaphragm or belly and then back up. When my attention drifts, I gently bring it back. If I have some thoughts, I simply note that I'm "thinking" and shift attention back to the breath while allowing the thoughts to drift away. I use breathing meditation to calm myself, relieve stress, feel happier and more at peace, to clear my mind, and to connect with the stillness of the Universe. This can be done in a longer meditation session or in mini-meditations anytime during your day. If you find yourself getting upset at something, focus for a second on your breath and you'll find it gives you some space in your emotional turmoil. * Visualization meditation: If you have an issue that you feel needs your mental and emotional attention, visualization meditation might help. Breathe slowly and use your imagination. If you have a goal, focus on the goal as if it were already complete - imagine how you will feel when it's complete and feel this positive feeling inside of you. If you have a person who you're angry with, imagine a positive energy inside yourself as a bright white light of kindness, and then surround an image of that person with the light while consciously saying "I forgive you for any pain you've caused me." (When you forgive people and release your anger, it helps you release negative energy stored inside of you, it allows you to react more calmly to that person, and it allows you to find better solutions to any additional problems with them.) I use visualization meditations for goals, improving relationships, and energizing myself. If I feel I have low energy, I imagine that white light of positive energy flowing through my body. * Awareness meditation: This is simply the process of becoming consciously aware of your actions, your body, or your surroundings. This is an easy way to reduce stress, bring stillness to your mind, and bring calm understanding to almost any situation. It can also be done anywhere, anytime for a few seconds or for much longer periods. The technique is to simply notice what is happening. I like to use this when I need to relax or slow down, or when I start feeling worried or uptight about something. The point is to calm the mind and allow you to consciously decide where to put your attention rather than allowing your untamed thoughts to keep running the show. 1. If you choose action awareness, focus attention on exactly what you're doing and how you experience it. If you're walking, become aware of how the sidewalk looks and how it feels when you put your foot down to take a step. Become aware of the temperature of the air and the sounds in your environment. If you are washing dishes, become aware of how you hold the sponge and what the water feels like running across your hands. 2. If you choose body awareness, try to feel the energy flowing in your body. Can you feel the energy in your hands? There is life pulsing through your hands so there is definitely energy there! How about feeling energy in your legs or your shoulders? Can you locate any tension in your body and bring awareness to it? Notice how it feels. 3. If you choose awareness of your surroundings, notice where you are, what you see, what it sounds like, what the temperature is, and whether there is silence that you can find between the sounds.

Common Meditation Pitfalls

"I can't stop thinking!" This is really common. You don't have to stop thinking. Allow the thoughts to be there, return your attention to where you want it, and let the thoughts float away. "My to-do list is running through my head and I'm coming up with things I don't want to forget." Keep a note pad next to you. Write down the item and then let it go from your mind. It will be on the pad when you're done. "I don't have time for this." Surely you have 2 minutes while waiting at the traffic light or in line at the store. In fact, if you do a mini breathing meditation while waiting in line at the store, you're much less likely to get annoyed when the person in front of you is paying in pennies. "I keep falling asleep." meditation cushionTry changing the time that you meditate, your position (sitting or standing rather than reclining), or accept that maybe you need more sleep and go ahead and take a nap. Adding meditation to your life can be truly rewarding and there is always space for it. It can help you become more peaceful, healthy, self-confident, kind, relaxed and creative. It can help you come to know yourself better and become more powerfully connected to your life. Take a few minutes, breathe slowly, and give it a chance! About the Author: Judy Braley is a personal development author, an attorney, and a parent. Her blog with free articles, resources, and information on inspiration for your life can be found at Copyright © 2007 Wherett Inc.This article may be freely distributed if this resource box is attached. Buy the Laughing Buddha Zabuton Meditation Cushion [affiliate link] Image Source:

Five Easy Tips for Creating a Natural Home 1

Creating a Natural Homeby Alden Pennington A healthy home is your refuge. It's the place where you go to relax and be with your family. The place where you feel safe. However, your home may also be the place that most affects your health in a negative way. The following list of tips will help you get started in creating a natural home that continues to be your haven for a healthier and greener lifestyle. Keep your Indoor Air Clean The quality of the air in your home is often more polluted than the air outside. In order to create a healthy home environment, clean up your indoor air by making sure you have good ventilation. Try to keep your windows open whenever the weather permits. It is also a good idea to maintain a good humidity level by getting a quality humidifier for the winter and a dehumidifier for the summer. Use Non Toxic Cleaning Products Check your cleaning products and pesticides for toxic ingredients. You may notice a variety of chemicals and warning labels all over each can. If you must use chemicals in your home, keep it well ventilated and ensure you are using them to the manufactures specification. The better choice: Use natural cleaning products that are chemical free. You may find that normal household products like baking soda and citrus juices clean as well or better that their chemical counterparts. Purify Your Water Did you know that tap water in many areas contains known cancer causing agents including chlorine and fluoride? Our water is our life source and should be taken seriously. Find an affordable water filtration system that cleans your drinking water at the very least. If you are really serious about creating a healthy home, purchasing a whole home filtration system would be ideal. Keep in mind that many chemicals found in water can transfer through the skin while showering or simply washing your hands, so be sure to plan for every application. Create a Feng Shui Home Design Set up your home in a fashion that allows you and your guests to feel more relaxed. Make sure to remove excess clutter and mess. Keep live plants all around for air purity and for a feeling of well being. Most importantly, set your home in a pattern of colors and decorations that suits your natural style, while being inviting for those guest you may have. You may be surprised by the health benefits of these simple changes. Your Green HomeGo Green with Energy Conservation The peace of mind that comes with conserving energy and preserving your bank account can never be underestimated. Turn down your thermostat and use ceiling fans in the summer and winter by reversing the blades. This can lower your energy bills by up to four percent! Pay attention to the appliances you buy and look for the best Energy Star ratings for optimum energy efficiency. Additional solutions can be as simple as sealing the cracks and openings around your windows, and changing the filter on your AC/Furnace per the manufacturer's specifications. About the Author: Alden Pennington is co-author of and has been a natural health enthusiast for many years. Alden graduated from the University of Kentucky and is currently a Human Resources Director with a keen focus on the company wide health and wellness program. Buy the Book: Your Green Home Image Source:

Feng Shui Life - Declutter With A Yard Sale 2

by Laurie Raphael As you may already know, the first step to obtaining a feng shui life is to rid your home and yourself of all the stale and dead energy around you by getting rid of all the clutter. One really good way to do that is by having a yard sale. There are many great reasons for having a yard sale. Some people have yard sales before they move so they don't have to pack and ship belongings they aren't using. Sometimes they are updating the look of their home and sell their old belongings to make money and room for the new ones. Sometimes your children just grow like weeds and rapidly outgrow both their clothes and their toys. It could also simply be the desire to purge all those items you've held onto for so long, thinking you'd find a use for them but never did. No matter what your reason, having a yard sale is a relatively easy goal to achieve and requires just a few hours of preparation and a few more hours actually selling your wares. You'll reap both financial and emotional rewards from it. Getting rid of the clutter is your first step towards attaining a feng shui life. Decide on a date for your yard sale. Visit your local liquor store for boxes or use heavy duty garbage bags to put the items for your sale into. Start by surveying the items you have. When you are going through your house, you will need to be brutally honest with yourself. If you haven't used it, don't like it, don't see yourself using it or don't know of anyone personally who could benefit from it, then it's a yard sale item. Sort through every dresser and kitchen drawer, every clothes and linen closet, every cupboard and toy box you have in your house. Don't forget your basement, attic, pantry, entertainment center, buffet and outdoor tool shed as well. Get your family involved so that if an item belongs to one of them you won't be making the decision for them. Get their input before placing an item in your yard sale box. Regardless of the time it takes to sort through all your items, make the commitment to stick with it and remind yourself on a continual basis the monetary profit and emotional relief you'll feel once your clutter has been cleared from your home. Once the sale is over, make another commitment to yourself not to bring the unsold items back into your home. Make arrangements with your local charity thrift store to donate the items. Most will be happy to make arrangements to pick up large donations.Yard Sale If you don't have a local charity who will pick up the items just use my method and put a big "FREE" sign out at the end of the day. You will not believe how fast those items will disappear and it will save you a trip to the second hand store or from being tempted to bring the items back into the house. Once it's all said and done, you'll have a few extra dollars in your pocket, and can breathe an emotional sigh of relief that the clutter that's been weighing you down for so long has been purged from your home. Renew your commitment to remain organized and to combat the clutter on a continual basis. About the Author: Visit my Alternative Medicine website featuring Feng Shui life and Herbal Remedy Medicines, Chinese Herbal Medicine and much more: Buy the Book: Yard Sale [affiliate] Image Source: