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Puzzled? 20 Elephant Facts that Warm the Soul

Elephants

MaMa and Baby ~ Photograph taken by Janice Taylor

A few days ago, I had the supreme pleasure of visiting Reid Park Zoo (Tucson), home to Baby Nandi, the cutest baby elephant ever! As you click through this week’s Get Jiggy JigSaw Puzzle, “Baby Nandi,” chew on these 20 amazing Elephant facts!  My favorite fact is #16, although I’m fairly smitten with fact #19.

And you?  What’s your favorite elephant fact?

Did you know that:

  1. The Elephant is the only mammal that can not jump.
  2. Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.
  3. The heaviest elephant on record was an adult male African elephant who weighed in at 24,000 pounds!  He was 13 feet tall (to the shoulder)!
  4. The heart of an elephant weighs somewhere between 27 to 46 pounds.
  5. Wild elephants eat 200-400 pounds of food daily and they need about 30 gallons of water per day, as well.
  6. Their brain is 3 or 4 times larger than that of humans, yet proportionally smaller.
  7. Their pulse rate is 27.
  8. They can live to be over 70 years old.
  9. Their skin is an inch thick.
  10. At the age of 16, an elephant can reproduce.  They rarely have more than four children throughout their lifetime.
  11. They have the longest pregnancy of all animals: 22 months from conception to birth.
  12. At birth, an elephant calf weighs in at approximately 230 lbs!
  13. They have four molars. Each one weighs in at 5 pounds and is the size of a brick.
  14. Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh.
  15. Elephant feet are covered in a soft padding that help uphold their weight, prevent them from slipping, and dull any sound. Therefore elephants can walk almost silently!
  16. Elephants are highly sensitive and caring animals. If a baby elephant complains, the entire family will rumble and go over to touch and caress it. Elephants express grief, compassion, self-awareness, altruism and play.
  17. Elephants have greeting ceremonies when a friend that has been away for some time returns to the group.
  18. They are social creatures and are known to “hug” by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.
  19. Elephants pay homage to the bones of their dead by gently touching the skulls and tusks with their trunks and feet. When an elephant walks past a place that a loved one has died, he/she will stop dead still; a silent and empty pause that can last several minutes.
  20. And finally, should you want to talk to an Elephant, try purring.  They purr like cats do, as a means of communication.Click through “Baby Nandi.”Send the postcard version of “Baby Nandi, e-card” to a friend!

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    Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian
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#OneWord Thursday: #Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.

"Dog Sitting, Contemplating the Moment" by Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Author, Artist, Positarian

“Dog Contemplating the Moment” by Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Author, Artist, Positarian

While in a poetic state of mind, I wondered if poetry were a reduction sauce might its flavor be an intensified form of “seeing;” a way of acutely observing the physical landscapes, both personal and geographic, of our lives. Might poetry be a form of mindfulness, a way to tap into the moment, into the now?

This speculating inspired my search for poetic quotes. Bite size words that together inspire and shed light on the precious nature of being alive in this very second.

10 Poetic Glimpses and Glances Into Being Alive

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?” ~ mary oliver

“If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.” ~ chad sugg

“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.” ~ e.e. cummings

“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…
But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose.
But get drunk.” ~ charles baudelaire

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” ~lawrence ferlinghetti

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” ~ william Shakespeare

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
and I choose the one less traveled by, and that has made
all the difference.” ~ robert frost

“All that we see or seem
is but a dream within a dream.” ~ edgar allen poe

“Could I have been anyone other than me?” ~ dave matthews from Dancing Nancies

“Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box,
They tumble blindly as they make their way
across the universe.” ~ the beatles, across the universe

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Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian
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How to Turn Extreme Happiness Into Misery In Under One Minute

Extreme Supreme Happiness? by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian

Extreme Supreme Happiness? by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian

“When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.”  ~Lao Tzu

I don’t know about you (although I could make a guess), but I have super powers — an innate ability, a real knack for the “miserable.” I have the power to be in a bliss state, and in a New York minute, I can and do turn supreme happiness on its ear.

I have, built within me, a machine that bends, twists and morphs true delight and cheery into despondent, dejected and down. I call it the JEM machine.

JEM: Judgment + Expectations = Miserable

Just this morning, I woke up with a smile on my face, humming a happy tune. I poured myself a cup of coffee, and started to think about our new home, which I initially loved.

Thinking was my first misstep. As they say, “What was she thinking?” In this case, “Why was she thinking?” And… Did you pick up on the “initially?”

My mind continued to spin JEM thoughts.

But now — “it seems a tad small, and what about the view, or lack thereof? I expected the closets to hold more.”

After I created a bucket-load of unhappy pointed at my external life, I looked in the mirror, which one should never do first thing in the morning, and started to send mixed messages to myself about the state of my face. “You look good… for your age. Not too many lines. Your jowls don’t need to be lifted, yet.” I am telling you, my “deflating” abilities are off the charts.

It’s one thing to judge thyself, but what about the myriad of folks who cross our path each and every day? Ideally, it would be helpful to see people as souls fulfilling their life missions rather than disordered personalities. It would be good to remember that our judgment is based on that which lives outside of our conscious understanding and is merely a reflection of what we perceive as our own lacking.

Oh, if only I were that enlightened; if only I were filled with compassion, understanding, loving-kindness, awareness and insight every moment of the day. Alas, I am merely an evolving human being.

Misery On Board. My JEM machine seems to work better than my vital organs!

We are judging machines. From the moment we get out of bed and pour that first cup of coffee (or the hot equivalent), the judgment begins. “This coffee is sublime.” Or, “The coffee isn’t strong or hot enough.”

And how about those expectations? Even when we think we do not have expectations, we do.

What to do? Should we stick our head in the sand and allow our minds to continue to spin webs of unhappy? I vote “no.”

Awareness is our first step. As we become aware of our judging thoughts, let’s practice “It Just Is.”

Want to participate in an experiment? Instead of labeling things as “good” or “bad,” instead of judging every little thing, how about we simply say, “it just is.”

The number on the scale — “it just is.” Your breakfast — “it just is.” The country’s state of affairs — “it just is.” (Oh boy, that’s a hard one. I may have to pull the duct tape out and seal my mouth and mind shut). It’s neither “good” nor “bad”; “it just is.”

If things are neither good nor bad; if things “just are,” you can alleviate the push n’ pull, the ups n’ downs of good vs. bad.

“It just is” is a place of balance. In this place of balance you can learn “acceptance,” and you will see things in an entirely new light, and with it, your expectations will dissipate into thin air! (Thin translating to good for many. J )

Try “it just is” on for size and see what could happen!

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Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Life Coach, Weight Loss Expert
Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian
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Kick in the Tush Tuesday: The End of Summer Blues — 24 Ways to Refresh, Renew, Revitalize

"Your gain is my pain. Call me."  ~  Janice Taylor,  Anti-Gravity Coach, Helping You to Rise Above and Go Beyond (self-Imposed) Limitations

“Your gain is my pain. Call me.” ~ Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Helping You to Rise Above and Go Beyond (self-Imposed) Limitations

It’s not that I want to rush the summer away, or prematurely much less hastily move us into the coolness of autumn, or the coldness of winter, but I am concerned that the shorter the days and the longer the nights, the more our energy will wane.

It may feel as if our solar batteries are wholly and utterly charged, enough say to carry us through till the end of November, maybe even December, but then again, maybe not. And then, what about our energy levels come the New Year?   (Oy! Talk about projecting into the future. Missing the moment. What happened to “Be. Here. Now.”)

Overly dramatic or not, if we want to steadily and happily move through today, tomorrow and all the days of our lives; then we need to keep our inner-battery well-charged. As close to 100% capacity as possible!
Imagine if we paid as much attention to our body/mind batteries as we do to our smart-phones, computers, all electronic devices.

To Re-Charge or Crash

I pulled together, assembled, and stacked the deck high with 24 ways, things to do, actions steps if you will, that can rev your engine, recharge your battery, keep a smile on your face, add a bounce to your step and a solid zippidy-doo-dah to your day!

You can incorporate some of these smart, funny and unreservedly useful tips into your daily routine, or if you like, you can mix ‘em and match ‘em, depending on your mood and lifestyle.

  1. Extreme Craziness! Sing, chant, hum, dance, prance, bang your drums, run in circles, skip and/or walk backwards. Silly or not, do what you have to do to shake the doldrums out of you!
  2. Add a hint of RED! As Bill Blass says, “When in doubt, wear RED!” Red is the most energizing of all colors. Just a hint of red will do; no need to dip your entire body in it! Try wearing a pair of red earrings, a red scarf, or even a red pocket square.
  3. Splash Cold Water in Your Face! A quick splash of cold water, first thing in the morning, may energize you even better than a cup of caffeinated coffee! No kidding.
  4. Luminizing MakeUp! I hear that the light-reflecting particles in facial luminizers can give a little shimmer to and brighten one’s face. (I’m heading to the makeup counter today!)
  5. A Peppermint Refresher! The strong smells of peppermint will not only wake you up, but it will help you to move throughout your day more quickly and efficiently. Keep a bottle of essential peppermint oil in your purse or draw at work for a quick pick-me-up! Sniff, sniff!!!
  6. Aroma-Energy! If Peppermint’s not your thing, worry not. There are other aromatherapy oils that can give a quick boost to your energy levels. Here’s an energy-refreshing recipe that will get you moving, shaking and loving life! On a cotton ball, place two drops of lavender and one drop of basil on a cotton ball. Sniff deep!
  7. H20! Human beings are made up of approximately 70 percent water. If you are not drinking enough, if you are dehydrated, then your body slows its circulation and, in turn, your energy goes a tumbling on down. Drink a glass right now, so that you are energized while reading the rest of these incredibly energizing tips! Bottom’s up!
  8. Watch a Funny Movie!   Watching funny movies decreases certain stress-related hormones! Stress slows us and drains us. Laughter energizes us. Enough said?   Make a list of your top 10 funny movies, now! And watch them.
  9. Flowers!   Flowers are indeed another one of life’s miracles! They have a wonderfully bright, positive and warm energy that can lighten and energize any room and/or person. Try putting a white vase with red or pink flowers on your bedside table and just see how energy arises.
  10. Rub Your Ears! Did you know that by stimulating certain pressure points on your ear, you can increase blood circulation and energize your entire body? True enough! Vigorously rub your ears for one minute and feel the energy flow.
  11. Embrace Imperfection! Trying to be perfect can be exhausting, and it can lower glucose levels in your brain, making it that much more difficult to function!!! When your “perfection gene” gets activated, remember to “embrace imperfection.” What a relief! Enjoy the wave of peaceful and calm energy that now flows through you.
  12. Breathe! Most people are “shallow breathers.” This type of breathing causes carbon dioxide to build up in your blood and make you dozy, snoozy and lethargic. By taking in a few deep breathes, you will get the oxygen moving through your system again. This will help you to become alert!
  13. S-T-R-E-T-C-H ! Stand up, get on your toes, and lift your fingertips to the ceiling. Go ahead … S T R E T C H!!! Feel the pull in your calves, your abdomen, your shoulders, your arms and your legs! Congratulations! You have just activated almost every muscle in your body! Wow!!!
  14. Sleep in the Dark! To ensure full cycles of sleep, make your bedroom as dark as possible. Light inhibits melatonin secretions, and thus it resets the biological clock, making us tired. If you don’t have enough blinds, shades or curtains to make it dark, try a sleeping mask. I’ve got a leopard one!!! Makes it even more fun and fun is always energizing.
  15. Stand Straight – Sit Straight! Slouching can cause your brain to receive up to 30% less blood and oxygen. It also compresses your internal organs, compromising their efficiency. Hunching over your computer promotes shallow breathing. Oh, it’s a vicious cycle.
  16. DeClutter! Clean out the closets. Let go of any and all clothing that you have not stepped into in over a year; toss any and all things that have an unpleasant vibe to it. Once you’ve cleared the space of the old, try on the new! Think “new energy for a new season.”
  17. Redecorate. Changing the colors of your four walls can give your home and you a much-needed lift. Or – if you don’t want to paint – try repositioning your furniture to get the ‘chi’ (energy) moving throughout your home.
  18. Fat Head!   Approximately 50-60% of your brain is pure fat. The fat serves as insulation for your brain’s billions of nerve cells. The better insulated the cells, the faster your brain sends messages and the speedier your thinking. Eat a mix of healthy fats for energy and productivity! Here are few excellent choices: Wild Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Dark Green Leafy Vegetables, Avocado.
  19. Silence, Please! Spend one day a month in total silence! It may seem difficult at first, but I guarantee that you will find it refreshing and energizing. Imagine, just for a moment, what it might be like to give the ‘chatterbox’ in your head a rest!!!
  20. Walk! A simple, quick walk around the block can do wonders for your energy level. The fresh air and movement prove a mighty combo. It gets your heart a pumpin’, and once again, the blood rushes to your brain, energizing those tired, slumping brain cells!
  21. Let the Light Shine In! Studies show that 20 minutes of sunlight can make all the difference. If the weather’s bad, or you’re housebound, go sit by the window!   Open your blinds. Let the sunshine in and smile.
  22. Learn Something!   You’ve walked, applied luminizer, let the sun shine in and smiled! Why not get your brain energized, as well. Sign up for a class, join a book club, maybe learn how to knit, or how about becoming a brain surgeon! It is back to school season, after all!
  23. Smile, yes smile! Smiling lowers your blood pressure, helps you to relax, relieves stress, exercises 15-26 facial muscles, makes you look younger as it lifts the face and it fires up various parts of your brain.
  24. Socialize! One of the most special and best things about being a human being is that we are social animals. We thrive by interacting, by supporting, by being with each other. So don’t short-circuit your energy by hanging solo. Shared energy is the best energy. Join the Kick in the Tush Club!

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Spread the Word-–NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Life Coach, Weight Loss Expert
Weight Loss Expert, Author, Artist, Positarian
——————————————————————————-
For the best life, wellness and weight loss wisdom,
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Sign up for the Kick in the Tush Club newsletter!

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