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Marjorie Firmin

Bilingual Tutor, Consultant & Writer

Tutora, Consultora y escritora Bilingüe


Research comprises "creative and systematic work undertaken to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications."It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories. A research project may also be an expansion on past work in the field. Research projects can be used to develop further knowledge on a topic, etc...(More in Wikipedia)


How to Make a Daily Practice of Meditation Work for You?

According to numerous researchers and advocates of the practice of meditation, most people think that the purpose of meditation is to handle stress, to tune out, to get away from it all. While that's partially true, the real purpose of meditation is actually to tune in, not to get away from it all, but to get in touch with it all. Not to just de-stress, but to find that peace within, the one the Bible reveals: PEACE that surpasses all understanding. So, meditation is a way to get in the space between your thoughts. You have a thought here, a thought here, and there's little space between every thought. According to wisdom traditions, this space between the thought is the window, is the corridor, is the vortex to the infinite mind – the mystery that we Christians call the spirit or God. It's our core consciousness. And the more we learn about this space between thoughts, we find certain things to be true of it:

  • It's a field of infinite possibilities – infinite possibilities, pure potentiality.
  • Everything is connected to everything else.
  • It's a space of infinite creativity, infinite imagination.
  • It is a place where there is something called the observer effect, or the power of intention, which means intention is very powerful when brought to this space and it orchestrates its own fulfillment – what people call the law of attraction – so those are wonderful qualities of your own spirit.

In meditation, we get into this space so we find infinite possibilities, infinite correlation, infinite creativity, infinite imagination, and infinite power of intention. That's what meditation is really about.

Where to Meditate

We can plug in, close our eyes, and go within in any safe place we choose where we will not be disturbed.

When to Meditate

Morning and evening coincide with our body's quieter rhythms. Our body knows how to be still; we just have to give it opportunity. Studies show that routines begun in the morning last the longest, but any time you look forward to meditating is the right time.

Body Position

Being comfortable is most important. It is preferable to sit up straight on the floor or on a chair to help cultivate alertness, but if you are ill or need to lie down, that is fine. The mind has been conditioned to sleep when the body is lying down so you may feel sleepier. Your hands can relax on your lap, palms up or any way that you feel most open.


Thoughts will inevitably drift in and dance around your mind, but that's normal. Don't try to do anything with them – let them be. If you find yourself thinking about what's passing through your mind, just return to focusing your awareness on the mantra (Christian mysticism that practice contemplation also call it "Sacred Word") or your breath – you will soon slip into the space between thoughts.


When we pay attention to our breath, we are in the present moment. In an unforced, natural rhythm, allow your breath to flow in and out, easily and effortlessly.

Meditation Length

The effects of meditation are cumulative, and setting aside as little as 15 minutes a day to retreat and rejuvenate is beneficial. Many schools of meditation prescribe 30 minutes of meditation twice a day, and as your meditation practice evolves, you can extend your time. It's better to spend just a few minutes meditating every day rather than meditating for an hour a week.

If you are interested in learning more about meditation, I have included Dr. Chopra's tips for meditation, click here.

Let the cells in your body get happy!

Did you know that your personal satisfaction can affect the cellular functions of your body and your DNA?

Do you think that what you do today have the power to affect your quality of life tomorrow?

A professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, has spent several decades investigating the connection between our emotional and biological selves. “The old thinking was that our bodies were stable biological entities, fundamentally separate from the external world,” he writes in an email. “But at the molecular level, our bodies turn out to be much more fluid and permeable to external influence than we realize.”*His latest project is the examination of happiness in biological terms. “There’s an intrinsic connection between our experience of life and the molecular function of our bodies,” he explains. Specifically, Cole and his team of researchers at UCLA have found that happiness may be linked to the function of immune cells. 

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Here also you will find...

  • Research On The Emotional & Spiritual Causes of Illness &
  • Spiritual and Mental/Emotional Healing
  • Research on learning Spanish, ESL, writing, translation, etc...

1. How Destructive/Negative Emotions Affect us:

it is rather sickening to hold onto destructive/negative situations, emotions, and people that only add misery into our lives. It seems a rather high price to pay, and we are the only ones paying IT... On the other hand, forgiveness and letting go is a gift to ourselves, rather than a gift to others... This is a great website to learn more about how negative emotions can affect our health. 

2. The Role of Events in Your Life and Stress: 

If you think that events in your life, and your levels of stress have nothing to do with your health and your wellbeing, think again... Read this article and take a little time to contemplate on this....

3. The Invisible Causes of Cancer:

There is no doubt in my heart, there are some powerful, and invisible causes of cancer. They are spiritual and emotional. There is lots of evidence which indicate that repressed anger, hate and resentment play a crucial role in the development of cancer. Increased stress hormones caused by emotional triggers suppress the immune system, which can lead to cancer. When negative feelings are not expressed, they can can contribute to physical illness over time. Even the conservative Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 85 percent of all diseases have an emotional element. Trapped or repressed negative feelings, such as anger, increase a person’s level of the stress hormones, which directly suppress the immune system. The health of your immune system is crucial in fighting cancer... Keep reading this article here.

4. Anxiety and physical illness:  

Understanding and treating anxiety can often improve the outcome of chronic disease.

With headlines warning us of international terrorism, global warming, and economic slowdown, we're all likely to be a little more anxious these days. As an everyday emotion, anxiety — the "fight or flight" response — can be a good thing, prompting us to take extra precautions. But when anxiety persists in the absence of a need to fight or flee, it can not only interfere with our daily lives but also undermine our physical health. Evidence suggests that people with anxiety disorders are at greater risk for developing a number of chronic medical conditions. They may also have more severe symptoms and a greater risk of death when they become ill. Continue reading here...

5. Meditation, Prayer and Spiritual Healing: 

The Evidence by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD -- Copyright © 2005 The Permanente Journal...

She has published more than 200 articles in the area of consciousness studies and is the co-editor of Consciousness and Healing, Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine, by Elsevier. She conducted research at Stanford University, Science Applications Internal Corporation, the Institute of Parapsychology, and the Mind Science Foundation. She has taught at Trinity University, Stanford University, and Harvard Medical School, and has lectured widely, including at the United Nations and at the Smithsonian Institution. She served as a Congressionally appointed advisory member for the National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and is on the board of trustees for the Esalen Institute and on the board of directors for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She also serves on the scientific program committee for the Tucson Center for Consciousness Studies. Continue reading this powerful article here...

6. A Review of the Scientific Evidence Supporting the Reality of Spiritual Healing

By R. D. Hodges...

The practice of healing has a long history going back over millenia and accounts of its use have been recorded from all the major cultures of the past. Although in the West its practice has often been suppressed or reduced to the status of a folk-art, this century has seen a revival of what is now most commonly called spiritual healing as one of the most widely-used complementary therapies. Continue reading this article here

7. Inside The Teacher's Mind:

Read this article in the Readers Digest and learn about what teachers don't tell you... An accurate look inside a teacher's mind could help you understand lesson plans, and help you help your children perform better academically and in life. 

8. Sexual, physical, and emotional abuse are the hidden causes of many illnesses.

Abuse creates holes in society through which identity and integrity escape. Using her inside knowledge of what happens behind closed doors, Taylor advocates tackling this psychological and societal behemoth one bucket at a time in this TEDxSevenMileBeach talk...


In this article, we can learn about the most common reasons we place unnecessary limitations on ourselves that keep us from living our dreams.

A video of a commencement address by Jim Carrey recentlywent viral, with more than 7,000,000 views on YouTube alone. In the talk, the comedian poignantly captured what holds most of us back from achieving our goals:

You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based on either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it.

He went on to relate the story of his father, who he says “could have been a great comedian,” but instead lost his “safe” job as an accountant:

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I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

Carrey’s simple and inspiring message has been splattered across social media, showing how strongly it hits home with so many. Every one of us is capable of undermining our own goals because we all have an inherent inclination to self-sabotage. Two of the most important questions we can ask ourselves are why and how we get in our own way when we seek to achieve what matters most to us.

Following are 4 common reasons we place unnecessary limitations on ourselves that keep us from living our dreams.

10. Secrets of Bestselling Authors

Writing advice: It can be all at once inspiring and contradictory, uplifting and off-putting, insightful and superficial. There are successful writers who impart wisdom freely and willingly, and then there are literary icons who claim to have none to dispense at all. As for the rest of us, we just can’t seem to help but look to our fellow writers who’ve achieved so much and wonder: What’s their secret? Read this article here:

11. Scriptural prosperity faith

As born-again believers, we are redeemed from the curse of the law and are heirs to Abraham’s blessing and God’s promises of prosperity.

For many years I did not understand that it is God’s will for His children to prosper. I thought as many do that poverty was a characteristic of humility – that in order to be humble one must be poor. I thought that a righteous man could not be wealthy and that a wealthy man could not be righteous. Any promise in the scriptures regarding financial blessing applied only to the Jews, I thought. I have since learned, through studying God’s Word and applying it in my own life, that God wants His children to “prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosperity” (III John 2). Continue Reading this Article here...

12. What is The Word Of Faith Movement?

The Word of Faith (WF) movement emerged within Charismatic/Pentecostal Christianity in the latter 20th century. The Word of Faith movement as a whole has no formal organization or authoritarian hierarchy, though the movement does have a number of high-profile teachers who heavily influence Word of Faith theology. It's basic theology is a peculiar mix of orthodox Christianity and mysticism...

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13. Expressive Writing: What's in Your Mind and In Your Heart? Express Yourself!

Expressive Writing is the cornerstone of wellness and writing connections. If you are not familiar with expressive writing you may be asking: "Just what is expressive writing and how is that related to my wellness?" Read article here:

14. La escritura expresiva como herramienta terapéutica:

Seguro que ya has oído hablar de la escritura expresiva. Durante los últimos 20 años, un buen número de estudios han demostrado los efectos beneficiosos que escribir acerca de los eventos traumáticos o estresantes experimentados en primera persona tiene sobre la salud física y emocional, tanto en poblaciones clínicas como en no clínicas.

El formato habitualmente utilizado en estos estudios ha consistido en pedir al sujeto que escriba sobre este tipo de eventos durante 15-20 minutos a lo largo de 3 a 5 días.

El resultado obtenido en la gran mayoría de estos estudios es una mejora significativa tanto física como psicológica en comparación con aquellos que escriben sobre temas neutrales. Continua leyendo aquí...

15. Understanding How Grief Weakens the Body:

English terms for emotional distress are often wrapped up in the language of physical maladies: Being heartsick, sick with grief, heartbroken. The Old English word for grief, heartsarnes, literally means soreness of the heart; heartache originates from the Old English heortece, originally used to refer to heart disease. The words hurt and pain can apply equally to suffering of the mind or of the body.

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16. The Faces of Grief:

We all know our own unique way. We remember how we felt when our grandmother died, or how our father looked at his childhood friend's funeral. We remember slumping into a seemingly endless depression after our boyfriend or husband of many years told us that he needed to move on. It was tears. It was carrying a lead weight on our shoulders that made every step difficult to take. It was sitting on the edge of the bed, numb, staring at our shoes and thinking about nothing in particular for long periods of time.

Continue reading this article here

17. Alternative Cancer Therapies and the Importance of Nutrition:

The fundamentals of alternative medicine – some call it holistic medicine, some call it natural medicine – start with nutrition. No matter what alternative cancer therapies, herbs, or homeopathic remedies you use, the single most important thing is excellent nutrition. A body cannot heal if it does not get the nutritional elements it needs. Continue reading here

18. La moda como empoderamiento femenino:

Un análisis de su manifestación en los cambios de vestuario del siglo XXI

Este trabajo persigue abordar la relación entre empoderamiento femenino y moda vestimentaria, por medio de la identificación de argumentos y teorías que apoyan o que niegan una posible relación entre ambos fenómenos, frente al análisis de sus manifestaciones en el siglo XXI. Este empoderamiento femenino se convierte en un discurso visual, mediante la historia de la evolución del vestuario femenino, sus siluetas, diseños, colores y la relación con el contexto social de cada época. Estos componentes se integran dentro de un lenguaje no verbal para representar o manifestar empoderamiento.

A través de una investigación monográfica, se analizó la relación entre los componentes mencionados y su manifestación gracias al Zeitgeist de cada época. Esto se consiguió por medio del estudio de caso de mujeres representativas para el discurso femenino en la actualidad, y una línea de tiempo que evidenció estos fenómenos a través del siglo XX y el XXI, donde “los perpetuos escarceos de la moda son, ante todo, efecto de nuevas valoraciones sociales vinculadas a una posición e imagen del individuo respecto al conjunto colectivo” (Lipovetsky, 1990, p. 64). Estas manifestaciones de carácter simbólico, tienen el objetivo de representar una mujer ante una sociedad, situación o contexto determinado, y muestran las barreras entre la igualdad de género y su evolución a través de la moda vestimentaria en la sociedad occidental.

Palabras clave: empoderamiento femenino, moda vestimentaria, representación, zeitgeist. Continue reading here

Four Proofs That If God is For Us, Nothing Can Be Against Us:

When it comes to Christian theology, just about all roads lead through Romans. Paul’s letter to the Romans is arguably the single most important piece of literature in the history of the world. And chapter 8 is perhaps its greatest section. And Romans 8:31–39 is the climax. It is actually an inference from everything Paul says in Romans 5:1–8:30 about the glorious results of our justification.

It’s as if the apostle takes a deep breath as he thinks back over Romans 5:1–8:30, and then asks God’s people, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31).

That second question is rhetorical, so it has the force of a proposition: Since God is for us, nothing can be against us. Paul then supports what he asserts with four proofs.1

Continue reading this article here.