Cat Cartoon – A Bit of 80’s Silliness

Cat Cartoon – A Bit of 80’s Silliness

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Taurus Christmas Gifts

Taurus Christmas Gifts

Taurus is more than happy with a practical gift provided that it is of excellent quality and shows that you have you have plenty of thought into it. The Taurean will be overjoyed if presented with delicious food or superb wine or brandy. Being taken out for a Christmas meal would also appeal as the Bull can then dress in all their finery and be waited on.

The Taurus’ favourite perfume or aftershave would also be appreciated as Taurus adores scent. As Taurus rules the throat a beautiful silk, cashmere or fine wool scarf, cravat or pashmina would be appreciated. So might a cashmere onesie given Taurus loves to lounge in comfort! Taurus is one of the few signs that is unlikely to be offended if bought comfy slippers or a blanket for Christmas.

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Aries Christmas Gifts

Aries Christmas Gifts

Aries loves presents and not just at Christmas! But they have to be proper presents not boring presents associated with household chores, DIY or car maintenance. Avoid anything mundane, practical or that reminds Aries that life as a grown-up has its dull moments. Anything practical that suggests the Ram has adult responsibilities is a big no no. A present is meant to be fun, right!

The Ram wants big, bright, sexy and exciting presents. He is she is not too bothered about the wrapping paper but is more concerned with what is inside. Is it fun? Is it cutting edge? Is it something that nobody else has got? Does it scream early adopter? Is it sporty? Can s/he wear it?

So what gifts might fit the bill? Aries rules the head including the brain so gifts that give the Aries a mental workout would be appreciated as might aftershave, make up or grooming products. Stylish hats or sunglasses might also fit the bill. What about jewellery, cufflinks and watches? Aim for statement pieces as Aries likes to be noticed. If you can get a sample piece that no one else has got so much the better as Aries likes to be unique.

Other presents that are likely to appeal are anything high tech, Aries loves cutting edge IT and electronic gadgets, trips to see his favourite team playing, attending an action movie premier, a course in something that Aries has always wanted to learn or an activity day. Imagine the fun Aries would have learning to pilot a plane for a day (or more) or having a day driving a throbbing, thrusting bright red Ferrari.  The Ram would be in ecstasy!

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ToXiC Wetware 3 of 3

ToXiC Wetware 3 of 3

They literally exhibit the wetware concept. This doesn’t refer to a senile and incontinent Toxic’s undergarments, but the idea that human brain cells or thought processes can be regarded as analogous to a computer system.

These subroutines are one of the key ways to identify a Toxic and help you understand how to deal with them.

Some Toxics will be more difficult to pin down, at least initially, as they are familiar with the concept and use it to their own advantage, cleverly covering their tracks. The highly evolved Meta-Toxic, or Dark Triad type, will have developed a series of behaviours for every context and occasion. Their brain operates more like a quantum computer than a serial processor. They can fine-tune their thoughts and actions, recalibrating their neurons and synaptic firing patterns, depending on who or what they want to be, in order to achieve whatever gratifies them at the time.

Fortunately Meta-Toxics are rare and if you come across one, they may only reveal themselves gradually. Other Toxics are a lot more obvious and their programming quickly reveals itself. The way they articulate their thoughts betrays them, giving you the opportunity to identify and assess their threat levels. Some are tedious background noise and can be eliminated by avoiding or ignoring them. Others are more persistent and invasive, and need to be deal with by the Toxic Termination Process (TTP), outlined elsewhere on this site.

The computer analogy is a useful method to identify and analyse the Toxic, and once you’re used to using it, you can start to predict certain behavioural patterns. Forewarned is forearmed when dealing with Toxics. You don’t want them in your life, so use any information you can in order to get rid of them.

As you watch Ayesha sitting patiently by the window, observing a robin flitting around in the branches of a silver birch tree, you notice how attentive she is, how alive in the moment. You reflect how satisfying it must be to live this way, and resolve to be more mindful. Your thoughts are serene and unfettered by any rumination on the dead past or unborn future. Your deep calm program has just been upgraded to the latest version and is running smoothly and bug free. Your cat, as usual, has taught you an invaluable lesson.

Which she doubtless is well aware of, and will expect the appropriate rewards at dinner time.

To find out more about dealing with a toxic person take a look at the  How To Deal With ToXiCs Combat Manual ebook, which is an upgraded, harder hitting and expanded version of the How To Deal With A Toxic Person ebook. Click on the links to find out more and get your free samples.

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ToXiC Wetware Part 2 of 3

ToXiC Wetware Part 2 of 3

If you’re astute, you notice that certain people around you prefer you to remain the same and feel uncomfortable with any changes that you make. They say and do things that makes it obvious that they’re trying to reinforce who they think or what they want you to be, not what you wish to change into.

However, you decide to persist, perhaps even spurred on by their recalcitrance. So, that starts to take care of the physical side of things, though you also want to give your brain a further workout and notice how repetitive some of your thinking has become over the years. This starts to annoy you – you don’t like the idea of being predictable, as you’ve bought into the idea of free will – so you begin to question why you revert back to consistently monotonous modes of thinking. You might start to hunt those thoughts down to their origins far back in the past and examine if they’re relevant anymore.

If they’re not, why entertain them? It’s easy to get rid of old, redundant thoughts and the neural patterns associated with them – your brain will kill them off by synaptic pruning if you do and think different things, thus you have the ability to reprogram it at both a physical and logical level. The physical structure of the brain is altered by sustained compassion meditation, for example, amongst many other techniques.

You can shake it all about by doing different things, challenging yourself and so on. Meditation and mindfulness will enable you to observe and categorise your thoughts in a non-judgmental way.

If you do this, you’ll soon notice how repetitive thoughts and behaviour can be, and how, you could see your brain as a computer, being run by a series of programs (thoughts) roughly controlled by the operating system of your mind. Fuzzy logic is your friend here. If you like the analogy, you might consider debugging your source code, refreshing or updating the operating system and recalibrating the way your brain works by practicing DIY neuroplasticity, also covered on this site.

If you suffer the misfortune to have a number of toxic people (Toxics) in your life, you’ll notice how certain subroutines are endemic traits and are easily triggered in them. Toxic people are also a form of malware – they try to embed themselves into the fabric of your life and that of other people you hang out with, and are consistently bad for all parties.

No matter how paltry their achievements, a Necrotic Narcissist will brag on about the most trivial thing they’ve done, hyping it into something extraordinary. Your eyes glaze over when they hatch their vain empires, awaiting validation and endorsement for things that most people wouldn’t give a second thought to. ‘Look at me, me, me, you must listen to what I have to say, aren’t I awesome for doing this,’ seems to be the instruction manual they’ve downloaded into their minds.

Garbage in, garbage out, you think wryly.

Should you know a Professional Victim, you’ll realise that anything will provoke the ‘how unfair the world has been to me’ trope, wherein the Toxic relates the sorry saga of their tragic life and how everything and everyone is against them. This thought runs around their mind like a retarded gerbil on a treadmill. The ballad of perpetual rejection permeates their psyche and will be articulated at the least provocation.

Buy them a drink and watch them recall significant events in their life that shaped not only their victimhood, but also their sense of entitlement, in that they must be listened to and validated. After all, nobody has suffered as much, or had it as hard as they have. Therefore you are expected to listen to them intently, be supportive at the appropriate juncture, and express deep sympathy and empathy as the weary narrative unfurls.

Whereas you might initially have felt a degree of compassion, this eventually mutates into indifference or even contempt, as you cannot understand why this person is incapable of even beginning to try to resolve their frequently articulated issues. They understand all this stuff, right, and where there’s a problem, there’s usually a solution, which is why we have Google.  This is assuming, of course, that they haven’t made their entire backstory up in order to get sympathy, attention and validation, therefore giving them some spotlight and a feeling of importance and entitlement.

Aggression prone Volatile Volcanoes need little encouragement to unleash their inherent anger and to potential flare up. They’re always looking out for being dissed and actively seek opportunities to turn into Toxzilla and run amock. If they have a partner, this person’s job will be to spot when things are likely to turn frenetic and try to exercise a civilizing influence. Sometimes this works, more often not, as the Toxic’s louring presence and body language will amply demonstrate. Don’t spill their pint – things will escalate.

All these Toxics (and the other variants of the Noxious Nine Toxic Types) will habitually run and act upon a series of programs that define them as individuals. They’re so used to being controlled by their aberrant, buggy software, that they do this instinctively and automatically. They can’t countenance any alternative to the way they think and behave as it seems to pay off for them, and has done so for many years – it’s embedded into their psyche and neurons. Even if they had any real degree of self-awareness, it’s unlikely that they would perceive any need to change, unless a significant life-changing event stimulates a need for personal transformation.

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Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Aquarius Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Aquarius Flower Photo – Day Lily Flower Photo

Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Aquarius Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Aquarius Flower Photo – Day Lily Flower Photo

 

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Day Lilies are associated with Aquarius.

To find put more about which plants and flower belong with which Zodiac sign take a look in Zodiac Flowers – Flowers And Plants For Each Sun Sign follow this link to find out more and get your free sample. Also take a look at Zodiac Sign Flowers – Flowers And Plants For Each Sun Sign (click here to find out more and get your free sample), Zodiac Sign Flowers Photobook – A Collection of Flower Photographs for Each Sun Sign Vol. 1 (to find out more and get your free sample click on this link) and Zodiac Sign Flowers Photobook – A Collection of Flower Photographs for Each Sun Sign Vol. 2 (to find out more and get your free sample click on this link). To find out which flowers are associated with Aries check out Aquarius Zodiac Sign Flowers Photo Book (click on the link to find out more and get you free sample).

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ToXiC Wetware Part 1 of 3

ToXiC Wetware Part 1 of 3

Imagine you are fortunate enough to be given a Bengal kitten, a top-flight expensive feline with an illustrious pedigree and exceptional rosettes.

You name her Ayesha, after ‘she who must be obeyed’ in the Rider-Haggard novel, to denote her high status and haughty demeanour. As she’s settling in, exploring and trashing your dojo in a typically kittenish way, you have a number of choices to make regarding her welfare.

Should you have her neutered?

You consider the pros and cons. Neutering would change her feistiness a bit, maybe, and cost you money. You also have an ethical concern about animals remaining intact as nature evolved them. On the other hand, if you don’t, whenever she’s in the mood she’ll be slutting around all the local testicularly intact tomcats, ordering them into a disorderly, horny and noisy rabble of a queue in order to commence the kitten production process.

You decide to leave well alone and see what happens.

As your life progresses with Ayesha, you’ll get into a certain routine and rhythm. There’ll be the ritual purification of the litter tray every morning and evening. You’ll be selecting the best quality foods (that she’ll scarf happily one day and regally reject the next), and removing dead birds or rodents that are brought in as gifts. You’ll be stroking or grooming her when she demands it, and trying to work out what you’ve done wrong when she ignores you, or sometimes treats you as less than the dirt beneath her toes.

You’ll notice certain things she does. One moment she’s sitting peacefully in a contemplative manner, and then follows a languid stretch, succeeded by a vigorous and noisy cleaning of herself. She’ll follow you around the house, decide that she’s going to sleep on your bed, observe you when you are on the toilet, and so on. These things become common and relatively predictable. Her behaviour assumes a set point as you get to know her, and you’ll be able to guess most, but not all, of her behavioural activities and inclinations.

You may start to observe some of these actions as robotic or automatic, and think that maybe the cat is running a series of programs or subroutines in her brain. ‘Aha, there’s the self-cleaning subroutine,’ you think as Ayesha cleans her mucky paws (or worse) on your freshly laundered pillow.

Of course there’ll always be something she does that comes leftfield and confounds you. Say, dragging the occasional feral tomcat in when the vicar’s come round for afternoon coffee, sherry and buttered teacakes, then unceremoniously booting him (cat, not vicar) out five minutes later when her rumbunctious and indelicately noisy amour has concluded.

Later on, as you imbibe an alcoholic libation, you might recall catching yourself unquestioningly performing a certain action over and over again, and apply the same observation.

You might also habitually think the same things regularly and see these as subroutines that your brain is running to make things easier for you and to conserve energy. The brain uses a lot of energy (about twenty percent of what your body consumes) so clearly will take short cuts to maximise and conserve this – it’s a highly efficient, or inherently lazy device, depending on your point of view. You also develop a comfort factor by doing the same things and entertaining the same thoughts over and over again. Soon something becomes a routine as similar as Ayesha’s tendency to sharpen her claws on the silk curtains when you least want her to.

Now, whereas doing and thinking similar things on a regular basis enables you to stay within your comfort zone, it can also end up consigning you to a somewhat dull life wherein your brain goes into hibernation most of the time. It’s also possible that this mindset facilitates you tolerating people that really have no reason to be in your life, other than to annoy or undermine you.

They’re familiar, right, though you’re also aware that familiarity breeds contempt.

You might observe how quickly time seems to be passing, and that you appear to be doing the same things day after day. This begins to concern you as you feel that you’re living on autopilot, so you decide to make a few changes to slow down your perception of time by learning and doing new things, like meeting different people, travelling, learning a language (linguistic or programming), getting bored playing brain games and so on.

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Philosopher Cats Cartoon

Philosopher Cats Cartoon

philosopher cats cartoon

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Toxic Termination Techniques – An Occasional Series

Toxic Termination Techniques – An Occasional Series

1. Flush

Warning: those of a sensitive disposition might find this technique somewhat indelicate and unconscionable.

Getting a toxic person (hereafter referred to as ToXiC) out of your life can be challenging and time consuming. Sometimes the process works at a number of different levels. You need to discharge them both physically (you no longer want them around you) and psychologically (you don’t even want to think about them).

Telling them to go (and keeping them out of your life) is one part of the complex equation. Getting them out of your head, especially if they’ve had residence there for too long, might require additional focus and determination.

Here’s one short, sharp technique that you might find handy as part of your anti-ToXiC armamentarium. It’s especially useful if your ToXiC is a water sign, though it will work well with all the other elements.

It requires minimal planning and can be wonderfully spontaneous and exhilarating, a complete release of unwanted energy and weight. A bit like if the ToXiC says they want to lose a couple of stone of ugly fat (they usually want you to disagree with them if they are fishing for compliments) and the word decapitation spontaneously forms in your mind.  Or you can do a minimal amount of planning to add to the finality. You could think of it as an exercise in banishing or even exorcism if you see them as being a bit like Pazuzu.

A seven step programme follows, but you can omit the more obvious steps if you have the urge to perform this technique immediately after reading this article. Hell, you might want to reread the article during the performance. It really is that simple, and maps on to your daily activities, so you don’t really need to make time for it or inconvenience yourself in any way.

The chosen venue is a comfortable and well appointed water closet.

This can be in your house, a friend’s dojo, a public building, office, college, restaurant etc. A conventional or squat toilet works fine, an outside latrine is recommended for those who prefer to perform such activities al fresco and synchronise their bowel movements with the eternal rhythms of nature.
If you are into ecology, a lavatory that converts your waste product to humanure is a rather fine choice as the malodorous ToXiC ordure is employed for a useful purpose – to grow things that look or taste nice and sustain life (unlike the ToXiC, you might cynically think).
Alchemists attempted to transmute base substances into gold, so if you are of a metaphysical persuasion, this might work for you.
Methodology:

1. Approach the toilet with a feeling of expectation and a pleasant experience. If you have had a large or spicy meal (curry or chilli con carne for example) that suddenly requires a rapid and immediate voiding, all the better. You may wish to have the toilet roll ready in the fridge if the food was especially hot. Ensure the extraction fan is on and suggest to subsequent users that leave it for at least ten minutes before using the facilities.

2. Perform the required defecatory action and visualise the ToXiC being expelled from your mind and body.

3. Relish each bowel movement as if you are conducting a symphony, appreciate each splish and splash as route marks on the journey to getting rid of your ToXiC. You can emit a series of ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’, if the auditory urge takes you.

4. If you are summoned by the creative muse, write the name of the ToXiC on the lavatory paper you will be using to complete the paperwork part of the process. You might even draw a little picture or cartoon of them.

5. If the ToXiC has previously gifted you something that is water soluble and won’t block the system, you may consider adding this libation like prior to the final movement.

6. Once the evacuation is complete, perform the clean up operation diligently and thoroughly. Examine the contents of the bowl if that is your thing.

7. Flush – visualise the ToXiC being flushed away, never to be seen again. Say, ‘ToXiC begone’ or ‘hasta la vista’ at the sound of the final flush. You might want to do this under your breath if someone is waiting. This is the ToXiC’s death rattle. You may finish off by adding some Ajax to the bowl to make it more pleasant for the next user. You could see this as sprinkling salt on the remains of a burnt down haunted house, if you wish to add a dramatic flourish.

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My Bad. How To Apologize To Aquarius & Pisces.

My Bad. How To Apologize To Aquarius & Pisces.

My Bad. How To Apologize To Aquarius.

Be honest and sincere – only apologize if you really mean it as Aquarius is very adept at knowing when people are lying. They also make decisions on impulse (or as they might call it intuition) so if they’ve decided you’re lying or untrustworthy/too much hard work then they won’t forgive you. Yes, it really is that simple. If Aquarius believes intuitively that it is right to forgive you, then you will be forgiven. If not, then you won’t be.

It is unlikely that having (intuitively) decided not to forgive you they will then change their mind. They might if their ‘intuition’ suddenly tells them to but I wouldn’t place much hope on that outcome. Even those Aquarians who are as psychic as brick will still place great faith in their intuition (except for those who insist all their decisions are purely based on logic, obviously)!

My Bad. How To Apologize To Pisces.

You can try throwing yourself at their feet and begging for forgiveness in the hope that they will hate seeing you upset but the odds are that your Pisces will be angry, hurt and in an unforgiving mood. If you are serious about putting things right you need to be prepared to put as much effort into your apology as the Pisces would put into theirs. That’s a great deal of effort BTW. And don’t expect immediate results either. Pisces can hold a grudge for a very long time but persistence often pays off. Be prepared to spend of time and money on your hurt and/or angry Pisces as they will expect gifts, flowers and heartfelt letters of apology to show just how sincere you are.

Actions speak louder than words as far as Pisces (like fellow Water sign Scorpio) is concerned so once you have apologized to them. Make sure your apology is genuine as they can see through fakers. Once you have done this you may be in a position to get on with proving to them that your actions won’t be repeated. This is what really matters to Pisces. They need to be as certain as they can be that you won’t disappoint them again.

Of course there is no guarantee that all this effort will pay off due to Pisces’ tendency to rely on intuition. Let’s face it, if Pisces believes intuitively that it is right to forgive you, then you will be forgiven. If not, then you won’t be.

It is unlikely that having (intuitively) decided not to forgive you they will then change their mind. They might if their ‘intuition’ suddenly tells them to but I wouldn’t place much hope on that outcome.

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