Yoga Bodi

Nurture

Take care of every aspect of yourself. You are the keeper of your world.

We can often lose sight of how critical it is to ensure that we actively contribute towards a highly auspicious physical, emotional & spiritual life for ourselves. In modern society, we are socially engineered to believe that to nurture ourselves we have to seek outside ourselves; material objects, seek out other people to make us whole or accept handed down belief systems or escapist entertainment or eat certain foods… To truly nurture yourself is to know that you are loved by elements unseen, that you should side step toxic situations, toxic enviornments, toxic people & toxic food because these things don’t nurture, although they might provide lessons that enable an expansion of our consciousness, but the lessons would need to be learned & inner-stood as lessons, in order to have a positive impact and avoid repeating experiences & suffering from further impacting our Karma and our time here. For parents, this is especially important that we are healthy first; mind, body & spirit because our children learn by observation and from their five senses. Take care of yourself, show yourself love, warmth, compassion & empathy, fill yourself up with goodness, greatness, grandness from the inside out and that will be reflected in what comes into your experience, good, great, grand.

Cultivate

Cultivate a healthy practice of protecting yourself from energies that are not your own.

Living among billions of people we are all bound to experience the transference of energies that are foreign and not necessarily favourable to our being. It’s important to know that there is the world we see, and the unseen world that is made of vibration, light and energy, among other elements. What we don’t see is not to be feared but to be felt and inner stood. A good practice to commit to is to be aware of energies that are not your own, by observing how certain people & situations make you feel, what your second brain, your gut, is telling you & how to transmute or dismiss those foreign energies in a positive & effective way to which you ensure you are not going to be wearing someone else’s problematic energy. Music, film & TV too, incrementally carry energies that can impact how we feel, think & behave long term. There is a plethora of information that can be researched about the affect of low vibrational music, the language in some music & the images, and the dialogue & narrative in cinema & television. It is important to do your due diligence, to discern your environment & not be a passive receiver of information, but a critical receiver of media information ready to block things that are harmful to your soul, and avoid becoming a product of the social programming all around us. In the physical, we have many senses that are besieged with negative energies that influence us all. Yes, we can still live a fruitful, joyful and abundant life, playing the game of life, but it helps to actively protect ourselves from energy pollution by holding sacred space around ourselves, every day, even in our dreams.

Grow

Grow by seeing that all life circumstances are oppportunities to cultivate the life you want.

If you observe nature, it is clear that no matter the circumstances life is everywhere; under harsh conditions or favourable surroundings, in abundant microcosms and macrocosms the germination of trillions of organisms active on this planet, makes up our reality. Often human beings forget that we too are highly developed organisms and just like the natural world, abundant circumstances and harsh conditions shape how we live. Yet it is a common misconception to believe we are the only ones experiencing hardship. Birth and demands of physical life, then death of physical life is all around us, it is one thing we have in common with sentient life everywhere, we are all coming into this world physically, adapting to our environment, creating other life forms and expanding in spite of the challenges that come with our incarnation. Gain comfort in the fact that all life on this planet shares the same narrative, that we are connected on a grander scale. Embrace gratitude for all things, aim to prosper, live your best life, love all sentient life including yourself, your mind, body and soul, teach others and watch your inner standing reflect your outer world where your perspective on all things will positively change and your world will begin to flourish for you just as nature intended.

Wonder

Stay in wonderment, fascinated, curious, amazed. It keeps you in the moment.

How many things can you find within your day to day that truly fascinates you? Things that make you feel like a child again, inquisitive, undaunted, eager and engaged. To be in wonderment is to be connected to the moment you are experiencing. This connection is powerful because it is one way in which we tap into all that is, including connecting with ourselves and how we manifest that which we desire to come into our experience. To be positively amazed at something is to make space in our heart, to let in light in which raises your frequency vibration. Like seeing a baby born for the first time, standing in front of the Pyramids at Giza, or the Grand Canyon, healing your own body or someone else…There are many things to create a higher resonance in our field of experience, the key is to stop and notice more, acknowledge and keep that spark alive inside you, like a child seeing things for the very first time.

Enchanted

There are bountiful ways to be joyful. Seek the good vibes in life.

What captivates your attention? What makes you smile, feel joy, gleeful, spellbound? We live in a world overflowing with beauty, magnificence, intriguing, fascinating aspects of itself that are awe-inspiring. But, often, we are socially navigated away from the natural inspiration, towards the un-natural. We might believe in things that may in still fear, self loathing, doubt, negativity, competitiveness, lack, apathy….but if we each stop, step away from that which doesn’t feel right, and move towards that which feels right, feels less pensive, anxiety inducing, less stressful then we can see more clearly that we can always step away, turn around, look up, down or around us in any direction and engage with the natural world. Find the good vibes, go there and immerse yourself in the energy of divine bliss.

Natural

Embrace your being, a creation of pure magnificence of beauty & perfection because you are created from nature; the earth & the cosmos

Many if not all of us have been programmed to believe that we are not good enough as we are, since birth. That the skin we are in may be considered inferior, or that our hair, eyes, nose etc are seen as unloveable. That all of us, no matter the skin we are in are incomplete, that we all must “need things” to be worthy of what it means to be human. Woke folks know that this is a socially engineered agenda where at it’s origin was promoted by religions, corporate industries, academics and scientists for nefarious social, economic and spiritual motives. If you strip back everything, back to our naked selves, and if you consider the inner workings of our biology, all the internal organs that makes us function and the light being inside us, our soul, the key to our animation, we are miraculous, beautiful, extraordinary, phenomenal beings. We don’t need anything more. Anything else is icing on an already delicious cake, the extras are just the emotional need for “things” that we perceive through our social conditioning, our nurture, that those things will apparently make us better, attractive, beautiful, sexually appealing, more socially acceptable, which all translates to more loveable as a human entity, all because someone said so and everybody believed it.

Heart

Detox your heart from darkness, negativity, traumas… by reacquainting your self with the natural world. Elements of nature open the heart, they inspire and bring in the light.

Spending time in nature is an important part of experiencing our physical incarnation as human beings. It’s not enough to just live on the Earth and go about our day-to-day, without really experiencing the Earth. Touching, lying, sitting on the earth or sitting by a tree or holding a tree, help your body to let go of energies that don’t serve you. Nature does the work to absorb those energies leaving you feeling energized and less dense. When we live in cities, we spend time in buildings, our homes, then move around in our cars or other means of transport, for many people exposed to any form of nature in a tactile way, not just looking at a tree through a window, is lacking in our lives. While being surrounded by nature is a positive, making physical contact with the natural world is even more effective in inducing favorable outcomes for your mind, body, and soul. Try to include some aspect of nature into your day; yoga in the park, meditation under a tree, swimming at the beach, walking along a tree-lined street, take your children to play in the earth or the sand…There are many ways to connect with nature in order to rejuvenate yourself, to lift you up, and put your existence into perspective by bringing in the light.

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Be Emotionally Healthy And Live A Colorful Life!

Life without emotions is like an empty canvass. Our life should have some color once in a while, or else life would be completely dull and boring and biege. Emotions are so important in daily life. For that reason, human emotions have been the object of research and study for thousands of years. What has changed over the years has been the general approach to this investigation. For many years, researchers in psychology focused on what seemed to be rational and what could be directly observed through physiology. Hence, emotion was neglected as it was seen as more part of mind than body.

All humans have basic emotional needs. These needs can be expressed as feelings, like the need to feel important, accepted, and respected. While all humans share these needs, each differs in the strength of the need, just as some of us need more water, more food, or more sleep. One person may need more freedom and independence, another may need more security and social connections. One may have a greater curiosity and greater need for understanding, while another is content to accept whatever he has been told.

Unlike physical health, many people including physicians have somehow neglected the importance of emotional stability. A person’s emotional stability is vital in achieving overall health. Emotional stability contributes to the individual’s sense of well-being. Without this, one can be prone to internal chaos, depression, despair, and isolation. In fact, emotional health influences other aspects of health such as physical, mental and social health.

Stress leads to the release of certain chemicals to prepare us for action. When this is not required, these excessive chemical levels can cause damage to our body over time. Emotional issues may manifest themselves as illness. One very difficult form of stress to cope and manage is emotional stress. It is often self-created, it can come out of nowhere and the stress caused by it only heightens the emotions felt. As the emotional stress increases, the emotions get worse, heightening the emotional stress. Thus, the problem recreates the cause and the problem only gets worse.

Emotional stress is often triggered by a dramatic event that puts a person’s nervous system under severe strain. This stress-inducing event could be losing a loved one, seeing someone die, ending a relationship, or being put into a life-threatening situation. These emotionally-charged occurrences put a severe strain on a person’s mind. The incredible strain can cause changes in the way that the brain works. In fact, a severe emotional strain could even cause someone to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD

Therefore, maintaining emotional health is necessary to achieve optimum health. It requires a multi-dimensional approach. The various aspects of this approach may include counseling, anger management, meditation, and physical exercise. People should not be haunted by emotional stress. Instead, they should look and try to understand where it is coming from. There are various support groups and solutions that are easily accessible to help someone cope with emotional stress and illnesses. One should not dwell on negative feelings and emotions, which can only hamper the beauty of the different colors of life.

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Upgrade How & What You Eat

The first step is to brace yourself for the challenge; it goes without saying that bad habits are hard go break. When you’re trying to eliminate something that has become a part of your life, you are bound to encounter resistance, and see your willpower seriously tested. You are in for a marathon in which that old addiction will tempt you at every step, trying to lure you back into that old vicious circle.

The first tip is to slow down when you eat. People who eat faster consume more calories because their brain doesn’t have the chance to recognize that the stomach is full. Eat prepared meals at the table. Instead of choosing finger foods that can be eaten quickly, always eat food from a plate with utensils and at a table, to program yourself to identify when meal times are and are not. Select more salad on your plate. Salad is an excellent choice since the bulk of it fills you without ramping up the calories and offers fiber and other nutrients to any meal.

Make no mistake. Bad eating habits can negatively impact your life. You can rapidly gain weight and depending on the food you eat, how much exercise you do or don’t do you could develop dis-ease overtime associated to bowel, kidney function, heart, liver and brain, in addition to other things.

At the end of the day, you will require a determination and level of commitment, will power, to sustain you through and stop you reaching backwards towards old habits.

An effective step is to remove temptations in your house or workplace. Keep food out of sight in the pantry and fridge. If you still find it difficult to avoid walking to the kitchen countless times to stare at the food you are not going to eat, then try to store a minimum amount of food in kitchen cabinets and in the pantry, which means you need to stop buying as much while you are embarking on a new food lifestyle and never store your favorite foods in the house. Keep on hand only those foods that require preparation before they can be eaten.

A good, brisk walk each day will increase blood flow to the organs and can cut out 250 calories. Aim to skip dessert, but not breakfast. Breakfast literally means, to break the fast. Aim to simply replace non healthy foods, with healthier ones, such as plant based and vegetables rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants. The aim is not to lose weight, but that will be the result. A leaner, healthier version of yourself will result when sticking to a plant based diet, with no junk food in sight. Experiment with what you’re willing to let go of: the Grande latte you usually enjoy at 10 AM; the buttery movie popcorn that’s become a nightly habit. Target foods you don’t especially love and stop eating them and those foods you love, eat them in moderation or find healthier alternatives.

Another consideration that is critical when upgrading your food eating habits is to understand when you are hungry or when you are just emotionally eating. Rate your hunger. Ask yourself, “how hungry am I on a scale of 0 to 10?” 0 means you’re starving and woe to anyone who gets between you and the fridge! 10 means you’re not hungry and you can function in that moment until you check in and rate yourself again.

Planning your food a day in advance ensures that when that emotion or a challenging time of day hits, you are not tempted by incompatible foods as you try to combat old habits. Plan your meals and ensure you have your trigger times well covered and plenty of food and/ or options all day long so that you no longer have to resist all those choices. When you do this, the old emotions and trigger times of day will still happen, the difference is you made the choice about your food intake yesterday when your emotions did not have a grip on you.

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The Benefits of a Full Body Massage

A full body massage can produce multiple benefits for your health. These benefits go far beyond an hour spent in relaxing quietly, escaping the day. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that stress and tension form the root causes of many diseases and illnesses. Hence, if you able to find ways to alleviate or relieve your stress, you are preventing health problems from emerging or becoming worse.

Going for a full body massage on a regular basis is one excellent way to help you fight off tensions. Full body massage stimulates the production of endorphins that promotes relaxation and drowsiness.

When you go for full body massage, your head to your toes and feet are massaged both front and back. A variety of strokes that includes kneading, pulling, wringing, hacking and gliding are used on various parts of the body.

If you are already ill or suffering from constant fatigue or pain, then full body massage can play a big part in your treatment. A full body massage helps to improve blood circulation and blood becomes more easily transportable to the vital organs in your body. This is vital for smooth functioning of your internal body parts. In addition, when blood is supplied to areas that have been injured before, repair and renewal of cells and tissues take place more easily. Combined with conventional medicine and other therapies, repeat sessions of full body massage can do much to accelerate your recovery.

Here are a few disorders that benefit from regular full body massage:

  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-operative recovery
  • Autism
  • Immune-suppressed systems
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cancer related fatigue
  • Low back pain
  • Spinal cord injuries

When you choose full body massage, you choose a non-invasive procedure. In addition, full massage therapy, which is relatively safe, can be a complementary treatment to other medical treatments.

Other than improved blood circulation, here are other benefits that you can expect to experience from a full body massage.

  • Stimulated lymph system
  • Stimulated immune system
  • Relaxed muscles
  • Reduced cramps
  • Increased flexibility
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Released endorphins
  • Reduced post-operative scar tissue and edema
  • Reduced migraine pain
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced depression
  • Shortened labor and delivery in expectant mothers

As helpful as full body massage can be, those with certain illnesses should avoid the treatment. These include phlebitis, certain cancers, certain heart conditions, certain skin problems, and contagious diseases.

To be absolutely sure, check with your doctor first if you are chronically ill. Otherwise, enjoy on a regular basis!

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How Can Yoga Help You Reach Your Goals?

Time is valuable and there are a number of successful methods for goal realization. Yoga is one of those methods that if included as a part of your life, Yoga will cross train your mind and body for maximum potential.

Imagine being able to optimize your attitude in one hour, per day, or less.
Every day, people attend Yoga classes for physical or mental health, and walk away with the tools, to be masters of their own destiny.

How is this possible? Regular attendance to Yoga classes or home yoga practice, will result in a positive attitude adjustment for the student. Many of us walk around with a “perceived handicap”. We blame everything outside of us for our set backs and lack of opportunities. While systemic oppression is real, it’s not going away. So rather than allow Society to govern your emotions, your perspective on the world and ultimately your life, aim to navigate around systemic oppression and create your own way, your own opportunities.

It is true that our race, age, financial status, gender, and educational background, are factors in success. However, these factors can all be overcome by working toward your goal on a daily basis, and taking life one-step-at- a-time in the most positive of ways. Remember, that if you think your situation is a disability, it will be.

How can Yoga help you realize your goals? For one thing, you will appreciate life to its fullest because you will look within yourself and explore a whole new world of understanding your exterior world. You will stop wasting time, by letting daily opportunities go by. There are those of us who get access to opportunities, but we make excuses why we think we are not ready, or it won’t work out, and that we don’t have what it takes for success, or we simply lack the commitment, drive and discipline required to carry a plan through.

Yoga and meditation teach you to supervise your mind. Your mind has been allowed to work against you. Much like a ‘back seat driver’, the mind is good at second guessing, fearing, doubting, and discouraging new ideas. The mind would prefer to stay in one place, and let the world go by. Leaving you in a deeper state of frustration, by worrying about making a mistake.

You have to cultivate a positive relationship with your mind, through practicing Yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation. You can find all this, and much more, in your local Yoga class, whether online or in person and by reading yoga philosophy and meditating daily. All you have to do is make it a regular routine.

Whether you practice before, or after, work or study is not important, but you will start to feel the mental health benefits, right away. Many Yoga students walk away from their first class feeling guilty, that it took so long to start. They anguish over the fact they procrastinated so long, because the feeling of euphoria during and after Yoga classes, and the endorphins released, will make your perspective on the world around you, a much better one. What is important, is to start and continue your Yoga practice.

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Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands – 2 small glands that sit on top of your kidneys – become overworked and depleted. Your adrenal glands are responsible for handling the stresses of your daily life, whether that be physical stress, emotional stress, or psychological stress.

When your adrenal glands become overworked, they cannot keep up with the stresses of your everyday life. You then start to manifest the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Just because you have one or two of the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency does not mean that you have adrenal fatigue. However if you find you have the majority of these symptoms then you may want to investigate further.

You’ll want to learn some of the common causes of adrenal fatigue to see if you can identify with any of these causes in your own life. You’ll also want to see your doctor for a full medical workup and diagnosis of adrenal fatigue.

Here are the key symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

You’re Tired For No Explainable Reason

People with adrenal fatigue experience extreme physical exhaustion and they don’t have an explanation as to why (such as a strenuous workout). This isn’t just everyday tiredness it is extreme exhaustion.

You Gain Weight Easily – Especially Around the Middle

People with adrenal fatigue often notice they gain weight very easily. They especially notice the extra weight around the middle – and it’s very hard to lose it.

You Have Difficulty Getting Up In The Morning

Those with adrenal fatigue often find they feel tired when getting up in the morning – even with a full night’s sleep. They often need stimulants like caffeine and sugar to ‘get going’ both in the morning and throughout the day.

You’re More Susceptible To Getting the Flu or a Cold

If you have adrenal fatigue, you may notice that you seem to be catching every flu and cold that comes within 10 feet of you. You’ll also notice that it seems harder for your body to bounce back from illness.

You Often Feel Overwhelmed and Run Down

People with adrenal insufficiency often feel run down and overwhelmed with the tasks they have to accomplish. They may feel as if they can’t keep up and do it all. (This can lead to other symptoms like depression and social withdrawal)

You May Crave Salty or Sweet Snacks

This may include high protein snacks like meat or cheese. Some people with adrenal fatigue can have an increased craving for salt. You might also notice an intense craving for sweets and fast carbs like donuts, chocolate bars, pastries, ice cream etc.

You Feel Better In A Less Stressful Environment

Many people with adrenal insufficiency feel better when on vacation. Their symptoms may even clear up entirely but then return when they go back to their normal lives.

You Are Troubled By ‘Brain Fog’ or Inability to Concentrate

This may include things like the inability to remember certain details, appointments, etc. This may also include a feeling of confusion or difficulty concentrating.

Increased PMS For Women

Women with adrenal disorder may find their periods become heavier and/or irregular. They may also notice increased PMS mood swings and/or food cravings.

Those are several key symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Other symptoms include:

Lightheartedness/Low Blood Pressure

Tendency to Tremble When Under Pressure

Reduced Sex Drive

Heart Palpitations

Nervousness/Raw Nerves

Poor Digestion

Feel Most Energetic in the Evening

Extremely sensitivity to the cold

If you can identify with the majority of these adrenal fatigue symptoms you may want to research what the triggers are causing adrenal fatigue in your own personal life. You’ll also want to see your doctor for more tests and a complete diagnosis.

Adrenal fatigue can be overcome with proper self care, exercise and medical advice. Listen to your body, cut back on stress and treat yourself well.

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Improve Your Eyesight With Trataka

Eyes are the windows of the soul and you can see what a person is up to by looking into his eyes. Hence, it is important to have clean eyesight. In yoga, Trataka is a technique devised by the ancient sages to improve eyesight. It is a Shuddhikriya or a purification process to cleanse the eyesight and help in the silencing of the mind in concentration.

Sit with your back straight. Keep your eyes fixed on an object without winking till tears start streaming down your face. The small object can be the flame of an oil lamp, or an image or a picture or the letter ‘AUM’. This object should be placed in the line of sight at a distance of about four to six feet. You can also do this kriya without any object in front of you. Having an object is not necessary. Just stare in front of you at the wall without moving the eyeballs or eyelids. Ensure that you stare at a certain point on the wall.

Before starting this exercise, you can start off by moving the eyes without moving the head, where you roll your eyeballs up and down, sideways and from corner to corner diagonally. Initially, you can make this movement with open eyes and then repeat them with closed eyes. This will give the requisite exercise to the eye muscles. This is then followed by trataka. Trataka makes the eyes clear, improves eyes and silences the mind. Over a period of time, you will experience the silence of the mind. If you want to meditate, start with trataka to silence the mind and then go to the meditation. This way, you will reap the benefits of meditation. Since you are exercising the eye muscles, they become stronger. You can perform this kriya daily without any harmful effects.

Lionize

You are formidable. Never doubt you.

Confidence is a birth right. Inner standing that you should, by your very existence, be self assured and possess courage, be bold, have faith in yourself as a spiritual being given you have the gift of physical life and although there will be plenty of trials and tribulations throughout your life’s journey to throw you off your game and how you conduct yourself, you must keep the faith that your connection to all that is, you and all things, is the key.

Relying on yourself to be your best ally, your best friend, your partner in the game of Earthly life. This confidence, is not arrogance, conceit or ego, but a higher minded intimacy with oneself that no matter what life throws at you, you are connected to all that is, you are important and you have every right to be here. Move through the world with that inner standing acknowledging that every single living creature on this planet, be it a jellyfish, ant or a tree has the same rightful legitimacy to live and move according to our diverse and unique paths.

The Benefits of Having a Flexible Attitude

Life is full of challenges, and many times we have to stop what we are doing to completely switch gears. Having the ability to be versatile, and developing a flexible attitude will go a long way in adjusting to the ebbs and flows that life will inevitably bring. When life or work seems too frustrating to deal with, all we may need to make it work is an attitude adjustment.

When we focus on fighting the obstacles that challenge us, we waste time and energy that could be used more productively if we only learned to “go with the flow” a little more often. If we switch our thinking, viewing obstacles and challenges in a different light, we can be successful in achieving so much more. We will also expend less time and energy if we aren’t fighting against a current. This energy can then be focused elsewhere.

By implementing the following five helpful tips for developing a flexible attitude, you can find better ways to proceed through life, allowing yourself to flow a little more smoothly through its many ups and downs.

  1. Embrace change

Change is necessary to get anywhere in life, and embracing it takes a lot of courage and strength. After all, change brings us into new experiences, and often the unknown is scary for us. The change also brings a good omen, in that life is not remaining stagnant, but rather moving forward in different directions. We should allow life to carry us off into these directions so we can experience a different point of view, appreciating more what we do or don’t have.

2. Envision a new outcome

If we go through life expecting things to go as they always have, we can never open ourselves up to the possibility of great things. When our expectations don’t arrive, we will be lost, not knowing which way to turn. If we can imagine our actions having different outcomes, we can be prepared for whatever life may bring us, good or bad. Opening our minds to new outcomes will also help us plan for when those outcomes are realized.

3. Enjoy the journey

Key to making our attitudes more flexible is learning to look past the goal of getting something accomplished, and enjoy the trip along the way. If we constantly focus on doing something, achieving something, or acquiring something, we lose sight of ourselves and who we are being. Enjoying ourselves along the way to our goals will allow us to remain flexible in the steps we take to arrive at their completion or our final destinations.

4. Explore different options

When trying to reach a goal, why not try a new way of getting there? Developing a flexible attitude will be simple if we can practice being flexible in the choices that are important to us. Learning to step out of the box and choose a different path, or option, will often lead us to the new outcomes weíve been envisioning.

5. Emotionally detach from the outcome

It is easy to become frustrated at times, but emotionally detaching from the situation will allow us to take a look at our options more carefully and objectively. Acting in response to difficulties is far different than reacting, and the former is the more productive choice. When a challenge arises, take the time to decide how to act, instead of reacting with rash behavior.

Remaining flexible throughout life may make you feel like you are loosening the reins on your goals and values. That is not the case, however. If we can stay flexible and adapt to change, we may find ourselves better off than we ever could have imagined.

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