Joesph Bismark Shares His Favorite Healthy Apps

Joseph Bismark had an extraordinary early life–as I’ve written about before— one that he has used to develop a lifestyle and business that follows his Vedic philosophies. Mr. Bismark is one of the founding directors of the Group. On Dec. of 2008, Mr. Bismarck took over the role of Managing Director for the company. A role he still holds.

Mr. Bismark is a firm believer in spiritual growth through service to others. The service must be meaningful to the lives of those it’s meant to help. A part of this belief is expressed through the RHYTHM group of the firm. The letters stand for Social Responsibility. Mr. Bismark spends much of his time working with the RHYTHM department of the company.

Mr. Bismark also believes that ordinary persons can make extraordinary differences in the lives of others or for the world in general. Mr. Bismark is also known as a strong advocate of healthy living including a healthy diet. That is one of the main reasons that the growth of his company has also shown an interest in both wellness and organic foods.

According to Business Wire, recently Mr. Bismark gave an interview to asPire magazine. During that interview, he discussed some of his favorite apps for maintaining a healthy life, something he is never too busy to ignore. The article was featured in asPire Magazine.

First Mr. Bismark explains that he swims, cycles, practices Yoga and makes use of meditation. He also incorporates a kettle ball a few times a week to maintain his flexibility. As for the apps, there are several that he makes use of while exercising. For cycling, he used MapMyRide. This app measures almost everything a cyclist could want to be measured. It records duration, speed, topography (elevation), calories burnt and distance. The app helps him to stay on course for a healthier life.

Mr. Bismark not only practices yoga he lives it. It is from this form of healthy living that many of his Vedic beliefs come from. He uses it as a guide for good living. He is the Yoga Master at the Singapore School of Meditation and Yoga. Mr. Bismark uses his position to learn even more about the philosophies for a healthy lifestyle and the areas that help that growth.

For meditation, a type of partner for Yoga practice Mr. Bismark prefers SoundCloud. This app is designed for those who meditate. It allows an easy uploading of mantras and enables them to be shared with others. Mr. Bismark is also a fan of Luminosity, which he uses for fifteen minutes a day. He likes that it “exercises” his brain and helps it stay fit.

There are of course other apps. Designed to do the same things and Mr. Bismark openly expresses the feeling that such technology helps people to live not only a physically healthy life but one that also encompasses thought and believes. From vegetarian diets to technology Mr. Bismark isn’t afraid to use any of these methods to live the best possible life.

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Baby Boom in the Animal Kingdom.

The world can be a beautiful place. We just sometimes forget about all it has to offered by filling our hearts and minds with negativity news. To block out the bad I tend to find it hard not to fill my screen with adorable creatures and in the past few months it’s been even harder with how many baby announcements coming from all over the world letting us know were doing something right for endangered animals.

Just two months ago in Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) an Amur leopard, named Freya, gave birth to three cubs. Though the adoring public would love nothing more than to look upon their fluffy faces the zoo is keeping them tucked safely away so they may one day be released into the wild. Tech Times reports that todate there are only seventy Amur leopards living in the wild. It looks like these triple are going to give their species a fighting chance.

Not too far from the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) at the Chester Zoo they welcomed their own baby this week, a bouncing baby girl, elephant. She is the daughter to experienced mother Thi Hi Way. The baby girl was welcomed into the world surrounded by her elephant family. Like the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) the zoo keepers from Chester Zoo watched the birth from CCTV so they would not disturb the herd. Andy Mckenzie told The Independent “The birth of a new elephant is a real family occasion and, as the labour progresses, all of the family unit really come together. They all knew that something was going to happen, especially the older elephants that have seen it all before,” McKenzie said.

Happy times and joyous occasions were limited to on one side of the pond. With equally as exciting news coming from The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, they reported that their seventeen year old mother, giant panda, Mei Xiang gave birth to twins. According to SMITHSONIAN.COM just five hours after Mei Xiang gave birth to her first cub, biologist Laurie Thompson heard her grunting before “Out popped another,” she said. Mei Xiang had twins two years ago but only one survived. Bao Bao is celebrating her second birthday on the same day as her younger siblings.

One Family Saw Beauty in a Dog that No One Else Wanted

I absolutely love puppies, and it is truly shocking to me how people can base love off of looks. So many puppies are abandoned, neglected, and left to die on the streets every year; and it is sad to know this. When hearing about a puppy who has been saved, loved, and given a life in which they are loved warms my heart. A little old westie/ Chihuahua mix puppy was brought to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley unwanted, and in terrible condition. She was a playful, loving, and happy puppy even though her body told a story of scars and aesthetic setbacks. I always find it inspiring when good hearted people give their love and help to both people and animals. The good people at the humane society did just that, and worked hard to nurse this beautiful puppy back to health. The Humane Society of Silicon Valley took this puppy in, and helped to give her a new life.

Nobody wanted this little puppy, but one family managed to see beauty that no one else saw in this puppy. My heart was warmed when I read that the family recently lost their Chihuahua, and adopted this puppy to fill the gap in their family. Despite leaving to run an errand, the daughters of this family were so consumed with fear that another family could possibly take the puppy home that their mom immediately turned around. The Doblar family then picked up the puppy, adopted her, and took her home to a very living family. This family’s love and devotion to the puppy shows me people in this world still care, and have a heart. The Doblar family took in this puppy despite her strange looking appearance, and only saw the beauty within the puppy. I love this story and this family’s love for the puppy, and have been touched just by reading about the puppy. I believe that this family did an extraordinary thing by taking in, and loving this puppy like she was the part of their family that was missing.

Parents Who Share Childcare Equally Are Happier Together

In a recent study it was found that couples who raised their children together are happier together. This is when both parents share the childcare fairly and equally. CNN released the results this week that show of the almost 500 couples studied who share all childcare responsibilities from playing to enforcing rules, they also had a much healthier sex life and were happier with their spouse.

The 500 studied broke down into groups:
* 73% of the women stated they shared the childcare equally with their spouse.
* 80% of the men stated they shared the childcare equally with their spouse.
* 24% of the women state they did the majority of the work.
* 10% of the men state they do the majority of the work.
* 10% of the men state their spouse does the majority of the work.
The assistant professor of sociology at Georgia State University, Daniel L. Carlson said the results were interesting that the majority of parents feel they share the responsibilities equally. Couples who stated they shared the work equally also said they had the biggest level of satisfaction with their spouse and their sex life was better. These same parents also stated they fought less with each other. Carlson states these parents have the best chance of making their marriage work and staying together longer.

In the group of parents where the wife did most of the childcare it showed the couples had the lowest level of satisfaction and the most conflicts. In the low number of parents where the man handled most of the childcare it showed a medium level of satisfaction between the spouses.

The survey asked about pitching into to help with tasks like; praising, creating, enforcing rules and playing so this may be part of why the study showed such a high rate of dads pitching in. Carlson says men are more inclined to do these types of tasks, what the study does not show is if they also share the cooking and cleaning for the children

There is another study that shows women and men are dividing up the chores better than was done in the 60’s. Women now spend about 13.7 hours a week on childcare compared to the 10.5 hours a week in 1960. Men are now spending about 7.2 hours a week, compared to their 2.5 hours a week in 1960.

The study did also state that even though parents are sharing more childcare and spending more time with their children, didn’t mean they were spending more time as a couple. This may indicate they are spending more time enjoying each other.

Dwayne “The Rock” Gets Aggressive With Crime

I have always been a fan of Dwayne Johnson. Some know him as Mr. Johnson, but others know him as “The Rock.” He is involved with an inmate boot camp program that is run by the County Corrections Office in Miami Florida. Johnson has worked with these incarcerated men for several months. His goal was to keep them from returning to prison once they got out. These men were from all walks of life with various charges for robbery, drugs, violence and even attempted murder.

He went with them on their day of sentencing. Rather than a traditional prison setting, these men accepted a plea deal, of sorts. They were given the opportunity to go to a boot camp facility instead of prison. Rather than looking down on them, Johnson gave them his word that he would be there for them every step of the way. On the first night, he told them that they would be broken in ways that they never knew possible. However, he gave them hope that if they stuck with it and didn’t quit they would become better for the journey.

Well, that was more than half a year ago and today these men stood in front of their families and their drill sergeants and they became free. They were free from the legal system, and they were stronger and better than before. Johnson says that America’s crime rate is too high. In fact, of the people that go to jail in Miami, more than seventy percent will be back in there for another crime in a couple years. That rate is staggering. The Rock decided to take matters into his own hands and help in Miami. They have one of the most hardcore and unrelenting boot camp prisons in the world. Their rehabilitation is 8 percent.

When these men arrive more than half a year ago their life was essentially over they would be broken taken down to the core physically and mentally. They would experience things that they never thought possible. The goal is to break their will and to change them from the inside out. The Rock is very proud of each and every one of them. See when the rock was about 13 he got arrested he did a lot of things that he knew better, and he wanted them to know that life does go on, and they can have opportunities to succeed.

A Briton and Three Americans Recieve France’s Highest Honor

Much has been said in the news about how three Americans and a Briton stopped a terrorist attack in France. The Guardian reports that the Briton Chris Norman, and three Americans—Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos—are about to receive France’s highest medal of honor. The quartet were among a few passengers on a train who are being credited with helping stop what is thought to have been terrorist attack. Everything was going as planned on the train which was traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. After a Jihadi gunman opened fire on the train, the four of them jumped him and wrestled him to the ground.

The 62-year-old Norman has led a rather fascinating life. He was born in Uganda, raised in South Africa, attended the University of Reading in England, moved to France, and remains a consultant to companies in Africa. All three Americans have led a much more down-to-earth life. The three of them grew up together in California and two of them are military men. When the incident first began to take shape, Norman was sitting in his seat in coach and the three Americans where nearby in their seats getting some much-needed sleep. Suddenly they heard a gunshot, some glass breaking, and saw someone run down a hallway.

They instantly knew something was wrong. It was upon standing that Norman saw a man (who has now been identified as a 25-year-old Moroccan named Ayoud El-Khazzani) at the front of the train holding a machine gun. He and the three Americans quickly decided to work together to take down the gunman. The moment was perfect to do so since the gunman’s AK-47 seemed to be jammed. A military man and martial arts fan, Stone made the first move by running down the aisle and tackling the gunman. His friend Skarlotos, the other military man, was right behind him, snatching the gun while Stone put him in a chokehold.

Unfortunately for them, the AK-47 wasn’t the terrorists only weapon. When that was taken away from him, he withdrew a handgun. Skarlotos took that as well. The terrorist then took out a box cutter. He began stabbing at the men and very nearly succeeded in cutting off Stone’s thumb. After Al-Khazzani was finally rendered unconscious, Norman and Sadler helped tie him tie up the terrorist. However, the crises didn’t end there. They discovered a profusely bleeding gentleman who has just moments before their intervention attempted to overcome the gunman. Stone stopped the blood until the train stopped at Arras, France and emergency help arrived. You can read further details here and here. Although there are many articles about this event, these are particularly informative.

Wind Power the Cheapest Form of Energy In Denmark

Following global warming stories can often be disheartening. While parties bicker back and forth to determine whether or not the planet is impacted by global warming, real progress towards becoming energy independent passes us by. That is why the recent news that Denmark is now finding that wind power is the cheapest form of energy that they have is comforting.

There is still work to do, even in Denmark which is situated in a prime area to capitalize on wind power on the coast. Denmark is set to increase their wind energy capacity in the coming years and beginning in 2016 the cost of wind power will be approximately half the cost of coal and natural gas plants, costing about 4 cents per kilowatt hour.

By 2025, Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is event in belief that it will become a carbon neutral city which is a major feat for any city, and even more for a capital city with a large population.

Once one major city is able to become carbon neutral, there is great potential for other nations to join the club and for carbon emissions to be reduced further. Many of the news articles citing the acceleration of carbon burning and damage to our environment fail to calculate the impact that these programs can have once they get rolling and other cities emulate Copenhagen.

Renewable energy is within our grasp and not only is wind power expanding across Europe and the world, but so is solar power and hydro power. The cost of solar panel have continued to drop and become more accessible. This gives me great hope that carbon emissions can continue to reduce and many positive environmental and economical benefits can be reaped as a result. While some form of carbon burning fuels will likely be needed to meet demand surges as well as to pick up for the night time needs when solar panels can’t kick into effect, the less reliance on carbon burning fuels the better off we are.

Further, the real benefit to this news is the cost benefits of using wind power as governments will have a real incentive to continue to use it going forward. While Denmark is well situated to take advantage of the resource of wind, the other options for renewable energy benefit other areas. Once these technologies are built out and in place, there is great faith that humans can move beyond fossil fuels and truly capture the awesome power of renewable energy.

Good News is Out There

All too often our televisions, newspapers, and online sources are filled with bad news. Sometimes it’s overwhelming because it feels like that is all that is happening. Every now and then, however, a story about the good in the world slips through the cracks. It lifts us up and gives us hope that not everyone is bad in the world.

Hope comes in the most unexpected places. Sometimes it takes the form of a 6-year-old boy named Jaden Hayes. According to CBS News, Jaden went through the most heartbreaking ordeal. He lost his father and his mother. Of course he was sad but it’s what he chose to do with his sadness that is so remarkable. He vowed to make other people happy and give smiles to those who needed it the most. He headed to the store with his aunt and purchase some dinosaurs and rubber duckies because those are what make people smile according to Jaden. Jaden handed these out in his home state of Ohio and something amazing happened. He made people’s days. Strangers were overcome with joy by this small gesture. They laughed, cried, and paid Jaden for his kindness in hugs. It’s a good deed where everybody wins.

The Mall Of America is known for its sheer size, shopping, and even rides! A few short years ago, it became known as something else. It became known as where the kindness of 5,000 strangers came together. According to BuzzFeed, a young man by the name of Zachary Sobiech was truly an inspiration. He was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer. He wanted to help uplift people on his journey so he wrote a song called Clouds which skyrocketed to popularity. After his death, his memory was sure to live on. A radio station put out a call asking for a thousand volunteers to come sing this song at The Mall Of America. A thousand people answered this plea…and then some. Five thousand people turned out to pay a beautiful tribute to Zachary! His parents were floored.

There is good in the world. There are beautiful people. Random acts of kindness happen everyday. We just have to open our eyes and realize for every bad person out there who commits a crime, there are 10 people doing just the opposite. They just don’t make the news. But, don’t forget – truly special people are out there. That’s enough to make anyone smile.

To Teach is to Love

There have been a number of teachers in my life who have essentially changed the way that I think, learn, interact with people, and interact with myself. These teachers have gone beyond the realm of teaching to educate and have taught me how to experience life and its many wonders. Many people can relate to this form of thinking as well as the experiences that I’ve had. People who were born to be teachers can’t help but touch the lives of the students around them. For one teacher spending her life touching the lives of others paid off when she needed it the most. 

Marty Hayes spent over 35 years teaching music to children and young teenagers. In the course of her time as a teacher she touched the lives of many students but she arguably left an imprint on student Carolyn Denson James the most. Carolyn Denson James spent most of the year looking for her former high school music teacher in 2004. James wanted to get in touch with Marty Hayes in order to tell her about the impact Hayes had on her more than 35 years previously. James lived in a small town in Texas called Frisco and she herself became a teacher thanks to the inspiration that Hayes had left her with. James sat down with the Huffington Post to talk about what Hayes meant to her all of those years ago. James remembers Hayes meaning the world to her. Hayes had a special way of making every student feel special. Every student in Hayes’ class was made to feel like they brought something important to the table. When James finally found Hayes she discovered that her former teacher was suffering with Lewy body dementia. Lewy body dementia is a medical diagnosis of a patient suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

The Dallas Morning News was also there to report this story. James knew that after seeing her former teacher in the state that she was in she had to do something. James and her husband would regularly visit Hayes and helped her pay bills as well as drive her to her medical appointments. After some time her diseases got worse and without hesitation the couple moved Hayes into their home. Hayes who is now 74 years old feels incredibly blessed and thankful to have her former student in her life in the way that she is. The former teacher went on to encourage teachers to keep being heroes to their students. You never know whose life you’re going to change and you don’t know who will change your life.

Seeing Through The Darkness: eSight Glasses For The Blind

I love social media, but I get so burdened with all the garbage and drama that comes with it. I like to read stories that make me feel good. I often go to Buzzfeed for stories that inspire. Today, I was browsing their current stories, and I found one that just brought tears to my eyes. A blind mother, Kathy Beitz, just gave birth to her son. While the birth was miraculous enough, the fact that she got to see him was a phenomenon of epic proportions. 

Thanks to a new program through eSight, she put on a pair of glasses that allowed her to see him. She had never seen her husband or any baby for that matter. She pointed out cute similarities between her husband and son, as their toes; they were exactly the same. She also noted things like his wrinkly skin, his smile and the little bit of hair that he had. For many other people like Beitz, being able to see anything is touching. I take for granted the ability to be able to see. I see my children, my husband, and even my dog; and I don’t think twice about it. To her, being able to see her family was a gift. 

Beitz suffers from macular degeneration. It is a condition where the retina detaches from the eye and over time a person completely loses the ability to see. She has been blind since birth due to this rare problem. The company eSight does free trials to those who cannot see. The cost of the glasses is $15,000, and they understand that many blind people are on fixed incomes. They have several fundraising events and also work with sponsors to help those who cannot see get the glasses they need. 

I have a cousin who has been blind since she was a small child. When I watched the videos attached to this site and could hear the people read books and describe what they were seeing, it melted my heart. Perhaps there is hope for my cousin too. She longs to drive a car and see her husband’s face. Technology is an amazing thing, and the fact that they are helping so many people to be able to see is just amazing. 

Those who have suffered from blindness are going to be able to conquer the darkness. Soon, blindness will be a treatable condition just like anything else. I long for the day when we can lay down the glasses, contacts and all see clearly.