I’m not trying to make you change your mind or beliefs, but it’s always good to question things and take notice of some of the things we do and why. This six minute silent film will make you do just that…:
Anytime that I have an opportunity, I always try to explain to people the need to mediate, and the benefits they can obtain from it. The advantages of meditation have been documented for thousands of years from most civilizations in our world history. As of lately there has been a major increase in those of our western culture, who now practice mediation and yoga techniques on a daily bases. Mediation is not about sitting with your legs crossed while chanting. Although that can be a method, there are thousands of other techniques when it comes to how to meditate. One meditation method can be done by focusing on an object, such as a candle. You could also focus on a thought, or use visualization methods. There are also techniques that involve movement and dancing. Meditation at it’s simplest form is the focusing of your mind. On a daily occurrence, our minds are in a constant state busyness. There are thousands of thoughts that can pass through our minds in a matter of minutes in some cases. Eventually, we develop habits based on all these thoughts that we take in, and this can cause problems if we are not monitoring what we are taking in. If you are always thinking, why not think about something positive and beneficial to yourself and others. Though there are hundreds of benefits to mediation, I’ll name a few that fall into the categories of physical health, mental health, social benefits, and spiritual growth.
Increases the blood flow and slows the heart rate.
Lowers your blood pressure.
Helps with lowering anxiety attacks
Alleviate symptoms of allergies
Alleviate symptoms of arthritis
Helps with Pre-menstrual symptoms
Improves the immune system.
Lowers the effects of the common cold
Increases your energy and strength
Assists with weight loss
Lowers your cholesterol levels
Improves airflow into the lungs
Alleviates and controls pain from chronic diseases
Improves the functioning of the brain
Relieves asthma symptoms
Improves physical performances
Improves your nervous system
Need less sleep
Helps to control phobias & fears
Helps to control your thoughts
Helps with focusing and concentration
Increases your creativity
Increases your ability to solve complex problems
Improves your memory
Increases your productivity levels
Improves your intelligence levels
Increases your intuition
Lowers the amount of restless thinking
Decreases your worrying
Improves functionality between the two brain hemispheres
Increases your self-confidence
Helps improve relationships
Makes it easier to stop bad habits
Allows you to react more effectively to a stressful events
Improves relationships at work, home, and socially
Helps you to see the bigger picture in situations
Helps you ignore petty issues that come up
Lowers road rage
Improves listening skills
Increases your tolerance levels
Helps develop a more stable personality
Increases your job satisfaction
Increases ability for intimate contact
Improves your sociable behavior
Helps you achieve less aggressiveness
Assists in quitting smoking, alcohol, and other addictions
Lowers the need for illegal and pharmaceutical drugs
Helps you put things in perspective
Provides peace of mind
Helps you find your purpose
Helps you find yourself and achieve more of an understanding
Harmonizes the body, mind, and spirit
Improves acceptance of yourself
Improves your ability to forgive
Improves your attitude toward life
Forms a deeper relationship with your definition of God
Helps you stay in the present moment
Reduces the power of the ego
Increases the synchronicity in your life
About 5 years ago I decided to cut beef and pork out of my diet. My decision to do so was not made for religious reasons, or due to health related orders from my doctors. One day when watching TV, I saw a segment on the news on a documentary about what’s wrong with the food industry, and the secrets and politics behind it. I decided one weekend to go to a small movie theater in Atlanta to watch a movie called Food Inc. This movie goes into detail about the process of foods that we eat from the farm, to the grocery store, to your table. It also puts a spotlight on Monsanto and how they are trying to control everything that we eat.
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The movie starts with the cameras paying visits (some secretly) to farms and slaughter houses to show the conditions of the animals such as pigs, cows, and chickens. It details the inhumane activities that take place and also gives the point of view of the small farmers who are forced by major corporations to push their agenda or be forced into poverty.
Next, the film looks into the agriculture side of the industry. It details how Monsanto pushes genetically modified products and seeds, and how they issue lawsuits to any farmer that chooses to use their own seeds to plant crops. Through intimidation and long legal battles, Monsanto has created a monopoly in controlling most foods that we eat, unbeknownst to most americans.
The final part of this film talks about the involvement of politicians, lobbyists, and other legal players in the food system. Discussing issues such as food labeling, pesticides, and promotion of cheap, unhealthy foods.
It’s an honest statement to say that this film has changed my life. I’m not the type who goes around and tries to convince everyone what they should and should not eat. I’m always a believer of do what makes you happy. But I do think as responsible adults you should know what you are putting into your body and know where it came from. I believe that anyone who watches this film will forever be changed regarding their eating habits. Directed by Robert Kenner, this film does a great job at exposing some of the things that have been kept in the dark for years regarding our food and health. Please watch and share with anyone you care about.
We are all vibrational beings. You’re like a receiving mechanism that when you set your tuner to the station, you’re going to hear what’s playing. Whatever you are focused upon is the way you set your tuner, and when you focus there for as little as 17 seconds, you activate that vibration within you. Once you activate a vibration within you, Law of Attraction begins responding to that vibration, and you’re off and running – whether it’s something wanted or unwanted.
This article presents a series of regrets that many people experience of their deathbed. It’s an interesting source of perspective for many of us who are moving into new phases of our adult lives.
Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently,” she says, “common themes surfaced again and again.”
Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.
Here are the most common five:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.
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The difference between the man who is fasting and the man who is starving is their thoughts.