Friday, January 26, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
For more information, visit: http://isainfante.org/Downloads/SimplifiedTaiChiChuan.pdf
and here: http://www.taowoods.org/texts/tai_chi_1.pdf
Myalgic Encephalomylitis is abbreviated to ME and has all the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Tiredness, muscle aches, brain fog, depression, are part of a syndrome that has baffled doctors. It has now been accepted by the medical world as being a genuine illness and not one that has been imagined by the patient. Many treatments are available, from diet, sleep treatment, physical therapies, etc. It is best to avoid medications if they can be avoided. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/cfs/pdf/cfs-toolkit.pdf
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Meditation is proven to be one of the simplest and most effective ways to handle stress, and it's easy enough that anyone can do it and begin enjoying the benefits immediately. In fact, most people find that regular meditation helps them prevent stress from building up in the first place. If you have ever wanted to start a meditation practice but kept putting it off because you didn't know how to get started, you'll be pleased to know that it's probably easier than you think.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart throught the world. There in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with a real knowledge of the human soul. -- Carl Jung (from "New Paths in Psychology", in Collected Papers on Analytic Psychology, London, 1916). Carl Jung lived from 1875 to 1961. He was born in Switzerland and his father was a pastor and his grandfather was a Rosicrucian freethinker who, some thought, was an illigitimate son of Goethe. He took a medical doctorate before specialising in psychology and 'the art of living' which involved reconciling the polarities of character and there by bringing about the goal of therapy, 'individuation'. He had many paranormal experiences, such as telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis and was interested in symbolism and metaphors as a way of understanding the mind, coining the words 'collective unconscious' to describe the inner workings of the mind of humanity.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
A mantra is a repetitive group of words, that becomes a prolonged chant. Sometimes spoken and sometimes sung. Sometimes the words have meaning - calling upon a deity for instance - and sometimes they are just a group of words to focus the mind on a topic, such as health or happiness. A well known chant is that of Tibetan Buddhism 'Aum Mani Padme Hum' or 'Om Namashi Vaya' a Hindu chant. The repetitive words of many Christian prayers are also a chant, focussing the mind on devotion and clearing the mind of other thoughts.
For more information, use this link: http://www.flourishtherapy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Mantras.pdf
Depression is a lonely existance, because other people don't understand. It is a low energy illness, a feeling of meaninglessness, guilt, shame, worthlessness and hopelessness. It is not just a state of mind, but an illness, a disability and can sometimes lead to suicide in very serious cases. Advice does not usually work, even when meant well because the person is often totally unable to take it. There is much the person can do to help themselves, but they need to feel well enough to find them for themselves.
Learn more, and conquer this affliction without drugs...
For more information: http://www.comh.ca/publications/resources/asw/SCDPAntidepressantSkills.pdf
Friday, January 19, 2018
This is a weight-loss hypnosis video created by Zoe Featherstone with text by Wendy Stokes for salt, sugar and fat reduction.
Please prepare for relaxation and don't drive or operate machinery. Make yourself comfortable, do not be interrupted, relax!
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
What is Lagom from Sweden? The Swedish have a concept which involves 'just the right amount' neither too little or too much, too light or too heavy, too soft or too hard, too high or two low! It means 'enough, sufficient, in moderation' and it involves simplicity and suitability. It is the Swedish art of living a balanced and healthy life. Read more here: https://jsperf.com/download-ebook-linnea-dunne-lagom-pdf-mobi-epub
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Loneliness: In Harm’s Way* From symposium talk at Brunel University, London on 30th October 2015: In what follows, I wish to show four things: (a) that all human beings are innately, i.e. universally, necessarily, a priori lonely; (b) why this is so; (c) the consequences of loneliness; and (d) what can be done about it, its remedies.
The twin principles I propose to defend are that all we feel, think, say, and do occurs between two emotional and cognitive poles in human consciousness, between the solipsistic insularity of loneliness and the intentional desire to transcend it by attaining intimate attachments. The two terminals of consciousness constitute the dynamics of repulsion and attraction, which continually guide us through our passions, thoughts, and actions. After the biological drives for air, water, nourishment, sleep—and before sex---are met, the most insistent psychological need and motivational drive in human beings is to secure an intimate relation to other self-conscious creatures, whether animal, human, or divine. In effect, I wish to replace Freud’s principle of libidinal energy with the anxiety of isolation.
Proper breathing is one of the key aspects to learning to sing. Breathing correctly affects the quality of your voice tone and also helps you sing long notes when you need to. One of the most common mistakes made by people when they first sign up for singing lessons is that they think that breathing for singing is the same as breathing for, say, aerobics or regular activity.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
The world is ready for the advent of a new stage of human consciousness and action. It is time for a “planetary birth experience,” a collective awakening, an experience of shared empathy, love, and creativity. Just as we once evolved from Neanderthal to Homo sapiens through a mysterious set of circumstances, not fully understood, so now we are emerging as Homo universalis, a species capable of conscious evolution on Earth and beyond.
What are signs of the emergence of a new era of evolution? Ken Carey wrote in The Third Millennium:
Instead of being 'The Best IN the World', we need to be thinking of being 'The Best FOR the World!' Richard Barratt was a Civil Engineer for 20 years and then became involved in Eastern Philosophy, the work of Abraham Maslow and the importance of personal and societal transformation. To transform ourself - and our world - our soul needs to be activated. Our conditioning creates discontent, but by working on ourself, we become contented. He suggests there are 7 levels of consciousness which lead to a new paradign for leadership.
For more information, visit: https://www.valuescentre.com/
Friday, January 12, 2018
Derek Thorne lives in the Somerset area and runs a yoga school. From an early age, he sought the meaning of life in addition to living in the world as a practical and capable person. Eastern religions captivated him and yoga offered a way to explore his questioning about life and provided a personal intimacy with the self, the 'I' within. It also provides a good model for the modern age, to avoid and relieve many ills of our stressed and dysfunctional society. Yoga brings people into relationship for the divine and provides a spiritual resolution to many of life's greatest questions and concerns. For more information, visit: http://www.yogaliving.co.uk/
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018
What is Karuna? This is an Indian Sanskrit concept for compassion in action. It is used in Hinduism and Buddhism. Compassion for others is used to reduce pain and suffering. Karuna is experienced when a person becomes enlightened and they feel empathy for those who are needy. It is used in a type of Reiki healing.
The word 'om' has several meanings:
- The Sound of All Sounds
- The Sound of the Universe
- The Sound of Creation
- The Beginning of Life
Sit comfortably with your back straight. Inhale. On the exhalation begin chanting 'om' . Pause, inhale and exhale and chant again in a regular rhythm and without strain.