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Unconditional Love…

To love without any condition is to accept the other just as they are. That is to see through the person without judging them, expecting something from them, or even waiting back for something.

Anahata chakra symbolizes the consciousness of...

Anahata chakra symbolizes the consciousness of love, empathy, selflessness and devotion. On the psychic level, this center of force inspires the human being to love, be compassionate, altruistic, devoted and to accept the things that happen in a divine way. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is your ability to treat each one as a unique creation who therefore has their own unique relationship with God and know their own soul journey.

Unconditional love.. is to recognize and accept that you do not always know what is best for everyone around you, because you just love them and know they are doing the best they can at this very moment.

This is not an emotional state. We tend to associate the word “love” with emotions, however, unconditional love is more of an attitude. You begin to feel the benefits of such an attitude and how “ freeing” and liberating it is , once you start embracing it.

It opens the way to really making the best use of your energy and time for your own spiritual maturation.

There are many forms by which we can identify the attitude of unconditional love. A mother’s love to her children, children’s love to their parents, a partner’s love to his/her other partner..etc.  Through the attitudes of these different examples, we can see the power of unconditional love.

Some experts have said that we need four qualities in order to have a true, authentic unconditional love: friendliness or loving kindness, compassion, joy , and calmness. Through that, you will be able to see the right key for the right person and maintain your peace and calmness.

When we see happy people, cultivating a friendly attitude toward them will help prevent feelings of jealousy and envy. When we encounter those who are suffering, we should compassionately do what we can to help—for our own sake as much as for the person who is suffering.

English: The Eighth Dalai Lama, Jamphel Gyatso

The Eighth Dalai Lama, Jamphel Gyatso (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In terms of chakras ( energy centers) in the body, judgments and expectations from  are solar plexus perceptions ( 3rd chakra), and the more the attention is held in these perceptions, the less likely one  feels  the heart chakra perceptions of what love really is.

While we often think that we are always surrounded by love, we are actually the ones that make the decision to put our attention on it, or to notice it, or to feel it. We are the ones who must decide for ourselves whether to love or not, and this decision must come as an aspect of free will, in order for it to make sense as a step in our evolution as humans. We all are capable of infinite acceptance to develop the attitude of unconditional love. When a mother stays the whole night next to her sick child, she does it with no conditions, when you decide to share your life with someone; you don’t tell them “I will marry you if…”, After all, there are many people we can love, without wanting to be their partner.

When the communication is clear in both directions, the love flows and is clearly expressed in both directions. The appreciation for the other continues to grow.

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay”, Dalai Lama.

Nada Rashed

 

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Fantastic source of Vitamin D

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Do you need more vitamin D but dislike taking pills? Try eating more mushrooms. New research from a team led by Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D., a leading expert on vitamin D, found that taking daily doses of mushroom extract for 12 weeks raised blood levels of “D” as high as daily supplements. The research team used an extract of dried white button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) and recruited 30 adults whose vitamin D levels were low to assess its efficacy. The participants were randomized into three groups and instructed to take either supplements providing 2,000 IU of vitamin D3, 2000 IU of vitamin D2, or 2000 IU of the mushroom powder containing vitamin D2. The team reported that 25 of the 30 participants completed the 12-week study, and that their serum vitamin D levels increased gradually until they all leveled off at about seven weeks and remained at that level for the next five weeks. The study was reported in April 2013 at the joint American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Experimental Biology meeting in Boston. Dr. Holick stated that the results show that eating mushrooms that have been exposed to ultraviolet light and contain vitamin D2 “can improve the vitamin D status of healthy adults.”

 

Source:

Michael Holick, J.M. Bogusz et al “Evaluation of the bioavailability of vitamin D2 in mushrooms in healthy adults” Experimental Biology 2013.

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Yoga – the mental side.

This article was written by Danielle Gault. I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with all of you.

Thirty years ago when the healing arts was beginning to blossom in

people’s minds, I was introduced to Yoga, Jung and Reflexology.  These three topics formed the basis of who I am today and what I do and provided the structures that have helped keep me balanced mentally, socially, and physically.

This blog covers the topic One – Yoga – the mental side.

ImageThe Yoga Chakras showed me how to reduce inner tension through self-understanding.  The Yoga Chakra system defines energy in terms wheels of consciousness. The 3 lower wheels represent our ‘human’ side, which is more of a contractive nature, while the 3 upper wheels represent our ‘spiritual’ or being side, which is more of an expansive nature.  The pivotal wheel or center of consciousness is at the heart area. When this centre is maturely developed, it helps connect us to the upper 3 expansive centers of meaning, purpose, and love as well as assists us in the development of the 3 lower chakras which can harbour greed, martyrdom, competitiveness, and aloofness. When all centers are maturely developed they contribute toward evolving, supporting, and mentoring self and others. Staying healthy using Yoga philosophy means to use supportive actions to serve humanity. If you had to chose one of the chakras that you feel requires more attention and development, which one would it be?

On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is totally not me and 10 is totally me, how would you rate the following in terms of what’s happening in your life right now?

  1. Upper 3 Chakras relating to meaning, purpose and love, I rate as ____
  2. Heart Center Chakra (pivotal point where upper and lower meet), I rate how connected with compassion I feel towards others right now as ____
  3. Lower 3 Chakras relating to feelings of competitiveness, martyrdom, and greed in my life right now, I would rate as ____

The first step to making change in our lives is to first become aware of our unconscious patterns.  From there, we can make more conscious choices.

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Natural Healing Arts

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In the natural healing arts, we don’t necessarily think ‘conditions’ — we think imbalances so the idea is to get the Mental/Vata, Social/Pitta, and/or Physical/Kapha system back in balance. If one side of this 3-sided triangle: mental, social, physical, is weakened, it weakens the whole system.

As human beings, we are always negotiating with our health – we live on a physical planet and we are physical entities so it is next to impossible to not be negotiating with some part of our lifestyle throughout our lives. The goal is to stay as healthy as we can for the whole of our lives but, for me, not so healthy that we can’t find a way to check out. We do next an exit strategy too at some point at the end of the road.

Life is the push and pull of opposites – pleasure and pain — too much of a good thing that pleasures us can turn into pain. Moderation is the key as the saying goes and we strive to stay somewhere in the middle between pleasure and pain as we negotiate with our habits in life and strive to keep those habits within a margin of error so that we can maintain and continue at maximum performance.

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SMART Goals

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:

*Who:      Who is involved?

*What:     What do I want to accomplish?

*Where:    Identify a location.

*When:     Establish a time frame.

*Which:    Identify requirements and constraints.

*Why:      Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

EXAMPLE:  A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”


Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.

When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……

How much? How many?

How will I know when it is accomplished?


Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.


Realistic– To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.

A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.


Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

T can also stand for Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.

When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.

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Thursday Night – Thoughts to Ponder

Create Abundance

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According to the website Dictionary.com, abundance is defined as “an extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply.” Lately though, we have grown accustomed to using the word abundance in many contexts related to improving our quality of life. Abundance, and knowing what we can achieve, is a deeper aspect of being ‘aware’ of how our lives can improve and get better.

It is not difficult to attract abundance if you believe in it and if you believe that “you are what you think.” As I previously mentioned on this page, the thoughts of today will create our tomorrow. We need to recognize that tomorrow holds the best and that only the best is yet to come. We still need to affirm our love for ourselves because this helps us believe that we will achieve abundance and that we deserve “plenty” and deserve the best.

Manifesting abundance is something that we all do, intentionally or otherwise. Depending on our thoughts and beliefs, we may have created an abundance of joy, splendid relationships, radiant health and even wealth, or we may have created an abundance of the opposite – misery, loneliness, illness and poverty.

One key to accelerating the process of manifesting abundance is to become aware of limiting subconscious beliefs (resistance). Ironically, the conditions that people have the strongest resistance to are generally the first ones that they choose to ‘manifest.’ For example, if someone is experiencing a desperate desire for money, this is a clear indication that he or she has some resistance towards having it. Although they have every conscious intention of manifesting wealth, certain belief systems buried deep within their subconscious may be sabotaging their efforts and thus hindering the flow of wealth into their lives.

A good way to create abundance is to use the positive and present tense when you are thinking of and making your affirmation statements. For example, saying “I attract everything I need into my life,” is much better than saying “I will attract everything I need into my life.” When you try to repeat this statement or affirmation, your mind will often interfere by stopping this energy flow and making you drift to other thoughts instead. It is mainly a matter of training your mind to focus and believe that the best is still there to come.

When you repeat positive abundance statements, you are attracting abundance into your life. During your repetitions, you will be surprised at some of the thoughts that come up. Notice that as you proceed through this exercise, your responses will become more positive. Some of your first negative (limiting) thoughts will suddenly seem less true and you will begin to realize that positivity is paying off and bringing more of what you wish to have into your path. When you better understand what is happening in your subconscious, you begin to accelerate the process of attracting what you need in ways that you need.

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