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Wellness: True Meditation

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There is a lot of interest in forms of ‘meditation’ by people using or espousing the ‘Law of Attraction’ where certain kinds of ‘meditation’ are utilised to help us feel and visualise our desires as a precursor to manifesting them. I myself am a great fan of the Law of Attraction – it is fun, useful and highly rewarding to manifest our heart’s desires. A lot has also been said about the benefits of meditation in bringing us states of calm, confidence, focus, love, etc…

While some or even all these things may be true, I believe using meditation to achieve these personal, ego-based ends is short-selling the practice and yourself, and misses the real ‘prize’.  Certainly as you practice meditation, feelings of calm, love, rapture and bliss will arise, and of course all these things are wonderful.

But as you simply sit, being here and now, breathing gently and allowing thoughts and feelings to arise and pass away, you will also become aware of many negative things – painful experiences from your past, fear, anger, jealousy, guilt – all the unwanted stuff you’ve pushed into the dark recesses of your mind are illuminated in excruciating detail. No-one really wants to experience these things. No-one want to sit and face these things over and over again, with no escape, nowhere to run to and no distractions. Why would anyone freely dedicate themselves to such a practice?

The wonderful thing is that by merely letting these things come up in your awareness without becoming attached to them, simply allowing them to be there without judgement, without grasping them or trying to push them away you find that they will naturally dissipate. For all things that arise naturally pass away (only our habitual thought-patterns keep us locked in to these unpleasant states). It is then that joy and bliss arise, which in themselves are wonderful ‘rewards’ but we must be careful not to become too attached to these feelings either. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying these beautiful states, like all things that arise, they will also pass away, and attachment to them amounts to what Chogyam Trungpa called the ‘Golden Chain of spirituality’.

We can become so fixated on being in these states that when change happens (and change does happen – that is the only constant n this Universe!) we become upset, distressed, depressed, confused… and before we know it we’re right back where we began!  The beauty of true meditation is that as we go through these cycles again and again, we start to see the futility of identifying with ANY state, ‘positive’ or ‘negative’. All ‘things’ (objects, feelings, thoughts, sounds, ideas) are seen to be unreal in the sense that they have no enduring form.

So as we continue to practice, we stop identifying with ANYTHING transitory, and ultimately this is seen to include anything we imagine to be ‘ourself’. This idea can be terrifying to the ‘ego’, which has spent lifetimes building up layers of illusion to convince everyone that you’re a ‘somebody’ but when we pass beyond it, we see with the ‘eye of God’ – we know directly that for from being a mere ‘someone’ or ‘something’ we are everything, the whole Universe, beyond birth and death, containing but not limited to joy, pain, love, light, suffering and bliss.

And this realisation blows away any such idea as personal gain or ‘personal fulfilment’ whatever that might be!  And so by all means, follow your dreams, have fun creating a beautiful, exciting, prosperous, love-ful life. If this makes you happy and keeps you content, if it works for you, stick with it – it’s a wonderful way to live.

Just bear in the back of your mind, if ever you become tired or dissatisfied or bored with it all, if ever you come to a point where you just can’t shake taht feeling that there’s something more, something you’re missing… there is – your own divinity!

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Article Source:  New Age Articles

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Wellness: The Benefits of Meditation

There are so many advantages to meditation.  When I first originally thought of this post, I indeed wanted to make it 100 benefits long (think big right!), however, I wasn’t sure I could find more than perhaps 20-25 benefits.  Well, I made it happen!  Meditation is as powerful as I thought it would be.  Here is the definitive list of benefits that meditation can provide you with:

Physiological benefits:

1- It lowers oxygen consumption.

2- It decreases respiratory rate.

3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.

4- Increases exercise tolerance.

5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.

6- Good for people with high blood pressure.

7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.

8- Decreases muscle tension

9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.

10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.

11- Helps in post-operative healing.

12- Enhances the immune system.

13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress

14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour.

15- Helps with weight loss

16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage

17- Higher skin resistance

18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.

20- Decreases the aging process.

21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

22- prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases

23- Makes you sweat less

24- Cure headaches & migraines

25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning

26- Reduced Need for Medical Care

27- Less energy wasted

28- More inclined to sports, activities

29- Significant relief from asthma

30- improved performance in athletic events

31- Normalizes to your ideal weight

32- harmonizes our endocrine system

33- relaxes our nervous system

34- produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity

35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

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Psychological benefits:

36- Builds self-confidence.

37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.

38- Resolve phobias & fears

39- Helps control own thoughts

40- Helps with focus & concentration

41- Increase creativity

42- Increased brain wave coherence.

43- Improved learning ability and memory.

44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

45- Increased emotional stability.

46- improved relationships

47- Mind ages at slower rate

48- Easier to remove bad habits

49- Develops intuition

50- Increased Productivity

51- Improved relations at home & at work

52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation

53- Helps ignore petty issues

54- Increased ability to solve complex problems

55- Purifies your character

56- Develop will power

57- greater communication between the two brain hemispheres

58- react more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.

59- increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance

60- higher intelligence growth rate

61- Increased job satisfaction

62- increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones

63- decrease in potential mental illness

64- Better, more sociable behaviour

65- Less aggressiveness

66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction

67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals

68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation

69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia

70- Increases sense of responsibility

71- Reduces road rage

72- Decrease in restless thinking

73- Decreased tendency to worry

74- Increases listening skills and empathy

75- Helps make more accurate judgements

76- Greater tolerance

77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways

78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality

79- Develops emotional maturity

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Spiritual benefits:

80- Helps keep things in perspective

81- Provides peace of mind, happiness

82- Helps you discover your purpose

83- Increased self-actualization.

84- Increased compassion

85- Growing wisdom

86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others

87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony

88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation

89- Increased acceptance of oneself

90- helps learn forgiveness

91- Changes attitude toward life

92- Creates a deeper relationship with your God

93- Attain enlightenment

94- greater inner-directedness

95- Helps living in the present moment

96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love

97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego

98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”

99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”

100- Increases the synchronicity in your life

Meditation is also completely FREE!  It requires no special equipment, and is not complicated to learn.  It can be practiced anywhere, at any given moment, and it is not time consuming (15-20 min. per day is good).  Best of all, meditation has NO negative side effects.  Bottom line, there is nothing but positive to be gained from it!  With such a huge list of benefits, the question you should ask yourself is, “why am I not meditating yet?”

If you need a point to start from, you should try guided meditation courses.  They are inexpensive and can provide you with a good foundation from which to begin meditating.

Make sure you meditate, there are quite simply too many positives to just ignore it.

Wellness: Smoothies 101

Become a smoothie junkie!  There are a myriad of benefits for popping a meal into your blender.  Here’s what I recommend you start with, a few fundamental tools and essentials, and you’re off and running:

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1.  Blender.  You don’t need a $500 blender!  I use the Osterizer.  I’ve burnt out a few cheaper models, this is the one that’s lasted  two years and counting.  It’s $60 and you can get it at any Walmart or Target.  It can handle the load!

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2.  Flavored Syrups!  The best is Torani.  They have a great flavor pack of 6 different flavors that will last you forever.  Ya gotta have flavors without the calories, sugars, and extremely low carbs!  These are the very best and dirt cheap.  Take my word for it, get them on Amazon.

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3.  Extracts.  Vanilla, Coconut, Hazlenut, Caramel, Rum, etc.  Flavor, flavor, flavor.  Need I say more?

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4.  Coconut Water.  Make ice cubes out of it.  If you don’t like coconut water, don’t bother.  You can use oj, pineapple juice, etc.

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5.  Juices, Milks, Yogurts.  SUGAR FREE juices, FAT FREE milks and FAT FREE and GREEK yogurts!  The flavor comes in the syrup and the extracts.

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6.  Protein Powder.  YES, everyone needs protein powder.  Unless you are a professional bodybuilder, YOU are definitely not taking in enough protein to maintain your muscle mass.  Period.  For protein powders I only will use About Time.  

About Time is the perfect combination for us because it is only ONE product:  Whey Protein!  Not one other ingredient!  Most other powders are chock full of everything else.  And they offer a nice selection of unique flavors as well.

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7.  Shaker Cup.  Have Smoothie, will travel.  Take that smoothie to go!  Made two servings and it’s only you?  Want to make two save one?  Shaker cups are indispensable.  Buy one, on second thought, buy two!

But, if you want to shop around, try to find one that is as close as possible to this nutritional content:  1 scoop–>100cal–>0grFat–>1grCarb–>25grProt. Go to your nutrition store to find the one that fits your needs the best.  A privately owned one is better than a large chain store (sorry Vitamin Store, GNC).

You are all set to go!  You now have the essentials to build fantastic tasting smoothies.There are endless possibilities and can be used as healthy meal replacements in sensible weight management programs.  They are also fantastic as pre-workout and post-workout options.

I HATE the billion dollar industry marketing all the quick fix garbage products espousing the latest and greatest protein shakes, bars, meal programs.  Wellness is grounded in sensible meal planning with good wholesome food and safe regular exercise.  Period!

Here’s to your wellness!

The Hawaiian:  A Perfect Balance of Carbs::Protein

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2 Servings

8oz Tropicana 50% OJ
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
2 cups fresh strawberries
2 tbsp flaxseeds
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp Torani Vanilla syrup
1tsp coconut extract
Blend all ingredients together BEFORE you add ice cubes!
Add 5 coconut ice cubes
Enjoy!

Nutritional Info:

Calories–237
Fat–3.5
Sat Fat–.4
Carb–25.5
Prot–27.2

Wellness: 7 Components

These are the ultimate precious gifts of meditation, yet people are initially drawn to meditation for many different reasons. Some begin meditating because of a doctor’s recommendation, seeking the health benefits of lowered blood pressure, stress reduction, and restful sleep. Others come to meditation seeking relief from the fearful, angry, or painful thoughts that constantly flood their mind. Still others come to meditation to find greater self-understanding, to increase their intuitive powers, or to improve their ability to concentrate.

It is accurate to say that the purpose of meditation depends on the meditator – but it is also true that anyone who meditates regularly receives profound benefits on all of these levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

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Wellness: 7 Components

What are the 7 major components and how can you incorporate them into my life?  Funny you should ask, I was wondering about them myself.  Well, I just so happen to have them right here!  Happy living.

1. Physical

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Physical wellness can refer to any of the aspects that are needed to keep your body in top condition. Consuming a healthy diet and getting an adequate amount of exercise to build cardiovascular health, endurance or flexibility are essential to this goal.

You are responsible for your health care which means treating minor conditions and consulting a professional to manage more serious conditions. On the path to good physical health, you should

  • Monitor warning signs so you understand when your body is not getting the nutrition it needs or establishing an unhealthy state.
  • Keep on top of your physical health which helps to improve determination, self-control and self-esteem.
  • Get a sufficient amount of sleep, avoid harmful substances like tobacco products, get annual physical exams.
  • Know the ideal health numbers for conditions such as weight, cholesterol, blood pressure or blood sugar and develop a regular exercise routine.

2. Intellectual

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Finding a way to engage in creative and stimulating activities that allow you to share your gifts and expand your knowledge is essential to your overall health.

Those that have high intellectual wellness

  • Engage in the exploration and their understanding of new ideas.
  • Cherish stimulation and mental growth.
  • Get involved in cultural and intellectual activities.

This will allow you to find a path to explore your creativity, problem solving skills and ways to learn more about your personal interests and the world around you. Keeping up with current events and finding new ideas to strike your intellectual curiosity will allow you to continue to grow over time.

3. Emotional

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Emotional wellness focuses on ensuring that you are attentive to your feelings, thoughts and behavior. This includes both positive and negative reactions, though overall you should

  • Seek an optimistic approach to life, enjoying life in spite of occasional disappointment
  • Adjust to change and express your emotions appropriately.
  • Express your feelings freely while managing your feelings, allowing yourself to cope with stress in a way that is healthy.

Those working toward a path of emotional wellness will work to

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Learn to manage their conditions.
  • Maintain a balance in life by setting their priorities.
  • Seek support for expressing their emotions appropriately.
  • Remain aware of their thoughts and feelings.

4. Spiritual

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Spiritual wellness involves discovering a set of beliefs and values that brings purpose to your life. While different groups and individuals have a variety of beliefs regarding spiritualism but the general search for meaning for our existence is considered essential to creating harmony with yourself and others regardless of the path to spirituality you choose to follow.

It is considered healthier to find your own path to the meaning of life that allows you to be tolerant of the beliefs of others and life a life that is consistent with your beliefs. On the path to healthy a healthy spiritual life, you should

  • Apply your values to your actions and decisions.
  • Make time to relax each day.
  • Accept the views of others.
  • Make time for prayer or meditation.

5. Social

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Social wellness refers to your ability to interact with people, respect yourself and others, develop meaningful relationships and develop quality communication skills. This allows you to establish a support system of family and friends.

Those with high social wellness believe that it is important to

  • Live in harmony with the environment and others.
  • Consider the common welfare of the community over their own.

Those on the path to healthy social wellness will work to

  • Develop interdependent healthy relationships while developing healthy behavior.
  • Create a balance between their community and the environment.

6. Occupational

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The ability to find peace between your leisure time and work time while managing stress from your relationships with coworkers effectively is essential to occupational health.

Your work takes up a great deal of your time so it is important to find something that you love to do and gives you a sense of purpose.

To achieve occupational wellness it is important to

  • Feel as though you enjoy your work most days.
  • Feel like you can talk openly with your employer and coworkers.
  • Have a manageable workload.

7. Environmental

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The environment can have a significant impact on our feelings about overall health. For developing environmental wellness, you should

  • Live in harmony with your environment.
  • Take action to protect this environment from harm.
  • Minimize behavior that could impact your environment while protecting yourself from environmental hazards.
  • Realize the effects of your daily habits on the world around you.
  • Live a life that is accountable to your short and long term environmental needs.
  • Bring awareness of the Earth’s limits and resource to others.
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