How To Attract Abundance With Space Clearing. Improve The Energy In A Home

24 oct

Have you ever entered a home where you immediately felt light and uplifted? Or have you had the experience of walking into a room where the very atmosphere left you feeling depleted and drained? Have you noticed how a room feels after an argument has taken place? Did you sense the tension and heaviness there?

All of these responses can be explained in terms of the energy of environments. Every space has energy. Your home is not only a composite of materials assembled for shelter, but also every cubic centimeter of it – whether solid or seemingly empty space – is composed of infinite flows of energy.
When you enter a space that makes you immediately feel light and uplifted or walk into a room where the atmosphere leaves you feeling depleted and drained, you are responding to the energy of the environment. Sometimes energy in a home or office can become stagnant and dull. When this is the case, you may feel tired and listless or become agitated and angry.

When you cleanse and purify the energy in your home, it becomes a sanctuary – a retreat from the discord of the world, a place of refuge and protection. It becomes an anchoring point from which you venture out into the world and as well as being a welcoming abode for your return. A home that has been cleansed and blessed is a home that is safe to be yourself, a place to embrace your joy, and explore your pain. Space clearing can turn every inch of a home into a sanctuary of sacred space that nurtures the soul.

About Your Chi

Where intention goes, energy flows. The more chi (inner energy) you have, the more powerful your space clearing will be. When your chi is flowing, you can project your intention into a space magnificently and gracefully.

An exercise to activate this unseen, yet very real inner life force is to imagine that you have a ball of energy in your hands. Slowly move this energy ball around. After a while you should feel an increasing sensation in your palms. This is your chi increasing. A visualization to project your will into a space is to imagine that your body is a sacred vessel through which vast, loving energies of the universe are pouring through your hands and into your home.

Using Mudras to Dispel and Activate Emotions

As I will explain in my new Elemental Space Clearing® online course, using mudras is one of the ways to shift the energy in your home by dispelling or activating certain emotions. Traditionally, mudras, which mean “seals” or “signs” in Sanskrit, are devotional hand gestures used in many cultures across the world for a variety of purposes, including healing, yoga and martial arts. They were used to deepen the energy of an individual and used to bless and seal the energy in a room. Today, we use mudras to implant and seal healing qualities into a living space.

Mudras work well in space clearing because through them you can channel energy flows of the universe through your fluid movements in a powerful way because you are using your body as the tool. Just as mudras are used to align elements and energy within the body, they can be used to do the same in a space. Combining these specific body movements and gestures with essential oils creates powerful shifts of energy in any space. You can also use these mudras to release or activate an emotion or a pattern of energy.

What You Must Do Before A Space Clearing

It is essential that you become very certain about what you hope to accomplish in a dwelling and that you:

• Get rid of piles of magazines you will never read.
• Transplant or throw out plants that are dying or dead.
• Repair or toss anything that has been broken for a long time or has parts missing.
• Do a thorough cleaning.
Vacuum the rugs, mop the floors, wash the windows.
• Open the windows wide to allow sunshine and fresh air to fill your home.

All of this will contribute to making your space clearing more potent.
Deep within each of us is a longing for home. We yearn for a place of comfort where we can be ourselves, where we can realize our dreams. Make your home a sanctuary of soothing abundance and health by using the wisdom and techniques of ancient civilizations and cultures all over the world.

Recognized as the most in-depth and comprehensive space clearing programs in the world, my Elemental Space Clearing® Online Course incites a powerful inner space clearing to release blockages from your life as well as gain tools to become a trusted professional in this growing field.

Denise Linn the best-selling author of 16 books, has researched healing traditions from cultures around the world for more than 35 years. As a renowned lecturer, author, and visionary, she regularly gives seminars on six continents, and also appears extensively on television and radio shows.

 

Este 23 de octubre: Luna nueva y eclipse parcial de sol

22 oct

El escenario se está modificando, preparándose para levantar la cortina, revelando la nueva escena que rodea al Eclipse parcial de Sol. Como el colofón de los eclipses lunar y solar en abril 2014, muchas decisiones que se tomaron en aquel momento, crearon las transiciones que están abriendo oportunidades ahora para entrar en un nuevo entorno, con nuevas personas, lugares y cosas. Estas oportunidades aparecen de la alineación desde lo más hondo dentro de nosotros y la habilidad de compartir nuestra esencia interna con los demás.
El jueves 23 de octubre una secuencia de encuentros astrales nos energiza desde las profundidades de Escorpio, gobernado por Plutón. Primero el Sol entra al signo a las 11:57 UT, luego lo hace Venus a las 20:52 UT, por último la Luna Nueva y Eclipse parcial de Sol a las 21:57 UT.
Con esto somos alentados a alejarnos de nuestra zona de confort y dar la bienvenida a nuevas formas de vivir, sanar y transformar. Es un momento para tomar una buena mirada a lo que nosotros podemos haber decidido barrer debajo la alfombra.
El lado más oscuro de compartir y de intimidad, puede surgir en las próximas semanas, pero como el Eclipse está alineado estrechamente con Venus, el Nodo Norte y Mercurio retrógrado, necesitamos a otros para que nos ayuden a mostrarnos el camino.
El 31 de octubre Halloween: una fiesta astronómica, astrológica y pagana
En Halloween, la popular fiesta pagana dedicada a recordar a los muertos, podríamos aprovecharlo para hacer un balance del mes, identificar lo que se hemos eliminado en nosotros, y celebrarlo con una fogata transmutadora que le da la bienvenida a lo nuevo.

¿Qué pasa con Sol en Escorpion?
El jueves 23 de octubre entra el Sol a Escorpio y activa sus energías, que son de intensa transformación; es la etapa más poderosa del otoño, donde los cambios se acentúan hasta lo más profundo del planeta y de los seres humanos.
Solemos pensar en los signos del zodíaco como en características de la personalidad de cada individuo de acuerdo a su fecha de nacimiento, pero son más que eso; son posiciones en el cielo que marcan un ambiente en general que nos toca a todos; por supuesto que el que nace en una determinada época, queda impregnado de la energía del signo que corresponde a la fecha, pero a la vez, el signo que predomina, genera influencias en el ambiente y en el inconsciente colectivo, que nos mueven a cada uno de nosotros, independientemente de la fecha en que hayamos nacido.
En este caso, Escorpio, cuya energía estará activa hasta el 22 de noviembre, va creando en el ambiente una mentalidad de transformación, que en cada individuo se manifestará de acuerdo a sus vivencias personales, y en lo colectivo nos da una disposición propicia para cerrar ciclos y desprendernos de aquello que se torna caduco.
Escorpio se asocia al fenómeno de la muerte y al mito del ave Fénix que renace de sus cenizas. El simbolismo escorpiano, también asociado al arcano 13 de tarot (la muerte) devela este momento como tiempo de aprender a desprendernos del pasado, asumir los cambios, cerrar ciclos para emprender el camino del renacimiento.
Indica Deepak Chopra en uno de sus libros, que la Biblia dice que todo bajo el Sol tiene su tiempo, hay tiempo para nacer y tiempo para morir, y bajo este precepto, para cada célula de nuestro cuerpo hay un tiempo para vivir y un tiempo para morir, y lo más asombroso es que las células mueren porque quieren hacerlo.
Una célula se autodestruye de manera minuciosa cuando sabe que ha llegado su tiempo: se encoge, destruye sus proteínas básicas y desmonta su propio ADN. En su superficie aparecen burbujas cuando abre sus puertas al mundo exterior y expele todas las substancias químicas vitales, que serán devoradas por los glóbulos blancos. Cuando el proceso está terminado, la célula se ha disuelto sin dejar rastro.
Algunas células deciden no morir; renuentes a dictar su propia sentencia de muerte, estas células rebeldes se dividen de manera incesante e invasora: el cáncer, la más temida de las enfermedades, es el resultado del repudio del cuerpo hacia la muerte, mientras que el suicidio programado es su boleto a la vida. Esta es la paradoja de la vida y de la muerte, y el tiempo de Escorpio es propicio para reflexionar sobre este tema.
Comprenderemos la muerte cuando desechemos la ilusión de que la vida es continua. La esperanza que yace más allá de la muerte proviene de la promesa de renovación, si te identificas apasionadamente con la vida y no con el desfile efímero de formas y fenómenos, la muerte adopta su posición de legítimo agente de renovación. La vida y la muerte son naturalmente compatibles.
Plutón es el astro de la muerte y la resurrección, el planeta de la necesaria regeneración, que promueve la expulsión de lo que ya no sirve, para dar paso a lo nuevo, tal y como ocurre en nuestro cuerpo cada vez que se renuevan nuestras células.
Al activarse la energía de Plutón, el ambiente nos dispone para intensos cambios, donde debemos “destruir un mundo” y prepararnos para nacer de nuevo. Esta tarea no debe atemorizarnos, al contrario, esa es la esencia de la vida. Morir y nacer son los extremos que se tocan. Morir es igual a no haber nacido, y justamente ese estado de muerte es el que permite que algo nazca.
Por eso la muerte no es el fin, es la transformación o transmutación. En ese proceso de cambio debemos desprendernos de algo que ya no nos sirve, que ya nos molesta o nos hace peso, debemos permitir la “muerte” de una situación, para dar paso a lo nuevo, para regenerarnos, para vivir nuevas experiencias y evolucionar.
En tiempos de Escorpio aprendemos por tanto a soltar los apegos, a aceptar los cambios luego de un período de “crisis”. Plutón, su planeta regente, es el que destruye y nos deja el terreno limpio para que luego podamos construir lo nuevo.
Escorpio es el signo de la evolución, por eso se le asocia a tres animales: la serpiente, que es el estado menos evolucionado y de bajas pasiones; el escorpión o alacrán, que representa un grado un tanto más elevado de evolución, y finalmente el águila, que es cuando finalmente alzamos el vuelo y nos remontamos a las alturas de la espiritualidad.
Las energías del Plutón y de Escorpio, se asemejan a la de los eclipses, pues son acentuadamente transformadoras, de manera que si un eclipse se produce en tiempos de Escorpio, su efecto será aún más intenso, como es el caso ahora, ya que el mismo día que el Sol entra a Escorpio, pero unas horas más tarde, es decir, el 23 de octubre a las 5:28 de la tarde, hora de Venezuela (21:58 GMT) se produce un eclipse solar.
El Sol encarna a nuestro “yo superior” que ilumina nuestra consciencia, ese “yo superior” que somos nosotros mismos y que cada cierto tiempo necesita reformular estrategias y dar una nueva dirección a la vida que llevamos.
El Sol es energía, pone en marcha las cosas; evidentemente, cuando sale el Sol se produce un despertar, todos los seres vivos son motivados a entrar en acción; el Sol es luz, hace que las cosas puedan ser vistas y conocidas como son en realidad.
El Sol representa la visión clara y objetiva de las cosas. Al momento del eclipse “muere” el Sol, para en breve lapso renacer en todo su esplendor, con nuevos bríos y renovada vida. Así ocurre también con nosotros, pues el astro rey es nuestra esencia interna.
Como el Sol representa el mundo de la conciencia, las transformaciones que provoca un eclipse solar, pueden ser manejadas con mayor claridad mental, lo que nos permite trazar un propósito definido, luego de una etapa de reestructuración en nuestras prioridades y esquemas de vida; en cambio, el eclipse lunar es menos manejable porque su efecto es en nuestro mundo inconsciente y sus procesos transformadores se van dando sin que los podamos controlar.

 

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Letting Go Of The Need To Control Relax! The World Is Not The Enemy

20 oct

As I explain in my book I co-wrote with Robert Thurman, Love Your Enemies, one of the reasons we judge ourselves harshly is our belief that we ought to have far greater control over outcomes in life than we do. We tend to label as “enemy” what we cannot control, whether externally—people or situations—or internally, namely our thoughts and emotions. Only when we begin to question the assumption that what lies outside our control is our adversary can we stop making enemies of others and ourselves.

The key to exploding the myth of control is recognizing the truths of interconnection and impermanence. The Buddha taught that nothing exists independently of the causes and conditions that bring it about. If certain conversations, interactions, and events had not occurred, you would not be sitting here at this moment reading these words. As parts of a greater whole, we do not orchestrate the grand motion of the universe. We have a measure of control over our own behavior on a good day, but beyond that our powers are pretty limited. To a self-preoccupied eye, we are fundamentally isolated and alone, seeking connection only out of a futile reach for control. But to an eye attuned to interdependence, everything exists in a web or network of relationships.

And because of conditionality, nothing is rigid, impermeable, or fixed. We can let go of our divisive strategies, contrivances, and obsessive efforts to control and recognize how fluid life is. Seasons change. Things move. People transform. Situations shift. We live in a world where no matter what, that’s going to be the reality. Every aspect of life—including healing—has its own rhythm, its own flow, and its own movement, and we cannot dictate the rate of that change. We can respond to this truth with resistance or with wisdom. Perceiving ourselves as part of an immense reality of change connects us to all of life. Once we dispel the illusion of being separate and static, we work with change instead of against it, and we no longer feel the need to brandish a closed fist at the world.

There are many things we can know, and many things we cannot. It is in the place between the known and the unknown that we find these essential truths. We can’t know how something will end, or whether someone will recover from an illness, or when or how we will die, but we can know that we all will die. We can’t know what thought will arise next in our minds, but we can know it will be impermanent, evanescent. We can’t know if a relationship will last, but we

can’t know what thought will arise next in our minds, but we can know it will be impermanent, evanescent. We can’t know if a relationship will last, but we can know that vengefulness brings suffering and loving kindness brings happiness. We can’t know the result of an action, but we can know that our actions have consequences, because we are all interconnected.

We can’t even know what the next breath will feel like, but we know that our life hangs upon this delicate movement of air. We can’t necessarily know the outcome of a job interview, but we can know that everything in this universe that has the nature to arise also has the nature to pass away. We can’t know what will happen tomorrow, but we can know that one thing leads to the next.

We may not comprehend why there is so much suffering in this world, why some people behave so badly toward others; but we can know, as the Buddha said, that hatred will never cease by hatred—it will only cease by love. We can’t know what the future holds; but we can know where happiness, strength, and wisdom are to be found. We can feel the rhythm of these truths underneath the ordinary flow of events as surely as we can feel the rhythm of the surf when we’re sitting on the shore. Even in this world of constant change and uncertainty that we cannot control, we can be free of enmity and fear.

Sharon Salzberg is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is The Kindness Handbook (Sounds True, 2008). She is also the author of The Force of Kindness (Sounds True, 2005), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (Riverhead, 2002) and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala, 2002). For more information about Sharon, please visit her website.

 

Carl Honoré y la Lentitud como Método.

18 oct

Carl Honoré

Periodista, orador y embajador del Slow Movement

Carl-Honore | Tiching

Le encantaba el risotto y no le gustaba nada el brócoli “sobrecocido”. Gran enamorado de los deportes, en especial del hockey sobre hielo. Le hubiera gustado tener más flexibilidad de agenda durante la escolarización, ya que recuerda que a menudo en el último minuto de una asignatura surgía un debate interesante que se veía interrumpido por la rigidez del horario escolar. Actualmente es un prestigioso escritor y orador que predica el menos es más y critica el actual culto a la velocidad. Su última gran obra se titula La Lentitud como Método.

¿En qué consiste el International Slow Movement?
Yo lo definiría como una revolución cultural ya que vivimos en un mundo en que todos los aspectos han sido contagiados por el virus de la prisa. Se trata de privilegiar la calidad frente a la cantidad, de ir a la velocidad adecuada en cada momento.

¿En qué se traduce esta obsesión por la velocidad a nivel educativo?
La consecuencia de este cambio cultural a nivel educativo consiste en que la niñez se ha convertido en una carrera hacia la perfección. Todos los que estamos relacionados con los niños, tenemos mucha presión para crear un niño alfa. Personalmente creo que la paternidad se ha convertido en un cruce entre un deporte competitivo y la creación de un nuevo producto.

¿Y a nivel académico?
Muchas escuelas han pasado a ser casi una línea de montaje donde los niños están sometidos a cada vez más presión académica. Los exámenes han pasado a ser más importantes que el aprendizaje en sí mismo.

¿Cree que son los profesores quienes imponen esta presión?
A mi juicio los profesores suelen ser víctimas de un sistema que les empuja hacia un enfoque que no comparten. La presión viene de todos los ámbitos, una buena parte de ella proviene directamente de los padres, pero también de la sociedad en general.

Usted defiende que estamos sobrecargando de tareas a los estudiantes,  ¿qué deberes se les deberían encomendar para hacer en casa?

Muchos estudios demuestran que los deberes no tienen mucho valor hasta los once años. Por lo que deberían hacerse proyectos capaces de provocar búsquedas, descubrimientos en casa junto a los padres, como cocinar para aprender matemáticas. Antes de los once años, se les debe dar el tiempo necesario para jugar, para ser niños, para explorar el mundo a su propio ritmo e incluso para aburrirse.

¿Aburrirse?… pero si es la peor pesadilla para los niños
Tenemos mucho miedo al aburrimiento, es el pecado magistral del siglo XXI. Pero debemos entender que puede ser un fenómeno muy útil, un trampolín hacia el descubrimiento.

¿Qué papel deben jugar los padres en los deberes de sus hijos?
Tienen que involucrarse de una forma muy ligera, guiar pero no empujar. Hay momentos obviamente que se debe imponer un poco de disciplina, pero en general, creo que muchos padres caen en la trampa de hacer los deberes de sus hijos en vez de asesorar y guiar.

¿Qué opina acerca de las actividades extraescolares?
A mi me parecen fantásticas porque es un elemento integral de la niñez. Pero nuevamente caemos en la trampa de hacer demasiadas actividades y esto significa tener que ir más rápido y hacer las cosas de manera superficial. Les debemos dar la oportunidad de experimentarlo todo, pero dejándoles la posibilidad de elegir y facilitándoles el tiempo necesario para descansar y procesar lo que han vivido.

En el TED dijo que los estudiantes de las Universidades tienen mejores CV y notas pero menos calidad. ¿Qué se está haciendo mal desde las escuelas?

En las escuelas y en el hogar estamos tratando a los niños como si fueran productos y no personas. Estamos tan enfocados a lo medible que no damos importancia a aspectos tan sencillos como puede ser la relación con los demás. Estamos enseñando a ir en línea recta, a tomar atajos, ya que estamos en un sistema que premia a los que llegan más rápido.

Inútil para el mundo real…
Es interesante observar que en muchos países los estudiantes están dejando su primer año de carrera en tiempo récord, porque han pasado volando por su niñez. No han tenido tiempo para meditar, para ubicar su propio camino y para conocerse. Al llegar a la Universidad encuentran su espacio y muchos se despiertan y se dan cuenta que no quieren hacer lo que están haciendo.

¿Cómo lo podemos mejorar a nivel educativo?
Yo creo que tiene que haber mucha más flexibilidad, debemos abrir espacios a un abanico de sistemas educativos y dar más libertad al colegio y a los profesores. Actualmente, tenemos sistemas muy uniformizados, pero cada niño, aula o escuela tiene necesidades diferentes,  por lo que un sistema único impuesto por el ministerio de educación no es recomendable.

¿Qué país tiene un modelo educativo ejemplar y en qué se diferencia de los demás?
El finlandés, por ejemplo. Los colegios y profesores tienen mucha libertad. Se les forma muy bien y tienen mucho prestigio social. En muchos sistemas educativos hay una falta de confianza que provoca que los profesores gasten mucho tiempo justificando lo que hacen.

¿Qué debemos hacer en este sentido?

Tenemos que invertir en los profesores, tener más variedad en la oferta educativa y poner menos énfasis en la medición, dejando espacio a aspectos más importantes y menos medibles. También es importante enseñar a fracasar y a aprender  de los errores.

¿Qué importancia cree que tienen las nuevas tecnologías como Tiching en el proceso de aprendizaje?
Creo que por un lado pueden ser negativas si los niños están constantemente conectados, ya que nunca van a poder aprender el arte de pensar. Todos tenemos que buscar un nuevo equilibrio para aprovechar estos productos sin exceso. Lo positivo es que les dan acceso a una gran cantidad de información y esto puede ser fantástico para el aprendizaje si se maneja inteligentemente. Es importante evitar sacrificarlo todo en favor de la tecnología.

Are The Foods You Eat Making You Sick? 3 Ways To Reboot Your Health

16 oct

Most people I talk to are downright confused and frustrated about what to eat and why. Is whole grain the staff of life, or can it damage the brain or the gut? Is wheat a particularly scary bogeyman or not? Is eating an egg really as bad as smoking a cigarette? What about meat? Dairy? Fish? Soy? My intention is to give you the information you need to decide which of these foods are right for you.

Before I tell you who I am and why I’ve spent three years researching and writing my new book, The Plant-Plus Diet Solution, let me tell you who I’m not. I’m not a physician, nutritionist, or chef. I have no supplements to sell, nor any ax to grind. I’m a regular person who got a diagnosis of hypertension at about the same time my husband, Gordon, discovered that he had plaque in his arteries, putting him at risk for heart attack and stroke. We decided to see if changing our diet might help.

That was the beginning of several years of concentrated diet sleuthing. First we tried a low-fat, high-carb, mostly vegan diet. After 14 months of sticking resolutely to that heart-approved program, unfortunately, we continued to lose ground. My hypertension worsened, and while some of Gordon’s cardiac indicators improved, others got worse. To add insult to injury, we both gained weight. While many other people, including President Bill Clinton, thrive on a high-carb, low-fat diet—and there is solid research to support it for people with heart disease—for us it wasn’t the hoped-for panacea.

It was frustrating to try so hard, and to believe in a diet with such evangelistic fervor, only to lose ground. So, using my Harvard Medical School doctorate in cell biology to good advantage, I dove into the literature on nutrition and got better acquainted with some of the disastrous national policies that shaped our health, and our approach to heart disease, over the past half century.

The Low-Fat Wrong Turn

Ever since President Dwight D. Eisenhower was diagnosed with heart disease in 1961 and put on a low-fat diet, lowering dietary fat while increasing carbohydrates became nutritional dogma in spite of some mighty sketchy research. Yes, the rates of heart disease have gone down, but the experts don’t think that diet was involved. Less smoking, better emergency medicine, more long-term care, fewer cases of rheumatic fever, and healthier moms who bore higher-birth-weight babies are the likely causes of the decrease in heart disease over the past 60 years.

Ironically the very dietary changes that were put in place specifically to reduce the incidence of heart disease, which still claims the lives of one in four Americans, ignited an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, metabolic derangement, and Alzheimer’s disease instead.

In 1960 the United States was 16th in life expectancy compared to 191 other countries worldwide. The most recent data I could find, for the year 2012, was published in The World Factbook compiled by the CIA. The United States ranked 51st in life expectancy, behind Bosnia and Herzegovina, barely nosing out Guam.

We’re at a turning point where children now being born in the United States are the first generation whose life span is on track to be shorter than that of their parents. They are slated to live, on average, an alarmingly short 69 years. One single medical recommendation—to eat low-fat foods—spawned a high-carb feeding frenzy that may be the single most expensive mistake, in terms of both human suffering and economics, ever made in the name of evidence-based medicine.

3 things have to happen to reverse the health trends that are fast eroding both quality of life and our economy, both personally and as a nation:

1. Minimize refined carbs. It’s time to call off our national love affair with what some nutritionists call “crap carbs,” high-glycemic-index carbohydrates, devoid of fiber, which come from refined grains and sugar that send your blood

lucose soaring. As you’ll read about in my book, these carbs are a major culprit in the health epidemic. Even whole grains can turn into sugar more quickly than some people’s metabolism can handle.

2. Eat a carb-reasonable amount of low-glycemic-index good carbs— the kind found in high-fiber whole vegetables and fruits. The most basic practical consideration that governs how to eat for your metabolic type is simple: Given the environment in which we live, does the combination of our genetics, our gut microbes, and the food we eat (plus other factors that have yet to be discovered) lead us to be (1) exquisitely insulin sensitive, (2) moderately insulin sensitive, or (3) insulin resistant? Simple blood tests can tell you. The more insulin resistant you are, the fewer carbs you can eat without deranging your metabolism and setting yourself up for chronic disease.

3. Personalize your diet for your unique physiology. Beyond eating a diet composed largely of vegetables and fruits, some people will thrive on whole grains and legumes. Other people less so. Some people can eat gluten, whereas others cannot. Certain folks can eat more fats than others, and fats of differing composition. Some people do well with dairy, and others not so much. And while meat is what I call a Plus food for many of us, it’s less suitable for others.

Why Is the Plant-Plus Diet a Solution?

What’s true for us in terms of our personal health and the health of our economy is also true for our planet. It’s in crisis. I’m not an alarmist, but it’s ostrich-like to dispute the facts. Earth truly is at a tipping point. Global warming, increasing pollution, and agricultural practices that deplete the soil, poison the water, and kill our beneficial bacterial allies (and eventually us) are hard to ignore. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. Our elders, who are succumbing to an epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease, are like canaries in the mine. So are the increased number of autistic children. Are you overweight? Diabetic? Depressed? Anxious? You’re a canary in the mine as well.

Something has gone terribly wrong with our national health and well-being, and it’s high time for the tide to turn. The Plant-Plus Diet—a scientific, metabolically personalized, whole-foods approach to health—is also a solution to some of these pressing problems. If we as consumers refuse to eat junk foods, genetically modified foods, pesticide-riddled produce, and products made from factory-farmed animals, we’ll be healthier and so will our precious children. Furthermore, eating the Plant-Plus way— personalized for your own unique metabolism—is empowering. It’s a step you can take to ensure that you, your children, your children’s children, and the Earth herself endure and prosper for the good of us all.

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is one of the leading experts on stress, spirituality, and the mind/body connection. She has a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and is the co-founder and former director of the Mind/body Clinical Programs at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

 

 

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El Padre Nuestro y las Glándulas Endocrinas. (Video)

14 oct

Which of The 4 Stages of Life Are You In? Understanding Your Life Purpose

12 oct

In my book Inner Voice: Unlock Your Purpose and Passion, I outline the principles and strategies I developed to help you identify your true life purpose, develop your passion, and create a peaceful, joyful, fulfilling and successful life. One of the more important discoveries I’ve made is that our lives can be divided into four distinct phases. It’s a concept first articulated by Carl Jung (the Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology) and later discussed by countless spiritual writers over the years. Jung’s writing explains it using complex sentences with words and phrases like “false presupposition” and “hitherto.” I’m going to do it simply.

The phases are naturally sequential in a way that’s related to our level of maturity and understanding of life in general, once we grow past early childhood and enter our teen years. Although it makes sense that we would move through each phase in order, much like how we progress through grades in school, completing a phase without going back, that’s not how it happens. We move in and out of the phases, and sometimes we are in more than one phase at the same time. When we understand the phases, we can better understand what motivates our actions. And when we understand what motivates our actions, we can make better choices.

The 4 phases of life are:

1. Athlete: This is also known as the vanity phase. It’s when our focus is on ourselves and we are mostly concerned with our physical bodies and how we look. Want proof? Watch teenagers walk by a mirror; they can’t do it without checking their reflection. Sometimes they’re admiring, sometimes they’re critical, but they look at themselves every chance they get. And no matter what happens, their primary concern is how it impacts them. You may know some older people—adults and even senior citizens—who are this way as well. The athlete phase is an immature, self-centered mind-set that some of us never grow beyond.
2. Warrior: As we move into our adult years and assume greater responsibilities, we enter the warrior phase of life. This is the time when we want to conquer the world. We want to win—to be the best and have the best. We act as warriors act, and we do what warriors do. We’re always prepared for battle, even when it doesn’t matter and isn’t necessary.

3. Statesperson: As we gain maturity, we evolve into the statesperson phase. As warriors, we looked out for ourselves. As a statesperson, we shift from “What’s in it for me?” to “How can I make a difference and serve others?” We no longer emphasize money, power, and possessions as we once did. Certainly we accept and enjoy those things, but we know there’s far more to life than that. We learn that giving is the best way to receive and that the time has come for us to take action to leave this world a better place than we found it.
4. Spirit: This is when we come to the ultimate realization that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, not the other way around. We understand that we are more than our bodies, more than our possessions, more than our friends and families, more than our worldly achievements. We recognize our truest essence, our highest selves.

Do you recognize yourself in one or more of those descriptions? I do. I moved into the warrior phase when I was a young husband and father at the age of 20. I was determined to get and keep my life on track, to take care of my family, to prove to the world that I was a winner. I stayed in that phase pretty much exclusively for more than three decades; then I was introduced to the statesperson phase. I’d like to say I began growing into it naturally, but the truth is that I was hammered into it by what I call a life crushing. I talk about this in the video below:

 

A life crushing is what it says: something that crushes us. Someone (a relationship) crushes us, a devastating accident occurs, or we crush ourselves. Life crushings are always personal and relative. They might be the end of a marriage, the death of someone we love, an illness, a serious business or financial blow—the list is endless. It’s important to recognize that what may crush one person is barely a blip on the radar screen to someone else and what may have crushed you years ago won’t bother you at all today. And although it took a life crushing for me to begin evolving into the statesperson phase, the process happens differently for everyone, so don’t think you have to experience something awful to achieve this level of personal growth.

Every day, I feel as if I move more into statesperson, but I haven’t completely shed the warrior. I’m not sure most of us ever completely move beyond the warrior phase. Even when we understand it and are committed to evolving, there will still be emotions and events that will trigger our warrior behavior. And as far as the spirit phase goes, I’m not sure I’ll ever make it to that phase. Those who have reached that level include the likes of Gandhi and Mother Teresa, and I don’t believe they had finished learning how to be better spiritual beings either.

You’ll have to do your own evaluation, but at least at this point, I don’t believe reaching the spirit phase is the purpose for my life. I don’t think the creator meant for this to be the goal for all of us, because we all have different purposes. As in all endeavors, there has to be a chief cook, there has to be someone to clean up after the chief cook, and someone needs to be the server. Just as we can’t all be the chief cook, it’s my experience that we’re not all meant to reach the spirit phase permanently. Even so, I believe we should regularly pause to evaluate which phase we’re in and consider what we need to do to continue our personal and spiritual development, even as we move back and forth among the phases.

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