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You Are In Charge Of Your Own Happiness

Life teaches many things, time and again in ways one fails to understand at the time. One may completely lack self confidence and esteem, making one painfully shy and severely depressed. At times, we feel like giving up. Such things are given to us to make us realize that we are in charge of our life. We can stand up for ourselves and take charge that we do matter, and it feels great! Self esteem and self confidence are the prerequisites for happiness and success.

We tend to forget we are in charge and will allow external events knock us sideways. Depression may set in and one feels helpless, lost and lonely once again. We have to find the internal strength we all have, remind ourselves that we are not helpless and can get out of this, and that is exactly what anyone can do. Find that part of you that can deal with anything, nurture it, encourage it, and make it bigger.

Remember you are in charge of your thoughts, your life, your reactions and your emotions. Bad things will happen, or events we don’t see coming, but when we are in charge of ourselves, we can deal with it and find a way through. While we may at times feel sad, disappointed, hurt or rejected, we know this is a temporary state, we should support ourselves and move through, knowing it won’t be long until the next lot of laughter.

You should love the self no matter what. When we like ourselves, everything in life is so much easier. There is always someone there to provide support and encouragement, always someone is there to tell us it too will pass. There is always someone there when you need a good talking. It is impossible to feel alone or unloved.

Loving yourself just as you are is the one thing everyone has to do. It is easier to change the things you want to. Many are terrified of changes, of failing or succeeding, of rejection or loneliness, not wanting to stand out or make a difference. But as we learn to love and support ourselves we will flourish, fears fall away and life is there to be enjoyed once again.

So don’t struggle through life, don’t let fear stand in the way. Take charge and love who you are, stand out, make yourself heard, support yourself every step of the way.

We are all absolutely, perfectly fabulous, just as we are.


Hodgepodge of Understanding

As human beings we have a natural desire to understand the world and our place in it. In different ways, it is a desire that has fueled the development of science, philosophy, and theology across time. But what exactly is understanding? What are the different forms it takes, and how do we acquire it? When it comes to understanding another person, for example, it is necessary to have lived through similar experiences? Is it enough to be able to predict, perhaps on the basis of well-confirmed theory how that person will behave? In what way do the sciences provide an understanding of the world, and how does that differ from the sort of understanding we acquire from literature, philosophy, or the study of history? Are there types of understanding that these other pursuits provide that are somehow inaccessible to the sciences?

Despite the obvious importance of these questions for grasping how the mind makes sense of the world, until recently they have not been a focus of scholarly attention. Among philosophers, one might have expected understanding to be a primary concern of both epistemologists and philosophers of science, but this has not been the case. Thus for the most part epistemologists have been concerned not with what it takes to understand the world but rather with what it takes to acquire knowledge of quite commonplace facts; facts such as "that Jones owns a Ford" or "that the bank will be open on Saturday." This is not particularly surprising, because contemporary epistemology largely developed in response to the skeptical challenges of Descartes and Hume, which seemed to threaten all of our knowledge of the world, even the most basic. But in responding to these challenges "higher" epistemic goods such as understanding were largely lost from view.

In the philosophy of science, the connection between explanation and understanding was also lost for many years, as relatively formal definitions of explanation became the focus of attention, with understanding taken to be a merely psychological outcome of explanatory inquiry. Although, many philosophers of science gradually came to find the separation between explanation and understanding unnatural, it was not clear how to remedy the problem.

Over the last several years, important work has been done on recovering the idea of understanding, particularly in epistemology and the philosophy of science, and a parallel emergence has occurred in psychology. For instance, cognitive and developmental psychologists have documented the mental models and intuitive theories of children and adults for various domains, researchers in cognitive psychology have considered how people understand passages of text and figures, and social psychologists have studied how we understand others and ourselves. Broadly, several proposals have been made about how best to characterize the factors that underlie the concepts and causal beliefs that seem crucial to human understanding, including the processes of learning by which such beliefs inform judgments and behavior.

Despite these avenues of important research, psychologists have yet to properly integrate this work into something like a unified account, or to directly tackle the question, "What is understanding?" Even as philosophers have recently begun to examine these issues more closely, a number of big questions have barely been explored at all. For example, in what ways does the understanding provided by the sciences differ from the understanding provided by other areas such as philosophy or mathematics or history? If different types of inquiry provide different forms of understanding, how might they be combined to produce an integrated understanding of the world? Finally, how can recent work on understanding in philosophy and psychology can be relevant to theology?

In short, in spite of the recent attention to understanding, just tentative progress has been made on clarifying the nature of understanding in the sciences and we are still largely in the dark about the distinctive kinds of understanding provided by other forms of inquiry.


Game Plan for Transformation

To the eternal question of understanding the basis of what makes us human and to find out the fundamental essence that allow us to be, express, and function in all the wondrous ways that we do, one should understand the most complex and mysterious organ in the body and the one that holds the most promise for unearthing the origin of our unique species. We are mesmerized by the wonders of the brain.

It is important to realize that consciousness itself is not to be limited to being found in the brain. All human endeavors that have ever reached greatness, from elite athleticism and creative genius to humble expressions of grace through service have touched a deep strand of humanness, lodged within the metaphorical heart. As amazing as the brain is, we should be aware that consciousness had to be lived and directly experienced.

To be active, incorporate regularly those habits that would help you develop physically, mentally, and emotionally, and also touch this ineffable essence itself. Busy schedule of study and research will not allow for simultaneously doing various workouts and activities to these ends, so we can set the intention of finding a single activity that would address these needs together. This is pivotal moment that yoga could strike a deep chord in mind. There is marked increase in immediate and long-term physical strength and flexibility, mental calmness and overall peace both inside and outside the actual practice.

Neuroscience has repeatedly demonstrated the capacity of the brain to rewire itself through experience, known as neuroplasticity. In a practical sense, this means that every moment of experience creates grooves in the landscape of the brain, which then affects the way we relate to the minds and bodies of ourselves and others, as well as to the environment around us. Our changeable brain is also a hackable brain. In other words, by understanding some of the rules of brain function, it is possible to learn how to use its capacities more effectively in order to deliberately bring about positive change.

This deliberate act is part and parcel of yoga. Yoga is a scientific technology that harnesses the innate capability of the body as a vehicle for transformation. It is a technology, a human art, purposefully crafted to serve as a tool for maximizing the health and potential of the human being. Yoga has been popularized by its physical aspects, which are an integral component of the larger science of yoga. The system as a whole, which includes techniques that address many aspects of the human being, works the brain and nervous system in a synchronized and harmonious manner. The techniques are manifold, but they are based on core principles. These can be unpacked in a digestible manner using exercises that improve fitness and well-being if appropriately applied.

Yoga is the process of harnessing the brain’s capacities to naturally evolve into the art of living well. The negative habits, patterns, and influences within ourselves and from the outside are progressively dropped in favor of more sustainable ones. Yoga is a way of life. It is not about what we do, but how we do things. Principles of yogic science and brain science interlock to create a blueprint for transformation. There is tremendous power in combining a technology that has stood the test of thousands of years of human evolution with a rigorous science of the most complex and fascinating organ in the human body.

I have just focused on why we can and ought to be interested in this subject. One can look forward to exploring principles that dovetail the insights of brain and yogic sciences into sets of techniques tailored for growth and that can be applied to our daily life and fitness routine. So, we will practice with the brain in mind.

Credits: Gabriel Axel

Soul and Spirit are Distinct

There is something that makes humanity distinct from all the other creations. Human beings were intended to have a relationship with God, and as such, God created us with both material and immaterial parts. The material is obviously that which is tangible; namely, the physical body, bones, and organs and exists as long as the person is alive. The immaterial aspects are those which are intangible like soul, spirit, intellect, will, and conscience. These exist beyond the physical lifespan of the individual.

We have both material and immaterial characteristics. It is clear that all mankind has a body containing flesh, blood, bones, organs, and cells. However, it is the intangible qualities of mankind that are often debated. Heart is central to man’s will and emotions. Fulfill duty in all good conscience. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of mind. These are the various aspects of the immaterial part of humanity. We all share both material and immaterial qualities.

Scripture outlines far more than just soul and spirit. Somehow, the soul, spirit, heart, conscience, and mind are connected and interrelated. The soul and spirit, though, definitely are the primary immaterial aspects of humanity. They likely comprise the other aspects. The word of God is living and active. It is sharper than any double-edged sword. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Spirit in Greek means breath having extended meanings beyond that basic sense. It can also mean wind; the vital force in living creatures; one’s spirit; spirit persons, including God and his angelic creatures; and God’s active force, or Holy Spirit. Soul is a person, an animal, or the life that a person or an animal enjoys. Soul and spirit are distinct. The spirit should not be confused with the soul, for they refer to different things. The Hebrews 4:12 speaks of the Word of God as ‘piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints and their marrow. As has been shown, the soul is the creature itself. The spirit generally refers to the life-force of the living creature. The division of soul and spirit is something that only God can discern. Rather than focusing on something we cannot know for sure, it is better for us to focus on the Creator, who has made us fearfully and wonderfully.

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you~Marsha Norman

We Are Spirit, Have a Soul and Live In a Body

That is the wisdom of nature, reflecting outside what is created within. We are spirit, have a soul and live in a body. It is in our spirit that we have meaning and purpose in life. At the deepest level, our spirit gives us meaning and purpose and our spirit enables us to love one another, our self and God. It is through our spirit that we have communion and fellowship with God. Our spirit gives us intuition between right and wrong.

Our spiritual health will have a significant impact on our emotional health which will have a major influence on our physical health. The inter-connection between the spirit, the soul and the body is certainly a complex connection; nevertheless, the connection is very real. We pray that God may prosper in all things and be in health, just as our soul prospers. This is an indication of the importance of attending to matters of the soul as it relates to being healthy.

Our soul is what gives us our personality and it is through our soul that we live out our relationship with God, with other people and with our self. Our soul has three major components—mind, will and emotions. Our mind has a conscious part and a subconscious part. The conscious mind is where we do our thinking and reasoning. The sub-conscious mind is where we hold our deep beliefs and our attitudes. It is also where we have our feeling, our emotions and retain our memories. Our will is what gives us the ability to make choices. Through a very complex way, our mind, our will and our emotions are connected to the body through our endocrine, nervous and immune systems. The mind and body communicate constantly. What the mind thinks, perceives, and experiences is sent from our brain to the rest of the body.

It is by our body that we function. It is comprised of organs and cells which consist of protein carbohydrates and fats. Our body contains our nervous system with nerves and the brain. It is through our bodies that we connect to the physical world with our five senses. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. The human body is unique, the most complex organism in the world, and that complexity and uniqueness speak volumes about the mind of its Creator. Every aspect of the body, down to the tiniest microscopic cell, reveals that it is fearfully and wonderfully made.

The human brain is also an amazing organ. It has the ability to learn, reason, and control so many automatic functions of the body such as heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and to maintain balance to walk, run, stand, sit, all while concentrating on something else. Computers can outdo the human brain in raw calculating power, but are primitive when it comes to performing most reasoning tasks. The brain also has an amazing ability to adapt. When people put on glasses that make the world seem upside down, their brains quickly reinterpret the information they are being given to perceive the world as “right-side-up.” When people are blindfolded for long periods of time, the “vision center” of the brain soon begins to be used for other functions. When people move to a house near a railroad, soon the sound of the trains is filtered out by their brains, and they lose conscious thought of them.

When it comes to miniaturization, the human body is also a marvel. For instance, information needed for the replication of an entire human body, with every detail covered, is stored in the double-helix DNA strand found in the nucleus of each of the billions of cells in the human body. A system of information and control is represented by our nervous system, so compact in comparison to man’s clumsy inventions of wires and optical cables. Each cell, once called a “simple” cell, as small as it is, is a tiny factory that is not yet fully understood by man. As microscopes become more and more powerful, able to magnify smaller and smaller fields, the infinite vistas of the human cell begin to come into focus.

Consider the single fertilized cell of a newly conceived human life. From that one cell within the womb of mother, develop all of the different kinds of tissues, organs, and systems, and they all work together at just the right time—amazing! An example is the hole in the septum between the two ventricles in the heart of the newborn infant that closes up at just the right time to allow for the oxygenation of the blood from the lungs which is not used in the womb.

Further, the body’s immune system is able to fight off so many enemies and restore itself, from the smallest repair; even down to repairing bad portions of DNA, to the largest repair; mending of bones and recovery from major accidents. There are diseases that will eventually overcome the body as we age because of man’s fall into sin and the resulting curse, but we have no idea exactly how many times our immune system has saved us from death that would surely have occurred without it.

The functions of the human body are also incredible. The contrast of being able to handle large, heavy objects and yet to be able to carefully manipulate a delicate object without breaking it is also amazing. We can shoot a bow and arrow, repeatedly hitting a distant target, peck away quickly at a computer keyboard without thinking about the keys, crawl, walk, run, twirl around, climb, swim, do somersaults and flips, and perform “simple” tasks such as unscrewing a light bulb, brushing our teeth, and lacing up our shoes, again without thinking. Indeed, these are “simple” things, but man has yet to design and program a robot that is able to perform such a vast range of tasks and motions.

The function of the digestive tract, the liver and other major organs, the longevity of the heart, the formation and function of nerves and of blood vessels, the function of the lymphatic system, the cleansing of the blood through the kidneys, the ability of the reproductive system to create cells able to mate up with another cell from the opposite gender and produce a cell with twice as many chromosomes, the complexity of the inner and middle ear, the sense of taste and smell, and so many other things we barely understand—each one is a marvel and beyond man’s ability to duplicate fully.

Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. How grateful we are to know God created man in His own image.


Posted September 3, 2013 by dranilj1 in BODY_MIND_HEART_SPIRIT

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Body, Mind & Spirit

Clarifying your aspiration, unconditional follow-through, never abdicating your authority, practicing absolute sincerity and being a good steward of your life are the five foundations bedrock on which the spiritual liberation rests. They should not be ignored, skimmed over, or taken lightly. In a very real sense, the five foundations are absolutely essential components of the liberation that apply after awakening as much as, if not more than, before it. Don’t be deceived into thinking that the five foundations are insignificant or rudimentary simply because they appear to be attuned more to the human, or relative, aspect of reality. The five foundations are a means of living and manifesting the ultimate nature of reality in daily life. If we do not live and manifest in our lives what we realize in our deepest moments of revelation, then we are living a split life.

Furthermore, clarifying your aspiration, unconditional follow-through, never abdicating your authority, practicing absolute sincerity and being a good steward of your life provides the context within which the liberation unfolds. Misinterpretation of a spiritual teaching by the ego is always a significant danger, since the ego’s tendency is to justify whatever points of view it is attached to and invested in.

To add to this danger, any spiritual teaching rooted in the absolute nature of reality is by definition oriented toward Truth, not toward the ethical and moral dimension of relative life. This does not mean that such teachings are immoral, it means that they are trans-moral; that is, rooted in a reality beyond the relative moral and ethical standards of the dualistic perspective.

This does not mean that all morality is rendered irrelevant in the absolute view; this is a common misunderstanding. It means that morality is no longer rooted in the cultural and religious values designed to rein in and control egoistic impulses. Instead, selfless love and compassion naturally flow out of the unified view of reality as spontaneous expressions of that unity. When nothing is seen to be separate or other than you, the actions that flow through you reflect that unified perspective.

It can get complicated because it is possible to have some experience of the ultimate nature of reality while at the same time not being completely free of egoistic delusion. This makes for the possible volatile mixture of reality and illusion simultaneously existing and expressing itself in an unconscious and distorted way. While some of this is to be expected as we are maturing in spirit, there are few things more distorted or dangerous than an ego that thinks it is God.

If these foundational aspects of the spiritual life are ignored, it will almost always derail one’s spiritual unfolding to some degree. A failure to explore and come to clarity about any one of these, as well as to consistently apply them, will result in ongoing inner and outer conflict and division at some level.

The five foundations are a means of gathering all of your inner resources—body, mind, and spirit—and focusing them in a unified way toward your highest aspiration. I cannot overemphasize the importance of having a clear unified focus, sincere heart, and an unwavering desire not to knowingly delude yourself or others.

Spiritual Liberation

Spiritual liberation is sometimes called awakening, enlightenment, realization of itself or simply see what is absolutely true. It is impossible to know what words like liberation or enlightenment means until you make them yourself. That being so. it is pointless to speculate on what enlightenment is. As a guiding principle, in order to gradually achieve this is not quite true, is infinitely more valuable than speculate on what is. People think that it is the occupation of a spiritual teaching to provide answers to the great questions of life, but in fact, the opposite is true. The fundamental task of any good spiritual teaching is not to answer your questions, but put into question your answers. Because it is your conscious and unconscious assumptions and beliefs that distort your perception and you do see a division and separation when there is in fact only unity and integrity.

Spiritual liberation is not hidden, or secret. You may not earn, merit or understanding. At the time of spiritual liberation, reality and completeness are in plain sight. In fact, the only thing it is to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or feel, is reality or God, if you wish. Absolute completeness surrounds you wherever you go. There is really no reason to bother you on this subject, with the exception of the fact that we humans have long us deceived in such a confined confusing entanglement and disorder the divinity inside and around us that we consider as punishment, much less experience for ourselves.

Spiritual liberation is a call to action; this is something that you. It is a fact that will absolutely void you. If you don’t, if you do not study and apply without fear, it cannot perform any transformation. Spiritual liberation is not a belief system; it’s something to put into practice. To learn about spiritual liberation as a spectator would be to miss the point. Being a spectator, it’s easy and secure. You be active in your own awakening to the truth is neither easy nor safe. The procedure is unpredictable, the absolute commitment, results not guaranteed.

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