RELIGION : SPIRITUALITY

The difference between #Religion and #Spirituality :-

Religion is not just one, there are many.
Spirituality is one.

Religion is for those who sleep.
Spirituality is for those who are awake.

Religion is for those who need someone to tell them what to do and want to be guided.
Spirituality is for those who pay attention to their inner voice.

Religion has a set of dogmatic rules.
Spirituality invites us to explore within and get attuned to the Universal Rules.

Religion threatens and frightens.
Spirituality gives inner #peace.

Religion speaks of sin and guilt.
Spirituality leads us on the path of emancipation.

Religion represses everything which it considers false.
Spirituality transcends everything, it brings us closer to our Truth !

Religion invents.
Spirituality helps us to #discover.

Religion does not tolerate any question.
Spirituality #encourages searching questions.

Religion is human. It is an organization with rules made by men.
Spirituality is #Divine, without human rules….leads us to the Causeless Cause!

Religion divides between us and them.
Spirituality unites.

Religion follows the concepts of a sacred book.
Spirituality seeks the sacred in all books.

Religion feeds on #fear.
Spirituality feeds on #trust and #faith.

Religion makes us to live in External Reality.
Spirituality lives in Inner Consciousness.

Religion deals with performing #rituals.
Spirituality has to do with the Inner Self.

Religion feeds on internal #ego.
Spirituality drives to transcend beyond self.

Religion makes us renounce the world to follow a #God.
Spirituality makes us live in God, without renouncing our existing lives.

Religion is a cult.
Spirituality is inner #meditation.

Religion fills us with dreams of glory in paradise.
Spirituality makes us live the glory and paradise on earth.

Religion lives in the past and in the #future.
Spirituality lives in the #present.

Religion creates cloisters in our #memory.
Spirituality liberates our #Consciousness.

We are not human beings, who go through a #spiritual experience…

We are….Spiritual beings, who go through a #human experience….

Each emotion is associated with an internal organ—and when one emotion is too intense, it impacts that organ’s ability to function properly. This is because each emotion impacts the circulation and direction of energy (Qi) in the body in distinct, but predictable ways.

Compared to biomedicine where mental and emotional processes are connected to the brain (reactions in the cerebral cortex, limbic system, and hypothalamus), these processes are driven by the internal organs themselves.

Have you ever heard someone say they had a “visceral reaction” to something? There is a reason: our emotions are experienced physically as much as they are mentally.

In other words, our psychology affects our physiology, ie. how our body is supposed to function under healthy circumstances.

Of course, emotions are natural and healthy – they are not “good” or “bad.” However, they can be balanced, repressed, or excessive. When an emotion is stuffed-down as well as even experienced repeatedly or inappropriately (out-of-context), it can show in the body as physical symptoms associated with its paired internal organ. The same is true in reverse: if the physical functioning of Qi (energy) of an organ is impaired, it can reveal itself as that organ’s paired emotion.

Here are a few examples of common emotions and how they are embodied:

JOY

Although the Heart feels all emotions, Joy is the most closely linked emotion. Joy can also be interpreted to describe over-excitement.

Associated Organ: Heart

The heart’s function is to regulate itself as well as the body’s blood vessels; maintaining an even and regular pulse. The Heart is connected to our vitality and consciousness. The health of the heart is expressed through the tip of the tongue, complexion, and arteries. Joy relaxes and slows the movement of Qi.

Symptoms from a Heart or Joy imbalance can result in:

  • Palpitations
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Mania

SADNESS

Sadness is said to include grief and regret, and is closely connected to feelings of nostalgia.

Associated Organ: Lungs

Sadness affects the Lungs, whose functions include respiration, creating and distributing qi throughout the body, regulating sweat glands the skin, as well as maintain boundaries between our internal and external as seen in a healthy immune system. Sadness ultimately weakens the Lungs and causes the Qi to dissipate.

Symptoms of a Lung or Sadness imbalance can result in:

  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Allergies & asthma
  • Getting sick frequently
  • Dry skin, eczema, etc.
  • Waking between 3am-5am
  • Crying easily & frequently

*When the Lungs are impacted for long enough, it can directly affect the Large Intestine, its paired Yang organ, leading to issues with elimination (Constipation, IBS, IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, etc.)

WORRY

Worry is one of the most common emotions that may include obsessive thinking, dwelling, and mental work that requires intense focus.

Associated Organ: Spleen

Worry primarily affects the Spleen, whose responsibilities include food digestion, nutrient absorption, energy production, as well as the formation and management of blood. For women especially, the Spleen plays an important role in maintaining a regular menstrual cycle by influencing the duration and quantity of blood lost each month. The Spleen also governs the “sinews” and muscles of the body and is connected to the mouth and lips. Worry weakens the Spleen and causes the Qi to become stuck and “knotted.”

Symptoms of a Spleen or Worry imbalance can result in:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor digestion, bloating
  • Loose stools or diarrhea
  • Bruising easily; bleeding disorders
  • Long/Heavy Periods

ANGER

Anger is also interpreted more broadly to include emotions of frustration, irritability, jealousy, resentment, and animosity.

Associated Organ: Liver

Anger affects the Liver whose main role is to ensure the smooth flow of qi and blood throughout the body. It also stores blood, which again, for women is important for ensuring a pain-free, regular cycle. The Liver is also expressed through the strength of the tendons, hair, nails, as well as the eyes. The effect anger has on the body depends on how it is processed: whether it is bottled up or expressed outward by yelling, for example. Overall, anger causes the Liver Qi to stagnate and fester, leading to poor circulation and/or the generation of internal “heat” (think: redness, a rising dynamic, agitation).

Symptoms of a Liver or Anger imbalance can result in:

  • Verbal or violent outbursts
  • Depression
  • Red face and eyes
  • Dizziness, High Blood Pressure
  • Waking between 1am – 3am
  • Headaches
  • Stiff Neck & Shoulders
  • Tendonitis
  • PMS & Painful Menstrual Cramps

FEAR

Fear arises from chronic anxiety, insecurity, or trauma—things that are not present. It is also linked to weak willpower and isolation.

Associated Emotion: Kidneys

Fear impacts the functioning of the Kidneys (and Adrenal Glands which are considered one system). The Kidneys are considered our “life gate.” They share similar roles to the Thyroid. Figuratively, the Kidney’s are like our body’s batteries. They are responsible for our longevity, growth & development, metabolism, temperature regulation, fertility, as well as managing our stress response/energy levels on a daily basis. They are expressed in the low back, bones, ears, and teeth as well. It’s no surprise the Kidneys govern fear: in biomedicine, the adrenal glands produce cortisol and norepinephrine when we are faced with threatening situations, stress, and major life changes. Fear ultimately weakens the Kidneys causing the Qi to descend.

Symptoms of a Kidney or Fear imbalance can result in:

  • Frequent urination & incontinence
  • Night sweats & hot flashes
  • Poor memory
  • Low back + knee pain
  • Ear ringing
  • Hearing Loss
  • Premature aging + hair loss
  • Infertility
  • Osteoporosis

SHOCK

Shock is considered a sudden emotional reaction to something that is present and is associated with trauma, terror, fright, and being startled.

Associated Organ: Gallbladder

Although shock can be associated with joy and affect the Heart, it is more closely linked to fright and therefore the Gallbladder, whose primary e ie is to store bile produced by the Liver. It’s channel runs up the side of the body, along the back of the shoulders, as well as the side (temporal region) of the head. When affected, symptoms in these areas of the body can arise. When the Gallbladder is balanced emotionally, sound judgement, courage, and making decisions comes easily. Shock causes the Qi to scatter.

Symptoms from a Gallbladder or Shock imbalance can result in:

  • Timidity (startled easily)
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Temporal Headaches
  • Poor Digestion, especially with fatty foods
  • Ribside or R. Shoulder Pain
  • Constipation (floating or pale stools too)
  • Waking between 11pm-1am

If you think that your emotions are at the root of a something you are struggling with, or if you have been made to feel like symptoms you are experiencing are just “in your head,”this is here to reassure you : they are not. As we just read, our physical and emotional health are far more connected than many might think.

If you are open to naturally navigating and healing from emotions and symptoms that are negatively impacting your health (from daily stress, trauma, loss, heartache, and difficult life transitions), do so now : before it’s too too late !

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MERCY

A list with 10 of greatest phrases that carry profound teachings for all of us.

“The truth will set you free”.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy.”

“Courage! Lift your head because your release is near ”.

“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have already received and will achieve”.

“Don’t worry about tomorrow”.

“Treat others as you would like to be treated. This is the essence of everything that is taught ”.

“Love your neighbor as yourself”.

“Do not judge if you do not want to be juged”.

“Whatever you want others to do for you, do for them.”

“You are the light of the world; you cannot hide a city built on a hill, nor do you light a lamp and place it under a bushel, but on a candleholder, and give light to everyone in the house ”.

These teachings are doctrines, and they guide us on a positive path in life. Whether you are a believer in or not, your lessons can always be used to your advantage.

Do you have any other positive phrases please do add ?

A “NEW” EARTH

Corona virus just like H1N1 and SARS virus will soon be a thing of the past. Human beings are resilient when it comes to survival, rather than resistive to change. There have been pandemics before and man has survived its onslaught by coming together.

Just like the man on the surf board fearlessly manoeuvres the waves to reach the shore, we have to overcome our incessant fear of the worst.

The universal concept of ‘ Oneness’ is now becoming a reality for all of us. No longer are we divided in grief, instead the boundaries of selfishness and self-centred ness have broken to give way to togetherness. The subtle energy of the virus has united billions to fight for their life. Instead of fearing its wrath which is being hyped to a nuclear holocaust, look at it gently as a ‘wake up ‘ call.

The more man is divisive in nature, nature reciprocates with the same. The more man hurts, sabotages and attacks the very earth which nurtures, he will have to pay for his misdeeds. Man has awakened a ‘sleeping giant’ and is paying the price for it. A collective effort to harness our ‘ mothering’ instinct to help the virus to rest in its cradle can help human kind to survive.

Let us know that every time we abuse the environment, extinguish species and kill harmless animals to satisfy our gluttony, nature will attack in unfathomable ways. Man has to respect and honour the fact that the earth is a home to millions of species and learn to co-exist with them. When man refused to co-exist with man we had 9/11 which turned nations against each other. Back home we suffered the train blasts and Taj attacks. When eye for an eye becomes mans mantra, then the tiniest particle of consciousness turns to break mans resolve. As within, as without; as in, as out. We live in a mirrored existence and so we must change to expect one.

Let us not fight this consciousness, instead pray for its peace. Thank its presence, which will allow it to rest. I have always believed that nothing happens without a reason. The reason is always for my higher good. Thus, if this occurrence is for my betterment, then what is Corona indicating to me?

In the last week, nations are talking about health issues, diet and sanitisation rather than economy. Companies are looking at safety of employees than their financial losses. Schools and colleges are concerned about the health of their students than the exams and parents are expressing their love rather than worry about the marks. We are down to basics- love, health and happiness.

A nation that just a month ago was communally divided, is focusing on all it’s citizens as one. In the quarantine wards across the world, man is helping his coloured brothers. It does not matter whether he has worn a turban, grown a beard or covered herself with a hijab. Let us learn to live in peace with our differences instead of being at war with them.

The message of the corona virus is clear: ‘ Together we can survive, Divided we will fall. ’

Meditate for peace for all species.

DAILY MOTIVATION

Let us thank the universe for everything we have, for everything we receive, and for everything we will receive.

In fact, don’t stop giving thanks, because it is that same positive attitude towards life and the same act of giving thanks that attracts the best to us. It helps us keep our mind and heart open; it helps us expand our consciousness. Surely there are always things to be grateful for, and as you do so and begin to count those blessings, they will increase. You will realize how blessed you are, that everything I have is yours, and that

My stores of abundance are full to overflowing and you lack nothing. Each of my needs is met in a wonderful way, and in that state of consciousness i am able to give without calculating the price, because it is by giving that we receive more.

As you give, you leave room for more to be returned to you.

LIFE LESSONS

One day a peasant’s donkey fell into a well ..
The animal cried loudly for hours, while the farmer tried to find something to do.
Finally, the farmer decided that the donkey was already old and the well was dry and needed to be covered anyway; it wasn’t really worth taking the donkey out of the pit ..
He invited all his neighbors to come help him. They each grabbed a shovel and started throwing dirt into the well.
The donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s surprise, he quieted down after a few shovels of dirt.
The peasant finally looked at the bottom of the well and was amazed at what he saw … with each shovelful of dirt, the donkey was doing something incredible: He shook the ground and stepped onto the ground.
Very soon everyone was surprised how the donkey reached the mouth of the well, went over the edge and trotted out …

Life is going to throw you dirt, all kinds of dirt … the trick to get out of the pit is to shake it off and use it to step up. Each of our problems is a step upwards. We can get out of the deepest gaps if we don’t give up …

Use the land they throw you to get ahead!!!

Remember the 5 rules to be happy:

Free your heart from hatred.

Free your Mind of distractions.

Simplify your life. Give more and expect less.

Love more and … shake off the earth, because in this life you have to be “a” solution, not “the” problem.

LIVING WITH A “MINIATURE” MEE ❣

With a little thought on both sides you can live happily with your teenager. For most of us, living with a teen can often feel like a stranger has moved in. The long summer holidays can be a particularly tense time, when teens want to kick back and relax after end of term exams. They want to sleep in late and watch TV till the small hours. You may feel you’re drowning in their mess. So, what do you do?

I feel personally living together happily through the teen years works best if clear boundaries are set early.

“Decide what your ‘bottom line’ is and stick to it,”. “In our house the rules for my son is: tidy up after yourself and cook one evening a week.” just setting in !

There needs to be set aside a space for your teenager in the house, where they know they can relax and spend time with their friends while you’re at home. That way, neither of you should feel you have to ‘retreat’ to your bedroom, and it should make for a more relaxed atmosphere. “It could be anywhere – maybe the garden in summer, or the dining room.

Untidy bedrooms

Much as you want to, going in and roaring at them to: “Clean this mess up NOW!” rarely works. You can’t magically train your untidy teenager to be tidy – but you can limit the damage. Try these ideas: 

Remember that your teen is entitled to their privacy, and they should be responsible for their own room.

Try not to dwell on the state of the room. If you’re going to go in, give a fair warning so they can tidy away anything they don’t want you to see. For the rest of the time, close the door.

Set boundaries, for example: “Dirty clothes will be washed if they go into the laundry basket; we all do our own ironing; we all tidy our own bedrooms and cupboards.”

If your teen refuses to keep to the boundaries, then it may be necessary to withhold a benefit they currently enjoy – maybe pocket money, or being able to have friends round. “Children should understand from quite young that running a home is something we all do together, and that a contribution from everyone is essential.”

Try negotiating: for example: you won’t go in searching for the missing mugs and dinner plates if they bring them downstairs to be washed up without being asked.

Money for chores

“Encourage your kids to tidy away after themselves from at least a year or two before they reach their teens. That way, they’re less likely to always expect payment for doing anything around the house.”

Ask what they feel would be reasonable to do around the house, then say what you’d like them to do. From there, it should be possible to find a mid-way point you both agree on.

Be wary of always paying for chores – otherwise you run the risk of having kids who won’t do anything without money at the end of it. There may be other chores over and above for a bit of extra money, but it’s best to establish a rota for regular jobs.

Throw in the occasional extra request as well, to reinforce the idea that you all contribute to running the home and that you’ll do things for each other without expecting payment: for example: “Would you mind just popping some washing in the machine for me while I’m out?”

Clearing clutter

The rule to establish: put things back where they belong after use – especially food items that should be stored in the fridge.

Remind your teen to store school items in their room, where they are easily seen and available when they dash out to school or start the next day’s schedule in the morning.

More living together tips:

*Designate each teen some space in the bathroom for their own toiletries and insist they put things away after use.

Let teens change their own beds and be responsible for cleaning their room. If they share a room they’ll have to learn how to negotiate – an excellent skill to have.

Put a reminder on the fridge that they need to check you don’t have any plans for the food inside before scoffing it. Or label anything that should not be eaten as you need it for the next meal.

Everyone should agree to keep family rooms free from clutter – this works both ways.

Laundry: don’t just do it all. Show your teen how to use the washing machine, check labels and iron if necessary. It’s a skill they’ll need when they leave home.

End of the day, my personal recommendation : we both decide to “continue” living like the BEST FRIENDS we always were 🤞

HEALING MY BODY/ “SOUL”

• If you don’t listen to your dissatisfaction, she talks to you with a headache

• If you don’t listen to your anger she talks to you with gastritis

• If you don’t listen to your fear, she talks to you with constipation

• If you do not hear your desire to say “no” she talks to you with stomach disorders

• If you don’t listen to your passion, she talks to you with an infection

• If you do not listen to your creativity and your talent they speak to you with weight gain.

• If you do not listen to your affectivity she talks to you with dermatitis.

If you don’t listen to your spirituality, it talks to you with the body that gets sick.

We should never forget to listen to each other.

Every unheard emotion leaves a mark on the body.
The body is the mirror of our soul.

TIME TO HIBERNATE

“Oh My Lord how can I live this quarantine?”

“My child, quarantine is a special, mysterious and sacred period. Not long before newborn children could only leave the house for the first time after their 40th day of life. It is a period of waiting and preparing for a new one. life. It is the period that produces a great change. “

“And how do you prepare for this change?”

“With simple, genuine and affectionate actions. Every morning comb your long hair with dedication and untie all the knots, even the most hidden ones that you have always neglected. It is time to put all the knots in the comb. Then dedicate yourself to untangling even your loved ones skeins. With patience and you will try to find the end of the skein, the exact starting point of the thread. Already with these simple but powerful actions you will create order outside and inside of you. Undoing physical knots with your hands you will begin to touch your internal knots. “

“And after I undo the knots, what can I do, Oh Lord ?”

“Kill all the parts of you that are no longer fertile. In many funeral rites of ancient peoples it is believed that the deceased leaves the body entirely only on the 40th day after his death. Before this day the release of the Little by little, in these 40 days, my daughter, cut your hair, burn the letters that were written to you and that are no longer part of your life, eliminate clothes that you have not worn for a long time or that you no longer want use, open the windows of your home to let the stale air out, cultivate new thoughts by abandoning the old, dedicated to creating new habits, new customs, new traditions. “

“My Lord, I am also afraid that after this isolation nothing will change. Man quickly forgets …”

“How others will react to this quarantine is none of your business. Make a commitment to change and not forget. Make sure this storm shakes you up so much that it completely revolutionizes your life. … ❤️

“THE HAPPY Hormone”

Serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ is a neurotransmitter predominantly created in our digestive tract. It’s known to influence our mood, memory, sleeping habits, appetite, cravings, pain senses, digestion, blood vessel tone and even our body temperature regulation.

While Dopamine is responsible for that instant gratification feeling, Serotonin is all about delayed gratification for larger rewards. It helps us to hold out for better things, persevere and be patient. Low amounts of serotonin have been linked to depression and other mental health issues.

When our levels drop we start to feel irritable, impatient, uncontrollable in our impulses and have difficulty concentrating. Decreased serotonin could mean a number of things: either our brain is just creating less of it, we have fewer receptors or the receptors that exist aren’t sustaining it very well, or even that it is being broken down too soon for its effects to take place properly.

We don’t need to pump big pharmaceutical pills into our bodies to take care of this, unless it’s a complicated case. There are tons of accounts of people increasing their serotonin levels through organic therapies and even just simple exercises.

Here are some ways to boost Serotonin in your body naturally…

Eat a Serotonin-Friendly Diet

This neurotrasmitter is synthesized from an amino acid known as Tryptophan. Although you can get dietary supplements of this, it is better to take foods that are rich in Tryptophan like chocolate, oats, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese & eggs. Also Vegans can try dried dates, chickpeas, almonds, peanuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, spirulina, avacado, olives and bananas.

Grain-like seeds like amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa also do the trick. They are high protein carbohydrates (although it is recommended to stick to a lower carb intake and get them from the right source) and are also rich in B Vitamins essential for mental health and to keep our neurotransmitters functioning seamlessly.

You can also include fermented foods and drinks in your diet. They promote digestive health and enhance nutrients in our food including B Vitamins.

As Good as they Feel, Avoid Stimulants

“An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.” ~ Criss Jami

Usually when you’re low on Serotonin, your body will try and make up for it by sending intense sugar cravings to the brain. Sugar helps in the production of insulin which helps Tryptophan to get to the brain. However we know that too much insulin can make your body resistant to it and create diabetes, hypoglycemia and addiction. To satisfy sugar cravings try Stevia leaf or Lakanto and avoid artificial sweeteners at all costs.

Caffeine is an antioxidant and a activity booster with an array of benefits. However, when taken with excessive sugar or in excess by itself, can be detrimental. Soon after its rush wears off, it gives us that quick coffee crash that leads to fatigue and dependency.

Exercise for Every Aspect of Your Well-Being

Practice yoga, tai chi or aerobic exercises like running, cycling or dancing. Even 20 minutes of any of these daily will send jumpstart your neuro-chemicals with joy. An interesting fact to think about is that there’s been a noticeable change in effect when people exercise from a sense of free will and optimism as opposed to a robotic, routine activity.

Basically, when you work out because you want to be healthy, and feel good, then your neuro-chemical reactions will reflect that.

Do not work out for the wrong reasons like to achieve some unrealistic body-standard and then burn yourself out, as that will have an adverse effect.

Recognize that the point is to feel healthier not just with your physical state but mentally and emotionally as well. I’d also advise meditating even if its 3 times a week. This can even include walking meditations, sound or guided meditations and anything that helps you disconnect and let go of stress.

It will allow your natural state of bliss to sync with this body that you inhabit.

Sun : More of it !

For any of our neurotransmitters to function, in fact for us to operate well in any aspect, we need sunlight. Vitamin D is part of what makes our life force energy. The best time to get optimum amount of sun exposure is from 11am to 3 pm for a minimum of 10 minutes. The sun’s UV light gets absorbed by our skin and then converted to vitamin D. So take walks, exercise, swim outdoors or just sunbathe.

Bright light in general also increases serotonin activity, however man-made light pales in comparison to natural light and cannot fulfill the bodies requirements completely. Avoid staring at blaring LED screens in the night as that actually prohibits the conversion of serotonin into melatonin which is required for peaceful sleep.

This is intricately linked to our bodies (and every other creature on Earth) circadian rhythm that is in tune with sunrise and sunset, which means having a proper sleep cycle is also necessary. Milk is also packed with Vitamin D so if you can’t get enough sun make sure you drink a glass of milk daily!

Heal your heart

Perhaps, this is the most important of all. Changing your lifestyle and your environment will help you to an extent, but to make lasting change, we must transform our internal environment. It will in turn, manifest in our external environment. Learning to forgive, value and love ourselves are much needed tools to propel us forward, evolve and grow through the toughest challenges we face.

Mantras and positive affirmations help to bring a sense of peace back into our lives. Having a sense of community solidarity, a supportive friend circle or family is also important in this journey. Remember how in times of trouble just being around a close friend or confiding in a family member washes away your stress.

Gratitude as well as remembering all the love and good times you’ve had in your life as a practice also helps free us from our pain spirals.