Sep 22

The world in which we are living in the 21st century is not conducive to health of any kind. We have a struggle to survive- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually – having chosen to rebel against or reject the fundamental values and ethics of our culture.

The destructive tendencies of mankind are now rampant in every sphere in society. There are changes that are not constructive and many have contaminated our personal living environment, ruined the refuge offered in harmonious family life and even caused nations to falter.

We hardly need to be reminded of the destruction of our natural physical environment with pollution being an issue on land, sea, and air.

Regarding the subtler areas of human function in the emotional and mental realms we must recognize that there are issues that are equally critical and even more important to our welfare and our future on the planet.

There is unrest or disease apparent on all levels but it is the massive outbreak of psychological issues evidence in depression, violence (self harm and to others), criminality and general aggression so that our societies are now a far cry from the peace, health and happiness we all dream about and wish to share.

However, as individuals and as a people we are responsible for what we have created in wonderful technological and social advances. We are also responsible for rectification of our wrongs, both as a society and as individuals. Only this fact can motivate us to offer our talents to the ultimate good of the whole.

Karma will determine the degree of our success.

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Sep 3

Relaxation is now accepted as a legitimate approach to improving health and is a vital tool in building mental fitness. It is routine therapy recommended by professions dealing with physical and psychological stress.

Many of us suffer minor symptoms of stress caused by every day happenings as well as our internal world of thought, worries and emotion. In addition, those suffering pain have to learn to deal with additional and sometimes constant discomfort.

We can deal with stress that causes symptoms such as hayfever, muscular tension, or headaches by taking medications or by appropriate exercises and cottage remedies. But serious conditions such as panic attacks, migraine and some states of anxiety and depression cause us to call for medical assistance.

However, it is possible that any symptom of physical or psychological stress, pain or strain can be relieved by the practice of relaxation. There are several approaches and techniques but the simple basis of them all is to release all muscular tension, establish easy rhythmic breathing and then focus attention in turn upon the body, sensory awareness, and emotional feelings.

This is practised best lying flat on your back on the floor, arms by your sides. The alternative position is to sit upright in a chair. The eyes are gently closed. A quiet few minutes of private time is all you need.

Even severe symptoms can be relieved temporarily and there are many cases where
this simple practice has provided a cure. The reason is that once we allow the opportunity for a return to a natural passive state, all our layers of effort and stress are cast off. Mind and body become friends again.

It is a great help to be taught in classes first, so that you can repeat the directives in your self-help exercise at home. And it works. Try it!

 

 

 

Sep 3

In meditating one aim is for a harmonious flow of thought awareness rather than erratic statements of thoughts and ideas without a common thread.

In meditation one’s self consciousness of thought changes to a state beyond the process of thinking – a state of higher awareness or Being.

We learn to build a bridge between the higher feeling states of Being and the earthly personality with its differing realities.

Through meditation one learns to manage the mind and its resources.

Creativity of thought is the natural outcome of meditation in an environment where the mental soil is fertile.

Our minds create the atmosphere in which our thoughts and ideals take root and grow, or wither.

To maintain a state of integrity or interconnection between the higher regions and lower consciousness ensures the ‘magical’ capacity of the mind is free to function.

We seek to blend the higher states of consciousness that we touch in Meditation with the lower spheres of our personality and to anchor them within the body so that our actions become charged with spiritual vitality, enthusiasm and power.

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