Aug 11

Concentration is our most potent mental tool and essential in developing mental fitness. It is our main faculty we use when learning or reading and when we are in a receptive or listening mode. We use this faculty to help us focus upon important personal interests in everyday life. We also use it to deliberately programme our own mind and so develop grooves of comfortable opinions and attitudes.

Concentration is used to achieve pin-point energy upon one particular selected subject. Concentration is mind power. It is the element we require to accomplish anything. The principle is simple. If we keep our thoughts upon success, we will most likely succeed. If we concentrate upon failure we will do doubt succeed in failing. If we concentrate upon power, we will become powerful. If we concentrate upon love, we will become loving and so on. Each of us develops our nature to attract circumstances by the power of our mind’s concentration. Poor concentration is a symptom of diminishing mental fitness. We must practise to improve this faculty that tends to weaken as we grow older.

A definite aim will ensure that any concentrated thought will bear fruit. So we must take care that the direction of our mind’s power is truly in accordance with our own welfare and interests as well of that of others.

Conscious effort of thought is required to build mental ‘muscle-power’ or strong mindedness, just as effort is needed to build physical fitness. The power of the concentrated mind can also be compared to the rocket fuel that gives our thoughts ‘lift off’ into space. Concentration can also be used as a tuning-in device similar to tuning the radio.

This analogy holds true in meditation when we wish to expand our consciousness in order to receive inspiration or intuitive guidance. Concentration is the tool to help programme our mind. When concentrating, the emotions must be passive and co-operative to allow all our available mental energy to be used without emotional distraction.

May 15

The statistics that demonstrate the extent of the disease known once as senility and now more commonly as Alzheimer’s disease are receiving attention the world over as the problem increases at an alarming rate. There are as many as an estimated 5,000,000 cases in India alone. All these are sufferers at various stages of experiencing early symptoms to those who no longer can enjoy a quality of life because of failing mental faculties, or when memory and dementia are causing them decreased levels of independence. They are forced into a situation where loved ones are relied upon to care for them. There are no cures offered by modern medicine.

However, in India, because of the traditional Ayurvedic system of medicine and its natural herbal remedies as well as a unique approach that allows the humane qualities to be encouraged in family and social life, there are many aged people enjoying the warmth and support of life where the aged remain in their inclusion in the family circle. This avoids the failing system in other countries or places where institutions offer cold comfort by comparison and where drugs are relied upon as a tool to sedate those suffering with Alzheimer’s and its several forms.

Recognized medical programmes to increase cognitive stimulation and maintain physical health along with brain training of various kinds are generally proving important aids in delaying the disease. In India as well as other countries, various challenges are introduced such as those offered in word games, card games, sensory exercises, memory training and help in concentration.  Relaxation is an important and successful technique that involves physical release of muscle stress as Meditation releases mental strain.

Many who have faith in the natural methods and wish to avoid invasive medication by drugs are looking to be aware of, and to put into practice methods of healing discovered. The value of aromatherapy for instance has been proven to help dementia patients and many more psychiatrists and doctors are considering incorporating the knowledge that uses natural perfumes to ‘feed’ or soothe the brain through inhalation.

We hope that the habit of casting the aged into institutions will cease as families discover simple ways that are effective in keeping their loved ones in a loving environment in which to apply the natural therapies and published successes of dedicated researchers.

Mar 2

The process of human thought can seem very complex.  However, there is some comfort in one line of thinking that is known as logic or reasoning. Compared with those that aim to analyse thought as physiologists seek to explore the physical body processes, our basic interest may appear simple.

It is based upon the fact that reason represents sanity or right thinking. This is supported by our innate common sense as upon the aim or direction of our thought or studies. The other consideration is that we understand the fundamental natural law of Cause and Effect, knowing that our conscious thought provides the motivation or initial cause and will be followed by subsequent effects.

Logical thinking builds up edifices of understanding and allows us to reach conclusions. These certainties may be temporary, being incomplete as far as our aspirations go and will therefore  soon require our voluntary review, or become established as longer lasting concepts that support our chosen philosophy about life.  In either case we arrive at certain points that allow us confidence enough to acquire knowledge and guide us in our decision making, knowing that thinking violent or negative thoughts will soon have the effect of making us feel depressed just as happy thoughts cause us to feel free or joyful.

What thoughts we choose to hold in our minds, what thoughts we choose to entertain or consider, what thoughts we reject and what ones we build upon are up to us and will produce effect in our lives, circumstances and relationships accordingly.  Experience teaches us of the reality that as every action has a reaction, every thought creates a reaction and every feeling generates a response.

Then we are prepared to work with and to trust the law of Cause and Effect, known by many as the law of Karma, both in our personal life and in its universal application so that we may acquire a confidence in Life itself.

 

Jul 12

When we choose to reflect upon ourselves within the vastness of the universe, it would seem as if we are as nothing.

But as a conscious intelligence with Free Will, each of us represents a formidable potential for creativity and for better comprehending the Universe in which we live as well as becoming aware of the ability we have to contribute to it.

Our Free Will is the Power which gives us the gift of Choice and the capacity to create what our minds conceive. Any limitation is only defined by our imagination.

 Free Will is an exciting human faculty. It allows us to determine choices and how we wish to enjoy and spend our lifetime and in what direction of creativity we wish to exercise our skills.

The gift of Free Will can also seem daunting when we realise that we can no longer blame anyone or anything for our situations and circumstances, for our thoughts, feelings and actions.  We are all now experiencing the reactions to our past actions and choices a we will in future experience good and bad initiated by our present thoughts and action.

We must accept that with Free Will comes personal responsibility; self-determination, self- consciousness– and the sense of potential self- awareness and self empowerment on every level of our being body and soul. This is when we arrive at our maturity as a human being to herald a time when we know our personal freedom and can determine the application of our personal power.

To succeed in valuing Free Will and employing our inner power constructively, we need the guidance and inner wisdom of our soul that directs us through the confusions of life by the faculty of intuition.

Feb 20

To be able to slip into sleep is like heaven.

To not be able to slip freely into sleep can be a subtle torture.

There is much written about insomnia and the importance of’getting enough sleep and there are innumerable theories and techniques suggested to help someone who ‘can’t go to sleep’.

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Feb 11

Once old age was merely called ‘senility’ and it was anticipated that acuteness of faculties would diminish gradually in those who lived beyond the age of seventy. Now generally referred to as Alzheimer’s disease, the following states are generally considered as important in early diagnosis, particularly if associated with dementia.

Considered as one of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages, is forgetfulness which hardly needs description as most of us suffer mild memory lapses. However should minor signs such as forgetting names, dates or events, or mislaying articles begin to include major incidents, with potentially dangerous ramifications, these memory lapses become a more serious problem to the individual and to those around them.

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Dec 11

The journey of life and over many lives leads to a gradual evolving of the human being along with all things in nature.

Many developments and skills are the obvious ones such as physical abilities, intellectual skills and technological achievements. But the subtler aspect of our progress is measured in other ways that demonstrate we are changing, developing and refining our faculties and senses.

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Oct 16

Memory is a complex faculty relating to recall of information stored in the subconscious mind, available through normal consciousness or even events accessed from the deeper strata of the psyche or soul. The faculty assists us in deliberate learning and training of the intellect as is does in a more instinctual manner from experiences already learned. These habits apply in the learning of basic physical control as in walking and movement, as well as more sophisticated examples such as speech.

There are degrees of learning and many ways of storing past information. Apart from the usual techniques used in classical educational practices when we learn through familiarity with exercise and practice, we respond to events and life circumstances spontaneously as if reacting to unconscious causes and an unremembered past.

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Oct 13

Concentration is our most potent mental tool and essential in developing mental fitness.

It is our main faculty we use when learning or reading and when we are in a receptive or listening mode. We use this faculty to help us focus upon important personal interests in everyday life. We also use it to deliberately programme our own mind and so develop  grooves of comfortable opinions and attitudes.

Concentration is mind power. It is the element we require to accomplish anything.

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Oct 1

Our life is simply what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

Each of us is generally responsible for all sorts of things, even from a young age when we are first conscious of good and bad actions and influences.

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