Crazy World

The more that I am on the Internet, the crazier the world seems to be. I am trying hard not to read the information on the Internet, watch T.V., or watch videos on YouTube. It’s easy to get hooked on the Internet and then realize that I’ve been on the computer for hours.

The information and energy around me can cloud my perception. Walking in nature can reset my perception. The birds are still chirping, and the sun is still shining. I need to protect my mind from outside influences.

Human beings are at a crossroads, and the world appears to be changing before our eyes. We need to use our wisdom for each decision. The only direction we need to go is toward our spirituality.

We live in two worlds – spiritual and physical. The physical mind loves information – even false information. We need to be careful about the messages we receive. Protect your mind and stay in the spiritual world.

How can you stay in the spiritual world? Connect to your spiritual and religious beliefs. Stay centered by mediating or praying. Read scripture or sacred texts, do yoga, write in a journal, and connect with your religious or spiritual community. Stay in the spiritual world by keeping your mind pure and clean – do not let garbage fill your mind.

The “crazy world” is only a clouded perception. Return to nature and your spiritual world.

Namaste, world.

The Impossible

Last week, I received a message in a dream during the night. The message was clear, and it said, “Imagine the impossible.” I do not fully understand the message. However, I can sense feelings around it. My feelings are of wonderment, mystery, awe, and expansion. I get the feeling that humans are on a path to new knowledge and enlightenment.

Humans are powerful. The history books only tell a short story – and not the full story. The new enlightenment will open our eyes to new and hidden discoveries. We will understand the concept “Where thoughts go, energy flows.” The power of the mind, imagination, and mental telepathy will gain new understanding.

It’s an exciting time to be alive. The cracks are opening for all human beings. The power of our minds will help us imagine the impossible.

Namaste, world.

Tips to Reduce Stress II

Clearwater Beach, Florida (Photo by Gina M. Gafford)

The best way to reduce stress is through self-care. My self-care includes slowing down, resting, taking a bath, eating well, taking the time to reflect, getting a massage, listening to a relaxing podcast, meditating, doing yoga, walking my dog, and spending time with good friends and family.

Here are a few more tips for reducing stress (taken from the Ridgeview Medical Center, Home Health Services resource sheet):

  1. Stress reduction in five minutes. Meditation, deep breathing, and yoga increases oxygen, moves your body, and focuses your mind. Just take 5 minutes twice a day (morning and evening) to do yoga and meditation. Studies show that this lowers blood pressure, releases healing hormones into your body, increases creativity, increases productivity, and increases your ability to handle stressful situations.
  2. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Walk your dog, walk at lunch, or set a treadmill up in your living room so you can exercise and watch your favorite show while you give your body life. Discover new exercises such as Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qigong. Death rates from all causes, including heart disease and cancer, are much lower in people exercising 30 minutes a day. Exercise lowers the risk of strokes, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
  3. Laugh as often as possible to release healing hormones such as endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Do not buy pills for your stress. Rent a funny movie or go online to a humorous site daily. Laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and boosts your immune function.
  4. Play and re-establish “child-like” qualities. Science tells us when we play; it increases our immune cells that combat disease. Playfulness also increases creativity and optimism at home and work.
  5. Pay attention. When we daily pay attention and learn to live a life of awareness and mindfulness, we become aware of our emotions, our choices, our relationships, our home life, our work, we can begin to live a rich life of awareness. Practicing mindfulness reduces anxiety and depression.
  6. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters are healthier and live longer than non-breakfast eaters. Research has shown that people who live to the age of 100 were consistent breakfast eaters or they consumed breakfast more frequently than non-breakfast eaters. People who eat breakfast consumed less fat and had a higher intake of essential vitamins and minerals, and lower serum cholesterol, which leads to a lower instance of heart disease.
  7. Get a pet. Studies reveal there are benefits of owning a pet, such as reduction of blood pressure and inducing a relaxation response in our bodies. Pets are emotional lifesavers, they help people experience intimacy and help with changes and loss in our lives.
  8. Create Friendships. Friendships are strong indicators of mental, physical and spiritual health. Friendship is not a luxury but is essential to work-life balance and your health. Studies show that isolation decreases immune functioning and increases mortality risk.
  9. Attitude of Gratitude. It is physiologically impossible to be grateful and experience stress at the same time. Research shows grateful individuals report having more energy and less physical complaints than their non-grateful counterparts. Studies tell us daily gratitude exercises resulted in high levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy.
  10. Altruism and philanthropy. A generous soul lives a rich, abundant life. Altruism neutralizes negative emotions that affect immune, endocrine and cardiovascular function. Altruism creates physiological responses or “helpers high” that makes people feel stronger and more energetic and counters harmful effects of stress.

I hope these tips are helpful to you.

Namaste, world.

The Gift of Being a Woman

God wants women to be on earth. We are part of life and embody virtue and sacredness. No one and nothing can take that away. No suppression, or oppression, or aggression can stop the goodness of women.

Most religious texts leave out half of the population – as if women do not exist. Also, women are seen as less than men. Male children are favored over female children. It goes on and on.

Some religions celebrated the femininity – like Egyptian and Pagan religions. It is a fact that women are better humans than men in all aspects of life. Women, unlike men, do not need to hide behind religion to be great.

It is a gift to be a woman. As a spiritual being, the ascension to enlightenment can be accelerated because of the trials and tribulations of living life as a woman. Life is more difficult for a woman than it is for a man. The spiritual lessons that we learn are not done in vain.

Every religious path is open to women – whether it is recognized or not. No one can take away a woman’s yearning to learn about the spiritual life. If her heart beats with love and her mind shines with wisdom, she will excel in the eyes of God.

Namaste, world.