Mindfulness or Not

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Two days ago, I got into a car accident. It’s been 14 years since my last car accident, before this one. I was on a highway heading home. It was Sunday evening, and there was a bit of traffic. I was behind a black mini-van. The light turned red, and the mini-van in front of me slammed on its brakes. I slammed on my brakes too, but I was too close. I bumped into the back of the van. My bumper, hood, and grill are damaged, and I dented the hatchback door of the mini-van. Thankfully, all passengers are fine.

After this accident, I reflected on mindfulness. Sunday morning, before my car accident, I was in my meditation group, and our monk talked about his driving lessons, and he said the instructor told him, “You must drive mindfully.” Now I wince silently. I did not drive mindfully. To be honest, I was looking at my cell phone just before the accident happened. I know, I know. I should not look at my phone while driving! I tell my kids this! Now I am living with a consequence of my actions.

I know accidents happen. I forgive myself for not driving carefully, and I will be more mindful when I drive (with my cell phone turned off). I realize when I am not a careful driver, I put myself and others in danger. However, I am proud of myself because I remained calm during and after the accident. In the past, I would have been emotionally upset and crying. I think my daily meditation is helping me remain calm in stressful situations.

My new mindfulness vision while driving: When I get in the car, I will turn off my cell phone (unless I use my phone for directions). I will turn my music on low. I will keep my eyes on the road, and I will be watchful for cars, people, animals, and objects. I will slow down. I will keep my mind on the road (no autopilot driving).

PLEASE DRIVE SAFE!

Namaste, world.

 

      

        

Tips to Reduce Stress

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I feel a little stressed out lately. I think my stress and anxiety comes from a combination of starting a new school semester, grieving the death of my father and two good friends, and worldly events. I had a few sleepless nights and a few panic attacks. I knew I had to get myself back on track. The best way to reduce stress is through self-care.

My self-care includes slowing down, staying home and 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.

Here are a few more tips for reducing stress (taken from Ridgeview Medical Center, Home Care and Hospice, Minnesota):

  1. Stress reduction in five minutes. Mediation, 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 or 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. Blessings.

Namaste, world.

Divinity & Purpose

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The new year is here: 2017. It’s a very special year. The number 17 has the sacred “7” in it. It is a new year to start changing human consciousness.

Since childhood, I have been molded and conditioned. My upbringing, my culture, the media, and society as a whole creates my reality and who I am today. I realize that to gain a new human consciousness; I need to strip my conditioning and use my vision to see a new reality; a new awareness.

If we are going to make spiritual progress as a human race, we need to see divinity and purpose in every living being; especially in people. Our leaders tell us that we are insignificant in an expansive universe and our self-esteem is continuously pushed down by the media.

The truth is that we are special and have a purpose for living. Dr. Wayne Dyer in his book, “The Power of Intention,” explains ten steps on how to fulfill your intention to live with purpose. Here are the ten steps:

  1. Affirm that in an intelligent system, no one shows up by accident, including you. You are here on purpose. Create awareness about you as a “being.” Also, remember intelligence comes from intelligence (God). Andrew Newberg, MD, reports, “God exists and we wouldn’t be wired for perceiving God if it were otherwise.”
  2. Seize every opportunity, no matter how small, to give your life away in service. Do what you love and share that love.
  3. Align your purpose with the field of intention. Connecting with God and the field of intention takes a little surrendering. Remember, to birth your purpose; it must come from creativeness, kindness, and love.
  4. Ignore what anyone else tells you about your purpose. Your purpose is between you and God.
  5. Remember that the all-creating field of intention will work on your behalf. Create a new vision that sees God and the unified field on your side.
  6. Study and replicate the lives of people who’ve known their purpose. Read biographies of people and explore how they lived.
  7. Act as if you’re living the life you were intended to live, even if you feel confused about your purpose. Become closer to God and mysticism. Helen Keller says, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
  8. Meditate to stay on purpose. Meditation is KEY! Meditation creates inner peace and guidance.
  9. Keep your thoughts and feelings in harmony with your actions. Do not become ego-dominated. Soften your edges and act with good will.
  10. Stay in a state of gratitude. Be thankful for being alive. Even be thankful for your roadblocks. Be grateful even if you don’t “feel” like being grateful. As you include gratitude in your life, it will grow to be authentic.

Take a deep breath. All will be well in 2017 and into the future.

Namaste, world.

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Noble Friends

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In the world of Facebook, do we need to be friends with everyone? The answer is no. It’s important to have noble friends. Noble friends are the kind of friends who are virtuous, positive and follow a healthy lifestyle. These friends look out for your best interest and care about you.

Merriam-Webster defines noble as someone who has fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals. James Allen, a British author, says, “A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts.”

A noble person is also friendly and kind towards everyone. Kindness is a wish for others to be happy. Rick Hanson, the author of “Buddha’s Brain,” says that “compassion responds primarily to suffering, but kindness comes to play all the time, even when others are doing fine.” The word “kind” comes from the root word “kin” which means family or relations. When we are kind, we bring people into the circle of “us.”

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Buddhist monk Bhante Sathi (www.triplegem.org) says noble friends support each other on the path to wisdom. One of the steps to wisdom is right action. Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book, “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching,” describes the right action as “the practice of touching love and preventing harm, the practice of nonviolence toward ourselves and others.” The fundamental principle of right action is to do everything with mindfulness.

Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with family and friends. However, some posts are more positive than others. It’s crucial to keep Facebook friends that lift your spirits and inspire you. Look for noble friends in the cyber world and in everyday life. Just like the quote at the top, it’s crucial to surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. Seek people who have the qualities that you would like to have.

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Namaste, world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flat Earth vs. Globe Earth

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There’s a lot of debate about the shape of our world. What is the truth? Is our world flat or globe-shaped? I am very confused about the subject. I understand the flat earth perspective regarding the rotation of the sun and moon. It is true that the sunshine and sunset follows the sun – just like in the model. Also, when I look in the sky, the sun is only slightly larger than the moon.

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To support the globe theory, I can see other planets in the sky, and they look like globes. This past April 2016 when I was in Sedona, Arizona, I looked at the moon and stars with a space telescope. I was awed by seeing Jupiter and two of its moons with my own eyes. The image that I saw looked just like this photo:

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Back to the flat earth theory, I understand the resurgence of the creation theory and that humans beings are special. Our world could be a realm or a dimension. Dimensions do not always have boundaries. It’s hard to wrap our mind around living in a dimension. Being consistently in the present moment is a good example of living in a dimension. The past is gone, and the future is unknown. We only have the present moment. The movie of our lives is always running right where we are at the moment.

Maybe our earth is somewhere in between. It’s not perfectly flat or perfectly round like a globe. Even Neil deGrasse Tyson, a famous American Astrophysicist, said on camera that the world isn’t perfectly round. He said the earth is “pear shaped.” However, a pear shaped earth conflicts with all the earth globe photos. See the You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTOE4Ar0Dfo

If the earth is flat, why would our leaders lie to us? It’s all about control, deception, money, and greed. The lies started a long time ago. We live in a manufactured world and unfortunately, we are not free. As long as there is money, there is no freedom. Just think about your life. You get up every day and go to work to earn money. A slave is a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them. We have to obey the rules of our country, state, and city. We have to obey our leaders and our employers. We are not free.

The lies dig deeper into the spiritual and religious realm. We are divine beings but made to believe we are small and insignificant. The deception is purely evil. We are the pawns in a big evil game.

Some human beings are waking up to the truth. But I am still confused about the shape of our earth. Many flat earth believers think NASA is a hoax. It is difficult for me to believe NASA would lie to everyone on earth. Here is NASA’s 2016 photo of earth and the dark side of the moon:

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This photo looks fake to me. What’s going on? I don’t know what to believe! For now, I am going to focus on what I know. I know that I am a conscious, spiritual human being living in a plane of existence. As a spiritual being, I will master the goodness and love of Jesus and Buddha. I will increase my understanding and acceptance of all human beings as divine creatures. Every action and every word counts towards positive or negative vibration. We are responsible for our lives and held accountable for our actions.

I am sending peace out into our world. Be who you are, where ever you are.

Namaste, world.

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