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Archive for August, 2009

Gems of Society

Whether you’re watching Kevin Skinner on America’s Got Talent or enjoying the kindness of a trusted neighbor, there are some qualities that calm, inspire and touch our spirit.

These qualities are common in great men from Abraham Lincoln to Mahatma Gandhi. Such people represent ideal human beings, transcending nations, cultures and religions. They are citizens of the world. And as a global race, we have much to learn from their fruitful lives.

Let’s, for a moment, also take a look at history. Centuries before Abraham Lincoln or even Shakespeare, great “men” existed all over the world. They came as saints, prophets and incarnations.
Somehow as years passed, humans identified with only one prophet or messenger of God, failing to imbibe the essence of others. Perhaps it would serve us better to study saints and prophets from around the world, and let their eternal qualities be enjoyed and imbibed in us.

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Watch Your Attention

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When someone kicks you on the shin, blood rushes to your head, you’re angry, and you want to retaliate.

Back in school, soccer was a favorite sport among boys and girls alike, but all too often someone would get hurt on his or her knee or shin. Surprisingly, that didn’t stop the game. In fact, the “victim” would keep playing, forget the hurt, focus on the game and play the best he or she could to score a winner goal.

In the game called life, sometimes we too face people who hurt us whether intentionally or not. When our focus stays on the hurt or on them, we can’t forgive, and all our thoughts are obsessed with how to get them back. We lose focus of the present and dwell in the past which doesn’t exist. In soccer, when a player does not pay attention to his game, he loses, and it brings the whole team down. Even if the attention shifts for a minute, the opponent takes control of the ball, and the game can be lost.
When someone takes control of your thoughts, you lose the enjoyment of being in the present moment. Perhaps, it’s better to forgive and move on. When we keep our attention on our spirituality, we connect better to our spirit, which is a source of deep joy within our hearts.

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Preventive health care and cutting back on health care costs are important topics these days, and maybe we need to look beyond politicians, doctors and medicine for a solution.
meditative Consider a person who’s been regularly visiting a doctor as a preventive health measure, and one day the doctor discovers that the person is developing a tumor and needs surgery. The surgery is performed and the patient is well again. Perhaps the same cycle begins- a person visits the doctor and after years they discover another problem and treat it.

The point is that no matter how many times you visit the doctor, he or she still can’t reach inside you and prevent every harmful virus or bacteria from settling in your body. The doctor may treat an illness once he sees it, and he or she may use technology or knowledge of symptoms to “see” it and then cure it before the illness becomes life threatening. While this may be a type of preventive health measure, it isn’t complete because modern medicine does not cure from the roots.

The understanding of the roots can be found through a proper meditation practice. Not all meditations provide that in-depth understanding, so one would have to be aware.

An understanding of your intricate network of chakras and channels is helpful. When a disease begins to develop in the body, you can detect it even before a doctor “sees” it, and with meditation you cure it quickly. The most important part of staying healthy not only physically but also mentally and emotionally is– regular meditation practice.
Meditation replenishes the life giving force within us that looks after our well being. Sahaja Yoga meditation has helped me to practice true preventive health care as it gives me the knowledge of the roots.
More information on health and meditation is available at researchingmeditation.org and freemeditation.ca

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