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Daily Living

Up Down Towards Away

    Contemplation is a great way to understand things, and also it increases one’s awareness of their own opinions and perspectives. I was contemplating the acts of looking up, looking down, facing towards, and facing away. I gained some opinions about these four actions.

    Looking inward or down could mean a lot of things depending on the context, of course. It could represent the act of studying something, and this could be a holy act. Looking in at a book and studying the words and ideas that are there. It might mean that one is concentrating on something. Looking in could be the pursuit of knowledge, sacred, and earthly things.

    Looking out or up could mean that one is searching for something or looking for a sign from a holy or higher power in the beyond. It could mean that one is looking up at God, trying to connect in some way or another. It is looking away from earthly things and looking towards the mysterious, the beyond and the unknown. These activities of looking up and out, or down and in could mean these things, though they could also mean something else and it really would depend on the individual’s intention.

    Facing towards someone or something might mean that the individual is paying attention to that person or thing. It might be a sign of reverence, depending on the culture and intention of that individual. It might mean that something or someone is worth paying attention to, worth facing and looking at.

    Opposite of facing towards would be facing away. This might mean a variety of things, and again, all dependent on the individual and particular scenario. This could communicate that the individual doesn’t want to pay attention to what they are facing away from, that they value looking somewhere else instead. It could also mean that the individual trusts what is behind him or her, and believes that attention isn’t needed at that particular point because there might be enough attention there.

    These concepts being discussed really are about the allocation of attention. Where one allocates their attention and energy. The meaning behind these four actions might not have any more significance, one action from the other. It isn’t always as simple as just that either. There are some things that we should pay attention to and don’t, and vice versa. What is important is developing the awareness of one’s personal attention. For me, learning to become aware of my individual attention has been a gradual process, one in which could always use improvement. I am simply thankful to be aware of the concept of attention allocation, as awareness of this concept has greatly improved my quality of life and I believe anyone who becomes aware of this concept has much to gain.

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Story

Little Furry Rabbits

A little furry rabbit sat there chewing and chewing some leaves.

Yummy, yummy, the leaves taste so yummy!

Oh look, there is another little furry rabbit chewing some leaves.

Yeah! We could be friends!

“Hi there!” the little furry rabbit told the other.

“Hi! These leaves are very yummy!” The rabbit said.

“Yes they are. Would you like to be rabbit friends?”

“Yes I would like to be friends very much!”

The rabbits smiled and became friends. They chewed and chewed their tasty leaves.

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Daily Living Spiritual

The Way

“The Way” is tuning into the vast flow of worldly and localized consciousness. It is knowing that we are all a part of the ever-expanding cosmos. It is the eternal path of love.

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Story

The Golden Apple

    There once was a boy named Sonny who lived in a great desert. In a nearby field there was growing a rare apple tree. Every year the tree would grow new apples and each year Sonny would bring a ladder to the tree and would pick the apples that were ready. The tree was only watered through rainfall and for some reason it always looked healthy and happy. It produced more and more apples, even though it was in the desert. As the weather started to warm up, Sonny noticed a special looking apple that was starting to grow. It was golden in color and gave out a bright luminous glow! The other apples were still beautiful, but this one was different. Sonny said “I want to eat that one!”. As the apples grew and the seasons changed, Sonny was excited for apple picking season. He waited and waited, day after day, and said with a sigh “Are those apples ready yet?”, and he waited some more. Sure enough, when the weather was cooler and the apples were ready, Sonny brought out the ladder to pick the apples. He picked a few from one section and put them into a bag, and went on to the next section. He picked one after another. Finally he made his way around to the bright golden apple! He picked it from the tree with a smile and said “This is the one I’ve been waiting for, this is the one I would like to eat!”. Right there he took a big bite from the apple. It was delicious! He learned that it was worth waiting for such a tasty treat. Sonny smiled and said “Patience sure is a virtue!”.

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Story

Tank the Beaver

    There once was a beaver named Tank, who loved to swim and swim and swim. All of the other beavers watched in amazement as Tank would swim. “Tank is so amazing and such a good swimmer” they would say. Tank was one of the best swimmers that there were. The other beavers would ask “How did Tank get so good at swimming?” and the other beavers replied “Because that is all Tank ever does.” And they said “We think Tank should do other things that we do like build a beaver house.” So they asked Tank “Come build a beaver house with us.” And Tank said “I do not know how. All I know is how to swim.” So they said to Tank “Be like us and build a beaver house.” So Tank learned to build a beaver house and it took Tank a while to do so. At first, while Tank was learning, the beaver houses took long to build and were not so great. Once Tank learned how to build a beaver house Tank became a great beaver house builder, and because Tank knew how to swim, it made the beaver houses easier and faster to build. And all of the beavers cheered.

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The Leaf Jangojane

    When all the plants were sprouting and starting anew, there was one leaf named Jangojane. Jangojane was a go-getter, a real quick grower strong as ever could be. Jangojane you are so great and as lovely a leaf that could be. Jangojane said “Hee” Jangojane said “Hoowi” Jangojane said “Steebi Oh Haw Kuzi”. Now as the seasons turned and the weather got cool, Jangojane said I think I want to go for an adventure. And Jangojane turned brown and jumped to the branches and meadow beneath her. Jangojane twirled and twirled and went “wiiiiild” with a laugh and a smile, as cool and sweet as ever! And when she reached the ground she found a place for her to lay and she enjoyed a sound slumber. And Jangojane dreamed of becoming sweet humic soil, dark and rich as could be. She dreamt of giving precious humic nutrition to plants to help them grow strong and reach their potential. So she laid and laid, and little by little turned to soil. Jangojane said “wheeee” Jangojane said “Heeooooo” and laid some more. Then more leaves joined her and lay up upon her and slowly turned to dark humic soil too! Year after year, the leaves joined her and the soil became rich and happy and healthy! And then one day in the warm spring, a plant started to sprout where Jangojane lay. The sprout said “My oh my, this is some fine soil here! I think I will grow to be a strong plant because of Jangojane and this sweet humic soil!” And Jangojane smiled and knew she had reached her goal! Jangojane you are so fantastic and lovely as soil could be.

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Spiritual

Fill up the cup

As a meditation, pay close attention next time you fill up a cup to drink from.

Fill up the cup

and imagine that the cup contains the most sacred and divine ideas, teachings, and practices throughout time.

How do you feel knowing that the cup contains our greatest mysteries and the most divine presence?

Fill up the cup.

As you drink, meditate on the possibility of this idea.

Fill up the cup.

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Spiritual

Hope

   Hope is a spiritual concept meaning that one believes that a want or need is actually attainable and is possible to occur. An optimistic acknowledgement of possibility. From hope sprouts realization, manifestation, and actualization.

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Daily Living

Body, Mind, and Soul – A path to good health and enjoyable living.

The phrase “Body, Mind, and Soul” describes an interconnected (interdependent and symbiotic) system between the individual and the multiple realms, and dimensions of life. Each dimension (component) affects the other. There are actions in which the individual could take to increase the health (wellness) of each component, as well as the entirety of the system.

The “Body, Mind, and Soul” model extends accordingly, on an individual level, an organizational level, and / or on a societal level. This model could be used on all forms of structure, whatever they may be. It too can be used on the most abstract form of connected nodes and fluid non-structures.

Applying this model on an individual level is the most impactful, and in turn, affects every other dimension of reality and life.

Body

   Serving as a foundation for the entire “Body, Mind, and Soul” system, the body is represented as the physical form of life. The body is what we see, what we can touch, and what we feel with. The body exists in, and represents, the physical realm and plane. The physical plane is the realm of material objects, such as trees, mountains, the sky, water, plants, buildings, and the earth. The physical plane is where manifestations occur (manifestations are the actualizing of abstractions, such as ideas). As an example, the idea of building something is actualized in the physical realm when it is built. (First the idea is created in the mind, next the idea could be expressed or communicated, and finally the creation is built – actualized in reality, the physical domain.)

What one does with the body affects the mind, and the mind, in turn affects the spirit (or soul). The movement that occurs is called energy, and energy is the only thing capable of moving between these realms. The movement is multi-directional and fluid which means that what one does with each of these dimensions affect each of the other dimensions.

The physical realm (body) is, out of the three dimensions, the most easily controlled, measured, and observed. As an example, we can see what we eat, and know when we exercise, and we could quantify our exercise movements. Quantifying such actions is a simple task, such as writing down how many exercises one does, or keeping track of what one eats, or keeping in mind the number of glasses of water one has throughout the day. Quantifying could be used as a tool to better understand actions, though quantification is optional.

There is a natural form of quantifying that is called sensing. One could decide how actions best affect the system through natural means (sensing) such as feeling, observing, tasting, smelling, listening, and seeing. Sensing naturally the effects of actions on a system is something similar to the concept of intuition.

Being kind to the body increases the health of the body and also the brain, and the brain is the physical representation of the mind. Good health of the body and mind will in turn affect the spirit (soul) with good health. This energy ripples beyond ourselves exponentially.

Pathways to treating the body well:

  • Eating and drinking healthy.
  • Adequate and refreshing sleep.
  • Exercise.

Eating and Drinking

   There are certain principles of nutrition that have been agreed upon as to their benefit to one’s body. These principles include the concept of hydration and keeping a balanced diet.

Hydration is the practice of maintaining adequate levels of fluids in the body. Keeping hydrated will help to lubricate every process within the body, maintaining and increasing the effectiveness of their functions.

A balanced diet is achieved through eating and drinking a variety of sources. Doing this ensures that the body receives adequate and complete nutrition needed to function.

Dietary needs vary for each individual, however there are some foods and drinks that carry with them extraordinary health benefits. It is worthwhile to consider including these foods and drinks in one’s diet.

Foods:

  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Celery
  • Beets
  • Beans

Drinks:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Juices

Fermented foods and drinks:

  • Kombucha
  • Sauerkraut

One might find it beneficial to be mindful of serving sizes, eating with purpose, and consciously enjoying the food being consumed.

When available, homegrown, local, natural, and organicly grown food and drink are preferred.

Sleep

   A continuous seven to ten hours of sleep on a nightly basis is beneficial for the individual. This allows muscle growth as well as recovery and repair of one’s mind and body.

Phases of sleep: There are two main phases of sleep: Non-REM and REM. Non-REM consists of three stages of sleep in which each stage is deeper than the last. REM sleep is “rapid eye movement” and this is when the sleeper is dreaming. Cycling through these stages of sleep naturally is beneficial for one’s health.

Circadian rhythm: The circadian rhythm is a consistent cycle in which your body goes to sleep and wakes naturally. Having a natural circadian sleep cycle is most beneficial for one’s health.

Exercise

   When possible, thirty minutes or more of exercise, every day, will greatly contribute to one’s health.

One purpose of exercise is to improve the functioning of the body. Exercise increases circulation which helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the proper places throughout the body, among many other health promoting effects.

Warming up and cooling down is a concept in which one begins and ends an exercise session with low intensity exercises. This slowly adjusts the body to an increased or decreased intensity of exercise. Walking, jogging, and stretching are considered warm up and cool down activities.

There are many types of exercise to partake in, and it is up to the individual to decide which exercise best suits their comfort level.

To allow the body proper recovery from exercise, one to two days of resting the muscle group(s) that were used is recommended.

The body’s processes are highly intelligent, and learning to trust your body is part of it’s wellbeing.

Therapeutic Activities

   Besides exercise, there are many activities that increase one’s health and well-being, which include therapeutic activities. These activities are nature-oriented, and among them are:

  • Suanas
  • Mineral bath
  • Swimming
  • Soaking in water
  • Stretching
  • Sunbathing
  • Walking
  • Massage
  • Resting
  • Relaxation
  • Deep breathing
  • Being in nature

The Mind

   Feed the mind as you would the body: with stimuli and substance that is beneficial to it’s health.

The capacity of the mind is vast and ever expanding.

The mind is naturally adaptive, flexible, self-calibrating, self-balancing and centering, impressionable, sensitive and intelligent, and with the concept of plasticity, one learns that the mind recovers, heals, and rebounds with natural elasticity.

Learning is a beneficial activity for one’s mind. Through learning one seeks the attainment of knowledge. Activities such as reading, mentorship, self-study, practice, and completing classes through educational establishments help to expand one’s horizons and opportunities.

“Will power” is the art of controlling where one expends their energies. “Will power” is a renewable resource. There is a limited amount of “will power” that is accessible until one has to replenish it’s supply. “Will power” is strengthened through intentional practice and exercise. To replenish one’s will power one must sleep or eat.

“Attention allocation” is the practice of choosing where one directs their attention. By allocating one’s attention, one creates experiences.

Experience defines reality. Through experience one gains knowledge. The knowledge gained from experience becomes an individual’s truth.

Imagination and visualization are both the practice of forming a visual representation of reality or non-reality in one’s mind. Imagination and visualization are considered processes in the act of creating.

There are many ways to use the mind and the most beneficial use will increase the health and well-being of one’s Body, Mind, and Soul. Through sensing one learns what the most beneficial activities of the mind are.

The Soul and Spiritual Health

   Attaining spiritual health is accomplished through the practice of tuning your being to the spiritual realm. There are many paths one could take on their spiritual journey, and there is truth to be found on every path.

The teachings of Christ, among many other holy people, embrace the principles of loving one another and the golden rule. Every individual deserves dignity, respect, and human rights.

Consciousness is when an individual is completely aware of the spiritual world and it’s vastness. Being spiritually conscious opens up new worlds within and without one’s self. Every being is capable of achieving spiritual consciousness. There are multiple levels of spiritual consciousness, and the more active an individual is in exploring this consciousness, the more conscious they become.

In being compassionate, one sees the alikeness and similarities that all individuals on this earth share.

Every human emits spiritual energies from their being. These auras of energy have been conceptualized as energy centers within the body. Through prayer, meditation, and visualization, one cultivates these spiritual energies and learns how to interact with them.

The act of creating, in the infinite varieties of creation there are, is one’s wellspring of eternal life. This is because one gives of their self to their creation, which carries with it the creator through the life of the creation, and beyond, in a continually renewing cycle.

This explains why God is within, and throughout every living being. This has always been and always will be since the beginning of time.

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To Love and Be Loved

A very simple and profound idea / story was revealed to me recently. It is this: God started creating because he needed something to love and something that would love him also.

I think every being could relate to this idea, I feel that this sense of love, and God, is in every being; an integrated, integral part of every being’s inner-being.

It is surely a natural urge and desire of being human: the need to love and be loved.

The act of creating might be a seeking to be loved, to give something of ourself in hopes of having love returned back to us.

Might this be true for every creation?