Kiss The Earth

Kiss The Earth With Your Feet

Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Bring the Earth your love and happiness.
The Earth will be safe
when we feel safe in ourselves.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Power Of Introverts

In this thrilling talk Susan Cain, a self-declared introvert, describes her journey into accepting her introversion in the face of societies bias to look more favorably at extroverts. She talks about her love for books and her love for her grandfather who surrounded himself with books. She remembers him as a quiet and graceful presence surrounded by people who loved him and respected him though he was an introvert.

Susan has done many years of research on the phenomenon of introversion and has even written a book on the subject. She differentiates introversion from shyness. She considers shyness as the fear of social judgment, while introversion is merely being more comfortable with less stimulation. She does not think that there is a pure introvert or a pure extrovert. We all fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. The extroverts love to be in an over stimulated environment most of the time while the introverts like to tone down the stimulation and be within themselves. Most of us fall somewhere in-between so that there are times where we prefer stimulation and times where we prefer solitude.

What alarms Susan is our societies bias for extroverts and she thinks that this can be dangerous for us as it has the potential to stifle the creative process. While she does not deny the need for collaboration and social skills she feels that all of us must take the time to get away from groupthink by unplugging and spending time in solitude.

From the point of view of those who aspire to be on an yogic journey we must realize the importance of solitude. The price of deeper Self-discovery is solitude. We must learn to live with less and less stimulation as we progress on our yogic journey. The yogic journey is a journey into quietness, solitude, and introversion. Its time we recognized the power of introversion and introverts, and have the courage to speak softly.

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Nine Ways To Invite Health Into Your Life

Health As A Choice

Health is not something that just pours out of our mind-body system over which we have no control. There is an element of choice involved in how our mind-body expresses health. Here are few things that you can do to invite health into your life:

1. Food

The food we eat has an enormous impact on our health. Careless eating habits can even bring a robustly healthy mind-body system to its knees. Eating over-processed food that is loaded with chemicals, hormones, and sugar will overwhelm your system and force it to express its troubles to you as an illness. Do not mind being labeled as a “health nut” and put only healthy stuff in your mouth.

2. Sleep

Sleep is essential for a healthy mind-body system. Cutting short on sleep can build up imbalance in our body that can grow into physical and mental ailments. Be sure to get 8 to 10 hours of good quality sleep every night, and give yourself the chance to catch up on deficiencies in sleep at least once a week.

3. Chronic Stress

Our mind-body is perfectly capable of handling stress. But when stress becomes unrelenting our mind-body has no time to recover. Illness is the result. Sleep and Yoga can help you get out of stress. You can also try meditation and breathing exercise to help reduce chronic stress in your life.

4. Relationships

Having strong loving relationships is essential to our health and well being. It is possible to have thousands of Facebook Friends but at the same time have very few quality relationships. It’s not the number of relationships that matters but its quality.

5. Relaxation

The ability to take an occasional down time or a relaxing vacation is essential for our health. Taking a leisurely stroll along the beach, or in the park, or a forest is important. It helps restore our connection with our deeper core, and this expresses itself in our health.

6. Attitude

The ability to think outside our own concerns and have more empathy towards others is a key to our health. A constant ego-obsession with perceived or real insults can make us angry, worried, and hostile. When we take away focus from our ego and instead become sympathetic to other people’s concerns it improves our relationships and our mental well-being. This is eventually expressed in terms of our overall health.

7. Active Life-style

Having an active life-style is essential for health. It’s important to move about and be active. Walking, exercising, playing outdoor games, yoga, running, and any other physical activity should be part of our daily routine. Also having fun in these activities and building connections and relationships multiplies its health benefits.

8. Cleanliness

It is important for health to maintain cleanliness and personal hygiene. But cleanliness is not just physical cleanliness. It’s also about de-cluttering our thoughts. Learning to keep our thoughts clean is the same as taking their focus away from the ego. An unclean mind and body will eventually express itself as an illness, so cleanliness in mind and body is key to health.

9. Meaning and Purpose

People who feel they are doing meaningful work are healthier and live longer. But meaning and purpose do not fall out of the sky. They come about when we do our actions with a sense of service to others. Ambition and ego kills meaning, while humility and service enhances it. Even the most humble job becomes something much larger when done with a sense of service. Finding meaning is not necessarily about finding work that is meaningful but it is finding meaning in the work we are already doing.

The greatest danger to good health is to take it for granted. This article puts you back in charge. Take strong action and make sure that you are always in the company of good health.

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Credits:This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah.

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What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

- W. H. Davies

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How To Make Stress Your Friend

Stress is inevitable. So instead of demonizing it we should change our attitude towards it, says Kelly McGonigal. Somehow, by changing our attitude towards stress, by viewing it in more positive light, the worse effects of stress can be avoided. This is because within the Stress response there are embedded some hormones like Oxytocin that can counter its bad effect.

There are two types of Stress responses. One is the heart-pounding type that pushes adrenaline into our blood. This is the “good stress” as long as we have a positive attitude towards it. The other Stress response is the stomach churning worry type that pushes the hormone Cortisol in our blood. This is the “bad stress”. No good comes of this no matter what our attitude. Kelly’s talk shows that we can convert “good stress” into “bad stress” by having an attitude of worrying or over-thinking our problems (Including worrying about Stress itself).

So while we should not seek out stressful situations we should not run away from them either. When a situation presents itself that requires us to up our game, we must welcome the stress response with open hearts, as it allows us to do what is needed to reach our goals.

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