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Improve Your Concentration Level With the Help of Meditation

Concentration is very important in whatever tasks you do. Whether you are sitting in a classroom, movie theater or labor room, concentration is needed everywhere and for everyone. Concentration is the key to success in any work or field. It is important that we do a job with full concentration to enjoy success in it.

Poor concentration might lead to failure of whatever we do. Concentration is said to have an effect with the help of meditation. Studies have proven that meditation can increase the concentration power and helps in concentrating better.

Loving what you do

Concentration is said to be high on what you love to do. Without loving something we cannot concentrate more on it. Doing meditation might increase the level of the concentration you have. While meditating you should focus on something which needs concentration by focusing on something like that you will channel an energy between your mind and the thing which you are focusing on. Enhanced focusing might lead to falling in love with it which will lead to better concentration.

Practicing yoga daily

Practicing yoga daily will help you relax and helps your muscle ease tension. When you are stressed about something you cannot concentrate on anything. Doing yoga regularly might help in concentrating better.

Breathing techniques for betterment

Breathing techniques help in a huge way. When you inhale and exhale you should start concentrating on it deeply. Once you get the art of concentration with your breath, it will become very easy for you to apply the same technique for concentration on anything you need.

Eating healthy

Eating habits are said to affect your concentration. Studies have proofs that eating unhealthy food might lead to a lack of concentration. So it is very important to choose the food you eat very carefully. You should not eat anything which is not healthy just for the sake of taste.

Sleeping well

Sleeping is the most important thing which is necessary for a human body to function well. If a person doesn’t get the quality sleep he needs it will lead to stress and anxiety. So people should sleep well daily and should have the same sleeping pattern to avoid stress.

Peaceful thoughts

Having something in mind will lead to poor concentration. While you want to do some work it is important to focus only on that. You should be able to filter the unwanted thoughts out for better concentration and this is possible with meditation.

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Getting Over a One Night Stand – Letting Go of the Guilt and Rejection

This time of year we are all looking for love. I can’t tell you how may times I have let a man into my bed with the thought “this is the one” I would bet many of us are guilty of this. I would guess both men and women have probably thought this at one time or another, but I will speak here from a woman’s perspective. Most of us don’t like the feeling of a one-night stand especially if we are the one invested in the outcome.

There is always one person more invested than the other and someone always goes home feeling rejected. We sit and wait for that call that never comes, we go around and around in our mind about “Why? What did I do wrong?” We beat ourselves up over and over for days, as we go through stages of grief. If you are the one that is more invested, it usually goes something like this:

Day 1: Euphoric. We are feeling high on the other person. We play out the night before over and over in our head and can’t seem to think of much else. We probably sit and daydream most of the day like a teenager. We fantasize about our next encounter. We wonder when he will call or email or text. Then we wonder if we should be the one to do it first. Who wants to play games, after all? But for most women, we usually wait.

Day 2: Beginning stages of fear and self-doubt. No call, no email, no text. We decide, “Maybe I will send an email or a text message. What’s the harm in that?” No response. We wait, we think, we start to beat ourselves up. Once again we play it over and over in our heads. But this time, we are looking for that fatal flaw. “What did I do wrong?”

Day 3: Panic. Still no response from your message. We go through several different scenarios in our heads as to why he might not be responding. Maybe his phone died, or maybe he’s out of town and there is no service, or maybe he’s just too busy and he’ll call later. Maybe he’s testing me! We make up all kinds of crazy excuses.

Day 4: Anger. “I can’t believe he hasn’t returned my message. It’s his loss anyway.” We try and stay busy to keep our mind off of him, but it’s hard to resist checking our phone or email every 10 minutes. We rationalize and sometimes even send another message or try calling. This only adds to the despair if there is once again no response!

Day 5-7 Acceptance – Self-Doubt – Acceptance. We continue to vacillate from accepting that there is nothing we can do to change the situation, to wondering “What exactly did I do wrong.” We over analyzing everything we did or said and how we looked, or whatever the insecurity might be. We have all done it! I know I have, and several times. I beat myself up and say I will never allow that to happen again. But I can’t tell you how many times I DID let it happen. And every time I did, it made me sick to my stomach, literally. I felt like I was drowning in a sea of self-loathing and self-pity and guilt.

I dragged myself so far into the ground that it was hard to get up in the morning. But get up, we must and get on with our lives. We must learn not only to be more discerning, but more importantly, we must lean to love ourselves. Once you know and truly feel love for yourself, then you can never fall prey to these negative emotions again. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to HONOR ourselves. Honor is the key to life. If you live with honor, you can never be dragged into that dark abyss of self-hatred and diffidence. Eventually the hurt, pain, embarrassment and guilt will all begin to fade. It becomes a bad memory. But hopefully we learn from that memory.

5 Tips To Dispelling Despair

AFFIRMATIONS: The key to learning to let go of self-hatred and fear is through constant affirmations. We have heard this over and over, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to say it out loud and in the mirror everyday several times a day. I go so far as to write it out on paper when those old feelings of fear and desperation come up. I write and I write until at last that dark cloud goes away. If you keep telling yourself “I love and approve of myself” over and over, eventually you begin to believe it. Honor yourself and honor your body and you will attract to you honorable people that want more than just a one-night stand.

PHYSICAL STRESS RELIEVERS: I like to run. It is so cleansing to go out and clear my head. Try running with no music so that you are present in your head. I can’t tell you how therapeutic it is. It is what got me through my divorce. Some people think of it as exercising the body, I think of it as exercising the soul. Do whatever is a good release for you. It might be playing the piano, or gardening, or singing to the top of your lungs in your car. Go and do it and release some of that negative energy. You might even try getting a squeeze ball. You can go so far as to write out what you want to release, close your eyes and squeeze that ball with all your might sending all your negative energy into it and when you are done, send the ball flying across the room or outside in the yard. The physical aspect of releasing the ball will help you to release your anger or tension. There are many mind games you can play with yourself. Do what works for you.

MEDITATION: This is a great one! Be sure you are alone and in a quiet space indoors or outdoors. I love to go to the ocean and listen to the waves crashing. To me, the ocean is the most enriching and vitalizing energy. The sound of the wind and the waves and the smell of the sea air help me to go deep into my head and quiet the chatter. But again, do what works for you. There are many guided meditations you can find on-line that are great for helping to quiet your mind. Try practicing this everyday if you can. If only for 10 or 15 minutes a day. I can’t tell you how wonderful and energized you will feel when you’re done.

JOURNALING: I love to write down my thoughts. It somehow gets it out of me so that it doesn’t continue to fester in my head. If you are afraid of someone reading it then burn it or shred it when you’re done. I might also encourage you to write a letter to the person you are focusing on. It is important to release your anger. Write a letter and rant away. Say all the things you want and need to say. When you are done, burn it! Really. It is very freeing to do this and it helps with some closure of the situation. DON’T SEND IT. If you do, you will most likely regret it the next day!

PROFESSIONAL THERAPY: Go talk to someone that is unbiased. Your best friend might be a good shoulder to cry on, but 9 times out of 10 they are going to tell you what you want to hear. If this doesn’t resonate with you then try a seminar. There are so many organizations out there to help you reach your goals. From Financial Freedom and Wealth to Health and Self-Awareness.

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The Definition, Perspective and Principles of Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is hard to define within a few sentences, because of the range and depth of tradition itself, just like yoga, the benefits of yoga therapy can be approached in various ways. It is important to have a rational and fair-minded definition to those people who are not accustomed to yoga, yet still justifiable to those people steeped in this practice as well as philosophy.

Yoga therapy is a special type of therapy that includes different yoga poses, breathing practices, meditation as well as guided imagery to enhance the physical and mental well-being. The main focus of this therapy inspires the unification of body, mind and spirit. This special therapy is the use of yoga where there is a particular health need.

What Are The Applications of Yoga Therapy?

The main application of yoga therapy is from one or more than one standpoints:

(1) The practice of yoga to develop the power of senses, the power of muscles, the power of concentration, gain the power of difficult poses and the ability to work over extended period of time. This is sometimes called the application of Shakti Karma.

(2) The use of yoga and yoga therapy to heal the particular problems, such as reducing impurities from the organs called Dosha or energy centers called Chakras or Channels of the body. This is called Chikitsa Karma.

  • If illness is present, it should be cured, called Chikitsa.
  • If illness is not present, prevention is necessary, called Rakshana.
  • If illness is not present and an individual learnt how to protect himself, then practice is necessary with the help of a trainer, called Shikshana.

(3) The use of yoga postures to go beyond the physical and mental to know or understand what are beyond the limited senses of self, to understand one’s real self untransformed witnessing existence – called Purusha of all which is transforming – called Prakriti. This is sometimes known as the application of Adhyatmik Karma in Sanskrit, and in English called liberation from Maya and Karma, recognizing and worshiping the Lord.

The main ideas of yoga therapy are:

  • Teach the exact things to the person.
  • Variations in various people should be respected.
  • Teaching should consider the place from which pupils come.
  • Each pupil should be taught in accordance with his or her principles, age etc.
  • The way of teaching depends on the time.
  • Depending on the occupation of the pupils, he or she should be taught various things. For instance, a sportsman should be taught in a different way than a scholar.
  • One needs to know the capability of the pupil, how much ability, memory and time to practice.
  • The teaching should conform to the direction of mind.

Benefits of Yoga Therapy

It is amazing to see millions of people these days include yoga in their day-to-day lives. Yoga therapy too is getting favour in the mainstream of emotional well-being, as it focuses on healing the whole body, mind and spirit. It strengthens heart as well as cardiovascular system, body muscles, lungs and nervous system. It improves digestive issues; helps the digestive system function properly and improves oxygen delivery to the body’s tissues.

Additionally, an important thing of this therapy is that it can easily adjust about to any form and style, or the level of individual, for instance old people may find more benefits of yoga therapy practicing Chair Yoga. Despite the fact that yoga therapy is a new form of treatment, it hails from an ancient practice. Because of its clinically proven benefits, these days, most of the physicians are eager to suggest this therapy to their patients. It helps treat a large number of health issues, like anxiety, headache, back pain, depression, insomnia or sleeplessness and much, much more.

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The Dark Night of the Soul – 7 Things to Keep in Mind When Going Through a Transformation

While transformation is what we are all here doing as we continue to express, expand and live our lives on purpose and out loud, it’s not the most comfortable ride most of us thought it would be.

A matter of fact, sometimes it is just downright rocky!

Michael Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center, goes as far as to say “Sometimes transformation feels like annihilation”, so powerful are the forces of change.

Have you ever felt that way? Like you didn’t know who you were anymore, the identifiers that made your world safe, were no longer, you woke up one morning and said “WHAT?” I didn’t sign up for THIS! But then you can’t go, back? Any of that sound familiar?

Are we in good company here?

Good, because, here’s the deal: That IS how it goes down.

Something has to be released in order for the new thing to take form. That is the nature of transformation. It’s deep. And it takes time. It’s nothing short of bursting at our own seams of human limitations and discovering who we are, outside of the edges, and hanging out there until it becomes the new comfortable platform (until the next transformation).

But all of it leads to this, quoting Michelangelo: “As the marble wastes, the statue grows”.

In other words, we must release that which no longer serves us or that which we have out grown, if we are to reach our spiritual stature. There is no other way.

Now, when we are in this phase, it does feels dark. That’s why spiritual communities refer to it as “The dark night of the soul.” It does, in fact, feel like the moon is eclipsing the sun, because we cannot feel the warmth or see the light. We are navigating a path we have not chartered before, essentially, in the “dark”.

We are uncomfortably out of our game and not so willing to be there.

But if we look to nature and how the caterpillar makes it’s transformation in a chrysalis before being released as a butterfly, or how a fetus grows its way into becoming for nine months in a womb, we can recognize that this is the natural evolution of the forces of change.

Or, think about this: The oak tree – tall, beautiful, expressive – existed in the acorn before it became an Oak Tree. Thus are the seeds of our potential. Transformation is what breaks that seed open for us.

So, in terms of transformation. If you are in the middle of a “dark night” of your own, or you are asking yourself the question, “What the bleep?”, here are some things to consider:

1) This too shall pass. What goes up, must come down. If we look at everything nature has to teach us in the four seasons, spring comes around again. Always.

2) Give up the NEED to understand. While you are in transition, you may very well NOT know what you’re doing. So don’t expect yourself to know what it all means. Just take the next logical step and move forward as best you can. Check in with yourself more often and trust where you are being led. Sometimes in times of change, taking up some creative activity is helpful because it gives you an outlet to make the “intangible” tangible, give form, to the formless and satisfy the rational mind that wants to take control.

3) Get extra rest. Just like the caterpillar in it’s cocoon, hibernation mode is common in times of transition. Not wanting to engage much with people or even having the energy to be as social as normal is perfectly logical. Just know that it’s not forever, it’s just for now. And now is transitory.

4) Stay out of judgment and try not to set huge goals for yourself. When you’re going through transformation, it’s an opportunity to go inside and re-evaluate. Sometimes huge strides are made during times of transformation, but surprisingly they come as a result of “surrender” and not as a result of taking massive “action”. This is time for release.

5) Look for the answered prayer. Sometimes transformations come as answered prayer. When you pray for strength, you get opportunities that will make you stronger. When you pray for love, you get opportunities to love more deeply (even if it means yourself). When you are unhappy in a relationship, you naturally, in your living of it, are asking for something better. If you are making a living in a way inconsistent with your passion, you are asking for something more. You may not be praying consciously. Simply in the living of life, you are putting out your desires for something greater. So, when you hit bottom in an area, ask yourself, How is this answered prayer? What am I being called to let go of or re-evaluate or re-cognize? Where am I being called to grow? And surrender to these answers and know that the works of change are present. Remember: Caterpillar. Chrysalis. Metamorphous. Butterfly.

5) Work with a coach or therapist to help you navigate through the change. There are exercises you can do that will help with clarity and direction. If you work with someone, interview them. Make sure they’ve done their own work so that they are assisting from a place of knowing.

6) Increase your spiritual awareness and practice. Step it up a notch. Maybe now is the time to keep a steady meditation practice or take more time to commune with nature. Do yoga. Breathe. Your connection to yourself IS your connection to God and staying close to that will help you tap into the bigger picture.

7) Remember that even though your hand might be covering your eyes blocking you from the sun, temporarily shielding you from its light, does not mean the sun doesn’t exist.

In other words, cats think that if they can’t see you, you can’t see them. Don’t think for a minute that because you don’t feel connected to the Universe (God, Source, Divine Being) during this time, that the Universe is not connected to you.

Source energy IS who you are. Source Energy IS what you are made of. Source energy IS your natural inheritance.

You’re just going through transformation so that you can claim more of IT. And more of it you will claim. In time.

Remember, the pot of gold is always at the END of the rainbow. And despite a dark night, the sun always comes to shine again.

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Natural Healthcare – Are You Open To Natural Forms of Healthcare?

Are you open to natural forms of healthcare?

If you care about supporting and improving your health, and the health of your loved ones, using essential oils is a safe, effective, and natural solution that can enhance your entire life.

You Can Use Essential Oils:

  • For your overall physical, mental, and emotional welfare
  • In food preparation and cooking
  • As part of your cleaning routine
  • In the laundry
  • As part of your exercise routine
  • As part of your meditation and yoga practices
  • As part of your weight loss program
  • To eliminate odors
  • In your beauty routine – skin care, and make-your-own cosmetics
  • And much, much, more!

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils were mankind’s first medicine, and there are 188 references to them in the Bible.

They carry active volatile compounds in a highly concentrated form that can provide therapeutic benefits using very small amounts. These naturally occurring compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They provide plants with protection against predators, as well as play a role in pollination.

They are beautifully fragrant, lipid soluble (can pass right through the cell membrane), and have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatments, natural cleaning products, fragrances, and healthcare practices.

They support emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual success, and have a bio-electrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herbs, food, and even the human body.

How Do I Choose The Right Oils?

When choosing essential oils, be sure they are gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers for ideal extract composition and efficacy, as well as carefully and thoroughly tested using strict quality protocol to ensure they are certified, pure, and therapeutic grade.

How Do I Use Them?

Essential oils can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

  1. Aromatic – certain oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, calming or soothing, as well as purify the air of unwanted odors and airborne pathogens.
  2. Topical – essential oils are easily absorbed into the skin and can be safely applied topically alone or with a carrier oil, like jojoba or coconut oil.
  3. Internal – most oils can be ingested as dietary supplements supporting a wide variety of healthy conditions.

If you’re new to this whole natural healthcare thing, you’re not alone. There’s so much to learn and it can be overwhelming, but the benefits are worth it.

Being open to natural forms of healthcare is the first step in taking control of your health and well-being, and using essential oils is your next step.

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How To Make Him Attracted To Me Again! Mind Blowing Tricks to Make Him Like You Again!

Do you want to make him attracted to you? Are you heartbroken and are still in love with him? Do you want to make him love you again? There’s always a way to make him attracted to you again. If you are serious about the relationship, pay close attention and read every word of this page.

A warning before you continue: You are about to discover the mind blowing tricks which will make him attracted to you again. These tricks are extremely counter intuitive. Using these will help you attract him and make him fall in love with you once again. Don’t neglect them.

Here are the mind blowing tricks to make him attracted to you once again…

Give some space – The most important thing you need to do right now is to give space between the two of you. Instead of talking to him and trying to start a relationship with him, just let it go. Give space between the two of you. Allow him to rethink. This is counter intuitive but it works.

Work on yourself – It’s time to work on yourself and reinvent yourself completely. Changing yourself will definitely help you in attracting him back. Get yourself a makeover, lose some weight, change your wardrobe, and buy new clothes. Make sure that you transform yourself completely into a really beautiful person.

Your attitude – Your attitude is extremely important. If you don’t have the right mindset, you will have trouble attracting him back into your life. This is the mindset you have to develop, “Being with me is the best possible choice anyone can make”. “I am a lovable person”. Adopting such an attitude will automatically turn you into a people magnet that draws the right people into their life every time.

Go out with friends – Instead of sitting at home and thinking about him, go out with friends and enjoy yourself. Make sure that you distract yourself from thinking about him. Take a yoga class; hang out with your friends. Meet new people and have as much fun as you can.

Create jealousy – One of the best ways to make him attracted to you again is by making him jealous. Start dating a friend of yours immediately after your transformation. It’ll be even better if you are actually going out with one of his friends. This will drive him crazy and make him realize that he misses you. Soon, he’ll be chasing you trying to get your attention and love.

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10 Reasons Why Sandals Are Just Better Than Shoes Any Day

1. Sandals are downright fashionable. With styles that cover practically every possible reason and season, sandals never go out of style. In fact, many popular designs and styles of sandals remain lasting fashion statements year after year.

2. With sandals, foot freedom reins. Just ask any college student why they love their flip-flops. Ask a beach-goer how come they’re not wearing tennis shoes. Sandals deliver an enticing balance of being almost barefoot but still having shoes on the feet. It’s a lifestyle really.

3. They deliver comfort like no other. There is just something great about the way sandals tend to break in and conform to the foot – almost like they’re an extension of the feet themselves. Shoes haven’t quite found a way to enter this territory yet.

4. Sandals have health benefits. Many podiatrists actually recommend the wearing of supportive sandals for the healthful benefits they provide for feet. Some sandals work in the same way as custom orthodontics do to really help promote foot correct posture.

5. Forget about the fungus. It’s true; sandal wearers get the added foot health benefit of having cool, dry feet. This means there’s no place to harbor fungus, preventing a fungal foot infection before it can ever begin to take hold.

6. Sandals are usually more affordable. Okay, this one is for the practical-minded, but when it comes down to it, sandals are generally less costly than other types of shoes. It might have something to do with the fact that less material used equals less expense or it could just all be wishful thinking.

7. Try to beat the versatility of the sandal. Poolside, at the beach, backyard, or nowhere even close – just slip ’em on and slip ’em off. It’s hard to beat the versatility provided by the always fashionable footwear.

8. Promote balance with sandals. It is really no surprise that sandals have been chosen to help increase and promote balance. Practitioners of yoga have even adapted sandals with individual straps between each toe to encourage an increased sense of balance in the art of yoga.

9. They’re the original footwear from history. Sandals are time tested, having stood the test of time longer than any other form of footwear. The tennis shoe has been around for decades, the boot for centuries, but the sandal has been in use for millenniums. That must speak for something.

10. Sandals show expression. Sure, all kinds of shoes can be fashion-forward. However, no other form of footwear is as conducive to showing off a fun and funky sense of style and spirit like the sandal.

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Three Main Causes of Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)

There are fundamentally only 3 main causes of ringing in the ears. In actual fact, the sounds individuals actually hear are different from person to person, and also in the same person at different times. It might sound like waterfall-like sounds, roaring, buzzing, hissing, whistling, rushing etc.

The 3 main causes of ringing in the ears (tinnitus) are (in order of commonness):

* Cochlea Damage Tinnitus – this is “doctor talk” for ringing in the ears due to damage triggered by loud sounds (the minute bones in the ear do not distinguish between our favourite tunes blasted in through a headset and external noise like working in a factory with insufficient ear protection!) – this causes ringing in the ears (tinnitus) in 80 to 85% of cases.

Prevention is obviously better than cure! Steer clear of drawn out exposure to any loud sounds. Make certain you do not play your music too hard and wear ear muffs if you work in a noisy area. This type of ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is cumulative – this means that the first time you’ve been to a really loud event, the ringing in the ears might fade away of its own accord in a little time, but every time it happens, further damage is caused to your ears, until it may become irreversible!

* Stress is known to cause ringing in the ears in 8% to 10% of tinnitus cases.

In this instance it is in reality an area of the brain (the hypothalamus) is the cause of ringing in the ears. When we are exposed to severe stress over a long time, our hypothalamus might stop make certain vital trace elements that our body needs to function properly.

Even though, in our culture, stress is inescapable, there are varous techniques we can utilize to lower its detrimental effect on our body. For instance, exercise, yoga etc.

* Chronic Sinusitis and / or Hay Fever causes ringing in the ears in approximately 5% of tinnitus cases.

This is the most preventable causes of ringing in the ears. Often the medication given for sinusitis and hay fever cause a thick mucous build up behind the ear drum. All that must be done is to have that fluid drained and your issue is solved.

If none of the above causes of ringing in the ears is relevant to you, then you need to visit your medical practitioner for a thorough and full physical examination. Every so often a fatty deposit builds up in the carotid artery (the principal artery taking blood to your head) and that may also cause tinnitus. On very rare occasions (and solely if the ringing is confined to the one ear only) a tumour may be to blame.

Ok, so you’ve looked into studied all the causes of ringing in the ears (tinnitus); you have gone to your GP who has discovered nothing physically wrong with you and told you to “just live with it” – what do you do now?

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Public Speaking – Example of a Persuasive Speech Outline to Sway the Audience’s Opinion

You may want to persuade an audience to DO something, or you may want to prove to them that something is TRUE. But, there may times when you want to sway your audience to your point of VIEW, that a choice is desirable or is better than other options. To organize such a talk (sometimes called the “Value” method), you still have the three parts of a speech – the intro, body, and conclusion. But the difference is in the Body. The Main Points of your talk would have two or ideally three points: (1) Establish criteria or ideal standards to define your proposal. (2) Measure your proposal against those standards. And if you want to persuade that your choice is better than other options, then (3) compare how your proposal measures up to other options.

To see how this organization would work when you want to persuade your audience to your point of VIEW, let’s use the example of persuading them that swimming is the best form of exercise. Let’s say the group wants to get into an exercise program – they’ve already decided they’re going to DO some kind of exercise. You want to persuade them that swimming is the best choice, better than running or biking or yoga. Here’s how you might outline that presentation:

I. INTRO

A. HOOK: Get their attention and interest. You might share a funny personal anecdote about swimming, how much you hated lessons when you were a kid and how you almost drowned the instructor one time when you jumped blindly off the diving board because you were so scared.And today, you’re like a fish in the water.

B. REASON TO LISTEN: “It’s been clearly established that exercise is crucial for our fitness and weight loss. We all know we will look better, feel better and be healthier if we exercise regularly. Yet it hasn’t been established exactly what the best form of exercise is… But I believe I know the answer… “

II. BODY

A. ROAD MAP: I’d like to show you all the fantastic benefits of swimming, so you can see it’s the best choice for your exercise plan.

B. MAIN POINTS:

1. The criteria or “ideal” standards for your proposal:

Present to the audience (or even get them to contribute) the characteristics of the ideal exercise program. For example, you might suggest its characteristics might be a good cardiovascular workout, help you lose weight, be easy on your joints, strengthen and tone all your major muscle groups, and build strong bones.

2. Measure your proposal against those standards.

Show how swimming fulfills those criteria: it’s a great aerobic workout, especially if you can swim for at least 30 minutes; it’s easy on your joints because of the cushioning effect of the water; because it calls for use of your arms and legs and back, it works all the muscle groups, and it’s overall conditioning and aerobic effect helps keep your weight down. Build strong bones? Well, not really, so we can’t claim that one.

3. Compare how your proposal measures up to other options, in this case running, biking and yoga. (Plot this visually, if you can. On a chart, list of all the criteria on the left, and then have columns for each form of exercise:

Aerobic Swimming Running Biking Yoga

Lose Weight

Easy on Joints

All Muscle Groups

Strong Bones

For each exercise, check the criteria that apply to it. You would want to have more checkmarks in the column for your proposal, of course!)

“You can see that swimming meets more of the criteria for good exercise than these other forms. It is a healthy and fun way to stay fit!”

III. CONCLUSION

A. SUMMARY: Wrap up with reviewing the criteria and how your proposal measures up to them and compares favorably with others.

B. CLOSE/CALL TO ACTION: “So you can see that swimming is better all-round exercise than these other forms. If you want a good workout that’s good for your heart, lungs, muscles, joints and weight management, I urge you to buy your swim suit and goggles and get in the swim!”

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Conscious Particles, Fields and Waves

“In some strange way an electron or a photon [or any other elementary particle] seems to ‘know’ about changes in the environment and appears to respond accordingly,” says physicist Danah Zohar.

A group at the Weizmann Institute in Israel has done a variation of the famous “double-slit” experiment. They used electrons, instead of photons, and observed how the resultant interference pattern (which indicates wave-like properties of the particle) dissipated the longer you watched the electrons go through the slits. As a wave the electron passes through both slits simultaneously but if, according to E Buks, it “senses” that it is being watched, the electron (as a particle) goes through only one path, diminishing the interference pattern. Elementary particles (such as photons and electrons) appear to possess a certain degree of “intelligence” and awareness of the environment. Renowned plasma and particle physicist, David Bohm, says “In some sense a rudimentary mind-like quality is present even at the level of particle physics. As we go to subtler levels this mind-like quality becomes stronger and more developed.”

Consciousness appears to be as fundamental a property to elementary particles as properties that make it “matter” or a “physical force” (for example, mass, spin and charge). And just as mass, spin and charge differ from one particle to another; it is probable that different particles have different degrees of consciousness.

Conditions for Manifesting Consciousness

Bohm says that “a particle has a rich and complex inner structure which can respond to information and direct it’s self-motion accordingly”. This is more evident in more massive particles and Bose-Einstein condensates which behave as super particles.

A single isolated particle would have some degree of consciousness (or awareness of the environment). However, low-energy and low-frequency elementary particles (as described currently in the physicists’ “Standard Model”) easily lose their property of consciousness when they become entangled with other particles and decoherence sets-in. This state is analogous to the state of a demagnetized metal object. Although all the individual atoms are in a sense magnets, no magnetic fields are observed. However, once the atoms in the metal object become aligned with their north and south poles pointing in the same direction they begin to exhibit the property of magnetism.

In the same way, when groups of particles are in the same quantum state, i.e. when they are in a state of quantum coherence, the property of consciousness is exhibited. A state of an extremely low degree of consciousness (for practical purposes – no consciousness) is exhibited by inanimate matter at macroscopic scales in our highly decoherent low-energy classical universe.

Hence, elementary particles will exhibit their intrinsic degree of consciousness when isolated or when a group of particles share the same quantum state. This means that bulk matter in a non-coherent state is effectively unconscious. The study of conscious particles is referred to as “quantum metaphysics” by this author.

Particle Memory

In 1959, physicist Richard Feynman pointed out that all the words written throughout the history of the world could be contained in a cube of material one tenth of a millimeter wide – provided those words were written with atoms. Now, scientists have done just that, creating an atomic-scale memory by using atoms of silicon in place of the 1s and 0s that computers use to store data. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin at Madison have been able to read and write at room temperature to a memory unit that uses a single atom to store a bit. The memory density of this memory unit is comparable to the way nature stores data in DNA molecules.

How much information can an atom store? Scientists have written the word “OPTICS” on a single atom, demonstrating the huge information capacity that exists even in an individual hydrogen atom. This was done by sending one of its electrons into a “Rydberg state”, in which it no longer exists as a cloud of charge enshrouding the nucleus but instead becomes a ‘wave packet’ that circles the atomic nucleus like a planet around the Sun. By applying a series of pulses a set of wave packets can be created that combine with each other like water waves and cancel each other out at specific places to form patterns around the atom. Carlos Stroud of the University of Rochester and Michael Noel of the University of Virginia point out that an electron in an n=50 Rydberg state has 2,500 possible states of angular momentum which can be combined in various ways – evidencing the enormous potential for even elementary particles to store and transport vast amounts of information.

Can a person’s memory with all its visual, audio, tactile and other information be conveyed in a wave-particle? It is remarkable that however complicated a wave, it can be described as a combination of many simple sine waves of various frequencies and amplitudes. This is how an entire orchestra can be heard from the single vibrating cone of a loud speaker. When switched on and off at irregular intervals, or modulated in intensity or in frequency, waves can carry a large amount of information. The higher the frequency the greater the amount of information the wave may encode. Storing memory in wave interference patterns is remarkably efficient, and would be able to accommodate the vastness of human memory. For example, holographic encoding of wave-interference patterns would enable all of the books in the US Library of Congress to fit onto a large sugar cube

The Physical-Etheric Nucleus

Each subtle body has a nucleus – which metaphysicists Charles Leadbeater and Annie Besant have called a “permanent particle”. Leadbeater calls the nucleus of the higher etheric double a “physical-etheric atom”. According to Leadbeater and Besant, information about the relevant subtle body is stored in this particle (its composition, frequency, structure and associative memories). In this way the experiences that the subtle body has gone through in a particular universe are stored or are linked to this nucleus – which can be transferred more easily to another universe and body through microscopic wormholes.

The particle is analogous to DNA in the biomolecular body. DNA is referred to as a “bioparticle” in the medical literature and it stores or links vast amounts of information about a particular life-form. Hindu metaphysics describes these particles or nuclei as “bindus” and Tibetan yoga “drops”.

The physical-etheric nucleus is transferred to higher energy bodies when the subtle body dies – serving the same purposes as a “black box” flight recorder in an airplane in preserving information about a particular life’s experiences. This nucleus is also responsible for the life review in a near-death experience. According to Besant, the permanent particles are used to preserve within themselves as “powers of vibrations” (i.e. different frequencies and waveforms) the results of all experiences through which they have passed. By the end of one life in the physical body, the permanent particle (or physical-etheric nucleus) would have stored up “innumerable powers of vibration” (i.e. a set of waveforms of different frequencies).

A personality is simply a “packet of self-organized information”. If this information can be transferred from one body to another that personality “lives” on. Information stored in the physical-etheric nucleus allows the personality and its associated physical-etheric body to be “reconstructed” or “resurrected” in a similar physical-etheric body later – in a process analogous to a teleportation. According to plasma metaphysics, the physical-etheric body provides an electromagnetic matrix which plays a critical role in the morphogenesis of the physical-biomolecular body. This provides a basis for reincarnation or a resurrection (depending on which religion interprets it).

The physical-etheric nucleus enables the transfer of information from one body (in one universe) to another body (in another or the same universe) during the (physical) death process. If not for this transfer, the experiences in the physical (3d) universe may be difficult to access or reconstruct at a later date. The information about our self has to be “uploaded” to another “player” (i.e. a body) to continue our personal existence. The advances in Science suggest that the nuclei of the various subtle bodies can carry a large volume of complex holographic information about their corresponding bodies and experiences.

Conscious Waves

As quantum physics has shown, elementary particles also behave as waves – depending on the experimental set-up. Bose-Einstein condensates can behave as super particles – and therefore also as waves. If a gas is cooled to a few millionth of a degree above absolute zero, the atoms lose their identity as individual particles and behave as a single entity, a kind of “super atom” with characteristics similar to a laser. They then take on the weirdness of quantum objects – including wave-particle duality and the ability to quantum-tunnel out from one place to another. Conscious particles can therefore also propagate as waves.

The Conscious Zero Point Field

Stuart Hameroff believes that a kind of proto-consciousness is a fundamental feature of the universe as a whole and exists at the near-infinitesimal Planck scale. “Could proto-conscious qualia simply exist in the empty space of the universe?” he asks.

Zohar says there is no reason in principle to deny that any structure, biological or otherwise, that contained a Bose-Einstein condensate might possess the capacity for consciousness. She argues that for there to be one integrated “self” something must account for the unity of brain states associated with each element of an experience. In a sense the separate elements must become in-phase with each other. A Bose-Einstein condensate typifies this kind of unity. She suggests that the brain has two interacting systems: the coherent Bose-Einstein condensate associated with consciousness, and the computer-like system of individual neurons. According to her, the electrical activity observed on the EEG may be a bridge between the two – if either system is excited, it would produce an electrical field that acts on the other.

The zero point field (or the quantum vacuum) itself can be considered a Bose-Einstein condensate, filled with photons and other bosons of zero energy. This arises from the commutation rules where the field is quantized according to Bose-Einstein statistics. This provides a basis for a field of consciousness that is present everywhere in our universe.

The Atman Field

According to quantum electrodynamics, particles are considered excitations in a field. Hence, all particles have fields associated with them and all fields have particles associated with them. Fields associated with (conscious) super particles would exhibit consciousness and intelligent behavior. Conscious fields, like electromagnetic fields, would not have any form in the way that a physical, tangible object has.

The various elementary particles come in strictly identical copies. One electron is no different from any other electron. In fact, Richard Feynmann (following-up on a remark by John Wheeler) speculated that all the electrons we measure may actually be one and the same electron.

We may call the conscious zero point field the “atman field”. Each individualized atman or “atman particle” can be considered a fundamental unit of consciousness and an excitation in the atman field. Each elementary atman particle is indistinguishable from another. When the excitation subsides the particle disappears and is indistinguishable from the field.

© Copyright Jay Alfred 2007

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