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Body inflammation happens to the best of us and it is evident that most people do not know the signs associated with it. For starters, if you have the following, then know that you may be having chronic low grade inflammation.
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Bacterial or viral infections
- Acid reflux
In actual fact, if at all you are suffering from any other type of diseases, then it is likely that you have inflammation. Inflammation is usually not that bad and this is because there is a positive side to it in that, it helps your body respond well to stress.
An example of this is that when you have a cold, the response your body has is inflammation in the form of a fever, which helps you heal. The inflammation gets rid of the virus and disappears but in the event that your immunity is compromised, you may not experience healing.
When you are constantly stressed and your immunity is compromised, your body experiences chronic low grade inflammation which then leaves you more susceptible to diseases and illnesses.
Foods that fight inflammation in your body include;
Broccoli; this food has plenty of calcium and vitamin C and it is also a food that fights eye inflammation. Ensure that you always steam your broccoli for the purposes of digesting it well.
Fermented liquids and foods; when looking for fermented liquids and foods, consider coco-biotic, innergy biotic and dong quai. These are excellent anti-inflammation foods that help build your immunity while also controlling infections that basically contribute to inflammation.
Hemp oil; this oil together with other oils that have omega-3 fatty acids work well in reducing inflammation. Hemp oil stands out because it also contains gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) that further fights inflammation. Always opt for unrefined organic oils as opposed to refined ones.
Tart cherries/fruits; these reduce inflammation better than aspirin and in addition to that, they also reduce the risk for heart disease. It has been proven that they are ten times better than the popular over the counter pills you may be most likely used to so before reaching out to them, try these tart cherries or fruits such as pineapples.
Onions and garlic; onions contain lots of quercetin, which is a potent antioxidant that helps fight inflammation. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties are considered amazing and this is because it contains sulfur compounds that are responsible for stimulating your immune system thus fighting diseases.
Incorporate the above-mentioned foods in your diet and you will be glad that you did!
Universal principles can guide you in those moments where you have no clue where you should be headed. They are the lighthouses that guide your boat on the ocean of human experiences. Strive to find these universal principles and make them a part of you.
1 – Action
You, in the sense of being everything, have constructed the human experience. You experience yourself through an individualized experience of taking directed action. Humans are built to move forwards. We’re put together in such a way that we are pushed forwards. Going forward makes us feel good. If we feel we’re moving backwards we’re filled with bad emotions. These are built-in chemical reactions.
Taking action can lead you into a flow state. When you’re doing a task and you get into deep concentration your body releases nitric oxide, which flushes out stress hormones – The stuff that makes you anxious, depressed or afraid. Nitric oxide also triggers release of a whole range of feel-good chemicals that increases your brain capacity and creativity.
Conscious thinking starts shutting down and you feel one with the task – You’re in flow.
You’ve experienced this state many times in your life. Can you recall doing some task during your life, where all you wanted was to keep doing that task? Do you have some passion in your life? Something you can do without ever feeling stressed out or wanting to do something else? If you answered yes to any of these questions you’ve experienced the flow state.
Flow creates passions, because it feels so incredibly good. This IS the way to attract passion into your life – Taking action and entering flow. No action, no flow, no passion.
You might think, “Why do we meditate?” Meditation is just sitting – The opposite of action. On the contrary, meditation is taking action. It is the continual observing, accepting and letting go of thought-objects. It can even be hard work. Meditation can create flow and become a passion. There are many studies that show how meditation triggers the release of nitric oxide.
Take action towards those things that fill you with excitement and enjoy. Joy attracts joy. Flow attracts flow. Taking action leads you to action in new and related areas of life.
Action opens up new doors and possibilities. The path is not always clear when you start walking. The path is formed when you step on it. When you believe in the process and trust life to unfold in beautiful ways, that path will take you places you could never imagine. This is the path of action. The path of inaction leads nowhere.
Taking action means taking directed action. Taking action with purpose. Mindlessly following your whims does not qualify for taking purposeful action. Formulate clear goals to make it easier to take real action. There are two types of goals that have been shown to be the most long lasting and fulfilling.
These are goals of mastery and service to others. Becoming masterful in something means that there is no end goal that you believe will make life amazing. It is a continuous process of becoming better in the moment. Each moment of taking action towards mastery is a success.
Something these types of goals have in common is that they are at the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of need.
Goals from the lower levels are often needed to fulfill the needs from the lower levels, but they fall by the side of the road once you reach them. You need to go forward in all these areas however. Going backwards is not what we are built for.
Spiritual pursuits are a part of the highest need – Self-actualization. This is the need for experiencing oneness and pure present awareness. Some will tell you that spiritual pursuits are everything – That all the other needs are materialistic and egotistical.
This is failing to understand some of the other universal principles, namely integration and acceptance, which are explained later in this article. It is also failing to understand our nature.
Severe lacks in the lower level needs distract your spiritual pursuits. A life of inaction and regression is a life of stress hormones. Stress hormones like cortisol are the feelings of anxiety, depression and fear. Stress hormones inhibit the parts of your brain that make you human – The parts of you that give and receive love. They put you in a state of alertness, suspicion and fear. The reptilian parts of your brain take over a lot of the control – Addictions and egoistic behavior surface.
A life of purposeful action on the other hand is a life filled with love when you also follow the other universal principles. When you fulfill your needs in the first four levels of Maslow’s Pyramid, your brain is filled with feel-good neurochemicals and love-chemicals. They make you feel togetherness, trust, love, pride, respect, fulfillment and a whole range of other good feelings. When you feel fulfilled you’re ready to take care of others. It is also much, much easier to sit down and meditate and accept whatever arises. You feel oneness more easily. One of our upcoming courses is about these chemicals just mentioned.
Law-of-Attraction- This is not a call to action for filling your life with stuff. There is much wisdom in living a life of simplicity. What is needed to fill the needs in the different levels of Maslow’s pyramid depends on your views on life, what people you surround yourself with and what ideas you expose yourself to. If you watch Hollywood movies and TV-series all day, you can expect to need more things to feel fulfilled.
This is a call to action for living a life true to yourself; to follow your joy and excitement; to live a life that motivates and inspires others; to experience your higher self from as many points as possible.
Many are attracted to spirituality and eastern philosophy because of lack in the lower needs. They hope that spirituality or meditation will solve their problems. To some degree it can, but you’re missing some of the other universal principles, namely integration and action in the lower level.
Take the twofold path. Take both spiritual action and action for the progression of the lower level needs. You’re then entering a positive feedback loop, where fulfillment of needs make it easier to experience deeper spiritual levels and the experience of deeper spiritual levels make it easier to fulfill the lower level needs. Balance is the key. Take balanced purposeful action.
2 – You Attract More of What You Focus on
The next principle is that you attract more of what you focus on. This is related to the law of attraction and the law of cause and effect. Your brain is working to give you success in whatever you focus your attention on. This principle can be summarized as follows:
You focus on how bad life is:
Life becomes worse.
You focus on how good life is:
You focus on opportunities:
You get more opportunities focused-mind-energy
You focus on how busy you are:
You get more busy
You focus on how free and happy you are:
You become even more free and happy
You watch the news and see how gruesome the world is:
The world gives you more cruelty
You focus on what you like about people:
You like more people
You focus on how people conspire and try to cheat:
You cheat yourself of a wonderful life
You focus on how people give you chances to love them, and how awesome it is:
You receive more love.
3 – Taking responsibility
When I discovered this principle of taking responsibility and started implementing it in my life, everything changed. Fast. When I was younger I avoided responsibility as if it was The Black Death. I always had some good explanation for why it wasn’t my fault.
This is a victim mentality. Life pushes me around and I’m just a poor little snowflake that can’t do anything. A victim mentality attracts more bad things that just happen to me.
I changed it to a driver seat mentality. I took responsibility for what happened in my life. Instead of looking for reasons why it was not my fault, I took the default stance that it was my fault. I started saying this phrase often:
“I take full responsibility for [that] happening. A paradoxical effect of taking responsibility for what happens is that other people also start taking more responsibility and you receive less blame. Say that you and two others do a project together at work and your boss is not satisfied with the results. He is not happy.
You’re now at a point where you have two choices. You say you take full responsibility for what has happened by saying the above sentence, or you try to put responsibility on the others. You can do this by for example naming all the incredible things you thought or did during the project, or you can just outright say why it is the other’s fault.
Blaming others puts them in a fight or flight state. Either way they’re not taking responsibility. You lose respect in the eyes of your peers. You lose respect in the eyes of your boss. You lose respect for yourself. You will be left with more blame than what the results merit.
When you take responsibility the others will first of all be surprised. They will also get a small pang of guilt if they don’t chip in. They will relax as the pressure is suddenly taken off them. They know that you’re not judging them and trying to blame them. They start looking at themselves and realize that they also have responsibility. They all know that you don’t have full responsibility – Even your boss.
Sometimes you’re fully to blame. Boss it up and say you’re sorry.
This principle of taking responsibility bears fruit in any situation. It stops bad situations from creating animosity and disrespect. It turns a bad situation into a situation of respect and growth. It becomes a situation that fulfills the 4th need of Maslow’s pyramid – Esteem.
Take responsibility of your life and stay in the driver’s seat.
This life is the role you’re playing, so play it to your potential.
4 – Acceptance
The next principle is acceptance. This principle is about acceptance of the moment. The moment is what will always be there. Resisting it or rejecting it does not change it. It is what it is. What you resist persist.
Accept what arises in this moment and surrender to it. Enjoy it and see that this is you. Everything that arises is your awareness – It is you – but you can sculpt what goes on. You can sculpt the human experience when you accept what is. Become aware of what is now and take a step back.
See the moment for what it is and direct your present step. Hack away at the moment with your present action. Take another action. Move forward with your present step and make the present a beautiful sculpture.
Accepting does not mean condoning or giving up. It means to see the world as it is – To take in the facts and being open to reality. Rejecting what is, is rejecting yourself. Work with nature by following the universal principles. Nature – The higher You – Will keep on doing its thing. Love it and you love yourself.
5 – Integration
Integration is another of the universal principles that has revolutionized my life.
Integration is about seeing how it all connects and fit together. If you can’t see how it all fits together at this moment, it only means that some of the puzzle pieces are hidden under your bed. Integration is about not judging everything as good or bad, but rather seeing that it is part of everything.
Integration is about being open to the world and learning all the sides. We’re conditioned to taking sides and adamantly insisting on one side being absolutely correct. This world of absolutes is a mirage. The soldiers on both sides of the war are happy that at least they are fighting on the right side.
Spirituality or religion is not the one true path. Humanism is not the one true path. They’re both just part of what is. Enjoy spirituality and pure present awareness. Enjoy the human experience. Balance it. All this awesomeness is you. Start seeing everything as part of you. Learn about life and integrate it all.
Look at the people around you. They are that same awareness as you. I am now experiencing myself through my eyes, your eyes and their eyes.
The mind is creating an experience of the underlying reality. This is a representation of you. The awareness – you – experiences the things that your mind synthesizes. That experience is all you. Integrate it all.
6 – Coming Back to Baseline
We started the universal principles with action. The last universal principle is about striking the balance. We need to repeatedly come back to baseline.
Living a life of purposeful action leads to both frustrations and amazing feelings. It is a life of passion and haste.
So much to do
So much to seeflying
So much to taste
So much to feel
So much to hear
So much to think
We humans have a strong tendency for going overboard and taking things too far. Taking action is like increasing the speed of your boat. It’s exhilarating and you have tons of fun. You jump on the waves of life and go through troughs and peaks – bad and good periods of life.
Sometimes you need to slow down and see where the boat is headed. This is what going back to baseline means. Take regular periods where you dramatically slow down the pace of life. Spend time meditating and just being. Set aside time for just thinking. Spend unhurried time with friends and family. Evaluate your course.
This cycle of action and baseline can be implemented on both the micro level and the macro level. Take some time out of every day for peace and quiet. Also take longer periods of contemplation to balance out the longer periods of action. Personally, I spent a few months traveling and did a 10-day silent meditation retreat in Thailand. Do what resonates with you.
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Incompletion in the face of death is a waste of life. You are given life to complete it’s purpose. When you hesitate or retreat from opportunities to live up your life fully, you will experience the intolerable guilt of wasting your life. It is this guilt that will weigh you down and drain your zest for life because now in order to reach each new experience of being truly alive you must first be faced with guilt of having rejected your previous opportunities to fully live life. You are caught in a lifeless holding pattern – devoid of vitality or enthusiasm – until you can overcome the guilt of your earlier wasted moments.
This guilt may look like anger or hurt or resentment, but underneath it all it is guilt for not having been the greatest expression of YOU, of your soul in a previous moment. You must cast off this buried guilt and meet this moment anew, throw all your being into your present opportunity to express the greatness of your soul.
“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death”- Leonardo da Vinci
Regardless of diet, organic foods are a smart priority. Opting for organic foods is an effectual choice for personal and planetary health. Buying organically grown food—free of harmful chemicals, bursting with more nutrition, taste, and sustainable sustenance—is a direct vote for immediate health and the hopeful future of generations to come.
Here are the top 10 reasons to choose organic foods today:
1. Avoid chemicals
Eating organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food. More than 600 active chemicals are registered for agricultural use in America, to the tune of billions of pounds annually. The average application equates to about 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per person every year. Many of these chemicals were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before extensive diet testing.
The National Academy of Sciences reports that 90% of the chemicals applied to foods have not been tested for long-term health effects before being deemed “safe.” Further, the FDA tests only 1% of foods for pesticide residue. The most dangerous and toxic pesticides require special testing methods, which are rarely if ever employed by the FDA.
2. Benefit from more nutrients
Organically grown foods have more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients—than commercially grown foods because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine conducted a review of 41 published studies comparing the nutritional value of organically grown and conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, and grains and concluded that there are significantly more of several nutrients in organic foods crops.
Further, the study verifies that five servings of organically grown vegetables (such as lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage) provide an adequate allowance of vitamin C, whereas the same number of servings of conventionally grown vegetables do not.
On average, organically grown foods provide: 21.1% more iron (than their conventional counterparts); 27% more vitamin C; 29.3% more magnesium; 13.6% more phosphorus
3. Enjoy better taste
Try it! Organically grown foods generally taste better because nourished, well balanced soil produces healthy, strong plants. This is especially true with heirloom varieties, which are cultivated for taste over appearance.
4. Avoid GMO
Genetically engineered (GE) food and genetically modified organisms (GMO) are contaminating our food supply at an alarming rate, with repercussions beyond understanding. GMO foods do not have to be labeled in America. Because organically grown food cannot be genetically modified in any way, choosing organic is the only way to be sure that foods that have been genetically engineered stay out of your diet.
5. Avoid hormones, antibiotics and drugs in animal products
Conventional meat and dairy are the highest risk foods for contamination by harmful substances. More than 90% of the pesticides Americans consume are found in the fat and tissue of meat and dairy products.
The EPA reports that a majority of pesticide intake comes from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products because these foods are all high on the food chain. For instance, a large fish that eats a smaller fish that eats even smaller fish accumulates all of the toxins of the chain, especially in fatty tissue. Cows, chickens, and pigs are fed animal parts, by-products, fish meal, and grains that are heavily and collectively laden with toxins and chemicals. Lower-fat animal products are less dangerous, as toxins and chemicals are accumulated and concentrated in fatty tissue.
Antibiotics, drugs, and growth hormones are also directly passed into meat and dairy products. Tens of millions of pounds of antibiotics are used in animal feed every year. The union of concerned scientists estimates that roughly 70% of antibiotics produced in the United States are fed to animals for nontherapeutic purposes. US farmers have been giving sex hormones and growth hormones to cattle to artificially increase the amount of meat and milk the cattle produce without requiring extra feed. The hormones fed to cows cannot be broken down, even at high temperatures. Therefore they remain in complete form and pass directly into the consumer’s diet when meat is eaten.
Hormone supplementation is the biggest concern with beef, dairy products, and farmed fish. In the United States, the jury is still out. However, Europe’s scientific community agrees that there is no acceptably safe level for daily intake of any of the hormones currently used in the United States and has subsequently banned all growth hormones.
The major concerns for US consumers include the early onset of puberty, growth of tumors, heightened cancer risks, and genetic problems. Growth hormones in milk (rBGH or rBST) are genetically modified and have been directly linked to cancer, especially in women.
Many scientists and experts warn that rampant use of antibiotics in animal feed, like penicillin and tetracycline, will breed an epidemic that medicine has no defense against. Karim Ahmed, PhD, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states that it “is perhaps one of the most serious public health problems the country faces. We’re talking about rendering many of the most important antibiotics ineffective.”
Choosing organic animal products is unyieldingly important, especially for children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.
6. Preserve our ecosystems
Organic farming supports eco-sustenance, or farming in harmony with nature.
Preservation of soil and crop rotation keep farmland healthy, and chemical abstinence preserves the ecosystem. Wildlife, insects, frogs, birds, and soil organisms are able to play their roles in the tapestry of ecology, and we are able to play ours, without interference or compromise.
7. Reduce pollution and protect water and soil
Agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers are contaminating our environment, poisoning our precious water supplies, and destroying the value of fertile farmland. Certified organic standards do not permit the use of toxic chemicals in farming and require responsible management of healthy soil and biodiversity.
According to Cornell entomologist David Pimentel, it is estimated that only 0.1% of applied pesticides reach the target pests. The bulk of pesticides (99.%) is left to impact the environment.
8. Preserve agricultural diversity
The rampant loss of species occurring today is a major environmental concern. It is estimated that 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost in the last century. Leaning heavily on one or two varieties of a given food is a formula for devastation. For instance, consider that only a handful of varieties of potatoes dominate the current marketplace, whereas thousands of varieties were once available.
Now, dig back to recent history’s potato famine in Ireland, where a blight knocked out the whole crop, which consisted of just a few varieties, and millions of people died of starvation. Today, most industrial farms also grow just one crop rather than an array of crops on one piece of land. Ignorance is bliss? Or amnesia is disastrous? Crop rotation is a simple and effective technique used in organic agriculture to reduce the need for pesticides and improve soil fertility.
Most conventional food is also extremely hybridized to produce large, attractive specimens, rather than a variety of indigenous strains that are tolerant to regional conditions such as droughts and pests. Many organic farms grow an assorted range of food, taking natural elements and time-tested tradition into account. Diversity is critical to survival.
9. Support farming directly
Buying organic food is an investment in a cost-effective future. Commercial and conventional farming is heavily subsidized with tax dollars in America. A study at Cornell University determined the cost of a head of commercial iceberg lettuce, typically purchased at 49 cents a head, to be more than $3.00 a head when hidden costs were revealed. The study factored in the hidden costs of federal subsidies, pesticide regulation and testing, and hazardous waste and cleanup.
Every year, American tax dollars subsidize billions of dollars for a farm bill that heavily favors commercial agribusiness. Peeling back another layer of the modern farming onion reveals a price tag that cannot be accurately measured but certainly includes other detrimental associated costs such as health problems, environmental damage, and the loss and extinction of wildlife and ecology.
10. Keep our children and future safe
Putting our money where our mouths are is a powerful position to take in the $1 trillion food industry market in America. Spending dollars in the organic sector is a direct vote for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.
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This is the tricky one. Because at first, it is not easy to discern the difference between the ego and who we really are. We are not our ego; it is called the false self for a reason. And it also gives us a lot of inaccurate beliefs: You are what you have and what you do. Your worthiness is measured by the amount on your bank account. Dr. Wayne Dyer has spoken a lot about this ego concept, and his definition of ego is the best I have heard so far: When we take on an ego, we Edge God Out (EGO). So true. I myself had a well developed and strong ego. It took me a long time to even realize what an ego I had, but when I finally did, that was the end of it. My ego has not totally disappeared, but it does not rule…
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Someone who has a job nowadays is considered lucky and even luckier if he has a job that he loves and meets his expectations. Work is creation, it is a means of survival, is necessary in order to improve our quality of life and the completion of our personality but it is also painful, tiring and sometimes… unhealthy.
The working conditions of workers have improved compared to several years ago, but work continues to adversely affect our mental and physical health.
High demands, the continuing assignments of responsibilities, competition, the workload, the exhaustive time schedule, in some cases bad HR management, the low wages could lead to the burn-out syndrome.
In the mid ‘ 70s the term burn-out was used for the first time in the U.S.A to describe a professional pathology characterized by rapid consumption of energy and reduce work performance.
It occurs with greater frequency in those who work in the social sector (doctors, nurses, social workers, etc.). However, apart from health care professionals, in recent years more and more people are facing this syndrome.
Today, the working day of 10 hours and its extension because of mobiles, laptops, E-mails, SΜS, is something standard to the average ambitious 40year old.
Βurn-out is a wake up call that warns of the need for mental and physical rest, but also of a review of priorities and, more generally, the attitude to life.
What leads to Burn-out
- High demands and workload.
- The lack of recognition and reward of our professional skills and performance.
- The lack of decision control.
- The delegation of heavy responsibilities.
- A bad relation with the manager.
- A bad relation with the co-workers.
- Monotonous work.
- Exhaustive time schedule.
- Lack of meritocracy.
- Unsatisfactory financial rewards.
Indirectly this condition may be additionally worsened by other factors at work which exacerbate the stress, such as:
Poor lighting, which affects our productivity, can cause headaches, eye strain, irritable intensity, discomfort, stress.
Workers exposed to sources of high noise of 90 db (decibels) were less productive, according to research.
In addition, employees who are obliged to undergo daily, for many hours and for many years, intense noise suffer from headaches, nausea, vertigo, fatigue, reduced wellbeing, insomnia, nervous outbursts and other psychosomatic reactions.
Loud noise also stimulates the nervous system, increasing blood pressure, heart rate and respirations causing stress.
Working, especially outdoors, to a very high or low temperature and increased humidity levels, can be an important factor of discomfort, fatigue, stress, and other problems.
Are you perhaps a victim of it?
If you have one of the following symptoms, you could be on the verge of work overload or you may be already suffering from the syndrome.
Physical: Exhaustion, headache, digestive disorders, sleep problems (drowsiness, insomnia), hypertension, fast breathing, musculoskeletal pain, loss of libido, disorders of appetite (anorexia or increased appetite).
Psychological: Irritation, anorexia, feeling of worry, easily moved, guilt, apathy, grief, easily irritated, stress, negative mood, low self-esteem.
Behavior: Inability to concentrate, cyclothymia, unable to complete a job.
In addition to the conditions that usually lead us to this syndrome, the character plays an important role as well. People who are more prone to suffer from Βurn-out are ambitious, dutiful, hard working, competitive, and are looking for professional achievement.
Top 5 possible victims of the burn-out syndrome
Doctors and nurses
Executives and employees in high-technology companies
Air traffic controllers
First on the list are health care professionals. The stress and the pain they are experiencing has occasionally become a topic of research to scientists.
The contact with pain and death, with patients and their relatives, night shifts, often the adverse conditions of work in public hospitals and in particular the high sense of responsibility can lead to professional exhaustion (Burn-out syndrome).
Work stress “breaks” the heart
A twelve year long research revealed that work stress kills. According to the conclusions of a long study, those who are experiencing intense and chronic stress in their work area are facing up to 68% greater risk of suffering from a heart attack or angina since stress affects the very chemistry of the body.
Stressed workers who participated in the research showed the higher morning levels of cortisol in their blood. It was also noted that the relationship between stress and heart-related diseases is stronger for men and women under the age of 50.
Psychologists and business coaches have one purpose: to restrict the brain burn out by:
- Identify the factors that have contributed to the burn-out.
- Limit what is or may become an outbreak of stress at your work.
- Manage your working time more wisely.
- Increase the hours you sleep. It is very important that you sleep adequately.
- Do not take more responsibilities than you can.
- Boldly claim what you deserve.
- Let off steam by doing something that pleases you.