Because we instinctively know that nature is good for us on many levels, it's not unusual to feel powerfully drawn to it.
In this modern age, we spend so much time indoors, focused on the busyness of our lives and disconnected from the earth. But much of what we truly need can only be found under the naked sky, alongside tall trees, on open plains, or in the sound of running water. Spending time in nature allows us to commune with other living beings and to find comfort in the nurturing embrace of Mother Earth. You can't help but experience a different sense of self while walking in a wood or traversing a mountainside. Being in nature connects us to the earth, grounding us as we walk, unhindered by concrete, upon her. Surrounded by other living beings, both bigger and smaller than we are, we remember that human beings are simply one form of life in this vast universe.
Because we instinctively know that nature is good for us on many levels, it's not unusual to feel powerfully drawn to it. Even if you live in a city or find it difficult to travel to a forest or the countryside, there are a myriad ways to reconnect with nature. When you step out of your door each morning, pause for a minute and close your eyes long enough to let your senses absorb your surroundings. Listen and breathe deeply, until you hear the wind rustling through branches, smell rain on damp grass, and see the reflection of leaves brushing up against windowpanes. If you have time, crouch down and closely examine any nearby grass and soil. The sights, sounds, smells, and sensations we experience that are part of nature can remind us of all the gifts Mother Earth grants us each day.
Spending time connecting with nature nourishes the soul, reminds you that you are never truly alone, and renews you by attuning you to the earth's natural rhythms. Taking a walk under the stars or feeling the wind on your face may be all it takes for you to reconnect with nature. Remember, you are as much a part of nature as are the leaves on a tree or water bubbling in a brook.
Like a tree our growth depends upon our ability to soften, loosen, and shed boundaries and defenses we no longer need.
Trees grow up through their branches and down through their roots into the earth. They also grow wider with each passing year. As they do, they shed the bark that served to protect them but now is no longer big enough to contain them. In the same way, we create boundaries and develop defenses to protect ourselves and then, at a certain point, we outgrow them. If we don't allow ourselves to shed our protective layer, we can't expand to our full potential.
Trees need their protective bark to enable the delicate process of growth and renewal to unfold without threat. Likewise, we need our boundaries and defenses so that the more vulnerable parts of ourselves can safely heal and unfold. But our growth also depends upon our ability to soften, loosen, and shed boundaries and defenses we no longer need. It is often the case in life that structures we put in place to help us grow eventually become constricting.
Unlike a tree, we must consciously decide when it's time to shed our bark and expand our boundaries, so we can move into our next ring of growth. Many spiritual teachers have suggested that our egos don't disappear so much as they become large enough to hold more than just our small sense of self--the boundary of self widens to contain people and beings other than just "me." Each time we shed a layer of defensiveness or ease up on a boundary that we no longer need, we metaphorically become bigger people. With this in mind, it is important that we take time to question our boundaries and defenses. While it is essential to set and honor the protective barriers we have put in place, it is equally important that we soften and release them when the time comes. In doing so, we create the space for our next phase of growth.
Getting Lost in Morocco was fun. Me and My Husband went to visit this beautiful country last March 2014 ( yes, I know! This blog should be publish Years Back,Without further ado, Now I have more time to make videos and bring my focus and some energy on my Writing Craft. So Here I am writing. So Today, I decided to publish few Captured Moments of our travel in Morocco. Maybe I might get you inspired to visit this Awesome Country!
Visiting Morocco has been a dream of mine . I’ve always wanted to ride a camel, see the desert, explore maze-like medinas, and drink tea with Berbers. And Next thing I know It Manifest! Yes! Infinite Possibilities does exist! Just Believe in it. As I stood overlooking the Sahara , marveling at the rhythmic, undulating dunes of the desert, I realized that my dream had come true. For 1 month, Me and My Husband visited 10 cities and towns - combined , Around Morocco. Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s walled medina, a maze like medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling traditional ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water.
Morocco – “the Magreb” or “the West” – is an ancient kingdom that lies at a Magical crossroads of culture, language and history, from the azure waters of the Mediterranean coast, to the stunning peaks of the high Atlas Mountains, on to the breathtaking trackless ocean of ruby sand called the Sahara, Morocco boasts a majestic, and amazingly varied, geography.
This physical richness is perfectly complimented by a melding of culture and language : Spanish, French, Moorish and Portuguese influences mingle with the indigenous Berber , Bedouin and Toureg nomads as well as peoples from deeper into equatorial Africa. The Music, Dance, Spirituality, Art, Architecture, Cuisine and Language that makes you feel like you travelled back in time. Caravans carrying precious spices and jewels. Proud nomadic Berber tribes, fierce Toureg natives – the fabled “Blue Men” of the desert. Unrivaled hospitality. Staggering power and natural beauty of Morocco. Check My Video Below. Blissful Moments of getting lost in the right direction.
The four agreements inspired by Don Miguel Ruiz. Is one of the good tool I use in my Life/ yoga Journey. I became aware of this good tool from an audio book shared by my brother to me year 2003, It gave me Inspiration and a very good reminder to the soul. Since then, I kept on reminding myself all the time. Yes there are times (couple of times) I fail on the agreements. but at least I always try my best everyday to remind myself and cultivate it. It is not easy and it takes discipline and taming the mind and spirit to be in align of this frequency. All through the years of practicing this agreements I have noticed a lot of changes in my life everytime I apply this agreement. I used to be all the time nervous and a little bit fearful In Life and with the help of this 4 agreements it makes me understand things, situations and people more easily from the heart space. It actually help open my heart and my mind more. I am continually learning and taming my monkey mind. I surrender to the process of transformation And change. An evolution from the heart space.
Thoughts on 4 agreements from Don Miguel Ruiz.
1. Be impeccable with your words.
For me, impeccability with words means being kind to your Words and at the same time Honest to yourself and to others. Being kind with words should bring truth to your authentic self and to others. Speak from your heart with compassion. It should bring clarity, truth, and at the same time kindness and understanding. Which means, before you utter words you should consider if it is helpful, true and kind. where proper communication should be express in a compassionate, understanding way, and most importantly it comes from the heart space. It should benefits both the communicator and receiver in an understanding and compassionate way.
2. Always do your best.
Always do your best all day everyday in every aspect in your life. Even if no one appreciate or see the good things you have done for the people, still do your best. I believe that doing your best everyday whether in your job, relationships and In Daily challenges in life will bring real contentment in life and it builds discipline to your mind, body and soul. So I keep doing my best everyday. It may not be perfect and that is fine at least I do my best even if no one recognize the effort.
3. Don't make assumption.
Don't make assumptions. It is easy to assume coz it does not take any effort to do so, just to feed the mind with quick answers so most people assumes. But the trap is it clouds you from the truth. Always do your best to not assume. For example, we always have this first impressions with everyone we meet and sometimes we even hear feeds backs from one person. And most people judge easily and most of the time they judge base on their projections from themselves. It is always better, to give the person a benefit of the doubt. Don't close your heart right away basing on other persons perception, experience it yourself. It does not mean to act like naive but reserve some open heart and open mind. If we always assume on things, situation and people we can't go that deep down the rabbit hole coz you are being to safe and clinging on to your safety bubble just to be safe on what your mind dictates you. Listen to your heart. The heart does not trick you the mind can trick you. So follow your heart and observe from the heart space. Be an ultimate observer with understanding and compassion. Assumptions is one of the root cause of conflicts. So always do your best not to assume, find out the truth yourself.
4. Don't take anything personally.
Not taking things personally is the hardest one. Whether good things and bad things happens don't take it personally. Because taking things personally can lead you to self destruction. Always take things as they are with no attachments. Do not label your experience or situations.
Author: Gregg Braden
“When I was in school, I was taught that the main purpose of the heart is to move blood through the body. I was told that the heart is a pump, plain and simple, and that its job is to pump continuously over the course of our lifetime to accomplish something that is extraordinary by any measure.
“The adult heart beats an average of 101,000 times a day, circulating some 1,900 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of arteries, blood vessels, and capillaries! A growing body of scientific evidence, however, now suggests that the pumping of the heart, as important as it is, may pale in comparison with the additional functions that have been recently discovered. In other words, while the heart indeed pumps blood powerfully and efficiently through the body, the pumping may not be its primary purpose.
“As far back as 1932, scientific investigation of the role of the heart in the body opened the door to a possibility, and a controversy, that continues to unfold to this day. In the early study, Harvard University scientist J. Bremer, filmed the movement of blood flowing through the body of a chicken early in its development. So early, in fact, that the chick’s heart had not yet started functioning. What made this film so exceptional is that Bremer was able to document the chick’s blood moving through its body, on its own, without the aid of the heart pumping it.
“Additional experiments to solve the mystery, performed using similar embryos, showed that the blood flowed as a series of spiral motions, like small eddy currents, rather than in a straight line. The studies also showed that the movement continued throughout their systems even after the heart was removed from the body for as long as ten minutes.
“The two questions here are obvious: (1) How is it possible for the blood to flow in the embryo before the heart is even functioning? And (2) Why does the blood continue flowing even after the heart itself is removed? What could be driving the movement of the blood? Interestingly, these questions were already answered over ten years before the Harvard film was made. And the answer to both came from the same man, Austrian-born philosopher and architect, Rudolph Steiner, the creator of the Waldorf method of education and learning.
“In the early 1920s, Steiner had been researching the motion of fluids, including water and blood, in their natural environment. Steiner discovered, and later demonstrated, that the liquids in their natural state, such as water when it’s still in the ground and blood when it’s still inside the arteries and veins, move freely on their own due to an action that originates within the fluid itself. And rather than flowing in a straight line, as perceived by the naked eye, the fluids follow tiny spiral patters created by continuous micro-vortices to maintain their flow. This spiral movement, Steiner believed, solved the mystery of the blood flowing without the aid of the heart.
“We see the vortex motion that Steiner described on a large scale in rivers and streams. His work demonstrated that the same principle applies on a smaller scale to the blood flowing through the vessels and capillaries of a living body. Although his research was controversial, it was well tested and documented and suggested a closer course of study. It was viewed as so significant in his day that he was invited to share his discoveries with esteemed medical doctors at the renowned Goetheanum (the world center for the anthroposophical movement), located in Dornach, Switzerland. In his presentations, Steiner demonstrated that the heart is not the primary force that moves the blood through the body with pressure. Rather, the blood moves on its own as a result of what he called ‘biological momentum’ – the spiraling effect that was later filmed in 1932.
“So while the heart definitely plays a role in the process, Steiner contended that it was more to serve as a booster to add momentum to the inherent motion of the blood, not the main reason for the motion itself. Steiner’s work was never refuted in his scientific circles and remains controversial today. What he documented early in the 20th century opens the door to an obvious question that goes to the core of this chapter: If the pumping of blood through the body is not the heart’s primary purpose, then what is?
“Today, the implications of Steiner’s discovery, continues to offer a rich source of insight into uncharted processes of the heart specifically and into our relationship with nature in general. Although medical science chose to embrace a more mechanical philosophy when it comes to the role of the heart, Steiner’s work of nearly a century ago is helping unlock the emerging mysteries that cannot be explained with the modern thinking. And while his proposals may have sounded radical in the1920s and ‘30s, the notion that the heart is more than a pump originated long before Steiner shared his discoveries. Resilience from the Heart, pages 4-6, Gregg Braden
Yoga is a comprehensive holistic approach to health, happiness, and wellbeing. Rather than just addressing the physical body, yoga ascertains that there are indeed five bodies, five layers of self or being, that must be addressed for overall healing to take place.
koshas, meaning “sheaths” or “layers,”. Starting from the outermost layer and moving through the layers to the core of the self, each body is made up of increasingly subtler degrees of energy: from the physical body, to the energetic body, to the mental body, to the wisdom body, and finally, to the bliss body. These layers are interwoven, interrelated, and interactive—what happens on one level affects all layers of the body.
Therefore, we cannot neglect the more subtle aspects of our beings. If complete happiness and total wellbeing is what we are after, we must pay attention to and care for all layers of our beings.The Five Koshas
As we begin to explore the koshas below, you’ll notice that they map out an inward journey, from the periphery of the body and arriving at the very essence of who you are.
1. Physical Body
We begin at the outermost layer, the physical body (organs, bones, muscle tissue, and skin), known as the annamaya kosha in yoga. Anna means “food” or “physical matter” and maya means “made of.” We are the most familiar with our annamaya kosha—the experience of our physical body in yoga.
2. Energy Body
Sheathed by the physical layer, the energetic body is called the pranamaya kosha and is composed of the body’s subtle life-force energy prana, also known as chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The animating force behind every atom, cell, organ, and body system, prana coordinates every physiological activity, from the pumping of the heart to the elimination of waste.
Imbalances or blocks within this energetic body greatly affect the overall function of the physical body. What’s more, the body’s subtle energy greatly influences the state of the mind, which is the next layer of self. Prana is closely related to the breath—you receive prana upon the air you breathe.
When breath is shallow and sporadic, your prana is also erratic. Unstable pranic energy causes the mind to become agitated and the body’s various systems irregular. Smooth out the breath, and prana becomes more stable, the mind gets calmer, and all the body’s living systems function more optimally.
If you’re interested in working with your vital energy, yogic breathing practices known as pranayama exercises, increase and regulate prana in the body.
3. Mental Body
The third layer corresponds to your mind, emotions, and nervous system—expressed as streams of thoughts, feelings, and sensations, and is known as the manomaya kosha, from manas, which means “mind” or “thought processes.”
Many of us have an overactive manomaya kosha that wears on our nervous system and plays out through our emotions. Yoga helps calm our minds and soothe our nervous systems, allowing you to recover from the effects of stress and fatigue on your third body.
Your mental body is also where we experience the five senses. It’s the sheath that allows us to receive, absorb, and process input from the world around us, governing our automatic responses and reflexes. When you go on autopilot and zone out, you’re operating from your manomaya kosha.
4. Wisdom Body
You begin working with the first three bodies as soon as you start practicing yoga.
Coordinating your breath with your movement brings you present on your mat—synchronizing your physical, energetic, and mental bodies. However, the next layer, your wisdom body, takes a little more internal awareness that is cultivated over time.
Beneath the constant stream of thoughts, feelings, and sensations (the processing, thinking, and reactive mind), lies an inner knowing and higher intelligence in your wisdom body, which is called the vijnanamaya kosha, from vijnana, or “intellect.”
Your intuition, conscience, and the reflective aspects of your consciousness are all part of your wisdom body. Here, we develop our awareness and deeper insight into the nature of who we are and how we relate to the world around us.
The practice of yoga helps quiet the mental body so that our wisdom body can be heard and begin to guide us. One simple way to start working with your vijnanamaya kosha is to simply pay attention to any sensations or pulsations taking place internally throughout your practice.
For example, after a Bridge Pose or backbend, once you’re back down on your mat, close your eyes, feel the sensations taking place on the inside, and become aware of your heartbeat.
5. Bliss Body
The deepest layer of our being is the core of our existence, known as the anandamaya kosha, from ananda, which means “bliss.” Often referred to as your highest self or spirit, your bliss body is where you experience the unbounded freedom, expanse, and joyousness of your true nature.
Connection with this kosha is like coming home. There’s a sense of peace and connectedness during which time ceases to exist and your consciousness expands beyond the limits of your body.
While most people aren’t even aware of this aspect of their being, chances are you’ve experienced glimpses of your anandamaya kosha throughout your life.
Holding your newborn child or looking into your lover’s eyes, you may have dropped from conscious awareness and into your radiant bliss body. You might have also touched upon it while losing yourself in a painting, poem, film, story, or song, or perhaps while giving a speech or performance.
I dip in and out of my bliss body when I’m teaching yoga. Without having to involve my thinking mind, wisdom, directions, and insights pour out of me and fifteen minutes can go by in the blink of an eye.
Integrating the Five Bodies
All five layers of self are interconnected and dependent on one another. If the body is tense, the breath is shallow, the mind is irritated, and wisdom and joy are absent.
If there’s disconnect from spirit, indicating a weak bliss body, there’s disharmony on all layers. On the other hand, when you’re perfectly in tune with your bliss body, joy and peace permeate all aspects of who you are.
The practice and philosophical application of yoga into our everyday life help bring all the koshas—body, breath, mind, wisdom, and spirit—into harmony, promoting overall health and bringing you closer to self-realization and an absolute fullness of being.
Information about Koshas: Books and article Research Gathered
Flowing From The Heart.