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SuperCompensation

SuperCompensation

While exercising, you break down the body, fortunately, we have a built-in mechanism that rebuilds us in a slightly stronger version than before while we rest. Therefore, we must get the rest we need after physical exertion. This is called SUPERCOMPENSATION and is the basis of all progressive training.

SuperCompensation

In the drawing below, your shape is basically the horizontal line in the diagram. The first training period consumes the body’s resources, and this is illustrated by the fact that the green line goes down. Then you have the much-needed recovery phase/rest period with good healthy food so that the body can be rebuilt and reach a higher level than when you started. This is about finding the right time when you have recovered enough, and then start training again. This is how the super-compensation runs and you constantly get up to a higher and higher level.

Below, the appropriate training (supercompensation) is illustrated again at the bottom left and to the right, the inappropriate training (overtraining) is illustrated. When overtraining, you can see that the recovery time after the first workout (the red line) is not long enough. Ie. that the person in question starts training before the body has rested completely. This continues from there and all the time the level comes further and further down to the starting point. The person breaks down the body more and more, becomes more and more tired and before long there are injuries, etc.

There is one more training mode (5c), and it is illustrated at the bottom of the two (5a and b) you just read about. It can be called “maintenance”. Ie. that after your workout you keep a too long rest period before you start again. This means that your super-compensation has time to drop to the starting point again before you start training. That way, you do not really get anywhere – you maintain your level.

Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality

Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality

Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen?

According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it “reality.” Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.

Why you should listen:

In his groundbreaking research, Anil Seth seeks to understand consciousness in health and in disease. As founding co-director of the University of Sussex?s Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, his research bridges neuroscience, mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. He has also worked extensively with playwrights, dancers and other artists to shape a truly humanistic view of consciousness and self.

Who is he?

Seth is the editor and co-author of the best-selling 30-Second Brain  http://amzn.to/2tHlKDN), a collection of brief and engaging neuroscience vignettes. His forthcoming book The Presence Chamberdevelops his unique theories of conscious selfhood within the rich historical context of the mind and brain sciences.

So you create your own reality. Be conscious about it and try to shape that world and yourself like you want it and you to be, because how it really is is pure subjective.

Difference Between Passion and Compassion

Difference Between Passion and Compassion

Generally, compassion is described as kindness. Kindness is relevant only when a person is in some kind of helpless state. Most human beings, when they are standing on their feet, wouldn’t want kindness. They want acceptance, they want respect, they want to be loved; they don’t want kindness.

Compassion is an all-encompassing passion. When I say all-encompassing, passion is essentially an exclusive process. When two people are passionate, the world disappears. That is the beauty of passion, that it is exclusive, the world evaporates in your passion.

To understand the difference between passionate and compassionate, let us first have a look at the two words, passion and compassion. Passion and compassion can be identified as two different emotions that a person experiences.

Passion refers to a very intense feeling whereas compassion refers to the concern that is felt for another. Else, even being empathetic toward the suffering of another can be known as compassion. This highlights that while passion stems from within an individual, compassion comes from the outside. This can be considered one of the significant differences between the two terms.

Passionate meaning

First, when paying attention to the term passion, it can be defined as an intense emotion or else a great enthusiasm. A person can be passionate about another individual or else about a specific activity.

When we speak of passionate love, the emphasis is on the first. In this case, the two individuals, who are in the relationship, are very passionate about one another. This does not guarantee mutual trust, understanding, or caring. It is usually associated with the attraction felt by the individuals, which transforms into a passion. However, when passion is connected with an activity, it highlights great enthusiasm.

For example, an individual who is passionate about dancing would carry on several activities related to dancing. She would enjoy dancing at all times since she is passionate about it. Also, she might attend classes to improve her skill in dancing, watch programs related to dancing, and would love to talk about dancing with others. This once again highlights that passion comes from within. It is a strong emotion that motivates an individual to a commitment.

Compassionate meaning

On the other hand, the term compassionate carries a different meaning. It can be defined as the concern felt for another. When an individual is compassionate towards another, he or she attempts to be of assistance to that person.

For example, after noticing a student who continuously fails in the class, another student volunteers to assist the weak student. This is due to compassion. He understands the suffering of the other and tries to alleviate the individual from that condition by helping him with his studies. A person can be enthusiastic towards the object of compassion, but this is different from that of passion.

The intensity and commitment are lower than in passion. Also, to be compassionate, a person needs an external trigger, unlike in the case of passion. However, when speaking of compassionate love, it is built on mutual understanding, trust so on and so forth. This can also be considered as a difference between the two.

Compassion is not a dry state of kindness, that you are standing above everybody and being kind to everyone, this is not it.

So compassion is not that which is bereft of passion, it’s a larger dimension of passion.

The difference between passionate and compassionate

  • Being passionate comes from within whereas compassion comes from the outer world.
  • When an individual is passionate, the intensity is relatively high in comparison to being compassionate.
  • Being passionate requires much more commitment than is constant. However, when one is compassionate, it is usually not so.

A little story about passion and compassion

There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over 20 years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he spent his time meditating. Finally, she wondered just what progress he had made in 20 years. To find out, she obtained the help of a girl rich in desire.“Go and embrace him”, she told her, and then ask him suddenly: “What now?” The girl called upon the monk and without much ado caressed him, asking him what he was going to do about it. “An old tree grows on a cold rock in winter,” replied the monk somewhat poetically. “Nowhere is there any warmth?”

The girl returned and related what he had said. “To think I fed that fellow for 20 years!” exclaimed the old woman in anger: “He showed no consideration for your need, no disposition to explain your condition. He need not have responded to passion, but at least he could have shown some compassion.” She at once went to the hut of the monk and burned it down. In the story, how advanced do you think this monk was in his spiritual life? He had been in meditation for 20 years and when a young woman comes and unexpectedly embraces him, he responds poetically — An old tree (an old man) grows on a cold rock in winter (has no emotions/cold as in winter). Nowhere is there any warmth (everything is gone, I am totally dispassionate). Is this a spiritual goal? The old woman judges him correctly and remarks ‘to think I fed that good-for-nothing fellow for 20 years’ and exposes his pretension: “you need not have responded to passion, but you should have shown compassion.” Passion and compassion — go together, you cannot separate them. If you do not have passion, you do not have compassion. The young girl comes to the monk and he talks to her about his own attainment.

“I have become dispassionate, I have become free, I have no more desires, I have no more emotional needs, nothing!’ He is not listening to the young woman; does not acknowledge her or her needs. He does not respond to her at all. This is why the old woman considers that he hasn’t grown spiritually in all his meditating. You are practicing meditation and trying to live a spiritual life, so ask yourself: what is the goal of spending your time this way? Why do you do it? The goal should be in Zen terms: enlightenment and compassion. Put in more general terms, it would be the fullness of life. Jesus said; “I came so that they may have life and have it more abundantly. Life in this sense does not mean just a biological life; it means the fullness of life. It means love, freedom, joy, peace, and justice. Meditation should lead there, to fullness and not simply to the destruction of your passions and emotions. One major problem with some of the Buddhist meditations is that they discard, ignore and even deny emotions and the body.

I hear people talk about themselves and others as “passionate” as if it is trait to have. I read advice on how to find and pursue your passion. In the same way that they used to say “sex sells”, passion also sells.

But for all of this passion we’re buying and selling — I wonder sometimes; have we lost sight of something more important? It’s a word that is closely related to passion — in fact, you just need to add three letters at the beginning of it. I’m talking about compassion. Yes, there is something called self-compassion and that is also very important for you. But if self-compassion is an egoistic way of living your passion with no compassion for others then it is a bad path you are on. Passion, self-compassion, and compassion go together in a harmonious balance.

Why do I believe we might have sacrificed compassion as we have adopted passion? Primarily, compassion involves patience. Those who are truly compassionate are extremely patient. But when we lose patience — with people, processes, or things, we lose compassion. It happens slowly at first, but once it begins, it becomes an avalanche.

If you don’t believe me? Then try this experiment!

Tomorrow, when you wake up, give meditation an honest go for 5–10 minutes. Really just sit and observe your thoughts, but do your best to keep yourself from grabbing on to them.

It’s helpful to think of thoughts and feelings as taxis driving by, and stopping to pick up fares. You don’t have to jump in them if you don’t want to. So try not to jump in. Stay where you are — just watching the taxis come and go.

Once you’re finished, venture outside into the world and go about your regular day. Drive-in traffic, get a coffee during the coffee shop’s peak breakfast hour. Go into work and check your email. But all the while, pay attention to one thing in particular: how quickly you form expectations, and how much your feelings — both physical and psychological become hooked to those expectations.

Once you venture into the world, expectations fly fast and furious. They can and do become part of your everyday mental processes. In traffic, you expect people to move quickly, you expect lights to change. When they don’t you get frustrated. At the coffee shop, you expect some level of service, you expect people to move in line, and you expect hot coffee if that’s what you ordered. When those expectations aren’t met, you get frustrated.

Every day we form a thousand expectations, and every day, a thousand more are not met. So every day, we feel the building frustration of a thousand let-downs. Sure, there is always the pleasure of all of the expectations that are met, but when those don’t outweigh the pain of unmet ones — we feel uneasy and tense. We withdraw or lash out. We become less patient and thus less compassionate.

Each time we take on another goal, another project, and develop a passion for it, we pin more of our happiness to expectations being met, progress being made, and whittle away even more patience — even more compassion. We sacrifice compassion for passion. We work hard and play hard, but we also become hardened.

I am not saying that we shouldn’t pursue projects and goals passionately. What I am saying is that we need to temper our passion with compassion. We need to temper our expectations with patience. Things will routinely not turn out how we expect or desire. We need to not only get used to that but learn to accept it — and roll with it.

The crazy thing is that in the long run, compassion may actually be more helpful to you than passion. Compassion requires patience, restraint, and open-mindedness. It requires that as many views and facts as possible be taken into consideration. Talk to any entrepreneur who has been in the game for longer than a few booms and busts, and they will tell you: that those three traits are key to long-term success.

Passion is fine, but as this world keeps turning, let’s not overlook compassion. Aside from helping you to be a good person, it might just make you a great one, as well.

Passion and compassion make your life colorful. Especially when you find a good cosmic balance between them.

What is equilibration According to Piaget?

What is equilibration According to Piaget?

Equilibration comes from the individual’s offset activities against external disturbances. Ie. that it is not a state of rest – but can be perceived as a stable state in an open system. Equilibration must be understood as an inherent and constitutive part of organic and psychic life.

  • The regulatory mechanisms apply at all levels:
  • The basic regulations of motivation (needs and interests)
  • The Will function in the emotional area
  • The perceptual (Sensory perception)
  • The sensorimotor
  • The cognitive (cognitive)

Learning is only one aspect of development. Development theory distinguishes between internal factors (maturation) and external (environmental impacts).

There are three classic development factors:

  • The hereditary masses
  • The physical environment
  • The social environment

Piaget operated with two concepts under which man can evolve. Assimilation and accommodation.

Assimilation

Assimilation means adaptation, by changing or giving up something. It is an adaptation to external structures. If one includes the interplay between external and internal factors, then any kind of behavior appears as assimilation between a given situation and previous patterns (at different levels, it also includes inherited patterns).

Ie. that you experience the impressions from your surroundings and incorporate them into the already built-up image of your surroundings. Your sensory impressions are fitted in/recorded as additions and expansions of the structure you already have of your reality. There is a reduction in experience with already existing schemas.

Accommodation

Accommodation is the reverse process. This may seem somewhat more unpleasant, as one’s sensory impressions and experience of something so different from the structure you have built up to your reality around something will have to be re-created. It is a development of the inner structure to adapt to the need of the outer world.

Accommodation is the adaptation of the individual to the surroundings – changing existing schedules. Here, the personal form is broken down/restructured so that the new sensory impression can give a cognitive meaning. In other words, it is transcendental learning that in some cases can be anxious, as one’s reality has so far been wrong.

Any development will strive to find a balance between internal and external factors – assimilation and accommodation.

The equilibration factor

The equilibration factor has a coordinating function concerning the three main factors (maturation, physical environment, and social environment) – and can be perceived as a fourth factor, which, however, can not be equated with the others.

There is a mutual influence of the factors, but the equilibration factor has a more general function.

Any problem theoretically, or in practice is an expression of a lack of balance – so intellectual processes are still imbalanced.

The mathematical-logical structures.

Two psychological interpretations:

(Rests on the empirical ground) These structures perform a coordinating function on already existing material. That is, the individual collects material without the use of logical structures – and afterward, logical-mathematical coordination takes place (has a rationalist or dialectical starting point). According to this view, the logical-mathematical structures should constitute tools for the acquisition of cognition and not only subsequent coordination.

“For many years, all our research has proven that at all levels of development there are structures which are a kind of draft of logic, and which gradually pass into the logical-mathematical structures through the equilibration process”.

“We have never been able to observe pure findings without connection to logical or pre-logical structures”

The logical structures are thus prepared at all levels by smaller fixed structures, which are part of the same shape as the logical ones and which constitute a kind of first design of them.

The predominant characteristics of logical operations are complete reversibility. The equilibration mechanisms of the equilibration process prepare for this complete reversibility – through feedback at the previous level.

The preparatory operations, which are based on these feedbacks, in turn, prepare the next operational movement. The feedback and preparatory operations together form the basic pattern from which the reversible operations emanate once the equalization functions have been stabilized and completed.

The cognitive functions are formed through a succession of stages.

Reversibility spans a fine level scale – and is not a matter of all or nothing. The most elementary control functions continue to exist – along with the logical structures.

Equilibration models

Three models that have been or can be used in psychology:

  • Balance of forces within a field (does not take into account overcompensation).
  • A pure probabilistic model. Based on probability. The model does not take into account differentiated activity.
  • Equilibration is a result of equalization between external disturbances and the activity of the individual. Can be perceived as an equalization game – where activity describes strategies to reduce losses and increase profits.

Description in strategy language can be translated into probabilistic language. Each strategy can be characterized by objective probability, and if the structure of the game matrix is ​​unsatisfactory, one can limit oneself to a simple probabilistic description of successive reactions.

Central

  • A cognitive balance is always mobile
  • A cognitive state of Equilibration always consists of a system of activities on the part of the individual with a compensatory effect on the result of the external disturbances

Disruptions can occur in two ways:

  • By the lower, unstable fortunes of Equilibration (sensory-motor and perceptual) Real environmental changes in the present
  • At the higher operational structures: Conceivable changes that are not realizable in the present (The individual can anticipate disturbances)

Summary points

  • The operational (logical-mathematical) structures constitute a system of all conceivable transformations within a certain class (for example The statement logic)
  • The concept of equilibration can have an explanatory function in psychology, as the possible transformations of the operational systems are found in the individual’s consciousness, which is the subject of the psychologist’s investigations.
  • The operational reversibility is the result of and not the cause of the gradual stabilization
  • The operational structures serve as a tool for future stabilizations once they are built

What is the Gilgamesh project?

What is the Gilgamesh project?

The Gilgamesh myth is about King Gilgamesh of Uruk, who could defeat anyone in battle. One day, Gilgamesh’s best friend, Enkidu, died.

Gilgamesh sat by the body and observed it for many days until he saw a worm dropping out of his friend´s nostril. At that moment Gilgamesh was gripped by a terrible horror, and he resolved that he, would never die. He would somehow find a way to defeat death. Gilgamesh then undertook a journey to the end of the universe, killing lions, battling scorpion-men, and finding his way into the underworld.

There he shattered the mysterious stone “things” of Urshanabi, the ferryman of the river of the dead, and found Utnapishtim, the last survivor of the primordial flood. Yet Gilgamesh failed in his quest. He returned home empty-handed or -minded, as mortal as ever, but with one new piece of wisdom after all. When the gods created man, Gilgamesh had learned, that they set death as man´s inevitable destiny, and man must learn to live with it.

So of all mankind’s ostensibly insoluble problems, one has remained the most vexing, interesting, and important: the problem of death itself.

Before the late modern era, most religions and ideologies took it for granted that death was our inevitable fate. It was a meaning of life. Religions taught people and still do that they must come to terms with the death and pin their hopes on the afterlife, rather than seek to overcome death and live forever here on Earth. The best minds were busy giving meaning to death, not trying to escape it.

Today the leading project of The Scientific Revolution is to give humankind eternal life… at least for the people that can afford it. For men of science, death is not an inevitable destiny, but merely a technical problem. People die not because the gods decreed it, but due to various technical failures – a heart attack, cancer, and infection. And every technical has a technical solution.

Today we are developing new medicines, revolutionary treatments, and artificial organs that will lengthen our lives and might one day vanquish the Grim Reaper himself.

How long will the Gilgamesh Project – the quest for immortality – take to complete? Genetic engineers have recently managed to double the average life expectancy of Caenorhabditis elegans worms. Could they do the same for Homo Sapiens? Nanotechnology experts are developing a bionic immune system composed of millions of nano-robots, who would inhabit our bodies, open blocked blood vessels, fight viruses and bacteria, eliminate cancerous cells and even reverse aging processes.

Blood Nano Robot with Camera, Claws, and Needle over Virus, Bacteria, Microbe extreme closeup. 3d Rendering.

Perhaps soon we will become A-Mortal, not immortal because we can still die of accidents.

This will bring a whole new dimension to Earth and to Homo Sapiens. Today one of our biggest challenges is overcrowding. The “Gilgamesh Project” will only make it worse…

I will leave this physical life when I am ready. I hope that day I will be ready for it. I see a purpose in it. I think my spirit will live on somewhere and I will meet all the friends and family members that have lived too. I will live on in all the remaining people on Earth that has been close to me. It is my mission to leave all the best in their minds so that they can bring it on to future generations. I do only believe in immortality in the good spirit.

Thank you for the inspiration Yuval Noah Harari.

Masculine and Feminine Energy – Yin and Yang Balance

Masculine and Feminine Energy - Yin and Yang Balance

For the past many years I have been studying energy. There is energy within everything since everything vibrates and everything is made of atoms on Earth. The Chinese have described energy as being masculine or feminine.

Yin Yang simply expresses the duality in nature. Light/Dark, Hot/Cold, Negative/Positive. There is also everything in between like dawn and dusk, lukewarm and chilled. Like gets paired with like in these instances. This can be tested within human relationships as well. We typically think of pairs like the cheerleader and the jock will date, or maybe sometimes the football player and the band geek. Sometimes seemingly opposites will attract too.

Yin is the dark part of the symbol, the feminine. It is said the symbol works like sunlight passing over a mountain and valley. The Yang’s light will pass over the mountain and valley making what was obscure revealed and what had been revealed, obscure. The symbol also of course follows a spiral, which is associated with the Fibonacci Sequence pattern, meaning balance and harmony.

Yin is associated with slow, cold, wet, soft, passive, yielding, and Yang with fast, hot, dry, hard, aggressive, and force.

For the balance to work, each must be opposites on the scale. If energy is very masculine (10), then its matching energy will be very feminine (10).

Things naturally occur in balance.

This is why some leading businesswomen say they kept attracting more feminine men because maybe she has lost some of their femininity in this modern world and gained more masculine ones. Societal pressures can also make a man more feminine for instance if he was harassed by other males making him feel inferior.

The woman’s role in the workplace today often has to come off very powerful and sometimes even aggressive if she wants to be treated with respect by others. Being part of a landscape architecture studio dominated by males, I often felt this way. Even if we play this role at work, we must learn to leave this role at work as women. Feminine energy is assertive, which is even more powerful than aggression.

If we keep attracting what we do not want in our lives, we have to look at our energy. The feminine role is to receive and the masculine role is to give. It cannot happen any other way unless it’s a mother’s role being fulfilled. Feminine energy is nurturing and reassuring.

It seems in the modern world that feminine energy is seen as weak and undesirable, but true feminine energy is a very powerful force. Feminine energy is aware, all-knowing, and confident. It is calm and is sure of what it wants. It’s honest, it seeks the truth, and is okay with whatever answer because it’s secure. It is not dumb, weak, bitchy, or chaotic. Fake feminine energy is terrible. Fake feminine energy is crying and screaming for attention, or trying to get something from men while manipulating. We all have met some of those women. We’ve even met some men like that too.

Feminine energy doesn’t necessarily mean makeup or lots of clothes either. It goes deeper than that, even though dressing up may help us to feel more feminine.

Treat yourself. Don’t deprive yourself. Put some flowers on the table. Go for the jasmine body oil. Do what makes you happy.

It’s OK to tap into that feminine or masculine energy. It is naturally born within us and if we avoid it, then we are repressing a part of us. Surround yourself with other women’s or men´s energy and become more aware of its power.

Ladies, next time any man offers to do something for you, like open a door, let him do it. It may be awkward at first, but just smile and say thank you. Don’t even say, “Oh, I can do it?“. Don’t lay a finger on that door (unless you really dislike him). If he does a half-ass job opening the door and it falls on you, then allow him to feel inadequate. No man wants to feel inadequate. Opening the door will allow him to feel his masculine energy and allow this balance of energy to play out. A man wants to give, he wants to do things for you, and if he isn’t allowed to do that, he won’t be happy. A man wants to give to make you happy.

Without going deeper into the metaphysical or mystical meaning of these pure forms of Divine energy and how they came to be separated as two different genders, try to understand your energy field as the result of a fusion of the Divine Feminine and Masculine Spirit much like of mother and father energies, only on a deeper level of energy. To explore your inner relationship with the Divine Masculine and Feminine and their state of balance within you, you typically need to look at how we originally perceived these Divine energies through your parents/caretakers representing those energies for you in your early stages.

Many energetic blocks and hidden aspects lead back to a lack or imbalance of our source of energy. While most of us assume that our primary source lies in masculinity for males and femininity for females, energy work teaches us that the primary source is not so much in the singularity of our gender but the unity and balance of both: the Divine Masculine and Feminine within.

From an energetic point of view, stored negative energies around our parents and upbringing not only influence our view and inner programming in regards to gender-specific behaviors and understanding of female and male role modeling, but also our personal ability to identify and connect with Divine Masculine and Feminine energies. Internal masculine/feminine imbalances are therefore very often linked to our parental influences. They determine our personal attitude towards our own and the other gender and our capacity for self-love and unconditionally loving others.

Many of transCODES’ energy work modalities, such as GRACE Integrity® (by P.St.Clair) and Connecting with the Divine Masculine & Feminine are specifically designed to decouple any masculine and feminine programs energetically linked to our parents so that we can experience love from within ourselves without the limitations of our experienced parental love. In those energy processes, we connect with our inner father and mother energies and allow their meaning beyond their parental role for us to unfold. This can create very beautiful and connecting moments if we have/had a loving relationship with our mother and father; but also trigger some resistance or resurfacing of old wounds if we had absent, neglecting, or abusive parents.

While the love of /for our parents can sometimes pave the pathway to our inner Divine Love, it cannot be the source for our self-love, as it still is external energy! This is particularly true for those of us (which is the majority) who had/have a difficult relationship with both or one of our parents, as it often leads to skewed views and selective self-perception, for example, self-worth and intimacy issues.

To show the often unconscious interconnection between our parental energies and the development of our inner masculine/feminine balance I am going to describe two of the most prevalent patterns leading to imbalanced feminine/masculine energies:

Examples:

Absent Fathers

If we grew up with a physically or emotionally absent father the missing masculine energies in our early life made it difficult to develop a trusting, loving, and secure inner connection with our own masculinity if we are male; with men, if we are female (vice versa in case of an absent mother). In addition to this, we typically also had to emotionally process our mother’s negative opinion about his absence, which very often cemented this gap even further and affected how we could allow our own identification naturally to happen.

As a result of this energetically single-sided upbringing, we tend to fantasize or mystify the absent energy often leading to an idealized and later unobtainable version of a man or woman. This cannot only block our inner self-love but also influence our romantic relationships negatively. With an unreal expectation of ourselves and/or the other gender our relationship experiences often retraumatize us and increase our missing inner balance. Self-worth, trust, and intimacy issues are very common phenomena tied to an imbalance of masculine-feminine connection.

Controlling Mothers

Another example is the overbearing, hyper-critical, or controlling mother. If we experienced femininity as controlling, never satisfied, or even manipulating, our choices to embrace inner femininity become pretty limited (vice versa in the case of a controlling father). If we are female, we often either rebel against feminine energy by favoring our masculine energies and by rejecting femininity altogether; or we unconsciously connect love with control and repeat our mother’s patterns. If we are male, the two typical ways to react to this experience are: Trying to comply out of fear of wrath and developing pleasing and co-dependency patterns (never feeling good enough); or acting out counter-control mechanisms, repressed anger, mistrust, and resentment towards femininity through predatory and often sexual manipulation or degradation (here I would like to mention that excessive watching of pornography can be a coveted form of sexual degradation.)

There are many other examples of our masculine and feminine energies can get trapped in our disturbing experience of love through same or opposite gender identification problems. The main thing to realize is that these aspects and their energetic attachments are merely dispositions. If we can manage to energetically decouple them from our parents they can easily be reintegrated. One way to do this is to actively seek the inner connection to masculine and feminine energies through connecting with their original Divine source instead keeping them tied to actual persons. In this manner, we can circumvent our personal memories and parental programming by healing this inner relationship through the Divine Field within.

In other words, we all can build our own balanced connection with Masculinity and Femininity free of parental programs. This is a very important step not only in self-healing but also in spirituality in general, as our a masculine/feminine imbalance typically shows on almost all other energetic levels:

  • Chakra-Energy Flow
  • Emotional and Mental processing
  • Expression and Communication of Self
  • Manifestation of Self
  • True Self Connection
  • Shadow
  • Inner Child
  • Karma
  • Ability to Trust
  • Ability to Connect/True Intimacy
  • Ability to Love and Self-Love

The balance of inner Divine Masculine and Feminine Energies is the main vibratory resonance needed for unlocking our true inner and outer connection and soul integrity. Without them, we are just minds or bodies with a fragmented soul attachment, unaware of who we truly are and what we came here for.

“You open the gates of the soul to let the dark flood of chaos flow into your order and meaning. If you marry the ordered to the chaos you produce the divine child, the supreme meaning beyond meaning and meaninglessness.”

Carl Jung, The Red Book – Reader’s Edition.

Exercises that will give men’s sex lives a BIG BOOST

Exercises that will give men's sex lives a BIG BOOST

One of the best ways to improve your performance in bed and boost your self-confidence at the same time is by making yourself look sexier. People who enjoy a balanced diet and follow a regular exercise regimen look and feel better than those who don’t. When you feel better about your body, it becomes much easier to show it off to your partner.

Meanwhile, exercise provides you with better circulation and increased endurance to help you last longer in bed. You also gain the strength required to try out some of the most exciting sexual positions.

In general, exercise helps us feel better and makes our body capable of boosting our libidos. As you exercise, there is an increase in the flow of blood around the body, including the flow to the genital area.

Simultaneously, various neurotransmitters (hormones) are released that make you feel at ease and happy. All of these positive feelings and increased bodily functions help to make you feel more interested in sex and enjoy a better performance in bed.

At the same time, exercise is simply good for your overall well-being, along with your sexual health. Various sexual problems like hormonal imbalances and erectile dysfunction can arise from unhealthy diets and lifestyles. Men who do regular exercise can increase their body’s blood flow, allowing the penis to become erect more easily.

People who regularly exercise will tell you how they find themselves looking and feeling sexier, while also being much more comfortable while having sex itself. You don’t believe us? Check out the top 10 ways you can work out to boost your sex life.

1. Do cardio for your libido

Cardio training offers a myriad of benefits for your sexual well-being, as well as your general health. The primary effect of cardio exercise is increased stamina and endurance. Working out with cardio helps to improve your body’s breathing and circulation by strengthening the heart and lungs. Increased stamina levels mean you can last longer in bed without getting tired.

There are many kinds of cardiovascular training. You can switch between them to vary your training.

This type of exercise is actually quite similar to sex itself. Intercourse can be its own kind of cardio workout.

So, doing some running or cycling three or four times a week can be a good way to practice for your bedroom sessions.

Cardio is also well-known as an effective way to reduce stress levels. When you are anxious, you can find it hard to focus and enjoy sex. Thus, getting rid of that stress will certainly help you out.

In terms of effects on your physical appearance, cardio does not work to increase your muscle mass enormously. But, it will help you lose weight and become much more toned. If you look sexier, you will feel sexier.

One thing worth bearing in mind is that you should not train too hard or too much. This tip applies to this entire list of exercises and is extremely important. Overtraining can easily harm your sexual performance and even make certain problems worse.

So, keep it simple and don’t overdo it. If you wear yourself out every day, then you won’t have the energy left to enjoy some private time with your partner. Similarly, if you do too much and injured yourself, you could put yourself out of action for an extended period.

2. Yoga can relax your mind and boost your sex life

More and more men have opened their eyes to yoga. Yoga is the perfect way to free your mind of stressful thoughts while exercising your entire body.

The practice is famous for its sexual health benefits, being capable of helping you with your libido, sexual performance, and enjoyment of intercourse.

As with various exercises, yoga can improve your blood flow, leading to easier arousals and long-lasting erections. The yoga session also helps to greatly improve your flexibility, giving you access to a wider variety of sexual positions.

If you are just getting started with yoga, we can recommend the following three positions for you to try out for their sexual health benefits.

  • Upward-Facing Dog: Lie on your front with your legs shoulder-width apart and the tops of your feet flat on the floor. Lift your hands up to the sides of your chest and then lift your torso up off the ground. Try and lift your head as high as possible and push your shoulders back and hold the pose for at least 15 seconds, while controlling your breathing.
  • Reclined Butterfly: This one is ideal for your hips and thighs, muscles that are essential for sexual activity. To begin, lie down on your back. Bend your legs in towards your torso, then grab your feet with your hands and pull them close to your chest, keeping your soles together.

At the same time, use your elbows to push your knees apart. Try to relax your back while holding this position for at least 15 seconds.

  • Camel: Begin on your knees. Put your hands on your lower back and push them forwards while pushing your chest up and outwards. Throw your head back and try to lean your chest up to the ceiling. More advanced practitioners can try to hold their heels while keeping the pose stable for 15 seconds.

3. Speed walking for better sex

Walking is a simple way to get fit. Anyone can do it, and you can change the speed and length of your walks to suit your own schedule and needs.

For men, speed walking has also been proven to help with erectile problems, as it gets the blood flowing more regularly and rapidly, which is necessary for a man to attain an erection.

A Harvard study of over 30,000 men aged 50 and above proved that those who undertook regular aerobic exercise, like speed walking, had a 30 percent lower risk of erectile dysfunction. The science behind this is that speed walking makes our hearts beat faster and pump blood quickly around the body to the muscles that need it, improving overall circulation and making sure our sexual organs get the blood they need.

4. Kegel exercises to train your pelvic muscles

Kegel exercises, named after a Los Angeles-based doctor named Arnold Kegel, are specifically designed to train and develop the muscles associated with sex.

They are also known as pelvic floor exercises and involve squeezing the pelvic floor muscles repeatedly.

These muscles are what help you hold in urine. Kegel exercises work to help women with incontinence, but they are also helpful for men. Kegels can help reduce the risks of premature ejaculation and make a man’s erections stronger and longer-lasting.

If you are not sure how to do these exercises, try holding in your urine mid-stream. The muscles you use to do this are the exact same muscles you need to be working out. So, if you can hold in your urine then you already know how to do it.

An effective method is to squeeze the muscles for about 10 seconds, then relax for five seconds, then repeat this as many times as you can. An amazing thing about this exercise is that you can do it at any time of day, and in any location.

5. Lift some weights

Weightlifting and strength training in general, can both have significant effects on your libido at a hormonal level.

Lifting weights increases the levels of testosterone secreted in your body, and this hormone is vital for sexual well-being in both men and women. But, it’s more important in men.

If you want to focus on testosterone production, you should choose big weights and focus on a low amount of reps. You will want to use a weight that makes you struggle on the seventh or eighth rep. If you can do 15 reps or more with a weight, then that means it’s too light.

Higher levels of testosterone help to boost our desire for sex, as well as improve performance levels and make erection easier and stronger. In general, it’s also beneficial to get bigger muscles as you will look and feel sexier, while also being able to try more strength-oriented sexual positions.

6. Do the plank

The plank pose is quite similar to the sort of position you find yourself in during missionary sex, or various other sexual positions.

It is therefore ideal to train yourself for sex by holding a plank position for 15 sec. than 10 sec. break, again 15 sec. plank etc. Do this 4 times in the beginning (4 x 15 sec.).

That way, you will be able to last longer in this position in bed without your arms getting tired or painful. Doing some plank exercises also immensely helps to strengthen your abs and core, giving you more endurance overall.

To get into a plank position, you just need to begin the same way as you would if you were doing a push-up. Arms should be shoulder-width apart and the classic plank pose involves you lowering yourself onto your forearms and then holding that position for as long as you can.

You can also change things around a bit by holding the standard push-up pose. Doing the plank on your knees, or changing the width of your arms or legs can make things easier or more difficult for you.

7. Lying leg raises for a stronger core

This exercise is ideal for strengthening your abs and core and improving your ability to enjoy sexual intercourse. You will be able to support your body weight for longer and control your thrusts by having a stronger core.

To do lying leg raises, you need to lie flat on your back with your legs stretched out on the floor, heels together. For more spinal support you can place a towel or cushion under your lower back.

Arms should be flat by your sides. You then need to raise your legs straight up until they are perpendicular to your body, or just get them as high as you can.

Don’t use your upper body or momentum to lift the legs, keep the rest of your body still. You should then slowly lower your legs back down. You should feel the exercise affecting your abs. You can adjust speed and do more reps if you find this exercise too easy.

8. Do some squats

Doing squats is a remarkable way to improve your sexual performance. Squats help to boost testosterone levels and improve blood flow all around the pelvic region. This makes erections easier and gives you an improved sex drive overall.

To do a squat, you should begin standing up straight. You then want to keep your back as straight as possible while bending at the hips and knees until your butt is as low as possible.

Try to keep your knees above your ankles. You can then slowly return to the standing position, and repeat the exercise at least 15 times. To make things more intense, hold a dumbbell in each hand as you squat.

9. Push-ups to improve your performance

Push-ups are one of the most commonly-used and effective exercises out there. You don’t need any equipment and can vary the exercise to affect different muscles in different ways.

This exercise will give you more strength in your chest, arms, back, and core and improve your overall endurance. It also makes you more capable of performing the sexual positions that require plenty of upper body strength.

For the basic push-up, you need to begin in a plank position, with your arms slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Your feet should line up with your hips. Try to keep your back straight and your butt in the air, also avoid letting your chin fall into your chest. You can then bend your arms at the elbows to lower yourself to the floor and then push back up.

You can alter the speed at which you do this exercise. Faster speeds will result in more endurance and lean muscles while slower movements provide more muscle growth.

10. Go for a swim to the last longer

Swimming is an effective all-body workout. It involves all of the major muscle groups and is the perfect way to keep fit and boost your sexual performance at the same time.

Another Harvard study found that people over 60 who went for regular swims felt like they had the sex lives of 40-year-olds.

Swimming will help you lose weight, tone your body to look sexier, and improve your stamina levels. It helps you go for longer in bed without getting tired.

Some important tips

Breathe. While exercising and while having sex, people often forget this quite simple thing but it makes all the difference. Paying attention to your respiration can have a huge effect on your sexual performance.

When we experience an orgasm, we tend to suddenly hold our breath without even realizing it.

However, when you breathe, you are pumping more blood around your body, particularly to your sexual organs. This in turn makes them more sensitive and actually makes orgasms more enjoyable.

Take it easy. Too much exercise can cause injuries, and end up ruining your sex life. Workouts that are too intense can actually reduce your levels of testosterone and other sex hormones, so relax your body. It’s vital to exercise regularly, but trying to fit five workouts in one day won?t help you at all. Plus, if you hurt yourself, you might find it impossible to make love or exercise at all until you are healed.

Get some help. It’s also worth considering some sexual enhancement supplements for a simpler way to boost your lovemaking. The supplements provided by www.ProSolutionPills.com are completely safe and all-natural. They work by boosting the blood flow to the penis and stimulating the release of testosterone. This gives you harder, longer-lasting orgasms and a greatly-enhanced libido for more regular and exciting sexual sessions.

Together we are stronger

Together we are stronger

Mahatma Gandhi was a true visionary, peacemaking, and loving man. He knew what the real qualities of life were and he was fighting for poor people and for justice. He tried to unite people against tyrants and oppressors, and that he died for.

If we have more people like Gandhi, maybe there is hope for a better world, and fortunately, there is.

The TOGETHER. STRONGER. the initiative, empowered by the Caterpillar Foundation, promotes the value of community action. Of citizen action. Of action by global citizens. #TogetherStronger

The idea has never been more powerful, nor more necessary. The world’s nations have united around the UN’s Global Goals that will guide international development for the next 15 years, and now it’s time for citizens in all communities to unite as well. Read more about this and see the short movie here.

And we just have to realize that being strong together doesn´t mean that we have to be strong against someone else. Other religions, the color of skin, refugees, etc. NO, we have to understand each other, help each other, and care for each other. Instead of building walls, we have to help all the places where help is needed.

Things are not going well for millions of people around the world. Eg The West is still dropping bombs in Syria and must likely hit innocent people and The European Union is preventing African countries to sell their cheaper products in Europa, just to protect the farmers in Europe. Lots of things have to be better in this world, so many more can have a good life, and for that to happen we have to stand together and find the real human values and then work together.

Let us unite. If you are in doubt, then remember that the strongest force is LOVE, and we all need love to make the world more peaceful and multiple (nature, art, etc.). We are not all the same, no and that is good, diversity is fantastic, that is the power of evolution. Who doesn´t respect evolution? But no one is more worthy than others and therefore you have to respect all people in the world as equals. Also, the people that have not experienced so much love or love at all. We shall all be good to each other and help create good lives for each other. Try to share more with other people, love, food, and things. Then I think, that the world will be a better place for all of us. Just remember, what do you want to take with you when you leave this life and what do you want to be remembered for.

The Dedication of Ekalavya – A story about Loyalty and Respect

The Dedication of Ekalavya – A story about Loyalty and Respect

This is the story of a long-gone era. In the country of India, nearly five thousand years back, lived a boy named Ekalavya, the son of a tribal chief in the forests of the kingdom – Hastinapura. Ekalavya was a brave, handsome boy. He was loved by all. But he was not happy.

His father saw that something troubled Ekalavya. More than once he found his son lost deep in thought when other boys enjoyed the pleasures of hunting and playing. 

One day the father asked his son, “Why are you so unhappy, Ekalavya? Why don t you join your friends? Why are you not interested in hunting?” “Father, I want to be an archer,” replied Ekalavya, “I want to become a disciple of the great Dronacharya, the great tutor of Archery in Hastinapura. His Gurukul is a magical place where ordinary boys are turned into mighty warriors.”

Ekalavya saw his father was silent. He continued, “Father, I know that we belong to the hunting tribe, but I want to be a warrior, father, not a mere hunter. So please allow me to leave home and become the disciple of Dronacharya.”

Ekalavya’s father was troubled, for he knew that his son’s ambition was not an easy one. But the chief was a loving father and he did not want to refuse his only son’s wish. So the kind man gave his blessings and sent his son on his way to Drona’s Gurukul. Ekalavya set on his way. Soon he reached the part of the forest where Drona taught the princes of Hastinapur.

In those days, there was no such system as a school, college, university, or hostel. The only place where one could get some education was a Gurukul.

A Gurukul (“Guru” refers to teacher or master, “Kul” refers to his domain, from the Sanskrit word “kula“, meaning extended family) is a type of ancient Hindu school in India that is residential in nature with the shishyas or students and the guru or teacher living in proximity, many a time within the same house. The Gurukul is the place where the students resided together as equals, irrespective of their social standing. The students learned from the guru and also helped the guru in his day-to-day life, including carrying out mundane chores such as washing clothes, cooking, etc. The education imparted thus, was a wholesome one.

Having said this much, let us now return to Ekalavya. When the boy reached Dronacharya’s Gurukul, he saw that it consisted of a group of huts, surrounded by trees and an archery yard. The disciples were practicing shooting arrows with their bows and arrows in the yard. It was an engaging sight. But Ekalavya’s eyes searched Drona. Where was he? Will he be able to see the man? Without Drona, all his purpose for coming here would be meaningless.

The Dedication of Ekalavya – A story about Loyalty and Respect

But all his worries soon subsided. He did not have to wait for long. The man was standing near a tree busy instructing a boy, who was none else than the third Pandava prince Arjuna, as Ekalavya came to know later. Though Ekalavya had never seen Drona before, he put his guess at work. He went near Drona and bowed. The sage was surprised to see a strange boy addressing him. “Who are you?” he asked. “Dronacharya, I’m Ekalavya, son of the Tribal Chief in the western part of the forests of Hastinapura,” Ekalavya replied, “Please accept me as your disciple and teach me the wonderful art of Archery.”

Drona sighed. “Ekalavya if you are a tribal hunter, you must be a Shudra, the lowest social community according to the Vedic Caste System. I’m a Brahmin, the highest caste in the kingdom. I cannot teach a Shudra boy,” he said. “And he’s also a Royal teacher,” interrupted Prince Arjuna. “Our Guru has been appointed by the King to train us, the princes and the highborn. How dare you come inside the Gurukul and seek him? Leave! NOW!” he spat out, looking enraged that Ekalavya had disturbed his practice.

Ekalavya was stunned at Arjuna’s behavior. He was the son of the chief of his clan, but he never insulted anyone below him in such away. He looked at Drona for some kind of support, but the sage remained silent. The message was loud and clear. Dronacharya also wanted him to leave. He refused to teach him.

The innocent tribal boy was deeply hurt by Drona’s refusal to teach him. “It’s not fair!” he thought miserably. “God has given knowledge to all, but man alone differentiates his kind.” He left the place with a broken heart and a bitter taste in his mouth. But it could not shatter his ambition to learn Archery. He was still as determined to learn Archery. 

“I may be a Shudra but does it make any difference?” thought he. “I’m as strong and zealous as Drona’s princes and disciples. If I practice the art every day, I can surely become an archer.”

Ekalavya reached his own forests and took some mud from a nearby river. He made a statue of Dronacharya and selected a secluded clearing in the forests to place it. Ekalavya did this because he faithfully believed that if he practiced before his Guru, he would become an able archer. Thus, though his Guru shunned him, he still held him in high esteem and thought of him as his Guru.

Day after day, he took his bow and arrow, worshiped the statue of Drona, and started practice. In time faith, courage and perseverance transformed Ekalavya the mere tribal hunter into Ekalavya the extraordinary archer. Ekalavya became an archer of exceptional prowess, superior even to Drona’s best pupil, Arjuna.

One day while Ekalavya is practicing, he hears a dog barking. At first, the boy ignored the dog, but the continuous disturbance in his practice angered him. He stopped his practice and went towards the place where the dog was barking. Before the dog could shut up or get out of the way, Ekalavya fired seven arrows in rapid succession to fill the dog’s mouth without injuring it. As a result, it roamed the forests with its mouth opened.

But Ekalavya was not alone in his practice. He was unaware of the fact that just some distance away, the Pandava princes were also present in that area of the forest. As fate would have it, that day, they had come with their teacher, Drona, who was instructing them about some finer points of archery by making them learn in the real-life condition of the open jungle.

As they were busy practicing, they suddenly chanced upon the stuffed dog, and wonder who could have pulled off such a feat of archery. Drona was amazed too. “Such an excellent aim can only come from a mighty archer,” he exclaimed.

He told the Pandavas that if somebody was such a good archer then he surely needed to be met. The practice was stopped and together they began searching the forest for the one behind such an amazing feat. They found a dark-skinned man dressed all in black, his body besmeared with filth and his hair in matted locks. It was Ekalavya. Dronacharya went up to him. “Your aim is truly remarkable!” Drona praised Ekalavya, and asked, “From whom did you learn Archery?

Ekalavya was thrilled to hear Drona’s praises. How surprised he will be if he told Drona that he, in fact, was his Guru! “From you my Master. You are my Guru,” Ekalavya replied humbly. “Your Guru? How can I be your Guru? I have never seen you before!” Drona exclaimed in surprise. 

But all of a sudden he remembered something. He remembered an eager boy who had visited his Gurukul several months ago. “Now I remember,” said he. “Are you not the same hunter boy whom I refused admission in my Gurukul some months back?

Yes, Dronacharya,” replied the boy, “After I left your Gurukul, I came home and made a statue like you and worshiped it every day. I practiced before your image. You refused to teach me, but your statue did not. Thanks to it, I have become a good archer.

Hearing this, Arjuna became angry. “But you promised me that you’d make me the best archer in the world!” he accused Drona, “Now how can that be? Now a common hunter has become better than me!”

The other princes remembered their master frequently praising Arjuna that he had immense talent and will be the greatest archer in the kingdom. They waited with bated breath. What will their teacher do now?

Unable to answer Arjuna’s question, Drona remained silent. The sage too was upset that his promise to Prince Arjuna was not going to be fulfilled. He was also angry with Ekalavya for disobeying him. So the sage planned to punish Ekalavya. “Where is your guru dakshina? You have to give me a gift for your training,” the sage demanded.  He had finally found a way to make Ekalavya suffer for his disobedience.

Ekalavya was overjoyed. A guru dakshina was the voluntary fee or gift offered by a disciple to his guru at the end of his training. The guru-shishya parampara, i.e. the teacher-student tradition, was a hallowed tradition in Hinduism. At the end of a shishya’s study, the guru asks for a “guru dakshina”, since a guru does not take fees. A guru dakshina is the final offering from a student to the guru before leaving the ashram. The teacher may ask for something or nothing at all.

Dronacharya, I’ll be the happiest person on earth to serve you. Ask me anything and I will offer it to you as my guru dhakshina,” he said. “I might ask something you don’t like to give me. What if you refuse the dhakshina I want?” Drona asked cunningly.

Ekalavya was shocked. It was considered a grave insult and a great sin if a guru’s dakshina was refused. “No! How can I, teacher? I’m not that ungrateful. I’ll never refuse anything you ask, Dronacharya,” promised the unsuspecting boy.

Drona did not wait anymore. “Ekalavya, I seek to have your right-hand thumb as my guru dhakshina,” he declared. 

Silence befell everyone. Everyone was shocked, even Arjuna. He looked at his teacher in horror and disbelief. How could their teacher make such a cruel demand? That too, from a mere boy?

For a moment Ekalavya stood silent. Without his thumb, he could never shoot arrows again. But the teacher must be satisfied. “Ok Gurudev as you wish,” said he. 

Then, without the slightest hesitation, Ekalavya drew out his knife and cut his thumb! The prince gasped at Ekalavya’s act of bravery. But the tribal boy betrayed no signs of pain and held out his severed thumb to Dronacharya.

Here is my guru Dakshina, Drona,” Ekalavya said. “I’m happy that you have made me your disciple, even if I’m a mere Shudra hunter.” The sage was humbled. He blessed the young archer for his courage.  “Ekalavya, even without your thumb, you’ll be known as a great archer. I bless you that you will be remembered forever for your loyalty to your guru,” Drona declared and left the forests. 

He was moved and grieved at his own action. But he was content that his promise to Arjuna was not broken. The Gods blessed Ekalavya from above.

But despite his handicap, Ekalavya continued to practice archery. How could he do so? When one is dedicated, one can make even mountains bow. With practice, Ekalavya could shoot arrows with his index and middle finger and he became a greater archer than he was ever before. His renown spread far and wide. When Drona came to know this, he blessed the boy silently and begged for divine forgiveness.

And true to Drona’s blessing, Ekalavya is still praised as the most loyal and brave student in the epic of Mahabharata.

Moral:

Any knowledge Teacher gives to a Student has value in the life of a Student as he goes on with life. Think from Kindergarten till the highest level of study you have completed, and see what you will be left with if there were no teachers in your life. Parents give us life, love, and help in going the right direction, But Teachers show us how to live life, show us the path, and make us self-dependable so that we can pick the right path. 

Always respect your teachers, and do not value them any lesser than your parents. When a student succeeds in studies and life, it’s a student who always gets praised by People, not the one who gave a student a piece of knowledge to succeed. Teacher’s Happiness is in student’s success, and students should not forget to at least thank politely to the one who made them capable of following the journey of life. And if you had learned what your teacher taught you with dedication and respect to towards the teacher, a journey of life always gets comfortable.