Thursday, 13 July 2017

Happiness via discarding of negative energy

Happiness via discarding of negative energy




A Beach Promenade - 1896- Michael Peter Ancher-Danish, 1849-1927




The whole concept of negative energy may be an alien thought to the steadfast realist. Nevertheless, it does exist and it manifests in various forms that sometimes foster unhappy, unfulfilled or unsettled lives.

This is not to say that one can shirk off all responsibility concerning one’s state of affairs. One still needs to be held accountable for their actions, relationships, beliefs, thoughts and overall well being.

Meanwhile, through applications of the suggestions listed below, you can discard any unpleasantness and, ultimately improve your life’s sparkle:


Visual Stimulation:


An inspirational movie with a great narrative, paintings, photographs are one way to, through visual and vicarious experience, eliminate that pesky negativity. And the common joy that is shared by many is the experience of a seaside excursion and summertime fun activities. To get you started on this, here’s a gallery of artworks set in a slideshow.








Music:


Who would dispute that Music is a required food for the soul. Depending on the melody, the mood is transformed into joy, excitement, somber reflections, peace or despair. As one has the choice however, chose carefully to attain happiness and to re-align good energies in yourself and your space.

Furthermore, if you can, play an instrument, sing a song or simply listen to an upbeat melody, you’ll be well on your way to fostering that upbeat energy. It’s a well documented fact that singing or listening to buoyant music promotes good health. It certainly can improve cognition, strengthen your lungs, lower blood pressure and improve posture. And the best part is, you can take it along with you wherever you go and whatever you do. 

Foliage and Flora:


A leisurely walk in a forested region does wonders to ease those weighty concerns. The cacophony of Nature’s concert soothes all ears while bountiful oxygen fills the lungs and you are energized.

Regarding indoor space plants are an essential garnish for establishing a positive space. The soul is lightened by the confirmatory accoutrement of green hues of leaves and stems sometimes supporting colourful flowers. And that’s not all; plants also act as energy filters by cleaning and improving air quality. Moreover, it propels us to open curtains or blinds to invite the sunshine, the bright beneficial light, to energize and filter the room of unwanted negative energy.

Fragrance to delight the senses:


Here, a caution is warranted as we live in an age where some people have serious sensitivity to certain artificially made scents, sprays, mists, colognes or perfumes. One thing is for certain, bad odours and smells do beget negative moods; whereas memorable ones (like mom’s cooking or clean laundry) and pleasant, heavenly scents, uplift the spirits and make one function more effectively.

Bear in mind however, depending on the individual’s preference and life experience, certain aromas and ointments can either be pleasant or repulsive and detestable. Use common sense before striving to conceal those pesky, persistent odors while concurrently clearing away negative energies through the use of readily available store bought oils, sprays or catchy gismos.

For the superstitious, there are also these options available:

Smudging:


Regardless of race and creed, a typical process for cleansing space of negative energy uses: incense sticks, containers with lit incense within, lit candles, or bundled up dry herb leaves that are smoldering and releasing smoke. The smoke is the key factor here, believed to be responsible for cleansing the adverse negative energies. Carry the smoldering smoke throughout a home, business, special abode, holy building or sacred grounds. In cleansing your home, once you’ve reached the stopping point, then you can open a window to allow all the negativity to flow out.

Use of Crystals:


Obsidian and black tourmaline are two of many crystals that are used in absorbing negativity. Place these in spaces requiring cleansing; in particular, around electronics that are known to foster disruptive, chaotic energy.



Below are some of my favorite paintings, enjoy! : 



Lady by a Window 1918- Louis Ritman -American (1889–1963)


brown beach


-Francesca Strino


Monika Luniak


-Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (February 27, 1863 - August 10, 1923


Gleb Goloubetski


-Jim Daly


Summer-garden


-Vladimir Volegov cooling her feet


Vladimir Volegov


John Lavery 1856-1941)


Paul Hedley


Irving Willes


Caillebotte, Gustave - French, 1848-1894 - The Diver - 1877


Boys Playing at the Beach - circa 1885 - Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905


quaiside-cafe


Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, (Spagna, 1863-1923) Dopo il bagno - After the Bath (1902)


-Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) Sotto il baldacchino (1910)


My garden in summertime


Alexander Gunin


Vladimir Volegov - lovely morning


-Little Boat - 1884-Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

Evening at Padstow, Cornwall - 1890-Sir William Llewellyn


The Cliff

Duffy Sheridan

Fernando Saenz Pedrosa

Path to Sea

-milk-lake

Time with Dad by Steve Hanks

Michael & Inessa Garmash


Fin

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Way of Water

The Way of Water




   








Highest good is like water.

Because water excels in benefiting the myriad creatures without contending with them and settles where none would like to be, it comes close to the way.












The weak and the supple overcome the hard and the strong.

To yield is to be preserved whole.







To be bent is to become straight.

To be empty is to be full . . .

To have little is to possess.

The stiff and the hard are companions of death,

The supple and the weak are companions of life.

There is nothing softer and weaker than water,

And yet there is nothing better for attacking hard and strong things.









The whole world recognizes the beautiful as the beautiful, yet this is only the ugly;

The whole world recognizes the good as the good, yet this is only the bad.

Thus something and nothing produce each other;

The difficult and the easy complement each other;

The long and the short off-set each other;

The high and the low incline towards each other;

Note and sound harmonize with each other;

Before and after follow each other








In a home it is the site that matters; 





In quality of mind it is depth that matters;

In an ally it is benevolence that matters;

In speech it is good faith that matters;

In government it is order that matters;

In affairs it is ability that matters;

In action it is timeliness that matters.

It is because it does not contend that it is never at fault.










Of old he who was well versed in the way

Was minutely subtle,

Mysteriously comprehending,

And too profound to be known. 







It is because he could not be known

That he can only be given a makeshift description:

Tentative, as if fording a river in winter,

Hesitant, as if in fear of his neighbors;

Formal like a guest;

Falling apart like the thawing ice;

Thick like the uncarved block;

Vacant like a valley;

Murky like muddy water.







Who can be muddy and yet, settling, slowly become limpid?

Who can be at rest and yet, stirring, slowly come to life?

He who holds fast to this way desires not to be full.

It is because he is not full that he can be worn and yet newly made.









If people do not revere the Law of Nature,

It will inexorably and adversely affect them.

If they accept it with knowledge and reverence,

It will accommodate them with balance and harmony







Attain complete emptiness,

Maintain steadfast quietude.

All things flourish

But each one returns to its root.

This return to its root means tranquility.







To hold and fill to overflowing,

Is not as good as it is to stop in time.

Sharpen a sword-edge to its very sharpest,

And the edge will not last long.

Withdraw as soon as your work is done.

Such is Heaven's Way.


(Lao Tzu)







Fin

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Mudras-Yoga Hand Exercises



Mudras-Yoga Hand Exercises



A Mudrā is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Buddhism or Hinduism. The meaning of Mudra in Sanskrit is a "seal", "mark", or "gesture".



The Dhyana Mudra (also known as meditation Mudra)


This Mudra is used in representations of the Śākyamuni Buddha and Amitābha Buddha. 

This encompasses the gesture of meditation, of the concentration of the Good Law and the saṅgha. Here the two hands are placed on the lap, right hand on left with fingers fully stretched (four fingers resting on each other and the thumbs facing upwards towards one another diagonally), palms facing upwards; in this manner, the hands and fingers form the shape of a triangle, which is symbolic of the spiritual fire or the Triratna (the three jewels). 









Mudras’role in the practice of Yoga


Some Mudras involve the entire body; however, most are performed with the hands and fingers. The positions of hands have always had a very essential role in the practice of yoga. This is also the reason why they are also called “Mudra- the architect of joy.”

In yoga, Mudras are used in conjunction with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises). It’s generally practiced while in seated position in Padmasana, Sukhasana or Vajrasana pose. This is to stimulate different parts of the body that is involved with breathing and to affect the flow of prana in the body.




(Stretch Your Ring Finger with Your Thumb and Maintain For a Few Seconds)



There are e large numbers of nerve endings that are at everyone’s fingers and fingertips. When they’re pressed in a specific way and activated, they help connect to channels and allow the free flow of energy circulating the body.


Here are some exercises to follow:



Gyan Mudra for Healing ( Mudra of Knowledge)







Sit in a lotus posture and keep your hands on knee. This means the hands are placed palms-up on the thighs or knees while sitting in vajrasana. Then touch thumb tip and the forefinger on each of the hands forming a zero. The remaining three fingers are left free and extended.

This Mudrā activates the diaphragm, making for deep "stomach-breathing" as the diaphragm pushes out the internal organs when it descends towards the pelvis on inhalation.

Slow breathing in a 5-2-4-2 mentally counted rhythm (counting to 5 during the exhalation, to 2 while holding the breath, and to 4 on the inhalation) causes prana flow in the pelvis and in the leg.

The other benefits of doing this are:

-It helps us relax,

-treats depression

-Improves concentration,

-treats insomnia



You may also try this “Basic Mudra: Chinmaya Mudrā”

Here, the thumb and forefinger are the same; however, the rest of the fingers are folded into a fist. The non-folded part of the forefinger and the middle finger should still be touching. Likewise, the hands are placed palms-up on the thighs while sitting in Vajrasana.

This mudra supposedly activates the ribs, making them expand sideways on inhalation. Slow breathing in a 5-2-4-2 counted rhythm (counting to 5 during the exhalation, to 2 while holding the breath, and to 4 on the inhalation) causes prana flow in the torso and in the throat.



Vaya Mudra ( Mudra of Air)







Fold your index finger towards palm and press with the base of thumb. Extend the rest fingers.

The benefits of doing this are:

– eliminates excessive gas;

– relives the problems associated with the air element such as: flatulence, constipation, arthritis etc.




 Prithvi Mudra for Healing ( Mudra od Earth)







Touch the tip of your ring finger with tip of thumb and then pressing the both finger with each other. Extend the other fingers.

The Benefits of doing this are:

– balance the element Earth in your body;

– It improves blood circulation;

– It improves digestion



Agni Mudra (Mudra of Fire)







Close the ring finger towards palm and press second phalanx with thumb base and rest of the fingers keep extend.

The benefits of doing this are:

– It improves the metabolism

-reduces cholesterol;

- reduces fat;



Jal Mudra (Varuna Mudra/Mudra of Water)







Touch the little finger tip of thumb and don’t press the fingers and then keep the rest of the fingers straight like shown above picture)

The benefits of doing this are:

-improves circulation;

-reduce body aches;

-reduce dryness of mouth

You may also try Adi Mudra. Here, the thumb is folded into the palm, touching the base of the small finger. The rest of the fingers are folded over the thumb, to create a fist. The hands are placed palms down on the thighs while sitting in Vajrasana.

This mudra activates the pectoral muscles, making the chest expand forward on inhalation. Slow breathing in a 5-2-4-2 counted rhythm (counting to 5 during the exhalation, to 2 while holding the breath, and to 4 on the inhalation) makes prana flow in the throat and in the head.



Shunya Mudra (Mudra of Emptiness)







Firs phalanx of your middle finger should be pressed with thumb base.

The benefits of doing this are:


 -reduce vertigo; 

-helps with ear, nose and tongue problem


Prana Healing (Mudra Mud rod Life)







Bend your little finger and ring finger then touch these two finger tips to tip of thumb.

The benefits of doing this are:

-Energize your body;

– boosts your immune system;

– cure eye problems


I wish you all good health and happiness.