Sunday, September 28, 2014

Clear Your Body Of Toxins with One Glass


This is an extremely simple drink that will help your body clean out all of the toxins it has accumulated. It will begin to take effect immediately after consumption! It will attack the toxins, destroying them, leaving you feeling fresh and replenished! It will also aid the digestive system, keeping you full of energy throughout the day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole lemon (peel and all!)
  • 4 apples (preferably green, any will do however!)
  • 1" of fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup water (optional)

Preparation:

Please make sure you're using only organic ingredients if you are not peeling. Blend the lemon, apples, and ginger in your blender. Water is optional if you prefer a less viscous drink. Prepare early in the morning and drink fresh on an empty stomach before breakfast!

Friday, August 15, 2014

What is Buddhism? by LAMA YESHE.

"You go to the toilet every day but that doesn’t mean you’re tied to it; 
you’re not too attached to your toilet, are you?" 

From a public talk in Plummer Park, L.A. CA by
LAMA YESHE. 1975.

What is Buddhism?
Although different people have different views of what Buddhism is, I think it’s difficult to say, “Buddhism is this, therefore it should be like that.” It’s difficult to summarize Buddhism in a simplistic way. However, I can say that Buddhism is different from what most Westerners consider to be religion.

First of all, when you study Buddhism you’re studying yourself—the nature of your body, speech and mind—the main emphasis being on the nature of your mind and how it works in everyday life. The main topic is not something else, like what is Buddha? What is the nature of God? Things like that.
Why is it so important to know the nature of our own mind? Since we all want happiness, enjoyment, peace and satisfaction and these things do not come from ice-cream but from wisdom and the mind, we have to understand what our mind is and how it works.

One thing about Buddhism is that it’s very simple and practical in that it explains logically how satisfaction comes from the mind, not from some kind of supernatural being in whom you have to believe.
I understand that this idea can be difficult to accept because, in the West, from the moment you’re born, extreme emphasis is placed on the belief that the source of happiness lies outside of yourself in external objects. Therefore your sense perception and consciousness have an extreme orientation toward the sense world and you come to value external objects above all else, even your life. This extreme view that over-values material things is a misconception, the result of unreasonable, illogical thought.



Therefore, if you want true peace, happiness and joy, you need to realize that happiness and satisfaction come from within you and stop searching so fanatically outside. You can never find real happiness out there. Whoever has?

Ever since people came into existence they have never found true happiness in the external world, even though modern scientific technology seems to think that that’s where the solution to human happiness lies. That’s a totally wrong conception. It’s impossible. Of course, technology is necessary and good, as long as it’s used skillfully. Religion is not against technology; nor is external development contrary to the practice of religion—although in the West there are religious extremists who oppose external development and scientific advancement, and we also find non-believers pitted against religious believers. It’s all misconception.

First let me raise a question. Where in the world can we find somebody who doesn’t believe?
Who among us is a true non-believer?
In asking this I’m not suggesting some kind of conceptual belief.
The person who says “I don’t believe” thinks he’s intellectually superior but all you have to do to puncture his pride is ask two or three of the right questions:
“What do you like? What don’t you like?” He’ll come up with a hundred things he likes. “Why do you like them?” Questions like that immediately expose everybody as a believer.
Anyway, in order to live in harmony we need to balance external and internal development; failure to do so leads to mental conflict.
So Buddhism finds no contradiction in advocating both external scientific and inner mental development. Both are correct. But each can be either positive or negative as well. That depends on mental attitude—there’s no such thing as absolute, eternally existent total positivity or absolute, eternally existent, total negativity. Positive and negative depend on the background from which they arise.

Therefore it’s very important to avoid extreme views because extreme emotional attachment to sense objects—“This is good; this makes me happy”—only causes mental illness. What we need to learn instead is how to remain in the middle, between the extremes of exaggeration and underestimation.
But that doesn’t mean giving everything up. I’m not asking you to get rid of all your possessions.
It’s extreme emotional attachment to any object—external or internal—that makes you mentally ill. And Western medicine has few answers to that kind of sickness.
There’s nothing you can take; it’s very hard to cure. Psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists…I doubt that they can solve the problems of attachment. Most of you probably have experience of that. That’s the actual problem.
The reason that Western health professionals can’t treat attachment effectively is that they don’t investigate the reality of the mind. The function of attachment is to bring frustration and misery.
We all know this. It’s not that difficult to grasp; in fact it’s rather simple.
But Buddhism has ways of revealing the psychology of attachment and how it functions in everyday life. The method is meditation.
The real culprit, however, is a lack of knowledge-wisdom.

Too much concern for your own comfort and pleasure driven by the exaggerations of attachment automatically leads to feelings of hatred for others.
Those two incompatible feelings—attachment and hatred—naturally clash in your mind and, from the Buddhist point of view, a mind in this kind of conflict is sick and unbalanced in nature.
Going to church or temple once a week is not enough to deal with this. You have to examine your mind all day long, maintaining constant awareness of the way you speak and act.
We usually hurt others unconsciously.
In order to observe the actions of our unconscious mind we need to develop powerful wisdom energy, but that’s easier said than done; it takes work to be constantly aware of what’s going on in our mind all the time.
Most religious and non-religious people agree that loving kindness for others is important.
How do we acquire loving kindness?
It comes from understanding how and why others suffer, what’s the best kind of happiness for them to have, and how they can get it. That’s what we have to check.
But our emotions get the better of us.
We project our attachments onto others.
We think that others like the same things we do; that people’s main problems are hunger and thirst and that food and water will solve them.
The human problem is not hunger and thirst; it’s misconception and mental pollution.
Therefore it’s very important that you make your mind clear.
When it is, the ups and downs of the external world don’t bother you; whatever happens out there, your mind remains peaceful and joyous.
If you get too caught up in watching the up and down world you finish up going up and down yourself: “Oh, that’s so good! Oh, that’s so bad!” If that world is your only source of happiness and its natural fluctuations disturb your peace of mind, you’ll never be happy, no matter how long you live. It’s impossible.
But if you understand that the world is up and down by nature—sometimes up, sometimes down—you expect it to happen and when it does you don’t get upset.
Whenever your mind is balanced and peaceful, there’s wisdom and control.
Perhaps you think, “Oh, control! Buddhism is all about control. Who wants control?
That’s a Himalayan trip, not a Western one.” But in our experience, control is natural. As long as you have the wisdom that knows how the uncontrolled mind functions and where it comes from, control is natural.
All people have equal potential to control and develop their mind.
There’s no distinction according to race, color or nationality.
Equally, all can experience mental peace and joy.
Our human ability is great—if we use it with wisdom, it’s worthwhile; if we use it with ignorance and emotional attachment, we waste your life. 
Therefore be careful.
Lord Buddha’s teaching greatly emphasizes understanding over the hallucinated fantasies of our ordinary mind. Emotional projections and hallucinations due to unrealistic perceptions are wrong conceptions. As long as our mind is polluted by wrong conceptions it’s impossible to avoid frustration.
The clean clear mind is simultaneously joyful.
That’s simple to see. When your mind is under the control of extreme attachment on one side and extreme hatred on the other, you have to examine it to see why you grasp at happiness and why you hate. When you check your objects of attachment and hatred logically, you’ll see that the fundamental reason for these opposite emotions is basically the same thing: emotional attachment projects a hallucinatory object; emotional hatred projects a hallucinatory object.
And either way, you believe in the hallucination.
As I said before, it’s not an intellectual, “Oh, yes, I believe.” And by the way, just saying you believe in something doesn’t actually mean you do. However, belief has deep roots in your subconscious, and as long as you’re under the influence of attachment, you’re a believer.
Belief doesn’t necessarily have to be in the supernatural, in something beyond logic.
There are many ways to believe.

From the standpoint of Buddhist psychology, in order to have love or compassion for all living beings, first you have to develop equilibrium—a feeling that all beings are equal. 
This is not a radical sort of, “I have a piece of candy; I need to cut it up and share it with everybody else,” but rather something you have to work with in your mind.
An unbalanced mind is an unhealthy mind.
So equalizing sentient beings is not something we do externally; that’s impossible.
The equality advocated by Buddhists is completely different from that which communists talk about; ours is the inner balance derived from training the mind.
When your mind is even and balanced you can generate loving kindness for all beings in the universe without discrimination. At the same time, emotional attachment automatically decreases. If you have the right method, it’s not difficult; when right method and right wisdom come together, solving problems is easy.

But we humans suffer from a shortage of intensive knowledge-wisdom.
We search for happiness where it doesn’t exist; it’s here, but we look over there.
It’s actually very simple. True peace, happiness and joy lie within you; therefore, if you meditate correctly and investigate the nature of your mind you can discover the everlasting happiness and joy within. It’s always with you; it’s mental, not external material energy, which always fizzles out. Mental energy coupled with right method and right wisdom is unlimited and always with you.
That’s incredible! And explains why human beings are so powerful.
Materialists think that people are powerful because of their amazing external constructions, but all that actually comes from the human mind. Without the skill of the human mind there’s no external supermarket, therefore, instead of placing extreme value on the normal supermarket we should try to discover our own internal supermarket. That’s much more useful and leads to a balanced, even mind.

As I mentioned before, it sounds as if Buddhism is telling you to renounce all your possessions because extreme attachment is bad for you emotionally, but renunciation doesn’t mean physically giving up. You go to the toilet every day but that doesn’t mean you’re tied to it; you’re not too attached to your toilet, are you?
We should have the same attitude to all the material things we use—give them a reasonable value according to their usefulness for human existence, not an extreme one.
If a boy runs crazily over dangerous ground to get an apple, trips, falls and breaks his leg, we think he’s foolish, exaggerating the value of the apple and putting his well-being at risk for the sake of achieving his goal. But we’re the same.
We project extreme attachment onto objects of desire, exaggerating their beauty, which blinds us to our true potential. This is dangerous; it’s the same as the boy risking his life for an apple. Looking at objects with emotional attachment and chasing that hallucinated vision definitely destroys our own nature.
Human potential is great but we have to use our energy skillfully; we have to know how to put our lives in the right direction.
This is extremely important.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mind - Body - Mind - conection

When we think of "I AM", ( and I think you should spend sometime meditating on this, ((there are some good meditation practices in my blogs)) ) and we find this multifaceted, multidimensional aspects of the "SELF",   we cannot leave the body out of the picture!
it is a part of us, of who and what we are AND it is a direct link to how we feel and think.

Thoughts/feelings affect body and body affects thoughts/feelings
Have a look at this nice chart and see if it makes any scene to you ;) 

Buddhism: 50% of your State of Mind is dependent on your Posture.


Namaste
SjD @ yoga108Bali

Ross Sisters 1944. amazing!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

pineal gland

Lets leave for a moment the mythical aspects and power of out 3ed eye and look at the anatomy behind it.
More and more importance is being given to the glands of the endocrine system and the necessity of their proper functioning as advances in healthcare progress,
Much is still to be researched and understood about the body’s endocrine system, particularly the glands located in the the brain. 

Endocrine system


The endocrine system consists of a series of glands that secrete particular hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones send messages to the cells of the body, which in turn help to regulate a variety of functions including metabolism, growth and development, tissue function and mood. From its unique perch between the brain’s two hemispheres, the endocrine system’s pineal gland secretes melatonin, a derivative of serotonin, which generally contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness. 
The tiny, pine cone–shaped gland is joined by the habenular trigone and the posterior commissure to make up the epithalamus, which serves to connect the limbic system to other parts of the brain. 

The limbic system influences both the endocrine system and the autonomic nervous system and seems to have involvement (which is not entirely well understood) with emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory and olfaction (our sense of smell). 
Just in this brief description, we get a glimpse of the inextricable relationships amongst our organs, systems and their functions. 

Limbic system


Released by the pineal gland’s pinealocyte cells, melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals that damage neurons (or any cells, for that matter). 
The amount of melatonin found in spinal fluid is much higher than the amount in our bloodstream, and it controls our circadian rhythm—our sleep and wake cycle. 
The pineal gland creates more of the antioxidant at night, in the absence of light, which helps to dictate our sleeping patterns. Studies on the pineal gland and melatonin have contributed to chronobiology, the branch of science which explores rhythms in living organisms. We all know people who strongly identify with being a “morning person” or “night owl,” and chronobiology has ways of assessing these chronotypes. In the dark months of winter, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) seems to be the result of low melatonin levels. Interestingly, aside from our eyes, the pineal gland is the only other organ in our body that detects light.
 Melatonin is produced in response to another hormone called norepinephrine. 
Recent research shows that while the norepinephrine complex turns up melatonin in the evening (and the resulting sleepiness), dopamine and its receptor form a complex of proteins that does the opposite in the morning. 
The dopamine receptor on the outside of the pineal gland works alongside norepinephrine receptors to slow the melatonin-secretion signal in the early morning. 

Several diseases and conditions are affiliated with melatonin, including insomnia, fatigue, anxiety and, most recently, cancer. 
Since melatonin protects white blood cells against radiation damage, they provide a boost for the immune system. The blood flow through the pineal gland is very high and second only to the kidney, the body’s natural blood filter. 
This counts as another unique aspect of the pineal gland, as most other parts of the brain are separated from the bloodstream by the blood-brain barrier system (a separation of circulating blood from the brain extracellular fluid). 

The pineal gland also has an effect on our reproductive system. 
High levels of melatonin in children are thought to inhibit their sexual development, and pineal gland tumors have been linked to the onset of early puberty. 
In addition, when the gland is damaged, accelerated growth of sexual organs occurs. Dr. Rick Strassman, who conducted extensive research on near-death experiences in the 1990s, asserts that the pineal gland is also responsible for secreting the naturally occurring psychedelic hormone dimethyltryptamine (DMT). 
Structurally analogous to both serotonin and melatonin, it is believed DMT might help contribute to the visual effects of natural dreaming, near-death experiences, religious visions or other altered states. As we have attempted to understand its functions throughout history, the pineal gland has been associated with mystery and myth. 
RenĂ© Descartes, for example, dubbed it the “principal seat of the soul,” suggesting it connected the body and intellect. Further, the philosophy of French writer Georges Bataille holds that the pineal gland can be thought of as a blind spot in Western rationality. 
This could serve to explain why science has merely a partial understanding of its function and secretory activity. 
From a profound sense of clarity and presence to an increase in physical and mental health and balance, the effects of its proper functioning are wide-ranging and can be difficult to communicate. 
Further study will provide the elusive link between science and spirituality.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ending negitive karma



It should not be important how people treat us.
Important is how we treat our self and how we treat others.
In Buddhism there are many positive way to react when people treat us bad.
First, it is an opportunity to practice patient and tolerance.
Try to understand that these people are also suffering under the power of their desire, aggression, ignorance, pride, jealousy, etc. etc.
They have no control over themselves and we should not take these experience personally.
Second, we can take these difficult people as our Teacher giving us the opportunity to practice what has been just said.
Third, sometimes when we are hurt, it is our ego being hurt. 

Being hurt are just feelings and feelings come because of our ego thoughts. 
We should learn to 'let go' of these thoughts. 
This is easier if when have some kind of meditation experience.
Fourth is to accept the fact as stated by Buddha and Masters; that whatever happen to us is the result of our karmic result from past lives and this one. 

If we react negatively, the negative karma will continue into future lives. 
When we react positively, we will end the continuous round of negative karma
Bottom lineis, we should not be moved by the 8 worldly winds of;
praise and blame, gain and loss, pain and pleasure, fame and disrepute.

Monday, April 28, 2014

A poor man asked the Buddha...

A poor man asked the Buddha,

“Why am I so poor?”

The Buddha said, “you do not learn to give.”

So the poor man said, “If I’m not having anything?”

Buddha said: “You have a few things,

The Face, which can give a smile;

Mouth: you can praise or comfort others;

The Heart: it can open up to others;

Eyes: who can look the other with the eyes of goodness;

Body: which can be used to help others.”

So, actually we are not poor at all, poverty of spirit is the real poverty.

Via The ManKind Project

“Why am I so poor?”

The Buddha said, “you do not learn to give.”

So the poor man said, “If I’m not having anything?”

Buddha said: “You have a few things,

The Face, which can give a smile;

Mouth: you can praise or comfort others;

The Heart: it can open up to others;

Eyes: who can look the other with the eyes of goodness;

Body: which can be used to help others.”

So, actually we are not poor at all, poverty of spirit is the real poverty.

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There is ALWAYS something to GIVE.
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