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One day, Zhuangzi and a friend were walking by the river.
“Look at the fish swimming about,” said Zhuangzi, “they are enjoying themselves.”
“You’re not a fish!” replied his friend, “ there's no way that you could truly know that they’re enjoying themselves.”
“You are not me.” replied Zhuangzi, “so how could you know that I do not know that the fish are enjoying themselves?”
"I am not you, to be sure, replied his friend. So, of course, I don't know about you. But you are not a fish, so the case is complete…..you do not know that the fish are happy.
Zhuangzi smiled….."Let's go back to the beginning. You said, How do you know the fish are happy? But you already knew that I know it is asking me this. I know it right here above this river.”
This parable comes to us from the book of Zhuangzi, one of the two foundational texts of Taoism that contains stories that...
Have you been wondering about your life lately? Do you wish you could bring in more peace and light to help you overcome your challenges with ease? It is not easy to find peace in life, especially when it feels like everything is falling apart.
But what you don’t know is that an imbalance may bring about negative thoughts and feelings in your chakras. If only you knew how you could strike a balance in all your chakras, you wouldn’t have to worry about life’s challenges anymore. You would instead see these challenges as opportunities for growth.
The energy misalignment of your chakras can be dealt with when you undergo some chakra therapy. During chakra therapy, the seven chakra points in your body will undergo a chakra realignment. This will allow the positive energy to flow right through the different parts of your body.
In the end, your spirit will feel renewed with a sense of positivity that will help you overcome the...
Comprehending synchronicity is important because understanding the mechanics of how something works empowers you to own it and eventually live it. There is a high tendency to look upon spiritual matters as mysterious, and therefore unknowable. This is not the case. As with anything, there is a rational and intuitive aspect, or rather, there is a practical perspective and an intuitive perspective. Bringing some rationality to the equation is vital to move through the awe state that most everyone experiences when they begin to recognize synchronicities.
Though individual deduction and rationality have mostly been absconded by mainstream belief systems that are more rigid (yet becoming loosened) than what is required to comprehend some of the "miraculous" events and experiences happening in our world, simply put, long-standing, left-brained, cultural evidence-based rationality is being introduced to the intuitive truths...
What does it mean to meditate? Meditation is a term that has become synonymous with relaxation, self-reflection, and inner peace. The best meditation practice is the one that makes you forget about the world while you enjoy a few minutes of peace in the coming together of your mind, body, and soul.
For many, meditation has become their time away from the daily turmoil. Traffic, family issues, work pressure, all these contribute to practically everyone's daily struggles.
While many may say that any place can be a good place to meditate, there are undoubtedly particular areas in the world that are perfect meditation destinations.
In the world of yoga and meditation, a meditation retreat for beginners is one of the most sought after experiences. Not only does it open the doors for spiritual, emotional, and mental healing, but it facilitates self-discovery as well.
Traditional meditation has been illustrated as a practice...
Written by Suzan Ahmed
As a mixed African, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Arab heritage woman, I have experienced others’ perceptions of who I am across various categorical labels throughout my life.
From “Black” to “Black and Asian,” to “Muslim,” or the terms I have typically landed on: “Sudanese and Filipino.”
Somehow, I believed that the more objectively “accurate” a description I could give myself—the more “right” one.
But “right” for whom?
Looking back on my life, I realize how much time and energy I have spent “fitting in,” being liked, people-pleasing—and rather than judging myself for this, I can now see it as an adaptive strategy.
A SURVIVAL strategy passed down from my parents and ancestors’ lived experiences.
While I have fortunately felt connected to a real sense of who I am inside throughout life, I can see how I...
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Earthing is an absolutely remarkable phenomenon, and it may be one of the greatest tools we have available to us today to help us heal, reconnect, and find balance in our lives!
Learn more by watching the Earthing Documentary here on Youtube ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44ddtR0XDVU
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Anisimov S, Mareev E, Bakastov S. On the generation and evolution of...
Is 2020 the New 2012?
“Judgment day and the end of the world is in our minds..and our minds are a dangerous place to be” -Kelly Cutrone.
Hey, hey, Remember when everyone said the world would end in 2012 and they made a movie about it and everything? And everyone was saying that there would be cataclysmic events like Massive fires, World War 3, plagues of locusts, floods, and mass civil unrest...leading to complete shutdown of all society?? Yeah, so uh funny story while we all know that didn’t happen in 2012, cause we’re all still here almost every prediction people made about how the world would end back then has pretty much come true for 2020. Wildfires exploded across Australia at the tail end of 2019 and were most influential in January. WW3? In January, after the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, tensions between the US and Iran were at an all-time high, with attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad sparking fears the next war could happen...
Soltara is an ayahuasca retreat center located in Costa Rica, and at the end of 2019, I went to check it out.
The end of 2019 was a time of wild transformation. I felt as if the universe was conspiring through me to get some severe healing work done, preparing for even more significant changes in 2020. You’re already starting to see the results today. Now, I usually only do plant medicine ceremonies just a few times a year. Still, leading up to the holiday season, I somehow ended up booked three trips to Ayahuasca centers in Costa Rica, over a month and a half.
So this video is about the trip I took to Soltara, and what happened there. This beautiful center is nestled on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya, with a view never getting old. This place offers ceremonies exclusively in the Shipibo tradition from Peru. These ceremonies were different from any other plant medicine ceremony I’ve been apart of before, taking place almost entirely in...
Tree-huggers at heart will rejoice to meet the entrancing rainbow tree. A tree with paint brush-like strokes of neon green, red-orange, and deep maroon may sound like a science-fiction creation, yet the rainbow eucalyptus grows on our very own planet earth!
Here are 10 Reasons why you should add a visit to a rainbow eucalyptus tree to your bucket list:
1) Living Rainbow Bark: Shedding bark reveals a striking bright green color, which eventually fades to orange-red, then maroon, and brown tones. Because the tree sheds in parts, all of these colors can be present at once, creating a rainbow effect.
2) Never the Same Tree Twice: You might also call it 'the tree of transformation' because it is continuously shedding and growing fresh layers of bark. Its striking pattern of color continually shifts.
3) Quick Growing: In its native home of the Philippines, this eucalyptus plant is widely used for pulpwood because of its swift growth at around 3 feet per year. It's fast...
While vicious brush fires continue to tear across Australia, indigenous elders at the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in Southeastern Australia celebrate an unexpected discovery caused by fire damage. The site is home to a sophisticated and extensive aqueduct system built over 6,600 years ago.
A Hopeful Discovery
After a series of bushfires scorched 7,000 hectares of the national park before being subdued, indigenous elders and park rangers were pleasantly surprised to discover previously hidden sections of the waterway system. The burning of high grasses and other vegetation made it possible to investigate new portions of the land.
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation project manager Denis Rose related that he and his team were less concerned about the fire damage to cultural structures, as most of them are stone products of the lava flow.
The group expressed concerns that the raging fires could cause large trees to uproot and disrupt structures,...