Just relax! It’s a well intentioned piece of advice; but not a very effective one if this just adds more pressure for a person to find inner-calmness. With the hustle and bustle of today’s world and technology moving at the speed of light, our minds are overrun with input from the moment we wake up to the moment we try to sleep.
The morning news, friends, family, coworkers, social media barrage us with opinions and trends, information and advice. And that’s not all! Background noise such as music and television can bring even more chaos for the mind to sort through. Regular practice of meditation brings about peace of mind, serenity, and allows the mind to be clear of chatter which then opens the door for intuition and psychic development.
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As individuals we all deal with stress, difficult situations and people differently. How quick we are to anger or how easily we are provoked, can depend on a number of factors. One is personality; Inherited personality traits and environment. Another can be learned behaviour. For example, those people who come from family backgrounds in which anger is often demonstrated; will believe that this is normal. They may also see it as a very effective way of getting what they want.
Though I believe we all have our own inner moral compass which tells us when something is not right, there will be some immature or emotionally weak individuals who will use aggressive tactics to get what they want, without thought or care for another person. Rather then using gentle persuasion or debate.
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What do the words ‘living freely’ mean to you? To some people, it will mean that they give themselves permission; To do exactly as they please. Without thought or care, for how what they do might affect other people. To others, living freely, means being true to themselves. By not allowing the thoughts and opinions of other people to influence, restrict or define them. I believe the true concept of living freely, goes much deeper then this.
Freedom is one of, if not ‘the’ most fundamental need of a human being. To be able to express our thoughts, feelings, ideas, personal and spiritual beliefs. Is vital to psychological and physical well being. Being true to yourself. Standing up for what you believe in.
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We have all made a mistake sometime in our life, some of us have made more than our fair share. Yet if you never made a mistake you would never learn anything. You would go on in your own little world thinking that everything was perfect and having no real idea how things really work. As a child you may have had a bicycle, if the bike never had a puncture or the chain never came off, you would happily keep peddling around the streets, not really understanding how you managed to get from A to B. But when the bike broke down, you would of had to get onto your hands and knees, so as to put the chain back on, or you would of had to take the wheel off so you could repair a puncture. By doing this, little by little you became to understand your bike.
Life is just the same, you do not begin to reflect on it, until things start going wrong. You have no need to question your actions if things are going well, you are too busy having fun. But as soon as the metaphoric wheels fall off from beneath you, it becomes inevitable that you will question why.
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The body as a whole is an excellent source of dream imagery. Particularly given the number of body related metaphors in daily use. In general the head and its features are related to spiritual or intellectual matters; whereas dreams of the torso and limbs are to do with physical concerns or instincts. The heart, is the traditional centre of our emotional lives and actual source of our life force. Phrases such as ‘broken-hearted’ or ‘the heart of the matter’ may feature in dreams, but it often represents love. Either yours or the love for someone else or the love that surrounds you.
Blood is a very powerful dream symbol. It represents the life force within everyone, literally the life blood of the human race. To dream about blood is connected to our physical and mental strength or general health. If you dream you are bleeding, you may be concerned about a loss of morale, will power and physical strength. The dream is probably only telling you what you already are aware of; But, it is strange how we often ignore the detrimental affects that our lifestyles and relationships have upon us in waking time. But when we dream about it in such a literal way, seeing ourselves being drained of our life force, our life blood, it can often be the wake up call we need to do something about it!
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Nightmares are often the product of an anxious mind. When the dreamer’s problems and fears, which are suppressed during the day, manifest themselves as a terrifying dream, jerking the dreamer awake. Nightmares that begin as narrative dreams and end with the dreamer in a state of distress are usually rooted in the problems and fears of the dreamers every day life. The dreamer may feel any number of disturbing emotions in a nightmare, such as anger, guilt, sadness or depression, but the most common feelings are fear and anxiety.
Nightmare themes may vary widely from person to person and in frequency. The most common nightmare theme is being chased. Adults are commonly chased by an unknown male figure whereas children are commonly chased by an animal or some fantasy figure.
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