Education in the United States and elsewhere is a nightmare. Our history classes our inaccurate, our schools are underfunded, and more and more, we’re not churning out students that are prepared to live effectively in this world. We learn math, we learn how to read, but there are 3 more subjects we should be learning.
1. The law of attraction.
As children, we have beaten into us the fact that there are a specific set of rules you have to follow in order to be happy and successful.
Even worse, we tell kids that there are only a handful of ways you can be happy and successful. You have to go to college and get a good job and buy the house and do the things and then die a happy person. Right?
Not necessarily. Teaching kids the law of attraction would give them better tools for going after their dreams.
It’s not as new agey as you might think. It’s just believing in yourself and going after your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with that and, frankly, a lot right with that.
There’s a saying popularized by the Dalai Lama that if every 8-year-old was taught to practice meditation, the world would eliminate violence in a generation.
This I believe to be an absolute fact. Continue reading
The Dogon are an indigenous people numbering between 400-800,000 and occupying the central plateau of Mali, in Western Africa. This tribe keeps a kind of ‘closed door‘ policy to outsiders, and those who get close are deemed to be lucky. It is believed that the Dogon are descended from Eyptians, as they have a similar astronomical lore dating to as far back as 3200 BCE.
This indigenous cosmology is what really sets the Dogon apart. Apparently they have always known certain things only unveiled by science in recent centuries, such as the fact that our planet is round and circles the sun. That is really just the beginning, though. Their belief system includes accurate information about the ‘Dog Star,’ Sirius. For one they’ve always known that it was a binary system, and even had a name for the companion star, Po Tolo (‘Seed Star’).
This is fascinating, given that the star is invisible to the naked eye. What’s more, they knew that this star had an incredible density. They claimed that the companion star is made of ‘Sagala,’ which is a mythical metal with greater density than iron. Of course, science now knows that Sirius’ companion is a white dwarf star, which is small and has immense density.
This information has bred speculation that perhaps these people had been contacted by an alien civilization which provided the knowledge. Perhaps this contact also has something to do with their art. Their most astonishing works are their ancestral woodcarvings and masks which have influenced modern art in the work of Pablo Picasso. There are over 80 different masks for different celebrations.
Check out these amazing photos for a glimpse into the incredible Dogon world.
The practice of smudging dates back to prehistoric times, and is still very much in use today worldwide for cleansing everything from dwellings to human spirits. However recent research has shed light on the popularity of this activity, revealing that burning certain plant matter actually clears harmful bacteria.
All Western use of burning herbs and plants for spiritual purposes aside, the activity rests firmly in the sensibilities of ancient cultures in that, historically, smudging was believed to put forth the spirits of various ‘allies’ to provide ease and balance to an individual or group.
In this way, the practice was used to clear spiritual and emotional negativity that has built up in a body or a space.
Of course, there are skeptics who belittle the practice as unscientific and akin to magic. The practice has a negative association to a form of cultural imperialism, where traditions of dwindling indigenous populations are co-opted by the descendants of those who more-or-less conquered them. Continue reading
Though forests around the world vary in their flora and fauna, their tendency to inspire awe in us is one commonality. The forest is beautiful and serves to remind us of our connection to the earth.
Deep in the embrace of the trees, the forest seems to come alive, its spirit transcending time and space to bring us its wisdom and the secrets of the years. Human beings have long relied on forests for sustenance – of body and of spirit – and these ten forests are but some examples of their majesty.
Rila Mountains, Bulgaria.
Himalayan salt has a variety of uses that ordinary salt does not have. In fact, Himalayan salt contains a menagerie of nutritional benefits such as having less sodium than regular salt, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
This kind of salt can also help with lowering blood pressure and even aid your digestion! That’s a lot of added bonuses compared to regular salt.
Not only does this kind of salt come with a variety of cooking benefits, but can also be used for lamps via “King Salts”.
Crystalline chunks of the pink salt that are turned into miniature lamps can help people with headaches, migraines, allergies, insomnia, skin conditions, rheumatism, blood system disorders, respiratory problems, and essentially any other scenario that involves excessive positive ions within the atmosphere.
These chunks of salt are often referred to as “King Salts” for their traditional royal value.
Assistant Professor G. S. Rahi of Physical Science at Fayetteville State University states this in concern of the relation between ions and humans, Continue reading
The strength of our solar plexus, also known as the Manipura Chakra (‘Lustrous Gem’), is of vital importance in our daily lives. This area of the body is the basis of our confidence and decision making skills. A balanced Manipura Chakra will lead to more confidence, better digestion, and overall better quality of life. On the other hand, when this chakra is out of balance, illness can result. Many ancient religions claim that an imbalance in digestion is the root of all illness.
When we fear or feel nervous, where do we feel it? We talk about ‘gut instinct,’ and this is in line with the theory that there is a second brain in our bellies. If our guts are out of order, then, how are our brains affected? It is vital that this area is properly aligned for better health!
Here are eight practices that we’ve researched that will lead to a balanced Manipura Chakra.
Diaphragmatic breathing is an important practice of Kundalini yoga. Known as ‘full deep breathing,’ it is when you inhale into your stomach and allow the breath to slowly fill your lungs to capacity.
On the outward breath, reverse order and allow the air to be released slowly from your lungs, then belly, and contracting the abdominals for the full exhale.
Not only is this good practice at the start of any yoga routine, or even as a start to your everyday, it is very important if you are feeling an imbalance in your solar plexus such as fog brain or lack of confidence. Continue reading