Meditation kept the Thai boys trapped in a cave astonishingly calm

Meditation kept the Thai boys trapped in a cave astonishingly calm

July 10, 2018 by PAUL RATNER
The story of the Thai boys soccer team trapped in a cave for two weeks has captivated millions of people around the world. Lost since June 23rd, the group spent ten days without any contact with the outside world. It was finally discovered on July 2nd and rescued on July 10th.

It turned out that Ekapol Chanthawong, the 25-year-old coach of the 12-player Wild Boars soccer team, is a former Buddhist monk. He spent a decade living as a monk and is a practitioner of meditation. It is that skill that has been credited with keeping the boys calm during this ordeal. In fact, when the British divers discovered them after ten days, the group was meditating.

Aisha Wiboonrungrueng, the mother of the 11-year-old Chanin, who was trapped in the cave, thinks the coach’s background definitely helped in this situation. Watching the video of the moment the boys were found, she thought it was very noteworthy how calm they were.

“Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting,” she said. ”No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing.”

Leah Weiss, a Standford expert taught by the Dalai Lama, told CNBC that meditating played a key role in keeping the group alive. It’s a kind of mental training that improves focus and compassion, according to the expert.

“For Buddhists, meditation is a go-to when distressed or in danger,” Weiss said. “Cognitive resources that would otherwise be hijacked by the threat can be accessed once again, meaning that problem-solving capacities increase.”

In particular, she pointed out that “given that insufficient air and food was a major issue for the trapped boys, meditation is actually a very practicalresponse to both of these concerns.”

Meditation creates a calming effect by slowing down the heart rate, breathing and metabolism, said Weiss. It also lowers the levels of cortisol and oxygen utilization. A meditating person would also emit less carbon dioxide.

More details about how the boys got trapped in the cave in the first place are to be uncovered, but it looks to be a very dramatic real-world demonstration of the power of meditation. The incident confirms a steadily growing body of research that shows how meditation and mindfulness practices lead to lower stress levels, improved positivity, and creativity as well as clearer focus and protection from depression.

 

What Time Should You Sleep??By James Pang

What Time Should You Sleep??By James Pang

Is there a best time to sleep? *There is a saying that sleeping early and waking up early is good for your health. How true is that?* Is it alright to sleep late and wake up late?

*You actually have an amazing biological clock ticking inside your body.* It is very precise. It helps to regulate your various body functions including your sleeping time.

*From 11pm to 3am,* most of your blood circulation concentrates in your *liver.* Your liver gets larger when filled with more blood. This is an important time when your body undergoes detoxification process. Your liver neutralizes and breaks down body toxins accumulated throughout the day.

However if you don’t sleep at this time, your liver cannot carry out this detoxification process smoothly.

· *If you sleep at 11pm, you have full 4 hours to detoxify your body.*
· If you sleep at 12am, you have 3 hours.
· If you sleep at 1am, you have 2 hours.
· And if you sleep at 2am, you only have 1 Hr to detoxify.
*What if you sleep after 3am? Unfortunately, you won’t have any time to actually detoxify your body.* If you continue with this sleeping pattern, these toxins will accumulate in your body over time. You know what happens next.

*What if you sleep late and wake up late?*

Have you tried going to bed very late at night? Did you realize you feel very tired the next day no matter how much you sleep ?

*Sleeping late and waking up late is indeed very bad for your health. Besides not having enough time to detoxify your body, you will miss out other important body functions too.*

*From 3am to 5am,* most blood circulation concentrates in your *lung.* What should you do at this moment? Well, you should exercise and breathe in fresh air. Take in good energy into your body, preferably in a garden. At this time, the air is very fresh with lots of beneficial negative ions.

*From 5am to 7am,* most blood circulation concentrates in your *large intestine.* What should you do at this moment? You should poop! Pass out all unwanted poop from your large intestine. Prepare your body to absorb more nutrients throughout the day.

*From 7am to 9am,* most blood circulation concentrates in your *stomach.* What should you do at this moment? Have your breakfast! This is your most important meal in a day. Make sure you have all the required nutrients from your breakfast. *Not having breakfast causes lots of health problems for you in the future.*

That’s the way to start your day

*No wonder people living in villages or in farms are healthier. They sleep early and wake up early as they follow their natural biological clock.*

If one follows this you’re sure to feel fresher and more energetic all day long

12 Types Of Pain That Are Directly Linked To Emotional States

12 Types Of Pain That Are Directly Linked To Emotional States

According to:
Dr. Susan Babel , Psychologist:- Emotions do Affect Chronic Pain.
She says that chronic pain, beside physical injury, may be caused by stress and emotional issues.

Let’s take a look at what pain in a particular area of your body indicates:

*Head*
Headaches can be caused by stress life. If someone has chronic headaches she/he needs to grab some time for themselves on daily basis. Relaxing may help you to relieve your body from the head pain.

*Neck*
Neck pain implies the need to forgive. It may be to forgive yourself or to forgive some other person. It is very important to focus on things that you love about yourself or what others love in you.

*Shoulders*
Pain in the shoulders is sign that person carries a heavy emotional burden. Shoulders carry everything. To solve this problem share the load with friends or family.

*Upper Back*
Upper back pain manifests lack of emotional support. Probably the person is holding back feelings or doesn’t feel appreciated. Just talk about your feelings with your partner or close friend.

*Lower Back*
Pain in the lower back shows that person has financial worries. Sit down and focus on managing money.

*Elbows*
Elbow and arm pain signifies a lack of flexibility. Try not to resist the natural changes in your life.

*Hands*
Pain in the hands may be caused by a lack of friends. Try to meet new people.

*Hips*
Fear of change, moving or waiting on a big decision can cause the hip pain. Make the changes step by step.

*Knees*
Pain in the knee is a sign of high self-esteem. Maybe you should try to do some volunteering work and remember no one is perfect.

*Calves*
Calf pain is caused by stress, emotional tension or jealousy. Maybe it is time to let go the jealousy or any big stressor in your life.

*Ankles*
Pain in the ankle means that you need more pleasure in your life. Try to enjoy the little things and every moment in your life.

*Feet*
Foot pain occurs if you fight with depression. Depression is a specific disease, but for a start try to find a new hobby or just adopt a pet.

Friends this concept is scientifically proven so before adopting medicine or concern for the doctor, give some time and observe your thought …it heals you automatically.

Source : the book ‘U can heal ur life’ by Louis Hay.

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7 Steps To Self-Fulfillment

7 Steps To Self-Fulfillment

In a busy world, it is very easy to feel as if you are unhappy or in need of self-fulfillment. Maybe you feel as if you do not have enough money, or your relationships are not where you want them to be. You may easily catch yourself wondering, “I just had this or that, I would be happy”.
The truth is, self-fulfillment cannot always come from material things.
Fulfillment is a mindset, and happiness is found when you can reflect and find contentment.
Here are 7 steps that you can take to feel more fulfilled and happy right now.
*1. Surround Yourself With Positivity*
A great deal of your happiness can be affected by your environment.
If you notice that you spend much of your time with people who have a negative impact on your mood or attitude, it may be time to branch out and connect with people who make you smile and push you toward positivity.
*2. Visualize Success*
Give yourself goals to reach, whether in your personal or professional life. Maybe you want to lose weight, go back to school for a higher degree, or drink more water.
Whatever you ware wanting to accomplish, you are most likely to be successful if you set tangible goals.
After you have set these goals, implement a plan to achieve them step by step, and spend time visualizing what it will take to be successful. Developing a clear vision for your goals makes them more realistic and tangible.
A great tool to help visualize your future and focus on your goals is a vision board.
*3. Celebrate Your Accomplishments*
When you achieve success and reach your goals, it is incredibly important to celebrate those wins and reward yourself in some way. Give yourself recognition for a job well done.
This can be done by going out with friends for the night, buying that one thing you have been holding off on, spending a day treating yourself or simply doing anything to celebrate that you have accomplished a goal.
*4. Take Charge*
It is often too easy to put others in charge of your own happiness, such as a spouse or friend.
The truth is that you are completely responsible for your own happiness and fulfillment.
Instead of blaming other people or things for your lack of happiness, take the matter into your own hands and find ways to be fulfilled no matter what comes your way or how others treat you.
Being in charge of your own destiny and self can seem challenging, but is extremely rewarding.
*5. Help Others*
A great way to feel fulfilled is to share what you have with others. This can include time, money, or skills.
If you are using these resources to benefit others, you are sure to not only help them out, but you will add to your own happiness.
*6. Take Care Of Yourself*
Even though it is great to help others, it is vital that you do not overlook your own needs. Give yourself rest when you need it. Lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
If you are taking care of yourself, you will be much more able to influence others around you and will feel happier overall.
*7. Find The Good*
While it may seem as if there is little to cherish in your life at times, you must look within and acknowledge the things that are going right. Find the situations and people in your life for which you are grateful, and focus on these.
Focusing on the positives will not only help you to feel a greater sense of fulfillment but will also allow you to identify the areas in your life where changes could be made.
Self-fulfillment does not happen in one day, it takes time and a conscious effort, but if we follow these steps and take action to change our daily rituals, we can become more fulfilled with the simplicities of our life.

Chakra Meditation. THE SEVEN CHAKRAS

Chakra Meditation.
THE SEVEN CHAKRAS

1. MULADHARA (BASE CHAKRA)

Symbol: The 4-petaled lotus flower

Location: Coccyx (base of the spine)

Colour: Red Body system: Elimination, lymph system

Emotion: Fear Endocrine gland: Ovaries and testes

Stone: Garnet

Mantra:Lam

Asana: Upavista Konasana (seated wide-angle pose)

Affirmation: “I am connected to mother earth and feel secure and protected.”

2.SVADHISTANA (SACRALCHAKRA)

Symbol: The 6-petaled lotus flower

Location: Sacrum

Colour: Orange

Body system: Digestive, reproductive system

Emotion: Passion

Endocrine gland: Adrenals

Stone: Ruby

Mantra:Vam

Asana: Salabhasana (Locust pose)

Affirmation: “I am worthy of love and physical pleasures. Life offers me everything I need for that journey”.

3. MANIPURA (SOLAR PLEXUSCHAKRA)

Symbol: The 10-petaled lotus flowerLocation: lumbar region of spine opposite navel

Colour: yellow

Body system: intestines, liver

Emotion: anger

Endocrine gland: pancreas

Stone: topaz

Mantra:Ram

Asana: Ardha matsyendrasana (spinal twist)

Affirmation: “I know I am becoming the best person I can be.”

4. ANAHATA CHAKRA (HEART CHAKRA)

Symbol: The 12-petaled lotus flowerLocation: Centre of chest

Colour: green

Body system: Heart and lungs

Emotion: Love, compassion

Endocrine gland: thymus

Stone: emerald

Mantra: Yam

Asana: Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

Affirmation: “I love myself for who I am and the potential within me.”

5. VISHUDDHA CHAKRA (THROATCHAKRA)

Symbol:
The 16-petaled lotus flower

Location: Base of throat

Colour: blueBody system: throat

Quality: introspection

Endocrine gland: thyroid

Stone: turquoise

Mantra:Ham
Asana: Sarvangasana (shoulder stand)

Affirmation: “My voice, thoughts and speech are filled with conviction.”

6. AJNA CHAKRA (THIRD EYE)

Symbol: The 2-petaled lotus flower

Location: Eyebrow centre

Colour: indigo

Body system: Forehead

Quality: Focus Endocrine gland:
pituitatry

Stone: amethyst

Mantra:Om

Asana: Padmasana (lotus pose) – concentrate on eyebrow centre

Affirmation: “The answers to all my questions lie within me.”

7. SAHASRARA CHAKRA (CROWNCHAKRA)

Symbol: The 1000-petaled lotus flower

Location: Crown of head

Colour: Violet

Body system: BrainQuality: Bliss, peace

Endocrine gland: pineal

Stone: gold topaz, diamond

Mantra: Silence
Asana: Shirshasana (headstand)

Affirmation: “I release all limited thoughts and lift myself up to higher levels of awareness”

“I am rich, fit, and I have mastered almost everything I wanted to master. Why am I still not happy and still not satisfied?” – posted in Quora by Anonymous

“I am rich, fit, and I have mastered almost everything I wanted to master. Why am I still not happy and still not satisfied?” – posted in Quora by Anonymous

*Answer by Karim Elsheikh*:

“Human happiness (as we know it) is caused by 4 basic chemicals:

*Dopamine*
*Endorphins*
*Serotonin*
*Oxytocin*

# On your journey to become fit, your body released endorphins to cope with the pain of physical exercise. You probably began to enjoy exercise as you got into it, and the endorphins made you happy – *temporarily*.

# On your journey to become rich, you probably completed many tasks and goals. You probably bought all the things you’ve ever wanted. Nice cars, beautiful clothes, and a perfect home. This released dopamine in your brain when you achieved your goals and bought these things, which once again contributed to your happiness – *temporarily*.

*So what about the other two chemicals?*

It turns out that human happiness is incomplete without all 4 chemicals constantly being released in the brain.

So now you need to work on releasing serotonin and oxytocin.

“How do I do that, Brother?”

# *Serotonin* is released when we act in a way that benefits others. When we give to causes beyond ourselves and our own benefit. When we connect with people on a deep, human level. Writing this Quora answer is releasing serotonin in my brain right now because I’m using my precious time on the weekend to give back to others for free. Hopefully I’m providing useful information that can help other people, like yourself.

*That’s why you often see billionaires turning to charity when they have already bought everything they wanted to, and experienced everything they wanted to in life*. They’ve had enough dopamine from material pleasures, now they need the serotonin.

# Oxytocin on the other hand, is released when we become close to another human being. *When we hug a friend, or shake someone’s hand, oxytocin is released in varying amounts*.

*Oxytocin* is easy to release. It’s all about becoming more social!

Share your wealth with your friends and family to create amazing experiences.

Laugh, love, cooperate, and play with others.
That’s it my friend!

I think it all comes down to the likelihood that you are missing two things: contribution and social connection”

(I think it’s a brilliant piece of information and I am also getting my dose of Serotonin now )!!
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