How to Deal with People Who Don’t Like You

How do you cope with people who dislike you without them having an apparent reason? This is especially distressing since maybe you have done nothing wrong to cause their contempt? It happens in life a lot more than you think and may not be in any way your fault at all, well most of the time! In this post, Inzspire examines the reasons behind this and how to deal with it.

This particular article really resonates with me. When I first started working many years ago, there was a member of staff I worked with who really hated me. I was devasted as I genuinely did not understand what I had done to make her act in such a way towards me. She constantly made disparaging remarks about me to other team members and openly confronted me on many occasions. She rejected any overtures I made to her to resolve the situation, and when I raised the issue with my manager, it was rejected as paranoia on my part.

What made matters worse was when a chance for promotion came about, she voiced her opinion to our manager that I was unsuitable for the role. It didn’t make my situation any better just because it arose from her own professional frustrations. I felt compelled to justify myself all of the time, and had to deal with all of the negative publicity. Eventually, she got the position and she continued to make my life a living hell before I quit.

I decided from that moment on that whilst I was unable to control how people felt about me, I could control how I felt about them.

#1 “You”

This is a very good place to start. Take a moment to decide whether you’re doing something that may be disrespectful or inappropriate before deciding it has nothing to do with you. Here are some of the reasons why people may dislike you. Go through the list and be honest. Are there any here you can relate to? Let us know in the comment section below.

It’s all about you?

Every day when you come to work, you cannot wait to tell people what has happened in your life. You’re always trying to brag about everything in your life and making it sound as if it’s all brilliant and wonderful. However, you never inquire about others’ well-being or show little interest in them.

If that is what is happening, engage with the world and the people in it as nobody wants to be around someone who is always talking about themselves.

You are intimidating

For those that are not fully confident, seeing someone who is successful and assured can be sometimes imposing. Unfortunately, they may confuse your confidence for arrogance, and they’ll think you’re too big for your boots. In this instance, you have to keep going as this is not your problem.

You are too self-opiniated

Well, you must be really upsetting the bullies and the vain ones of the group! They feel that you have no right to speak back to them. Some people simply want you to say yes, and when you don’t, they get very upset. It’s not a bad thing to be outspoken, opinionated, with sincerity. But, like too much of something, being candid with someone has a way of rubbing people the wrong way. Being too blunt or straightforward in some situations may be totally off-putting.

However, you should continue to speak out and advocate for what you believe in, whatever the case might be, as long as you treat people with respect and allow them to have their own opinion especially if it does not match yours.

Being negative all the time

The impact of constantly negative prevents positive energy from flowing and causes the Law of Attraction to attract negative rather than positive outcomes. It increases our anxiety and uncertainty, as well as our trust and faith in ourselves and our goals.

Negativity, like many other things in life, can become a habit. Criticism, cynicism, and denial can all lead to the formation of neuronal pathways in the brain that promote sadness. These negative tendencies can cause our brain to misinterpret the reality, and the ability to break the negative cycle much more difficult.

Always interrupting people’s conversations

Some people interrupt because they are so enthralled by what you are saying that they can’t wait to share their thoughts and feelings with you. Similarly, many persistent interrupters are completely unaware that they are doing so. Interrupting other people, they believe, is what keeps the conversation lively and interesting.

This is known as a “conversational narcissist”. A conversational narcissist is someone who keeps the conversation focused on themselves and then walks away when it is no longer about them. They are uninterested in what other people have to say in general.

People are jealous of you

People who are envious of you are aware that you are succeeding, and they wish for the same success for themselves. Rather than spending their time in bettering their own lives, they tend to tear down others. Their envy stems from their own life shortcomings and inadequacies. Allowing these people to drag you down is not a good idea. Rather than being offended by this, try to persuade them to go their own way.

Your appearance or an event ‘triggers’ them

This is a difficult one to interpret or understand. It could be a recollection of an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend, or you could even resemble a family member with whom they are no longer friendly. They have negative thoughts every time they see you.

You can see how this is completely unrelated to you and entirely about them. There’s nothing you can do about it until they’ve recovered from their trauma or they accept your presence. It’s totally out of your control, and all you can do now is realise that they have the problem and they have to deal with it.

#2. “Them”

Some people in life are not going to like you and it is not your responsibility to persuade them to do so

You have more important things to think about and do. Yes, you should be courteous, philosophical even, but you must also be true to yourself. Some people dislike you because they don’t think those aspects of your personality meld with theirs; others dislike you because they see no gain or they feel that you do not make it worthwhile for them to spend their time with you.

It’s important to note that people have favourites both inside and outside the workplace; I’m sure you’ve noticed this: there are certainly some people with whom you get along and others with whom you don’t. Although it can appear personal, it is simply human nature and you just need to accept it.

#3. “Don’t Bite”

Acceptance, however, does not imply that you reciprocate. There’s an old adage that arguing with fools just serves to show that there are two of them. Don’t do it, no matter how important you feel the need to take some form of retaliatory action.

Redirecting the dialogue is one tactic that can remedy the potential conflict and avoid the temptation to engage. If at any stage you feel the conversation appears to deviate and slowly go downhill, quickly return the conversation to its original subject by saying. “We appear to be digressing, so let’s get back to the job in hand” for example.

You can try to calmly discuss the problem with them. However, if you don’t have something in common that is equally important to both sides, you’ll probably be turned down, if you ever try to resolve the reasons why that person dislikes you.

#4. Accept & Adjust

Dealing with someone who is so disapproving of you can be exhausting, so redirect your attention to those who believe in you.

For example, you are employed because you’re capable of doing the role, and the people who hired you know it. It makes no difference what others think about your qualifications or your competence in the job.

Determine whether or not you should be concerned. Not everybody who crosses your path should be considered a potential friend. It might not be fun if a fellow employee or someone you are aware dislikes you, but you can determine if it’s worth it and try to build the required bridges and win them over. Not everyone is worth your time and effort however, especially if they are extremely difficult and you stand to gain nothing by discussing it with them.

If you know why the person dislikes you, ask yourself if it’s really important that they like you. Does it really matter what they think? Do they dislike a lot of people? You may not be “special” in that case. You just accept and adjust.

#5. Tolerate

Regardless of the negative situation, you must keep going and, of course, whilst this is the best approach, it is easier said than done.

When all else fails, it’s best to accept the presence of the occasional adversary. You don’t have to go around provoking people, but if you don’t like someone and they don’t like you, you don’t have to go out of your way to please them either.

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Learning How to Build Self Confidence

by Guest Writer Les Beat

Most of us at some point in our lives have yearned for change, to do something different. We may even have had clarity in what we wanted to do and felt the sensation of what it would feel like to succeed. For some inexplicable reason it was only a fleeting glimpse and the idea slipped to the back of our minds only to be lost in the hotchpotch of everyday life.

Why do we find such comfort in our inaction? What prevents us from moving forward? Fear and self-doubt can lead to a lack of self-confidence.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to wake up every morning feeling like a million dollars alive with excitement and positivity flowing through your veins? You don’t stop to wonder why you just launch yourself into your day and combine effortlessly with family, friends and colleagues. At work, you complete your tasks with a lasting calmness and enthusiasm, which is seemingly unbounded. Fanciful! Not at all.

If you are constantly bombarding yourself with negative thoughts, telling yourself that you are not good enough to have the things you want, thinking you are somewhat lacking in certain qualities and therefore not worthy of success; isn’t it no wonder this has an adverse effect on your confidence? It can make you feel like you can’t do anything right.

If you think about the tasks, you do every day, most of them are wired into you and they are completed automatically. Other less frequent events such as a trip to the dentist, a driving test, a job interview or a project at work; you have taken on with a little trepidation but nonetheless have completed them all as it was essential to your wellbeing. It is important to look at past achievements and remember how you felt in yourself when they were accomplished. Knowing you can do it goes a long way to dispel your fear of moving on.

State of MInd:

When you feel intimidated by a situation it is not the situation you are reacting to it is about your feelings to the situation and your feelings are your own. You don’t have to be governed by your feelings. You have the choice to feel how you want and, in that moment, make the right decision for you. Being confident is no exception and you can create it through your state of mind.

Changing your mind:

The average person thinks thousands of thoughts ln a day and thoughts have a massive bearing on your state of mind and how you feel. It would be difficult to monitor all your thoughts constantly. Try capturing them in a common situation in an average day and you would most likely find the majority are negative. Of course, not all negative thoughts are bad though, indeed some are essential to our survival, but most do not serve a useful purpose.

Our thoughts and emotions are closely related and one is influencing the other. So, it goes without saying that if you change your mind and create more positive thoughts then you will find yourself in a more powerful and confident state and once again have a believe in your own abilities to achieve your dreams.

Learning how to build confidence:

1 Purpose

Why do you want to boost your confidence? You may have a new project in mind, something you have always wanted to do that would make a big difference in your life. Maybe you are wanting to change but are not quite sure what to do. Just knowing what it is will be the first step to building your confidence. Have a fixity of purpose on your goal. This doesn’t mean that you have to be rigid in how you get there but focusing on your intended outcome with determination is a powerful tool to have.

2 Visualisation – practice everyday

Imagine what it would be like to be confident and living your life with no doubts and fears. Picture yourself in your mind’s eye as that person, seeing you move with confidence, talk with confidence and wearing your strong suit and not your weak suit. Now most importantly begin to feel that powerful emotion of confidence spreading through you

3. Keeping motivated

However confident you start to feel you may find that there will be days when your confidence and motivation start to wane a little. It’s good to set aside some regular me-time so you can quietly review your goals and run through your techniques.

Friends are special but you may need to find new like-minded people with the same focus as you. Look for local groups or online. Sharing their experiences and knowledge can be a great source of inspiration, motivation and gaining confidence.

4. Positive affirmations

What you are looking to achieve is to be a happier and more confident person. It is natural to experience ups and downs in your life, but when the latter outweighs the former then you need to get back on track. You can start by checking your thoughts.

A great saying goes like this, ” if you say you can’t you won’t, if you say you can you will”. You may recognise thoughts like these. “I could never do that”, “I always make mistakes”, “I am not clever enough”.

Start to challenge the thoughts that continually put you down and make you feel limited and bad about yourself. A good way to do this for lasting change is to write down positive affirmations that reflect yourself in the present. ” I am a fantastic person”, “I am very happy”, ” I am confident”, “I am strong”. Write whatever works for you. Read them before you sleep and when you wake. For your intended goals you could write, ‘ there will be challenges for me along the way and as a resourceful person, I have the abilities to overcome them.

5. Taking Action

There’s no time like the present and never a truer word has been spoken. Did you know the best way to promote confidence is to start acting confidently and enthusiastically even if you are feeling low?

This will hasten your improvement no end. If you can get into a daily routine of promoting your positive thoughts and actions then this can soon lead to success. In the words of the late and great, Susan Jeffers, Psychologist, ‘feel the fear and do it anyway.

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About Les Beat

Les Beat has been a qualified employment professional for over 20 years helping people find that spark of excellence he believes is inside us all, so they can share it with society. Les has a keen interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Personal Development.

People who want to disappear

What causes people to decide that they have had enough of their way of life and the only solution for them is to ‘disappear’ abandoning their lives, careers, homes, and families with no intention of returning? Well, that is what is happening in Japan where companies are helping those people who simply want to vanish.

There is a word in Japanese known as jouhatsuwhich translated means “evaporation”, but it also applies to individuals who intentionally vanish into thin air and keep their whereabouts hidden for years, with some never returning to their former life.

Whilst it is not uncommon for people to disappear all over the world, Japan is likely to be more widespread than most other places due to cultural considerations. Like the taboo topic of suicide, jouhatsu is distasteful and almost unthinkable in Japanese society as a subject to discuss in regular conversation. The disappearing acts stem from Japan’s pressure to save “face”. Incredibly, you will not find an office of missing persons in Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people go missing each year, according to the Missing Persons Search Assistance Association of Japan, a non-profit dedicated to assisting jouhatsu families.

Why do people want to disappear?

The word jouhatsu first appeared in the 1960s and it was first used to describe people who chose to leave abusive relationships rather than go through the embarrassment of the traditional divorce process at the time. But it soon included people with depression, addiction, sexual impropriety, all requiring a need for solitude. It’s also been used to get away from domestic abuse, gambling debts, religious cults, stalkers, bosses, and complicated family circumstances in the past.

The humiliation of losing a job, being divorced, or even failing an exam can drive people to vanish. Ian Fleming in the James Bond book, “You Only Live Twice” mentions students disappearing rather than face the embarrassment of failing their exams. Their solution was to commit suicide in the ‘Garden of Death’, a place James Bond has to investigate.

In real life and in certain instances, being jouhatsu is simply a way to start over. They can leave their former homes, occupations, families, identities, and even appearances when they vanish.

When the Japanese economy collapsed in the 1990s, there was a significant increase in jouhatsu and suicide as many salaried workers lost their jobs and/or accrued debts.

In Japan, people who, for whatever reason, decide they don’t want to be identified are referred to as the “maliciously missing” by the police. The police consider that if you are facing a felony trial or prison time, it’s not unusual for people to disappear. In reality, many have staged elaborate deaths to throw the law enforcement agencies off their game (a person who skips out on bail or a criminal running from the law is considered “wanted,” not “missing”).

A thriving Industry?

Businesses that support the jouhatsu are known as “yonige-ya”, which translates to “fly-by-night shops”. These businesses are reasonably easy to locate and have their own websites.

Currently, depending on a variety of factors, a yonige-ya will charge anywhere between $50,000 ($450) (£325) to $300,000 ($2,600) (£1,900) for its services. The number of belongings, the size, whether the move is nocturnal, whether children are being transported, and whether the move is being made to avoid debt collectors are all considerations to consider.

Without the aid of yonige-ya, people have been known to vanish on their own. There are sourcebooks available that can assist people in becoming jouhatsu.

Regardless of their motivations, they seek assistance from companies who can guide them through the process. These clandestine operations are known as “night moving” programmes, a reference to the secrecy surrounding jouhatsu training. They will assist individuals who wish to isolate themselves from their lives in a safe manner, as well as provide accommodation in hidden locations.

Sho Hatori, who formed a night-moving business in the 1990s when Japan’s economic bubble went on a significant downturn says, “What we did was help people to start a second life.” He initially assumed that financial ruin would be the only reason for people to leave their troubled lives, but he soon discovered that there were also “social causes” too.

Hiroki Nakamori, a sociologist, has been studying jouhatsu for over a decade. “It’s just easier to evaporate in Japan,” says Nakamori. Missing people are able to withdraw money from ATMs without being flagged, and their family members are unable to view surveillance footage that could have caught their loved one fleeing. The police will only intervene when a crime or major incident has been proven to have been committed, such as a robbery or an accident. The family’s only option is to hire a private investigator at a high cost or just sit it out. That is everything there is to it.

Where do they go?

The jouhatsu are frequently unable to be located, especially in the context of Japan’s strict privacy laws. The majority of jouhatsu cases are civil in nature, and personal information is not readily accessible.

San’ya, a Tokyo slum that once housed tens of thousands of day labourers, is said to be a safe haven for the jouhatsu. In Osaka, Kamagasaki or Airin-chiku is another neighbourhood where you can live without an ID and is therefore preferred. Since they have cash-paying jobs, these districts are strongholds for the Yakuza (criminal organisations) and so, ideal for people who want to disappear, as most people will not want to go and look for them.

People who have become jouhatsu are often tracked down by detective agencies. They have been found spending time at pachinko parlours (slot machines and pinball) and cheap hotel rooms on occasion, and on other occasions, they have been found dead.

The people who have disappeared

For many of the jouhatsu, feelings of sorrow and remorse linger even after they have left their lives behind.

Sugimoto, a businessman who left his wife and children, says, “I constantly have the impression that I’ve done something wrong.” Sugimoto is currently residing in a house in Tokyo’s residential area.

Saita, the woman who runs the night-moving business where he is being housed, also was a jouhatsu who vanished 17 years ago. “In a way, I’m a missing person – even now,” she says, referring to her disappearance after being in a sexually abusive relationship. She admits that she has various types of clients, all with individual stories to tell, and she never considers any of their circumstances not serious enough.

What of the People who are left behind?

The emotional toll is considerable. They swing back and forth between hope and despair. The abandonment and subsequent quest for their jouhatsu can be intolerable for loved ones who are left behind. The phrase “life in limbo” is often used to explain how families are unable to move on while a loved one remains missing.

When an individual goes missing for an extended period of time, this is referred to as ambiguous loss. There is no closure or resolution to allow people who have been left behind to move on. This is exacerbated by the person’s desire for a happy reunion with their loved one, or even just learning what happened and why the person went missing in the first place.

Varying opinions about whether the missing person is alive or dead will inevitably be a topic of discussion for relatives and friends. This can add to the distress and friction in a relationship or friendships, particularly if a family member is suspected of “contributing to” someone going missing.

Following a disappearance, families can face legal and financial issues. They are frequently responsible for managing and protecting the missing person’s affairs when they are gone, which can be very distressing because they will feel obligated to secure the life they hope their missing loved one will return to.

The missing person returns?

If a missing person is found alive or dead, their families are confronted with a new set of emotions. It is unusual that joy in a reunion is as easy as it seems. Many families are relieved that the individual has been identified, but they are still frustrated. They frequently have unanswered questions, and they might be concerned that the individual will vanish again.

If the individual chooses not to contact them again, other families may feel betrayed, worried, and frustrated. This is particularly true when their family member has been missing for a long time and the police investigation has been closed. Then suddenly they appear. One interviewee described it as “having a stranger in your home,” and said she wasn’t sure whether it was safe to speak about what had happened.

Even if the reconnection is successful, it can present major challenges. Families and lost persons who have returned to their homes receive no help. When young people go missing, they will be referred to local social care, which may result in continuing help for them and their families, but when adults go missing, there is no promise of support until the police have done their job.

More should be done to help families of people who go missing, given the complexity of their needs. Following a disappearance, families may be offered support services that clarify the legal and financial challenges they may face. While such support will not make the pain of losing a loved one go away, it will help to alleviate some of the unforeseen pressures that come with it.

A Brief Guide to Chakras

What do we mean by the term ‘chakras’? Chakras are energy centres within your energy field, a subtle emanation around the body, known as the”aura,” according to Hindu spiritual practice. Quite simply, each chakra is associated with a specific body part and possesses both mental and physical qualities. In this post, we explore each chakra point on your body and how you can improve your quality of life, by following these simple steps.

They run from the base of your tailbone to the top of your head and the exact number of chakras varies according to various energy theorists; but generally, there are seven major chakras.

The term ‘chakra’ is a Sanskrit word, (a classical language of South Asia) meaning “wheel,” and is represented as spinning wheels of energy. Each “wheel” vibrates at a specific frequency, allowing energy from the universe to flow through the body.

Now before some dismiss the explanation of chakra as just a placebo effect, there is evidence, whilst not scientifically proven, to back up the theory of energy healing, which includes chakras. There have been a lot of clinical studies done on how energy healers use the chakras to help others heal, with positive results on pain, anxiety, and even immune and hormone dysfunction.

The seven main chakras points

Each chakra is related to a specific part of the body, and are defined as a colour, an acupuncture point, crystals, and a specific mood. If any chakra point is blocked, yoga is recommended to help align it. In the world of Yoga, there are various poses to help alleviate problems with any chakra point in your body. Details are provided under each section below, and there is a free yoga book on offer at the end of this post.

1 The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

Location: Top of your head:

Colour: Violet, white:

Crystal: Clear quartz, apophyllite, selenite

The spiritual bond and transformation are the focus of this chakra. This chakra also helps you to recognise your own divinity, the angelic energy, uplifting and encouraging you and is your source to God which helps you understand that you are a soul in a human body.

Stress, sickness, emotional upheaval, and conflict can all cause blockages or imbalances in your chakra system. When the crown chakra is obstructed, it can cause you to have lack of inspiration, it can contribute to spiritual malaise and detachment from the world around you.

Yoga positionHeadstand

This is the most ambitious pose and if not suitable or too difficult, you can obtain the same result in adopting the Savasana position.

Savasana is a technique that involves gradually calming one body part, one muscle, and one thought at a time. When you repeat this exercise on a regular basis, it teaches the body to relieve tension and increases your physical and emotional well-being.

Alternative treatment-Add a few drops of frankincense, an essential oil that is said to balance crown energy, to a warm bath. Aromatherapy has the potential to be therapeutic.

2 The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

Location: Centre of your forehead

Colour: Purple

Crystal: Amethyst, kunzite lepidolite

Wisdom is represented by the third eye chakra, which is also where the intuition and intuitive abilities reside. Clear thinking, spiritual contemplation, and self-reflection are all possible through the third eye.

It is the physical body’s highest chakra, allowing it to have imaginative insight. The third eye can also assist in determining one’s truth and values by seeing what one chooses to see (reality) in the world.

When your Third Eye chakra is blocked, you lose your sense of direction and your life becomes stagnant

Yoga position-Sukhasana (Easy Pose).

Helps you look inwards and internal organs are flexed and held supple by this exercise. It extends and lengthens the spine. When the head and torso are supported, it relieves neck and lower back pain. It also stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles gently.

Alternative treatment– Since sleep is so vital for your third eye, getting plenty of good sleep every night is the best thing you can do to take care of it. Meditation is one tool for addressing the problem of a Third Eye blockage. Healthy eating and any kind of energy healing, such as aromatherapy, chakra stones, or sound therapy, can also aid in the restoration of the Third Eye’s equilibrium.

3 The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

Location: At your neck

Colour: Blue

Crystal: Aquamarine, blue aragonite

The throat chakra represents your capacity to communicate, express yourself, and understand and speak your inner truth “purely.” This entails being true to yourself and others by sharing your needs, desires, and opinions.

You can experience difficulties with creativity and speech if your throat chakra is blocked or misaligned. Physical symptoms such as thyroid dysfunction, sore throat, and hearing difficulties may all be caused by throat chakra issues. Chakra stones are thought to be able to rebalance this chakra.

Yoga position-Lion’s breath Breathing posture

Not only does Lion’s Breath stretch your facial muscles, but it also strengthens your throat and spine. Lion’s Breath improves confidence by opening the throat chakra.

It also increases circulation thus relieving anxiety and tightness. It’s a rousing and energising breath that helps to relax the mind.

Alternative treatment-Neck stretching is beneficial and regular chanting or singing practise can also be valuable.

4 The Heart Chakra (Anahata)

Location: At the center of your chest

Colours: Green, pink

Crystal: Rose quartz, watermelon tourmaline, aventurine

The heart chakra, also known as the anahata chakra in Sanskrit, is located at the base of the spine, near the heart. Anahata loosely translates to “unharmed.” As a result, the heart chakra serves as a source of compassion, empathy, affection, and forgiveness for the individual.

Stress and emotional pain, which can be brought on by bad memories, old programming, emotions, and/or overthinking, can block your heart chakra, making it difficult to shape and maintain healthy relationships.

Yoga position-Upward-Facing Dog

This is a back-bending asana in western yoga as exercise. It is usually part of the widely-performed (12) Surya Namaskar series.

Alternative treatment– Do breathing exercises, eat leafy greens, and surround yourself with greenery, such as house plants.

5 The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

Location: Above your belly button

Colour: Yellow

Crystal: Citrine

In Sanskrit, the solar plexus chakra, or Manipura, means “city of jewels.”. It is the source of personal control and is located in the upper belly at the diaphragm. Personality, ego, self-esteem, and identity, as well as personal independence, choice, confidence, and authenticity, are all governed by this chakra.

Nausea, bloating, and other digestive problems are symptoms of chakra blockage. A chakra imbalance in the stomach can cause emotional distress in addition to physical symptoms. Physical exercises, such as beginning a yoga practice or some other activity that requires body movement, are some calming practices for this Chakra. The Sun offers healing energy since fire is the element of the Solar Plexus Chakra. Every day, exercise or walk outside for at least 20-30 minutes in the sun is highly effective.

Yoga positionWarrior I pose.

This is a standing yoga pose that aids in the development of focus, strength, and stability. This fundamental pose extends the front side of the body and is beneficial for leg, heart, and back power. Practitioners with a poor heart should avoid this pose.

Alternative treatment-Daily affirmations revolving around strength and self-love are prescribed. It’s also important to get a regular dose of sunshine in the morning, preferably outside.

6 The Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana)

Location: Under your belly button

Colour: Orange

Crystal: Carnelian and aragonite

The sacral chakra is the seat of emotions and thoughts, as well as a source of pleasure. It is involved in our sexuality as well as the manifestation of our sexual needs and desires.

Issues with the reproductive system may arise when the sacral chakra is out of sync or blocked, including menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections, a substantial increase or decrease in sexual desire, and lower back pain. It’s also possible to have problems with the bladder, kidneys, or adrenal glands.

Burn Muladhara incense and essential oils to help with the issue. Aromatherapy has potent healing properties that help people feel healthy and secure. Practice root chakra, stabilising postures and repeat positive affirmations about protection (See 7).

Yoga position-Goddess Pose

Goddess pose, also known as ‘horse stance’ or the Sanskrit Utkatakonasana, may be among the top ten inspiring postures; legs grounded and heavy, arms spread and back muscles engaged; the body taking up space and the mind feeling more secure and dominant.

Alternative treatment– Every day, do something creative like drawing, writing, or dancing.

7 The Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Location: The base of your spine

Colour: Red

Crystal: Blackstones, like hematite and obsidian

The root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and is located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae.

Since the root chakra is all about being grounded, stable, and protected, doing things that bring you into your body and make you feel connected can help you open it: yoga, dancing, going for walks, having a massage, walking barefoot, and placing your hands in the earth are all good ways to open it.

Yoga positionYoga Pose

Easy pose or any pose that keeps you connected to the ground

Alternative treatment– Use a grounding meditation, eat more root vegetables, or “earth” (walk barefoot on the grass) every day to help you ground yourself. This is particularly important if your job or life feels uprooted, you live in a high-rise building, you’re constantly surrounded by crowds, or you travel often.

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Are We Living In A Computer Simulation?

The case For and Against

The Dillema

“It is possible that I am dreaming right now and that all of my perceptions are false.” — René Descartes

Are we living in a computer simulation? Well probably …or probably not-depending on which side of the argument you are on. The concept that all of us existing in some form of simulation has captivated philosophers for centuries. Here are some of the arguments (simplified for my benefit!) for and against this view. You judge for yourself?

THE CASE FOR

A variant of the simulation hypothesis was reputed to have been first suggested in a philosophical argument by René Descartes in the seventeenth century.

Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at the University of Oxford, developed a more in-depth case about the possibility of our world being a simulation in 2003. Unlike, in the film, “the Matrix” where the physical world is simulated but the thinking minds are not, Bostrom’s hypothesis is that human consciousness is yet another figment of the simulation.

In his paper, Nick Bostrom considered that at least one of three possibilities is true:

1) All human-like civilizations in the universe perish before they achieve the technological capacity to build virtual realities;

2) If some civilizations ever enter this stage of technological maturity, none of them would be interested in creating simulated worlds;

3) Advanced civilizations will have the technological capacity to create many, many simulations, implying that there are many more simulated worlds than non-simulated ones.

In conclusion, Bostrom considered that all three possibilities were feasible but he thought that the 3rd choice was the most likely option.

Trondheim 20.06.2017 : The science festival Starmus IV at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. Stephen Hawking Science Medal Ceremony. Jean-Michel Jarre and Neil deGrasse Tyson receive the Stephen Hawking Science Medal. Photo: Thor Nielsen / NTNU

Two notable heavyweights have also thrown their hat in the ring for this notion. The prominent Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson stated in an interview with NBC News that the simulation hypothesis has a better than 50-50 chance of being right, as he could not find a powerful argument against it.

The other is the business giant, industrial designer, and engineer, Elon Musk, who considered the argument that we are living in a simulated reality as entirely possible when you considered our advancements with virtual reality and augmented reality in recent years.

Examples in favour of this hypotheses

The Mandela Effect

A glitch in the simulation? Nelson Mandela died in 2013 and was obvious world news. However, to this day, some continue to recall television coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death in the 1980s. This is known as the “Mandela Effect” and is evidence that whoever is in charge of our simulation is altering history. What is more bizarre is that this may be proof of alternative worlds, with several people crossing from one world, where Mandela died in the 1980s, to ours, where he lived to be 95 years old. Have some of us arrived here from an alternative universe?

Why are there no aliens? Or “The Fermi Paradox”

Named after the Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi, is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial civilizations and the vastness of space and the billions of stars out there. Each star would have planets revolving around it, so it stands to reason that life outside our world must exist, right? Or is it simpler for the creators behind the simulation to simulate life in one place in the universe? This would explain why we have not made contact with alien life?

The strict laws of physic and the universe

The universe seems to operate within the laws that are absolutely mathematical and rigid. For example, we have established that it is not possible to travel faster than the speed of light for any particle. This is strong evidence that we are living in a simulation as it represents the maximum speed at which data can be transmitted within our simulation’s network.

THE CASE AGAINST

The case against this theory is more succinct and concise-so far!

To test out the theory that we live in a simulation, a group of mathematicians and physicists in 2017 decided to create some complex simulations on the best computers available.

They used what is known as Monte Carlo simulations (which is computations that produce probabilities) to study quantum objects moving in different dimensions and discovered that classical systems are unable to generate the mathematics needed to explain such events.

So, quite simply, scientists have discovered that it’s impossible to model the physics of our universe on even the biggest computer. The conclusion is that there is no proof that we are living in a computer simulation as classical computers most certainly aren’t in charge of our universe.

What do you think? We would love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the comment section below with your thoughts.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Symptoms and Treatment)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complex and debilitating disorder typified by extreme fatigue.

What is problematic with this condition is that it is not easy to cure. Sufferers of this condition cannot simply go to bed and wake up refreshed and mental and physical activity can make the condition worse. In extreme cases, the patient’s health deteriorates to the point where they are bedridden. This post briefly examines the main aspects of what CFS is about and what has been researched to help alleviate the condition.

Causation

The causes of CFS have yet to be determined and understood, but experts so far have suggested that CFS can be caused by:

  • Immune system diseases
  • Interaction with toxins
  • Tense situations
  • Genetic disorders
  • A combination of the above

Symptoms

CFS affects several body systems. Aside from its central symptom, which is how chronic fatigue syndrome derives its name, the disorder has eight official symptoms, which are:

  • Fatigue
  • Impaired concentration or memory
  • Profound exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after mental or physical exercise
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Headache of a new type, severity or pattern
  • Joint pain that travels from one joint to another without redness or swelling
  • Unexplained muscle pain
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Sore throat

Diagnosis

CFS has proven difficult for physicians to diagnose. There is no standard test to identify CFS, and the symptoms are similar to other illnesses. So, it is mainly a process of elimination, first ruling out other causes before identifying the condition is CFS.

However, once correctly identified, medical experts are able to help sufferers comprehend the scope of the illness and to assist in helping patients to cope with it.

Effects

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a disorder that can be devastating, not only to the patient, but to loved ones around them. This is mainly down to the unpredictability of the illness. One day the sufferer has the energy, the next day they do not have enough to be active. It is imperative that CFS sufferers allow themselves rest time to help with the physical exhaustion and emotions experienced with the illness, as not every day will they be able to perform their daily functions.

Patients experience many difficulties, which include:

  • Worries about coping in day-to-day life
  • Alterations in relationships
  • Loss of livelihood, independence and financial security
  • Impaired memory
  • Unpredictable and changing symptoms
  • CFS suffers also experience a great deal of negativity from those around them who do not understand the illness, which adds more emotional strain in their lives. Because chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating disease, living with the disorder can be difficult. Daily lives are interrupted, and major lifestyle changes are necessary to adapt to limitations.

Treatment

There is no agreement amongst the medical fraternity on how to treat the condition as most doctors believe that there is no cure for the condition. It is just a question on how to manage the symptoms for each individual sufferer. This has led to much debate and controversary on the nest form of treatment, but the main approaches are holistic, and currently are:

  • Prescription medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Diet
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Graded exercise therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Other alternative/complementary treatments

Prescriptions and Medications

There is no definitive drug or prescription type for CFS and depends upon the severity of the condition and the symptoms. Drugs are normally prescribed for:

Depression-Antidepressants. Studies have shown that antidepressants in low doses does help mood, relieve pain and improve sleep.

Insomnia- Prescription sleep aids may also be prescribed to help individuals improve their sleep.

Other drugs that may be prescribed include antiviral drugs, ADD/ADHD medications and anti-anxiety drugs.

Lifestyle Changes

Struggling with CFS normally means that the patient will have to make some life style changes to their everyday life. This may involve changing the pace of their work routine to help lower stress levels, introduce moderate exercise, change their diet and try to improve their sleeping habits.

Diet

Experts believe that diet is a major consideration for alleviating CFS as inflammation appears to play a role in chronic fatigue. It is recommended that avoiding sugar, fried foods, and processed meat, helps to reduce the condition. It is suggested to replace these foods with fish and olive oil.

Nutritional Supplements

Once again, there is very little medical evidence to suggest that nutritional supplements assist with alleviating CFS and mixed results ranging from not working at all to very helpful in combatting CFS. Normally a doctor will recommend a nutritional supplement to address a deficiency and its related symptoms. Before starting a supplemental regime, it is always recommended that you consult with your doctor on such a course of action.

Therapy

Graded Exercise Therapy

A physical therapist can help determine the best exercises for the individual. Programs will start with low levels of exercising, increasing the intensity as the individual gradually builds strength and endurance. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy helps individuals to interpret their symptoms, which in turn helps the patient to shape their behavior in a way to better react to the symptoms.

Alternative Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment

While the usefulness of alternative/complementary therapy may still be controversial in the scientific community, many patients experience tremendous benefits from these. Main ones include:

  • Chiropractic and physical therapy
  • Hypnotherapy and biofeedback
  • Massage, Reiki, Rolfing, and other bodywork
  • Acupuncture

Emotional support and counseling are also recommended for individuals with CFS, and most report that group sessions are very therapeutic.

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Research:

NHS-https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-cfs/

Wikipedia-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_fatigue_syndrome

What Cats Should Not Eat

By Guest Writer
Brad The Cat

Hi. Brad the Cat here. I love Tuna, blowflies and anything that is expensive.

Inzspire allows me to make videos on its YouTube Channel (see link below) but today I am writing this post to get something off my chest. Now I mentioned I like Tuna, but I really should not eat it as it is bad for me in large quantities and that is what I want to talk to you about today. Things that cats should not eat or consume. Some of these will surprise you!

Alcohol

Well it surprised me! I had a drink at new year but never again! and wow did it give me a headache!

Actually, you should not give your cat (or dog), alcohol as it is toxic to us and can cause brain damage, diarrhea, depression, lack of coordination, trouble breathing, coma, seizures, vomiting, liver damage or even death. Not nice!

Antifreeze (ethylene glycol)

Antifreeze is found in car radiators and some screen washes.

Some of us love this because it has a sweet taste and, as we have highly developed senses, we can easily detect the strong scent coming from the antifreeze, especially from its main ingredient, ethylene glycol.

But it is toxic to us and even a small amount can cause serious damage to our kidneys or liver. Some cats will not show symptoms following its consumption but most will urinate excessively, vomit, lose their appetite and co-ordination.

Chocolate

Now I love chocolate but I am not allowed it because of something called Theobromine.

Theobromine is an alkaloid chemical primarily found in the cocoa plant, and is used in making cocoa and chocolate. You may think that giving chocolate is a treat but it is also poisonous to cats (and dogs).  You see, unlike humans, we cannot breakdown chocolate in our metabolism. Giving even a small amount to your pet can result in kidney failure or seizures. Yuk!

Grapes

The toxicity effects of grapes and raisins to cats is still unsubstantiated.

But experts feel that it can cause kidney failure and are considered more dangerous to felines than chocolate. What is strange is that not every cat will show signs of kidney failure but it is recommended that you avoid giving grapes or raisins to your cat for a treat.

Lilies

I love grass when I am outside, (don’t we all!) but I have noticed that my friend Simon has recently started eating the flowers indoors and wow was he very ill! Simon munched on the lilies and had to be taken to the vets.

Apparently, the orange pollen is very toxic and once again can cause kidney failure. So, if you like Lilies around the house, it probably best that you keep them out of reach of your cat and especially Simon if he visits!

Medicines

Never give pain reducing tablets to cats such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen, as cats are highly sensitive to these drugs and these tablets are particularly nasty to a cat’s liver.

If ingested by a cat, the symptoms would be heavy breathing or panting and tell-tale signs are brown gums and tongue. If your cat is suffering with pain for whatever reason, you should always take your cat to the vet for expert advice.

Milk

Yep! The times I have seen movies where a cat is fed milk.

Most of us don’t even like it and it has no nutritional value to us. Sure, just born kittens will drink it from their mother but as a cat, all it will give is a nasty stomach ache. Now water, that is very good and always welcome.

Onions

This is definitely a ‘no no’ in any shape or form, whether it is raw, cooked, dehydrated or powdered. Onions for some reason break down our red blood cells and can lead to anemia.

Watch out as onions can be found in baby foods and whilst this is ok for babies, do not give it to cats.

Raw Meat, Fish and Eggs

Who would of thought that raw fish is bad for me? Raw meat, raw fish, and raw eggs, can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning.

There is an enzyme known as thiamine that is crucial to Vitamin B in cats, which raw fish for example destroys this enzyme. Loss of thiamine in a cat is devasting as it can lead to convulsions, neurological problems and even cause your cat to go into a coma.

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Now that I have given you the lowdown, my job is done, and I’m off to munch on my cat food and then to a well deserved sleep. This is Brad the Cat signing off and until the next time.

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Covid-19 (March 2021) News

Are we now on the home straight in our race to combat the Coronavirus? Certainly, with the coming of various vaccines, we appear to be winning but everyday there is new information coming out relating to this pandemic. Inzspire has searched for the latest information on the virus and has provided some news bites in this post. Here are 5 items of recent news that you may have missed:

#1 WuHan origin theories rejected

Experts originally thought that the origin of the coronavirus emanated from a food market in WuHan, China, prompting the World Health Organisation (WHO) to spend 4 weeks there with site visits to the Huanan seafood market and a laboratory.

The investigation concluded that whilst the virus was first detected at the market, it was not the source of origin. At the same time the investigators have also ruled out the WuHan Institute of Virology laboratory as a potential source.

#2 Frozen food theory

One of China’s news outlets has suggested that the virus may have come through imported frozen food and packaging.

During the WHO visit to WuHan, they took the theory that the pandemic made a jump to humans via frozen food very seriously as they noticed large quantities of frozen animals being sold at the market.

At a press conference later, the lead investigator, Peter Ben Embarek, confirmed that whilst the virus can withstand extremely cold temperatures, they were unsure whether the virus could transfer to humans. It is for this reason that, so far, this theory has not gained any momentum with the medical fraternity.

A summary report of the findings from their visit to China is due and the full report will be published later in the year and then, maybe, we will all know a little better as to how, where and why this pandemic started.

#3 Side effects show that the vaccine is working?

The immune system is a sophisticated system of cells and proteins that defend the body against infectious attacks.

What is remarkable about the immune system is its ability to remember every germ (microbe) it has ever defeated and so if it ever enters the body again, it has the capability of beating it again.

When a Covid vaccine enters the body, the immune system ‘kicks into action’ to search for the virus but this can take up to two weeks for the immunity process to start working. Once it is aware of the virus, it starts creating anti-bodies to seek out and destroy the virus.

However, it has been now established in the UK, that there is a 10% chance that taking the jab you will have what is known as side effects, such as feeling run down with flu like symptoms which may last a few days.

This has caused certain members in the medical fraternity to have concerns that some people may decide not to take the vaccine leaving them in some danger to infection thus infecting others. The response has been to make it known that side effects show that the vaccine is working and that is a good thing.

#4 Astronauts conducting experiments to fight Covid

Boeing and the University of Queensland have developed an ‘antimicrobial surface coating’ that when placed on objects can fight off the threat of bacteria and viruses.

Its application was designed to prevent damage to spacecraft delicate systems from bacteria and viruses.

The coating has been modified so that experiments could be conducted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to see its effects on battling Coronavirus. Astronauts are transferring microbes from human skin to work surfaces and objects and studying the effects.

The idea is that if this works them the coating can be applied to public facilities, transport including commercial airlines and food preparation services.  

 #5 The Birth of Babies during a Pandemic

The way that women are giving birth has been greatly affected, especially with the maternity services, due to the fear of contracting Covid.

Whilst pregnant women do not appear to be more susceptible to the consequences of coronavirus than the general population, the move to caution has prevailed. There have been notable increase in women feeling that they are “going it alone” when dealing with their pregnancy.

Such changes that have occurred are:

  • Reductions in women attending maternity units in early stages of labour
  • Chronic levels of understaffing
  • Reduced regular personal contact with midwives
  • Reduction in partners present at birth
  • Limits on visitors to maternity wards

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What did you dream about?

Dreams a series of thoughts, visions, or feelings that happen during sleep. : an idea or vision that is created in your imagination and that is not real. : something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time”. Google

Sleeping takes up about one third of our lifespan and dreaming is an important integral part of this process. Everybody dreams but most people cannot remember them with any clarity as to what they were dreaming about-well most of the time.

We create them when we are asleep but why we dream still remains a mystery. As you are more than aware, not all dreams are the same. When we sleep, our brain increases activity and creates images which can be happy, sad, terrifying or downright confusing. Inzspire looks at this function that takes up a vast part of our lives.

The Purpose of dreams?

We have accepted that dreaming forms part of healthy sleep. We also do not have a definitive answer as to why we dream or as to its exact purpose in our lives. Dreams mainly occur during the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep stage, early in the sleep process and initially for a few minutes. Whilst this explanation was the long-standing school of thought, it is now well established that dreaming can occur in any sleep stage as dreaming does returns later in the sleep process for as long as 30 minutes which means that some dreams may last just as long.

When you are awake, your brain is active and, in most cases, your thoughts form a logical process. Your brain is still active when you go to sleep, but your dreams do not form a logical process and dream researchers believe this is because the emotional side of your brain is responsible for activating the dream.

Scientific studies have so far concluded that the dream function is to unravel the events that occurred in the day and are crucial to the stability of our mental and emotional health. This makes sense as we all know the feeling we have when we do not get a good night’s sleep. What we do know is that the dreamer:

  • has reduced control over the dream function
  • cannot control its content
  • can only partially recall what the dream was about
  • in some cases, cannot remember the dream at all

Nightmares

Researchers believe that bad dreams or (nightmares), whilst they are unpleasant are helpful to our survival during our times where we experience feelings of uncertainty, doubt and change. They can also occur when a person is suffering from stress or some form of trauma, ill, or on medication or drugs.

Unfortunately, nightmares are here to stay as they form some meaningful function in our sleep routine for our survival instincts. If they had no purpose, experts believe that evolution would have done away with them a long time ago. If you have consistent nightmares, then it is best to consult with your medical practitioner.

Dreams are easy to forget

Experts are unsure as why we have difficulty in recalling dreams. Our brain is full of electrical signals and chemical signatures that are responsible for various functions in our everyday lives. The signal and signature that occurs when we dream probably disappear when we wake up, hence the reason we do not remember most of our dreams.

Some believe that we forget dreams to allow us to retain memory of real events. However, we may have not forgotten the dream, it maybe that it is stored in the deep recesses of our subconscious only to resurface when something triggers it. Many people have confirmed that they remember dreams much later because of some event that has stimulated dream recall.

There is more about ways in recalling your dreams in the bonus section below.

Recurring dreams

This is where you experience the same or similar dream over and over. This normally means that you have something in your life you have not resolved, or have not experienced closure.

This maybe that someone has experienced a trauma and has not been able to get over it yet or are trying to deal with it. Researchers believe that recurring dreams are a way that our mind tells us to deal with a problem.

Lucid dreams

This is where the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming and to some extent, may have control over the dream. Studies have concluded that lucid dreams normally occur in the middle of a dream and its then that the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming.

Lucid dreaming normally occurs between REM sleep and being awake. What is interesting is that that some people have confirmed that they have, over time, been able to influence and increase their ability to control their dreams.

Dream Recall

Dream generally are very difficult to recall but interruptions during a dream or REM sleep, such as a load noise or an alarm clock, seem to be the catalysts to remembering dreams as you wake up. Researchers and dream enthusiasts believe that dream recall helps you understand your subconscious mind more, help your decision making, assist stress management and simply be a source of inspiration.

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The power of morning meditation

Why meditate?

The question should be why not meditate? You don’t have to be an expert at sitting down somewhere quietly and reflect on the order of the day or calmly assess where you are at this point in time. Research on the subject has concluded that it can calm the mind, improve you mentally, emotionally, physically and can promote a good night’s sleep.

What happens when you meditate?

When you meditate, it allows the body to produce endorphins which make you feel better and positive about yourself both emotionally and physically.

Why in the morning?

There is no scientifically proven correct and definitive time of the day to meditate but many experts believe that the best time of the day is to meditate in the morning. This certainly can benefit your mind in setting up the foundations of starting the day on a positive note before you take on whatever occurs during the day. So here are some benefits of morning meditation.

It will allow you to start the day stress-free

What you don’t want to happen in the morning is to start your day stressed out. So, leave that first action of waking up and looking at your phone or turning on the tv or radio. Put the meditation on your list as a priority.

If you immediately start thinking about the trials of the day as you wake up, you are not giving yourself a proper chance on focussing or organising the day in a proper manner. A quite meditation session, before breakfast, will calm you by slowing your heart rate and breathing rate down, thus reducing the chances of any stress or anxiety feelings at the start of the day.

The longer the time you take to meditate in the morning the better, but if you are starting out, or really are very busy, try 5 minutes to start and build it up.

For more experienced exponents, 10 minutes is ok but if you can possibly manage the time, you are better off with a 30-minute session. It is recommended to practice meditation before having your first meal of the day. But if you cannot wait, have something to eat but allow two hours to pass before you start meditating.

It helps you to focus

Studies in Meditation, mindfulness and cognitive flexibility found that participants who meditated had a higher success rate and greater ability to focus their attention by blocking out distractions than the group that did not meditate.

It is all about effective concentration and being less distracted. Meditation, if applied correctly, will help you train your mind in placing your attention on something for long periods of time. Not only that, it can also train your mind to better identify what are distractions and remove them so that you can return to the important points you need to focus on.

Focusing on the start of the day and what lies before you, helps you gain momentum. You can calm a busy mind, declutter, and direct your attention to what is needed to be done. Whilst you cannot predict on all of the events coming your way on any given day, so you concentrate on events that you know or expect will happen. This will make you more proactive and less reactive to the days’ events.

It combats fatigue

Meditation releases endorphins in your body, thus turning off stress hormones and lowering cortisol levels associated with the flight stress response.

Therefore, it is generally believed that sitting down for a short space of time, doing nothing but meditation, allows you to become relaxed and stress free and in turn, powers up your body and thus boosts energy. You will feel more awake and alert.

Improves empathy

Morning meditation can have positive effects giving you a feeling of calm and well-being which can continue throughout the day. 

Some of the controlled experiments that have been conducted showed that subjects held the emotions of compassion and empathy towards others following these sessions.

The research, published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, disclosed that a meditation program called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training was able to improve people’s ability to read emotional expressions on others’ faces. The brain scans revealed that people who took the meditation courses also had increased brain activity in the regions linked with empathy.

Increases happiness

Many people rely upon external situations or conditions to provide them with stimulus to be happy.

If we can reduce the reliance on external circumstances ruling our happiness and replace this with our internal contentment than our feeling of self-worth increases. Meditation allows you to explore the personal resources of your mind and how you react to external conditions that affect your life.

As outlined above, with the help of meditation, you can increase your levels of feel-good chemicals, such as endorphins, that has the capacity to increase happiness levels and alter negative thoughts.

Whilst meditation may not solve your problems it will help you cope with what life throws at you and that has got to be good. Isn’t it? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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