What you would use to extinguish a stake? Water or more fire?
Thus, it is only love that can extinguish hatred.
“You ask me about the change.
When we encounter someone so hard and proud or an insurmountable event, dull, rigid, solid as a rock in the ground and sharp, we should not be as a rock, nor as a metal hammer.
We have to accept to change us in the first place.
It is not stiffening, like rock or metal, which will help you change.
Better therefore to transform us as water.
Water slides around, evaporates, seeps into cracks and freezes and splits the rock, consuming the metal, shaping the world in its path, smoothing the bumps, feeding and making deserts fertile, quenching everything.
Be the change is life.
Be like water is to reborn in the present time to new life.”
“You ask me about God.
Who asks this question shows little awareness.
Each person is an ocean,
an immense sea of emotions,
an entire universe of forces,
galaxy clusters of sensations.
Each person is a god,
an immense, unfathomable,
power without beginning or end,
huge mystery even to himself.
Who want to harness a god is committing a big mistake.
Those who think to understand a god,
those who think they can keep it tied, who strikes him,
who locked up in a cell of the body or mind, they are committing a sacrilege.
We are everything, we are a god, but to be aware of.”
You ask me “why I suffer?”
“There are two sufferings.
Those who suffer because they want to be loved more than they think they are.
Those who suffer because they sow love in a desert of cynicism, indifference and alienation.
The world is full of the first ones.
The sacred books speak of the second ones.
What kind of pain are you suffering?”
“You ask me about generosity..
Too much generosity leads to hostility and indifference.
If you give too much and take to little, you will educate the other to the greed and the avarice of the body, mind and hearth.
Establish and claim your entitlement, because otherwise they will cease while the other’s requests will grow up until the death of body, mind and hearth.”
“You ask me about love..
There are many expressions of love.
Many are false, only one is true.
Love is wishing for your loved one? False.
Love is a choice, an affinity that involves give and take with the other person? False.
Love is the passion of the moment of a mental and physical relationship with another person? False.
Love is to desire with reason and heart the good of the beloved, even without wanting anything in return? False.
Love is an erotic impulse of the body, the sexual act and its fruits? False.
Love is a bond of family? False.
Love is pleasure? False.
Love is all or part of the above expressions? Still false.
Almost no one knows what love is, because it involves an immense gift.
Love is presence.
Who is present is the gift of love.”
What is Reflexology? We start with a good definition given by Wikipedia:
“Foot Reflexology is a massage technique applied mainly on foot, and possibly on the hands. It is based on the principle that the feet and hands are reflected all the organs, glands and body parts. Applying reflexology can therefore have an effect or influence on the organ corresponding to the reflection stimulated.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, based on the principle so that every aspect of life of the individual affect the welfare and health of the person, and operates in order to rebalance the whole body in order to stimulate self-healing capabilities.
As unconventional therapy, Reflexology can have a dual use: it can be used as an alternative or support to conventional medical therapies. It should be stressed however that in general you should be wary of who is proposed as an alternative to conventional medicine, and so today the therapists prefer to refer to Reflexology by the name of therapy (or medicine) complementary and not alternative. It should be emphasized that the fact reflexologist is not a doctor, and therefore do not cure, and no diagnosis. Especially not intended to interfere with therapy or with conventional medical opinions, supporting its role in assisting professional and not a substitute for conventional medicine. Foot Reflexology is a technique comparable to the then health methodologies recognized by the Italian legislation or replace any medical treatment.
Reflexology techniques are divided into two main lines: the Eastern and Western. Although the principle is the same, namely that of stimulating reflex areas will have effects on areas far from the site of application of massage, born and developed with different assumptions: the Chinese Reflexology is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, reflexology and the West draws on the scientific principles on which conventional Western medicine is based. The Western Reflexology fact born at the same time of the first Westerners in neurological discoveries of Sir Henry Head and Sir Charles Sherrington.
One of the differences identified in the Western and Eastern treatments of Reflexology is the intensity of pressure applied by the therapist. The Western reflexology, for example, operates below the threshold of tolerance of the patient’s pain, in order to optimize the effects of stimulation of reflex areas using the condition of deep relaxation that reflexology is able to induce the western. Both modes of action have positive effects on various ailments and diseases, as stimulate circulation, nervous system and the immune system.”
«Birds can fly,
Fish can swim,
Animals can run,
So they can all be snared or trapped.
But Lao Tzu is like a flying Dragon, un-trappable»
You can read the complete text of Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu on the following site:
In these days, i look around myself and I see an increasing number of people suffering about two serious problems: depression and anxiety.
I’m not a psychologist, but among all the psychological definitions read about depression and anxiety, none seemed so exact and timely as that given by Laozi (or Lao Tzu) 2500 years ago.
One of the proverbial aphorisms of the Wise Laozi is the following:
If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you’re anxious, you’re living in the future.
You are in peace, you’re living in the present.
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as “Sun Wu” and “Sunzi”), a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician, and it was believed to have been compiled during the late Spring and Autumn period or early Warring States period. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare.
It is commonly known to be the definitive work on military strategy and tactics of its time. It has been the most famous and influential of China’s Seven Military Classics, and: “for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name.” It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.
The human lifestyle (as always, not just modern) unfortunately is the farthest you can imagine for a healthy life, relaxed and serene.
The pressure of society over the individual is unsustainable and the competitive model of the capitalist model of “life” is inhuman and disrespectful of the wonderful gift of life.
One of the main problems is related to the fact that everything is disqualified as an object, commodity, including people, animals, plants, feelings, ideas, love itself is treated as a thing to own.
Since childhood, every individual is (badly) “educated” (or should we say forced) to identify with a bloated ego and illusion of names, ideas, concepts, objectives that have nothing to do with his true nature and his genuine inclinations.
This poor education leads to madness - yes, we are all more or less mentally ill, full of obsession, blind to the present, constantly projected into illusory worlds and unable to enjoy and live the gift of the present.
The market grows as compulsive consumers, we are inculcated beliefs, psychological affiliations and superstitions of all kinds, and together to polluted environment and unhealthy things we strongly penalizes the physical and mental health.
Who has an eye on the real has no problems to find that their condition with that of other so-called “normal” is a psycho-physical unhealthy condition, sickness and pathological lifestyle. With one difference: there are those who see this evil and understands the absolute necessity of having to heal and who is so poisoned that I could not even open my eyes to see it.
Natural soap is simple to do, naturally, without chemical and dangerous additives, and you can give it the flavor you like.
Here are few simple steps how to make your home made natural soap.
Wear gloves and goggles.
Weigh the water and put it in the jug.
Weigh the caustic soda and pour it slowly into the water, stirring until dissolved.
The water will overheat, reaching a temperature of approximately 70 °, 80 ° degrees centigrade (therefore attention at this stage because it is scalding is due to the temperature that because of caustic soda).
Wait until the liquid reaches 45 °, in the meantime (it may take less or more depending on the temperature of the environment). (more…)
One liter of whole organic raw fresh milk or alternatively a liter of high quality fresh whole milk pasteurized.
A pot of natural yoghurt (without sugar or added flavors) whole organic fresh greek better if of compact type.
Bring the milk to a boil and immediately turn to the formation of the first bubbles, in any case not exceed with the temperature, one should not reach boiling point but only a temperature of about 70 degrees for one minute.
Allow to cool to about 50 degrees (celsius) and add yogurt as a starter and mix well so that no lumps are formed then.
Sometimes I stop to look at the leaves blowing in the wind, or insects crawling, children playing and old sitting in the shade of the bowling club.
Walk during my lunch break is for me every day, a small essential journey.
Today, walking through the market there were so many smells, good and bad, but the fruit that I bought from an old farmer was good and juicy and his smile has opened my eyes and mouth in a smile even bigger.
And then thousands languages unknown to me and thousands noises, endless changing voices of the world.
I understand a bit of everything and the immense rest blows over me like breeze on sweaty skin.
In all this, when the pain disappears, i can hear a sound.
It ’s like the beating of a giant heart.
Do you hear that giant heart beating too?
It ‘a hidden sound like what you hear in the belly of a great ship.
A sound ever present.
I like to think that is the sound of the present.
The consciousness, or enlightenment, i think is a very deep sense of gratitude to the whole universe.
People who are aware of this gift are very rare and precious, the gift that we are eternally “present”, he makes a gift to us… and even more are rare people who breathe this gift until the eternity.
However, a skeptic might wonder how you can be grateful for a gift in which you can see so much violence, anger, greed and suffering?
The answer may be, that is not the fault of the gift but a fault of who, through ignorance of what is real and what’s not, refuses it perverting it to an illusory lust, creating so much suffering in the world.