Sun Sign Relationships: An AstroCoach’s Guide Has Just Been Revised, Revamped & Rebooted!

Sun Sign Relationships: An AstroCoach’s Guide Has Just Been Revised, Revamped & Rebooted!

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The sections on dating, long term relationships and compatibility have been expanded. Additional sections have been added and the parenting section has been removed and will appear in a later book.

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Eternal or Not? Part 4 of 4

Eternal or Not? Part 4 of 4

Here’s another cool idea to explore and discuss at parties. Eternal recurrence. It’s expressed in the following quote from our Teutonic uber friend.

 Eternal or Not? Part 4 of 4

Nietzsche confronting his daemon
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“What, if some day or night a daemon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more’ … Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: ‘You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.”

Poetic and eloquent as this is, it may help to strip away the metaphorical and drill down to the message.

Let’s say you are offered the chance to live your life again, and again, and again, in the same way, same people, same experiences and so on. Would you do it, would you seize that one chance at immortality, even if it was an eternal ‘Groundhog Day’? Do you have enough peak experiences, interesting things in your life to want to repeat them, ad infinitum?

Or would you think ‘is that all there is, thanks for the offer, but no way daemon dude’.

Take a few minutes to consider this offer. Write down your ideas, if you feel like it, maybe compose a piece of flash fiction or do some journaling to get some clarity and focus.

Now, let’s rack it up. Let’s say the daemon decides to come back in exactly one year’s time and make you the same offer. And that offer would be final. There would be no further visitation. You have one year, starting now, to recreate your life, to make it the sort of life that you would want to live again, and again, and again?

Would you do it? Where would you begin?

We might, just might, explore the idea of the uberman in a subsequent article. This again, is not what many people think it is. Clue – reread the section on the will to power. But it’s now time to feed the cats, who are most adept at making us realise what’s important and putting us in our place in the great cosmic scheme of things.

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Eternal or Not? Part 3 of 4

Eternal or Not? Part 3 of 4

So, as Death sharpens his scythe, turns over his hour glass and sashays off to an appointment with his next unsuspecting and probably unappreciative client, let’s move on to the nineteenth century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

Now, this dude is all about authenticity and living life on your own terms. You may think him a controversial choice, but it’s fair to say that his ideas were massively re-edited for political purposes by his sister, and he would have been incandescent about this misrepresentation.

Sure, he spent the last eleven or so years of his life in an incapacitated physical and emotional state, so treat some of this as a cautionary tale and maybe keep the principle of the golden mean in mind, but it certainly doesn’t invalidate the central message.

When you hear the word ‘authenticity’ mentioned in terms of personal development or marketing, it’s tempting to reach for the nearest metaphorical shotgun. What does authenticity mean? Is it an envy invoking brand that you buy off-the-shelf at your nearest fashion store to look as unique as everybody else who wears it? Or is it the pair of 21oz Samura raw denim jeans that show the honeycombing and whiskering of several years of breaking in as you wore them travelling the world? What does living ‘authentically’ mean and should you even bother attempting to do it?

Well, if you don’t try to live life on your own terms, you’ll end up living it on someone else’s and being a shadow of your potential self. Now wouldn’t that be a shame? As William Blake expressed it “I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”

The human species is referred to as homo sapiens, the wise man. But there’s another, more Nietzschean way of looking at things, how about homo potens, the powerful man? Isn’t that a more exciting, sexier proposition? And as you know, this blog is all about realising your potential and making the most of your inherent powers. You’re experiencing and thus learning all the time, consciously using DIY Neuroplasticity with intent to recalibrate your neural webs to secure maximum empowerment.

Let’s explore ‘the will to power’, a core philosophical proposition.

The will to power is an interesting and usually misunderstood concept, hell, many complex ideas get hijacked right? We do it ourselves all the time. It’s human nature to be a magpie for ideas, and as Picasso said, “great artists steal.”

Basically it aligns with what this blog encourages you to do. Live according to the best features of your sun sign, living creatively to your full potential. It’s most emphatically not about trying to get power over others, seductive as that can be.

The will to power is about identifying and releasing your personal power. This can be seen as finding your life purpose and living life to your full potential, whether that entails writing compelling fiction, painting great art, being the best Tango dancer in Argentina, or whipping up a storm in the bedroom or the kitchen.

So when we talk about being authentic, it’s about being true to yourself. Part of the fun is finding what this is and what it means for you, and you’ve got to start somewhere, right? There’s plenty of awesome stuff on this blog to help you do that. Just read some of the random articles and follow the links. You’ll soon find your way round.

 

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Eternal or Not? Part 2 of 4

Eternal or Not? Part 2 of 4

You have to confront your mortality in a clear-headed and dispassionate way, seeing it in the overall context of life. Change is ubiquitous, inevitable and unstoppable. “We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not,” said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. The river changes moment by moment, as do we all. So why not accept this fact and go with the flow, wherever it takes you?

So you might as well say ‘carpe diem’, as you don’t know when your days will end, and vow to live life to your full potential. Which is why you are reading this blog, right? Well, that and the epic cartoons, awesome photographs and frenetic flash fiction, of course. Plus all those amazing books that you are going to buy and that will add immeasurable value to your already amazing lives.

So you decide to confront your existential reality with courage, acceptance and excitement. Maybe it’s time to do something that challenges you, makes you feel more alive, gets your juices flowing and so on. After all, as is said in ‘Fight Club’, “on a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”

Or to quote the awesomeness that is Anaïs Nin, “life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage”.

Now clearly this does entail a little bit of controlling of the passions, you don’t want to be going and running amok. Tempting as it may be to nuke people who annoy you, there are consequences, and you don’t want to be spending your remaining time on earth incarcerated.

Plus we are social animals (which is why we have mirror neurons in our brains and social networking on our computers and devices) and need to treat others with respect so that they do the same to us. Check out the article on the Zen of Friendship to find out more about picking the right people for various parts of your life and explore the articles from this site on nuking toxic people to learn how to avoid individuals who add no value to your life and in fact undermine it.

So at this point, we may look to the Greek Stoic philosophers as our mentors, with their emphasis on reason and taming the passions.

They also believed it’s groovy to realise the majority of things are outside your control – you can look on this as fate, if you are so inclined. The only thing you can control is your reaction towards them. The same thoughts are echoed by the Buddha, whose ideas concerning impermanence and how to overcome the inevitable vicissitudes of life often inform articles on this site, and who has been commemorated in this lyrical piece of flash fiction.

“In a man’s life, his time is a mere instant, his existence a flux, his perception fogged, his bodily composition rotting, his mind a whirligig, his fortune unpredictable, his fame unclear. In short, all things of the body stream away like a river, all things of the mind are dreams and delusions; life is warfare, and a visit to a strange land; the only lasting fame is oblivion.” – Marcus Aurelius articulates it as it is.

If you have been reading the articles on neuroplasticity (and if you haven’t, mosey on down having finished this piece first, of course), you’ll realise that these ideas map elegantly onto specific regions of the brain.

Our passions stem from the more emotional regions of the brain, the limbic system, amygdala, and so on. When we seek out pleasure we engage the nucleus accumbens and the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Our powers of reason and planning, and our ability to tame the passions are products of the most recently developed prefrontal cortex.

It’s all fascinating stuff and enables you to understand yourself better. Furthermore, you can start to make positive changes to your mind and brain (and therefore your life) by learning and applying the skills of DIY Neuroplasticity. Re-read the articles. Better still purchase the forthcoming book “Pimp Your Brain, Neuroplasticity for Pleasure and Profit”.

(Yet another shameless plug, you can appreciate how embarrassed we are, but then again, if you don’t ask, you don’t get).

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Eternal or Not? Part 1 of 4

Eternal or Not? Part 1 of 4

Regular visitors to this blog will have noticed that we tend to gravitate where many other astrology or personal development sites fear to tread. Not only do we look into the abyss but we proudly and perilously pirouette around the periphery. We seek out the monsters that lurk within, see them reflected back in ourselves, absorb and transform them by a process of alchemy, then groove on down there and party on.

You’ll be aware that we have what amounts to a repertory company of ideas that are explored in great depth, often from different perspectives, and also a cohort of characters who appear and reappear at frequent intervals. One of our visitors’ favourites is Death. One of our favourites is the philosopher Nietzsche, who gets hat tipped in several stories (check out “That Enlightenment Gig” ).

Both have many unique insights to offer you.

So why does Death make so many appearances on what is fundamentally a life enhancing blog whose mission is to help you understand yourself and make the most of yourself?

Simply because if you don’t confront the inevitability of your mortality and deal with the great existential reality (usually the elephant in the room where polite society hangs out), you can’t possibly live life in all its richness and fullness.

Let’s face it. You’re programmed to die at some point, and it’s most unlikely to be at a place or time of your own choosing. Death is capricious and mercurial and can arrive without warning.

You can take all the precautions you wish. Eat healthily, exercise religiously, avoid smoking, drinking, casual carnal encounters. You can eschew travelling, meeting new people, anything that might shake you out of your self-created comfort zone.

Then as you smugly smile at how cautious and clever you are, a pantechnicon lorry arrives leftfield, collides with your very safe and ecologically harmonious vehicle, and that’s your song sung.

Hell, you might have the misfortune to be decapitated by a chainsaw wielding serial killer wearing a leather mask (don’t ask where the leather came from), but at least this would be quick. Better than a slow death on a cancer ward, maybe?

You are dying everyday anyway. In the Cocteau movie ‘Orphee’, one of the characters quips “if you want to see Death at work, look in the mirror.” Every day is a series of mini deaths for each of us. Billions of cells die, memories that we think define us as individuals start to lose clarity and focus, neural networks croak due to lack of use. Our looks start to fade and we seek solace in our ever appreciative children, if we have any, to provide the immortality our DNA desires.

Awesome, you think, as you reach for a stiff drink and a revolver. Thanks dude, for making my day.

And yet it can’t be any other way. Without death there is no life, and vice versa. Creation and destruction are linked, the cycles of growth and decay are evident in nature. Everything is impermanent, change is the only constant; things mutate, complexify and transform creating new things, different challenges and opportunities.

A decent metaphor for life if you ever get short of one to chat someone up with at a cocktail party.

Which is all very existential, and those left bank Parisian guys and their illustrious predecessors did manage to get a handle on the problem, heroically carving out a route and methodology where you can live in an empowered way in a godless and indifferent universe.

 

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An Excerpt from Pimp Your Brain: Neuroplasticity for Pleasure & Profit. DIY Neuroplasticity Tools and Techniques Part 7 of 7

An Excerpt from Pimp Your Brain – Neuroplasticity for Pleasure and Profit. DIY Neuroplasticity Tools and Techniques Part 7 of 7

Creating the Deus Neural Architecture (DNA)

Now, let’s try to pull all these ideas together to create a powerful, positive and life enhancing neural web. You can call this whatever you like, Deus Neural Architecture is cool as it suggests a powerful and creative network that you are constantly creating and building, something that is continually renewing itself based on intent and experience.

You effectively become the architect of your own mind and brain, the supreme creative process, the intelligent designer if you like the idea. You are also focusing mental energy on this process and diverting thoughts and mental energy from self-limiting negative patterns that might be lingering in your brain.

Win win, right.

This is an exercise in which you consciously choose to activate the key areas of the brain that you have been learning about in this book. You’ll be setting intent via your prefrontal cortex, using assertive and outcome thinking, meditating and visualising, harnessing the emotional capabilities of the limbic system, racking up your neurotransmitters, acting ‘as is’, using as many elements as you can to make the experience vivid and real, bringing it to life.

So how do you do this? Here’s the process – you’ll need some experience of meditation, somewhere quiet, a rough idea of how the brain and mind work (all covered above – just drum up some of the awesome neurotransmitter acetylcholine for attention and review if you wish to), and the motivation and commitment to bring everything together, PFC once again engaged.

Finally, you can treat this as a thorough brain workout and a refresher on the key concepts and processes of DIY neuroplasticity. You can hack this meditation for anything you want to achieve in DIY neuroplasticity, once you’ve mastered it and created your own personal DNA. To recall or trigger the net (it will be there for as long as you want it), simply intone the word Deus or DNA and you’ll feel the resonance within your mind and brain.

  1. Intent – you’ll be using your PFC for planning, motivation and commitment, with a focus on the linguistic, active, goal-oriented and positive left PFC.
  2. You are looking to take pleasure in creating, expanding and enjoying this network, which will involve your pleasure palace nucleus accumbens and neuromodulators such as dopamine (rewards), serotonin (enjoyment) and acetylcholine (attention and arousal).
  3. To prepare, ensure you’re enjoying a great diet, getting plenty of natural light (feeling good and vitamin D), exercising, sleeping well, getting plenty of social contact to work your mirror neurons and ACC, and doing any other things that make you feel positive and getting your neurotransmitters buzzing.
  4. You’ll also be visualising the DNA taking shape in terms of neurons connecting via synapses (a vivid and exciting neuronal storm, if you like the metaphor), the use of neurotransmitters and BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor), a protein which is known as the ‘miracle grow’ for neurons and neuronal connections. So not only will you be creating the DNA but you’ll constantly be strengthening and reinforcing it – remember the CAMP acronym for neurogenesis (Concentration, Action, Mastery and Practice) to review how the process works.
  5. Write down your objectives – to create the DNA and to focus your mental energies on developing this project and memorise the exact wording. This can act as a statement of commitment and a mantra to keep you on track. You may like to produce a short, easy and impactive personalised word or neologism that you can repeat if you have any discursive thoughts. This mantra can also be used to invoke or illuminate the DNA at any time in the future. Use Assertive and Outcome thinking to focus on exciting, positive words. Otherwise just think or say DNA to reboot the concept.
  6. Creative writing is awesome for neuroplasticity, so take some time to write out what you are going to do and what you expect to happen. This can form the basis of a journal or reminder – you are writing the script of your life here, so it’s worth being thorough and positive. Read this script before you go to sleep so it embeds in your subconscious, percolating into your dreams and becoming part of your inner reality.
  7. Find a quiet place, relax and make a personal commitment to create the network – this engages the intellectual and verbal motivation of the left PFC and the emotional compliance of the subcortical structures of the brain (harmonising the PFC – ACC – limbic region axis). You’ll be melding the analytical/logical left brain and the intuitive creative right brain in creating the DNA.
  8. Enter the compassion meditation state outlined above. Feel great about yourself and get into a positive, accepting state of mind. You are expecting awesome things to happen.
  9. You are looking to run through the successive emotions of happiness, rapture, bliss, equanimity, one-pointedness and overall eudaimonia. The nucleus accumbens and neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and glutamate will be utilised here. The one-pointedness will help ground and focus you and you may feel like calling the neuromodulators acetylcholine and norepinephrine to help you out here.
  10. In your minds eye, visualise the network taking shape, lighting up as you focus your thoughts on it. See the neurons firing over multiple synapses, the dendritic dancings, and the intricate patterns of the neurological storm as it takes shape. Look at the colours and imagine you are at the centre of a solar system as you are creating it. Feel the excitement and sheer pleasure of creation; watch your nucleus accumbens pulsating and the dopamine going into warp drive, as the pleasure centres are stimulated and excited. You are mastering the LTP process. You are using BDNF, the brain’s miracle grow for neurons, to reinforce and strengthen these new neural nets, intensifying the whole experience (LTP or long term potentiation).
  11. You can also let older, non-productive neural webs fall into disuse – they’re no longer required and no longer part of you. You are accelerating LTD (long term depression or nuking old and negative neural connections that still linger past their sell-by date) to create a synaptic apocalypse of unwanted connections. The energy released from this can be used to reinforce and bolster your DNA.
  12. Realise that you have now created an awesome new neural net that you can continually enhance, a palace of positivity that is always with you and that you can enter or call upon at anytime for happiness, creativity, great health and all those other positive emotions and ideas that will help you enjoy and get the very best from your life.
  13. Your brain should now have high degrees of integration over the major areas involved in this process, so imagine gamma wave holistic integration of the major parts of the brain. This is a state reached by advanced practitioners of compassion meditation and will also give you an amazing feel-good factor. Your amygdala will be calm and your hippocampus will be working at storing the happy memories associated with this creative event and routing them to other parts of the brain for long-term storage. Your left PFC will be buzzed up with a series of positive words such as eudaimonia, equanimity, bliss and rapture and will be in a happy state, whilst your unhappiness prone right PFC will be de-emphasised.
  14. Gently come out of your meditation – you will feel excited and supercharged, primed with action and positive motivation. Calm down, relax and come back to earth. This network is now part of your mind and is rewiring your brain. It’s part of you, available at any time, and you can revisit this meditation at any time to reinforce the DNA and to get into a highly creative mood.

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New Year, New You. Birthday Resolutions for Virgo

New Year, New You. Birthday Resolutions for Virgo

Astrologically the best time to make your New Year’s Resolutions isn’t New Year’s Day as many of us understand it. It is our own New Year’s Day; the day when the Sun returns to the place that it was at the time of our birth otherwise known as our birthday. This is a time when many of us do review what we have done to date and make a commitment to ourselves that (if things are not as we wish them to be) this year will be different. On our birthday we often decide how we want things be in the coming year and if we choose to make a resolution to accomplish something we are more likely to succeed than if we make a resolution at a time that has less personal significance for us.

Now when it comes to making birthday resolutions we are more likely to be successful if we pick resolutions that fit in with who really are as opposed to going for one that we think we ‘should’ make.

Why not resolve to become more like to like your Sun sign? Why not pick a few of those wonderful Sun sign strengths and character traits that you have waiting for you to develop, and develop some of them further? Why not play to your strengths and make some resolutions and goals that you will make you feel fulfilled when you hit them? How do I know that you will feel fulfilled when you become more like your Sun sign? Take a look at the blog manifesto for the answer to that one!

Developing your Sun sign strengths will make for more lasting results than trying to stick to a New Year’s resolution that is at odds with you really are. Let’s face it Aries is going to find sticking to a resolution to be less impatient much harder than resolving to be more assertive or to set up their own business. That’s not to say that developing your Sun sign strengths is always going to be easy, sometimes it will be rather challenging, but the results will be both satisfying and long lasting.

So with this in mind I am making a few Birthday Resolution suggestions based on your Sun sign. There is one Bithday Resolution suggestion that applies to all the Sun signs and that’s to love your Sun sign. Be proud to be a member of Team Aries, Team Taurus, Team Gemini, Team Cancer, Team Leo, Team Virgo, Team Libra, Team Scorpio, Team Sagittarius, Team Capricorn, Team Aquarius or Team Pisces. Have a look at some of the forums that are devoted to one specific Sun sign in order to connect with people who are the same Sun sign as you. Find out what makes them (and you) fabulous!

Rather than suggest you make Birthday Resolutions to deal with your Sun sign’s negative traits I’m going to suggest that you make New Year’s Resolutions that will bring out your Sun sign’s positive traits. The more you express those the less likely you are to express those nuisance negative traits that hold you back.

So what talents and traits might Virgo resolve to make the most of?

New Year, New You. Birthday Resolutions For Virgo

Virgo is usually into perfecting themselves so will be looking to make Birthday Resolutions that fit in with this drive. This is one of the few Sun signs where a resolution to get healthy will put them fully in touch with their Sun sign nature, so there will plenty of motivation to keep going until the desired result is achieved.

Virgo is great at analysis and should ensure that their lives are full of opportunities to make use of this great talent. A worthwhile resolution would be to perfect the ability to know when analysing becomes nit-picking or an excuse for procrastinating.  Sometimes one can analyse a situation to death and find oneself no further forward. Sometimes it’s better just to make a decision and stick with it rather than spending too long striving to come up the perfect answer. Learn to know when you do not have enough data to draw logical conclusions about what is going on, why someone is acting the way that they are and what is the best course of action to take. Let’s face it people and their feelings often don’t lend themselves to left brained rational analysis.

Virgo is usually great at seeing what could be improved or what needs to be changed and that includes their nearest and dearest. One great Birthday Resolution would be learn how to give constructive criticism rather than just criticism! That way you’ll get plenty of that appreciation that you so often miss out on!

Virgo often shows their love by doing practical things to help others out, so ensure that you have plenty of opportunities to do this. For example you might make A Birthday Resolution to help your child if they’re struggling with a homework assignment or you might help people who have literacy problems to understand any documents that they receive or to fill in forms.

Most Virgos are superb at time management, scheduling and organising others. If you have yet to develop those talents make a Birthday Resolution to do so in 2014.

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An Excerpt from Pimp Your Brain: Neuroplasticity for Pleasure & Profit. DIY Neuroplasticity Tools and Techniques Part 6 of 7

An Excerpt from Pimp Your Brain – Neuroplasticity for Pleasure and Profit. DIY Neuroplasticity Tools and Techniques Part 6 of 7

Kirtan Kriya Meditation

This is a North Indian meditation from the kundalini yoga tradition that dates back to the sixteenth century. Involving movement, sound and breathing, Kirtan Kriya has been shown to reduce stress, blood pressure and angst, whilst increasing cognitive functioning, memory and general alertness.

You recite, whisper, hum, resonate, vibrate or sing a mantra consisting of the sounds sa, ta, na and ma. These are four Sanskrit words encompassing birth, life, death and rebirth respectively. This mantra derives from ‘sat nam’, meaning your true essence.

Whilst verbalising these four sounds you form a mudra by sequentially touching your fingers with your thumb. This empowers your mind to retain focus whilst enhancing your muscle coordination, memory and verbalisation skills. This technique has been used successfully to improve the cognition, coordination and memory of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Using the fingertip position in conjunction with the sounds enhances blood flow to specific parts of the motor-sensory areas of the brain. Kirtan Kriya (song and movement) requires some twelve minutes per day and should be practiced daily to secure the maximum benefit.

To perform Kirtan Kriya, repeat Saa, Taa, Naa, Maa (you extend the original words or even vibrate them) whilst you sit, spine straight, eyes closed. As you sing or intone each syllable, imagine the sound entering the top of your head and exiting through the middle of your forehead – if you are into the concept of chakras as vortices of energy, you’ll be using the Sahasrara and Ajna chakras.

Saa – touch the index fingers of each hand to the thumbs.

Taa – touch the middle fingers to the thumbs.

Naa – touch the ring fingers to the thumbs.

Maa – touch the little fingers to the thumbs.

  1. Sing/intone in your normal voice for two minutes.
  2. Sing /intone in a whisper for two minutes.
  3. For four minutes resonate the words silently in your mind.
  4. Reverse the order – whisper for two minutes, out loud for two minutes.
  5. Complete the exercise by inhaling deeply, extending your hands above your head, bringing them down slowly in a sweeping motion on exhalation.

Brain scans of regular practitioners of this meditation demonstrate an increase in neural activity in the PFC, helping you maintain focused attention. The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), involved in learning, memory and emotional regulation is similarly activated, lowering anxiety whilst enhancing social awareness.

Kirtan Kriya strengthens the brain circuit that utilises the PFC, orbital frontal cortex (OFC), ACC, basal ganglia and thalamus. This results in enhanced consciousness, mental clarity, improved perception, greater empathy and compassion, emotional harmony and the suppression of anger and fear. The thalamus ensures that this enhanced sensory perception relays to other regions of the brain.

This is a compelling exercise for DIY Neuroplasticity, demonstrating how the frontal lobes motivate and manage themselves and other brain resources to enhance imagination, creativity, reasoning and communication. It enhances selective attention whilst maintaining working memory, improving decision-making and screening out irrelevant mental junk and clutter. Regular repetition and clear intention creates fresh neural circuits, activating the brain’s motivational regions. Repetition modifies synaptic activity and changes the brain’s physical structure.

When you meditate on a specific goal regularly and consistently your brain treats the idea as if it is a real object. Activity in the thalamus (part of the brain’s reality processing mechanism) is increased and other parts of the brain are motivated to take action in the external world. Remember, thoughts are, or can become things, given sufficient motivation and action (hat tip to Napoleon Hill).

In summary Kirtan Kriya utilises movement and speech to recalibrate the coordination and motor areas of the brain. Regular practice improves memory formation and retrieval, increasing mental efficiency whilst conserving metabolic and neural resources.

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Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Sagittarius Flower Photo – Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Sacred Lotus Flower Photo – Nelumba nucifera Flower Photo – Friday Flower Photo

Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Sagittarius Flower Photo – Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Sacred Lotus Flower Photo – Nelumba nucifera Flower Photo – Friday Flower Photo

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The Sacred Lotus (Nelumba nucifera) is associated with the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius.

To find put more about which plants and flower belong with which Zodiac sign take a look in Zodiac Flowers – Flowers And Plants For Each Sun Sign follow this link to find out more and get your free sample. Also take a look at Zodiac Sign Flowers – Flowers And Plants For Each Sun Sign (click here to find out more and get your free sample) and Zodiac Sign Flowers Photobook – A Collection of Flower Photographs for Each Sun Sign Vol. 1 (to find out more and get your free sample click on this link).

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Friday Flash – Respect – Friday Flash Fiction

“You should respect me. A father deserves respect from his son.”

I remember quite distinctly how he used to say this on many occasions.

It’s a phrase, an injunction, a request or sometimes a plea that he felt the need to express. It would come from nowhere. We’d just be talking about nothing in particular, the news, a TV show we’d enjoyed together, what’s for dinner or something equally innocuous.

Then suddenly, from leftfield, this big glutinous phrase would roll around his mouth and be offered to me for consideration. I’m not sure what would trigger it, maybe a memory that ricocheted around his mind, something I did at the time, the way I looked or spoke that provoked this phrase.

My response was, I must admit, like a Pavlovian reaction. Sometimes I’d ejaculate it with real invective, occasionally I’d laugh and make light of it, most times I’d yawn a bit too obviously when I delivered it.

He always reacted the same. His expression went blank and then he shrugged his shoulders. The atmosphere between us would change. There’d be a frostiness in the air even in the blazing height of summer. It mattered not whether we’d shared a few drinks and laughs; it would happen even if we’d just spoken fondly of mother.

Respect.

What the hell is that? The sort of thing a mafia don commands in the movies that results in countless assassinations and turf wars? What you pay to a higher ranking employer at the place you work? The flag, the constitution, swearing an oath to a higher power, what does it really mean?

My reply was always the same.

“You haven’t earned it.”

The first time I said it I was maybe about seven years of age. I’m not even sure where it came from. But it’s something that I had felt even earlier than that. It’s just when I got to seven, I was confident enough to articulate and express it.

That first time, I thought he’d hit me. Hell, if a child of mine had behaved that way I’d be incandescent. Thankfully I’ve never chosen to breed. So both myself and my potential progeny have been spared the embarrassment of the sins of the father.

But he didn’t strike me. He could have stopped me there and then. A short sharp slap was probably the discipline I needed. Well, there may have been less trouble down the line had he taken that route. I might even have acquiesced to his wishes.

But then again, I probably wouldn’t have.

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