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Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Virgo Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Virgo Flower Photo – Lychis Chalcedonica Flower Photo

Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Virgo Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Virgo Flower Photo – Lychis Chalcedonica Flower Photo

Lychis chalcedonica

Lychis chalcedonica (Jerusalem cross) is associated with Virgo.

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), 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) and Zodiac Sign Flowers Photobook – A Collection of Flower Photographs for Each Sun Sign Vol. 2 (to find out more and get your free sample click on this link).

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What’s Your Sin Sign?

What’s Your Sin Sign?

A slightly different blog post today as I’ve decided to take a quick look at which of the Seven Deadly Sins each Sun Sign is most and least likely to commit.

Currently the seven deadly sins are as follows:

Lust

Greed

Gluttony

Sloth

Envy

Pride

Wrath

During the 4th century misery or despondency was considered to be one of the 7 deadlies (as outlined by Evagrius Ponticus a 4th century monk) so I’ve resurrected this one as bonus sin. Dejection as a sin was replaced by sloth – the two possibly being related in terms of a person who was too down and dejected to get out of bed was seen as being idle.

Aries

Most Likely Sin

Ruled by Mars and, at your worst fuelled by aggression, I’d have to assign Wrath as the sin that you are most likely to commit. Though the Sign on the Ram is no stranger to Lust either.

Least Likely Sin

You don’t do Sloth nor are you likely to be miserable or despondent. You usually have a remarkable talent for bouncing back from setbacks.

Taurus

Most Likely Sin

This would be Gluttony for many of you, I’m afraid.

Least Likely Sin

Envy – you don’t envy anybody anything. If somebody else has something you want you use your desire for that thing to motivate you to take the actions needed to get it.

Gemini

Most Likely Sin

A tricky one this. Originally there was a vice associated with a lying tongue that would suit Gemini’s gossipy nature, however sticking with the modern deadlies I’d probably go for Wrath as you can have an evil temper at times.

Least Likely Sin

Sloth – you are far too active to be slothful

Cancer

Most Likely Sin

This is where I make use of our 8th deadly tristitia (despair or despondency) because Cancerians can have a tendency to get very, very down indeed.

Least Likely Sin

Wrath – you can be moody but you rarely have epic rages!

Leo

Most Likely Sin

Pride plus vanity – sins fit for a monarch.

Least Likely Sin

Envy – why would you envy others when you’re so much better than them, you wonder.

Virgo

Most Likely Sin

Pride. You’re proud of your detached, analytical and reasonable approach to life. ‘Why can’t the other sign’s keep a grip on their emotions and why are so many of them such slobs?’, you wonder.

Least Likely Sin

Sloth. Lazy people are an anathema to you, so why would you allow yourself to become one?

Libra

Most Likely Sin

Pride or rather vanity – you know you’re the most gorgeous person around. You also love getting other people to do your work for you, don’t you, so I’ll put sloth as well.

Least Likely Sin

Wrath – make love not war is your motto.

Scorpio

Most Likely Sin

You’ll commit all of them if you’ve decided to pursue being a sinner with your usual determination. In fact you might even invent a new hyper-sin where commit them all at the same time!

Least Likely Sin

You can be a saint or a sinner and will pursue either calling with equal vigour. If you’re feeling saintly you’ll ensure that you don’t commit any of the seven deadlies

Sagittarius

You’re larger than life and consume food with gusto, so I’ll put you down for gluttony with a side helping of greed.

Least Likely Sin

Wrath – you don’t really get angry. You don’t hold grudges. You’re more of a forgive and forget type of person really. You don’t do our 8th deadly tristitia (despair or despondency)either.

Capricorn

Most Likely Sin

Lust – lust for status, money, possessions, power and just plain lust when the mood takes you!

Least Likely Sin

Sloth – ‘Chance would be a fine thing’, I hear you say, ‘I’ve got far too much to do!’

Aquarius

Most Likely Sin

Pride – nobody is as clever, unique, forward thinking and humanitarian as you, are they?

Least Likely Sin

Envy.

Pisces

Most Likely Sin

This is where I make use of our 8th deadly tristitia (despair or despondency) again because Pisces can have a tendency to get very, very down indeed. Even worse than, cancer, in fact.

Least Likely Sin

Wrath. You get upset and you get deeply hurt but you don’t do explosive bouts of rage.

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Is Meditation A Load of Bull? – Obviously this fellow doesn’t think so.

Is Meditation A Load of Bull? – Obviously this fellow doesn’t think so.

Taurus Meditating

Taurus had this meditation thing licked!

This cartoon goes with Star Sign Spirituality:

Aries, Taurus & Gemini Spirituality

Cancer, Leo & Virgo Spirituality

Libra, Scorpio & Sagittarius Spirituality

Capricorn, Aquarius & Pisces Spirituality

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Neuro-pleasure & Neuro-pain Part 4

Neuro-pleasure & Neuro-pain Part 4

There’s much to learn from all aspects of existence – pain, disappointment and sadness – simply because they’re an inescapable part of the human condition. All life is suffering, the first of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, right? That’s why these aspects of life are traditionally considered ‘character forming’. Clarity of thought entails confronting the sad and sometimes scary but also celebrating and integrating the good. You need to allow the various expressions of life to filter through. This is where our friend equanimity comes in.

When you have an awesome positive life experience or thought sequence, take a little while, say ten or twenty seconds to heighten this, to rack it up in your mind, and get it instilled into your neural network. This introduces more equilibrium and equanimity into the neural tapestry of existence, deepening it and enabling you to address and manage the challenging expressions of life when they invariably occur.

Repeatedly internalising these experiences enables you to be more effective at managing threats, challenges or rejections. Dealing with life and enjoying it encourages you to experience life in its multidimensional totality with greater clarity, perception and energy, accepting whatever life confronts you with.

Developing the tools that characterise a wide emotional and experiential range is your friend here. When something awesome happens, enjoy the experience, relish it, and internalise it. This makes the positive feelings associated with that experience available for future usage, The hippocampus registers, packages and reroutes it to other storage locations in the brain, so you can call on it to give you an emotional buzz whenever you need to. Maybe incorporate it within your Deus Neural Architecture (DNA).

Priming your brain to look out for challenges, opportunities and threats encourages mindfulness and stimulates your brain to develop. If you’re feeling in a particularly naughty frame of mind, try a walking meditation through a busy shopping mall and remain vigilant and alert. Look at people around you and assess how alert, vital and alive they are. Don’t judge them but simply observe as you move around with purpose and clarity. You might wryly see yourself as an apex predator amongst all the lazy torpid flotsam and jetsam of the world.

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Neuro-pleasure & Neuro-pain Part 3

Neuro-pleasure & Neuro-pain Part 3

You can use your mind to train your brain to nuke any negative thoughts that lead to pessimism while accelerating the types of positive thoughts that lead to optimism. Your mission is to become the master of neuronal nuancing that leads to greater happiness. The rewiring starts in your neurons.

Negative thinking impedes brain coordination, hampering the processing of thoughts and finding solutions. Fear often occurs when you focus on negative outcomes. This decreases cognitive activity in your cerebellum and therefore impedes your brain’s ability to process new information. Fear limits you in creatively solving problems. Fear also impacts your left temporal lobe thus negatively impacting your mood and memory, and the ability to control any unhealthy impulsiveness that you might engage in.

Your PFC determines what’s important according to the amount of attention you give something and how much emotion you invest in it. If you choose to focus on negativity, your brain creates synapses and neurons that support and reinforce your negative thought processes. This impacts your life experience, and not in a good way.

Your hippocampus provides the context for stored memories. The emotional tone and description your mind creates can rewire your brain via the creation of stronger neuronal pathways and synapses. What you think and feel about a situation or event can become deeply embedded. If so, you’ll find it more challenging to dismantle negative connections.

You can rewire your brain to be less fearful, to think positively and to trust that you will be successful. Your mental processing originates from brain activity. Your brain is in control when it comes to creating and shaping your mind and therefore your perception of reality. Repeating mental activity with focus and determination changes your brain’s structure, wiring, and capability.

The actions you take can expand or contract different regions of your brain, revving up neural circuits via Long Term Potentiation (LTP) or dismantling them by Long Term Depression (LTD or cell suicide). The more you demand from your brain, the more cortical space it allocates to new tasks. Stronger connections are made in circuits that reinforce the desired behaviour or thought, whilst severing connections in others. Your actions, thoughts, feelings are perceptions resonate in the size of respective brain regions and neural connections.

What you think, do, and say matters. It affects who you become internally and externally. The upshot is that you can re-engineer your brain to be more positive. Think positive thoughts, cultivate optimism, and refocus, defrag and reboot your brain when negative thoughts materialise. Your mind determines how your brain reacts to what happens in your life. Reframe events and think positively.

Also combine this with clarity of thought. It’s advisable to see the whole picture, a gestalt view that encompasses positive, negative and neutral. All events and activities encompass light and dark with varying gradations, nuancing that’s both subtle and obvious.

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Cancer Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Cancer Flower Photo – Mushroom Photo

Cancer Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Cancer Flower Photo – Mushroom Photo

cancer zodiac sign flower photo mushrooms

Mushrooms are associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer .

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), 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) and Zodiac Sign Flowers Photobook – A Collection of Flower Photographs for Each Sun Sign Vol. 2 (to find out more and get your free sample click on this link). To find out which flowers are associated with Cancer check out Cancer Zodiac Sign Flowers Photo Book (click on the link to find out more and get you free sample).

Cancer Zodiac Sign Flowers Photo Book cover

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Neuro-pleasure & Neuro-pain Part 2

Neuro-pleasure & Neuro-pain Part 2

Cheerful optimistic people invariably have higher activity levels in their positive oriented left PFC. Optimism engages highly desirable cognitive, emotional, and motivational components. Optimistic people generally enjoy better moods, are more persevering and successful and often in better overall physical health. Optimists attribute good events to their own endeavours and perceive bad events as either transient (‘sometimes’, ‘lately’, ‘occasionally’, ‘I feel a sadness upon me’) or the fault of others (if you find you don’t get any value or payoff from blaming yourself, blame someone or something else).

In addition, optimists:

  • Experience lives characterised by eudaimonia and equanimity.
  • Spend less time alone ruminating about the past or catastrophising about the future, and more time socializing, hence growing their network of connections, life experiences and increasing their luck factor.
  • Tend to enjoy strong relationships at both a personal and professional level.
  • Enjoy sound physical and mental health, avoid or decelerate the cognitive decline that accompanies ageing, and have stronger immune system.
  • Attain greater longevity.

Pessimists process good things that happen to them by referencing transient causes, (moods and effort) and frame bad events as permanent and absolute conditions (‘always’, ‘can’t’, and ‘never’ tend to be frequently used in their vocabularies).

Pessimists:

  • Tend to assume setbacks are permanent and pervasive, resulting from their personal failings and thus an eternal element in their cognitive ecosystem.
  • Are more likely to suffer from depression than optimists.
  • Often perform worse at school and in work and personal contexts.
  • Experience troubled interpersonal relationships.
  • Die sooner.

 

Unhappy people spend much time comparing themselves to other people whereas happy people rarely compare themselves with anyone and get on with enjoying their lives.

So how does this impact you?
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DIY Neuroplasticity Cartoon – Dude, where’s my brain?

DIY Neuroplasticity Cartoon – Dude, where’s my brain?

DIY neuroplasticity

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