children – who are they?

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable. ” -Khalil Gibran ‘The Prophet’

aspartame and sucralose

These are some interesting facts which I think are worth sharing with as many people as possible. This is the main reason I decided to publish this youtube clip here as well. The fact that aspartame and sucralose is contained in all soft drinks and most mass-produced processed food is not new to me. What really pushed me to publish it here is the shock I lived when I visited Egypt, a “Mulsim Country” where most “Muslim families” avoid alcohol and other haram things which harm their bodies (I totally agree) and at the same time are unaware of the danger they put their kids in when feeding them any kind of food from the super market. After every meal 7up is offered to everyone and there is not one day during which I have not seen a kid drinking a soft drink. Globalization has highly damaged these “third world countries” by sucking them inside a vicious cycle called “free trade”. What we once considered “developed” countries, such as Egypt ( a country where civilization started and a country rich in all possible resources), is now considered a “third world” country because 1. it lacks its natural resources, which are taken away from them by big multinationals in order to produce medicine and other products needed in order to boost “our progress” and 2. because there is a lack of education which leads to severe economical, social and political consequences which I will talk about in my next post.

This post has its focus on the consequences of putting in our body aspartame and sucralose.

 

 

 

 

Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

GO HUNGARY!

The Invisible Opportunity: Hidden Truths Revealed

by Anthony Gucciardi

September 20th, 2011

Updated 11/01/2012 at 8:42 pm

Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.

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asthanga – vinyasana yoga: detox body, mind and spirit from the inside out

ImageI am an active ashtanga – vinyasana yoga practisioner. Yoga is another gift which has been given to me by God. Yoga is part of my life. It is part of my day – like sleeping, eating and brushing my teeth. Of course, there are days when I do not practise. On those days my body tells me: stop stretching me. And yoga teaches me to listen to my body. Yoga teaches me many things which are all inside of me and which I myself need to discover through my practice. My practice is different every day. Sometimes I am more flexible. Sometimes I am more balanced. Sometimes I can’t be bothered and I totally lose focus and start gazing around instead of listening to my breath. And here is the most significant aspect of yoga: THE BREATH! It is not about the poses. it is not about how flexible you are. It is not about how strong you are. It is only about how good you are at focusing on the breath. When you focus on the breath, everything else follows: movements and focus. That is when you are balanced and flexible. Even though, the level of flexibility in certain areas does not really depend on your focus or type of body. It depends on your emotions: fear, trust, self-esteem etc. I myself am less flexible in my hips and I know it is connected to trust issues. i need to let go and surrender. It comes from the inside out. Once I acknowledge the matter, I need to loosen up and let go of my fear…that is when my hips will automatically open up. Everything is so connected.

The breath is our focus, as stated before. It sounds easy, but it is an art. Simply because we are made of body, mind and spirit and yoga is not only a body practice, or a mind practice, or a spirit practice. NO! It is a body, mind, spirit practice. It is a holistic practice. You tone your muscles, you strengthen your body, you become more flexible, you cleanse your body and you clear your mind FROM THE INSIDE OUT – through the breath. Not through a pole which you are lifting yourself up to “get strong muscles” at the gym, not from sit-ups or push-ups which ONLY strengthen your muscles. Nothing of all that. It all starts from the breath which is inside of you. The breath is your tool. Your pole. It is pretty amazing what you can do with your breath. In ashtanga yoga we use a special way of breathing which consists of contracting the throat muscles and therefore breathing through the nose from the back of your throat (ujjai breath). The louder the breath, the more you can focus on it. And the more you are able to still your mind. The slower and longer both inhalation and exhalation, the deeper you get into the pose. It is almost like a trance. You totally disappear from the world and you enter your soul. Your inside. The only existing world for us human beings. The world where all our secrets lie. The world which we tend to escape daily by keeping us busy with work, people, material things. When you enter your soul, you become mindful, conscious, aware and connected to your heart. When Bruce Lee says: “Empty your mind”, he does not literally mean to stop thinking. He means to become mindful and by becoming mindful, we become aware. By becoming aware, we start watching our thoughts and just be observers. So, meditation does not mean to stop thinking. We cannot stop thinking. It is a natural way of our being. It is part of us. Mediation teaches us to watch our thoughts and to stop judging them. So, when people say: “I cannot meditate because everytime I close my eyes, I start thinking about all the stuff. So, I can’t meditate”, it does not mean that they are not able to meditate. Everyone is able to meditate as long as you are able to breathe.  And once you start meditating, you improve day by day until you get to the point where you become one with your breath. That is when you are able to still the mind, to silence the mind – to stop judging yourself and to just let go and observe what the hell is going on in there. And ashtanga yoga is a moving meditation. Every move is an inhalation or exhalation. Every inhalation has the same length as the inhalation. Every movement is significant. It connects you to the earth, to the sun and to yourself. Every drishti (the direction of your gaze in every pose) is significant and determinant for your focus during your practice. Ashtanga – vinyasana yoga: body (movement), mind (breath) and spirit (drishti). Throughout the whole practice you maintain the flow of your breath and you put the bandhas on (please look it up online as i don’t want to get to technical here).

I find it pretty amazing that through the art of breathing you move your body and you get flexible, strong, focused and cleansed.

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halal eating – Muslims wake up!

Muslims and non Muslims WAKE UP! I am referring to all humanity –  One people. One world. Because – One God.

Since I am vegetarian I have never paid much attention to halal food until I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who made a point and made me think.

What is the actual meaning of halal food? In Islam, halal food is the permitted food by Allah – our creator. The Qu’ran states clearly that all Muslims should avoid eating haram food such as pork for example and many other kinds of food.

“You are forbidden to eat carrion; blood; pig’s meat; any animal over which any name other than God’s has been invoked; any animal strangled, or victim of a violent blow or fall, or gored or savaged by a beast of prey, unless you still slaughter it [in the correct manner]; or anything sacrificed on idolatrous altars.” – Qu’ran Sura Al-Ma’idah 5:3

If we pay attention, the Qu’ran states clearly that any animal who has been a victim of violence is not to be eaten. It is haram (forbidden). Why? It is simple. Our creator would never want us to inject violence in our body and consciousness. Allah would want us to stop violence over anything he has created. What happens to our animals today? Are they still treated with love and killed with gratitude and appreciation in the name of God? The answer is NO. We only need to observe how chicken, for example, is treated and killed. Chickens are kept in small rooms with no air and fed with chemicals until they fall off and die because too fat. Yes, that dead meat is the chicken you find in the supermarkets. It is not only dead. It was dead even before being dead, if you know what I mean. That chicken had nothing to do with life and love from its birth. It has just been treated like a product, not like a living being – a gift from God. And even products ought to be treated with love, since they are given by God too. Where has humanity go wrong here? It is super haram to eat this kind of chicken. You can slaughter it in the name of God and it will still be haram. Why? Because it has been maltreated. There is no love in that chicken. It will harm your body and if you eat it, you will not show gratitude for the life that has been given to you by the creator. God wants us to be healthy. That is why he has forbidden certain foods. Simply because they are unhealthy. A person who eats unhealthy food does not show appreciation. He does not care about life. That food could kill him. And we’ve heard many cases where people died because of food poisoning.

Haram meat, however, is not the only forbidden food. The Qu’ran also talks about alcohol and other toxins considered harmful for us and therefore haram. “O you who believe, intoxicants, gambling, altars and arrows of chance are afflictions which are the work of the devil; you shall stay away from him, that you may succeed.” Qu’ran Sura Al-Ma’idah 5:90

Why has alcohol and other intoxicants been forbidden? Simply because these substances drag us away from God and therefore ourselves – our consciousness. How can we focus if we feel tipsy, drunk or high? How can we pray 5 times a day with alcohol in our body? We can’t. Because we cannot be connected to Allah and ourselves. We can’t prostrate in front of our creator if we are not conscious. However, alcohol and intoxicants, such as drugs, should not be taken as the only haram substances, only because the Qu’ran does not clearly mention other things. There is a subtle message hidden in that Aiyah when Allah tells us to keep away from intoxicants. It is implicit and we need to capture this message: We should not eat anything that contains toxins either, such as GM products for example. That food is haram too. It is harmful, first because it contains chemicals which our body is not able to reject, and second because that food is mass-production oriented and has not been grown to nourish our soul, but to fill up our stomachs. Since when, do we human beings eat for the purpose of filling our stomach? Don’t we eat to live? Or is it the other way around: we live to eat? I am certain that we eat to live.

As a result, the food that we buy from the supermarkets today is just the idea of food. In reality, it has been made from the same products such as soy and corn which have just been modified in million of different ways to create “different products”, today known as coca-cola, nutella, etc. Those “different products” are actually the same: soy or/and corn. This kind of food makes us unaware. It makes us feel bloated and heavy. It makes us unconscious. So, if you eat this kind of food and stand in front of the creator and prostrate, it is like praying drunken. There is no difference. Consciousness is consciousness. No consciousness is no consciousness.

I’d like to conclude with a very meaningful hadeeth in relation to food and consciousness. Al-Hassan Al-Basri said: “O, son of Adam, eat with one third of your stomach and drink with one third and leave one third of your stomach to breathe so that you may think.”

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