Smoothies are an incredible, super simple way to get a quick energy fix and feel so healthy all in one go! However most of the smoothies you can buy in your local supermarket are packed with massive amounts of sugar. Just like fruit juices, we think they’re good for us but in fact their incredibly high levels of sugar are actually doing nothing for us!
So here we present our top 3 smoothie recipes, which are all vegan friendly, and one thing is for sure they are a lot healthier for you than ones that are in the chilling fridge at your local stores.
Smoothies are so simple and quick to make when you have a little guidance to direct you!
Firstly we would recommend stocking up on frozen fruits or vegetables (can grab a packet in most national supermarkets), or you could try and use the freshest organic ingredients, from your garden perhaps, as it will ensure you have the healthiest punch!
Secondly, pick yourself up a blender! You DON’T need to spend a fortune products such as Vitamix that go for over £400, to be honest this is just un necessary! Smoothie blenders are absolutely everywhere, you can pick them up in most convenient stores, but we would recommend Breville Blend-Active – you can order one online!
Thirdly, if you fancy boosting your healthy smoothie level up a notch, we would recommend splashing out on some seeds! By adding flax seeds, chia seeds or hemp seeds to your smoothies. These three seeds have been named as the new superfood by health experts, as they are an amazing way to boost your protein levels!
TOP TIP: Cut all ingredients up quite small, including any leaves, to prevent any jams in your blender. Blend all ingredients together for about a minute, or to your preference!
The Root Vegetable One
This smoothie is amazing post-work out when you need to ensure you have a well-balanced recovery. The hemp protein (hemp seeds) will help to boost your metabolism, and the beetroot and carrot will provide two sources of extra nutritious non-starchy carbs.
What more could you ask for post-workout? It’s a bonus that it tastes delicious and it is an incredible colour!
1 carrot – washed and finely chopped
1 beetroot – washed and finely chopped
1 orange – peeled
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 tablespoon hemp protein (hemp seeds)
1 cup filtered water
1 cup ice
The Green One
Okay we know we called it green, but it’s actually so simple, the only green is kale! Nevertheless, do not underestimate the power of kale. Kale is part of the cabbage family and is one of the most nutritious vegetables grown locally in the UK. Its dark green leaves are an excellent source of vitamins K, C and A so having them as a base to your smoothie is a must!
Similarly spinach can be used as an alternative, the dark leafy greens are super important for bone health and your skin, as well as proving essential vitamins and minerals.
2 cups kale – washed and chopped (can use spinach as an alternative)
½ cup light unsweetened almond/ coco/ hemp milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon flax seeds
The Berry One
This recipe is a perfect example of using those packets of frozen fruit! Packs of mixed frozen fruit usually contain strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries and blueberries which means you are getting a HEAP load of nutrition. Using this many berries will increase the sugar amounts, but as the portion sizes aren’t too large and it is all natural sugars you are all good!
Having a berry smoothie in the morning, along with packing in all your superfood seeds, is a great way to boost your morning energy levels and get your metabolism flowing!
Issue about the soul and its existence and related functions are often controversial. There are people who don’t believe in the existence of the soul. There are those who cannot imagine life without a soul. Some of us are ambivalent, choosing to believe in the existence of the soul at one time and denying it at another. To be frank, this article is for those who believe that the soul exists. However, even those who don’t should read it because in the process they will realise that indeed they have a soul that emanates from somewhere.
Not An Easy Question To Answer
Now let us ask the main question again,” Do our souls come from a different planet or universe? The answer to this question can only be understood through a lengthy exposition because a simplistic yes or no answer will not suffice. The soul is sometimes referred to as the higher self or spirit. It is not a tangible entity and science has never proved that the soul exists or does not exist. You also need to understand that matters of the soul are in the realm of the spiritual, which science refuses to endorse. I often ask friends who dismiss spiritual issues as being untrue why they believe in the wind yet they have never seen it. They also cannot explain ‘love’ scientifically yet they believe in parental love, romance and other variants of love. I will leave that issue for now and discuss it on another occasion.
The Origin Of The Soul
Everything there is on earth, animate or inanimate, visible or invisible, emanates from one source – the Creator. Your soul is from that source and its shares many of the character traits of the Creator. Every soul begins its life and journey at the source. It is during the time your soul is or was with the Creator that preparation for earthly life was done. The Creator takes time to nurture and make ready the soul for life in other realms. Once the soul is ready, it chooses where it will be incarnated.
Where Do Souls Incarnate?
There are vast planets and galaxies where you can incarnate. Incarnation means you assume the form of another entity and begin to live in another place. There are souls that choose to come straight to the earth to incarnate. Others choose other galaxies to begin life there. Some of the popular places where souls land for the first time are Pleiades and Sirius, which are star systems away from our solar system. The difference between souls that start life on earth and those that begin in other star systems is evident in a number of ways that we will look at shortly. For now, suffice to know that those who incarnated first as in other star systems are called ‘star seed’ or ‘start travellers’.
You will realise that your soul does not come from another planet, but from the Creator. Other planets are paths through which your soul passes in the process of incarnation. However, if we are talking about souls ‘coming’ from another planet in terms of travelling through them, then our question has an affirmative answer. But there this so much more to learn on this issue that I advise you to continue reading.
Is It Important Whether You Began Your Incarnation On Earth Or Elsewhere?
No star system is similar to the others. Every realm has its own features. When a soul incarnates in a certain planet, it becomes part of that new area and adopts character traits that dominate there. Every place the soul chooses to incarnate has prevailing energy that imbues the soul. For example, souls that begin their journey in Pleiades assume the dynamism, energy and speed that prevail there.
What follows is very important for you to appreciate. The traits that a soul picks from a certain system remain with that soul as it moves to another system. In other words, your current behaviour is likely to be a product of the planets your soul has passed through. You will realise, for example, that you have this fiery trait that never seems to go. For example, you can be the type of person that influences others to work on certain projects and courses. You have the charisma to lead people towards results. This means you are likely to be a soul that went through planets that had a lot of energy.
To answer the question on whether it matters where you first incarnated, I give an affirmative answer. Similarly, it matters where the soul incarnated before it ended up on earth. This is because you are the sum of the traits that your soul has picked along the way as it incarnated. In other words, there are many factors that account for who you are today. This is not just about the traits you are picking now that you are on earth. There is a history behind you that makes you what you are today.
I know you might be asking what happens of this is the earth is the first place of one’s incarnation. It simply means that you are on a journey. Here you are imbued with the energies of the earth. Time will come for you to move to another planet where you will assume another body and live a different life. The traits you acquired while on earth will follow you and influence how you will behave in the next planet or star system.
Can A Soul Be Reborn?
I will begin this section with an explanation related to the origin of the soul. All souls eventually will return to the source – the Creator. The reason we left the Creator was to gain experience in the happenings of the material world. Souls assume material forms during incarnation but they are not material in themselves. They are divine and will eventually return to their divine states.
Every soul longs for the day it will revert to its original state where virtue and perfection are the norm.
However, this journey back to the divine state is not as easy as many may think. Processes and experiences of incarnation and reincarnation are responsible for taking the soul away from its divine nature. The soul can only return to the Creator when it is perfect. Your soul must relearn how to be honest, loving, humble and modest, and to respect the fundamental right of existence. Many of the divine traits you had at the beginning have been replaced by material concerns like struggle for power, material wealth, prestige and avarice.
When you breathe your last on earth, your soul, which is not dead, takes time to rethink its journey. It assesses whether it is ready to return to the Creator based on achieving the divine traits we have mentioned before. If these traits are yet to be attained, the soul decides to reincarnate on earth to continue its learning and unlearning. You have to remember that it is easier and possible to retrain your soul in divine ways by reverting to the place where you lost your divine character. That is why many souls reincarnate on earth because this is where they began to lose their perfection.
Your life on earth is not a punishment as some people would have you believe. You are here to be trained to regain the divine traits that you lost. The people you meet and the circumstances you go through are meant to shape you back into the divine form you were in before your first incarnation.
How About Soul Groups?
It would not be fair to end this article without talking about soul groups. I had said earlier that some souls arrive on earth after having incarnated in other places. It follows that such souls have comparable character traits. These people will find themselves gravitating towards one another, whether they know their origins or not. For example star travelers tend to associate with their kind since they share a past. They are concerned with attaining spiritual development and making the world a better place to live in. Having experienced other worlds that may be ‘better’ than ours, they long to see more justice, fairness and peace. About a quarter of the inhabitants of the earth are star travellers. They are different from those who have only reincarnated on earth.
We must admit that our souls have fallen far from the divine nature they were created with. We are more inclined to hurt others and act selfishly than we are to selflessly help our fellow human beings. The process of regaining our divine traits will, therefore, take longer. Many will undergo incarnation after the other on earth before they attain perfection and be ready to return to the original state. Until then, we must continue to view our lives on earth and any reincarnations, not as punishment, but as divine assistance to help us back to our original and perfect place with the Creator.
One of these days you may come across a donkey hauling luggage, take a good look at it, because that could be mirroring an image of you. Life is an ironic struggle where we often rush to meet deadlines and targets while forgetting to ‘feed the cow that produces the milk’. You work your ass off in the quest for a king’s life only to die a pauper that never enjoyed life!
Losing contact with yourself is the worst mistake you can make in life. Often we search for the solutions to loneliness and lethargy in other places while the real source of these complications is in our detached soul.
What you need is a trip into your inner self and the best way to do this is to take a spiritual journey to the Osho Meditation Resort…
Appreciating Osho Meditation Resort
I know you are likely to dismiss this as yet another boring article by a yoga enthusiast who has nothing more to do but stare into emptiness, but before you do so let me tell you about the Osho Meditation Resort.
First, it is in India. I can see weird thoughts crisscrossing your mind already – tropical sun, saris, robes, rice, onions, spices, monkeys, rickshaws, traffic, monks, vegetarians, imposing temples and so on. I would be lying if I said you will not come across these real and imagined images of India.
However a 15 minute flight from Mumbai to Koregaon Park in Pune will do you good! Yes, rickshaws are not the only means of transport in India – there are airplanes too! The beauty that awaits you will erase all your lopsided impressions about India and its people; more importantly, this camp effortlessly blends nature and modernity.
Walking in marble
Have you ever walked on marble in the midst of elegant buildings and green vegetation, along a swimming pool only fit for Olympic champions? That is the Osho Meditation Resort for you. And the surprise does not end there. This is virtually an international meeting point if the meditators from over 100 countries are to be considered. This resort gives you the opportunity to not only interact with global yoga enthusiasts but also relax, swim, rest, meditate or simply be yourself.
Not for nut-heads and hermits
I often meet people who think that yoga is a dark art; a mystical oriental ritual only fit for nut-heads and hermits who have lost touch with humanity! This resort will help you understand and practice basic Osho Active Meditations, which are designed for the modern person who has to contend with a lot of stress and psychological strain.
Whether you are the neophyte trying to learn how to salute the sun or you are the experienced meditation expert that needs no prompt to fall into a trance, Osho Meditation Resort is designed for you. There are numerous methods of meditation at this centre including traditional approaches such as Vipassana and more modern ones like Osho Kundalini and dance meditation.
The Osho Multiversity is also open for eager learners. Please don’t develop stomachache because of your fear of exams – there are none here! At least the founders of the centre knew you would visit one day and did not want to scare you away!
The Osho Meditation Centre also has workshops that you can participate in to enable you develop your mental and spiritual capabilities. At the end of each day, a spectacular evening of celebration, dance and even silence awaits you.
Daily and in-house programs
By the way, you do have the choice of going to the centre daily for meditation or pitching tent at the resort to soak up all the meditation knowledge and benefits available, like a human sponge!
What happens when you visit Osho?
Your wonderful experience at the Osho Meditation Resort begins at the Welcome Center right at the entrance where you register. This helps shield off busy-bodies and I am guessing you are not one. Please don’t visit the Welcome Centre unless it is between 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm daily. It amazes me as to where staff members get their infectious smiles and the resourceful answers they give. Registration takes place up to 12.30 pm for the morning session while afternoon registration activity takes place up to 3.30 pm.
What do you need for registration?
The Osho Meditation Resort is a law abiding entity and requires interested visitors to present valid identification papers. Don’t come with your boutique, supermarket or airline receipts please. Keep them as souvenirs and only present your ID or passport.
Mandatory HIV /Aids Test
This may be scary depending on your sexual history and escapades, but prepare for a HIV test before being admitted into the Osho Meditation Resort. You don’t have to read for the test – it is just 15 minutes of waiting and you know your fate. The resort will reward you with a Meditation Resort pass once you are deemed fine.
Daily Stickers for entrance
After registration, all you will need to exist within the resort are daily stickers which you can purchase when entering. You may also opt for seasonal tickets if you become a fan – or are you a meditation and yoga fanatic?
How about buying items in the park?
Please leave your cash and notes at home – nobody is interested in your poverty or wealth at the Osho Meditation Resort! Grab some vouchers (of course you have to pay for these) at the Welcome Centre as they are the legal tender there.
The Welcome Morning
Avoid the temptation to oversleep and be at the centre by 9.00 am to participate in the Welcome Morning, which introduces you to the campus, the programs of the Osho Multiversity and Osho Meditations. In the unfortunate event that you arrive at 9.01 am, don’t despair because you will listen to a brief introduction audio in your language of choice. But do not be cheated because you still have to arrive at 8.59 am the following day for the Welcome Morning.
What about residents?
You can register and live in the camp. There is a Living in Program for those on a long pilgrimage. Getting to know fellow meditators is an extra incentive for zero grazing yourself. This is a good option if you are allergic to traffic and rickshaws that characterise the life of a day scholar.
Can you stay off campus?
You can stay at any of the affordable and comfortable hotels in the vicinity of Osho Meditation Resort. But as one of my friends found out, you may arrive at the resort after some important activities have taken place.
How much will it cost you?
A meditation pass is the guarantee that you can remain in the resort between 5.30 am and late night and also access the OSHO Teerth Garden, the OSHO Auditorium and the evening programs.
Those with entry stickers are allowed into meditation programs for the entire day. They also attend the Buddha Grove open-air classes.
Stickers are available either for 1-10 days’ period or for an entire month. 1-4 days; entry stickers will cost you 1560 INR every day if you are not a resident of India, while citizens and residents have to pay 760 INR for the same package. If you opt for tickets to allow you access for 5 to 6 days, you will get a 13% discount if you are a foreigner, which means you will pay 1,326 INR. For residents and nationals, this package will cost 646 INR.
I almost forgot to tell you that the cost of food, drinks, accommodation and courses and workshops offered by the Osho Multiversity are on the Osho website!
Communicating with the outside world while at the resort?
You can visit the cybercafé within the Osho Meditation Resort and pay a little fee for Wi-Fi internet. You can also make calls but only in designated areas. Nobody wants to be disturbed by long noisy and hysterical calls when they are meditating. And forget about selfies as all sorts of photo taking activities are prohibited.
Who is allowed to visit?
Everyone is welcome! The resort receives people from more than a hundred nations on the planet. Whether you are a businessman, policeman or an artisan, you will find relaxation and fun at the Osho Meditation Centre – And age does not matter, too. Both young and old will realise that their needs are well taken care of at the centre. Don’t be surprised if you find you grandfather walking around the resort in a maroon robe!
Majority of those who visit this centre are university graduates. So if you thought meditation was for lowly-educated and superstitious oriental people think twice. But education is not a requirement for meditation! Don’t be cheated into thinking that you are the odd one out because you see people at the centre greeting each other, half of the people whom you will meet here are first-time visitors just like you.
Why should I go?
Countless people find time to visit this resort for the sake of enjoyment. If you feel you need time to shed off some of your pent-up emotions, visit the centre and relax both in mind and spirit. There are those who come to the park for the purpose of learning at the Osho Multiversity. There is no better place to understand meditation than this resort. You may also want to pop in if you have come to India on a different mission. You will never regret walking through the doors of this resort! The sheer numbers you will find here will convince you that you need to have visited sooner.
What kind of a product is envisioned?
This may sound like rocket science for the uninitiated, but the resort has a vision for the human race in this age. The intention is to come up with a human beings who are well-grounded while simultaneously reaching for greater heights. The Osho product is a jovial person, who interacts readily with others, but also retreats to meditate in silence. It does not matter what values you believe in, your space is preserved in this special garden.
Do you need to be a member?
This is a ridiculous lie propagated from those who have no understanding of what it means to visit this resort!! The centre does not belong to an exclusive club. There are no special people who must be admitted and others rejected. All you need is to be prepared to come to grips with you inner self and to develop a deeper and beneficial understanding of who you really are.
You may have heard that people who come to the resort are initiated into “sannyas”, which is another misconception. It is upon the individual to decide whether to enrol or not. Personally, I find no problem with Smith assuming the name William if only to come to grips with his inner self and begin a new fulfilling life.
When you decide to engage in “sannyas” Osho tells you that you have committed yourself to his guidance and he will not interfere with your life. Just dedicate yourself to transformation – while acting responsibly. Only through courage will you achieve your meditation goals.
Are visitors required to join movements or cults?
By its very nature, meditation is not a crowd activity. Osho Meditation Resort encourages you to join your inner self in order to grow into a more conscious and happier person. You cannot meditate effectively unless you appreciate and practice some form of solitary living.
Osho methods are transformative – requiring a personal paradigm shift. Osho advocates for are meant to destroy the misconceptions you have about yourself, thus leaving your soul utterly naked and ready for a new experience. He opines that you can only understand the truth by being alone and that truth is you. He believes that no great spiritual teacher can teach you the truth because the truth is found in you – by engaging in meditation. Meditation is not practiced in market places, football stadiums or politically rallies!
However, realising this dream is not like drinking water or eating a favourite meal – it requires courage. At Osho Meditation Resort you have all the tools you need and the concomitant environment to meditate. Interestingly, there are many other people at the centre pursuing the same goal, and being alone with them (if you can comprehend what this means), is not only easy but also enjoyable.
Is there a dress code?
Here is the interesting part, especially for men who cannot wear women’s clothing! At this renowned meditation centre, visitors wear lose-fitting plain maroon robes (I can hear you breathe a sigh of relief that it is not a skirt or dress). This is mandatory for everyone within the resort and especially during meditation. You will wear this robe between 9 am and 4 pm, while performing daytime tasks. It is also the attire that you will wear when performing OSHO Kundalini Meditations and OSHO Dynamic.
Do you want to know why people wear maroon robes at the resort?
Maroon robes act as uniform attire and make people feel part of the resort and of one another.
Unlike wearing different clothes, uniformity enables you to focus on your inner self instead of the outside.
There is mutual meditative energy that emanates from collective wearing of the colour maroon.
If you are a woman (and this also applies to some men) you will not need to worry about matching the colour of your clothes in the morning, hence giving you more time to focus on the more important task of meditation.
Pune is in the tropics and temperature can hit the extreme north and south.
This attire will free your body from the bondage of belts and other constricting body accessory that makes breathing and meditation problematic.
If you are not from India, you can at least boast to your folks back at home that you survived for some time in a robe!
What others are saying about Osho and the Osho Meditation Resort
You are not the first person to discover Osho Meditation Resort! No medal awaits you for that. At least not for now! Osho’s teachings and methodologies have over the years been commended by religious leaders, actors, politicians, musicians and writers among others. These include Tom Cruise, Madonna, The Dalai Lama, Tom Robbins and Dr. Manmohan Singh to name a few. I am not sure whether you can become a clone of Madonna or Tom Cruise at your age, but I am sure meditation and this experience at the resort can give you a new lease of life at any age.
Time to visit
Don’t read history any more – make history now! There are few pilgrimages that can transform you the way a visit to the Osho Meditation Resort can. Make a commitment today and visit the Osho Meditation Resort!
The subconscious mind has been the subject or inquiries, research, discussion and debate for many years. Hundreds of books have been written to explain how this part of the brain works. But there is one text that will expound greatly on this topic especially because the writer was an incisive researcher who spent years lecturing and preaching on spiritual matters. It is called The Power of the Subconscious Mind.
It is important to understand the author before we delve into the text. Dr. Joseph Murphy was born and spent his early years in England and Ireland. He later moved to India where he was a research fellow and dedicated his time to the study of Eastern religions. He also studied and became an expert in I-Ching, which is a highly regarded Chinese book on divination. His life would later be dedicated to preaching at the Church of Divine Service in the city of Los Angeles, where he worked for 28 years.
Apart from ministering to over 1,300 people in his church every weekend, Murphy had a radio program that broadcast teachings daily. This was a very popular program that won him many admirers. In a span of about fifty years, he travelled the world teaching, counselling and lecturing. He created a name for himself as a believer in enlightenment and amassed thousands of followers. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind is his most acclaimed and popular work. Since it was published in 1963, millions of people have bought and read it.
In his own words, Dr. Murphy said he had witnessed miracles in the lives of people who had used the power of their subconscious minds. He believed that he had discovered the unbelievable power of the subconscious mind. His book is meant to present empirical strategies that emanate from the subconscious and which can be used to bring healing to the body. And the miracles are not just restricted to healing of the body. Dr. Murphy claims that you can use the Law of Attraction to get money, win friends, experience peace of mind and meet the dream soul mate.
Murphy also outlines how you can use your own dreams to find solutions to life’s problems and also to crack complicated issues. He believes that dreams also serve as warnings on a negative events that are about to happen. All these issues take place in the subconscious mind, which one can use to achieve anything they want in life. He opines that when one uses the power of the subconscious mind they can experience perfect wellbeing, joy and success.
According to Murphy, the subconscious mind has powers that transcend culture and time and it contains secrets that everybody should understand. I am sure you know the traditional method of developing photos in a darkroom. This was the approach that Murphy adopted. He believed that the subconscious mind is some kind of a darkroom where the images of the life you will leave are developed. Your conscious mind normally sees something and records it and remembers it when you need it. However, the subconscious perceives things before they happen.
The interesting part about the teachings of Dr. Murphy is that the subconscious mind interacts with and reacts to our patterns of thinking and behaviour. It does not differentiate between good and evil. It adopts the thoughts you feed it with. Do not be surprised when negative events happen to you because you fed them into your subconscious mind and it actualised them. As you read this article, you may be actually creating negative thoughts and actions that may haunt you later.
It is important for you to understand how the subconscious mind works so that you replace negative thoughts with good ones thus creating good habits and events. Murphy considers this a very simple act. Your subconscious will pick the positive stimuli and turn it into good fortune.
This book is created for those who want to emancipate themselves from the power of habits and also cultures and religions that enslave people. It holds that whatever you believe is what will happen to you. Whatever happens to you is not accidental because you have attracted it through your thoughts. In this regard, your subconscious mind does not understand when you are joking, which implies you must avoid joking negatively about yourself.
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind has two main sections. In the first part, you will read about the subconscious mind and its modus operandi. The second part is the practical area where you learn how you can use this power to change your life. There is no way you will read this book and remain the same. You will realise that your thought patterns are an essential component of your personal success.
Snacking is a common behavior considering the many times we eat between meals. This is particularly true when one is travelling, although some people simply cannot stop eating. While a snack will save you much time that could have gone into preparing a real meal, it is important that whatever you eat is healthy.
The market is full of snacks that do more harm than good to your body. Unfortunately, we tend to choose grubs that have excess unsaturated fats, processed sugar, salt and preservative – never mind we are living in an era when obesity and related diseases are killing more people than ever. Travellers are particularly guilty of making wrong snack choices because they do not plan adequately for the journey.
For this reason, you need to choose your snacks carefully when you are on the go. Fortunately, there is no dearth of grubs that are packed with essential nutrients and energy while at the same time being delicious. Some of these snacks can be prepared at home before you set out on your journey. Others can be bought from food stores along the way. Regardless of your situation, you have no reason whatsoever to eat snacks that have poor nutritional content and which can send you down the road to obesity.
10 Healthy Grubs Handy For Travelling:
Carrying dried fruit will be advantageous during your journey because you will get various nutrients. Research has shown that this snack contains iron, potassium, fibre, antioxidants, sugar and calories. Some of the best fruits that you can dry and carry as a snack include apricots, cranberries, golden raisins, figs and chopped dates. If you can add these fruits to yoghurt and oatmeal, the better for you. It is important to remember that a snack is a stop-gap measure before you reach a place where you can eat a real meal. Consequently, you will need to eat dried fruits in moderation. Some people discourage this snack claiming it has a lot of sugar, but you should be remember that it contains natural sugar, and when taken in moderation, no harm will befall you.
Not all processed products can be dismissed as unhealthy snacks. There are a lot of energy bars that can give you the strength you need while travelling. These bars come in handy particularly when traffic delays you from reaching home to prepare a real meal. I am sure you know very well that hunger pangs have a way of surprising you when food is not in their vicinity. You will need to be careful with energy bars, though, because their nutritional contents vary. Generally, energy bars have little fibre, a lot of calories and sugar. To ensure you eat healthy energy bars, look for the one with a combination of fibre and proteins of about 5 to 7 grams.
These are some of the most natural foods – if there is anything like that. Our lives would be significantly healthier if we learned to eat nuts in abundance. Even in the wild, animals like birds, rodents and apes eat nuts as part of their diets. I have in mind raw nuts like walnuts, cashew nuts, peanuts and almonds among others. Nuts contain minerals, proteins, fats and few calories. You can also buy packed nuts, most of which have additives. Watch out not to eat nuts that have a lot of salt as this may harm you. You may also want to roast some nuts slightly to give them a desired taste while preserving their nutritional content.
This is yet another healthy snack that you need to try out when travelling. Flaxseeds contain antioxidants, omega-3 fats and fibre among other nutrients. Very few snacks can compare to the nutritional value of this wonderful seed. I would advise that you eat the organic type although the other variety is also not all that bad. The fiber in flaxseeds will make your tummy full thus preventing overeating, something you should avoid especially when travelling long distances. You obviously won’t like it when your stomach begins to grumble and ask questions while you are in a long distance overnight bus. If you happen to have yoghurt as part of your travelling food package, flaxseed powder can greatly enrich the former. The same can be said of smoothies and salads.
Many of the snacks you will come across, particularly if you prefer to buy from stores, are made from wheat. This presents a problem if you are gluten-allergic or have celiac disease. One way of avoiding such a scenario is to snack on rice chips. You will enjoy great crunch and taste with this grub. Getting the calories you need during a journey is as important as avoid any stomach upset that might ruin your travelling experience and that is why rice chips should feature on your list of preferred snacks. Look for various flavours like fiesta lime and wasabi to make your experience even better. Consider complementing rice chips with spreads, dips, nut butters, guacamole and jam.
Granola contains a lot of fibre and this is very important for your digestion and satiation as you travel. Unlike normal granola, granola bars are more convenient to eat. To make sure you enjoy this snack as you travel, break the bars and mix them with yoghurt to make them crunchy and smooth. You can achieve this if you pack granola bars and yoghurt separately and blend them as you travel. Alternatively, you cam crumble the bars and carry yoghurt with you. To enrich this snack, you can crush several granola bars and mix them with raisins and pretzels, then package them in a plastic bag for use during the journey.
Whoever said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away was not wrong. When you consider the nutritional value of an apple, you will classify it with super foods. You can understand this more if you consider the amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar, but that is a tale for another day. For travelling purposes, apples are some of the healthiest and convenient snacks you can carry with you. These fruits will refresh and hydrate you because of their high water content. They also contain a lot of fibre, which means they will make you feel satiated even when you are not, thus preventing you from binge eating, which is possible when you are traveling. Apples also contain carbs hence providing you with the energy needed to carry out different tasks as your journey. What more? Apples are very convenient to carry as they occupy little space in your bag.
As we observed earlier, snacks can either be prepared or bought while one is travelling, but the bottom line is that you eat healthy food. One of the best snacks you can carry as you journey is nut butter. The high amounts of proteins and other nutrients contained in this snack will ensure that you are energised throughout the day. If you plan to go sightseeing or trekking, this is a snack you cannot avoid to carry. The good thing is that the market has many different packages of nut butter to fit your needs. Moreover, they are easy to carry in a backpack or a small container. Nut butters can also be eaten with crackers and fruits to give you even more nutritional benefits.
Berry banana cups:
The world is full of berries that contain loads of nutrients which can give you the energy you need as you travel. When you blend these berries with sliced bananas, the snack that you will emerge with cannot be matched by many ready-made snacks available in stores. I am talking about strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. You only need a few fresh ones, which you will toss with cut bananas and keep in plastic containers, and seal the latter. To make sure the banana does not appear brownish, take the berries-banana blend and add lemon juice to it. The final package will be a potent mix of antioxidants, potassium, starch and great taste.
Cookies are often condemned because of their sugar content but this happens when people lack creativity. You don’t have to avoid cookies; you only need to prepare healthy and nutritious cookies especially using oatmeal. What you must do is pack them in airtight jars once you have baked and cooled them. I advise against buying cookies in stores when you are travelling because the average cookie is all about sugar, margarine and wheat. Instead, bake your own cookies at home and give them the exceptional nutritional magic of oatmeal. Grab one as you drive but don’t get carried away and eat more than you should. I can assure you that once you get used to homemade cookies you will think twice about buying sugary snacks as you travel.
We live in a world full of activities. Every day has its own struggles, joys and sorrows. Sometimes we win; other moments are spent agonising over defeat. In all these things, there is one aspect of our bodies that gains or suffers the most – the soul.
Have you ever asked yourself why we detox our bodies and not our souls? Try this now: go to your search engine and type, ‘body detox’. See the flood of information that is on the web related to cleansing our bodies! We spend so much time and money giving our physical bodies new looks while neglecting our spiritual needs.
There are many ways that your body will tell you that you have accumulated a lot of filth in the inner sanctum. You need to listen keenly to what your body is communicating to you to know when to go into a spiritual garage for some maintenance. This happens especially when we have no regular schedules for taking care of our souls the way we do with our bodies.
When your body goes for days without getting in touch with bath water, the stink in your breath and armpits announces to you and the rest of the world that you are missing something important. Isn’t that why you take a bath every morning and evening? Please don’t brush your teeth for a day or two and see how many people will want to be in your company!
In the same way, when you have taken time before attending to your spiritual needs, you stink to the high heavens! Your friends know it; you are also aware, but sometimes you are too blind to notice. That is why you need to continue reading this article to find out how you can tell that it is time to go for a spiritual bath.
What Causes Spiritual Starvation?
But before we venture into the symptoms, let us take a brief look at the causes of spiritual poverty and hunger. There are many and varied reason for this condition. Let’s start with what you feed your body with. You may think there is no connection between food and spirituality, but it is there a very strong link. Whatever poisons your body and mind makes your soul toxic too.
Junk food belongs to the rubbish dump, but we choose to feed our bodies with it. We neglect wholesome food made from freshly-grown farm produce and opt to eat food that is laden with preservatives and other chemicals. We poison our bodies, minds and souls with sugary and salty foods and beverages. Our tummies have become the dumping ground for all the unwholesome food that industries prepare. Not even the meat we eat can be trusted because animals are fed with chemicals and organic food to grow faster.
How about what we feed our eyes and ears with? Television is the culprit in this case. You sit on your couch and watch negative news and programs. You see people killing one another and enjoy it. Rape and other forms of violations become commonplace to you because of constant repetition in the programs you watch. Horror movies no longer scare you and you have no problem watching a person sucking the blood of another, even if it is just acting. You celebrate violence, crime, infidelity and betrayal and this continues to poison you spiritual faculties.
The internet is much worse. Apart from all the servings of television, you can watch and read unbridled profanities from the privacy of your house. Pornography is free for all. You can watch some deranged religious fanatics cutting off the necks of innocent people in the name of the Supreme Being. All forms of evil stare at you from the internet. Not even your children are spared the negativity and diabolism of the internet.
How Is Spiritual Hunger Manifested?
If you are not sure you have been affected by the people and events that surround you to the point that you need to check into a spiritual clinic immediately, ask yourself the following questions:
Do you find yourself frustrated when you cannot find negative news on TV, the internet, social media or life in general?
Are you the kind of person who talks negatively about almost everything even without intending to do so?
Do you often find yourself wishing that something negative happens to another person or people?
Are you always bored and unenthusiastic about life, seeing nothing good in what you and others do?
Have you been deserted by friends apparently because they cannot stand your negativity or you emit negative energy?
Do you hate being around people who are happy or those who exude optimism at all times?
Are you the type of person who finds sleep hard to come by even after spending most of the day working?
Do you experience bad dreams and nightmares in the few moments when sleep obeys you?
Do you always feel victimised when negative events happen to you?
Have you lost joy in life; the smile of a child; the beauty in nature and the summer breeze?
Do you shun places of prayer and detest moments of silence when you can reconnect with yourself?
If your answer to most or all of the questions above is YES, then you need spiritual help. It means that you have lost touch with yourself and the Supreme Being. You have no idea what is going on in your inner self. You spiritual compass is not working. In the words of a famous poem, “the centre cannot hold together and your life is falling apart!”
It is unfortunate that many of us find ourselves in these situations and do not know that we are actually trapped. We assume that this is the normal pattern of things and that positive change will come automatically. Even when we realise something is wrong with ourselves, we blame others while leaving the real cause of the problem untouched – ourselves.
Here Are Important Tips On How To Emancipate Ourselves From Spiritual Starvation!
Know yourself: Take time to understand the way your mind, body and soul work and are interrelated in order to detect when you are in need of spiritual help.
Meditate: Meditation will help you to get peace in the mind and soul. It will reconnect you with your your spirit.
Pray: If you are a religious person, go back to the basics of your religion. Reconnect with the Supreme Being and ask for renewal.
Fast: When you deny yourself food for some time, your body and mind will undergo cleansing. You will also get time to pray and meditate.
Make merry: When you engage in genuine laughter, especially through genuine interaction with friends and relatives, you will free yourself of stress which hinders spiritual growth.
Help others: In the spiritual and physical world, human beings are interconnected. Helping other people brings joy to them and you too and uplifts you spiritually.
Read: Spirituality is associated with religious texts. Whichever religion you subscribe to, look for its sacred book and get spiritual nourishment.
Sing: Music elevates and rejuvenates your mind and soul. For spiritual purposes, look for sacred music and sing, listen or do both for spiritual nurture.
Exercise: This may sound strange but when you give your body regular exercise, it becomes more flexible and the mind becomes clearer to appreciate spiritual matters.
Minimise your interaction with television, the internet and social media and instead spend time in a natural environment.
Annually, millions of dollars are spent by people seeking medical assistance. But did you know that yoga can heal your body? It is ironical that one can go to all lengths to find treatment, while by engaging in this renowned form of medication or exercise, some illnesses can be obliterated from the body.
Before delving into the exact healing abilities of yoga, it is important to remember that a human being is a system that consists of the mind, soul and body. When you get sick, it is not only your body that is responsible for the illness. Much of what you consider sickness begins in your mind. Similarly, you can be healed much faster if your mind and soul exudes positive energy. When your mind is unsettled, you are likely to become sick.
Yoga Poses – Asanas
Spirituality also plays a great role in healing. People who have a working relationship with the Supreme Being tend to have a higher propensity of overcoming illnesses than those who don’t have any spiritual leanings. When the body, mind and souls are working in tandem, you are in a more beneficial position to overcome illnesses than vice versa. Understanding this linkage is crucial to appreciating how yoga heals.
One of the ways in which yoga heals is through relaxing the body and mind. This relaxation is responsible for stabilising the heart rate. Those with hypertension know why it is important to lower the heart rate in managing the illness.
Moreover, yoga helps to heal back problems. As you pose during yoga, you become more flexible and strong and this takes off pressure from your back thus relieving pain that is associated with the back. This is especially important for people that spend most of their days arched behind office desks.
Recent studies also indicate that when you engage in sun salutations during meditation and when your perform dog poses you significantly reduce inflammations in your body. Inflammation is the primary reaction of the body to irritation and injury. Cardiovascular illnesses, arthritis and diabetes are all associated with inflammation. This is a problem that affects many cancer survivors thus making them feel fatigued for days after they have finished therapies. According to a study carried out in Norway among women who were recovering from breast cancer, participants experienced less fatigue and more vivacity three months following treatment as opposed to those who did not engage in yoga.
Studies also reveal that when you engage in about two hours of yoga (including postures, meditation and breathing works) there are positive influences in the body including genetic makeup. This happens because your PBMCs (peripheral blood mononuclear cells) are affected positively by yoga exercises. In essence, there is close relationship between yoga and the wellbeing of your blood and cells.
Closely related to positive changes in your blood flow is the boosting of the immune system. By now you know that your body has a natural mechanism for fighting infection called the immune system. When your immunity is strong, you ward off illnesses and vice versa. Engaging in yoga activities has been shown to boost your immunity because of the positive impact these exercises have on your cells.
Moreover, your digestive tract and other organs stand to gain a lot from yoga exercises. Like other forms of workouts, yoga enables movement of food within the digestive tract. Clogged food in the system is responsible for many stomach and digestive illnesses as well as headaches. When food moves efficiently in your body, other organs work optimally. The heart, liver, kidney and skin are able to flush put toxins or pump blood as the case may be and this results in a healthy disposition.
Yoga also promotes mental wellbeing by helping you to manage stress levels in your body. Stress is the cause of many health problems that we go through. There are many times when you go to see the doctor because you are feeling unwell but the real problem is actually in your mind. With the many problems you face on a daily basis as you try to make ends meet and as you interact with other people, stress is bound to affect you.
Yoga brings tranquility to the mind. It brings you in touch with your inner self and Divine Power. When you engage in the breathing and movements of yoga, you begin to appreciate what life has given you and you face life with confidence. Every session brings in greater optimism. You view life positively. In the process, most of the illnesses you suffer dissipate because they were just happening in your mind. Hopefully you understand the placebo effect, which demonstrates the relationship between belief and actual happenings in your body.
The link between yoga and healing is just beginning to be verified through science. However, those who have practiced it over time have no doubt about the healing qualities of this ancient practice. From the look of things, more of these positive effects of yoga will continue to be discovered with time. For now, you have enough reasons to continue practicing yoga.
Karma is a never failing universal principle that rewards us for good deeds and punishes us for bad ones. Perhaps ‘reward’ and ‘punishment’ are not accurate terms here. Let me put it in different terms. Karma gives us back what we have given to others through our thoughts, words and actions.
That is why there is good and bad karma. Good karma is the reflection of the good we do to others coming back to us to encourage us to continue doing continue doing good. Bad karma, on the other hand, is the suffering we undergo in equal measure to the pain we have put others through. Any sane person desires to have good karma.
However, good karma does not happen; just like bad karma is not arbitrary punishment. You have to work for good karma. You actions must deliberately indicate to the universe that you desire good to happen to you. Creating good karma should be the endeavour of each one of us.
How Can You Attract Good Karma?
Before we discuss strategies for creating good karma, let us understand a few things. Karma is created through intention and deliberate action. In other words, the process of attracting good karma begins with positive thoughts, fair words and responsible and kind action. Consequently, if you want to create good karma you must watch your intentions, words and thoughts.
Secondly, karma is about how you live and interact with people. If you are a force for good in society, you will attract good karma. In essence, you need to identify ways through which you can live a positive life that also helps others to enjoy living. Good karma stems from performing good deeds to others and especially people in need.
Practical Strategies Of Creating Good Karma
Having established the areas within which you can create good karma, let us now look at practical ways of doing this. I need to caution you, though, that creating good karma is not about spending a lot of money, but transforming the lives of others for the good. If you can find a simple and inexpensive way of bringing genuine happiness to somebody else, then you will be a candidate for good karma.
Making Sincere Commendations
Someone has done a good job for you or for themselves, take time to congratulate them. I know it sounds simplistic, but remember the universe is watching. You are a witness that when you receive genuine praise, your heart feels warm and you also feel valued. When you make other people feel that way, time will come for karma to return the compliment.
2. Donate To The Less Fortunate
Society has very many people who are a lot less fortunate than you and I, this can be a great source of good karma for you. As you walk along the road, look out for that beggar who may have nothing to eat tonight if you retain that extra coin or note in your pocket. There are people who have been hit by floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters, who will find relief from your donation. Karma will never forget even as the unfortunate enjoy a happy day, thanks to your generosity.
Many are the times when we forget to say ‘thank you’ not knowing how powerful those two words are. Creating good karma entails eliciting good feelings in others. One simple way of doing this is to thank people you live and work with. It does not cost you anything to express gratitude to a friend. You can say it or write an SMS or email. It has been proven that people who are grateful for what they have and the people they live with often attract success – and good karma for that matter.
Impart knowledge To Others
There is something you know how to do and others don’t and this can be an effective strategy to create good karma. For example, why don’t you teach that young child how to ride a bicycle? You can also volunteer to teach adults who never went to school. How about adopting some young students in the nearby school to mentor into respectable and successful people like you?
Here Are Other Ways To Create Good Karma!
Sacrifice for others to benefit: Giving becomes meaningful when it costs you. Look for something valuable that you can donate to the community or someone you feel really needs it.
Leave your sit for someone older or needier: You get into a crowded train or some other form of public transport and an old person or pregnant lady is standing while you are seated. Give up the seat and attract good karma.
Help someone across the road: With the mad traffic rush in our cities, crossing the road can be a daunting task for people with disability or the old. Forget about your errands and take a few moments to help that needy person cross to the other side.
Volunteer for a good cause: Dedicate one of your vacations to the cause of the needy. Go abroad and help to construct classrooms or rebuild houses destroyed by an earthquake or hurricane.
Be a mediator: You find two parties in dispute and you believe they can listen to you. Offer to mediate between them and avert open physical conflict.
Listen: There are millions of suffering people who only want someone to listen to them. If you have such a friend or even stranger, sit and listen to their story without judging them.
Visit the sick in hospital: There are people who spend entire days and months staring at hospital ceilings without anyone to talk to. Summon your strength, carry some snack and asked to be allowed into a public hospital to visit a patient you don’t even know.
Visit prisoners: They may be the vilest people in society, but they deserve to be loved and accepted. Organise a few friends and visit the local prison with some gifts.
Meditate: The good thing with meditation is that it helps you to be at peace with yourself and others, thus increasing the possibility that you will perform good deeds.
Forgive: I know this is hard but when you don’t forgive you harbour ill feelings towards your enemy. Forgiving opens the door for good feelings and gratitude and consequently, good karma.