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Posted 9/27/17 at 6:47 AM | Boris Dzhingarov

Is meditation a Christian practice?

There are countless ways to connect with God, but as Christians, we tend to emphasize traditional forms of prayer, reflection on scripture, and practices like walking the labyrinth. One activity we rarely talk about, though, is meditation. Is meditation a Christian practice? Or do its roots in Eastern religion exclude it as a tool of spiritual development? For some Christians, this is a significant point of contention as practices like meditation and yoga come into broad cultural acceptance.

Though some will always object to meditation for reasons of origin, there are plenty of ways to bend the practice to Christian purposes, as well as countless examples of how meditation has been used by devout Christians for centuries. When aligned with the power of Christ’s Word and sacrifice, meditation can be as powerful as attending church weekly or going on a pilgrimage.

Meditation or contemplation?

To understand where meditation fits within the broader world of Christian worship, it’s helpful to hold meditation up alongside contemplation.

Contemplation is widely associated with various Christian religious orders, particularly monastic traditions. Monks and nuns spend a significant amount of their lives engaged in silent reflection on God and the Word. But does sitting in silence automatically make contemplation into meditation? FULL POST

Posted 8/28/17 at 6:19 AM | Boris Dzhingarov

10 Natural Remedies Everyone Should Know

Everything we’ve ever needed for health and happiness has been provided. We have an incredible planet with natural plants and properties that will support us for our entire lives. If we know how to make the most out of foods, spices, plants, herbs, oils, and other natural components, we’ll be prepared for whatever life throws our way.

We often rely on the expertise of others to put together ointments and medication for our health, but there’s plenty we can do for ourselves. There are dozens of natural home remedies for the most common illnesses.

1. Sunburns

Everyone knows the pain of spending too much time in the sun. A mild sunburn is red, painful, and itchy, and a more severe burn can make you sick to your stomach with intolerable pain. To speed the recovery and staunch the resulting symptoms, externally apply any of these natural remedies:

• Chilled cucumber slices
• Plain yogurt
• Aloe Vera gel
• Witch hazel
• Oatmeal bath
• Mint
• Vinegar

2. Menstrual Cramps

Men will never understand the pain, sickness, and discomfort that overcomes a woman at the beginning of her cycle. Menstrual cramps are brutal, and most women don’t know how to alleviate the discomfort. A heating pad can help, but any of the following remedies taken internally can work wonders the next time you have cramps: FULL POST

Posted 8/6/17 at 4:17 AM | Boris Dzhingarov

5 Ways to Be Healthier When You Work in an Office

Working in an office can have its pleasant sides, especially if you are doing something you enjoy and like the people you work with. However, office work doesn’t generally present the best conditions for optimal health, thanks to the long periods spent sitting down looking at visual displays, being close to lots of other people (and their germs), and the lack of exercise during the day. If you are an office worker, adopting strategies to keep yourself healthy can not only improve your general wellbeing but also make you feel more motivated and productive – improving your performance as well as how you feel. Here are five ways to be healthier when you spend most of your working week in an office:

1. Take Regular Breaks

Taking breaks is very important when you use a computer monitor, but you do need to ensure you take them away from your PC. The important thing is to rest your eyes, and so browsing the web for five minutes every hour doesn’t achieve this. Get up and walk somewhere, even if it is just to the drinks machine or a colleague’s work area.

2. Stay Hydrated

Most people don’t drink enough water, and at the office it can be easy to slip into only ever drinking coffee, which actually dehydrates you more. Forget those tiny cups of water from the office water cooler – fill up a two litre bottle with water and keep it on your desk, aiming to drink the whole thing by the end of the day. Being even slightly dehydrated affects your mental performance, and drinking plenty of water will help you stay on top form. FULL POST