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Boris Dzhingarov

I love travelling and I like to practice Yoga.

Posted 11/20/17 at 4:40 AM | Boris Dzhingarov

How to Sleep Better and Finding Your Best Sleeping Position

When it comes to sleeping restfully and getting enough sleep, you must start with what your most natural sleeping position is. The reason is that the sleeping position dictates what type of mattress and pillow will suit that sleeping posture. Where one position might suit a firm mattress, another position would cause pain along the rib cage or spinal region when the bed and pillow aren’t suitable.
Let’s consider how you can improve your sleep so you wake well rested for the day ahead.

How Can You Sleep Better?

First, get the fundamentals right. If you’re staying up past midnight and hoping to wake up late morning feeling refreshed, you’re asking too much from your body. We need to sleep in the late evening until the early morning hours to follow our natural circadian rhythms to benefit from the most rest. Do anything other than that and the result will be less than optimal.

How Many Hours Sleep Do You Need?

Most people require 7-9 hours of sleep a night to feel good the next day. A few of us manage fine with 5 hours of sleep, but that’s highly unusual. People usually require less sleep the older they get with babies needing the most and pensioners needing the least. It’s not a good idea to force yourself to sleep more if your body doesn’t want to; deliberately sleeping 9 hours when you don’t need it isn’t good for you either. FULL POST

Posted 11/15/17 at 5:10 AM | Boris Dzhingarov

Where Should We Draw The Line On Monuments To The Past?

The resurgence of white supremacy in the United States is never more apparent than in the Charlottesville protest rally where a clash between the far right and the anti-fascists left one counter-protester dead and 19 others injured. The incident spurred officials of cities and towns across the country to consider removing Confederate statues and memorials erected in their domain.

Days after that violent rally, Baltimore took down four Confederate statues overnight without fanfare. Mayor Catherine Pugh cited her responsibility to protect the people of Baltimore and spare them from the pain of seeing constant reminders of persecution.

Elsewhere, similar actions were taken. The University of Texas in Austin moved four Confederate statues on its campus. In Durham, NC, anti-racist protesters did not wait for the decision of their local officials and took down a statue of a Confederate soldier, in defiance of a state law. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that a committee will review monuments on public property and remove all “symbols of hate.”
But, as government and school authorities attempt to maintain peace and solidarity in their communities, President Trump continues to promote racism with his reckless and inappropriate remarks after the Charlottesville rally. Democrats and his fellow Republicans criticized his response to the violent clash. Senators John McCain (R-AZ,) Lindsey Graham (R-SC,) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) denounced his statements, and made clear that there is no moral equivalence between the white nationalists and Americans against hate and bigotry.
The dispute on removing confederate statues in public places in the US is locked in impassioned arguments. Proponents for its removal claim that the display of these statues commemorate the institution of slavery and promote white supremacy. Confederate apologists argue that the statues are part of American history and heritage, and deserve to be memorialized.
As the national debate continues, some professors defend the presence of the monuments. Michele Bogart, professor of Stony Brook University in New York, says, “These are works of public art with complex and specific histories.” Alfred Brophy, a legal scholar, claims that removing the statues would “quite literally erase an unsavory but important part of our nation’s history.” FULL POST

Posted 10/22/17 at 8:37 PM | Boris Dzhingarov

How to Help Your Child Truly Understand Baptism

Baptism is something that nobody – a young child or an adult – should take lightly. Age isn’t an issue in God’s eyes and parents should make sure their children truly understand baptism before taking part in this important Christian tradition and expression of faith. Do you know what to tell your kids?

Helping Kids Understand Baptism

The first thing you need to understand is that baptism is confusing for children. They see baptism ceremonies in church services or hear about their friends getting baptized, but fail to see the semblance behind it. In their minds, all they see is someone getting dunked in a pool of water in front of an audience. It might be interesting to them, but it’s also a bit strange.

When children ask why people get baptized, adults often answer by saying something like, “She’s getting baptized because she loves Jesus.” And while that may seem like an innocent answer, it can actually cause some confusion. The child thinks, “I love Jesus. Why can’t I be baptized too?” Many parents wonder the same thing, and then let their children get baptized prematurely – before they really understand the depth of their sin, separation from God, and gift of grace through faith in Jesus. FULL POST

Posted 10/22/17 at 8:34 PM | Boris Dzhingarov

The 8 Most Common Marital Issues and How to Approach Them

Divorce rates may seem like they’re at an all-time high, but that’s not exactly true. In fact, divorce rates have actually rebounded in the past several years. Still, with 40 to 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, it’s important for Christian couples to understand the consequences of divorce, the factors that lead up to divorce, and the most important strategies for sustaining a healthy long-term relationship.

Why Marriage Is So Important

So why is marriage so important for Christian couples to maintain? The bottom line is this: in the Bible, marriage is a sacred law. Marriage was designed by God, and intended to be both unique for human beings and unmatched by any other law. Pledging yourself to a partner is a way of honoring the sanctity of this law, and casually dismissing your relationship after making that pledge is a form of dishonoring it. You owe it to yourself, to your partner, and even to God to work out your issues as best you can before resorting to divorce.

All Marriages Have Problems

No matter how happy you are with your partner, how much you love them, how long you’ve been together, or how much effort you put in, your marriage is going to have some problems. All marriages do. What matters isn’t whether or not there are problems to begin with, but how you work together to resolve them.
Let’s highlight some of the most common problems married couples face, and how Christian couples can work together to resolve them—before they threaten your marriage: FULL POST

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