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Could Coloring Be a better Alternative To Meditation?

Currently, six of the top 20 selling books on Amazon are adult coloring books.

The unlikely pastime for those of us who have successfully graduated from kindergarten has been gaining popularity of late, as an easy means to express oneself and de-stress along the way.

The activity not only provides a low-stress, low-stakes way to unlock your creative potential, it also unlocks memories of simpler, childhood times, when the biggest cause of anxiety was how to avoid your next nap.

I recommend it as a relaxation technique,” psychologist Antoni Martínez explained to the Huffington Post.

“We can use colouring to enter into a more creative, freer state. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”

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Clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis and Souris Hong, author of bestselling adult coloring book Outside the Lines, stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss some of the meditative benefits of coloring for the adult set.

“There is a long history of people coloring for mental health reasons,” Michaelis says.

Carl Jung used to try to get his patients to color in mandalas at the turn of the last century, as a way of getting people to focus and to allow the subconscious to let go. Now we know it has a lot of other stress-busting qualities as well.”

Today the variety of adult coloring books is expansive, ranging from meditative outlets like Coloring Flower Mandalas to art-savvy options like Outside the Lines, there are funny ones, feminist ones and even a coloring book for stoners 

Basically, if you are looking for a way to find your inner zen while also exploring your artistic side, look no further.

Coloring books are here to help. Your 5-year-old self would be so proud.

Najat Rizk shared a link.
Currently, six of the top 20 selling books on Amazon are adult coloring books. The unlikely pastime for those of us who have successfully graduated from…

Wisening up? Who is your teacher? Buddha, Jesus, Obama… 

A few bits of wise sayings

Is it you either believe in a God or submit to a life of despair?

As if living among the religious clerics and fanatic religious believers is not the ultimate in desperation.

In the Far East, the source of mass production of cloths, people still manually weaves the garment of monks and for burial ceremony.

What do you gain from meditation?

From The Idealist‘s photo.

Have you already been in Hell? Probably you are a spiritual person

From Freedom Is A State Of Mind‘s photo.

Neuro Linguistic Programming impression on us

"The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations which we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us, and which knows only the oppressors’ tactics, the oppressors’ relationships."</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Audre Lorde
And I’m still free, totally free
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Generation Alpha‘s photo.

The Roman philosopher Epictetus wrote:
“Is there another end but death? It is the fear of death that is cause for the cowardice and despicable nature of mankind.
Practice against the fear of death. To that end, let all your words, studies, lectures, and behaviors be guided to taming fear of death.
It is the only way for people to feel liberated…”
(Accepting death can be forced on us in due time. Accepting that it is natural for people to kill me is out of the equation for accepting death. Otherwise, why are we striving for companionship and for compassionate communities?)
The irony is that religious clerics are professional con artists, and they are honored and paid to resume their conning activities every day.

The door is always open:  Decide to enter

It is said: “Knock and you will be answered”.  Another said: “The harder and the steadier the knocks the faster the door opens.”

The female Moslem Sufis Raabi3a Adawiya (the fourth daughter in the family) clarified: “The door is always open:  Just decide to enter.”  She was referring to sinners seeking the mercy of God and his absolution.  She believed that the best way to be forgiven is to focus on loving God and try not to dwell too much on your sins after you approached God for his mercy.

This article is not about meditation, Sufism, or religious belief systems, but about open doors, open space, and open workspace.

Just imagine living in a community with no doors to be closed:  There are millions of such kind of communities around the world.  Billions of people do not have the luxury of privacy:  Entire families sleep and eat in a single room.

Do you think it would be easier to enter a house if you don’t have to knock first? 

My impression is that people don’t just enter unless they have decided to enter, whether there is a locked door or no door to separate the exterior from the interior.

There is always an invisible barrier to barging in a house without prior notice.

I have been imagining a story where I decide to enter any house with an open door while taking a stroll.  What would I say as I enter?  Peace be upon you citizen?  I have nothing to say or ask of you; I had decided to just enter and then figure out what to say and do after I am welcomed or denied entrance.  I am entering because your door is open and it implicitly means “come in and visit with me.” 

How can I be of utility to you today?  I have my time if you need to tell me a story; I have the time to listen to your complaints or happy surprises.  Believe me, I am not a government agent or of any Jehovah witness group.  I have nothing to preach you or any message to disseminate or any prophet to witness his real existence.   How can I help you?

I have been thinking of work-space organization. 

Currently, the most common form of space distribution in institutions is to have an open work-space for the lowest level employees and then allocate private rooms to the higher levels workers.  How about we reverse this mentality?  Let us allocate almost private spaces to lower level employees and then dispatch the higher level personnel into open spaces?  Why?

As I mentioned previously, except for the most developed States, billions of people never enjoyed privacy in their families.  Except for automated chain working environment, it is an excellent opportunity to expose and train newer employees into a climate of privacy at work and then enforce respect of this kind of privacy even if access is easy to co-worker.  For example, co-worker has to give advance notice that he is coming in to talk or discuss a problem.

Workplace should be a good catalyst to enhancing individual behavior for initiative and to reflecting on their ideas and opinions. Companies need to retrain workers to get stock of their individuality through respect of their privacy.

The higher level employees should be confined into an open work-space.  The highest the rank in administration or management the more the behavior of the employee to act as if he is running for political election. For example, communicating openly with employees and asking them to contribute and offer alternatives.  In this case an open work-space is the best catalyst for enhancing transparency in management and decision processes.

A high ranked worker is implicitly asked not to show up to work if he is under the weather or not in the mood of working:  he is under the light and must behave accordingly.  Open work-space train a high-ranking employee to focus  on his job and not let the open environment distract his work: That is why he was promoted in the first place, isn’t it?

As high-ranking personnel are trained to function within open work-spaces, then the message would be “Never think that it is the end of the world if you are ever fired or sent to pasture.

You have been expose to communicate openly and you should not find it a terrible bother to knock and ask for interviews.

“Sophie’s World” on Indo-European and Semitic civilizations; (Dec. 15, 2009)

Since the 19th century, European “nations” have been trying to set up a “coherent” racist ideology, disguised as “civilization difference”, to supporting their colonial expansions.

Thus, many European “elites” of philosophers and “thinkers” fabricated the Indo-European civilization in order to have any kind of fictitious basis to distinguish themselves from the “non-European” people. Ironically, the author Jostein Gaarder seems absolutely convinced with this fictitious story.

First and obviously, as an axiom or evident proposition, the Europeans had the best civilization. Thus, the antithesis was that the Semitic and other “Chinese sort” of civilizations were lumped at the other extreme end.

Second and obviously, Semitic civilization had to be fabricated in order to satisfy Hegel theory of dialectical processes of history for human knowledge development.

Third, the European nations had no purpose to reaching any synthesis among civilizations: They were on a war path to dominate, win, and prove the superiority of their “Indo-European civilization”.

Actually, the civil wars in Europe and the USA always ended with a victor regardless of cost, trauma, and casualties such as the civil wars in the USA, Spain, England, and France. In non-European cultures, civil wars end with no clear-cut winner in the short-term.

In China, the communists and “nationalists” signed a truce to confront the occupying Japanese. India civil war between Hindus and Moslems ended after its independence with the third of the population remaining Moslems, even though Pakistan was created for repatriating Moslems to that new State.

In Lebanon, 17 years of civil war ended with all factions losing, and their leaders appointed deputies and members in the successive governments. (that is the worst ending for any nation).

The story goes that four thousand years ago, primitive people concentrated in the Caucasus region around the Black Sea (the actual States of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Chechnya…). They immigrated westward to central and north Europe and also eastward to Iran and India.

In the Arabic Peninsula, there were tribal people who immigrated to Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and North Africa and are called Semitic. (Now, why people would settle in arid desert land or in high mountain chains in order to survive? It looks like this rational question was beside the point. We know that people settle in mild weather regions rich in water resources, and they immigrate to God forsaken regions to flee persecutions. This logical question seems also beside the point to the Indo-European ideology).  Let us move on.

On religion: Indo-European civilization believed in a variety of Gods (this was true with the Semitic category, but facts had to be altered to suit the dichotomy method).

In the original Indian language of Sanskrit the celestial God Dyaus was transferred into Zeus, Jupiter (Jov-pater), and Tyr (for the Nordic people). (Can you show me any resemblance in phonetics?).  The Viking God Aser was transformed from Sanskrit Asura and Persian Ahura; (What about Ashur that was adopted in Babylon and the Near East or Ashtarut?)

Another example, in Latin we have Deus and in Old Norse Tivurr which were transformed from the Sanskrit Deva and the Persian Daevra; (should I continue with this masquerade of God’s names?)

(Consequently, Semitic civilization must believe in one God. Trinity is thus the creation of the Greco-Roman culture for altering Christianity initial dogma.  Allah or El was the supreme God, even though He didn’t generated money from the worshipers who dedicated their money to their more practical and pragmatic local business Gods.)

On myths: There are stories on immortal potions, struggle of the Gods against monsters of chaos, the subject playing a drama in which forces of Good and Evil confront one another in a relentless struggle, predicting the Good to win. For example, the Indo-European civilization, specifically the Greek, have tendencies to speculate on how to view the world (philosophy); they have “insight” into the history of the world and the concept of “cosmic vision”.

Thus, vision (the seeing sense) was the most important among the senses and images of Gods in pictures, and sculptures were predominantly used to honor the Gods. (Gaarder must have forgotten that “cosmic vision” is the realm of nomads in deserts, where stars appear close to hand reach.)  Indo-European civilization view history as cyclical, just like seasons; (what kinds of seasons they have up north? I thought there are long winters and a very short stuffy summers.)

Consequently, Semitic civilization had to rely on hearing or the auditory sense.  For example: “Hear, O Israel (Land of El)” or “Thus spake Jehovah”, or “In the beginning was the word”.  Why?

Because tribes relayed their culture verbally by repetitive story telling.  As if the Nordic people didn’t rely on the verbal (could they write a thousand years ago and had they documented their culture?). No matter, since the Greek learned to write then the ideology stands viable.

Anyway, since the Semitic must be in the auditory realm of the senses, then images of God in pictures and sculptures had to be prohibited for the western racist ideologies to take roots.

On after death: Transmission of the soul in Indo-Europe culture is cyclical, the soul is transferred to new-born and the ultimate purpose of life is for the soul to be released from this infernal cycle. .Thus, for the Semitic civilization, history must be linear and that is why they were preoccupied recording history!

God created the world and it will end with the Judgment Day. Thus, there is a distance between God and his creation so that Semitic believers were to be redeemed from their sins by prayers, and the study of the scriptures rather than by self-communion and meditation as Indo-European behave!

Can we propose that Hegel’s theory of dialectical processes of history for human knowledge development had set the stage for western superiority ideology, the re-writing of history to suit the feable minded philosophers and politicians?




January 2023

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