One Humanity

Written by Judith Pennington

One Humanity

There's a wonderful story about Milarepa,repparttar Tibetan Buddhist saint who as a young man went out intorepparttar 138724 world to experience life and returned home to find his house filled with demons. He was angry and afraid at first and wanted to fight them or flee. Instead, he didrepparttar 138725 unexpected.

First he took a deep breath and bowed. Half ofrepparttar 138726 demons disappeared. Then he opened his heart and mind, expanded his field of awareness and out of his mouth came a song that sent away all but one ofrepparttar 138727 demons. The last demon, snarling fiercely, opened his mouth to consume Milarepa, but Milarepa placed his head inrepparttar 138728 demon's mouth. The demon disappeared.

What's wonderful about this story isrepparttar 138729 way Milarepa dispelledrepparttar 138730 demons. He "inspired" himself with a deep, calming breath and expanded intorepparttar 138731 higher perspectives of peaceful non-resistance.

We can dorepparttar 138732 same. If we are quiet and wait patiently, magnificent insights will come to us too. We have only to expand our view, as ancient people did in watchingrepparttar 138733 constellations move aroundrepparttar 138734 nighttime sky. One day, someone built a wheel and civilization moved forward.

How do we move intorepparttar 138735 higher mind, which sees farther and more truly than our ordinary eyes?

Here’s how it works for me. When I take a deep breath, widen my awareness and wait patiently, my still, small voice beckons me intorepparttar 138736 peaceful serenity of my heart. I am drawn by these joyful feelings into a luminous field of love behind my closed eyes, and I sit silently, gratefully, in these currents of energy until Earth meets Heaven in me.

In this stillness of being, I seek not to know why there was an earthquake and tsunami inrepparttar 138737 Indian Ocean. I open my heart and envision light illuminating that part ofrepparttar 138738 world, calming and purifying earth, sea and sky. In being a channel of blessings, I too am healed.

Some people consider meditative prayer to be wishful thinking, yet it isrepparttar 138739 single most effective way to bring about healing and peace. More than anything else,repparttar 138740 love and light flowing from us will bring each suffering personrepparttar 138741 understanding, peace and healing so badly needed and propel us all intorepparttar 138742 age of enlightenment wheeling toward us now.

The amazing research of Dr. Masaru Emoto on water crystals ( perfectly illustratesrepparttar 138743 ability of loving prayer to transmute diseased water into molecular patterns of exquisite beauty and harmony. Meditation hasrepparttar 138744 same alchemical effect, according to 600 studies cited by physicist John Hegelin ( These studies show thatrepparttar 138745 peaceful energies pulsing outward during meditation build a global brain wave coherence that reduces aggression and healsrepparttar 138746 quantum field of consciousness.

Time Management: Which Advice to Follow?

Written by Charlotte Burton

There are so many books on Time Management published every month that it is difficult to findrepparttar time to read and digest them all. What happens to most people is that they buy a book on time management, read it, decide that some parts of it may suit them, but then fail to adequately integraterepparttar 138681 system into their lives. This is partly due to inadequacies inrepparttar 138682 system itself, and partly due torepparttar 138683 inherently difficult nature of learning a new system -repparttar 138684 equivalent to learning a new habit. Whatrepparttar 138685 books don't tell you is that each different time management system is not necessarily suitable to all people or for all uses for which people need them. Findingrepparttar 138686 right combination ofrepparttar 138687 basic methods is entirely individual depending on bothrepparttar 138688 nature ofrepparttar 138689 tasks that are required to be done andrepparttar 138690 nature ofrepparttar 138691 individual who is implementingrepparttar 138692 strategy.

This is where an overview ofrepparttar 138693 basic systems is useful. There are few books that give such an overview, but one that does is Get everything done and still have time to play by Mark Forster. After outliningrepparttar 138694 basic methods, he goes on to describe one system that may be useful to some - but is rather complicated and which would not suit everyone.

Basic Time Management Systems

1. To-Do Lists - write a list of things that need to be done and then do them in that order. They can be distinguished from Checklists that are wonderful for breaking a project down into smaller tasks that can be ticked off regularly (which boosts motivation). Pros: can be used for many different types of tasks Cons: not useful if you have a schedule to keep to; can proliferate rapidly causing overwhelm

2. Prioritisation. This is pretty simple - you write downrepparttar 138695 list of things you have to do and then put them in order of priority. Then you do them in that order. Pros: very good for office tasks, home chores, emergencies Cons: can become cluttered and disorganised unless you make separate lists for different projects

3. "Do it now". A favourite with people who handle a lot of paper - this is basically a preventative measure for procrastination. If you need to do action something, you do it now. Pros: Very good for procrastinators, and also for spring cleaning (of bothrepparttar 138696 office in tray or your home), routines and tasks which are vital for function (e.g. fillingrepparttar 138697 car with petrol) Cons: Not useful for a multi-faceted life where there are a lot of different aspects which need equal attention, as here you can end up spending all your time on one area as you have to "do it now"!

4. "Dorepparttar 138698 thing you fear most first". A form of prioritisation, this is also good for procrastinators as it has a great kernel of truth in it, in terms ofrepparttar 138699 fact that oncerepparttar 138700 most-feared thing is done,repparttar 138701 rest will be easier in comparison. Pros: Good for personal growth and conquering fears Cons: can mean that NOTHING gets done ifrepparttar 138702 fear ofrepparttar 138703 first thing is very strong.

5. Scheduling. Again, pretty simple - you put things in your list with times attached and then you action them according torepparttar 138704 time. Pros: actions where other people are involved such as meetings, or picking uprepparttar 138705 children. Cons: Can be difficult to estimaterepparttar 138706 exact length of time something will take, and doesn't take interruptions, delays and other unexpected issues into account.

While all of these are very useful in particular situations, and for particular people, they often work best in conjunction with each other. Individual tools just don't work on a consistent basis. If they did, time management books would not be commissioned any more.

The Human Variable - Attention

So why are these tools not working? There is something which underliesrepparttar 138707 whole issue of time management which makes any solution you applyrepparttar 138708 equivalent of a plaster on an otherwise untreated wound. Time is notrepparttar 138709 variable here - there isrepparttar 138710 same 24 hours in every single day. Human attention isrepparttar 138711 vital variable - focussed attention gets things done, while distractions and poor organisation fragment attention so that tasks do not get done. Remember days where a lot gets done, and remember days when you just couldn't concentrate on any single thing long enough to get it completed? This is down to your attention span. It changes from person to person, but research shows thatrepparttar 138712 average person can concentrate fully for about 20 minutes at a time, beforerepparttar 138713 attention starts wandering.

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