Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘General’ Category

yoga and SexualityIt can be difficult to keep a centered, grounded, spiritual outlook on life in the modern world. Holding closely to your spiritual center while living a physical life has always been complicated – there’s a reason why spiritual people have traditionally spent time in seclusion – but the deeply conflicted views of today’s society towards even the most basic facts of our humanity have a tendency to creep into our unconscious thoughts without our noticing. The natural sex drive is particularly hard hit, twisted by the dual messages surrounding us: the body is dirty and must be kept covered, yet the most valuable commodity is sex appeal. Yoga can help to bring us into alignment with a healthier, more balanced view of sex, giving us the tools we need to resist the confused messages about sexuality and sensuality we receive simply by existing in our society.

Reconnecting with our physical selves: Most people have an adversarial relationship with their body. It’s too slow, too ill, too fat, too much or too little of something; even healthy activities like exercise are usually promoted in terms of changing your body rather than embracing health. Although spirituality is sometimes seen as separate from the physical world, this is untrue, and when we disconnect from our bodies the spiritual element of our sex drive suffers. Yoga allows us to remember the ways in which our body supports us, and the sheer pleasure that can be found through inhabiting it fully.

Towards a spirituality of the physical: On a related note, yoga is inherently both a physical and a spiritual exercise, one which embodies the possibilities of a spirituality which does not reject our bodies as “less than”. For those who find themselves at a loss when trying to discover how their sex life can have a truly spiritual dimension, yoga practice can teach by example. After all, at its most basic sex is exercise with a partner, and yoga shows us how much meaning can be present in simple “exercise”.

Addressing physical issues: Modern medicine has reduced some of the stigma related to male sexual problems, but the issue still plagues many happy couples and turns spiritual moments into stressful ones. Although all men suffering from sexual problems like erectile dysfunction should speak to their doctor about conventional treatments like medication, yoga can provide a complementary boost in overcoming sexual difficulties. Relaxation of smooth muscle tissue is critical to proper functioning, but this can be interfered with by stress and anxiety; yoga can not only reduce overall anxiety levels, but also provides the tools to relax again during times of heightened stress. Of course, while medication and stress reduction can treat the symptoms, the causes of sexual issues (smoking, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more) can also be addressed through yoga, making it a truly holistic way to treat any sexual issues which may arise.

Increasing flexibility and decreasing pain levels, physically and mentally: It is difficult to open yourself to a spiritual perspective when you’re uncomfortable, in pain, or overly conscious of what you can and cannot do comfortably. As it encourages greater flexibility and may aid in controlling pain levels for those suffering from chronic conditions, yoga clears these concerns from the path towards a more spiritual sex life. In a similar vein, the self-confidence and increased self-esteem built by practicing yoga can help quiet the inner pain of wondering what we look like, if our partner really likes us, or other little voices which can draw us back to ego and away from connecting spiritually.

Holistic spirituality: When we increase our attention to spirituality in one facet of our lives, we will naturally find our spiritual outlook widening to encompass other actions and emotions. Sex, as a natural part of our lives, is not immune to this; it is difficult to find spirituality in our sex lives when we’re not spiritual at other moments, but it is likewise difficult to keep spirituality outside of the bedroom when we begin to integrate it into our worldview. The practice of yoga is one way to introduce greater levels of spiritual awareness into our day-to-day life, allowing us to fully access a life in which the sacred and the physical are truly intertwined.

Sources:

It’s no stretch — Yoga may benefit heart disease (Harvard Health Publications)
Students find peace with yoga (University of Cincinnati)

Wellness: Spiritual Wellness (UC Riverside)

Yoga: Brief History of an Idea (Princeton)
Yoga for Smoking Cessation (ClinicalTrials.gov)
Yoga reduces stress; now it’s known why (University of California)

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

When You Need to Take Your Health and Safety in Your Own Hands at WorkMost people like to think they are safe at work. Even if they do not love their jobs, they also don’t feel threatened by the environment. As a result, you may take health and safety at work for granted. When are some times that you really need to step up and be your own biggest advocate?

Violating Certain Codes

Many places of work have certain health and safety codes that they need to follow. This is especially true of food service establishments and schools. Perhaps a problem has been lingering at your place of work for awhile, and it could cause imminent danger or illness to the people in the establishment. You may wish to talk to the owner about the resolution for the issue, or you might have to report it.

Required to Engage in Unsafe Practices

Sometimes, bosses or owners might ask you to engage in some unsafe practices. For example, let’s say that your boss wants you to drive a bus full of children when you are not certified to drive this type of vehicle. You need to be firm when you say no because you are putting your own life and the lives of others at risk.

When Injuries Do Occur

Perhaps an injury has already occurred at work to your being. Whatever the case may be, you can often be compensated for the damages. Some people feel bad about saying that they had a work accident. However, please remember that this is why businesses have insurance. If you are unable to procure the necessary funds from the company, you may have to hire injury lawyers Mcdonough has to offer. If you do not report the incident, you could end up paying thousands of dollars to recover from the injuries you sustained. Affinity Training offers best care training services for homes, care agencies and to government authorities.

Threats to The Workplace

No one wants to think about an act of violence happening in the workplace. Unfortunately, too many scenarios have happened in recent years to just let these threats fall to the wayside. When a threat comes into the workplace, you have every reason to avoid going in that day or leaving. You should not have to feel as though you are unsafe at work. While you do not want to start rumors and gossip in the office, you should also not feel bad about letting other employees know that someone has threatened to attack the work space.

When You Feel Uncomfortable

For a variety of reasons, you might feel uncomfortable at work. Perhaps the staff has allowed mold to grow in the bathroom, or maybe the really old air conditioner is spitting out so many pollutants into the work environment. While you might not get a resolution right away, you should not feel bad about expressing your concerns. If a janitorial staff is in-charge of the area, you can ask them to address it. You might also need to go to human resources for some additional help.

Maintaining your health and your safety is very important, and you should not be made to feel as though these concerns are irrelevant in the workplace.

Read Full Post »