(By Dr. Jennifer Howard)
Depending on who you talk to, the ego is defined in different ways. One point of view says the ego is no good and another says the ego is part of our human experience. Is the ego necessary? What are we to think?
One of these views is expressed in quite a few spiritual circles. They say we must get rid of the ego. This particular view of the ego sees the ego as an enemy, as a part of the self to shun. Perhaps this perspective is seeing the ego as similar to the definition of egotism as defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “a constant excessive reference to the self; conceit; selfishness.” It would include an “inflated feeling of pride or a reaction of superiority to others.” Some would say this kind of person is egotistical.
Psychologically the ego is not usually thought about in this way. According to psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the ego is an aspect of personality of a human being. It mediates the demands of the other aspects of the personality called the id and the superego. The ego is the part of us that prevents us from acting on our basic urges or more primitive instincts that flow from the id and also works to achieve a balance with our moral and idealistic standards, coming from the superego. It is considered to be connected to the conscious as well as the unconscious parts of our psyche.
Could the ego be a mediator and conduit for who we are in our physical form in this life?
To take this a bit further, the ego could be thought of as a representative of our eternal self and together with our body, houses our soul. This interpretation of the ego is in a sense the self being aware of this self. It is the conscious sense of “who” we are right now and our identity as an individual. In its healed form, it can relax and allow our deeper self to sing the song that only we came to sing. It can be our self expression of a much larger unified context.
As our life mediator, the ego learned all it knows from our cultures, families and communities. Understanding and working with the ego as a part of this life’s conditioning is a helpful framework to hold around this part of us. Seeing the ego in its rightful place is one way to help us live in the largest context of God Consciousness, the Universe or whatever you call the deepest/highest Reality.
Go green to eliminate red spots from your face. Natural packs made of fruits, herbs can help in getting rid of acne.
Chandrika Mahendra, senior research scientist, R&, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares few home remedies for treating acne.
Aloe Vera-turmeric pack: Aloe vera is rich in enzymes, polysaccharides and nutrients that exhibit antibacterial and antifungal action. Aloe Vera acts as a natural barrier against toxins, and nourishes and softens the skin and maintains its natural moisture balance.
Turmeric is an excellent exfoliating agent. The herb has strong anti-inflammatory properties, which soothe your skin gently. It helps minimise scars and inflammation and even enhances your skin tone and complexion.
You can mix a table spoon of turmeric, honey, milk and a few drops of rosewater. To this mixture, add aloe vera gel. Apply the paste on the acne affected area and leave it for about 15 minutes. Gently wash your face with plain water.
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Citrus fruits pack: Owing to the astringent properties in citrus fruits like lemon, orange and tangerines, they tone the skin, eliminate bacteria and whiten skin.
You can gently apply the fruit pulp or the juice on your face or just rub the rinds and leave it on for around 15 minutes. You can also mix a few drops of lemon juice with Fuller’s earth and water. Fuller’s earth naturally prevents the growth of acne. Apply the mixture till it dries and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
While these natural ingredients are harmless as they don’t have chemicals, Mahendra advises use them on the basis of skin type.
Milk: It is a good ingredient for dry skin as it contains fat. Applying milk on oily skin is not recommended as it intensely moisturises the skin and can make the skin more oily.
Citrus fruits: If used on dry skin, can remove moisture, drying it out further. Hence it is prescribed for oily skin to help control oil secretion. People with normal skin can apply lime juice in its diluted form.
Honey: It acts as a great moisturizer and is suitable for all skin types.
Do you feel tired or you find trouble in getting out of bed in the morning? Many a times we avoid doing anything. We lose interest in everything. It is paining everywhere in the body. A feeling of regular tiredness is there.
It is Adrenal fatigue. It means that various glands of body system are not working in a regular manner but dragging at very low capacity.
Any or every small ailment results into chronic problem.
Regular sinus, migraine, breathing problem, constipation giving rise to different problems in the digestive system, depression, anxiety, short tempered, Gynae problems with ladies, and various other problems may be caused due to uneven working of the different glands in the body.
Usually when the patient approaches the Medical Doctor for any ailment, he /she is offered the best treatment based on the different body examinations. It comforts the patient but mis-alignment of different glands may pose hurdles in normal working of the human body.
Basically human-body is very complicated machinery. It is more complicated than even the super computer. So far the systems of the body are working fine, we take it for granted but if the blood-circulation in any part of the system is affected due to any reason, the body may indicate in some or other form. On its own the body systems are in the continuous healing process but in case of aggravated feelings of any nature, body-systems cry for external help to overcome the hurdles.
Correct diagnosis is very important for proper relief. Proper working of all the glands is equally important.
5,000 years old Acupressure therapy has been largely followed by China and India. Yoga is also a natural system of improving working of human systems. But the patient must know the proper acu-points which are to be properly activated. A trained Acupressure therapist can rightly help. Similarly Yoga teacher can guide to perform any particular yoga-assn in the right form with correct breathing procedure.
There have been many cases when the patient consulted some Acupressure therapist and/or Yoga teacher and gained relief from chronic problem such as: regular head-ache, cervical spondylosis, back-pain, frozen shoulder, breathing problem, constipation, sciatica pain, pain in calf-muscle and joint-pains etc. In no way anybody should feel that the regular medical treatment can be avoided.
Energy healing is based on the concept that every human body has same amount of energy but its utilisation depends upon the proper working of the body systems. Uneven working of different glands chokes the efficiency of different body systems. It results into prolonged ailments which are difficult to be relieved even after best treatments.
Complete body alignment helps in improving the working of all the glands of the body. It helps in opening the different blockages in the body so that the body energy re-energises the slowing systems of the body. It may take couple of ‘45-minutes sessions’ for the revival of different systems.
Regular sessions with the energy healer may bring relief in case of different gastric problems, depression, anxiety, constipation, restlessness, sinus, migraine, temperament, Reproduction problems in ladies, etc.
Dr Sudhir Gupta specialises in “Energy healing”. He practices in New York, USA. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wireless internet access has changed the way most of us live. Whether it’s used on a phone, tablet or laptop, this service lets us shop, research, find our way when we need direction, and stay connected with one another — anytime, anywhere, just by turning on our device.
The only problem? The monthly data plan bill. Ouch!
From AT&T to Verizon, wireless internet providers know they’ve got us where it hurts. Without them, we can’t do all of the cool new things made possible by the mobile web.
They’re constantly raising prices, locking customers into expensive plans they don’t need, or sneaking in pricey overage fees when we accidentally use more data than we realize.
Think you don’t have options? Think again.
FreedomPop, a new Los Angeles-based startup, is offering users free wireless internet access.
That’s right – FREE.
FreedomPop lets you use 2GB of data for free for the first month and allows for changes anytime to a lower data capacity plan. To put in perspective, 500 MB can power hours of streaming music, thousands of photos and Facebook posts, and approximately 23,000 emails. The service features incredibly fast 4G internet speeds (10x faster than 3G), no data caps or throttling speeds, you can use it anywhere, and there are no contracts or cancelation fees.
You can see if FreedomPop is accessible in your area on their website.
http://www.freedompop.com makes their money from people who want to use a lot more data and want to increase their data plan—either by purchasing one of their plans (typically at rates 40 – 60% below the major carriers), or though free promotional offers. For example, you can earn up to up an additional 500MB per month for every friend you refer, which would give you 1.5GB of total data 100% free your first month. You can also sign up for offers from one of FreedomPop’s partner companies to get more data added to your plan.
How It Works
Visit the http://www.freedompop.com, enter your zip code, and you’ll instantly know if you qualify for access. If so, you fill out your basic address information, and they ship you a small device to connect to their 4G wireless network and getting you online quickly.
Get 2 Gigabytes Free Today
Right now FreedomPop is offering 2 Gigabytes of data free (4 times the usual amount) during your first month of service. A credit card is needed at the initial sign-up for the internet connection device, and in case you decide to renew at the 2 GB plan.
Industry response toward FreedomPop has been incredibly positive. It’s been covered by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNET and more. And while there’s no way to predict the future, FreedomPop looks to become the next major player in this highly-competitive industry. Only this time the consumer is coming out on top.
Click at http://www.freedompop.com to see how wireless internet service is available in your area
How do you like your ‘me-time’? Do you like to fly solo? Yes, we’re talking about good old masturbation.
And however you do it (or don’t do it), there is nothing wrong with taking some time to pleasure yourself, getting to know your body, and exploring what turns you on. And just as taking a shower should be a regular occurrence, so too should be cleaning your pipes, as the health benefits of masturbation are galore. Here are the 10 reasons why you should take matters into your own hands right now:
1.Manages Premature Ejaculation
Sex therapists across the globe have found that men who experience premature ejaculation during sexual intercourse can benefit from masturbation about 2 hours before sex. This enables them to have a longer duration of intercourse before another ejaculation comes on.
2.Prevents Prostate Cancer
A 2003 Australian study found that men who ejaculated more than five times a week were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer. Disease-causing toxins build up in your urogenital tract and when you rub one out, you flush the bad guys out of your system.
3.Makes You Harder
With age, you naturally lose muscle tone…even down there. Regular sex or masturbation works out your pelvic floor muscles to prevent erectile dysfunction and incontinence. It keeps the angle of your dangle perky. You must aim to (well!) arrive three to five times a week for rock-solid results.
4.Improves Sperm Motility
Some studies found that masturbation improves some quality and motility. “Theoretically, a man masturbating before intercourse releases the residual sperms in the semen transporting tubules. This paves way for new ‘better’ sperms which are released during the sexual act and increase the chances of conception, which can add to your health benefits,” says Dr Mahesh Nawal, an Indore-based sexologist and President of ASECT.
5.Helps You Last Longer
Taking yourself to palm prom may help you stretch your sack sessions. Train yourself by timing how long it takes you to orgasm, suggests Dr Nawal. If it usually takes two minutes solo, try for three next time. Or count how many strokes you need to get to your happy place. If you’re spurting after 50, shoot for 60. Practice makes perfect, right?
6.Reduces Nasal Congestion
Another small study demonstrated reduction of swelling of vessels in the nose during sex and masturbation. This theoretically may improve on symptoms of the common cold, hay fever, allergic rhinitis and other such health-related ailments.
7.Manages Stress And Depression
Masturbation has been used in the management of stress, as it results in release of feel-good hormones, called oxytocin, in the body. It has also been found useful in dealing with depression.
8.Ups Your Immunity
Ejaculation increases levels of the hormone cortisol, says Dr Ashish Sabberwal, senior consultant of urology, Fortis Escorts Institute, New Delhi. Cortisol, which usually gets a bad rap as a havoc-wrecking stress hormone, actually helps regulate and maintain your immunity in the small doses. “Masturbation can product the right environment for a strengthened immune system,” Dr Sabberwal says.
9.Boosts Your Mood
Masturbating releases a slew of feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin that lift your spirits, boost your satisfaction, and activate the reward circuits in your brain. An orgasm is the biggest non-drug blast of dopamine available, and benefits your health in more than one way.
10.Prevents Pregnancy And STDs
Last but not the least, this one is for both you and your girl! For couples not intending to get the girl pregnant, masturbation is a safe way of attaining sexual satisfaction without vaginal penetration which would otherwise lead to an unintended pregnancy. If the man’s penis is rubbed around the vulva and spills sperms there, there could be a chance of getting pregnant.
Masturbation poses no risk of contracting an STD. However, mutual masturbation may however result in exchange of sexual fluids when partners touch each other’s genitals, says Dr Nawal.
As a last note, masturbation will not put hair on your palms, make you go blind, kill a kitten, cause infertility, or make you turn gay! What it rather does is allow you to understand your body better, help you to release tension and pursue sexual pleasure on your own, provide an option for a safer sex activity with partners, and let you explore your own fantasies. As the saying goes, who can really love you more than yourself?
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