Many people want something to believe in and something that can assist them with their life’s journey. In an effort to understand oneself in the vastness of everything, many people seek a greater understanding through either religion or spirituality. Most people throughout the world are raised within a particular religion. As people grow older, they may choose to continue to adopt the religious beliefs handed down to them from their parents. However, some may choose to seek their own understanding of religion and spirituality. Many argue that there is a difference between religion and spirituality. Religion encompasses particular belief systems and in many cases, there is a holy book that accompanies a religion. In comparison, spirituality is believed to encompass everything, as it is based on the connectivity of all things to the Supreme Source. Understanding the difference between religion and spirituality can help people decide how to incorporate understanding on a deeper level into their lives.
Deciding upon a religion should be a personal endeavor. Although there are many people that are raised within a particular religion, this does not tie them to a certain belief system for their entire life. People have the free will to study various religious systems and select the one that resonates the most with their spiritual beings. A major part of adopting a religion is understanding the holy text that accompanies a particular religion. This is very important, as most people rely on their holy books in their particular religious sect as a guide for personal growth and awareness.
Individuals that prefer spiritualism to religion tend not to adopt any major religious sect. They may read a variety of holy texts in order to increase their awareness and spirituality. However, such individuals may prefer to avoid being bound by any particular requirements of living that are stated within a religious book.
By understanding both spirituality and religion, people can make conscious decisions about what they believe is best for their spiritual and personal growth.
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Many wise sages and spiritual teachers believe a life of simplicity is important for developing spirituality. This may be difficult for some to understand in a world that is dominated and controlled by everything materialistic. People are constantly bombarded with themes of have more, get more, and be more. In many cases, some individuals do not spend enough time on self-reflection. In a world where more is better, the concept that simplicity is indeed better can be difficult to swallow. However, living a simple life to connect with spirituality does not always mean complete denial of the physical. While there are some persons, such as monks, that seek extreme simplicity in order to connect to the spirit, this is not necessary for everyone. By consciously appreciating, the simple things in life instead of constantly chasing and seeking more people can develop their spirituality.
Simplicity is easy to develop because it does not require anything more than what one currently possesses. In many ways, this is the key to developing one’s spirituality. The notion that everything is perfect in this very moment and all is good is embracing the simplicity of life. When people are able to enjoy simple things such as a stroll in the park, an evening at home preparing a meal or the smell and sound of a summer rain, this is enjoying simplicity at its best. In the process of simply appreciating the small occurrences people are actually connecting two their spirits.
In many ways, simplicity reveals to people that they do not really need as much as they think they do. In living a simplistic life, people are able to connect with themselves and live each day authentically.
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In this very hectic world, it is very important to take time out for oneself. All too often people are so busy running around trying to meet obligations and accomplishing tasks, that they rarely take time out for themselves. Often this leads to self-neglect, and most importantly, the neglect of one’s spirit. A healthy balance between the mind, body and spirit is important for individuals to function on a variety of levels. When either one of these entities is off balance, it deeply affects a person to their core. For this reason, it is essential that individuals take time out to attend to their special needs through daily meditation.
Daily meditation is highly recommended to help people center in a busy world. Individuals will have to focus on themselves by quieting their mind and going into self. In the beginning, many individuals have problems meditating because they find it very difficult to sit still. However, the stillness is necessary in order to connect with one’s spirit. There are varieties of resources available to help people become more familiar with meditating. It is best for individuals to simply take their time and become acquainted with their bodies when meditating for the first few times. Meditation is about self-reflection and people should not be so concerned with the technicalities of meditation in the beginning. With continued practice, most individuals will be able to release the clutter that distracts the mind and will begin to connect with their spirit effortlessly.
Meditation is performed by people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions and backgrounds. Formal education is not necessary to begin meditating. However, as people become more acquainted with meditation they may be interested in pursuing more established forms of meditating practices such as official classes or courses that can assist ways various meditation techniques.
Taking the time out to meditate on a daily basis can help people reconnect to their spirit.
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Last month I started attending a new church. I have never been a very religious person, but I have always liked going to church. No matter where I was living and I have moved around a lot, I always found that going to church was a great way to meet people in my new community. Well, since I decided to buy a house in this town I know that I will be here for quite a while. What that means is that I wanted to find a church where I could be actively involved in many things.
So I decided that I would see if I could teach one of Sunday school classes. I have always loved children and work in a preschool during the week so I knew what I was getting into when I asked to teach at my new church. As it turns out, they just had a teacher leave because she was moving and they want me to help out in the classroom. I am so excited and cannot wait to start teaching the children every Sunday.
Even though I don’t consider myself religious now, I grew up in a very religion focused family. When I was a child, we would always go to church and everything we did had to do with our church and religion. My life as an adult is a bit different, but still the same in that I am always focused on helping others. I don’t think you would call that a religion, but it is a belief system just the same.
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Going to church all my life I’ve never considered myself to be religious. It is more a way of life, what I believe in. I grew up in a different denomination than what I am now but the key principle was there along with a few other things I just didn’t understand. I was brought up and continue to believe that the only way to Heaven is to be born again. I am a Christian. I do my best to live according to what the Holy Bible tells us and yes, there are many times that I fall short of the glory but my God will forgive my sin just as I ask for forgiveness.
I do believe in marriage. A marriage is holy and sacred, vows spoken and comment made in front of family and friends. Those words are not to be broken. A marriage is between a man and a woman. I believe that from conception you are alive and have every right to live no matter the circumstance.
A child is a gift from God; abortion is not the answer to anything. I do refrain from drinking and smoking. I pay close attention to what I watch on T.V. and only listen to Christian music. Just like the Sunday school song, Oh be careful little eyes, little ears, little mouth, little hands and little feet. You may not think that what you watch or hear what you say or where you will affect you but it really does.
You can call it religion if you want. It’s how I choose to live and how I choose to believe and I live my life accordingly. I know that I know I will go to Heaven when I die.
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In North Carolina recently there was an amendment on the ballot for or against defining marriage legally as a union between one man and one woman. This sparked a firestorm of hate from both sides of the debate. Supporters for gay rights sent out remarks calling conservative Christians ignorant, uneducated, and bigots for voting in favor of the amendment.
Recently in North Carolina a high school science teacher went through an ‘inquisition’ of sorts as to why he was merely suggesting an alternative to macroevolution and species differentiation. While the teacher was not fired, he was suspended during the investigation. The investigation will be on his work record forever.
One final point about North Carolina should be mentioned. Four years ago a church was the recipient of many angry protestors for post a sign in a prominent urban area about God’s opinion on abortion to which they used Scripture to make this point.
The question is, why if this is the land where religious freedom may be practiced without fear of persecution, is so much Christian persecution going on? If we are all entitled to worship freely as we see fit, when did that law change to read ‘unless you’re an evangelical Christian’? The rights of Christians in North Carolina are slowly being eroded away under a mask of political correctness and tolerance. So many Christians are tolerating the horrendous treatment of our own country. There is no protection for Christians who are merely exercising their right to their own beliefs, their own way or worship, and their own way of life. Apparently that is the problem in North Carolina and in much of the country currently.
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Growing up in my family was often depressing. My parents were heavy smokers and just lived their life in turmoil and sickness from all the years of smoking. I watched my brother go down the same path, as he got older. I eventually started smoking as well because it was easy to do in my home and I just thought it was what you did. My parents were always sick and became very ill at an early age due to all of the tobacco and nicotine they put into their bodies. I became an adult with both of my parents passed away and a brother following the same pattern. Deep down, I knew that I wanted to stop smoking. I wanted to have a great life and future. I did not want to shorten my life and have children that would have to go through what I went through.
I began looking for ways to quit smoking and they all seemed too hard and just not for me. A friend of mine told me about a new product that claimed to not only help you regain your health but to help you quit smoking with more success. Electronic cigarettes were the product that my friend suggested and I was ready to try anything. When I found an electronic cigarette coupon and bought my first e-cig starter kit, I started trying them immediately. These were smoke and tobacco free cigarettes. They also did not have all of the harmful toxins and chemicals that traditional cigarette had. I was so excited to have something that was very similar to smoking a traditional cigarette but was healthier while I was trying to quit.
E-cigs became a normal part of life for me. I stopped smoking regular cigarettes and felt great. I was breathing better and felt younger than I had felt in years. These e-cigs were changing my life but they were also changing my future. I did not have to worry that I would have a life like my parents. I was ready to change and make my future longer and better. E-cigs became a huge deal for me. I got to a point where I did not need to smoke as often and many times I would go a whole day and not even need to smoke my e-cig. I was seeing such great changes that I new I had found the right product for me to stop smoking. E-cigs have given me a new life and anew future. I am looking at life as a gift and I wake everyday with a new sense of pride and excitement.
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I studied to be a masseuse for several years. I wanted to be the best there was and living in such a large city I knew I had to be good to be competitive in this part of the city if I wanted to get good clients. After my years of study and within a year of opening my business my spa was going great and we were getting great customers but still not quite enough for my taste.
At first I could not figure out why we were not getting all the clients. We offered lower prices, better deals and had outstanding reviews but were just not bringing in the clients like we wanted to. Finally I noticed that other spas were non smoking which seemed to be key for some people. I even asked a few non clients was it that we allowed smoking in our facility and they told me that they could not come to a place that allowed cigarettes as they did not like the smoke, were allergic to it, or did not want to smell it. I knew that many places in my city had gone to a non smoking facility but I had never done that as I was a smoker myself. I knew that if I wanted to increase my client list that I would have to go to non smoking and I would have to quit smoking myself.
I researched a few different methods on quitting and finally came across one that I could also offer to my clients. Ecigs or electronic cigarettes would be a great choice for my spa and for myself. I found that they were battery powered, no tobacco at all, nicotine in the water vapor, and they are very reliable and had helped many people quit smoking. I also found out that we could get a broad variety of flavoring for our ecigs.
I decided to try them myself first to see if they would work well for me and I was so surprised at how well they did work. Before long I decided to ban tobacco smoke from my spa and add ecigs to a spa regime for smokers who would like to quit. We offer a free ecig to anyone who wants to try to quit smoking. I was amazed at the response we got and I think we got even more clients because we were offering to help them quit smoking. Now ecigs have become a part of my life as well as the life of many of my clients. I now have more clients than I know what to do with and am helping everyone that I meet be aware that if they are smokers they can still be smokers but do it in a healthier way with ecigs.
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With the economic down turn things have been hard with our family. My husband has been laid off for almost two years now and we have been living off of his unemployment which at anytime could go away. It is quite a scary time but we are fortunate not to have that many bills to pay and we are fortunate enough to have family that helps us out when we need it.
When my husband first got laid off we decided that we needed to change some things in our lives to save money. We cut going out to eat; we prepare and eat our meals at home. We stopped buying things that we did not need and we decided that we needed to stop smoking. We totaled it up and we were spending over a hundred and twenty dollars in a month for cigarettes.
With cigarette pricing going up and being ridiculously expensive we knew that those would have to be cut. Of course when we looked into methods to curb our smoking and all of our options that we saw were either way too expensive or just totally out of this world. We kept researching and looking for information online and that is when we finally came across an article about electronic cigarettes.
We found out that the electronic cigarette or ecig can be used as a replacement for cigarettes. The article stated that ecigs gave you nicotine in a harmless water vapor. There is no trace of tobacco, tar, or any other chemical in ecigs. The ecig is battery operated and can be completely portable and go with you anywhere. We also found that the ecig could come in a broad variety of designs and come in custom made colors. As we kept researching we also found out that the ecig package only has to be bought once and then you can buy or make your own refills. This we discovered would help save a ton of money.
So in just a few short clicks we ordered our first ecig package. My husband tried them first and discovered that they were very pleasant and that they were a great smoke. I tried them and fell in love as well. Eventually my husband got to go back to work but we decided to stay with electronic cigarettes as we felt better, looked better and had more money to spend since we switched. To learn more about the electronic cigarette, try these links:
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More and more people are trying to improve their spiritual health. Research has shown that the state of mental and emotional health is closely intertwined with how well the physical body functions. Meditation is one way that many people work on improving spiritual health. Relaxation techniques help your mind release stress so your spirit is freed from the burden of anxiety and worry. It is important that you identify a good relaxation technique to benefit your spiritual health. Here are some ideas to get started.
When you are looking for an activity to help you relax, you may have to search around for something that fits your needs and works for your body. The internet may not seem like the place to go for relaxation, but many people have found the calm they are looking for simply by playing games online. But not just any online games will work. Most people are successful at reducing stress when they play online bingo games. It would be nice to say that there is one specific game that has worked to improve spiritual health across the board, but different people enjoy different aspects of the game so the best online bingo games will vary depending on the person playing.
Some people really relax when they are playing a game better than they ever expected to play. In this case, when a person decides to play bingo online and they end up winning, they will see results when it comes to their spiritual health. When you are a winner at bingo it will be easier to feel like a winner in other parts of your life. Other people really look for the games that offer the most fun without spending a lot of money. Having fun either while playing free bingo money games or doing something else is a great way to boost your spiritual health.
Once you realize what kind of games you like the best, perhaps bingobonus games, then you should make the time to fit them into your daily life. Otherwise, if you do not make time for some fun, you may suffer spiritually. To be the best person you can be, you must be able to relax and do whatever you need to do to improve you mind, body and soul.
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Spending time with each other is something that is very important to the Garcia family. Though there are many activities that they enjoy doing together, spending time at their church is one of the things that they love the most. Though mass is an important part of the time they spend at church, they also like the fellowship time that comes with playing bingo in the church basement. But since they do not always have their Thursday nights free to go to this church event, they like that they still have the option to play online bingo on sites like Costa Bingo at home.
Being able to play no deposit bingo whenever they want on the computer at home means still having fun, even if some of the members of the family cannot be there. Mr. Garcia is especially fond of playing games online. Since he is relatively new to using computers, he was surprised at how easy it was to pick up the game and become great at playing UK bingo games. He is not the only family member who spends their free time online playing though.
Mrs. Garcia also manages to sneak a game or two after the children have gone to bed. Though she does not have a favorite game that she likes to play, she likes the sites that offer games where she does not have to put any money down. This is important because she is still relatively new to playing with money. Recently, she has discovered a game review site that helps her to find the best games online that offer the option of playing for free. And when she is ready, she will also be able to find the games that offer the biggest paying jackpots.
One site that they both would like to try is city bingo. They have both heard great things about this site as well as Sing Bingo and they cannot wait to try it out both sites. And since Mr. Garcia did so well last month and won some extra money playing online, they are thinking of doing something great with it. They are even considering the idea of purchasing another computer or laptop for the house so that both Mr. and Mrs. Garcia can go online and play at the same time.
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If you love playing in land casinos, but hate the distractions that are often found in them, you will love having the ability to play casino games online. Millions have logged on to play at the best online casinos, loving the convenience that playing from home offers.
Imagine the benefits of being able to play Virgin Casino online from home; no longer do you have to travel from your home to the nearest casino to enjoy yourself. Now you can simply play from your living room or even from your mobile device, if you so wish. Who doesn’t love the idea of being able to enjoy a fun and exciting game without the distractions that regular casinos tend to have thanks to crowds and plenty of alcohol flowing.
Even though you’ll be playing from home, you still have the opportunity to bring the casino experience into your home, if so desired. Major advances in technology have allowed the top ten UK casinos to begin offering interactions that can let an at-home player interact with other at-home players whether through text chat, voice chat and, in some cases, even video chat. Some of the best online casinos are even offering 3D special effects that really bring the excitement home! Of course, if you prefer to play without interacting with the other players, you can do that as well simply by adjusting your settings.
Another benefit to gaming online is the opportunity that online casinos give to their players to be able to maximize their profits. That is why so many players decide to play free blackjack online and online bingo too. If playing at a regular casino, it would be highly unlikely that a player would be able to walk through the aisles of games with a strategy manual in hand. But when playing online, gamers can use any number of resources to help in their quest to win including strategies, tables and even tips that could help to ensure a winning experience. Imagine taking a small investment of money and turning it into something huge that could line your wallet for weeks to come!
It is no secret that different online casinos are well known for their profitable bonuses. Many people tend to believe that the Euro Grand Casino bonus is only offered to either current members of the gaming site or to VIP players who spend lots of money in their online casinos. Unbelievably, the exact opposite can be true – some casinos now offer these types of bonuses to their prospective players in an attempt to have them join their particular gaming site. Look through various online casino reviews to find which no deposit online casinos are right for you. One site in particular has some great online gaming reviews and that is GameMaster.co.uk. When you read casino reviews from people that no the industry, in no time, you’ll be playing with the pros!
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I only play bingo at 10 PM on Tuesdays. I know it sounds silly, but I am convinced that this is my secret to winning it big. I have been playing free bingo online for years. I had tried nearly all the bingo sites on the internet and never won a single jackpot. I had won a few small prizes here and there, but I was really playing in hopes of winning big! That’s where my Tuesday night strategy began.
One weekend I had played for hours at Ruby Bingo and I had no luck. I lost every card and couldn’t even find anyone interesting to talk with in the chat rooms. I played for three days straight that weekend and by Monday morning, I had a headache from staring at the computer screen all weekend. I decided that I had had enough and was finished with online bingo for good. I got up out of my recliner and went for a walk. I noticed the fresh air felt good after being inside on the computer for so long. I spent all of Monday and Tuesday enjoying the beautiful outdoors. I went swimming and fishing and even went for a hike. Soon my bingo blues were gone and I was feeling as good as new.
On Tuesday night, I hopped online to check my email and saw a promotion had arrived from a new bingo site called Rollover Bingo. I felt that familiar itch to give it a try and logged on. I chose a card and started playing and at exactly 10 PM, I won the biggest jackpot ever! I won $5000 that first night! I could hardly contain my excitement and I quickly logged off before I wasted my new earnings on more games. A strategy was born.
I started spending everyday outside being active. I lost thirty pounds and got a dog. I started running and fell in love with a beautiful woman. But every Tuesday night at 10 PM, I played bingo online for only fifteen minutes. I have now won ten huge jackpots! You can call it random luck, but I call it a strategy that works for me.
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