Freedom

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What is freedom?

 

The dictionary definitions go something like this:

  • The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.
  • The quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous.
  • The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.
  • A political right.
  • Absence of slavery.

And several similar definitions.

I don’t really think that anyone feels that they have 100% freedom. Freedom to me means a total absence of any type of pressure or influence that compels me to do, say or think anything against my wishes and the absolute ability to do anything ( that does not negatively impact any other being) that I wish to do. For me, there are three main components to freedom.

 

Total financial independence

I believe that this is the most important source of freedom in the modern world, and if a person has this, they are well on their way to achieving total freedom. Work, the traditional source of money, is not enjoyable for many people and although it is true that in the western world, everyone is theoretically free to choose how they earn their money, there are many barriers to actually working in the field that one loves, and if one loves their work, it isn’t really work as we have come to understand it. Barriers can include education, intelligence (which is not the same as education), temperament, childhood influences/indoctrination from many sources, the financial situation that one is born into, mental outlook and many more barriers and influences that have an impact to a varying degree. The ideal situation is to have a multi million dollar bank account, but I suspect that even multimillionaires would object to me saying this and that they would cite many reasons why their money does not give them freedom. The one thing that nobody can deny, is that wealthy people certainly have more potential to achieve freedom than people without money and if they can’t achieve a large degree of freedom by using their money then they are not using it wisely.

According to various recent studies, 50%-70% of people hate their jobs. Most people end up tying themselves down to a job or field of work by accumulating debt as soon as they begin to earn money. Once the person is in debt, they have to continue the work that they come to dislike or hate, in order to pay the debt off, while also supplying cash for everyday survival. They continue on, hating and resenting the job or jobs for their whole lives. My experiment with freedom began with downsizing my job so that I have more time and energy to explore more fulfilling methods of securing financial freedom. I believe that financial independence is the key factor to freedom. The saying that “you need money to make money” is very accurate. If you don’t believe this, then you have never attempted to generate money,  independent of a “job”.

 

Mental Outlook

The manner in which a person views the world plays a huge part in how free he/she feels. One person could feel trapped and imprisoned, yet another person can feel free and fulfilled in exactly the same situation. Some people feel doomed from their first remembered thought, others feel empowered. I don’t know why this is, but I believe that the less optimistic mind can be trained by the individual to become more productive. A negative mind attracts negative things. The law of attraction is real. Even if you don’t believe this, Wouldn’t it be better to think positive thoughts rather than negative ones?. Affirmations, meditation and manifestation techniques can be employed to set your mind free. Try not to watch the news, most of it is propaganda anyway. If you study news broadcasts, some form of agenda becomes apparent, and it is not healthy for a person to subject themselves to this. Take some form of exercise regularly, physical exercise is good for mental outlook and it also helps your body to function as an effective tool for personal freedom.

 

No Unwarranted Obligations to Others

This is a hard topic to balance properly. Any decent parents will always feel an obligation to their children, and rightly so, as they are responsible for bringing the child into being.  If the parents are lucky, the child will also feel an obligation to minimize those obligations for the parent. A person should not settle for a life of drudgery, misery or mediocrity because of any other person’s expectations or behaviour. I have always found that if mutual respect is present between people, that the weight of anything that can be considered an obligation is reduced considerably, almost to a negligible degree. A parent that attempts to forcefully mold their child into something that the child doesn’t want to be, especially where work or marriage are concerned, is basically claiming the child as their property. I do not consider wise advice as part of this, as advice is given freely and can be acted upon, or ignored by the recipient.  

People who are conscious in their efforts to restrict you do not have your best interests in mind and ways to free yourself from such people should be made a priority. Obligations to others are accepted by people constantly, and if you feel that your service is worthwhile and makes you happy then it is not the type of obligation that I am referencing here. The particular freedom restricting element can more accurately be called an imposition.

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Freedom?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I most definitely consider the possession of enough funds to be free of the shackles of “work” to be paramount. When I use the word “work”, I am referring to a job as an employee that one does not want to do by choice, but is compelled to do, in order to pay the bills, buy food, survive etc. Money seems to be a dirty word for many people, probably because they don’t want to be considered a mercenary individual. The world is organized around money however, and the more of it you have stored away somewhere, the more freedom of choice you have.

A person could always just go to a remote area of the world and live off the land of course, and if this idea is attractive, you could possibly find freedom without money, but opportunities to live like this are not very abundant today and most people from the developed world would miss their gadgets and labor-saving devices, but It is a possibility.

 

Quotes

  • “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford

 

  • “The mind is everything. What you think you become”. – Buddha

 

  • “Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves”. – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

  • “The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit”. –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  • “No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free”. –  Buddha

 

  • “ A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself”. –  Jim Morrison

 

  • “Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self”. – Nathan W. Morris

 

  • “Financial Freedom is less about Financials and more about freedom”. – Manoj Arora

 

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Inversion Therapy For Health

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Inversion therapy involves holding the body upside down or at an inverted angle for a period, usually for a few minutes at a time. The act of inverting the body is believed by many people to have beneficial health benefits.

There are several methods to achieve inversion. The most popular method is to use an inversion table, a specially designed piece of equipment that allows a person to clamp the ankle and lay back on a supporting bed. The bed can then be tilted to the desired angle. Other methods include gravity boots, headstands, handstands, hanging by the legs from a horizontal bar, hanging from strap supports and Yoga inversions such as the downward dog position.

The most well known benefit of inversion therapy is the relief of back pain. I have an inversion table and it works for me. I have had experience of lower back pain after certain exercise routines and my inversion table takes the pain away and seems to help the injury to heal faster.

Benefits Of Inversion

Some of the reported benefits of inversion therapy are:

  • Relief of back pain
  • Relief of joint pain
  • Strengthen ligaments, which results in strengthening  bones.
  • Maintain height
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Improve posture
  • Control indigestion
  • Improve heart function
  • improve brain function
  • Assist the lymphatic system function
  • Improve mood, relieve stress and depression
  • Increased flexibility

I have found that regular inversion helps to relieve back pain from injuries and helps the injury to heal faster, It appears to help normalize my blood pressure, helps my muscles to recover faster from exercise, gets rid of headaches and neck/shoulder pain and makes me feel better in general. My inversion therapy session consists of full inversion daily, for 5-10 minutes per session on my inversion table.

I find that a good quality inversion table is the most convenient method for regular inversion therapy in the home. Most tables can be folded after use to minimize floor space and most tables allow the user to set the inversion to various angles, ranging from a few degrees right up to full inversion. It is wise to work up to full inversion slowly when beginning  a program because full inversion is very intense if you have not inverted before.

 

Precautions Before Starting Inversion Therapy

If you are considering inversion therapy and you have heart and circulation problems, eye conditions or any other conditions that requires regular doctor’s visits and/or medication, you should consult with your doctor before starting an inversion routine. Pregnant women and obese people should consult with a doctor before beginning inversion.

Diet For Weight Loss

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There are so many weight loss diet plans available that it is difficult to decide which one to use. The guiding factor should be to find a healthy plan. The generally accepted figure for healthy weight loss is 1-2 lbs a week which equates to about 3,500-7000 calories. Using these figures, a person who wishes to lose 2 lbs a week should cut about 1000 calories from their daily diet. Calorie counting however, can become very tedious very quickly.

There are many diet plans claiming that if you use their system, you can lose much more than 2 lbs a week. The claims may or may not be true, I don’t need weight loss diets myself, but I do research them for others. I have seen all types of diets work for some people and I have seen the same diet plan work for one person but not another. As with most physically related things, I think It all comes down to body type and dedication (or lack of dedication).

Weight loss can be achieved without a purchased diet plan but you have to do the research for yourself and this can be very time consuming. Basically, sugars and starchy foods should be cut back substantially, make sure that you eat foods containing protein and fats, and make sure to exercise. Eat fats for weight loss? the short answers is that fats are not all the same and some are beneficial to health. Saturated fats can occur naturally in meat and dairy products, unsaturated fats come from plants, vegetables, olives, nuts, and seeds and some fish. Trans fats can occur naturally in certain foods and meat. The artificial trans fat (hydrogenated) in some foods, normally heavily processed, is not healthy and should be avoided. I work on the theory that naturally occurring fats in food can’t be all that bad, but everything should be done in moderation and be wary of any processed food that has “light” or “low fat” printed on the packaging.

Weight training is a great exercise for weight loss. To lose weight, a body must burn more calories than it uses and after a weight training session, the body continues to burn calories. As you add more muscle, you should find it easier to attain and keep to your target weight because muscle burns more calories than fat during the day.

Men seem to lose weight more easily than women and this observation is backed up by science. Men have more lean muscle tissue than women and the muscle tissue burns more calories than fat. Studies have found that the different results, between men and women are very obvious at the start of the diet program but tend to even out over the longer term.

Another issue with weight loss in the present day, is the quality of our food. Science has been tinkering with natural produce and the results on food quality are not really fully known. We can only do our best to find the most natural of products to consume.

The conclusion I have arrived at regarding diets is to stay away from a diet program that promotes  only one type of constituent such as fat, protein or carbohydrates while cutting out others almost completely. I tend to like the programs which have a more balanced approach and also suggest that exercise should be completed along with the dietary component. My key components to a great weight loss program are healthy food with a traditional balance of protein, carbs and fats, exercise, primarily resistance training and the determination to succeed.

 

 

Water For Health

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Is drinking water necessary for good health?, the answer is yes, but the water that you drink needs to be as pure as possible. It seems that obtaining untainted food and drink is virtually impossible today but just by attempting to obtain the most high quality, natural food and drink products will help.

Water makes up approximately 60% of the male adult body and 55% of the female adult body. We are constantly losing water from our bodies throughout the day and this needs to be replaced. An average human loses 4.5 to 6.5 lbs of water during the day through exhalation, perspiration, urination and consumption of heavily processed foods.

 

How Much Water?

The general health industry advice is 8 ounces of water, 8 times a day. There is a wide range of views on daily intake from independent researchers but the 8 ounces, 8 times a day seems to be a minimum. Studies have shown that we cannot survive more that a few days without drinking water but we can survive for a few weeks without food. The required daily water intake for maximum bodily efficiency is (as is most everything else in life) highly dependent on the individual.

Can I Drink Too Much Water?

Studies say yes. The medical term for this is Hyponatremia ( low sodium in the blood) and this can occur due to the amount of water you drink over a short period of time rather than the total amount during a day. In basic terms, a large amount of water consumed in a short period of time will lower blood sodium levels and could, in the most severe cases, lead to death. I would think that moderation is the key to avoiding this issue.

The Purity of Water

There are many factors affecting the purity of our drinking water. The Municipal supply to our houses and businesses has chemicals added to it due to the “purification process” and the pipes carrying the water can also add unwanted chemicals into the supply. Fluoride is added to many Municipal water supplies. The Fluoride is added to prevent tooth decay but there are rumors that it is not effective in preventing this. Some Countries have banned, rejected or stopped fluoridation of their water supply. China has banned it’s use, most Western European countries have stopped fluoridation and Japan has rejected it’s use due to it’s toxicity. My opinion?, I would rather that Fluoride was left out of the water supply and I’ll take care of my teeth myself.

Obtaining Pure Water

I have researched this topic in a casual manner on and off. I buy bottled “spring” water from the local grocery stores to drink and use for cooking but I know that the quality ranges from good, to variable, to suspect.  The “spring” water is usually packaged in plastic bottles and the chemicals in the plastic can tend to leech into the water. The claim of “pure spring water” in bottled water products has been shown to be suspect in certain cases and the Fluoride content is unknown. I think that the only sure way of obtaining the purest water is to filter it yourself. There are several companies that supply whole house filters for residential use and these filters can remove heavy metals, pharmaceutical residue, fluoride, bacteria and more. The best, most effective filter systems are expensive but do I aim to install one eventually.

Conclusion

The body needs water and at the end of the day, drinking any water ( that is not infected) is better than not drinking it. We should strive to drink the purest, most untainted water daily, but this can be expensive, time consuming and involve much research. My personal opinion is that drinking water in it’s basic form, not in the form of coffee, tea, flavored drinks etc, is essential. If you are carry out fitness training or have a physical job, then my experience tells me that you need more than the 8 ounces, 8 times a day in order to function efficiently. It is a pity that we can’t get the pure drinking water that we need to function at optimum performance easily, but “it is what it is”.

Watching The News

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Is daily consumption of News from TV, newspapers,  the internet and any other source bad for your health?.

The theory that what you think about most is what you become, would suggest that a person should avoid the daily consumption of News, and only absorb it when necessary. A few years ago, it became apparent to many people that the mainstream News organizations all had their own particular agenda and that each of those News outlets presented topics favorable to their agenda in a positive manner and did the opposite to topics on their blacklist. Even with bias, I would guess that 90% of all mainstream News is negative in some manner.

I think that initially, the online News websites, blogs etc, attempted to broadcast impartial news, but once this ultramodern form of News dissemination became popular and was recognized to possess some power, many of the internet News services seem to have been co-opted into taking sides, co-opted by who and for what purpose?,  well I don’t know.

The majority of the News is negative, and this is why it is probably bad for a person’s health. If a person can use affirmations, both visual and audio, to change their core thought processes resulting in positive, productive, life changing results then watching a daily stream of negativity and fear producing material on the TV can be assumed to have the power to influence the individual in a  negative, unproductive and life changing (for the worse) manner. 

In his book, “Think And Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill wrote “Our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds, and by means with which no man is familiar, these “magnets” attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts”. The author is basically stating that we attract what we think about most, so after a person’s daily (or more) mainly negative News programming, what conditions will they attract into their lives?.

I am not suggesting that anyone should become one of those annoying hyper positive neurotics that one meets from time to time, but it has been stated time and again in various different ways that “you are what you think”  by many respected people, so be mindful of what you think about. 

Test the theory for yourself and do not watch or read any News for 30 days and then evaluate your health after this period. Just about everything in the News broadcasts are beyond our control anyway and if an item is negative, knowing that the extent of our individual influence over the situation is just to “know” about it, creates even more negative vibrations within the mind and body. Sometimes it is better not to know certain things in order to not have to process them through our minds.

What do you think?