BENEFITS OF TRAINING IN MARTIAL ARTS

There are numerous benefits of training in martial arts. I remember the times when I used to get trained in Karate by my Honorable Sensei Johnson when I was around 16 years old. I was very deeply interested to learn martial arts.

During those times in Karate class, the training over there used to be relentless and highly disciplined.

At the initial stages of learning Karate, my level of focus wasn’t so good. I used to get distracted easily. But as time passed, the practice of Karate made me from being a disorganized guy to a disciplined and orgazined person. From being distracted easily to being laser-like focused and from being physically and mentally average to being strong like a rock physically and to being mentally unbreakable.

Karate increased my self confidence and self awareness as well.

So, here are the benefits proven by the practice of martial arts.

1. Self-discipline.

The key fundamental aspect of martial arts is being disciplined. Martial arts encourages you to organize your lifestyle in way that keeps you disciplined and motivated.

At the Karate Dojos, the masters mainly emphasize on self discipline and impart them into their disciples.

To be successful in any area of life, it is important to be disciplined. Without discipline there is no clarity and surety.

Practicing any martial arts would surely make you organize yourself mentally, physically and spiritually as well.

2. Efficient physical and mental health.

The practice of martial arts involves rigorous training procedures which results in having high stamina, great physical health and also mental clarity in the practitioners.

One of the greatest benefits I’ve reaped by the practice of Karate is staying focused and clear thinking. The practice of Karate requires focus and it increases cognitive functioning.

3. Increases self-confidence.

Well, exercises are always shown to have great benefits on the individual’s self confidence. The practice of any form of martial arts makes you involve physically, mentally and spiritually and thereby increases your levels of self confidence overall.

By the practice of Karate, I gained massive self confidence and conviction.

The practice of Karate literally changed me from being a average guy to a supremely confident individual.

One of the key factors for being self confident are the challenges we face. Without challenges there is no growth and without growth there is no confidence.

Martial arts is a challenge for you to break past your old habits and build the new habits.

4. Makes us aware about the traditional values of respect, Honor and integrity.

Well, if you consider martial arts which only focuses on competitive intent then it would not teach you values. Ofcourse you would gain the benefits I’ve mentioned above in this article, but if you truly want to practice martial arts at its purest form, then you better find Karate or Shaolin Kung-Fu.

For me, Karate practice was the key to develop as a person from inside out.

The practice of respect, Honor and integrity became my core beliefs.

So guys, those are the benefits anyone can have by the practice of any form of martial arts. By the way, if anyone is interested to learn martial arts then feel free to contact me. I will make seperate videos if anyone is interested in learning Karate.That’s all from me today. Thank you for being here. Take care. Namastey.

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BREATHING TECHNIQUES TO ELIMINATE ANXIETY AND STRESS.

Welcome back to SOULPOWER readers. One of the major problems nowadays which goes unnoticed is anxiety and stress. Our lives have become fast paced and we get very few to no time to take a moment to relax for a while.

So how to cope up with anxiety and stress? There are medications at present which helps people to reduce their anxiety and stress for a while. Well that is not a permanent relief though.

The natural remedy to get rid of anxiety is breathing.

Breathing is Everything. Just comment down at the end of the post, “BREATHING IS EVERYTHING “, as it makes more effective impact on your subconscious mind.

From ancient time to the modern days, the Yogis, the self help gurus, the psychologists, all have made us aware of the fascinating benefits of breathing.

Breathing is used as a treatment for a person’s physiological and psychological healing. There’s no better remedy than breathing literally. It is the controlled by our Parasympathetic Nervous System(PNS). Even though breathing is autonomous and automatic in our daily lives, we can still have effective control over the way we breathe.

So here are the scientifically proven and tested ways to calm down your nervous system to reduce anxiety and stress.

#1 The Pranayama Technique(Nadi Shodana).

Yogis from ancient times and the Yogis at the present, they all recommend the practice of this particular breathing technique. Pranayama helps to calm down physically and mentally. It is believed that Pranayama supplies equal energy to both the left and right hemispheres of our brain which enables us to think more clearly.

So, How to practice it?

1. Sit comfortably with your spine erect.

2. Take slow deep breaths until you feel relaxed.

3. And then, close your right nostrill with your thumb and take a deep breath in through your left nostrill and exhale with the same. Alternate the nostrills. Do it for 10 mins and see the changes in your physical and mental states.

#2. The 4-7-8 breath technique.

This technique is pretty simple to do. Not only it helps to calm down but also increases the quality of sleep when you do it before you go to the bed.

So, how to practice it?

1. Inhale for 4 seconds deeply into your belly.

2. Hold your breath for 7 seconds.

3. Exhale fully for 8 seconds.

This breathing technique is safe and easy for most of the people out there. So do it yourself and see the benefits.

#3. Progressive muscle relaxation technique (PMR).

PMR is used by psychologists as well to induce a calm state of mind in their patients.

It’s very simple to do.

1. First of all, find a comforatble place to lay down.

2. Take few deep slow breaths until you feel relaxed.

3. Tense your leg muscles while inhaling and relax while exhaling.

4. Tense your abdominal muscles with Inhale and relax while exhaling.

5. Tense your both arms with every inhale and relax with each exhale.

6. Tense your neck muscles with Inhale and relax with exhales.

7. Do this sequence for 10 reps and relax with deep breathing.

#4. Holotropic breathwork.

This is one of the breathing techniques which is not recommended to the people with Asthama, High Blood pressure and other physical conditions as the process involves intense breathing techniques.

Holotropic breathwork was used by the psychologists in the West in the late 70’s to treat the patients suffering from Anxiety, Depression and other mental disorders. The patients got permanent relief from the symptoms and were found to have normal cognitive functioning throughout their life.

Well, anyone without any medical condition can practice the Holotropic breathwork to tap into altered states of consciousness or to have spiritual experiences. But the only caution is to not do it alone. Find a friend who can help you out during the process.

So, How to practice this?

1. Take deep breaths down into your abdomen to relax.

2. After relaxation, take deep breaths with a normal pace and do not hold the breath. You have to immediately release the breath as soon as you exhale. At each exhale, take a deep breath in immediately.

3. Continue to breath this way for about 20 mins. Ask your friend to be there and wake you up at the end of the 20 minute session.

4. Stay there laying down and relax for a while. That’s it, you are done.

So guys, those were the breathing techniques by which you can absolutely get rid of the anxiety disorders and stress with regular practice.

That’s all from me today. Thank you for being here. Take care. Namastey.

SUBTLE PARTS OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS: MIND AND INTELLECT.

Hello and welcome back to SOULPOWER! So today I’m here to discuss about the subtle parts of the human consciousness i.e., The mind and the intellect.

So first of all, What is mind? There would be many answers regarding this particular thing. The mind is a part of consciousness, where the thoughts and emotions are at a flow.

Mind is often compared to the river streams which never stops flowing at its direction. Mind is always at a flow state. It doesn’t differentiate between the positive, negative and waste thoughts. There are thoughts and emotions in mind varying upon one individual to another.

Each individual have a unique mindset.

So now that we know about the mind, there is often a question regarding the control we can have over the mind.

I remember a quote which says, “Rule your mind or it will rule you”. Now you see, the mind, if given a direction can serve you as an obedient servant or it can go either way by enslaving you to fulfill its desires. The mind, even though the most powerful tool gifted to us by the universe has its limitations.

So, if you want to control the mind, you can’t just beat yourself up or force yourself to have control over your mind. That’s not the control we are talking about here.

To gain control or more specifically, to master your mind, you have to be aware about the intellect.

When we look across the mainstream spiritual philosophy and self help gurus, they always preach only about the conscious and the subconscious mind. But they forgot the bridge which connects both parts of the consciousness. That bridge is the intellect.

The intellect is the bridge between the conscious and the subconscious mind.

The intellect acts as the judge for the thoughts and emotions. The intellect is the knowing, the understanding between the right and wrong.

Inorder to give the mind a direction, the intellect has to be resilient. Without intellect, a person would be dominated by feelings. The intellect brings a balance between the rationality and emotions.

The food for the intellect is knowledge. The more knowledge you feed your intellect, the more stronger it will be.

Intellect is the backbone for the power of will.

Overall, the intellect is the integral part of the consciousness and has its own significance.

So empower your intellect to have a good relationship with your mind.

Feed your intellect with reaslitic positive thoughts and wisdom, and give your mind a right direction.

That’s all from me today, Thank you for being here. Take care. Namastey.

REVELATION OF THE TRUTH: WHO AM I?

Hello readers, welcome back to SOULPOWER. Today it is Spiritual Saturday and the topic here for today is something which would fascinate or put many of us in a wondering mode. So lets get into this.

When I was sitting alone to observe my mind, it was creating certain doubts on my reality a few moments back. These doubts were pretty weird and made me little anxious. But I didn’t bother about that and observed silence. A few moments later I got an idea. If it is my mind who is creating these doubts, then who am I? I know that I am not my mind, I know that I am not my doubts. So I kept digging myself until eventually there was an answer. And what was that answer? I AM. That’s it.

The rest is the thoughts and beliefs that we create, over a period of time. For example: I AM A DOCTOR I AM A STUDENT, I AM A GREAT PERSON and so and so. But the truth is I AM. That’s it. There are no complications right there. The rest you add up is the belief system which is stored in the mind.

Many people spend their entire life revolving around this question. The key thing they forget to do is to calm down the mind and observe silence.

To know the truth, the absolute truth of WHO YOU ARE, you have to first of all calm the noises and voices inside your heads. The next step is to let go of the belief systems which is indeed a very difficult step for many people to do. Why? Because they are attached to such belief systems. And when you let go of belief systems, you will remain with only one thing. A thing which cannot be let gone of. A thing which never ever changes.

That, my friend, is awareness. You are the awareness. YOU ARE an awareness just like I AM. It is the truth. You live as long as the breath(Life force, Prana) exists. What happens after that? You wake up from a dream called life and become one with all that is. The Universe. The Mind is an illusion. The truth is you. So rejoice and just experience YOU. If you have any queries relating to this article, please do comment below.

I will be privileged to answer.
So that’s all from me today. Thanks for reading. And yeah, make sure to hit that follow button down for more posts like these on SOULPOWER. Namastey.

WAYS TO DE-CLUTTER THE MIND.

Hello readers, welcome back to SOULPOWER! In many of my blog articles you would find the things related to mind mechanisms spirituality and lifestyle.

Just a few days ago I was watching a video by Eric Ho on YouTube where he revealed his morning routine. That video literally helped me a lot to relax my mind and get into meditation even more.

So, today I am going to provide different ways to de-clutter the mind from unwanted thoughts and feelings.

Well, first of all, meditation is all about reaching the state of nothingness. But would you ever reach that state with a noisy mind which is always on a chatting mode? Well, probably not. You can’t meditate and reach that stage of being one with the universe by having burden of thoughts in your mind.

So, in order to calm down the mind there are few practices which you can do.

Number one is Deep breathing.

If you watch Eric Ho’s videos, you will realize that, in almost all of his videos he has one message, that is.“Breathing is Everything”.

Breathing literally is everything. It is the first thing we all do when we come into this world and is the last thing before we leave this mortal world.

So lets get into the technical part of breathing. Guys, when you practice deep breathing for 10 to 15 mins, your brain will get more oxygen which will help your brain to relax and de-clutter.

So, take a deep breath in.. and out. Focus only on the breath.

When you focus on the breath you will feel more grounded and relaxed. Your mind will be at the present and from there you can start to meditate.

Number two is to practice breathing from alternate nostrills.

Now, before getting into this, I would like to give you a fact on our breathing.

We all breath from only one nostrill. You might think that I’m bluffing but observe your breath and know that by yourself.

So, how to do this? Very simple. Just take a deep breath in from your left nostrill. Hold it for 8 secs and release the breath for 12 seconds from your right nostrill. Do that for 10 times and you will feel more relaxed and centered.

Number three is to Focus on any object for about 5 minutes.

I remember Bruce Lee when he used to do this. He used to solely focus on one object at a time. You only have to look at an object with your eyes open and relaxed for 5 mins without blinking. If your eyes gets teary in the process, then let it be! Do that for 5 mins. And yeah, don’t be baffled if the object in front of you disappears in the course.

Number four is to meditate.

Well you can practice any of the forms of meditation. Mindfulness is the ideal one to practice. You can now meditate effectively as your mind is already in a calm state. Think of nothing. Meditation is not about thinking. It is about being.

So, after meditating. Just relax for a few moments or so, and get up and get set!

So guys, those were the steps which I learned from Eric Ho’s video. Try those steps and see it’s effects by yourself. That’s all from today. Thank You for being here. Peace.

OBSERVING AND LETTING GO OF BELIEFS.

Beliefs shape the illusion that we experience as reality. By having a belief, we choose the facet of consciousness that we want to experience and automatically reject other realities so we can experience that reality fully. Sometimes we get so caught up in our reality that we forget that other realities exist, we attach ourselves to our beliefs and experience pain.

Letting go of beliefs is learning to accept and love all realities as valid facet of all of consciousness. We understand that every reality is our own consciousness, and thus cannot judge any situation. We learn to love every reality and feel loved by all of reality.

Emotions are the key

Your Higher Self already wants you to expand your consciousness and let go of beliefs, so it will purposely project into your reality situations that will trigger you and make you feel negative emotions. These emotions are cues for you to observe beliefs.

A common mistake we do is blame a person or a situation that is happening in the illusion for the emotions that we feel. It’s very important to recognize that all emotions are towards the self and are caused by our beliefs.

Example:

It’s very easy to get upset because your girlfriend broke up with you, but you’re not upset because SHE doesn’t want to be with YOU anymore. You’re upset because YOU feel like YOU’re not “good enough”, or YOU feel like YOU don’t deserve to be loved.

These are the beliefs that are causing you to feel pain.

When we take responsibility over all our emotions, we take power over our emotions from the people or situations that we initially blamed. Taking that power is the first step to our transformation.

So when you feel a negative emotion, rejoice! This is an opportunity for you to discover a belief that is holding you back from unconditional love.

Step 1: Honoring the Emotion

Once we feel an emotion, it’s important to accept it and let it be. Resisting, fighting or ignoring an emotion is judging the emotion, meaning that we’re not accepting the message the feeling is bringing to us regarding the underlying belief. Judging an emotion clouds our focus on the situation. So it’s very important to honoring the emotions and accept them.

Sometimes, we trigger a second emotion to cover up the first. This is just another way to resist the emotion. For example, quite often frustration and anger are a cover up for sadness. When this happens, it’s best to honor the second emotion, and when it passes we can proceed to honor the initial one.

If we do resist an emotion and squish it, it’s difficult to follow the process to let go of a belief. A good step to take at this point is to follow a process to find out why we squished the emotion instead. This allows us to stop judging ourselves for feeling these emotions.

Step 2: Self-Interrogation

Once we’ve honored, allowed ourselves to feel the emotion and accepted it, it passes. This allows us to move on in the process and figure out what triggered the emotion. The belief structures are already in you and you can simply ask yourself questions to uncover the underlying beliefs. Here’s a list of questions that will help:

What would I have to believe is true in order to react to this, this way?

What would I prefer to believe is true to respond that way?

What would I have to believe is true about my relationship to this situation that I would react to it in a negative way?

Why do I feel this way?

Why am I being stuck?

Sometimes the answers won’t be beliefs; you can keep pressing until you get to a belief.

Q: Why do I feel this way?

A: Because I made those choices.

Q: Why did I make those choices?

A: Because I have this belief.

If it’s a reoccurring belief, there is most probably an underlying belief or a core belief underneath it. If you keep digging you will eventually get to it. You can cater questions to these reoccurring beliefs:

Why do I believe this?

Why am I still playing this belief?

What am I hooked on to?

I’ll use an example to clarify this point:

Q: What would I have to believe is true in order to react to this, this way?

A: I believe that I don’t deserve to be loved.

Q: Why do I believe that I don’t deserve to be loved?

A: Because I’m not attractive.

Sometimes, a belief has to do with a story that you experienced (usually at a young age) that you haven’t let go of. Sometimes it’s general, other times it’s a specific story:

What story do I have attached to this?

Example:

Q: What would I have to believe is true in order to react to this, this way?

A: I don’t deserve to be loved.

Q: This belief again… what story do I have attached to this?

A: My mother didn’t pay a lot of attention to me when I needed it.

The answers are the first answers that come to mind. Any other though process that comes after that is your ego attempting to complicate things or divert your attention away from the beliefs, because it’s the ego’s job to reinforce beliefs so that you can fully experience a reality.

Cameron Gray – Cage

Step 3: Questioning the belief

Once you’ve uncovered the belief, it’s time to figure out if the belief serves you. Some beliefs can sometimes seem useful to keep, however if they made you feel a negative emotion, they usually aren’t. Here are some helpful questions:

How does this belief serve me?

What benefit do I get out of it?

Why do I feel like this belief benefits me?

Are the benefits of the belief completely whole? Can it cause ups and downs of emotions?

Is the belief sustainable? Does it take away from my experiences or does it help them?

A belief that benefits you will make you feel whole, meaning that there won’t be a fluctuation of emotions that can come out of it.

Example:

Q: What would I prefer to believe is true to respond that way?

A: I believe everyone in the world should be fair.

Q: How does this belief serve me?

A: It allows me to be fair to everyone.

Q: That’s ok, but that doesn’t mean other people will be fair with me. Is this belief whole or can it create ups and downs of emotions?

A: Well, if someone takes advantage of me, I wouldn’t be happy.

Q: So does the belief serve me?

A: No.

If a belief doesn’t serve, there is no reason to keep carrying it.

Note: When we start the process of letting go of beliefs, our ego gets interested and sometimes attempts to “program” or remove programs that don’t serve. “Learning to fly” does not serve you (hehe). If you’re attempting to “program” a belief in you, ask yourself the same questions to differentiate what your ego would want and what your Higher Self wants.

Step 4: Letting Go of the Beliefs

You’ve done all the hard work, now all you gotta do is let go of the belief. And it’s just as simple as telling yourself:

“I’m letting go of this belief.”

That’s it; identifying a belief is all you need to do to let go of a belief. There are 3 possible reasons (that I know of) why this wouldn’t work:

You have a belief that says that it takes more work than that IE: I can’t let go of a belief just by identifying it.

You haven’t identified an underlying/core belief behind the initial belief

You’ve attached a story to the belief and need to accept and let go of that experience.

What comes next?

Your Higher Self will still create a situation to test the belief that you’ve just let go of. If you get triggered, there’s still a belief. If you don’t, then you will integrate that experience into consciousness and your Higher Self will no longer project the situation in your reality. If you’re “stuck” somewhere because of your beliefs, all you have to do is following the synchronicities that your Higher Self will project for you to get out.

Sometimes situations reoccur again in your life, the only difference is that you actually won’t care about it happening to you. So don’t expect things to happen exactly as you’d want it. Enlightenment is when you see every possible reality as perfect, not when you get the perfect reality that you want.

In fact, if you’re expecting it to be a certain way, and only that way, it would mean you have a belief attached to it. So don’t get caught up in a little loop trying to fix everything in you to change your reality and be happy… I’m talking from personal experience here.

Congrats!!

– Marty’s Spiritual Manifesto.

WHY CAN’T WE SEE GOD? GOD’S REVELATIONS.

When we think of something supernatural,

God is the first impression we get. We human beings have always believed in God’s existence since the beginning of life. We all considered that there’s some force beyond the human perception which is the source of all creation that exists. As time passed on, we human beings evolved which resulted in new inventions, innovations and rapid scientific progress.

As science and technology progressed, our minds became more rational and critical which led us to question about God’s existence. We humans began to only believe the things which can be seen or touched and disapproved and disbelieved the things which were out of the physical reality.

That is where many of us began to have a question, “If God exists, then why can’t we see him?” Here, we started to think God as some being like us who has a form and a personality. Many scientific experiments were conducted to find the evidence for God’s existence, but none of those resulted in any final verdict.

Amidst the rapid technological and scientific progress, human beings became more mechanical and materialistic that they forgot what their hearts said. Identity crisis is seen everywhere. People now recognize themselves with the things that they possess, the job that they have and money has been a primitive factor in determining one’s happiness.

Our hearts are fed with lies when they crave for the eternal truth.

So to know God, it is important to know ourselves first. To start with, ask yourself a question, Who am I? Why am I here? Why do I do what I do? What are these relationships that I have in life? What is the purpose? When you sit back and think about these questions, you would come up with an answer. Whatever your answer be, save it to yourself. And do not rush the process to get answer. Don’t get desperate to get the answer. It will spoil the process.

Once you get your answers, you should know who God is. First of, God is not any physical entity to be seen or touched. God is not any personality. Remember that certain things in life have to be felt and experienced other than analysing and criticizing. God is an experience. He is the creator and we are his creation. Over all, God is the source of all the energy in the universe. He is the eternal light of Truth and Love.

He made us human beings as the channel to experience life. Each and every human being have the right to connect with God. But to connect with God, you have to give up all the false identities that you believe you are and realize your true self that you are a Soul in this physical form to experience life. Realize and feel your true self and allow yourself to connect with the Universe (God).

Well this one is quite long topic to discuss with you all. I’ll be writing seperate articles in the future relavant to this deeper part of spirituality. So stay connected with SOULPOWER for more interesting articles.

That’s all from me today, Thank you for being here. Take care. Peace and Love.