Thursday, April 23, 2015

Holy Land Christian Tour of Israel [49 Divine Pics]

It is the desire of many people to visit the Holy Land, but different people want to see different things, different sacred places. Many Christians would like to visit places featured in the Bible, and many others would like to walk where Jesus walked, taught, preformed miracles, was born, was crucified, temporarily entombed, and rose again. Google Street View lets you tour parts of Israel, but for those of you who can’t currently afford a trip to see more sacred destinations, here are 49 divine pictures to make up a virtual tour of the Holy Land.

Mount of Beatitudes view at the Sea of Galilee with the Golan heights at the background. The Mount of Beatitudes refers to the hill in northern Israel where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes.”Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Jerusalem – old city, Geography of Israel.

Star marking the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the Grotto of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Besides the Cenacle [Room of the Last Supper] or “Upper Room” where Jesus observed the Passover, you can visit King David’s Tomb below
Dome of Church of the Holy Sepulchre built over the spot where Jesus Christ was crucified. Golgotha is within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The photographer wrote: “Garden of Gethsemane. From Luke 22:39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
Gethsemane “is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem most famous as the place where, according to the gospels, Jesus and his disciples are said to have prayed the night. The photographer asked, “2,000 years old olive tree… is it possible?”
Entrance to the Garden Tomb of Jesus. The photographer wrote, “The so-called ‘Garden Tomb’. This tomb was first proposed in the 19th century as the site of Jesus’ burial, in part as an alternative to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Unfortunately, it is very doubtful that this was actually Jesus’ tomb. Not only was there no ancient tradition associated with this location, but the tomb is not of the correct age. It was originally an ancient Israelite tomb and seems to have gone out of use during the time of Jesus. Hence it was not re-shaped in the distinct ‘niche’ or ‘kokkhim’ pattern of Second Temple Jewish burials. The tomb was then only re-used in the Byzantine period. Nevertheless, a dedicated Protestant group maintains a beautiful garden around the tomb and many (Protestants in particular) find the site more condusive to prayerful reflection than the busy and ornate Church of the Holy Sepulchre.”
Inside the Garden tomb, temporary resting place of Jesus.
The Holy Face of Jesus is based off of the Shroud of Turin. Full length negatives of the shroud of Turin photographed at Saint-Sulpice, Paris.
Mary’s Tomb.
“Tomb of the Virgin Mary, Jerusalem.”
Christmas Eve FireWorks in The City of Nazareth. “In the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, Jesus’ childhood home is identified as the town of Nazareth in Galilee.”
The photographer wrote, “The Baptism Site on the Jordan side of the Jordan River is one of the most important recent discoveries in biblical archaeology. Excavations only began here in 1996, following Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel in 1994, but have already uncovered more than 20 churches, caves and baptismal pools dating from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Although the identification is not absolutely certain, archaeology has shown that the area known as Wadi Kharrar has long been believed to be the biblical Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan, where John the Baptist lived and Jesus was baptized. This area is also associated with the ascension of the Prophet Elijah into heaven.”
Another spot along the River Jordan at the point where some believe that John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ.
Mount of Temptation. It overlooks what is currently Jericho. Wikipedia relates, “After being baptized, Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the Judaean Desert. During this time, the devil appeared to Jesus and tempted him. Jesus having refused each temptation, the devil departed and angels came and brought nourishment to Jesus.” The photographer noted, “This is the traditional location of where Jesus went during his time of temptation in the wilderness. A few centuries later, some of the early monastics settled in the caves here. Now there is a monastery built on the right side of these cliffs.”
Shoreline of ancient Caesarea. The remains of the Roman theater are on the left and the vertical line on the right is the aqueduct that supplied water to the city. During the life of Jesus, Caesarea was an important Roman city and magnificent Roman port. According to Holy Land Tours, Caesarea was “founded by Herod the Great between 15 and 23 BC, Caesarea’s very name is in honor of the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus—is steeped in New Testament history. Indeed, it was Caesar Augustus who, according to the Gospel of Luke, sent out a census ordering Joseph and the pregnant Mary to leave their hometown of Nazareth and descend to Bethlehem in the Kingdom of Judea. It was in Bethlehem, we know, that Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ.” Caesarea also “features prominently in the New Testament in the lives of St. Peter and Paul.” Also, Caesarea Maritima “city is the location of the 1961 discovery of the Pilate Stone, the only archaeological item that mentions the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, by whose order Jesus was crucified. It is likely that Pilate used it as a base, and only went to Jerusalem when needed.”
Capernaum synagogue mentioned in the New Testament. Capernaum was a fishing village along the northern part of the Sea of Galilee. Wikipedia states, “The town is cited in the Gospel of Luke and the gospel of John where it was reported to have been the home of the apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. In Matthew 4:13 the town was reported to have been the home of Jesus. One Sabbath, Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum and healed a man who had the spirit of an unclean devil. Afterwards, he healed a fever in Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. According to Luke 7:1–10, it is also the place where a Roman Centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant. Capernaum is also mentioned in the Gospel of Mark (2:1), it is the location of the famous healing of the paralytic lowered through the roof to reach Jesus. According to the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus selected this town as the center of his public ministry in the Galilee after he left the small mountainous hamlet of Nazareth (Matthew 4:12–17). He also formally cursed the city, saying ‘You shall be brought down to Hades,’ (Matthew 11:23) because of their lack of response to his teaching.”
The photographer noted, “Banias, Israel named for the Canaanite god Pan. Renamed Caesarea Philippi after Herod Philip, son of Herod the Great. This is the site of Peter’s Confession–‘Who do men say I am?’ Mark 8:27-33; Luke 9:18. Ironically? Intentionally. Jesus begins his ministry in the heart of Paganism.” Here are parallel translations in Matthew. Wikipedia states, “Caesarea Philippi or Caesarea Paneas was an ancient Roman city located at the southwestern base of Mount Hermon, adjacent to a spring, grotto, and related shrines dedicated to the god Pan, and called ‘Banias, Paneas’, or Baniyas. The surrounding region was known as the ‘Panion.’ The city is mentioned in the gospels of Matthew and Mark. The city is now uninhabited, an archaeological site in the Golan Heights.”
The Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water (Matthew 14: 22-23).
Tabgha, where it is believed Jesus preformed the miracle of feeding a multitude of followers with what started out as only a few loaves of bread and fish. There is also the Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha where some Christians believe the miracle to have taken place.
The Tomb of Lazarus at Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, shortly before Jesus enters Jerusalem for the last time.
A model of Herod’s Temple adjacent to the Shrine of the Book exhibit at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The Temple was destroyed, but this model shows a replica of the Jerusalem Temple in which Jesus turned over tables and chased away the money changers. It is referred to as the “Cleansing of the Temple”.
View of the Mount of Olives, the Temple Mount, and the Jewish Cemetary in the foreground.
A panoramic of the entire Mount of Olives (Har Hazeiythim) taken from the East Gate of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel.
View of Mount of Olives and churches (Church of All Nations, Russian Orthodox Church of Maria Magdalene).
Church of All Nations, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem.
Tomb of Zechariah and tomb of Benei Hezir on the Mount of Olives. According to Wikipedia, “From Biblical times until the present, Jews have been buried on the Mount of Olives. The necropolis on the southern ridge, the location of the modern village of Silwan, was the burial place of Jerusalem’s most important citizens in the period of the Biblical kings. There are an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount, including tombs traditionally associated with Zechariah and Absalom. On the upper slope, the traditional Tomb of the Prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi is situated. Notable rabbis buried on the mount include Chaim ibn Attar and others from the 15th-century to present.”
“The Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem,” explained the photographer. “Also known as the Temple Mount by the Jews, this is the site in Jerusalem where two of the three main monotheistic religions intersect… and is the center of the biggest ownership issue in the world.” This is the Western Wall, or Wailing Wall
Soldiers at the Wailing Wall. You can send in your prayer request and Aish HaTorah will place it in the wall. The site states, “It is a centuries-old tradition to place a note with a prayer or request in the Western Wall. Type in your prayer. It will be printed out in the Old City of Jerusalem where it will be placed in the Wall by a student of Aish HaTorah. Notes that are anti-Semitic or uncivilized in nature will be automatically deleted. ‘Window on the Wall’ offers a special Internet service for people who are not in Jerusalem who wish to place a note in the Wall.”
This rock sign is on the Garden Tomb grounds.
The Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount – Jerusalem. According to the photographer, “The West, or ‘wailing’ Wall is a most sacred site in Judaism, and the Temple Mount, which contains the Mosque in the background is one of the most important sites in Islam, as well as Judaism. An interesting place indeed!”
Sabbath on Western Wall.
“Gethsemane Gardens, Christchurch,” wrote the photographer. “
Dead Sea Setting Sun – The Dazzling Dead Sea is so dense, it makes even the sun float on its surface. Many Christian-centered pilgrimage tours to Israel include a stop at the Dead Sea.
Petra, Jordan, the Rose City that is half as old as time. This is Petra by Candlelight. If the gorgeous rock colors are dazzling during the day, imagine more than 1,500 candles flickering in the ancient city, through the Siq to the Treasury where Bedouin music is playing. Petra is another hot spot for tourists besides the Holy Land tours
Wikipedia, the fountain of knowledge, informed, “Zedekiah’s Cave, also Solomon’s Quarries, is a 5-acre underground meleke limestone quarry that runs the length of five city blocks under the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It was carved over a period of several thousand years and is a remnant of the largest quarry in Jerusalem, stretching from Jeremiah’s Grotto and the Garden Tomb to the walls of the Old City. The entrance to Zedekiah’s Cave is just beneath the Old City wall, about 500 feet (150 m) from Damascus, between the Damascus and Herod Gates. Beyond the narrow entrance, the cave slopes down into a vast 300-foot-long auditorium-like chamber. Drops of water, known as ‘Zedekiah’s tears’, trickle through the ceiling. From entrance to the furthest point, the cave extends about 650 feet (200 m). Its maximum width is about 330 feet (100 m) and its depth is generally about 30 feet (9.1 m) below the street level of the Muslim Quarter.Only the mouth of Zedekiah’s Cave is a natural phenomenon. The interior of the cavern was carved by slaves and laborers over a period of several thousand years.”
Zedekiah’s Cave also known as Solomon’s Quarries is limestone quarry under part of Old Town of Jerusalem, Israel. “The most revered legend about the cave is that it served as the quarry for King Solomon’s First Temple,” said Wikipedia. “The ‘people slain by Moses’ refers to a story that appears in both the Bible and the Quran about a man named Korah (Arabic, Karun) who mounted a revolt against Moses and his brother Aaron, maintaining that they had led the children of Israel out of Egypt under false pretenses. According to the Old Testament, Korah and his fellow rebels were swallowed up by the earth; according to Al-Mukaddasi, this occurred at what is now known as Zedekiah’s Cave.The legend that the cave was a hiding place of King Zedekiah (a Judean king of the 6th century BC dates back to at least the 11th century AD. At that time, Biblical commentator Rashi wrote that Zedekiah tried to escape from the troops sent by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to besiege Jerusalem.”
Megiddo, or Tel Megiddo, is ‘Armageddon‘. This is a “site of an ancient city in northern Israel’s Jezreel valley. It is believed to be the place where the Battle of Armageddon will be fought. The picture shows an aerial view of Tel Megiddo.”
Jerusalem The photographer wrote, “This view overlooks a Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives and below it, the Kidron Valley, or the Valley of Jehoshaphat: ‘The valley where God will judge.’ It is believed to be the location where a final Divine Judgment will occur.”
Sea of Galilee.
Wikipedia states, “The Sea of Galilee Boat also known as the “Jesus Boat” was an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century CE (the time of Jesus Christ), discovered in 1986 on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. The remains of the boat, 27 feet (8.27 meters) long, 7.5 feet (2.3 meters) wide and with a maximum preserved height of 4.3 feet (1.3 meters), first appeared during a drought, when the waters of the Sea (actually a great fresh-water lake) receded.There is no evidence connecting the boat to Jesus or his disciples.
Tour boat at Galilee.
Kiss of Judas.
Grotto of the Betrayal.
1869 oil painting of “The night of Golgatha.
Left: Chapel of the Ascension, on the Mount of Olives. Right: “Inside the Chapel of the Ascension, Jerusalem. They say the footprint of Jesus is imprinted in the small patch of exposed rock.”
Roll the stone away at the entrance of a roadside tomb. The photographer noted, “This is not Jesus’ tomb. But there is a good argument that this Garden Tomb is His.” He is risen! Happy Easter.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

9 Things You Didn't Know Coca-Cola Could Do

When car oil drips onto driveways and garage floors, it leaves its leaves an unsightly stain that's tough to remove with ordinary cleansers. That's where a little Coke comes in handy. Pour a liberal amount of cola over the stain, let it bubble and soak for an hour, then hose clean.

Coke can be used to clean car battery terminals; the slight acidity does not react with battery acid so you can pour it over the battery and let it wash away corrosion. Coke also can be used to defrost a frozen windshield, and a liberal amount of cola poured over the windshield and bumper can help remove bugs and road debris (always rinse with plain water to avoid damaging the car’s paint job.)

A small bowl of Coke will attract slugs and snails; the acid in the Coke will kill them. A cup of Coke also can be used to lure wasps, which then drown in the liquid. You also can get rid of an ant hill by liberally dousing the area with Coke.

Coke can help improve your compost pile. Add one can of soda per week to your compost; the sugar in the cola feeds beneficial microorganisms, and the cola increases the acidity of the pile, helping material decay faster.

Toilet bowls can get downright disgusting, filled with unsightly stains under the rims and around the bowl. Make an unpleasant cleaning chore easier by pouring a can of Coke right into the toilet. Let stand for an hour before scrubbing with a stiff brush. The carbonation will “fizz” through the toughest grime, leaving you with a sparkling clean bowl.

Maybe you've heard that Coca-Cola is great at removing rust. The hype is true; the phosphoric acid in a can of Coke means that with an overnight soak you canremove rust from metal with ease. Simply submerge the item in a tray of Coke, then scrub clean with a stiff brush in the morning.

If your oven grates and baking sheets have seen better days, you don’t have to toss them and buy new. Instead, try letting them soak in an overnight Coke bath. The chemicals in the cola will loosen all of the burnt-on bits, allowing you to scrub away most of the blackened areas and save you from replacing these costly items.

Copper-bottomed are great for conducting heat, but they lose their luster with use. Restore their bright sheen by soaking the copper part in a pan filled with Coke for about an hour. The acid in the Coke makes the copper look shiny and new—without scrubbing. This cleaning trick works on plenty other household copper accents, as well.

Maybe it's time to give Coke a place in your laundry room. The soda makes an effective pre-soak treatment and stain remover for grease spots in your laundry. For best results, apply to fresh stains. If the spot discolors slightly when you pour on the Coke, that’s a sign it is working. Let the liquid sit for a few minutes, and then launder as usual in the warmest water recommended for the garment.

Eating peppers can make you more attractive, cheese can help you lose weight - and MILK is the best thing to drink after exercise: New show reveals the effect our favourite foods have on our health

From meat to mushrooms, carrots to cheese, many of us buy the same foods every week. 
But the good news is you don't need to be munching on lettuce leaves day in, day out, to achieve a healthy diet.  
A new BBC2 show to be aired tonight reveals the surprising health benefits of some of our everyday staples.
Britain's Favourite Foods - Are They Good for You? - also uncovers which everyday items we throw into our supermarket trolleys are the most popular. 
And from certain vegetables making us more attractive, to cheese helping the body to get rid of fat, the show reveals there are a host of tricks you can employ to become a smarter shopper... 

Carrots and peppers are the fourth and fifth most popular vegetables in Britain. Not only are they high in vitamin C, but new research shows eating them might make us better looking, too. 
Volunteers asked to consume a pepper (of any colour) a day for six weeks and 150ml of carrot  juice were found to have a 'healthier glow'. 
The Scottish research found that the carotanoid pigment found in the vegetables was responsible for the change in skin colour. 
In a previous study, published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, more than three quarters of people asked to rate a 'vegetable' tan - a yellow glow from eating lots of brightly coloured vegetables  - said it was was more attractive than the brown glow achieved through a sun tan. 

Lead researcher Dr Ross Whitehead, Research Fellow at the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews, said he was surprised how even small improvements in diet produced results.
He said: ‘People who eat more fruit and vegetables have a ‘golden’ skin tone that looks healthy and attractive. 
'Our latest research finds that even small improvements in diet produces visible benefits to skin colour. We were very surprised by how quick the changes were.’ 

Cheese has long been seen as an enemy of the dieter - but evidence is increasingly emerging that this may not be the case.
While it is high in fat, 'not every gram of fat really counts when it comes to dairy food,' says the programme's presenter, Professor Alice Roberts. 
Cheese is packed with calcium - and the theory is that this helps more fat pass through the body undigested.

To test whether this is the case, one volunteer embarks on a low dairy, low calcium diet - and then a high calcium, high dairy diet. 
The volunteer's stools were then analysed to see how much fat they contained.
In the low dairy, low calcium week, she passed 8g of fat a day - or 56g over the week.
In the high dairy, high calcium week, she passed 12.5g of fat a day - or 88g over the week - a difference of nearly 30g between the two diets.
As Professor Roberts explains: 'Calcium combined with fat results in a "soap-like" substance that slides through the intestines without being absorbed. 

Apples are the most popular fruit in the UK in terms of sales - and they're also extremely good for us.
Not only are they high in fibre, they're also low in calories and contain vitamin C. 
While Royal Gala is our favourite, it's not actually the healthiest, explains Dr Paul Kroon, from the Institute of Food Research. 
In fact, it's an apple's polyphenol content that determines how healthy it is.
Polyphenols are chemicals made by plants that protect against diseases such as Alzheimer's, heart disease and high cholesterol.  

To assess the goodness in different apples, Professor Kroon looked at a Granny Smith, Russet, a cooking/Bramley apple, Pink Lady, Gala and Braeburn. 
As his tests revealed, generally speaking, the more bitter than apple, the higher the amount of polyphenols. 
This meant that the Bramley, Granny Smith and Russet came out on top, while the Pink Lady score was very low.  
However it's worth noting that half of the polyphenols are found in the skin of an apple, so never throw that part away.  

Forget sugary sports drinks - the best way to recharge your body after exercise is to guzzle the white stuff. 
Scientists have found that aside from being packed with calcium and plenty of vitamin B2 and A, it's also the best thing for hydrating the body after exercise. 
In tests with volunteers who lost body weight due to the amount they were sweating during exercise, it was the clear winner over water and a sports drink.  
Those who drank the latter only retained around half the liquid, whereas those who drank milk retained three-quarters.
When we rehydrate, we have to replace water and electrolytes - and milk has two of these - sodium and potassium.
Water has a fraction of these, while sports drinks have a lot less. 
The protein in milk also means it also sits in the stomach for longer - which means the fluid is absorbed more slowly and the kidneys are less likely to flush it through. 
As the researchers in this study concluded - 'sports drinks are no better than water'.  

Buyer beware - that so-called 'healthy' salad may not be as good for your waistline as you think. 
When asked to put a selection of meals in order of the healthiest, many people quizzed by the show opted for the burger and chips as the 'worst' option - when in fact a pasta and cheese salad topped the table with more than 800 calories.
The reason - more often than not - is those tiny pots of salad dressing, which can bump up the fat content massively - sometimes by as much as two scoops of ice cream. 
The burger and chips, in this combination, ended up coming fourth out of the six dishes. 
The healthiest option was the jacket potato with cheese and beans. 
However the show's presenter, Professor Alice Roberts, caveats the findings. 'I'm absolutely not saying we should be getting burger and chips,' she explained. 
'Salad can be a very healthy option - buy you need to check the label to see what else you're getting.'  

British shoppers spend £1m a day on mushrooms - 95 per cent of which are the white variety. While they are a great source of B vitamins (vital for energy) and packed with minerals such as selenium and potassium, they don't contain much vitamin D.
This is vital to keep bones and teeth healthy - and is best made by the skin coming into contact with sunlight. 
And, like the skin, mushrooms can make their own vitamin D when exposed to the sun.
This is because they are packed full with ergosterol, which is present within a very thin layer of fat in the cell walls of the mushroom.
Just an hour in direct sunlight helps the mushroom absorb and make vitamin D - and it remains in the fungi permanently, regardless of whether it's cooked or refrigerated. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Chips or meat? Rice or lollies? The foods that are safe to eat under the five-second rule... or is it all just a cooked-up claim?

One of the most widespread 'food rules' passed down from generation to generation may actually be a myth, meaning this tart isn't safe to pick up
One of the most widespread 'food rules' passed down from generation to generation may actually be a myth.
The five-second rule, which has been cited to justify picking up everything from a salt and vinegar chip to an assortment of cold cuts, is not as sure-fire as many snackers would surely like it to be.
Experts have largely dismissed the almost magical powers surrounding the five-second rule, but said what type of food and where you drop it does come into play.

'There's no such things as a 'five-second rule',' Food Safety Information Council spokeswoman Rachelle Williams told Daily Mail Australia.
'It's a myth; we definitely do not recommend it.'

However, Ms Williams said we need to consider the type of food before picking something up off the floor and eating it.
'It all comes down to bacteria,' she said.

 'Bacteria relies on moisture to grow, so any food wet food is considering potentially hazardous. It's much easier for bacteria to grow on those foods.
'With dry foods, it is conversely much tougher for bacteria to grow.'
Dry foods are things such as potato chips, lollies, nuts, biscuits, crackers and uncooked rice or pasta.

 Dry foods are things such as potato chips, lollies, nuts, biscuits, crackers and uncooked rice or pasta.
Wet foods are cut fruit, cold meats, ham, salami, dairy products, and cooked rice or pasta.
The comments come after the Food Safety Information Council released a food safety report card as part of World Health Day on April 7.

 More than 4.1 million cases of food poisoning are diagnosed in Australia every year, with 31,920 hospitalisations and 82 deaths. However, the number is coming down, which experts credited to an increased basic understanding of food safety.
‘Australian consumers get an A plus for knowledge...', Food Safety Information Council Chair Professor Michael Eyles said.
‘But there are a number of other food safety practices where there can be ‘room for improvement.'
Mr Eyles identified cooking food thoroughly, being aware of and sticking to use-by dates, and ensuring it is stored at the right temperature as important areas of focus.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

7 Habits Of Highly Spiritual People

You're highly productive, goal-oriented and efficient at life ... but are you achieving your life's dreams at the expense of your spiritual growth?
You may think that spiritual growth is for people who have too much time on their hands — not for busy people climbing the professional ladder. But the problem with this thinking is that when you reach all of your goals you might find that they don't resonate with your spirit.
And while you can suppress your spiritual self for some time, you can't do so for a lifetime. At some point, your life will yearn for more meaning. Connecting to your spiritual center is where your true power and purpose lie.
If you're living a soul-centered life, you're living from a place of purpose and wisdom. You'll notice that what you seek and desire begin to manifest more quickly.
So in the spirit of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, here are seven habits of highly spiritual people to help you live a more awakened and conscious life with purpose:
1. Accept and surrender.
"Acceptance means, for now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires me to do, and so I do it willingly." -Eckhart Tolle
Not every life situation can be changed, turned around or fixed. There will be moments in your life when you will have to step back and stay out of the way. Learning to accept change and uncertainty will help you live a more balanced and peaceful life.
Knowing that you can't change some things and that you don't have control over everything, allows you to be grateful for what is in front of you now. When the path is unclear or uncertain, let go instead of clinging more. Surrender and have faith that the universe will guide the way.
2. Begin with the soul in mind.
How often do you make time for the soul? Maybe this notion has never even crossed your mind.
Food, work, exercise and obligations may fill your everyday life, but what are you doing for your soul today? Set aside some time for soul-reflection and awareness. Pursue practices that help you get still, and begin to see your spirit at work.
Walk, pray, sing and silence your mind. Reflect upon art, observe your breath … listen to this source of all-knowing wisdom in your life.
Align your work and your life to your highest source of knowledge. Follow dreams and desires that align with your spirit. If you are unsure what your spirit's intentions are, slow down and listen more deeply. Elevate the importance of soul-wisdom in your life and create time for it.
3. Put spiritual things first.
As you go about the world from your spiritual center, learn where low vibrations and negative intentions are coming from.
Cut out anything in your life that is not spiritually sound and centered on your truth. Let go of the excesses in your life — including frivolous purchases — that don't serve your spirit.
Sit with and release the emotions stifling your spirit. Let go of work that diminishes your light and walk away from a career that crushes your soul. Feed your appetite with food that nourishes you.
4. Know that we are all one.
When you believe you are one with everyone, you will more easily let go of judgment, gossip and unhealthy comparisons.
Allow your soul to expand from within, to touch everyone around you. From your most sacred space or most intimate silence, spread the inner love of your soul to everyone you know. Share the light of your "soul-candle."
Set the intention to forgive those who have harmed you because they are one with you. Try to find a place of gratitude for those who get on your nerves, who have hurt you in the past, or who have helped you grow as a person. Shine the light of gratitude on the people who test you because they are your greatest spiritual teachers.
Bow in gratitude to those who have broken your heart and crushed your spirit — they have helped you crack open your heart so that you can awaken your spirit.
5. Seek to free yourself of ego and attachment.
Observe yourself and seek more awareness of ego in your life. See the ego when it tries to grab power, feel superior or push others down. Be observant of it when it is selfish, angry, spoiled or unreasonable. Feel the pangs of the ego when circumstances or people offend or irritate it.
See how attached you are to your current circumstances, the people in your life and your material possessions. Can you walk away from it all today and still be content? Practice the art of letting go every day in your life. Let go of thoughts, feelings and emotions that you want to cling to.
6. Synchronize with the universe.
Allow the universe to work for you and in your favor. Seek places and experiences that produce higher vibrations in your life. Cultivate good feelings and ride the wave of those feelings daily. Seek experiences (yoga, massage, sleep, slowly sipped tea) that make you feel good and cultivate more abundance in your life.
Give what you can of yourself, share freely, and extend compassion to everyone around you. Allow all your actions and movements to align with the universal source and watch miracles unfold in your life.
7. Sharpen your being.
Allow spirit to lead the way in all areas of your life. Become the best version of yourself spiritually and let that translate itself into your career, relationships, life and personality. Don't let the current reality and limitations stop you from living your best life. Let your spirit break through limiting visions, stuck circumstances and disempowering beliefs, to help you live the life of your dreams.
Make your spiritual habits central in your life and your life will never be the same. Live from a place of spirit; if you do, abundance, peace and fulfillment will naturally flow in.