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Humanity Suffers From Limiting Beliefs

For centuries now, human beings have perpetuated and disseminated certain limiting beliefs that result in limiting attitudes and behaviors. As a result, humanity has for centuries transmitted and preserved beliefs that only damage us as a species. Instead of uniting us and making us stronger, they weaken us. Only by identifying, questioning and changing those beliefs will humanity advance into a new and more accepting existence.

Let me give you an example. Most human beings consider theirs one of the best, if not THE best culture in the world. Many people believe things such as…

  • Mine is the best culture in the world.
  • My culture transmits values, principles and virtues like no other culture.
  • Many of the traditions in my culture make us better than others

When new human beings are then born into one of those cultures, they learn to despise others, even though they originally had no choice at all where to be born. They will antagonize others, just based on those beliefs. And might even feel great insecurity or anxiety if anybody then proves them wrong.

That’s the way in which conflict and crises are created. There are many of those limiting beliefs transmitted from generation to generation. Some examples are:

  • My culture and inherited worldview hold THE truth
  • Only those adhering to my culture are right
  • Only WE are the chosen ones. All others are less than us
  • We are whom we were born to be. By being born where we were born, we are superior to others because our culture offers us some principles, views or beliefs that make us better
  • Success is humanity’s ultimate goal
  • Human beings need to be important. We need to strive and to always try and be better
  • Life is a race we need to run
  • Life is hard

When two people from different cultures but with the same belief meet, both are convinced that theirs is the superior one. By trying to prove the other one wrong, conflict arises. And because they firmly believe their opinion, they try to prove their views superior and try to convince the other person of their mistake.

By perpetuating certain beliefs, we also perpetuate limitations and conflict.

This doesn’t need to be like this, though. Human beings have a choice. They can choose to modify the beliefs they transmit just a little bit so that they are not that limiting. Instead of: “Life is a race we need to run,” the belief can be something like, “Life can be a race to run.” Instead of: “My culture and inherited worldview hold THE truth,” it could be, “my culture and inherited worldview hold my truth.” Or even, instead of: “Life is hard.” something like, “life can be hard or not”. Just those changes in the wording open new possibilities. By not being so limiting, we give the next generation permission to question the rigidity of their beliefs and the choice to accept others more easily, thus helping humanity come to an understanding.

I know this approach will need some time, some generations, to become a reality. But no road is walked without taking a first step. I wish my little reflexion here today could help you take that tiny first step by making you at least think about this and about your own limiting beliefs from a slightly different perspective.

If you then discover that your own beliefs are limiting you, ask yourself how to change the way in which you express them every day when talking with others, with your children or any other children still growing, with others in society, with your peers and friends. Ask yourself how to contribute by planting the new seed of a less limiting belief that can grow into your culture. When somebody expresses a limiting cultural belief, offer a less rigid one instead so a little hope can be shared. We can all change those beliefs step by step, seed by seed, word by word. Help yourself and help generations to come do away with some of our obstacles, limitations and conflicts. Redefine your own beliefs.

I encourage you to consider and approach some more ideas:

  • Replace limiting and sentencing words from your beliefs. Instead of saying, always, never, everyone, nobody, and so on, open your expression to wider terms such as, occasionally, seldom, most people, just some, and others.

  • When speaking, be it with adults or children, add an extra layer of flexibility to your words. Leave a door open to doubt. After all, no human being knows it ALL; no human being has lived it ALL. Thus, begin expressing your beliefs by declaring that they are YOUR beliefs but there could be others as valid as yours.
  • Ask yourself what is limiting you, what obstacles you face in life and check how you talk about them to yourself. There’s very likely room for changes in the way you speak to yourself too.
  • When thinking about the supremacy of your culture, remember that all other great cultures in history were finally replaced by newer ones. Question the historical basis of your belief. Question your beliefs from their roots.
  • Give yourself permission to doubt. Allow doubt in others, too.
  • Look for and define beliefs that trigger positive instead of negative feelings, thoughts and emotions in you.
  • Give yourself permission to learn and continue growing.

Enjoy life, ALL of it,

Source by Jessica J Lockhart

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Italy, Dolomites – When Advent Knocks on the Door

In the authentic Sarntal Valley in Italy’s South Tyrol traditions are kept alive passionately. For example, “Kloeckeln” is a tradition during the Advents time (the four weeks before Christmas) that exists here since the 16th Century and has survived until today in its special original form.

Anyone who visits the Sarntal valley finds authentic, evolved tradition, which is kept alive naturally by the Sarners. Customs are no routine rituals here; they are authentically observed and celebrated. A special tradition is Kloeckeln, a custom at the time of Advent with pagan elements. The term “Kloekeln” is derived from “klocken”, which in Sarner dialect means as much as “to knock”. In former times Kloeckeln existed in the entire Alps, nowadays it is kept alive only in a few valleys – and rarely as authentically as in the Sarntal valley. The evenings for Kloeckeln are the three Thursday evenings in Advent before the winter solstice. On December 3, 10, and 17, 2009 Sarner men, parade as masked figures, noisily blowing their buck-horns in the still winter nights, knocking at the doors, and asking for gifts in the form of food and drink. In this custom these men wear hand-made masks and Sarner working-costumes, and present traditionally two songs: The Kloeckel Song, and the Thank-You Song. In these three nights of December visitors can witness this old tradition in the wintry streets of the Sarntal.

When the Kloeckel-group, the so-called “Kutt”, parades with noise from house to house, certain characters may not be absent: The “Zussler” – two men dressed as a married couple, the accordion player, the “Lottrsacktr├Ąger” as well as further “Kloecklers” using bells, buck-horns and other loud instruments. The Zussler are meant to represent in this play the dark demons of winter fighting with the bright spirits of spring. The “Zusslmandl” wears in this pageant the old Sarner costume with the red, split sword, which is beaten continuously on the hand to the beat of the Thank-You Song and the constant pursuits by the “Zussweibele”. The “Weibele” wears the “Niederfeiertag”-dress of Summer and around her hips a belt with bells, that is heard already from a distance when running. While the “Kutt” presents the Kloeckel song, the couple often enters the homes and accepts served food. During the Thank-You Song the “Zussler” finally come into the village center, and dance out of respect. At the end of such a Kloeckel night, the “Kutt” take off their masks, and all Kloecklers celebrate wildly with song and dance at a farmer’s place. Hearty food like dumplings, meat, and sauerkraut are not supposed to be missing. Since fasting was done previously during the time of Advent, the Kloeckler could not eat their earned gifts immediately, but had to be patient until Stephen’s day (December 26th) But then the so-called “Kloeckel-Sausage-Brewing” was celebrated happily with dance and music. This tradition is alive up to today in the small mountain village Durnholz in the Northern Italian Sarntal Valley.

Source by Lena Seifert

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Have You Decided to Give Up Coffee? Try These Alternatives

Have you finally decided to give up coffee because you are worried about your blood pressure, disrupted sleep patterns, or other health concerns?

If you, like up to 20% of the population in the Western world, have IBS, you have probably learned that coffee is a trigger. Surprisingly, decaffeinated coffee is also a trigger. It is not just the caffeine that stimulates your gut. Coffee contains an enzyme that irritates the digestive tract.

You love the flavor and the entire coffee experience – but you know that coffee is not agreeing with you.

The decision has been made… but you miss that early morning experience… the warm, rich flavor, texture, and aroma… the way it feels as it caresses your tongue and glides down your throat.

Coffee substitutes might be the answer for you.

Grains, nuts, vegetables, and fruits form the basis for many coffee-like beverages. They may be roasted, steeped, or boiled to extract the substances that are used to produce a final dried product that you mix with hot water or prepare like regular ground coffee.

Here are a few substitutes that might be worth trying.

Caf-Lib Original Blend Caffeine-Free Grain Beverage

Caf-Lib is an instant coffee alternative extracted from roasted malt barley, roasted barley, and roasted chicory. It is 100% all natural with no caffeine, sugar, chemicals, or preservatives. It looks and tastes much like coffee without some of coffee’s disagreeable side effects.

Pero Caffeine-Free Instant Natural Beverage

Pero, a product of Switzerland, is made from malted barley, barley, chicory, and rye, with no added ingredients. It is very low in acidity and has a coffee-like taste.

Teeccino Caffeine-Free Herbal Coffee

Teeccino coffee substitutes are rich in inulin, a soluble fiber from chicory root that helps to improve digestion/elimination and increase the absorption of calcium and minerals. It is nonacidic and high in heart-healthy potassium. Teeccino is available in several flavors.

Dandy Blend Instant Grain Caffeine-Free Coffee Beverage

Dandy Blend is macrobiotic, vegan, and gluten-free with no acidity or bitterness. It features the health benefits of dandelion and the rich, full-bodied flavor, smoothness, and texture of real coffee.

Cafix All Natural Caffeine-Free Instant Beverage

Cafix coffee substitute gets its rich flavor from a healthful blend of all natural ingredients… nothing artificial. Ingredients include malted barley, barley, chicory, figs, and beet roots.

Cafe Orzo Organic Italian Caffeine-Free Alternative

Cafe Orzo is made from organic roasted barley. Brew it the way you would coffee – in your drip coffee machine, a drip filter, or in a French press. It is a smooth, nutty drink with a rich flavor.

Crio Bru Vega Real

Vega Real is premium roasted cocoa with natural hints of red berries and dark spice. The earthy-toned beans are harvested at the peak of freshness and then crafted to reveal a luxurious, complex flavor that hints of red berries and dark spice with a cocoa aroma. Making Crio Bru is easy, whether in a coffee maker or French press. The brew is reported as delicious, especially when you add a little sweetener or creamer.

Note: cocoa beans contain small amounts of caffeine. If you are caffeine- or chocolate- sensitive, this may not be the beverage for you.

Natural Touch Kaffree Roma Caffeine-Free Coffee Substitute

Kaffree Roma Roasted Grain Beverage is delicious and satisfying. It is made from roasted malt barley with a touch of chicory. Enjoy the robust, full-bodied taste of coffee without the caffeine, tannic acids, or coffee beans.


The material provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace proper medical diagnosis, treatment, or advice. Always consult your physician and other appropriate health-care providers before taking any medications, natural remedies, or supplements; or before changing your diet. Discuss all plans, symptoms, and medical conditions with your doctor.

Any use of the ideas contained herein is at your own discretion, risk, and responsibility. The author assumes no liability for any of the information presented. There are no representations or warranties, either express or implied.

You should not begin or discontinue medical treatment based on information contained in this, or any other, article.

Source by Kathy Steinemann

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8 Tips To Cope With Very Bad News

It’s not easy. It’s never easy. And nothing can really help you forget the situation. But there are a few little tricks that might somehow soothe you or make you find some extra strength and there are some other things that you should try and avoid in order to not feel even worse.

Let me try and summarize a few tips for you. Remember, this is not about your sick loved ones now, but about you…

  1. Think up two or three positive thoughts or recall two happy or better yet, funny memories and keep them ready to tell your loved one if the moment arises. You have to think of them when you’re alone because life tends to get busy or overwhelming when near a sick person. Grab the opportunities to give them little gifts of happiness throughout the day. Have some stories, anecdotes or memories ready at all times. Be ready to force a change of subject in the conversation when you feel that you and the patient are going in circles around the same old themes. That will act as a flush of fresh, invigorating breeze.
  2. Whenever you’re with your loved sick ones, focus all your attention on them and try not to think about your pain. It can never match theirs. And don’t let mental digressions divert you from your real chore which is keeping yourself strong enough to help the person you love. It’s easy to ask oneself “why us, why me?” It’s in fact an unavoidable question. But it’s a question that has no answer and looking for one obsessively will not solve the problem and will deduct from your energy reserves. When that question (or similar ones) pop into your head, look at it squarely for a couple of seconds and then let your thoughts tell it to leave you alone. Turn your attention to more fruitful endeavors.
  3. Keep busy. Don’t sit around letting questions attack you. Don’t stay in bed if you’re awake doing nothing; grab a book or get up to bake some cookies. Anything is better than letting destructive or depressive thoughts and tortuous questions engulf you. One of my favorites is writing something for my loved ones when my mind doesn’t seem to find any peace. The mere act of sitting at the computer or holding the pen in my hand helps me focus and fight negative ideas. Another favorite one of mine is, of course, reading. Reading soothes my mind so much! It helps me run away from my reality for a little while and has proven to be a great way to reduce stress. But whatever you read must be of interest to you. Don’t try to take any book laying around in your house. Choose something that has meaning and you really want to know about.
  4. Meet up with friends who can support you too. Find moments to vent your anger and sadness away from your sick loved one but supported by friends or others who care for you. Let others share your pain and comfort you, too. Don’t play hero all day long; it’s exhausting and you need to save up your energy.
  5. If not with friends, try to vent your anger and distress by running, exercising, walking or practicing any sport you like or engaging in any manual activity of your choice. Doing something physical helps the mind focus. It’s OK to feel angry and frustrated, it’s only natural. And crying is also good. But no matter what you do, don’t let the anger and frustration accumulate inside you. Those two are very destructive forces that will only lead to more sadness. Feel them, face them and understand that what you are feeling is a natural reaction. Then vent away any unacceptable or excessive accumulations by doing something physical.
  6. Plan little actions for each day. Some of them you will undertake, others will remain just planned. Have things to do at all times: rent a movie, order a book, organize a small reunion with friends over drinks, decide what to cook for dinner… even if your days seem completely full and overfilled, still plan ahead. Planning daily things to do with or without the patient will give you a sense of normalcy that will help bear the hours. Some of those plans you can design together with your loved one: discuss the details, talk about the choices… as you would do under any other circumstances.
  7. There will be times when your mind and your soul will ask for quiet and peace, for silence and inactivity. Take a break. Give yourself some moments alone and don’t feel guilty for taking them. Let your thoughts and raw feelings rest a bit. But make sure those times don’t turn into self-punishment. If you feel that your mind is starting to go in circles around unanswerable questions again, put a stop to it. One thing is enjoying a quiet moment; something else is letting depression catch up with you.
  8. And finally, let your loved one know that you are there, that you are the same old you and that you’re together in this. Sometimes, when the pain is big, we withdraw from our loved ones because it’s too much to bear. Try not to do that. Sail the ride together. Let the love you share hold you together. It’s OK to show them that you are sad or even angry, as long as you can also show them that you are hopeful and that you still cherish these moments together. A happy moment treasured now is worth more than many, less meaningful others shared before.

Life is sometimes unbearably hard, you’re right. And we should never pretend it’s not. But it’s our task to look for the small, good things around us to help those who are sick. Use these little tips to help you go through your dark days.

Enjoy life, yes, even under these terrible circumstances, enjoy the good moments in life,

Source by Jessica J Lockhart

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4 Places to Explore With North India Tour Packages

Lush valleys, hilly terrains, silver snow, gushing waters and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes; no! this is not a description of Switzerland or Scotland, but India, precisely the northern part. It leaves travellers in awe every time they explore this country with North India tour packages. People can find true replenishment of mind, body and soul in its enchanting valleys and tranquil mountains. Imagine being greeted by a refreshing gust of breeze while looking at a bright sunrays playing hide and seek with the peaks of the marvellous range of Himalayas or the Aravallis. To experience this, travellers can book North India tour packages offered by various travel portals. Here, among so many beautiful locations, are some of the must-visit destinations that should not be missed by globetrotters.

Pangong Lake, Ladakh

Azure water in the middle of gold dusted mountains, excited? Then make sure to pack enough woollens before heading towards the mesmerising Pangong Lake in Ladakh. As sunny as it seems during the day time, it can get particularly chilly as the temperature drops along with the setting sun. To add to the surreal setting, one can see cotton candy clouds that float right above the rugged mountains. In winters and you can walk over the river, quite literally, as the river freezes into a crystal white sheet.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi or Benaras is the holy city of India, particularly for followers of Hinduism and Jainism. It is believed that one can find salvation after leaving for their heavenly abode in Varanasi. Those, who are not looking for salvation, can find calm here in the midst of Banarasi chaos is something that stays for a long time. This colourful, intense and rustic old city is a city of extremes with serene Ganga Ghat, divine temples, chaotic crowded lanes and deliciously aromatic fritters at the local deli. With such versatility, travellers get the best of it at every nook and cranny.

Wagah Border, Punjab

Do patriotic movies inspire the patriot in you? Then visit the Wagah Border at least once in your life. It is located on the boundary of Wagah village on Grand Trunk Road that starts from Kabul and travels via Lahore, Pakistan to Amritsar, India and runs all the way to Chittagong, West Bengal. This border is a separation line drawn between India and Pakistan, marked during the partition in 1947. While standing near the barbed wires of the border and just a few metres from the neighbouring country, one can feel an immense yet inexplicable sense of love for the motherland. Do not miss attending the Wagah Border Ceremony that is included in almost all the India tour packages. It takes place every evening before sunset and witness the discipline and coordination exhibited by army personals, both within the border and across it.

Delhi, India

Where can one get north-eastern and south Indian delicacies in a Punjabi Market alongside Rajasthani dresses that are being sold by a Sindhi shop owner and the customer is a visitor from UP? None other than the capital city, Delhi. If India is a land of many cultures, then Delhi is its prototype. Here, history and novelty run hand in hand, with state-of-the-art construction that stands proudly facing renovated historical monuments. Running between them are roads that are paved to perfection and some of them leading to busy, cracked by-lanes of Old Delhi.

India is a manifestation of a dream of an artist, perception of a visionary, and vision of an entrepreneur, and North India tour packages give a glimpse of all these.

Source by S Yadav