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Welcome To Conscious Friends
March 22, 2009

Hello and welcome to Conscious Friends, a community of The Conscious Living Foundation!

As you know, our site was created to support those interested in spiritual and personal growth. Along the way, many of us have realized that relationships are an important part of creating and maintaining a harmonious and uplifting life.

To that end, The Conscious Living Foundation is pleased to offer these pages on our site in the hope that we all can find new like-minded friends and perhaps develop deeper relationships.

There are several ways to visit these pages. As a...more

50 Benefits of Meditation
June 17, 2008
Meditation literally means, "thinking process with present moment awareness".

1.) To have healthy heart.
2.) To have normal blood pressure.
3.) To have normal cholesterol.
4.) To prevent stroke / paralysis.
5.) To have perfect digestion.
6.) To have perfect weight.
7.) To have perfect sleep.
8.) To become a perfect choice maker.
9.) To reverse and regress ageing.
10.) To remain young.
11.) To prevent cancer.
12.) To become embodiment of positive emotions.
13.) To get rid of negative emotions. more

Is Consciousness Energy?
June 11, 2008
If you tune into someone's "vibrations," are you picking up some form of energy they are emitting - perhaps something we might call "psychic energy?"


It may be tempting to think so . . . to think of consciousness as a form of energy. But is it?


What might be going on when we say we feel someone's vibrations?

Well, one possibility is that their brain or their body could be sending out waves of energy - something, perhaps, like electricity. If so, it must be far more subtle than any form of energy known to...
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100 Ideas for Creating a More Peaceful World
May 20, 2008

Creating world peace takes many forms, but surely it begins with individuals. Here are 100 ideas for creating a more peaceful world. Everyone can play a part in creating peace. It continues to be the most significant challenge of humankind and requires the efforts of each of us.

[The list contains only 97 Ideas because I removed broken links to defunct websites.

You can bring it back to 100 Ideas by adding your own for Creating a More Peaceful World!

When you do, take a moment to post your additions on the Conscious...more

Recipe for Simplicity
May 6, 2008

"Simplify, Simplify…" More than a century after Henry David Thoreau uttered these words, his plea for simplicity has more significance now than ever before.

We work hard and play hard, filling nearly every moment with activity. Most families believe they need two incomes to pay for a standard of living that has doubled in the last 50 years. But do we?

Based on my three-year study of over 200 people who have simplified their lives, I found that we can work less, want less, and spend less, and be happier and more fulfilled in the process.

Here are ten...more

Spiritual Diversity
April 29, 2008

To our pre-Christian spiritual ancestors, spirituality was both contemporary and relevant. In cultures where polytheism (the belief in many gods) was the rule, rather than the exception, individuals were given the ability to find their own beliefs and to choose their own spiritual paths based upon their personal needs and the calling of their own hearts. Households had specific deities that represented the prosperity and protection that the family hoped for their home. Agricultural festivals had gods that watched over the planting, the growing crops, and the harvest. This diverse pantheon of deities created a culture where a person would draw closest to the god...more

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Music: A Healing Art
February 20, 2007

A recent study by researchers at the University of Pavia in Italy concludes that music therapy (MT) may have a beneficial effect on relieving the suffering of those with Parkinson's disease and in maximizing their quality of life. These same benefits may extend to other chronic and incurable diseases, such as:

  • Patients with physically and mentally handicapping conditions
  • Patients before and after surgery and invasive medical procedures
  • Following heart attack, respiratory failure and advanced cancer
  • Patients with Alzheimer's disease
  • Patients in geriatric care facilities

MT is an active therapy: meaning you, the patient, are the one who creates the music, as opposed to passively listening to music. The key to the therapy rests in your efforts. Creative genius is definitely not required. Researchers claim that the making of music helps to achieve a more relaxed and happy state of mind. Often MT is used along with physical or other therapies, nutritional and psychological counseling, all aimed at achieving optimal physiological and emotional function.

The creative arts are becoming more widely used in the care of patients with chronic illnesses of many kinds.

However, MT is not a new therapy. According to medical literature, MT is the longest established of the creative healing arts in the United States. MT heals through increasing endorphin neuropeptide release, enhancing immune function, reducing corticosteroid hormonal levels, and modifying brain wave activity. Many of the physiological effects resemble those achieved with meditation, yoga, t'ai chi, biofeedback, and other holistic approaches that emphasize overall well being.

Engaging in other creative arts may produce the results similar to those from MT. Studies in diverse settings have recorded significant benefits in physical, mental, spiritual, and social health from the active involvement in the creative activity, as opposed to being simply passive recipients. Another particular benefit of MT is the way it brings groups of people together. This makes it a valuable tool for encouraging communal as well as personal health, something most cultures have long recognized and valued.

Incorporating MT into your treatment can be very simple, inexpensive and straightforward, once you have reassured you doctor and his or her staff that you want to do it. Music therapists are increasingly able to bill insurance companies for their services, making it easy at least for larger general practices to hire such practitioners without any financial outlay. The rising cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, it becomes important to seek out cost-effective and nontoxic therapies. The skills required are readily available through motivated musicians. The point of becoming actively involved in music making is not to achieve a particular skill standard but to simply experience the creative process of music and rhythmic movement for its own sake.


References

Graham-Pole, J. Making Music. The Integrative Consult. August 2000.


Review Date: December 2000
Reviewed By: Integrative Medicine editorial

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