There has recently been a noticeable increase in terms of research and general interest on matters regarding the interrelationship between mental health and spiritual or religious beliefs. Continue reading
1.) Exercise without music.
Exercising with headphones is supposed to keep you motivated and positive about your workout correct? While I definitely do not disagree with this, I do think that it takes away from training yourself to be more in the present moment. Nobody disagrees that being mindful and in the present moment helps release stress, reduces anxiety, and also reduces depression, however, many people still struggle to see all the little tiny ways in which we are purposefully not being mindful.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Vascular Medicine entitled “Consumption of a boiled Greek type of coffee is associated with improved endothelial function: The Ikaria Study” (a link to the full article is at the bottom of this post if you care to read it yourself) researchers went out to study the association of coffee consumption with cardiovascular disease by examining the association between chronic coffee consumption and endothelium function in elderly inhabitants of the Greek island of Ikaria. This is the only research of this kind that I am aware of. Continue reading
The evil eye is a belief that a particular person may cast a malicious gaze which will cause another person, animal, plant, or other property to become ill, die, suffer grievous harm, or inflict bad luck upon someone toward whom they are either openly or even unknowingly envious towards. The evil eye belief is extremely ancient having been referenced as early as 3000 B.C. with the Sumerians, then on to Babylon, then in 7th Century B.C. Acadian and Assyrian literature, in ancient Greek and Roman writings, and finally in the Hebrew Bible and in more modern Judeo-Christian culture and traditions. The historian and biographer Plutarch, described in his De Iside how the Egyptian goddess of nature Isis killed the son of the Byblos by a mere glance of her eye. The Egyptian Book of the Dead, a manual for ancient priests used around 1000 B.C., has numerous instructions for incantations, charms, and amulets to defend against the evil eye. Continue reading
Everyone keeps talking about being happy like its so easy right? Especially those people who are happy! They just look so happy and easy going. They talk about being happy like it is such an easy thing, but that’s because they are happy already right! I bet they have some sort of magic or something right?! Its so easy for them! But how do the rest of us who aren’t already so happy get to this point of being happy? Continue reading
People were created to work together and love each other. To help each other. To care for each other. Things were created to be used. The problem I see in the world is that things are being loved and cared for, while people are being used and abused. Continue reading
Do what makes you happy! In work, vacation, downtime, life decisions, social time, and everything else! You are the expert of your own life. As much as I love the work of counsellors, social workers, and psychologists, none of them can make you happy and give you the answers. As long as they are good at what they do, they are there to help you find that motivation and confidence inside of you to find your own happiness, peace, direction, and inspiration.
Just because some people like to identify themselves as realistic, that does not mean that realism equates to negativity. Some people like to confuse a realistic view on their lives, especially when things aren’t going well for them, with a negative and pessimistic view on life. It’s true, there are negative things that happen in life. However, positive people do not ignore the negativity that may be out there. They make the conscious decision to choose positivity over negativity in the hopes that this effort will make a change for the better. Your view on life is up to you. Make it negative. Or make it positive. Both are realistic as long as you believe it. Life is all about perception and belief.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Everything is temporary. Thoughts, emotions, people, scenery. Do not become attached. Just flow with it.
So, the Greek Guru Guy hasn’t been completely on track with this website this summer. Posts aren’t coming out as often as they used to, the Thankful Thursdays and Saturday Sayings sometimes become “I forgot it so its now Thankful Sunday”, and in general content has slowed down this summer. I love my website and posting on here, but the reason things have slowed down this summer is because the Greek Guru guy was on vacation in…Greece! What a surprise right? He’s Greek and he’s on vacation in Greece. 🙂 Continue reading