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Yoga Benefits That Are Not About Physical Flexibility

Yoga.

Yoga has 2 reputations.

To practitioners, we know yoga to be a challenging yet infinitely rewarding experience. Yoga can and will help you sort out all the knots in your life – physically and emotionally and whatever else is keeping you feeling tight. Steady & accurate practice of yoga is a demonstration of meditation. We know meditating has infinite benefits to our mind and overall mental health.

To people who are familiar with yoga on a surface level, yoga can appear as little more than fancy, somewhat excessive and sometimes sexual (CUE EYE ROLL) ways to position the body.

This article here is speaking to everyone. As an on and off practitioner of yoga, I understand the benefits on a mental and physical level. Physically, I do have a spinal disorder – scoliosis. I call it a disorder because if my spine was in order, the shape would be the standard vertical. Instead, it’s a S-shape with some spinal twisty rotation thrown in. Lucky for me, I’ve come to embrace my curves!

Practicing yoga does help to strengthen my physical body and alleviate some pain that I experience from sitting or standing or driving too long.

There is a deep respect for people who practice #YogaEveryDamnDay. It’s not easy to do but, like everything, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Yoga is one of those things that when you push yourself to do it, you end up thanking yourself for it in the long run.

And that’s the beauty of yoga that I see and feel so apparently.

The beauty of yoga has nothing to do with the flexibility that is remarked on by the appearance of the practice.

The beauty of yoga comes from the ultimate benefits gained – discipline and strength. In a way, flexibility is incorporated into this as true strength had the ability to adapt to many situations.

Physical strength is a no-brainer. It takes serious muscle power to do handstands. It takes neck and spinal strength to do headstands. It takes mental strength to hold any of the yoga positions, even the most popular downward dog.

Mental strength cannot be over stated because you can hurt yourself if you happen to lose focus.

The inherent meditative practice that is so ingrained in yoga makes mental strength an almost unconscious feat.

That’s why yogi’s are known to be peace loving, easy going, and calm. Their minds are clear. In a way, practicing yoga is mental health maintenance.

Discipline also increases mental fortitude, increases self-respect, and kills stress as a result.

It takes discipline to be strong and to be strong, you must have discipline. Mental strength and physical strength. They are both strengthened by different forms of discipline.

Okay you guys, I guess that’s its for the moment.

Yoga is strength and a genderless practice. There are also other ways to become stronger, if you so need it. Becoming a stronger person is a reoccurring goal that’ll never expire and it will always serve you. Being strong is not the same as being hard as nails. I’ll even tell you a secret: some people become hard as nails because they think it will make them strong. Locking away your emotions does take a form of strength but unless you can also find time to be soft and gentle then you’re at a disadvantage. Show love, always, to the ones you love. If nothing else, always show love to yourself in the form of grace and understanding.

What Makes A Match!

People and compatibility!

We can have more than one match through our lifetimes but I think monogamy is a pretty secure situation that works for the majority of people. Even marriage is a good goal to have. When two people are sincere, getting married will only deepen the good things that they have going!

Jaded people say marriage is a business deal. I’d rather stay iconoclastic. Yeah, you want someone who can add to your life but isn’t it LOVE that you want them to add, more than material things?

I guess it all comes down to what honestly makes two people happy. Who am I to judge a relationship situation as long as no one is being taken advantage of.

Okay, let’s talk about what makes a match! You want that best friend energy with your significant other, right? I know I do!

The phrase “opposites attract” is true sometimes. Other times, it’s a excuse people use to justify the disharmony in their relationships! For instance, arguing with your lover all of the time sounds like disharmony to me.

However, it’s not one size fits all. Some people do enjoy arguing – it’s their love language? Not me though, I like peace. Anyone who is opposite of that would not fit in with my energy.

Well now, the number 5 is pretty solid so here are 5 categories that make a harmonious match with a partner!

1. Exploration and Curiosity

Being on the same vibe when it comes to seeking out adventures can lead to a lot of fun! Imagine how great it is when your partner walks in the door to tell you about a new place they heard about and “let’s go check it out this weekend!” Let’s go!

On the other hand, a homebody probably wouldn’t be excited about exploring a new area. And that’s okay (I guess… I mean, I like to explore but I’m also trying to be understanding to people who like to stay in their comfort zone). I’d say one homebody deserves another but honestly I think someone who doesn’t explore needs a gentle encouragement to leave the house. It’s a big world out there!

Okay, let’s take it to food…. Someone who likes to try new foods needs a partner who also likes to try new foods, that way there’s no arguments about going to a different restaurant or eating something out of the ordinary.

2. Drug and Alcohol Preferences

Having the same views on extracurricular substance use is non-negotiable for someone who is a perfect match.

This is pretty straightforward. Assuming all use is responsible, it really shouldn’t be a problem. But there’s no bigger buzzkill than having a partner who counts your glasses of wine at the dinner table. Especially when they do it openly.

Now, someone who tends to take it too far (ie, someone like me) will do themselves a service to appreciate a responsible partner who will make sure they don’t do so much that they get sick.

But it’s a fine line. What’s best is for the drug and alcohol user to manage their own intake so that no one has to do it for them.

The best part about being a good match on this type of extracurricular is that you don’t have to hide what you’re doing! It’s so refreshing to get a text that says “I got that stuff you like” LOL seriously though, this type of relationship can either save you money or cost you more money. Make sure your partner is not a moocher or it will get old fast!

3. Music Styles

I think that most people enjoy many types of music. If it’s a catchy pop song, it has the power to unite people of all walks of life.

But, you know, sometimes there is just some sh*t that you don’t want to hear.

If your partner loves that brand of sh*t then you’re gonna have a problem when it comes to listening to music for pleasure.

It’s unreasonable to ask someone to not play their favorite songs because you don’t like it. However, a thoughtful partner will know you don’t like it and will avoid playing it as a courtesy.

Be sure to appreciate the courtesy!

4. Teasing and Attitude

Some people don’t mind being teased and they can throw it back to you quick, fast, and in a hurry.

Others are a sensitive soul and enjoy when people are being nice to them.

Guess which one I am lol

Seriously tho, this is a big one. Incompatibility here can actually turn into bullying and no one wants that, not really. Well, maybe jerks do but we’re not talking about jerks.

Just how some people enjoy arguing, it’s all about what your communication style is. If you like to make jokes about your partner: make sure you can also take jokes about yourself and also make sure that your partner is not the sensitive type so that you don’t make them cry.

The same goes for attitude – the good thing is that you can generally gauge someone’s attitude pretty early in a relationship. If they have an attitude problem that you don’t enjoy then leave them alone. If you hate their attitude but like other things about them, try your very best not to get into a permanent situation with them (like a baby!) until you know for sure how you feel.

5. Physical Affection

There were actually several things that could fit in this last point but this is the one that made it in.

Being a match on the frame of how much you like to be touched is actually important. Imagine if you love being hugged and you had a partner that didn’t like it too much. That would be the lamest, possibly saddest, thing ever. I cannot imagine.

So in conclusion, the first thing is that you must know yourself, who you are, and what you like. And then you have to make choices that are true to you and reflect who you are.

Sometimes when we’ve been single for while it appears to be easier to settle for a partner that’s not a perfect match. While okay, you may not match 100%, you really shouldn’t settle for someone who will make you cry, feel less than loved, or someone who doesn’t give you enough hugs and kisses.

If you find that you do have to settle for someone you’re not completely compatible with… Well, make the best of it and focus on the good more than anything else. Make sure your self-love and care is strong as a safe.

And if you find someone that you love – love them with all your heart. But wait until you feel safe enough to give them your all.

The Line Between Professional and Personal Blog Posts

As I aim to have a website with helpful information, I can’t deny the fact that I’m also influenced by other websites that I follow here on WordPress. Those are mostly the ones that are blog-type and anecdotal.

As a writer, and as someone who doesn’t like to burden my friends with my thoughts and feelings, I find myself turning more to my website, Easy Light Sources, to express myself.

All in all, my doing so is not particularly a bad thing. I guess I am aware of it now because when I first began writing for Easy Light Sources, I made a mental choice to not write in first person for the majority of the content.

But right now in my life, I’m going through a lot. My entire family is. Some of the happier topics that I have planned, I’m actually struggling with.

After this post on completion, I’m still feeling pretty good. But, things are changing, now.

Changing how?

Spiritual Readings indicate it’s all good on all fronts. But the details of reality don’t look so well. Personally I am confused – how much is mind over matter? I don’t know who to trust, which is also a hard reality to deal with.

Well, that’s me talking about myself some more.

When Easy Light Sources started, it was food focused – fruits and vegetables. I’d like to go back to that but my life is in a different place.

I have Easy Light Sources book manuscripts I’d like to have printed but I don’t have the cash. I’d also like to upgrade this website to sell ebooks but as they say, it takes money to make money.

Discussing this with someone else ended up with them offering me roles in their adult movies. He even offered to pay for me to have breast implants.

As tempting as fast money is, it’s the integrity of my mind and soul that won’t allow that to happen. Luckily the friend respects my status as a role model and he didn’t push the opportunity too much.

There seems to be a stark contrast in terms of what I believe versus what I’m able to materialize. For this reason, I choose to only write on what I know to be real in life.

I think that authenticity is not always rewarded. Not to be fake, but there is strength in only showing the desirable sides of yourself. Especially and moreso when no one really knows who you are.

I’d really like this to be the last personal informational post. This site was not created to be a personal blog so I’ll do my best to keep it on track. Thanks, tho, for being here for me to talk too. I’ll find out later if it was for the best or worst.

Saturday Dreams

If you’re lucky, you won’t have to work on Saturdays. Instead, you can spend that day resting, having Saturday dreams, that may or may not be more interesting than real life.

It can be hard to imagine – a day of rest and relaxation. Expectations of others can make it a challenge to do what’s best for your own body. But. I suggest you take the time and do it anyway.

The Ultimate Hope

I don’t know if you reading this is a spiritual person but this post may come off that way, depending on how much you will be able to visualize what I see and say.

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Spiritual – in this sense of the word – is speaking of the nature of what we can’t actually see, but the vibes that we feel. The energy, perhaps.

And also, I guess, if you want to know what Star Khalifah knows about this whole life thing, this is also the place for you.

So here we go. I believe in outer space. The Universe. It should come as no surprise as my name is Star Khalifah. I am a Star, as we all are. But, my light shines really obviously. I live in a place where I can see the stars as I lay down in bed at night. Even without my glasses on, the stars twinkle brightly at me. Sometimes, as I fall asleep, I ask what they’re telling me. And then when I wake up in the morning I have a new idea for a book, or an app, or a product. Unfortunately I am not able to materialize all that they show me but I do tell my best friend about it the next day lol.

What I’m saying is that the stars, and outer space, is one of the ultimate truths that we all live under and that we cannot deny. When we look at the sky, we can see the stars are real. The moon is also coming closer to us, or so it appears. I mean, it is in our atmosphere now!

People go to church and hear stories about people that they’ve never met. They’re asked to believe in the truth of the bible stories, even when there is no proof that they have existed.

But when I tell you to believe in the stars, you can look up and see that they’re right there. Sometimes they seem really close. And depending on your connection with them, they can come closer than you imagine.

What we have to realize and keep in mind is that outer space and the universe is not some far off distance. When you stand outside, you are standing in the space of the universe. When you’re under a clear blue sky (or clear night sky) there is nothing separating you from the infinite nature of the universe. I want everyone to realize that ultimate truth. It brings us to the Ultimate Hope.

Whew!

Okay so here on Earth, there are some unfortunate, unfair scenarios that we have to live with. Illnesses that are hard to over come, starving children, unfair rules that we have to live by anyway.

It’s a weird world.

And, it’s depressing for many people.

A lot of us may not actually want to live here anymore.

That’s not a proclamation of suicide. This has nothing to do with suicide.

But the fact is that many people are in situations that will make them tired of Earth life.

Something else that makes me feel better is realizing The Ultimate Hope for all of us.

What is the Ultimate Hope?

It’s the fact that, when we die, we don’t have to come back to Earth as another soul. You don’t have to experience this again.

Now, let me ask you: do you believe in reincarnation?

What I know for sure, that is a fact– energy cannot be destroyed. So when we die, the energy that powers our bodies (Physically, that energy is in our electron clouds).. That energy goes some where. This electricity leaves the body, it’s not buried with the body.

Where your energy goes depends on how strong you have developed your level of electricity while you’re here. How much can you hold a charge? (as asked here)

People who are taught about heaven will go to that place if that’s where they tell their soul’s energy to go. Or should I say, where they WILL their soul energy to go.

People say “go into the light” but, the universe is a colorful place, why limit your soul?

The thing with this is your willpower, most powerfully. The problem with the heaven theory is that the religions that teach about heaven also teach their followers/listeners that they are weak people, they teach people to forgive their enemies instead of fighting back. They teach that they should actually love their enemies.

They’re being manipulated into thinking they are less-than quality humans. They teach that they’re weak without God. The followers are brainwashed into thinking they are somehow flawed people from birth. “Born a sinner.” It’s mind control into the depths of consciousness.

Those people, with that level of mind control, are unable to move forward after death because their electron clouds (electricity) will not recognize that it’s free. Dedicating your life to a religion also dedicates your soul to this Earth, unfortunately.

What religions should be teaching is that we are complete. We are great already. The over arching higher power is no greater than you are, because you are “God.” You are source energy. But not everyone realizes this, which is why Greatness is a Privilege.

Free thinkers are free souls.

So if you’re tired of this Earth, the Ultimate Hope is that you don’t have to come back here if you don’t want to.

And, you know, you can love your life here on Earth and still – you don’t have to come back here.

Honestly, if you learn to love things here, it will be easier for you to ascend and go some place else when you die. All you really need to do is love yourself. Love yourself enough to do what’s best for yourself.

It’s not just death that will help to free your electricity. Sometimes you can go places while you’re still alive. Something like astral travel.

There is a star map that states the facts that you need to ascend to another place.

Before you get skeptical, I can tell you where you should send your electricity: Where you want to go is into the universe. You want to go into the stars. The possibilities are endless. and Endless is scary for some people.

If it’s scary and overwhelming, this part is for you: You can be in control, sweetheart. Whatever you want your afterlife to be like, create that space now, in your mind and make it a true destination in your soul/electricity/electron clouds. Now, if your heaven is to be with someone who has passed away, I cannot speak on that; that’s an attachment. Let go and you will be free and then perhaps that person will visit you in your heaven. I can’t speak on anyone else’s soul journey but I can speak on yours and mine.

Anyway, in this video I explain how much I know about this star map. I’ve had it explained to me by someone who broke it down in a profound way. This person is very extraordinary but I will say that my explanation is not a verbatim of what they told me. Actually, I didn’t record our teaching session so I don’t remember a lot of it. For that reason, I’m not shouting them out as I don’t want to hold them responsible; although they do agree with me and they agree with this post: Energy Cannot Be Destroyed- Explained! They actually told me some things about myself – or more specifically, about my soul – and it cleared up a lot of my doubts, just with one word.

Anyway, you can trust me on this, you guys. I am special and I am not like every one else – I never was. I’m not saying I’m better than anyone, I’m just saying that my information is accurate. My name literally means Unique Freedom Leader.

And also let me say that if you plan to send your electricity to another place when you die, suicide is not the answer. Killing yourself will give you unintended consequences. Don’t do it!

Realistically Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies

In theory, it’s pretty easy to eat enough fruits and veggies. The way to do it is to eat a fruit or veggie at every meal. These should be as less processed as possible for maximum nutrients. If these fruits and veggies composed 50% of your meals, you would be good to go.

Go where? Anywhere! With good health, life opens up in feel-good ways.

The hard part of eating enough fruits and veggies is getting some at every meal. Sometimes, they’re just not available. Sometimes, they cost too much. Sometimes, you don’t feel like preparing them. Sometimes, you just want something unhealthy.

Your will power here is paramount and imperative if you really want to be healthy.

Sometimes it seems like the advice is always “just do it.” It is, in a way. But I think what’s missing in the “just make healthy choices” advice is the optimism.

You won’t always have to always force yourself to eat healthy.

As long as you are making your best effort to eat healthy foods, your body will soon be back into it’s natural state of being in good health.

Another optimistic note is that the more you eat healthy things, the less you will actually want the unhealthy foods.

Or, you know, your body will not want the unhealthy things. Avoid sugar long enough (about a week) and when you eat a sugary candy or soda, your body will feel bad. Bad as in, you’ll say “no thank you” when you’re offered some again.

That’s the way it works. When you neglect something bad, next time it comes around it will be easier to recognize it as something bad.

But, this post was about eating enough fruits and vegetables.

I guess, you just have to choose it. Make the choice to eat more Earth foods.

It’s never too late.

Instead of thinking about it as eating vegetables, think of it as loving yourself. You’re showing yourself love when you choose to eat something with vitamins and fiber.

A lack of love is easy to see when you’re eating something that you know is bad for you. It’s not all your fault because the foods are addictive. Sugary foods and greasy foods are addictive, no doubt. But what you must do is choose to show yourself love.

Balance also has a lot to do with it. When you eat something unhealthy, don’t use that as an excuse to eat tons and tons of it. Instead, get back on track.

Realistically, we can all eat enough fruits and vegetables. Money willing, we can eat all of our favorites, too!