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A day with Mt Agung Displaced People
In the east of Bali, Mount Agung - the volcanic mountain named in the Balinese legend of the Hindu God Pasupati - has been under constant surveillance since August 2017. In past days, a thick white smoke and ash has been spewing from the volcano and authorities are worried about an imminent eruption. Mt Agung last erupted in 1963, causing more than 1000 deaths. In order to prevent any such fatalities from occurring again, the Indonesian authorities arranged for more than 100,000 people to be evacuated from their homes within an area extending from 9 to 12km around the volcano.
Zen Harmony Diving
Zen Harmony Diving is a unique concept that seeks to revolutionize the world of diving through making us aware of the synergy between protecting the biodiversity of the oceanic world and enhancing human health. The world's oceans and seas are the lifeblood of our Earth, covering more than 70 percent of the planet's surface, driving weather, regulating temperature and ultimately supporting all living organisms. Policy makers and marine scientists as well as scuba divers worldwide have the responsibility to provide the credible knowledge on the polluting threats and status of the oceans such that protection and conservation measures can be implemented.
MEDITATION: Purpose and Practice
Meditation is an intensely personal and spiritual experience. The desired purpose of meditation is to channel awareness into a more positive direction by totally transforming one's state of mind. The entire process of meditation comprises the three stages of concentration (Dharma), meditation (Dhyana) and enlightenment or absorption (Samadhi). The individual preparing to meditate usually starts off by harnessing awareness, such as focusing the mind onto a certain object. Once attention gets engaged, concentration turns into meditation or Dhyana. And through continuous meditation, the meditator merges with the object of concentration
There are two major meditation techniques. The first technique, concentrative meditation that focuses the attention on the breath, an image or a sound, in order to still the mind and allow a greater awareness and clarity to emerge. Sitting silently and focusing on dynamics of breathing is concentrative meditation in its most basic form. Anxiety causes breathing to become shallow, rigid and uneven. In contrast in a state of tranquility and calmness, breathing is slow, deep and even.
The second technique, mindfulness meditation is to increase awareness of the inundation of “sensations and feelings” around oneself. Here one experiences every aspect of the environment without consciously thinking about or reacting to it, thus gaining intense calmness and clarity.
What is Zentsu™? Water is the foundation of life in the sense that life on Earth began with one drop of water, that we comprise of some 80% water and we spend the first 9 months of our life in a water womb. For many people when they go to a supermarket and experience the smell of baking bread and cakes, it takes them back to their childhood when mum was baking bread at home. This arouses a very strong feeling of relaxation, security, love and happiness.