THE HARDEST

Why Does Meditation Help

We’ve all had those moments where we’re not sure whether to scream, run and hide or drop everything and get on the next plane to a faraway island. Whether work life, personal life or the delicate balance of the two is causing you stress, there are better ways to dealing with life’s pressures than explosive noises or an impromptu relocation.

If mindfulness meditation appeals to you, going to a class or listening to a meditation tape can be a good way to start.

Because of the mind’s tendency to be scattered and easily distracted, we use the breath as a kind of anchor to the present. When we rest in the breath, we are countering the strong forces of distraction. We train the mind, heart, and body to become settled and unified on one thing, at one place, at one time. If you are sitting in meditation and your mind is on what you did at work today, then your mind and body are not in the same place at the same time. Fragmented this way, we all too easily lose touch with a holistic sense of ourselves.

The effects of mindfulness meditation tend to be dose-related — the more you do, the more effect it usually has. Most people find that it takes at least 20 minutes for the mind to begin to settle, so this is a reasonable way to start. If you’re ready for a more serious commitment, Jon Kabat-Zinn recommends 45 minutes of meditation at least six days a week. But you can get started by practicing the techniques from these mindfulness meditation apps.

Calm

My personal favorite meditation app would be Calm. Calm is available in the Google Play Store. There are many meditation timers out there, however; this takes the cake. It not only offers a nifty meditation timer but also a plethora of guided meditations. Calm has a very nicely designed, workable interface. If you are just starting out or even if you are a seasoned pro, guided meditation is a great way to go. They offer a 7 day program for free to help build mindfulness.

They offer subscription plans from $12.99 a month, to $4.99 a month for a year or $299 for a lifetime membership and you can also buy individual meditations as well.

The app and website were co-founded by Michael Acton-Smith and Alex Tew. Tamara Levitt is the brains behind the coordination and the concepts in the app.

Pros

  • The app is beautiful and functional
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    The app has different moodscapes that aren’t annoying.

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    Offers guided meditation sessions which run anywhere from 3min to 25 minutes.

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    Features a new 10-minute program called “Daily Calm”

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    Sleep Stories which are adult bedtime stories

  • 7 day and 21 programs for both beginners and seasoned pros.

     

 

 

Cons

  • The price of the membership is a wee bit high at $12.99 a month.
  • I would recommend trying to bring down the monthly price a few dollars.
  • The free version would be better if it included more of the free guided meditations.

 

 

Headspace

Headspace is another popular meditation app. Headspace is once again, a guided meditation experience that is available in both the Apple and Play Stores for both Android and iOS as well as online.

Headspace was founded by a man named Andy Puddicombe, who is a meditation and mindfulness expert. He is an accomplished presenter and writer. Andy is the voice of all things headspace. Andy is the author of three books which are now available in 25 countries and 10 different languages.

He has been featured in international press, appearing in Vogue, New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Men’s Health, and Esquire. He also has made appearances on TV, online, and has been featured on BBC, Netflix, and TED

The subscription to Headspace is $12.95 a month to $7.99 a month per year in one big payment. It also offers a lifetime subscription for $419.95 which makes it one of the more expensive programs.

 

Pros

  • Well curated
  • Their sessions are proven to help.
  • Nice interface

Cons

  • Expensive as heck
  • Andy’s voice can be a little irritating.
  • He talks too much and doesn’t really let you have the optimum benefits of meditation.

 

 

DoYogaWithMe.com

DoYogaWithMe is a completely free website that not only offers yoga classes but also offers yogic meditation instructionals.

I’ve been doing yoga for 3 years now and find it to be a specific type of meditation in itself.

The website is completely free and is not only a great resource for those looking to dive into meditation but also for those who want to jump into a yoga program as well.

 

Pros

  • Offers free guided meditations, yogic breathing techniques, and obviously yoga.

Cons

  • Sometimes the videos are hard to load to be able to stream.

 

I-Doser

For those looking to do something more “esoteric,” I-Doser offers what they call “doses” which are a specific form of binaural beats.

Binaural beats were discovered in 1839 by a German scientist named Heinrich Dove. Ever since, they have been touted as one of the most popular forms of brainwave entrainment, along with monaural beats and isochronic tones.
I-Doser brought the concept of recreational, meditation, yoga, kundalini, chakra, spiritual and sexual – and so much more – simulaed experiences mainstream. They continue to lead the industry in binaural innovation with millions of users worldwide.

They have products available across all major platforms.
In an I-Doser peer review study of 1136 users of I-Doser Simulated Experiences, over 80% felt the effects at least once (with 35% feeling effects every time, 29% almost every time, and 19% once or a few times). Only 17% felt no effect, usually due to poor quality heaphones or a disruptive environement. This is up to 90% more effective than any other meditation or binaural product available anywhere.

They do not recommend the use of other products claiming to be binaurals.
Although binaural beats aren’t for everyone, if you’re looking for a unique experience, I would mosey on over to I-Doser and try it for yourself.

Pros

  • If used correctly, binaural beats can be a viable solution for meditation.
  • Please be aware though that some other copycat scam agencies are out there as well.

Cons

  • Binaural beats can be frustrating and sometimes not even work at all.
  • I’d be careful on spending money on binaural beats.

Buddhify

Buddhify is a mindful meditation app that is convenient to fit whatever your life throws at you. It has over 11 hours of custom meditations for 15 different parts of your day. It has been featured on Buzzfeed, as well as the New York Times and some other different media companies.
Pros

  • Tracks can range anywhere from 5-30min long
  • The app is available on the app store for iTunes as well as Google Play Store.

Cons

  • Costs $2.99 for the app.

With relation to mindfulness practice, explore compassion—the desire to alleviate suffering—as an essential component of our nature as human beings. Compassion allows us to look at suffering without aversion or attachment, and learn specific practices for developing empathy and deeply recognizing the inner experience of others.

 

Here Comes Some Fresh New Ideas For Serial Killers

Disclaimer:

Please realize this is not an “actual” article on giving serial killers advice. No, I am not a serial killer but I do have a really bad sense of humor and have watched far too many horror films.

 

Serial Killer 101

If you are just starting out on your career as a serial killer, you may find this guide useful to getting started and to avoid some of the most common mistakes that even the seasoned pros make. If you are a seasoned killer, I have some brand new killer tips further in the article.

se·ri·al kill·er
noun
noun: serial killer; plural noun: serial killers

a person who commits a series of murders, often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern.

As long as humanity has existed, so have murderers and serial killers.

Murder is a part of human nature.

Back to our Roots

If you are new to serial killing, you might find these facts about the history of serial killing and where it started.

If you read the Christian bible, you will see murder occurring even at the very beginning of time when Cain killed his brother Abel in a fit of jealousy. This is one of the first instances of killing that was ever referenced to.

However, moving on from that. One of the most prolific and oldest serial killers documented was

Zu Shenatir

Zu Shenatir was one of the first people who killed for pure pleasure. He killed by throwing people out of windows. Sex seems to have been his major MO and he met his demise as violently as he deserved.

According to different sources, Shenatir ended up finally meeting his demise when one of his “would-be” targets, a boy named Zerash, stabbed him in the anus.

That “backfired”

Werewolves of Poligny

The “Werewolves of Poligny” were a collective group of 16th century serial killers that killed a number of children. The Trio was comprised of:

Michel Verdun
Pierre Burgot
Philibert Montot

They were ousted after a bloody Verdun was caught and tortured.
Verdun eventually ousted his co-conspiritors after much brutal and deserved torture and all of them were executed accordingly.

Peter Stumpp
Peter Stumpp was another werewolf-mo serial killer from the 15th century.

He was a one-armed farmer who moonlighted as a cannibalistic murderer that reportedly murdered 14 children, 2 pregnant women, and his own son (which he later said he actually consumed his own son’s brain) all over the course of 25 years.

Peter Niers
Peter Niers was more than just a serial killer, he was a cannibal as well. I am honorably mentioning Niers because it is said that it is possible that Niers killed or helped kill an alleged 544 people in 15 years. That would make him one of the most prolific murders of all time.

 

Things to Consider When Starting Out

 

Some of the first things that you will need to consider if you are barely starting out in the serial killing world are as followed:
No one really ever commits the perfect crime.
Serial killing is a full-time job not a part-time
DNA is a bitch
No matter what religion you are, you’re going to the deepest darkest depths of the abyss especially if you’re killing and raping children.
You need to be consistent
You need to always stick with one specific instrument of death.
You need to be good at lying and coming up with alibis

 

Some Fresh New Ideas Coming Your Way

I’ve compiled this short list of ideas for every serial killer, beginner or pro, to help freshen up things a bit.

1. DO NOT PARTNER WITH OTHER SERIAL KILLERS
Seriously, if you’re gonna take anything from my earlier writing, you can see that it didn’t exactly end well for the Werewolves of Poligny.

It also didn’t work for the Manson Family either. Just don’t fucking do it, because when things get rough, you best bet they’re going to oust your ass. You know the quote “There’s no honor among thieves?” Yeah, well there is DEFINITELY no honor among serial killers. If you learn anything from all the forensic Law & Order shows on TV now-a-days one of the first things that the coppers will try to do is get you to turn on one another for a shorter sentence.

2. BE ORIGINAL

For fuck’s sake. For one, known serial killers psychological profiles are already well-known. Take a second to ponder this: How do you think someone would know another person’s methodologies? DING DING! THEY GOT CAUGHT YOU MORON.

3. STOP TRYING TO THINK YOU WILL BE THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

You won’t, I promise you, you won’t. Whether it’s running your mouth to someone you love, a friend, a co-worker, whatever, getting caught by DNA and other forensic testing, or going out in a blaze of glory in a shoot out with the cops. Karma is a bitch. The sooner you accept that, the better off you’ll be.

4. STOP ATTACKING CHILDREN

Yes, I know it’s tempting because they are all helpless little brats, but honestly.. did it end well for the guy who killed John Walsh’s son? No, instead, John Walsh made a name for himself HUNTING PEOPLE LIKE US.

5. STOP RAPING YOUR VICTIMS

Remember what I said about DNA? Yeah, well you know where 99% of DNA comes from? It comes from stupid MORONS who rape women, men, and children.

 

ONE LAST THING

This article was made for entertainment only, I’m not actually sitting here trying to give a bunch of people who lives in their mom’s basements actual “creative” ideas of getting away with murder. If you don’t like the article then simply exit out of it and go to someone else’s blog.

Thank you
-Artemis Meow

 

 

 

 

 

The Evolution of Pure Evil: ISIS

The Evolution of ISIS: A Tale of Terror

ISIS is an Islamic terror group that was formed in 1999 by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The group began two decades ago as just a mere fantasy then quickly rose to power.

Humble Beginnings
In 1999, a man named Abu Musab moved out of Afghanistan to Iraq and laid the foundation of what eventually grew into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). His grand vision was a worldwide caliphate! To realize his vision, Abu Musab started butchering anyone who opposed him, including local muslims, He was barely 40 years old when he passed and could hardly be called literate.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Jordanian by birth, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi transformed himself into a nationless freelance terrorist almost over night.
Tactically, geographically, and to some extent philosophically, he established a pattern of inconsistency. His flexibility made him all the more fearsome-and all the more difficult to pin down. Despite a bounty of $25 million on his head and vastly increased media attention over the past five years. The fall of the Taliban in 2001 forced Zarqawi to flee to Iraq and with him went his radical ideals.

He began meeting with Al-Qaeda officers and even got a “small-sum” (250,000$) to put his plans of spreading bin Laden’s ideals across the Islamic world. He became notorious for his violence so much that even al-Qaeda was shocked and requested him to show some kindness while killing people.

Zarqawi died in June 2006 while trying to flee, when the U.S. Air Force dropped a pair of 500-pound bombs on his hideout, 20 miles north of Baghdad.

Until his death, al-Zarqawi kept a home in Zarqa.

The Rise of Baghdadi

Baghdadi’s real name was Hamed Dawood Mohammed Khalil al-Zawi; he was born in 1959. He was a former officer in Saddam Hussein’s army, some info says he was an intelligence officer, but left after he embraced Salafist ideology in 1985. He was one of the most prominent promoters of Salafist ideology. He was made head of Jaish al-Taefa al-Mansoura then swore allegiance to al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, which later formed, with other groups, the Mujahedeen Shura Council in Iraq.

Early on in his life, Baghdadi’s nickname was “The Believer.” When he wasn’t in school, he spent much of his time at the local mosque, immersed in his religious studies; and when he came home at the end of the day, according to one of his brothers, Shamsi, he was quick to admonish anyone who strayed from the strictures of Islamic law.

When Baghdadi graduated from the University of Baghdad in 1996, he enrolled in the recently-established Saddam University for Islamic Studies where he studied for a master’s in Quranic recitation, his favorite subject

Baghdadi’s emerged in 2014 as a radical terrorist who ordered and broadcast on YouTube the beheading and even burning alive of those he deemed his enemies

The 10-minute strike between 12.35 and 12.45 in the morning on May 10th 2017 is claimed to have killed him and up to half a dozen senior leaders of the group, as many as 30 field commanders and more than 300 fighters who had been brought in to guard the meeting.

Assault on Mosul

In June 2014 the IIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) forces captured Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Three years later, ISIL’s last urban stronghold in Iraq and its self-proclaimed caliphate are quickly crumbling. The city, which still houses more than one million people, is currently besieged by an internationally led coalition of Iraqi forces.

Brussels and Ankara Attacks

On October 10, 2015 A car bomb exploded near a bus stop in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, killing at least 37 people on 13 March. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks claimed responsibility for the attack which injured more than 70 people.

That same month, the Islamic State downed a Russian passenger jet, killing all 224 people on board.
Two weeks later, an assault across Paris killed more than 100 people.

Attack on Ataturk

three suicide bombers – almost certainly Isis members – opened fire on the crowd at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport before blowing themselves up, killing at least 42 people and injuring hundreds. It was the fifth terrorist attack in Istanbul that year.

This Year
as Christians went to celebrate Good Friday in Egypt, there were explosives planted in two churches that were packed full of Egyptian Christians. The first bomb went off in the front row of the church and was very well documented by CNN and other news reports.

Confirmation of Baghdadi’s Death

The most recent ISIS news is that it was confirmed that Baghdadi was killed in the Syrian strike and that now ISIS was in a race against time to find a new leader to success him. Can we make more headway in the fight against ISIS now that their leader is known to be dead? The clock is ticking.

 

 

How to help someone who is suffering from depression

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.

Definition of Depression

Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

How Depression is Diagnosed

Major Depressive Disorder requires two or more major depressive episodes.Diagnostic criteria: Depressed mood and/or loss of interest or pleasure in life activities for at least 2 weeks and at least five of the following symptoms that cause clinically significant impairment in social, work, or other important areas of functioning almost every day.

  • Depressed mood most of the day.
  • Diminished interest or pleasure in all or most activities.
  • Significant unintentional weight loss or gain.
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Agitation
  • psychomotor retardation noticed by others.
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
  • Recurrent thoughts of death

 

It doesn’t take much to let a friend who’s struggling with depression know you’re here for them:

Small gestures like handwritten notes, or sending an e-card or paper card can help. When I am depressed or having a hard time, my fiance goes out of her way to do small things to make me feel better. Recently, she made me a sock monkey and sent me a care package with a photo, a card, a sock monkey, and a necklace she had gotten me. You would be AMAZED over how much that meant to me.

A phone call can help bring a person out of isolation, which is important to people who are depressed because they tend to isolate and stay to themselves and stay in their own heads. I don’t know if you’ve ever had one of those days where you get distant and wrapped up in yourself. When I’m sad, Kyla always tries to call me on Snapchat to voice chat and I have found that it makes me feel not-so-alone.

Encouragement to get help is something that is important too. Don’t make them feel like they are crazy, but do talk to them out of concern. When Kyla is upset or feeling a certain way, I try to tell her to talk to her counselor about it. Counseling can be hard on people though and I know from experience that it can cause un-needed anxiety and actually be more detrimental to the client, especially if they feel that the person they see is just doing it for the pocket change.

Being a good listener or a shoulder to cry on is also helpful. Sometimes people don’t want your advice, they want you to listen to them, which is the basis of psychotherapy developed by Sigmund Freud.

Remembering to give them space is another thing. Depending on whether your friend or loved one is an introvert or extravert, they might need more space than not. This doesn’t mean letting them isolate, rather it means not being suffocating.

Do NOT by ANY means say any of the following to someone who is depressed:

  • “Snap out of it.”
  • “It’s just a phase.”
  • “You are being a big baby.”
  • “You are seeking attention.”
  • “Stop being dramatic.”
  • “You have so much to be happy about.”

It is important to understand what depression is to be able to help someone who is suffering from it. There are a lot of misconceptions and ideas out there that instead of helping someone deal with depression, actually may be detrimental to them and yourself. When a family member or friend suffers from depression, your support and encouragement can play an important role in his or her recovery.

 

 

You’re Abusing The Force, Anakin.

Scientists revive an extinct virus using off-the-shelf DNA

It’s no longer far-fetched to synthesize a basic organism. However, a team of researchers has taken that work one step further. They recently reconstituted and reanimated an extinct virus, horsepox, using DNA they’d ordered via mail. The team stitched together multiple gene fragments (each with about 30,000 base pairs) into the complete 212,000-pair horsepox genome and inserted it into cells already infected with a different pox, bringing the inanimate virus to life. It’s clever work, especially given the relative complexity of a pox virus compared to earlier efforts, but it’s also a double-edged sword — it could at once provide a breakthrough in medical research and pose a potential threat.

 

With great power comes great responsibility. Just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD do something, and you most DEFINITELY should not release and article about this if you want to keep people from doing stupid things.

Did we learn nothing from Star Wars? Don’t abuse your power.

 

Minnesota’s medical marijuana clinics open doors to PTSD patients

Marine Corps man enrolled with the Health Department’s Office of Medical Cannabis last year in search of relief from the pain and muscle spasms caused by injuries he suffered in a helicopter crash. But along with pain relief came relief from the anxiety, intrusive thoughts and fear that haunted him for years as a result of service-related post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It works,” said Erdos, who spent five years “bunkered,” barely able to leave his home. Now, when he visits the bright, airy lobby of the LeafLine Labs patient care center in St. Paul (there is also a location in St. Cloud), he wears a big smile under the brim of his Marine Corps hat. He no longer takes any of his old anxiety meds. He has the confidence to get out and visit his buddies at the American Legion and VFW.

Millions of Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Minnesota is the latest state to offer medical marijuana as a possible treatment option.

The Minnesota Health Department’s Office of Medical Cannabis opened enrollment to people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder on July 1, and the state’s eight clinics will open their doors to those new patients in August.

What Is PTSD?

PTSD stands for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that occurs sometimes in people who have gone through something traumatic such as:

  • War Veterans
  • Abuse
  • Serious accidents such as car wrecks
  • Natural disasters
  • Murder witnesses

and more.

Some tell-tale symptoms of PTSD include:

  • recurring memories or nightmares of the event
  • sleeplessness
  • loss of interest
  • and feelings of numbness, anger, or irritability,
  • being constantly on guard

How does it help?

Researchers believe cannabis works by removing associations to painful memories. This is helpful in PTSD patients who have flashbacks when they smell, hear or see something associated with the traumatic event that caused the PTSD. By extinguishing memory associations, PTSD patients may gradually see symptoms improve.

My experience

I have been smoking marijuana since I was 14 years old to help with my mental disorders. I was sexually, physically, and verbally abused growing up which led me to develop PTSD myself.

In itself, it has done wonders for me by helping me relax and be emotionally at ease but unfortunately I live in a state where marijuana is still illegal even for medical use.

My Fiance smokes as well and it helps her deal with not just her day-to-day life but also her PTSD and other mental disorders like myself.

I am very much pro-marijuana and I hope it is legalized everywhere soon so it can bring relief to everyone who suffers from PTSD.

 

 

 

….And they say they don’t believe in evolution

Communion Bread Must Contain Some Gluten, Vatican Says

The unleavened bread that Roman Catholics use in the celebration of Mass must contain some gluten, even if only a trace amount, according to a new Vatican directive.

This is a terrible new directive for those who suffer with gluten-allergies such as people with:

  • Celiac Disease
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), or Duhring-Brocq disease

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease can develop at any age after people begin eating foods or medicines that contain gluten. About 3 million Americans have celiac disease. Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to further serious health problems including:

  • Type I diabetes
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • anemia
  • osteoporosis
  • infertility and miscarriage
  • Neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines
  • short stature
  • intestinal cancers

Verdict

The fact that the Vatican is willing to endanger the lives of people with Gluten disorders is disturbing to say the least. They are supposed to be protecting people and even healing people and yet here they are passing directives that could cause serious suffering to their followers.

 

Defending Her Mom!

Chelsea Clinton defended her mom after the commander-in-chief took a jab at her mom while defending his decision to have his daughter fill his seat at a G20 event over the weekend.

“If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother, as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!” Trump tweeted this morning.

Chelsea quickly returned fire on the social media service

“Good morning Mr. President. It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me. Were you giving our country away? Hoping not,” she said.

The president faced backlash after Ivanka Trump briefly sat in his chair during a meeting of G20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday — a move he called “very standard” in another tweet this morning.

As per usual Trump is incapable of keeping his mouth shut on Twitter again. This time Chelsea Clinton fights back after comments about her mother. Good for her!

 

 

Hospitality Ain’t Too Hospitable

July 10, 2017

A video showing a man pushing a woman down a flight of stairs during a heated argument was allegedly the result of an argument between an Airbnb host and one of his guests. The incident occurred in Amsterdam and reportedly was sparked by the guests staying past the check-out time of 11 a.m.

 

Hospitality agencies have been not so hospitible lately. With the American Airlines fiasco and now this to top it off could mean bad news for travel companies and agencies. The cruelty of some people never cease to amaze me.