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Languages: should learn or not?

Learning languages means also to have a close relationship with translation, as it helps connecting different cultures. The importance of languages is becoming more and more outstanding due to the opening of doors that it supposes to get to know an unknown cultural and linguistic environment (Anna Bernacka, 2012). As Bernacka says translation is a way of communication between different cultures, and this leads to a better understanding of social issues and also different cultural ideas. This is why it is very important to get a well use of languages, because they are the key element for the connection between cultures.

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The number of sick people going to Switzerland to commit suicide has been doubled in four years.

611 foreigners went to Zurich between 2008 and 2012 to end their lives.

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Lazy versus Active Citizens: What is the difference?

By visiting this blog you already show interest in making a change in this world. Hopefully you are going to be active citizen, something I strive for myself. But do we even know what an active citizen is? Might be important to get this clear before we enthusiastically start transforming our lives. According to Oxford Dictionaries an active citizen is someone who “actively takes responsibility and initiative in areas of public concern”. To be honest, this definition is still a bit vague to me, so I’m going to try to give you a better explanation.

A normal, or lazy, citizen is someone who might take the effort to look into the programs of different parties before voting during the national elections, but will not participate in the promotion of one particular party. He will go about his daily life without being concerned about his own society. He will probably complain about certain aspects to fellow lazy citizens, how the taxes are too high, the allowances too low, and don’t forget about those annoying youngsters down the street! But will he do something about it? No. It is all about complaining and hoping someone else will take it upon oneself to change the situation. This person, ladies and gentlemen, is who we call the active citizen.

An active citizen chooses to not just look at our society and accept it how it is, he also sees the faults of it and will not just ignore these or complain about them, but will attempt to do something about it. For example, this person will help with the promotion of a party which promises to lower the taxes, or will campaign for the opening of a youth activity center to make sure the kids stay of the streets. As Staffan Nelson, the current president of the European Economic and Social Committee, said “Active citizenship is the glue that keeps society together”. It is my plan to offer you many different examples of active citizens since it it doesn’t matter whether you devote all of your free time to campaigning for a policy change or just one hour every week volunteering to teach an illiterate adult to read, “it is the commitment to the welfare of society that counts” (Staffan Nelson).

References:

  • Nelson S. Forword to Active Citizenship for a Better European Society. Brussels: EESC, 2012.
  • Oxford University Press. “Active citizen”. Accessed November 14, 2014. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/active-citizen

Meditation: How it helps you in your daily life

Meditation is an individual practice which trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness that has existed for centuries, according to the documentary “Meditation and the Power of the Mind” it’s history dates back to the beginings of Hinduism (considered the most ancient ctury in the world) during the Iron Age in India; it was then adopted to many other religions and has multuous interpretations nowadays. Regardless of what people may believe, meditation is very simple to integrate in ones daily life. It is compared to some extents to practicing a sport ( regular physical activity) as it considered to be a positive habit that you can do anywhere, any time, and it will always have immediate benefits. It can take just one or two minutes if you are busy. There is no excuse for not doing it when you simplify the meditation habit. The question we all ask ourselves what are the precisely the benefits of meditation and why is it essential to integrate it as a daily routine ?

  • It relieves stress and helps you to relax.
  • When you practice mindfulness, you can carry it out to everyday life.
  • Reduces anger
  • Mindfulness helps you to savor life, change habits, live simply and slowly, be present in everything you do: brings happiness and fulfillment.
  • Meditation has been shown to have mental benefits, such as improved focus, happiness, memory, self-control, academic performance and more.In fact your sensory organs become more enhanced.
  • Some research on meditation has indicated that it may have other health benefits, including improved metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and more.
  • Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation .Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia.
  • Grows a stable, more balanced personality.
  • Helps you discover your purpose.

How does you body react to meditation?

What does meditation do to our body?

Prana

“Prana” is what our body is filled with after the change it undergoes due to meditation: as the level of ‘prana’ in the body rises, we bubble with joy. Only a few minutes of meditation can make the human system react.
“Prana” is also called the higher state of consciousness.

 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar* calls it the normal state of consciousness, since we are endowed with the ability to live in that state.

* Indian guru, humanitarian leader and peace ambassador

As you research this topic online, you will encounter the numerous benefits from meditation wether they are psychological, physiological or spiritual. You will never hear a negative point of view from someone who has engaged into meditation.

 Sources:

Article “Meditation In Daily Life” from Sri Sri’s webstite The Art of Living :
http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/meditation-daily-life

http://www.ineedmotivation.com/blog/2008/05/100-benefits-of-meditation/