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Relationship with Divine

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As soon as  i read some posts of “Romancing you soul” i knew there was a connection. This beautiful, really beautiful strong woman, Regina Cates and her soul speaks to me.. esp these words…

559864_10151335409572546_237962815_n“I am not associated with an organized religion. At an early age my heart/soul made the choice to develop a personal relationship with the Divine rather than swallow a ready-made, one size fits all formula. Too often the formula I was being taught meant judging others who were not like me. It did not feel right to my soul to judge other people in the name of the Divine. Judgment is egocentric, no matter what rationalizations are used to defend the position.

I cannot love and judge at the same time. Today I do my best to live aligned with the behaviors of love. For me, behaving as love is having a personal relationship with the Divine.” – Namaste, Regina

Also have a look at the page in her website called “Immerse yourself in Nature

Spiritual Agnosticism : Benefits of Meditation

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It’s not as if there’s some particular creed or religion that leads to a healthier life. Meditation will do the trick just fine. The physical benefits of meditation are well known — like prayer, it bolsters the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and over time can improve stress-related conditions, including insomnia, arthritis, and heart disease. Nonbelievers, rejoice! And new research is turning up more and unexpected health benefits to meditation.

For one thing, it seems to make people smarter. A recent study showed that the brain area responsible for planning, decision making, and other high-level activities doesn’t deteriorate with age in longtime meditators. And even newer research suggests that meditators may be getting the same mental and physical pick-me-up that we normally get from sleep. Bruce O’Hara, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at the University of Kentucky, has discovered that meditation gives people a huge performance boost: 40 minutes in the lotus position is the equivalent of drinking 4 to 5 cups of coffee. In his latest research, which isn’t yet published, he got a clue as to why. O’Hara recorded meditators’ brain waves with an EEG (electroencephalogram) machine and found that their brain cells were firing in unison, much the way they do during deep slumber. “Meditation could be restorative in the same way as sleep,” he says.

Source :  Choosing a Religion

 

Motivation for compassion

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Excerpt from Religious People Less Motivated by Compassion than Atheists

The results challenge a widespread assumption that acts of generosity and charity are largely driven by feelings of empathy and compassion, researchers said. In the study, the link between compassion and generosity was found to be stronger for those who identified as being non-religious or less religious.

“Overall, we find that for less religious people, the strength of their emotional connection to another person is critical to whether they will help that person or not,” said UC Berkeley social psychologist Robb Willer, a co-author of the study and a member of the Faculty Board of the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). “The more religious, on the other hand, may ground their generosity less in emotion, and more in other factors such as doctrine, a communal identity, or reputational concerns.”

Compassion is defined in the study as an emotion felt when people see the suffering of others which then motivates them to help, often at a personal risk or cost.

Source: Religious People Less Motivated by Compassion than Atheist