Being Mentally Hi-Jacked

Being Mentally Hi JackedHaving a bad day is one thing, but having a bad life is another !
Constant negativity is a vicious cycle and at the heart of most people with a bad attitude.


No-one can be sweet and pleasant all the time, as this would be annoying and unrealistic, but it is frightening to note that mental afflictions are common to everyone and problematic when becoming intense.


However, owning one’s unhealthy emotions and the problems caused is the first step towards healing and to develop acceptance of oneself and one’s status in the world will go a long way in ensuring a healthy mind.


Some negative emotions affecting people can be as varied as envy, fear, guilt, depression and anger to mention a few. This week’s article will discuss five which are debilitating to one’s sense of peace.


One of the most destructive is bitterness; this being a self-perpetuating condition that drives others away. The affected persons cannot accept love, happiness and respect and are usually frustrated and jealous and unable to accept what has occurred in their lives. These unfortunate souls carry an intense burden.


Insecurity is a common emotion and could be associated with persons who in a fast moving world are unable to cope. This can then lead to bitterness and frustration and the perception that those around them have achieved in one way or another and are contented and successful.


This emotion impedes self awareness and improvement.


Jealousy is virtually impossible to say that one has never experienced this emotion, which probably goes hand-in-hand with envy, but it becomes most destructive when it over-rules and controls one. Jealousy manifests in untold ways, be it one’s position in society or one’s physical appearance and wealth that others have accumulated.


A mature person will realize that life will never be in perfect balance and that some will always have more than others.


Grief is a devastating emotion with so many facets and conflicting feelings caused by the end or change in a familiar pattern of behaviour.


It can sweep over one with intensity or unexpectedly retreat, leaving one in a more stable condition. All individuals will at some time be overwhelmed by grief and deal with this emotion in their own unique way. Our emotional sense of survival can dissipate that dreadful feeling of ongoing despair.


Guilt ' this emotion can also be associated with shame and most frequently arises when one has compromised one’s moral or ethical code such as stealing or lying. A sense of repayment or repairing a situation can or should rectify the underlying guilt. Many origins of guilt are considered to relate to religious and cultural perspectives.


Lastly, in a more light hearted vein, women should not have guilty feelings due to a little self indulgence when caring for the body !


The calming ambience experienced in a spa and a visit to a Matsimela store radiating glorious scents, do wonders for the morale. With beautiful uplifting fragrances in soaks, salts and body butters – this is a must to experience !



Physical Treatments Past and PresentThe human body is so complex, with ten systems interconnected! One can only marvel at this unique organism and that through the ages man has attempted to find methods to relieve pain and discomfort.


Not having today’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology, some rather bizarre treatments came about as mentioned below :


Used in earlier times with a weird, complex concoction of products, people were almost addicted to having enemas and aristocratic hypochondriacs took several scented ones per day.


A well known poison in Chinese traditional medicine was used to cure malaria, syphilis, diabetes and arthritis.


Mouldy bread
This was placed over cuts and sores and as it happens, quite an intelligent choice ' as mould become the forerunner of Penicillin when Louie Pasteur found that certain fungi had the ability to destroy bacteria.

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Body odours, then and now

Body OudorOdours provide a richness to our perception of the world, the reason why a mere exposure to a stimulus can trigger strong memories of the past.  Body odours have strong genetic bases both in animals and humans, which can be influenced by disease and psychological conditions. In many human cultures, these odours were considered unpleasant. Take for example prehistoric cavemen, who literally stank so horribly which might have helped to keep them from being consumed by predators who recoiled in horror from such odours!


Throughout time, man has been aware of and attempted to reduce bad body odours sometimes in the most bizarre ways.
Egyptian women [yes we are back to that civilization!] would place blobs of scented wax on their heads which would melt in the heat and trickle downwards. Apparently this was effective but very messy.

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An Approach to halting animal cruelty


Throughout the civilized world, great thinkers have put forward ideas and theories,  many of which have been revised, criticized, accepted or been downright rejected. One must bear in mind that the great philosophers like Plato, Aristotle and many others lived in the 1800’s.


Much time has passed since then and as life is not static, rather ever evolving, our relationships with nature and all living creatures will hopefully be advantageous to creating a better and more comassionate world.


A current philosopher by the name of Peter Singer focuses on what might be mans arrogance and  I quote “all the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter the hard fact that animals suffer as much as humans and many of the more advanced species enjoy pleasure as much as do we”.


However, discrimination exists and always will be common place in society. For example, we discriminate between adults and children,  the mentally able or those disadvantaged and the list goes on and on … but why should humans discriminate to such a degree between other species?

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The Colour Spectrum

colourIn viewing a rainbow, one is exposed to the wonders of the colour spectrum revealed to the eye as red, orange, yellow, green,  blue, indigo and violet. 


May one then ask where white and black feature? White is in fact a reflection of all colours,  black on the other hand being the absorption of all colours. Whether having biblical connotations or not, a rainbow is a sight to behold and many other varying velocities of light contain all the splendours of the universe.


Colour becomes apparent due to different frequencies of light from an untold number of objects.

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