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Seeking Heaven - Seeking Pleasure

Reward for service or escapism

Sometimes we wish life could be more heavenly. but what is heaven and where do we find it? Across the Middle East during a time of growing desertification, Heaven was most often described as an idyllic paradise with lush gardens, an abundance of food and no responsibility, all one’s needs are taken care of.

If we look at the temple Art from north-west India across North Africa, it depicts this idyllic heaven as something akin to the mythical hanging Gardens of Babylon. So perhaps we can say that this was in response to harsh living conditions and indeed those with means either created their own miniature paradise or spread and conquered other lands.

The carrot

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The Importance of Pleasure

A temporary release from suffering

Sharing pleasure

When we consider the nature of our lives, a great many of us are trapped in some kind of suffering as a result of external politics and conditions as well as problems we create for ourselves. Pleasure involves our senses of perception be it physical, mental or emotional with spiritual pleasure or ecstasy the highest emotion.

Suffering and unhappiness is not what we are designed for, it’s simply a consequence of a whole lot of stuff either real or unreal. The baseline for human well-being is peace from which happiness, joy, bliss and ecstasy can flower.

However when people are suffering, pleasure offers a temporary respite and yet it has also become

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The Down Side of Pleasure

A look at addiction

Addiction is a compulsive condition that reduces a persons ability to function as a ‘normal person’ within their society. In other words, when a person become addicted to a drug or an activity, they are unable to fully control their behaviour.

The reason that people become addicted is that they are not fully in control of their lives and that they are experiencing aspects of the lives as being unpleasant. When they find a drug or activity that is so pleasurable that they temporarily forget the unpleasant things in their lives, pleasurable things begin to take precedent in their life. The actual process of addiction is subtle and most people don’t realise that they are

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Pleasure and Beauty

Beauty; an interaction that pleases the senses

Bob Marley

Beauty is a trick of the mind

Our minds and lives continually seek balance and beauty is seen when there are balanced proportions. We look for it in everyone’s face and body, and we feel pleasure at the sight of balance as balance equals beauty and beauty is related to the golden number.

Not everyone remembers Bob Marley, the charismatic and popular musician. If you did not know him and passed him in the street, he may pass unnoticed. Like all people, there is beauty in the face but in Bob’s case, the beauty in his music; the sound, the meaning and the delivery. The beauty in the person has

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Workaholism, Leisure and Pleasure

Finding the work life balance

by Sam Vaknin

The official working week has been reduced to 35 hours a week in France. In most countries in the world, it is limited to 45 hours a week. The trend during the last century seems to be unequivocal: less work, more play.

Yet, what may be true for blue collar workers or state employees – is not necessarily so for white collar members of the liberal professions. It is not rare for these people – lawyers, accountants, consultants, managers, academics – to put in 80 hour weeks.

The phenomenon is so widespread and its social consequences so damaging that it has acquired the unflattering nickname workaholism, a combination of the words “work”

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Removing Stigma from Pleasure:

Or What kind of a Woman Actually Pays For a Sensual Massage?

Delightful pleasure

Self care is associated with valuing one’s self; body mind and spirit. Typically self care is about creating a lifestyle where the needs of body and mind are met, but this modern life is abstracted which creates an exceedingly stressful life.

These abstractions are to do with the politics and morality of living that have nothing to do with reality but more with appeasing the minds of others. The constraints of modern living drive many people mad or cause other stress-related diseases. Ideally all this unnecessary stuff of life is handled through a healthy lifestyle, but in this world a healthy lifestyle is a luxury

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Chasing pleasure

Temporary relief from suffering

Pleasure is temporary, happiness and joy can be eternal

You may remember as a child the uninhibited pleasure of running and playing without a care in the world. If you’ve forgotten, go and hang out with some under three-year-old’s for a while and you will remember. So what’s gone wrong?

After 15 to 20 years in the education system, our creativity and sense of life is usually severely blunted and we end up toiling with the idea of happiness coming with the next paycheck and even retirement. But even when the paycheck arrives there are bills to pay and in today’s world where the only financial trickle is the trickle from the Port of the

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Business and Pleasure

A country under pressure

Greece – Bikini World Blog

Since this post was written, Greece has been flooded with refugees which means you have to take extra security precautions, but on the other hand because of its financial difficulties, you may get a very good deal.

by Nick Nikolis

When you think of travelling to Greece, you’d probably would think of doing it on your leisure time and many people visit Greece on their honeymoon, anniversary, or for a family vacation. There is so much to see in Greece; so much rich history. Who wouldn’t love the opportunity to see the Acropolis of Athens, or the historical site of Olympia. Maybe you have visited Greece before,

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The Question of Truth

And that truth will set you free

As children growing up we are taught to speak the truth as we see it, yet we learn to see that truth is often a matter of perspective and in some situations where a number of people have witnessed the same event, their telling is different because they all saw from a different perspective, a major problem when the law is involved. So what is referred to as the truth today is a convenient concept that most of us can agree upon.

This most of us has come to distinguish between various truths in relation to what we choose to believe this. The Christians believe that there heavenly guard is real even though

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The Bullying Phenomenon

An age old tribal practice that blossoms in the modern world

Bullying is nothing new, it’s been going on for millennia and we also see it in the animal kingdom stemming from primal survival instincts and those who bully others today operate not so much because they consciously decided this was their role, but because of the unique circumstances or karma governing their lives.

When two animals are hungry and there is one morsel of food, they will without the benefit of higher intelligence fight to the death and males traditionally compete for females in a similar manner. But us humans have been gifted with a higher intelligence, we can take a morsel of food and devise ways of

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