Said by Prophet Muhammad, “Whoever helps his brother in his time of need, Allah will be there in his time of need.” The holiday season is upon us. It's the most wonderful time of the year, for some people. It’s important for us to think about those who are less fortunate than us, as the holiday season isn’t so merry for everyone.
There are plenty of children who are suffering to live, children who don’t have adequate clothing or food, much less a pile of new toys. I have had the great opportunity to work with some of these children to help them through battling their sicknesses. Unfortunately, my help alone is not enough.
While many of us awaken on Christmas or New Years morning to a warm home filled with laughter and excitement, these children wake up to yet another day of trying to fight their critical illnesses. Though it is very upsetting to think about, this is a real struggle children in Uzbekistan are facing today. It is important for us to address these issues, as we are fortunate enough not to currently be in those situations.
Challanged by economic insecurity, unemployment and a disintegrating system of social services and support, many parents are unable to meet the developmental needs of their children. Please help us collect and donate to the children of Uzbekistan who are in desperate need of help and any form of assistance. I beg you, EVERY PENNY COUNTS. People in these third world countries , such as Uzbekistan, are suffering to buy medicine and pay off treatments for the well-being of their children. Please reconsider your decisions and actions because one person can help make a huge difference.
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Do not hesitate to contact me for questions or concerns. Thank you. Wish best regards, Fariza.
BBQ your Dog? -Pigs are just as sentient -Y'all think about that! "factory farming fosters the creation of millions upon millions of animals for whom it offers nothing but suffering and misery before slaughtering them in often barbaric ways. There is no reason to think that those practices are going to diminish any time soon. Quite the opposite."
Back pain during pregnancy SUCKS, as any mom-to-be with back pain can attest. Many pregnant women are told not to worry, live with the pain or that the pain will eventually pass, which it sometimes does without intervention, but more often not and in the meantime why have limited mobility and suffer. While it may be common to have low back pain during pregnancy, it doesn’t mean it should be accepted when there are ways to manage or improve the pain so you can be more active, healthy and have an easier time in your daily life.
Some sobering statistics:
49-76 percent of women will experience low back pain during pregnancy — There is strong evidence that a woman is at a higher risk of having low back pain during pregnancy if she has a prior history of low back pain or prior trauma to the pelvis ( So if you ignore it in your first pregnancy it may comeback to haunt you postpartum or in a subsequent pregnancy) — Women with low back pain during pregnancy have greater risk for low back pain postpartum with 37 percent reporting pain at 18 months postpartum
For the sake of simplicity, “low back pain” will refer to pain in the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joints and/or buttocks (in physical therapy we often make a distinction between low back pain and pelvic girdle pain). Risk factors for developing back pain during pregnancy according to the journal Spine include: — history of previous low back pain — previous trauma to the pelvis — high workload — having given birth 2 or more times — higher body mass index — history of hypermobility (increased range of motion of joints; joint laxity) — amenorrhea (history of absence of menstrual periods)
There are many ways to treat low back pain in pregnancy. Don’t wait!! Find a PT today who has expertise with pregnancy so YOU can focus on the BIG work of growing a human being. Do you have questions about how to improve your pregnancy or recover? Let me know! @pelvicforward, Pelvic Forward on FB, pelvicforward.com and check out my YouTube Channel for more great information!
“No matter what you do, keep your heart open.” ❤️ That was a message I received one week ago, when my husband and I found out, that our little baby in belly was no longer with us 😭
I was in chok. After 6 years of trying, our dream had finally arrived, and in a blink of an eye, it was taken from us again.
But the message stuck with me, and I have kept my heart open 💗 Because I know that pain and suffering is even more painful with a closed heart where the energy can’t flow.
I have been in deep process. I have cried and screamed and moved through every emotion as my body finally released my baby without any medicine 🙏🏻 I am in awe of the wisdom and strength my body holds 🙏🏻 I am deeply grateful to witness what happens, when I keep my heart open, allow my body to do the healing work and go with the flow 🙏🏻 I keep my heart open 💗
I cry when the tears come to my eyes 😢
I scream and punch a pillow when anger takes over my body 🤬
No matter what, I keep my heart open 💗 That is my power and my gift in this horrible time of my life 💖 That is what will get me through this tragedy 🙏🏻 Our greatest pain is always here to teach us something, so I keep my heart open even though everything in me wants to close down in fear of losing again. I choose Love over and over again 💗
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere.
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.
Another line from Dylan’s It’s Not Dark Yet, because the lyrics have been staying with me for some time, and I’ve loved having them.
If songs could be friends, this one would be one of mine. It would be the friend (Bear) in Brene Brown’s video about empathy who climbed down in the hole with the fox to wait it out. Not the goat up top trying to silver-line Fox’s life... “at least you know you can get pregnant... at least, you have a marriage... at least Sarah is an A student.”
This short video about empathy is the absolute most thoughtful, helpful and sensible perspective I’ve ever been given about humanity and suffering... shown to me by a friend when I was just days from giving birth to my daughter. So, though it’s been around a while and I’m sure it’s already familiar to so many, I’m sharing it too (link in my bio), just two days from my daughter’s fifth birthday.
The words of Dylan’s song are not a response to our suffering and pain, nor do they offer us a sandwich (see video if you haven’t already for that to make sense). His words are a connection to one’s pain. His song is the friend next to me, saying “Hey, I know what it’s like down here, and you’re not alone.”
We should stand up against all forms of oppression. The biggest one on this planet is animal agriculture. So many sentient beings are exploited and used for their bodies. And it's all just for our taste pleasure. Stand up against this injustice. Fight for the most innocent. 🌱 together we can change the system and create a better world. 🙌
I know there are days that slowing down and being with ourselves and the cray mind can be scary, lonely.. The story of the Buddha shines light on how we can know freedom. The buddha grew up in a palace. His father, a king, wanted to protect him from all suffering, and so made everything and everyone around him beautiful and kind. Of course as Siddhartha grew up, he wanted to explore the outer world, to see beyond his castle. So the king beautified everything in the street, hiding the poor, sick and elderly. Of course this did not work, the Gods appeared and showed him death, illness and more.. and Siddhartha realized that suffering was part of being alive.
So disheartened by the way he had been living, sheltered in his palace, chasing pleasure and security, he left his palace determined to sit under the Bodhidharma tree until he experienced freedom. We all know sitting with ourselves isn’t always easy 🙂 so he sat. And what came.. the shadow side of human nature, also know as Mara (delusion). “Traditional stories speak of Mara as appearing in many forms - violent storms, temptingly beautiful women, raging demons, massive armies.” All of this came, and more. Feeling the lure of seduction, the fear of the army’s power, Siddhartha still sat, and met each with a tender, open heart. With tenderness he transformed the fears, one by one into a flower blossom that landed at his feet, collecting a mound of beautiful flowers.
"As dawn approached, Mara issued his greatest challenge, demanding that Siddhartha defend his right to occupy the seat of freedom. In response, the Buddha-to-be touched the ground, calling on the earth to bear witness to his thousands of lifetimes of compassion. The earth shook in violent affirmation, and darkness and thunder filled the skies. Terrified, Mara fled and along with him the final traces of delusion vanished. In this way, as the morning star appeared like a sparkling diamond on the horizon, Siddhartha won his freedom.
As empaths, some of us may come to a dilemma and we ask ourselves if we have to directly help the world or not. The answer is not all of us will do it and anyways, we help the world by being ourselves and as authentic as we can and by doing so, we give room to others to do the same! Have a beautiful day people!
Victim state of mind can be really subtle sometimes. Empaths, sensitives, indigos, crystals, rainbows, starseeds and aliens, we're here to transcend that state and help this planet by being ourselves, whatever form it takes. It gives room to others to do the same at their own speed!