Seven Social Health Benefits of Meditation

Meditating is not the act of having an empty mind.

When you meditate, you get to stuff your brain with lots of experiences to introspect.

Meditating is not only happening when you sit in lotus position.

Meditation can come handy by just sitting in a couch. It may not be for an hour since small doses of meditation will also be effective.

Research shows that practicing meditation helps in maintaining blood flow, regular bowel movement, reduces anxiety, depression and insomnia, and lessens the severity of acute respiratory illness. Read more of this post


Cannabis as a Pain Reliever

Health care administrators and professionals share the opinion that long-term or acute pain is a healthcare issue that is complicated. Various methods need to be employed to help patients manage their pain efficiently. These methods could include medications, physical therapy and support psychologically.

It has been proven that Marijuana is an effective medication for pain. For her period pains, Queen Victoria was prescribed marijuana. It has also been an analgesic for years. There are specific compounds in marijuana that interact with pain-signaling cells in the body. There are various cannabinoids that decrease systemic inflammation and reduce pain signals. All these properties make marijuana an effective medicine against chronic and neuropathic pain which cannot be treated easily with pharmaceutical alternatives. Natural cannabis or even its products can be used as a means of treating chronic pain. Chronic pain makes people suffer so much. There are numerous prescription and over-the-counter painkillers that can confuse patients. Nowadays, patients are now opting for a natural painkiller which is marijuana. Some strains of marijuana are perfect for use during the day and useless at night. Other strains will ease tension in the muscles and nerve pain but they could knock one out.

Both non-psychoactive CBD and psychoactive THC are very good for relieving pain. Research has shown that marijuana is also efficient for relieving pain caused by HIV/AIDS related ailments and chemotherapy as it increases the natural endocannabinoids of the human body.

A study published in the Journal of Pain Research has confirmed that the topical use of some cannabinoid topicals is effective for reducing pain in animals with neuropathic pain and inflammation. Other research has found that topical creams with CBD and THC can reduce pain for multiple sclerosis and other conditions. New types of topical ointments in the market like Cannabis Creams are now getting popular among sportsmen. These ointments that contain Cannabidiol reduce the usual soreness in human muscles caused by hard training and help the body recover faster. CBD regulates pain by decreasing inflammatory response and desensitizing pain receptors.

The soothing nature of special marijuana strains e.g. the super silver haze cannabis strain will be appreciated by a lot of people with neuropathic pain conditions. The two most popular cannabinoids like CBD and THC have strong anti-inflammatory properties. THC and CBD if they are combined together are effective alternatives to opioids in general pain relief.  Moreover these two cannabinoids work very well together and  about to reduce drastically pain from arthritis and other autoimmune illnessess.

The health benefits of Cannabis are appreciated more and more after an elongated period of not using the plant. Surely, a lot of people find it hard to believe that athletes use the drug as it has been stigmatized by the media. But not all things are as they are painted.

Can Smartphone Apps Provide Mental Health Support?

Smartphones as an extension in providing mental health support

Mental health problems are things that the world needs to address more seriously. Cases of such problems are increasing around the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa. Even first world countries like Japan aren’t safe from the high rate of suicide due to depression. Read more of this post

Complete Immersion – The Future of Online Poker

At last year’s ICE Totally Gaming the software developer behind the Royal Vegas Casino has presented the first ever online casino game in the virtual reality. It was a game of roulette, popular among Royal Vegas players all over the world. Using a VR headset provided by Oculus, those interested could step into a space-themed setting, stand next to a virtual roulette table, place bets using their hands instead of a mouse or a controller – basically step into a virtual world for a few minutes.

The developer’s presentation has offered us a glimpse into what’s coming in the following years. Virtual reality can be used in a series of industries, not just gaming – but the most exciting applications will still be games. And they might offer online casinos and poker rooms the only thing they can’t recreate on a flat monitor: personal interaction.

Not all casino games need to have total immersion. Playing video poker at the Royal Vegas casino can be as satisfying in front of a screen as it can be in the VR. But certain games, like craps, roulette or baccarat – generally the table games available at Royal Vegas – are just not the same without others sitting besides the player, or standing behind his back, betting on his hand. This insufficiency of online casinos can be eliminated by the widespread use of virtual reality.

But the impact the technology will have on online poker will likely be even greater. If you’ve ever played poker at a table, with real opponents by your side, you know that the game is not just about the cards that are being dealt. Actually, luck plays just a small role in being a successful poker player – what’s more important is to read the opponents’ behavior, facial expressions and gestures, as well as their betting habits, to know when to act and when to stay put. And this – except maybe for their betting habits – can not be seen in an average online poker game.

Virtual reality will not solve the poker industry’s issues from day one. First of all, a proper VR headset – not meant for media consumption, like Samsung’s Gear VR or Google’s Cardboard – is still months, if not years away. For total immersion you need more than a simple headset – you need a whole suit that will digitize your every move. Today’s computer games don’t need such a technology, but soon after VR becomes mainstream, the need for them will surely arise. This will be the moment when virtual poker will be almost indistinguishable from the real one, breathing new life into the world of online poker once again.

3 Important Skills Children Should Have When Learning to Read

Literacy is one of the most fundamental skills for a child to have success at as they continue with their education. Reading is the foundation on which nearly all other subjects can be learned to a certain degree; comprehension of textbooks, assignments, and exams all depend upon a student being able to read them. Thus, if a student struggles to learn to read they can easily fall behind their peers and continue to struggle with learning in general. Read more of this post

States of Mind: The Zone vs. The Machine Zone

People outside the US state of New Jersey have no way to play video poker online. Instead, they flock to the numerous casinos built around the country, spending their time – and often their money – playing in the slots parlor and the table games floor. While the latter is usually filled with noises of people chatting, cheering or maybe cussing because of their lack of luck, the slots parlor is usually completely silent, filled with people with their eyes fixed on the spinning reels, and feeding the machines with an endless stream of coins. They are in a mental state MIT anthropologist Natasha Schüll called “the machine zone”.

What is “the machine zone”?

Natasha Schüll spent a decade in Las Vegas, talking both to casino operators and slot machine players about their preferred games (yes, both of them prefer slot machines). The conclusion she reached was that slots enthusiasts don’t play the game to win money. Instead, they are seeking out a mental state where “Everything else falls away”, Schüll told Roman Mars in an episode of the 99% Invisible podcast. “A sense of monetary value, time, space, even a sense of self is annihilated in the extreme form of this zone that you enter”. Playing the slots, she said, “is not about winning; it’s about getting into the zone”.

The state of mind described by the players is similar to “the zone” described as “a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity”. But there’s a fundamental difference between the two – the “machine zone” comes without the sense of meaning and mastery of the flow. And it only lasts for as long as the player keeps playing the game.

Do online slots cause the same feeling?

Interestingly, the answer seems to be no. Playing slots online at the Vegas Palms is a much more casual experience where players focus on the entertainment value of the games rather than their immersive and addictive nature. Recent studies have shown that in New Jersey, where online casinos were legalized a few years ago, the prevalence of gambling addiction – the almost inevitable side effect of the “machine zone” has remained unchanged. This confirms a previous study completed by the Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addiction that has reached a similar conclusion.

Online casino players, it seems, spend less time gambling than their real life counterparts, and spend far less money on their habits. Perhaps it’s the different environment that has the final say – playing online at the Vegas Palms without the casino environment specifically designed to make people want to play more – that keeps them tied to the screens of their favorite games and takes them into the state that robs them of their time, their individuality (and perhaps even their money).

The Importance of a Disciplined Mind at the Poker Table

Poker is, according to many, a game of both skill and luck. Sometimes players might get incredibly lucky and win lost of cash just after several sessions and sometimes this game can prove to be a real disaster for your bankroll if you don’t know how to control it. Read more of this post

The Psychology of Music: Can Melody Help You To Sell Your Home?

Whether you are trapped in a cycle of debt and negative equity or simply wish to capitalise on existing market growth, you may well have a pressing need to put your home on the market. This is an immensely personal decision to undertake, although I admit to being influenced by market factors when considering the need to sell my house quickly and for a profit. Read more of this post

Top 5 Tips To Maintain a Healthy Mind

Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise to your overall health and wellbeing, with research indicating that regularly exercising your brain leads to a better memory and more proactive mind. These are five great tips for keeping your mind healthy. Read more of this post

The Psychology of Poker – Achieving The Balance

It doesn’t matter if you – like me – are a casual poker player who enjoys a couple of hours of fish-baiting most nights, or a seasoned pro who has twenty-four tables open at any one time. The greatest enemy to both of us is when we lose our balance, and by that, I don’t mean our bank balance, although that’s a pretty evil entity as well.

To play poker successfully you need to submerse yourself in game theory, and to get used to crunching those all-important numbers inside your head – but, no matter how dedicated you are to obeying the laws of positive equity, you will always remain vulnerable to the threat of losing your balance, and tilting.

Why Do Players Tilt?

In all walks of life, people are prone to allowing their emotions get the better of them. In soccer, the greatest French player of his generation, Zinedine Zidane, ended his brilliant career with a head-butt to Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final. In poker, I once turned a $50 deposit into $4,400 in twelve days, then lost it all bar $20 in one single hour. Why? Because I tilted, and didn’t do the right thing about it.

Poker can be an emotional game – heck, poker is an emotional game. When we’re on a down-swing, we take it personally. It’s not that the cards are not falling for us, it’s because we’re not playing right, even though we’re playing the same way we have always played, and successfully at that. Emotions defeat logic, and if you’ve stop playing logically, then you’re not playing well.

Understand the game … understand yourself

You’ve probably read thousands of words on psychological behavior during a game. You’ve also probably read thousands of words on how to play the game right. Yet, there is one aspect of poker that can never be truly defeated – blind chance. It’s part of the gambler’s folly to think that if you land 72o on one hand, you’re more likely to land AA the next. It’s the same reason why people bet on black on roulette because the ball landed in a red groove the last time around. Is black more likely? No, of course not. Are you more likely to land AA after 72 off-suit? No, you are not. (FYI: AA is the best possible starting hand pre-flop and 72 off-suit is the worst). If you understand that in poker, there is no connection between two successive hands, then it sends an important message to your brain. Your brain wants you to do well, so will try and persuade you that on the next hand, you’re going to be re-gathering in all those chips that you lost on a bad break on the last one.

Extending the balance beyond the table

I have the luxury of not playing professionally – you won’t bump into me at the WSOP, at least not in the real world, although I do enjoy the odd showdown at their online tables – but I still wager a lot of money online. I worked out what I could afford to wager ($5,000) some time ago, and knew that was enough for fifty 100BBs – enough to play on $50/$100 limit tables (Limit Texas Hold’em). Once I had rolled my bankroll up to $10,000, I switched to $100/$200, but when I dipped back below $10,000 I didn’t fall back down a level. It took until I was down to $6,000 (in three days!) before I found my common sense hiding under the sofa, and dropped back down.

If you’re aiming to play poker as your career, then be doubly-sure you’re doing just that. Award yourself a salary, and set enough aside for tax considerations. If you can’t meet your targets, and find playing poker becomes stressful, then it’s time to take a prolonged break.

The key to retaining balance is to recognise that you are tilting. If you find that the emotional centres of your brain rather than the logical ones are making the decisions at the table for you, then the cure is simple: Stand up, walk away, and come back to play when you’re feeling balanced once again. Having time away from the table allows you to re-focus, re-energise and place your mind somewhere that isn’t poker related. Take a walk or read a book. If you then come back to the tables, you’ll find yourself both feeling and thinking a lot sharper, and you’ll find you’ll be able to make those crucial, logical decisions with a balanced frame of mind.

Stepping Out of The Matrix With LifeParticle Meditation

Recent discoveries in quantum physics have caused a major paradigm shift not only in science but also in the way we view our world. No longer are we limited to the solely material concept of atoms whirling about the universe in structured movements like soldiers in formation. Instead, our comprehension is challenged to include something much smaller and, in the end, far more fascinating, because it is the very substance that makes up everything and anything—and it has opened our eyes to how the universe really operates, who we are, and how we can gain a deeper awareness of not only the universe but also our own potential for creation.   Read more of this post

Creating the Most Conducive Environment for Online Casino Gaming

Online casino gaming should be treated seriously, especially if you have invested some money to play your favorite games. If you do not want your cash deposit to go to waste, you should ensure that you have a favorable gaming environment so you can concentrate playing. Here are four steps to help you create the perfect environment to play and enjoy online casino.

Step 1: Play music that you like.

While you are online playing your favorite casino games, you may also gain access to free music downloads as well as streaming music from your favorite radio station. Do not let this opportunity to pass. Take advantage of this freebie by tuning in to the music of your choice, something that will put you in the mood. You can find many online radio station on the web, but this is the best one:

Step 2: Clean and adjust the screen and your chair.

Definitely, you want to be comfortable while enjoying the most exciting “spins” and “deals” of your life. So prepare your computer by adjusting it to a setup most suitable for you. Plus, it will add up to your comfort a lot if you have a nice, comfy chair ready. For more information, click here.

Step 3: Close the phone and lock the door, you do not want to be interrupted at a critical moment.

Since you want to concentrate on your game, you would not want to be disturbed at any point, especially when the game is starting to heat up. Close down your room or playing field from as much distraction as possible. Put away your phone or turn it off altogether so it will not bother you any moment. If you are easily get distracted by the noise from outside the room, you better lock the door and put a “Do not disturb sign” at the knob so nobody will attempt to interrupt you in your play.

Step 4: Find the best casino websites.

Among all the steps, this is the most crucial. Your game and the quality of fun you could enjoy all depends on how good your casino site is. There are many online casino sites, but you should only play the best ones, You can find some of them in this site,

How can you know if the site is good? Well, the value of an online casino depends on its game variety, game software, audios and visuals, and most of all, the bonuses and prizes involved.

Employing Poker Strategies in Real Life

Poker is undoubtedly one of the hottest card games being played today not only in real casino hubs but also through online poker websites. It involves a bit of suspense as the winner shall only be determined at the end of the game. Each player will be given a set of cards, and his task is to put a bet on his cards by calculating what he is able to wage or lose. Each player’s cards are kept hidden until the end of the game. The card holder with the highest rank wins the game. Read more of this post

California Bank & Trust Review (SP)

We have seen a lot of new small business in the 21st Century including our friends over at California Bank & Trust. Read more of this post

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