Only Obstacle To Unconditional Love

Loving someone with absolutely no expectations sounds like a utopian idea. To say we love one another as we love ourselves cannot be true unless there is an intrinsic reward, whether direct or indirect. That’s not to say we are not loving individuals, it is simply that our most basic makeup is to be self-serving. The key to understanding if unconditional love is feasible or not is to understand the very nature of our mind.

Our mind is built to compartmentalize, making it difficult to experience oneness among all beings – the goal, though, is to learn to recognize the innate connectedness we all share.

This realization is the root of unconditional love – knowing that it is the very same life flowing through us all that allows us to love without hesitation. With this awareness, all of existence will now be in your affection. It’s only when you view the world around you as polarized from yourself that fear-breeding division occurs.

Love is not what you do. Love is what you are. The only obstacle to unconditional love is not recognizing this.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Stress

We all experience varying levels and lengths of stress, triggered by an array of scenarios – some logical, others not. Managing this powerful emotional and physiological response to adverse or demanding circumstances comes more naturally to some, but can certainly be taught to even the most nervous of them all. The first step to controlling stress is to know your own personal anxiety, down to its deepest core. What causes your stress? What alleviates it? What affect is it having on your mind and body and what can you do to stop it?

To assist you on your journey of stress-discovery, here are five truths about stress that you may not know – but definitely need to be made aware of.

1. Stress is contagious.

Anyone interacting with someone who’s stressed, especially for prolonged periods of time, has an increased risk of being affected by empathetic stress. Caregivers and family members of chronically stressed individuals are most at risk here, but even watching TV shows involving confrontations of stress can transmit the tension. This empathetic stress negatively impacts the immune system and is toxic to the mind and body in the long term. Know your limits when it comes to how much stress you can healthily expose yourself to. Also, be cognizant of how your worry may be negatively impacting those around you.

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What day is Mother’s Day?

One Sunday each year, we recognize the value of motherhood and these incredible individuals. Whether or not THE mother’s day is merely a silly commercial exercise or a true testament of dedication is not worth discussing, but one fact that can’t be argued – any excuse to express gratitude is a good one. Perhaps, with nothing more than the pure reverence to our mothers that occupies our mental space, everyday is a proverbial mother’s day.

Most roles in life are finite – responsibilities with an end point, something to be ultimately achieved. In this game of life, we are always on a quest to win – earn that top spot, to be tangibly rewarded in one way or another. One type of game, though, requires only the most compassionate, selfless individuals as there is no prize to be won nor a time when the role can be turned off. This infinite game offers only a journey, thus the player’s intention must be to never stop giving. A mom is always playing the infinite game – loving without expectation, unconditionally, instinctively. These women motivate us always, inspiring us to be better, to do better. This mother’s day, be more than amused by your mother’s charm. Recognize the journey she has committed to, all of the time and effort she has willingly dedicated to your wellbeing alone. Remind yourself of this infinite game and reward your mother with the admiration she deserves – with an infinite mother’s day.

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The Art Of Going Beyond Your Mind: True Self-Development

When we embark on a journey of self-improvement or personality development, what we are actually doing is cultivating our ego-selves – with the ultimate goal to meet social and biological necessities.

We strive all of our lives to better ourselves emotionally, intellectually, and psychologically in order to deal with society, our desires, and our urges – all by disciplining our minds. Most of the time, we confuse self-development programs with the actual process of knowing our true self: that center within us which is the ground of all our experiences.

Only by watching your true-self shine within will you be able to appreciate your mind and body as bearers of life, not sufferers of circumstances.

Attempting to find our real self through popular self-improvement exercises is futile, because the ground upon which the mind projects itself isn’t located within this content of our minds we attempt to accumulate.

Don’t get trapped in some of these so-called spiritual practices that do nothing but appease our mind-created ego-selves.

It’s only our ever-changing minds and our social constructs that need to be organized and regulated.

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Review by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

“Unbound Intelligence: Discover the God Within by Rajeev Kurapati is based on an inspirational theme of self-discovery that speaks about the complexities of the human mind. The author has woven together religion, science, and traditions with personal experiences. With a thought-provoking theme, the book expands one’s thinking prowess and transcends all boundaries to set us free from the usual norms of belief. The complex theme has been conveyed in a simple manner, making it accessible for readers from all walks of life. The book will take you through a fruitful journey of soul-searching and being more acquainted with the human mind.

I enjoyed reading this book because it is a learning experience to unravel the concepts of spirituality and the realization of how one’s perception can be so limited. The author’s rich knowledge is expansive and evident from the contents. The unique approach to the usual conventional topics makes it very original and gives the freedom of choice to each individual to choose what is right for them in terms of following God. It will stimulate your thoughts and channel them in a positive way. Reading the book is a learning process.

The book takes readers to another level where the possibility of bliss and peace seems tangible. Reading this is an enriching and liberating experience and the ideas and concepts are profound; the author’s knowledge and expertise shine through the entire book.”

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Clock vs Flow: Which Do You Live By?

For some of us, our life is governed by clock time – the hour on our watch methodically governs the beginning and end of our activities. The rest of us tend to allow the moment to dictate its duration, ignoring the distraction of the ticking clock. For these folks, events begin and when, by mutual consensus between the interactions of people, they decide the time is right to move along.

Dissonance arises as we teeter between the poles of clock time and natural time. Some events lend themselves to the strict governance of the clock, while others ebb and flow more organically. Knowledge of this time perspective can put us back in the driver’s seat – determining what motive works best and when. Confining ourselves to one mindset benefits no one. Considering hunger: Allowing time to dictate when we eat and ignoring our body interrupts nature and results in over or under eating.

Clock abiders tend to be less flexible in scheduling – focusing on one activity at a time, which may be beneficial, but not often realistic. With the pressure of deadlines, these individuals succumb to multitasking to a point of losing their ability to focus, act rationally or worse, think creatively. Clock watchers allow their schedule to drive them instead of the other way around, becoming a victim to monotony. Those married to efficiency develop habitual routines, living in a rigid discipline awaiting life’s next important event. Time spent idle is time wasted for clock abiders, while those who float through time think differently.

Natural time individuals, on the other hand, give far less importance to strict timelines, being characterized as “strong involvement” people. They emphasize the completion of human transactions rather than keeping schedules. Two people from Tandag (a small coastal town in Philippines) deep in conversation, for example, will typically choose to arrive late for their next appointment rather than cut into the flow of their discussion.

Clock time and natural time people don’t often see eye-to-eye. Work-place relationships are hindered by these polar opposites as are marriages, and friendships. Like-minded philosophies gel better as they don’t have the conflicting expectations getting in the way. Acknowledging this dynamic introduces an understanding and acceptance that can better connections, as well as routines.

Appreciating these opposite relationships is only step one. Mere conceptual understanding is not enough. Try living with the other mindset every now and then to truly understand the thought patterns of the other side to fully value the other perspective.

The best path to choose is based on not letting the chiming clock control your life, but to use it effectively, for it is our human invention. After all, philosophy of time becomes the philosophy of life.

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Review by Casee Marie (Literary Inklings)

Casee Marie (Literary Inklings)

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Casee Marie of Literary Inklings reviews Unbound Intelligence 

“Dr. Rajeev Kurapati was standing by a lake in quiet reflection near his Cincinnati workplace when he had the epiphany which eventually led him to write his book. His realization was of a nature that goaded him to explore the idea that self-inquiry, rather than the memorization and ritualization of religion, leads to an even greater and deeper spiritual practice. He believed that the center of all faith could be found within oneself, and that this faith required a dedication to self-awareness as well as a release from the bonds of both social and religious confinement. His book, Unbound Intelligence: Discover the God Within is the result of his journey through self-actualized enlightenment. Throughout his narrative Kurapati explores the essences of God, love, religion, scripture, human nature, the universe and the mind by sifting each topic through a studied lens. Utilizing the worlds of science, history, and spirituality, Kurapati presents a new view of the social and cultural norms we face in our everyday lives, and encourages his readers to see beyond them by looking first within.

Studiously researched, Unbound Intelligence covers much ground with apparent ease, culminating in a brief yet effective history of the nature of humankind. Kurapati’s objective is well achieved through his unique approach, consulting both the spiritual and scientific resources of the world as well as seeking inspiration from philosophers, writers, religious figures, and other great minds throughout time. His use of language is extensive and sophisticated while maintaining a simplicity that balances the expansive topics of his narrative. Throughout his discussion of the many religions and cultures of the world he also manages the challenging task of being impartial while making the case for the theories that have driven him to write this book. Perhaps some of the most fascinating pages of Unbound Intelligence are the ones in which Kurapati explores the history of religion without the typical encumbrance of religious bias; he dives deeply into the natures of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, unearthing the many similarities among the religions, shining light on the often overlooked circumstances of their differences, and ultimately exploring the many ways in which each religion could inhibit its practitioner from continuing to evolve spiritually along with the cultural and humanistic evolution of the world. While these chapters will lead most meditative readers into the deep reaches of thought and maybe even inspire moments of enlightenment, at their surface they also offer a unique opportunity to understand the basis of each religion in a simple, historical and intellectual context.

Unbound Intelligence is more of a philosophical and spiritual examination than a step-by-step how-to on the subject of self-realization; in this way Kurapati stays true to his motive that spiritual truth requires personal inquiry. The book will inspire many readers into conversation with themselves, arming them with the intellectual preparation for self-discovery. Kurapati also draws on his own experiences, calling up stories of patients from his past that helped him to better understand the ideas he puts forth in his book. In that way Unbound Intelligence becomes a rare and applicable resource for self-actualization, taking at times the shape of a personal account of enlightenment, a philosophical exploration into religion, and a scientific documentation of our spiritual history. The combination results in a deeply thought-provoking and spiritually stimulating book that will encourage readers to unearth the power of individual thinking and remind them of the vital importance of a relationship with oneself.”

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The Art of Working to Live: Insight from StriveOnJosh’s Josh Haymond

I stumbled upon StiveOnJosh.com through the glorious universal connector that is social media and was instantly enamored with his message. Josh Haymond, author of the blog, has dedicated his life to finding that perfect balance between “working to live” and “living to work.” I asked Josh a few questions about how he find peace and happiness.

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