Life Path: Unknown

In this 5th dimensional state
Souls together finding fate

Igniting flames of similar proportions
Life path set in motion

Create visions of the future
Beware, miracles will occur

Thoughts of positive intention
Brings abundance and love, no question

Mirrored reflections
Ones true intentions

Be weary of those
Who think they know

Higher dimensional thoughts
cannot be sold or bought

But come truly from within
experience is the only way to ascend

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Life of Mirrors and Veils

Life of mirrors and veils
Soul always prevails

Whispering gently
Be still so you may hear

A quiet mind
Through Challenging times

Transmuting negativity
Letting go of non-necessity

Ego chimes into soul?
What do you really know?

Divine path created
Transcending beautiful elation

The road less traveled
unknown path i shall go

Release all expectation
Make way for manifestation

The Essence of You and I

Through sound we adapt and change, our lives are molded by our intention and power over our mind and bodies. I recently listened to a podcast interview with David Ison, the creator of the chakra sound system, in this interview he describes the music that he composes as the direct experience of the essence contained in each energy center, it is the exact proportions of the sacred essence. He goes on to describe music as proportion and harmony and geometry as music frozen in time.

These words really resonated within me. Beautiful music, harmonious sounds carry the essence of the proportional beauty that is geometry, that is music, that is sound. When we WAKE UP to this fact you will begin to see that EVERY sound that you hear has this effect on your being. From the mundane office, the television shows, the mainstream radio to the beautiful parks, sound of the ocean, and stillness of the forest. The beauty of geometry surrounds your life always and even more so when your thoughts and mind are clear of the negative that is the ego. We clean up our room and instantly feel better, we wash our car and somehow we feel it drives smoother, Proportion is harmony is beauty is love is light. We strive to FEEL beauty within the external world, but sometimes forget that it comes from within. Surround yourself with beautiful words, inspirational beings, bountiful light… Nurture your soul, release all worry, act with pure intention, imagine only the beautiful and then your reality will reflect the essence of your intention.

How can this be done? It starts by being ok with who you are at this very moment. Being able to appreciate and show GRADITUTE for what you may or may not have. Show GRADITUTE and all that you desire will be given to you. This is the beauty of manifestation.

<3<3 Love and Light <3<3

Kristina

A New Chapter

This blog began as a simply school assignment, very quickly I realized that my soul was searching for a channel of expression. I needed to put myself out of my comfort zone, expand the capacity of my being… I signed up for philosophy of sport by default when the one of my classes was cancelled last minute and that was the only class available. I  remember worrying for 1/10th of a second, then instantly a sense of calm rushed over my entire body, it was then I knew I was being lead on a different path. This particular class was at the exact time and day that I needed and one of the options was to write a blog each week. I was excited to see progress in my writing.new chapter

I chose the particular theme of this blog so that I could eventually use it when I felt so inspired. Well, that time is now. It has been almost a year since I began the blog and took me till now to open my heart, mind, and creative flow to put into words the knowledge that I have been given..

I will leave the posts from class as a reminder of how this all began..

Love and Light <3<3

Kristina

Uniting Sport, Democracy, and Education

In the article “Democracy, Education, and Sport” by Peter Arnold states that democracy is “ based on the belief that each human being is of value, and that each citizen is guaranteed certain rights that operate in practice and are not just formal…” In our society we try to separate sport from education and politics, when  sport can clearly play a role in both. In this article I want to discuss some of the ways that sport is intertwined in democracy and how it may be a useful tool in putting into action the rationality a democratic society and its education expect their citizens to uphold.

The Parallel of Sport and Democracy

            In a democratic society we are suppose to uphold a certain moral value.  It is said that democracy is “by the people, for the people and of the people”. Our parents and society teach us what is right and wrong, moral and unmoral. Arnold states that “at the heart of democratic ideal is the belief that all people regardless of their color, race, or creed should be respected, not only because this is desirable in itself but because they are the centers of consciousness…” We are fortunate to live in a society where we are able to speak our mind, under a government that supports our free will as people and accepts us no matter what our color, race, or creed. At least this is the ideal. I believe that sport can also play a role in teaching society the same values. In professional sports we come together, united by our common interests to support an activity and passion that brings together those of all different backgrounds. What would we be without the large sporting events? The Olympics? During such events, as stated before in a few other blog posts, it is a reflection of our societies ideals, and brings people of different views and backgrounds together. If we did not have sport what kind of society would we become? Sport provides a physical release of stress and improves overall well being. The act of participation and adherence to a sport just reinforces the beliefs of a democratic society. So the question remains, how can we further develop sport as part of our society in order to fully receive not just the extrinsic, but also intrinsic values of sport?

Sport and Education

            In education we have a tendency to focus on qualities of the mind, and discredit the benefits of our physical well being and its benefits to the mind. In Arnolds article he suggests the idea that liberal education, is “concerned with the liberation of the person who receives it,” this liberation should be mental and physical. He believes that this type of education compliments the beliefs of a democratic society. To make a deeper distinction of mental and physical aspects of education, Arnold uses the terms theoretical and practical rationality along with morality as being the two central strands in what it means to be liberally educated. If we want to change the way our education system teaches young children what is right and wrong, further intertwining sport into our education is the key. As I see it, the current education system does include sport as an extracurricular activity, it does help unite schools, faculty and students for a common goal. Yet physical education is the first program to be cut. This may be due to the view of sport as only holding physical benefits. It is now time to include the intrinsic benefits of incorporating sport and physical activity into the lives of our children. We must show the youth not only how things work but allow them to experience physically what it means to uphold taught values of morality, respect, fairness, that are provided when you participate in sports or physical activity. If we teach kids why they play sports and how all the values we teach them should be applied I think that sport would be an amazing tool for social change. The benefits of sport in which I speak of are learned respect for others, fairness and cooperation, to accept others and work as a team, along with the physical benefits of improved circulation, a decreased risk for injury and heart disease, and an higher chance of living an active lifestyle as an adult. If we are able to show the next generation that physical activity can help them manage the stresses of life, keep them from illness and disease so they can enjoy the life they life more fully, then we will be on the right track.

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            I would love to see the day when people uphold sport and physically activity as highly as they do mathematics and science. We are taught to use our mind, but I believe that the act of MOVING helps sharpen our mind. Our bodies are made to move and by participating in a sport we are learning to use the best piece of technology we will ever own, ourselves. Along with learning to take care of the one body we have in this lifetime, we are intrinsically adhering to the rules and learning to work with each other in harmony, despite any differences. We must use our democratic advantage to liberate our minds and bodies.

Education vs Athletics

Change, it is the only constant. As the world of collegiate sports grows, so will the skepticism, greed, the need to win at all costs. But what exactly is the cost? The high-profile schools expect their athletes to perform to their highest capacity. Schools give athletes incentives and scholarships, bringing in superb athletes to help them win and make them money. While giving them little time to spend on their academic studies. Is this fair for the athlete? Is it fair for the non-athletes? We are one of the only countries who have combined sports and academics. Is there a way we can better integrate sports and academics?

Of all the athletes that participate in collegiate sports only a very small percentage actually make it to play professionally. In a chapter from “Defenses of College Athletics”, Simon noted that in the late 1950’s athletes were the majority and were also highly ranked academically. This is no longer the case; as greed increased the drop out rate followed. “Furthermore, They suggest that if athletes are given too great an admissions advantage, and perform much worse academically than their classmates, and they drag down the academic atmosphere of the whole institution” (Simon 158). Major collegiate sports have seemed to lose grasp on what sport is really about at the amateur level, causing negative feelings towards sports in college.  Although I do not believe that sports “drag down the academic atmosphere”, I do think that there is a huge imbalance in collegiate sports. You have your hard working athletes who have small scholarships and no incentive, but still work hard in their quest for excellence in their sport. Then you have the high-profile athletes, who are giving every advantage possible in order for them to be able to perform well enough, to win, to make money, so they can pay the coach an absurd salary and buy all the newest gear. Brand states “less that one half 1% of Division I scholarship players each year have an opportunity to play in the professional NBA, and the large majority of those have short careers.” Should we pay our athletes at the college level? No, I do not think that is a good idea. It will just perpetuate attitude that athletes must do all that it takes to win. If athletes are going to receive academic scholarships they should also be given ample time to focus on their academic classes, along with receiving some credit for their participation in athletics. I believe that the athlete who must work hard to pay for their education or keep their scholarship will then receive the positive that athletic participation may provide. We a need to consider the ultimate purpose of sport and if sport can have a similar purpose as education? How can we merge the two fields to make sports more acceptable?football college

The best type of knowledge is self- knowledge. In the best cases participating in a sport will definitely tell you a lot about yourself. In Simons article he mentions that participating in a sport has the ability to teach you how to work as a team, analyze and over come weakness, gain confidence, stay cool under pressure, and improve your determination and perseverance. These traits are most definitely transferable to a business setting. Improving their chances of succeeding after graduation. Overall, sport has the ability to be a great tool in fine-tuning the connection between the mind and body. Some of these traits may also be taught in other ways, but sport is truly the only activity that brings the widest variety of people together to achieve a common goal. I believe there is a way to re-think the paradigm of sport in colleges.

In the articles by Simon and Brand, they both mentioned a common parallel between the performing arts and sports. They both provide a form of entertainment to students and all else who will join; both must learn factual knowledge about their activity, have long grueling practices, and while some athletes go straight to playing professionally, there are musical prodigies who bypass college to perform in orchestras. If performing arts and sports are so comparable why is it that the performing arts are more accepted as part of an academic program? In a performing arts school the students will take, for example, dance classes but also take academic classes that pertain to dance. Why cant athletes take classes such as injury prevention, anatomy, weightlifting? These classes will not only teach them about themselves, but will stay with them through their life.

Society is shifting. Changing, and we must change with it. Collegiate athletics have drafted into a black hole of greed, fraud, and a “win at all costs” attitude; this must change. Athletics are a major part of our school systems whether the professors and other skeptics like it or not. So in order to provide some common ground we must find one; One in which the athletes will receive that proper education along with a great athletic experience. It is never easy to change something that is embedded deeply into a culture, but it must be done. To reform athletics in universities in colleges is not taking a step back, I like to consider it turning around at the cliffs edge and taking a step forward, in the right direction.

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

For centuries women have been treated as inferior, weak, and dependent on the opposite sex. It was thought that we are to uphold to this feminine image of beauty while feeding men grapes and vacuuming the house in our heels. I hate heels. But we have obviously evolved past this rudimentary image of a female, or have we? It was not until 1972, when Title IX was passed, females even began to start believing there was any hope that one-day males would treat us as equals.  When I say equal, I mean that we have equal opportunities and respect in all areas of our lives. Title IX opened the doors for women in sport as well as in a work environment. Being able to participate in sports gave women the confidence to push forward and defend their rights, as human beings.

In the article “Title IX and Gender Equity” Jon Boxill concluded, “For the vast majority of people, sport is the most available form of unalienated activity and consequently is an important way that people develop their uniquely human attributes, their self-respect, and their self-esteem.” (402) Whether you are male or female, movement is in your nature. We are made to move; both males and females have the capabilities to produce beautiful, fluid, and well-calculated movements. This movement is self-expression and is not synonymous with any gender. So why do we separate males from females? Should women play against males? How may society make the playing field equal?

Over many centuries our societies have been ruled by a masculine mindset of a selfish competitiveness, which involves treating your opponent as the enemy or obstacle to be defeated. Men are the protectors, the provider, and the one in charge. Men have suppressed the female population and are threatened by the thought of a women possessing equal skill. In ancient Greece they fought to the death, preparing for war, and now we play football.  Society has further suppressed women by incorporating a need for size, speed, strength, and power in sports such as football, rugby, and ice hockey where men knowingly have an advantage. In Bruce Kidd’s article “The Men’s cultural Centre: sports and the dynamic of women’s Oppression/Men’s Repression” He mentions, “ …For women were increasingly becoming a threat to men, and men responded by developing rugby football as a male preserve in which they could bolster up their threatened masculinity…”(407) In the most popular sports size does matter, this allows men to say, “ I don’t want to play with a girl. I might hurt her.” Resulting in women remaining unactive and unable to receive the wonderful mental and physical benefits of participating in a sport or physical activity. After Title IX women then had more opportunities to participate in sports, even the masculine ones.  Females have been gaining momentum and catching up with the men in sports AND business.

In Boxill’s article he states that, “because of the nature and design of sport, it provides a significant moral function for the individual and for society at large. It does so first because it provides autonomous agents with a vehicle for self-expression- a means to self-respect and self –development.” (396) The benefits that are found in sport are not gender specific, so why do sports have to be? As humans we are always evolving and adapting to the demands of life. Women have only been participating in sport for a few decades, while men have had centuries of practice. In the short amount of time women have participated in sports, the gap between men and women in some sports has significantly lessened, especially in the area of ultra- endurance sports. Boxill mentions that, “if women want to compete with men, then they must compete against them on the same level, using the same rules and standards. But, we don’t even require this of men.” (399) If you think about all of the different male and female body types, there is such a huge range; you cannot really say that men as a whole are stronger than women.  What if you had a male who was small and scrawny and was unable to put on any muscles against a girl who was a little larger possessed more manly characteristics? Who would win in a football game or wrestling match? There are to many body types of all shapes and sizes to say that women cannot become as strong, fast and powerful as their male counterpart.

I believe that there will always be a separation between male and female sports. It will never become fully integrated, or at least I don’t believe in this lifetime it will happen. I do not see anything wrong with this. I think that separation is OK. It is going to take a long time for females to catch up to males. It should be about having the option to compete against an equal counterpart, whether it is a male or female. If a female athlete is no longer challenged by her sport she should have the right to compete against the men. Women are evolving, some faster than others. I do not believe that as a woman wanting to compete with males is demeaning of women’s sports. Just like the men in big corporations had to step aside and make room for us ladies, men will also have to make room in sports.

We are designed to be different; this dualism allows us each to provide a different puzzle piece to this beautiful life, fitting together to make a whole. Physically and biologically we are different, on an energetic level, we are all the same. We both contain the essence of male and female within us. On the outside some males may have female characteristics and vice versa. Sports should be designed to ensure that everyone may have an equal opportunity to obtain excellence. Whether you are a male or female it should not matter. I know that there will always be a bit of a separation, because sometimes I just get sick of being around men and friendly equated competition from a female counterpart is just as fulfilling.  The point is, we are all one! I know that is a little hippy of me, but what can I say, it takes one to know one!