Don’t most religions focus on death rather than life? Why?

Question by shahbarak: Don’t most religions focus on death rather than life? Why?
The Greeks focused on life. Their art celebrated perfectibility, on Earth. Egyptians made art of daily life, but like the Judaic religions that grew from them (including especially Christianity and Islam), focus on death, and fear of it. Consider the shared emphasis on an after-life – and the Christian icons of a crucified Christ, frailty and bodily decay, Saintly martyrs etc. Isn’t it all rather glum and gruesome? Is that why the religious treat Earthly things with such destructive contempt? And utilitarianism, in contrast with protestations of “spirituality”.

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Answer by Kezia D
because that’s what some people fear

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Poppy Field in Argenteuil by Claude Monet Named Most Popular Art for Mothers Day 2011


Wichita, KS (PRWEB) April 27, 2011

The popular online art gallery overstockArt.com, published today its official top five list of most popular oil paintings for Mothers Day 2011. Topping the chart is Claude Monets maternal sensual masterpiece Poppy Field in Argenteuil. Other artists named on the 2011 Mothers Day Top 5 Most Popular Oil Paintings for Mom list include Georgia O’Keeffe, Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh.

The oil paintings that made the 2011 Mothers Day Top 5 Oil Paintings for Mom list are:

1. Poppy Field in Argenteuil, Claude Monet In this colorful oil painting, originally created in 1873, Claude Monet painted his wife and son strolling together among the poppies.

2. Le tre eta della donna (Mother and Child), Gustav Klimt Mother and Child is part of Klimts famous oil painting Three Ages of Woman. The painting depicts an image of a mother cradling her young son. The original was created in 1905, three years after the death of Klimts baby son, Otto.

3. Maternity, Pablo Picasso Maternity by Pablo Picasso is a stunning oil painting, originally created in 1905, depicts the intimate and relentless bond of a mother and her child.

4. Two Sisters (On the Terrace), Pierre-Auguste Renoir This masterpiece by Renoir is a celebration of the beauty of spring and the promise of youth. Interestingly, the two girls depicted in the painting were not sisters, as indicated by the work’s original title, but unrelated models.

5. Oriental Poppies, Georgia OKeeffe Oriental Poppies is Georgia O’Keeffes most famous example of large scale paintings of flowers which she is so well known for. OKeeffe painted flowers outside of their normal scale so that people would be surprised by them, and would view them with fresh eyes.

More than 2,000,000 page views to overstockArt.coms Mothers Day gallery, were tracked. According to the click tracking, Poppy Field in Argenteuil, was the most sought after painting clicked at almost 34 percent, and Klimts Le tre eta della donna (Mother and Child) garnered 21 percent of the clicks to grab second.

Mothers Day is our third busiest selling period of the year, said David Sasson, founder and president of overstockArt.com. As people shop for mom this year, they love to know what are the hippest and most desirable oil paintings on the market. Our large audience and analytical expertise gives us a unique perspective into the art market.

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11 Most Popular and Effective Meditation Techniques around the World Today

Article by Chun Jia

People meditate for a reason. Aside from finding the innermost of yourself, meditation gives you the ability and chance to achieve a greater and more sophisticated awareness of the environment around you. Not only this, it also allows you to claim harmony, peace, and tranquility – mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Meditation can be done using different types of techniques. While some are related and originated from cultures, religions, and civilizations around the world, others are primarily basic techniques mastered and polished by various persons. But one thing binds them all – that is the ability to put you on a state of relaxation and deep meditation.

1. Basic Meditation – this is the simplest of all meditation techniques. It does not require any special preparations nor does it need prayers or that sort of thing. What you do in basic meditation is simply be alone, sit still, be quite, and focus on yourself and nothing else. Although thoughts come and go inside your mind, never allow them to distract you. Thus, you have to have total control.

2. Focused Meditating – Focused meditating is different to that of basic meditation in a way that it requires you to focus on something specific. While basic does not want to give attention to any outside force, focused works the other way around. Its main objective is to train yourself to control your consciousness.

3. Mantra – this is a very unique type of meditation technique where sound plays a big part. A single or a series of sound patterns are played spontaneously as you concentrate on it. The person using this technique will experience extreme mental processing and psychic awareness.

4. Breathing Meditation – this type of meditation focuses on comfort. It does not really involve focus on a certain thing or thought. What you have to do in order to meditate is to breathe slowly and then absorb and process the way you breather in your mind. Feel the air passing through your nasal passages and the lungs. You can keep repeating it – breathe in, breathe out until your mind starts to relax and then wander.

5. Steady Gaze – steady gaze meditation is kind of similar to focused meditating. However, it is exclusively about gazing steadily at a certain outside object. The person meditating will now focus on it for a long period of time. The main benefit of this technique is developing the person’s optic function and intuition.

6. Chakra Meditation – this meditation technique is one of the most difficult. It is also the one that can take a person into the deepest levels of consciousness. It primarily deals with the expression and realization of mind control and inner energy production.

7. Music Meditation – what’s unique about meditating while turning the music on is that you’re actually not putting yourself in a deep meditative state but still you achieve the goal of meditation and relaxation with the help of soothing and calming tunes.

8. Clear Mind – Clear mind meditation is like the basic type. But what makes it different is that you have to clear your mind of anything that tries to go through. While basic meditation allows the passing of thoughts but not allowing it to distract you, clear mind meditation is all about emptying your mind. Liberate from any thoughts and distractions.

9. Mindful Meditation – the purpose of this technique is to meditate in order to become completely aware of the entire environment that surrounds you. You have to stay in an ideal place where you get a good view in your mind about what’s happening around you. What you need to do then is give a complete focus and fill in every detail of what you’re reading in your mind.

10. Walking Meditation – unlike majority of the meditation techniques we’ve encountered so far, this one involves physical movement. You don’t sit and relax in one place. Instead, you go for a walk but make sure you find a place where no one else is around. In this technique, you focus on your movement and breathing and then connect to your environment.

11. Binaural Meditation – this one is like music meditating but the difference is that it uses a different kind of tune. With the help of binaural beats, you can put yourself in meditative and relaxation mode. You will be amazed how powerful binaural beats are in quickly transitioning you to a calming state.

 

There are so many ways of putting oneself to relaxation, but meditation is without a doubt the most popular. For added information, click here.

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Q&A: If Easter is “pagan”, why is the term for “Easter” derived from the term “Passover” in most languages?

Question by Yamster Berry’s Buddy: If Easter is “pagan”, why is the term for “Easter” derived from the term “Passover” in most languages?
The Christian holiday “Easter” is only known as such in Germanic-languages (of which English is one.) Romance languages call “Easter” some variation of “pascha” or, in non-Romance languages, the term for “Easter” is “The Great Day” or “Resurrection Day.” The Holiday of Passover comes from the Hebrews painting blood on their doors in Egypt so the Angel of Death would “passover” their houses. It is Abrhamic by nature, therefore not Pagan.

The Pagan “bunny” and all that stuff is just Hallmark marketing crap.
Ivy, you didn’t read my question…

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Answer by ivy91189
Esotre the Goddess of fertility is who Easter is named after.

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what is the most effective type of physical therapy?

Question by A: what is the most effective type of physical therapy?
I’ve seen the words “chiropractor”, “massage therapy”, “reiki”, etc. All these imply physical therapy I think. I do have back issues that I need resolved. Which physical therapy type should I look into? I hope there are books out there to help me as well, but I’m sure every physical therapy requires a doctor’s tool.

I don’t have insurance but the up-front prices I’ve seen on some physical therapy services cost $ 180 per session. Note that some clinics won’t give prices over the phone as to avoid shopping comparison prices (I think). Any advice on where to look for a physical therapist to fix my back aches? I’m in the D.C. area.

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Answer by mistify
I would recommend you see a physical therapist who is at least certified in mechanical diagnosis and therapy. This is one of the most scientifically validated ways to assess and recommend treatment for low back pain. The focus is on showing you what YOU can do at home to reduce the problem and prevent it from coming back again, as opposed to someone doing something to you and making you dependent on them for ongoing treatment. Focusing on showing you what to do results in very few visits and what is usually a brief episode of care. You can find a PT who is certified by going to www.mckenziemdt.org

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