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1. Know why and when you have hungry pangs Eating at night can be triggered by habit or boredom. It becomes a habit as we tend to use food as a tool to deal with our feelings like sorrow, anxiety, rage, or frustration. These feelings are symptoms of depression and sleeping difficulties, which can also lead to obesity and obesity-related issues. 2. Plan UR meals Planning UR meals and eating healthy snacks decreases UR cravings, avoids distractions and keeps your hunger at bay. 3. De-stress Anxiety and stress trigger us to binge eat as a solution to our negative emotions. Research states that relaxation techniques like breathing exercises, meditation, hot baths, yoga, or stretching can help you control these trigger points. 4. Eat regularly When hungry, we are likely to make bad food decisions and swallow high-fat, high-sugar junk foods. Eating regularly as per the suggestion of UR nutritionist manages your appetite. 5. Keep junk food away If you can't see it, you can't eat it! Replacing junk food with foods like fruits, berries, simple yoghurt and cottage cheese helps you stay healthy and promotes sleep. All-Time Favourite Midnight Snacks 1. Milk & whole-grain cereals (cornflakes, oatmeal or bran flakes) keep you full and induces sleep. Make sure that the whole-grain cereals are in their original form and not sugar coated or flavoured. 2. Apple or banana elevate mood with its natural content of sugar and keeps you satiated. 3. Almonds, walnuts and pistachios regulate the sleep/wake cycle of our body. Eating a handful of these nuts will put you right to sleep. 4. Turmeric milk or buttermilk are great substitutes for sugary drinks like cola and sugary drinks. Drinking a glass of turmeric milk or buttermilk helps you stay full and slashes the chances of midnight binges. Healthy Options For Sweet Cravings Homemade banana ice cream Orange carrot cupcake Healthy Options For Savoury Cravings Upma Phool Makhana Mix
1. Know why and when you have hungry pangs Eating at night can be triggered by habit or boredom. It…
How To Settle The Mind During A Crisis
At first only a few voices spoke of positive change after the COVID crisis ends, or at least becomes livable once again. Now one hears a chorus calling for change, much of it from younger people. The main message is about global cooperation and preparing better for the next pandemic. But I think people are pondering personal change, too. In the midst of widespread trepidation, what are the new goals that each of us might start pursuing right now? The first goal should be a settled mind. Fear is persuasive and panic easily goes viral. At the best of times most people turn their backs on worrisome problems rather than dealing with them directly. But unless you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you can settle your mind and go beyond fear. The first steps to gaining mastery over fear are open to everyone, as follows. • Sit down and candidly talk about your level of anxiety. Assemble the adults in your family, and perhaps older teenagers. Discuss your feelings in the context of getting past them. • Don’t dwell on anxious thoughts. When one arises, say to yourself, “This isn’t helping. Go away, I don’t need you.” Talking back to the voice in your head is actually effective. • Plan rationally for the situation you find yourself in. Problems can be divided into three categories: things you can fix, things you have to put up with, and things you should walk away from. Take each individual issue that faces you, and write down which category it falls into. Most people aggravate their worries through indecision. They vacillate between trying to fix something, putting up with it, and fantasizing about running away from it. Be clear in your reasoning; pick one strategy from the three, then stick to it. • Empathize with other people’s anxiety, but don’t make it a daily habit. Be helpful and reassuring. If this doesn’t work, you should tune out the most anxious complaints and focus on anything positive that emerges. • Be creative with your free time. Idle minds are fear’s playground. • Don’t obsess over the news. Limit your viewing time to short periods two or three times a day. This is a crisis unfolding in slow motion. You don’t have to keep up with it minute by minute. • Seek consoling and uplifting things to read and listen to. • Devote some time several times a day to sit quietly, close your eyes, and use deep, regular breathing to reach a settled state inside. If you are patient enough to practice regular meditation, do that. • Write down a vision of your future as you would like to live it after the crisis passes. Detail all the things you want to achieve and experience. • Foster hope in your immediate circle, but don’t make it up if you don’t actually feel hopeful. • Take time every day to do something that makes you smile and laugh. As you can see, none of these things are mysterious. They are available to everyone, and if you seriously undertake it, the project of defeating fear is more than doable. At a more inward level, you can also confront the misleading ideas that anxiety fosters, replacing them with positive ideas any time they recur. First, the false ideas that are typically born of fear: • If I worry, it shows I care. • I have to worry because others around me don’t seem to. • By worrying I am fending off the worst things that might happen. • Sometimes the things I worry about come true, which justifies all the times they do not come true. • Worrying doesn't hurt anybody, so why not worry? • The world is hard and life is difficult. It is only healthy to worry. • I know my worries make me feel bad, but that's the price I am willing to pay. • A lot of people worry, so I am not alone. At the very least I get a lot of reinforcement on the news and in social media. • If I worry now, it's a kind of insurance that will help me not be hurt in the future when bad stuff happens. • Worry shows my family that I love them. • If my anxiety touches others, they will want to help and take care of me without me having to ask. Habitual worriers will recognize these familiar thoughts, and all of us entertain some of them in anxious times. But each thought is the product of fear. Clear, positive thoughts should be put in place of them, as follows: • Despite my worries, I am safe and cared for. • Any problem is best dealt with when it actually occurs. • Planning for a bad eventuality should be done once, take very little time, and then left alone. • If you have coped in the past, you can trust yourself to cope now and tomorrow. • Worrying is pointless as a way to solve anything. It blocks the part of the mind that actually solves problems. • If you feel bad from anxiety, your hurt is self-inflicted, and getting out of the hurt involves taking responsibility for your own reactions. • The people around you do not like you better because you worry about them. They find it a nuisance but do not want to oppose you, so they adapt and put up with it. • Worrying drives others away. • Worrying blocks a healthy sense of self because it is basically an expression of insecurity. • Anxiety doesn't protect you from future hurt. It actually brings hurt into the here and now. • You are not your fears, but if you accept that you are, personal growth is blocked. You might even find it helpful to take these two lists and discuss each item with people close to you. The project of overcoming fear knows no specific time and place. In normal times we should be gaining control over fear to the extent we can. Now, however, the need to settle the mind is more urgent than ever. DEEPAK CHOPRA™ MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of over 89 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His 90th book, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential, unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”
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A Breath Of Relaxation With Guided Meditation
The human mind absorbs and stores both the good and bad energy of its surroundings. Therefore, considering all the stressors that exist within the environment we live in, it’s quite natural that our mind and body show signs of anxiety and stress. To cope with stress levels, every individual has his/her unique choice of intervention. However, among all of the stress-relieving activities, meditation has gained significant momentum in the past few decades. And one of the many types of meditation routines that can help alleviate stress, anxiety and improve focus is a guided meditation, which has gained a lot of attention and appreciation due to its efficiency and consistency. So let’s understand how we can integrate this type of meditation in our lifestyles. What Is Guided Meditation? Guided meditation is a form of meditation where participants meditate in response to the guidance and instructions provided by an expert, teacher or practitioner. The format of communication between the instructor and the student could be either in person or via music, video or written text. The instructive nature of this format of meditation makes it easier for the individual to be much more structured and ordered in their practice. Nowadays, there are many guided meditation videos available online, which can help you meditate with ease. How We Can Incorporate It In Our Lifestyle Meditation is an activity that can be performed anywhere and anytime without prior preparation. The only thing to keep in mind is to channel all your focus on the task of meditation. Guided meditation, as the name suggests, helps an individual meditate without the burden of thinking about how and what to do if he/she is unfamiliar with the task. Meditation could also mean that a person is sitting in silence and reflecting upon life. The trouble with such types of meditative practices is that there is no framework to it. On the contrary, guided meditative practices have a finite set of instructions, which makes the process easier. If you are looking for long-term benefits, meditative practices only during episodes of stress may not be quite as effective. Try to include 10-15 minutes of guided meditation routine either in the night or morning, depending on your schedule, every day, without fail to reap its full benefits. Once you are comfortable with 15-minute intervals, you can increase the duration and go up to one hour, if time permits. However, most individuals will be able to stay focused and relaxed up to 30 minutes, if practised daily. Benefits Of Guided Meditation • As opposed to other meditative practices, guided meditation saves you the trouble of planning the routine, as it is pre-recorded or designed. You can either drop by a class and follow the instructions or plug in your earphones and follow the guidelines. • It reduces stress hormones in the body and promotes a sense of well-being. • 15-30 minute episodes of meditation practised daily have shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension. • It leads to slower brain wave activities, which helps in reducing the stress all the while triggering human growth hormones (HGH). • It also helps in reducing inflammation by neutralising acidosis, thus minimising pain as well. With technology at our fingertips, meditation has become an easily accessible practice. Moreover, many apps are now available on your smartphone that can give you instructions about meditation and how to start meditating, if you are new to it. Give these meditative practices a try to live a stress-free life!
The human mind absorbs and stores both the good and bad energy of its surroundings. Therefore, considering all the stressors…
How Stressed Are You?
As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be”. In urban India, the answer seems to have become a foregone conclusion. Almost akin to saying, if you are alive, you surely have stress! So if having stress is a given, let’s check your attitude towards stress. Is it driving or destroying you? Is it energising and invigorating, or is it extremely exhausting? Is it fantastic or fatiguing? A simplistic diagnosis would be to ask you what your answer was. If you said ‘yes’ to the former all the time, that does make you a stress addict. Without stress you don’t move, but with stress you are all charged up - face flushed, eyes wide, heart pumping and blood racing through your arteries. You may also have said ‘No’ to most of the questions. What then? You do seem to be at the end of your tether, don’t you? You seem to be swamped under the burden of your troubles. Or, the thought of stress puts you in panic mode. You are either overburdened with stress and close to burnout or you have stress phobia. But why not do a quick 30-day stress analysis – a ‘how much’ and ‘where from’ check. You can understand the problem quickly, which will make working on the solution much easier too. If work was “very exciting” then place a W on that day. If the work was “OK” then write 2 Ws. And if it was bad/tiring/disappointing, then give it 3 Ws. Follow this routine with all other areas too. At the end of the week, total up each area individually. This matrix will help you quantify your stress areas, which you can reflect upon on a weekly or monthly basis. The more the Hs, the more the stress caused at home. The less the Rs, the healthier is your relationship quotient! The results may be exactly as you expected - confirming what you always knew. On the other hand, the results of the month may even be quite a revelation. Your perception may have been that home was a boiling pot of stress, but the totals may indicate that in fact, it was work. Now, let us explore some solutions. A problem-solving approach, a change of attitude or a change of perception might help you address specific areas. But meanwhile, you need to burn the existing stress. Let us start with the top of the body and work down to the feet. It was about your lazy bones that Martin Lurther King Jr said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” 1) Head, Neck, Face – When stress burdens us, like Atlas we tend to take the load on our shoulders. The muscles of the neck and shoulders go tight, the jaw clenches and the forehead goes into a frown. All this muscle tension soon results in a tension headache. Here are a few simple steps to beat the Atlas: • Sit comfortably in a chair, legs and arms in an open position. • Gently point your chin to the left shoulder, then right. Repeat it five times. Then point the chin up to the sky and down, five times. • Rotate your neck very slowly – left shoulder, chest, right shoulder, back, left shoulder. • Slowly reverse. Repeat five times. • Now comes the silent scream – open your mouth wide, squeeze those eyes shut and let out a scream at a zero volume. This is a good preventive measure, though it may not help much if the headache is severe. Try it when you feel discomfort starting. • Time taken: 5 minutes. 2) Chest – With stress, the chest feels heavy, the breathing short and uncomfortable and this only adds to the state of arousal. Try these quickies to breathe right. • Sit with the back straight in, in an open body position. • Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. • Slow your breath down to a count of four in, and then 4 out. • When you breathe in, push the abdomen out and when you breathe out, pull the abdomen in. • Now reverse count your breaths. Depending on the time available, start with 54 or 16. One count for breathe in and one for breathe out. When you reach zero, open your eyes. • Now your breathing is slow: lower chest and lungs are being used, your oxygen requirement is being met and your body and mind are becoming calm. • Time taken: 5 minutes The value of a robust physical activity is many folds. Whether it is an hour of aerobics, Bollywood dance or salsa, a walk or jog around the park or a strenuous session of swimming, the benefits are felt by your heart, lungs and blood vessels. The muscles and the joints of the body are mobilised and strengthened. And most importantly, the stress impacts of hormones and neurochemicals are burned and reduced. Feel-good hormones or endorphins are released creating a sense of de-stress and wellbeing. To the above list let’s add sports – tennis, football, basketball, hockey or cricket. With this, you will learn to work within a team, subjugate your ego for the group, rise to a leadership position if required, demand the best out of each teammate and rise to the challenge of a win!
As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be”. In…
Imagining The Subtle Body
What is the subtle body? And why should we imagine it during yogasanas? It is the body which is subtler than the physical one! The human system is very complex and beautifully done. It is incredibly fragile and at the same time, phenomenally resilient. This life is so fragile: Inhalation, exhalation, inhalation, Imagining The Subtle Body: From The Surface To The Core exhalation - If the next inhalation does not happen, you're gone! Between life and death, there is just half a breath, not even a full breath! But even though life is so fragile, it still has resilience. Human beings can do unbelievable things because the body is structured on many different levels. If it was just physical, if you just held somebody’s nose in their sleep, they should be gone. But that is not how it is. It is in layers. Even if the physical loses its ability to live, if the other dimensions are still alive, the physical could be revived. It happens to you every day: When you sleep, one part of you is actually dead – your personality, your thought, and your ideas of what you are – but because the other parts are still awake, everything comes awake once again. Enhancing Perception Whether you practice a simple asana or any other dimension of yoga, essentially, the only goal is to improve your perception, because only what you perceive you know – the rest is just imagination. Generally, instead of enhancing knowledge, people have unfortunately been given teachings. Teachings will only lead to unbridled creativity, which is a sure way of graduating into an asylum. If your imagination loses control, if it is not rooted in reality, you are moving towards insanity. On the spiritual path, if you take in teachings which are not necessary for you, very quickly, you will move towards insanity. The danger is always there. If your feet are still firmly on the ground and then you imagine something, it is okay. But if your imagination can take you off the ground, then you have no control over the situation. Memory And Imagination Asanas and other yogic practices are mainly designed only to enhance your perception and not to send you on a flight of imagination. As your understanding is enhanced, then you know life, you are not thinking about life. Right now, this question has arisen because there is no experience of the subtle body, but somebody is telling you ‘please see it,’ -imagination. Yes, we are asking you to imagine this because the distinction between what is real and what is vision is not significant. It is a very thin line. The actual process is anyway happening. If you assist it with the right kind of action and awareness, the real thing will come into the picture. Today, it is an established fact in neuroscience that unless you have some memory and imagination, your visual apparatus will not function. You always believed that your eye is a camera – no. Without the computer behind, it cannot work. We are doing what is called natural eye care methods at Isha Rejuvenation, where we use memory and imagination to see better; you can distinctly see if you build memory about something; within a minute, you can see things better. Conclusion Even now, you are unable to see many things about which there is no memory. So we are just trying to build some memory, and you cannot make memory without imagination. You always thought you could not imagine unless there is a memory. No, you cannot build memory unless there is imagination. Without imagination, consciousness is not possible. We are asking you to imagine the subtle body. Just make it like yourself; do not make it too beautiful. Do not let your imagination run wild. Just a little bit is okay because if you build this, the memory will play. Once the mind plays, you will begin to see. But do not see it walking all over the place – only when you are doing the asanas. Those of you who start seeing subtle bodies all over the place, such people should eat only subtle food! Ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and a New York Times bestselling author. Sadhguru has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India in 2017, the highest annual civilian award, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service.
What is the subtle body? And why should we imagine it during yogasanas? It is the body which is subtler…
Buddha Purnima – Birth of An Enlightened Lord!
The birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha is an auspicious day, celebrated as Buddh Purnima. This is one of the most auspicious full moon days as it marks as the birth anniversary of Prince Siddhartha. He later became Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. In Theravada Buddhism, it is observed as the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama (c. 563-483 BCE) attained Nirvana (salvation) under the Mahabodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, Bihar, as well as his death anniversary. It is a significant festival celebrated with enthusiasm in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia. On this day, the devotees visit temples, light candles and incense sticks, pray and offer sweets and fruits before the statue of Lord Buddha. In the prayer meeting world over, sermons on his life and teachings are done for the devotees. Devotees distribute kheer (milk porridge) in memory of Buddha, as a woman had offered the Lord the same on this day. Here are five Gautam Buddha's teachings that you can use in your daily life: "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you." "If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way." "Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the ocean's depth are calm." "The past is already gone; the future is not yet here. There's only one moment for you to live." "The trouble is, you think you have time." It is believed that in the evening of Buddha Purnima, the energies around us are potent. Hence, it is the perfect time to perform rituals to get rid of all the negativity, old patterns, addictions and any negative emotions that do not serve any purpose anymore. Buddha Purnima Special Ritual • Take some time and write on a paper about your habits, person or situations that you wish to release and heal. • At late evening or night time take a shower or rinse your hands, feet and face and wear fresh clothes. • Sit on a mat outdoors or anywhere in your home where you can feel moon energies. • Burn incense sticks and place a bowl of water next to you. Take a few breaths and chant this mantra for five times: Buddham Sharanam Gacchami Sangham Sharanam Gacchami Dhammam Sharanam Gacchami • After you are done with it, say: "Dear Lord Buddha and Moon God, please bless me on this auspicious day to release everything that no longer serves me." • Now read out the list couple of times that you had prepared to release and heal. • After that, visualise each of those habits, person or situations getting released and healed. While doing meditation slowly chant… I RELEASE all negativity attached to my body, mind, soul, and aura from across lives, space, dimension, and times. I RELEASE all the blockages that hinders my growth and progress from body, mind, soul and aura; across lives, space, dimension, and times. I RELEASE all karmic vows and promises I might have taken intentionally or unintentionally which blocks me from achieving my goals and happy life from my mind, body, soul, and aura across lives, space, dimension, and times. I RELEASE all the curses I am carrying since across lives, space, dimension, and times from my mind, body, soul, and aura. I RELEASE all the buried anger, negative emotions, financial blockages, and addictions from my mind, body, soul, and aura across lives, space, dimension, and times. I RELEASE all unpleasant and negative memories from each of my cells, mind, body, soul, and aura across lives, space, dimension, and times. I RELEASE and cut all cords from all aspect of my life that does not serve me anymore, that creates blockages and drains me off my energy from my mind, body, soul, and aura across lives, space, dimension, and times. End with saying thank you, thank you, thank you! Open your eyes gently and feel blessed!
The birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha is an auspicious day, celebrated as Buddh Purnima. This is one of the most…
Ashtanga yoga suryanamaskar guide
How to do the south Indian version of surya namaskar Eddie Stern Today we are going to do the Surya Namaskar which is an ancient practice of the yogic tradition. There are different types of Surya Namaskar – some that are done in the north of India and some that are done in the south, which have different characteristics. Today, I’ll be teaching you a South Indian version of the Surya Namaskar that I learnt from my guru ji(s) Pattabhi Jois and guru ji Sharath Jois. Whenever UR doing these practices you should ensure UR doing three things all the time: 1)Moving with awareness 2)Breathing freely 3)Not feeling any discomfort Stretching a muscle and strengthening a muscle might require effort and you feel discomfort only if UR distorting the first two things. If you have discomfort which is pain, you won’t be able to breathe freely and you will stop moving with awareness because you will be so concerned with UR pain! So if you feel that level of discomfort you need to stop and rest or do less of that position. As with all exercises, it’s best to have a teacher present to help guide you. When you don’t have a teacher, it’s ok to try to use videos. But you have to pay a lot of attention to UR own body and to UR own capacity. OK let’s begin! The first Surya Namaskar has nine vinyasas. Vinyasa means breath and movement together. First Vinyasa Inhale and place UR hands over UR head. Second Vinyasa Exhale and place UR hands right down by UR sides Third Vinyasa Tighten UR hips a little and reach UR hands forward and exhale. Bend down. Bring UR head close to UR legs; bend UR knees as much as you need to get UR hands on the floor. Inhale with UR head up. Stay here and exhale. Repeat first and second Vinyasa Tighten UR belly – stand up and reach UR arms over UR head. Exhale and bring UR arms out to UR sides. Fourth Vinyasa Inhale and move UR arms forward and up like in the first Vinayasa. Tighten UR hips and like a swan dive, exhale and open UR chest and come down. Rest UR head down towards UR legs and place UR hands flat on the floor. Fifth Vinyasa Inhale with chest up Sixth Vinyasa Exhale, jump back and lower down Seventh Vinyasa Inhale and get into the upward facing dog position Eight Vinyasa Exhale and get into the downward facing dog position. Breathe with sound 5 times. Ninth Vinyasa Bend UR knees and look at UR hands. Inhale, hop UR feet forward, lift UR chest up straightening UR legs. Exhale and bend UR head down. Repeat first and second Vinyasa Inhale and stand up with UR hands over UR head. Exhale and stand in the samasthiti position. Take a long inhale and a long exhale. After you do UR Surya Namaskar or any other asanas, complete it by getting into a half lotus or full lotus position or even into a sukhasana position. Any position you like. We’ll start with the half lotus position today •Hold UR wrist behind UR back. Exhale and bend UR head down towards the floor •Inhale and sit back up. Put your hands behind you (palms flat on the floor) •Lengthen UR lower spine, lift UR chest up and gently rest UR head back. •If you have any neck discomfort, keep UR chin towards your collarbone and continue to lift UR chest up. This position helps to open UR lungs for deep breathing. •Push off from UR hands and keep UR hands on UR knees. The back of UR hands should be on UR knees; close UR thumb and forefinger. Keep UR Spine straight and UR chin down. Breathe slowly 10 times. Breathe with sound in UR nose and UR throat. •If UR in half lotus with the sukhasana, you can change UR legs but if UR in the full lotus position – don’t change UR legs – you’ll just be doing UR right first. And if UR in full lotus for all this, there will be one more pose that you can do at the end. •While still in the half lotus pose with the sukhasana - put your left leg on top. Hold onto your opposite wrist – exhale and bend down. Breathe 10 times. •Now come into the full lotus position if UR able to do it. If UR unable to do full lotus, just keep UR legs crossed. In full lotus padmasana, keep UR hands on the floor next to UR thighs and lift yourself off the ground for 10 breaths. If you are not able to do a full lotus – just cross UR legs and lift yourself off the floor for 10 breaths. (Your legs don’t have to be lifted off the ground). This concludes the Surya Namaskar – the first type, along with the 3 finishing poses and udbuthihi, the deep breathing which helps to calm the mind and give you a little bit of a meditative state at the end of your practice. •Now lie down on UR back for two minutes stretching UR legs out in front of you. Rest flat down. Some people are a bit more comfortable with their feet resting flat on the floor. Keep UR knees together if you have any lower back pain. Otherwise, rest with UR legs in front of you for 2 minutes. When UR ready to bring yourself back up, you can lengthen UR inhale and lengthen UR exhale, wriggle UR fingers and toes and move UR ankles and wrists around a little bit – pull UR knees into UR chest and hug UR knees for a moment. Rock yourself up to a seated position with UR hands folded in front of you. Say ‘Om Shanti’ three times to conclude. The most important thing about yoga, meditation or any devotional practice or contemplated practice you do is to do it with regularity because that’s when you begin to see change and transformation in UR life.
How to do the south Indian version of surya namaskar Eddie Stern Today we are going to do the Surya…
Heal UR Life: Energy Cleansing For A Better Tomorrow
Heal UR Life: Energy Cleansing For A Better Tomorrow Heal UR Life is all about spreading positivity through various methods. Today, I would like to talk about energy cleansing. This is about all kinds of remedies like burning bay leaves or putting lavange in your diyas. They all work wonders and you can see a difference in the environment in your homes. Let me start by talking about one entity that has the power to cleanse us all – Sai Baba. It was in March 2020, during the lockdown, there were cases of COVID-19 all around India. And Maharashtra has been the worst affected state of India, but there is not a single case of coronavirus infection in Shirdi. It proves the dominant vibe of the place known for Sai Baba. It is a matter of faith, and if you go to him with dedication, it will never fail. The failure of COVID at Shirdi is a testimony for the world about the power of the place. Sai baba never asks for anything from his devotees, but only trust and devotion. We Indians believe in miracles, and I can tell you the recent event of corona-free Shirdi is a miracle in itself when the whole of Maharashtra is facing the heat of COVID-19. Since the lockdown has happened, we have all witnessed a lot of stress and anxiety. I would suggest you read the Sai Satcharitra or do a havan at home for mental peace. I will tell you about myself when I was recently doing the havan at my house, I could see the image of Sai Baba in the diya. If you read the book or do the havan, you will definitely see that your mind will be at peace. You will be more calming in nature. I know that youngsters do not believe in these things and want answers from science about everything. But if there is faith, then you don’t need science. And if you are looking for proof, then you never had any faith. However, I do have evidence about lighting a diya for peace. When we light a diya, it emits radiance, which changes the atmosphere around us for positivity. The magnetic waves that are emitted from the diya touch you, and stay with for hours. It clears the negativity around us. How to clear the aura around you You can just take a spoon of salt and mix it the water before taking a bath. You can also put the salt in water and immerse your feet in the bucket. Salt in the water kills the negative vibes in your body. Lighting a diya is another way to cleanse. Playing any kind of music that you like, which doesn’t have to be spiritual music, help in clearing the aura around you. Whenever you feel that you are uncomfortable at a place, or you do not like the atmosphere around you, you can do the things mentioned above. Some of the symptoms like sudden headache, sudden cramps are ways to show that there is negativity around you. Another easy way to cleanse the energy in the house is the burning of camphor. You can take 4-5 capsules of camphor, put them in ghee or oil and burn it. What you can do for personal cleansing is that you can rotate the burning camphor around you for the number of times the day you were born. If you were born on the 15, then do 15 rounds of it and likewise! Meditation also helps a lot in cleaning the aura around you. Wondering how to figure out the negativity in UR house? Well, just take a walk around, and if you feel any discomfort in certain parts, or if you have quarrel at a particular place in the house, then it is nothing but bad energy flowing around. I want to add that no matter what religion you follow, it is always about bad energy vs good energy. Have faith in whatever you do in life, and you will see everything falling into place for you! If you want to reach out to me, mail me at email@example.com
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Heal UR Life: How Alternate Therapy Helps U Heal
Heal UR Life: How alternate therapy helps u heal In these times, when the world is at siege due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are looking for different ways to relieve stress and working towards a better life. Alternative therapy is one such method to do it. We’re going to discuss stress, how to deal with it and the different ways to curb this menace. While on the subject, I would also like to talk about the various therapies to build relationships and boost the immune system, all in the comfort of UR home… Losing weight is one subject that always catches our attention, especially during this quarantine period. We all fear to gain extra kilos and not looking our best before we return to work. However, that’s where we go wrong, as ‘losing’ as a term brings negative connotation with it. On the contrary, I like to call it “managing weight”. It gives you much more control over what you want to do with UR body. Visualisation is a great way to proceed with managing UR weight. What comes first as an alternative therapy of healing is hypnosis. It’s not just about visiting a hypnotherapist or going into a trance. People are in and out of hypnosis every day in their lives without even realising it. Patterns and habits define hypnosis in daily life. For example, if you’ve learnt driving once, you are now habituated to it. UR conscious when U R driving, but you can do multiple things during that time as well. It becomes your habit with time which is a state of hypnosis. Weight management is emotional. You must’ve heard about emotional eating. But what is it? It is when we eat when we are emotional, overwhelmed or sad. A diet is not going to solve the issue of managing weight because it is connected to your mind and emotions. To manage weight, it’s essential to look at food differently, change a few beliefs and understand what food means to you. Have clarity on what you want to achieve. Hypnosis works in different ways, and it doesn’t always mean to close your eyes to get into a hypnotic state. One of the greatest hypnotherapists, Milton Ericson, never got his clients to close their eyes. He just talked and healed by getting people to talk about different perspectives. To add to that, hypnotherapy can help you learn to cope with conflict and manage difficult emotions more easily. It can help you build confidence and ask for what you need and deserve, something which is very important in relationships. Communication is vital, and hypnotherapy may be able to help you with this aspect too. During this lockdown, reports have come that the divorce cases in China have gone up drastically, and I’m not surprised. Humans are not wired to be with each other for long. Sure we love relationships, but we are also wired for our own time. We love to go to work or meet friends. However, in this lockdown, living in close proximity to our loved ones might cause distress. My advice would be to find some ‘me’ time for yourself. Take an hour every day to spend that time with no one but yourself. The problems in relationships arise when there is lack of communication. Almost every issue is down to the lack of conversation between partners. What we do in a relationship is that we assume we know everything about the other person and they know us. But that’s not the case. In my opinion, the longer you are together, the more you should communicate. Another method of alternative healing is havening, a kind of sensory therapy. When clients come to me, I take their words as symptoms of an underlying problem. As a therapist, I dig deep into their history and find the root of the problem with a technique called meta-modelling. It’s not painful or tiresome like other techniques. I talk to my clients and figure out the root of the problem, which could be childhood issues, family issues, school, bullying, peer pressure and other problems that can be the reason for their current pain. The present pain, if not dealt with, will have a massive impact on an individual’s relationship, health, wellbeing and productivity. The most crucial relationship that you have is with yourself! Havening is a method that helps me de-link and decode the childhood traumas of my clients, and that can help you too. It is a psycho-sensory technique which involves three pillars of healing, namely; psychology, psychopharmacology and the mind-body connection. As a practitioner, I heal my patients by connecting their mind and body. I work by attaching their mind and body by using sensory touches. It works by touching the face, shoulders to elbows and the hands. Let’s say UR very stressed, so you can use the affirmational havening to destress. People have different techniques when they are stressed. While some rub their temples, others put their hands on their head. Some even pull their knuckles to self-soothe. The self-havening technique to destress It’s an extremely effective method to destress, where you have to touch yourself with both hands crossed on your shoulder and bring them from shoulders to the wrist and talk positive things to yourself. Just say “I chose to feel healthy” or “I chose to focus on something” as you do the moves. Do it 5 to 10 minutes in a day to see the benefits. Focus on what you want and do this self-havening exercise. Things to do to forget the trauma during the lockdown • Self-havening • Yoga • Meditation • Listening to meditative podcasts • Singing/Chanting • Have probiotics • Walking in sunlight (if possible) • The vagus nerve technique – For this, sit straight on a chair, with your feet firmly on the ground. Now take three deep breaths. When you inhale, do it with the word calm, and when you exhale through your mouth, do it with the word stress. To get in touch with me, you can follow my Instagram page @micheleparadiseofficial, or go to my website www.changeyourmindforgood.com. You can also go to my YouTube channel @micheleparadise for havening videos.
Heal UR Life: How alternate therapy helps u heal In these times, when the world is at siege due to…
How To Tackle Trauma Effectively
How To Tackle Trauma Effectively Despite knowing the struggles of the mind can cause lasting effects on our lives, we choose to ignore the fact. Psychological ‘wounds’ are not readily accepted nor recognised. Given the unpredictable world, we live in, understanding the traumatic psychological injury of the mind has never been more critical. The longer we wait to tend to our mental well-being, the bigger the problem may develop! Everyday Trauma Even in the comfort of our homes, we are traumatised daily by flash news of natural disasters, war, violent crimes, accidents and abuse. The breaking news of catastrophes may numb us to an immediate emotional response, leading us to be less empathetic towards victims. What Is PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a stress-related anxiety disorder. It is defined as a normal reaction to an experience or witnessing an overwhelming incident during which individuals have an intense combination of emotions like fear, hopelessness or horror. Episodes like domestic abuse, sexual abuse, life-threatening accidents and even childbirth cause PTSD. About nine per cent, new moms deal with postpartum PTSD. It is caused by dealing with a complication while giving birth or due to the declining health of the baby, post-birth. Usually, PTSD symptoms appear after a month of experiencing a terrifying incident but these symptoms could be dormant for years. Intrusive Memories • Repeated and painful recollections of a traumatic event in the form of dreams, flashbacks or memories. • Reliving the unfortunate incident frequently • Vulnerability and psychological distress when exposed to things that symbolise or resemble an aspect of the trauma like an object or date or anniversary. Avoidance Features • Trying to escape the thought or feelings associated with the trauma or avoidance of activities, places, people and situations. • Some individuals are unable to recall even an essential aspect of the trauma. Heightened Arousal • Difficulty in falling or staying asleep • Irritability or outburst of anger progressing to rage • Difficulty concentrating, hypervigilance and easily startled • Confused and troubled behaviour • Unable to concentrate and poor memory Other Features • Lack of interest in anything • Loneliness and detachment from the world • Clinical depression • Crippled with anxiety and panic • Inability to have a definite range of affection like love or kindness • Hopelessness and helplessness • Suicidal thoughts • Diminished self-esteem and confidence • Difficulty in coming to terms with the incident that can lead to continued self-victimisation Who Does It Affect? • PTSD can affect all age groups, even children • Females are more likely to be affected by PTSD • About 1 to 3 per cent of the population is affected by PTSD Individual differences such as analysing the event and the capacity to cope with catastrophic stress explain the reason why some exposed to traumatic events do not suffer from PTSD while others go on to develop the full-blown syndrome. Suffer From PTSD: Facts & Figures • An estimated 50% of rape victims • About 30% post a physical assault • Incidents like witnessing serious injury (7.3%) and natural disaster (3.8%) also increase vulnerability • 20% of those who have witnessed war and have been wounded A journal of NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) that published a research paper on PTSD revolving around India stated that the biggest reason for PTSD is abuse! Dealing With PTSD PTSD requires due attention and empathic care because it is a delicate issue that deals with all the ordeals an individual has experienced. Combination treatment with talk therapy and medication is found to be the most effective method to manage PTSD. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Talk Therapy) & Structured Counselling helps the victims learn new skills on how to process memories and emotions related to the trauma caused. It also manages or resolves distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviour associated with traumatic events. Additional Treatments include medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety tablets help reduce the impact of symptoms. Offering assistance for the victim’s family helps psychologically and plays a pivotal role in the victim’s recovery. Frontline personnel need to be aware of providing psychological first-aid to assist people in the aftermath of significant events to reduce initial distress, improve adaptive functioning and reduce secondary victimisation.
How To Tackle Trauma Effectively Despite knowing the struggles of the mind can cause lasting effects on our lives, we…