Think Global, Act Local
Several decades ago, everything that is locally available was 'sustainable'. Globalization opened gates to new prospects all around the world. It gave way for commercial production of indigenous goods for exporting them around the globe as a mark of trade and prosperity. It also started the flow of imported goods, some of them are necessary, some are a novelty, and some are an utter indulgence. Because of the pandemic, imports and exports have come to a standstill. It might be a good time to retrace our steps to sustain on local produce and products. This applies to various fields, and one such aspect is our use of flowers. India has an abundance of flowers and foliage growing in its own backyard. It produces and exports many kinds of commercial flowers. Roses, carnations, gladioli, chrysanthemums, gerberas, lilies, anthuriums are some of the many which grow well here. All these are cut flowers which are found commonly in florist shops and bought for an event or home décor. The swing towards imported flowers is big time and is preferred by many as it provides the thrill of using something new. It was a visually beautiful phase, no doubt. Now it is about time to focus on the beautiful flowers and foliage, a tropical country like ours has to offer. Like the tuberoses of West Bengal to Tamil Nadu's jasmine, tulips from Kashmir and heliconias from Kerala. Think of using and cashing in on home produce. The reasons are similar to why we emphasize on local food. No long-distance shipping, reducing carbon footprint, supporting the local economy and more are the perks. Even from home gardens or pots from your apartment balcony, simple kanakambaram, ixora, oleander, temple tree flowers, coloured foliage can be used to bring a pretty touch to the room. They can be used as floral rangolis, garlands, floated in an urli or put together in a small container to give a beautiful touch of nature to the indoors. Plants can be grown well in apartment balconies and terraces of your homes. Do keep in mind though that sunlight for a couple of hours a day is essential for these plants to give an abundance of blooms and lush foliage. Flowering plants that you can try to grow at your home: Bougainvillaea Morning glory Temple tree dwarf variety Clerodendrum Creeper roses Jasmine Hibiscuses Begonia Geranium Periwinkle Pentas Kalanchoe Adenium Verbena Petunia Pansy Marigold Foliage plants: Aloe Vera Sansevieria Syngonium Dracaena Asparagus Money plant Jade plant Zamia Rubber plant Areca Palm Flowering plants that do well in the Deccan Plateau: Bougainvillaea Oleander Lantana Euphorbia Ixora Zinnia Periwinkle Spathiphyllum Sunflower Marigold Periwinkle, marigold, nerium, hibiscus, ixora are beautiful flowering plants, most of which have medicinal value apart from the other herbal plants. It would be good to cash in on their beauty and use them for traditional home remedies and health benefits. Advantages of using local floral material: • No long-distance shipping; no losses due to a decline in the pristine condition of the flowers. As exported flowers have to fulfil a quarantine period, they may sometimes reach in an early stage of decomposition. • Reducing the carbon footprint is an economic gain and contributes to self-sustainment. • Supporting the local economy as they will flourish. • Community wellbeing. • Provide jobs and wages during the upcoming recession if any. • Entrepreneurship goals achieved. • Provides product diversity in the local markets. • Environmental sustainability. Significance of flowers in Indian mythology Flowers and leaves have great significance in mythology. There is mention of different kinds of trees in ancient literature. Have you ever wondered why we use the only particular flower for a specific festival? Each deity is symbolized through some flower and is considered sacred. Here is a small sample of the plethora we have. • Lotus is known for divinity, purity and fertility. Goddess Lakshmi is always represented sitting in a Lotus flower. • Jasmine flowers and garlands are common in temples and are one of the best things to look forward to in the heat of summer. • Hibiscus flowers are said to be the flower for Goddess Kali • Parijata is said to be the heavenly tree brought down to earth by Lord Krishna. • Bathukamma-Telangana floral festival: The nine-day celebration of this festival features a lot of seasonal flowers. Stacks of flowers like thangedu (Cassia auriculata), marigold, chrysanthemums built up in a pretty mound are made and later released into a lake or a river. These flowers hold medicinal properties, according to Ayurveda. If there ever was a pressing need to reiterate a phrase of relevance in the times we live in now, it is this. 'Think global, act local.' Many decades ago, life and lifestyle, travel and living were local. The last couple of decades all of it swayed to global and now is the crucial time to rebound to local. It's been 50 years since we officially started Earth Day, every day is one now. Respite for the earth and solace for the soul.
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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!
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COVID-19 Everything You Need To Know
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the world hard, but this is not the first time that it has happened. In the past there have been two other mutated coronaviruses that have caused epidemics. One was the SARS which was in 2002 and the other was the MARS, which was in 2012. To give you a comparison, the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) caused by a novel coronavirus in 2002 had a mortality rate of 10%. The MERS, which is the Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome that came out in 2012, had a mortality rate of 35%. The current SARS 2 Coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has mortality in the region of about 2 to 3% probably more likely 1.5 to 2.5%. To give an idea, when we say infectiousness, we use the terminology called RO whereby we refer to what are the chances of an infected person transmitting to others and the chances of one infected person with COVID-19 can be transmitted to about 1.5 to 2.5 people. Here the incubation period can be as long as 14 days. Also, in flu the person has fever, body pain and cough which is also quite often seen with COVID-19, but in flu a lot of people have up respiratory symptoms in the form of cold, blocked nose, running nose which is less often seen with COVID-19. COVID-19 and flu are very similar in terms of how they are acquired which is through respiratory droplets and touching in animate surfaces which are contaminated by a person’s coughing and sneezing and then taking our hand near the mouth or face. The symptoms are similar. The mortality is probably a little higher. Home quarantine is advised in two situations One if you have come from a country where there is local transmission of this infection like in China, Iran, Italy, Germany, France or probably some other countries in near future which may report any cases. If you have come from any of these countries, and even if you don’t have symptoms of cough or fever, it is advised you stay in home quarantine for the next 14 days. By home quarantine I mean that you need to stay in a separate room, which is well ventilated with the doors closed. The person should not entertain any visitors and even the family should be at least 1 to 2 meters away from this person at all times. The person should not leave the house, should not go anywhere for any social gatherings, to school or even to social functions. Which means he should be entirely at home isolated. At present there are lot of people who either have come back from the country where it is prevalent but don’t have symptoms or there are some people who have symptoms, but no exposure to and proven individual with COVID or exposure to any countries where COVID has occurred. Now as I told you, the tests are done only in government centres and Public Health machinery decides who needs to be tested and the test is currently reserved only if you have come from abroad and asymptomatic or you are symptomatic with exposure to approve and COVID-19 case in India. There is a lot of wishful thinking that heat will kill the virus and it will cease to spread once summer sets in. Now, I am not very confident about this. The virus survives very well at the body temperature of 37 degrees. So in hot temperature if it falls on in-animate object, it will dry very fast. It means that transferring from one person to another through a medium will be less likely. But having said that we need to realise that most of the transmission happens indoors where inevitably the temperatures are much lower and there is air conditioning. Moving on, flu vaccine is only protective against circulating strain of flu. Because the flu vaccine virus is also very mutable virus or keeps changing every year depending on the circulating strain of the flu virus you need to take your vaccine is a booster every year to prevent yourself from getting flu. This has no connection whatsoever the SARS virus and this will not help protect you against COVID-19. SARS 2A COVID-19 is a self-limited condition. Incubation period is the time from the onset of exposure to the occurrence of the disease. It is in the median of 45 days, but can vary anywhere from 2 to 14 days. A person shows symptoms of cough, body pain and fever. Almost 80% of infections are mild and do not even want hospitalization. Another 15% may require hospitalization for oxygen and other supportive measures. 5% of people, which is one in 20 may end up in the ICU requiring ventilator support, out of which about 2 people may die. Those who die are typically elderly people over the age of 60 people with other co morbidities like diabetes, heart disease lung disease or kidney disease. It has been shown that the mortality can be as high as 15% in people over the age of 80. So, at present if you develop symptoms, we advise you home quarantine. If there is local transmission proven for example in India we start getting people who have never travelled, who have never been exposed to a proven case of COVID-19 being tested and proven that they could have this COVID-19 yes, it means we have to be careful. The general advice we give for everybody is avoid all non-essential travel, avoid all crowds, please do not wear a mask outside if you are public without any symptoms if you have symptoms wear a mask and stay indoors self-quarantine which means if you have some symptoms of cough or fever even if you are not sure it is COVID-19. All of us need to be safe. We need to ensure that we take personal responsibility for this which means that if you the symptoms of cough or fever irrespective of what it could be please avoid going to work please, avoid sending your children who may be having fever or cough to school to protect others. So civic sense and personal responsibilities are paramount at this point. If it means social isolation yes all of us need to stay indoors so that we don’t spread the virus and transmit it indiscriminately to others. Especially, old people who may not fare well during the current conditions.
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Are You Training In Accordance To UR Biological Characteristics
A Snake wiggles, birds flap their wings sideways and fly, kangaroos hop and move, and dogs and other animals walk on 4's - they are quadrupeds. All of them move in accordance to their biological characteristics, you will never see a dog move like humans on their 2's or a bird move like a snake. Humans have a biological blueprint too, and that blueprint lies in their gait cycle which is walking, running and throwing mechanics. Millions of years of evolution have shown that when we evolved as a species from being a quadrupedal to bipedal, our movement also evolved where walking, running and throwing became our core activities. We are contralateral reciprocators which mean we move with opposite hands and legs moving together where our torso rotation propels us forward. We have a Sling Pattern where the body's anterior oblique slings and posterior oblique slings they coordinate for us to move in space. Your external, internal obliques and your adductors work together as anterior oblique slings and your gluteus maximus and latissimus dorsi work together as posterior oblique slings. When you train in accordance to UR biological characteristics you move efficiently, you live a pain-free life just like the animals in the wild. They don’t warm up or stretch before they pounce on their prey; they directly go for a kill. Your length tension relationship in your musculoskeletal system will always be balanced as it is your biological connection. Functional Patterns is the only system which has decoded the biological connections of your body. This concept is relatively new in India. Using this Biological blueprint of your gait cycle and throwing mechanics we have treated chronic scoliosis, ACL tears, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff and various other dysfunctions. Training in accordance to your biological characteristics is the way to move in space, in a three dimensional world. Dr Nikhil Lad, Human Biomechanics Specialist from Functional Patterns USA. You can call me on 9920552250 or get in touch via my Instagram handle - fp_nikhil_lad
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Dance To Set Your Spirit Free – Learn The Moves!
Dance is an art form and also a way of communication in different cultures. It is performed and enjoyed the world over. Dancing is also a great way to increase fitness and improve UR social skills. A popular exercise form, dancing helps to reduce anxiety, enhance self-esteem and improve mental health. For me, dance is attitude. It is how you express yourself and the vibe of what you feel within. When people dance together there is a feeling of togetherness and great joy is experienced. This enhances communication and brings about acceptance and trust in UR own ability, leading to a sense of freedom. Dance can transform UR mind, body and soul because it can be described as something you try to interpret. So when you’re happy and dance – you can feel the joy within. If you dance when you’re sad, you will become aware of the expression. Or if you’re nervous and dance, you will be able to experience your environment better and take in the positivity around you. Dancing can really change your life! When you dance, you give UR body a lifetime of health benefits, even if you are dancing just for fun. But when you dance in a coordinated, systematic way you can improve your health immensely. In fact, doctors sometimes recommend structured dancing because it’s a safe and helpful way to exercise. Dance also plays a significant role in mental well-being. I feel a healthy mind can express well and what’s better than expressing every emotion through dance! So you know what you’re feeling and what you’re seeing. The positive effects of dance on mental health is due to the increase in self-esteem that you experiences as a result of moving UR body to the music, working together with others and interacting with people and making friends. There is a connection between UR body, mind and emotion. So when you dance, UR overall health is increased with this activity. Also, the actions you are required to do while dancing engages UR muscles and help to make you strong from within. Dancing also helps you to get rid of the tension and fatigue that is caused by stress. The health benefits of dance depend on the form you choose to take up but all dance forms improve your health by making you strong and agile. Dancing also helps to improve UR balance and coordination. If you want to increase UR flexibility, it’s best to opt for the ballet and contemporary dance form as these forms have a lot to do with how you project yourself, how you throw UR body, how you express yourself and how you emote through feelings. Dancers always strive for precision and one of the toughest dance sequences we’ve choreographed so far is for the film ‘War’ for the song ‘Jai Jai Shivshankar’ where Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan are dancing together. It was really challenging because we had to perfect perfection, and that’s very tough because it’s not just one who is perfect but two. So basically we had to perfect perfection twice! I love Charan’s style of dancing - he’s got a natural swag. His efforts are so smooth, and he’s got a great vibe! But knowing him, he probably burns a tremendous amount of calories for his dance sequences because his songs are quite hectic and dramatic. That being said, remember that the amount of calories you burn while dancing depends on the duration, the music, and the kind of dance you choose to do.
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Gratitude To Our Healthcare Heroes: We Salute You!
Gratitude To Our Healthcare Heroes: We Salute You! The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing turmoil all over the world and some of the people most affected are healthcare professionals – doctors, nurses and paramedics. So as a tribute to the services of our healthcare heroes, we have created a specially recorded video to express our gratitude to them for their dedication and commitment. We have also strived to impart the recommended advice via the beautiful Kuchipudi art form on how to stay safe and protected during this difficult period. Hope you all like it! This idea first came to us while watching the news. We were horrified to witness the insensitive behaviour and unpardonable attacks on doctors and healthcare workers in Delhi and Hyderabad. Instead of saluting them and thanking them for their selflessness, courage and tireless service – people were attacking them! A brainstorming session later, we had decided to create a dance piece as a tribute to the services of the healthcare heroes. But due to the lockdown, creating a new recording seemed next to impossible. The music from ‘Vaidyo Narayano Hari’ that was recorded six years ago came to our rescue. So we decided to utilise the music from this production (as it was easily available to us at this point in time) choreographed a new piece as a tribute, and recorded the dance at home. We believe that this is a time for all of us to stop and reflect on how we can contribute in our own way, and there is nothing more de-stressing than giving back to the community. So it would be good if we could all find ways to encourage and help our heroes at the frontline. It’s also important to disseminate accurate information at a time like this, keep positive and healthy, stay connected with family and friends and help in whatever way possible to fight this pandemic! Dancing helps you to enter a different world as you get totally engrossed in this physical activity that is a combination of graceful movements, rhythmic footwork and expressions! Moreover, you become one with the character you are portraying and try to concentrate on doing it with ease and élan, all of which works as a great stress buster. Kuchipudi is innately a very graceful dance form. Practicing it diligently makes one graceful in all one’s movements and enhances posture and gait, and thus character. Also, each mudra conveys various meanings. Natyashastra, the oldest treatise on dance describes single hand gestures/mudras and double hand gestures/mudras. Animal mudras are easy and fun, especially for young children. Even mudras showing aspects of nature like flowers, sun and moon can be performed effortlessly and when practiced together, is a great way to foster a bond with your children. Additionally, Kuchipudi helps in all-round development as it helps build self-confidence as one loses stage fear during performances. Students are enrolled from the age of six to learn the Kuchipudi dance form but a date or assurance regarding a Rangapravesam (debut on stage) is not provided. This is because it depends a lot on each individual child’s commitment, hard work and dedication. Furthermore, parents are advised not to push their child to do their Rangapravesam since a child should come to a level of proficiency to perform with finesse and be able to hold the attention of the audience. For children to gain experience, they are encouraged to participate in many group performances before their solo debut, given that like any art form, excellence in Kuchipudi comes with a lot of devotion, passion and hours and hours of practice. This art form engages every part of the body from head to toe, starting from the eyebrows/bruha bedhas, eyes/dhrishti bedhas, neck/greeva bedhas, shoulders, arms, hands, waist, core, legs and feet. Both the body and mind get a workout, as you also have to remember the dance sequences, mudras and posture, expressions, and make it all look effortless at the same time! So it’s a fantastic cardio routine which also requires immense coordination. Kuchipudi is one of the noted classical dance forms of India and originated in the village by the same name close to Vijayawada. The present dance form of Kuchipudi can be tracked back to the 16th century, although dance was popular as early as 2nd century BC as is evident through the sculptures at the Amaravati Stupa depicting group dances. Somewhere between the 14th and 17th century, Siddhendra Yogi, stylized the then rustic dance form and gave it a structure and framework. He imparted training only to male dancers, which was the custom at that time. Female roles were also played by men who were beautifully dressed and adorned as females. The ruler of Golconda Abul Hasan Tanesha was enthralled by a Kuchipudi performance during his visit to Machilipatnam and as a gesture of generosity gifted the village of Kuchipudi to the artistes. It was only in 1930 that Vedantam Lakshminarayana brought about a revolution and women were brought into Kuchipudi dance.
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Heal UR life: How to deal with addiction?
Heal UR life: How to deal with addiction? Addiction is a process that doesn't happen overnight; it is a gradual process. It can be a habit or compulsion to do anything. From shopping endlessly to alcohol to drugs and even domestic violence, it is a dysfunction that looks like a 'reward' often lacking the concern of its dire consequences. In this new episode of Heal UR Life, I would like to explain what addiction is, how we can overcome it, and what the best ways to get rid of it! Addiction or dependency is never a good idea, we should always have a choice and you should never be controlled by what you do. One of the most common addictions that plague youngsters of the nation today is smartphones. However, we are addicted to everything around us! It is the accessibility of things in these times that have made us addicted to certain things. Same is the case with certain foods, coffee, tea or even people for that matter. As the preconceived notions go, we need to widen our spectrum of addiction and look at it in a different way from what we already know. According to data from the Ministry of Social Justice, 26% of alcohol abusers and 25% of cannabis abusers show symptoms of dependency in India. When you are dependent on things and they run out, you begin to panic and realise how dependant U R. For example, tobacco is running out during the lockdown period, people who are addicted to nicotine do not know what to do without smokes. Such a situation is never a good sign. You may ask what dependency is and how you can find out if you too show signs of addiction or dependency! Well, addiction is when people consume or use certain things on an everyday basis. In case of alcohol, a person who is drinking every day is more likely to be addicted. Alcohol, cigarettes or drugs give the abuser a sense of compulsion, or the need to have it, which leads to struggle. Once that habit kicks in, there is no stopping. I like to call it the three Cs of addiction—compulsion, Craving and Loss of Control. Drinking every day and suddenly going cold turkey might not be a sure-shot sign of addiction from a diagnostic point of view. The signs and symptoms have to show for about a year to be called an addiction. Call it an excessive drinking habit or binge drinking, an addict tends to drink despite showing signs of difficulty in social behaviour at work, in a relationship or even when facing financial constraints. Signs of an addict • Unable to stay away from the substance • Lack of self-control • Denial of their problem causing behaviour • Lack of emotional responsibility Drinking pattern is one of the first things that's checked among people. Questions like how many drinks do you take, frequency of drinking, among others describe addiction. The body becomes dependant and gets used to alcohol and with time you need to drink more to get the same effects. Moving on to drugs, the features of addiction remain the same. The three Cs stay the same. The difference with drugs is that immediate consequences start showing right after consumption. For example, cocaine starts showing its effect instantly, but cigarettes take years to show its problems. Marijuana doesn't cause physical dependency like in the case of nicotine or alcohol. It's more psychological with cannabis and the sort of addiction that takes years to realise. The problem with drugs, alcohol and nicotine is that over time, you crave it because of the physical dependency on it. Addiction meter Alcohol – Most toxic substance Cocaine – Psychotic behaviour Smoking – Most addictive chemical Sleeping pills/tranquiliser – Develop tolerance, highly dependant With the lockdown in place, withdrawal symptoms start showing up due to the lack of supply. This is when a feeling of anxiousness and irritability will kick in. Insomnia and anxiety will show up as well. Restlessness and shakings in significant cases are very apparent. In severe cases, an addict can also get fits, get confused, develop psychosis and can go into a coma as well. As far as dealing with addicts is concerned, severe patients need to be taken into a hospital emergency instantly. Family & loved ones face the most trauma in such situations. I suggest that the family or an individual should grab this opportunity of the lockdown to seek professional help if the addiction is too strong. Medicines like tranquilisers work on people who have mild withdrawal symptoms. However, those with severe withdrawal symptoms require detoxification medicine as a substitute. These medicines are available strictly on a prescription basis. Online consultation is one way to get a prescription for these medications if you are feeling severe withdrawal symptoms. The alcohol withdrawal symptoms can show up within 48 to 72 hours, and medical help is necessary as it can be dangerous. Nicotine, on the other hand, can take a week or two to show withdrawal symptoms. However, a healthy diet and increasing exercise can help you come out of the addiction. Don't panic, seek medical help and let the medical professional figure out UR category of addiction to suggest appropriate treatment options. There is nothing wrong with seeking medical assistance. Will power is required to stay off something, but first, seek medical help to deal with addiction or substance abuse. When I meet an addict, it is always about asking the right kind of questions and open-ended questions that are comforting. Qualified practitioners never demean their patients, in fact, act as a solid support system. Questions like "Tell me about UR drinking habits?" "Do you think you drink more than you should?" "Has drinking gone up with time?" are the right way to get answers. It is these kinds of questions that people open up to and finally acknowledge their problems. When they are ready for reform, a gentle nudge from loved ones helps them come out of addiction. If you have any questions regarding addiction, please email me at email@example.com.
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Stuff To Think About While Cooking
Stuff To Think About While Cooking Our kitchens are considered to be the heart of our household. It is where we cook food and spend time with our loved ones, so it is quite natural to expect the heart of our household to be spick and span at all times. This is why cleaning and sanitising UR kitchen should be taken seriously, especially with the coronavirus scare. We have to do our part in sanitising our homes and ourselves to stay healthy. Hygiene and health go in hand. It’s not just meant for keeping UR kitchen hygienic, cleaning gets rid of harmful germs, bacteria, pests and keeps diseases away. All of which tend to thrive in unhygienic spaces of UR house. Well, I have a few helpful tips, which have always helped me and can help you too in keeping UR kitchen spick and span. Kitchen Hygiene 101 Wash your hands with soap. This is a no brainer and should be done religiously every time you are cooking or doing something in the kitchen. Make sure UR nails are short, clean and without nail polish. Keeping UR nails short avoids food from getting stuck, and any nail discolouration that can happen from the yummy masalas added in our food. Wearing hair caps while cooking or giving it to UR staff while they cook, avoids any unwanted hair in UR food. Ventilate UR kitchen, open as many windows as possible, turn on the exhaust fan to get rid of stagnant air, unpleasant smells and to avoid sweating while you cook. Be happy when UR cooking, because happy people put a lot of positive energy into the food. Invest in one-time use gloves to avoid getting your fingers cut, avoid touching or contaminating any food. This can be easily given to UR staff to maintain hygiene while cooking. Have two cutting boards, one for veggies and fruits and one for meat only. Wash UR cutting boards after every use to improve their shelf-life and basic hygiene. Maintain separate knives for vegetables and meat. This prevents any remnants left behind on the cutting board from contaminating other food items Wash UR veggies and fruits with warm water and salt to get rid of germs, wax and harmful contaminants. Hygiene and health go in hand. It’s not just meant for keeping UR kitchen hygienic, cleaning gets rid of harmful germs, bacteria, pests and keeps diseases away. Clean and wipe the kitchen counter & stove after cooking to ensure there are no grease or food stains to keep UR kitchen clean and pristine. Sweep and mop the kitchen floor to avoid stickiness, stains and pests. This makes you feel good when UR cooking too. Declutter UR shelves and pantry every month to get rid of expired food and unwanted pests, to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Keep UR food storage containers clean by washing them frequently avoids mould, pests, and food contamination. Throw small and medium-sized food particles in the garbage before washing utensils to avoid clogging the sink. Don’t forget to clean the bottom of UR sink too. Clean UR refrigerator and microwave every week or on a monthly basis with a wet cloth to keep them clean, odour-free and hygienic. Things to remember Always wash your hands whenever you are cooking or in the kitchen. Avoid touching UR hair, phone or face while cooking, because this can cause unwanted bacteria and other contaminants to compromise our food. Wash your dishes and cooking utensils thoroughly after every use. This helps avoid food poisoning and other tummy and health woes. Throw out the trash regularly to avoid unpleasant smells, house flies and germs from lurking around in your kitchen. Deep clean UR kitchen once every month to keep UR kitchen sanitised and avoid contamination of food and curb pests like cockroaches. Label food items and turn UR organisation skills up-a-notch try labelling spices, grains, lentils and other food items to avoid confusion while cooking. With these kitchen hacks and tips, you have no scope of going wrong in keeping UR kitchen spick and span. Tag our URLife and let us know about UR kitchen cleaning hacks and tips.
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5 shocking workout mistakes UR making
5 shocking workout mistakes UR making Do you sweat a lot in the gym and push the speed of the treadmill as high as you can withstand, but often end up with futile results? Beware! UR workout may cause more damage than good to UR body if precaution isn’t taken. Quick fixes often lead to injuries. Choose lifestyle changes for a minimum of 41 days to start with. While there is a common misconception that warming up is a waste of valuable time during a workout, it is indeed the most crucial aspect for the wellbeing of your muscles. After each workout the body repairs entangled muscles. A 10 minute stretch makes coiled tissues more elastic thus keeping aches and pains at bay. Music does wonders as it helps people forget fatigue and elevates the mood. Reportedly, people run longer and swim swiftly than usual which promotes a higher metabolism while listening to the right kind of music. But music has its downside, listening explosively loud music contributes to hearing loss. The next time you hit the gym, adjust to a comfortable volume and enjoy UR experience! While it’s great to socialise with buddies to keep you motivated, incessant chatter can hamper your effort to achieve UR goal. Conversing too much will divert UR attention from the workout causing severe injury or not getting you the right result in the time spent at the gym. Eight hours of sound sleep is a must before you hit the gym. Insufficient sleep can have adverse effects on your body. We suggest REST over working out when exhausted. Inadequate sleep can hinder weight loss efforts and trigger various health problems. Perfect health includes a balance of Workout, Rest & Nutrition. Sweating during workouts can cause fatigue, muscle cramps and mood swings as the body is depleted of glucose. It’s crucial to pay attention to your irregular heartbeat, dry mouth and dizziness caused by dehydration. While exercising in humid or hot weather, increase UR water consumption by a litre that you regularly consume.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Heal UR Life: Energy Cleansing For A Better Tomorrow Heal UR Life is all about spreading positivity through various methods….
Amazing Benefits Of Affirmative Havening
When we have issues or negative thoughts, they are dependent on landscapes and removing negative emotional parts of a traumatic event changes the landscape of the brain. This leaves a void, which is a good thing. We like to have voids so that we can fill them with positive thoughts and emotions. We can remove the negative and use the positives to fill the gap. It is with this thought that I am going to show you this therapy technique, called affirmational havening. It is a really wonderful and easy technique that works wonders on stress management. In this method, you can either go to an expert or can do it yourself. During this exercise, you need to think of a positive resource from the past instead of a traumatic event from the past. You can say “I’m confident.” “I’m happy” or I’m resilient” while doing it. What it does is, it takes those empty spaces in your brain and fills them up with positive things, and things that you may need in the future to get through with the difficulties in life. When you think of the past situations where you might have melted down, doing self-havening now, and saying the words that represent positivity, you will get stronger and more confident of achieving to get what you want in the future. I do this personally every day in the morning. It’s a great way to start your day. You can do this in the shower while bathing. Just say the words I’m and find a positive word. How to do self-havening 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. Focusing on what you want and do this self-havening exercise. Benefits of havening Trauma Phobias Traumatic memories Bad experiences PTSD
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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…