Sunday, June 30, 2013

Watermelon ♥

For a long time, watermelon has been taken for granted as a sweet, tasty summertime fruit, made of sugar and water, and nothing more. Over the past years, nutritionists, medical professionals, scientists and researchers have taken an interest to find out more about watermelon's health benefits. As it turns out, watermelon is incredibly healthy!

Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that's especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well.

Studies have reported that a diet high in fruits and vegetables containing beta carotene, lycopene, and other carotenoids may reduce the risk of heart attack. Lycopene, which is the pigment that gives watermelon flesh its color, helps fight against prostate cancer, oral cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancers.

Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin-A, which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant which can help reduce the severity of asthma attacks, and reduce the inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Watermelon will also help protect your eyes against macular degeneration.
Rich in electrolytes and water content, melons are nature’s gift to beat tropical summer thirst.

Watermelon is a very good source of potassium; it helps muscle and nerve function. It can ease inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

Watermelon is basically 92% alkaline water. It is rich in vitamin B, potassium and iron. Because of this, it gives strength to the body. Apart from that, it also has natural sugar which can help us sustain our energy. Watermelon can refresh your body especially during hot weather.

Enjoy :)




Saturday, June 29, 2013

Life without Money


Mark Boyle is one of a small number of individuals who has lived without money in recent times. These include Heidemarie Schwermer and Suelo. However a moneyless life is not a new idea; indeed it is the system of money itself that is the new development, having existed for only a small fraction of human history.

The Moneyless Man, Mark’s first book, is a personal story of his first year living completely without money. In it he relives the experience, describing why he initially felt compelled to do it; how he practically went about it; the physical, emotional and psychological challenges he faced; the liberation he experienced; how it felt, on a very personal level, to live without money in a world driven by the relentless need to make more of it; and the ways it changed his perspective on the world.
Throughout the journey he offers up lots of tips and advice on how you can simultaneously reduce both your dependency on money and your ecological impact, whilst increasing your sense of connection and identity with the people in your community and the land under your feet.

”If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today.
If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor.
If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t contaminate it.”

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Eighth Limbs of Yoga - Samadhi

When the flower is transformed into a fruit, this is known as samadhi. As the essence of the tree is in the fruit, so the essence of the practice of yoga is in the freedom, poise, peace and beatitude of samadhi, where the body, the mind and the soul are united and merge with the Universal Spirit.

Yoga defines samadhi as being established in pure, unbounded awareness. Going beyond time and space, beyond past and future, beyond individuality, samadhi is an experience of the underlying divine nature in all things and in our selves.

Immersing ourselves in samadhi on a regular basis allows our internal reference point to shift from ego to spirit. We experience ourselves as part of the infinite field of unbounded consciousness. This is a state of being in which fear and anxiety do not arise. By regularly engaging in this state, we are able to live and perform our actions in the world as an individual even as we rest in the awareness of our universal nature. 

We surrender our need to take ourselves too seriously because we recognize that life is a cosmic play, and like a great actor, we perform our role impeccably and do not lose our real self in the character we’re playing. This is the goal of yoga – to know we are a spiritual being disguised as a human being, to be established in union, and perform action in harmony with the evolutionary flow of life.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Seventh Limbs of Yoga - Dhyana

The tree’s fluid or sap links the very tip of the leaf to the tip of the root. The experience of this unity of the being from the periphery to the core, where the observer and the observed are one, is attained in meditation. When the tree is healthy and the supply of energy is wonderful, then the flowers blossom out of it. Thus dhyana, meditation, is the flower of the tree of yoga.

Dhyana in its essence is about vibrating between the level of the personal and universal, between mind and no-mind, between constriction and expansion. Even in constriction, we are not attached to a particular outcome or resisting what is; we are just observing with witnessing awareness. In the process, we become increasingly awake and aware of the connection between mind and no-mind, without judging either state.

In accepting that we are both an expression of the divine and a skin-encapsulated ego, life becomes lighthearted and fun.

Meditation is one of the most direct ways to develop this state of ever-present witnessing awareness. We may also meditate on an internal object that we visualize, or an idea such as truth or oneness. The object of our meditation may be without form altogether and totally open. All meditation consists of dwelling in witnessing consciousness. This frees our consciousness from outer attachments in which there is pain and distortion.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Sixth Limbs of Yoga - Dharana

Dharana is the sap of the tree, the juice which flows within the branches and the trunk of the tree towards the root, which carries energy on this inward journey.
To bring the wandering mind to a state of restraint is known as dharana.

Dharana is concentration, or complete attention. Dharana is mastery of attention and intention. As the ancient sages taught, whatever we put our attention on grows stronger in our life, so it is important to be intimately aware of where we are focusing our thoughts and energy.

By learning to value our attention as a precious commodity, we will be able to consciously create well-being and success in our life. Whether our goal is building a business, becoming physically fit, improving a relationship, or developing a spiritual practice, the object of our attention is enlivened by our awareness.

Once we activate something with our attention, our intentions have a powerful influence on what things manifest in our lives. According to yoga, our intentions have infinite organizing power. Our intention may be to heal an illness, create more love in our life, or become more aware of our own divinity. Simply by becoming clear about our intentions, we will begin to see them actualize in our lives.

Dharana techniques involve various means of directing our attention, such as focusing on particular objects or ideas, meditation, and the energy of the chakras.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Fifth Limbs of Yoga – Pratyahara

Without the protection of bark, the tree would be eaten away by worms. That covering protects the energy flowing inside the tree between the leaves and the root. The bark thus corresponds to pratyahara, which is the inward journey of the senses from the skin towards the core of the being.

When you are thoroughly and totally absorbed in your presentation of asanas, forgetting neither the flesh nor senses that is pratyahara.

The fifth limbs of yoga is known as pratyahara – a word that is traditionally translated as “control of the senses” or “sensory fasting.” The essence of pratyahara is temporarily withdrawing from the world of intense, externally imposed stimulation so that we can tune into our subtle sensory experiences.

Yoga and Ayurveda recommend that we take time to disengage from the exterior world so that we can hear our inner voice more clearly. Meditation is a form of pratyahara since, in the space of restful awareness, we disengage from the outside environment. When the mind’s attention is withdrawn from the sensory field, the senses naturally come to rest. In a way, pratyahara can be seen as sensory fasting.

The word pratyahara is comprised of the root prati meaning “away” and ahara meaning “food.” If we fast for a period of time, the next meal we eat will usually be exceptionally delicious. Yoga suggests that the same concept applies to all our experiences in the world. If we take the time to withdraw from the world for a little while, we will find that our experiences are more vibrant.

There are many pratyahara practices. They can be elaborate as going on an extended retreat in a mountain cabin or as simple as setting up an altar or healing space where you can meditate and settle into more expanded states of awareness on a daily basis.

Pratyahara also means paying attention to the sensory impulses we encounter throughout the day, limiting to the greatest extent possible those that are toxic, and maximizing those that are nourishing to our body, mind, and soul. It’s about being aware of and doing our best to avoid situations, circumstances, and people who deplete our vitality and enthusiasm for life.


Monday, June 24, 2013

The Fourth Limbs of Yoga - Pranayama

As the leaves aerate the tree and provide nourishment for its healthy growth, so pranayama feeds and aerates the cells, nerves, organs, intelligence and consciousness of human system. When we are performing an asana, we can only extend the body fully if we synchronise the breath with the movement. Prana is energy. Pranayama is the science of breath, which leads to the creation, distribution and maintenance of vital energy.

Prana is the life force that flows throughout nature and the universe. When prana is flowing freely throughout our body/mind we will feel healthy and vibrant. When prana is blocked, fatigue and disease soon follow. The concept of an animating force is present in every major wisdom and healing tradition. It is known as chi or qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine, ruach in the Kabalistic tradition and ki in Japanese martial arts. The essence of prana is that deep connection between our rhythms, seasons, and our cycles of our life.

According to Patanjali, a key way to enliven prana is through conscious breathing techniques known as pranayama. There is an intimate relationship between our breath and our mind. When our mind is centered and quiet, so is our breath. When our mind is turbulent, our breathing becomes distorted. Just as our breath is affected by our mental activity, our mind can be influenced by the conscious regulation of our breathing. There are a number of classical pranayama breathing exercises designed to cleanse, balance, and invigorate the body.

When we are tuned into the pranic energy in our body, we spontaneously become more attuned to the relationship between our individuality and our universality. In this way, pranayama can take our awareness from constricted to expanded states of awareness.

The mastery of asanas and pranayama helps to detach the mind from the contact of the body, and this leads automatically towards concentration and meditation.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Third Limbs of Yoga - Asana

From the trunk of the tree several branches emerge. One grows very long, one grows sideways, one grows zigzag, one grows straight, and so on. These branches are the asanas.

Asanas are usually defined as the various yogic postures designed to bring balance and harmony to the physical body, particularly the musculo-skeletal system. Asana is part of the Ayurvedic treatment system for the physical body. At a deeper level, asana refers to the complete expression of mind-body integration, a state in which we become conscious of the flow of prana resonating in every molecule of our body and in every thought and every experience.

The essence of asana isn’t about straining to get our body into a particular posture; it’s about surrender, opening, expanding, and enhancing our flexibility, balance, and strength. The practice of asanas is a way to expand our own sense of self and experience the joy of being incarnated in this physical body. At the same time, it allows us to create an intimate dance between our individuality and universality and celebrate the essence of this connection.

You have to have total honesty, tremendous faith, courage, determination, awareness and absorption in your mind, your body and your heart and you will do the pose well. This is spiritual practice in physical form.

Patanjali says that when asana is correctly performed, the dualities between body and mind, mind and soul, have to vanish.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Second Limbs of Yoga - Niyama

The trunk of the tree corresponds to the principles of Niyama.

Niyama can be defined simply as the internal dialogue of enlightened beings. Whereas the Yamas are about how conscious beings behave, the Niyamas are about how they think. As with the Yamas, it’s important not to get trapped into a rigid sense of morality, thinking that there is a right or wrong way to think. To a great degree, the Niyamas are about cultivating self-acceptance. From an early age, most of us received messages about how we “should” be and most of us have tried so hard to squeeze ourselves (and others) into these molds. When we finally stop trying to be how other people want us to be, we can experience our authentic self, which is perfect exactly as it is an expression of the divine. In this expanded state of consciousness, our thoughts and words spontaneously resonate at the highest level of expression. As we progressively allow ourselves to be authentic expressions of the is, of the divine presence, then our Niyamas naturally come into alignment with the experience of awakened beings. 
According to yogic philosophy, there are five main qualities that emerge as a result of living an authentic, balanced life:

1. Saucha - purity
Focusing on purity adds little value to life if it encourages a judgmental mind-set, but it is of great value if we see our choices in terms of nourishment versus toxicity. Our body and mind are constructed from the impressions, sensations, experiences, and food that we ingest. Yoga, and the cultivation of saucha, encourages us to consciously choose those things which are nourishing to our body, mind, and soul.

2. Santosha - contentment - bliss of presentmoment awareness
Through the practice of yoga, our experience of the present moment quiets the mental turbulence that disturbs our contentment – contentment that reflects a state of being in which our peace is independent of situations and circumstances happening around us. When we struggle against the present moment, we struggle against the entire cosmos. Contentment emerges when we relinquish our attachment to the need for control, power, security, and approval. Keep in mind, however, that contentment doesn’t imply acquiescence or passivity. Yogis are committed in thought, word, and deed to supporting evolutionary change that enhances the well-being of all sentient creatures on this planet. Santosha implies acceptance without resignation.

3. Tapas - discipline or austerity
The word tapas means fire. When the fire of a yogi’s life is burning brightly, he or she is a beacon of light radiating balance and peace to the world. The fire is also responsible for digesting both nourishment and toxicity. A healthy inner fire can metabolize all impurities. While people often associate discipline with deprivation, it can actually be extremely nourishing. For example, people who have established a yogic lifestyle may arise early, meditate daily, exercise regularly, eat in a healthy, balanced way, and go to bed early because they directly experience the benefits of harmonizing their personal rhythms with those of nature. Tapas is embracing transformation as the pathway to higher consciousness.

4.  Svadhyana - self-study - spiritual exploration
Traditionally this is interpreted as being dedicated to the study of spiritual literature, but at its heart, self-study means looking inside. There is a difference between knowledge and knowingness. Yoga advises us not to confuse information with wisdom, and self-study helps us understand the distinction. Svadhyana encourages self-referral as opposed to object referral. Our value and security come from a deep connection to spirit, rather than from the things that surround us. When svadhyana is lively in our awareness, joy arises from within, rather than being dependent upon outer accomplishments or acquisitions. 

5. Ishwara Pranidhana - surrender to the divine
The final Niyama, ishwara pranidhana is often translated as faith or surrendering to the Divine. Ishwara is the personalized aspect of the infinite. Even when considering the boundless, the human mind wants to create boundaries. Ishwara is a name that makes the infinite and unbounded field of intelligence more familiar or approachable. We could just as easily substitute the name God, Allah, Jehovah, Source, Universe, or any of the other names for the divine. Ultimately, ishwara pranidhana is surrendering to the wisdom of uncertainty. When we relinquish our attachment to the past and embrace the unknown, we are established in present moment awareness – the only place where transformation, healing, and creativity can unfold.

These five principles of Niyama control organs of perception: the eyes, the ears, the nose, the tongue and the skin. The effect of āsanas is to keep the skin, cells, nerves, arteries and veins, respiratory and circulatory systems, digestive and excretory systems, mind, intelligence and consciousness, all clean and clear. This involves all the aspects of Yama and Niyama, which are the roots and the trunk of the tree of Yoga.


Friday, June 21, 2013

The First Limbs of Yoga – Yama

Yama is likened to the roots of the tree because it is the foundation from which all the rest will grow.
In classical yoga, there are five Yamas, a Sanskrit term that is commonly translated as the “appropriate codes of behavior” - spontaneously evolutionary behavior of an enlightened being. In working with the Yamas, however, we must be alert to avoiding the tendency to use them to judge ourselves and other people. There is a great potential for getting trapped in ideas of right and wrong, better and worse, good and bad. A kind of heavy moralism can creep in, and with that comes a certain kind of arrogance of judgment that ends up constricting our hearts and minds rather than expanding them. 
It is more helpful to see the Yamas as how conscious beings behave in the world, how to treat other people, and how to treat ourselves. 

1. Ahimsa - nonviolence
Ahimsa is really about how a person can travel through the world, through the realm of form and phenomena, in a way that does no harm . . . where every thought and every action and every word in some way or another is nourishing to the ecosystem. Ahimsa is that state where we’re naturally flowing through life without creating unnecessary perturbations. In daily life, ahimsa is about choosing actions that create the greatest level of harmony between our personal body and the extended body of the universe.

2. Satya - truthfulness
It is an expression of being in a state of such complete present-moment awareness that judgment doesn’t need to enter in. In this expanded state, we are able to observe without evaluating. We accept the world as it is, recognizing that reality is a selective act of attention and interpretation. Recognizing that truth is different for different people and in different states of consciousness, we commit to life-affirming choices that are aligned with an expanded view of self.
Patanjali described truth as the integrity of thought, word, and action. We speak the sweet truth and are inherently honest because truthfulness is an expression of our commitment to a spiritual life. The short-term benefits of distorting the truth are outweighed by the discomfort that arises from betraying our integrity. Ultimately we recognize that truth, love, and the divine are different expressions of the same undifferentiated reality.

3.  Brahmacharya – control of sensual pleasure
Brahmacharya derives from the word brahman, meaning “unity consciousness,” and achara, meaning “pathway.” In Vedic society, people traditionally chose one of two paths to enlightenment – the path of the householder or the path of a renunciate. For those choosing the path of a monk or nun, the path to unity consciousness naturally includes forsaking sexual activity. For the vast majority of people choosing the householder path, brahmacharya means rejoicing in the healthy, balanced, and responsible expression of creative energy.
The essential creative power of the universe is sexual, and we are each a loving manifestation of that energy. Seeing the entire creation as an expression of the divine impulse to generate, we can celebrate the creative forces. Brahmacharya means aligning with the creative energy of the cosmos. It is about using our life energy impeccably, not wasting a single precious drop.

4.  Asteya - honesty
It means to be fully established in a state of self-referral, in which we relinquish the idea that things outside ourselves will provide us with security and happiness. Lack of honesty almost always derives from fear of loss – the loss of money, love, position, or power.
The ability to live an honest life is based upon a deep connection to spirit. When inner fullness predominates, we lose the need to manipulate, obscure or deceive. We stop trying to please people, because pleasing is always based on a sense of inadequacy. Honesty is the intrinsic state of a person living a life of integrity. According to yoga, life-supporting, evolutionary behaviors are the natural consequence of expanded awareness.

5.  Aparigraha - generosity or a state of ever present abundance
As we shift from identifying with our limited ego self into an expanded awareness of our essential spiritual nature, we spontaneously express generosity in every thought, word, and action. Aparigraha implies the absence of aversion. Established in aparigraha, our attachment to the accumulation of material possessions loses its hold on us. It does not mean that we don’t enjoy the world; we are simply not imprisoned by it.  The practice of yoga, which cultivates expanded awareness, awakens generosity because nature is generous.

The observance of Yama disciplines the five organs of action which are the arms, the legs, the mouth, the organs of generation, and the organs of excretion. The organ of action control the organ of perception and the mind. 


Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

In Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means "eight limbs" (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one's health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.  Each limb relates to an aspect of achieving a healthy and fulfilling life, and each builds upon the one before it. You may be surprised to hear that only one of the limbs involves the performance of yoga postures.

1. yama (moral restraints) – how we relate to others

2. niyama (observances) – how we relate to ourselves

3. āsana (posture) – how we relate to our body

4. prāṇāyāma (breath extension) – how we relate to our breath or spirit

5. pratyāhāra (sensory withdrawal) – how we relate to our sense organs

6. dhāraṇā (concentration) – how we relate to our mind

7. dhyāna (meditation) – moving beyond the mind

8. samādhi (meditative absorption) – deep realization and inner union

Each of these limbs, known as ashtanga in Sanskrit, helps us shift our internal reference point from constricted to expanded consciousness. As we move from local to non-local awareness, our internal reference point spontaneously transforms from ego to spirit, which enables us to see the bigger picture when facing any challenge.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Tree of Yoga

“When you grow a plant you first dig the earth, remove the stones and weeds, and make the ground soft. Then you put the seed into the ground and surround it with the soft earth so carefully that when the seed opens it will not be damaged by the weight of the earth. Finally, you water the seed a little and wait for it to germinate and grow. After one or two days, the seed opens into a seedling and a stem grows from it. Then the stem splits into two branches and produces leaves. It steadily grows into a trunk and produces branches in various direction with many leaves. 
Similarly, the tree of the self needs to be taken care of. The sages of old, who experienced the sight of the soul, discovered its seed in yoga. This seed has eight segments which as the tree grows give rise to the eight limbs of yoga.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

“The greatest wealth is Health.”

The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”- Thomas A. Edison






Monday, June 17, 2013

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud - the obstacles of life and its suffering.The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ” 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Best Things in Life are Free.

“Love what you have. Need what you want. Accept what you receive. Give what you can. Always remember, what goes around, comes around…” 


Saturday, June 15, 2013

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Namaste

At the end of each yoga class most teachers bring their hands together in front of the heart, bow their head and say "Namaste" and the students bring their hands together and respond in kind. Have you ever wondered exactly what Namaste means?
Namaste is both a spoken Indian expression and a symbolic gesture that people use when greeting each other or in parting. Pronounced “na-ma-stay,” the term derives from Sanskrit and literally means “I bow to you.” It’s more commonly translated as “the divine light in me honors the divine light in you” or “the God within me greets the God within you.” Namaste is the recognition that we are all equal and share a common divinity.
To perform the Namaste gesture, place your palms together in a prayer position in front of your heart and slightly bow your head. You may also close your eyes if you wish. To indicate especially deep respect, you may put your hands together in front of your forehead (the site of the mystic third eye), gently bow your head, and bring hands down to your heart.
Bringing the hands together is a highly symbolic gesture. According to tradition, the right hand represents the higher self or the divine within, while the left hand represents the lower, worldly self. By pressing the palms together, the person performing Namaste unites these two aspects and attempts to connect with the individual before him or her. Bowing also expresses love and respect. 
Namaste x

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Metaphysical causes of disease - Part 1

Metaphysics is a philosophy that methodically investigates the nature of first principles and problems of ultimate reality. Its link with the physical is critical to permanent healing and is by no means contraindicated in conjunction with conventional healing. On the contrary, it is medicine’s most valuable teammate.

When illness or disease is indicated, the body is communicating to us that our way of thinking (although unconscious) is out of harmony with what is beneficial to our being. Illness indicates the need to change in our belief system and tells us that we have reached our physical and psychological limits. Illness is thus a gift whose purpose is to bring back the equilibrium in our being. The physical body does not create illness because the physical body can do nothing by itself. What maintains its life is our soul, our inner self.

If you believe that illnesses, accidents and disorders are relevant only to the physical self, you are dissociating yourself from your mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, thereby refusing to acknowledge the majority of what makes you who you really are!

You have only to recall a situation where you’ve experienced instinctive reactions (such as your heart racing when you are afraid or that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you anticipate something you may be dreading), these automatic reactions are not coming from the physical body, but are transferred to the physical body through thoughts or emotions.

The most frequent causes of illness are negative attitudes and emotions, guilt, the need for attention, or the need to escape an unpleasant situation. Those who are vulnerable to the suggestion that illness is ‘contagious’ will attract illness because they expect to be sick as a result of circumstances. If they believe, for example, that a draught will result in a cold, they will ‘get’ a cold when exposed to a draught.

With each illness or disorder, your body is reminding you to love yourself. Through genuine self-love, you allow your heart to guide you to wellness and wholeness. To love yourself is to give yourself permission to live as you choose. When you love yourself, you accept yourself as you are at any moment—in all your humility—with fears, weaknesses, desires, beliefs and aspirations that are all facets of who you are.  

If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him. —Hippocrate


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

“I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.”

Make everyday count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything you could possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. 
Talk to people that you have never talked to before and actually listen... 
Let yourself fall in love again, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right too. Try to have fun and be happy.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why Meditate?

Meditation is a state of consciousness that can be understood only a direct, intuitive level, and puts you directly in touch with your higher self.

Meditation means “to become familiar with” and it is a way of exploring the inner self. Meditation is a wonderful opportunity to turn inward on a journey of discovery. Many of us use meditation to relax and cope with stress. Meditation does help slow or still the mind and balance the emotions. Meditation can be used for healing, assist in problem solving.

Our mind can be our best friend or our worst enemy. The aim of meditation is to transform the mind. As things stand now, our mind is often filled with troubles. We spend a great deal of time consumed by painful thoughts, plagued by anxiety or anger. It would be such a relief, if we could master our mind to the point where we could be free of these disturbing emotions.

The goal of meditation is not to shut down the mind or anesthetize it, but rather to make it free, lucid and balanced.

Practicing meditation can give your day an entirely new "fragrance." Its effects can permeate your outlook and approach to the things you do, as well as to your relations with the people around you. It allows us to experience life with greater serenity, to be more open to whatever happens and to envision the future with confidence. Such a transformation enables us to act more effectively in the world we live in and contribute to building a wiser, more altruistic and kinder society.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Be Who You Are ...

Be Happy. Be Yourself. If others don't like it, then let them be.
Happiness is a choice. Life isn't about pleasing everybody.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

“Gratitude is the best attitude.”

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for either the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

7 Wonders of the World by a Child

Some students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.”
The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:
1. To See
2. To Hear
3. To Touch
4. To Taste
5. To Feel
6. To Laugh
7. And to Love.”

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Quick fix is not a solution, for me!

I believe to have a healthy body we need to have a healthy lifestyle, healthy mind and soul. These days’ people are looking for a “quick fix” which is a temporary solution for health and mental issues. It helps for a short period of time BUT in a long term can cause more damage to the body. 
The pharmaceutical drugs can make you feel good BUT they are addictive to the mind and not good for the chemical balance of the body. 
The other extreme “quick fix” solution is to cut off body parts what could become cancerous (like Angelina Jolie did recently). We have cancer cells in our body every day BUT to be able to destroy these cells we need to have a strong immune system. We can’t cut off our lung, our brain, our eyes because in our genes or in our family history is cancer. 
I strongly believe with a vegan and organic vegetable, fruit based diet, enough rest, great sleep at night, yoga and meditation, your immune system will be able to function properly and will protect you from diseases. 
It takes courage and willpower to take the “driver seat” and decide, I am going to change my habits, my lifestyle, my LIFE. 
It is a challenging journey BUT to have a healthy body and a happy mind it is worth every sacrifice.
“The greatest wealth is Health.”



Monday, June 3, 2013

Types of Yoga

The science of yoga helps us to keep the body as a temple so that it becomes as clean as the soul. There are various paths by which we can reach the ultimate goal, the sight of the soul.

Raja Yoga –The Science of mind
It helps to balances energy throughout mind and body and gives the pleasant sense of well being. It is rightly the 'Raja' (or king) of yoga. It focusses on scientific aspects of personality thereby explaining individual growth and differences through the science of chakras. Different types of meditations are just a small subset of the holistic 'Raja Yoga'.
Jnana Yoga – The science of intelligence
It helps one withdraw mind and emotions from perceiving life and work towards transformation and enlightment.

Karma Yoga – The science of duty
Helps one surrender selfish motives and dedicate actions and thoughts to the absolute.
Hatha Yoga – The science of will
It helps to balance mind and body via physical postures or "asanas", purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation.

Bhakti Yoga
It is the most natural path for seeking emotional fulfillment and well being by means of devotion, faith, and love.
Laya Yoga
It helps alter one's normal awareness of self by focusing on hearing an internal, mystic sound. The mind will become steady and absorbed in the sound on which it focuses.
Mantra Yoga
It gives instruction in the knowledge of mantra results in the fusion of mental and physical energy with cosmic energy and makes the practitioner ready for Samadhi state.
Tantra Yoga
It is designed to awaken the kundalini energy in the body and addressing relationships and sexuality through rituals. It focuses on dynamic aspect of divinity called Shakti.

Sunday, June 2, 2013