Think Yourself Healthy & Happy

 

Think Yourself Healthy & Happy
We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” While this certainly has some truth in it, an even deeper level of examination reveals that we are what we think. For thousands of years the great Yogis and Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) have observed the nature of the mind-body relationship. What they analyzed, understood, and taught was the direct, undeniable, interconnected matrix of our thought process creating either health or dis-ease. Fast forward approximately 5000 years to today…here we are in a fast-paced, technologically-driven, goal-oriented, productivity-based society; striving to get ahead, make more money, look younger and feel more relaxed. Stress has an impact on our well being, on our nervous system, blood pressure, and every system of the body, not to mention it ages us faster and can leave us feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and depressed.

Worry Free
Calms the mind and emotions; supports clarity of mind and deeper sleep; natural support for everyday stress and tension

Stress Free Emotions
For natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue; promotes emotional balance, positive feelings, and feelings of fulfillment.

Is there another way? 
I talk to many people who believe that this is just the way life is and there isn’t much to do about it unless you’re lucky enough to win the lottery or get an upgrade to your DNA. Let us imagine for just a moment that we are creating the reality that we see, feel, and interact with. Let us suspend our disbelief for a tiny second and imagine that we manifest our life by sending out signals and invitations through the thoughts that we think and feelings that we feel. What if these thoughts and feelings set up an energetic loop that reflects back to us our “reality” based on the vibration that we are experiencing? For example when we are in a negative state of mind we look though the lens of negativity and see everything around us conspiring to make us suffer (so we amplify the experience of suffering).

The Real You - Alan Watts 

Conversely, when we are in a positive, loving resonance our perspective is different and even when adversity comes we can navigate and deflect it more easily and gracefully (so we feel more love, gratitude, and peace). In Yoga and Ayurveda, the mind is called manas and is said to have a functional relationship with the entire body. The mind is not the same as the brain here. Manas has a presence on a cellular level, existing as an intelligence that is affecting all of the dhatus (tissue layers or systems) and chakras (energy centers), thereby giving information to the entire body about how to function.

Blissful Joy
To help uplift the emotions; helps balance emotional ups and downs; alleviates sadness and feelings of frustration.

Every thought we think has power. 
Most of our thoughts are habitual and repetitive, they are old programs from the past, running the show. This happens without us even realizing it. We believe we are thinking new thoughts yet we wind up creating the same situations, experiences and circumstances over and over again. It may be a new relationship but over time we realize we’re dating the same guy, or are involved in another altercation with an unfair boss, or have another friend dumping all of their problems on us. Can you relate?

It may feel like life is happening to you, however your experience of life is a reflection of what signals are going out from your own personal generating station (the channel of the mind, manovaha srota). So, take time to observe and take charge! If you want to change anything in your life start by looking within by observing the subtle thoughts, reactions and feelings created from your thinking patterns.

Ask yourself:
1) Is there another perspective or point of view that I could take?
2) How am I contributing to the outcome of a situation (positively or negatively)?
3) What else is possible?
4) What would love do/ say/ think?

Don’t lollygag in a negative rut, as it will only bring you down and down and down. Notice any resistance you may have to thinking or feeling positively about something. I’m not talking about suppression here. Ahamkara is the sense of “I Am”, loosely translated as the ego. Whenever the sense of who we think we are is threatened, (i.e. moving beyond an old paradigm of thinking or being) the ahamkara will rear it’s ugly head, dig it’s heels in and convince you that it’s not safe to love, forgive, trust, relax, or accept.

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You may choose to stay small, stuck, and feel like a victim or you can choose to blast through the ceiling of suffering by embracing a new way of thinking, feeling, and looking at the world. This is incredibly empowering and puts the reins of your life back in your hands. Giddy-up! Yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting practices are also great tools to reprogram the neuro-pathways of your brain and influence the nervous system to operate from a more relaxed place.

Personally I love kirtan and chanting mantras as they have the power to bypass the intellect (buddhi) and go directly to the heart. Also, humming bee breath (brahmari pranayama) and alternate nostril breathing (nadi shodhana) are at the top of my list for shifting out of a negative place and into a more centered and clear state of mind. Choose your thoughts and feelings wisely for they will create your future. As Allen Ginsberg said, “You are what you think about all day” and I’m going to have to say, I think he might be right.

About The Author - Madhuri Phillips

Madhuri Phillips
Between publishing books, making Ayurvedic yoga DVD's, touring for yoga and Ayurveda conferences, and teaching teachers about the Madhuri Method, Madhuri finds climbing rocks in really cool locations an exciting venture. She is based in Vancouver, BC. Learn more about Madhuri’s online Ayurvedic study and the Madhuri Method Ayurvedic Yoga training at: www.madhuriayurvedayoga.com


The Alchemy Of Bliss - "Soma"

The Alchemy Of Bliss -  "Soma" 
We all want to be happy yet one of the most elusive questions which involves our day-to-day reality is “what does it mean to be happy?”. We also know that happiness is key for overall health and in one form or another we are all seeking it. Could it be that we are searching for happiness in all the wrong places? For many of us, happiness is in the next purchase - the bigger home, the nicer car, and the newer gadget. However, the teachings of Ayurveda explain that behind all these diverse pursuits is an aspiration for happiness at the core of our being. In other words, within each one of us resides a sense of bliss called “Ananda” which is lastingly satisfying, refreshing, and that which does not diminish nor die.

Blissful Joy
To help uplift the emotions; helps balance emotional ups and downs; alleviates sadness and feelings of frustration

Blissful Heart Aroma
Helps to nourish and balance the emotions

Ananda [aa-nan-da] noun.
The condition of utter joy. Pure and absolute bliss.
An essential quality of the ultimate Reality (tattva).

Soma - The Nectar Of Immortality
According to the ancient vedic teachings of India, “Soma” was originally referred to as the nectar of immortality. Similarly, in other cultures, soma was conveyed as the “Holy Grail” being the ultimate quest for renewal and immortality. After all, we all want to live and do not want to die. In a way, Soma provides for ‘deathlessness’ and is the essence of all healing. The Ayurvedic concept of Soma is of vital importance for good immunity, longevity, and optimal health. For example, the classic teachings of Ayurveda discuss topics of rejuvenation [“rasayana”] which are lifestyle considerations to increase the quality of soma.

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Lifestyle Considerations ...
The modern world unfortunately provides many of us the problem of a highly stressful lifestyle. However, rejuvenation requires nourishment at all levels. Of importance is nourishing food for the physical body and equally important, is nourishment for the mind in the form of adequate rest, sleep, and relaxation. For example, a “sattvic diet” which includes good quality vegetarian food such as dairy products, whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, and nuts which provide purity for the body and clarity to the mind.

Deep Rest & Blissful Sleep
Better sleep = better performance.

Digestive Health
Good health depends on strong, efficient digestion.

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The Elixir Of Life - Soma Beverages
From the ancient of times, there have been certain beverages which have been considered an elixir which helps to revitalize the core of our body while fortifying the mind. A Soma beverage is generally considered a liquid that is deeply refreshing, stress reducing, and calming to the mind.

Examples Of Soma Beverages Include:
- Amalaki Juice
- Coconut Juice
- Sugar Cane Juice
- Aloe Juice
- Fruit Juices
- Herbal Teas
- Milk

Amalaki Juice
The fresh juice of amalaki fruit is considered one of the best rejuvenatives according to Ayurveda. Simply add a couple of teaspoons of amalaki juice with some pomegranate juice and this is an excellent elixir for longevity.

Amrit Kalash
Full-spectrum antioxidant: targets mind & nervous system

Coconut Juice
Coconut juice provides hydration to all bodily tissues and provides natural sugars and nourishing oil for the brain and nervous tissue. Coconut juice also provides a cooling and refreshing quality to the mind.

Sugar Cane Juice
Not only is sugar cane juice delicious but is also considered a rejuvenative [“rasayana”] according to Ayurveda. Sugar cane juice is hydrating and helps to prevent fever, thirst, dryness, and fatigue.

Aloe Juice
Aloe juice is particularly beneficial to help reduce heat [“pitta”] from within the body and is also a wonderful nourishing drink for women to help tonify and strengthen the uterus.

Fruit Juices
Generally, fruit juices in moderation are natural Soma beverages. Certain fruit juices such as pomegranate, guava, mango, grape, and acai juices are particularly beneficial. To help reduce sugar intake, these juice can be diluted with water and generally should not be consumed during meals.

Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are considered Soma beverages more specifically to the mind rather than the body. Herbal teas such as Tulsi, Brahmi, Licorice, and Rose are very rejuvenating to the mind and help to bring clarity to the mind.

Ayurvedic Herbal Teas
Enjoy the exotic colors and aromas of spices can elevate an ordinary dish into a sublime feast for the senses of sight, smell and taste.

Milk
Milk has rejuvenating properties and is a beverage held with great reverence in vedic culture. Milk also helps to enhances the potency of other substances and other substances also help to benefit the rejuvenating qualities of milk. For example, adding a small amount of natural sugar, honey, or ghee increases the nourishing and rejuvenating qualities of milk. Milk also acts to carry the qualities of certain herbs and spices to deeper bodily tissues. For example, mixing certain herbs and spices like ginger and/or turmeric to milk will help to improve digestion, liver function, and elimination. Similarly, mixing saffron to milk is also considered a potent rejuvenator and helps strengthen the female reproductive tract.

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Maintain mental calm & alertness.

What About Alcohol?
Alcoholic beverages, particularly wine in small amounts have revealed some health benefits such as improving digestion and helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. Likewise, Ayurveda has a wide range of medicinal herbal wines such as Ashwagandha herbal wine which has rejuvenative and restoring properties. Medicinal herbal wines should be used with discretion and only as indicated by a qualified Ayurvedic professional.

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Nourishing The Body, Mind, & Soul - An Ayurvedic Perspective

 

Nourishing The Body, Mind, & Soul
Ayurveda is considered the world’s oldest and most complete system of natural healing. It’s said that the knowledge of Ayurveda is eternal and is revealed in order to help relieve the suffering of humanity. Perhaps the most universal aspect of Ayurveda is to establish balance, peace of mind, and happiness.

“The natural force within each of us
is that perfect healer of all.”

- Hippocrates

According to the classic texts, three aspects of the mind include:

  1. Dhi, the ability to learn and acquire knowledge
  2. Dhriti, the ability to process and retain information
  3. Smriti, the ability to recall, memory

 

Recalling Our True Nature
In nearly all ancient cultures, nature has often been considered the greatest healer. Interestingly, in Ayurveda “prajnaparadha” [crime against intellect] is considered the root cause of all disease. Perhaps the greatest crime from a vedic perspective is to separate one’s true identify with that all of creation. Therefore, by thoroughly recalling the wholeness of life springs forth the source of all healing and bliss - within.

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"True Nourishment"

Nourishing the mind begins with a healthy daily routine. According to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, health rests upon a foundation supported by three pillars – the three pillars being sleep, diet, and overall balance of life. If any one of these three pillars becomes weakened, it’s thought that the overall health and well-being of a person may be affected. Therefore, in order to function optimally especially during modern times, let us look at specific ways to help maintain balance.

Sleep:
It’s nearly impossible to be healthy without adequate sleep. Sleep is essential for the maintenance and repair of the neurological, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal and digestive systems. Rather, sleep is necessary for all systems of the body. Period.

Just some of the obvious benefits of a great night sleep:

  • Enhances memory and mental clarity
  • Improves athletic performance.
  • Boosts mood and overall energy.
  • Improves immune function.
  • Increases stress tolerance

 

HOT MILK – The Natural Sleep Aid
Hot milk – milk is a wonderful source of tryptophan which helps induce sleep. If consumed an hour before bed with a pinch of nutmeg, it can provide sound and restful sleep.
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Healthy Digestion:
Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. Regarding the importance of Agni, the father of Ayurveda – Charak stated that when Agni of the individual is balanced then that person would be absolutely healthy and would lead a long, happy and healthy life.

Practical Tips For Healthy Digestion
Although simple, these principles if followed routinely, are often enough to help improve your digestion and overall health. Often it’s the simple things that are most effective and oddly enough - most overlooked. That said, let’s quickly take a look at the basics.

  • All food should be freshly prepared, nutritious, and appetizing
  • Food should generally contain all 6 tastes balanced to one’s needs
  • We should leave 4-6 hours between meals with no snacking in between
  • Eat your largest meal during the day when the sun is at its peak
  • Relax and enjoy your meals in a calm soothing environment

 

GHEE - Heal The Gut & Nourish The Mind
Healthy digestion is considered the fundamental pillar of good health. According to Ayurvedic literature, ghee increases the digestive function and thought to nourish nearly all tissues of the body – specifically the gastrointestinal tract by reducing inflammatory conditions, reducing seepage of undigested food particles, and aids in repair of the mucosal wall.

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Overall Balance:
Knowing nature to be whole and complete, good health implies restoring that natural state of completeness and wholeness. According to the science of Ayurveda, health is a natural state when there is perfect balance of your body, mind, and spirit.

Ayurveda gives prime importance to:
- balanced doshas
- balanced digestion
- optimal function of bodily tissue and waste elimination
- balanced state of mind, clarity of the sense, and happiness
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Happiness & Bliss...

“When the emotional heart is balanced, one gains pure knowledge,
the desires of the mind are always righteous, and one experiences unbounded bliss.”
– Sushruta Samhita

The science of Ayurveda commonly talks about “Ojas” as being the end-product of perfect digestion. However, digestion in terms of Ayurveda has a profound meaning. This implies properly digesting all that nourishes us; including everyday experiences of life [i.e. thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc.]. Nearly all Ayurvedic treatment is designed to increase the abundance of superior quality of ojas and to avoid reducing ojas – as ojas is considered central to restoring health and preventing illness. Similarly, ojas is thought to be the most important element which designs and shapes the influence our experiences creates upon the mind.

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Nourishing The Soul
A basic fundamental premise to both Ayurveda and Yoga is that – both a sound mind and sound body are integral to one’s overall health and well-being.

Just Some Of The Potential Benefits Of Meditation:
– greater clarity and inner calmness
– increased creativity and happiness
– improved sense of emotional stability
– reduced level of anxiety and depression
– improved brain function and memory
– reduced level of stress
… the list can go on and on …

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