09 Mar 2012
in Ayurvedic Medicine, healing systems, Holi, holistic health, interconnection, medical systems
Tags: ancient sages, art to medicine, Bhangra music, care, classical texts of Ayurveda, collaboration, colors, demon king, demoness, disease, emotional balance, good of the patient, healing system, health, Hindu, Hippocratic Oath, Hiranyakashyap, Holi, Holi bonfire, Holi Festival, Holika, India, La Tomatina, Lord Naarayana, Lord Vishnu, medical system, mental balance, physical balance, Prahlad, prayer, story of Holi, Supreme God, sympathy, tomato fight, triumph of good over evil, unity in diversity, universe repeats itself, warmth, when the student is ready, world religions
I have celebrated two Holi’s in India with some of the most beautiful people I have met. My first Holi- colors flying everywhere, dancing under a rain shower to Bhangra music with a large group of laughing, exuberant people from various states in India and various countries around the world. Holi, in its array of colors has many stories to share, and my thoughts turn to many possibilities and interpretations of its message. Holi- what is it really?
Those of us in the West who are familiar with Holi, even vaguely so, think of a rainbow of colors, the Indian version of Spain’s tomato fight, La Tomatina. The throwing of colors, as fun as it is (an understatement!), is only one aspect of the festival. More
02 Oct 2011
in Ayurvedic Medicine, biosynergetics, healing systems, health, holistic health, meditation, mental health, mind-body connection, mind-body health, synergetics
Tags: biosynergetics, green living, healthy lifestyle, Hippocrates, holistic healing, interconnection, intuitive healing, laws of nature, Leonardo Da Vinci, living in harmony with nature, Purusha, Shambhala, study medicine, Sushruta, synergetics, vitality, well-being
One of the primary focuses within Ayurvedic Medicine is living in harmony with nature. For mainstream society “living in harmony with nature” may imply a focus on green living with recycling, eating organic food, living more simply, and so on. These can all be included within a modern conception of this message yet there is an aspect that is still missing from this equation.
Many, if not all, ancient intuitive or holistic healing systems, whether with a foundation in medicine, in meditation, or in another holistic practice, stressed the importance of unity with nature. More
26 Sep 2011
in cancer, chronic illness, electromagnetism, healing, healing systems, health, meditation, mental health, mind-body connection, mind-body health, miracles, physics
Tags: cancer, chronic illness, electromagnetism, healing, health, meditation, mind-body connection, mind-body health, miracles, paralysis
The mind-body connection. How far connected is it exactly and what does this mean?
photo credit: tejiendoelmundo
Many have heard the wonder stories of people who have miraculously cured themselves of cancer, even recovered from paralysis. What has your reaction been? Amazement? Wonder? Hope? Disbelief? –even anger? For an individual living in relative health the stories are often just stories. For those struggling with a chronic illness or condition or having watched someone else do so, the mind may see-saw from one of enthusiastic inspiration to frustrated despair. More
20 Sep 2011
in Ayurvedic Medicine, digestion, digestive health, healing systems, health, holistic health, language, mental health, Reiki
Language has been shown to be formative in the development of culture and societal as well as individual perspective. To learn a language means not only to be able to make and use sounds, alter sentence construction from what is natural for you, but also to be able to completely shift your perspective on life and all that it includes. It seems that medicine and healing systems may also act as a language of their own, shaping how we view health, disease, our bodies, and if and how healing can occur.
photo credit: Susan Noyes Anderson
In mainstream thought the body is often viewed as a set of separate structures. If you have digestion issues you see a GI doctor. If, as a woman, you have menstrual issues you see an OB-GYN. Fortunately, doctors have begun to establish more of a cooperative relationship amongst each other, allowing for more problem-solving to occur in their joint efforts to help the patient. Previously, this separatist view greatly confined diagnosis and treatment. More