03 Jun 2013
in awareness, breathing, healing, health, holistic health, life choices, mental health, mind-body health, stress
Tags: Ayurveda, breathe, calm down, Charles Bukowski, choice, cortisol, daydreaming, DHEA, energy, goals, lifesaver, love, neural connections, pace, prisoner of your own mind, productivity, tasks, technology, unplug
I’m not the savviest of technology-versed individuals. In fact, it tends to be a joke not to let a phone or a computer get into my hands or I might break it for whatever odd reason. However, I still live and function in the world of technology and I can tell you that it’s nice to take a break every once in a while. Unplug.
Unplug from technology, unplug from the grind, unplug from your goals, your tasks, and everything that must absolutely get done before 5 pm. And then everything that that must absolutely get done before midnight. And then the everything that could have gotten done, may need to get done, and in those half-awake half-asleep dreams that everything that twists itself into things that you must absolutely get done even though you have no idea why.
photo credit: overcake.com
What was that? Unplug? Right. More
19 Mar 2013
in awareness, Ayurvedic Medicine, healing, holistic health, mind-body health
Where are you heading? Do you feel fully capable and like you’re on the path you want to be? If so, keep chugging. If not, read on.
19 Jul 2012
in Ayurvedic Medicine, environment, holistic health, water
Tags: Ayurveda, Bisphenol A, bottled water, breast cancer, copper, copper vessel, cucumber, energize water, fountain of youth, herbicides, Hermann Hesse, high density polyethlene, high quality water, high water content, longevity, Mr. Hyde, nourished by water, oligodynamic effect, optimal functioning, organic fruits and vegetables, pesticides, plastics, polycarbonate, polyethlene terephthalate, prevent aging, pure water, reproductive disorders, rH2, safe water, seaweed, Siddartha, soak water, sperm count, trace minerals, vitamins, water filter, water indicators, water pH, water resistivity, watermelon, xenoestrogens
Findings suggest that populations which drink pure water of high quality experience greater longevity of life. The question is: what is pure water and where can it be found? What is the safest form to ingest it and what can we do to make sure we are adequately nourished by it? Water, one of the most nourishing elements on this Earth, has taken on such toxic properties with the pollution of our environment that it has become the Mr. Hyde of what it could be: an evocative fountain of youth.
He looked down into the rushing water, into the transparent green, into the crystal lines of its drawing, so rich in secrets. …With a thousand eyes, the river lookedat him, with green ones, with white ones, with crystal ones, with sky-blue ones… Love this water! Stay near it! Learn from it! …He who would understand this water and its secrets, so it seemed to him, would also understand many other things, many secrets, all secrets.
-Hermann Hesse, Siddartha More
10 Jul 2012
in Ayurvedic Medicine, digestion, digestive health, holistic health, stress
Tags: antibiotics, arsenic, Ayurvedic wisdom, beverages, bottled water, Chicago, chlorine, deterioration, digestive fire, fluorine, heat wave, herbicides, hungry, hydration, indigestion, livestock farming, nourishment, oil mining, pesticides, room temperature water, summer, tap water, Traditional Medicine, water filter, water sources, water spring
Over the past week the temperatures in Chicago have been at all-time high, the hottest in 42 years. With this heat wave descending over Chicago, I feel like I may as well be in India, though I think the humidity may be a bit higher here in Chicago. And what can serve us best in a heat wave like this? Water, perhaps?
Ice. Cold. Glass of water. Or submersed in ice cold water.
photo credit: Clark Little
Close, but no cigar. More
04 May 2012
in awareness, consciousness, DNA, holistic health, mind-body health, Uncategorized
Tags: Aslan, BHT, cancer cells, cancer genes, DNA, DNA blueprint, empowered health, Holographic Memory Resolution, holographic universe, holonomic cognitive function, memory, mind over matter, modern-day Narnia, molecules of emotion, p53 gene, semi-conducting proteins, subconscious, tanning, uncontrolled cancer cell production
The other day I was exploring the grocery store, trying to find myself a suitable snack to have in the interim of my classes. As I did, I was reminded of how alarming the “food” we eat can be in terms of its effect on our health, with ingredients such as BHT, a cancer-causing agent, tagged on to a long list of ingredients.
This got me thinking about what, in fact, causes cancer and illness in general in the first place. In the classic model of biology, we are taught that certain stimuli are known to “turn on” cancer genes and everyone carries in them some number of cancer cells. Only when this cancer cell production is uncontrolled does cancer itself become more rampant and destructive in the body. More
02 Apr 2012
in awareness, Ayurvedic Medicine, community, holistic health, interconnection, life choices, mind-body connection
Tags: 2010 Olympics, 2025, Amazon, beliefs, blood pressure, body fat, breaths per minute, cattle farming, cohesion, conscious mind, Darwin, David Bohm, development economics, division, DNA, donor countries, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Einstein, electricity, eradicating poverty, extreme poverty, genocide, good cholesterol, health of society, heart rate, high density lipoprotein, humanity, institutionalized racism, Kayapo, killing, Kofi Annan, logging, moral guidelines, open mind, racial profiling, respect, species, stealing, sub-Saharan Africa, subconscious mind, survival of the fittest, swastavrutta, Vancouver, wealth, wholeness of universe
In the news recently is highlighted yet another trial, yet another tribulation, yet another reason for the native peoples of the Amazon, in this case the Kayapo, to be violently ousted from their home. The reason today? Electricity. The reasons in the past? Logging and cattle farming are two of the most prominent. In the past, this sort of news has been fairly inaccessible to the general public though the truths have been even more shocking than currently, stretching to include even the genocide of Amazonian native people.
photo credit: The Washington Post
This sort of truth is not unique to Brazil, to the Amazon, though its result and its root are just as heartbreaking. In 2010 native people in Vancouver, Canada were forcibly removed from their homes in order to make way for Olympics-related industries, such as new strip malls and larger hotels for Olympics visitors. Similarly, in the US legislative battles still occur in order to protect and expand upon native peoples’ rights while the country also wavers in its significant issues with both institutionalized racism and racial profiling. More
16 Mar 2012
in awareness, Ayurvedic Medicine, food, holistic health, mind-body health
Tags: anxious, body-mind type, diet, DNA, fire, food qualities, heaviness, ideal diet, ideal weight, minerals, optimal diet, perfect, recipe, skin rashes, St. Patty's Day, vitamins
(An Ayurvedic Exploration)
photo credit: Aquarian Bath
Last month I made Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting for my brother’s birthday. In honor of St. Patty’s Day I’m going to share this recipe with all of you fine folk trying to get healthy.
Uhhh… how can I get healthy with Guinness cupcakes? More
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
05 Mar 2012
in consciousness, holistic health, life choices
Tags: abyss, Bermuda triangle, character, choice, clear sight, conscious decisions, David Bohm, Einstein, environment, Himalayas, identity, journey, joy, label, love, misread, patterns of life, peace, perception, reflection, self-discovery, Stanislav Grof, superficial, truth
I know what it is like to be misread, to be labeled, to hold a superficial vantage point in another’s eyes. I also know what it is like to be seen clearly. More importantly, I know what it is like to see myself clearly.
photo credit: Phoebe Jaspe
Clear sight, the kind that goes down to the bones, through which one can see another’s heart, is something I often think about.
Having lived in a few countries, I have sometimes been only too well aware of the changing perceptions directed towards me. White, woman, American accent, traveling alone. Even with a few more details added in, sometimes the superficial assumptions still continue. In all this I became more aware of my own identity, the truths and integral parts of who I am, who I was where I was, and who I am where I am now.
What I know is this: self-discovery is the ultimate journey. Forget the Himalayas, forget the Bermuda triangle. You. Yourself. That’s where all the beauty and all mystery awaits. Discovering yourself lends boundless freedom
Why do I say this? …what does this have to do with health? Everything. More