09 Jan 2012
in awareness, Ayurvedic herbs, Ayurvedic Medicine, consciousness, holistic health, meditation, mental health, mind-body connection, mind-body health, nutrition, psychological health, Yoga
Tags: constitution, DNA, goals, January, New Year, Sattva, setting goals
January beginnings. Are you starting fresh? Are you starting anew? January resolutions. How are they going? Are you feeling strong about the changes you are bringing into your life? Whatever your resolution, there are specific steps you can take to ensure that you stay on the path you have set out for yourself and reach the goals you are working to achieve. Just as with any task you set out to accomplish, the first step in reaching a goal is awareness.
photo credit: Marc Adamus
From an Ayurvedic perspective, mental focus and following through on tasks is considered in terms of your natural physical constitution, your natural mental constitution, and the physical and mental state that you choose to cultivate. More
23 Nov 2011
in Ayurvedic Medicine, community, holistic health, interconnection, mental health, mind-body connection
Tags: ayu, cardiovascular health, coordinated movements, loneliness, longevity, snehana, synchronization, Thanksgiving
Come tomorrow, millions are going to be indulging in the feast of the year, filling their stomachs to the brim, and savoring that uncomfortable yet somehow pleasant sensation of pants fitting too tightly after eating miles and miles of food (oh, I couldn’t stop!). Others will grin ear to ear as they watch you suffer your food coma and motion to an oversized waistline of their pants, “I came prepared- I’m wearing my Thanksgiving pants!”
photo credit: Ana Johnson
Some will bow their heads, while some will simply sit content, their hands folded in their hearts with no God to pray to except for the light that seems to surround them, and still others will just smile and be thankful.
18 Nov 2011
in Ayurvedic Medicine, breathing, depression, holistic health, mental health, stress, Yoga
Tags: deep breathing, dopamine, endorphins, fight or flight, heart, learn how to breathe, life force, prana, pranayama, serotonin, Vata
Recently, I was talking with a friend who, just like many of us, lives a very busy life. As I was listening to her talk about everything that she does, I asked her, “When do you breathe?” She responded laughing, “I stopped.”
photo credit: Open Your Eyes Now, Deviant Art
Though my friend was laughing as she said this, the truth is that often times when we get caught up in the busy mill of our routine, we do, in fact, cut our breath short. More
02 Nov 2011
in awareness, consciousness, holistic health, mental health, mind-body connection, mind-body health, psychology of health
Tags: calcium waves, emotions, formation of reality, healthy psychology of healing, Helen Keller, memories, molecules of emotion, perineural system, story of health, thalamus, visualization
Once upon a time… I had a story. And you had a story too. There are many different kinds of stories- as many as there are fingerprints. Perhaps “once upon a time” was a story of pain, perhaps a story of being a victim, and then perhaps a story of healing. The mind is one of the most powerful sources that you can draw upon for healing and achieving optimal health. But how is your mind working? What stories have you created for yourself?
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It is worthwhile to take a moment to explore the patterns and definitions of the mind which create the perceptions which we acknowledge as reality. Unlocking the flow of perception and becoming aware of how we create our identity can be transformative in developing a powerful tool for achieving or maintaining holistic health. More
21 Oct 2011
in Ayurvedic Medicine, digestion, digestive health, enteric nervous system, holistic health, mental health, mind-body health, Parkinson's Disease
Tags: Ayurvedic Medicine, emotional health, enteric nervous system, Ghana, holistic health, mental health, mind-body connection, mind-body health, neuroscience, Traditional Medicine
“Creativity is the way to progress but as long as people’s bellies are not full, nothing will change.” -Dale Massiasta
Dale was one of my mentors while I was living in Ghana and doing field research on Traditional Medicine and its use in HIV/AIDS treatment. Dale was a great mind. He was one of a kind, an innovator, and a person who could and would take the heat for his endeavors. He founded a museum dedicated to the tribal history of the region, he lectured and guided students, and he served as a mentor for his community. His community, far and wide, will always remember him for what he gave of himself.
I can’t help but think of Dale and his words as I step back and continue to question everything that I’ve learned so far, as I continue to search through the research which is slowly beginning to uncover the presence of the mind throughout the body. 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?
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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