08 Nov 2011
in Ayurvedic herbs, Ayurvedic Medicine, healing, health, holistic health, mind-body health, psychological health, stress, trauma, Yoga
Tags: abhyanga, body movements, emotional trauma, energetic nature of body, energetics of herbs, fascia, injury, massage, meditation, muscles, nasya, physical memory, physical trauma, shirodhara, snehana, tension, Yoga asanas
If you have ever dealt with a physical injury perhaps you can remember how areas of your body compensated to deal with the injured part. If you had a knee injury maybe you limped for some time, one side of your body becoming stronger, tension and aches resulting in some areas while other areas became more flexible. This is what happens with a physical injury. What about an emotional one?
photo credit: Annak, 2bemag
Body structure changes with both physical as well as emotional trauma. With a physical injury, though apparently local, a systemic effect results with changes in neural activity, blood and lymph flow, and muscular contraction. Since the body acts as a unified whole, collectively responding to injury, any minute change will have a profound effect on the structural function of all aspects of the body.
When an emotional trauma exists, the body likewise responds in this manner. 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
10 Oct 2011
in healing, health, heart health, holistic health, meditation, mind-body connection, mind-body health, stress
Tags: anger, appreciation, awareness, calm, care, compassion, cortisol, DHEA, fear, fountain of youth, heart intelligence, heart rhythms, longevity, love, pain body, positive emotions, stress hormones
As the stories go, many have sought, battled towards, and even claimed to have discovered the “fountain of youth.” Perhaps we can imagine the emotional state of these mythological and historical figures while embarking on their journeys. What did they feel as they were searching, when they failed, or when they uncovered this supposed fountain of youth? Their journey was outward, a search for a tangible site, but the search continued today has been conducted by modern scientists and they may have unlocked at least one source: the heart.
Have you ever felt the ache of a broken heart? The swelling of pride in your chest for someone you love? The sensation of calm washing through you when you exercise compassion?
This is your heart displaying heart intelligence. This is your heart sending signals 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