Jul 4, 2012
Making the first small steps to a regular Wellness routine can be like climbing mountains for some people. But good habits build up good health – essential if you've been on the path to healing from negative emotions (especially other people's!) and the damaging effects they can wreak in your life. Also extremely essential if you're in remission from cancer or if you think you might be at risk from cancer, diabetes or any serious, stress related illness.
Deep care of the mind is the perfect powerful balancer and harmoniser for our systems and spirits.With a yogic, holistic approach it is healing with the mind that heals the body and emotions. Here are a few simple ways to relax, nourish and care for your mind.
Cultivate the habit of smiling.
Learn to do it, so that even when you don't feel like smiling, you can. Smiling relaxes the facial muscles and the brain. Smiling also tricks the brain into thinking it is happy as your expression sends messages back to it. I teach this in Yoga class as “your deep, inner Yoga smile”.
The “mundane mind” (manomaya kosha) relaxes, giving you time out for a little rest and refreshment. You are then more able to be with the peaceful, wise part of your mind.
Enjoy the Tea habit.
The ancient way of tea drinking, taking time out for tea in the afternoon, is a method of destressing the mind and taking time for appreciation of the Yoga values of purity, tranquillity, harmony and gratitude.
Make yourself a cup of herbal tea: green tea is wonderful for the mind. It is amazingly beneficial for focus and concentration. Green tea also melts belly fat, so if you're overweight or diabetic this is a must. Use the same, old cup for your tea drinking ritual in the Zen way. Sit in the same spot to drink it at a regular time and allow yourself to be at peace as you take a break from the world.
Learn How to Gaze.
This is one of the simplest ways to meditate with Yoga: it's the ancient skill of trataka, and we practice this in it's simplest form by candle gazing.
Meditation and relaxation directly positively affect our body's natural killer cells, have a beneficial affect on diabetes and, most powerfully, on Melatonin production. Neuroscientist Ranjie Singh has produced astounding research into the cancer-arresting properties of Melatonin.
Sit, light your candle and gaze at the flame whilst breathing evenly and deeply, and do this regularly, say 10 minutes a day. Oh, and by the way, kids just love this – I've been teaching it in my kids' yoga classes for years, we make a game by looking for the rainbow's colours in the flame.
And by the way, if you would like to take your first steps on the healing path, there is a simple, free-to-download “gazing” meditation on the website here: Gaze.
Susan Ni Rahilly is founder of www.suzenyoga.com: Spirituality, Understanding, Zen, Energy and Nutrition through dedication to Yoga practice.
Feb 21, 2012
Silence: The Pathway to Inner Balance
Reveal your Bliss Nature and find a harmonious balance of body, mind, and emotions by embracing nature's gift of silence. Silence calms anxiety and promotes healing and wellbeing.
Finding the Sound of Silence is an individual experience. Some find silence in the continual drone of city traffic or the crash of ocean waves; others find it in the echoes of children's playful laughter or a forest full of birdsong. There are, however, very sacred and special moments of absolute silence, a complete and utter stillness and absence of sound when time seems to stop. With no stimuli to respond to, we have the freedom to simply exist and embrace our inner spirit.
We are accustomed to living in an environment of continuous sound, but noise demands a physical response beyond simply hearing. Noise constantly stimulates body and mind. Continual vibrations disrupt the balance of our water-based circulatory and nervous systems, leaving us anxious and tired. Silence allows us to clear our thoughts and emotions, giving our body an opportunity to regenerate and relax.
Finding silence is a cumulative process. As with relaxation, we build silence into our lives little by little. Even 10-minute segments of silence are beneficial, but achieving longer 30-minute periods will foster profound peace, harmony, and good health. By creating regular time for silence and quiet, you will eventually reach the Yoga meditation goal of becoming happier in your body and more accepting of self. As part of self-acceptance and finding value in life, human beings must possess hope. Silence provides time to embrace hope and find the freedom to be human.
Silence is the essence of Zen meditative practice. As we remain still, focusing on our physical being and concentrating on being present to ourselves, we can explore our state of mind and find meaning in life. In the silent and quiet spaces you build, you will be able to organize thoughts and emotions and divest yourself of anger and frustration. Silence clears the way for natural healing of mind and body to occur. It restores balance and harmony and allows the vitality and beauty of your inner self to shine through.
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