Chakra Meditation, a meditation to balance the seven chakras. When these energy centers or vortex’s of the body are open and balanced we function effectively and in loving alignment with our needs on the physical, emotional and spiritual realms.
Consciousness guru Albert Einstein said “we can never reach the solution from the same thinking [vibration] as the problem.” We developed a new way to set intention using this approach and call this program aligned Intention setting and start with Dr. Rivene’s special meditation to bring ourselves to alignment before mapping our intentions for the year.
Healthy digestion, elimination and wellness is key for Ayurveda which considers digestion and elimination as a fundamental process that must be preserved and balanced for lasting wellness. The root of all illness stems from poor digestion (weakened agni or digestive power, see box) and Ama (toxins from poor digestion, see box). When the doshas (our natural bodies constitution [link]) become imbalanced or aggravated through improper diet, unhealthy lifestyle choices, negative emotions and other factors it affects our digestive ability (Agni) which is the transformative power that allows us to assimulate food and experience yielding both nutrition and consciousness.. The disturbed Agni causes poor digestion of the food we eat. This in turn if left unchecked allows the undigested and unabsorbed food to accumulate in the Gastro-Intestinal tract and turn toxic. If this continues it will eventually flow out of the place of accumulation and spread throughout the body infiltrating the channels and tissues where it causes disease.
This process provides an early warning if we develop our awareness and recognize the imbalance. The first step is to recognize the potential cause of disease for your constitution [link] so you can avoid them. The next step is to take action to modify the cause so you avoid the imbalance (for instance taking a cooling swim during the hot summer day to remain balanced as a Pitta). If we let it get past these two steps we must restore balance after it is lost; which becomes harder but still easily in the realm of self-care. Beyond that we begin to get sick and it has moved beyond its initial location of origin, we must take more drastic cleansing and purification practice which generally require the assistance of an Ayurvedic health consultant. Let’s explore what digestion and elimination is telling you at this time and reclaim our Healthy Digestion, Elimination and Wellness.
On a recent cruise I was reminded of the power of appreciation in my life and more poignantly the power I have to choose appreciating life going well in the present moment (living fully).
The cruise director who was a bit of a Welsh comedian was trying to get us to fill in our reviews and encouraging everyone to rate the cruise high. He quipped, “English people never review anything 10 out of 10. After all there is always room for improvement isn’t there?” It reminded me how slovenly I can be in rating my own day. I was particularly bad when I started, I would see all the things I didn’t get done (an overambitious to-do list) and the disappointments when something didn’t go together perfectly. Is this you or someone you know? Read on to find your way to happier days!
Winter Balancing of Your Constitution Helps you to Stay Healthy. The Ayurvedic science of living recognizes that the change of seasons affects the health of all living beings. Certain changes in diet, behaviour and medicines are prescribed as a “seasonal ayurvedic routine” to counter the bad effects of the season and capitalize on the good effects so we stay healthy. As fall and early winter ends vata peaks with resulting dryness and nervous disorders as we then enter the coldest part of the winter where everything slows down and produces dormancy in plants. This is the season of Kapha and the dosha most affected by winter, peaking in July or August. Winter often brings kapha aggravations like allergies, colds, and congestion. You are being asked to balance your diet and lifestyle now if this is you. Read on to find your magical curative powers.
Lessons from Australia, I experience the power to let go as we magically create the trip we want to the center of Australia and Tasmania. We experience the magic and creativity of revitalizing culture find ourselves renewed and influenced by nature and life around us. In reality we all have the opportunity to live life trusting it brings great insights and experiences in all situations. In Native American traditions and many cultures around the world, they experience the numinous in everyday situations as well as a specially prepared Vision Quest. This was my understanding of the phenomenal year we have completed. Read on to find your magical creative powers.
True to your Dosha is the key to harmony, immunity, and health. In this third part of our three part article on your body type we look at how our unique body type or dosha guides us to health , part one, and how to achieve harmonious balance through herbs and lifestyle choices, part 2, and finally by wisely choosing our food or diet which we will now examine. In this article we examine the vital link between Agni (digestive power), food/sensory choices and spices to produce health and wellness. Read on to learn how to balance your life for harmony , longevity and happiness.
The Ayurvedic science of living recognizes that the change of seasons affects the health of all living beings; and recommends a seasonal routine of diet, behaviour and medicines to counter the bad effects of the season and capitalize on the good effects so we stay healthy. Vata tends to dominate the fall or autumn season, reigning from mid-April through June. Vata combines the elements of air and ether; and it enables movement and activity. An excess of this dosha can produce coldness, overactivity, poor digestion, overactive mind and insomnia. Read how to balance your Vata with a autumn ayurvedic routine.
At the major changes of seasons, Ayurveda often recommends panchakarma (the five treatments) to cleanse the body. We can do a shortened version of this centuries old practice to help prepare ourselves for the season of our most prominent doshic imbalances. A short mono-diet fast, prayer, meditation and media fast allow us to reset our taste buds, our mental states and start the season renewed and invigorated. Read on to learn how to do your own.
In the 6000 year plus science of Ayurveda, a person’s dosha or unique body type truly is the key to Self-Health. A symptom is simply a signal that you are out of balance with your natural nature. Once you have identified your dosha you can understand the bodies natural nature and learn to keep in balance with your nature through simple self-care procedures that ensure health, immunity, and happiness when we temporarily slip out of balance. Read on to identify your own nature, your Dosha; learn what it means to you and how it will help you detect the beginnings of illness when a small imbalance has occurred; and take the proper self-care actions to have great health, happiness and longevity.