|Posted on July 27, 2011 at 3:44 PM||comments (0)|
There is an old American Indian proverb about a Cherokee chief who is teaching his grandson about life, and he says:
- "There is a fight going on inside me. It is a terrible fight and it is between 2 wolves."
- "One wolf is evil --- he is self-pity, envy, regret, resentment, anger, self-indulgence, ego."
- "The other wolf is good --- he is love, compassion, hope, kindness, peace, humility, generosity."
- The old chief went on to say, "This same fight is going on inside you. And it is going on inside every other person as well."
- The grandson seemed deep in thought for several minutes, and then he asked: "Grandfather, which wolf will win?"
- The old Cherokee chief replied: "The one you feed."
|Posted on July 10, 2011 at 2:58 AM||comments (0)|
Hey! It's my Birthday and according to the above site, my life path number is:
"3(3,12/3, 21,/3, 30/3)
The Life Path 3indicates that you entered this planewith a strong sense of creativity and with wonderful communicationskills. Achievement for you most likely comes through engaging youringenious expression. A truly gifted 3 possesses the most exceptionalinnovative skills, normally in the verbal realm, writing, speaking,acting, or similar endeavors. Here we are apt to find the entertainersof the world, bright, effervescent, sparkling people with veryoptimistic attitudes. The bright side of this path stresses harmony,beauty and pleasures; of sharing your inventive talents with the world.Capturing your capability in creative self-expression is the highestlevel of attainment for this life path. Life is generally lived tothe fullest, often withoutmuch worry about tomorrow. You are not very good at handling moneybecause of a general lack of concern about it. You spend it when youhave it and don't when you don't.
The 3 loves connecting withpeople. The characteristicsof the 3 are warmth and friendliness, a good conversationalist, socialand open. A good talker both from the standpoint of being a delight tolisten to, but even more importantly, one who has the ability to listento others. Accordingly, the life path 3 produces individuals who arealways a welcome addition to any social situation and know how to makeothers feel at home. The approach to life tends to be exceedinglypositive. Your disposition is almost surely sunny and openhearted. Ahappy and often inspired person, you are constantly seeking and needingthe stimuli of similar people.
There is a remote side toyour 3 Life Path, as well.This comes as a surprise to the native and to those who think they arewell acquainted. The 3 is actually a very sensitive soul. When hurt,you can easily retreat to a shell of morose silence for extendedperiods. Nonetheless, the 3 eventually copes with all of the manysetbacks that occur in life and readily bounces back for more. It isusually easy for you to deal with problems because you can freely admitthe existence of problems without letting them get you down for toolong. Because of your own sensitivity to hurt, you have a caringdisposition and seem to be very conscious of other people's feelingsand emotions.
In romance, the 3 is a veryardent and loyal lover.Affairs that don't go well can leave scares that seem to linger.Emotional experiences of all sorts tend to deeply touch the 3 and thedrama may take some time to play out. Regrettably, the givingdisposition of the 3 often attracts demanding partners. As with most oflife's issues for the 3 Life Path, balance in relationships is illusive.
Your big test with a 3 LifePath is controlling yourhighs and lows. You won't survive very well in any routine environmentor when you are placed under dominating management. Slow thinking andoverly contemplative people tend to frustrate you, and you don'tfunction too well with this type whether you are working for, with, orunder them. Your exuberant nature can take you far, especially if youare ever able to focus your energies and talents.
For the few living on thenegative side of this LifePath, a 3 may be so delighted with the joy of living that the lifebecomes frivolous and superficial. You may scatter your abilities andexpress little sense of purpose. The 3 can be an enigma, for noapparent reason you may become moody and tend to retreat. Escapisttendencies are not uncommon with the 3 life path, and you find it veryhard to settle into one place or one position. Guard against beingcritical of others, impatient, intolerant, or overly optimistic."
|Posted on June 26, 2011 at 7:29 AM||comments (0)|
"When I am working with clients, one of the first core capabilities I teach them is about is how to minimize getting thrown off balance. They learn how to become more "awake" and grounded.
I'd like to pass on some tips for how you can do this in your own life, because it's a key skill that can help you in several ways:
- minimize the feeling of being out of control in your life
- start building and sharpening your gut-awareness, an important early warning system that's needed to be able to navigate your Disquiet.
- help you perform more effectively in the things that are important to you
- begin to build an ability for you to feel grounded and centered - no matter what
When we are threatened - either physically or emotionally, our "fight or flight" system is activated. Remember that concept from high school biology? It is very real. Having a gun pointed at your head or your mortgage check bounce causes the same amount of adrenaline to be dumped into your system as your blood is diverted to your extremities to help you either run or duke it out. Then, the brain activity diverts energy from the logical part of our brain to the most primitive reptilian part that's in charge of our most basic survival.
So the thing to do is minimize this chemical reaction as much as possible, and to buy some time to let whatever adrenaline that is released dissipate a bit and get our brains back online.
Enter the wisdom from meditation used in martial arts and spiritual traditions. There is something you can learn to do in real-time that will help. It's easy and it works!
The following is a practice adapted from an exercise in a great book called "Retooling on the Run: Real Change for Leaders With No Time", by Stuart Heller and David Surrender.
Below you will see the instructions that I use with my clients. To learn this, I first recommend you actually listen to the instructions told to you while you are sitting quietly with your eyes closed. To hear these instructions, you can listen or download it by going to my blog and clicking on the "Centered Presence Practice" button.
Once you have practiced it a couple of times in a slow relaxed way with your eyes closed, begin trying it real-time in your day-to-day activities. While you are talking to someone, try it - right then. The next time you are in a hectic staff meeting, try it. Eyes open and while you are talking (yes, you can do this while you are doing other things). The next time you're in a conversation that goes ballistic with your spouse or kid, try it.
The more you practice, the more accessible it gets. It can become second nature. When I am in a coaching session with someone, I use this practice myself probably a dozen times inside a 90 minute conversation. It keeps me present and focused. It also comes in handy at home - in thosetouchy situations with my significant other and my teenage son.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
The Practice: "Centered Presence"
- Find your Feet
- Feel your feet touching the floor.
- Notice the pressure and the contact between your feet and the floor.
- Become aware of how warm or cold your feet maybe.
- Whatever you can sense there, let that awareness increase and spread throughout your body.
- And take a nice deep breath.
- Find your Hands
- Bring your awareness to your hands. What can you feel?
- Sense the air moving around them. What is their temperature? Whatever sensation you can detect, let it increase and spread throughout your body.
- And take a deep breath.
- Find your Head
- Look and listen to what is going on around you and within you.
- Tune in to your senses of taste and smell.
- Notice how your head balances on top of your spine.
- Let the sensations grow in strength and spread throughout your body.
- While maintaining this quality of sensation, let a new breath emerge.
- Find your Breath Inhale and exhale on purpose
- Focus your attention on the middle of your torso
- Relax and let your breath move to its own rhythm
- Let the sensations grow in strength and spread throughout your body.
Let me know how it goes! Or contact me with any questions at [email protected]
I hope you find this helpful in your life.
|Posted on June 26, 2011 at 5:31 AM||comments (0)|
There is very little in this world that is permanent, or not influenced by other forces of energy. Glaciers move, mountains erode, whole continents float on a supporting bed of molten rock. The soul is no different, it is affected and changed by the forces around it. When these forces are mostly supportive, the soul grows towards a greater connection to the souls around it; nature, other people, other land masses. A person lives in greater harmony with other people, and is better able to help other souls to grow. When the forces around a soul are mostly unsupportive, or worse; when a person experiences trauma that affects them on all levels, the chance for soul injury occurs. When one considers that the body can be injured, and the 'mind', it is not a small stop to also consider that the soul can be injured too.
I believe that the soul can be fragmented, or wounded. That - after certain types of trauma - the soul can split off into different 'pieces.' The majority of the soul stays with the person, so that they are able to function and live; though often not thrive. And the frightened, hurt, or damaged soul fragments tend to find their way into the Otherworlds (which is the location - I believe - for all souls, it is after all where many lands of the dead are found), where many different things can happen to them.
Events that can cause soul injury
The two most obvious ones that I see personally are:
- Abuse of ANY kind, at any age, including but not limited to; sexual, physical and emotional abuse, general bullying and domestic violence.
- Surgery (major or minor).
Other causes of soul injury are:
- Sudden, unexpected trauma like car accidents, being mugged or attacked, being exposed to catastrophic natural disaster (e.g. losing a home in a fire, or storm).
- Being in a war zone.
- Chronic pain. (Sometimes chronic pain can actually cause - rather than be a response to - soul injury.)
- Loss of a loved one (particularly a spouse, child, or parent). This can include the loss of pets.
- Being deliberately harmed by other, experienced (or inexperienced) people who work with energy or 'magic.' This was more of a reality for those Indigenous cultures who competed with each other for resources and may attack a 'Shaman' to undermine a community.
Symptoms of soul loss
I feel these symptoms don't necessarily always indicate soul loss. And they don't always suggest an absolute need to locate someone experienced in soul healing either; after all, many people do eventually learn how to heal and aid their own soul.
- Feeling a sense of differentness after a particular event. Phrases like 'I was never the same after that day,' or 'I lost a part of myself,' or 'I want to get that part of me back again,' or 'nothing has tasted the same, nothing has felt the same since then.'
- Pervasive feelings of numbness, or a feeling of detachment from the world, including other people and animals, plants etc. in nature. Chronic and persistent feelings of loss that may not be easily explained.
- Chronic illnesses that don't have a genetic component; unexplained or sudden onsets of eczema and other dermatological complaints, gastro-intestinal upset, chronic and unexplained joint and nerve pain, tension headaches and migraines, etc.
- The development of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Remember that depression and anxiety can have additional environmental and genetic components and while soul healing may help - it is not a 'cure' to be used in lieu of therapy or if necessary; medication.
- The presence of low self-esteem, or even self-hatred. Dissatisfaction with the self, the body, or the mind.
- An inability to 'let go' of something that has occurred. If it is the loss of a loved one, it may be a feeling of being tied to that person years after the loss has occurred; in a way that stops you from moving forward. A sense of 'hanging on,' even if you know you don't want to.
Luckily, the soul, mind and body tend to work as a unit; rather than three separate 'wholes.' So therapy for a mental illness can actually help with soul healing too. And physical therapy for a chronic pain complaint, can help the mind to gain greater equilibrium (as the body experiences less pain) and the soul to become more whole. Likewise, soul healing and soul retrieval can aid mental illness and chronic health problems.
Soul healing tends to come in different forms:
Soul Retrieval - This is when a shaman, or neo-Shamanist (the list of terms I could use here goes on a long way!) journeys into the otherworlds in order to locate soul 'fragments' and return them to the client or person in question.
Soul extraction / banishing / cleansing - The act of removing any metaphysical 'dirt' or wounds from a soul, usually by sucking them out of spirit and then removing them from the body. Soul extraction is usually necessary with someone who also needs soul retrieval, as if you have gaps or spaces in the spirit, other energies often volunteer to fill them in (whether you like it or not).
Working with other spirit guides - One practice I do, and have known others to do, is to actively interact with another person's spirit guides and support and work with them - sometimes intensively - to help the healing of the person in question. This can be a very benign or gentler form of healing, especially for folks who may not be willing to commit to more intensive soul therapies.
|Posted on June 26, 2011 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
"Kapha types have good endurance, strength and stamina.
KAPHA roams peacefully through the forest, meandering amongst the sweet scent of flowers and trees, stopping to talk with deer and to ponder the day. Slow and steady from forest to meadow, from valley to mountain, steadfast and strong through all walks of life.
Kapha is a combination of the elements Water and Earth. Kapha reflects the qualities of those elements such as heavy, cold, wet, slow, steady, soft, sweet, thick, oily and smooth. Think of Kapha as cohesive, literally giving shape, density, form and structure to the body. The Kapha dosha is responsible for mental functions like memory, serenity, faith, forgiveness, devotion, and emotions like love, affection, calmness, patience, sympathy, attachment, depression, greed and lethargy. Kapha provides the function of growth, development, stability, lubrication, and storage within the body. Those with predominant Kapha are susceptible to weight gain, respiratory congestion, depression, and oversleeping. Kapha is aggravated by sweet, sour, and salty tastes, cold, damp climates, excessive sleep, and lack of stimulating exercise. The tastes of bitter, pungent (spicy), and astringent balances Kapha, along with energetic activities, dry heat, invigorating scents, and energizing teas and spices to maintain their profound stamina and generous spirit.
WHAT'S YOUR DOSHA?
Kapha: Oily skin (Earth & Water)
Kapha doshas are associated with structure. Kapha people are calm, loving, honorable and true to their word. They can sometimes become lethargic, slow to change or dull if not driven by others. When in balance they are patient, insightful and compassionate, but when imbalanced they can become controlling and insecure and physical symptoms of sinus congestion and weight gain can develop.
Common Skin Problems: Kapha skin is prone to cystic acne, wet eczema, blackheads and excessively oily skin.
Caring for Kapha Skin: Healthy Kapha skin is smooth and free from wrinkles. Lucky you! Use more detoxifying face masks such as our Chocolate and Peppermint Detoxifying Face Mask with Peppermint Activator. If you have oily skin exfoliating once or twice a week is very beneficial to the skin. Using a Nourishing Facial Oil for Oily skin with ingredients such as jojoba is important to balance out your sebum production. Kapha skin is more prone to breakouts. Try our Essential Blemish Stick that contains a unique blend of botanicals, including turmeric and neem that are effective in killing bacteria and reducing inflammation.
Once you know your skin type you have a great deal of control over the texture, clarity, and long-term health of your facial skin. The primary goal of Ayurveda is keeping our dohas in balance. Explore what Vysada has to offer for your skin type below.
To Balance Kapha:
Take a hike in the mountains
Cook a spicy meal for friends
Avoid too many sweet or deep fried foods as they add oiliness to your skin
|Posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:28 PM||comments (0)|
The following list of suggested foods is by no means all-inclusive, but offers starting guidelines if you are new to ayurvedic dietary principles. We will add to this list regularly, so please check back often!
Grains: Buckwheat, quinoa, barley, millet, oats, amaranth, sago, small portions of Basmati rice, all cooked until tender
Vegetables: Asparagus, all kinds of greens, bitter gourd, green beans, lauki squash, artichoke, celery, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, kohlrabi, daikon, radish, cabbage, all cooked
Fruits: Apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, cherries, berries, apples, lemons, limes, pomegranates, dried figs, raisins
Lentils: Mung beans, mung dhal, toor dhal, red or brown lentils, small portions of garbanzos, lima beans, black beans, all cooked until butter-soft
Dairy: Whole milk diluted with water, lassi, small portions of cottage cheese or fresh paneer cheese
Oils: Small portions of ghee and olive oil
Herbs: Cilantro, curry leaves, parsley, fresh basil, fresh mint, fresh oregano, fresh thyme, sage, neem leaves
Nuts and Seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
Spices: Turmeric, cumin, cardamom, coriander, fennel, dried ginger, Chinese cinnamon, black pepper, Chinese cinnamon, mint, saffron, dill, lime zest, nutmeg, cayenne, fenugreek, mustard seed, oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, paprika, mace, cloves
Other: Raw honey in moderation, unsalted unbuttered popcorn, crackers in moderation, cooked tofu in small quantities (diced small and cooked with spices)
|Posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:09 PM||comments (0)|
Kapha: Your constitution shows a likely kapha (water) dosha. Those with this dosha are vulnerable to respiratory problems and allergies.
Kaphas are slow, deliberate people with a mild, easygoing manner borne of good muscle structure and a healthy constitution. At their best, they have exceptional stamina and a metabolism that is able to pace itself. At their worst, they become plodding bureaucrats unable to get past the minutiae of life. Kapha imbalances manifests itself mostly in a slowing down of metabolism and obesity. The prescription for Kapha imbalances is to help them snap out of it. Bitter foods that will shock their system, aerobic exercises, adventurous activities that will take away from the routine."
|Posted on June 25, 2011 at 10:06 PM||comments (0)|
You scored 53, on a scale of 0 to 110. Here's how to interpret your score:
51 - 70
Air: You're smart, witty, and process-oriented--but may be a little abstract and spacy at times. You're drawn to ideas and love to learn. Just make sure to leave room for feelings and sensations
The Air person thinks before he feels, and sometimes thinks instead of feeling. He isrational and often quite clever. Some Air people are quiet, studious, and bookish, but Air is the element of speech, so Air people can also be entertaining, spinning colorfulstories and being great wits who delight in wordplay. Their gift with words may lead them to writing or communications as a career, and particularly glib Air people areexcellent marketers. The Air person is often proud of his ability to think thingsthrough, and may even have disdain for those who rely on feeling or intuition.
Air people can be quite abstract, seeing things in broad strokes, seeing "the big picture."As such, they are excellent theorists, philosophers, economists, and politicians-people who must see life in its systems and structures, rather than in individuals anddetails. Sometimes they can be radical thinkers, because they don't necessarily value experience over theory, nor do they worry about how things have always been done.Tradition means little to the free-thinking Air individual.
Air people also excel at doing several things at once, or keeping several ideas intheir head at once-"keeping many balls in the air." There is an exception: some Airfolks are too easily distracted. Multiple tasks scatter them, like seeds in the wind. At-tention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is an Air problem. Such Air peopleare at their best when using their powers of thought to concentrate intensely on justone task at a time.
The stereotype of the absent-minded professor is pure Air. He is brilliant, evendazzling, but utterly impractical. He is the genius with untied shoes who misses appointments.He is the "science geek" whose brilliance doesn't seem to apply to thereal world. The Air person has charm, but often lacks social graces (which are basedon following rules to which he pays little attention).
Since commitment doesn't come naturally to Air (picture tying down the wind),and since they aren't generally in touch with their feelings, Air people can have difficultyin relationships.
They are generally poor housekeepers, having a sort of scattered style, "as if awindstorm hit the place," as some Air person's mother once said. If they do keep atidy home, they do so in a systematized way. They can become very disconnectedfrom people and the normal concerns of day-to-day life, and be poorer for it.However, the Air person can choose to balance his airy nature with relatednessand practicality and enrich his life."
|Posted on June 25, 2011 at 8:54 PM||comments (0)|
You scored 46, on a scale of 25 to 100. Here's how to interpret your score:
40 - 49 Active Spiritual Seeker, Spiritual but turned off by organized religion
|Posted on June 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM||comments (0)|
"A Personality quiz about your religious and spiritual beliefs
Your ResultsThe top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.
Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking.
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Theravada Buddhism (85%)
3. Liberal Quakers (84%)
4. Neo-Pagan (82%)
5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (79%)
6. Mahayana Buddhism (75%)
7. Secular Humanism (72%)
8. New Age (71%)
9. Reform Judaism (70%)
10. Sikhism (64%)
11. New Thought (63%)
12. Hinduism (60%)
13. Orthodox Quaker (56%)
14. Taoism (54%)
15. Nontheist (54%)
16. Scientology (53%)
17. Jainism (49%)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (48%)
19. Baha'i Faith (47%)
20. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (47%)
21. Orthodox Judaism (44%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (40%)
23. Seventh Day Adventist (40%)"
24. Islam (36%) 25. Eastern Orthodox (30%)
26. Roman Catholic (30%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (29%)"
Very interesting, huh?
|Posted on June 25, 2011 at 8:21 AM||comments (0)|
"Grounding is the kinesthetic sense of being fully present in our body and our environment, moment by moment. It’s the continual flow and integration of sensory, emotional and mental stimuli. Like a sturdy tree, we bend and sway in a storm, but we’re rooted in our core.
A lack of grounding comes from an imbalance in our energy and our body. We feel uneasy, confused, unsettled. Unless it’s corrected, insufficient grounding can make us accident-prone. It can also escalate and cause physical and mental problems.
Here are nine immediate ways to improve grounding.
1. Feel and accept all your emotions; they’re valuable messages from your soul. The positive, joyful emotions tell us we’re doing great. The painful ones tell us we’re out of balance, some situation needs improving, and the painful emotion needs transforming. If it’s not transformed, and it persists, that emotion will embed itself in our body, causing malfunction and eventually, disease.
There are Six Healing Sounds that dramatically transform painful emotions. Here’s how to do one of them, which is called the Relaxation or Sleep Sound. Lie down. Close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose, inflating your abdomen, which also inflates your chest. Slowly exhale as you say the sound HEEEEE, deflating your chest, then your abdomen, and then, sending the sound down your whole body, into the earth. Rest and breathe naturally; your temperature will even out. Repeat the whole procedure until relaxed or, if you wish, until you fall asleep.
2. Eat three nutritious, organic meals daily, with green vegetables, some raw foods, some fermented foods. Eat foods with a variety of beautiful colors and delicious tastes. Give thanks for each meal, chew thoroughly, and mix each mouthful with saliva. Carefully shopping for and preparing your own food will improve both your grounding and your nutrition.
3. Emphasize earth element foods: beans and whole grains (pre-soaked overnight; soak water discarded), yellow and orange foods, foods grown in the ground.
4. Avoid addictive stimulants: coffee, chocolate, alcoholic drinks. Avoid cane sugar; substitute a little organic raw honey or 100% maple syrup.
5. Soak your feet in warm water. Massage them vigorously with oil or lotion, especially the toes and kidney point, which is located between the two balls of the foot.
6. If you meditate, do not leave energy in your head or heart. End every kind of meditation with this safe method of energy collection: Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth. With both palms together, rub your abdomen in circles. Women, circle counter-clockwise (when looking down at abdomen) for 36 times; then clockwise for 24 times. Men, circle clockwise 36 times; then counter-clockwise 24 times. Repeat if you’re still feeling spacey.
7. Slow down – get in touch with your own natural rhythms in your spiritual practice and in daily life. Pushing yourself to receive a higher energy than your body is ready to assimilate can cause severe runaway energy. This is especially true of doing spiritual sexual practices without first clearing emotions and balancing the body.
8. Exercise moderately, daily. Walk in nature. As you walk, connect to the earth with every step: roll each foot from heel, to side, to balls, to toes.
9. Grow a garden or plants. Adopt a pet. Use your unique gifts to help kids, seniors or animals in need. Some meditation methods create an ungrounded energy imbalance by cultivating universal or heaven energy, and ignoring or negating body and earth energies. The fundamental safeguard of the Universal Healing Tao System is that our practices are always grounded in our bodies, and connected to the earth.
At every level, we exercise moderately, transform our painful emotions, circulate our chi (life force energy) to balance yin and yang, and store chi in our navel area, as in #6 above.
Earlier, we mentioned that being continually ungrounded can lead to physical and mental difficulties. It can make us accident-prone. It can escalate into uncontrolled, runaway energy (sometimes called “kundalini syndrome”;), that causes occasional headaches, dizziness, disorientation, or mild heat sensations in the spine or heart.
More severe runaway energy shows up as very hot or very cold energy rushing up the spine, heat or pressure in the head, fainting, localized pain, frequent insomnia, or frequent diarrhea or constipation. The most extreme forms of runaway energy cause an inability to function at all, or as mental illness.
Of course, if you have these severe or extreme symptoms, have them checked medically, to rule out physical or emotional disorders. Note that chi kung literature and the experiences of our students report that western medications do not heal severe runaway energy. We advise you to contact a Universal Healing Tao Certified Instructor, or other skilled spiritual teacher or counselor, who has successfully worked with healing runaway energy."