Friday, February 18, 2011

Ayurveda - Science of Life

From Yogi Cameron's Blog

Our Artificial world.
Feb 14th, 2009
by Yogi Cameron.

From the lights in the house, the exercise environment of the gym, the electronics we use, the office vibe, the air we breath, the GM foods that we are eating, mostly all our surroundings and nourishment is becoming more artificial.

What significance does this play on our physical and spiritual health? It is turning us all into nervous self absorbed humans thinking that we need more of everything instead of looking for happiness. More things, more vacations, more sex, more money, more food etc etc etc.

To be healthy, as much as possible stay out of artificial light, foods or worthless chatter. Spend time outdoors with loved ones, animals or nature which will bring you peace and calm. Practice non-violence in body and mind towards all living beings.

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Ayurveda - Science of Life

Before Western medicine, before homeopathic medicine, and before even traditional Chinese medicine, there was Ayurveda. This is an ancient system of healing created by sages in India over five thousand years ago. While yoga was developed as a science for the practitioner to bring balance and control to the mind, Ayurveda is a sister science developed for the practitioner to bring balance to the body.

Western medicine tends to treat a patient’s symptoms with different pills and medications without any attention to healing the cause of a disease that is feeding the symptom. It is like weeding a garden without taking out the roots; the weeds just grow back. Ayurveda works to define the cause of the patient’s symptoms and to treat the body with various methods for the sake of restoring balance to the system as a whole. These methods include eating in a way appropriate to one’s constitution, taking herbal supplements and remedies, and receiving treatments such as oil massage. Effective use of Ayurveda can help to alleviate digestive problems, allergies, insomnia, asthma, obesity, migraines, and many other bodily complaints.

The ancient sages who developed Ayurveda many centuries ago observed that our bodies are formed by three fundamental energy types or doshas. The first (Pitta) is responsible for metabolizing for the sake of processing oxygen and perpetuating life. The second (Kapha) forms our bodies, which serves as a container so that life can exist as matter. The third (Vata) shifts matter’s position in space through the act of motion. The sages not only understood these three types of energy to form the fundamental reality of our entire physical existence, but that each one informs how we feel day to day.

Our Pitta energy drives us to achieve, accomplish goals, and exhibit fiery qualities like passion and anger. When excessive, Pitta energy can cause indigestion, liver complaints,bloating, fatigue, and other complaints.

Our Kapha energy helps us to feel grounded, facilitates our nurturing of others, and helps us exhibit a calming presence in stressful situations. When excessive, Kapha energy can cause weight gain, diabetes, and a feeling of lethargy.

Our Vata energy helps us to explore creativity and inquisitiveness, express ourselves, and remain in motion. When excessive, Vata energy can cause dry skin, insomnia, constipation, and various nervous disorders.

When an Ayurvedic practitioner diagnoses a patient’s conditions and observes their general health, they will use the relationship of the patient’s three doshas to determine how best to proceed with achieving and sustaining greater health.

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I bought the book and I've only read a bit, I've been going very slow. The biggest thing I guess I've done is cut out coffee and in the morning I just have a cup of hot water.

Coffee is a biggy for me. I've been sick with the a bad flu cold and totally lost my appetite and a few pounds that I probably didn't need to lose, but I believe that kicking the coffee habit is really important as at times in the past I could feel my kidneys ache occassionally and knew that I actually needed more water, and no coffee.

Can I stick to it...this no coffee thing, or when I feel better will I fall back in the habit. I hope not. I really hope to embrace a lot of the teachings of Ayurvedic Medicine, and really take care of this beautiful body, just this one and only body that God has given me to care for.

So we will see. I haven't tackled any yoga...except maybe one move, but that is definitely next. Slowly but surely steps.

And then I'll be hanging out in beautiful Ohm Playa at Shambhala doing yoga in the sand as the waves crash on the shore and the beautiful sun rises and the new day greets me. I can't wait!!

A Noon-Day Meal for Hungry Mexican Children in Kunché

My friend Martino passed this along in Facebook and I wanted to share it here.

A Noon-Day Meal For Hungry School Children in Rural Mexico

It is a sobering paradox. In the Mexican economy, ranked the twelfth largest in the world, many rural populations struggle to survive. The small community of Kunché, in the coastal state of Yucatán, is one such place.
mexico_ninosYucatán was once the center of the ancient Maya civilization, and is still home to many of these indigenous people. The inland settlement of Kunché has 600 Mayan residents who grow corn as their main livelihood and source of food.
Unfortunately, the crop has failed to support their families in recent years, and despite efforts of the women to do handywork to bring in extra income, the 200 school children of this village often go hungry
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The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), which began supporting another breakfast program in the Yucatán in 2008, learned of these undernourished children and was moved to help. Its grant of US$24,000 will provide each student with a balanced mid-day meal every school day for the next ten months. (Amazingly, the cost is only 60 cents per day per child!)

The Prem Rawat Foundation strives to address fundamental human needs so that people everywhere can live their lives with dignity, peace, and prosperity.
Founded in 2001, TPRF works to extend the outreach of Prem Rawat’s message of peace throughout the world. TPRF also provides aid for people in urgent need of life-sustaining resources like food and water, especially in areas where funds from larger foundations may not be available. Click here to read  more about TPRF's mission and activities.

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