Tuesday October 17, 2017

Experience the power of ‘Mantra’ with these Seven Chants

A mantra is a precise sound vibration that directs an individual to spirituality and self-consciousness

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The Power of Mantra (Representational Image). Image source: healthyayurveda.com
  • Mantra is a mystical phenomenon, which are known for their healing powers

  • They are divided into three categories- Sabhri, Tantra and Vedic
  • Om vibrates at 432 Hertz as opposed to 440 Hertz frequency of contemporary music

Mantra, which is known to be a mystic phenomenon, is essentially a Sanskrit word that means sacred syllable(s) or sacred word(s). It can be a word or a sentence which, when uttered or recited silently within in a specific manner can make the impossible possible and opens the door to mukti (salvation).

Mantras are divided into three broad categories-first is Sabhri, which empowers one with siddhi (mystic powers). Second is Tantra that bestows amazing demonstrative powers at the mystic level. And the third is Vedic mantra, which directs an individual towards achieving eternal peace for the soul, said the speakingtree.com Website.

However, because they are specific sound vibrations that create geometric patterns, it is important that they are pronounced correctly with fitting intonation.

Om, a powerful mantra Image source: Youtube.com
Om, a powerful mantra Image source: Youtube.com

Mantra aids in achieving dharma (religious righteousness and duty), artha (philosophical interpretative value or meaning and even the means), kama (procreative universal truth and sensual satisfaction) and moksha (salvation from birth and rebirth).

It is also believed that the stronger the faith, determination and emotion is, the better is the mantra and its healing power.

Chanting a mantra is like experiencing a Dynamo effect, the more you recite it, the more it strengthens you with divinity. Having said that these are the 10 powerful mantras listed by Speaking Tree to help you sail through tough times:

(i) Om/Aum: The most powerful of all the mantras, it is the sound of the cosmos that puts the mind to peace. It’s the primary vibration that represents the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. This mantra is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz as opposed to 440 Hertz frequency of contemporary music. Om is also an idyllic way to start and end meditation.

(ii) Om Namah Shivaya: The sacred incantation means ‘I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation.’ It helps to achieve confidence, iterating that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves with respect and dignity.

(iii) Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: Translated as ‘may all beings everywhere be happy and free’, it is primarily associated with the Jivamukti Yoga School. This chant inspires people to cooperate, feel compassion and live in harmony with the environment, animals and our fellow human beings.

(iv) Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu, Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai, Tejasvi Aavadheetamastu Maa Vidvishaavahai Om: This mantra encourages us to practice unity and work towards a common goal. The mantra means ‘may the lord protect and bless us. May he nourish us, gives us strength to work together for the good of humanity.’

(v) Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra: The chant has impeccable healing powers and works with Shiva (male) energies to destroy negative influences. It is the great mantra for overcoming fears, negative energy, and ultimately death.

(vi) Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat: Known as Gayatri Mantra, it is translated as ‘may the god help to direct our mental faculties in the right direction.’ It is a chant of forgiveness and helps in channelizing positive energy.

(vii)  Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah: In Hinduism, Ganesha is known as the god of wisdom and success and the destroyer of obstacles. The mantra means ‘I bow to the elephant-faced deity (Ganesha) who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.’

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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Why Worry? These Techniques will Teach How to be Happy!

Learn how to stop worrying with these simple strategies

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Cluster of anxious thoughts. Pixabay

New Delhi, August 14, 2017: Worry is a story that we create inside and we use it to create fear. You tend to create fear of something which has to happen in the near future and by worrying, you deplete your strength and energy so much that by the time the situation arises, you would have made yourself already a weak person. What’s expected in such situations is to keep yourself strong so that you can face the situation and respond to the situation with an open mind.

Our every thought, every word and every action are our own creation. Circumstances come to us externally, but our responses are completely our choice. One must admit that there are some things in life which cannot be changed and problems will continue to persist, however, one must learn how to stop worrying.

How to Stop Worrying?

Worry is a delusion

You worry about things that ought to occur in the future. Worries are primarily the monsters you build in your head and are just in your head. It is a sheer misuse of your imagination. A single liberated thought devoid of tensions can make your day.

Incorporate mindfulness

The most efficient technique to stop worrying is to inculcate mindfulness, which involves nonjudgmental awareness of present thoughts and emotions. Make yourself consciously aware of the fact that worries are going to persist for an indefinite period of time but that should not take away your sanity. Also, have a deeper understanding of the fact that worries can never change the outcomes/end result, so deal with the situation rather wasting time and energy on ruminating.

Acceptance

Accepting worries help the person to move on and pass out the situation with ease. Those who are naturally more welcoming of their intrusive feelings are less obsessional, have lower levels of distress, and are less worried.

Gulping Sweets

Sweets are believed to enlighten the mood of the person. Devour your favorite sweets and forget about worries. Whenever a nerve racking thought occurs,  Go ahead and grab a chocolate bar.

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Forest Therapy indulgence

Forest therapy promotes relaxation and reduces the activity of sympathetic nerves associated with “fight or flight” reactions to stress.

Pen down your worries

Penning down your own thought might be counterintuitive, but it’s almost similar to emptying the fears out of your mind. You tend to reevaluate that situation so that you’re less likely to worry about those situations.

Cooking is therapeutic

Cooking helps in combating stress and ease the stress levels. When you prepare a recipe, you only focus on one thing and by doing that you spend less time on worrying about issues that concern you.

Soul awakening through meditation

Anxiety disorders are due to the repetitive, anxious, often baseless thoughts and worries about the future. However, practicing meditation awakens the soul and brings the mind to zero thoughts, which is imperative for the mind wanderers.

Keep the hands busy

Keeping your hands busy can help keep your mind off of worries.  Keeping your hands and mind working conflicts with storing and encoding visual images, which explains why worry beads and knitting calm us down.

Rational thinking

People tend to worry about things they have no control over. It doesn’t change the situation anyways. It is better to stay practical in such situations and so that you are able to respond to the situation open mindedly.


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Exclusive: The need to Build Emotional Intelligence in Children

Tracking and cultivating a child’s emotional and social strengths helps in building a strong foundation for future

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Chief Psychologist Sadia Saeed Raval of Inner Space.
  • It is observed that a positive environment around the kid helps them manage personal feelings better
  • Reducing dependency helps the child decide and learn through trial/error method
  • Mindfulness and meditation is the key, says Sadia Saeed Raval, the chief psychologist at Inner Space

New Delhi, July 26, 2017: Ever since its inception, emotional intelligence is considered as a spectral key to success. Even though the concept has recently gained popularity, traditionally there have been contradictory opinions on it and it is commonly misconstrued, discarded or highly favored. But to truly capture the ideology behind “emotional intelligence” and to be able to incorporate it in our personal lives, we need to understand what it means.

Reporter Nivedita Motwani of NewsGram got in touch with Chief Psychologist at Inner Space Therapy, a counseling and psychotherapy center to discuss the importance of emotional intelligence in children.

While depression and anxiety issues are being more commonly diagnosed in the adults and the youth across the globe, a larger cause of concern is the alarming rate at which these issues are increasing amongst children. In a WHO report, it was observed that almost 5 crore people are being diagnosed with depression in India and an alarming rate of that fraction was from the age slab of 15-29 years.

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Depression and anxiety related issues are rising in the kids in recent times, be it because of cut-throat competitions or bullying. Kids are becomings emotionally vulnerable and more prone to such disorders. Building their emotional graph at an early stage has become very necessary in recent times. It is often observed that kids with a higher emotional intelligence grow up to be well rounded human being and contribute more positively to the environment as opposed to the ones who are not very responsive to emotional and social activities.

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The Importance of a Positive Environment: There are several reasons affecting the child’s temperament – it can be inborn or conditioned culturally or caused by disabilities. Most of the behavior is modeled by adults, active influences, and the environment around them; the positive environment is manifested in the child’s temperament and reactive abilities. It is integrated in the manner in which they manage their personal feelings as they grow and begin to actively participate in social exchanges.

Reducing Dependency is the Key: Often parents make their kids highly dependent on them and limit their experiences by controlling their reactions. Kids when taught to decide for them, begin to learn through trial/error method and grow emotionally. They learn through mistakes and tiny milestones, and when an experience like – learning to socially indulge, comes from within; they lack social awkwardness and grow up to be confident individuals. While parents may find it difficult to transfer such responsibility to their kids, as they might consider their children to be gullible and naive and might feel the need to protect them. But the only way they can protect them is by not inducing the need for dependency and by gradually teaching their kids to tackle situations on their own.

Recovery through Mindful Indulgences: When NewsGram asked Sadia Saeed Raval, Chief Psychologist at Inner Space Therapy, a counseling and psychotherapy Center that how the kids in therapy are treated and what engagement methods she uses to make kids comfortable? She said, ‘Child counseling primarily involves ‘play therapy’ in addition to the commonly used talk therapy. Children, owing to their still developing language and communication skills often cannot express themselves verbally. They can relate to symbols better, such as are found in stories, picture books, puppets, and drawings. This also makes therapy enjoyable for children.’

She further explained that at Inner Space they follow the 3 steps sessions, i.e. – through self-expression, identifying the root of behavior, and thereafter, modifying behavior.

– reported by Nivedita Motwani of NewsGram. Twitter @Mind_Makeup


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Here’s how the Science links Yoga to Happiness!

There is science behind the fact that Yoga makes the individual happier

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Yoga poses heighten self-esteem of the individual. Wikimedia
  • In a recent study carried out by Professor of Psychology at University of London, Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, participants participated in two different postures
  • While some did Yoga poses, others did power poses (for two minutes) while researchers studied the psychological effects
  • Feelings of heightened self-esteem and energy was seen in those who did the Yoga postures 

July 21, 2017: Recently, a study was carried out led by Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, professor of psychology at University of London to understand how science can link yoga to happiness. Participants did Yoga poses and power poses for two minutes while the researchers studied their psychological effects.

It was observed that individuals who tried the yoga poses had heightened self-esteem, more energy and over all happiness.

There are different theories as to why this may be true. One of the theory is that the tenth cranial nerve, which is longest nerve in the automatic nervous system responsible for unconcious functions of the body and emotional regulations is somehow linked to Yoga’s psychological effects.

The asanas of Yoga combined with regulated breathing and mind meditation is a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically. Today, Yoga is popular in most countries of the western societies.

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Many studies have established a clear relation between Yoga and the state of happiness. Yoga helps relieve chronic pain. It is also helpful in regulating diabetes, asthma, lymphoma and artery disease. Mental health problems such as depression and disorders can also be successfully managed through Yoga.

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A healthy lifestyle can be achieved if Yoga is incorporated into the daily life of the individual. Yoga helps distract the mind through negativity and chaos. Fatigue can be reduced through Yoga as well.

Yoga is also a great way to heighten self-esteem. There have been few studies by science to demonstrate how a posture has an impact on the psychological state of the individual.

The participants who did Yoga poses felt much higher self-esteem than those individuals who did the power poses. They had more energy and empowered attitude about themselves.

The power poses may come across as a more dominant posture, but it was the Yoga poses that helped brain form an empowered image of the self.

The vagus nerve is important in this whole process. It connects the body to the brain. It is a central organ in the automatic nervous system. It regulates breathing, digestion and heart rate.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: Saksham2394