Tuesday January 21, 2020

Heartfulness Meditation for Living by Heart

The entire facility is completely self-sustaining with solar energy systems meeting the power needs

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Mindfulness can aid in treating chronic pain: Study. Pixabay

By Mohammed Shafeeq

Tucked away from the hustle bustle of city life is a sprawling 1,400 acre campus with people craving for internal peace flocking to the global headquarters of Heartfulness system of meditation.

Located in Chegur village of Ranga Reddy district, about 50 km from Hyderabad, a drought-prone landscape for several decades is now transforming into a lush green eco-system with environmentally self-sustained world-class facility.

Home to variety of trees, many of which are almost extinct, Kanha Shativanam, as the area is called, offers a perfect setting for those practicing Heartfulness, an approach to the Raja Yoga system of meditation called Sahaj Marg.

Heartfulness meditation is a set of practices for self-development that helps a person find inner calm and stillness. Offered at no cost and without any dogma, it is the ancient art of yogic transmission or ‘pranahuti’.

“The effect of Heartfulness meditation with pranahuti on brainwave patterns, heart rate and blood pressure, vagus nerve activity and telomere length on chromosomes, amongst other things, are being supported by research. Many feel the effects of transmission in their first few Heartfulness meditation sessions and are often surprised at their own ability to plunge into an absorbed meditative state,” says the Heartfulness Institute.

Heading the institute is Kamlesh D. Patel, the fourth global guide of Heartfulness. Daaji, as he affectionately known, has touched the lives of millions at home and abroad.

“Heartfulness is all about living by the heart. Mind, body and the heart form beautiful rhythmic triangle. The voice of heart always dominates over the mind. Though feeble but it always dominate in the end. Mind may tell you something but heart will always guide you in right direction. I don’t say mind always misguides. It can also be in sync with the heart. This is a rarity,” Daaji told IANS as people from various walks of life sat in pin-drop silence waiting for a meditation session with the guru.

According to him, people who are egoists and obsessed with desires can’t listen to the heart.

“Through meditation we sensitise the awareness. We sensitise in a conscience that little voice. It is one part of Heartfulness method. Most of us listen to heart but very few follow it. It needs little bit of commitment, wisdom and some courage.

“Most people come here is to find peace. Some sort of calmness. That is also very small goal. If we approach god with peace of mind, of course he is benevolent and generous he will grant you peace. But if you ask Himself, then peace will automatically come. One has to be wiser in asking. We narrow down our vision and say I want only peace. The ultimate goal should be to one with Him,” he added.

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Meditation can boost emotional intelligence, cut stress at workplace. Pixabay

According to Daaji, even to have a minimum thing like peace of mind one needs to meditate.

Heartfulness is offering ‘Dhyanotsav’ a free of cost three-day master class wellness fest focusing on teaching techniques of Heartfulness relaxation, meditation and cleaning. It will be held in cities all over India.

For students and teachers of yoga, he recently launched Heartfulness Yoga that integrates body, mind and soul in the true spirit of Ashtanga Yoga. It not only teaches classical yoga asanas but also the ultimate goal of Yoga, which is oneness through meditation.

Heartfulness Institute, which had its headquarters in Chennai, shifted to Hyderabad because of its central location. Daaji laid special emphasis on developing green cover as he believes plants have a much greater capacity to retain the subtle vibrations of yogic transmission compared to human beings.

In less than four years, the barren area has undergone transformation with the plantation of two lakh tress. A six lakh sapling nursery is acting as a supply for the plantation in the region, while 1,000 trees saved and translocated from faraway places resurrected here. Buoyed by the success, Heartfulness Institute is now working to develop rain forest.

Daaji said that every year they want to plant one lakh trees and once this space runs out they will take up plantation in villages, ponds and forests.

People voluntarily contribute in terms of work, time and funds. People working at Amazon, Google, Apple, Cisco and other corporate giants voluntarily participate in plantation.

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The facility will unveil its meditation hall next year. It promises to be one of the largest in the world by accommodating one lakh ‘Abhyasis ‘(practitioners of Heartfulness) at one go.

The entire facility is completely self-sustaining with solar energy systems meeting the power needs.

The facility is equipped with temporary and permanent living spaces to support housing of large gathering often in excess of 35,000 practitioners who travel from across the globe to take part in mass meditation sessions while staying over three to five days. (IANS)

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Following Wellness Trends Can Make you Look and Feel Beautiful

Wellness trends so you're beautiful inside out

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Follow these wellness trends in 2020 for a beautiful you. Pixabay

In today’s world, wellness has gained tremendous currency. The origin of “wellness” dates back to ancient times; it became the IT word between 1970s to 1990s.

One can thank Jane Fonda’s first �workout video’ in the 1980s, when only a few could make a mark in the world of fitness. The video was credited as bestselling in the “at-home-fitness” segment, bringing about a revolution to the wellness industry. Exercise, weight training, beauty rituals too are trillion-dollar industry.

One chooses to compliment fitness with ‘wellness’ and ‘mindfulness’ to deal with the growing needs of people and the fast paced lifestyle. Wellness is a phenomenon which mainly focuses on optimizing overall physical and mental well-being. A myriad of holistic approaches emphasizes on “Self-care”, “Fitness apps”, “self-relaxing”, “nature retreat”, “detoxing”, “sleep trackers”, “health kits and devices”, “spiritual healing”.

To look beautiful one has to feel beautiful and that can only happen when you feel positive. Follow these wellness trends by Dr Paras, Life-leadership Coach and founder of Matrrix, for a beautiful you in 2020.

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With naturotherapy like acupuncture, acupressure, massage and natural herbal medicines you can also reprogram your immune system. Pixabay

DNA Testing

Genetic testing will illuminate almost everything as it helps you with in-depth insights of your family and ancestral heritage. Exclusive Genetic testing for health benefits is rapidly increasing. This is a tremendous step to put an end to procrastination and a one-size-fits-all approach.

This testing begins with a screening of mother and father in order to assess more than 250 hereditary diseases. Trio testing, where mother, father, and child are tested thoroughly. It could offer even more powerful information on true inheritance patterns and disease predispositions. Furthermore, “population-level genomic” data may also yield insights not only into disease, but also into important areas including fertility, resilience, and longevity.

Blue Mind

If you’re seeing red, feeling angry, anxious, and stressed; don’t despair! Try Blue mind. “Blue-mind theory” a mildly meditative state is as water-associated peace, calm and serenity. Water can be used during “self-hypnosis” and “meditation” which rewires the brain by cultivating a feeling of calm and enhances your ability to think clearly and acting appropriately. Water helps your body natural filter, it helps the liver to do its job efficiently. Water helps your brain to push out toxins and make the hormones are stable and balanced. Also, swimming, suffering, sailing, water spa or simply walking on the beach are going to be lapped again by people looking for alleviating pain they suffer from physical stress.

Dopamine Fasting

This “feel-good-escape” and “act of balancing” method is latest wellness trend promises to sharpen your consciousness and ease your stress. Americans in the Bay area are totally abstaining from the addictive sources —-tech, coffee, alcohol, sex —– for a week (or even for a month) to revitalize their mind and recharge their body and rejuvenate their lives. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain, so when you feel good about abstaining from addictive behaviors like masturbation, shopping, alcoholism etc. and focus on self-enhancement, it releases a chemical in the brain which plays a huge role to make you feel motivated, courage, calm and satisfying. Dopamine fasting will recalibrate your mind and will give you a balanced lifestyle.

Ice Bath

Ice bath is a traditional approach which is getting a new lease in life. Ice bath immersions also known as hydrotherapy is said to soothe your sore muscles and mind and thus gives you an active recovery. If you are seeking to incorporate strength and flexibility in your body then this therapy will work wonders for you. It constricts blood vessels, increases blood flow-speed circulation, flushes waste and reduces swelling and tissue breakdown due to injury or extreme obesity. Along with steam and sauna, apparently many well-known gyms and yoga centers have placed ice-bath as a post workout therapy for promoting immediate muscle pain recovery.

 

Cannabis Tea

Perhaps not exactly the first thing you might think of in the morning as you cozy up from your bed. But most people aren’t aware that drinking CBD tea first thing in the morning comes with miraculous and incredible benefits. Cannabis tea is a cannabis-infused drink prepared by steeping various parts of the cannabis plant in hot or cold water. Drinking CBD tea in the morning can alleviating everything from morning sickness to stress and can do wonders in terms of rehydrating you after sleeping for several hours. It reduces morning brain fog and helps to get the brain going for a productive day.

CBD works wonders for – Stress relief, anxiety, nausea, pain, insomnia and terminates white fat in the body which is the source of diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions.

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Drinking cannabis tea is a well-known wellness trend. Pixabay

Naturotherapy

Living off-the-grid, in harmony with nature. It’s an ancient way of naturalness and of becoming mindful like our forefathers lived. Many entrepreneurs are coaxing this approach of living in nature with minimum-need-based lifestyle. Living closer to nature is immensely beneficial for your health and lowers the risk of mortality-according to the research. With naturotherapy like acupuncture, acupressure, massage and natural herbal medicines you can also reprogram your immune system.

Buddhist meditation

In order to achieve cleansing through spiritualism we need to strictly deviate ourselves from digital resources and deep dive into Buddhist meditation. Buddhist traditions offers offers a smorgasbord of different techniques of breath meditation which enhances you bhavana (“mental development”) and jhana/dhyana (mental training) resulting in a calm and luminous mind. This includes different kinds of meditations like – “Walking Meditation”, “Metta Meditation”, “Sound Meditation”, “Tonglen Meditation”, “Meditation on the Sameness of Self and Others”.

Piece of theory, “Times Structuring

Looking forward to building some great relationships and some new friends this year? Try Eric Berne, the founder of �Transactional Analysis’, where he suggested that human beings need to structure time and relationships with other people in some way. So to avoid an inbuilt drive to create chaos in relationships with other people due to poor time management, we need to structure our time with this piece of theory which involves -withdrawals, certain rituals and past time activate.

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Less Spice and Plant based Meat

The process healthy, natural and wholefoods is important. People are not ready to give up on taste no matter what! So try plant-based meat which is less spicy and tastier. This is also known as “Flexitarian Diet” is a style of eating that encourages mostly plant-based foods while allowing meat which is very beneficial to health. (IANS)