Wednesday December 11, 2019

Mirabai Bush speaks on Right Livelihood & Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (Part 4)

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By Nithin Sridhar

mirabaiDuring a time when people across the world are struggling hard to manage work-related stress and balance professional and personal lives, Mirabai Bush has helped thousands to harmonize their lives and optimize their outputs through contemplation and mindfulness practices.

She is the co-founder of The Center for Contemplative Mind and Society and teaches contemplative practices and develops programs that apply contemplative principles to organizational life. She had also helped Google create its ‘Search Inside Yourself’ program, and was one among those who introduced Buddhist practices in the West in the 1970’s.

She traces her spiritual practices to her root-teacher, Neem Karoli Baba and other masters in India from whom she learned various Hindu and Buddhist meditation practices. In an exclusive interview with NewsGram she spoke about her life, her work, and her stay in India way back in 1970’s.

Interview with Mirabai Bush- Part 4

Mirabai Bush and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Mirabai Bush is a co-founder of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and served as its Executive Director until 2008. Her website describes her work with the center thus: “Under her direction, The Center developed its programs in education, law, business, and activism and its network of thousands of people integrating contemplative practice and perspective into their lives and work.”

Speaking more about this, Bush said: “Back in the early 1990’s, meditation, yoga, and other practices were beginning to be used in health and healing. It became clear that they were very effective. So, we thought that maybe these practices could be beneficial in other sectors of American life as well. At that time nobody was doing that. So, we just started giving retreats. We invited people sharing common interests and common professions. We started with people who were kind of successful, mid-career, or those who were at the top of their field. For example, in law we would get partners from major firms, professors and judges. The way we did it in the beginning was just people who knew other people. We did not put out an ad or anything as nobody at that time would have responded.

In the beginning we started by creating the only retreat centers in this country that were simple and funky as people at that time were not used to these practices. So, we had to create places where they could lay on a couch or have food that they recognized. We did everything we could to eliminate resistance and just allow them to experience these practices and it was amazing.

“We started by giving grants so that people can develop a course that integrated some of these practices into their coursework. For example, an economics professor who became more meditative and contemplative himself, realized that at the heart of every economic decision is desire. So, he taught his students a basic mindfulness practice of noticing how desires arise and then falls away. After making the students practice, he would take them to a mall. When they walked through the mall they began noticing the sensations in their bodies and how they got pulled by something that they liked.

“This made them more sensitive to desire. And then they started looking at how economic decisions could be made and how economic theory could be developed. The realization that desire is ephemeral and is just a thought, it changed their understanding and made their study of economics much more personal.

“So, basically the Center has helped people to apply the concepts of mindfulness and other meditative practices in their own lives and professions.”

Mirabai Bush on Right livelihood

Speaking about the concept of “Right livelihood” that is promoted through her various courses and retreats, Mirabai Bush said that “Right livelihood” essential means that people must make sure that their work should not harm others and they should use the work as a vehicle for personal spiritual growth as well as for creating an environment wherein other people can also grow and contribute to the group as a whole. One way she has accomplished this is by meditation and yoga into the professions of people and then discussing the running of the whole organization starting from its mission by keeping in mind about helping everyone to grow in beneficial way.

More in the Series:

Mirabai Bush speaks on Mindfulness and its application in Google (Part 1)

Mirabai Bush speaks on her stay in India and the Guatemala Project (Part 2)

Mirabai Bush speaks on Yoga and its uprooting (Part 3)

Mirabai Bush speaks about her root-teacher Neem Karoli Baba (Part 5)

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Morning Rituals to Keep your Skin Healthy

Morning routines for healthy skin

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Here are tips to follow in the morning for a healthy and glowing skin. Lifetime Stock

After sleep has refreshed and healed your body, the morning hours can do wonders for your skin, if planned well.

Rajni Ohri, Founder, Ohria Ayurveda and Mohit Narang, Skincare expert, AVON gives tips on healthy morning rituals to keep your skin healthy.

Drink water

Start your day by drinking one glass of water. Nothing can work better than hydrating your skin right in the morning.

Breakfast

Never skip breakfast. In fact, your breakfast should be rich in nutrients and should include fruits, oats, multi-grain breads and dry fruits for a healthy body and skin.

Drink green tea or detox water to flush the body toxins away before taking a bath.

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Drinking water in the morning can make your skin healthier. Lifetime Stock

Yoga

Yoga is beneficial for the skin and the body. A 5-minute face yoga session will improve circulation, facilitating the delivery of oxygen and nutrients and relieve tension in the facial muscles.

Sarvangasana, chakrasana, dhanurasana, shirshasana are effective in increasing blood flow to the skin and removing toxins. Pranayam stimulates endocrine gland, oxygenate cells reducing stress, and improving blood flow for skin glow. Practice kapalbhati, bhastrika, and anulom-vilom.

Skincare rituals

Your morning skincare routine should include cleansing, moisturizing and protection. Use a cleanser that is rich in aloe vera and other skin-nourishing ingredients. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen when you step out.

Splash fresh rose water on face and eyes stored in a silver vessel.

In the morning, remove toxins accumulated in the body during sleep, oil pulling will detoxify, keep the facial skin healthy and is a good exercise for the mouth, jawline, and maintains perfect dental health.

Tongue cleaning to remove accumulated phlegm, according to ancient texts, helps you receive nutrients smoothly.

Remove your makeup before taking a bath. This will prevent the harsh rubbing of skin that can irritate the area around the eyes. This also ensures deeper cleansing of the skin.

Home Remedies

Apply a ‘mukh lepam’ before bathing for 10 minutes while you are doing your daily chores. Black lentil powdered and blended with warm milk or clarified butter is an idle morning team. On weekends highly recommended is a body scrub. Keep a body scrub powder made of orange peels, green gram, rice powder in a jar and mix it with milk and coconut oil, let it dry and scrub in the opposite direction and finally wash off.

On weekdays, preserve the skin’s moisture by dabbing shower oil on wet cleansed skin, natural cold-pressed oils in shower oil are very nourishing, softening and seal the natural moisture.

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Yoga should be a part of your morning routine to improve your health. Lifetime Stock

Use face masks for glowing skin. You can use a turmeric, besan or gram flour face pack for brighter and clearer skin. You can also use a tomato or potato peel to get rid of red and tanned skin.

Facial exercises

Thirty minutes before a shower, d’ facial exercises. ‘Kiss the ceiling’ is the best wa� to tone’almost all facial muscles, ‘pinching’ the jawline and neck is another very beneficial exercise to remove stiffness, improve blood flow to the skin.

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Self-massage before bath also moisturizes the skin and gives a beautiful sheen.

Wellness

Bring a warm natural glow to the skin by removing negative emotions, toxins from your mind. (IANS)