Posts Tagged "Mindfulness"

Toxins, Sweating, Mindfulness

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017

Toxins, Sweating, Mindfulness is a response to an interesting brief article today in the newspaper health section about Toxins and Sweating, that discusses whether toxins are released by sweating. The answer, by the way, is no, you cannot sweat out toxins.  Sweating may feel good, especially,  for example, when the result of exercise, which has a million reasons for making you feel good. I know I exercised well when I break a sweat, it gives me a certain psychological gratification, and that does make me feel good. But the sweating itself is simply loss of fluid and electrolytes, which...

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Anger and Fear: How Our Nervous Systems Make Us Sick

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

Anger and Fear: How Our Nervous Systems Make Us Sick   Chinese Medicine attributes a minimum one third of disease as due to the effects of excessive amounts of emotions like anger and fear, but also sadness, grief, worry, on our bodies via the nervous system. This also includes the effects of chronic, habitual low levels of anger and fear, another words how our nervous systems make us sick, because the minute you have an emotional state you also have a nervous system response and a cascade of phsyiological responses to that nervous system response. In both Chinese Medicine...

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How Emotions Create Disease

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016

How Emotions Create Disease (When Unprocessed) We know from Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and we should understand from Science based Anatomy and Physiology, that, not only are the mind and body a “continuim”, but more accurately stated, Mind and Body are indivisible, and really the same thing. The brain, and the central nervous system that grows out of it, is physical body. What you do with the brain, which in the modern West we call “the Mind” is a sort of non-physical, or meta-physical expression of the material brain. And what we do with our brain, from playing poker...

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Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi Winter and Sleep In the Classics of Chinese Medicine Its Winter. Classical Chinese Medicine has this to say about it. “Go to sleep early, but get up LATE, after the sun has risen.” Makes total sense because as an animal you don’t want to waste your valuable energy heating your body up against the cold morning, when you can wait for the sun to do its job first. Its also about respecting the biorhythms of the biological clock. Kidney Qi in Chinese Medicine: Metaphor for the Deepest Levels of Vitality Winter...

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Mindfulness Meditation from Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Posted by on May 5, 2015

Mindfulness Meditation from Thanissaro Bhikkhu My favorite teacher of Mindfulness Meditation, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, does not have his photograph on any of his many books, and they are distributed free of charge.  Thanissaro Bhikkhu is also know as Thanajan, or Ajaan Geoff. He is a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest tradition, and I find him to be the most intellectually satisfying and clear concise teacher of Buddhist meditation from the Theravada tradition. Theravada Buddhism is also called Southern Buddhism, and it relies upon the earliest texts of Buddhism, which are in the Pali language,  and the tradition of the...

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The Effect of Hot Weather on Anger

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014

Here is a link to a post on my old blog about the effects of hot weather on anger and the relationship between the feelings of frustration, anger, irritability,  even rage, and the sensations of heat in the body itself.  There is a link in the other article to an article in Scientific American about how hot weather sparks aggression, and, even historically, revolution. What is so interesting is that now that we know how the essential biological mechanism of the fight or flight response drives the sympathetic nervous systems, we can explain in biological terms what Chinese Medicine...

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Vata in Winter

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

I would like to talk about one of my favorite teas to pacify Vata in Winter: R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. First, though, lets just talk about the relationship between what happens to Vata in Winter and the qualities of the elements Air and Space, or Wind and Ether (as in etheric)  that the Vata dosha is a manifestion of.   Ayurveda describes the ways in which different kinds of foods, climates, activities, exercises, relationships attitudes, mental training, cultural ethos, stages of life, and times of year and the day can either elevate (increase, vitiate, aggravate) or pacify (balance or reduce)...

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Scientific American on How Meditation Benefits the Brain.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013

Great video on the Scientific American page on the benefits of Meditation. Meditation in under the category of Mental Culture in Buddhist tradition; things we do to cultivate our mental abilities about ability to be good human beings.’s the link...

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Autumn in Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn Fall Autumn in Chinese Medicine is the time of falling, hence its secondary name. Spring up, Fall down.  In fact we even use the word autumn to describe a period in the human life span, the autumnal years, a period of beautiful maturity that is also verging on decline. In Autumn the celestial Qi, which is another way of describing the effects of the sun, moon, stars, and of course the weather (that in turn is a function of the effects of the sun in terms of the seasons), recedes in Autumn from its full bloom of summer....

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Your Ayurvedic Dosha and Mindfulness Meditation

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013

Great article in the New York Times called The Morality of Meditation about recent science research into the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Research done by neuroscientists and psychologists into the effects of  Mindfulness meditation show “mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores on standardized intelligence tests,” but more interestingly,  this study demonstrated an increased compassionate response to other people’s suffering on the part of meditators after a simple 8 week meditation course. The implications are staggering. This has been my own personal experience with both myself and people I have taught mindfulness meditation practice...

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Instant Relaxation Stress Busters

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012

Stress busters you can reach for any time. Dial down stress before an important meeting,calm yourself while driving, keep cool when faced with situations or people you find irritating or scary. These proven breathing, body-scanning exercises work. One Minute Relaxer Place your hand on your belly beneath your navel so you can feel it rise and fall as you breathe. Take a long slow deep in-breath through you nose. Notice the sound of the air in your throat. Hold you breath for a count of three. Exhale forcefully through your mouth with pursed lips. Repeat 5 times. Two Minute...

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Healthy Living for Vata in Autumn: Tips/Template

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012

Health Tips for Vatta   The core of health in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine are Lifestyle and Diet. You cannot cure with a drug or herb what you have created with a lifestyle. You must correct what is wrong and use the herbs. Here is a template for a health lifestyle for Vatta. In real life, we are all bi-doshic, (some few are tridoshic) so this must be adjusted by your Ayurvedic consultant to accomodate your primary and secondary doshas….   *establish a regular routine of food, exercise, rest, and sleep *do an Ayurvedic self-massage with warm sesame oil...

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Vata Dosha, Fear, Anxiety, and ADDH

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012

Vata Dosha, Fear,  Anxiety, and ADDH Vata dosha is the dosha whose nervous system responds to stressors with fear. Anxiety is the cascade of physical and mental responses, or symptoms, that occur when our sympathetic nervous system has been activated by the flight response associated with fear. Symptoms can range from frequent urination and diarrhea, to palpitations, flushing, and sweating, to a nervous inability to be still, whether it is restless mind, or tapping the feet or always having to be doing something, to tossing and turning with insomnia. What all of these symptoms have in common is movement...

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Vacation Time in Ayurvedic Medicine

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012

In the Vedas, the oldest known Indian religious texts, it says, “Go find a quiet place.” This admonition  occurs in the context of what you must do to know God.  It is noteworthy that what it does not say is to go to a temple, the places in which the Gods were worshiped in ancient India.   Ayurveda, which is from the youngest of the four “Vedas” (these religious texts, somewhat like the Talmud of rabbinic Judaism, address topics from religion to  agriculture to marriage to music to medicine) defines itself as the science of life; it describes, among...

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The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012

My new age friends sometimes find me annoying. Perhaps because I have always refused to play pretend with pain and suffering; I have always felt the best way to deal with imperfections in our lives, with stressful situations, with physical and emotional pain,  is to call a spade a spade, and then deal with it. How do you change, how do you deal with  flaws in your character, for instance,  if you are afraid to admit they are there in the first place? How do you differentiate between good and bad if  “its all good?” In fact, its not...

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