Mindfulness

Mindfulness Practice in a Nutshell

    Mindfulness Practice is actually quite simple. Mostly what it needs is just practice. The practice of mediation.  A meditation practice. Sounds like a Gertrude Stein poem.   Practice Daily Its really useful to make up your mind to have a Mindfulness...

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Toxins, Sweating, Mindfulness

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...

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Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally

Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally Here are twelve ways to heal eczema naturally that I have developed over 24 years of specializing in the natural treatment of skin disorders with Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. One of my first cases in the clinic as a student was a...

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Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

An article today in the Guardian about a village in Sardinia  with a high incidence of centenarians, despite high levels of obesity and tobacco consumption got me pondering about the role of  Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. The main point being...

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How Emotions Create Disease

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...

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Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning

Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning One of the challenges of modern life is balancing the stress response with the relaxation response. Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning, found in Yoga, Tai Qi, and Mindfulness Meditation (Buddha was, after all, a Yogi before...

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Mindfulness Meditation from Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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...

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Mindfulness Meditation from Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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...

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The Effect of Hot Weather on Anger

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...

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Vata in Winter

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...

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Instant Relaxation Stress Busters

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...

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Winter Wisdom: Chinese Medicine

Winter Wisdom of Chinese Medicine The Nei Jing/Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, which presents the cutting edge medical wisdom of its time, is full of brilliant advice for both prevention and cure.  Chapter 2 describe how to adjust our lifestyles to...

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Vata Dosha, Fear, Anxiety, and ADDH

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...

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Vacation Time in Ayurvedic Medicine

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...

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The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

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...

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Mind-Body Links

For anyone who thinks the Mind and Body are not part of a single system. And, its a two way street. just as your Thyroid can influence your Mental State, so, too, do your Mental States influence your internal organ function, endocrine system, blood pressure, muscle...

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The Lonely Polar Bear

There is an excellent analysis of grief in bears and the relationship between humans and other beasts today. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/opinion/sunday/03gus.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1 One of the key points to me this author makes isMany animals have singular...

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Mindfulness Meditation in a Nutshell

Mindfulness Meditation is actually quite simple. Mostly what it needs is just practice. The practice of mediation. A meditation practice. Sounds like a Gertrude Stein poem.Its really useful to make up your mind to have a daily practice at the same time of day every...

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Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta Practice)

Metta Meditation: Meditation on Loving KindnessIt is hard for most of us to be in a continuous state of loving kindness towards other living things. It is not easy. We get disappointed, we disappoint; others are angry at us, we are angry at them; people don't...

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October Mindfulness Meditation Class Starting

Mindfulness Meditation Class Series in October• Experience Deep Relaxation and Profound Inner Peace• Lighten Your Reactions to Stress • Apply the Lessons of Mindfulness to Your Daily Life• Use Mindfulness to Reduce Pain and Heal Disease • Be in the Moment With...

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