The nucleus which contains genes has traditionally been viewed as the control center—the brain of the cell. Nevertheless, research suggests that cells without the nucleus still continue with their functioning. Therefore, we no more need to believe that we are victims of our heredity, i.e. our genes or DNA. DNA is coated in a protective sleeve of protein; proteins are the building blocks of life and thought to be controlled by our DNA. However, scientists are now suggesting that it is the perception of environment by the receptor protein in the cell membrane that selects the genes which are specifically needed to react to the current situation. This means, the receptor protein selects the gene. The DNA is inactive if there is no perception. Furthermore, perception of the environment is not necessarily the reality of the environment. Therefore, it is not the environment but our perception of the environment which determines our biological reaction, and is also capable of rewriting our genes.
We generally perceive the environment either as positive or negative. When the perception is positive growth genes are activated. Negative perception activates protective genes, which then puts the body into a ‘fight or flight’ situation. In a ‘fight or flight’ situation the blood flow is directed away from the vital organs to limbs; giving less importance to the immune system. Our reflex functions are strengthened, whereas, mental and memory functions are hampered. Therefore, stress also makes us less intelligent and less clear-minded.
Your belief systems most often impact your perceptions and act as a filter between the real environment and your biology. Spiritual discourses largely shape our belief systems and therefore our perception. They are focused on developing an optimistic perspective to life which leads us to look at brighter side of situations and reduces stress, leading to a healthy lifestyle.
Ground-breaking research in the field of new biology that focuses on the impact of religion, spirituality and faith on health is here to radically change our understanding of life.
The thalamus, parietal and frontal lobe are the regions of the brain that are involved in matters concerning religion, spirituality and faith. The frontal lobe is responsible for the functions of focus and concentration and therefore when people engage in prayer and meditation the frontal lobe takes lead. Your parietal lobe processes sensory input and powers down during deep prayer, leading us to experience that sense of having loosed our earthly moorings. Frequent indulgence in prayer and meditation leads to permanent changes in the brain, example, having a thicker frontal lobe and an asymmetrical thalamus. Bulked up frontal lobes have indicated improved memory, eventually leading to a lower incidence of Alzheimer's at an older age. This is just one such example of the benefits of indulgence in spiritual activities like meditation.
Mindfulness as a means to enhance perception is an intervention that is gaining popularity and recognition. The word mindfulness originally comes from the Pali word ‘sati’, which means having the ability to be aware and attentive. In other words, mindfulness can be defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Mindfulness techniques are rapidly taking form of therapeutic techniques.
Many researchers have focused on the following two factors of mindfulness-
1. Non-Judgemental Nature of Mindfulness
2. Present Centred Nature of Mindfulness
Non-judgemental nature of mindfulness enables individuals to make observations without over-identifying situations. This helps develop an attitude of acceptance which further leads to greater curiosity as well as better self-understanding. Moreover mindfulness results in disengaging individuals from habitual patterns and therefore helps in providing a more reflective response to problematic or difficult circumstances.
Present Centred Nature of Mindfulness aims at the de-automatization of habitual judgemental tendencies that limits us from attending to what is happening in the moment.
Researchers have characterized mindfulness as creation of new categories; openness to new information; and awareness of more than one perspective. In other words, mindfulness can be understood as the process of drawing novel distinctions; the distinction will be called novel as far as what is noticed is new to the viewer. As a result of indulgence in this process an individual does not rely on categories and distinctions made in the past (such as biases and stereotypes), but individuals take an action based on the present context. Therefore, mindfulness is predominantly characterized by dwelling in the present.
1. Reduces mental rumination
2. Improves working memory capacity
3. Helps sustain attention and suppress distracting information: improves academic performance and efficiency at work.
4. Individuals experience fewer depressive symptoms. Mindfulness- based cognitive therapy (MBCT) helps in treatment of depression.
5. Increases cognitive flexibility, e.g. Helps develop the skill of self-observation.
6. Reduces stress, anxiety and somatic distress: enhances intuition and helps in fear modulation.
7. Leads to brain changes that protect it against mental illness by increasing axonal density and producing protective tissue (myelin) around the axons.
8. Improves ability to use emotion regulation strategies (experience emotion selectively)
9. Relationship satisfaction: improves an individual's ability to respond well to relationship stress and improves the skill to communicate emotions to your partner.
10. Makes the immune system stronger, therefore ensuring physical well-being.
11. Reduces psychological distress and disorders like OCD, addiction, insomnia, recovery with cancer, etc.
12. Reduces age and race related implicit biases.
13. Increases self- compassion and body appreciation.
14. Let’s you know your true-self: helps you see yourself beyond those rose coloured glasses.
15. Among the elderly, mindfulness helps boost their health by reducing the expression of genes linked with inflammation and also helps decrease feelings of loneliness.
We already posses the ability to be mindful. Bringing attention to your direct experience (via your senses) and being aware of your state of mind (via thoughts and emotions) is the foundation of mindfulness. Research indicates when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
Meditation as a practice provides an anchor to the present moment, therefore is a good technique to develop the skill of mindfulness. Following are the steps to practice meditation:
1. Sit comfortably; cross-legged or on a chair.
2. Straighten your upper body but do not stiffen it.
3. Rest your palms on your legs, where you find them comfortable.
4. Relax your neck and it’s not necessary to close your eyes.
5. Bring your attention to the physical sensation of breathing: the air moving through your nose or mouth, the rising and falling of your belly, or your chest.
6. When you find your mind wandering try to bring your attention to your breath.
7. It is not possible to completely eliminate thoughts, hence, instead of wrestling with them observe them and avoid reacting to them. Come back to your breath over and over again, without judgment or expectation.
8. At the end of the process, be aware of your emotions, thoughts and how your body feels.
In addition to meditation the following should also be practiced in order to be a mindful being:
1. Consciously be aware of where you focus, on your action and importantly on your intentions.
2. Don’t slip into the past, excessively worry about the future or constantly watch the clock. Allow yourself to do nothing at times.
3. Avoid passing judgements and negative emotions.Also don’t compare your present happy moments to previous ones.
4. Emotions and feelings are momentary, learn to let go and avoid ruminating over them.
5. Most importantly treat yourself and others with kindness and compassion.
The word “Chakra” in Sanskrit corresponds to a wheel. According to the Eastern spiritual philosophy there are seven chakras aligned along the human spine. Chakras can be visualised as the nerve centres across your body which necessitates smooth flow of energy.
All of these chakras are connected just as much as all the body organs are connected. It is very important to open the chakras and make them fluid. Awareness about balance and imbalance of these main chakras can contribute to physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well being.
Let’s go through this quick summary about chakras.
Root chakra (Muladhara)
Location: base of the spine
It is the chakra of basic necessities, stability and security. This chakra is about grounding and discovering aspects of self. A blocked root chakra may turn into behaviours ruled mainly by fear.On the same line, when the root chakra is overactive, fear might turn into greed and paranoia. Issues with control over food intake and diet are related to it.
Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana)
Location: above the pubic bone, below the navel
It is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity. This chakra is motivated by pleasure and enjoyment of life through senses. Opening your sacral chakra allows you to feel the world around and in us. This chakra is instrumental in developing flexibility in our life. Associated with the water element, it’s fluid and represents movement of emotions.
Navel chakra (Manipura)
Location: Upper abdomen
It deals with issues of self confidence and self esteem. It controls how you assert your identity in a societal structure. When it is open, you feel in control of your life, when under-active, you tend to be passive and indecisive. You’ would probably be timid and annoyed about not getting what you want.
Heart chakra (Anahata)
Location: centre of the chest
You have an ability to love, find beauty and compassion in smallest things in the world. When the heart chakra is open, you may feel being deeply connected and if there’s a blockage in the heart chakra, you may experience difficulties in your relation with others, such as excessive jealousy and cold heartedness.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Self expression is an important part of communication and lot of your social relations are based on your ability of communication. A proper balanced throat chakra will enable to voice out your thoughts in adequate way.
Third eye chakra (Ajna)
Location: between your eyebrows
The function of the third eye chakra is driven by the principle of openness and imagination. This is the chakra which brings forth the dual concept of “self” and “other” in existence. You see your “aatma” as different from “prakriti”. Bhagat Gita elaborates more in this relation between “aatma", “dehi" and “prakriti”.Awakening your third eye allows you to open up to an intuitive sensibility and inner perception.
Crown chakra (Sahasrara)
Location: top of the head
This chakra awakening is about consciousness, awareness, connection with formless. If this chakra is opened, it can lead you to touch the higher most consciousness and transcend all our limitations. It can also be equated with the concept of becoming divine self and universal consciousness.
There is continuous network of balance and imbalance of chakras in our bodies, that is how our emotional self is defined. A proper awakening of chakras can lead to the overall balance and proper functioning of “aatma" and “dehi”.
Blood pressure can be a silent killer if not in control it can cause many complications to your body. If you have high blood pressure here are a 6 ways to lower your blood pressure naturally with these herbs and plants. A quarter of all prescribed medications are for high blood pressure, and yet, long-term use can cause heart failure and heart attacks. If you are thinking of turning to natural treatments to lower your blood pressure, you have many herbal options.
According to people, peace is sitting on a mountain and meditating. Whenever your ego is satisfied, you are peaceful. Only in those places where your ego takes a hit, that is where you are not peaceful. If you have to go and sit on a mountain to be peaceful, that peace is not yours.When you come down you will have the same problems again.
Generally, in the world, when people talk about peace of mind, it is only about somehow making their ego comfortable.The more a person tries to be peaceful; he only loses his peace and goes off track. A person who is trying to be peaceful will never actually be peaceful. Generally, the peace that you achieve is only about making yourself comfortable. Peace can also come out of achievement. When you have achieved something, you feel very satisfied. This lasts just for a moment. But this peace is not peace. Peace means nothingness. Peace is not something that you create; peace is not something that happens. Peace is something that always is. What happens on the surface is disturbance.
Right now, most human beings think that having peace of mind is the highest goal in their life. Peace is not the highest goal. Peace is the “A” of life, not the “Z” of life. It is the most fundamental thing. If you don’t have anything else, at least you must have peace.
To be peaceful is definitely not the ultimate goal, because only if you are peaceful and joyful will your body and mind work at their best. Your capability is impaired when you are in some state of unhappiness, frustration or depression.
The famous philosopher Descartes described the pineal gland as the “principal seat of the soul.” You’ve probably heard of this gland being the “third eye,” a mystical chakra point residing right in the middle of your eyebrows. It turns out these ideas aren’t too far off. The small, rice-sized, pinecone-shaped endocrine organ known as the pineal gland sits alone in the middle of the brain and at the same level as the eyes.
How you think and feel every day depends on the pineal gland. As the producer of the hormone melatonin, the quality and duration of your sleep relies on how well it produces this hormone. This tiny organ regulates your daily and seasonal circadian rhythms, the sleep-wake patterns that determine your hormone levels, stress levels, and physical performance.
Of all of the countless foods, exercises and techniques used to help awaken and activate the pineal gland, perhaps none exist with as much power to take you to the highest levels of human consciousness than the following 3 tools. Since there are no quick fixes or shortcuts to activating and strengthening the pineal gland, the following techniques mentioned require self-discipline, dedication and a burning desire for ascended health and consciousness.
The pineal gland responds to the bioelectric signals of light and dark, and meditation activates this bioelectric energy. With practice, you can learn to direct energy to this highly-sensitive organ. It also helps to sleep in complete darkness and get lots of sunlight - especially as it rises and sets. The Pineal Gland is highly sensitive to the Circadian rhythms.
Drinking Pure Filtered Water
Calcification is the biggest problem for the Pineal Gland. Fluoride accumulates in the Pineal Gland more than any other organ and this leads to the formation of phosphate crystals. Eliminating fluoride may be the best first step for reducing health concerns. Use fluoride-free toothpaste, avoid tap water, and drink filtered water. For the best filtered water, use a reverse osmosis water filter.
The biggest brain benefit from fasting is the result of the detoxification that occurs during a fast. Since the body no longer has to work to eliminate new toxins, it is permitted to backtrack and clean up older stored toxins that have compiled in the brain and body throughout the course of a persons life. As a fast progresses the body is enabled to consume everything that is not essential to its proper functioning. This includes bacteria, viruses, fibroid tumors, accumulated waste such as chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, fluoride and other toxins are allowed to be further eliminated from the body as a result.
An affirmation is usually a sentence or phrase that you repeat regularly to make a formal declaration to yourself and the universe of your intention for it to be the truth. Affirmations refer primarily to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment—fostering a belief that "a positive mental attitude”, supported by affirmations, will achieve success in anything. Careful how you frame your affirmations, they need to be present tense, positive, personal and specific.
So what makes up an effective affirmation? First, determine what kind of transformation you want to bring about in yourself—a goal or intention. Or determine what quality, attitude, value, or characteristic you want to remind yourself of or develop in yourself. Second, if it fits, add an emotion to the mix or a word that qualifies the statement.
Some say it takes 21 days of repetition for an affirmation make its mark on your psyche, so aim to keep your affirmation going for at least a month. In the beginning you will have to consciously choose to repeat your affirmations. If you repeat them at every opportunity they will begin to replace the negative mind banter that takes over when we are not monitoring our thoughts. See if you can make that dynamic tension go away by making your words and reality match.
Here are a few positive affirmations you could start your practice with:
~ I am peaceful in my body, mind and soul.
~ I am authentic and present
~ I see the best in everyone and they in me.
Getting up early in the morning and practising Surya Namaskar has many health benefits. Also known as the sun salutation, Surya Namaskar is a sequence of 12 yoga poses that flow one into the other with rhythmic breathing. The sequence can boost your cardiovascular health, improve your blood circulation, help you beat stress and detox your body along with offering several other benefits. Each of the steps has a benefit.
It has been said (by the ancient Rishis of India) that the different parts of the body are governed by different Devas (divine impulses or divine light). The solar plexus (located behind the navel, which is the central point of the human body) is said to be connected with the Sun. This is the main reason why the ancient Rishis recommended the practice of Surya Namaskar, because the regular practice of this technique enhances the solar plexus, which increases one's creativity and intuitive abilities.
The sequence offers you a good way to stretch and strengthen your muscles, joints, ligament as well as the skeletal system. The movements also help improve the flexibility of your spine.Due to the active inhalation and exhalation process, the lungs are thoroughly ventilated and the blood remains oxygenated. This also helps in detoxifying one’s body by getting rid of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases. The asanas performed in Surya Namaskar workout your entire body, making you more flexible and agile.
Sumer or the ‘land of civilised kings’, flourished in Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq, around 4500 BC. Sumerians created an advanced civilisation with its own system of elaborate language and writing, architecture and arts, astronomy and mathematics. Their religious system was a complex one and comprised of hundreds of gods. According to the ancient texts, each Sumerian city was guarded by its own god; and while humans and gods used to live together, the humans were servants to the gods.
In 1849, Sir Austen Henry Layard, English Archaeologist and global explorer, found himself among the ruins of ancient Bablyon in southern Mesopotamia. It was there he discovered the first pieces of what would eventually become one of Archaeology’s most controversial puzzles: Cuneiform Tablets. Within these incredible ancient texts, are stories that have an uncanny resemblance to the Biblical stories of creation, deities, and even a reference to a great flood and a giant ark that survived it.
Sumerian Mythology suggests that reality is a biogenetic experiment created by their Gods and Goddesses in which humans would experience in the cycles of time. These deities would return at the end of time, not for the gold, but to restore the golden alchemy of consciousness back to its rightful state of light.
Atlantis is a legendary "lost" island subcontinent often idealised as an advanced, utopian society. The idea of Atlantis has captivated dreamers, occultists and New Agers for generations.
Unlike many legends whose origins have been lost in the mists of time, we know exactly when and where the story of Atlantis first appeared. Plato wrote about this in around 330 BC. Though today Atlantis is often thought of as a peaceful utopia, the Atlantis that Plato described in his fable was very different.
For most of the past two millennia, no one thought much about Atlantis; it was just what it appeared to be: a fictional place mentioned in a fable by the ancient Greek philosopher. Despite Atlantis' clear origin in fiction, many people over the centuries have claimed that there must be some truth behind the myths, and have speculated about where Atlantis would be found. Countless Atlantis "experts" have located the lost continent all around the world, based on the same set of facts. No trace of Atlantis has ever been found, despite advances in oceanography and ocean floor mapping in past decades.
Many of the bioactive compounds in the tea leaves do make it into the final drink, which contains large amounts of important nutrients. It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.
One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties. Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that are important for health.Try to choose a higher quality brand of green tea, because some of the lower quality brands can contain excessive levels of fluoride. That being said, even if you choose a lower quality brand, the benefits still far outweigh any risk!
Green tea is loaded with bioactive compounds that can have various beneficial effects on health. In order to feel better, lose weight and lower your risk of chronic diseases, you might want to consider making green tea a regular part of your life.
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989) was an Indian Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as "The Father of Modern Yoga”, Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the revival of Hatha Yoga.
Whether you practice the dynamic series of Pattabhi Jois, the refined alignments of B. K. S. Iyengar, the classical postures of Indra Devi, or the customized vinyasa of Viniyoga, your practice stems from one source: a five-foot, two-inch Brahmin born more than one hundred years ago in a small South Indian village. By developing and refining different approaches, Krishnamacharya made yoga accessible to millions around the globe.
Krishnamacharya believed that Yoga is India’s greatest gift to the world. His yoga instruction reflected his conviction that yoga could be both a spiritual practice and a mode of physical healing. Krishnmamacharya based his teachings on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He also respected his students’ varying religious beliefs, or non beliefs - a former student recalls that while leading a meditation, Krishnamacharya instructed students to close their eyes and “think of God… If not God, the sun… If not the sun, your parents”. This throws light on the belief that the most important aspect of teaching yoga was that the student be taught according to his or her individual capacity at any given time.
The Hindu trinity is of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. They are respectively the creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe. Each God in the trinity has his consort. To Brahma is Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge. For Vishnu is Lakshmi - the Goddess of love, beauty and delight. For Shiva is Kali or Parvati, the Goddess of power, destruction and transformation. The three Goddesses are often worshipped in their own right as well as along with their spouses.
It is believed that the triple deities exist in space and time that makes it difficult to explain the true nature of their existence, as well as their true potentials since they allegedly belong to the very highest realms of creation. The spiritual significance of the Trimurti remains that these are the three aspects of supreme reality, like a mighty flow of energy that branches out into three different streams with human awareness being the point of contact.
Brahma the creator - refers to the pursuit of knowledge and creativity, while Vishnu is the preserver - the protector of universal order, the fine balance between karma and dharma. Shiva is the god of destruction - an essential aspect of creation because without destruction you cannot really create anything, such is also the process of inner transformation.
Shilajit is a mineral deposit that is made up of humus and decomposed plant remains. When these components get pressed between layers of rocks for millions of years, they are converted into a gummy substance found at high altitudes in mountains. Research and analysis shows that Shilajit contains triterpenes, fulvic acid and humic acids, Other than which it is a rich source of minerals; which are preserved in their ionic form. That is why when it is consumed it becomes readily active, and starts its work.
The many benefits of Shilajit begin with it’s anti-aging and bio-generative properties which promote cell regeneration and maintenance. It’s rejuvenation properties are effective for energy synthesis and metabolism.
It purifies blood and enhances the immune and circulation system. It has been known to help with diabetes and also solves bone related problems.
Mount Kailash is a sacred place that is shrouded in mystery and legend.
It is considered as the holiest place on earth and some even believe that it is the abode of Lord Shiva.
This peak is unconquered and there have been no recorded attempts to climb Mount Kailash due to its near perpendicular wall faces and death-defying weather. Its distinct shape of four sheer faces marking the cardinal points of the compass. The religious significance of the peak is also the main reason for people not attempting to summit it. The Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Indus rivers have their sources in the Kailash range.
Ravana, the King of Lanka wanted to take Mount Kailas to his kingdom. He tried to up Mount Kailas and leave for Lanka but could not lift it. Why a King wanted to take Mount when he had everything in world. It may be because Kailas was a nuclear power plant which Ravana wanted to place in Lanka. After touching radioactive source, Ravana carried nuclear residue which was left in Lake RakshasTaal after he bathed in it. Now it is believed that whoever bathes in radioactive water gets disfigured due to ill effects of radiation.
A single circumambulation of the peak equals one turn of the Wheel of Life and will wipe away the sins of one’s life, twelve circumambulations will purify one’s karma for all past and future lives, enlightenment is attained after 108. Even one khora presents an extremely difficult task since the mountain is difficult to access and in extremely dangerous terrain.
Since ages, Indians have believed in the power of chanting the sacred word OM, which is generally referred to as Hindu’s religious symbol. For many of us, it may be just a word created out of our rich mythological past. But you will be amazed to know that even science has agreed with the therapeutic, psychological and spiritual benefits that you derive from chanting OM. AUM chanting is a potent tonic which increases the efficiency of the human organism in a profound manner.
If you utter the word OM without using your tongue, you will feel a certain amount of vibration in your body. Over the time, the chanting of OM has popularised even in western cultures and has become an integral part of meditation. The sacred word has been proven to provide a certain degree of peace and purification to the mind and soul. From sages to yoga practitioners to monks, everyone chants this Sanskrit word for various benefits. The OM mantra has astounding benefits that can heal the stress accumulation in the minds of people living in this ultra modern and busy life.
Enhancing akash means moving towards your original nature, both spiritually and physiologically - when the spiritual longing overrides all other needs. When akash is the dominant element in your system, physical aspects become less important. This does not mean neglecting physicality but transcending it. Transcendence means to rise above present limitations. People generally define themselves based on their racial, religious, national, or gender identifications, or personality traits. Essentially, you define yourself through your limitations, or the boundaries that you have set for yourself. Increasing the proportion of akash and turning spiritual means defining yourself through boundlessness. And boundlessness does not have any definition.
Once your perception rises beyond the physical nature, there is no male or female. There is just a human form that can be made competent in many different ways. Competence is not just in terms action but also perception. You can increase your competence not only as a person but as a life. You can become more alive. Every human being is capable of knowing life in a larger dimension. The aspiration to transcend is latently present in everyone. If you give yourself some time off from your office, family, friends, social media, phones, and computers, you will realize the need to transcend your present limitations. This does not require any teaching or goading. Every human being will know the limitations of their existence if they give themselves the needed time. Once you become conscious of your own boundaries, the longing to go Beyond is a natural outcome.