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Sound Therapy

When our natural frequencies become “out of tune”, the body may become out of balance and we become ill. The same vibrations that can cause us to become unhealthy can also be used to restore the vibrations in our original constitution. Sound healing makes it possible for our vibratory patterns to return to their natural states. Sound not only heals physical, mental and emotional discomfort or trauma, but it also helps to progress on our spiritual journey as some sound leads us to higher levels of consciousness. Sound is the seed of matter. It has unlimited abilities to assist in healing and human transformation. Sound for Vata - favor music that is slow, soft with sustained sounds. Classical music (especially...

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I took a break out of my busy-ness and found Ganesha

  My Indian sisters Nandita and Ranjita and I decided to go for a walk this evening to break up the mundane pattern that we have gotten used to. I have been working round the clock these days and they seem to be busy with their own chores. After all, they run a guest-house and there is always something for them to do. It was around 5:30 pm when we set off! I catch myself thinking that I need to get out more - I hardly even know my own neighborhood, it’s back-streets or what the other houses look like. I wonder about the people that are on the street and why? Likewise for the dogs too. It felt great...

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The Beauty of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is truly a holistic therapy that has its roots in the most ancient healing practices of humanity. From the Ayurvedic perspective, it is used to protect one’s life force (prana), improve respiration, blood circulation, regulate digestion, metabolic activities, deflect disease and promote a sense of peace and well being on the mental, physical and spiritual plane.  Essential oils are crystalline structures that carry light. They travel through the space between our cells, where molecules of emotion also travel. In this way, they are able to work on deep levels to bring healing and therapeutic benefits. They have a beautiful way of mingling with the aura emanating from a person. It is no wonder fragrance has been used since time immemorial...

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The role of a guru in our lives

In eastern traditions, a guru occupies a very important space in society. The pecking order goes like this: Mata (Mother), Pita (Father), Guru, Daivam (God). The concept of a guru is not readily understood in the west. A guru is someone that guides us towards the light, the knowledge that we need to find ourselves, our purpose and god. There’s another saying from India that goes - God, Guru and the Self are one and the same. These are blindingly beautiful words. I hope to clarify these concepts in this blog using my own life experiences. I have had many gurus in my journey. Ones that taught me Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, food, astrology, Feng Shui- you name it. Like...

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A commentary on the Practice of Compassion

 The etymology of the word "Practice" reveals that it's rooted in employing or carrying on in a profession - especially medicine. The same for "Compassion" indicates - suffering for another. I am struck by the deeper implication and a more direct attribution to healing than I knew earlier. Practice in anything - positive or negative triggers greater mastery, comfort, and competence. How does the practice of compassion sit in our lives? It is here that I examine observations from Ram Dass, a disciple of Neem Karoli Baba from India.  According to Ram Dass, a Guru in India once told him that he can have a mantra (a sacred message, an instrument of thought) that would make him enormously wealthy. He told...

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