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Healing Quotes

Healing Quotes

Healing Quotes

This collection of healing quotes can help lighten your heart, ease your mind and will bring a dose of comfort to your soul. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

― Jalaluddin Rumi

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

― Helen Keller

What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.

Haruki Murakami

All healing is first a healing of the heart.

― Carl Townsend

Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.

– Buddha


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Basically we are all the same human beings with the same potential to be a good human being or a bad human being. The important thing is to realize the positive side and try to increase that; realize the negative side and try to reduce. That’s the way.

– Dalai Lama

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

– Buddha

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

– Dalai Lama

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.

– Buddha

An affectionate disposition not only makes the mind more peaceful and calm, but it affects our body in a positive way too.

Dalai Lama

Healing Quotes

Be a lamp unto yourself. Work out your liberation with diligence.

– Buddha

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

– Buddha

I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.

― Elizabeth Gilbert

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.

― Tori Amos

It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.

― Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.

― Gary Zukav

The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.

Nicholas Sparks

I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.

– Dalai Lama

Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.

– Buddha

If the love within your mind is lost and you see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education or material comfort you have, only suffering and confusion will ensue.

– Dalai Lama

Healing Quotes

A jug fills drop by drop.

– Buddha

Beings are owners of their action, heirs of their action.

– Buddha

I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.

– Dalai Lama

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth not going all the way, and not starting.

– Buddha

It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.

– Mother Teresa

To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

– Buddha

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

– Buddha

I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing.

― Leonard Nimoy

They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.

― Cassandra Clare

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

Hippocrates

Healing Quotes

Pain is a pesky part of being human, I’ve learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can’t be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces.

― C. JoyBell C.

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity.

― Billy Joel

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.

― Cormac McCarthy

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.

― Harry Crews

Hearts are breakable,” Isabelle said. “And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before”.

Cassandra Clare

Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.

― Rachel Naomi Remen

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.

– Buddha

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

– Buddha


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We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

Mother Teresa

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

– Buddha

Healing Quotes

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

– Mother Teresa

Just as the great oceans have but one taste, the taste of salt, so too there is but one taste fundamental to all true teachings of the way, and this is the taste of freedom.

– Buddha

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

– Buddha

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

– Buddha

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

– Buddha

The soul is healed by being with children.

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.

― David Richo

Humor is healing.

― Brad Garrett

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

― Novalis

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.

― Marianne Williamson

Healing Quotes

Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.

Marianne Williamson

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

– Buddha

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

– Dalai Lama

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

– Dalai Lama

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

– Dalai Lama

First one must change. I first watch myself, check myself, then expect changes from others.

– Dalai Lama

Spend some time alone every day.

– Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion; if you want to be happy, practice compassion.

– Dalai Lama

Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

– Dalai Lama

I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.

– Dalai Lama

Healing Quotes

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

– Dalai Lama

I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.

– Dalai Lama

If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost, if you continue to see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education you have, no matter how much material progress is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue.

– Dalai Lama

And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again, that at best there might eventually be a little contentment. Everyone wanted me to get help and rejoin life, pick up the pieces and move on, and I tried to, I wanted to, but I just had to lie in the mud with my arms wrapped around myself, eyes closed, grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore.

― Anne Lamott

Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls.

― Melody Beattie

Change, like healing, takes time.

― Veronica Roth

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.

― Martin Luther King Jr.

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.

― Buddha

Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.

― Criss Jami

When you hear the music ringin’ in your soul and you feel it in your heart and it grows and grows and it comes from the backstreet rock & roll and the healing has begun.

Van Morrison

Healing Quotes

To be rejected by someone doesn’t mean you should also reject yourself or that you should think of yourself as a lesser person. It doesn’t mean that nobody will ever love you anymore. Remember that only ONE person has rejected you at the moment, and it only hurt so much because to you, that person’s opinion symbolized the opinion of the whole world, of God.

― Jocelyn Soriano

It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.

― Norman Cousins

If there’s no breaking then there’s no healing, and if there’s no healing then there’s no learning.

― One Tree Hill

In time, in time they tell me, I’ll not feel so bad. I don’t want time to heal me. There’s a reason I’m like this. I want time to set me ugly and knotted with loss of you, marking me. I won’t smooth you away. I can’t say goodbye.

― China Miéville

Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.

― Ram Dass

Healing requires from us to stop struggling, but to enjoy life more and endure it less.

― Darina Stoyanova

Transformation is my favorite game and in my experience, anger and frustration are the result of you not being authentic somewhere in your life or with someone in your life. Being fake about anything creates a block inside of you. Life can’t work for you if you don’t show up as you.

― Jason Mraz

When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.

― Rabindranath Tagore


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Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.

– Mother Teresa

It is easy to point out the mistakes of others, while it is hard to admit ones own mistakes. A man broadcasts the sins of others without thinking, but he hides his own sins as a gambler hides his extra dice.

– Dalai Lama

Healing Quotes

Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these feelings, society will face tremendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered.

– Dalai Lama

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

– Dalai Lama

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.

– Mother Teresa

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

– Mother Teresa

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

– Mother Teresa

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.

– Mother Teresa

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

– Mother Teresa

Human beings are of such nature that they should have not only material facilities but spiritual sustenance as well. Without spiritual sustenance, it is difficult to get and maintain peace of mind.

– Dalai Lama

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

– Mother Teresa

Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.

― Ram Dass

Healing Quotes

Only time can heal your broken heart. Just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.

― Jim Henson

The best relationships in our lives are the best not because they have been the happiest ones, they are that way because they have stayed strong through the most tormentful of storms.

― Pandora Poikilos

I’ve experienced several different healing methodologies over the years – counseling, self-help seminars, and I’ve read a lot – but none of them will work unless you really want to heal.

― Lindsay Wagner

One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.

― Osho

It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place… it’s when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.

― David Hume

Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.

― Jennifer Brown

Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure.

Phyllis McGinley

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Healing yourself is connected with healing others.

― Yoko Ono

This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, ‘aw shit, he’s up!

― Steve Maraboli

This is the front edge of the spiritual, psychological movement and is where the tools of psychology have finally come together to create a mass healing. I think spiritual psychology is the next wave.

– Kenny Loggins

Healing Quotes

 

There are so many ways to heal. Arrogance may have a place in technology, but not in healing. I need to get out of my own way if I am to heal.

― Anne Wilson Schaef

I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.

― William Paul Young

For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.

― Reba McEntire

If you desire healing, let yourself fall ill, let yourself fall ill.

― Jalaluddin Rumi

Yes, I understand why things had to happen this way. I understand his reason for causing me pain. But mere understanding does not chase away the hurt. It does not call upon the sun when dark clouds have loomed over me. Let the rain come then if it must come! And let it wash away the dust that hurt my eyes!

― Jocelyn Soriano

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.

― Sai Baba

On the girl’s brown legs there were many small white scars. I was thinking, Do those scars cover the whole of you, like the stars and the moons on your dress? I thought that would be pretty too, and I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.

― Chris Cleave

Music is such a great healing balm and a great way to forget your troubles.

― Ricky Skaggs

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.

– Hubert H. Humphrey

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.

– Henri Nouwen

Healing Quotes

It’s always hard to deal with injuries mentally, but I like to think about it as a new beginning. I can’t change what happened, so the focus needs to go toward healing and coming back stronger than before.

– Carli Lloyd

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

– Max de Pree

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.

– Sai Baba

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.

– Billy Joel

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

– Henri Nouwen

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.

– Sai Baba

Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Kindness and a generous spirit go a long way. And a sense of humor. It’s like medicine – very healing.

– Max Irons

Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.

– Bob Marley

The wilderness is healing, a therapy for the soul.

– Nicholas Kristof

Healing Quotes

Healing yourself is connected with healing others.

Yoko Ono

Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.

– Marlo Thomas

New Age values are conscious evolution, a non-sectarian society, a non-military culture, global sharing, healing the environment, sustainable economies, self-determination, social justice, economic empowerment of the poor, love, compassion in action, going beyond religious fundamentalism, going beyond nationalism-extreme nationalism, culture.

– Deepak Chopra


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The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.

– Paracelsus

Time begins the healing process of wounds cut deeply by oppression. We soothe ourselves with the salve of attempted indifference, accepting the false pattern set up by the horrible restriction of Jim Crow laws.

– Rosa Parks

As a spiritual person, nature for me has always been a healing place. Going back all the way to my childhood on the farm, the fields and forests were places of adventure and self-discovery. Animals were companions and friends, and the world moved at a slower, more rational pace than the bustling cities where I’d resided my adult life.

– David Mixner

There’s something about losing friends, particularly young people, where it’s not something that you get over. I don’t believe there’s a healing process.

– Chris Cornell

The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.

– Sarah Fielding

Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevent all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit. Yoga cannot know a barrier of East and West any more than does the healing and equitable light of the sun.

– Paramahansa Yogananda

You can’t afford to get sick, and you can’t depend on the present health care system to keep you well. It’s up to you to protect and maintain your body’s innate capacity for health and healing by making the right choices in how you live.

– Andrew Weil

Healing Quotes

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.

– Tori Amos

The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.

– Sarah Fielding

Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care.

– Jerry Cantrell

We’d like to build a highway for healing and unity.

– Bill McCartney

As much as you can eat healthy, it’s also important to remember to drink healthy too. Tea is very healing.

– Kristin Chenoweth

Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Water is always a support or a healing thing apart from, you know, love or peace of mind.

– Nastassja Kinski

Gospel music to me has always been a balm for the soul. It has been able to usher in the spirit, usher in worship, true worship and praise, healing. I find the music to be very good at healing and the passion, you know, which is a testimony being told in song.

– Kim Fields

Healing is a moral thing to do.

– Jay Inslee

My self healing lies in praying for those who have harmed me.

– Marianne Williamson

Healing Quotes

A physician’s physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric’s divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.

– Samuel Butler

It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place… it’s when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.

– David Hume

Allopathic doctors used to laugh condescendingly at those who posited that psychological, emotional and spiritual factors were important contributors to the sickness as well as healing of the body.

– Marianne Williamson

There is so much division in this world. So what is really the path of healing? It can begin in this moment, by embracing the life that’s here.

Tara Brach

I realize I will always be the poster child for police brutality, but I can try to use that as a positive force for healing and restraint.

– Rodney King


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To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

– Nhat Hanh

I believe that we can heal Rwanda – and our world – by healing one heart at a time.

– Immaculee Ilibagiza

The wish for healing has always been half of health.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years.

– George Matthew Adams

I believe in the healing power of the arts, and whenever anyone can bring art into anyone’s life, it’s a special thing.

– Austin Nichols

Healing Quotes

Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of.

– Emmylou Harris

I mix all different oils – my bathroom at home is littered with oils; I’m really into natural beauty and natural healing. Peppermint is really good if you put it on your stomach for a tummy ache; lavender is kind of all-purpose – I think everyone should carry it.

– Liz Goldwyn

The civil unrest of recent days must come to an end, and the healing process must begin for the future of the community. We will provide assistance both in ending the violence and enabling the healing process in Benton Harbor.

– Jennifer Granholm

‘Healing,’ Papa would tell me, ‘is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.’

– W. H. Auden

Stabilizing the euro is one thing, healing the culture that surrounds it is another. A world in which material values are everything and spiritual values nothing is neither a stable state nor a good society. The time has come for us to recover the Judeo-Christian ethic of human dignity in the image of God.

– Jonathan Sacks

On Saturday mornings, because I’m surfing a lot for the part in ‘John From Cincinnati,’ I’ll get up about 5:30 A.M .and go to Malibu and surf. There’s something very therapeutic and healing about it.

– Austin Nichols

The work of healing is not my work, but by faith, healing is done. The work of deliverance, great and mighty deliverance, is not my work but is my faith in Him. It is not the works of righteousness which I have done, but according to His grace. I am a product of His grace.

– T. B. Joshua

Hate is self-destructive. If you hate somebody, you’re not hurting the person you hate. You’re hurting yourself. And that’s a healing. Actually, it’s a real healing, forgiveness.

– Louis Zamperini

On really hot days, I try to motivate friends and family to come into the pool for an aqua jogging session which I teach. Aqua jogging is a great way to avoid the impact of regular walking or jogging on land. This is especially beneficial for those who have joint pain or who are healing from an injury.

– Dylan Lauren

Sleep has been provided by nature to do the body’s healing work, and it takes seven or eight hours for this process to happen. Commit to getting at least seven to eight hours of good quality sleep every night to keep your body and hormones in balance.

– Suzanne Somers

Healing Quotes

I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing.

Duncan Sheik

America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.

– Warren G. Harding

Today is a great day, not only of healing and reconciliation, but also coming together. I’m so glad the whole Little Rock Nine was alive and here to see this.

– Winthrop Rockefeller

The knife of historical relativism… which has cut to pieces all metaphysics and religion must also bring about healing.

– Wilhelm Dilthey


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Coming to terms with the fear of death is conducive to healing, positive personality transformation, and consciousness evolution.

– Stanislav Grof

Music has been so healing in my life, so the fact that my music could be that for someone else is the best gift of my whole career. People have told me that they got married to my music, divorced to my music, and played my music while they were having their baby.

– Gloria Estefan

Snakes are sometimes perceived as evil, but they are also perceived as medicine. If you look at an ambulance, there’s the two snakes on the side of the ambulance. The caduceus, or the staff of Hermes, there’s the two snakes going up it, which means that the venom can also be healing.

– Nicolas Cage

The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.

– Willa Cather

Evil is the shadow of angel. Just as there are angels of light, support, guidance, healing and defense, so we have experiences of shadow angels. And we have names for them: racism, sexism, homophobia are all demons – but they’re not out there.

– Matthew Fox

Religion is part of the human make-up. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.

– Christopher Hitchens

Healing Quotes

‘The Panorama’ is also the last place anywhere in New York where the World Trade Center still stands, whole, as it stood in the early morning of September 11. I can also see the corner where I saw the first tower fall and howled out loud. Seeing the buildings again here is uplifting, healing.

– Jerry Saltz

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.

– Wendell Berry

We are seeing healing among the stolen generations, and initiatives which are enabling Indigenous people to make their distinctive contribution to our national life.

– Malcolm Fraser

I don’t think you can climb Mount Everest with a broken leg, but I did break my leg prior to going to Mount Everest, so I was really climbing with a healing broken leg. I had the good fortune of climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. That was a goal that I had.

– Gary Johnson

Healing rain is a real touch from God. It could be physical healing or emotional or whatever.

– Michael W. Smith

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.

– Catherine Drinker Bowen

Nothing is so healing as the human touch.

– Bobby Fischer

Even the people who come our way look upon us in amazement, that we run only for the healing of Mother Earth.

– Dennis Banks

As any doctor can tell you, the most crucial step toward healing is having the right diagnosis. If the disease is precisely identified, a good resolution is far more likely. Conversely, a bad diagnosis usually means a bad outcome, no matter how skilled the physician.

– Andrew Weil

A lot of people say they want to get out of pain, and I’m sure that’s true, but they aren’t willing to make healing a high priority. They aren’t willing to look inside to see the source of their pain in order to deal with it.

– Lindsay Wagner

Healing Quotes

Music can be healing, and with my history and my knowledge of both sides of what looks like a gigantic divide in the world, I feel I can point a way forward to our common humanity again.

– Cat Stevens


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Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure.

– Phyllis McGinley

Though moral axioms to guide the conduct of the practitioner have existed since the beginnings of the profession of healing, Western doctors are most likely to view the Hippocratic Oath of approximately two-and-a-half millennia ago as the first codified set of statements to which they can look for guidance.

– Sherwin B. Nuland

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.

– Marianne Williamson

It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.

– Norman Cousins

For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.

– Reba McEntire

There are so many ways to heal. Arrogance may have a place in technology, but not in healing. I need to get out of my own way if I am to heal.

– Anne Wilson Schaef

We’re seeing a much larger ministry here for the general community. Not just Catholics, but others are calling us too. They’re not looking for lawyers or suing their grandfathers, but counseling and healing.

– Roger Mahony

I don’t see it as a form of healing, because if you have wounds that are bleeding I don’t think acting will ever get them to stop. But I find acting is a form of illumination.

– Rebecca De Mornay

People had this image of the Jacksons as the perfect American family and I destroyed that image. But what people have to understand is writing that book was very healing for me.

– LaToya Jackson

Healing Quotes

I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing.

– Leonard Nimoy

The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.

– Marianne Williamson

Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet; in an environment equally fit for birth, growth work, healing, and dying… Healthy people need no bureaucratic interference to mate, give birth, share the human condition and die.

Ivan Illich

Trying to suppress or eradicate symptoms on the physical level can be extremely important, but there’s more to healing than that; dealing with psychological, emotional and spiritual issues involved in treating sickness is equally important.

– Marianne Williamson

This time, instead of moving oceans and healing planets, let’s get our bills in order and pay down the debt so we control our own future.

– Artur Davis

Progress and healing involves seeing every person as not so different from ourselves.

– Bryant H. McGill

Some of us are born with a weakness for music. As a baby, music would stop whatever thought I was having. If I was worried, it would stop me worrying; if I was crying, it would stop me crying. Music was a healing thing for me.

– Andrea Bocelli


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Writing is a way of processing our lives. And it can be a way of healing.

-Jan Karon

When I sit down to write a song, I really want the message of healing to thrive and transcend all ages.

– Jason Mraz

When it comes to my salvation, all I need is Jesus; after my salvation, everything is Jesus plus the church… When people preach that all you need is Jesus, they cut you and I off from one of the greatest sources of healing, which is the body of Christ. Don’t go it alone – you won’t make it.

– Josh McDowell

Healing Quotes

When I was a little girl, the only real form of entertainment I was exposed to was theatre, being raised in St. Louis, and I still love theatre, and I think sitcoms are similar to that, in there’s a live audience, and you know, I definitely like the comedy of it, too. I like to make people laugh, and I definitely think laughter is healing.

– Kelly Stable

 

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5 Natural Ways To Relax & Get Centered

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5 Natural ways to relax and get centered.Yes, there are plenty of ways you can de-stress, unwind, enjoy time with your self and get centered. Getting centered, it sounds a little offbeat to those of you who don’t meditate or practice other self-awareness rituals. Maybe the word mindfulness is better. Either way, hear me out.

We all have a busy and hectic life, throw in kids and it gets even crazier.  So how do you destress? I know you have a girls night or even guys night out to unwind and blow off steam.  Aren’t their ways to do this without the potential use of alcohol and a hangover? The next morning is never any fun.

No need to be wary this doesn’t require guru knowledge on meditation, yoga just open-mindedness.   Being centered merely means being at peace with who you are, in every moment. Stillness and quiet are what that means for me. To thine own self be true.

These five things will help you to de-stress and allow you to exhale.  The key is to be in the moment and let your feelings, energy and mind flow in all of these exercises.

5 Natural Ways to Relax and De-Stress

Journaling

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First, let’s discuss journaling. Yes, we are going back to the “dear diary” days but a more grown-up version.  Pick out a journal or notebook, whatever you like. You may ask “what do I write once I open the notebook (love that movie BTW, the book was even better)?”

To start, looking at a blank page can be intimidating if you’ve never journaled before.  The first thing I like to do is start by writing the date at the top of the page. On days you have a lot of feelings to get out just start writing. You’re not getting graded on these entries so don’t worry about how to properly get started and use correct punctuation and grammar.  Just let yourself flow.

Start with “I feel…” and go from there. The entries can be short or long. I’ve written pages upon pages before and then only a single page other times. Really allow yourself to be in the moment and let your emotions flow. Something happens during this process that is therapeutic.  You’re able to self reflect and analyze a situation better, step back and see things differently. Read how to do automatic writing or journaling here.

You can do this at the end of my day, or when the mood strikes you.  I believe getting emotions out and not holding them in helps to heal your spirit. At the very least, it helps you to be calm and learn about yourself.

So pick up a pen and notebook and start de-stressing.  Journaling is for your personal use only. No one ever has to read it or see it, unless you want them to.  Over the years I’ve used many different kinds of journals. I’m currently using this moleskin journal. I love the feel of the paper and smooth writing.

Walking in Nature

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Nature is an all-encompassing cure for feeding the soul.  A simple walk in nature can alleviate stress, calm you down through exercise, and feed your soul.  Listening to birds chirping, wind rustling through the leaves of tall pine trees, water gently waving in the lake as the reflection of the sun bounces off the water.

That my friend is relaxing and total de-stresses the best of us.  Nature almost forces you to be still and quiet. Listen to the sounds around you and lookup. Oh my gosh, the joy of just looking up! We don’t take the time to just look up and observe.

Look at the trees swaying in the wind, geese flying over information, clouds moving pass. Do this and take a breathe and exhale. The simple things we don’t pay attention to because we look down, at our devices. Busy rushing through from one stop to the next.

Take that walk in the park, listen to the sounds, and breathe.  Breathe and walk with intention. It’s more of a stroll rather than a timed fast walk. Try not to have your headphones in the entire time. It’s tempting, and some days I do it myself.  Or I listen to audible but nonetheless I’m still observing nature and taking it in. If you live in a busy loud city then turn on calming music.

Taking the time to do this a couple of times of a week or more, if you can, helps bring you back to being centered. Quiet on the inside to where you can hear your true self. Not the restless chatter that you hear all day.  Give yourself a break and take a walk.

Meditation

There are so many different types of meditation from mindfulness, transcendental, guided, sound and the list goes on and on.  I’ve tried a lot of these, read about it here, to see if there was one that worked best for me or that I connected to most.

As I mention throughout my blog, no two people are the same therefore no two people will meditate or do anything for that matter the same.  We will all have different experiences with meditation. Trying different types will help you not only learn what you like but also allow you to practice meditation itself.

I have found that mindfulness of breath meditation is best for me. It is bringing awareness to your breath.  I prefer to be in a quiet room where I will not be interrupted, hard to find these days with 2 little shadows.  Don’t be surprised if you catch me in the closet trying to get some meditation time in, just sayin’ do whatcha gotta do.

You can use an eye mask, to make it dark, I find this helps me to relax and focus.  You’ll have to try again and again before you learn to really quiet the mind.

This is a learning process so please keep on the path and don’t give up.  Start with a few minutes at a time and build up from there. You’ll notice over time you can meditate a little longer each time, and it becomes easier to get into that state.


Read More – How Meditation Affects Brain Aging in a Positive Way


Yoga

Natural Way to Relax
Don’t be intimidated by the postures, everyone learns at their own pace and becomes more advanced in time.

Everyone should practice yoga, at least once.  You have to try it to know if you like it. My yoga journey started around 16 years ago or more.  I will admit that I haven’t done it continuously during those 16 years. There were some years that I didn’t practice at all.  Other times I would attend a yoga class 4-5 times a week. Currently, I practice yoga in my bedroom with my favorite yoga youtube channels.

Just like meditation, there are many types of yoga styles.  As a result, I’ve tried many of them and learned which ones I like best.  You do the same.

Yoga has many physical benefits such as increased flexibility, muscle strengthening, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and the list goes on. As far as de-stressing, well this helps with that too.

You don’t even have to leave your own home to try, especially if classes aren’t your thing.  With that yoga classes have a different environment than other “gym” type classes. Everyone is focused on themselves and their own practice. There isn’t that feeling of everyone is watching me.

The flow of the poses is very soothing once you learn the salutations or sequences. That word mindfulness comes in again. It’s hard to not be during yoga.  You become very focused on your pose and breathe that this, in turn, becomes its own meditation.  It never ceases to amaze me how quiet the mind gets when you are practicing yoga. It’s almost effortless.


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 5 – HTP

5–Hydroxytryptophan (5–HTP) is an amino acid that your body already produces. It’s derived from an African plant known as Griffonia simplicifolia.  It helps to increase the serotonin levels in your body thus boosting your mood. Allowing you to be more mindful and less stressed and preoccupied.

It’s a natural supplement that offers numerous benefits including a calming effect.  To learn more about 5-HTP as a natural stress reliever read the article that goes into more depth.

There you have it 5 natural ways to relax and take a moment for your self. Self-care is a buzz word that we’re hearing everywhere right now. Don’t think its not for you or you don’t have time. Making time will only improve your daily life and mental health.

Being mindful during any of these activities will bring you to a more relaxed state and bring you into alignment. Find what works best for you and continue to develop your own self-care routine.

This article is republished by https://inspirehealthandspirit.com/ under Creative Commons license. Read the original.

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Rock Your Boat Pose with These 7 Fun Navasana Variation

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Boat Pose (Navasana) strengthens both the front and back body and core, works the hip flexors, and provides a nice test of your balance and stability.

Boat Pose provides a range of benefits, so it’s good to incorporate as a regular part of your yoga practice.

But let’s be real – Navasana is typically not a fan favorite. It’s not a pose that students request very often, and certainly not one that brings a feeling of bliss while in the middle of it.

Let’s change that! With these fun, creative, and challenging Boat Pose variations, you can bring a fresh spin to a classic pose, test your strength and mobility, and maybe even find a new appreciation for this strengthening yoga pose.

Here’s How to Practice a Traditional Navasana:

Before moving onto variations, make sure you have a solid grasp on a traditional Boat Pose first.

navasana boat pose

 

Let’s try it:

  • From a seated position bend your knees and put the tips of your toes on the ground
  • Bring your hands to rest on the outside of your thighs
  • Lean back slightly, finding your balance on your sit bones
  • Inhale as you lengthen your spine and lift your chest by broadening across your collar bones
  • Pull your belly button in and up to engage your core and stabilize your lower back
  • Engage your pelvic floor by activating Mula Bandha
  • On your exhale, lift your feet and bring your shins parallel to the ground, finding a modified Boat Pose
  • Squeeze your inner legs together
  • Keep your breath slow and full
  • Activate your feet by pointing or “flointing” (pointing your feet and flexing your toes)
  • Gaze at one spot ahead of you or at your feet
  • Extend your legs out straight to find traditional Boat Pose, use your core to help with this (not just the strength of your hip flexors and legs)
  • Play around with your hand placement: plant your hands behind you or grab your thighs for a bit of extra support; extend your arms parallel to the ground; or lift your arms up overhead for an extra challenge

    Now You’re Ready to Try These 7 Fun Boat Pose Variations:

    Once you’ve mastered Boat Pose, play around with these fun Navasana variations for an extra challenge.

    1. Boat on a Yoga Block

Yoga boat pose

Add an extra balance challenge by sitting on a yoga block. It’s harder than it looks!

Let’s try it:

  • Place a yoga block on the floor on its shortest height
  • Perch on the block, making sure both of your sit bones are resting on the block. You can use two blocks next to each other for a bit more support
  • Balance is much harder on a block, so you may want to stick with a modified Boat Pose for the first few times you try

2. Revolved Boat Pose (Parivrtta Navasana)

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Add a twist to your Boat Pose to increase the difficulty and work your obliques. This is a great pose to use in a sequence preparing for a twisting arm balance such as Side Crow (Parsva Bakasana) or Grasshopper Pose (Parsva Bhuja Dandasana).


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Let’s try it:

    • From traditional Boat Pose, loop your right big toe with your left peace fingers
    • On your exhale, twist to the right, extending your right arm to open across your chest
    • Bring your gaze toward your outstretched right hand
    • Add an extra challenge by crossing your ankles. Loop the big toe of your bottom foot with your index finger when trying this version

3. Low Boat Pose (Ardha Navasana)

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Occasionally called Canoe, this pose is deceptively challenging and seems to find core muscles you didn’t know you had.

Let’s try it:

      • Start in traditional Boat Pose
      • Slowly lower your mid-back and legs toward the floor until they are hovering about six to eight inches off the ground
      • Keep your legs firm and together
      • Hover your arms by your hips with your palms facing up or sweep them long overhead
      • Keep your core muscles drawing in toward your spine
      • Transition between traditional Boat (Navasana) and Low Boat (Ardha Navasana) several times to really work your core
      • If you feel any strain in your neck, you can bring your hands behind your head to gently cradle your neck

4. Both Big Toe Pose (Ubhaya Padangusthasana)

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This version of Boat Pose combines core and balance work with a deep hamstring stretch.

Let’s try it:

      • Start in Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)
      • Loop both big toes with your peace fingers and thumbs
      • Shift your weight into your sit bones as you lift your knees up toward the ceiling
      • Lift your feet off the floor and find your balance
      • Slowly stretch your legs out in front of you
      • Keep your spine long and straight while broadening through your front body to prevent rounding in your back
      • Lengthen your legs from your pelvis through your heels and flex your feet
      • Gaze slightly upward toward your toes

5. Wide-Legged Boat Pose (Merudandasana)

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This option is similar to Both Big Toe Pose, but it can be a bit more challenging on your balance. If you start to fall backward, stay relaxed and roll with it.

Let’s try it:

    • Start in Butterfly Pose
    • Loop both big toes with your peace fingers or grab the outside of your feet
    • Shift your weight into your sit bones as you lift your knees up toward the ceiling
    • Extend one leg at a time out wide to the side of your mat
    • Once you’re stable with extending one leg at a time, try extending both simultaneously
    • Gaze forward or up toward the ceiling for an extra balance challenge

6. Boat Pose With a Yoga Strap

boat pose with yoga strap

Try this variation for a supported Navasana. The yoga strap and block combination helps you to find lift through your spine and chest. It’s also a great tool to use when working toward L-Sit (Brahmacharyasana).

Let’s try it:

    • Start in Staff Pose (Dandasana)
    • Make a large loop with your yoga strap
    • Bring the strap around your upper body, placing it under your armpits and around your shoulder blades
    • Bend your legs, bringing your knees close to your chest
    • Place a yoga block width-wise at the base of your feet and loop the other end of your strap around the block
    • Press your feet firmly into the block as you extend your legs out and up
    • Use your hands as needed and find your balance
    • Extend your arms parallel to the ground or overhead when you’re ready
    • Push out through your feet toward the block as you lift up and back with your upper body

7. Half-Bound Lotus Boat Pose (Ardha Baddha Padma Navasana)

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This beautiful variation is based on a standing forward fold, Half-Bound Lotus Pose from the Ashtanga Primary Series.


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It may cause strain on the knee due to the foot placement, so you might want to skip this variation if you have any knee issues. Make sure your body is warm and stretched before trying this pose.

Let’s try it:

      • Start in Staff Pose (Dandasana)
      • Bend your right leg and guide your right foot to the crease of your left hip
      • Extend your right arm to the front, and turn your palm away from you so your thumb is facing down
      • Sweep your right arm around your back and grasp your right big toe or foot with your right hand
      • Bend your left leg, placing your foot on the ground as you find balance on your sit bones
      • Lasso your left big toe with fingers from your left hand
      • Extend your left leg in front of your chest
      • Gaze toward your extended left leg

Have Fun Playing With These Navasana (Boat Pose) Variations!

Next time you’re feeling bored with your core work or your traditional yoga postures, try one of these Boat Pose variations. Your core will very likely thank you!

 

This article is republished from https://www.yogiapproved.com/ under a Creative Common license. Read the original article.

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Have An Active Life & Boost Your Immune System With Exercise

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Have An Active Life & Boost Your Immune System With Exercise

Having an active life is beneficial to your health. Regular exercises help boost your immune system. Here are some points you can learn from boosting your immune system.

How Exercise Strengthens the Immune System

As we confront the difficult, enduring nature of COVID-19, finding long-term habits of immunity is becoming more important than ever. By now, we’re getting pretty good at social distancing, mask wearing, and handwashing.

But what else can you do to strengthen and vitalize your immune system? Exercise. In a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, participants who exercised for 20 minutes or more at least five days per week experienced 43 percent fewer cases of infection in their upper respiratory tract than those who were sedentary.

They also had milder symptoms when they did get sick. Many similar studies repeatedly find that getting the blood flowing strengthens the body’s defense against illness.

 

Have An Active Life & Boost Your Immune System With Exercise

 

Effects of Exercise on the Immune System

More blood circulation means cleaner blood. Not only does the heart provide life-giving oxygen to the body, but it also plays a role in fighting infection and neutralizing toxins. Immune cells, also known as white blood cells, continuously circulate the body and ward off potential bacteria and viruses.

When we increase our heart rate, our heart pumps blood faster and circulates these immune cells through our system faster, giving them more chances to locate and dispose of threats.

This increased circulation also encourages the body to produce even more immune cells, which consequently strengthens our ability to manage dangerous bacteria and viruses. After a moderate period of increased heart rate, the body enjoys a boost to the immune system for a few hours.

While any single instance of this boost may be fleeting, a daily habit of exercise will repeat this process, thereby cleansing your system on a daily basis.

Indirect Benefits of an Active Life & Exercise for the Immune System

In addition to increasing the strength of your immune system, exercise provides a host of other positive side effects that also lower your chances of getting sick.

Exercise correlates with reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality, and reducing fat and cholesterol content in the body, all of which support the immune system in their own way.

There are many benefits to being active—and not just to help boost your immune system. As a general rule, people who sustain habits of regular exercise have happier bodies and happier lives.

Just Do It!—But Don’t Overdo It

While regular exercise can strengthen your immune system and enhance your overall health, you need to be careful to not strain yourself.

Per the old adage: “It is not requisite that a man [or woman] should run faster than he [or she] has strength.” Making high demands on your energy without supplying the necessary sleep and nutrition can do you more harm than good.

The benefits of exercise come most abundantly when paired with other healthy routines of balance and nourishment. If you push yourself too hard, your body may lack the energy it needs to support your immune system.

Exercising for Immune Health During the Pandemic

Currently, with the danger the pandemic presents, you should also be careful about how and where you exercise.

Certain kinds of exercise make maintaining social distance more difficult. For these reasons, a walk or a jog in the park, or some time in nature, may be a better option than attempting to go to a gym or a health club.

Dr. James Turner, who recently studied exercise and immune function, says: “People should not overlook the importance of staying fit, active, and healthy during this period. Provided it is carried out in isolation—away from others—then regular, daily exercise will help better maintain the way the immune system works.”

 

Have An Active Life & Boost Your Immune System With Exercise

 

The Bottom Line: Get to Boost Your Health

Our bodies crave exercise. The body rewards you with more peace of mind and better health when you give it what it needs.

In this time of fear and worry, you should heed the subtle hints your body gives you and give it what it needs.

 

Find time to exercise in your daily routine. an active life helps boost your immune system. Having an active life does not mean you do not rest. It only means to have balance. Have an active life with a dose of exercise and the right amount of rest time.

Original article by Ryan Cook

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4 Easy Steps to Get Back Into Full Body Exercises Immediately

 

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7 Easy Ways To Conscious Cooking: Preparing Meals with Mindful Awareness

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7 Easy Ways To Conscious Cooking: Preparing Meals with Mindful Awareness

There are several key elements to conscious cooking that transform it into a mindful experience. Consider these tips as you set out to create your next meal.

“A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.” —Thomas Keller

Many of us are familiar with the practice of eating meditation, or a mindful approach to consuming your food with reverence, deliberate attention, full sensory embodiment, gratitude, and present-moment awareness. Mindful eating is a great way to infuse a deeper awareness into one of your most fundamental daily activities.

However, before your food reaches your plate, it must be prepared or cooked. Enter the practice of conscious cooking, or preparing meals with full awareness.

Conscious cooking is about being totally present in the act of food preparation. It brings a deep awareness to the unique details of the cooking experience and a deep, in-body sense, of creating a nourishing and healing meal with attention, compassion, gratitude, and love.

While it may sound simple, there are several key elements to conscious meal preparation that help it to be a truly mindful experience. Consider the following as you set out to create your next meal.

 

7 Easy Ways To Conscious Cooking: Preparing Meals with Mindful Awareness

 

Begin with Intention

To begin your conscious cooking practice, pause and set a clear intention. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and declare to yourself that you are going to use this time to prepare your meal with your full attention.

Visualize the end product of a delicious, nourishing meal. Have the clear recognition that you are a channel of pure awareness and allow yourself to be the instrument through which the meal will be prepared. Consecrate the experience as an opportunity to deepen your journey of awakening.

Focus on Service

Preparing meals is an act of service; you are either nourishing your own mind and body or the mind and body of others. You are delivering love and attention to those you cook for through the food itself. Surrender yourself to bringing the fullness of your being into an act of selfless service. This is an act of Karma Yoga; performing the action acknowledging that those you serve are gods and goddesses in disguise.

Deliberately Prepare the Space Of Conscious Cooking

Before starting, take the time to methodically prepare your environment. Lay out your recipes, tools (knives, spoons, cutting boards, saucepans, etc.), along with your ingredients. In culinary school, one of the first lessons taught to new chefs is known as Mise en place, which means “putting in place” and refers to both the kitchen setup as well as the chef’s state of mind.

Like a tea ceremony, take time to arrange everything beforehand so you don’t have to scramble for an item once the cooking has begun. This is also the perfect time to take a moment to cultivate gratitude for everything set before you. Recognize the web of relationships that have to exist (farmers, workers, drivers, grocery clerks, and countless others) to bring these ingredients and tools before you.

Remember also to choose ingredients that are sattvic or pure, nourishing, essential, and filled with vital lifeforce or prana.

Proceed with Care and Attention

As you begin to follow a recipe or cook, bring reverence toward each step of the process. Follow each step in the directions with full awareness; don’t just muddle through and lob ingredients together into a bowl without tuning in to what you’re doing. Move as slowly and deliberately as possible given the required steps and cooking times involved.

 

7 Easy Ways To Conscious Cooking: Preparing Meals with Mindful Awareness

 

Relish in a Full Sensory Experience

Cooking is a wonderful experience that involves all your senses. Take note of how these gateways of perception help you have a deeper experience of the moment:

  • You can see the colors, watch steam rising off the food, and notice the freshness of each ingredient.
  • You can smell the food and the spices, and become aware of the blending of unique aromas into the larger fragrance of the dish.
  • You can taste the individual ingredients, diving into the sweet, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent qualities of each.
  • You can hear the rolling boil of water, the rhythmic pace of a knife on the chopping block, the sizzle of cooking food.
  • You can feel the texture of the ingredients, the thickness of a mixture, the grains of salt as you sprinkle them into a stew.

Embrace Total Presence

Allow the experience of cooking to be one of complete and total being. Let your mind slip beyond past or future and just experience this moment, this action in its complete fullness. Of course, it’s important to be safe and aware of cooking times, proper sanitization, hot burners, and sharp knives, but to the extent possible release any non-cooking related distractions. Put down your phone, avoid multitasking, and work to do just one thing at a time. It may be helpful to use a mantra to keep your mind anchored to the present moment. Consider either of the following:

  • Om Vardhanam Namah – the mantra of the Law of Giving and Receiving which means, I am the nourisher of the universe and the universe nourishes me.
  • Om Sri Danvantre Namaha – the mantra of the Celestial Physician, often chanted when preparing food to infuse it with healing energy, meaning Salutations to the being and power of the Celestial Physician.

These mantras, when used during repetitive tasks such as stirring or chopping vegetables help to entrain your awareness into a state of total absorption or Samadhi. We become one with the task, with the cooking, and the meal.

Serving and Blessing the Meal

Once the meal is prepared, it’s time to serve it to yourself, friends, family, or guests. Presenting the food with a mindful spirit of service and gratitude again helps to honor the divine in the food and those who will eat it. This is also an ideal time to offer a blessing for the food, either silently or spoken aloud, in such a way that gives thanks as well as recognizes how fortunate we are to be able to share in a meal together.

A traditional blessing often used by monks and yogis is to reflect on this passage from the Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, verse 24:

The process of offering Brahman; that which is offered is Brahman. Brahman offers the sacrifice in the fire of Brahman. Brahman is attained by those who see Brahman in every action.

Which might be interpreted into a formal blessing as:

May I remember that the cooking of this meal is divine consciousness; the food itself is divine consciousness, and the process of consuming the food is divine consciousness. Therefore, may the act of cooking, serving, and eating be performed with full awareness that leads me to the awakening of my divine nature. Om, peace, peace, peace.

In serving and blessing the food, you surrender the practice of conscious cooking to all those who enjoy the results of your efforts. Or as Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh keenly observes: “When you prepare a meal with artful awareness, it’s delicious and healthy. You have put your mindfulness, love, and care into the meal, then people will be eating your love. People can fully enjoy the meal with body and mind, just like you enjoy a beautiful work of art.”

When you cook make it a worthwhile conscious cooking experience. The love for food will be enhanced if you do conscious cooking. It creates a mindfulness experience for you. Once you make it conscious cooking, your food will be worth sharing and eating.

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7 Ways to Be Fit & Get Healthier Without Dieting

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7 Ways to Be Fit & Get Healthier Without Dieting

Counting calories won’t make you healthy. Here are ways to be fit and get healthier without dieting.

Pop quiz. How many diets can you name off the top of your head? If you are like most people these days, you can probably rattle off at least half a dozen without breaking a sweat. Some of them may dominate TV advertisements, and others may tend to be passed around by word of mouth. Still others tend to survive in the pages of self-help books and are splashed across the internet.

All of them claim that you will be able to not only lose weight but also feel more confident, more sexy and all around happier and healthier. A lot of them are liars. Many diets will help you shed unwanted pounds in the short term, but there is nothing healthy or sustainable about living off maple syrup and lemon juice or following the rules of any of the other dangerous diets out there.

 In fact, diets in general are rarely a good way to improve your health. This is because most diets focus on losing weight, not promoting health. While you will need to alter your daily diet in order to improve your health if you are living off Chinese takeout and Big Macs, traditional dieting is rarely a sustainable path when it comes to your overall health. Here are seven ways to get healthier without dieting.

 

7 Ways to Be Fit & Get Healthier Without Dieting

 

Drink Water & Be Fit

One of the easiest ways to simultaneously get healthier and lose weight is to stop drinking anything but water. Drinks of every sort are filled with what most people refer to as empty calories. In other words, they are calories that do nothing to keep you feeling full or energized but do contribute to weight gain. Stop drinking soda, juice and bottled teas.

 

Skip the sports drinks as well. Unless you are a long distance swimmer training for an open water race, a runner preparing for a marathon or you spend multiple hours in the gym sweating like a dog, plain water will fulfill your hydration needs. If you desperately need flavor in your water, stick a bit of fresh fruit in the bottle.

 

This will give you the desired flavor without all the sugar in packaged flavors. Alcohol, of course, is packed with sugar and calories, but the biggest offender, after soda, is usually your morning coffee. Those flavor shots, bits of cream and sugar turn a light drink into a calorie bomb. Drink your coffee black, or at least use skim milk if you need a little dairy.

 

If you want to become healthier and sustain the appearance and feeling that health brings you, you need to learn how to cook. You do not need to be a gourmet chef in order to improve your health, but knowing how to put together a basic meal of meat and veggies will go a long way toward making you healthier.
When you cook your own food, you know exactly what is going into your body. Restaurants and take out chains tend to use loads of oil and fats that turn a dish you would expect to be low calorie, low fat and healthy into something that is little better for you than the average pizza. When you cook at home, you are at least aware of whether or not you made something unhealthy.
Home cooking also tends to use fresher ingredients instead of the heavily salted and preservative filled items found in the frozen section of the grocery store.

Avoid Junk Food

You have likely noticed that some people simply seem to have more willpower than others. They manage to avoid eating junk food and instead snack on carrot sticks or celery. Their willpower may seem incredible, but if you looked inside their cabinets, you would probably find that they do not have chips, candy or cookies in the house.

More Sleep to Be Fit

When it comes to staying healthy, sleep is perhaps the most commonly ignored requirement. Almost everyone is aware on some level that they need to get enough sleep in order to remain healthy, but that does not stop most people from acting as if they are convinced that they can teach themselves to go without sleep entirely.

If you want to improve your health, however, enough sleep is a requirement, not a suggestion. The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep a night in order to remain in perfect health. Very few people get that much sleep on an ongoing basis. Make it a point, however, to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Going to bed every night and getting up every morning at approximately the same time will help tremendously in that regard.

Less Screentime

If you read any sort of health columns, parenting advice or technology news, you have almost certainly heard that spending too much time using your electronic devices is terrible for your health. Overuse of electronics tends to keep people sitting down for even longer periods of time than they were already prone to doing.

This has become such a problem that people are developing what has become called “gluteal amnesia.” Essentially, people sit so often and for so long that their gluteal muscles forget how to function which can set off a domino effect that has the potential to damage every muscle below their waist.
Overuse of electronics also contributes to neck and back strain and pain as people stare down at their phones and computers. The bright blue light inhibits melatonin production, one of the hormones necessary for healthy sleep, and many people use digital conversations as a substitute for face-to-face interaction, something that wreaks havoc on a person’s mental state over time.

7 Ways to Be Fit & Get Healthier Without Dieting

Exercise Regularly

Along with sleep, exercise is the closest thing to a panacea that exists in real life. Exercise is essential for healthy cardiovascular function, muscle strength and plays a key role in stress relief. It can improve the function of your immune system, give you better sleep at night and help you lose weight.
You do not have to become a gym rat to reap the benefits of exercise either. Taking a brisk walk several times a week can still do wonders for your health. It is best, however, to join a gym so that you can do both aerobic exercise, such as running or swimming, as well as resistance training, such as weightlifting or pilates. Aerobic exercise is the best way to improve the health of your heart and lungs while resistance training helps your muscles, skeleton and metabolism remain healthy.

Balanced Diet

If you are focusing on your health, you need to eat right. This does not mean that you need to give up entire food groups as many diets proclaim. Unlike what innumerable diets and weight loss “experts” claim, carbohydrates are not your enemy and neither is fat. If you scarf down French fries every afternoon, then yes, you are eating too much fat. A few tablespoons of olive oil or the fat found in nuts, however, is beneficial.
In the same way, if you live off of pasta and white bread, the sheer number of calories you are eating will do unpleasant things to both your waistline and overall health. A piece of bread with dinner, however, does not mean that you are doomed. You need to have a balanced diet that includes fruit, vegetables, meat or fish, a small amount of healthy fats from nuts or oils and, yes, carbohydrates. When you cut out entire food groups from your diet, your body may get smaller, but your health pays for it.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to shed a few pounds so that your jeans are a little less tight or so you can look fabulous in a tight shirt. Dieting, however, is not necessarily the answer to your weight woes. If you pay attention to your overall health by sleeping enough, eating right and exercising regularly, you will likely find that the pounds melt away without any sort of artificial assistance.

Better yet, those pounds will stay off with ease rather than creeping back on or forcing you to fight a constant battle with yourself. This is because focusing on overall health leads you to develop sustainable habits.
Being healthy feels good so you want to keep doing the things that keep you healthy. Diets, on the other hand, are the sort of things most people cannot wait to finish. So, prioritize health over weight loss, and you will likely end up getting the best of both worlds anyway.
If you want to be fit and get healthier these are some ways you can do it. These ways to be fit do not need a lot of dieting. You can do this daily. Be fit and be healthy. When you want to be fit, it is a way for you to love yourself. Love your body in a way that you want to be fit and be healthy all the time. Follow these ways and be fit always.
Original article by Stephanie Hertzenberg.

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Best Advanced Yoga Poses If You Are Suffering From Sciatica Pain

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Best Advanced Yoga Poses If You Are Suffering From Sciatica Pain

Sciatica can cause unbearable pain that can make it difficult to move and do basic things. Thankfully, there are a few different ways you can treat it without needing to take medications or opt for surgery. One of these options is yoga. Below you’ll discover why yoga is so helpful and some of the best advanced yoga poses to use if you’re suffering from sciatica pain.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a form of pain that usually develops due to a herniated disc. When this disc slides, it will press on the nerves surrounding your spine, including the sciatic nerve. This pressure can irritate nerves resulting in severe pain.

Because so many nerves are connected around your spine, the pressure can send pain almost anywhere in your body. Most of the time sciatica will shoot throbbing sensations down your legs and around your lower back.

Symptoms of Sciatica

This condition comes with quite a few unpleasant symptoms. Some of these include:

  • Pain throughout your back
  • Difficulty walking
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Pins and needles
  • Burning sensations
  • Foot numbness

 

Best Advanced Yoga Poses If You Are Suffering From Sciatica Pain

 

Does Yoga Help Sciatica Pain? Is it Safe?

Yoga has been shown to release tension near your sciatic nerve. By doing certain stretches, it can reduce pressure on the nerve and increase oxygen in the muscles around it. This can help to not only relieve sciatica pain, but increase your range of motion.

Some might still be a little skeptical to try it as it might seem like these movements would worsen the pain. The good news is yoga is completely safe to use if you have sciatica. This is because it releases tension near your nerves that might be affected by it. Keep in mind though that you might feel a little strain at first. This is somewhat normal because you’re loosening the tight muscles.

If you’re still concerned about using yoga poses for sciatica, you might try using chiropractic care first. How chiropractic care helps sciatica will vary depending on the chiropractor, but most will do special manipulations to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms.

5 Advanced Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Sciatica Pain

If you’re interested in attempting yoga for sciatica pain, you can try these five poses.

Child’s Pose

This pose stretches your hips, thighs, and ankles. It’s somewhat easy and gentle on your body, but can still remove tension.

To do this stretch you want to first kneel on the floor. Make sure your feet are touching each other but widen your legs so that they match up with your hips.

After doing this, take a deep breath and then move your torso toward your thighs. Stretch your hands on the side of your torso with your palms facing up. You should start to feel a slight pull in your shoulders.

Keep this position for about 30 seconds. While doing it, make sure to slowly inhale and exhale. Once this time is up, slowly lift your body up.

Cobra Pose

The cobra pose is designed to strengthen your spine. It can relieve lower back pain caused by sciatica because it loosens up tight muscles.

To begin the cobra pose, lie on the floor face down. Stretch your legs out and make sure the bottom of your feet are facing upward. Slowly lift your body up with the palms of your hands while keeping your elbows flat against the side of your chest.

As you start to lift your upper body, take a deep breath. You’ll want to keep lifting your chest as high as it can go. Try to keep your shoulder blades even during this movement.

Hold the cobra pose for about 15 seconds and then slowly move your chest back toward the ground.

Wind-Relieving Pose

The wind-relieving pose is considered to be one of the easiest yoga poses making it perfect for beginners. It not only works to tone your core muscles, but release tension caused by sciatica pain.

You can start the wind-relieving pose by lying with your back on your floor. After doing so, gently lift both your knees up at a 90-degree angle and bring them toward your chest. As you do so, grasp onto them with your hands and pull your chest up toward them. Try to get as close as you can to your knees with your chin and then return to the original position. This pose can be done continuously or by holding the pose for a few seconds.

If you’re just starting out, hold the stretch for about 30 seconds. Over time, you’ll be able to hold it longer.

Seated Twists

The seated twist is another easy yoga pose to try.

To begin, sit on the floor and extend your legs in front of you. Place your hands on your thighs.

Bend your right knee and then take your right leg and cross it over your left leg. Once your right leg is over your left leg, slightly bend your left leg.

After doing this, put your right arm on the floor and twist your body to the right. As you do so, lift your left hand straight into the air. Slowly bring your left hand down and press its elbow

against your twisted right leg. Hold this position for a few seconds while doing deep breathing. When you’re done, release yourself from this pose and repeat the steps with your other leg.

 

Best Advanced Yoga Poses If You Are Suffering From Sciatica Pain

 

Reclined Pigeon Pose

The reclined pigeon pose builds up numerous muscles in your chest, shoulders, back, and neck. It also stretches out the piriformis muscle which is often affected by sciatica.

To do this pose, lie with your back flat on the floor. Bend your knees and then lift your right foot off of the ground. Put your right ankle over your left thigh. Keep this position for a few seconds and then repeat with your left foot.

If you’re on the search for a natural way to help heal sciatica pain, yoga might be good to try. By doing these stretches, you’ll find that your pain will substantially diminish. You might even discover that they help you to be more flexible and energetic.

These advanced yoga poses will help ease any pain from your body. These advanced yoga poses are helpful if you are suffering from sciatica pain. Get to learn these advanced yoga poses and keep your body fit. You can easily do these advanced yoga poses at home. Find the time and do these advanced yoga poses every day.

Bio

Original article by Dr. Brent Wells. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in 1998. He is currently leading 10,000 Alaskans to more active and pain-free lifestyles without drugs or invasive surgeries.

He brings a progressive and highly innovative approach to chiropractic care and massage therapy, and physical therapy in Anchorage and Juneau.

Dr. Wells continues to further his education with ongoing studies in spine conditions, neurology, physical rehabilitation, biomechanics, occupational ergonomics, whiplash, and brain injury traumatology. He is also a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians.

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