Category Archives: Householders guide

Diet, activity, love, relaxation

Dean Ornish is the one who gets credit for this:  he’s been a hero of mine for years, ever since I had to start thinking about heart disease. It runs in the family and I lost my mother earlier than … Continue reading

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Wheat, inflammation and the links to poor constitutional health

This is a complex topic for which there is a great deal of sometimes contradictory research. However, the easiest approach to seeing if wheat is causing an inflammatory response in your body is to quit eating wheat for 1-2 weeks. … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage, devotion – Shiva Sahasranama Mantra

I love devotion, not because I am religious, but because devotion reflects depth, unwavering strength of purpose, dedication, and purity of intention. These qualities are rare, and pull me in their direction. The sound quality and images lead me to believe … Continue reading

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Niyamas and Mindfulness

There is a lot of talk of practicing mindfulness; being present to who you are with, or what you are doing, and observing the self. It is a good practice. I for one spent many years at least semi-asleep, unaware … Continue reading

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Convergence

Convergence is the extra-ordinary meeting of time, place, purpose, accident, people and so on at one point (in time, in meaning, in heart beats, in the breath). It’s when everything in life suddenly seems to be standing together at the … Continue reading

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Compassion

Practicing compassion is a sure path to peace of mind. whether it is for our loved ones who can drive us mad when they do not do as we think they should do, or for the angry driver, who is … Continue reading

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Fluid body vs blocked body

Without water things do not flow. In the aryuvedic view of the body there are points in the body through which ‘prana’ or life energy flows, like water. The practice of ‘pranayam’ is breathing to stimulate this energy. Sound vibrations … Continue reading

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Unaccountable happiness, clarity, connectedness

Unaccountable happiness comes from many practices; for me it comes mostly from the practice of surrender (and acceptance) and non-attachment. I first learnt what it meant for me to surrender during yoga classes with Charat in Singapore. As he instructed us … Continue reading

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Six week detox tools

BODY FUNCTIONS A practice from the Aryuvedic tradition; consider that our body has three main functions – producing energy to run on, healing itself and growth/regeneration and eliminating waste and toxins from the body. It is said that between the … Continue reading

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We are what we eat

When I finally started cleaning up my diet, figuring out what foods were allergens to me, what caused asthma or inflammation in my system – my body was able to communicate to my brain better about what I was eating. Or, … Continue reading

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