Thursday, January 10, 2019

Love, Relationships and FENG SHUI

English: Feng Shui crystal
Feng Shui crystal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you think that Feng Shui is only good for your home or your office, think again. This can also be used for love and relationships. Here are some tips you should know. 

1. If you are married or in a relationship, hang pictures of you together with your mate.

2. For married couples, place a pair of objects in the far right corner of the bedroom otherwise known as the southwest corner. A few good examples are a pair of Mandarin ducks or cranes as these are symbols of marital bliss. Another is a heart-shaped figurine made from pink quartz crystal.

3. You surely have mirrors in the bedroom. If they are facing the bed, relocate them because it reflects the couple on the bed. Some believe that this will cause a failure in the relationship because of the entry of a third party. Believe it or not, televisions are just as negative as mirrors to get rid of it.

4. As for the bed, make sure that this is not in direct line to the door. This is because the dead take your with your feet first. It should also be accessible from three sides as this will allow you to keep your partner.

5. You should always treat yourselves to fresh flowers and once they wilt, replace it. Never put these in the southwest corner of the room as this will clash with the element of romance, namely earth.

6. If there are any abstract, dark or sad artworks in the bedroom, take it out. These things encourage negativity when this room should be peaceful and safe for those who sleep there.  You can replace it with a painting of Peonies, lovebirds or silk flowers as these represent love.

7. You must never work out in the bedroom because this represents hard work that is often a hindrance of romantic space.

8. Should the bedroom doors squeak, fix it because it blocks romantic energy from entering the bedroom.

9. For those who have toilets and unfortunately this is located on the southwest corner of the room, don’t worry because you can fix it by hanging a five-rod wind chime.

10. The bedroom should be well ventilated so old energy moves out of the room.

11. It will also be a good idea to buy yourselves a gift as this symbolizes your relationship. Put this in a prominent place in the room or the home so you are able to remember your partner.

12. But what if you are still single? Well, Feng Shui may also work for you. You do this by making a wish list of what qualities you want in an ideal partner and also the ideal relationship. These are two different things and when you write it, be specific. It may not happen today or tomorrow but one day, your ideal partner will show up and you can have your dream come true.



Feng Shui can help you keep the love alive in your relationship by blocking out negative things and then embracing those that are positive. This may mean relying more on Yin which symbolizes femininity more than Yang which is masculinity but it is all good as this causes a healthy balance with the opposite sex.



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Insulin Pumps - Get Better DIABETES Control, Get Your Life Back!

Animas Vibe - insulin pump and CGM system
Photo by aldenchadwick
In recent years an alternative to manual insulin injections has emerged. Enter the Insulin Pump. The first Insulin Pumps were quite bulky, but modern ones are about the size of a small Cellphone or Pager. The pump is worn unobtrusively on a belt or in a pocket and it delivers insulin through a thin plastic tube (or Infusion Set) that is inserted under the skin.


WHY AN INSULIN PUMP IS BETTER
In a healthy person, the pancreas produces insulin constantly at low levels, keeping blood glucose levels stable. When a meal is eaten, the pancreas will send larger amounts of insulin into the bloodstream to handle the food. Using a standard injection regime, slow and fast acting insulin is used to try and mimic the pancreas. An insulin pump much more closely copies the pancreas. The pump delivers a low level of background insulin (called basal) and at meal times can deliver a "bolus" dose at the touch of a button, to cover the food.

Just like a real pancreas, if you are ill, or exercising, the basal insulin rate can be reduced. If you skip a meal, the bolus is not delivered. In this way, the pump fits into your lifestyle, rather than planning your life around your injection schedule!

CHOOSING AN INSULIN PUMP
Most insulin pumps on the market today have all the basic features. Choosing one is much like choosing a Cellphone, it is a mixture of personal taste and what you plan on using it for. If you are a watersports fan, waterproof ones are available!

If you love analyzing data to improve your control, you can get one with PC download capability and analysis software. If you are new to the world of Insulin Pumps, here are some key points to think about:


  • Choose a pump that allows you to set up different basal levels. For instance at night time, if you are sick or exercising. This is an important feature to help you live a full life.

  • Pumps that use a standard "Luer Lock" infusion sets are better. This means cheaper consumables.

  • Alerts to remind you to check your blood glucose level make life easier.

  • Check what batteries it takes, standard AA or AAAs are cheaper and easier to buy.

  • More advanced pumps include a carbohydrate calculator to help you figure out what your meal Bolus dose should be.

  • Coming to the market are integrated Insulin Pump/Glucose meters. The meters readings are automatically transferred to the pump which can use them to recommend an insulin dose.
  • Other features to look for include, being waterproof, having a carbohydrate food database and alerts to warn you if you have missed a meal, or the infusion set needs changing. In short, Insulin pump manufacturers are making their products even easier to use and automating more and more features. Life is getting better for diabetics!


      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

      Q What if I don't get on with the pump, can I switch back to injections?

      A Yes. It is not a one-way ticket, but most people do notice an improvement in their blood glucose control and find their lives improved.

      Q I have a really hectic lifestyle, is a pump for me?
      A Yes. In fact, people who are extremely busy often see the biggest improvement. If you struggle to remember to test and inject at the right time - perhaps meal times vary from day to day, then a pump could really help you.

      Q I am considering a pump but may get pregnant, is that ok?
    A Yes. As pumps usually improve your blood glucose control, using a pump through pregnancy and beyond is generally a good thing. Having as close to normal blood glucose levels reduces the chances of complications during pregnancy.

      Q What are the costs?
      A The initial outlay is in the order of a few thousand dollars, but prices are coming down all the time. Infusion sets need changing regularly too. The latest prices can be found from various diabetes suppliers on the web.



    Tuesday, January 8, 2019

    CHINESE HERBS - An Important Medication For The Cancer Patients

    Pictures of herb samples from categories of Ch...
    Herb samples from categories of Chinese Herbs Tonifying Herbs: Herbs that Tonify the Yin
     (Photo credit: 
    Wikipedia)
    Chinese herbs have been approved as a remedy for almost every sort of ailment and disease. Apart from that, the best remedy with the least side effects is the herbal treatment. It is naturally effective and over the years Chinese herbs have proved to be a great medication.

    Cancer has always been regarded as a common problem and as several diseases in the Chinese medical literature. It is one of the most growing diseases among people nowadays. The cure for cancer is carried out in four steps. In the first step, the process of cancer is stagnated. The selection of herbs is also based on the area where a tumour has developed. Antitoxic herbs are given to reduce the toxicity level of the medication and chemotherapy. In the second stage, the immune system is strengthened through herbs. 

    Since the body is already weak with cancer-curing medicines so these herbs help in the digestion process of the medication and help strengthen the immune system. The last process involves taking herbs that help in avoiding the reoccurrence of cancer. These herbs affect the root cause and help the patient in leading a healthy tumour free life.

    Chinese herbs are so complex and numerous in types that an experienced herbologist should be consulted before use. The ingredients of the herbs of  anti-breast cancer medicine are Oldenlandia (20 %), Taraxacum (20 %), Scutellaria (20 %), Aurantium (20 %), Curcuma (20 %), for stomach cancer the herbs are oldenlandia (40 %) and Imperata (30 %) or use Scutellaria (15%) and Imperata (15%), for liver cancer its oldenlandia (30 %), Scutellaria (30 %), phragmites (10 %), Peonae alba (30 %). Chinese herbs provide a cure for stomach, ovary, lung, liver, and Esophageal and Colon cancer.  In short Chinese herbs provide a great long lasting cure for cancer.


    Monday, January 7, 2019

    Studying the INTERNAL STARS: The Use of Energy in Your Body (Qi)

    Deutsch: Yin Yang
    Yin Yang (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    If you have ever heard of ideas from physical fitness or Yoga, then you are familiar with the idea of using the energy in your body properly.  In Chinese Medicine, the energy that you have is something that is much deeper than physical fitness.  The idea if Qi (Chee), is an energy force that is often referred to in order to stay healthy. 

    The idea of Qi begins with elements that are in the used universe that make up energy.

      This same Qi that is in the universe is, by Chinese medicine philosophy, also in every living being.  The Qi that is being referred to is something that Chinese philosophy considers to be in every part of everything.  It can’t be destroyed, only changed.  

     One way to explain the way that Qi functions in Chinese philosophy are through the element of water.  Under certain conditions, water will change into ice or evaporate.  Even though it is changing form or place, it still functions as the same type of energy in the other form.  

    Through the idea of energy being in everyone’s being, and changing as the person needs, is the relation to how this can be used for medicine.  All of the Qi that is moving through the body has currents that the energy flows through, much like the circulation system.  The Chinese medicine system states that there are fourteen major points where the Qi flows through a person.  All of these points will have Yin and Yang access to them and are used in practices such as acupuncture.  

    As the system of Qi flows through someone, it also functions within the body to specific things.  When all of your Qi is flowing properly then you are considered healthy.  Not only does your Qi track your energy, but it also makes sure that the different systems that are functioning transform the different parts of the body so they are balanced.  For example, some types of Qi will take nutrients to the muscles.  It is also known to keep parts of the body protected from the wrong types of food, while other areas of the body contain the elements that are needed. 

    The idea of Qi is to keep the energy of the body functioning in the proper way.  When one is in complete health, they are known to have reached Upright Qi.  By keeping everything flowing in the right manner, and paying attention to how the body is changing, there will be the ability to continue to hold the energy of the universe in one’s body.  



    Friday, January 4, 2019

    The Power of Music - Musical Therapy to Treat Autism

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    Musical therapy is a relatively new treatment method for autism patients, but one that should not be overlooked when discussing options. Patients who receive musical therapy often should great improvement in temperament and learning skills. Music connects to the non-verbal part of our brains, making it a perfect therapy for disorders in which the patient has trouble communicating, such as autism. Research this innovative treatment method if you are looking for some help with autism and haven't had much luck in the past.

    Musical therapy is effective because it can be used in conjunction with learning social skills. Music is a very non-threatening medium for patients, and many games can be played using music to help improve social and behavioral skills. By encouraging eye contact while singing or using instruments that need to get close to the face, musical therapy can help autistic individuals break social barriers. 

    The number one way that musical therapy can help children, as well as older autistic patients, is by helping with the development of speech skills. Music is a way to connect the verbal and non-verbal functions in the brain. Autistic individuals may have various forms of speech problems. Some can only hum, grunt, or make other non-word noises, while others babble nonsensical phrases or cries. Still, others gain the capability to put together phrases and sentences to communicate with the world, although these usually lack emotion. Autistic people are known for monotone voices. However, no matter how skilled the individual is with speech, he or she can participate in musical therapy by clapping rhythms, humming along, or doing simple echoing songs. 

    Autistic individuals are commonly found to be particularly good at music. Some, for instance, have perfect pitch. Others can play a particular instrument very well, with little instruction. Even if he or she shows no genius musical ability by normal standards, you may find that a particularly hard to deal with an autistic person has abilities in music that exceed his or her other abilities. A musical therapist can use music as a way to link this kind of learning with other kinds of learning, not only as speech development and social behavioral development as previously discussed but also as a way to communicate emotions and develop memory.

    By using all of these techniques in conjunction with one another, musical therapy can work wonders with people who are autistic. Trained professionals can use music to teach children and others how to communicate in nonverbal ways, making it easier for patients to learn. Research the musical therapy option to provide you or your child with another choice when treating autism.



    AYURVEDIC HOME REMEDIES - Inner And Outer Health Balance

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    Street vendor selling herbal remedies in Patzcuaro, Michoacan
    (Photo credit: 
    Wikipedia)
    Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that has been around for centuries and is now gaining in popularity after having been largely forgotten for hundreds of years.  Ayurveda promotes a healthy lifestyle where you keep your body in balance and if illness does occur you don't just treat the symptoms, which is what most Western forms of medicine do, instead you attack the underlying cause of the problem so you can have a permanent fix to the problem.  There are ayurvedic home remedies for many types of common illnesses.  

    Ayurvedic promotes a balance between the three energies that promote inner and outer health.  These energies are called doshas and everyone has their own unique balance of doshas.  Finding out your natural balance is part of determining the best Ayurvedic remedy for you and your situation. 

    There are herbal Ayurvedic remedies for many diseases of the nervous system, lymphatic system respiratory system, digestive and circulatory system.  As you can see, there is a lot of different common medical issues that may be able to be resolved using this ancient knowledge. 

    Make sure, though, that before you start any type of alternative medical regime you talk to your doctor first. Don't make the mistake of thinking that just because these are natural herbs that they are completely safe.  There can still be negative side effects when you combine some herbal remedies with over the counter or prescription drugs you may already be taking. 

    It's also important that you learn what you are doing and what part of the plant you need to use such as the roots, the leaves, or the stems.  You also need to know exact quantities to use as well as the exact way to prepare the herb.  If you choose to do it on your own, be willing to spend some time learning more about the various herbs and how best to utilize their power.  This isn't something you should try to do without carefully learning how to do it properly. 

    It's also important to note that when you are using natural herbal remedies that they will generally take longer to work than other forms of medicine. This is actually a good thing since unlike many other drugs which only mask the symptoms, think of a cough drop, the natural remedies will actually help you fix the underlying cause.  Even though it may take longer the result should be more permanent than when you just take a drug to mask the symptoms so you can feel better. 



    Before you go out and buy a lot of herbs to make your own ayurvedic home remedies you should consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner.  There is a definite method to this practice and you don't want to start taking a lot of herbs if you don't know what the overall effect will be on your body.  Take some time and find an expert in your area who can show you just what you need to do to get the maximum benefit from this form of medicine.



    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    AROMATHERPY MASSAGE OIL – Adding Ease To Your Life

    Massage in Frankfurt, Germany
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    Hectic schedule may be leaving you stressful resulting in enormous strain and pressure. If you too are caught up in the same situation and looking for a solution to relieve the stress, then massage with aromatherapy massage oil can be the perfect solution to get relaxed and regaining the freshness that you had missing for a long time. 

    Massage serves as an active stress antidote. Various massage oils are available in the market but if you are looking for the best and the natural one then aromatherapy massage oil would definitely pose to be the best option.

    Nature presents the best cure.  In the past, natural herbs were used as an ailment to curb the disease and other problems. But, in the past few decades, the whole arena has changed there has been a rapid increase in the usage of chemicals, which have adversely affected the body and skin of many people. 

    But, aromatherapy has introduced a breakthrough to the shell of troubles that artificial oil massages have been creating. Relax and cure various joint with a little massage all over your body with aromatherapy massage oil.

    Aromatherapy massage oil can be put to diverse uses namely relaxation, romance, stress reliever, children’s massage and many more depending on your aspirations and needs. Just a simple massage with aromatherapy massage oil works as a helpful healing process, where disease or injury has occurred in muscles, connective tissues, bones or any other part of the body. 

    You can choose the most appropriate massage oil that suits your needs and aspirations the best. If you find it difficult to decide which aromatherapy massage oil is appropriate for you, seek the advice of professional cosmetologist who can guide about the suitable oil that suits your type of skin to the best.

    You can look for massage oils in the shops nearer to your home. But, in case you don’t want to indulge in troubles involved in going out and shopping. One easier and faster option is available, the Internet. You can browse through various sites selling access wide range of aromatherapy massage oil. They also give you the benefit of reasonable low prices on bulk purchase of aromatherapy massage oil.  

    The Internet can be the one stop shop for you, you can compare the prices of massage oil offered by various sellers and can choose the appropriate message oil accordingly.

    Get stress free the natural way with aromatherapy massage oil that can help you relieve the stress by activating your body cells and toning your body. Make the best use of Internet shopping that gives you an added advantage of getting the desired massage oil from the comfort of your home.



    Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    ACNE 101

    Acne vulgaris
    Acne vulgaris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    It is the bane of a person’s existence. Everybody gets it; everybody hates it. And once you have it, prepare to be tormented, embarrassed and humiliated. Such a small bump, so much at stake. So what is this little bundle of horror? What else but the dreaded pimple!

    A pimple, or acne as some people call it, is a dreaded red, swollen bump in the face. Nobody is spared from having it. Male or female, American, Chinese or Puerto Rican, they all have gotten it at some points of their lives and may even still have it. It is like a universal language; it is like a right of passage in a person’s life. Acne is a result of the hormones action on the skin's oil glands (the sebaceous gland) which leads to clogged pores and the outbreak of lesions like pimples, blemishes or acne. Acne commonly occurs in the neck, face, back, shoulders and chest because the sebaceous glands are most abundant in these locations. But the important question we should be asking to be able to avoid this dreaded “disease” is, “What causes this pain in the neck called acne?”

    Unfortunately, the causes of acne cannot really be determined (unless your parents or their parents are acne infested too then there’s a big, big chance you’ll be called acne face by your peers and classmates) thus the acne myths are born! These myths claim to be the cause of acne. We shall enumerate them here.

    Acne Myth Number 1

    Acne is caused by not washing your face often and not scrubbing it hard enough. Many believed that acne is caused by dirt and dust in the face and by washing your face two-three even four times a day or even by scrubbing your face hard can prevent acne. Wrong, wrong, wrong! It is true that dirt and dust are unsightly to the face and washing the face is the way to eradicate them but washing often can actually irritate the skin more. Washing should not be done more than twice a day. More than twice is enough to strip the face of its natural oils making it dry. Also, scrubbing can cause inflammations. Washing the face should be done as gently as possible with the gentlest facial scrub.

    Acne Myth Number 2

    Improper Diet can cause acne. Certain foods that are oily like French fries and junk food can cause acne to erupt in our face. But scientific studies have not discovered any connection between these two. So this means that food does not cause acne. Though a proper and healthy diet is always good for our system, eating like a pig won’t make pimples a permanent resident in your face. So feel free to eat your favorite Lay’s, French fries and chocolates anytime.

    Acne Myth Number 3

    When you’re stressed acne tends to pop on your face like popcorn pops from a kernel. Not true. Stress is a part of our daily lives and believes it or not it is not a contributing factor to the acne residing in your face. Only severe stress treated by the doctor MAY cause acne to erupt only as a side effect of the drugs a person may be taking. If this is the case, consult your doctor immediately.




    Monday, December 31, 2018

    Along Came the ALOE VERA Magic For Ulcers

    English: Aloe vera fields
    Aloe vera fields (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Aloe's use in medicine has climbed up the charts with time. From the time it was first discovered in Africa, this lily look-alike with thick, green leaves set in a rosette pattern has been the fascination of the medical world for its multiple uses. Its leaves, the pulp, the latex, the juice and the capsule are popular versions of aloe vera used for its medicinal values. Aloe is a storehouse of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and enzymes.

    Aloe is generally used topically in the treatment of burns, scalds, sunburn, eczema, skin irritation, wounds, ulcers, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and regeneration of cells. As a skin softener and cosmetic Aloe is very popular and widely used. Macrophages being fighting bacterial infection in our body on the behest of aloe vera making it a very effective medication for burns and wounds. Aloe vera increases blood flow to the affected areas thereby helping the wound or burn to heal faster.

    Pyoderma gangrenosum, A medical condition whic...
     Pyoderma gangrenosum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    Carboxypeptidase and bradykininase are two enzymes found in aloe. They aid in the reduction of swelling, inflammation, itching and pain. Wounds heal faster with aloe treatment even in surgical and traumatic cases. Vitamin E, C, polysaccharides and zinc found in aloe help reduce inflammation and aid in the repair process.

    Insect bites and small wounds are treated using aloe juice. Aloe juice forms a protective layer which is like plaster over the injury. What makes aloe a first-class skincare product is its astringent and calming properties. Aloe is also used in the treatment of hemorrhoids.

    Studies have shown that aloe vera is capable of treating skin cancer and damage. Psoriasis and other skin diseases also respond to aloe treatment. Frostbite cases have shown a reduction in the incidence of amputation and tissue loss when aloe is used in treatment.

      By: Jimmy Jenkins Ray
      Aloe Vera products have great medicinal value and can be used to cure skin diseases, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease etc. You can find out more about it at http://www.aloeelite.com.

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    Saturday, December 29, 2018

    Erasing Lines with ACUPUNCTURE

    English: A man drinking tea in Bangladesh on a...
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    Getting older is something that none of us really enjoy.  Not only does it make it more difficult for us to live life in general, but it also begins to show, such as in the wrinkles on our face.  Far too many people try to remove these wrinkles by use of dangerous medical treatments that include injecting chemicals under our skin or using them to actually peel part of our face away.  Many people have turned to natural medicine in an effort to turn back the hands of time.  One of the ways that they use is that of acupuncture.  Is acupuncture actually able to give you a facelift?

    As acupuncture becomes more common in Western society, many people have turned to this natural practice in order to help with their healing and their overall health.  Although this practice is able to bring a balance back to our body, it cannot be considered as a facelift, regardless of what it can do for us individually.  This is because acupuncture does not do anything to us medically that could be considered a facelift such as make incisions or use chemicals.  That doesn't mean, however, that I cannot give us a more youthful appearance.

    Maintaining our health from the inside out is one sure way for us to look younger and to feel younger.  Acupuncture is simply one way for us to maintain this style of health.  When used in conjunction with other natural methods such as supplementing with vitamins and eating a proper diet, you would be surprised at what it can do for your overall appearance.  It can also help to stimulate areas of the face that will assist in removing some of the wrinkles hopefully but it will really do its wonders when it comes to improving our health from the inside.





    Whenever we are healthy and in balance we sleep better, eat better and are overall more relaxed.  This will do a lot for the way that we look on the outside because we are feeling good on the inside.  Acupuncture can bring your body back into a naturally balanced condition that will give you this glow and make you feel and look younger.  Of course, your acupuncturist may also ask you to maintain your help in other ways, but this Chinese practice can point you in the direction of a more youthful look.


    Friday, December 28, 2018

    Anuloma-Viloma - YOGIC BREATHING For Better Health - Pranayama

    Instructor de Kundalini yoga practicando Pranayama
    Pranayama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    Swami Kuvalyanand once said: “Yoga has a message for the human body, for the human mind and the human spirit.”

    This is a truism as a healthy body is a prime requisite for success and happiness in life. People are increasingly being convinced that yoga makes for good health, contentment and happiness in present day stressful life and is not just an exercise regimen.

    In this article, we will discuss Anuloma-Viloma (alternate breathing) pranayama. Pranayama simply means proper ‘management’ of the vital force - prana. Although the basic principle remains the same, many different types of pranayama have been devised, each with its own unique technique. Anuloma-Viloma or nadi shuddhi pranayama (nerve purifying pranayama) is one such kind and is considered one of the basic forms.

    The practice of Anuloma Viloma is somewhat like the squad that regulates traffic on roads, looks after their cleanliness, beautification, etc and keeps the traffic moving smoothly and efficiently. The method involves breathing in (pooraka) through one nostril and vice versa. Therefore this pranayama has the name anuloma viloma, i.e. alternate breathing.

    To practice this, you have to sit in any of the yogic sitting postures. To begin with, carry on normal breathing applying moola bandha (i.e. comfortable anal contraction). Keeping a stable moola bandha, breathe in and breathe out completely. Ensure that the moola bandha is not loosened during the process. Pause for a while between breathing in and breathing out. Breathe in deeply through the left nostril and breathe out through the right; then breathe in through the right and out through the left. Continue breathing this way, i.e. alternately from left and right nostrils, for one to three minutes.

    After reaching a comfort level in this way, you may move to the next stage. Close the right nostril with the right thumb keeping the other four fingers together. Now, slowly breathe in through the left nostril at a uniform speed. Repeat with the other nostril. While breathing in, raise the shoulders and expand the chest taking the ribs up. The lower abdominal region, however, must be held in.

    Benefits: The respiratory passage is cleaned and this prepares one well for the practice of other pranayamas. Breathing becomes easy and regulated. The mind becomes and heartbeat rhythmic. Also aids in enhancing concentration, memory and other mental faculties.



    Contraindications: Severe pain in the abdomen, swelling on account of appendicitis, enlargement of liver, very delicate bowels or intestines, disorders of the lungs, severe throat infections, growth in the nose (polypus) or blockage of the nasal passage due to cold, etc.

    Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautions before following any of the asanas from this article and the site. To avoid any problems while doing the asanas, it is advised that you consult a doctor and a yoga instructor. The responsibility lies solely with the reader and not with the site or the writer.




    Thursday, December 27, 2018

    Benefits of GEMSTONE SPHERES in Your Wiccan Supplies

    Part of the raw material a lapidary may use. T...
    Part of the raw material a lapidary may use. These are tumble-polished gemstones. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    Using gemstone spheres and adding them to your Wiccan supplies can be incredibly beneficial for many reasons.

    Gemstones, in general, have much different healing, protection, attraction, and purification based properties that by themselves can be quite potent. When added to your rituals and spells these effects can be two-fold.

    The benefit of gemstone spheres, however, is that they are good sized orbs and the energy concentrated within them is amplified. Being circular, gemstone spheres also make excellent tools for diving and divination purposes which will be discussed below.

    Gemstone Spheres for Healing Purposes:

    Gemstone spheres can have remarkable healing powers. Depending on the type of gemstone you have or want to get, they all have their own innate abilities that can enhance your own power.

    Whether you are looking for healing emotional, mental, or even physical ailments, gemstone spheres can be used to help these issues.

    A good way to use a gemstone sphere would be to take the stone and gently roll it around your body slowly going from head to toe. Focus on your forehead, chest, and stomach in particular, but by performing this slow rolling motion will have the gemstone sphere's energies go into and through your whole body.

    This can be done as a prelude to a ritual, during a ritual, after a ritual, or all three depending on what you are comfortable with.

    For example, if you were to perform a ritual to heal or purge negativity within and around you, a good stone for this would be the quartz gemstone sphere as quartz is incredibly powerful in eliminating negativity. You would take the quartz gemstone sphere and before you perform your ritual, roll it slowly over your body(ensure it makes direct contact with your skin) and say a prayer as you do so:
    "Negativity within, you will leave 
    You have no more power over me 
    With this stone I purge you away 
    In my body you will no longer stay"
    The above is just an example you may use, you can create your own if you wish, whatever is comfortable.

    Using the gemstone spheres in such a manner is also very soothing and calming. Another idea would be to use them as a massaging tool as well. If you normally perform massages for friends or lovers, you can have them lay on their stomach and you can take your gemstone sphere and gently roll it up and down their neck, back, and legs which will guarantee an even more pleasant massage.

    If you or someone you know is suffering from illness such as a cold, flu, or even something more severe, you can take your gemstone sphere and use its energies for this as well. Again, rolling the stone over the body is best, you can even have the person who is inflicted with the illness hold the stone as you perform a prayer or ritual for them. With them holding the gemstone sphere directly, they will be able to draw in the stone's energies directly. One gemstone sphere that is excellent for ailments such as detoxify the liver, lowering blood pressure, fever reduction, speeding up recovery from burns, and can alleviate cramps is the Chrysocolla gemstone.

    Divination Uses For Gemstone Spheres:

    Gemstone spheres make excellent compliments to your crystal ball, scrying mirror, or pendulum if you use divination.

    Many gemstone spheres have the ability to enhance your abilities as you are crying and diving, so having a gemstone located right next to your crystal ball or scrying mirror can be very beneficial. One such gemstone sphere that promotes psychic awareness, enhances mental powers and increases strength is Black Amethyst.

    As noted, these gemstones can also be used for specific rituals and spells as well, being used as a sole tool or as a compliment tool. If you are performing a ritual for prosperity and to gain more wealth, you can use a Malachite Gemstone Sphere which promotes prosperity, wealth, better business, and to protect the money you already have.




    Wednesday, December 26, 2018

    Do I Dare To Call It TATTOO ART?

    English: A tattoo artist at work during Ink Bo...
    A tattoo artist at work during Ink Bomb 2011 in Seoul, South Korea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. In fact, I remember my kindergarten teacher sending home notes to my parents telling them how much I excelled in all areas connected with art. She told them that I had great potential to be a wonderful artist. So it was only natural when I decided to attend university to study art and when I was hired by a magazine to run their art department. One of the most fascinating assignments I have had so far is to visit various tattoo shops in order to write a piece about tattoo art for our magazine.

    I was a little bit hesitant to work on this project because my goal was to get a well-rounded picture of what kinds of tattoo art are popular right now and to figure out the main reasons why people are rushing to get tattoo art on various places of their bodies. My main problem was that I had never really considered tattoos art. So I struggled over how I was supposed to write a piece about "tattoo art" when I didn't agree that it was true art.

    During the project, my photographer and I spent time in ten different tattoo art shops. We interviewed each owner, several tattoo artists at each shop, and various customers at each place we went. My photographer did several formal and informal photo shoots to get enough photos of tattoo art for our piece. I was honestly amazed at what I discovered as I worked on this piece. I learned that tattoo art really is an art. I learned that it is much more detailed, intricate and sometimes beautiful than I ever expected it to be.

    I changed my mind about tattoo art primarily as I discussed the profession with the tattoo artist themselves. They had the most fascinating stories of how hey learned to do tattoo art and of why they desired to do it in the first place. They shared lifelong dreams of getting to make the human body more beautiful and of their years struggling through various art and drawing classes to perfect their abilities to design tattoo art.

    The whole process of someone receiving tattoo art on their body is much more complicated than I ever imagined. In fact, by the time I finished my piece I had nothing but respect and admiration for everything involved in the process of making tattoo art a reality for people.


    Tuesday, December 25, 2018

    Accessing Your SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE


    For the last 35 years, I have been working with individuals, couples and families, as well as business relationships. I have 8 published books on relationships and healing, some of them best-sellers. In the first half of my career, I worked as a traditional psychotherapist and was not happy with the results. In the last 18 years, I have worked with a process called Inner Bonding, which is a powerful six-step psychological and spiritual healing process. I discovered that there is no real healing without a personal connection with a source of spiritual guidance.

    Everyone in recovery - whether from alcohol, drugs, food, spending, gambling, sex, TV, codependency, or any other addiction - knows that they cannot heal without a connection with their Higher Power, yet for many, this connection is elusive. It is a common experience for me to work with people who have been in Twelve Steps for years yet still don't have a direct, personal experience of their Higher Power. All of us want a direct line to our spiritual Guidance. We need this help in maintaining abstinence and taking responsibility for ourselves. We want to know what is in our highest good, what is the right decision in different situations, how to set appropriate boundaries, and how to manifest what we want.

    It is the birthright of each of us to have a direct line to God, whatever God is for you. Yet few of us have learned how to do this at will on a daily basis. Surprisingly, however, it is not hard to do.

    The spiritual realm exists at a higher frequency than we do here on the physical plane of Planet Earth. In order to access the spiritual realm, we need to know how to raise our "frequency".

    One way to understand "frequency" is to imagine a room filled with people who are sharing love and joy with each other. This room has a feeling of lightness--a high frequency--whereas a room filled with angry, tense people has a feeling of heaviness--a low frequency.

    So, how do we raise our frequency? There are numerous things you can do to help yourself raise your frequency, but none of them will work unless you have the intent to learn with Spirit about loving yourself and others.

    Our intent is the most powerful tool we have for raising our frequency. There are only two possible intents in any given moment: to learn with God/Spirit about loving yourself and others, or to protect against your pain and avoid responsibility for your feelings. When our intent is to protect and avoid we seek to control - through our various addictions - our feelings, others' feelings and behavior, and the outcome of things. When our intent is to learn, we seek to take responsibility for our own feelings and behavior by discovering what we may be thinking or doing that is unloving to ourselves and others, and what would be loving.

    You can try many methods of raising your frequency, from prayer to meditation to chanting, but if your intent is to protect instead of learning, none of these will do any good at all. The reason is that when the intent is to protect against pain, we close our heart so as not to feel whatever we are feeling. God cannot come through a closed heart.

    We are each given free will when we come to this planet. This means that we get to choose our intent - to be open or closed, loving or unloving, protected against pain or taking responsibility for our feelings. While the love that is God is all-powerful, it cannot come into a closed heart. Just as the air you breathe cannot come into your lungs until you take a breath, the love, power and wisdom that is God cannot enter you're being until you choose the intent to learn about loving.

    When you have a true, pure intent to learn, your frequency automatically raises. None of the actions I suggest below will raise your frequency without this intent. However, once you have this intent, the following actions can help to further raise your frequency.

    • Move into your imagination. Your imagination is a gift from God. When you move into your imagination, you raise your frequency and tap into the source of your creativity and inspiration. Our willingness to move into and trust our imagination is essential to being able to connect with our personal spiritual Guidance When you first begin to utilize your imagination to increase your frequency and connect with God, you might feel as if you are just using your imagination to make things up. However, as you take the risk of trusting what you think you are "making up," you will discover that it really is coming through you from God rather than from you.



    • Keep your body clear. Your body is an energy system. If your body's energy is clogged with drugs, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, heavy foods, lots of food or foods contaminated with pesticides, preservatives, artificial sweeteners or any of the thousands of chemicals that are added to foods, your frequency is lowered.

    • Pray. Sincere prayers of gratitude and asking God for help in healing all blocks to loving can raise your frequency.

    • Chant. Repetitive prayers, chants and mantras can open you to higher frequencies, as can singing in general.

    • Dance. Rapid repetitive movement, such as Native American drumming dances, may open you to higher frequencies.

    • Spend time in nature. The frequency of a city is far lower than the frequency of nature. Being among trees and flowers, near a river, creek or lake, at the ocean, in the desert, or on a mountain can all raise your frequency.

    • Listen to classical or spiritual music.

    • Do creative, artistic activities. Moving into your creative imagination raises the frequency.

    • Use incense or do "smudging." Incense has been used for centuries to raise the frequency and invite spiritual connection. "Smudging" is using the smoke from various dried plants such as sage, pine, cedar and lavender to clear the energies in a room and raise the frequency. Smudging has been used for thousands of years by indigenous peoples throughout the world.

    • Lighting candles. Candlelight, too, has been used for thousands of years to clear the air and raise the frequency.

    If you get into the habit of asking yourself throughout the day, "What is my intent? Am I trying to control something, or is my deepest desire at the moment to learn about loving myself and others?", you will begin to understand the intent. This will eventually lead you into the hearing, feeling, and seeing your personal spiritual Guidance.




    Saturday, December 22, 2018

    Can DREAM INTERPRETATION Be A Valid Method For Self-growth?


    Tom Paine asleep, having a nightmare
    Tom Paine asleep, having a nightmare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    My answer is Yes. But to answer the question of how can it be so...well... to be frank, I have no straight answers. All I can say is that the guiding hand of the intelligence of soul/higher self/Source works in mysterious ways. An understanding of our dreams is the most direct way of tapping into this cosmic intelligence. This is one of the easier methods when compared to other means such as clairvoyance training and other psychic developments. The reason for this ease is because of most of us dream!

    Interestingly, dream interpretation can also be applied in other areas too. It can be and has been used successfully to interpret the symbols of our clairvoyant vision while in meditation. Understanding the symbology can assist one in bridging a transition onto higher and more abstract means of knowing.

    There are certain skills that I feel is important for a successful dream interpretation. One of which is a developed intuition. Unfortunately, this faculty is something that no dream interpretation software or tool can have. It is something that only we ourselves can nurture.

    Intuition is what binds and creates recognizable connections to the seemingly unrelated dream visions and symbols. This, in turn, structures the connections into a cohesive and meaningful message. 

    Intuition is not mental reasoning. It is simply that inner knowing of feeling/sense that is beyond logic and reasoning. Intuition is, in fact, a real cognitive process. Unfortunately, our modern civilization is heavily 'mental-rationalization driven' and therefore is not in the capacity to validate a higher order process such as intuition. In other words, we have been placing too much emphasis on logic, proving and reasoning. 

    Intuition, sometimes it doesn't tell you the outcomes of events. In my cases, it is simply an inner knowing that explains and provides answers. 

    If the thoughts are those of how superior one really is and is smacked with elitism and pride, then one better take a closer assessment, before getting too carried away. These thoughts might not be intuitions. If they imply things like "You will be rich and famous if you do this' or 'she must be wrong as I am smarter', do a double check. That thought may be coming from the part of the ego/personality associated with body-mind survival.



    Friday, December 21, 2018

    How To Use RUNES In Psychic Readings


    There are many ways to read runes. Any book on runes will give you several different ways to read runes and other ways of divination. There are easy and also more complicated ways to cast runes and give psychic readings. You will want to get into a routine for your readings.

    One such routine is to lay down your rune cloth and pour all of the runes out on the cloth, right side up. Put the runes in alphabetical order, keeping the blank rune separate. Say a prayer, of your choosing to guide you in your reading. Turn the runes over and mix them around, concentrating on your question as you do. When you feel they have been mixed enough, you are ready to choose the runes and begin your reading.

    Your particular routine can involve burning incense or candles, do whatever makes you feel comfortable. You will find that if you perform this each time you are ready to do a psychic reading, it will help you get focused.

    Unless you are casting the runes for a yes or no question, you will need to ask your question in a specific manner. Instead of asking "will I be rich?" Ask "what can I do to become wealthy?" Be specific.

    The One Rune Draw.

    The question is asked and one rune is drawn, either from the bag of runes or from the runes spread face down on the cloth. This one rune will give you an answer to your question if you wish to keep things simple.

    The Three-Rune Draw.

    While focusing on the question, draw three runes. Do this in the same manner of the one rune draw. The first rune is the Overview of the situation and will give you a generalized understanding of the question. The second rune is Course of Action and will tell you what you action you may want to take in the situation. The third rune tells the outcome of the situation. The runes cannot tell you that you must take a certain action. You are given options and will need to decide yourself.

    The Yes or No Draw.

    Focus on your question and draw three runes in the same manner that you do in the other two draws. Check to see how many runes are upright and how many are reversed. If the runes that have been drawn are not reversible, you need to know if the meaning of the rune is positive or negative in its theme. If all three runes are of a positive nature, the answer is yes. When all three runes are negative the answer is no. The runes will generally tell you what you might do to improve your chance of turning this around. When two runes are positive and one is negative, your answer is yes, yet there is something that you will not be happy within the situation. When two runes are negative and one is positive, the answer is, of course, negative.



    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    Alternative BIPOLAR MEDICATIONS

    Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night. Oil on can...
    Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night.
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    Bipolar is considered a major disorder that can greatly affect an individual and his family. There are many definitions of this illness. One definition states that a person with bipolar disorder experiences extreme elations that alternates with deep depression. Bipolar disorder is also called manic depression. Generally, it is characterized by depressive episodes and accompanied by a manic episode.

    To put it simply, bipolar disorder affects feelings, thoughts, behavior, and perceptions. Experts say that it is brought about by the chemical and electrical elements found in the brain that are not functioning properly. Some say that it runs in the family, so families having a history of bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses are more prone to having the disorder.

    There are certain medications given for bipolar patients, and not all of them are quite comfortable taking daily doses of different medications. Most of them are interested to secure supplemental or alternative therapies rather than taking prescription medications.

    Omega 3

    There are many kinds of research showing that omega 3 found in fish oils and in certain fishes are excellent for bipolar patients, as well as those having mental illnesses. There was significant research done in 30 bipolar patients for four months. It was a placebo-controlled and double-blind study. It aims to compare omega 3's efficacy versus olive oil or placebo for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

    According to researchers, bipolar disorder is a neuropsychiatric illness that has high mortality and morbidity. In their preliminary study, it was proven that omega 3 performed better and resulted in longer remissions based on the four scales of symptom-severity. Further studies are still underway, and researchers are hoping that they can come up with new classes of psychotropic compounds that can be used as mood stabilizers.

    Herbal 

    Most people resolve to the use of herbal supplements instead of taking prescribed drug medications. But not all herbs are good for the treatment of bipolar disorder. In fact, there are certain herbs that can worsen the condition of a bipolar patient. Some herbal supplements actually have a harmful reaction when used together with certain drugs. Consult your doctor first before taking any herbal medication in conjunction with other drugs.

    Nutrition and Your Diet

    You have to adjust your diet, and this means checking your meal menus every day. The nutrients which the body receives are very important. Holistic physicians use b-complex, magnesium, and thiamin for episodes of depression.

    Pastoral Counseling

    If you're suffering from bipolar disorder, you can also talk to your pastor, priest, or rabbi instead of talking to therapists. The religious community may be of great help during these times. In fact, the community is now recognizing the role of spirituality and prayers. In can even be included in psychotherapies and medication.



    Art Therapies

    If you're always staying at home, then perhaps you might want to join expressive therapies. Through the arts, you can express freely your feelings and do so without inhibitions. You can enroll in a drawing class, sculpting, painting, and many others. Find an appropriate therapist in your locality who specializes in art therapies or expressive therapies.

    If you want movement, enroll in dance therapy. Let your feet fly and your spirit soar while incorporating your physical, cognitive, and emotional facets to the dance.

    Soothing music can make a person relax. So why not enroll in sound or music therapy? Your body chemicals can be stimulated to improve blood pressure and flow, breathing, pulse rate, and changes in posture.

    Traditional Medicine

    Traditional medicines or the culturally based ones like shiatsu, reiki, acupuncture, yoga, Ayurveda, talking circles, and sweat lodge are only typical examples. All these healing arts are based on balancing the states of the physical, spiritual, and emotional for the wellness of an individual. If the forces in your body are imbalanced, you will likely get an illness.

    If all these things are combined: omega 3, herbal, right diet, pastoral counseling, art therapies, and traditional healing arts, perhaps the forces of the body can be balanced and a bipolar patient can be treated effectively. But remember to consult your doctor for any problems that you may encounter, and don't just stop your prescribed medication if you have one. Continue using it, and ask your doctor if you can also use other alternative medication.