A homemade Buddhist ritual for Letting Go
Ritual in Buddhism is seen as an activity to build skillful means, or upaya (as translated in Sanskrit). We partake in this when we need supportive refuge or to come back to our true intention.
Rituals are a meditation in action to invoke love, peace, harmony and health, and also something we can use to say goodbye. Holding on to anger or resentment is often just our ego’s way of still wanting to be right. In the skillful means of letting go, we try to not make things right or wrong, but rather see things just as they are clearly. In fact, one of the most popular styles of Buddhist mediation is called Vipassana, which literally translates in Sanskrit to “clear seeing.” When we are able to let go of things, we can then approach our situation again with a steady view.
Here are the steps for my own Buddhist ritual for letting go:
(If you are new to rituals, set a timer for five minutes. If you are experienced, do this for as long as you wish!)
In Buddhism, we structure rituals with a beginning, a middle and an end. More...
These three different forms of Massage are compared for the novice in order to understand the differences between them. You can try Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage and Swedish Massage at al Covo and compare them yourself in reality-
1. Considered Role in Health
Ayurvedic massage is just one part of the Ayurvedic system of natural medicine. The same goes for Thai Massage which is only one part of the entire system of Thai natural medicine. Thai Massage has its roots in the Indian yoga system. Both systems are part of a greater system of natural medicine – Ayurveda and Thai natural medicine, where the intention and focus on working with the energy channels of the body. In Ayurvedic massage marma points can be used, similar to those in Shiatsu although different techniques. More...
In recent years, I have been deeply blessed, taking weeks out for just ‘being’, spending many days in contemplation and reflection, and, would you believe, lots of silence. I laugh when I write this, because I do enjoy silence a lot!
One of the special places I have visited is Tiruvannamalai, a pilgrims’ and temple town in Tamil Nadu (India), by Mt Arunachala, a sacred extinct volcano, the very place where the great spiritual master Ramana Maharishi became enlightened. What attracted me to this place is its incredible spiritual energy, and the fact that each winter there is a collection of Satsang Teachers who give Satsang each day. I was there for 8 days and attended 2 Satsangs each day in 2012/2013. It was absolutely exhausting to be in that presence for a whole 8 days, twice per day and when I reflected afterwards I wondered if it was because when you are in Satsang you sit in the energy of an enlightened person. More...
Your chakras are amazingly powerful energy centers because they interact with the creative energy around you. When these chakras are working properly, your creative manifesting energy can flow better, leading to more success, happiness and fulfillment.
Here is a simple and effective meditation technique you can use today, to open and activate your chakras for the better:
Part I: Tuning In
1. Find a comfortable place to sit.
Find a place where you will be able to focus without distraction. You can sit on a cushion with your legs crossed on if this is comfortable for you. If you prefer, the meditation can be done while seated in a chair. Make sure that your feet are placed firmly on the ground.
2. Align your posture.
When taking your seat in meditation, bring your attention into your body. Straighten the spine, the main energy highway of the body. Lift your head so that the crown is pointed towards the sky. Tuck your chin. Roll your shoulders back. This ensures that the spine is in a neutral position. Neutral alignment of the spine allows your energy to flow freely through the body. More...
Top 5 Ways to Clean Your Aura
Your aura is a soft, ethereal glow that surrounds your body and this glow is made up of faint colors. The glow itself flows through 7 key points in your body called your chakras.
The chakras run all up and down your spine and each chakra directly corresponds to a different part of your being. For example, there are chakras that correspond to your physical self, to your emotional self and to your spiritual self.
Your aura should always be a healthy, radiant glow. You don’t want the colors to be too faint and you don’t want any breaks, tears or misshapen spots marring your aura. If your aura is always in a healthy way, then your emotions will be balanced and you will likely be in a positive mood most of the time. This is crucial because the law of attraction states that like attracts like. This means that whatever energy you put out into the universe you will attract right back to you. So, if you put positive energy out into the universe, you will attract positive and healthy people and situations back to you. This is all key to your manifestation work. More...
Apart from improving your quality of sleep, reducing your stress levels, and enhancing your overall physical health, yoga can also raise your energy! When you stretch, you make it easier for the blood to circulate in your body, resulting to energy boost. Yogic poses, particularly those that stretch the spine, can help combat debilitating fatigue symptoms and increase your feelings of vitality throughout the day. Here are ten of the best yogic poses that you can try to stay active all day long.
1. Half Sun Salutation
This pose is traditionally performed as a way to awaken the body. Experts say it is best to do this routine as soon as you wake up, before you even sip your coffee.
To do this exercise, stand up straight with your feet together and your arms placed at the side of your body, palms open. Raise your hands up and extend them over your head as you inhale and bow forward into a forward bend as you exhale. On the inhale, lift your torso halfway up and place your hands at your shins. Then, extend your spine. Sweep back up and bring your palms together, as if you are praying. Repeat this sequence for 1-4 times.
2. Right Nostril Breathing
Aside from boosting your energy levels, this yogic pose is a great remedy for headache. To perform the exercise, sit upright on a chair or a cross-legged position – whichever position makes you comfortable. Then, block your left nostril with your thumb. This allows you to breathe only through your right nostril. Breathe deeply for about five minutes. Do the same with your left nostril by covering the right.
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Have you ever thought about re-igniting a fulfilling, sexual experience? Giving and receiving a massage together is one way to achieve better sexual satisfaction. Here are the reasons why:
1. 1. Massage releases endorphins which reduce pain levels – ideal for ensuring uncomfortable positions and thrusts don’t cause you to groan in pain rather than pleasure.
2. 2. Massage stretches muscles, broadening muscle tissue, which allows for greater mobility and flexibility of body parts.
3. 3. Touch between two people encourages trust and a bond of friendship through the 1-on-1 attention.
4. 4. Massage of intimate areas is a great precursor to moving onto sex - you’re already making contact in the right area.
5. 5. Massage stimulates the nerves and a sense of sensuality, giving an invigorating, tingling glow.
6. 6. Massage allows two people to take turns to massage, so you can both practice giving and receiving on different occasions, developing a stronger, more even relationship. More...
Did you know that back pain is much, much more painful than the pain felt in other parts of the body? That’s because our back is made up of complex muscles that are located too close to the spinal cord, making the sensation of pain more profound. Whilst over-the-counter medications offer a ‘quick fix’ to this condition, most of them do not really target the root cause of the problem, but only mask the pain. They also have side effects.
Here are some of the proven natural remedies that you can try when your back starts to hurt again:
Stretch it out. Poor blood circulation can lead to chronic pain. Stretching as a regular habit is one of the most effective ways to prevent back pain. Here’s a very simple stretching routine you may want to try: lie on your back and slowly, lift your right knee, bringing it towards your chest as far as it feels comfortable. Place your hands on your shin and hold for 20 seconds. Slowly release and do the same with your left knee. More...
Osteoarthritis is one of the oldest diseases, and massage therapy has been around for thousands of years. When used properly, one of the oldest treatments known to man — massage therapy — can help relieve one of our oldest and most common ailments — osteoarthritis. The value of massage therapy was discovered long ago, practiced in ancient Greece, China, and India. According to a National Health Interview Survey, today about 8 million British citizens receive massage therapy every year.
Osteoarthritis, which affects about 12 percent of British citizens between their early teen years and their mid-70s, occurs when wear and tear breaks down the cartilage cushions between the joints, causing pain and stiffness. Massage therapy seems to ease the pain. More...
It’s true that stress is always present in our life. It’s there everywhere we look, everywhere we go, and in everything we do. Even sleeping and doing nothing can become stressful at times. But stress doesn’t have to dismantle our life and prevent us from being happy and healthy. With the following easy techniques, you can cope with stress effectively and live life to the fullest!
Stretch it out.
Headache, fatigue, stiff neck, and cramps are all signs of stress. Chronic stress makes our muscles so tensed that they get swollen and become painful over time. This leads to undesirable symptoms, including pain. Stress also undermines blood circulation, which in turn makes your body more vulnerable to disease. Stretching out is a very convenient way to ease stress when you’re in the middle of a paperwork. Getting familiar with basic stretching techniques can significantly improve your blood flow, relax your tensed muscles and give you great relief. More...