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Effect of Daily Affirmations (Positive thoughts) on Subconscious Mind, Health and Happiness

Effect of Daily Affirmations (Positive thoughts) on Subconscious Mind, Health and Happiness

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

Affirmations are the specific, positive thoughts we say to ourselves, that help us make positive changes in our life. These positive affirmations leads us to good health, positive attitude, happiness and prosperity.

Effect of Daily Affirmations (Positive words) on Subconscious Mind, Health and Happiness

How does Affirmation work?

Every thought or memory forms connections of neurons in our brain. Thoughts then become organized into a pattern called ‘neuro-net‘.

For example, consider the feeling of love stored in a very large neuro-net inside our brain. Everyone builds his or her concept of love from many different ideas and experiences. Some people have connected love to disappointment; so when they think about love, they instantly experience the memory of pain, sorrow, anger or even rage. The more we feel a certain way, the more these nerve cells develop that pattern in our brain.

Affirmations interrupt our maladaptive neuro-nets. The more we use positive affirmations, the more those nerve cells that are connected to each other. This starts breaking the long-term pattern of our negative thoughts – literally re-wiring to our new, affirming beliefs. Science calls this neuroplasticity.

Negativity is not good for our health

Our negative attitudes and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness can create chronic stress, which upsets our body’s hormone balance, depletes the brain chemicals required for happiness, and  damages the immune system.  Chronic stress can actually decrease our lifespan. Science has now identified that stress shortens our telomeres, the ‘end caps’ of our DNA strands, which causes us to age more quickly.

Poorly managed or repressed anger is also related to a slew of health conditions, such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, digestive disorders, and infection.

What you think about, attracts similar situations in your life

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”Henry Ford

You might have heard that ‘like attracts like’. When you focus only on negative thoughts, you create more negative circumstances around you; and you face those circumstances negatively. Ultimately you get stuck into a cycle of negativity. While when you think positive thoughts, you create more positive situations in your life and the positive cycle goes on.

Understanding positive thinking and self-talk 

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you bury your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through our head every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of our self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that we create because of lack of information.

” Self talk is the most powerful form of communication because it either empowers you or defeats you.” 

What makes an effective affirmation:

  • When deciding what affirmations you need, focus in on where you have the most negative self-talk, and then choose affirmations that battle those issues.
  • Choose affirmations that are short so they are easier to remember. Positive affirmations don’t need to be any longer than four or five words to be effective.
  • Affirm your positive statements in the present tense. Use such phrases as ‘I am’ rather than ‘I shall be’. The mind will work harder to turn the thought into reality if it is challenged to provide immediate results.
  • Get in the habit of repeating the affirmation whenever you are not engaged in other activities. Mentally repeat your affirmations, or say them out loud when you are driving or waiting in line.
  • It is very important to attach your emotions with that affirmation. Feel good 🙂
  • Use only positive words. For example, instead of saying ‘I am not fat’, say ‘I am healthy’ or ‘I am thin’.
  • Write up your affirmations and affix them to places you regularly see in order to remind you to continue with the practice.
  • You can follow our Facebook Page – Wholesome Ayurveda for a regular dose of affirmations we post to motivate you. We will be very happy to have you 🙂

“A few drops will not make any difference to the rock but if the drops fall continuously, then over a period of time, the rock will be worn out.”

Here are a few positive affirmations to get you started

  • I feel joy and contentment in this moment right now.
  • I find joy and pleasure in the most simple things in life.
  • My partner and I share a deep and powerful love for each other.
  • Every day in every way, I am becoming more and more successful.
  • When I breath, I inhale confidence.
  • I am unique. I feel good about being alive and being me.
  • I nourish my body with healthy food.
Balance your imbalanced Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) with these diet and lifestyle changes

Balance your imbalanced Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) with these diet and lifestyle changes

How to balance our doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) with proper diet and lifestyle ?

In my previous blog – KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE AND PERSONALITY – VĀTA, PITTA, KAPHA [PART2] – I talked about the characteristics of each Dosha body type ( Vata, Pitta and Kapha). If you have read that blog, you must have got some idea about which characteristics resemble with your own body. Now lets talk about how to balance our doshas with the help of proper diet and lifestyle.

While reading about the characteristics of each Dosha body type, you might have also noticed that your body might have mixed characteristics from any two Doshas, it is called as dual dosha body type. This is very common, but according to Ayurveda it is not that good. It is rare that someone has a single/pure Vata, Pitta, or Kapha body type. Pure dosha body type is considered better than dual dosha type. From the perspective of Ayurveda, the Tridosha body type is considered as the best type, which is influenced equally by Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It is the rarest doshic type.

But no matter what type of doshas your body is composed of, you can always balance your doshas with the help of diet and lifestyle guidelines given by the Ayurveda.

The six Rasas / Tastes according to Ayurveda

six rasas tastes as per ayurveda

The ancient Ayurvedic scripture  Ashtāngahridayasaṃhitā (अष्टाङ्गहृदयसंहिता) explains the six Rasas (tastes) as follows:
6-tastes

 

Effect of tastes on Tridosha

Ashtāngahridayasaṃhitā (अष्टाङ्गहृदयसंहिता) explains it as follows.

effect-of-taste-on-tridosha

The 6 Tastes and Their Predominant Elements

 Sweet  Earth & Water (decreases Vata and Pitta, increases Kapha)
 Sour  Earth & Fire (decreases Vata, increases Pitta and Kapha)
 Salty  Water & Fire (decreases Vata, increases Pitta and Kapha)
 Pungent  Fire & Air (increases Vata and Pitta, decreases Kapha)
 Bitter  Air & Space/ Ether (increases Vata, decreases Pitta and Kapha)
Astringent  Air & Earth (increases Vata, decreases Pitta and Kapha)

This basic understanding of the 6 tastes and their effect on dosha will help you every time you make food choices.As I have already explained in my previous blog each dosha is a combination of two elements out of five basic elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth). So it lacks other three basic elements. If we want to balance it we need to eat food which consists of the remaining three basic elements.

For example –  If we eat more food with the space and air elements in it (food tasting Pungent, Bitter and Astringent), then it will aggravate or imbalance your Vata dosha. Vata dosha is a combination of space and air elements, so if we want to balance it we need to eat food which consists of the remaining three elements like earth, water and fire (food which are sweet, sour and salty).

When we eat food with the understanding of its nature and its effect on particular dosha we can easily balance it and maintain our Prakruti.

Our mothers or grand mothers always tell us to eat foods with every taste in our diet. Now you must have understood why is this so important. If we include foods with every taste in our regular diet with balanced proportions, our doshas will always remain balanced. Our mothers and grand mothers have this knowledge, which has been passed to them by their mothers and grand mothers. Our elders have always had this knowledge (knowingly or unknowingly), but these days we have started ignoring it as we moved on with our fast paced lives…

Vata dosha imbalance signs and remedy:

Signs of vata imbalance:

  • Constipation, gas, bloating, dry, hard stool.
  • Dehydration.
  • Craving warmth, dislike towards cold temperature and wind.
  • Frequent viral infection.
  • Weight loss.
  • Disturbed sleep.
  • Dry or chapped skin.
  • Difficulty tolerating loud noises.

Major causes of vata imbalance includes:

  • Eating vata-aggravating food.
  • Irregular schedule of daily activities like eating, sleeping etc.
  • Eating old, leftover, dry and cold food.
  • Not eating enough food.
  • Eating too rapidly.
  • Eating while anxious or depressed.
  • Drinking alcohol, coffee or black tea.
  • Suppression of bodily urges, such as sneezing, passing gas or elimination of waste material like stool and urine.
  • Staying up late.
  • Over-exertion.
  • Excessive worry, fear, or loneliness.

Tips for eating (to balance Vata)

  • Include sweet, salty, and sour tasting foods in your diet.
  • Avoid bitter, astringent and pungent tasting foods.
  • Eat warm, oily, or heavy foods.
  • Avoid cold foods.
  • Best oils to be used are almond, ghee and sesame.
  • Avoid ice cream and frozen yogurt.
  • Eat Boiled or steamed starchy vegetables.
  • Eat Ripe fruits.
  • Use mild spices like cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, coriander, salt, cloves, mustard and black pepper.
  • Camomile, fennel, ginger, lemon tea is good.
  • Raw honey, jaggery (rawsugar), maple syrup, molasses are good as a sweetener.
  • Avoid using brown sugar and white sugar.

Pitta dosha imbalance signs and remedy:

Signs of pitta imbalance:

  • Appearance of red, inflamed rash or acne on skin.
  • Occurrence of acute inflammation or swelling in body or joints.
  • Acidity, gastric or peptic ulcers, heartburn.
  • Feeling nausea or discomfort upon missing meals.
  • Getting Diarrhea.
  • Uncomfortable feeling of heat in the body.
  • Feeling frustrated, angry, irritable.

Some major causes of pitta imbalance includes:

  • Eating Pitta-aggravating food
  • Eating while angry.
  • Smoking cigarettes.
  • Drinking coffee, black tea or alcohol.
  • Over-working.
  • Being overly aggressive and competitive.

Tips for eating (to balance Pitta):

  • Include sweet,bitter and astringent tastes in your diet.
  • Avoid pungent(hot), sour and salty food.
  • Eat boiled,steamed and raw vegetables
  • Reduce the intake of hot and spicy foods.
  • Eating sweet foods will reduce pitta.
  • Drink warm milk with small amount of cardamom and ginger in it.
  • Avoid buttermilk, salted cheeses, sour cream and yogurt.
  • Ghee and olive oil is best to use.
  • Use Mild, cooling spices like coriander, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, cumin, curry leaves, mint.
  • Avoid jaggery(raw sugar) and molasses if your pitta is aggravated use honey instead.

Kapha dosha imbalance signs and remedy:

Signs of kapha imbalance:

  • Body gains weight or becomes obese, which is a result of slow and sluggish digestion of food.
  • Occurrence of Water retention and swelling in the body.
  • Increased frequency of cold, congestion or cough.
  • Increased sugar level in the body which results in to the diabetes.
  • Increased cholesterol and triglycerides level in the body.
  • Feeling lethargic is very common sign of kapha because of heavy, slow and dull qualities of kapha.

Some major causes of kapha imbalance includes:

  • Eating kapha aggravating food.
  • Eating excessive  sweet, salty oily or fatty foods.
  • Eating heavy meals or Overeating.
  • Not doing any exercise or physical activity.
  • Having excessive sleep.

Tips for eating (to balance Kapha):

  • Include pungent, bitter, astringent taste into your diet.
  • Avoid sweet, sour and salty foods.
  • Eat more of boiled, steamed and raw vegetables.
  • Eating ripe foods will be good to balance kapha except banana. Minimize the intake of heavy foods, salt and dairy products.
  • Use raw honey instead of other sweeteners like sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup.
  • Use oils in small amounts only even the best oil if overused, will aggravate pitta.
  • Strong spices like pepper, paprika, garlic, basil, cloves, fennel, mustard, turmeric, cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper will stimulate digestion, improve appetite, clears sinuses, stimulates blood circulation which is very helpful for balancing kapha.

The principles of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic medicine are solid and timeless. According to Ayurveda you can yourself cure/prevent 80% of the diseases in your body, that too in your home. Just by knowing your body’s basic tendencies and making wise decisions about what you eat and making some lifestyle changes you can stay healthy without ever going to a Doctor. Only for the remaining 20% of the diseases you will require assistance of a Doctor. These include major diseases like cancer, heart attack, surgeries and accidents. So be in harmony with your mind and body by following guidelines given by Ayurveda and always remain healthy.

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Vata, Pitta and Kapha: The 3 Doshas that determine your personality and health [Part-1]

Vata, Pitta and Kapha: The 3 Doshas that determine your personality and health [Part-1]

We all have different personalities and characteristics of our individual nature. But have you ever wondered what exactly makes each of our individual nature and personality unique and different from the other people? Why are some people hyperactive and fast, while others show calmness and stillness in their activities? Why do some people always feel naturally joyful, while others seem to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders? Why some people need more sleep than others? Why do some people feel hungry every couple of hours, while some don’t feel hungry so often? Ayurveda answers all of these questions with – Vāta, Pitta and Kapha – The 3 Doshas that determine your personality and health.

Ayurveda defines health as a state of physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. It is based on the theory of Panchamahabhoota the five basic elements – Space (also called Ether), Air, Fire, Water and Earth, and Tridoshas the three biological natures – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These are present in each and every cell of our body along with mind and spirit. All that exists in the universe, exists within us.

5 body elements

Our body contains these same five elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth) in different amounts, and this is responsible for our Prakruti (body type). With the combination of these 5 elements, our body gets categorized into Vāta, Pitta or Kapha Prakruti and this is how we get our unique personality types.

 vata pitta kapha

What are the Three Doshas?

The Doshas are biological energies that are found throughout the human body and mind. They perform all the physical and mental processes inside the body and provide every human being a blueprint for his physical and mental health.

Poison is natural and inherent to some snakes. Similarly, the Prakruti is inherent to humans. Our body type is decided during conception, based on qualities of sperm and ovum.

How Tridoshas are spread in the body?

The Tridoshas are present all over the body. But each of their presence is especially dominant in particular parts of our bodies.

If you divide our body into three parts:

  1. The top part, from head to chest (sinuses, nostrils, throat, bronchi) is dominated by Kapha Dosha.
  2. The middle part, between chest and naval/belly button (liver, spleen, gall bladder, stomach, duodenum, pancreas) is dominated by Pitta Dosha,
  3. The lower part, below naval/belly button (small intestine, large intestine) is dominated by Vāta Dosha.

body parts dominated by the 3 doshas

Depending on combination of the 5 elements in your body, the intensity of these Doshas vary. Which in turn makes up for your body type and personality.

I am sure, if you have read so far you must also want to know what is your own Prakruti / body type. How are the Doshas influencing your personality / nature? You might also want to know what exactly are the different characteristics of these 3 Doshas? 

I have explained all of this in detail in the next part of this blog, click here – KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE AND PERSONALITY – VĀTA, PITTA, KAPHA [PART2]

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Aura – How to cleanse your Aura – [Part 2]

Aura – How to cleanse your Aura – [Part 2]

What if your Aura gets polluted? Can you protect or vitalize your Aura? Can you cleanse your Aura?

My earlier post on ‘Aura – Energy field that affects your emotions, can help detect diseases‘, talked about what Aura is and how it affects us. Our Aura also protects us by screening harmful physical, emotional and psychic energies from our environment. It connects us to the nourishing energies in our environment and transfer these energies to the Chakras (energy centers of the body) and further processes these energies, often resulting into the balancing of nervous, hormonal, vascular and the other activities into the physical body. It sends signals or energies out into our environment that communicates information about us and attracts specific types of energies to us.

Sounds great right? But what if your Aura gets polluted? Can you protect or vitalize your Aura? Yes! You can cleanse your Aura! Easily

1. Mantra Chanting:

Mantra chanting is a powerful tool for energizing and strengthening of our Aura. A Mantra is an instrument of the mind – a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. The sounds of Mantras stimulates the energies around and within us. It sets up purifying and refining effect on our Auric field. There are many Mantras available with a very high vibrations, like Mahamritunjay mantra and Gayatri mantra. They have a  powerful effect on our mind and body. Out of all the mantras OM or A-U-M is considered most powerful mantra of all.  You can chant a mantra for any number of times but traditionally mantra chanting repetition is done 108 times which is considered to be a special/sacred number. I will definitely write a blog about why 108 is considered as a special/sacred number.

  • Gayatri Mantra:

Sanskrit-ॐ भू: भुवः स्वः ।तत्स॑वि॒तुर्वरेण्यं॒भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥

om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥtát savitúr váreṇ i yaṃbhárgo devásya dhīmahidhíyo yó naḥ prachodayāt

  • Mahamritunjay mantra:

Sanskrit-ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात्

tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanamurvārukamiva bandhanānmṛtyormukṣīya mā’mṛtāt

2. Meditation:

Along with mantra chanting, if you start meditation on a daily basis, you will see positive effects in all aspects of life. Recent studies have clearly shown the benefits of meditation to reduce stress, alleviate pain, relax muscle tension, improve mind-body coordination and achieve mental peace. Those who do not meditate regularly have Chakras (energy centers) that are not fully open, and as a result their Auras are much dimmer than those who meditate daily. You can do any type of meditation practice which resonates with you and which makes you feel peaceful.

3. Sunlight and Fresh Air

Sunlight is strengthening to the Auric field. Exposure to the sunlight stimulates the flow of your own energy. Some lower vibrations cannot exist with exposure to bright light. Take daily walk outside in the early morning sunlight or at the sunset time because during these time sunlight will be gentle. It will stimulate your Chakras and remove any negative low vibrations out of your Auric field. While fresh air will have cleansing effect as well as it will calm and refresh you.

4. Physical Exercise

Our body is like a machine. If it is not operating on a regular basis it will not be of any use. Physical activity is what keeps our body healthy and active. Daily exercises like Yoga, gym, running or a simple brisk walk is very beneficial for the healthy Aura which ultimately gives us a healthy body.

5. Connect with Nature:

Spending time outside amongst nature is incredibly healthy for our body, mind and soul. Nature nourishes our senses and grounds us. Going for trekking, hiking or just a walk in nature once in a week will be very beneficial.

 

6. Nourishing Food:

Eating foods with higher nutrient value like raw beans sprouts, fruits, vegetables, nuts and proper hydration with water will keep you feel light and vibrant internally. Also eating less food but more frequently has a more balanced effect upon the Aura.

These are some of the effective ways you can cleanse, protect and vitalize your Aura. It will keep your mind and body healthy and will keep diseases at bay.

Aura – Energy field that affects your emotions, can help detect diseases – [Part 1]

Aura – Energy field that affects your emotions, can help detect diseases – [Part 1]

Why do you get good vibes from a person and bad vibes from another? The answer is Aura!

Do you know that Aura – a subtle energy field surrounding our body can actually affect our emotions, and can also help us in detecting various diseases we might get in the near future? Hard to believe, right? But its true and scientifically proven.

 

what is human aura energy field vibes

What is Aura?

In scientific terms, Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds us. If we see any matter / object in the universe under a microscope we will find that on a micro level it is made up of atoms and molecules. This applies for our bodies too.

These atoms and molecules which are comprised of electrons and protons are in constant vibrational movement. This vibrational energy produces a magnetic field around the body. All our bodily functions such as respiration, digestion, nervous, circulatory etc. comprised of a series of electrochemical reactions. These magnetic and electrical energy fields interact to form what is now known as ‘The Bio-Energetic Field’, called Aura.

In the distant past, people admired things that they could not explain and called them ‘miracles’. Since ancient times we have sculptures, paintings and pictures of Gods / Spiritual Gurus across various countries, and one thing that is common in all of them is the Halo that surrounds their head which is known as the Aura energy field.  This Halo which the people at time considered as supernatural energies was nothing but Aura. It actually not only surrounds the head but also extends all around our body.

 

krishna_halo  auras_4  halo

What does research say?

Many scientist have done research on Aura and have proved that Aura actually exists. One of the first serious attempts at scientifically studying the Aura was conducted by Dr. Walter Kilner at St. Thomos Hospital in London. In his book entitled  The human Atmosphere (1911), Dr. Kilner presents scientific evidence for the existence of the Aura. Recently the Indian mystic and scientist named Krishna Madappa has teamed up with some Russian physicists, and have developed a new science and technology called GDV (Gas Discharge Visualization) that can not only see the image of the whole human Aura, but can also map the real data and information inside of the human Aura. These scientists have also found that this technology can be used for early detection of cancer, heart disease and other medical conditions.

This Aura is often seen a mixture of fine colored frequencies where each color has its own individual nature and characteristics. The vibration of this Aura is very fine and subtle, so we need a special type of instruments to detect it. But some people with intuitive power and psychic potential can not only see the aura but can interpret the different colors and shapes in the aura which can reveal us a lot of unsaid information.

This electromagnetic field or Aura extends all around our body for about 4 to 5 feet and appears to be depleted in cases of an unhealthy person. The aura is directly connected to the health of the person. A person is said to be healthy when he has physical vitality, mental clarity, emotional well-being as well as highly positive spiritual energy. So a person who is healthy at all these levels has a bigger and brighter Aura, while in case of an unhealthy person the Aura will be smaller and darker.

Reasons behind an unhealthy Aura

Everyday most of us experience some degree of stress or tension in our lives, we also pick up ‘Energy Pollution’ from our interaction with the world and our reaction to it. Bad vibes, negative energies from people or places, shocks, traumas, our mood, all have their impact on our Aura. All these affects our ability to function at optimum level and can lead to ill-health.

Ever noticed that sometimes you get very good vibes from a person and some other person might give you bad vibes – even when you are meeting that person for the first time. When we are in close proximity with other people, layers of our Aura which extends around our body for about 4 to 5 feet interpenetrate one another and we exchange emotional energy with them. For example, when we are accompanied by our friends and loved ones it makes us feel very happy without our minds ever noticing it. While some people make us feel very uncomfortable by draining our emotional energy. It all happens without our mind noticing the cause. It is all because of your Auras.

Aura and disease detection

Most of us are unaware of it, but science is pointing out that disease in our body starts first in our Aura on a subtle level. Our negative or positive emotions play a major role in polluting or purifying our Aura respectively . Negative emotions lead to developing darker Aura and develops various diseases in our body. When we look at our Aura, if a particular point in the Aura – around a particular body part, appears darker in color it represents the polluted or unhealthy state of the Aura, and if it continues to become darker it causes disease in that particular part of the body in the near future. In this way it is possible to detect unhealthy Aura and protect our health in advance.

Now, you must be thinking how to lighten or purify the Aura? There are many ways available to purify and protect our Aura, for example Meditation, Mantra chanting, Crystals, Diet, Music, Aroma Therapy, etc. I am going to talk about some of these ways to cleanse our Aura in the second part of this blog – AURA – HOW TO CLEANSE YOUR AURA – [PART 2]‘.

Sources:

http://www.sedonacreativelife.com/pre0840.html

http://www.mysticknowledge.org/The_Human_Atmosphere_By_Walter_J_Kilner.pdf