Happy December everyone. 2013 is drawing to a close and I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you that follows my blog and a big welcome to those who began subscribing recently. I would like to close out December 2013 by sharing some of the most popular posts on yachnayoga
How to Stop Negative Thinking and Overcome Negative Thoughts- a post I guest authored for Mastery of Meditation, Yoga and Zen
Thinking is a natural process. From the time we wake up till the time we go to bed, incessant thoughts robotically arise and subside in our mind without any respite. Majority of these thoughts are useless and negative. They deplete us of our energy and lead to stress, restlessness, anxiety, depression, mental fatigue and poor health. Occasional negative thoughts are normal, but when negative thoughts occur to the extent that they begin to affect physical and mental health and keep an individual from leading a normal healthy life, it should be considered a warning sign that needs to be addressed.
Life changing stressful events can create negative thoughts that lead to fears, anxieties and depression. Depression in turn breeds more negative thoughts. Before you know it one is caught up in the vicious cycle of sickness and negative thoughts where one serves as fodder for the other. Repeated negative thoughts over time become habitual and soon negative thoughts just pop into the mind, without the need of any outside triggers. Such thoughts are termed automatic negative thoughts. Most often these thoughts are irrational and are based on assumption. They lack factual backing and objectivity. Such thinking is referred to as cognitive distortion. They cloud our judgment, mislead us into doing regrettable actions and delude us into viewing things in a negative light.
Repetitive negative thoughts disturb the natural flow of Prana in our body. This results in energy blockages and imbalances. Wherever there is an energy blockage, there is an accumulation of toxins and wherever there is an accumulation of toxins there is sickness and disease. Negative emotions and thoughts such as jealousy, anger, hatred, fear, and revenge damages the heart chakra and manifests as disease in the organs and tissues governed by the heart chakra, leading to immune system disorders, lung disorders, heart conditions, etc. Cultivating the opposite emotions of love, forgiveness, compassion and acceptance help heal and balance the heart chakra. Similarly lying, gossiping, criticizing, and suppressing one’s emotions leads to an imbalance of the throat chakra which manifests as disease in organs and tissues in the throat region such as the larynx and the thyroid. Healthy thoughts are indispensible to a healthy mind and body. Whether one is seeking treatment, through western medicine or through holistic techniques like reiki, yoga, pranayam, homeopath, and ayurveda, trying to consciously cultivate positive thinking will help one work harmoniously with their treatment and help them heal faster. The quality of the life one lives and the quality of health one has are all a result of thoughts because everything we do or say has its origin in thought. Read more….
I Will Start Meditating Tomorrow- An Article I Wrote for Life Positive Magazine that was published under the title Drop Out Tune In
Aspiring meditators often find it hard to start meditating, and even harder to make it part of their daily routine. Most of the advice we hear are banal statements like, “Just do it,” and, “Don’t get involved with your thoughts, just observe them,” which are true, but not always helpful. Read more…
Kuber Mudra for Wealth:
This mudra is dedicated to Kuber, the Lord of Wealth and is meant for attracting prosperity in your life. It can also be used towards realizing other specific goals. The mudra should be done with focus and visualization. It also helps decongest the frontal sinuses. Read more…
Ojas, Tejas and Prana:
According to Ayurveda, Ojas is the subtle essence that is responsible for life, radiant health, strong immunity, vigor, longevity and overall well being of an individual. The subtle essence called ojas that is extracted from the proper digestion and efficient metabolism of food nourishes the bodily tissues of blood, plasma and lymph, muscle, fat, bones, bone marrow, semen and ojas. Ojas also forms the basic material of the five sense organs, ligaments and lubricating fluids. Improper digestion leads to production of ama or toxins in the body. The accumulation of ama/toxins in the bodily tissues is what leads to disease. Read more…
This exercise purifies the nadis (energy channels in the astral body) of all impurities. Once one’s nadis are purified, the kundalini energy can freely flow through the sushumna (spinal column). It balances the chakras, and calms the mind. It oxygenates the blood, and effectively brings oxygen to the deep tissues and organs thereby effectively removing toxins that cause disease and pain.
“The mind and breath are interconnected. A steady breath means a calm mind and a calm mind helps steady the breath. Therefore one must learn control over the breath. When impurities are present in the nadis (energy channels in the astral body), it is impossible for the breath to flow through the sushumna (the most important nadi in the astral body, which corresponds to the spinal canal in the physical body). Therefore it is important that one practicing pranayam, should do so in a sattvic (pure, virtuous) state of mind. Pranayam done correctly will cure a person of diseases, whereas done incorrectly it could cause diseases. The disorders of pawan (air element/breath) cause hiccups, asthma, cough, headaches, earaches, pain in eyes etc. Hence one should pay careful attention when inhaling and exhaling. The body of a person whose nadis are pure will be lean and glowing. Purification of nadis leads to good health.” ~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Read more…
Chakras and Supernatural Powers:
Muladhar Chakra or Root Chakra: The one who meditates on this chakra (the svaaymbhu linga in the muladhar chakra) attains darduri siddhi (power to jump like a frog and ultimately rise into the air). He becomes free from disease and old age. He can see the past, present and future. He becomes master of all esoteric sciences. He can attain mantra siddhi by mere repetition. He is freed from all sins and attains whatever the mind desires. By constant practice he sees results in 6 months and air element enters the sushumna (spinal column). He conquers his mind.
Swadishthan Chakra or Sacral Chakra: One who contemplates on this chakra, attains knowledge of all the sciences even though he may have never known about them before. He becomes disease free and can roam the universe fearlessly. He attains the powers of anima (ability to become small), laghima (ability to become huge). Read more…