Tears of Shiva – The Beads to Enlightenment

Tears of Shiva – The Beads to Enlightenment

The Tears of Shiva

Yoga is a philosophy and science of the mind, and it’s teaching are tens of thousands of years old. The Vedas are said to be the earliest written spiritual text known to a man still controversy overshadows the authorship and origin. No one source can clarify how old the Vedas are or even who wrote them, thought to have always existed, the speculated age is 12,000 years old.

Woven to the fabric of the worlds oldest living philosophy are stories, allegories, and metaphors in creation of the universe, the values and ethics of humanity and the theory of our origin and our journey to guided emancipation.

Rudraksha – Tears of Shiva

Rudraksha – Tears of Shiva
The name Rudrā is one of 1008 names of the Hindu deity Shiva and the word Akśa means tears in Sanskrit. After 1000 years of meditation, tears began to fall from the eyes of Shiva in compassion for humanity, and the tears became the Rudraksha Tree.

It is said in the Rudraksha Upanishad (an ancient Hindu text that is included in the Vedas, humanities oldest spiritual and philosophical book), that those who wear the Rudraksha close to the skin will absolve their sins.

The Rudrakśha Upaniśhat is one of the 108 scriptures of the Upanishad, (which are the final scriptures of the Vedas), and it says that even uttering the name itself – “Rudraksha” holds pranic and Karmic merit and wearing the beads is akin to wearing the sacred ash, Bhasma.

 

The name Rudrā is one of 1008 names of the Hindu deity Shiva and the word Akśa means tears in Sanskrit. After 1000 years of meditation tears began to fall from the eyes of Shiva in compassion for mankind, the tears became the Rudraksha Tree.

Rudraksha Mala

Rudraksha is the small earth coloured seeds that sometimes resemble an apricot kernel worn on the necks and wrists of practising yogis, spiritualist and fashionistas alike. Wearing a wreath or mala (garland) of beads is popular among western spiritualists. The mala is meant to protect you from bad vibes, balance your karmic debts and enhance your psychic powers.

The beads are strung together into a mala, (wreath) of 108 beads + 1, or 111 +1 depending on your sources. There are some texts that state in the time of Kaliyuga – which is now – 111 beads are worn. (The plus 1 accounts for the guru bead and is not included in the mantra or prayer count). Japamala is the practice of using beads in mantra, meditation and prayer. The user sits quietly and work thumb and middle finger across each bead in a clockwise direction, one mantra for each bead.

Mala can be made of other organic materials that include lava, mineral rocks and semi-precious stones, precious metals, bone, shells, pearl and wood. Different organic compounds compose different resonant frequencies – just like a medical prescription, different compounds suit different needs. But it is the Rudraksha, and Tulsi beads that remain the favourite amongst Sadhus, Yogis, devotees of Shiva and aesthetics.

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Not All Beads Created Equal

The Rudraksha plant itself is a very potent healing plant, (Ayurvedic Medicine), the seeds, berries, bark, leaves, and even ash are used to treat inflammatory diseases, measles, dermal problems and skin rashes, mumps, measles, schizophrenia and cancer. There are 360 species of Rudraksha found across Australasia, and 25 are unique to India alone. The different strains appear to have various medicinal properties, as well as a different energetic and spiritual value.

The value of the beads is given based on their Mukhi – the number of individual segments counted inside the seeds. The number influences how the beads work and their spiritual value. The number of Mukhi range from 1 up to 27, 1 being the rarest. Single Mukhi Rudraksha is of the highest importance and is meant to enhance your spiritual development. The warning to someone who wears the single Mukhi is they are likely to renounce all worldly possessions and leave his family within seven days.

Rudraksha beads also have the ability to determine the difference between negative and positive energy and can tell if water has been contaminated and is undrinkable. Sadguru demonstrates this in the online video posted here. There are other mystical qualities that set the Rudraksha beads apart from other types of Mala Beads including the electromagnetic properties of the seeds and the the ayurvedic quality they poses.

For the beads to work, they need to be activated, which means you somehow switch them from inert compounds to active and receptive to the wearer and the mantra they have chosen. It might be the same as when you buy activated grains or Vitamin B12, I think!?.

You can buy activated  Rudraksha mala online or buy them directly from stores, suppliers and even gurus in India (if you go there). I am not too sure how one would know what qualifies for fraudulent or counterfeit beads, I guess only a true Yogi can understand that.

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Just Breathe

Just Breathe

The breath is a quiet observer to how you think and feel and how healthy you are in mind and body; short, shallow breathing reveals anxiety, high blood pressure, poor digestion, irritability and emotional instability. And a deep long and sumptuous breath is often the opposite and reflects a harmonious and balanced approach in mind and body and emotional stability.

 

Just like everything we consume – the breath can either be a medicine or a poison; depending on how you use it. If your breathing is short and restricted will increase acidity as well as activate your sympathetic nervous system – keeping you anxious and edgy all day. Learning how to breathe properly to enhance the quality of your life and improve your health and wellbeing.

 

Just Breathe

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 The ability to connect and grow authentic relationships with our friends and family is essential for your health and wellbeing and learning deep breathing will help you do that.

Find out how and why here;

 

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Habits – How Changing Your Habits Can Rewire Your Brain

Habits – How Changing Your Habits Can Rewire Your Brain

Habits

One of the greatest developments in contemporary psychiatry and behavioural psychology is the knowledge that the mind and the brain are in fact two separate things and that with the power of your awareness you can change the structure and the chemistry of your own brain.

With the knowledge that you can use mindfulness to rewire your brain, the treatment of behavioural disorders and mental illnesses like obsessive-compulsive disorder, (a debilitating mental illness that is a result of faulty brain circuitry) can now be undone and managed in a way that may no longer require the use of pharmaceuticals.

There is still so much to be learned on the illnesses of the mind, so much so, that contemporary psychiatry is at least 100 years behind general medicine. Research into mental illness has shown that in 30 years there has been no improvement in the use of pharmacology for the treatment of anxiety and depression, mood disorders or addiction and human happiness has not improved either.

 

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Compulsive disorders like Terrets, OCD, ADD, ADHD and hoarding are really no different to gambling addictions, alcoholism, drug addiction, overspending and overeating: in the sense that they all promote the chemical release of Dopamine, a powerful neurotransmitter that is responsible for creating the sensation of pleasure in the body. 

The dopamine centre in the brain is embedded with the habit centre that is why actions that trigger the reward centre (where dopamine is made) in the brain are more likely to be repeated. Behaviours that trigger a larger release of dopamine in the brain are easy to make and very difficult to break.

Habits are formed when you repeat a behaviour over and over until it eventually becomes wired in. Once programmed into your brain the behaviour becomes automatic and you become unaware of it. Learning your timetables, a song, or how to walk home from school are all consciously programmed habits that eventually become automatic.

Other habits can be formed involuntarily or compulsively as a result of unconscious behavioural problems, emotional and chemical imbalances in the brain or the impulse to avoid uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Compulsive overeating, overspending, drug use, gambling and other self-sabotaging behaviours are related to avoiding uncomfortable sensations in the body.

Unwanted thoughts and the compulsive need to perform a ritual behaviour like handwashing, counting, checking and ticking (repetitive movements) are all part of the need to alleviate the uncomfortable feelings that can arise from the faulty circuitry and leaky chemistry inside your head. People with OCD that have intrusive thoughts will continue to repeat the thought with the idea that thinking it and checking on it will make it go away, but instead of it dissipating, it just strengthens the desire to repeat it.

These behavioural loops are absolutely debilitating and can keep people from becoming who they want to be. Some loops are so extreme that people with these illnesses cannot live normal lives, form proper relationships or even leave their house. The inability to break the loop is described as a ‘Brain Lock’ by Dr Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. an American psychiatrist that has spent over 20 years of research in the fields of neuropsychology and neuroplasticity. Through his research into compulsive illnesses, he has discovered that these ‘Brains Locks’ can be undone with mindfulness and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).

Stop Feeding The Beast – Breaking Bad Habits

The more often you repeat a behaviour the stronger the urge to do it again becomes, this is because you are strengthening the neurological pathways that connect the impulse to the action in the brain.  If you stop feeding the impulse the urge will eventually die.

The compulsion to repeat negative behaviours usually proceeds an uncomfortable sensation in the body. Uncomfortable feelings are the result of your body releasing chemicals and hormones that make you feel intense sensations of uneasiness, stress, fear, panic or anxiety. Our natural response to these sensations is to make them go away as soon as possible.

Becoming aware of your feelings and understanding that the physical discomfort you are experiencing is short-lived will help you to overcome the need to feed your beast. Uncomfortable sensations and emotions are a part of being a human and knowing that they come and go will help you to reduce their impact on your life.

Once you are aware of the sensations and emotions that drive your behaviour you can begin inserting a positive action, consciously and lovingly when they occur, actively reframing your focus and rewiring your brain.
Suggested interventions that are simple and effective at the time the negative or intense feelings arise could be; having a glass of water, taking a walk, jumping up and down or practising a breathing exercise.

Giving yourself this little bit of space between the impulse and the action will draw light on your ability to navigate the mind away from your brain. The space created helps you to unlock the brain from the mind and dissolve the patterns that are embedded into your psyche.

Top Tips For Killing the Beast

  • Recognise the sensation the impulse creates in your body – normally negative impulses make your body feel tight and constricted and good ones make you feel open and relaxed.
  • Make the choice to sit through uncomfortable sensations for 90 seconds
  • Make a plan – have a strategy in place for when urges arise for example – when you want to eat chocolate consciously have a glass of water instead so that over time when you have the impulse to eat chocolate your action will be to drink a glass of water.
  • Practice meditation and mindfulness – becoming attuned to your inner self, thoughts, feelings and emotions will help you tackle pre-programmed habits that no longer serve your greater purpose in life.
  • Positivity practices like mantra and mindfulness help to repattern the brain as you manually and thoughtful train yourself to be kind, compassionate, self-loving and aware.
  • Mediation and yoga help you to relax and refocus the mind away from the negative and reframe it to the positive, this repeated practice helps to strengthen the positive pathways in your brain and weaken the negative ones.
  • Deep breathing exercises help you to rebalance and refocus the mind and body and reduce the stress hormones that generate uncomfortable feelings.

Dr Joan Rosenberg | TEDxSantaBarbara

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKy19WzkPxE&t=690s

Uncomfortable Feelings Are Short-lived

The urge to repeat a behaviour – or the compulsion only lasts approximately 90 seconds according to Dr Joan Rosenberg a clinical psychologist and motivational speaker.

Dr Rosenberg has the formula to help people with deal with uncomfortable sensations and feelings which she calls the “Rosenberg Reset” – it is 3 steps to approaching uncomfortable feelings:

Step 1. Making a choice

Step 2. Dealing with the 8 uncomfortable feelings

Step 3. 90 Seconds of separation – meaning waiting out the feelings for a minute and a half.

She says the key to happiness and success is our ability to manage uncomfortable feelings and also make accurate and meaningful decisions moment to moment.

Dr Jeffrey M Schwartz ‘You are not your brain’ at Mind & Its Potential 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcrGlUHlu4M&t=1480s&list=PL9uvtvecXuuD8zWM_rpxIccJRmzYfjJa1&index=3

Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. is an American psychiatrist and researcher in the field of neuroplasticity and its application to obsessive-compulsive disorder. His research has significantly impacted the treatment of serious compulsive disorders like OCD and confirms that contemplative practices like yoga and meditation change the brain.

In his 20 years of research into the compulsive disorders of the mind, DR. Schwartz confirmed that the mind – the immaterial can change the material meaning that the adage ‘Mind over Matter’ is on point. It confirms that our self actually exists beyond the physical body and is an intelligence that is unseen and immaterial, yet very real.

You are not your body but a spiritual being inhabiting the body just got very real.

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If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

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You Are What You Think

You Are What You Think

You Are What You Think

Did you know your thoughts are directly shaping your mind, body and your reality too?

We used to think our brain was unchangeable by the time we reached adulthood, but in fact, we now know the brain is plastic, meaning it is constantly changing, updating and upgrading itself. We also used to believe that our genes, the genetic information passed down from our ancestors to us would determine our lives, our health, and our success. But in fact, that is also not true, through the new science of epigenetics scientists are discovering that we can influence our genetics through our thoughts, actions, and experiences, overriding the DNA data that was handed down to us.

By Emily Rack

I Think, Therefore I Am

The way you think not only affects the way you feel and behave, it also has an impact on how you perceive your world and how you live in it. We know that thoughts are a part of our imagination and a lot of them are nonsense but it does not mean that they are not real things. Thoughts are like everything else, in reality, tiny packets of energy that exist in the form of waves. These tiny vibrational messages that we make when we think are unwrapped by our nerve cells which interpret the information and communicate to all our other cells.

If you are always thinking negatively you are programming your cells to be negative too. Negative thoughts stimulate the release of chemicals and hormones that make you feel tired, sick, angry, and upset. Negative thinking doesn’t just make you feel bad, it can limit your ability to learn new things, form relationships and think creatively.

Unfortunately, most of the thoughts you make are negative,  it is a survival mechanism that is built in and it is not your fault. Negative thoughts take center stage in our minds because we learn better from our mistakes than our achievements and the brain is trying to make sure we stay on track. The main goal for all this negative feedback is to keep you from making the same mistakes in your future that you made in the past, so your mind is caught in a loop, of nearly the same thoughts every day.

If you are stuck in a negative loop you are more likely to feel low in energy, angry, irritable, foggy in the mind, lonely, fatigued and you will get sick more often. Negative thoughts can influence our decisions and our experiences making it seem as though life is a bit of drag.

The good news is with the power of positive thinking you can completely reprogram your cells and rewire your brain. Every 2 months your cells renew themselves so with persistence and positivity you can begin to take control of your mind and body. Of course, you are not going to be able to delete every negative thought in your mind, that is impossible, but what you can do is add new thoughts that are meaningful and positive.

The conscious practice of thinking positively is a way for you to reshape your own mind and change your reality, Consciously thinking, saying and doing positive things will help to boost your immunity which means you will get sick less often, will encourage the growth of new neural pathways in your brain; which means you get smarter and change the chemistry and electricity of your brain and body; people will find you more attractive to be around, you will make more friends and new opportunities will arise as you broaden your perception and experiences in life.

Rearrange Your Brain

If you want to change your life, start by changing your thoughts.

If you have lived a lifetime unaware of your thoughts it is going to take time to rearrange them, here are 3 tips to rearrange your brain.

1. Make a New Routine

To begin reprogramming your system start by making some time to write down some positive thoughts or things you are grateful for at the same time every day. Forming this new habit is important in rewiring your mind the actual doing is a big part of a restructuring, so repeating this exercise at the same time each day makes a massive difference.

2. Be Kind To Yourself

Say things that are kind to yourself, be encouraging, gentle and compassionate. Remind yourself of the things you are good at and also the things that you like and the people that you love. Be less judgemental; When you judge others you are limiting your understanding and experiences of life. 

3. Show More Gratitude

Positive changes can also be made by thanking people more, saying thank you shows that you have good manners, but it also makes people feel like you value them. Another good tip is to make a conscious effort to complain less or blame other people for your bad moods. 

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Mind And Body

Mind And Body

Mind and Body
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