Natural home remedies can relieve different kinds of pain and make you feel a lot better. If the problem isn’t that serious and you’re absolutely sure it doesn’t require professional care, you can turn to our generous Mother Nature for help. We at Bright Side thought you should know more about these natural alternatives for treating ailments safely and effectively. Read more
The remarkable aspect of herbs is their combination of several different healing properties. Thus, each herb will have a combination of specific effects on particular systems of the body, and also some very general effects. By carefully matching the herbal properties with the symptoms being treated, it is possible to confront the entire scope of the disease at once, achieving a cure quickly and with the minimum possible dosage. Also, by referencing the herbal properties, it becomes easier to substitute one herb for another.
Also known as blood purifiers, these agents gradually and favorably alter the condition of the body. They are used in treating toxicity of the blood, infections, arthritis, cancer and skin eruptions. Read more
Instead of viewing your chronic illness as a disease in your body, choose to view it as an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and learn to love yourself through meditation.
In my senior year at college I was involved in a school tradition called “Marathon,” where every freshman was assigned to a senior, and that freshman makes fun of you in a series of theater skits. My freshman’s performance was eye-opening. She whined, “I can’t do this, and I can’t do that. My neck hurts, my back hurts, my shoulders ache.” Everyone in the audience was laughing, but I was hurt and surprised. That’s how my classmates saw me? As a whiner and a complainer—a joke? A hypochondriac? Everyone else’s skit portrayed something truly funny, but I had a real health problem. And I was being laughed at for it.
There’s a reason why chronic illnesses are considered the “invisible diseases” and sometimes perceived as hypochondria: if others actually can’t see the pain you’re in, they think you’re a faker. The truth is, I actually did think of myself as a “sick chick” for a long time, so I bear responsibility for transmitting that message out to the masses. Until we stop defining ourselves as sick, other people will continue to see us that way too.
Instead of viewing your condition as a disease in your body, choose to view it as an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and learn to love yourself. When I discovered the Glow Warrior within, I knew it definitely came directly from the power of the Universe (you can call it God, the One, or Gaia—it all works!). It’s there within you too. You won’t drown, get lost, or lose your way. You will, however, start seeing yourself as bigger than your physical challenges or limitations.
Do Nothing—with Purpose
First of all, don’t just sit there. Sit there and get comfortable in the present moment. The first step to truly healing is to fully surrender to where you are in this moment. And to let it be. When you allow yourself to be truly present in your body, your heart will soften and open, and you can begin to use that feeling as your guide. This is how you will begin to heal yourself. Focusing on your breath is what will bring you back to the present at any moment you choose. Your breath is your life force and your anchor, and unfortunately it is something that, for a lot of us, tends to get lost in the shuffle when we are dealing with severe stress in the body. The first place to start getting reconnected to yourself is through your breath.
Focus on breathing in through your nose, lowering your breath all the way down into your tummy, and expanding your ribcage out to the sides. Then slowly exhale out through your mouth. The first time I sat and did nothing but breathe, I thought I was going to scream hard enough to ace the part of the hysterical heroine in the next zombie apocalypse movie. After a few tries I started looking forward to it because doing nothing with purpose really does put you in touch with your higher self, your inner guide, the present moment, and the spiritual forces that are all on your side. It’s called meditating, which is a practice that helps us build and maintain our internal energy and develop patience, forgiveness, and compassion.
If you have a chronic condition or are physically struggling, you have to make a clear intention to sit in the initial discomfort and distractions beginning meditation often brings. There you are, sitting cross-legged, replaying a particularly annoying conversation at work, or thinking about the laundry you need to pick up (or dry cleaning you need to drop off), and all of a sudden you’re not meditating anymore. Eventually, you re-center yourself and let those random thoughts float by, and you do begin to see yourself differently. You begin to feel more loving and more forgiving, less critical of yourself. You get yourself out of the “what ifs” of the future or “coulda shouldas” from the past and get comfortable in the present moment.
Don’t stop even if you feel very uncomfortable and strange in the beginning. Be persistent. Give time and space for your inner voice to make itself heard. That will happen either right in the moment or sometime later during the day. Doing nothing is so powerful it has an amazing residual effect—sort of like taking a time-release capsule of inner peace and wisdom. Some synchronistic event will occur; someone will tell you exactly what you need to hear; you will get a sudden flash of insight. Along with that, you’ll realize you are so much more than your tingling legs, irritable bowel, or migraine headache.
Connecting with my soul has been one of the best things I have ever done for my physical condition and my mind. Finding my soul was like finding my home, and when I found it, everything else started to flow, and my body started to heal.
A simple meditative breathing practice to connect to your soul:
Sit still and tall somewhere comfortable; a chair with good back support works well. Close your eyes and begin breathing through your nose. Inhale for a count of two, and exhale gently for a count of four. Keep breathing evenly and smoothly. Set a timer and breathe this way for at least five minutes.
One nice element you can add to this exercise is a mantra. On the inhale say to yourself, “I am,” and on the exhale, say to yourself, “perfectly well.” In doing so, you’re tuning into the idea that you’re not just your physical ailments, and you’re making room for your true self to breathe. Afterward you will notice a positive difference in your mood.
Source: Yoga Journal – Amy Kurst
Our bodies are wonderfully designed machines with natural self-healing abilities. Always under the influence of our emotions and thoughts, it knows how to keep you healthy on all fronts: killing nasty germs, fixing frayed DNA, boosting longevity, eliminating toxins, warding off infection, canceling out cancer cells, and just keeping you in order from head to toe. Read more
As psychologists turn their focus to positive emotions, a growing body of research is showing that positivism has knock-on effects that can help humans flourish in all areas of life.Lynne Malcolm meets leading positivist scholar Barbara Fredrickson and gets some tips on how to enjoy life more. Read more
The Law of Attraction can be understood by understanding that ‘like attracts like’. What this means is that whether we realize it or not, we are responsible for bringing both positive and negative influences into our lives. A key part of the Law of Attraction is understanding that where you place your focus can have an intense impact on what happens to you. If you spend your days wallowing in regrets about the past or fears of the future, you’ll likely see more negativity appearing, but if you look for the silver lining in every experience then you’ll soon start to see positivity surrounding you every day. Therefore, the Law of Attraction encourages you to see that you have the freedom to take control of how your future develops, shaping it in the ways you choose.
When you learn how to use the many powerful and practical tools associated with the Law of Attraction, you can start living and thinking in a more optimistic way that is specifically designed to attract even more positive events and experiences. Whatever you’re longing for, whatever your dreams and goals, the Law of Attraction can teach you valuable lessons that will bring you closer to your most treasured ambitions.
Learn How to Start Using the Law of Attraction in Your Life
Although there is a lot of worth to even simply learning what the Law of Attraction is, you can really start using it to its full potential when you begin to understand that it can be used in subtle ways every minute of the day. Becoming more mindful of your own thoughts helps you to see to discover what you should keep or remove from your own mind and the reality your experience. You will become more attentive to underlying negativity and can start to combat it with new beliefs and feelings that better reflect your positive vision of the coming days. This ongoing focus on self-reflection also enables you to start seeing what you really want from your future, and you can then progress to formulating clearer goals with actionable steps at every stage.
There are dozens of different ways of incorporating your knowledge of the Law of Attraction into your everyday life, letting your new skills shape your day from morning to night. While that might sound like an overwhelming undertaking, the truth is that simple changes have powerful consequences when you’re working with the Law of Attraction. After a few weeks of practising your new approach, much of it will become second nature.
Creative visualization is a cornerstone of using the Law of Attraction, and meditative exercises are part of this process. For example, you are encouraged to spend 10-15 minutes a day on building an increasingly detailed image of the life you want to develop. However, visualization actually extends far beyond these mental pictures, and can be practiced in concrete ways every day. For example, you will learn writing exercises here on our site and artistic approaches that focus on externalizing your goals and making them more real. You can be as creative in your visualization process as you like, and trying out the basic skills may inspire you to come up with unique methods that are even more effective.
One of the most important elements of using visualization tools is to find the methods that best maintain constant focus on your objectives. Some people find different forms of visualization more powerful than others, so we’ll help you find the visualization styles that infuse you with the most intense sense of confidence and optimism. In addition, you’ll learn how to combine your new visualization tools with more positive ways of interacting with others, helping you to live and behave like you have already accomplished your goals.
Affirmations and the Law of Attraction
Law of Attraction Affirmations can take the form of internal thoughts or spoken words, but they can also be represented visually. Regardless of how you choose to use them, you can design them to reflect your vision of how you want your life to change. For example, many people have great success speaking affirming words into the mirror before going to work, or stating “today is going to be a great day” to infuse themselves with positivity upon waking. When used frequently enough, affirmations can enhance your use of the Law of Attraction by helping to reshape the core beliefs and assumptions that may be holding you back. They promote consistency, optimism and intense focus on the future you want to create.
Further, visual affirmations are useful ways of reminding yourself to stay connected to positive thoughts throughout the day. A sticky note on the bathroom cabinet, the fridge or the front door can keep you in check if your confidence is wavering, and a “dream board” can be designed to represent your desires and aims in pictorial form. We’ll explain a wide range of ways in which you can use affirmations and teach you how to design them to accurately reflect your underlying goals.
Law of Attraction Exercises
While affirmations and visualizations are two of the most important tools at your disposal when working with the Law of Attraction, they are far from the only techniques that you can use to create the life you desire. For example, there are Law of Attraction exercises that specifically target negative feelings and help you work on dismissing them, and ways of stopping self-undermining thoughts before they can emerge and take hold. Meanwhile, there are ways to transform your living space to better reflect your goals and to inspire an optimistic mind set, and social methods that enhance your communication and help you to spread positivity wherever you go.
As well as offering practical guides to using a wide range of generally applicable exercises that enable you to use the Law of Attraction in your quest to get what you want, we will provide details of more specific exercises that target specific domains. After all, the exercise you might use in a search for prosperity differ from those that lead you towards romance, and from ones that focus on career goals. We’ll also give you suggestions for ways to create your own exercises based on some of the affirmations and visualizations you’ve already developed.
Tal como la enseñó Paramahansa Yogananda
Una vez adoptada la postura de meditación, ofrezca a Dios una oración que surja del corazón, expresándole la devoción que siente por Él y solicitándole que bendiga su meditación.
2) Tensar y relajar para eliminar el estrés
Inspire, tensando el cuerpo completamente y cerrando los puños.
Relaje todo el cuerpo al mismo tiempo y, a la vez, expulse el aliento por la boca con una doble espiración, haciendo el sonido «ha, haa».
Repita este ejercicio de tres a seis veces.
Olvide luego la respiración, dejándola fluir hacia adentro o hacia afuera de manera natural, según su ritmo espontáneo, como en la respiración común.
3) Enfocar la atención en el ojo espiritual
Con los párpados semicerrados (o completamente cerrados, si le es más cómodo), dirija la mirada hacia arriba enfocándola, junto con la atención, hacia un punto situado en el entrecejo, como si mirase hacia fuera a través de dicho punto. (La persona que se concentra con profundidad tiende a fruncir el entrecejo). No hay que cruzar ni forzar los ojos en forma alguna; al relajarse y concentrarse con serenidad, la mirada se dirige naturalmente hacia arriba.
Lo importante es fijar la atención por completo en el entrecejo. Éste es el centro de la Conciencia Crística, el asiento del ojo único al cual se refirió Cristo: «El ojo es la lámpara del cuerpo. Si tu ojo es único, todo tu cuerpo estará iluminado» (San Mateo 6:22).
Cuando se logra el propósito de la meditación, el devoto descubre que su mente se concentra automáticamente en el ojo espiritual, experimentando —de acuerdo con su capacidad espiritual interior— un estado de unión extática divina con el Espíritu.
Se requiere profunda concentración y calma para ver el ojo espiritual: un halo dorado que rodea un círculo azul, en medio del cual palpita una estrella blanca de cinco puntas. Quienes vean el ojo espiritual deben tratar de penetrar a través de él mediante una concentración más profunda y con la ayuda de sus oraciones a Dios impregnadas de devoción. La profundidad de la calma y la concentración necesarias para lograr este objetivo se desarrolla de modo natural mediante la práctica continua de las técnicas científicas de concentración y meditación impartidas por Self-Realization Fellowship [las cuales se enseñan en las Lecciones de Self-Realization Fellowship].
4) Orar profundamente a Dios en el lenguaje del corazón
Sin embargo, tanto si ve la luz del ojo espiritual como si no, debe continuar concentrando su atención en el centro de la Conciencia Crística, o sea, en el entrecejo, orando profundamente a Dios y a sus grandes santos. Invoque su presencia y sus bendiciones en el lenguaje de su corazón.
Una práctica recomendable consiste en elegir una afirmación o una plegaria de las Lecciones de Self-Realization Fellowship o de las obras de Paramahansa Yogananda tales como Susurros de la Eternidad y Meditaciones metafísicas, espiritualizándola con su propio anhelo y devoción.
Cante y ore a Dios en silencio, manteniendo la atención en el entrecejo, hasta que perciba la respuesta divina en forma de calma, profunda paz y gozo interior.
5) La práctica diaria facilita la ejecución de las técnicas más avanzadas
El período de meditación debe durar al menos treinta minutos por la mañana y treinta minutos por la noche. Cuanto más tiempo permanezca sentado, disfrutando del estado de calma meditativa, más progresará espiritualmente. Conserve durante sus actividades diarias la calma que percibe en la meditación; esta serenidad le ayudará a manifestar armonía y felicidad en cada aspecto de su vida.
La práctica diaria de estas instrucciones le facilitará la ejecución de las técnicas más avanzadas de concentración y meditación que se proporcionan en las Lecciones de Self-Realization Fellowship. Estas técnicas científicas le capacitarán para sumergirse más profundamente en el vasto océano de la presencia divina. Todos existimos, en este preciso momento, en ese océano del Espíritu; mas sólo a través de la práctica continua y dedicada de la meditación científica podemos percibir conscientemente nuestra existencia como olas-almas individualizadas que se hallan en el inmenso océano de la bienaventuranza de Dios.
Pasaje de los escritos de Paramahansa Yogananda:
«Como primer paso para entrar en el reino de Dios, el devoto debe sentarse quieto en la postura correcta de meditación, con la espina dorsal erguida, y tensar y relajar el cuerpo, ya que la relajación libera la conciencia de su confinamiento en los músculos.
»El yogui comienza con la práctica apropiada de la respiración profunda: inhalando y tensando todo el cuerpo, exhalando y relajando; este procedimiento lo repite varias veces. Con cada exhalación debe desecharse todo movimiento y tensión de los músculos, hasta alcanzar un estado de quietud corporal.
»Después, mediante la práctica de técnicas de concentración, se elimina la inquietud mental. En el estado de perfecta quietud del cuerpo y de la mente, el yogui disfruta la paz inefable conferida por la presencia del alma.
»En el templo del cuerpo reside la vida; en el templo de la mente, la luz; en el templo del alma, la paz. Cuanto más profundamente se adentre en el alma, mayor será la paz que sienta: ese estado es la supraconciencia.
»Cuando por medio de la meditación más profunda el devoto amplía su percepción de la paz, y siente que su conciencia se expande junto con esa paz por el universo entero y que todos los seres así como toda la creación se encuentran inmersos en ella, está entrando entonces en la Conciencia Cósmica. Siente esa paz por doquier —en las flores, en cada ser humano, en la atmósfera—. Ve que la tierra y la totalidad de los mundos flotan como burbujas en ese océano de paz».
There is a legendary story of a man known as Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, who cured every patient in the criminally insane ward of a Hawaii State Hospital — without ever seeing a single patient. Now this may seem a little “insane,” but upon having a closer look, the story speaks for itself.
There are two kinds of healings, one is physical and one is mental, and one guesses to which one is the more powerful one. Physical healing is really simple. It is the defence mechanism of the body to prevent the further spread of infection and disease. The blood will normally clot (if there is a wound internally or externally) and antibodies within the body will come in and clean up, the skin will harden (for external wounds) and healing will begin. Healing is a process that should take a few days, and the body is naturally equipped to deal with most things.
Of course serious injuries might require the help of outside doctors and surgeons, depending on the severity of the case, so you need to look at it at a case by case basis. Surprisingly enough, the body is quite relentless and resilient as a healing machine. It is naturally designed to be efficient and have the strong elements within it to rid itself of any external disease.
One thing you need to realise is that the body adapts. It is not ‘little girl’ to viruses that constantly mutate and change. The body can adapt to the introduction of a new virus and change the make-up of its antibodies and defence mechanisms to actually better fight off the virus the next time it tries to attach itself to the body. The other form of healing is mental healing, which happens when you have emotional trauma or injury, or if you are facing stress or depression. There are drugs to help you with the mental healing, although it sometimes is a matter of time.
The difference between the two is that mental healing is slow, and sometimes doesn’t happen at all if the trauma was too great or if there was great emotional scarring. But seemingly the weaker of the two, it is the mind that can evoke a faster recovery in physical healing and it is the power of the mind that can wipe out any emotional and neural injury within the psychological makeup of the human being. This is why healing techniques of the mind is the most powerful of them all, because of its universal nature. Understanding this, you might be interested to know how to gain control of the sometime flighty mind, and you need to do this with relaxation techniques, yoga and aroma therapy are really good options when you are considering how to relax the mind.
Positive affirmation and new age mental messaging are also two potent ways in which you can train the mind to heal better. Brainwave entrainment is another way to go – a method which is much more focused, results orientated and effective. Think about this, a person who is in acute depression can actually fall sick, degenerate and die. The will to not live is something so powerful that it affects the functions of the person inside. Organs stop functioning and soon they wither. This is how powerful the mind is and if you can use that for good, for healing techniques – then you can overcome anything.