Mental Health and Happiness through the Power of Positivity & Good News
Positive psychology says we need more good news in our world. We've all heard how important it is to be in a positive frame of mind. Of course, this same sentiment has been around for thousands of years in the ancient cultures.
Good in theory, not always so easy in practice. So what can we do to help our mental health and hopefully reduce things like anxiety and depression?
The ancient wisdom has always been that we put our attention where we can on what is positive, what's uplifting, what is sweet, what is beautiful in our world. Why? Because as the ancient Vedic aphorism suggests, "What we see, we become."
As the ancient Hawaiians also said, "Where attention goes, energy flows."
Simply put, what we put our attention on grows stronger in our lives. In the ancient Ayurvedic understanding and current day Maharishi Ayurveda for example, the understanding is that we metabolize not just the food we eat, but everything we experience.
Digestion … of experience
The term metabolize is often used in connection with food. We eat food. We need to process that food. We need to digest it, and then metabolize it so that we get the benefits of its nutrients, but as mentioned, it's not just food that we have to metabolize.
The ancients understood that all our sensory perceptions, what we see, what we taste, what we smell, what we touch also must be metabolized or processed on a deep level.
Most important today is what we hear. Do we hear good news or stories about war, crime and all the bad things that abound in our western media?
We have to process those things and it has a physiological effect. It can dampen our immune system, raise our stress hormones and negatively impact our mental health.
Healing Drought, Bushfires & Climate Change through the Wisdom of Sound & Music
December 15, 2019 Melbourne, Australia.
I’ve just finished watching heartbreaking story after heartbreaking story of farmers and rural communities throughout Australia devastated by the ongoing drought. Daily stories are now also being told of our national bushfire disasters. Everyday, homes lives and livestock are being lost, suicides are at all-time highs …and there seems no end in sight.
Like nearly every Australian, troubled by the incredibly despairing stories, I ask on a daily basis, “What can we do?”
Forest Bathing, Earthing and Nature Immersion
The amazing benefits for our mental health, physical health, happiness & more.
The best healing sanctuary in the world is all about forest bathing.
Mother nature at her best, is what we're talking about today.
Science is now backing up the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine, about the importance of human beings being connected to Mother Nature.
'Silly Season Antidotes' - how to stay healthy over Xmas while still having a good time!
Would you like to know some ‘natural’ remedies to counteract the negative effects of some of the things you might be inclined to overindulge in over the coming ‘Indulgence Season‘ – extra drinking…chocolate… sun etc?
While obviously it’s ideal not to overindulge too much too often, we also know that it’s good to ‘let our hair down’ (for those who still have some!) every now & then. Below I’ve listed some powerful, ‘natural’ little ANTIDOTES, that you can use to offset some of the ‘not so healthy’ effects of certain things over the coming weeks.
Sun Gazing: Do You Do This Early Morning High Performance Ritual?
Do you sun gaze or at least connect to the early morning sun as a daily practice? Are you aware of the incredible mental, physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of such a daily ritual?
While many of us know about high-performers morning habits such as making their bed, planning their day and exercising, connecting with early morning sunlight is not so well know.
As understood by most ancient cultures, the master regulator of all our internal health and performance cycles is the cycle of the sun. Most advanced traditional cultures throughout time have started their day greeting the sun through an ancient ritual called ‘sun gazing’. (Others, as in India along the Ganges river, do things like Yoga 'sun salutes' while facing East as the sun rises).
Ayurvedic Tongue Scraping – is brushing teeth not enough?
*This is a REPOST of the blog from August 13, 2012
Did you scrape your tongue this morning?
Good news. Another ancient health practice has recently been accepted and promoted by modern experts
Have you been to buy a toothbrush lately, and noticed many companies marketing a tongue cleaner on the back of their brushes? Promoted as a way to rid yourself of bacteria that accumulates on the surface of your tongue, they actually have a lot of merit.
Charcoal Water: The Latest Fad … Is it Healthy or Harmful?
Heard about charcoal water yet? It’s one of the big health items – detox drinks - for 2017.
While at my wholefoods store recently I decided to buy some to see what it was like. I had not bothered to research it at this point, as I’ll try most things once anyway, and thought it would also make a nice surprise for my partner Luisa. (As an aside, I text said partner about the surprise knowing she likes the anticipatory excitement! I leave out the specifics and later discover she was thinking ‘hmmm, a yummy treat!’)
The Evils of Cold Water & The Fantastic Benefits of Warm/Hot Water
This simple tip (written here for winter, but applicable to some degree year round) is one of the simplest, yet most profound things you can do to protect yourself from getting sick (colds & flu's etc), to prevent that 'heavy/depressed' winter feeling & helping avoid those extra kilograms that always seem to enjoy making themselves at home at this time of year.
Cataracts – Ayurvedic Natural Remedies to Try Before Surgery
If so, before you commit to surgery or other more invasive procedures, you may like to try these natural Ayurvedic remedies.
Oil Pulling – The Ayurvedic Way to Supreme Oral Health & More
You might have heard me talk a lot over the years about the Ayurvedic concept of oral hygiene.
I've discussed the problems associated with using commercial mouthwashes , and how in Ayurvedic medicine it is being prescribed for thousands of years to combine this with daily tongue scraping for keeping the mouth truly clean and the teeth and gums strong and healthy.
Well now I think you're ready for the full version. It's called 'oil pulling' and not only cleans the mouth, and keeps one's teeth and gums in tip-top health, it is said to help purify the entire body and optimize the functioning of our entire physiology.
Protect your Brain by Reducing your Risks of Wi-Fi & Mobile Phone Radiation Dangers
While it’s been a controversial topic for some years, a recent segment – Wi-Fried on ABC’s Catalyst program - graphically illustrated how our high use of mobile phones, Wi-Fi and other technological devices is probably not as safe as you may think. More and more evidence is now suggesting links to brain cancer and other negative health effects.
Of course, we are not going to stop using our phones and Wi-Fi in the short term so here are some tips to minimise your risk and protect your precious brain.
Paleo Diet & Ayurveda: Healthy or Harmful?
1 Minute Overview
The Paleo Diet (and other similar ones) and the general Paleo philosophy is great in terms of focusing us back on ‘real’ food (eliminating processed/junk food), minimising or avoiding alcohol, caffeine and sugar, as well as for promoting good exercise. However, according to ancient, time-tested health sciences such as Ayurveda, the heavy emphasis on meat, and completely avoiding grains, dairy, and legumes is not ideal.
It’s the ignorant way we consume these foods in our modern world, not the foods themselves, that is harmful. Consume them as they were designed and we can get all the benefits of the Paleo diet, plus even more benefits.
Ayurveda & Vedic Science: The Science of Life
Ayurveda comes from the ancient Vedic tradition of India1, where it has been practised for more than 6,000 years. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the world’s oldest continuous system of Natural health-care. In its sanskrit roots, ‘veda’, means ‘pure knowledge’ or science, and ‘ayus’ means ‘life’. So Ayurveda is understood as ‘the total knowledge or science of life’. Ayurveda is both a time-tested science, having a recorded history of thousands of years as well as containing a history of highly evolved, healthy and long-lived individuals.
Earthing – a Great Health Discovery of our Time
Hi everyone – I don’t say this often but this is one of the most important and exciting blogs I’ve written for a long time.
Imagine if there was a completely ‘natural’ (and generally ‘free’) way to get one of the world’s most powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging medicines, which evidence is starting to suggest may help everything from heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and joint pain, insomnia, auto-immune diseases, to athletic performance. Now imagine it was ‘right under your feet’! Guess what? It literally is, and now you get it under your feet while indoors!
Polyunsaturated Fats – Good or Evil?
I’ve touched on this here and there over the years, but as it’s finally getting a lot more recognition in the mainstream media just now, I thought to mention it again.
Basically, it’s about the absolute myth that substituting ‘polyunsaturated fats for saturated fats’ is good for us. You may be aware that many years ago scientists and food manufacturers started promoting the benefits of polyunsaturated fats (think vegetable oils in most processed foods, margarine, and the like) in the belief that saturated fats (butter, coconut oil etc) were bad for us, particularly our heart health.
Margarine, Butter & Vegetable Oils – What’s Really Healthy?
As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. – Joan Gussow
Today, food companies, many doctors and even some dieticians commonly recommend us to eat supposedly healthy margarine instead of evil butter. But should we listen to them?
3 Minute Rejuvenators – Quick tips for reducing stress and restoring your balance
1. Have a screensaver displaying beautiful, ‘natural’ scenery such as waterfalls, sunrises, lakes, mountain ranges etc (Viewing natural scenery is known to reduce stress and balance mind and body).
2. Simply walk outside for a minute or two and breathe in some fresh air, get some natural light [sunlight] through your eyes, and if practical, take your shoes (and socks) off and ‘earth’ yourself. (Earthing is being shown to be one of the greatest, natural rejuvenators and directly balances many of our most common health ailments).
Making Changes – How to Create Lasting Health and Well-being Changes in your Life?
One of the most common difficulties we encounter when trying to make more health promoting changes in our lives is actually getting started. I’ve always been thinking that I should write an article on this super important topic, but have never seem to be able to get started! LOL! Fortunately, I recently met a fantastic bloke – Luke McLean (not coincidentally he is a Hawk One supporter!). He has written a fantastic blog of his own on this topic. As such, I thought I would direct you to it here.
Warmer Foods in Cold Winter – Obvious you say!
You probably think this tip is so plainly obvious it is ridiculous to even mention it.
Basically, as we move into the colder months, the tip is that you should eat ‘warmer’ foods.
While we often try to make staying healthy complicated and confusing, staying in balance is often easier than we think.
Vegetables shown to have their own Circadian Rhythm
Was just sent this great article on how modern science is starting to glimpse the exquisite intelligence of vegetables and how they have a circadian rhythm (like us) that responds to light and dark ‘even after’ being picked. Hope you enjoy.