“Vrat” or Fasting – Traditionally in India, fasting has been done for religious reasons to give gratitude to the gods and goddesses, to cleanse sins, etc.
But in recent years, the health benefits of fasting have become widely known. From weight loss to healing cancer, the advantages are immense.
How are your food habits, dear Green Heart Warrior? Do you eat your food consciously?
That’s one of the first questions an Ayurvedic doctor will ask you, explaining the highest importance of intake and digestion afterward. Healthy digestion, healthy mind – they say in Ayurveda.
“Saucha” (Cleanliness) – It’s an Ancient Indian concept that refers to the cleanliness and purity of mind and body. Daily ablutions to cleanse one’s body along with Yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation cultivate internal purity. To reach this state of mind and body, it is important that you keep your surroundings clean as well.
Are you able to daily clear the clutter around you, dear Green Heart Warrior?
Ending the day with a clear mind, to rejuvenate the body and the Soul with calm, deep sleep?
Join us, dear Green Heart Warrior for our third Live Interview on AYURVEDA with Dr. Tejo Lakshman, an Ayurvedic Doctor from the RAO Ayurveda & Panchakarma Center in Puttaparthi.
Enjoy. With Love from India. Yours, Sasa.
Have you heard about Ayurveda before? For one, there are many online tests you can take to find out which body type you are, and from there take a deep dive to see what is good for you and what isn’t according to Ayurveda.
You can find one test designed by the well-known spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar from The Art of Living Foundation, here: https://artoflivingretreatcenter.org/ayurveda/which-ayurveda-type-are-you-quiz.
Enjoy your Saturday, dear Green Heart Warrior.
In Vedic tradition, the five fingers of the hand represent the five elements (Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Space). Traditionally and to a great extent even today, people in India eat with their hands because the elements within them begin to transform the food and make it digestible even before it reaches the mouth. It makes the food easier to digest and energizes it. In addition, some claim that the food tastes better than if using cutlery.
“Karagre vasate Laksmih karamule Sarasvati Karamadhye tu Govindah prabhate karadarsanam,”
“On the tips of my fingers is Goddess Laksmi, on the base of my fingers is Goddess Sarasvati, in the middle of my fingers is Lord Govinda. In this manner, I look at my hands.”
Ultimately, your health and well-being are in your hands, the Elders of India said, so use your hands with belief and gratitude.
The Holy Cow or “Gaumata” – In Hinduism, the cow symbolizes love, fertility, and bountifulness. Because of the religious connection, beef is not a common source of meat in India, and is banned in most parts of the country.
Beyond beef and milk, the benefits of cows are now trending in other parts of the world. In the west, “cow hugging” therapies are gaining traction where people cuddle cows to provide comfort and release trauma. They say that such therapy boosts happy hormones such as serotonin and dopamine which are good for people’s mental and physical health.
How about trying this therapy out and seeing for yourself whether it works and whether there is more to the humble cow than meets the eye 😉? Talking about Indian humor, also…
“Tapas” – Self-Discipline – It is about a disciplined approach to your practice to burn off mental impurities and emerge as a master of the chosen practice or path.
As the saying goes “Practice makes perfect”. Whether your path is spiritual or not, whatever you give your time and effort to, will bear results.
The Elders said that any skill you spend 10,000 hours practicing will make you an expert by the end of it. This is only another way of saying that self-discipline and focus are of the utmost importance to self-mastery, resulting in personal well-being. The fact is: We can’t change the world; we can only change our perception of it. And practicing Compassion is a good start.
The Ancient Indian concept of “Santosha”, meaning being Content and Satisfied, is an acceptance of one’s circumstances – ultimately, it is inner bliss. It is the process of acceptance of the situation, understanding the situation, and detachment from the situation. It is conquering the cravings of superficial desires.
Are you content with your life, dear Green Heart Warrior?
Practice gratitude at least once a day either when you wake up or before you go to sleep.
Be grateful for what you have, and life will give you more to be grateful for.
Join us, dear Green Heart Warrior for our last Live Interview in our Tribal Wisdom project by and with Anu Malhotra, one of India’s most acclaimed filmmakers (director, producer & screenwriter), with 18 national and 2 international awards to her credit.
Meeting Anu was like meeting a Soul Sister and one of the most rewarding moments life has brought upon me. Watching the interview, you will see what I mean. With Love from India. Yours, Sasa.
Dear Green Heart Warrior, with Friday’s last March post and Anu’s interview, we are saying goodbye to India and are flying over to The Gulf region of the United Arab Emirates into another Ancient Wisdom Month, full of Bedouin stories, desert sand, wind, sun, and camels.
Thank you for being with us and please stay tuned. It’s going to be so much fun. Love to ALL.