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Himalayan Salt

Salt is essential for life — you cannot live without it. However, most people simply don’t realize that there are enormous differences between the standard, refined table and cooking salt most of you are accustomed to using and natural health-promoting salt.

These differences can have a major impact on your staying healthy.

If you want your body to function properly, you need holistic salt complete with all-natural elements. Today’s common table salt has nothing in common with natural salt.

Your table salt is actually 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbents, and iodine. Dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt.

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Himalayan Salt Lamps

I own one of these salt lamps and place it in my bedroom. It gives off a healthy glow and makes the vibrations in the room feel good.  I got my lamp from the link below:

Acupuncture for Arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic condition whose painful symptoms may be alleviated by complimentary therapies such as Acupuncture. Please read on for more information.

What is Arthritis?

The term Arthritis refers to a collection of musculoskeletal system conditions that affect the joints (where two or more bones meet).
The most common forms of Arthritis include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Gout
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Scleroderma

Symptoms of Arthritis

Whilst symptoms vary between the different Arthritis types, common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint cartilage damage
  • Joint weakness
  • Joint instability
  • Deformities

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is ancient Chinese practice that employs the use of needles on the skin to restore the body from symptoms of illness, injury and disease.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is founded on the principle that energy channels (meridians) run all over the body nourishing tissues with energy. When blocked, the energy is obstructed and prevented from nourishing the tissues, which may result in chronic conditions such as Arthritis.
How does Acupuncture benefit Arthritis symptoms
Acupuncture aims to treat the symptoms of Arthritis on a case-by-case basis. It works to relieve symptoms by:

  • Strengthening Qi energy;
  • Unblocking trapped Qi energy;
  • Address any internal wind, damp-heat, cold and dampness associated with Arthritis.
  • Detoxifying the body.
  • Stimulating a release of pain-killing endorphins.

Acupuncture points for Arthritis

Different acupuncture points may be addressed in the session depending on where the site of the problem is. Some may include:

  • Arthritis in the shoulder joints – Large Intestine 15 and Triple Heater 14 points.
  • Arthritis in the elbows – Large Intestine 11 (near the bend of the elbow) and Large Intestine 4 points.
  • Arthritis in the hip – Gall Bladder 30 point (located in the buttocks).
  • Arthritis in the knees – Eyes of the Knee point (located in the small indentation right below the kneecap).
  • Arthritis in the foot – acupuncture point located near where the toes meet the feet.
  • Arthritis in the head or face – Large Intestine 4 point
  • Arthritis of the ankle, jaw and spine – points near the affected area are addressed.

If you are interested in finding out more information on how Acupuncture may relieve symptoms of Arthritis, please speak to a professional Acupuncturist or Chinese Medicine Practitioner.


What is Walking Meditation?

Sep 27, 2011 by Bridget Dougherty

Most people think of walking as a way of getting from here to there, but the aim of walking meditation is to focus on the journey, moment by moment, step by step.
To do this you pay attention to the movements of the body, usually the feet or legs. Some people use the feel of the sun on their skin or the movements of their arm as the primary object of the practice. It helps if you keep your focus on the one thing throughout the practice, but try different objects of attention to see what works best for you.
Walking meditation is not only good exercise, it also helps us feel happier and less stressed because we stay focused on the present moment without our attention wandering incessantly to this that and the other.
Also, as we stay connected with our bodies we feel more connected with the whole of nature.  As the walking meditation practice deepens, we feel more connected with the earth and its beauty. This is a joyful experience that makes us feel more at home in the world, and more peaceful. The chattering monkey mind becomes quieter (we’ve given it something to do] and we feel more a part of the world we walk on.
Some people like to repeat a mantra when they walk, or match their breathing with the steps.

Too Busy to Sit Still?

Walking meditation is an effortless way of bringing meditation into your everyday life. It is also wonderful when you are too busy to sit.
Imagine how many steps you take in a day, imagine using that time to meditate instead of ruminate.  If you work in a busy office for example, you can practice walking meditation when you take a break to go to the bathroom or the water cooler, or you can incorporate the practice into your lunch time by taking a 15 minute walk around the block.
At home you can make walking meditation part of cleaning the house, or walking the dog. Do this by simply turning your attention to every step you take instead of getting caught up with your thoughts.
If you exercise regularly, either running or walking, try doing it mindfully. You will most likely need to learn to walk before you run but with practice you can bring meditation to virtually any activity simply by paying attention on purpose.

Moving Meditation

Walking meditation is simply keeping your attention focused on the movements of your body while you are walking. As you lift your foot to take a step, follow the movement of the foot with your awareness. Notice when the foot meets the ground and then switch to the other foot, noticing the way it moves.
Alternatively you can keep your attention focused on the soles of your feet, or if you are walking outside you can make the feel of the sun on your skin the primary object.
Regardless of where you put your attention, the aim is to stick with the one object and every time your mind wanders you simply and gently bring it back to whatever it is you are focusing on.

Slowing it All Down

If you are the sort of person that rushes from here to there with a million and one things going through your mind chances are you are stressing yourself out. Walking meditation might be just what you need.
You can always go back to the million and one things. They don’t seem to go away, but for just a few minutes a day let your mind rest while your body moves. Notice the thoughts that come up, the feelings. Notice any feelings of frustration; of feeling pressured.
If you are practicing indoors, slow things right down. Take each step very slowly, as slowly as you can without losing your balance. If you are out and about, you don’t need to slow down to the point of looking silly. Just slow it down a notch or two, and keep your attention focused on each step you take. Try it next time you go grocery shopping. Observe how it feels.

Keep Your Attention on Each Step

When you are practicing walking meditation, you are not trying to get any place, you are learning to enjoy life one moment at a time: learning to keep your awareness in the present moment.
In the same way you develop your attention by focusing on the breath in sitting meditation, you develop mindfulness in walking meditation by continually returning your attention to the practice.


Types of Meditation

Oct 11, 2011 by Sue Waterworth

Improve your return on investment. Stopping to smell the roses is great, but you can easily get a better return on the precious time you invest.
We search, often unsuccessfully, for ways to feel happier, deal with stress better and generally enjoy our life and work more.  But life goes on getting busier and more complex as we strive to be everything to everybody; and there’s no end in sight.  Ever wondered about meditating?

What Is Meditation?

You may ask what meditation is going to do to help us deal with all the difficulties that life is in the habit of presenting to us. The answer is ‘a lot’ – if you’ll only give it a go.
Meditation is thousands of years old, and has as many flavours as your favourite ice cream shop. This means you’ll be able to choose a method that’s right for you. It’s often defined in pretty esoteric terms, but basically, it’s a way to put a pause in your life. By making a space, no matter how small, we give our body-mind the chance to do what it’s so good at: getting us closer to using our full potential, mentally, physically and spiritually.

Different Types of Meditation

Much meditation practice is a personal mix of techniques, and doesn’t have a particular name. But the commonest formal types are:
  • Transendental meditation – uses a continually repeated personal mantra to bring a state of calm and quiet the mind. Finally, thought is transcended, and you come to a state of full consciousness. This type of meditation has been scientifically studied, and has been shown to be effective for treating such conditions as high blood pressure
  • Mindfulness meditation– you watch the thought-by-thought progression of your mind, you are aware of the thoughts, and accept them without judgement.  This is being used in corporate situations to help deal with stress, and to improve workplace performance. It’s also much used for dealing with health issues
  • Body awareness – yoga, tai chi or progressive muscle relaxation are all methods of body awareness used as a way to focus completely. This too is popular for use in health issues
  • Prayer – used in a spiritual or religious context, but still brings complete focus
  • Focusing with the ears on sounds or music
  • Focusing with the eyes on a flame or image
In the end, all meditation is about being right here, right now.  While that mightn’t sound much of a goal, it’s the simple thing that our wellbeing hinges on. It’s only when we start to meditate that we come to understand how scattered we are.
Our minds are skilled at multi-tasking, and this is the underlying cause of stress. We can’t take one issue, work it out, make a decision and let it go, because nothing gets our full attention for more than a milli-second. We’re simply not aware of what’s going on in our minds most of the time. Thousands of issues get tangled up together, like a blocked sink, everything starts to back up. Meditation helps to unclog that sink because we learn to give our full attention to whatever needs it, at the moment.  And we learn to accept whatever is there. For this reason you can find it being incorporated into psychotherapy.
Many major corporations are also finding value in using meditation in their workplaces. They understand the importance of not just dealing with stress, but nurturing the abilities of staff, and developing their potential. If those hard-nosed business tycoons think there’s something in it, we probably should pay attention.  They know better than most how to get the very best return on their investment.

Manage Anger with Meditation

Nov 22, 2011 by Michelle Newton

Anger often gets bad press as a negative emotion, but it is a normal human emotion with distinct physiological reactions. Anger can range from mild irritation to intense rage, and manifests itself in the body by causing the heart rate to increase, blood pressure to rise, breathing to become shallow, and stress hormones to be released. It can also cause your body to shake and sweat. It’s pretty strong stuff.
It only becomes a problem if you are unable to control your anger or you are feeling angry more often than you feel other emotions. It’s a problem if it starts to affect your relationships, work or your health. You can see by the physiological reactions that being unable to manage your anger could have serious consequences for your health.
Research has shown that meditation helps to lower blood pressure and triggers the parasympathetic nervous system – the relaxation response. This is the exact opposite effect to the physiological changes that occur during times of extreme anger of elevated blood pressure and stress hormones – the flight-or-flight response.

Meditation – A Calming Solution

If you feel you are unable to get a handle on your anger, meditation may offer a gentle, non-intrusive and calming solution.
To take control of your anger, try a simple mindfulness  practice daily – you only need do as little as 5-10 minutes to start off with.

  • Sit in a comfortable position in a quiet place where you know you will not be disturbed. Turn off your phone.
  • Close your eyes and start to focus on your breath.
  • Watch the breath going in, the breath going out.
  • Thoughts will arise, but rather than following them, acknowledge them and then go back to the breath.
  • If negative thoughts or thoughts that make you angry arise, acknowledge them – bring your awareness to them, but avoid getting caught up in the story.
  • Own the anger, and then breath it out – notice it, acknowledge it then let it go.

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, says, “When our anger is placed under the lamp of mindfulness, it immediately begins to lose some of its destructive nature.”
It’s important to note that being mindful of your anger doesn’t drive it away or suppress it, it simply looks after it, knowing it is there but without reacting to it.
You can also practise a similar technique throughout the day when anger arises – stop, take a few breaths, acknowledge the anger (without blaming the person or situation that caused it), then let it go.
While this sounds simple, in the grip of a strong emotion like anger it may be hard to do. This is where “practise” comes in – that’s why it’s called practise – because you have to practise. If you practise often, it gets easier so when those strong emotions do arise, you are better equipped to deal with them.

The Gayatri Mantra

The vedic form of the famous Gayatri mantra:

Aum bhur-bhuvah-swah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dheemahi dhiyo yo nah Prachodayat.

Summary of the Mantra:

May we meditate on the Glory of the Lord, the Remover of pains and sorrows, the Bestower of happiness, Who has created the universe, and Who is the embodiment of knowledge and light. May the Lord, enlighten our intellect in the right direction by destroying all our sins and ignorance.

Meaning of each letter in mantra:

——————————— OM = Almighty God BHOOR = Embodiment of vital or spiritual energy BHUVAHA = Destroyer of suffering SWAHA = Embodiment of happiness TAT = That (indicating God) SAVITUR = Bright, luminous, like and sun VARENIYAM = Supreme, best BARGO = Destroyer of sins DEVASYA = Divine DHEEMAHI = May receive DHIYO = Intellect YO = Who NAHA = Our PRACHODAYAT = May inspire


Gayatri is a Mantra(vedic hymn) which inspires righteous wisdom its meaning is that the Almighty God may illuminate our intellect which may lead us to righteous path. This is most important teaching. All the problems of a person are solved if he is endowed with the gift of righteous wisdom. Having endowed with far sighted wisdom, a man is neither entangled in calamity nor does he tread wrong path. Righteous wisdom stars emerging as soon as a methodical recitation of this Mantra is performed.

“May we meditate on the Glory of the Lord, the Remover of pains and sorrows, the Bestower of happiness, Who has created the universe, and Who is the embodiment of knowledge and light. May the Lord, enlighten our intellect in the right direction by destroying all our sins and ignorance.”

The Gayatri Mantra is the form of eternal truth. It is the heart of all beings and the eternal Ved Mantra. Gayatri destroys the sins of the world. All the four Vedas have originated from this mantra:

This can be translated: Aum. Let us contemplate the spirit of the divine of the earth, the atmosphere and heaven. May that inspire our minds. Savitri is the Sun and this mantra is recited at the three junctions or twilight of the day. Here is described how the mantra Aum hums in the base or Muladhara chakra, and moves through seven stages to the chakra above the head Sahasrara.

Maha Vishnu describes Aum as consisting of the following. Bhur is existence, Bhuvah is the elements, Svah is the Atma of everything, Maha is greatness and light, Tat is Brahman (the absolute). Tapah is all knowledge, Satyam is supremacy and internal wisdom. This tantra connects the three letters of Aum to the seven worlds.

Tat, refers to the first cause of all substance, as fire in the circle of the sun and is supreme Brahman. Savituhu is the source of all living beings. Varenyam is the excellent one who receives adoration.

Bharga destroys sin. Devasya means it is full of light, while Dheemahi refers to knowledge being golden and always within the sun. Dhiyo means Buddhi. Yo stands for energy (tejas).

The mantra is divided into three sections of eight letters and four sections of six letters.

A dhyana (meditation) – Gayatri as having four faces, which are white, yellow, red and black. Yet the tantrik tradition has different views of the Gayatri. For example, in the Matrikabhedatantra, there is a couplet, which says a person who knows the Brahman (the absolute) is a Brahmin.

Gayatri is mother of Vedas. Sadhana of Gayatri mantra is the essence of all Vedas. Even God like Brahma mediates on and performs Jap of Gayatri at the time of twi-light.

Gayatri Jap performed daily for three years realizes God and like air, acquires the power of going where the person wants to go. Merely by offering water to the Sun and performing Jap of three thousand Gayatri mantra at the time of twilight, a person becomes adorable by God.

By Gayatri Sadhana the person may get salvation, wealth, victory in battle, and freedom from disease. A man may know all the four Vedas very well but all his labour goes waste if he does not know Gayatri mantra. A person who worships mantra other than Gayatri cannot get success even if he takes millions of birth.

Rishis, Saints say that there is no other mantra like Gayatri mantra in all the Vedas. Ved, yagya, dan (donation, charity), tap are not equivalent even to a small fraction of Gayatri mantra. Whether a man is pure or impure, he is sitting or walking, in whatever condition a wise man may be, he should perform Gayatri Jap. A man gets rid of all sins by this Jap. Nothing is greater than GAYATRI MANTRA in this as well as other loks for the success of daily work; fulfilment of desires and for development of tapas.

The following guidelines are provided for the Sadhaka:

In Bhavanopanishad, one witness within oneself the effulgent figure of Divine Mother with the different phases of the waxing and waning Moon.

The Devi is to be meditated upon as of a ruddy complexion, with eyes expansive, as an ocean overflowing with waves of grace, with noose, goad, arrows of flowers and a twig of sugar- cane in her hand, surrounded by Anima and other deities and ultimately as one´s own self.

1. Complete faith unflinching loyalty backed by a clear heart towards the deity is required for Sadhana.

2. Do not start Mantra Shakti under any pressure. Trust in God, kindness and patience should be the virtues of a Sadhaka.

3. Avoid harsh speech, lust, anger, restless thoughts, evil company and egoism. Do not get emotional. Mantras on hearsay should be avoided, as they must be authentic.

4. Sadhana done without any specific aim bears fruits early. In case you see any miracle, do not fear. Keep your WILL POWER strong and continue your Sadhana. All troubles will vanish.

5. Brahmacharya or celibacy should be observed during Sadhana. In case of failure, do not lose heart. Try it again and again and you will be crowned with success.


One´s subconscious mind can help to find the solution through meditation and recitation of Mantras.

1.Purity of thoughts, words and deeds, sincerity and deep seated. Belief in repeating Mantras systematically and without any stress or strain on the brain or body is the keynotes for the efficacy of Mantras.

2. Concentrate and Meditate without having any desires in mind. The Mantra should be recited softly so as to be audible only to be person concerned and not to others. Mantras should be recited in a pleasing musical tone, which will help in concentration.

3.Continuous Sadhana will enable the Sadhaka to find solutions to the problems, attaining peace of mind, reducing mental strain.

4.The Sadhaka should have a light meal, hot and well cooked and in small quantity, as over eating leads to the excitement of the sensory organs which aggravate passions. Onions, Garlic and Meat have stimulating effects on the sensory organs and will do harm to the body than good. Intoxicates and smoking of any kind should be avoided. Lack of control in the diet is a great obstacle to progress. Small quantities of wholesome food purify the mind and a pure mind retains the memory of God.


GAIN SHARP INTELLECT: The deity worshipped in the Gayatri Mantra is Savita or the Sun, hence the best day to do this ritual is Sunday. Through this Sadhana one can awaken all mental faculties and gain a sharp intellect and photographic memory. Even a child can be encouraged to try this practice for he can thus go on to excel in his studies and build an excellent career.

Early morning before sunrise have a bath and dress in yellow clothes. Fill a copper pot with water in it drop a few rice grain and flower petals. Face the morning sun. Raise the pot to the heart level and till it forward allowing the water to follow onto the ground gently. At the same time chant the Mantra seven times Udityam Jaatvedase Namah

RECOVER FROM ILLNESS-ALIMENT. This ritual is a real boon for those afflicted by bad diseases. A family member of a friend can perform this ritual for the person. On a Saturday night after 9 p.m. Wear red clothes and sit on a red mat facing south. Make a wooden platform in front and cover with red cloth. On it place a steel plate with a handful of rice grains on it. On this plate place Moong grains. Offer red Vermilion; rice grains, red flowers, incense and Ghee lamp on it. Take the Red Hakeek Rosary and put it around the Ratna. Next with water in the right palm and any wish you have to free yourself of any aliments. Let the water drop on the plate before you. Then without any count chant the Gayatri Mantra continuously for about 1 hour. Add at the end of the Gayatri Mantra Ayeim Aum Hum Namah


This Sadhana can be done on a Sunday or a Friday from 5 a.m. To 8 a.m. After a bath wear yellows clothes and sits on a yellow mat facing east. On a covered wooden seat make a mound of rice grains dyed yellow. On these place a coconut. Tie a mouli (sacred red thread) around it. Apply a mark of red tilak. On the right side place red rose petals place a Divya and a Shankh. Offer on it incense, Ghee lamp, flowers rice grains, vermilion. Take water in your right palm and pledge your wish. Next Stand on the mat and chant one mala with Cheitanya rosary of this Gayatri Mantra adding to the last part of this Mantra with Shreem Shreem Shreem Shreem Namah.

GAYATRI MANTRA FOR ALL PURPOSES: Repetitions of the Gayatri Mantra for 125,000 times brings Siddhi. After the mantra has been done for the prescribed number of times, fire worship should be done with 12,000 ahutis of havan samagri with an offering of raw sugar, black sesame seeds (125gms) and ghee (250gms). After the Homa a small feast should be held for 12 girls of 8 years of age and one boy of 6 yrs old. The person after achieving this siddha of the mantra can use to heal physiological or psychological diseases, cure ill lucks and give victory over enemies.

FOR HEALING: Before touching the patient or giving any medicine, repeat one mala of Gayatri. After completing the mala (108 beads), give the patient medicine for the disease. If the patient is not taking any medication one can give water from a clean copper, brass, bronze or silver pot. Shake the water and repeat the mantra only once before giving the water to the patient. This water will have miraculous effect.

CURE DISEASES: The sick person should do the japa of Gayatri, after bathing, adding AING three times at the end of the mantra for disease related to aggravation of mucus and bile. Add HUNG three times at the end of the mantra for disease caused by aggravation of wind. The japa should be done 108 times in the early morning hours after bathing.

GOOD MEMORY AND MENTAL POWER: The japa of Gayatri mantra should be done facing east before sunrise, after bathing. The forehead should remain wet. This is accompanied by applying a thick paste of sandal wood. Gayatri mantra should be recited repeating the sound AUM three times before the mantra. Japa should be done daily either 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11 malas. After doing the mala rub both palms together while reciting the mantra, then rub both hands on the forehead touching the place of the third eyes with both ring fingers while the right hand rubs the right side and the left hand the left side of the forehead, reaching up to the temples. Then bring the hands to the head, then to the eyes, ears, nose, cheeks, back of the neck, front of the neck, in that order. This exercise should be done in a slow rhythm. All the breath (no inhaling or exhaling while touching the starting point, third eye) until the end ( the front of the neck).

FOR ATTAINING WEALTH: At the end of the Gayatri mantra, repeat SHRING, the Lakshmi Bija, three times. 1 Mala (108 times) should be done everyday. All samagris used in worship should be yellow, and yellow food should be taken for the period japa is done. Use a yellow woolen rug, a mala of yellow haldi (tumeric root) beads, yellow pots, yellow flowers, and yellow prasad for offering. A pinch of saffron should be added in the kalash. The japa should be done in the early morning hours before sunrise.

DISPEL EVIL SPIRITS: An agnihotra (homa) should be done, and 108 ahutis of ordinary havan samagri should be offered to the fire. After the havan is done, the whitish gray ashes should be collected from the fire place and rubbed on the hands, feet, face, head, stomach and back of the person. The Gayatri mantra should be recited during the rubbing of the ashes. The evil spirit will vanish after one rubbing of the ashes. These ashes should be kept in a bottle and maybe used whenever needed by the attendants of the patient. They can be used on any other patients as well. And one should put ashes in ones hand and recite Gayatri mantra 11 times and keep on reciting while rubbing.

SNAKES SCORPIAN BITES: Ashes from sandal wood or peepal (Banyan wood), should be obtained after doing homa with 108 recitations of the Gayatri Mantra. The ashes should be collected in a blue bottle. One should observe the following method:

1. Check which nostril is working. 2. Keep ashes in the hand in the same side as the dominant nostril. 3. Recite Gayatri mantra, adding HUNG at the end, while meditating on Gayatri riding a horse. Recite the mantra 11 times. 4. Rub the ashes while chanting the mantra: AUM BHUR BUVUH SWAHA TATSAVITRU VARENIYEM BHARGO DEVESYA DHEEMAHI DIYO YO NA PRACHODAYAT HUNG. 5. Keep in another small bottle 10gms of mustard seeds made into paste. Recite the mantra 108 times while making the paste in a stone mortar. This paste should be made and stored like the ashes and used simultaneously or after rubbing the ashes. Take the paste when needed and apply it to the tips of all fingers, all toes, earlobes, navel, tip of the nose and forehead.

This chanting is considered to be especially GOOD on Fridays, on Navami, Chaturdasi, and Full Moon day-and during the nine days of Navaratri.

The Gayatri Mantra does not belong to any particular sect of worship or it is not restricted to any certain community. It is universal, for the whole world. It contains in it the culture not of any particular society, but the culture of humanity. The Gayatri Mantra is a treasure and heritage that belongs to the whole of humanity without exclusion.

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