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Yoga to Quit Self Destructive Habits

Smoking

Smoking can be a difficult habit to kick. One of the key aspects of smoking is the temporary relief from stress that the tobacco brings, causing the smoker to cling onto their addiction. Yoga is a fantastic substitute that can help relief stress in a natural, harmless way, whilst also bringing about physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Keeping a relaxed mind and body is essential to both quitting smoking and the successful practicing of yoga.

There is also evidence that the damage done to internal organs from smoking can be repaired. The cardiovascular systems, long starved of oxygen, can be improved by the increase in blood flow that yoga brings about.

Furthermore, the concentration of breathing combined with movement helps balance the respiratory system, beating the ill effects that smoking has wrought on the body.

Drinking

Drinking is another habit that can be harmful to the body. Although most people can drink in moderation, there are still detrimental effects on the body that are caused by consuming alcohol, obviously made worse if drinking becomes a problem.

Like smoking, some people drink to relax. Yoga can be the replacement that a person needs to stop drinking. Instead of a glass of wine at the end of a stressful day, why not avoid the stress in the first place?

The breathing and movement yoga requires helps to you to cope with stressful situations. Beginning the day by practicing yoga helps set you up for the daily challenges that life brings.

Over-eating

Over-eating is another self-destructive habit that can be curbed by practicing yoga. Unlike smoking and drinking alcohol, we need to have some sort of relationship with food to survive. Yoga can help you develop an awareness of your body that brings about a healthier interaction with food. Obviously, if you are at the stage where you are overweight there are some forms of yoga and exercise in general, where it will be difficult.

Overstressing the body at this stage can be more harmful and occasionally dangerous. However, there are classes for the beginner that can be appropriate for the overweight person, and with time, it is likely that your weight would decrease if you practiced yoga regularly.

Becoming promoting satya within yourself, you can become aware of what you put in your body. Portion sizes and the quality of the food you consume can all be affected when you practice yoga and satya successfully.

Emotional Eating

Finally, emotional eating can also be overcome with yoga. Emotional eating is not just about eating fatty foods at times of emotional stress; it is also linked to constant dieting and being unhappy with your body and mind. Being all about the attainment of wellbeing, yoga can help you fix the problem by making you aware of your body.

Yoga is about learning to love yourself. Through practicing yoga on a regular basis, you can help become more aware of your eating habits and the reasons for them. Meditation associated with yoga can help to create relaxation within yourself, which can help overcome emotional eating.

Protect Your Mental Health

In your dreams the movement your ego makes from one conscience to another appears when you go up or down. When you go upstairs you go to the region of your human conscience. This means that you think based on human standards. When you go down you go to the dangerous region of your satanic anti-conscience, where you think based on absurdity and evilness.

The constant influence of your anti-conscience is represented by your mother. Whenever you have dreams about your mother this means that your anti-conscience is influencing or controlling your mind and your behavior.

You have to be afraid of your anti-conscience because its intention is to destroy your conscience and replace your ego. However, your anti-conscience is your evil self. You believe that your evil self helps you in many ways, and that it defends you from your enemies. This is a misleading impression, but you trust your evil self more than anyone else.

You believe that you need an evil self because you don’t want to be foolish. You want to be smart and take advantage of all the opportunities you may have to live better. You also believe that your evil self helps you understand who is evil, while this is not true.

Therefore, you are a perfect victim to your satanic anti-conscience. You listen to its evil thoughts as if there was something useful in them.

Depending on how much you will pay attention to these absurd and evil thoughts, you will lose more or less consciousness.

You must learn how to identify all the signs of evilness in order to have a clear mind and think based on justice.

Your anti-conscience makes you believe that there is no difference between good or evil. It transforms everything into the same thing, as if there was no difference at all between good and evil.

You become more insensitive and more idiotic as you follow the absurd thoughts it sends to your conscience, but you don’t understand this fact.

Your dreams help you stop being a slave to your anti-conscience and develop your conscience. Your evil self disappears as you develop your human side through dream translation.

While you are alive you have to understand that without goodness everything is false, empty, and dangerous. This philosophical comprehension is indispensable for the salvation of your conscience. Otherwise, it will be destroyed by your satanic anti-conscience.

However, you are easily misled by the impression that evilness is smarter than goodness. You don’t think about the consequences of your mistakes. You don’t take your spirit into consideration. You don’t believe that there is life after death.

You make many mistakes.

When you accept evil thoughts as if they were useful you believe in delusions, but you don’t understand this fact. You believe that what is false, empty, temporary, and dangerous can make you happy.

You are alive in order to discover that goodness is indispensable in life, and cultivate goodness in your heart. However, this comprehension cannot be imposed. You have to understand this fact by yourself.

This is a difficult matter when you tend to think based on the evil thoughts of your anti-conscience and you believe that you have more advantages when you are selfish.

You don’t believe that selfishness is evilness, but when you are selfish you think only about your own interests. So, you do everything you can to protect and achieve your goals, without caring about justice.

You may try to justify your actions based on an ‘individualistic justice’, but your definitions don’t change the evilness existent in your thoughts and actions. You give many excuses to yourself.

You tend to add good characteristics to what is bad because this is convenient for your ego and your anti-conscience suggests this convenient distortion.

Your dreams help you stop making this mistake. You must learn how to clearly recognize what is bad in order to protect your conscience.

Curing Common Ailments With Aromatherapy

Common Methods of Aromatherapy

Massage Oils

One of the most common uses for aromatherapy oils is massage. This allows you to use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils for use directly on the skin. The aroma, as well as the act of rubbing the oils into the skin, helps relax the body and allow healing to take place.

Bath Products

Bath products are another very common aromatherapy method. Again, the essential oils are diluted, this time in oil, Epsom salts, or soap so they can dissolve in a hot bath. The heat helps to release the wonderful scents, as well as healing relaxation of aromatherapy.

Candles

Candles are another common vehicle for aromatherapy. Often just breathing in the healing powers of aromatic herbs, flowers, and other plants can help to cure many of your common ailments.

Common Ailments Cured with Aromatherapy

Stress Relief

One of the most common ailments easily treated with aromatherapy are stress related issues. Stress can cause or exacerbate so many issues, on top of being a true problem in its own right. The use of aromatherapy, in any of its many forms, is one of the most useful and effective treatments for stress and stress induced ailments.

Headaches

Many essential oils used in aromatherapy are known to help relieve a headache. The most popular of these are lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint oil. A common aromatherapy way to treat headaches is to dilute a few drops of one of these oils into a carrier oil and then massage a small amount into your temples, forehead, and back of your neck.

Muscle Pain

Quite a few essential oils used in aromatherapy have anti-inflammatory qualities, which make them very effective for treating muscle pain. Massaging certain aromatherapy oils, such as peppermint, clove, and marjoram are all effective for muscle pain. Using these oils in a massage oil is a perfect treatment for so many aches and pains.

Sinus Issues

Sinus issues can cause more than just discomfort. Sinus pressure or blockage can lead to debilitating headaches and even infection. Aromatherapy can help here too. One of the favorite treatments for sinus issues is to put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a hot bowl of water and inhale the steam.

Ways to Help Become Mentally Stronger

Be Optimistic

Optimism is a characteristic always displayed by successful people. How so? Because they never gave in to their failures and always pushed through despite the obstacles. They remain optimistic throughout the ups and downs of their journey. Additionally, these successful and mentally strong people are supported by their friends, relatives, and colleagues-a group of positive people. They don’t let pessimism get in the way of reaching their goals. Be the person that looks at a glass half full.

Find Balance With Negative Thoughts

Acknowledging negative thoughts also comes in handy at times. It enables you to see what could go wrong and how to plan and deal with it in advance. To be clear, negative thinking is welcome but being a pessimist isn’t.

Use Your Mental Energy Wisely

Distraction is one of the common causes of unproductivity and decreased mental energy. It’s always lurking and hiding in various forms, the most common being your smartphone and the social media apps you can access with just a few swipes and taps. Admit it, there are times where you just pause your work only to find yourself scrolling through your Instagram or Facebook feed.

Mentally strong people use their time wisely and their energy carefully. They are focused on achieving their daily (and ultimate) goals. They’re also mindful of their time so they devote to things that matter.

Practice Gratitude

If you’re not contented with what you have now and you’re always seeking for more, that attitude can have a negative effect on your mental well-being.

Those people who are mentally healthy acknowledge what they have and express gratitude for it whether it be big or small. They take pride in what they have and accomplished, and they’re thankful for everything they’re blessed with.

One Step at a Time

Difficult times can be overwhelming. It also challenges your mental strength. When you’re faced with certain challenges no matter big or small, it’s important to keep your cool and deal with it one step at a time.

Let’s say the challenge is to lose weight. First, the challenge is ambiguous. Set a concrete goal. For instance, lose 10 pounds in a month. Break it down into smaller, doable goals (i.e. lose 3 pounds in a week) that when combined, leads to achieving your ultimate goal. This method will make the challenge easier and more achievable.

Trauma and Codependency

Childhood Trauma

Childhood itself may be traumatic when it’s not safe to be spontaneous, vulnerable, and authentic. It’s emotionally damaging if you were ignored, shamed, or punished for expressing your thoughts or feelings or for being immature, imperfect, or having needs and wants. Some people are neglected or emotionally or physically abandoned and conclude they can’t trust or rely on anyone. They hide their real, child self, and play an adult role before they’re ready. Divorce, illness, or loss of a parent or sibling can also be traumatic, depending upon the way in which it was handled by parents. Occurrences become harmful when they’re either chronic or severe to the extent that they overwhelm a child’s limited ability to cope with what was happening.

How you’ve encountered these experiences are your wounds. Most everyone manages to grow up, but the scars remain and account for problems in relationships and coping with reality. Deeper healing requires reopening those wounds, cleaning them, and applying the medicine of compassion.

Symptoms of Trauma

Trauma is a subjective experience and differs from person to person. Each child in a family will react differently to the same experience and to trauma. Symptoms may come and go, and may not show up until years after the event. You needn’t have all of the following symptoms to have experienced trauma:

  • Over-reacting to triggers that are reminders of the trauma
  • Avoiding thinking, experiencing, or talking about triggers for the trauma
  • Avoiding activities you once enjoyed
  • Feeling hopeless about the future
  • Experiencing memory lapses or inability to recall parts of trauma
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Having difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling irritable or angry
  • Feeling overwhelming guilt or shame
  • Behaving in a self-destructive manner
  • Being easily frightened and startled
  • Being hypervigilant – excessively fearful
  • Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
  • Having restricted feelings – sometimes numb or emotionally flat, or detached from emotions, other people, or events
  • Feeling depersonalized; a loss of Self or cut off from your body and environment – like you’re going through the motions
  • Having flashbacks of scenes or reliving the past event
  • Having dreams or nightmares about the past
  • Experiencing insomnia
  • Experiencing panic attacks

Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is not uncommon among codependents who experienced trauma either as a child or adult. Diagnosis requires a specific number of symptoms that last for at least 30 days and may start long after the triggering event. Core symptoms include:

  • Intrusive thoughts in the form of dreams, waking flashbacks, or recurring negative thoughts
  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma, including forgetting or avoiding sleep and shutting down feelings or numbness
  • Hyperarousal putting your nervous system on alert, creating irritability, exhaustion, and difficulty relaxing and sleeping

Trauma is debilitating and robs you of your life. Often a person has experienced several traumas, resulting in more severe symptoms, such as mood swings, depression, high blood pressure, and chronic pain.

Effects of Childhood Trauma in ACE Study

Almost two-thirds of the participants reported at least one ACE and over 20 percent reported three or more ACEs. The higher the ACE score, the higher were the participants’ vulnerability to the following conditions:

  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Depression
  • Fetal death
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Illicit drug use
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Poor work performance
  • Financial stress
  • Risk for intimate partner violence
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Smoking
  • Suicide attempts
  • Unintended pregnancies
  • Early initiation of smoking
  • Early initiation of sexual activity
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Risk for sexual violence
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Treatment of Trauma

Trauma can be emotional, physical, or environmental, and can range from experiencing a fire to emotional neglect. Healing trauma is like going back in time and feeling what was unexpressed, re-evaluating unhealthy beliefs and decisions, and getting acquainted with missing parts of yourself. Facing what happened is the first step in healing. Many people are in denial of trauma they experienced in childhood, particularly if they grew up in a stable environment. If parents weren’t abusive, but were emotionally unresponsive, you would still experience loneliness, rejection, and shame about yourself and feelings that you may have denied or completely repressed. This is “emotional abandonment”

Re-experiencing, feeling, and talking about what happened are significant parts of the healing process. Another step in recovery is grieving what you’ve lost. Stages of grief include anger, depression, bargaining, sometimes guilt, and finally acceptance. Acceptance doesn’t mean you approve of what happened, but you’re more objective about it without resentment or strong emotions. As you release pent-up emotion from your past, you have more energy and motivation to invest in your future.

In this process, it’s essential – and too often omitted – that you discern false beliefs you may have adopted as a result of the trauma and substitute healthier ones. Usually, these are shame-based beliefs stemming from childhood shaming messages and experiences. Recovery also entails identifying and changing how you relate and talk to yourself that leads to undesirable outcomes and behavior and outcomes.

PTSD and trauma do not resolve on their own. It’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. There are several treatment modalities recommended for healing trauma, including CBT, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and Exposure Therapy.

Getting Triggered

What we react to – our “triggers”– are unique to our personality and individual history. Think of triggers as wounds – often from past trauma. When we’re triggered, we’re re-experiencing a past injury in present time – similar to a post-traumatic stress reaction. It’s reopening a painful wound that hasn’t had a chance to heal. A sign of being triggered is when our reaction is disproportionate to the present event or not reasonably related to the actual present facts.

Primary triggers are internal, dysfunctional personal beliefs that we learned in childhood. We can trigger ourselves into feeling ashamed if we don’t measure up to standards we’ve adopted for ourselves. We can easily activate our inner critic to ruin our day or our life! Do the steps in 10 Steps to Self-Esteem: The Ultimate Guide to Stop Self-Criticism to quiet your critic and overcome the “tyranny of the should’s.” An example is the belief that we should self-sacrifice for other people. Codependents generally deny or devalue their needs. Given this belief, it thus makes sense to put the needs of others first and feel guilty or ashamed not to. Someone asking for help would thus trigger our automatic offer of assistance, even when that could harm ourselves or be counterproductive to the person asking.

Shame-based beliefs about ourselves can make us vulnerable to being triggered by the words and behavior of others. When we’re criticized, whether or not it’s intentional, we can easily surrender our self-esteem and sense of well-being. A common trigger for codependents is being told they’re “too sensitive,” or “selfish.” Frequently, their parents dismissed their feelings or needs with these shaming labels. However, labels stick, despite the fact that they were said by an insensitive or selfish parent. We can grow up feeling branded for life, even though the judgments were untrue.

In some cases, triggers are signs of danger that preceded an earlier wound. We learned to react to them in order be safe and loved. Sometimes these warnings are helpful, but when applied automatically to a different situation, our reactions can be dysfunctional. This is particularly true when we overreact. Overreactions occur when the intensity and duration of our feelings and/or behavior are disproportionately greater than normal under the present circumstances. We overreact when we’re reminded of an experience we’ve had with someone or something important in our past. They may be hard to recognize in ourselves because we believe our perceptions are accurate, but they’re easy to identify in others. For instance, when a hypervigilant war veteran draws his gun upon hearing the walls creak at night – his behavior is appropriate in a war zone, but not when he’s safe at home.

Similarly, we might appropriately slow down if we see a police car to avoid a speeding ticket, but if our past experience with the police has endangered us or a loved to us, we might attempt to flee, drawing the police’s attention and leading to a serious conviction for reckless driving. An overreaction can bring about exactly what we’re attempting to avoid.

In some cases, overreactions are learned behavior that was modeled by a parent. Some people catastrophize everything, creating constant melodrama and mountains out of molehills. They may have grown up living in a perpetual state of crisis, and although they claim to hate it, they repeatedly recreate their stressful childhood environment.

More common examples of overreactions are: Marge worries that her husband is having an affair when he has to work late. This triggers for her, because her father worked long hours and cheated on her mother. When Marge asks her husband to help with the dishes, he becomes angry that she’s “telling him what to do.” In fact, he’s reacting to his domineering mother from his youth, not his wife. Marge was intimidated by her mother’s anger, so when her husband is angry, she accepts his blame and apologizes, though she did nothing wrong. By doing so, she not only reinforces his erroneous projection, but she also is encouraging his abusive communication.

The first step in healing triggers is being able to identify them, as well as your internal beliefs. Remember that these are wounds, and approach them with compassion and tenderness. Depending upon what the trigger is, healing may involve the stages of grief and/or re-evaluating the context and validity of learned beliefs.

People have different styles of reacting. One person might withdraw, while another attacks. It’s important to identify your reactive behavior and learn to detach rather than react. Then, evaluate the function and effectiveness of your behavior, and experiment with more productive responses. As noted above, both overreactions and dysfunctional reactive styles can contribute to the problem we want to avoid. For example, placating an abuser invites more abuse, while setting effective boundaries diminishes it over time.

With healthy self-esteem and intact boundaries, we’re able to see that another person’s actions and point-of-view are not a reflection on us, but express his or her unique perspective, experience, needs, and feelings. There’s no need to react, only to listen and respond. Once we’re more connected to our real self, we can tolerate differing opinions and even negative feelings about us. We can listen to our own feelings and think about the other person’s words and actions. We can decide whether we agree and whether we’re responsible to the other person. We alone determine what we want to do, if anything, and whether we owe an apology.

When we’re reacting, sometimes anger covers up real hurt or vulnerability, blame may be hiding guilt, and self-blame may be displaced anger we have toward someone else. When we take time to connect to our true self, if we have feelings about what was said, we can respond authentically, which is different from an automatic knee-jerk reaction. We needn’t feel angry just because our partner is, nor guilty because he or she is hurt or upset with us, and we needn’t stop speaking to him or her when we’re being stone-walled. By not reacting, we can relate in a more authentic manner, which invites the same from other people and dramatically changes our interactions with them.

Diet Drinks and Heart Concerns

Diet sodas or drinks refer to carbonated beverages that are sweetened with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, sucralose or acesulfame-k. If you think about it, almost every popular soda brand on the market has a diet or a “light” version available. Technically they should be good for dieters as they contain no calories, and help to prevent sugar-related diseases, but evidence of these drinks being beneficial is completely non-existent.

Artificial sweeteners are what the word suggests: synthetic or fabricated. The main problem with these sweeteners is that they have a more intense flavour than real sugar. Over time, our taste buds get used to diet products and they have the same effect on the body than real sugar. Your body will crave sugar more, and this will result in higher insulin levels, which will result in your body increasing its fat storage.

The Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study monitored a group of women with an average age of 62 years. They found that among the 60,000 women who participated in the study, there was a clear relationship between cardiovascular problems and their consumption of diet drinks.

In a study of around 6,800 people aged between 45 and 85 years of age, it was found that diet soda was linked to a 67 percent increased risk of developing type II diabetes; data from two Harvard studies also showed that diet drinks raise the risk of diabetes in women, but not in men. Consuming diet drinks on a daily basis can increase the risk with as much as six percent with every serving.

Postmenopausal women – normally above the age of 50 years – are more prone to develop diabetes, a higher BMI and high blood pressure by consuming more than two diet drinks per day. They are also 50 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease compared to women who do not consume diet drinks. Researchers have also found a link between bone density and the consumption of sods – both regular and diet – by older women.

Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of risk factors that can significantly increase your chances of developing conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high glucose levels and accumulated fat around the waist. Metabolic syndrome is seen as having three or more of the following: low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, abdominal obesity or body fat, high triglycerides and high fasting glucose.

A study by the American Diabetes Association found that diet soda drinkers showed a 36 percent increased risk of metabolic syndrome and a drastically increased risk of diabetes. So yes, diet drinks may not have any calories, but they don’t have any nutritional value either. When you consume diet drinks, the body will crave more sugar, elevating artificial sugar intake and increasing the risk of health problems.

Focus on Folate

Folate’s Function

Folate is needed in order to adequately produce red blood cells. Folic acid also works with B12 in reducing dangerous compounds in the body and for driving multiple metabolic processes. Folate is of the utmost importance to women of childbearing age, as folate is integral in the formation of the fetal brain and spinal cord during pregnancy.

Folate is found in green vegetables, such as spinach, asparagus, and broccoli (the word folate is derived from the word foliage). Like most B vitamins, folate is very easily destroyed by cooking and light, and folate levels decrease rapidly once the vegetables are harvested. The good news is that many foods are fortified with folic acid, an easily-metabolized and stable version of folate. Once serving of most fortified cereals contains your daily dose of folate. Lentils and other legumes such as pinto beans are also good sources.

Folic Acid Supplements

Women of childbearing age should consider taking a folic acid supplement. Birth defects caused by inadequate folate intake can occur before women even know they’re pregnant, and the damage is unfortunately irreversible. As soon as a woman becomes pregnant, her daily requirement for folate doubles and it may be difficult to meet this requirement through diet alone. Folic acid is a commonly recommended supplement during pregnancy and for women who may become pregnant.

Folic acid supplements are just like getting folate from your diet – they are one and the same and your body processes them the same. Most multivitamins sold in the U.S contain 400 mcg, which is the Recommended Dietary Allowance. Check the vitamin’s label to be sure it says 400 mcg or “100%” next to folic acid or folate. Another option is to take a simple folic acid supplement if you prefer.

Sonamasuri Hand Pounded Rice

Hand polished rice is pulled by hand, so that only the robust outer protection layer, the husk, is removed. It is edible and contains all of the nutrients as nature intended.It is hand pounded with a mortar and pestle and winnowed to produce pale, whitish rice. This kind of whole grain is a complex carbohydrate and bears a mild nutty flavor. It is full of fiber and may take longer to cook. However, with pressure cookers at hand; it is an easy task to convert hand pounded rice into instantly likable and nutritious food.

Benefits of consuming Sona Masuri hand pounded rice:

  • Low on the Glycemic Index, It takes a long time to digest making you feel fuller for longer thereby helping got keep hunger at bay
  • Presence of fiber aids digestion
  • The protein is absorbed quickly and is readily assimilated
  • Contains essential nutrients like Manganese, Tryptophan among others
  • Selenium in hand pounded rice reduces the risk of cancer of the colon
  • Presence of amino acids helps to reduce fatty liver
  • Reduces cholesterol and accelerates fat burning making you leaner
  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases
  • Avoids spikes in sugar levels, It can be eaten by people with diabetes too

As you plan your diet combine Sona Masuri with your favorite dal to make a wholesome meal. It grown organically with no adulteration can do wonders for your health. Produced and grown by natural methods Sona Masuri is rich in proteins, vitamin B & vitamin E and iron along with several minerals.

A diet consisting of pastel white hand pounded will keep you physically and mentally healthy. Interestingly, Ayurveda suggests many rice based diet plans which are used to treat various imbalances in the body. Eating the right amount of natural hand pounded with your favorite accompaniment is a meal which is easily digestible and gives you essential amino acids – the building blocks of proteins. As your diet continues, you will observe a change in your body making you more active.

While this is an introduction to the advantages that hand pounded rice offers when included in your diet we would also like to hear from you on how hand pounded organic rice has helped you. Any interesting recipes that have enhanced the taste and were appreciated are welcome to be shared.