By Life Positive
The process of healing is always individualistic and infinitely varied. Here, we have readers sharing their experiences, each with a unique revelation of underlying health.
The Joy of Living
Satinder Kaur, New Delhi
I was plagued with emotional problems, worries, anxieties and tension, gastro-intestinal and cervical pain. Medically, I could not find their solution until I received specialized instructions for health in the form of Sudarshan Kriya conducted by The Art of Living. To me Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji is a perfect surgeon. Sudarshan Kriya (a rhythmic breathing process) has transformed me. I became free from the above ailments and frustrations. Now I can say that the answer to all health problems do not lie in pills. Some environments or disease-causing agents may be beyond effective control. I want to share directions for a healthy lifestyle through my experiences.
I practice belly laughter daily. Its meditative and medicinal powers free me from the garbage of the past and I feel more alive, radiant and creative. Try it-it pays tremendously. It is one of the most beautiful moods to get up with. I go for a morning walk to do yoga and kriya, and then sit there to enjoy the songs of the birds, the green of the trees, and the multi-dimensional psychedelic colors of the flowers. It changes the inner climate. Joy is just to be yourself. I eat regular meals of nutritious and sattvic food. Intake of fruits has increased. I eat slowly and find that there is great relaxation.
I find comfort in nadbrahma and kundalini meditation (with Osho) and strive to maintain equanimity. Meditation has made me alive, full, vibrant, vital, with a feeling of subtle music around my body and within my body, a symphony that is joy.
I am nurtured by nurturing myself. My energy is now channeled into creativity and joy. Remember to be true to yourself. If you start listening to the body, listening to nature, listening to your inner being, you will be increasingly healthier and happier. All that you have to learn is the art of living – the art of rejoicing.
Chitra Panchkaran via email
I strongly believe in the law of nature and natural living to maintain good health. Learning what is good and bad for your health need not be expensive and time-consuming. Once you start thinking about your health as your responsibility, you start taking care of your health consciously. It is also easy to notice how you are treating it and what you can change.
I normally include a lot of seasonal fruits and seasonal vegetables and salads in my diet. Fresh amla juice with honey keeps me alive and active the whole day. During exams, I make an effort to give my children fresh amla juice with honey on an empty stomach which keeps them active and stress-free.Twice a year we have neem juice for 3-4 days, and chirayata for 10 days to purify the blood and to prevent malaria as we have an army of mosquitos in our colony.
I occasionally exercise, do yoga and go for nature walks.To repair the wear and tear caused by stress, I do chanting, meditation, reiki and listen to music which soothes my nerves and helps me reconnect with my inner being. Short vacations and spiritual retreats also help me to stay in tune with nature and the flow of life.
Normally when I am unwell, I take herbs to enhance the regenerative process of the body and to remove toxins. I find that ashwagandha, ginger, garlic and guggal help deal with day-to-day health problems.Two years ago, I was having irregular menstrual problems, and allopathic medicines were not helping. I tried saunff and sugar water on an empty stomach for three months, and I was hale and hearty after that.
Rest and relaxation are also a must in today’s hectic life. I need seven to eight hours of sleep to rejuvenate myself. I strongly feel that getting closer to nature and living naturally makes us healthy and happy. A balanced diet, exercise, meditation, yoga and simple living are the keys to open the doors to health, happiness and peace.
Reiki for Health
Kumud Bothra, New Delhi
What is health? Health is the ideal balance between all parts of our being – body, mind and soul in conjunction with our environment and all we encounter, and for me reiki is a way which leads us to our healing. Healing is wholeness, but not just wholeness as expressed and experienced in physical life. It encompasses our essence – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
In 1998, I heard about reiki, the healing touch, but I could not believe that within two days of attending a class, I would receive healing power in my hands and be able to heal myself and others through this. My brother, a homeopathic doctor from Calcutta, advised me to learn it, so I went for a reiki workshop. After the reiki attunement, I felt the healing energy in my hands. Rays were coming out of my hands and it was like a miracle for me. Suddenly, a bee came in through the window and bit me. I nearly cried out with pain, when my friend asked me, ‘Why are you crying? You have just taken the reiki attunement; feel the energy in your hands and try to heal yourself.’ Within 10 minutes my pain was gone.
From this incident in 1998, I never looked back. My life has changed completely. I tried reiki on myself and was able to cure a cyst in my uterus. I completely surrendered to reiki, became a reiki master and healer. Our family is a reiki family; we do not need doctors as we practice reiki daily which gives not only physical healing but peace of mind, joy and the power of conscience.
Reiki is neither magic nor Alladin’s Cave to cure everything at once; it is a natural healing process. Forty-five minutes of reiki daily and by following its principles in everyday life, one can become physically healthy, mentally at peace and can connect to one’s higher self.
Sameer Shukla, Mussoorie
Good health is a combination of a fit body and a balanced mind. Even if one does not have any known disease categorized by any medical system on this planet, one may be a dangerously sick person.
In my life’s journey which is intertwined with a spiritual quest, this body fitness angle also arose. So apart from yogic practices I greatly depend on the power of mantras – the rhythm of sonic consciousness in keeping the the chakras in order.
The greatest one is the maha mrityunjaya mantra :
‘Om yajamahe sugandhim pushti vardhanam
Urva rukmiv bandhanat, mrityor mukshiya mamritat’.
The sacred vibration of this mantra, in praise of Lord Shiva, the god of destruction, takes care of any destructive activity. According to the scriptures and through my own experience, I can say that the energy dispersed by continuous and sincere repetition of this mantra helped me to keep the gross as well as subtle body in order. Every chakra receives its share of cosmic energy released by the mantra which they distribute to the specific part of the body, thus keeping the balance in order.
In the spiritual path, it is always advised that one should never sensationalize any personal experience, but keeping in view that sometimes such incidents inspire the reader, I am sharing one.
In 1997, during my meditation hours, tearing pain started occurring behind my left knee which was extremely unbearable. It continued for three months; there was no relief from any painkiller or gel or exercise. Then one day I stopped all this and invoked the maha mritunjaya mantra for the first time with the intention to get relief and to my amazement when I reached a certain count (which was my vow) the pain disappeared and till date has never occurred again.
Since then it is a part of my being as a protector and it has never failed me.
Dr Rajpal Singh Chaudhary, Punjab
Less than two years ago, I was investigated and diagnosed as a case of aatrogenic sub acute intestinal obstruction by a super specialist of the gastroenterology department of D.M.C and Hospital, Ludhiana. I am an integrated medical practitioner of about 24 years of standing in treating and curing my own patients. This morbid condition otherwise almost warrants emergency surgical intervention and correction.
Now the saving grace was that I was initiated with the interiorised light and sound meditation by the highly-evolved competent Satguru Thakar Singhji of Vishav Manav Ruhani Satsang, headquartered in Haryana, which has a six-word gospel of ‘Do Good, Be Good, Be One’.
Confronted with the above-mentioned condition, what I then did was contemplation on the word current, the inner divine melody, for about nine-ten hours daily for just three days. To the happy astonishment of all, the obstruction resolved conservatively.
Though I am already a bachelor, vegetarian and teetotaler, accupressure therapy, especially foot reflexology, was employed of which I am also a certified trained practitioner. Also afterwards ujayee and anulom vilom pranayam, highly acclaimed surya namaskar exercises and daily sound meditation was followed religiously. Disciplined, timely, balanced diet and proper rest intervals and sleep (ahaar, nidra) and brahmacharya are the three supporting pillars of the human body according to ayurveda.
Psychosomatic conditions of the body depends upon its neurocellular chemistry. Hence, some dos and don’ts are observed. A non-vegetarian diet, intoxicants and synthetic beverages are biocidic to health. Prefer biogenic sprouted cereals and biostatic milk, yoghurt, mollasses, honey, wheatgerm, seasonal fruits and sunlit vegetables. Choose wholesome foods that are under-cooked, with minimal sugar and salt. Prefer smaller portions. Pollution-free environment and safe drinking water are again important health-promoting and preventive measures. One can thus resolve to live a 100 years (jivet sharadaha shatam)
Nadiprana’s Healing Bliss
Gagori Mitra, Pune
It was my teacher Narayan Choyin Dorje who initiated me into nadiprana release in the course of my introduction to my chosen profession as a bodymind therapist. For me it has been a voyage of unending self-discovery. From the correction of a bad posture and relief from backache, to greater self-esteem and a sense of peace and groundedness even in the unavoidable turbulence of my everyday life – the journey of nadiprana keeps unfolding. It is all-encompassing; it even teaches me to have compassion with my moments of despair and self-pity and all the other things I have been conditioned not to like about myself. Although I often still take myself far too seriously, I can now see the humour in certain situations instead of the tragedy. For all of us, this is a big step.
The energy flow stimulated by the nadiprana exercises has helped me to experience freedom from grasping, at least occasionally. This also supports me in my other work with my clients as a bodymind therapist and orthopaedic muscle specialist. If I feel essentially free from my own load, imagined or real, I am in a much better position to help my clients shed their physical or psychological burden.
Nadiprana release is an emerging yoga of healing. It has roots and links with the glorious past of Siddha practice in ancient India, which later spread to Tibet where it flourished in mountain hermitages for centuries. It also encompasses elements of energy circulation and other practices from Chinese taoist yoga. In its present form the system is a modern-day creation, and it is taught in public mainly from the bodymind therapy approach of energy balancing, integration of resisted emotions and feelings, relaxation and overall stress release. In all areas of life it provides for clarity and a sense of ease and greater vitality.
In Nadiprana several seeming opposites reveal themselves not to be opposites. For example, we may discover that when we let go of our ego through feeling whatever arises in the moment, our sense of personal sovereignty unexpectedly increases, although the sense of an aggressively defensive ego has actually dissolved. We may also come to realize that we can enjoy every aspect of our lives, and yet remain free from bondage.
Partap Sharma, Mumbai
After a year of filming in China, I fell seriously ill with respiratory problems aggravated by having smoked some very strong varieties of cigarettes in Beijing.
On returning to India in that condition, a touch of flu was enough to send me into the ICU. A few weeks in hospital cured me of the desire to ever smoke again, but the breathing problem remained. The steroids and cortisones that were prescribed to alleviate my difficulty – a condition known as emphysema – had side-effects which I wished to avoid. Furthermore, according to allopathy, this is a degenerative, irreversible condition for which there is no cure.
At that point, a cousin in the army who had commanded a Gurkha regiment, often at high altitudes in the mountains, suggested that, following the example of some of his soldiers, I should try Tibetan medicine. I did. For one year now I have been taking herbal medicine and, in accordance with the Tibetan doctor’s suggestion, I have recently started blowing a conch to improve my lung function.
Six months ago, I eased myself off all steroids and cortisones. However, I still rigorously follow the oxygen therapy and rehabilitation exercises prescribed by my allopathic doctor while supplementing these with yoga (mainly pranayama) and Tibetan herbal medicine. During this time, there has been slow but steady improvement in the PEF (Peak Expiratory Flow) and oxygenation factors. Though I am not yet cured, I am increasingly hopeful that, in the next few months, I will be. The Tibetan medicine and the conch are definitely helping.
All Systems in Place
Sudarshan Narayan Kalsulkar via email
As my body is reactive to allopathic medicines, I gave up using allopathic painkillers for many years. About 15 years ago, I was suffering from a kidney stone problem which acupressure helped resolve. Since then, I use hand and foot reflexology every day for solving problems in my upper and lower extremities.
Generally, disease occurs due to the two ‘i’s of intake or injury. The intake may be food, water or air. Maintaining good food habits plays an important role in one’s life. Our ancestors might have used milk as their main drink in the morning, but these days pure, hygienic milk is not available. Milk helps in aggravating many abdominal problems like gas trouble and acidity. When I stopped taking milk and other sour foods like tomato, tamarind, orange and lemon in my diet, my chronic problems like asthma and acidity were completely gone.
With this combination system, I have conquered my erratic blood pressure, chronic bronchial asthma, chest pain, acidity and controlled diabetes effectively and that too without any side-effects!
In a recent accident, my ankle joint was dislocated and the tibia bone was fractured. My right leg was in plaster for about a month. The doctor advised me to take analgesics thrice a day for about three weeks. On the very first day, due to analgesics my acidity rose violently, and I purged severely. I immediately stopped the tablets and started doing my regular practice of omkar meditation. The severe pain gradually diminished and I recovered faster than I would have with the usual medicines.
If we practice acupressure, magnets, yoga and meditation in optimum combination, then life becomes comfortable, even if we suffer from any serious ailment. If we practice pranayama systematically, the purification action is faster, again if we add the right medicine, the action is much faster.
Jagdish Sharma, Mumbai
At 40, I developed severe pain in my joints. In those days, it was a big achievement for me to climb or get down from even one storey of a building. It was torture for me to climb or get down even from a standing bus.
I tried many types of available medicines, but failed to get any permanent relief for my arthritis.
I had to shift from my second floor flat to a ground floor flat. I used to envy people who could run or even walk fast. I had to say goodbye to my first floor office and the computer business in town. I had to change my profession and had to start a vehicle servicing center near my residence, on the ground floor, in Chembur.
After many trials and errors, luckily I met Dr Dilraj Singh, a down-to-earth human being and a dedicated naturopath from Mumbai’s Ghatkopar. I started taking naturopathic treatments under his guidance. I began with a one-day fast, living only on water, followed by food intake for two days. I progressed to a two-day fast, then a three-day fast and progressed to 15 days. After one month I started taking enema, massage and steam bath, on every alternate day.
I had to stop smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and eating non-vegetarian foods. Now I am a complete vegetarian. Later on, I started taking ayurvedic herbs as well under the guidance of Vidya Kulkarni from Vashi.
Within six months I could climb ten storeys of any building without taking a break. I fabricated my own steam bath, costing me Rs 700. I grow my own herbs. Now I am 67 years young, and I can board or get down from any slow-running bus or local train. I can easily stroll four to five miles without feeling any fatigue.
I thank God for helping me find the right treatment.
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