Wellness Category

(Continued from Positive Possibilities Living: What Is Emotional Pain?) Being present is a balance between focused attention on what is directly happening now, and broad awareness that this moment is part of a vast, intelligent unfolding, of which we are an integral part. Practice I invite you to take a quiet moment and check in with yourself. Find a relaxed place where you feel safe and undisturbed. Close your eyes and lie back, or sit quietly with a relaxed gaze. Breathe deeply, several long breaths. Allow your awareness to moveRead More
Much of Earth emerges from winter through warming temperatures and the melting of a snow blanket. The climate that kept plant life asleep underground since autumn begins to lift its cooling breath, inviting new life to return. First stirrings of plants’ energy for renewal begins well beneath the surface, where the eye cannot observe but where we trust that it occurs. All of life mirrors itself, “as within, so without”. Throughout life’s journey, our minds and bodies reflect a similar process of awakening beneath the surface, long before our logicalRead More
I literally laughed out loud when I saw the topic for this month’s article. Even the best of us fall off the wagon sometimes, and I have been stuck in many ways the past several weeks. Workouts were sporadic at best. My eating was… well, let’s just say there is plenty of room for improvement, and not mention my affair with coconut cappuccino ice cream! This stuck mode was even stalling my relationship with my man. I wanted to discuss a topic with him for weeks, but didn’t bring itRead More
Editor’s note: We felt this article was ideal for this month’s issue as the flow of maple sap (or other tree saps) is a perfect expression of getting unstuck: starch stored in the tree’s roots for the winter flows upwards with the first thaws of spring. There is nothing that tastes quite like the promise of spring than sap straight from a tapped maple tree. The cool, refreshing and slightly sweet taste can cleanse the palate and awaken the mind from months of hibernation. Filled with minerals such as potassium,Read More
We’re in the last leg of winter, and if you are like me, your skin has taken quite the battering from the cold, dry season. Solution? A homemade scrub made with sugar and olive oil? Hmmm… A once-over with my limp shower puff? Nuh-uh. It’s time to bring out the heavy-weight of exfoliation: dry brushing. There is a time for gentleness, and a time to take charge – and when we reach the end of winter and prepare ourselves for glorious spring is when we need some real renewal. ForRead More
When I think of love and yoga, one word comes to mind: bhakti. There are four primary yogic paths: karma, bhakti, raja and jnana yoga. All yogic paths lead to the same goal, that is, union with the Divine. However the various paths suit those of different temperaments and those with various life approaches. This diversity offers spiritual aspirants the opportunity to find a natural, fitting spiritual practice. It feels to me, as I attempt to put words to paper, that writing about bhakti yoga would best be done inRead More
Self-love is different from self-confidence or having a strong self-esteem, though they can be related. We are self-confident when we feel certitude in our ability to discern or act. Self-esteem involves a quiet assurance in our place within the whole, a feeling of being a valuable and welcome part of the universe. Self-love involves the ability to treat ourselves with understanding, kindness, patience and gentle perseverance. Deeper still, self-love involves our ability to know that our true nature is love and that our human destiny is to embody that loveRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Wellness

Wellness: Flower Essences, by Pranada Devi

One of the great fallacies plaguing human thinking in this age is the intellectual notion that our physical form only responds to what happens on the gross, visible level. This kind of thinking is actually a form of defeatism, of victim mentality writ large, in which unexplained physical ailments happen “TO me” in an uncompassionate universe. It is an attitude that feeds the ego’s sense of separation. But every being on the planet, and the planet itself, is interconnected beyond any intellectual understanding. In this interconnection, not only the actionsRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Fitness

Fitness: Love Yourself, by Sandra O’Brien

As a personal trainer, I have had hundreds of conversations with people about their bodies. Particularly how they are unhappy, frustrated, and sometimes even disgusted with their bodies. The ability to love oneself seems to be a lost art. Most are so very quick to judge how they look and their ability or inability to stay focused on goals. Your body and energy levels are a result of what you have eaten, the workouts you have done and your mindset about your worth over the past several months, and maybeRead More
I have a real love affair with apples and use it as a main remedy whenever a sweet craving comes a-knocking. Most fruit grown in the North like apples, pears, berries, plums, nectarines and peaches are lower in sugar than tropical fruit and therefore make the best choices for anyone who needs to watch their blood sugar. I grew up with the phrase ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. It turned out to be true. Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom reported a nine-yearRead More