Wellness Category

If you’ve had any past experience with aromatherapy, you may already know that essential oils work on physical, spiritual and energetic levels. These plant essences, with their delicate perfumes, have an ancient history as medicine. From the Ancient Egyptians to the Native American tribes, essential oils have been revered and treasured around the world for the healing impact they have on body, mind and soul. The most potent essential oils can do more than relieve an upset stomach or take away a headache – although they do that, too. TheyRead More
We all can experience negative self-talk. We may call ourselves nasty names when we feel we don’t measure up. We may hear criticism from others when they really are just having a bad day. We can feel defeated even before we start because our inner critic can be so loud. We have all heard of the health effects of positive self-talk, but how do we stop the voice of negative chatter within? I am not sure it really is about stopping it, but more about redirecting our attention elsewhere. TheRead More
When illness brings us to our knees and our life comes to a grinding halt, we can feel bothered by an inconvenient interruption to our busy plans, as though the illness were happening “to me”. But the voice of our soul speaks to us through our body. That voice reminds us of what we have forgotten, that is, our intricate connection to nature and the need to develop humility and awe at its power. As such, illness is a gift helping us along our path. Our body is the veryRead 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

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
My life partner is fond of saying, “Expectations are the key to Satan’s room of disappointment and resentment.” By their very nature, expectations infer prospects, outlooks, potential opportunities, hopes and probabilities. None of these words are based on what is happening now. They are future outcome and desire orientations. Expectations lead to disappointment and resentment because you are not being met by yourself or by others. You are not living with what is happening. Rather, you are living with what you would like to be happening. In my work asRead More
In the October 2011 issue, I wrote an article about the healing modality called Craniosacral Therapy, and explained a bit about the inner physician, the inner wisdom we all possess. In addition to knowing how to heal our organs, cuts and bruises, it knows our inherent desire to grow and evolve and the perfect way to do this. It is connected with the cosmic intelligence of the universe. Our inner wisdom has a voice and wants to communicate with us. Over the past two years, I have had to learnRead More
As holistic health and yoga moved into the Western mainstream, Yoga Therapy became a valuable healing modality. Yoga Therapy can help patients tune in to discover what their body is communicating, so they may uncover that which is held over from the past, or aid in clarifying current life situations. Michael Lee, an Australian, created Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1985 after years of looking at humanistic psychology, focusing on how people change and transform. He continued his exploration by moving to the United States and became faculty at theRead More
It is a fairly new practice for me to feel gratitude not just daily, but on a moment-to-moment basis. Six years ago I didn’t really see how one could be grateful for all aspects of life. I waited for the “good” stuff to feel grateful for: a child’s accomplishment, losing ten pounds, a work bonus, a beautiful new plant for the garden… you know what I mean. When I went to school in 2004 to pursue training in Art Therapy, I began to realize that I had been missing theRead More
Most of us would agree that when we are not feeling ill or don’t have pain, we think we are healthy. We don’t even think about it much and take it completely for granted that we wake up in the morning, are able to get out of bed and that everything works and functions as it is supposed to. Until it doesn’t. When something fails in the body, we go to a doctor and trust that he or she will tell us what is wrong with us and has theRead More