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Expressive writing can relieve stress

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One can significantly boost mental and physical health by spending 30 minutes each day for four days to write out the innermost thoughts and feelings.

This so-called expressive writing requires only pen and a paper.

In expressive writing therapy, patients are encouraged to express whatever is on their mind, letting their hopes and fears flow out in a natural, unrestrained way. It is like keeping a journal, but more focused on the things that might be bothering one or triggering stress.

Understanding exact speech

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Upanishads, Yoga sutras of Patanjali and teachings of Gautam Buddha, all talk about “the right speech”. As per Gautam Buddha, the right speech has three components:

  • It should be based on truthfulness.
  • It should be necessary.
  • It should be kind.

All three have to be in the same sequence with truthfulness taking the top ranking. For example, when a patient asks a doctor, “Am I going to die in the next few weeks or will I survive longer?” The truth may be that he is serious enough and may not survive but it is not necessary to speak the truth and also it is not kind. Therefore, that truth should not be spoken.

Lord Krishna in Mahabharata explained when not to speak the truth and when to speak a lie. The truth which is going to harm the society may not be spoken and a lie which can save the life of a person without harming others may be spoken.

  • A truth which is necessary and kind may be spoken.
  • A truth which is not necessary but kind may not be spoken.
  • A truth which is necessary but not kind may not be spoken.
  • A truth which is neither necessary nor kind may not be spoken.

Four of the best exercises you can do

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  • Swimming. It is the perfect exercise. Swimming is good for those who have arthritis as it is less weight-bearing.
  • Strength training. Lifting light weights will help keep your muscles strong. Our muscles tend to lose their strength over time if we don’t use them.
  • Walking. Walking is a simple exercise. It can help one stay fit, improves cholesterol levels, strengthens bones, keeps blood pressure under control, elevates the mood and decreases the risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Kegel exercises. These exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder. Strong pelvic floor muscles and vital for preventing incontinence. These exercisescan benefit both men and women.

What is the correct way of doing a Kegel exercise? Squeeze and release the muscles that you would use to stop urination or prevent yourself from passing gas. Alternate quick squeezes and releases with longer contractions that can be held for 10 seconds, and then released for 10 seconds. Do about three sets of 10-15 Kegel exercises every day.

(Source: Harvard HealthBeat)

Let the mud settle down

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Once, while traveling, Buddha passed a lake. He asked his disciple to get him some water from that lake as he was thirsty.

The disciple noticed some people washing clothes in the water. At that very moment, a bullock cart also crossed through the lake.

The water became muddy and turbid. The disciple thought to himself that he could not take such muddy water to Buddha to drink.

So, he came back to tell Buddha that the water was muddy and wasn’t fit for drinking.

After about an hour, Buddha asked his disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water. This time the disciple noted that the water in the lake was absolutely clear. The mud had settled down and the water was now fit for drinking. He collected some water in a pot and brought it for Buddha to drink.

Buddha looked at the water and asked the disciple whether he understood what he did to make the water clean. He let it be, and the mud settled down on its own and the water got clear… Our mind is also like that.

When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it some time. It will settle down on its own. No effort is required to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless.

Do we get a human birth every time we will die?

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As per Vedic sciences, Hindu philosophy believes in rebirth unless your Sanchit and Prarabdha Karmas are totally exhausted.

It also believes in liberation in which once your past karma’s debt is over, you do not take a rebirth.

Garuda Purana, on the other hand, says that you can take a birth in animal species which means you can be born like a donkey or a dog. Vedic science, on the other hand, says that once you get a human body, you will either be liberated or get another human body only.

Garuda Purana message can be read and interpreted in a different perspective. In mythology, humans are linked to animal tendencies. For example, bull is linked to sexual and non-sexual desires, peacock to vanity, etc. Probably, people who wrote Garuda Purana meant that if you do not live according to the Shastras, you will end up in getting another human body but with animal tendencies and behavior.

In Paralysis, Act Fast

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Brain attack should be tackled like a heart attack. As time is brain, a patient with suspected paralysis/stroke or brain attack should be shifted to hospital at the earliest and given a clot dissolving therapy if the CT scan is negative for brain hemorrhage. Prevention for paralysis is the same as prevention for heart attack. All patients with paralysis should be investigated for underlying heart disease and all patients with heart diseases should undergo testing to detect blockages in the neck artery, which can cause future paralysis.

Facts

  • One should rule out brain hemorrhage as soon as possible.
  • Obtain emergent brain imaging (with CT or MRI) and other important laboratory studies, including cardiac monitoring during the first 24 hours after the onset of ischemic stroke.
  • Check glucose and correct high or low sugar. If the blood sugar is over 180 mg/dL, start insulin.
  • Maintain normothermia for at least the first several days after an acute stroke.
  • For patients with acute ischemic stroke who are not treated with thrombolytic therapy, treat high blood pressure only if the hypertension is extreme (systolic blood pressure >220 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure >120 mmHg), or if there is another clear indication, such as active ischemic coronary disease, heart failure, aortic dissection, hypertensive encephalopathy, acute renal failure, or pre–eclampsia/eclampsia.
  • For patients with acute ischemic stroke who will receive thrombolytic therapy, antihypertensive treatment should be given so that systolic blood pressure is ≤185 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure is ≤110 mmHg.
  • Antithrombotic therapy should be initiated within 48 hours of stroke onset.
  • For patients receiving statin therapy prior to stroke onset, it should be continued.

You Cannot Hate Strangers

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You can only hate somebody whom you have loved. Hatred, therefore, is withdrawal of love.

Love is the opposite of fear and not hate. Most of us assume that love and hatred are opposite to each other but hatred is withdrawal of love and manifestation of fear; it’s not opposite.

In spirituality, you cannot have love and fear together. Love means being in touch with your consciousness. Love is total absence of fear.

As per mythology, there are only two emotions and they are emotions of love and emotions of fear. All other emotions are their sub-categories. For example, love can be categorized into joy, peacefulness, happiness, forgiveness. Fear, on the other hand, can give rise to hatred, depression, guilt, inadequacy, discontentment, prejudice, anger, etc.

In Ayurveda, fear is linked with Vata disorder, Pitta with anger and Kapha with attachment and possessiveness.

Again, as per Ayurveda, fear is linked with large intestine, pitta with small intestine and kapha with stomach and upper GI systems.

Fear in Vedic sciences is linked with Mooldhara Chakra, the first chakra with the sound LUM and love is linked to the Heart, the fourth Heart Anhata Chakra with its sound Yum. In terms of Vedic sciences, in Chakra meditation, Mooldhara chakra has the opposite characteristics of Anhata or Heart Chakra. Therefore, the sounds LUM and YUM are often chanted together.

Fear or love have different chemistry. Fear is based on adrenaline and love is based on endorphins. Fear is related to adrenaline based fight and flight.

The most important fear in body is fear of death. If that fear goes, one attains spirituality.

In the Sikh prayer “Ik Onkaar Sat Naam Kartaa Purakh Nirbh-a-o Nirvair Akaal Moorat Ajoonee Saibhn Gur Parsaad Jap…………”

‘Nirbhay’ means free of fear. Once one is in touch with consciousness, the fear goes away.

When there is fear, there is no love and when there is no love, there is fear. Fear and love cannot be experienced at the same time.