In the last few months, I have made quite drastic changes in my lifestyle, having taken a break from work to immerse myself in yoga and spirituality. I thought I’d share some of the changes I have made so far.
I shared the benefits of a vegetarian diet in an earlier post and I never give advice that I don’t follow! So, yes, my diet is now vegetarian, no meat, no fish, no eggs. Not only that, I also try my best to avoid negative pranic foods like garlic, onion, coffee and tea (except green tea) and eat more positive pranic foods like fruits, groundnuts and dates. (Negative pranic foods are bad because they decrease the good prana or to put it simply, energy, generated through yoga and meditation). Also, goes without saying that I’m saying no to alcohol too!
I have completely changed the way I drink water ever since I found out two important things 1) water holds memory and 2) having a lot of water and sipping water throughout the day is not good for the body (your brain tends to absorb more than needed, leading to imbalances)(1.for more info, see links at bottom). So now I only drink when I am thirsty. Also, I have bought a copper water bottle and leave my water for at least an hour in that bottle before drinking. The logic goes that water in the cities reaches our taps through many twists and turns in water pipes which means that it gathers negative energy along the way. An old Indian tradition is to always leave water siting in a copper or mud pot for a while before drinking so that water can regain its natural form i.e. the negative energy dissipates. That’s what my bottle achieves. When I can, I add in a couple of leaves of basil (‘tulsi’ in India) into the bottle and let the water soak in the goodness of this purifying herb all day.
I have got myself one of these. For those who have been seriously involved in yoga for a while, the word ‘rudraksha’ may sound familiar. It is the basis for the Western rosary and mainly used for spiritual purposes although it also has health benefits. The rudraksha is made from the seeds of a special tree that’s only found in south east Asia. Wearing a necklace of rudraksha seeds, helps to protect your own energy from negative influences and aid in concentration during meditation.
4. Going natural
Where I once spent a fortune on bath and body products, I now spend close to nothing! The first step was realising how harsh and toxic chemical based products are and making a switch to natural/organic products. The second step was realising that natural/organic has indeed become a major commercial trend and every Tom, Dick and Harry has turned into a witch doctor trying all kinds of herbal combinations. So in the end I decided to wisely stick to traditional ayurvedic recipes that are scientific and have been used for thousands of years. I now buy Indian brands like Khadi and Patanjali which cost a fraction of the Buly and Dior I bought before…I once looked down on these traditional brands which I considered to be strictly for senior citizen use, but not anymore! And I’ve also got acquainted with simple home remedies – like the glowing effects of using a honey and lemon facepack.
So that’s a whole lot of changes already. Let’s see which ones stick!
(1) www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbUtgWPBGjY (The Power of Water); also see: http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/lifestyle/health-fitness/treat-yourself-to-a-copper-detox and www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TIvgR3KkLUScroll down to read about the author & leave a comment on this article.
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