Oh So London visit

We had lovely Lucy McGuire from Oh So London website visiting us. The visit was followed  by a lovely article on us in this website which you can read here.

During her visit she made this little video clip of me talking about spiritual healing. Come in and watch it here.

A little heart to heart

SAMSUNG CSCLike every parent I connect with my little one through play and laughter, closeness and conversation. The connection you make through touch is the most powerful and there are different ways to make it even more so.  When the time is right, I create a bit more awareness than usual in the play and take it to the heart level, where the spirit dwells.

I try to do my morning yoga routine before she wakes up. Usually this is fine but sometimes she wakes up and walks up to the lounge where I’ve set up my mat and all the useful paraphernalia. She has always had a weird understanding of not disturbing me in my practice so I usually can carry out my routine until my meditation. Then she just comes and lies on my lap and even falls asleep whilst I work on my mind.

I also find her sometimes walking around our home with my prayer beads chanting yam yam yam yam. She sometimes hears me doing this as I work on my heart or anahata chakra during my morning routine. Yam is the bija mantra for this particular chakra. She sometimes again sits on my lap and I place my hand on her heart and go on chanting.

When I put her to bed I give her a massage, which not only nourishes her skin (with eczema) but calms and grounds her quickly so she can get a good sleep. After having massaged the legs, back , arms and tummy I concentrate on her ears and finally on the heart. In a few seconds she usually falls asleep. It is magical.

The palm of your hand is an energy point, or marma, which is associated with your heart. When you walk hand in hand you are actually walking heart to heart. When you massage another human being with your hands you are actually touching them with your heart. The power of touch by hand whether it is by holding or massaging goes into much deeper levels of your being or your shared space of existence. It is amazing to give your child a heart powered sensory experience creating a calming, grounding and replenishing moment of rest. An evening massage routine is especially recommended for children with problems of overcharged nervous systems and the ones being over exposed to media. Or even, like in our case today, if you’ve had a busy day playing in the park running around randomly eating all sorts of picnic foods and being absolutely exhausted when getting home.

My daughter resting there on my lap while meditating or chanting is one of the most wonderful things in my experience of motherhood. Your hands are a tool to connect on a spiritual level, in your core being. Through them you can communicate peace and love, creating a magical space of energy, devotion and compassion. Your heart is in your hand, always.

P.s. A heart massage is also one of the best ways of healing from having lost a loved one or after breaking up a relationship. You can do this to yourself as an easy remedy to bring some comfort and grounding in a period of heartache.

For heart massage: use warm oil and massage first clockwise to stimulate the area and then anti-clockwise to calm down. At the end just hold the hand on the heart for a few minutes and then place a warm towel or a hot water bottle on top.

 

Jogging is not always a good way to lose fat

jogging-ehow-depanJust read an interesting article by Ben Hanton, which has caused a bit of stir between Huffington Post readers. This article (finally) states that jogging is not a good form of exercise for weight loss. Yes, I totally agree but I have to agree with the fact a few people pointed out that long distance runners are never overweight. I will explain the logic behind this.

Jogging is not a good exercise to start a weight loss program. You need strength and stamina to jog. In fact, jogging with poor strength and stamina often only make the body to withhold fats and not to release toxins stored in fatty tissue.  A good weight loss exercise is where you manage to breath through your nose without effort throughout the practice. And often long distance runners can do that. It is because they have built up strength and stamina to do that. An overweight person with reduced muscle tissue, who has not exercised for a period of time or never is certainly not going to benefit from jogging. The key is to build stamina gradually. If jogging is what you want to do as your form of exercise and you haven’t got previous experience start by walking. Then in intervals increase walking speed remembering always to breath through the nose, comfortably. When brisk walking is comfortable take a few steps running but come back to walking pace when you start gasping air through your mouth. This way you build your body gradually and safely to withstand more demanding exercise and have a chance to lose plenty of calories by relaxed jogging.

The body loses weight easily when it is relaxed. Jogging without appropriate training and especially gasping air through your mouth is only going to create stress. When under stress the body wants to withhold to everything it has, especially fat.

Ghee is the love of my life

SAMSUNG CSCGhee is the love of my life. My story with this healthiest of the healthy fats is a story with a happy ending.

Ghee has myriad health benefits, not least being the best one to fry with. You might have heard about fats going rancid or turning into those harmful, trans fat ones when heated. Ghee does not go bad quickly. In fact Teflon goes bad before ghee does. So, if you need to enjoy fried food, make sure you fry it in ghee. I have even changed olive oil in my Italian kitchen to ghee. I add the olive oil at the end of cooking so that it keeps its good qualities and I get the flavour I want.

When good quality ghee is used in reasonable quantities it reduces blood cholesterol, enhances digestion and metabolism. In fact, the gut produces ghee on its own, called butyric acid, and without it the gut cannot function properly. Ghee is also brain food, it nourishes and lubricates the nervous system and is very good for the eyes. In fact, I often prescribe an application of ghee straight into the eyes for those having problems with dryness, heat and tiredness. I also heal eye infections with ghee, the last one being those of my 3-year-old. Talk to my previous receptionist. She had an infection in both eyes and it was dealt within three days with a frequent application of ghee. It works wonders.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Melt 2-3 packs of organic unsalted butter in a pot

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  • Let the butter melt really, really slowly so the milk residue (proteins) settle at the bottom of the pot

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  • Pour the mixture through a muslin cloth and what is strained through the cloth is fresh ghee

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If your hob is too hot to let the butter melt slowly, don’t worry – you can still obtain good ghee by slowly letting it boil for a few hours. The milk solids then come to the surface and you can peel them off and, in the end, pour the mixture through a muslin cloth to get your homemade ghee.

Pulling oil

photo-1One of the most interesting and certainly most exotic sounding routine to integrate in our daily life is oil pulling, an ancient ayurvedic practice of detoxing. By this we mean gargling our mouths with a high quality oil for 10 to 20 minutes at one time. This method is increasing in popularity because new research is showing its efficiency. Every magazine, blog and health related publication is talking about it and so are we. This is because it really works. I can’t stop praising this practice and it has, yet again, proved it is the best way to heal my gums.

Oil pulling is excellent for the health of your teeth and gums. It is a marvel against sensitive teeth as oil, especially sesame oil, pacifies the nerves and reduces pain and sensitivity. Being antibacterial sesame oil reduces plaque and pulls toxins from the mouth. This wonderful quality also works really well on gum disease, like I can personally prove now. I had a naughty trigger happy dentist doing a cowboy’s job in my mouth. Never mind… (I took him to court but he is still practicing). Anyway, amongst other things I am left with a reoccurring gum infection. But, this is not my undoing as I have my dear sesame oil at hand: the best weapon ever towards oral bacteria and plaque.

Two days ago the infection started again and in two days I’m in the clear again. I usually pull oil two to three times a week. Now I increased the frequency to every evening and every morning. The result always impresses me. In two days the problem is solved. I’m so excited I just can’t stop writing about it in a public blog!!!

Wishing you all gum disease colleagues a life of healthy gums!

Life – Light – Love

 

Nature vs Nurture

Nature-vs-NurtureNature vs nurture

What is it that makes us behave in a certain way? Why do certain things keep repeating in our lives that we feel we don’t have any control of? Does it sometimes seem like you want to say, “I am like this, just accept me as I am”? Or do you stop, think and intuitively feel that there is something you can do about it yourself?

Everyone is born with a make up that allows their bodies and minds to express themselves and to behave in their own unique way. This will never change. Some tend to be creative, some achieving and some caring. And all these features mix as well. You can be creative and caring or you could be achieving and creative. The important thing is to recognise what is your own personal nature and what are your special features.

When we are born – in fact, even when we are in the womb – we are exposed to a myriad of sensory stimuli, teachings and attractions. We start creating a world of patterns of behaviour, ways to react to situations and ultimately, are conditioned by what we are exposed to. Subconsciously our brains will learn ways of acting and reacting. Sometimes these reactive patterns can be so damaging that they interfere with our health. For example, IBS or backaches are often caused by a learned response to stress by the mind.

Our health is greatly dependent on our understanding of how we have developed between these two ends of a spectrum – nature and nurture. That said, these two do not have to be mutually exclusive, but something that evolves in synchrony and creates conditions for optimal physical wellbeing and mental happiness.

The most important thing is to understand what we are truly like. Sometimes you just have to accept you are not going to have arms like Madonna, because your body has a tendency to build up fat in the arms and upper body. Or, you have to cut down on chilli and coffee because your nervous system can’t cope with it and your hormones are all over the place.

Nurturing our bodies in line with our nature is the key to health and wellbeing; nature has an incredible urge to repair and rejuvenate. The very existence of everything is determined by an innate impulse to create life, longevity and enjoyment of the journey through the different stages of our existence. All we need to do is tune in. Aligning ourselves with the rhythms of nature, mainly the cycles of the day and seasons, has tremendous effects on how our bodies behave. By tuning in we gain self-awareness and re-educate our bodies to cope with stress, whether it is physical, mental or emotional.