Archive for February, 2008

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

– Henry Ford
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Love And Being Loved

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage”

Lao-Tzu

   “Life moves pretty fast.

    If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile,

    you could miss it.”

    “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle”

Workshop session with Swami Yogananda – 3rd to 6th Feb. 2008
(A 99-year old yogi from the Himalayas)

For general health perform the following asanas daily:

1 All the asanas for the joints

2 The following asanas:

a) Lying down with the arms stretched up, above the head, raise the left leg a few times, then the right leg followed by both legs.

b) Boat Pose (raise the arms, legs and body balancing only on the buttocks)

c) Lying down with the arms stretched by the sides (T-Shape), lift and stretch the right leg to the left hand and lock with the thumb and index finger, then the other side and both legs together.

d) Sleeping Abdominal Stretch Pose – bend the knees and place arms in T Shape.
– Bend the knees to the left and head to the right and repeat on the other side.
– Soles 1 ½ feet apart and perform as above.
– Cross legs and perform as above
– Right foot on left knee, perform as above, then on the other side.

Some Natural Remedies for Common Health Problems –

1 To cure Depression –

Take Vegetarian food or easily digestible food, stay with good company of
friends/family, exercise regularly, have a change of Environment (go for a holiday
or do something out of routine).

2 To cure burning sensation on the soles, sides of the body and arms –

Pitta is high – take simple vegetarian food (non spicy), cold milk, cold bath and oil
massage

3 To cure Diebeties –

a. Swami said if, Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist) is performed for 15
minutes on each side, the patient can eat 1kg of sweet and if performed for 5
minutes on each side, balances the sugar levels.

b. Soak 100 gms of Fenugreek powder in a glass of water overnight and drink it in the
morning OR

c. Mix 100 gms of Fenugreek powder with atta and make 1 chappati and eat daily

4 To stop hair dropping and graying –

Mix 200 ml coconut oil with 100ml lemon juice and apply on the head twice daily.

5 To improve brain cells & eyesight (and stop using spectacles) –

a. Blend ½ kg of Jintan Manis, ½ kg of Almond, ½ kg of rock sugar together and
take 2 table spoons with 1 glass of fresh milk/soya bean milk/water every morning
daily.

b. Rub some mustard oil on the toes and in between the toes of the feet about 20 to
30 minutes before bathing every morning.

c. Rub some oil (can be any oil but preferably mustard) on the soles of the feet,
below the big toes for 5 minutes on each side daily.

6 For General Health and to prevent any illness –

According to your age, take that many fenugreek seeds and soak in a glass of water
overnight. In the morning, drink the water and chew the soft seeds.

7 To cure Sinus Problem –

Perform jala neti and/or sutra neti

8 To cure Migraine Problem –

Eat pure Indian Ghee ‘Jelabis or put 2 drops of mustard oil in each ear daily until
the problem is cured.

9 To cure skin allergies –

Drink 2 glasses of (white) pear juice in the night. It will give you loose motions in
the morning which will clear out the skin allergies.

10 To cure Ringing Ears Problem –

Deep fry 4 to 5 cloves of garlic in mustard oil till dark brown. Remove the garlic
cloves, cool the oil and store it in a bottle. Put 2 drops of this oil in each ear daily
till the problem is cured.

11 If your sleep is disturbed by a bad cough at night –

Place a small piece of raw ginger or turmeric in your mouth and go to sleep.

12 To cure Asthma –

Drink only warm water and eat 1 carrot every morning for 1 month.

13 To reduce Weight –

Only drink warm water and only eat fruits.

14 Swami Yogananda’s daily breakfast (remedy for long and healthy life) –

a. Soak 4 table spoons of whole wheat & 1 table spoon of fenugreek seeds in a glass
of water overnight. In the morning, drink only the water with 100gms of ginger
powder, 100 ml of honey and 100 ml of lemon juice mixed together. Keep the
seeds wrapped in a piece of cloth to sprout for next day’s breakfast.

b. Mix the sprouted ingredients (whole wheat & fenugreek seeds) with 5 or 6 almonds
and 5 or 6 dates, mince into a paste and have it for breakfast daily.

Other advise given throughout the workshop –

1. RESTING –

a. When taking a short nap during the day, sleep on the Right side
b. When retiring for the day at night, sleep on the Left side.
(no one asked why!)

2. Changing the flow of breath from 1 nostril to the other –

To activate the right nostril:-
a. Sit comfortably and place the right palm under the left armpit

b. Lie down straight looking up and perform 8 rounds of Kapalabhati pranayam,
then turn to the right, perform 16 rounds of Kapalabhati pranayam and turn to
the left to perform 32 rounds of Kapalabhati pranayam.

(to activate the left nostril do the above on reverse side)

3. To live a healthy life –

a. Avoid tea, sugar and cold drinks
b. Take only warm water
c. Take 1 glass of warm water ½ hour before meals and another glass of warm
water 1 hour after meals.

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?

DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?

SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?

DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?

SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?

DAD: “If you must know, I make RM100 an hour.

SON: “Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow R M50?

The father was furious, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that RM 50 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

Are you asleep, son?” He asked.

No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.

I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier” said the man.

It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the R M50 you asked for.

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “Oh, thank you daddy!” He yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled.

Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.

Daddy, I have R M100 now, can I buy an hour of your time?

Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without spending some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our heart.

Do remember to share that R M100 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we leave this world today, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.

But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than onto our family.

A VIew On Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key!!

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back.
You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . . you BECOME 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE IT to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE IT to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime and it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them.’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health : If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9 Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING :

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin’s Views on Aging