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Use Ayurvedic principles to clear and calm the mind BY KERI MANGIS 16-19 Therapy dog Albert works with the mentally ill BY BARBARA PIECHOWSKI PELTON
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Y U RV E D A IS a science of self-healing that dates back over two thousand years. Its essential philosophies have remained unchanged for all this time while its healing potential has been proven
across time and space. Ayurveda is a holistic, natural, and allâ€“encompassing system of healing which recognizes the mind as the root of all imbalances; therefore working to heal the mind is of primary consideration. A healthy mind is defined as having clarity regarding our life purpose, a strong connec-
Rajas, one of three Ayurvedic states of mind, manifests in the mind as turbulence, activity, restlessness, agitation and lack of clear purpose.
Tamas, another Ayurvedic state of mind, manifests as dullness, lethargy, heaviness, and lack of motivation, like a dirty, stagnant pond.
tion to the Divine, and a reservoir of inner peace and joy within us. AYURVEDIC STATES OF MIND: RAJAS, TAMAS, SATTVA
Ayurvedic psychology recognizes three basic states of mind that we all experience throughout our lifetime. These qualities are
When sattva permeates the mind, we have clarity, inner peace and stillness. To cultivate sattva in the mind is the highest goal of Ayurvedic Healing.
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rajas, tamas and sattva. Rajas, made of wind (air), manifests in the mind as turbulence, activity, restlessness, agitation and lack of clear purpose. Like a constantly moving, unpredictable lake on a windy day, when rajas prevails it drives us to do more and more. But without a sense of purpose behind our actions, we eventually become exhausted,
burned-out and overwhelmed. The second quality, called tamas, is made of earth and water, manifesting in the mind as dullness, lethargy, heaviness, and lack of motivation, like a dirty, stagnant pond. We canâ€™t see the beauty in and around us, and we are disconnected from our inner truth. We donâ€™t have faith or trust in a higher pur-
pose to our lives. With tamas in the mind, we withdraw from life-giving activities and people. When either rajas or tamas dominates in the mind, there is little clarity or peace, our connection to the Divine is impalpable, and imbalances begin to take root. Finally then is the quality called sattva. Sattva is like a clean, still pond into which you
HOW TO INCREASE MIND CLARITY O Each of us can benefit from cultivating more sattva in the mind. To do so, here are just a few simple things you can do each day to gently increase the quantity of sattva, the ground of healing. The existence of rajas, tamas or sattva in the mind directly affects our health and wellbeing. It is only sattva that can break through the stagnancy of tamas and calm the waters of rajas, providing the environment for lasting healing, happiness, and fulfillment.
can see your reflection. When this quality permeates the mind, we have clarity, inner peace and stillness. This is the starting point for correcting imbalances, re-establishing our connection to the Divine, and receiving clarity for our life purpose and mission. In this place, we tap into our inner reservoir of healing, joy, peace and inner-knowing. To cultivate
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Therapy dog Albert work with the mentally ill
NIMAL ASSISTED Therapy is quickly becoming a positive therapeutic alternative to the rapidly growing number of diagnosed mentally ill patients. Danny, 27, has a history of “huffing” and as a result of that he has severe brain damage and is considered mentally ill and dangerous; he’s currently living on an acute care unit at a state operated forensic facility. Unfortunately, Danny has been so assaultive that he needed to be placed in an isolated area to provide safety for himself, unit staff, and other patients. One of his last and most violent assaults resulted in a security staff having his eyeball punched out of the socket.
As a member the treatment team for Danny and rehabilitation services, one of my responsibilities is to offer Danny activities that will not only provide educational opportunities but also activate minimal social skills to enrich his daily life without provoking or triggering a psychotic episode. This can be challenging because we don’t know the triggers—which may be anything from the smell of certain colognes, to the look on someone’s face, or the sound of keys jingling.
Albert, a Jack Russell Terrier, is a therapy dog who works with mentally ill people.
DANNY RESPONDS TO ALBERT, A THERAPY DOG
Each week as I walk onto Danny’s living unit I must prepare myself with pure focused positive mental strength to be in this bleak setting where many of these 20 patients feel as though
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there is no hope for their lives. Because of this lack of hope Danny sometimes will stay in bed for days on end without getting up. The staff has tried many different ways to reach him with no success. Pet Therapy on the other hand has been a god-send for Danny because he responds so well to animals and in particular dogs. This catalyzes him to get up from his bed where he spends the majority of his time. I remember the first time I was able to come onto Danny’s living unit with Albert, the therapy dog. The staff said, “It won’t do any good. He’s been in bed for almost a week and we can’t get him to move.” Albert barked and Danny hearing this immediately jumped out of his bed, nearly tripping over a chair and came running to the dog. Between his metal bars and down and on his knees, Danny buried his head into Albert’s fur. After hugging Albert for a few seconds he lifted his head and with this huge smile said jokingly, “He smells like a dog.”
I have noticed things that activate the patients in a new way when interacting with the animals. For example, for some patients it is the feel of the fur. For others smell, touch, or just watching the other patients
play activates a calmness within them. For some it is the opportunity to play fetch, or get the dog to do tricks, or just hug the animal that they know will not judge them for what they have done. With some just looking
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at the dog sparks positive memories of themselves as a child with their own family dog. Because of the positive work that has been provided with â€œAlbert,â€? the therapy dog, more trained therapy dogs have been brought onto the campus with curriculum that teaches the patients how they would take care of their own pet once they are released back to their own communities. Animal Assisted Therapy appears to bring out the good in these patients in a way that is not possible with any kind of human intervention.
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Belief in an afterlife helps in healing of grief
N EVENT that touches us all is dealing with the death of either someone we’ve loved, or the impending experience of our own mortal being. And there is no greater need for healing of the heart, mind, and soul than facing this event and how we make it through—all the stages of grief—till we are at peace or acceptance. Possibly, it was a child who didn’t quite make it to the age of five, or a middle-aged gentleman who still had their health. Possibly, it was an addict who escaped a fatal car accident where a valedictorian was found dead. Plain and simple, the mysteries surrounding death can leave us despondent, angry, depressed, and withdrawn. Not only do we have to deal with our loss, but we must also deal
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We can finally begin to understand these events that have happened throughout the history of mankind and that have deeply touched us. Though the answers may not take away all the heartache, knowing the larger picture helps to dispel the sense of hopelessness and despair that accompanies the loss. In the latter part of the 20th century, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross did a wonderful job of helping us through the grieving process that we must go through when facing death. But now in this new millennium,
the human’s consciousness is evolving to possibly accept even higher truths. And what’s surreal is that intellectually the overall higher truth is a thought that has been around for centuries. Aside from the fact that we’ve always been told, “we don’t die,” much more is becoming known about this transition we call death as both scientific and spiritual knowledge expands and evolves. As an example, the Christian Bible tells us: Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. —1 Corinthians 15:3.
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EXPERIENCE OTHER DIMENSIONS
Isn’t it interesting that science tells us energy can never be created or destroyed, it only changes form? Those who are aware of their out-of-body experiences (OBEs), an experience we all have each night, and near-death experiences, are keenly aware of having more than one body. Science tells us there is nothing but energy. And, when you feel your immortal body, subtly but intensely, vibrate while in a very relaxed state, then we are also aware that this other body is vibrating at an energy level much higher than the denser physical body we use as a vehicle while in this dimension. Have you ever watched the propeller of an airplane move to a speed where you can no longer see it with your physical eyes? Yet, it is still there. Our spiritual body vibrates at a speed that most cannot see with their physical eyes but, just like the propeller, it is there. While existing in this dimension, we also stay connected to this other body via an etheric silver cord much like a fetus is
physically attached in the mother’s womb. When we shed this denser body, the etheric cord is severed and the spiritual body continues to exist on another level of being. Like the energy that it is, it just changes form. Subsequently, it’s comforting to know that we, nor our loved ones, will ever really be six feet under. Furthermore, there is a new age of inquiring minds that want to know more about
dissipate and the knowledge that’s achieved will help us during our challenges on Earth, as well as being more prepared for the hereafter Kent Smith Adams is the author of Love Promised: A Future Life Revealed, and founder of Universal Life Strings LLC. ULS is an organization that promotes the understanding of death as a part of life, and brings a higher level of aware-
Our fault is not that we fear death, but that we don’t respect it as a miracle.
—Deepak Chopra, MD
this life after, or the afterlife. And, possibly it’s time we embrace the theory that has long held its roots in many other major religions of the world—reincarnation. Having multiple chapters in our own book of life can possibly explain why the five-year-old, the middle-aged man, and the valedictorian left this dimension of duality when they did. And, why the addict is still here. As the unknown becomes known, our fears will
ness where life and the afterlife meet. Kent is a medium and grief coach; her passions have led her on a lifelong study of metaphysics and more recently, theoretical science. A NASA contractor for 24 years, Kent now works as an Operational Psychology Coordinator in the human spaceflight operations program, supporting astronauts and their families. She currently lives in Houston, TX. www.UniveralLifeStrings.com
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T’S NEW Year’s Eve 2011. I have a wife and two kids, $500 bucks left in my bank account, $1,500 bill for school fees near due, every corporate contract I have about to expire simultaneously, no contracts in the pipeline, and little in the way of alternative income on the horizon. Oh dear.
the now and places it then, next week, the next event: The improbable-possible-horrible-future. We bury our self in a place that doesn’t exist, at a time that hasn’t happened, in an imperfect world where we struggle against events that might happen, in the firm belief that they mustn’t. We become victims of the idea that now can be wrong.
THE PERFECT MESS: THE PERFECT MOMENT
WHAT MESSAGE ARE YOUR EMOTIONS SENDING YOU?
This describes the perfect mess. It is also the perfect moment. Staring down the barrel at economic implosion is, for many, the ultimate terror. It is also a common reality. We remove our mind from the present moment and place it in some future horror movie where everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong, and all hell is breaking loose. Fear drives the mind from
Look again. What are your emotions really telling you? Why are there? What is the true power of their message? Can any experience really be wrong? Most people misunderstand emotions. We use the mind to work out why we are hurting. We suppress the sensation and “take it like a man.” We blame an
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event, person, or our own self for our feelings. But you are a tolling bell. Your emotions are the vibration of that bell within you. They are not random. They are an experiential message informing you of just how disconnected you have become from your awareness of now. IT’S TIME TO START FEELING
Where do your emotional reactions come from? Not from the event. Not from an external person. They arise inside you. This is good news. It means that the ultimate power to feel good about your life is your own. You are in control. But what you are not in control of are external events. As soon as you rely upon external conditions for your happiness, you will never be happy. You will blame your emotions on the world. Your mind will be stuck regretting the past, frustrated at the present, or afraid of future possibilities.
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