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Art of Healing
The art of healing is something
I have had close experience with, as I have suffered from
Rheumatoid Arthritis since a young age and now especially
as I have a son who has suffered a congenital disease since an early age and asthma.
insight from my husband Alfredo who trained many years in
India, in ayurvedic
medicine, has helped me realize that we need to take
a holistic approach to disease and consider the complexity
of our lives. It would be childish to blame an isolated principle
I believe the healing capacity exists within all of us and
there are many ways of awakening it. We can find healing through
art in all its forms, and through meditation and understanding
of our dharma
a crippling auto-immune disease to which no known cure has
been revealed. I have suffered with it since the age of 14
and have been put on all kinds of drugs for the pain, anti-inflammatory
and disease modifiers. All the same I have damaged joints,
my wrists have very limited movement and I have damage to
toe and elbow joints.
have a flare up, really there is no joint that is free of
the disease. A year after my son, Joshua was born I had a
major flare up, I felt such pain and unbalance in my body.
This I know was due to various factors, above all stress.
recommended I take steroids (which I did for a year) and then
methotrexate, a disease modifier which suppresses the immune
system, like chemotherapy. I did not take this drug, the side
effects are worrying and I realize that all these treatments
are just suppressing the disease, but not finding the cause.
search for the cause, I have touched on different healing
therapies. What I understand is that each of us is different
and what may work for me, will not necessarily work for everyone.
Ayurveda has helped me have insight into the balance and unbalance
in my own body, listening to its subtle messages and taking
the necessary action to correct and find harmony.
day I hope I get one step closer to balance and expanded awareness.
I have integrated within my life activities to help me to
do this and live a reduced-stress life, like Yoga, Tai Chi,
Chi Kung, a belief in the Higher Self, Mantra chanting, Creativity
and Service to others. I try to have a healthy diet, mainly
vegetarian and organic.
my son has suffered with asthma since the age of 4. He has
had to be rushed to hospital on two occasions, one of which
was New Years Eve! He was pumped with steroids and oxygen
and nebulisers and has now always got ventolin
to hand, and flixotide to prevent.
to this disease in the case of Joshua could be hereditary
as allergies run in both sides of the family, but from an
ayurvedic point of view it would also have a lot to do with
the balance and Joshua's general immune system, which due
to the intake of many antibiotics (for his urinary tract infections)
has been lowered.
Joshua has started a breathing technique, Buteyko,
which has helped him tremendously, combined with a diet avoiding
sugar, cold food/drink and acid food.
asthma has improved so much. He uses the flixotide on the odd occasion when he has
a cold, to prevent, but the breathing exercises,
which consist in steps for children twice a day, have managed
to keep his airways open.
so grateful for this release and improvement for Joshua, because
asthma can be such a frightening disease, with a worstening
of symptoms that can happen very quickly. Knowing what to
do to prevent this from happening is the best gift for Joshua
at his young age, he is gaining valuable experiences for his
future health, especially as he was diagnosed with sacral
agenesis and has to deal with bladder and bowel disfunctions
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A preliminary understanding
evolved in an ancient culture which understood the human condition
to be limitless; the day to day implementation of Ayurvedic
principles creates a strong body, clarity of mind and tranquillity
of spirit so the individual may move closer to realizing her/his
Ayurveda offers a holistic approach based upon the understanding
that no single agent by itself causes or brings disease.
In order to further this movement the disciplines of Tantra
are allied to Ayurveda.
veda is basically a Global way of healing, it cannot
be monopolized or owned by any sect or country or religion
in any circumstance, if somebody claims ownership over this
medical system they are misleading themselves and others and
should not be given any credit or taken seriously, and to
confirm this let us review the words of the founder:
is no end to learning Ayurveda. You should carefully and
constantly devote yourself to its study. Increase your skill
by leaning from others without jealousy. The wise regard
the whole world as their teacher, while the ignorant consider
it to be their enemy.
of Ayur veda are threefold:
It helps to achieve positive health
· To promote welfare
for the world, by actively participating in
...the international community
· To promote the purpose
of human life
to preserve life is common to all living forms, this inherent
quality can be either dormant or awake, the ideal stage of
'awareness' or being 'awake' is required and will definitely
help to prevent serious illnesses by bringing us in tune with
'the life purpose'.
of this tuning will be the avoidance of unnecessary troubles
or being immersed in a conflictive life style, the amount
of success will be proportional to our efforts in the right
'Going with the flow of nature and God's law' is perhaps
the main consideration of Ayur Veda.
nature's laws is the key to know how our mind, body
and spirit are functioning, to begin this understanding
is the study of the five basic principles and their interaction,
namely: ether, air, fire, earth and water.
is it of essential importance?
Because they represent the etheric, gaseous, radiant, fluid
and solid states of nature and their principles of space,
movement, light, cohesion and density. They are not elements
in the chemical sense but different densities of matter, and
the important point here is to mention that 'their qualities'
do not change.
For example the Moon and water possess cooling and anabolic
properties, on the contrary The Sun and fire functions will
be to increase heat.
What is fascinating is the interaction of the elements with
the sense organs, they relate in the following manner:
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of Yoga derives from Sanskrit which means 'link
or unity with God'. It is an approach which brings together
the dispersed tendencies within a human being.
is not just body postures but anything which serves to unify
the individual into a whole.
us all there are different motivations, desires and goals
which are contradictory to each other; every circumstance
brings forth courage and fear, prospects of pleasure and pain,
judgments of good and bad. Our actions do not satisfy all
the different needs and desires that exist within; whatever
is left unsatisfied expresses itself through the body/ mind
of Yoga calls for an intense awareness of mind
and body so that our actions arise from the totality of who
and what we are. A yogi aspires to incorporate elements generally
unavailable to conscious awareness, into her/his daily life.
Basis of yoga and ayurveda
systems share the same views of anatomy, physiology and treatment.
accepts the yogic principle that health of the body
depends upon health and equilibrium of the mind .
uses the concept of Agni-Soma . These are the main
pair of opposites in the universe and are present in every
living entity. Agni represents the heating and transforming
principle and Soma represents the cooling and anabolic
principle is intimately connected with agni which at the same
time governs the power of digestion.
according to Ayurveda depends greatly upon the balance
of mind, since the mind is by nature unstable, it can
be easily disturbed, Yoga proposes the control of emotions
like fear, greed and anger in order to avoid not only psychic
but also physical unbalances which will bring an endless list
self-control can be achieved through mastering the mind by
means of Pranayama (breathing control) and Asanas
( physical exercises).
that since no human being has the same needs, the concept
adds great value in order to determine the type and intensity
of exercise before undertaking it, as well as the type of
diet, herbs, and forms of meditation
to be followed.
is a systematic approach to dissolve personal limitations.
As our limitations have intimately to do with our notions
of good and bad, real and unreal, the Tantric approach is
to continually redefine personal reality.
is a person for whom the removal of limitations is more compelling
than the maintenance of any given personal reality, no matter
how pleasant or beautiful it may be.
is the path of freedom: The Tantric aspires to recognize
the unity of the Human with the Divine.
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