July 27, 2019 Jonathan

Being “stressed out” can manifest itself in a variety of ways – headaches, shoulder and neck tension, irritability, a general feeling of tiredness, an inability to sleep. The symptoms can be mild to severe, depending on the individual. If it signals from the body are not heard, if changes to the lifestyle don’t follow, this stress can even lead on to serious disease. Of course the ultimate solution is to integrate meditation into our lives in such a way that we can deal with and dissolve tensions as they arise. But in the meantime, perhaps one the following tried and…

July 16, 2019 Jonathan

The sky beyond the distant mountains takes an orange hue. Early risers come out of their houses, long baskets hung over their backs. Some of the younger ones, dragging their feet behind their elders, are still struggling with the effort of waking up so early. They set out for the fields that await them with a promise of fragrant offerings. For experience and observation these people know their work requires perfect timing. Nature’s pharmacy of fragrances has precise and limited visiting hours; latecomers will find it empty on arrival. The fragrance gatherers quicken their pace and arrive at the fields…

July 4, 2019 Jonathan

In today’s world the emphasis is on health, exercise and a lighter diet. We need food which satisfies us, contains the full range of vitamins, protein and minerals, and yet does not make us feel heavy or bloated. For those who have a background of eating meat, this means daring to change our old habits and trying out new, vegetarian dishes. A carryover from past conditioning is that “only vegies” would not contain enough protein or be satisfying. There are, however, many vegetable dishes and food combinations which not only ensure complete proteins but satisfy thoroughly. On the whole, vegetables…

June 30, 2019 Jonathan

Ask someone, “Do you really want to be happy?” and what you will get in reply are strange looks, puzzled shrugs or a counter question of, “Who doesn’t want to be happy?” It is true that all the hullabaloo of our lives is in pursuit of happiness, but does anyone really know what happiness is? People are so busy seeking happiness that they have no time to stop and ask what it is. For most people happiness is an agreeable state of mind which is there, far away, like the horizon – a vague, nebulous feeling that everybody takes for…

June 19, 2019 Jonathan

Aloe Vera has been used by mankind for several thousand years. Over the centuries there have been references to Aloe Vera from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, as well as in Indian and Chinese literature. Famous physicians of the past – including Galen, the father of modern medicine – used Aloe Vera as part of their treatment. It is said that the queens of ancient Egypt used it for its beautifying properties. Alexander the Great was facing a problem. His armies were marching ahead conquering lands and defeating kingdoms. No force could stand their might except one: the force…

June 12, 2019 Jonathan

What does one do about unrequited love that seems to live on and on like a wound that never heals? How is it that I go on loving one woman year after year believing, in spite of the pain, that one day she will find a place for me in her heart? I think that I am a fool, and yet I continue to believe. By OSHO [Excerpted from: I Say Unto You] A real lover never gets stuck anywhere. His offering is for love, not for persons. He loves beauty, not the rose flower, not the lotus flower. He…

June 5, 2019 Jonathan

Understanding the Language of Your Body It is an art to understand the language of your body, of your stomach – to understand what is needed, to give that in an artistic way, in an aesthetic way. Animals eat, man eats. Then what is the difference? Man makes a great aesthetic experience out of eating. What is the point of having beautiful dining table? What is the point of having candles burning there? What is the point if incense? What is the point of asking friends to come and participate? It is to make it an art, not just stuffing….

May 28, 2019 Jonathan

“Beauty is a combination of qualities that gives pleasure to the senses and to the mind.” – American Heritage Dictionary “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” – An old proverb When defining beauty, scientist and poets contradict each other. The concept of beauty remains mysterious and illusive to us. Can there be a universal standard of beauty or does it lie in the eye of beholder? Ask any mother whether she treats her children equally; a face value “Yes!” will be the answer. However, research and scientific observation has shown otherwise: children more facially attractive are cared for…

May 19, 2019 Jonathan

Give It a Shot Who doesn’t like to wear fresh new clothes for an evening party? Who doesn’t want to sport the trendiest shoes displayed in the shop window? We want new cars, freshly picked flowers, a refreshing holiday: the list is endless. But when it comes to taking a fresh look at our established relationships and habitual behaviour – seeing our lifestyle with brand new eyes – our enthusiasm evaporates. That involves a change in our mindset – our love for freshness seems to be confined to things and not include living people! We prefer a comfortable, known lifestyle…

May 18, 2019 Jonathan

By OSHO [Excerpted from: Revolution in Education] Competition, comparison and judgment are poisonous seeds sown in children in their formative years. Jealousy is nurtured and nourished in young minds when only one student is awarded for coming in first in the exams. The failures burn with shame and anger. Jealousy is the outcome of a competitive society. It is better not to be educated than to be wrongly educated. Education is termed as the propagation of knowledge. It certainly should be the propagator of knowledge – but if education is teaching bondage, it cannot be a teacher of knowledge. Knowledge…

May 4, 2019 Jonathan

Our feet are our foundation, our roots. They are capable of the highest form of celebration: Dance! Dance is the poetry of the foot. Here are some delicious ways to care for these invaluable body parts that have been neglected for lifetimes. The birth of civilization Humans stopped walking on all four and stood upright on their feet about one million years ago. That was when our feet took the double load, made our hands free to do other things and civilization was born. Then came shoes – at first simple skin sandals to protect the feet from cold and…

April 18, 2019 Jonathan

Listening to the wisdom within… The body follows the mind. Diseases are produced in the body due to mental states and are healed, too, due to mental readiness. I believe in this and prepare patients mentally (emotionally and psychologically) to heal themselves. The process invariably brings out a lot of mental resistance, denial and unwillingness to see one’s own contribution in creating the illness. However, unless one truly understands the origin of the disease (which is in the mind), it is impossible to treat the patient truly and completely. That is why in the treatment of many of the illnesses…