Sleep Soundly: A secret to restful sleep

If you aren’t getting enough sleep each night, there is a good chance that the lack of sleep is negatively affecting your performance. Losing as little as 1 1/2 hours of sleep can reduce your alertness by 1/3 the following day and it can even lead to anxiety and depression.

Getting a good night’s sleep is hard for many adults and that often means poor health, lower productivity, more danger on the roads and a lessened sex life. When we sleep, our bodies heal and recharge. Even just a small amount of missed sleep means less recharging and healing and even if you don’t notice the side effects right at first, they are happening and they will catch up to you.

Symptoms of a sleep problem include:

  • difficulty falling asleep
  • waking a lot during the night
  • waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep
  • waking up feeling not refreshed

Peaceful Sleep through Meditation: Techniques to Try Tonight

Anyone who’s ever experienced a fitful night of sleep knows that “just relax” is easier said than done. But do-it-yourself meditation practices may help you prepare for rest, and put worries or discomfort behind you.

”These techniques work best when done right before bed, in a quiet, calming environment. But you can also practice them several times a day” recommends Joyce Walsleben, PhD, associate professor at New York University School of Medicine.

“If you can keep your stress levels under control during the day, you’ll sleep better at night,” Walsleben says. “You can even do them at your desk or on the train.”
Learn Techniques for a Peaceful Night’s Rest

Experience the power of breathing through meditation techniques and extraordinary healing techniques that includes a guided session in the practice of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep).

Guided meditation with bed-time rituals of breathing exercises and meditation can help you sleep better.

Relaxing meditation, dedtime rituals of breathing exercises and Ayurvedic diet can help you sleep well.

  • A calming yogic breathing practice; which are a sequence of exercises that can be done lying in bed and a deep relaxation practice.
  • Meditation and its natural healing effect on the mind and body help you sleep soundly again.

Cultivate peace of mind while you fall asleep. Before bed, take pleasant breaths, then use therapy and relaxing scents to induce sleep.

“Mindful meditation improves sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes inner peace”


Benefits of sleep meditation:

  • Improved quality of sleep- experience a deep, relaxing sound sleep
  • Improved mood
  • Enhanced memory
  • Healthier heart
  • The ability to lose stubborn pounds and maintain an ideal weight
  • Lengthen your life

Help Your Child Excel

What causes some children to thrive on learning while others struggle? Foods lacking in intelligence disturbs the intellect and mind, and it disrupts the intellectual rhythm. When children are eating unintelligent food, they are not nourishing the mind with minerals, vitamins, and other aspects of nature’s intelligence, another cause of mental deficiency in children not getting enough sleep. If children do not go to bed on time, or if they watch violent TV shows before bed, that can disrupt sleep.

Read more information here about preventing ADHD too.

Keys to Mind Power

Manage Stress – High levels of stress, anxiety and depression negatively impact both mind and body. Learn Mindfulness Meditation technique, or find other ways to relax.

Get Your Zzzzs – Sleep deprivation leads to diminished mental performance. Meditation / Ayurveda consider sleep to be a basic building block for good mind/body health

Eat fresh, pure foods — Stay away from foods with chemicals, pesticides or additives. The purer the foods you eat, the more of their intelligence you absorb.

Balance Nutrition powerEat food rich in healthy proteins, such as from soy, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, is good for enhancing mental potential. Don’t take fat out of your diet entirely, fat plays some essential roles in the physiology.

The Power of Antioxidants – Eat antioxidant foods. Recent study shows that blueberries are powerful food for the brain because of their antioxidant value.

Keep that Brain Working! –Keep your mind active to keep it running. So keep those creative juices flowing and exercise your brain regularly and feed well.

Meditation and Ayurveda recommends fresh, organic foods that are prepared using intelligent cooking methods. This means that they are prepared in a way that does not destroy nature’s intelligence, and in a way that creates bliss after eating.

Ranjit Deora is a meditation master teacher, a holistic thinker and a life coach who enjoys helping people connect with their true selves and find happiness within. In his lessons on Mindful Meditation, the India native focuses on the mental dimensions of this ancient practice, bringing the benefits of joy as well as improved overall health.

Mindful Yoga Helps Financial Anxiety

How to Survive Tough Economic Times and Manage Your Anxiety

Housing market is in a slump, stock prices falling, food prices rising, and government bailouts of banks making the news each week, it’s no surprise that many people are feeling anxious about the economy and their financial well being.
According to the American Psychological Association, Women are more likely to be concerned with their economic security. Fifty-nine percent of women said they were worried about achieving their financial goals in the next five years, compared to 46 percent of men.

Symptoms of anxiety disorder:

Anxiety disorder include: fatigue, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, irritability, edginess, muscle tension, and gastrointestinal discomfort or diarrhea.

Other symptoms:

  • Checking online finances every hour.
  • Worrying about things that are not at risk, such as bank deposits that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
  • Worrying about standing in food kitchen or unemployment lines.
  • Watching TV for hours each day and hearing the same information over and over.

Take these steps to reduce your anxiety:

The most effective treatments for financial anxiety are relaxation techniques such as breathing exercise, meditation, laughter yoga and eating energy foods like fruits and vegetables.

Turn off the TV. Take a break from the bad news, especially if it adds to your fear and anxiety.

Determine if immediate action is required.

Concentrate on things you can control.

Put things in perspective.

Think positively.

Stay healthy.

Talk to friend or family member.

Karma – Enlightened Living and Higher Consciousness

Karma means action and reaction, cause and effect, the cycle of action and its consequences. Actions can be divided into two broad groups: those with a selfless motive, which are rare, and those with selfish motivation, which are common. Selfish actions can result in joy or pain, or a mixture of the two. They always create more karma, complication, and bondage because worldly desires tend to keep us stuck in worldly, karmic existence.

“The practice of karma yoga is a path to freedom from karma and its effects.”

Karma and Consciousness

There is good and bad karma. A body-mind will always have some karma, some process of activity which keeps it acting and reacting. Consciousness, on the other hand, transcends Nature and is free from karma. Therefore, the more conscious and aware we become and the more we identify with our real self or our higher consciousness, the more freedom and choice we experience. Awareness is the ultimate tool we use to liberate ourselves from the bondage of karma. Through the practice of karma yoga, we develop greater awareness. We witness the quality of our actions, how they are filled with desires, expectations, hopes, and fears.

Karmic Theory

Karma is patterns or habits in our body-mind, in our nervous system, in our thinking and emotions, and in the actions we perform every day. Our thoughts,
emotions, and desires have a way of repeating themselves, and these form karmic patterns. We inherit some of these patterns at birth, and some we create over the course of our lives. A karmic pattern can be a strength or a weakness. We can find it difficult (perhaps impossible) or easy to change. We need to develop awareness of our patterns. We can do this through meditation and self-study. Once we identify our patterns, we apply yogic techniques that allow us to act on our patterns—to respond to them, changing those that we can and accepting those we cannot. Acceptance of weakness is a great strength. It is an outcome of authentic meditation, arising from the cultivation of self-knowledge and self-love. For example, we may have a digestive problem, perhaps as a result of worry or anxiety. This health pattern undermines our energy, so we are motivated to work on it.

We may then choose to address the cause of the problem. We may change our eating habits and other lifestyle factors, and we may engage in more powerful
healing yoga methods such as breath work. Thus the old patterns may fade over time as we modify them with the new patterns we are consciously creating.

Karma and Meditation

The root cause and nature of our karmic patterns can only be fully understood
through meditation, which is the most important yogic tool for managing karma. By developing awareness, we can clearly see our karmic patterns in action and respond to them. Meditation also gives us a calmer, less emotionally reactive mind and nervous system, so that we can respond with more peace and wisdom and with less fear, anger, or attachment.

“ Positive karma negates negative karma in life cycle”.

Downsize your work Stress

Where there’s work, there’s stress.

Deadlines, meetings on top of meetings, difficult boss, unpleasant coworkers, they all can put a little stress in your life. Try incorporating these changes into your day to help remedy work stress.

1. Don’t Bring the Ring

Designate a chunk of your day to interruption-free time. Turn off the cell phone, mute the ringer on your landline, and log out of email. The silence will be sweet music to your ears.

2. Go Out to Lunch

Instead of grabbing a snack from the vending machine and working through lunch, take a break. Give your mind a rest and your body a chance to refuel.

3. Manage Your Time

If you give up your free time to get work done, you might pay for it with stress-related symptoms such as an upset stomach, backache, or headache. Schedule your work time to get your regular work done, plus handle any unplanned projects that might crop up. Then be just as vigilant toward planning in free time.

4. Get Physical

Exercise can help alleviate stress and it doesn’t have to be strenuous. Think you don’t have time to exercise? Yoga at your desk can make a difference. Light yoga exercise and meditation can do the job. It will help to relax the mind and energize the body.

5. Talk It Out

Find a friend to laugh, cry, and complain with, but preferably not a co- worker. It’s hard to carry the burden of your feelings all by yourself. You will feel lighter by unloading some of your concerns with others you trust.

6. Learn to Say “No.”

Most of us want to be a nice guy, but sometimes enough is enough. If you don’t have time to do something, speak up. Don’t commit because you feel you have to help others. Learn to say “no.” Listen to your feelings. If it feels like a burden to you, it probably is. Say, it will take time, but you can do it.

Guru Ranjit, founder of Charlotte Meditation, offers individual and corporate wellness programs and yoga therapy in Charlotte. His holistic health programs use the Ayurvedic diet/lifestyle and meditation to restore balance.

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