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All Advice about Breath Seems Vague

But

Breathing is no small thing. It’s the only thing in your life that you need to live. The absence of continued breath is the absence of life.

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The Namaste Emoji- What’s Its Deal?

Most Used Emoji Ever– Namaste?

Recently, I wanted to send a thank you text. I wanted to send the “thank you emotion” not just the words “thanks” or “thx,” but I couldn’t find the emoji for it. I scrolled through my most used emojis – dancing lady….kissy smiley face with heart…party hat with confetti…laughing smiley…

I realized that- hands down-  I use the namaste emoji the most. Without hesitation, I sent my friend a namaste to thank her.

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While my parents are Indian, I never grew up using namaste. I’d greet most people with hugs. I’d bow to my grandparents and touch their feet because that’s what my parents did. I’d shake hands in professional or first-time settings.

I never used namaste.

I wondered why then was I namaste-ing all over the digital world?

Explanation of Namaste You Haven’t Heard 

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Dr. Lad – Hooray!!!

Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Institute – Albuquerque, New Mexico

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I’m in New Mexico for a little while. I’m absorbing more of life with this Ayurveda teacher extraordinaire so I can distill it at another time for whomever chooses to read. His only requirement of me- no notes….just listening intently.

Bust Anxiety – Make Problems Seem Silly

On Anxiety

“In shallow men the fish of little thoughts cause much commotion. In oceanic minds the whales of inspiration make hardly a ruffle” – Yuteswar Giri (anxiety buster)

The following quote made my heart sink this week. A few days ago, I was rereading the Autobiography of a Yogi because I only skimmed it the first time.  Once I read the “shallow fish quote,” I had to set the book down because I couldn’t go any further.

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Fish of little or big thoughts? Monteray Bay Aquarium Cutie

Why is it that the big decisions I made in life – college, who I keep close to me, motorcycle travel, starting businesses, pausing said business for Ayurveda – seemed like no big deal but just a few days ago I was freaking out over some technical stuff I didn’t understand about this website?

I think it’s because we allow shallow thoughts to add up to the point that they consume our mind. To extend the fish analogy, thoughts are like worms. A few friendly earthworms seem ok but an infestation of worms (or thoughts) just seems nasty. For some reason, my mind (and maybe yours?) seems to highly regard quantity over  quality.  Over time I increased the threshold with which I can handle more confused and uncertain thoughts (as most adults do), but I always hit a tipping point where commotion takes over. This causes anxiety or if it’s too elevated, agitation – exhibit A. Agitation is a more violent form of anxiety so I’m going to write about how I have approached the root problem of anxiety.

The following is an IMMEDIATE antidote I’ve developed to anxiety. No, I’m not going to tell you to breathe or meditate. I believe strongly in and practice both but I think there’s a trust in the process that most people need to start and even more trust to turn them into habits. If you start stepping into that trust, I’m always here to help you.

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Hyperacidity Food Remedies for your Tum

The Tale of Hyperacidity

A few weeks ago, I got super duper angry. My anger ate away at the lining of my stomach  (hyperacidity) which caused a painful gastritis attack. Last week, I wrote about the single best thing I did to release both and anger and pain.

As promised, this week I’m writing about what I’ve been eating.

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Mung beans and rice. The combo is called kitchari or kichdi.

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Gastritis And Withdrawing Anger

Red, Red Wine Stomach

Last week, I showed you a picture of how deep-seated anger blew up my digestive system, causing gastritis. It might be something. A weird surprise, I suppose!

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A Case Study of Anger – Why I Went Missing

I learned a painful lesson on anger this month.  It totally blew my body up. Like a bomb.

Instead of writing to you through my anger pains, I decided to wait and write to you afterwards. Deep inside, I knew if I was still angry the tone of the post would be sharp, not judgement free.

So I waited.

A few weeks ago, I would have told you that I was rarely angry. While I had felt frustration, it never seemed to last. Something more exciting always caught my interest. I realize now that I had a small reservoir of anger that I had tucked away. Even when I moved on to something exciting, I did not always displace my anger constructively.  Some if it got trapped in inside.

What Happened?

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Red Eyes to Clear, White Eyes Naturally

Red, Red Eyes

I’m facing a major case of the red eyes this week.

This is what happens to me when I’m so captivated by a subject I’m reading about online that I can’t stop staring at my computer.  Sometimes I’m staring because I’m really into a movie…Ahem…movie(S) back to back. 🙂

I blink less when I stare at my computer for hours.

Blinking moistens the eyes. Not blinking for long stretches of time (sometimes because of extreme focus on a screen) causes my eyes to get dry and irritated.

By the time I head to bed, I have red eyes– zombie eyes. Over the counter eye drops only give me temporary relief. My eyes always feel itchier in the long run.

Sound familiar?

Even if you don’t have red eyes, eye fatigue affects the quality of your vision.  I know looking at screens is increasingly a part of every day life.

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WHAT DO YOU DO?

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Simplify your day: 5 ways that CONSISTENTLY work

The following post details 5 ways I simplify my day. They give me peace of mind.

If you look at list based posts on the internet, they tend to display 10-20 options for you to choose from. It’s a probability game that at best 1 tip out of the 20 works for at least 1 person reading.  This style of writing is popular because people love to have more options to choose from. However, I believe knowing what has consistently worked over time is better than having too many options to handle.

Since I’m writing about simplifying life, I’d rather not inundate you with things  that are “cool” but I have never practiced. The following 5 things I do regularly and have tweaked based on years of experimentation. 

This experimentation has come from having varied “schedules” in my life up till now :   TV reporter following stories during Chicago winter | International business consultant on a plane most weeks | Start-up exec glued to my computer and phone.

Now, I run a consultancy and don’t always work with companies where I live. That means I need to be able to be in touch yet set the right boundaries so I’m not always waking up at 2AM to do something.

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The following has helped me simplify my days:

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Vitamin D – The Case for Moderate Sun Bathing

The following post explains the case for vitamin D &  why you need the sun in your life.

Vitamin D – What Women Know

Women often know more about the importance of Vitamin D than men do. But they find out too late!

Vitamin D comes from the sun.

For centuries, doctors used “sun therapy” (e.g. allowing sunlight to touch bare skin) to treat rickets – the softening of bones in children. Children in northern climates (say Scandinavia) were fed cod liver oil, one of the only foods that has Vitamin D in it among other vitamins.

As women age, they often experience the weakening of bones more so than men. This might be a result of inherent differences in physical structure between men & women.  Historically, men have done more weight bearing activities (lift things). Men have also spent more time outside working (sun exposure).

On the other hand, women are more likely to stay indoors. Many develop porous bones (holes in bone structure) as they age. This all too common condition is called osteoporosis.

Unfortunately, women learn about the Vitamin D -bone connection when they experience bone loss– not before!

While it’s possible to strengthen bones once bone loss has occurred, it takes more work. Why do more work later on when you can do a small bit of work now?

Vitamin D, not just for Women – What Men Should Know

Recent research released by the Vitamin D Council shows that Vitamin D is much more than a vitamin. In fact, at optimal levels Vitamin D turns into a hormone that goes into cells and essentially fixes damage. Vitamin D has been shown to improve immunity, circulation, muscular function , respiration, and brain development.

Vitamin D =  a superhero

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