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Some of the Most Powerful Energy Healing Techniques Are Already in Our Toolbox!


Some of the Most Powerful Energy Healing Techniques are Right in Your Toolbox! Barbara Sinclair, CLN

I’ve been a student and practitioner of energy healing for several years. I’ve learned so many different techniques and modalities that I’ve lost count. I love both giving energy healing and receiving it. A session with a trustworthy healer can absolutely help shift energies and guide us to living a more balanced life.

But lately, I’ve come to realize that some of the most powerful energy healing techniques are already in our toolbox, just waiting for us to dig in.

Let me start at the top of my own list. Singing and dancing! Oh, yeah. I mean, what gets energy flowing and activating the chakras better than these two activities?

I recently wrote about a life-changing experience I had that involved opening my mouth and singing in front of a group of strangers. Not only did I conquer a lifelong fear, but I know for sure that my chakras were jumping with joy – especially chakra #5 (the throat chakra).

It was sound healing at its best.

I used to also be terrified of dancing in front of other people. I was the person hiding in the bathroom when the band started to play at weddings. But one day (in my 50’s!) I wandered into a movement class at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, and just like the singing experience, my fear of dancing was miraculously wiped away.

Every morning, I put on my noise-cancelling headphones (best money ever spent) and play the Dance Playlist on my iPod. I sing, I dance, I skip, I hula hoop, I jump on my mini-trampoline. Talk about moving Prana in the body!

This clears my energy and makes my chakras hum better than anything else I do. If you pay attention, you can feel the energy shift.

It never fails to wash away sadness, anxiety, fear, or anything else that’s keeping me stuck. Sometimes it releases so much that I’m crying and laughing at the same time.

And when afternoon rolls around and I need a pick-me-up, I launch right back into my routine.

I went through a period in my life where silence was golden. I didn’t want to listen to music, let alone dance to it. I craved silence and stillness. I’m grateful that I honored this and also grateful that I moved through it. Because singing and dancing can be so much fun!

Now, I have a healthy balance of silence and song, stillness and movement. It’s a lovely way to move through my day.

My trusty bike is another powerful energy healing tool for me. I hop on it and BAM! creativity starts to flow. Some of my best ideas have been birthed while riding my old pink bike.

So, when you’re feeling stuck, stagnant, or weighted down, reach into your own toolbox and know that the most powerful healing can be accessed by your own actions.

What’s in your personal energy healing toolbox? Please share!

Much love,
Barbara

About the Author

Barbara Sinclair is a weekly Writer for CLN. She is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of health and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. You can learn more about her by visiting her website barbarasinclair.com. Barbara posts a new article every Wednesday morning on CLN. To read her former articles, click here.

This article (Some of the Most Powerful Energy Healing Techniques Are Already in Our Toolbox!) was originally created and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Barbara Sinclair and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

Please note: Any content written by Barbara Sinclair for Conscious Life News is provided for informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your professional healthcare providers before beginning any new treatment. It is your responsibility to research the accuracy, completeness, and usefulness of all opinions, services, and other information found on this site. Barbara Sinclair or Conscious Life News assumes no responsibility or liability for any consequence resulting directly or indirectly from any action or inaction you take based on the information found on or material linked to on this site. Everyone’s body chemistry is different and what works for one, may not work for another. Please take care whenever making changes regarding your health. Though all information is reviewed carefully, Barbara Sinclair or Conscious Life News cannot guarantee, or take responsibility for, the effectiveness of the ideas discussed on this site.

 

 




How To Cleanse Your Body, Mind and Spirit – The Ayurvedic Way

Indian Spices and HerbsClients and friends often ask me about cleansing. While I believe that regular detoxing is vital, I am also extremely cautious about what methods I use, as many so-called “cleanses” can do more harm than good.

I’ve tried and failed at a few programs before–both juice cleanses, which can really unbalance someone with a lot of Vata energy, and other detox programs, which are so long and restrictive that I felt punished and defeated before I even began. I’m especially weary of such regimens during the winter months when it’s cold and the body needs nurturing, warmth and rest.

Recently, after feeling sluggish for a few months, I was looking for a safe cleanse–preferably Ayurvedic. My friend Pamela Rich, a fellow holistic health counselor and a Chopra Center Certified Vedic Master, recommended a week-long Ayurvedic detox program. Trusting both Pamela and the wisdom of Ayurveda, I decided to give it a try. Having just completed my seventh day, I can happily report that I feel amazing and am so glad to have found a cleanse method that works so well.

Cleanses seem trendy these days, but in reality they’ve been done for thousands of years. Ayurveda considers regular detoxing an essential part of maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit.

The cleanse I used consisted of taking a blend of Ayurvedic herbs twice a day, along with a fiber supplement and detoxifying oil. What I loved about this particular cleanse was the freedom to opt for eating sensible meals or choosing a meal replacement shake.

Ayurvedic herbs seem to know what each body needs. The beauty of an Ayurvedic cleanse is that it brings the body back into balance rather than making it dependent on dietary supplements. For this reason, the process and results of such a program are going to be different for everyone. Some people need to lose or gain weight, while others are looking to curb addictions or cravings. Each person’s emotional and physical needs are unique.

Personally, I experienced a lot of emotional clearing and by day three, my (recently strong) cravings for sweets and simple carbohydrates had disappeared. I wasn’t setting out to lose a lot of weight, and I don’t own a scale, but I definitely feel lighter and clearer.

When embarking on a cleanse, pay attention to and respect the wisdom of YOUR body by listening to the signals it is giving. For instance, if you feel tired, get more rest and if you feel overly emotional, take the time to journal or call a close friend.

This cleansing program can be done any time, but Ayurveda recommends four times a year at the change of seasons. Even if you follow an extremely healthy lifestyle, the reality is that we live in a toxic world and pretty much everyone is exposed to harmful chemicals and heavy metals in their daily life.

Spring is approaching here in the Northeast and it is a great time to think about cleansing the body of the toxins and fats that may have accumulated over the winter.

If any of you are interested in trying out the program that I just completed, I would be happy to guide you through it. The cleanse that I used is called Zrii Purify. Anyone embarking on this program can also opt to join a Facebook support group which will be held in March.

Please contact me if you would like to sign up to purchase Zrii products as a wholesaler. As you’ll see, I got so excited about this product that I jumped on board! Zrii is the only third-party product endorsed by the Chopra Center. You can also buy Purify and other products retail directly from my Zrii page.

Happy cleansing!

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, holistic health and energy healing practitioner in NYC. You can read more articles on her blog at barbarasinclair.com.

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Is It Really That Important to Be an Early Riser, and Who Deemed It So?

 

Sunrise over Lake Leelanau, MI, Barbara Sinclair

 

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” — Benjamin Franklin

We all know that getting to bed at a decent hour is good for us. Our body can repair itself during the nighttime hours while we’re asleep and we’ll be well rested for the day ahead. That’s a no-brainer.

But what about the other half of the equation? Should we really rise with the sun?

Ayurveda, the five-thousand-year-old system of healing known as the “Knowledge of Life” would say a resounding “YES!”

Ayurveda divides the 24-hour daily cycle into six segments of four hours each, based on the three functional energies, or forces (called doshas), in nature: Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth).

  • 2:00 am – 6:00 am – Vata time
  • 6:00 am – 10:00 am – Kapha time
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Pitta time
  • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Vata time
  • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Kapha time
  • 10:00 pm – 2:00 am – Pitta time

Today I mostly want to talk about Kapha time, because the energy of this dosha greatly influences our sleep habits.

Kapha dosha, by nature, is a slow, heavy dull energy. Just think of its elements water and earth. Combined together they can = mud.

You know how sleepy you start to feel around 8:00 pm? That’s because it’s Kapha time and our bodies are experiencing the slowness of the dosha. According to our natural body clock, this is when we should be winding down to go to bed.

Well, during the morning Kapha block of time (6:00 am – 10:00 am), if we’re not up and active already, that same slow, heavy, dull energy will tempt us back under the covers. Unfortunately, it will not give us a restorative sleep. It’s a lethargic kind of sleep that will linger with us throughout the day if we sleep too late. This is especially true for people who have a lot of Kapha dosha in their constitution. (To determine yours, click here.)

Our brain becomes very active during Vata time (2-6 a.m.) and our central nervous system is revving up, not winding down. Our bodies are also preparing for elimination, which is designed to happen during Kapha time, ideally within an hour of waking.

Certainly, there are times in our lives when we need more sleep – in times of sickness or during infancy and the teen years. But it’s important to remember that the most restorative and reparative hours of sleep are from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Pitta time), not during Kapha hours.

And, of course, the sun doesn’t always rise exactly at 6:00 am. So, these are general guidelines. But for the most part, our bodies are pretty darn remarkable at knowing what time all of our bodily functions should happen. We just need to let it do its job.

Shift workers are incredibly challenged in this respect. Working when the body should be asleep greatly taxes the nervous system and keeps the body from doing necessary nighttime repair work. Something to consider if you work a night shift is the Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb Ashwagandha. It’s one of the best herbs out there for helping the body cope with stress.

Most cultures know that rising with the sun is living in harmony with Nature. Some of us like to think that we’re night owls, but the fact is we are not designed to function like owls and other night creatures.

Sleep is a touchy subject. Some of us want to linger under the covers and some of us just can’t make it to bed until the wee hours of the morning. I’m just the messenger here, and I struggle with keeping a regular sleeping/waking routine like everyone else.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you feel a difference in the quality of your day when you get to bed early and rise with the sun?

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Much love,
Barbara

Barbara Sinclair is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of healing and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She is now pain-free and joyfully shares these methods with her readers and clients. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health counselor and energy healer.

You can contact Barbara HERE for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session. To receive her monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips click HERE.

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When Did We Start to Fear Mother Nature’s Medicine?


Barbara Sinclair, When Did We Start to Fear Mother Nature's Medicine?

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I don’t ever remember being given herbal remedies when I was growing up. Instead, it was the dreaded pink Pepto Bismol, or aspirin, or the new kid on the block, Tylenol.

I guess my mother didn’t have any role models to teach her natural healing and thus, couldn’t pass it along to me. So, when my own children were young, I followed suit, not knowing any better. I gave them antibiotics when the doctor deemed them necessary. Ditto any other prescription or over-the-counter drug. Oh, how I wish I had had a Dr. Aviva Romm-type around when I was younger.

But there must have been something inside of me that suspected there was a better way (I did make my kids’ baby food from scratch, I’m proud to say). Maybe it was a past life memory. At any rate,  it wasn’t until decades later when I had fibromyalgia that something shifted and I fully began to embrace what I think is the greatest truth that has been with us from the beginning of time –

Food is Medicine

When I think that I had never bought fresh ginger root or healing spices like turmeric, cardamom, fennel, etc. until I was in my 50s, I can hardly believe it. Healing herbal infusions of Nettle, Oatstraw or Comfrey? I’d never heard of such a thing.

But now, it all seems so crystal clear to me. Why wouldn’t someone reach for #1 instead of #2 for nausea?

  1. Ginger
  2. Pepto Bismol (Each mL contains bismuth subsalicylate 17.6 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzoic acid, D&C Red No. 22, D&C Red No. 28, flavour, magnesium aluminum silicate, methylcellulose, sodium saccharin, salicylic acid, sodium salicylate, sorbic acid, and water)

 

When I traveled to Michigan over the holidays to visit family, I brought along dried elderberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves and fresh ginger root. I cooked up a batch of elderberry syrup to give to family and friends. It’s the height of cold and flu season and elderberries are famous for their high antioxidant level and ability to boost the immune system. Well, you would have thought I was whipping up a witch’s brew for all the suspicion it garnered. And so, again I ask

When did we start to fear Mother Nature’s Medicine?

I’ve let go of hoping that my family jumps on the holistic healing bandwagon. We all have our own beliefs and I respect that. And of course,  no matter how much education we have, in the eyes of our family, we’re often still in kindergarten.

For years now I have been studying everything from a natural or holistic point of view. Ayurveda became my main focus because it is so rooted in the elements, in living in harmony with Mother Nature. What’s so scary about that?

Nowadays, anyone involved in natural healing has to be so careful about what they say and write for fear of FDA involvement. How sad is it that drugs have become the norm, are advertised on TV (we’re one of only three countries that allow this), but that you can’t make a statement or claim that a herb, food, or plant can possibly cure an illness.

If you don’t already, I urge you to look to your own garden, your farmer’s market or other sources of healthy whole food to discover the healing properties right in front of you, courtesy of Mother Nature. I think you’ll be amazed.

Much love,
Barbara

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of healing and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She is now pain-free and joyfully shares these methods with her readers and clients. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health counselor (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and certified energy healer (Deborah King Center).You can contact Barbara HERE for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session. To receive her monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips click HERE.

Barbara’s Website: https://www.barbarasinclair.com
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Barbara posts a new article on CLN every Wednesday.  To view her articles, click HERE.

 

 

 

 




“Pink Is Everything!” – The Healing Power of Color

Pink Is Everything!

Detail of “Pink Is Everything!”

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One afternoon last January while meditating, I heard/saw the words “Pink is Everything!” Exclamation point and all. Whatever did it mean?

At first, I took it literally, as we humans often do.

Pink? I was never a pink kind of girl. Or woman. Never particularly liked the color.

But wait a minute. The last couple of years I’ve noticed myself bringing this color into my life (muted, rich shades of it, of course – not Disney pink).

I have a favorite pink scarf that I frequently wear and I’m knitting one with (you guessed it!) pink yarn.

I moved to Jersey City last summer and had my bedroom painted PINK.

PinkBedroom

Benjamin Moore #2007-40 – Coral Essence

I went to buy a new rug and when I stepped out of the elevator, the most beautiful pink Persian rug (on sale!) was lying there just waiting for me.

I thought this was a new phenomenon but I started to look around and saw that I’d used this color frequently in my art.

And my heart absolutely broke open when I would see pink flowers in bloom.

CherryBlossoms

Hmm.

When I began studying energy healing and the chakras, I started paying attention to the colors associated with each chakra. (Click here for a free chakra chart.)

I noticed that at different times in my life, going through different challenges, I would either be drawn to/or turned off by certain colors.

Being an artist, this always got my attention. I wondered why I’d have such a visceral reaction to certain colors.

I used to detest the color orange, which is the color associated with the second chakra.  My whole life I had issues in this chakra and suddenly, when I started paying attention and healing it, I noticed orange becoming part of my palette.

Same with the color green (heart chakra). I can’t get enough of the color green these days – especially in nature (hence my recent trip to Scotland).

I bought a green jacket before my trip. And a green suitcase with a matching green backpack. 🙂

My least favorite color is bright red, the color of the root chakra. One of these days perhaps I will surround myself in red and finally be able to say “I’m grounded”.

Red was the favorite color of my partner, Ralph – one of the most grounded, rooted Kapha-types I’ve known. Like a tree trunk.

Interesting that pink is a combination of red (1st chakra) and white (7th chakra). The heart (4th) chakra is the bridge between the upper and lower chakras.

Who doesn’t think of the heart when they think of pink?

Like a dream that stays with us longer than usual, or a wonderful synchronicity that appears, these messages are gems that can add meaning to our often mundane or challenging life here on earth.

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Detail of “Pink Is Everythiing!”

I believe getting quiet is the best way to open up to them. You don’t need to be sitting in meditation, although that’s where some of the more profound (or at least interesting) messages have come to me.

They also come when I’m riding my bike, making art, dancing, or in the middle of a yoga pose, or even washing the dishes. Sitting under a tree. Rowing a boat. You get the picture. Whatever works for you.

Get quiet. Stay open. Receive. Reflect.

I became a little obsessed with this message. It floated in and out of my mind for days. It never went away. Months later it nudged me back to making art, and as I worked on a piece aptly titled “Pink Is Everything”, meaning began to take shape.

I looked in my notebook where I had jotted it down the day it happened and noticed the date was 1-11-2015. 111. 1+1+1+2+0+1+5 = 11.

A numerologist would have a field day with all of these 1s. My knowledge is limited, but I do know that my life path number is 11/2. (If you’re curious what yours is, click here.)

Much of the meaning of my particular life path number rings true for me. Certainly in the way my life has evolved in the last decade.

Intuition is strong in an 11 life path.

My friend, Mary, used to comment frequently on my intense intuition years ago. I would shrug it off. Sometimes it scared me. Now it’s become a driving force in how I live my life.

Intuition, and giving credence to signs and synchronicity has made my life so much easier to navigate and, dare I say, magical.

Pink is the secondary color of the heart chakra (after green).

Pink is a sign of hope.

It’s the color of unconditional love – for self and others.

It’s the Divine Feminine.

After my partner died I retreated and was okay with being alone. I’m an artist – we generally do alone really well.

It’s been a four-year journey of really getting to know myself for the first time in my life.

But all of these signs – I can’t help but wonder if it’s time to open my heart to another.

I’m horrified to even see those words typed in front of me. And that I’m sharing the thought with you. I’m really a terribly private person and wonder constantly why the hell I write a blog.

I’m not a dater. I recently saw the film “I’ll See You in My Dreams” starring Blythe Danner.

I could write a whole post on that movie. Phenomenal acting. Her reluctant dating made me shudder in horror.

Danner’s character was such a sad example of someone so stuck in grief that she’s given up on her own life having much meaning.

I am eternally grateful that I was able to grieve and move forward from both my divorce (a death in itself) and my partner’s death.

I’m not really over thinking how a relationship could occur without dating. 🙂 I trust that the Universe will guide me to whatever is right for me NOW – and that very well may be to remain alone. I’m okay with that.

In the meantime, I would love to hear stories of messages/signs/synchronicities that have appeared in your life.

What colors do you love or hate, and can you relate them to your life?

Or do you think this is all just hooey?

Much love,
Barbara

PinkScarf

 

 

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, AADP certified Holistic Health Coach and Energy Healing Practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda. After suffering with the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia for seven years, Barbara was able to heal herself by learning and implementing ancient holistic practices, including Ayurveda. She is now pain-free and eager to share these methods with her readers and clients. You can contact her for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session, or to read more articles on her blog, at barbarasinclair.com.

 

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Exercise Should Rejuvenate, Not Deplete


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Years ago in a class, Ayurvedic teacher Vasant Lad chided all of us with “Please, no running!” He didn’t mean not to run in class, he meant no running as exercise. This will strike many of you (especially Pitta types who are competitive by nature) as extreme, and well, just plain wrong. Vata types will also take issue because we just love to move, and Kapha types are probably thinking “All right! I don’t like to exercise anyway!”

When the NYC Marathon took place this month, I cringed a little while listening to obviously Vata and Pitta types telling their stories of triumph. I saw a lot of depletion. And it was a typical Vata Season kind of day – cold and blustery. I had to search to see any Kapha bodies in the crowd.

Yesterday I went up to Central Park and there was yet another race happening. As I looked on the faces of the runners who were being cheered on with “You can do it! One more mile!” I saw mostly distress and weakness, not strength.

More and more we seem to strive for (and reward) extreme exercise. Pushing beyond our limits. Challenging ourselves to climb higher, run faster and farther, hop till you drop, “Just Do It”!

We scoff to think that a quiet walk in Nature, a leisurely bike ride or a gentle yoga class could keep us healthy and fit. Ayurveda would disagree. I wrote an article a while back called “All Exercise is Not Created Equal”. Please check it out to see how the different doshas are affected by exercise and Ayurveda’s recommendations.

Related Article: How Yoga Changes Your Brain

Internationally renowned yoga teacher, Shiva Rea, talks about how Ayurveda changed her outlook on the practice of yoga. If you’re someone who’s addicted to extreme forms of yoga, you’ll want to read her article.

One of the most important points she makes is talking about ojas – the substance in our body responsible for our vitality, our vigor, our “juiciness” as Shiva states. This is a very real substance – the bi-product of healthy digestion – and it takes a full thirty days for ojas to be made.

Excessive exercise, among other things, depletes precious ojas.

Please don’t think I’m suggesting you never run again (although Dr. Lad might!). Coming from a lifelong non-runner, it hardly seems right for me to be doling out this information. But Ayurveda is so wise and I have seen myself get healthier more often from slowing down than speeding up. (Kapha-types, of course, need to do the opposite!)

Different seasons, times of day, and times of life should all be taken into consideration in regard to exercise.

Most importantly, learn to listen to your body for signals that you need more or less exercise.

Related Article: Kapha Season: Combating Seasonal Depression and Weight Gain

One easy tip is to do your most strenuous exercise during the morning Kapha hours between 6:00-10:00 a.m. 

This applies to all constitutions. Remember that we have all three doshas within us, just to varying degrees.

Kapha is a slow, heavy, dull energy and can use a burst of movement during the morning hours. Kapha also has the greatest stamina which will benefit whatever form of exercise you choose.

Following an Ayurvedic lifestyle, including exercising for our individual constitution, can help rejuvenate, not deplete, our life force and help us live a more joyful life.

Much love,
Barbara

 

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, AADP certified Holistic Health Counselor and Energy Healing Practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda.  Barbara was able to heal herself from fibromyalgia by learning and implementing ancient holistic practices, including Ayurveda. She is now pain-free and eager to share these methods with her readers and clients. You can contact her for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session, or to read more articles on her blog, at barbarasinclair.com. Sign up HERE to receive Barbara’s monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips.




My Favorite Cold and Flu Remedies

ColdFluRemediesPlease note: I am not a medical doctor. I am a holistic health and energy healing practitioner who believes strongly in the body’s ability to heal itself. The information below is gleaned from my own success using home remedies. We are all different, and it is vital that you learn to listen to your own body’s messages and know when it is appropriate to seek medical attention.  

People here in NYC are downright panicking over the flu. Many states, including NY have declared a public health emergency, and hospitals are overflowing with sick people. On her Facebook page, Dr. Christiane Northrup had this to say: “Well, the media (and big Pharma) are at it again–Whipping everyone into a frenzy about the flu. Before you follow the herd and get a flu shot, read this. And then if you still want to get the shot because it gives you peace of mind, then go get it. But remember–a healthy immune system with optimal Vitamin D levels is far more effective than any shot!” https://drtenpenny.com/the-truth-about-the-flu-shot/

Related Article: Ultimate Natural Home Remedy for Cold and Flu Season

I agree with Dr. Northrup–keeping our immune system healthy is the key. Our bodies are designed to combat these viruses on their own. So, if you’re one of the lucky ones yet to get sick, here are some simple suggestions to stay that way:

  • Sleep is vital. Especially during this time of year, 8-10 hours is optimal.
  • Exercise is beneficial, but don’t overdo it–Ayurveda teaches that we should only exercise to 50% capacity (and that’s when we’re healthy). https://barbarasinclair.com/2012/10/03/all-exercise-is-not-created-equal/
  • Eat a clean diet, with lots of fresh, local and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Be especially aware of your sugar consumption because sugar is known to suppress the immune system (this includes alcohol). I plan to go easy on the dark chocolate sea salt caramels…
  • Drink a glass of warm water with 1/2 organic lemon (squeezed) every morning upon arising. Add raw honey, if desired. This simple little tip is a winner.
  • If you live in a cold climate, stay bundled up (especially around the neck and mid-section–two areas of the body that according to Ayurveda and TCM are very vulnerable.
  • Supplement with Vitamin D3 if you are not in a hot climate where the sun is strong. Here’s a great source of information.
  • Sip hot water regularly throughout the day. Sounds ridiculously simple and it is! It helps to quickly move toxins out the the body.
  • Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry) is an Ayurvedic herb that is a wonderful source of natural Vitamin C and also one of the ingredients of Triphala. Personally, I like to get my Vitamin C from this delicious nutritive tonic called Chyavangrans.

THIS IS IMPORTANT! At the very first sign of a virus (usually a tingle in the ear canal, scratchy throat, stuffy nose, etc.) I do the following:

  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%) in the ears is my very first method of attack. I fill a glass dropper with hydrogen peroxide, warm it under running water, tilt my head to one side and fill the ear canal. If there is something brewing there, you will hear a bubbling sound. Wait about 5 minutes, then drain the hydrogen peroxide onto a cotton ball and repeat on the other side. Do not try this if you have a ruptured eardrum! This will also help with wax buildup in the ear. There’s a lot of controversy about this on the Internet, but all I can say is that it works for me and seems to stop viruses in their tracks. I often only have to do this once, rarely twice.
  • Gargle with warm sea salt water.
  • 1-2 DROPS (not dropperfuls!) of Oil of Oregano 1-2 times a day. This is by far one of the most valuable remedies in my arsenal.
  • Young Living Thieves Essential Oil on the bottom of my feet (2-3 drops). This blend of essential oils is highly effective in supporting the immune system and I am never without it–whether traveling or at home. In fact, I have to admit that nowadays, the first thing I reach for on a daily basis are my essential oils.

From an Ayurvedic standpoint, colds are a kapha-vata disorder. Dr. Vasant Lad writes: “The body builds up an excess of cool and moist kapha qualities, resulting in congestion and a runny nose, and at the same time it may suffer from excess vata, which reduces agni (gastric fire), leading to chills, loss of appetite, and/or poor digestion.”

Normally when I follow the above regimen, I am able to stop the virus in its tracks. However, if  you are rundown and your immune system is unable to fight off the illness, here are some good ways to treat full blown symptoms. If nothing else, the duration of the cold or flu will generally be shorter. Again, I am not a doctor, so please listen to your body and know if and when you need to seek professional help.

Related Article: Here’s How Nutrition Influences Cancer – And the Best Diet to Prevent It

  • Continue everything above except the hydrogen peroxide. I generally only do this 1-2 times in the beginning.
  • To the warm lemon water and raw honey, add a couple of slices of fresh ginger. It’s good to simmer on the stove a bit before drinkingGinger is an excellent cold/flu remedy.
  • Cinnamon has amazing antibiotic and antiviral properties. Mixed with raw honey, it’s a potent tool for your cold and flu toolbox. You can also add it to the warm lemon drink or make a syrup for a cough or sore throat by using lemon, honey and cinnamon.
  • Raw garlic is another powerful food with medicinal properties. I like (well I don’t really like doing this!) to chop up a small clove, put it on the back of my tongue and wash it down with water.
  • Neti pot or nasal syringe using boiled/cooled or distilled water with neti pot salt will help with a stuffy nose. Be sure to follow up with a good Nasya Oil because Neti pot use can dry the nasal passages and lead to the body overreacting and producing more mucus.
  • Breathing steam from a pot of simmering water on the stove is something my mother used to do. We would stand over it (carefully!) with a towel over our head and breathe. I like to add a couple of drops of Thieves or Oregano oil to the water. Olba’s Oil is also great for stuffy noses.
  • Keep your diet as simple as possible. Let your body concentrate on fighting the cold or flu, not having to digest a heavy meal. Chicken soup with lots of added fresh garlic really does work wonders for a cold. Even better if a friend or loved one fixes it for you!
  • SLEEP, stay home if at all possible, and let go of any rigorous exercise practices. You will only prolong your illness if you wear your body out further.
  • And my very favorite #1 tip for combatting the cold or flu is to lay on the couch and watch funny movies. Laughter produces endorphins and endorphins enhance the immune system. So stay home in your pjs, grab a pillow and a blanket and head for the couch. It just may be the quickest road to your recovery!

Related article: The Key to a Healthy Immune System is Prevention by Dr. Gabrielle Francis

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, holistic health and energy healing practitioner in NYC. You can read more articles on her blog at barbarasinclair.com.




How to Improve Your Health with the Ayurvedic Practice of Oil Pulling (Video)

3144_Sesame Oil 16 ozPrintI’ve had many requests lately for information on the ancient Ayurvedic practice known as oil pulling. Below is a short video which explains how and why the practice is so beneficial.

The video demonstrator uses sesame oil which is considered the best choice by Ayurvedic practitioners, but you can also use unrefined virgin coconut oil (my personal choice) or unrefined sunflower oil. I always use organic oil.

Related Article: Cleansing Body, Mind and Spirit–The Ayurvedic Way

Note that sesame oil is a heating oil and is better for Vata and Kapha types. Coconut and sunflower oils are cooling and are better choices for Pitta types (fire). My constitution is Vata-Pitta, so I generally use sesame oil during the cold months and coconut oil when the weather gets warm. Although I admit to sometimes using coconut oil year-round because coconut oil is more pleasing to me. (Unsure of your Ayurvedic constitution? Click HERE.)

I have practiced oil pulling on and off for a few years. But I decided to try it consistently for a month (every morning after brushing my teeth and scraping my tongue) before my last dental checkup. Both the hygienist and the dentist commented on how much better my gums looked and I have to admit, it was the easiest cleaning I’d had in a long time.

The benefits reach far beyond just a clean mouth, however. Ayurveda teaches that our mouth is not separate from the rest of our body and is in fact, a good indicator of heath in other areas. So, it made perfect sense to me that oil pulling would be beneficial to my general health.

I admit, the first time I put a tablespoon of oil in my mouth I wondered what the heck I was doing! But I’ll try just about anything when it comes to holistic health. 🙂 Now I just put the oil in my mouth and go about my morning routine: brushing my hair, washing my face, putting water on for tea, making the bed, etc. Before I know it, twenty minutes has passed.

Related Article: Ayurvedic Sexual Advice (Video from Lissa Coffey)

Check out the video, give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Much love,
Barbara

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, AADP certified Holistic Health Counselor and Energy Healing Practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda.  Barbara was able to heal herself from fibromyalgia by learning and implementing ancient holistic practices, including Ayurveda. She is now pain-free and eager to share these methods with her readers and clients. You can contact her for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session, or to read more articles on her blog, at barbarasinclair.com. Sign up HERE to receive Barbara’s monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips.




How You Can Deal With Life’s Traumas

Woman CryingInevitably in our lives we find ourselves dealing with trauma. It might be ours or a friend or loved one’s. I have learned that no one is immune, and no one’s trauma is any more or less important than someone else’s. This is a very crucial lesson we need to learn. Because the danger lies not so much in the act itself, but in our reaction to it and how we process it.

Trauma runs the gamut, of course, from the unthinkable–such as being the victim of a violent crime or witnessing the horrors of war–to hurtful or unwelcome words spoken to us. In our modern world, the trauma is often delivered via text or email. And there’s the trauma that comes along with grief following a death, a divorce, or the loss of a home or a job. They are all valid and equally in need of our attention.

The energy from trauma that isn’t dealt with becomes buried in our body (literally, in our cells) and can later lead to health problems. Many of us are carrying the effects of trauma that we’re not even aware of. The human species has a mechanism for doing this to protect us and help us cope, but there’s a limit to how much the body can handle.

In Dr. Peter Levine’s groundbreaking book “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma” he writes about the difference between how animals in the wild are wired to deal with trauma versus how humans handle it. A wild animal can shake off the trauma from an attack and almost immediately return to normal, while a traumatized person could be in therapy for decades and still not have recovered from the traumatic event. I wrote a post called “Healing Trauma” about Dr. Levine’s groundbreaking research a couple of years ago, and to this day, benefit from his wisdom whenever something traumatic happens to me.

You can read Chapter One of Dr. Levine’s book HERE. Taking just a few moments to read it will help you if you are dealing with trauma or prepare you for when it appears again in your life or in the life of someone you love.

My energy healing teacher, Deborah King, wrote in her first book “Truth Heals: What You Hide Can Hurt You” about the familial sexual abuse she suffered and how she was able to transform that trauma by speaking her truth and learning how to release emotional blockages that can cause illness. The book also teaches about the emotional and physical connections to each of the seven chakras–important information which can help us determine where in the body we need to focus our attention after a trauma occurs.

Nowhere is the body/mind connection more evident than in the case of trauma. Here are some suggestions for helping to clear trauma out of the body:

  •  Take note where in the body you are feeling attacked. The 3rd (solar plexus) and 4th (heart) chakras are common areas to feel trauma, but every chakra is open to feeling the trauma. Put your attention there (i.e. the heart) and fiercely intend for the trauma to leave your body. You can even grab at it with your hand and throw it up towards the ceiling, picturing it blowing up, disintegrating, or floating away–whatever works for you. Remember, it’s all energy.
  • Shake it out. Just like the wild animals do, you can shake the trauma out of your body. If you feel self-conscious or aren’t alone, go into a bathroom or somewhere private and shake your body until you feel some relief. This really works.
  • Dance. Put on some music and dance it out. This is a great way to clear your energy field, whether you’ve been traumatized or not.
  • If you feel that you’ve been traumatized by having your voice stifled, put some attention on your 5th (throat) chakra and sing or shout or scream it out.
  • Journal about how you are feeling. I cannot overemphasize the importance of this. There is something about the energetic flow from your body to the pen and onto the paper that releases a tremendous amount of stuck energy.
  • Talk it out with someone you trust. Again, you will get rid of a lot of the energy of the trauma by not suppressing it. Let your voice be heard. It will not only help yourself, it will help others as well.
  • Nurture the mind/body connection by practicing yoga, tai chi, qigong, or any other physical practice that will help you move energy out of the body.
  • Bodywork such as massage, cranio sacral, acupuncture, and chi nei tsang is a powerful way to keep positive energy flowing in the body.
  • Energy healing sessions can help to clear, balance and recharge your energy field, helping the trauma to gently exit the body.
  • Trust your intuition. We all have it, we all know what it feels like, and we’ve all ignored it at times. Learn to recognize that little voice or gut feeling and honor it – it just may save you from experiencing trauma in the future.
  • Nurture and love yourself. Don’t fall victim to “I made this happen”. Shame and self-blame are toxic emotions that you don’t want stored in your body.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is more common than you think and is not just experienced by war veterans. By recognizing the mind/body connection, and implementing the above practices, we can work towards alleviating trauma and move forward in our lives. Some of the greatest teachers I have met were victims of incredibly traumatic events who have learned how to turn that darkness into light, teaching and empowering others along the way.

With love,
Barbara

Resources:

“Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma” By Peter Levine
Other books/audios on healing trauma by Peter Levine (Including sexual trauma and childhood trauma)
“Truth Heals: What You Hide Can Hurt You” By Deborah King


Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, AADP certified Holistic Health Counselor and Energy Healing Practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda (the Science of Life). After suffering with the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia for seven years, Barbara was able to heal herself by learning and implementing ancient holistic practices, including Ayurveda. She is now pain-free and eager to share these methods with her readers and clients. You can contact her for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session, or to read more articles on her blog, at barbarasinclair.com.




After You’ve Healed – What Now?

"After You've Healed - What Now?" Barbara Sinclair, fibromyalgia

“Protect Yo HeART” by UncuttART

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Almost every week someone reaches out to me with a fibromyalgia story. They likely Googled “fibromyalgia” and found my “Pain All Over” article that I wrote a few years ago.

They ask “Did you really heal?”

Yes, I did.

I sense their desperation. Sometimes I feel their fear, hopelessness, depression, anger, frustration.

I feel their pain.

It’s no coincidence that one of my life’s challenges was dealing with a chronic pain condition for several years.

I feel things – deeply.

So deeply that I can remember when I was younger thinking that I couldn’t handle the depth with which I felt emotion – both mine and others.

Someone reading my astrological chart once told me that “my body was my greatest teacher in this lifetime”.

Truer words were never spoken.

Mind, body, spirit. How often we hear those words now. Thank God. Because if we don’t realize their connection, we’ll never heal from a challenging illness or condition.

It took me years after the pain had gone away to write about my experience. I’d become a holistic health practitioner to help others heal but I found myself shying away from working with clients who had fibromyalgia.

Just the story of their pain drained my energy, and if there was one thing I’d learned from my own experience, it was to protect my life force at all costs.

I began studying energy healing and what I learned only confirmed what my intuition had taught me. To nurture myself deeply before I can help others.

I have communicated with so many people about their journey living with daily chronic pain and I can almost predict who is more likely to make it through the fire.

They’re the ones still able to feel Joy in spite of the pain.

They recognize there’s a reason this is happening to them – a deeper reason than just the side effects of an accident or a virus.

I can sense in their words (written or spoken) that they choose hope over despair.

It’s one of their life’s challenges that can lead them into the light if they so choose.

They have both accepted their condition while at the same time believe they can heal.

What happens after you’ve healed?

Hopefully, you have more awareness.

You’ve been enlightened a bit. The world never quite seems the same.

You’ve let go of fear.

There’s a sense of peace and calm about your life.

And last, but not least, you’re better prepared for the next big challenge that will come your way.

Because healing doesn’t mean you’ll never need healing again.

Just a couple of years after I’d recovered from fibromyalgia, I almost died from a three-month bout of whooping cough.

I put my faith in a Chinese energy healer and herbalist who helped me recover. I can remember that in spite of the seriousness of my illness, I had very little fear.

There have been other challenges and there will be more until I take my last breath.

It’s part of the human experience.

But it can be so different without fear.

To face whatever happens with grace rather than despair or anger.

To never again separate the body from the mind and the spirit.

Of course, I can see more clearly having walked through the fire myself a few times in my life.

We all wish our bodies could talk to us (well, they can – just not literally) and tell us that that toxic relationship is hurting our heart.

Or not being true to our life’s purpose is causing chronic fatigue.

Or that grief “so deep it’s buried in your bones” (as a healer once told me) is the reason our lungs are hurting.

After you’ve healed, be sure to take stock of why you think you got sick in the first place, and what you did that led to your healing. It will come in handy when life throws another challenge your way.

“Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.”
— Oscar Wilde

Amen, Oscar Wilde.

With love,
Barbara

About the Author

Barbara Sinclair is a weekly Writer for CLN. She is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of health and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. You can learn more about her by visiting her website barbarasinclair.com. Barbara posts a new article every Wednesday morning on CLN. To read her former articles, click here.

This article (After You’ve Healed – What Now?) was originally created and published on barbarasinclair.com and republished with permission on Conscious Life News under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Barbara Sinclair and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

Please note: Any content written by Barbara Sinclair for Conscious Life News is provided for informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your professional healthcare providers before beginning any new treatment.




The Body’s Last-Ditch Effort to Cleanse Itself Before the Heat of Summer


The Body's Last-Ditch Effort to Cleanse Itself Before the Heat of Summer, Barbara Sinclair for Conscious Life NewsOne of Ayurveda’s important teachings is that our body should be properly prepared for whatever season is around the corner.

Each season brings with it special challenges for the body (i.e. fat accumulates in the cold winter months, heat accumulates in the hot summer months) and if we take care to cleanse it and feed it the proper foods, we will be rewarded with better health.

Here in the Northeastern US where I live, summer (or Pitta Season, in Ayurveda) is just around the corner. Or at least, we think it is. It’s been cold and blustery lately, and we can count on one hand how many sunny days we’ve had this May.

But assuming that hot weather is imminent, we still have a short window of opportunity to clear out accumulated fat and mucus which tends to build up during the winter months.

If you’ve noticed a lot of congestion in your sinuses, lungs, or elsewhere, this is typical in Kapha Season. Whether we help it along or not, the body is trying to discharge excess mucus that it doesn’t need. Mucus is actually an important protective substance in the body, but in excess it becomes problematic.

Spring is the best season for detoxing, according to Ayurveda.

Lightening up our diet – eating more fruits and vegetables than meats and heavy grains – will take the strain off of the body and let it do its job.

If you’re unsure of what foods are best eaten during a season, just look at your local farmer’s market. Where I live, bitter greens, sprouts, and radishes abound – all foods that are extremely cleansing for the liver.

Our workhorse, the liver, becomes burdened after a winter of heavier eating. And because the heat of the summer can be very taxing on the liver, we can help it along by lightening its load during the spring, especially through the use of bitter foods.

If we don’t take this necessary step before the summer heat, our body can be overtaxed and have a more difficult time regulating temperature and remaining healthy.

Typically, a more rigorous approach is used to cleanse/detox at this time, but here are a few simple, easy things you can do to lighten the load of your beautiful body and prepare it for hot weather.

  • Eat light. Indulging in heavy meals is a stress to the body right now
  • Sip hot lemon and/or ginger water throughout the day
  • Eat your greens! Bitter greens, especially, are a gift to your body right now. They’re light and cleansing
  • Do a mini-fast each evening by finishing a light supper around 6:00 (7:00 at the latest) and breaking your fast (breakfast!) the next morning
  • Avoid cold drinks. They put out the digestive fire which can tend to be sluggish in the spring
  • Chew a little piece of ginger before meals if digestion is sluggish (you can add a bit of raw honey or sea salt)
  • Add spices like turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and cumin to your food. They are excellent choices during Kapha Season, especially for individuals with a Kapha constitution (What’s your constitution?)
  • Use Triphala, a gentle Ayurvedic formula that greatly helps the detoxification process
  • Rising with the sun and exercising before breakfast will help to move accumulated Kapha from the body

Just these easy tips can help your body transition effortlessly into the hot summer months. Give them a try!

Much love,
Barbara

Additional Resources

An Introduction to Ayurvedic Cleansing
Balancing Kapha

About the Author

Barbara Sinclair is a weekly Writer for CLN. She is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of health and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. You can learn more about her by visiting her website barbarasinclair.com. Barbara posts a new article every Wednesday morning on CLN. To read her former articles, click here.

This article (The Body’s Last-Ditch Effort to Cleanse Itself Before the Heat of Summer) was originally created and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Barbara Sinclair and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

Please note: Any content written by Barbara Sinclair for Conscious Life News is provided for informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your professional healthcare providers before beginning any new treatment.

 




Why Do We Sometimes Feel So Blue in the Springtime?


"Why Do We Sometimes Feel So Blue In the Springtime?" Barbara Sinclair for Conscious Life News, Kapha Season, Ayurveda

Spring is a paradoxical season, in some respects. While the rest of Nature bursts forth with new life, some of us humans seem to want to crawl back under the covers, into our cave.

Shouldn’t spring bring with it renewed energy and vigor?

In the Ayurvedic calendar, spring is Kapha Season. This dosha (physiological force or energy) by nature is cool, damp, slow, heavy, dense, and cloudy. Apply these attributes to someone with a lot of Kapha in their constitution, magnify them because of the season, and you can see why hiding out under the covers seems so desirable.

New to Ayurveda? Click here for a quick summary.

These attributes of cool, damp, slow, etc., are called gunas in Ayurveda, and apply to our mental state as well as our physical state. A heaviness in the body can lead to a heaviness in the mind and also the spirit.

So, why do we sometimes feel so blue in the springtime? Blame it on Kapha dosha.

Note: Whether or not we have a lot of this dosha in our constitution (click here to find out what yours is) we all feel its effects. We are each a unique combination of all three (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).

The rainy, cool, gloomy weather we’ve been experiencing here in the Northeastern US is typically Kapha.

In terms of constitutions, most Vata-types won’t mind the dampness (they’re dry by nature, made up of the elements air/ether) but will be bothered by the cold. Pitta-types (hot, by nature – elements are fire/water) will probably be the least affected by Kapha Season.

Here’s the catch, though. Any of us, at any time, can have an imbalance in a dosha, whether or not it’s a predominant part of our constitution.

My own constitution is Vata-Pitta (heavily Vata). For the greater part of my life, I was typically Vata. But lately, I’ve been dealing with some Kapha imbalances (feeling sluggish, weight gain, not my usual energetic self.

While it’s been a challenging season (Kapha qualities are all the complete opposite of Vata, with the exception of them both being cold), as a practitioner it has also been enlightening for me to feel what it’s like to be in the shoes of a Kapha-type individual.

What Kapha-types (or someone with a Kapha imbalance) need to do to stay balanced and healthy

  • Exercise daily (especially in the early morning)
  • Get up and get moving before 6:00 a.m. (or before sunrise, depending on the time of year) and don’t take afternoon naps. Sleeping during Kapha times of day (6-10) result in sluggishness and a Kapha-type will lack motivation for the rest of the day. Because the water element is so strong in Kapha types, they need to keep moving or they will stagnate like an obstructed river.
  • De-clutter to lighten their load, physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Sip hot herbal/spiced teas instead of drinking too much water. Hot ginger water (with or without honey) is an excellent choice. Avoid cold beverages altogether.
  • Reduce foods that are cold, heavy and oily. Stay away from sweet, sour and salty and instead, add foods that are light, dry, warm, pungent, bitter and astringent.
  • Reduce mucus-producing foods such as dairy, wheat, and oats.
  • Avoid heavy meats and fried foods
  • Keep warm and dry, especially during cold, damp Kapha season.
  • Follow this Kapha-pacifying daily routine: Up before 6:00 a.m. (or, ideally, up to two hours before sunrise), meditation and morning workout, light breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Healthy lunch (biggest meal of the day) 12:30-1:00 p.m. and a light supper at 5:00-6:00 p.m. Bedtime between 10-11 p.m. Kaphas don’t need as much sleep as the other doshas (they tend to sleep too much), but a regular bedtime and restorative sleep is beneficial.
  • Kaphas can fast easier than the other doshas and it will help jumpstart their sluggish metabolism. They should definitely avoid eating past 6:00 p.m., 7:00 at the latest. This will give them a mini fast each evening. The word breakfast means just that–break fast.
  • Add spices to food to spark digestion. Be careful with salt intake and avoid table salt altogether.
  • Raw honey is a good sweetener to reduce Kapha. Buy local raw honey during Kapha season as it can help with springtime allergies. Just don’t overindulge, which is also a Kapha trait.

Relief is just around the corner for Kapha and Vata types who love the heat of summer. And when summer arrives (Pitta Season), I’ll be dropping by to have a chat with Pitta folks about staying cool.

If all of this seems a bit overwhelming, I’d like to leave you with some wise words from my Ayurveda teacher, Maya Tiwari.

“The word dosha literally means ‘that which has a fault’, a system that is quick to change. We were not meant to strive for perfection…It is erroneous and burdensome to attempt to maintain a perfect body, a perfect life, and perfect health, for the demands of such striving steals the vital force from life. What we can reasonably do is aspire to a life of balance, without desperate measures. It releases the harmful focus of a mindset in perfection and a will steeped in inimical reversals. Ayurveda is the pursuit of balance. A life of balance has no extremes and very little fragmentation.” — Maya Tiwari, “Ayurveda: A Life of Balance

Much love,
Barbara

About the Author

Barbara Sinclair is a weekly Writer for CLN. She is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of health and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. You can learn more about her by visiting her website barbarasinclair.com. Barbara posts a new article every Wednesday morning on CLN. To read her former articles, click here.

This article (Why Do We Sometimes Feel So Blue in the Springtime?) was originally created and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Barbara Sinclair and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

Please note: Any content written by Barbara Sinclair for Conscious Life News is provided for informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your professional healthcare providers before beginning any new treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Who to Trust on Your Healing Journey


Who to Trust on Your Healing Journey? Barbara Sinclair Holistic Health & Healing

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I remember when I HAD fibromyalgia how confused I was by what I should try, what I shouldn’t try, who I should trust, and who I shouldn’t trust on this healing journey I’d been suddenly thrust into.

Something (luckily) triggered a change in me from being mostly Western medicine-minded to intuiting that alternative medicine was the key to my healing.

But it was a new world for me and I mostly floundered about, reading book after book, and trying different modalities. I visited a number of acupuncturists who sort of helped, but I eventually parted ways with most of them. They just didn’t feel right.

At some point, I found my way to an amazing healer named Carrie – an acupuncturist, massage and craniosacral therapist. She was my angel. Carrie believed in me and kept me from sinking into self-pity or hopelessness. She gave me strategies to lead my body towards repairing itself.

The irony was that Carrie worked at a physical therapy center and my (then) stellar health insurance would pay in full every physical therapy modality except acupuncture – the only thing that was giving me some relief from the pain. Or rather – it would only pay if it was administered by a medical doctor (who had basically done a crash course in acupuncture).

Believe me, I got a hard look at just how insanely stupid the health care system is. Looking back, every single healer, herb, or modality that helped me heal was paid for out of my own pocket.

So, who to trust on your healing journey? Well, I got pretty good at using my intuition.

Because, in the end, you’re the person you need to trust first and foremost.

Personally, I don’t want someone working on/with me who isn’t gentle and full of light.

There are just as many holistic healers with poor bedside manners as there are MD’s. I remember thinking “I don’t need that negative energy around me” when I’m desperately trying to mend my body, mind, and spirit.

Trust your gut. Does this person make you feel better in their presence? Does what they’re saying resonate with you?

When I was at the tail end of my own healing journey, I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Every day we would listen to a new speaker and learn a new theory. Most of them made perfect sense to me. Some, not so much.

In the end, we had to draw our own conclusions and the basic truth that I came away with was that we are all different with different dietary needs, different emotional needs, etc. And that these needs change throughout our lifetime.

It’s a simple truth that we all tend to forget when we learn new information or seek out someone’s help.

I admit to being a bit of a human guinea pig and will try just about anything to heal naturally, rather than look to Western medicine and pharmaceuticals. Of course (knock on wood) I wouldn’t visit an acupuncturist for a broken leg. But you get my drift.

Trust yourself on your healing journey.

Educate yourself. Connect with people who resonate with your own beliefs and in whose presence you feel good. And safe.

I never stop learning or opening myself up to new ways of looking at things. Ayurveda always made the most sense to me when I was in school and it was an integral part of my own healing. But I am not so rigid that I won’t consider healing modalities that might go against Ayurvedic tenets.

Over the years, I have accumulated a go-to list of healers whose information I know I can trust. In most cases I have studied with or consulted with most of them, either as student or client.

The same goes for the herbs I personally use and recommend to family, friends, and clients. They are not part of the huge pharmaceutical industry takeover of herbal products. They’re organic and sustainably grown. They’re like family.

I wish you all the best if you’re in the throes of a healing journey like the one I experienced. Never give up. If you’re anything like me, you will look back one day in wonder at how so much pain can lead you to a place of good health and a life filled with Joy.

Much love,
Barbara

Barbara Sinclair is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of healing and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She is now pain-free and joyfully shares these methods with her readers and clients. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health counselor and energy healer.

You can contact Barbara HERE for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session. To receive her monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips click HERE.

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Delicious, Healing Ayurvedic Kitchari Recipe For Cleansing

Healing Kitchari Recipe for One, Barbara Sinclair Holistic Health & Healing

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Kitchari is Ayurveda’s vegetarian version of chicken soup. It’s great to eat during periods of cleansing, illness, or whenever your digestion needs a break.

A perfect food during Kapha Season, kitchari gently helps detoxify our body from the toxins that tend to build up during the winter months.

Leftovers are an unfortunate no-no, according to Ayurveda, so here’s a simple recipe for a single serving

Bring a kettle of water to boil and set aside.

Rinse rice and mung dal (you can soak for a few hours for better digestibility) thoroughly in a colander and drain.

Melt ghee in stainless steel or ceramic pot.

If using onion and garlic, saute briefly in ghee. (Kitchari is traditionally more bland for optimal digestibility but when using it for a regular meal, I often add garlic and onion.)

Saute cumin, mustard and fennel seeds just until mustard seeds start to pop.

Add turmeric and stir. It will burn quickly, so immediately add rice/dal and stir.

Add enough boiling water to cover about 2-3″ above mixture. Kitchari can be soupy or more solid, depending on your preference.

Add salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, with the lid slightly cracked open for 25 minutes. Keep an eye on the pot and add water if necessary. The final result should be somewhat soupy.

Add chopped vegetables and cover for another 5-10 minutes, until tender.

Stir in cilantro (or parsley) and, if desired, stir in a chopped (or pureed) tomato.

Voila! Feel free to mix up the spices. You can add ginger, coconut flakes, etc. And lots of different kitchari recipes can be found on the web.

Enjoy!

Much love,
Barbara

Barbara Sinclair is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of healing and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She is now pain-free and joyfully shares these methods with her readers and clients. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health counselor and energy healer.

You can contact Barbara HERE for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session. To receive her monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips click HERE.

Barbara’s Website: https://www.barbarasinclair.com
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Barbara posts a new article on CLN every Wednesday.  To view her articles, clickHERE.




Do You Have Sign-Up-Itis?


Barbara Sinclair, Do You Have Sign-Up-Itis?

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Do you have sign-up-itis? I know I do. I just can’t seem to resist those beautifully marketed web programs.

I think I need an intervention.

Ayurvedically speaking, Sign-up-itis is the curse of the Vata-type person. We’re not the best when it comes to self-control, we get seduced by creative shiny packages, we love to try new things, but we tend to fall short in the stick-to-it department.

We learn quickly but forget quickly, too.

Highly Pitta-types love to learn, but mostly tend to follow-through and retain the information.

Put this VP combination together (me) and it can be dangerous. A thirst for knowledge, but a lack of focus and self-control.

It’s exhausting.

I don’t think my Kapha friends will relate much to this problem. They tend to move slower, more cautiously, and always like to think things through. Slow and steadfast, like the elephant – once they learn something, they almost never forget.

Right now I’m  buried in courses I’ve half-started or are waiting for me on the back burner. All of it is wonderful information on herbs, healing, Ayurveda, writing, etc., but the truth is, I could be designing my own programs, writing my own book.

Might this be just a form of procrastination?

I’m always in learning mode, and thinking how great it will be to share new information with everyone.

But at some point, I have to say “Enough is enough.”

So I’m slamming the brakes on new courses for a while and will try to follow my own advice of slowing down the mental madness and giving myself a little break.

Kapha Season is almost upon us (stay tuned) and soon we’ll be drawn to come out of our winter slumber like the rest of Nature. The creativity that’s been incubating during Vata Season will be ripe for birthing.

I’m going to enjoy these last few weeks of hibernation. I’ll meditate more, and finish what I’ve started, rather than starting something new. No matter how shiny it is. 🙂

Can anyone out there relate?

Much love,
Barbara

Barbara Sinclair is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of healing and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She is now pain-free and joyfully shares these methods with her readers and clients. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health counselor (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and certified energy healer (Deborah King Center).You can contact Barbara HERE for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session. To receive her monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips click HERE.

Barbara’s Website: https://www.barbarasinclair.com
Barbara on  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraSinclairHolisticHealth
Barbara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BSinclairNYC

Barbara posts a new article on CLN every Wednesday.  To view her articles, click HERE.