Category Archives: Emotional Well-Being

A Peaceful Day

When you become aware of silence,
immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present.
You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning.
Eckhart Tolle


Breathe

 

Ceaselessly the river flows
and yet the water is never the same,
while in the still pools the shifting foam gathers and is gone,
never staying for a moment.
Even so is the human being, and human habitation.
Tales of the Heike  1928

Enlightenment for a wave in the ocean
is the moment the wave realizes that it is water.
Thich Nhat Hanh

It is not the river that flows, the flow is the river; and there is no riverbed – the flow is therefore empty.

 


 

Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly away
without either inviting them to stay or desiring them never to depart.
If your heart can be like this, you’ll be near to the Zen Way.


 

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj


Our mind co-creates our experiences.
Mindfulness enables one to subdue unrealistic and non-beneficial emotions
and perspectives and enhance our positive ones.
Thubten Chodron

The place of integrity is the source of your thoughts.
Encouraging Words by Robert Aitken


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We can never obtain peace in the world
if we neglect the inner world and don’t make peace with ourselves.
A Policy of Kindness   Dalai Lama

We are all children of the one human race.
We all bear the same longing for happiness and love within us.
Path of Wisdom, Path of Peace  Dalai Lama


By listening with calm and understanding,
we can ease the suffering of another person.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace
It does not mean to be in a place
where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things
and still be calm in your heart.


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Mindfulness Meditation

The following is a presentation of calm abiding images and words to nurture physical and emotional well being. This mindfulness content provides guidance to gently subdue past and present unruly thoughts, attachments, and negativity. The focus of this content is about working with the breath to calm the mind (meditation method). This presentation is not about the deeper context of meditation (insight). The sensation of in breath and out breath nurtures a calm, and clear mind. Namaste.

At the out breath, the soul expands to fill the space left by the breath and imbues us with a contentment that is not charged with Pranic energy (life force), but with the soul’s insight. B.K.S Iyengar

Mindfulness  is a form of meditation in which one is constantly brought back to what’s here, right now. It can mean taking three breaths, or three minutes to just breath. It can mean focusing on the tensions in your body for a while. It can mean looking at your feelings and letting them just be – no need to do anything about them. It can mean watching your mind and just letting those thoughts be.

Mindfulness defined as non-judgmental-present-moment awareness helps balance the causal association between life stressors and well-being. The goal of mindfulness meditation is to empower individuals to respond to situations consciously rather than automatically.

With every relaxed breath the body renews itself, with every relaxed breath, nourishing blood circulates transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells. The cells then renew naturally with a sense of quiet integrity.

Parasympathetic tone is associated with open and relaxed arteries which eases blood pressure and reduces the workload of the heart. Mindfulness enhances parasympathetic tone. For a bit more about parasympathetic tone and health see bottom of this page.

Mindfulness reveals mind and body to be in constant communication, each shaping and responding to the other.  Anne Carolyn Klein 

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.  Pema Chödrön


To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To meditate means to observe.
Your smile proves it.
It proves that you are being gentle with yourself,
that the sun of awareness is shining in you,
that you have control of your situation.
You are yourself, and you have acquired some peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh


When human beings become still they go beyond thought. There is an added dimension of knowing, of awareness in the stillness that is beyond thought.  Eckhart Tolle

Keep constant watch over your mind and learn to distinguish between the beneficial and harmful thoughts that are arising moment by moment. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Your thoughts and emotions are fleeting and do not define you; understanding this can free you from negative thought patterns.

Through meditation we can train our minds in such a way that negative qualities are abandoned and positive qualities are generated and enhanced. The Dalai Lama


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The moment you understand yourself as the true self,
you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments
you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of the brilliant sun.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali  Satchidananda


Breathe . . .

Breathe . . .

 

 

Through sustained focus and meditation
on our patterns, habits, and conditioning,
we gain knowledge and understanding
of our past and how we can change
the patterns that aren’t serving us
to live more freely and fully.
~ Yoga Sutra III.18

 


When you focus altogether on the breathe (Mu), your senses
are naturally open and you find yourself in fundamental harmony.
Encouraging Words by Robert Aitken

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness which unites your body to your thoughts.

Notice the sensation of the breath. Feel the air moving in and out of your body. One conscious breath is enough to make some space where before there was the uninterrupted succession of one though after another. Oneness With All Life  Eckhart Tolle


Meditation is not concentration. In concentration there is a self concentrating and there is an object being concentrated upon. There is duality. In meditation there is nobody inside and nothing outside. It is not concentration. There is no division between the in and the out. The in goes on flowing into the out, the out goes on flowing into the in. The demarcation, the boundary, the border, no longer exists. The in is out, the out is in; it is a nondual consciousness. Osho

Concentration is a dual consciousness: that’s why concentration creates tiredness; that’s why when you concentrate you feel exhausted. Osho


 

The soil in which the meditative mind can begin is the soil of everyday life, the strife, the pain, and the fleeting joy.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Meditation means to be in non-doing. Meditation is not a doing but a state of being. It is a state of being in one’s own self.
Osho

Simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom.

Mindfulness facilitates the achievement of serenity & insight.


Love is the capacity
to take care, to protect, to nourish.
If you are not capable of generating
that kind of energy toward yourself . . .
if you are not capable of taking care of yourself,
of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself,
it is very difficult to take care of another person.
In the Buddhist teaching, it’s clear that to love oneself
is the foundation of the love of other people.
Thich Nhat Hanh


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Look deep into nature and you will understand everything. Albert Einstein

The body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness. Sakyong Miham

Everything which belongs to the body is a stream, and what belongs to the soul is a dream and vapor.
Marcus Aurelius. Born: April 26, 121 AD

The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
Kate Chopin. The Awakening 1899

We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.
William Butler Yeats. Born 1865


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The parasympathetic nervous system is the part of the involuntary nervous system that serves to slow the heart rate, increase intestinal and glandular activity, and relax the sphincter muscles. The parasympathetic nervous system, together with the sympathetic nervous system, constitutes the autonomic nervous system.

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DISCLAIMER The content presented within the Kātha Soma™ website is not intended as or should be considered as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner for individual medical recommendations. Medicinal Scents™, Intimate Scents™ and Meditative Scents™ are developed and distributed exclusively by Kātha Soma™ Consumer Healthcare. USA/2017.

Meditation Helps Caregivers

Twenty minutes per day of either meditation or relaxation improved depression scores in family caregivers of people with dementia. However, meditation seemed to provide additional benefits according to a pilot study involving thirty-nine caregivers.

Mental functioning and cognition scores improved significantly in the meditation group, compared with the relaxation group.

The 23 caregivers in the meditation group averaged 61 years of age and the 16 caregivers in the relaxation group averaged 61 years of age. They had been caring for a family member with dementia for five years and four years, respectively. Hamilton Rating Scale–Depression scores at baseline were 11.8 in the meditation group and 11.4 in the relaxation group.

Participants in the meditation group were trained in a yoga practice of meditation called Kirtan Kriya that involves chanting, breath work, and finger poses.

Participants in the control group were asked to rest quietly while listening to relaxation recordings. Each group devoted 20 minutes per day to the activity for 8 weeks.

In both groups, devoting time each day to self-care was new to participants.

Hamilton Rating Scale–Depression scores improved by 7 points in the meditation group and by 5 points in the relaxation group. The perceived burden of care improved in both groups.

In the meditation group, 52% showed at least a 50% improvement on the 36-item short form health survey global mental health score, compared with 19% in the relaxation group.

Measures of cognition also improved significantly in the meditation group, compared with the relaxation group.

Intranuclear staining and flow cytometry showed that a significantly lower proportion of lymphocytes was positive for nuclear transcription factor–kappa beta (a protein complex that has been linked to chronic stress and inflammatory responses) in the meditation group, compared with the relaxation group.

The meditation group showed increased telomerase activity, compared with the relaxation group. Telomere length and telomerase activity are markers of biological age linking stress and disease. PET scan results suggest that improvements in cognition were associated with changes in regional brain metabolism in areas relevant for executive dysfunction and global cognition.

This and other studies suggest that meditation, tai chi, or other mind-body techniques seem to be helpful stress reducing therapies for family caregivers of people with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation funded this study. Helen Lavretsky, MD, and Michael Irwin, MD, reported the outcome of this study in a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Lavretsky and Dr. Irwin are professors of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Source: Elsevier Global Medical News 10/13/11

Skin Conditions and Stress

Psychological stress arises when people are under mental, physical, or emotional pressure. It arises when the individual perceives that the pressure exceeds his adaptive power. It is perceived by the brain and stress hormones such as corticotropin-releasing hormone, glucocorticoids, and epinephrine are released. This triggers a wide range of physiological and behavior changes and responses that try to adapt the body to the stress. However, if the stress responses are inadequate or excess, they may trigger adverse physiological events. It has been shown that stress can trigger and/or exacerbate multiple conditions, including cardiovascular disease, migraine, multiple sclerosis, epileptic seizures, and neurodegeneration.

Skin and Stress

Skin and Stress

1) Skin plays important barrier and immune functions, maintaining homeostasis between external environment and internal tissues.

2) Skin is both an immediate stress perceiver and a target of stress responses.

3) Stress conditions exert their effects to skin mainly through the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

 

For more indepth info about how stress affects skin internet search
Inflamm Allergy Drug Targets. Jun 2014; 13(3): 177–190.
Brain-Skin Connection: Stress, Inflammation and Skin Aging
Ying Chen* and John Lyga

Kathá Soma skin therapeutics are for people with vulnerable and troubled skin. Our naturally derived, nutrient enriched skin care formulas penetrate the top (epidermis) and middle (dermis) skin layers to protect and renew skin.

Katha Tibet logoDISCLAIMER The content presented within the Kathá Soma website is not intended as or should be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner for individual medical recommendations. Kathá Soma Consumer Health USA/2015