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Meditation is the process of observing and witnessing the activities of the self much like a third person.

Immunity what is thy price?

You are as healthy as your immunity permits you to be. Immunity is your ability to fight invading organisms be it virus or bacteria. Therefore, here we are going to see how to build up a strong and healthy immunity mechanism in our bodies.  By building a healthy reservoir of strength against invading organisms, one can be sure of not getting any disease.

Immunity vs disease

You will be surprised to know that immunity and disease are inversely connected. How?  The more immunity you have, the less likely it is for you to fall ill. Conversely, if you are afflicted with a disease, your immunity is, likely to have shrunk. Furthermore, if you examine the word disease; it consists of two words dis-ease which means the opposite of being at ease. Being at ease is a sign of health, right?

Eat healthily and build immunity

You are what you eat. It may sound too simplistic, but it is a fact. Eating affects your very being. Therefore, always make a wise and knowledgeable choice when it comes to eating. Fruits, veggies, and lean meat are preferable to other heavy food. Remember, immunity builds resistance to infection and influenza. Moreover, remember to consume as much water as possible for improved digestion and circulation.

Trendy Virus protection food, coronavirus, immunity concept.

Trendy Virus protection food, coronavirus, immunity concept.

Negative factors affecting immunity

You guessed it correct! Smoking!

The single big contributor of weakness and impairment to your lungs is smoking. Give up if not already done. It is no longer fashionable to smoke! If you remember the eighties, everyone smoked.! The actors, celebrities, you name it, they did. Remember, ” Come to Marlboro Country”? The handsome macho looking man with a Stetson western hat holding a horse. His left hand holding the horse and a glowing cigarette in his right!  So effective was the ad, the theme of the ad continued for a long time!

Brutal cowboy poses with horse, wild west

Brutal cowboy poses with horse, wild west no smoking but!

Positive factors building up immunity

Let us come to the positive aspect of building and harnessing the immunity factor. In fact, any type of physical exercise is welcome. To begin with, the list of physical exercises is long and varied. It includes walking, jogging, long-distance running like a marathon. Not to speak of the gym, aerobics, swimming, cycling apart from Yoga and Meditation is unthinkable! Therefore, join a weekend online yoga class. Better still any class that teaches you a deep breathing technique. In fact, there are so many different practices of deep breathing techniques that are effective in building up immunity.

Psychological factors affecting immunity

Studies have shown that one’s self-esteem and self-worth are intricately connected to personality. Therefore, anything that elevates your mood like music, dance, and meditation is worth its weight in gold!  Go for it without postponing it to tomorrow! Also, conversely, if you feel low, you may not want to do any practices! In this context, ten minutes of doing something every day is more important than reading about it!

Father with a toddler boy walking on beach on summer holiday, having fun.

Father with a toddler boy walking on the beach on summer holiday, having fun.

Summing up, an ounce of practice is worth a pound of knowledge! So go for it now and enjoy every bit of the present moment! Never accept other’s definition of life. Because it is your life, so define it yourself and build your health practice. Good luck and safe living!

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Welcome to Yoga Dhyan Center

If you want to live a stress-free life, naturally you have to adopt a realistic strategy of living with achievable goals. For example, if your goal is to do a list of simple things in life such as allocating 6 hours for work, 1 hour of household chores and 1 hour of quality time with your family, you will certainly feel exhilarated when you make it happen by the end of the day.

On the other hand, if you harbor unrealistic expectations like becoming famous like a movie star or having millions of dollars without working for it or even other far fetched ideas then you are certain to feel depressed and stressed out with your current work

Enter the dragon

Yet we have to manage our lives sensibly and responsibly. Rather than succumbing to gloom and depression, let us look at our lives in close scrutiny.  Are we going to live forever in this world? No certainly not. But as long as we live on this beautiful planet, we need to live happily, joyously and with gratitude for all the good things we have been bestowed with so far.

With the advent of the deadly pandemic spreading across the globe, it is certainly stressful to deal with life, isn’t it?  Who would have ever thought that such a scenario would engulf the world in such a short time?

Yes definitely, we are stressed what with the news of death spreading like wildfire, (after the bloody real forest fire at Australia) causing sorrow to the families of near and dear ones. Let us live in a simple way with simple, healthy food and drinks joyfully.

The practice of Regular Meditation

Now is the time to go inwards and watch what we are doing with our thoughts. Our thoughts come to us like the relentless waves of the sea taking us here and there as if we are just some twigs. The only way out for us is to watch them without judgment, without approval or condemnation. Just remain a witness to our thoughts and allow them to come and go.

Do yoga to be stress-free

There are studies to show, regular yoga practices help in regulating your blood pressure, diabetes, and hosts of other medical conditions we are normally prone to by our unconscious habits of living.

Enroll in an online class of doing yoga for health benefits today. More specifically for your heart and lead a stress-free life. Make use of this lockin period we are all thrown into by the circumstances and live with optimism and hope.

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Good luck and God be with you.

 

 

 

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Meditation Retreat: SatDarshan, Anaikatty

The meditation retreat at Satdarshan is a picturesque place where the practice of mindfulness and introspection happens regularly. The feedback about the events conducted here earlier encouraged us to conduct regular programs every week.

We warmly invite you to our Meditation Centre SatDarshan. As a matter of fact, we purely run it for a noble cause for all the Seekers and contemplators.

The Venue & Location of the Meditation Retreat

SatDarshan is a tranquil resort for Meditation located in a calm and quiet atmosphere in Kottathara. Actually, the highlight of this retreat is private access to the perennial Siruvani River with crystal clear water. A real cool spot, indeed!

Facilities at the Resort
  1. Cleanly maintained room with attached bath.
  2. Three times vegetarian food with Tea/Snacks.
  3. Meditations at the sprawling Meditation Hall.

Apart from the above, there are 9 rooms with attached bath and toilet. Additionally, they can accommodate up to 9 persons.  On the other hand, in case of a group booking, sixteen to eighteen or more persons can stay.

The charges for Indian resident is Rs 600/- per person per day and for Foreigners Rs 700/- per person. (The rates may change. Kindly confirm the prevailing rate before booking)

  • Charges are Inclusive of accommodation, vegetarian food, Tea/Coffee and snacks.
  • Charges for the Events fixed according to the facilitator fee and other amenities.
  • Donations accepted gratefully with reverence, as it will aid the management to function better.
Non Profit motive

The objective of this fee is not for the purpose of revenue generation. Mainly to provide for the maintenance and salaries for the staff employed, we collect this fee.  In addition, we have to take care of unexpected damages due to floods and miscellaneous expenses.  Moreover, the amount we charge is a bare minimum taking into account the individual’s minimum expense for a day. Actually, those who are not able to afford this fee can stay free with food, based on the availability of rooms.

Daily Routine

Following is a general routine of SatDarshan.  There may be minor changes according to some situations and events.

5:30 am                     Wake up bell

6.00 -7.00 am            Meditation

8.00 – 8.45 am           Breakfast

9.00 – 10.30 am         Seva (Selfless work)

12.00 -12.30 pm        Meditation

12.30 – 1.15pm          Lunch

4.00 – 4.45 pm           Tea with Sharing

6.30 – 7.30 pm           Meditation

7.30 – 8.15 pm           Dinner

9.00- 10 pm               Last Event & Lights out/Silence

Points to Remember

  • To maintain the ethos and the atmosphere of the place, Alcoholic drinks, Smoking, Non-Vegetarian food items prohibited on the campus.
  • Children below 13 years are not admissible for the participation (Children events organized separately)
  • This is not an amusement resort.  Therefore, it is important to know loud, noisy and boisterous behaviors are best avoided here.
  • One and half hour’s Selfless Seva is Mandatory for this communal livelihood. Because we consider this as a working Meditation.

Website: www.satdarshan.org, www.yogadhyancenter.com

Address: SatDarshan, 7/634, Vada Kottathara,

Kottathara, Dist.: Palakkad. Pin: 678581

Easily accessible from Coimbatore City – 45 Kms.

Mobile: WhatsApp 9489663755, 9842231582, 9363222785

OCTOBER 13 to 15 OSHO CAMP

There were around 13 participants for this program. The camp concluded on Sunday at the Meditation Resort. We explored many meditations, silent sittings, swimming in the river and quietude.  Summing up, in the future, we are looking forward to seeing more people in these gatherings where silence happens.

Take a look at the Gallery for the pictures of the participants.

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Dancing is the quickest way to Here and Now!

Have you noticed when you dance you cannot think?

Try it. Dance for a music track you like and observe what your mind is thinking. You will be surprised to find it can not think!

In fact, you would also find, your dancing has stopped when you started thinking about the thoughts in your head!

Dance and mind…it cannot co-exist!

Here and Now

We normally think time exists in 3 dimensions.  The present, past and future.  Right?

Wrong!

When I was a schoolboy, I thought of time as yesterday today and tomorrow. The exam comes in the future so it was necessary to study today for tomorrow.

In addition, yesterday is gone for good, never to come again. This paradigm continued. That time exists in 3 dimensions.

Meditation and Enlightened Masters

There have been many masters in the past. Many in the present and certainly many are going to arrive in the future. Without a doubt,

all the enlightened masters say one thing or say the same thing about time!

Do you know what it is?

The present is: Here and now!

Time exists only in the present!  The past or future is not time. It is only your mind projecting the concept of time!

Enter Osho the mystic!

here and now

Dance now!

His message to you is very simple. Dance and enjoy this moment, for there is no other moment available to you. Here and now is infinite! The only space there is!

So dance and celebrate this moment is his message!

Mahashivrathri at Isha Center, Coimbatore

Every year I go to ISHA to celebrate. There is a platform available for anyone to dance! 

There is awesome music made available to you through their awe-inspiring arena. The Musicians from all over the World come by invitation. There is meditation, there is a dance, there is a

celebration. Don’t miss it for anything!

When the dancer disappears, the dance arrives!

When the dancer is dancing the ego is present. Therefore, drop your ego and become the dance!

Dance as if possessed, dance as if drunk….drunk with life, When you dance with total abandon, your mind ceases to function.

You move from mind to no-mind in a jiffy.

Staying in the present:

The moment you start dancing, you become one with the here and now! What the psychologists describe as a state of emotional clarity.

Shivratri in its full splendor:

When you do nothing else other than dancing the whole night…you acquire certain energy that permeates your whole being.

You become light, easy on the feet, and like a bird in flight….sheer ecstasy!

The dance of Shakthi

Here and now is the only moment there is. Dance is the shortest route to here and now because when you dance, your ego disappears, the chatter disappears…

Come and join the celebration every year! Why wait for Shivratri, when you can dance anytime!

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Meditation and its methods

Meditation and its methods is a vast subject. Meditation happens when you let go of doing. Doing takes one away from meditation.  In other words, meditation happens when you let go of doing. Therefore moving out of the mind is the beginning of meditation. It happens when you let go of doing.  So to be in a meditative state means you are in a state of ongoing stillness.

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Type of meditations

When you say meditation, it means different things to different people. A lot of people think sitting somewhere quietly contemplating something without stirring a bit- frozen, immobile and still. That is to say, sit quietly and you would soon become a Buddha!

Try it and you will find your mind wavering more, starts thinking about all kinds of ideas, people and generally becoming more restless than before.  Sitting quietly where the grass grows by itself is quite another thing. There the idea of letting go is there, where you remain a spectator or better still a witness, watching the thoughts come and go.

With a mind that is akin to the waves of the sea, you can never be in a meditative state. You have to drop your mind and all its ideas of “control.”  The mind wants to control everything including meditation. It says I am in control, I am the doer, I am in charge! This very idea prevents meditation from happening to you. Dhyan is moving out of mind.

Methodology

We talked about meditations and its definition or description.  There is a practical side to it, that is more important.  The ‘doing’ part! In fact, it is a lot like swimming.  The actual act of swimming is different from describing the pool, the temperature of the water, the costume to wear while swimming and so forth. 

Meditating for 15 to 20 minutes a day is more important than reading lots of books on yoga and dhyan.  The accent is on the practical side. The more time you spend in dhyan, the better.

Active Meditations

There are many meditations like Dynamic, Kundalini and many others like Nataraj Meditation that you could start doing to get a taste of it.  You could also visit many meditation centers across the length and breadth of the country you are living in.

Yoga Dhyan Center is one place where you could join and do these meditations regularly. It is recommended to do these meditations for a period of 21 days at a stretch so that you would get a basic idea of the beautiful journey called life!

Fasten your seat belt and Good luck!

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