This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life.
The Buddha is a PBS documentary that tackles the history, facts, philosophy, beliefs and biography of the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gotama. Directed by filmmaker David Grubin with narration by Richard Gere, the film tells the life story of the Buddha, a journey most definitely relevant to our personal staggering times of chaotic change as well as spiritual disorientation.
Listen to insights on the historical narrative by modern Buddhists, which includes the wisdom guru, the Dalai Lama and Pulitzer Prize winner, W.S. Merwin regarding the Buddhist’s way of life.
With all the the changes that are happening on every level, may it be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, anxiety might arise more often and more intense than usual. I’m not saying this might be the case for everyone, but for the ones who are experiencing more anxiety than usual, I’ve done some research and gathered some of the remedies that I feel are more beneficial and effective.
Please note: I feel that anxiety has different branches. If your anxiety levels are high, try to understand what’s causing that anxiety in the first place and let it go.
If you simply feel anxious without knowing why, try these remedies, they will definitely help the body to be rid of anxiety and stress.
These remedies are most helpful on a physical level, as in when the body is integrating and processing certain light codes that are currently coming in, he might feel like he’s overstimulated therefore reacting with impulses we call “aches. ” The light waves coming in might feel overwhelming to the body, because we haven’t been feeling them for eons. They are powerful, but also come in as a fine vibration as well. It’s important to take care of ourselves during times when light codes are coming in more strongly than usual.
This is the list of remedies I’ve gathered to cure anxiety:
Chamomile – According to health.com, if you have a jittery moment, a cuppa chamomile tea might help calm you down. Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita)bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.You can also take it as a supplement, typically standardized to contain 1.2% apigenin (an active ingredient), along with dried chamomile flowers. In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking placebo.
St. John’s Wort – Anxietyuk.org.uk says St John”s Wort (Hypericum perforatum L) has been used as a remedy for nerve disorders for more than 2000 years. This bushy perennial plant, which has bright yellow flowers, grows wild in many parts of the world including Europe, Asia and the USA. The petals and leaves of the plant contain a number of unique substances such as hypericin and hyperforin. The herb is a popular herbal medicine for the treatment of low mood, with at least 30 studies on more than 1,700 patients showing that St John”s Wort can be an effective remedy for mild- to-moderate depression without the side effects of more conventional anti-depressants. While it is not clear exactly how St John”s Wort works, it is thought that is helps to prolong the action of serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter, which when deficient can result in low mood. It also often used for symptoms associated with sleep problems, SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and PMS.
Valerian – Valerian is found growing in North America and Europe and is recognisable from its pinkish flowers that grow from a tuberous rhizome and its distinctive rather unpleasant smell. Throughout history, Valerian has been used medically to treat nervous anxiety, reduce muscle tension and relieve mild insomnia. Valerian is now widely cultivated for medical use as it contains several unique substances, such as valerenic acid and valeranon that have a relaxant action that is particularly effective in treating stress and anxiety. Valerian is also widely used for sleep problems, particularly sleep disturbances due to anxiety. Valerian helps to calm the brain and body rather than inducing sleep directly, allowing sleep to occur naturally. It is often combined with other herbs such as lemon balm and hops, both of which are well known for their calming properties. – See more at: anxietyuk.org.uk
Exercise – Exercise is safe, good for the brain, and a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, both immediately and in the long term. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, who blogs at www.DrewRamseyMD.com.”One of the major causes of anxiety is worrying about illness and health, and that dissipates when you are fit.”
Yogaand/or Meditation– Regular yoga practice can help you stay calm and relaxed in daily life and can also give you the strength to face events as they come without getting restless. Yoga practice ideally includes the complete package of asanas (body postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), meditation, and the ancient yoga philosophy, all of which has helped several anxiety patients recover and face life with new positivity and strength.
Taking your attention to the breath can help free the mind of the unnecessary clutter of thoughts that breed anxiety. Try the following breathing practices:
Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing Technique)
Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing) – effective in releasing stress from the system (where the exhalation is longer than the inhalation)
Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)
There are a lot more remedies in nature to ease anxiety, but these are the ones I found to be working best.
Some information from this article has been taken from:
“The purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy living every moment of it. And to live in environments, which are calm, quiet, slow, sophisticated, elegant. Just to be. Whether you are naked or you have a golden robe on you, that doesn’t make any difference. The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful – great and full – that you are alive, and you enjoy it.” ―Yogi Bhajan
I have to say I’m very new to Kundalini Yoga. I had my first class in October 2014. I had heard all sorts of things about it and read many online articles going on and on about it.. So I had to find out for myself.
I expected it to be a long process before I started experiencing the so-called Kundalini raising, but hey I’m a fast mover so I’m not surprised how quickly I got right into the Rainbow Snake rising fire!
London is a big place, so you would think it’s easy to find all sorts of things here, but it took me a while until I managed to find a good Kundalini Yoga teacher. It didn’t take me long until I felt so inspired by Maren’s words that I had to ask if she would give us the pleasure of interviewing her.
Maren is one of those people that, as I like to say, carry light wherever they go! Her Aura has this encouraging and friendly glow to it.
Her journey is definitely inspiring. You can watch the whole interview here.
While I was interviewing Maren, (our very first interviewee for the Power Within Us) I could relate to her words and fast track changes she had experienced.
Like Maren, I too stopped drinking after I started to practice Kundalini Yoga frequently, and noticed a shift in my relationships. When you change, people around you may not understand what you are going through; a big part of society doesn’t understand ones need to break free and find their soul mission.
Some will never get what we mean; every experience is unique and very personal. When I heard Maren saying after her first Kundalini Yoga class that she had this amazing feeling and on the way back from it she was cycling home and singing Wahe Guru at the top of her lungs completely hooked, I could only imagine how she felt (I’ve had my own experiences with the practice which I’ll save for another article).
The point is, Kundalini Yoga is a very powerful tool towards enlightenment. It enables you to find yourself and your truth. If you struggle with Self-Love and Self-acceptance, you can also rely on Kundalini to guide you into a strong inner transformation. It will work with the very core of your being.
Maren has her own say about the Kundalini relationship and Self-Love. Here is another video with inspirational words about it.
Kundali and Love are directly related. Bearing in mind that Kundalini connects you to the source and the source energy is pure love, to experience unconditional love you must first love and accept yourself unconditionally. Therefore, Self-Love is the key to this process.