Zen Buddhist Story

Two monks, going to a neighbouring monastery, walked side by side in silence. They arrived at a river they had to cross. That season, waters were higher than usual. On the bank, a young woman was hesitating and asked the younger of the two monks for help. He exclaimed, ‘Don’t you see that I am a monk, that I took a vow of chastity? ”I require nothing from you that could impede your vow, but simply to help me to cross the river,’ replied the young woman with a little smile.’I…not…I can…do nothing for you,’ said the embarrassed young monk.’It doesn’t matter,’ said the elderly monk. ‘Climb on my back and we will cross together.’Having reached the other bank, the old monk put down the young woman who, in return, thanked him with a broad smile. She left her side and both monks continued their route in silence. Close to the monastery, the young monk could not stand it anymore and said, ‘You shouldn’t have carried that person on your back. It’s against our rules.”This young woman needed help and I put her down on the other bank. You didn’t carry her at all, but she is still on your back,’ replied the older monk.

This story is also mentioned in Eckhart Tolle’s New Earth. We all carry with us the weight of past mistakes, regrets, hurts and limited beliefs on our shoulders…. maybe we should let them go and be free.

Six Yoga poses for healing depression and anxiety

Yoga is a form of exercise where by we are using our own body weight to strengthen and relax muscles. It increases circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system to detoxify the body (cleaning the blood of waste). Yoga is also great for physical and mental balance. It is a great way to relax and ease the stresses of everyday life. These are some poses that may help with healing depression and anxiety. Child pose, forward bend, legs up the wall, cat pose, backbend, and headstand. ( For beginners it would be best to avoid the headstand unless you are being supervised by a professional). Below is the very relaxing Child Pose – Balasana.

juicing for health

Beetroot Beauties

Beetroot is one of my favorite ingredients when it comes to juicing. Its woody flavor goes along perfectly when added to citrus and other fruits. It has many benefits like lowering cholesterol  and blood pressure, it is also a powerful antioxidant and a great source of folic acid. Beetroot contains potassium,magnesium, iron, vitamin A, B6, and C. Best of all it is fat free and full of soluble fibre,  low on the glycemic index thus making it great for stabilizing blood sugar.

Here are three great juices to suit your palette:

– Beetroot, orange, carrot and ginger.

– Beetroot,apple and cucumber.

– Beetroot, pineapple and pears

The best way to drink  your juice is to down it early in the morning, its a great way to kick start the day and add  along some Spirulina for an extra protein boost. Did you know that Spirulina is one of the most nutritious and complete foods on earth!

The understanding of consciousness- “A New Earth”

Eckhart Tolle’s fascinating book” New Earth” talks about  consciousness and the inner chatterbox( the ego)  that drives our minds crazy, the burn out of the ego and understanding the pain body. It also talks about  being present and living in the moment which was also discussed  in the book” The Power of Now”also by Eckhart Tolle’s.