The Relation Between the Moon and the Human Mind

chandra-asthamiEvery thing around us has an effect on something within us – be it our exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UVR), looking at the morning sky, taking a walk in the forest, or swimming in the sea – nature’s beauty prompts the flow of hormones and energy in our body. But not everything that’s present in nature is fundamentally good for human beings.

The Moon, romanticised by poets and artists since ages, has a series of negative effects on the human mind, scientifically and spiritually. Several scientists and research institutions have conducted experiments over the years to study the effect of moon and full moon nights on the human mind and behaviour.

Moon, Conscious and Sub-Conscious

According to Quantum Physics, everything in the Universe – stars, planets, satellites or even the moon has an operating frequency. The frequency emanated by the moon affects the frequency of the mind that exerts control over our feelings, emotions and desires. The mind, which consists of conscious and sub-conscious mind, reacts to the standing and positioning of the moon in the sky. Neuroscience has recognized that the subconscious controls 95% of our lives.

Sub-conscious mind is the collective storehouse of impressions, memories and thoughts accumulated over the years and lifetime and it has a higher operating frequency in comparison to that of the moon. One needs constructive thinking and observatory skills to get into the realms of the sub-conscious mind.

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The moon frequencies have the power to make the thought frequencies in our sub-conscious mind to surface to the conscious mind. Since our sub-conscious mind consists of unnecessary and necessary, positive and negative imprints, their combined rise to the conscious mind, can leave us feeling exasperated, crazy and mindless.

Moon, Tides and Human body

Moon is the reason for tides on earth, as due to its gravitational pull the volatile objects (water) on earth tend to get disturbed. Marine animals have a hard time surviving due to constant tides. Aristotle and Roman historian Pliny the Elder suggested that the brain was the “moistest” organ in the body. Scientist went further on this line of thought and suggested that since the human body is made up of 80% water, it could be possible that moon does influence human’s state of mind and behaviour. However, to each research that proves the same, there is a contradictory research denying the same.

But, there is concrete evidence that the moon affects human sleep patterns. The evidence was published based on the experiment where 33 adult volunteers (of both sexes) of different age groups were made to sleep for several nights in a sleep lab.

Researchers studied and observed the volunteers’ brain activity, eye movements and hormone levels. Gradually, it was found out that on the nights closer to moon days, volunteers took an average of five minutes longer to fall asleep, and slept overall 20 minutes lesser than their usual sleeping hours. Additionally, melatonin (hormone that helps in regulating sleep cycle) level had dropped compared to other nights hence proving the fact that people are prone to insomnia during full moon nights.

Practitioners of Ashtanga yoga, a traditional vigorous yoga style that is almost thousand years old, are asked to avoid doing yoga on moon days: full moon and new moon. The reason for the same is that one exhibits too much energy on full moon days, which might lead to injury and fracture in the body. It is, thus, advised, to indulge in   activities that calms the mind, for example — meditation.

Countering the influence of the Moon

In order to not let the moon vibrancies take over you, be vigilant about your own vibrations. Be watchful of your behaviour, impulses and thoughts on moon days. Since, new moon asks a part of your unconscious to rise up, you can use this as an opportunity to cleanse your mind off those thoughts which tend to bother and disturb you. New moon energy can be used in our favour if we choose to harness that energy to reflect and create a better self.

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By Garima Roy, former Radio host and an Independent Writer/ Journalist, loves to explore the world with her mind. Joy is her natural state of being.
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Listen to Your Intuition, Whispers From the Soul

intuition3“I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” – Albert Einstein

Have you experienced a moment when you felt something wasn’t right or was absolutely perfect? Like walking into a house for rent or sale, and you instantly know it’s the right place to live. Or you take up a job or a task and know whether it would work out or not.

Its that inner voice telling you the solution to problems and decision-making without the use of rational processes and logical reasoning. It’s your intuition that just knows. Researchers describe intuition as “rapid intellect” or “condensed reasoning” which is present in each and every living being. The word “intuition” comes from the Latin word intueri, which means knowledge from within.

Intuition is the connecting path between the subconscious and conscious mind. Your subconscious mind, applicably, converses with the conscious mind all the time. This phenomenon of the inner world is popularly known as “gut feeling”. Having a gut feeling is as natural as feeling sad, happy or angry.

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung

In spite of the knowledge of the power of intuition, we are swayed into believing and developing a logical rationale. In the past, science has always out ruled the power of intuition over logic and its only now that several scientific research has proved that intuition is not a magical occurrence but a well-coordinated process between the brain and the heart.

When you feel contraction of energy inside your system at the thought of something, it’s your intuition giving you a warning signal. Similarly, when you experience an expansion of energy, it’s your intuition bouncing positive feelings.

However, in this chaotic world of information, it has become quite difficult to listen and tap into the inner signals. As one cannot get away with blaming the world alone, one can also be responsible for creating communication blockages within one self. If you are clouded with ego, pre-conceived theories and excessive random stream of thoughts, you might have trouble listening to your inner wisdom.

But every problem is a blessing in disguise as it motivates you to seek a new path. Here the idea is to understand how to maintain a smooth communication channel with your intuition. A clearer understanding of the following can help you carve out a way to connect to your inner voice.

1) De-clutter your mind and its garbage
If you can think for yourself, you need not take anyone’s unsolicited advice seriously. Rather introspect and use your gut feelings to reach to a conclusion. Harbingers of self-destruction for e.g. ego, jealously, revenge hazes your ability to listen to your inner voice. The aim is to get rid of the negativity to re-boot your self.

2) Meditate
There are several forms of meditation that helps one in achieving a balanced and quiet mind. Indulging in few minutes of meditation everyday will help you in getting in touch with your intuitive mind.

3) Spend time in Nature
Nature heals. Go for a walk in the woods. Feel the grass and acknowledge the beauty around you. Let the breeze gush through your soul. Breathe and let the soul dance. Discover the joy of being with the self.

4) Listen to sharpen your intuition
Listen to experiences of near and dear ones compassionately. You never know, they secretly might know your troubles and help you out in getting away with them. They can help you in knowing your heart.

5) Try Affirmations
Affirmations can help you to purify your thoughts and help you develop a more positive perception of yourself. Writing simple affirmations daily like “I am listening to my intuition,” “I am in touch with my source of energy,” will instill positive feelings and thoughts in your subconscious mind.

6) Be Compassionate towards your body
No one can get away with abusing his or her body. Don’t over exert yourself and most importantly, take care of it.

7) Let go
Learn to let go and surrender to the need to control. Nothing is worth clinging to, as that will eventually disconnect you from your inner voice.

8) Practice
Learn to listen to your intuition and inculcate the habit of following the message it has to give. The more you listen, the stronger it gets. Start off by asking yourself simple questions, like try to guess who is calling you before answering the phone, whether it will rain or not and so on. The more you practice, the better you get at recognizing the whispers from your soul.

9) Emphasize the positive
Positive people have been reported to have stronger sense of intuition. So stay positive and smile!

10) Understand Selflessness
A person who feels abundance is rewarded in abundance by the universe. Never give a second thought to an act of kindness. Selflessness makes one fall in love with the self. Once you discover the joy of this beauty, the body is filled with positive energy.

By Garima Roy, former Radio host and an Independent Writer/ Journalist, loves to explore the world with her mind. Joy is her natural state of being.

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8 Ancient Beliefs Now Backed By Modern Science

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The Earth may not be flat nor is it the center of the universe, but that doesn’t mean old-world intellectuals got everything wrong. In fact, in recent years, modern science has validated a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven empirically.

A full 55 pages of Arianna Huffington’s new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, are dedicated to these scientific breakthroughs that often confirm the power of ancient psychology and contemplative practices. On an intuitive level, we’ve known for centuries that these lifestyle practices can help us lead happy, healthy and balanced lives. But now, with the support of hard science, we can embrace these pieces of ancient wisdom and start really living them.

Here are eight ancient beliefs and practices that have been confirmed by modern science.

Helping others can make you healthier.

In their never-ending search for the best way to live, Greek philosophers argued over the relative benefits of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness. Hedonic well-being sees happiness as a factor of increased pleasure and decreased pain, while eudaimonic (“human flourishing”) happiness has more to do with having a larger purpose or meaning in life. A recent study from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist Barbara Fredrickson may reveal which form of happiness is more beneficial for health and well-being.

The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year, found that while both types of happiness can make you feel good, the latter could promote physical health and longevity as well. Using phone interviews, questionnaires and blood samples, the study explored how the two forms of happiness affected individuals on a genetic level. Participants with more hedonic and less eudaimonic well-being were found to have a lower production of virus-attacking antibodies, while those with more eudaimonic well-being experienced an increase in antibody production.

Acupuncture can restore balance to your body.

The traditional Chinese medicine technique is believed to address imbalances in a person’s qi (pronounced chi), the circulating energy within every living thing. Whether or not you believe in the existence of this energy flow, a new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that the age-old practice may be an effective way to relieve migraines, arthritis and other chronic pains.

Analyzing previous research data from approximately 18,000 subjects, researchers found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture and standard western care when treating various types of pain, including migraines and chronic back pain.

We need the support of a community in order to thrive.

Traditional Buddhist teachings suggest that community is a key component in any happy, fulfilled life. A 2010 study conducted by Brigham Young University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers confirmed this belief, concluding that a healthy social life promotes longevity.

In analyzing the 148 studies — involving more than 300,000 individual participants — available on the subject, the researchers discovered that those with stronger social relationships maintained a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival. The effect of social relationships on mortality risk is even greater than the effect of exercise or obesity.

Tai chi can help alleviate a variety of health conditions.

This ancient Chinese martial art is based on the belief that achieving balance with one’s mind and body creates an overall sense of peace and harmony, naturally inspiring a long life. A report in the May 2009 issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch summarized several studies confirming that this “moving meditation” practice can help prevent and treat many age-related health problems alongside standard treatment in older adults. A number of studies in the past decade have found tai chi to be helpful for those suffering from arthritis, low bone density and heart disease.

Meditation can help you reduce stress and discover inner peace.

Stemming from ancient Eastern origins, the practice of meditation is believed to help still the mind and reach a heightened level of awareness, improving health and well-being as a byproduct. Science is now proving the health benefits of meditation. The latest study from a team of Harvard Medical School scientists reveals how this mind-body practice can affect genes that control stress levels and immune function.

Harvard psychiatrist John Denniger and his team used neuro-imaging and genomics technology to measure potential physiological changes in each subject more accurately. After observing the high-stress individuals as they followed the study’s prescribed yoga and meditation practices, the team noticed an improved mitochondrial energy production, utilization and resiliency, which help to reduce the stress linked to health conditions like hypertension and infertility.

Compassion is the key to a meaningful life.

Tibetan Buddhist tradition includes a practice called metta, or loving-kindness. A 2012 study from Emory University found that compassion meditation based on this Tibetan model can effectively boost one’s ability to empathize with others by way of reading their facial expressions.

Another loving-kindness meditation study from 2011 found that, over time, this practice increased participants’ positive emotions that allowed them to find a deeper sense of mindfulness, their purpose in life, the network of support surrounding them, and their health. These components helped increase their overall life satisfaction.

Accepting what you can’t change is key to reducing suffering.

According to Buddhist teachings, one must accept the things they cannot change in order to reduce suffering. Now, scientists have found that this belief rings true, especially for older adults who are working through difficult life changes.

Researchers from Deakin University in Australia found that facing the realities of living with assistance and losing a degree of independence helps seniors live longer and feel far happier. Their study, which was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies last year, compared feelings of life satisfaction and perceived control of older adults living with assistance and those living in the community. Their analysis revealed that the ability to accept the inevitable (as well as maintain low-level control) in an assisted living setting was a significant predictor of life satisfaction. The researchers concluded, “In order to protect the well-being of older individuals, adaptation involves both a sense of control and the active acceptance of what cannot be changed.”

All you need is love.

If there is one thing that a variety of ancient wisdom traditions can agree on, it’s the value of love in maintaining a happy, meaningful life. And a group of Harvard researchers, on a mission to uncover the true roots of life fulfillment, conducted a 75-year study that reached the same conclusion.

The Harvard Grant Study, led by psychiatrist George Vaillant, followed the life trajectories of 268 male students in order to answer life’s universal questions of growth, development, value and purpose. Vaillant considers the most meaningful finding of the study to be that a happy life revolves around loving relationships. He explained that there are two pillars of happiness: “One is love. The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away.”

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15 Things People Who Love Their Lives Do Differently

love lifeSocrates once gave us a very precious and quite powerful advice, telling us to employ our time in improving ourselves by other men’s writings so that we shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. And I would like to add something else to his wise and precious words – to also seek to observe and to learn from those who have discovered how to love themselves and their lives. Because by doing so, we shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.

Today’s post is about love and about learning how to live your life in a more beautiful and happier way by learning from those who have discovered how to live better, happier, more meaningful and loving lives and seeing how we can implement some of these things, if not all of them, into our own life :)

Here are 15 things people who love their lives do differently:

1. They are independent of the good and bad opinions of others

They are free from the chains of bondage in which most of us live. They live life the way they want to live their lives and not the way those around them expects them to live. They know that rules are made by humans and meant to be broken my humans and aren’t afraid to be the humans who break these rules effectively whenever it is required.

2. They have no problem saying “NO”

If most people are too afraid to choose temporary discomfort over resentment, these people have no problem with it. They know that they are only responsible for how they feel but not for how others feel and because of that they aren’t afraid to say “NO” when they feel like saying no. 

They are smart enough to choose temporary discomfort over resentment and to always say “NO” when they feel like saying no.

3. They prefer to be alone than in bad company

They understand that letting go is part of life and when it is required, they let go and move on. They understand that being alone is better than being in bad company and aren’t afraid to let go of relationships that have gone bad and friendship that became toxic.

4. They aren’t afraid to get lost

They understand that life is a process of becoming and that as we advance through life we grow and we change. They understand that with growth comes change and with change comes a sense of being lost. 

They know that if you don’t get lost, you risk never being found. They know that feeling lost is proof of growth and instead of being afraid of it, they look forward to it. 

5. They have no interest in having control

They know that life has a natural flow to follow and that things always go their own way, effortlessly. They know that trying to control things, people and events will be a waste of their time. And they don’t waste any time.

6. They know that real power comes from within

They know that true power comes from within and they invest a lot of time to nourish and unleash this inner power. They waste no time trying to gain power from outside themselves because they know that’s not where true power resides.

7. They don’t believe in security

They don’t believe in security and they never search for it. They know that nothing in life is certain and they made peace with this truth.

8. They love to give

They understand that everything is energy and that energy has to flow. And they keep the energy flowing, giving and giving, whenever possible and as much as possible. They give with an open heart. They give their knowledge, their love, their appreciation, their money and their possessions, and the more they give the more they seem to have.

9. They trust their intuition and they follow their heart

They follow their heart and they listen to their intuition, always doing the things that their heart is asking them to do. They know that the heart is a lot wiser than the mind. They see their heart as their most trusted and most reliable adviser and they always follow her advice.

10. They know they are connected to all things

They know that they are connected to all things. They know that we are all ONE and that we are in this together. 

They know that if they do good to others they do good to themselves. And they choose to do good to all. They treat everyone around them with love and respect and they treat everyone in the same way they themselves would like to be treated.

11. They treat their planet as their home

They love Mother Earth and they treat planet Earth as their own home. They put love and care into all that they do. They take good care of their home planet and all its inhabitants and they are grateful for all that this Earth has to offer.

12. They know that they have a purpose, calling, dharma to fulfill

They know that they are here because they have a purpose, a calling, a dharma to fulfill. They live their life on purpose and they infuse meaning into all that they do. 

They work with love and they create love wherever they go. With a smile on their face and love in their hearts, they offer their work to all people. Creating so much value and making the world a more beautiful and loving place with their presence.

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” ~ Albert Einstein 

13. They have a sense of wonder

They look up and they wonder at the beauty of the sky, the Sun, the Moon and the stars. They look down and they wonder at the beauty of the grass, the trees, the plants, the animals and the insects.

They look to their left and they look to their right and they wonder at the beauty of the young people they see; at the innocence of the children and at the wisdom of the elders.

They look at everything and everyone with a sense of wonder and they perceive the world as a magical and wonderful place to be in.

14. They keep their childlike spirit alive

They know that the secret to life is to keep your childlike spirit alive. And they do. 

They play, they dance, they sing and they go through life as if was all just a play. They are free as a child can be and they treat the whole world as their playground. They take nothing seriously, seeing life as nothing but a game.

15. They love everything but they are attached to nothing

They know that they are only passengers on this beautiful planet and that nothing is theirs to keep. 

They know that their children are not their children but rather the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself and they know that their bodies are not really their bodies, but only machines they need as they travel on this beautiful planet called Earth. They know that just like Mohit.K.Misra said it, “The wise are so totally detached, pain is for those who are attached” and they are totally detached. They are beautiful, wise and aware beings. They live with so much passion and they love with so much fire but when the time comes to detach, they gracefully let go. Having loved with all their heart, they have no regrets. They love everything but they are attached to nothing.

And that’s about it. These are the 15 things people who love their lives do differently. As you can see, it doesn’t take much to learn to love yourself and your life. So let’s spend more time learning, loving and enjoying our lives and less time blaming, criticizing and complaining. Let’s focus on beauty, growth, love and kindness and by doing so we will attract more of all these things into our lives. And the happier we become, the better the world will get and the more love will surround all of us.

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Reincarnated Kids: 9 Signs Your Child Had A Past Life

10537349_905438022806576_1309428398101041926_nDoes your 3-year-old have a strange understanding of the inner workings of the Titanic?

Is your 6-year-old boy able to translate the words of Adolf Hitler?

Does your 7-year-old girl say bizarre things about how she spied on you in a window from heaven before she was born?

As strange as it sounds, some people believe those anecdotes are signs the kids were reincarnated.

Belief in reincarnation goes back centuries and is part of many religious faiths, but there is, so far, little scientific data supporting it.

However, the producers of a reality series are gathering some intriguing information that may suggest reincarnation does exist, but they need help.

The producers of Ghost Inside My Child a reality series returning for its second season later this year on the LMN network, are currently conducting a casting call for children who claim to have, or have had, past life memories.

Currently, the show has interviewed 12 families over the course of doing the show and need at least eight more for the next season.

Producer Sandra Alvarez-Smith admits the pool is too small to be scientifically valid, but said she’s been amazed at the similarities between the kids who’ve been interviewed so far.

Things like:

Adult-Like Behavior

Kids who’ve allegedly been someone else in a past life seem to act in a way beyond their years and show skills more in common with someone older.

Specific Past-Life Memories

Alvarez-Smith says the supposedly reincarnated kids she’s interviewed say things like “I was on the train” or “I used to be….”

Traumatic Memories

Most of the kids Alvarez-Smith says are claiming they were somebody else in a past-life have traumatic memories of a violent death. One example is Carson Culpepper, who told her mom, Beth, she remembered being at the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, which happened years before she was born.

Uncanny Knowledge Of Other Languages

Kids who may be remembering a past-life sometimes have knowledge of the language they spoke, such as a 6-year-old boy who was able to translate the words of Adolf Hitler even though none of his relatives knew German.

Night Terrors

The kids who believe they were someone in a past life often experience night terrors. “Their eyes are open, but they’re in the middle of a terrible nightmare,” Alvarez-Smith said.

Advanced Skills

Besides having knowledge of other languages, kids who may be having a past-life regression show advanced skills beyond their years.

Morbid Drawings Of Their Death

Kids who’ve allegedly had a past life often remember that previous incarnation with really morbid and bloody drawings.

Memories Of The Period ‘Between Lives’

Children who believe they were someone else in a previous existence sometimes have vivid memories of the “in-between” stage. They also tell their parents they saw them through a window in heaven before they were born.

Talk About The Earlier Mother

Kids who claim they’ve had a past life will bring up their earlier parent by talking about “my other mother.”

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