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Doshas of the Mind: Our Heart Nature

James LeFevour – USA

In a previous article, the idea of ayurvedic doshas being applied to the mind was introduced. In summary there are three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) that come from 2 of the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, space) of the universe, and those 2 elements produce the 3 motions of the universe. When applied to the mind this demonstrates 3 distinct personality types that are prevalent in all people.

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In this article, instead of focusing just on the mind it is worthwhile to go further into one’s passions. In terms of chakras, instead of just the ajna chakra, we will see what ajna and the anahata (heart) chakra do in tandem to our personalities.

It is not a new concept to look at the mind and the heart in unison as one unit. The science of meditation has only begun to plumb the depths of how our brains and hearts work together on a cellular level. Now we are applying doshas to it as well to understand the persona.

If one were to understand the nature of dosha, it becomes apparent that all things have a nature, so all things have a dosha. In a table, the legs, screws, and table top all have individual doshas. So too does the table in general have one dosha attributed to it. It is this way with people. Our minds, hearts, and all chakras and organs have dosha qualities. The combination of these doshas when applied to the whole give us our general dosha.

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Ownership: The Final Absurdity

Tim Wyatt – England

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The author

Like most people in the world I’m relatively poor. I’m one of the official 14 million people living in ‘poverty’ in the UK. But compared to a Yemeni orphan or Indian untouchable I live a millionaire lifestyle. I have as much warmth, food and shelter as I need. And although I’m officially and statistically poor, I’ve got lots of ‘stuff’. In fact, I’m drowning in it.

I ‘own’ a tiny old house, an ageing car, several dozen boxes containing the 20 million plus words from my half century of scribbling, 4,000 books, 2,000 CDs and vinyl LPs, hundreds of pictures, artefacts and objects d’art, dozens of bonsai trees – and a shed.

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Doshas of the Mind: Applying Ayurveda to Our Persona

James LeFevour – USA

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Ayurveda is becoming more known to the west as a form of medicine and natural health. For those who have visited an ayurvedic doctor as an alternative to mainstream medicine you will know that after having one’s blood pressure taken and after a series of questions about natural bodily process, your doctor will explain to you that each physical body has a primary dosha. This body dosha can determine a range of physical qualities including how acidic your stomach is, how easily you put on weight, or what sort of herbs will aid you in good health.

Medicine and physical health is how most people know ayurveda, but this "knowledge of life" as ayurveda translates can be used to understand more than just digestion and bloodwork. Ayurveda dates back more than 5000 years to the Sanskrit texts, the Vedas, and can give us an insight to how we function as spiritual beings.

The doshas for example are not just body types. Everything in the universe could be considered to have a dosha, and that dosha or nature determines how each being or planet or atom works in harmony with everything around it.

One way in which doshas and ayurveda is being applied to more than just physical health is in understanding the mind. As David Frawley says in Ayurveda and the Mind, “Learning the right use of the mind not only solves our psychological problems, but directs us to our higher potential of Self-realization. It leads to the spiritual life, which is our real occupation as conscious beings.”

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Using Thoreau, scientists measure the impact of climate change on wildflowers

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Henry David Thoreau portrait by Darren McAndrew 2017

 A new study published in Ecology Letters is using observations made by Henry David Thoreau – 19th-century American naturalist, social reformer, and philosopher – to explore the effects of climate change on tree leaf-out and, as a result, the emergence of spring wildflowers.

The paper was coauthored by Susan Kalisz, head of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Mason Heberling, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow affiliated with UT. Researchers from the University of Maine, Boston University, and Syracuse University also participated in the research.

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Climate change limits forest recovery after wildfires

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Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest burned in the 1994 Idaho City Complex Fire on the Boise National Forest in Idaho, and little regeneration has occurred since

New University of Montana research suggests climate change makes it increasingly difficult for tree seedlings to regenerate following wildfires in low-elevation forests, which could contribute to abrupt forest loss.

The study, “Wildfires and Climate Change Push Low-elevation Forests Across a Critical Climate Threshold for Tree Regeneration, “was published March 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is available online at http://bit.ly/2HeZc8t.

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Focus – A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction: Part 26

Leo Babauta – USA 

Finding stillness and reflection

 

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Silence is a source of great strength - Lao Tzu

 

It’s a busy day, and you’re inundated by non-stop emails, text messages, phone calls, instant message requests, notifications, interruptions of all kinds.

The noise of the world is a dull roar that pervades every second of your life. It’s a rush of activity, a drain on your energy, a pull on your attention, until you no longer have the energy to pay attention or take action.

It’s an illness, this noise, this rush. It can literally make us sick. We become stressed, depressed, fat, burnt out, slain by the slings and arrows of technology. 

The cure is simple: it’s stillness.

Read more: Focus – A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction: Part 26

Julian of Norwich

Ananya Sri Ram Rajan – USA 

He showed me a little thing the size of a hazelnut, in the palm of my hand, and it was as round as a ball. I looked at it with my mind's eye and I thought, 'What can this be?' And the answer came, 'It is all that is made'. I marveled that it could last, for I thought it might have crumbled to nothing, it was so small. And the answer came into my mind, 'It lasts and ever shall because God loves it'. And all things have being through the love of God.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From: Revelations of Divine Love

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Julian of Norwich

There is little concrete information about the life of Julian of Norwich. It is written that she was born around 1342 and died sometime after 1416. When she was thirty, she fell severely ill and it was believed she would die. It is during this time that she received sixteen visions on May 8, 1373 which led to the publication of Revelations of Divine LoveRevelations of Divine Loveis thought to be the first book from the Middle Ages ever written in English and, that too, by a woman. Her recollections of the visions (known as the “short text”) and her meditations on what she had been shown (written twenty years later and known as “the long text”) have been a great source of comfort to many. A scan of the cover of the long text of her book states that she was known as “Mother Julian, an Anchorite of Norwich who lived in the days of King Edward the third.”

There is some suggestion that Julian was a Benedictine nun from Carrow Abbey, but it is not known for certain. She, however, was definitely an anchoress of St. Julian Church in Norwich which is most likely how she receive her name. For those not familiar with the term, an anchoress was a woman who walled herself in a cell next to a church as way to contemplate and create a relationship with God. Julian was given three small openings, one to receive communion, one to receive her food and dispose of her waste, and another to give counsel to the public.

 Julian’s real name is unknown as she gave little information about herself. What is known about her is based on records of donations and bequests left to her. She regularly gave counsel to various people from all walks of life and was a popular anchoress. This despite there being restrictions, according to the Ancrene Wisse(an instruction manual for anchoresses) as to how often an anchoress was to meet with the public. An anchoress was to spend her time as a recluse contemplating God and leaving behind the day to day world. However, many did little of that. 

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A Practical Guide to Death and Dying – part 4

John White – USA

[A Practical Guide to Death and Dying was originally published by QUEST books in 1980. This particular version was previously published in the Theosophical Digest, y1992 v4 i2-p90.] 

Dying the Good Death — The Final Hours of Saints and Heroes 

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In 1963 an extraordinary East Indian spiritual teacher named Govindananda died at age 137. He had lived an incredibly strenuous life, actually journeying around the world by foot. Many heads of state were his friends, yet he lived humbly in a small jungle hut. When he became aware that it was time to die, he spoke quietly to a few disciples with him, gave a final blessing – “Live right life, worship God” – lay down, rested his head on his right palm in his usual sleeping position, and simply stopped breathing.

One of the remarkable things about saintly people is that even their deaths are often acts of inspiration and love. After showing us how to live – selflessly and in service to others – they show us how to die –  fearlessly and with dignity, strong in faith to the end.

Gautama Buddha, well into his eighties, continued teaching and preaching to the end. When he felt himself dying, he told his faithful disciple Ananda, who began to weep. The Buddha admonished him, “Have I not already, on former occasions, told you that it is the very nature of things that we must separate from them and leave them? The foolish man conceives the idea of ‘self [personal self or ego], the wise man sees there is no ground on which to build it!”

Disciples gathered around the Buddha and he delivered his Dying Sermon. He ended his farewell address with these words, “Behold now, brethren, I exhort you by saying: Decay is inherent in all component things, but the truth will remain forever! Work out your salvation with diligence.” Those were his last words. Then the Buddha fell into deep meditation and entered nirvana.

Read more: A Practical Guide to Death and Dying – part 4

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