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Nature and Us

Nature & us

Nature & Us

In China, there are some sacred mountains which are breathtakingly beautiful. It is said that the energy that is generated on the mountains is special and can be distinctly felt. They were and still are the abode of Taoists and Buddhists. Both Taoism and Buddhism have a deep respect for nature. Humans are born from nature and depend on her for survival and development.

Taoism sees nature as their mother. They believe that mankind’s relationship with her should be one of respect and care.  Nature provides us with everything we need. Once we abuse this relationship by taking more than we need and giving nothing back, we can expect problems.

The Taoists practice Tai Chi, a mix of meditation and martial art. When they practice Tai Chi, they are learning to balance the inner energies through a focused, quiet mind and gentle movements. This begins with recognizing and respecting the body-mind relationship. We must realize the importance of good health and a balanced state of mind. Looking after ourselves involves self love and self discipline. We need to pay attention to the signals of the body.  We have to know when to rest and what to eat.  Once we neglect ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, our health and well being will suffer. If we fail to look after ourselves, how will we be able to care for others?  Caring for the environment would be out of the question.

In Taoism, there are many rules governing a novice’s training. They adjust their lifestyles and training according to the seasons.  In summer, they rise early and retire to bed early.  Taoists gained inspiration from nature when developing their teachings. Tai Chi also follows the principles of nature, such as, flowing like water, being as firm as a mountain and as resilient as bamboo. When their training has matured, their form looks natural and flowing, and their energy is smooth and continuous. At the end of training they understand what it means for the body-mind to be natural.

About 3,000 years ago when parts of China were experiencing drought conditions, the emperor offered a reward to anyone who could bring rain. Many people tried and failed.  Eventually, a Taoist came and took up the challenge. He meditated for a week. Then, he summoned his internal energy and finally, dark clouds appeared and it rained. When asked how he achieved this miracle, he replied, “When I first came to this area, I could feel that the people’s hearts were hardened and they had lost their harmony and balance. So for the first week, I had to strengthen and stabilize my own energy and it gradually affected the local people. Once their energy was harmonized, the natural environment became balanced and the cycle of the seasons returned.”

The above story may seem somewhat incredible.  However, we can all relate to feeling our energies drained after listening to people who always talk negatively. Yet, we know that we feel good when we are with people who are positive and enthusiastic about life.  Ancient cultures have long recognized the importance of the relationship between humans and nature.  We all need to respect ourselves, others and our environment.  This is the key to happiness and good health.

A recent study has revealed that nature makes us more charitable and concerned about others because nature enables human beings to connect with their authentic selves. Our authentic selves are inherently communal because humans evolved in hunter and gatherer societies that depended on mutuality for survival.

In addition, the richness and complexity of natural environment may encourage introspection and lack of man-made structures provides a safe haven from man-made pressures of society. Nature in a way strips away the artifices of society that alienate us from one another. This is the reason urban as compared to rural dwellers show more reservation, indifference and estrangement from others.

We are influenced by our environment in ways that we are not aware of. In truth, we are not protecting Nature; Nature is protecting us.  For example, trees and plants are necessary for the purification of our vital energy.  When Nature graciously protects and serves human beings, it is our responsibility to reciprocate.

Vaishali Parekh

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Nature & Us

Nature & Us

Since a long time I wanted to write this one, but could not bring myself to focus on the task. I knew I would do it someday, but at the same time I also knew that the task was a huge one and it would take many months, for me, to complete the book. I used to get overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the project.

But, goaded on by my family and friends, my online readers and my website team, I finally decided to begin. Thus began a long and arduous journey. I started collecting my thoughts and put them down on paper. After I managed to get the blueprint ready, began the process of collecting information. Hours, days and months were spent on this task, which resulted in a huge volume of data, which had to be scrutinized and edited.

My team and I spent many nights going through reams and reams of info and deciding what to retain and what to reject. After the content was finalized, my technical team swung into action to compile the entire content into a well designed e-book, which I could present to you.

This e-book is all about natural health and natural remedies, and my intention is to stop you from running to the doctor at the slightest sneeze or rumbling in your stomach. Why not try and find out how to take care of minor ailments with whatever is available in your kitchen and refrigerator?

The natural healing powers of some common vegetables, fruits and spices are simply amazing. Mother Nature has gifted us with so many things which we are not aware of. This book is my humble attempt to bring you closer to her.

Vaishali Parekh

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Remedy at Home – 2

Similar to my last post, this one also relates to how to rectify an upset stomach using simple remedies which can be easily prepared at home.

 The stressful life that we lead, the junk food that we consume and the contaminants and pollutants that go into our system on a regular basis are some of the causes of an upset stomach.

Remedy for Stomach UpsetOur stomach is that part of the body which is abused to the maximum extent. We keep on eating anything and everything and depend on our belly to do the rest but sometimes it fails. A strong digestive system is an essential prerequisite for a healthy body because it is the source of life giving energy.

Now let me jot down the remedy.

Consumption of a tsp of salt and few lemon drops with 1 glass of lukewarm water helps in the relief from loose motions.

See? So simple! That’s how it is.

You can refer to my previous post also.

https://indiancookinginfo.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/remedy-at-home/

Vaishali Parekh

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Home remedy for Upset Stomach Day before yesterday I was hit by a sudden bout of stomach pain. I thought it would go away on its own but that didn’t happen. I knew something was horribly wrong with my tummy. Soon I started suffering from loose motion and I was running to and fro from the bathroom. Not once, twice or thrice but eight times I had to rush to the loo.

I was extremely exhausted and dehydrated and was about to rush to the doctor when my grandma suggested a simple home remedy.

Take equal portion of powdered sugar and grated nutmeg (jaiphal) and mix properly. Take 1 tsp of the dry mixture 3 to 4 times a day. If the problem is severe the dosage can go up to 6 to 7 times a day. You may feel drowsy due to the effect of the nutmeg powder.

It worked wonders! The problem disappeared within a few hours. I also recovered from extreme exhaustion very fast.

It is really a pity that nowadays we don’t have the wisdom which our parents or grandparents had. Most of the common ailments which we suffer from can be cured by very simple remedies that can be prepared at home.

I have made up my mind to start doing some research on this.

 
Vaishali Parekh

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