A Free Talk on “TAI CHI WALK” by Shifu Carlton Hill on 23rd June, 2012 at 4.00pm at HELP
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Taiji or tai chi chaun is the supreme ultimate energy, exercise, healing art, martial art and philosophy combined from ancient china, practiced by millions around the world today for its countless healing benefits.
Go for a walk on the park today. You might see people joggers and athletes alike walking and running in their own ways. People have different reasons for walking. Some want to lose weight; others want to be fit, while some want to lower their cholesterol and stress levels. But often times, we have seen that an hour of jogging/walking/running also doesn’t produce the desired results. This is where the tai chi walking technique comes in.
We remain unaware, says Sifu Carlton Hill. We walk without thought, without intention or energy. It then becomes a ‘pendulum walk’ where one is merely swinging his arms and legs while remaining oblivious to the very act of walking. “Don’t just walk,” says Hill, “Move on the earth.”
So what does this ‘moving on earth’ mean? It means being aware of every moment, every twitch, every bend of muscle in your body as you walk. This walk involves the three principles of tai chi walking:
· Qi movement
· Qi mind
· Qi meditation
Qi means energy- the basic essence of all that is living and non living. We are all connected. There isn’t an in here and out there. We are all energy, made out of the same elements. Knowing the technique to harness this energy is what tai chi teaches. It teaches us to connect not with the mind, but the inner soul of the body, thus providing ‘wholistic’ health. Once this connection is established, anything we want can be achieved, provided it is not out of harmful tendencies.
There are many kinds of tai chi walks, the simplest one being the basic tai chi walk. Tai chi draws inspiration from nature. Thus it also has the cow walk, the snake walk and the crane walk. Practicing each of these alleviates stress, improves health and also restores vitality in the body.
Sifu Carlton Hill will be having his Tai chi class in HELP library 4th July onwards. To get the details of the class, contact him on 9892431215 or email him at email@example.com
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.
This is the message that Dr. Percy Ghaswala walks in with as he starts his talk on eye donation. Eye donation is a miracle of life, he says. And indeed it is, as we see slide after slide of patients who have gained the gift of sight. It is a joy and a wonder to know what a simple donation can do. It can restore sight. It can restore hope and can also bring magic that is overlooked by each one of us in our daily lives. It is the magic of sight.
Imagine not being able to see colors anywhere. Imagine not being able to see your children’s faces. Imagine not being able to see the fine details – the loop of the thread, the eye of the needle, the stitch of both. These aren’t mere hypothesis, but real live stories of people who suffer from corneal blindness. All of this can be reversed. A call is all that is needed.
The best part about eye donation is that it is free of cost. The donor doesn’t have to undergo any lengthy procedures or any sort of trouble. Dr. Ghaswala and his team have made this process such a simple one that filling of a card is all that is needed.
Dr. Ghaswala also busts certain myths regarding eye donation such as:
Ø The whole eye is transplanted
Ø The donor face will be disfigured after removal of eyes
Ø People wearing glasses or those who have cataract cannot donate
Ø Cornea transplant is an experimental surgery
Ø Eyes should be removed JUST before death
There are also certain facts about eye donation that are explained such as:
Ø Only the “Cornea” is used for transplant
Ø “Anyone” can be a eye donor
Ø There is no disfigurement of the donor’s face
Ø Cataracts and glasses are due to conditions related to the lens and not the cornea
Ø Eyes can be donated only AFTER death
Dr. Ghaswala takes us through the entire procedure of eye donation and eye transplant as well as he takes us through the process of:
Eye ball relay in igloos
Tissue (cornea) processing
Cornea preservation and evaluation
Serology (blood testing)
Keratoplasty (cornea grafting)
Finally, Dr. Ghaswala leaves with the message that conveys it all, “YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”
In a world that runs after the fantasy of the medical word and where the doctor’s word is considered to be final, Dr. R. C. Shah comes with a simple remedy: faith. “Don’t worry,” he says to the patients who come to his healing centre. These two words, along with the hope of a new horizon kindle a sense of reassurance in the patient who has lost all faith.
This system of divine healing, works through prayers and the power of intention. It works for believers as well as non believers. Shah claims that this system of meditation has given a chance, a new hope to live for last stage cancer patients as well as bed ridden ones. He says the energy is in each one of us. We just have to look for it. This energy can be found through the techniques taught at his centre. The healing techniques work on the following principle:
“Whatsoever a person thinks positively and one pointedly without any doubt whatsoever for the benefit of others including the self without and selfish motive, the atmosphere around him quantifies that thought.”
This principle not only acts as a healing principle but also, reveals the many secrets of the human mind. Our mind is always thinking. They are constantly working and swimming in a chaos of thoughts. To achieve one pointedness, that is concentration, we do not need to seek the Himalayas. We experience it daily in our lives. For instance, while watching a movie, or cooking a perfect dish, or while writing a check. Dr. Shah says that we our wired for one pointedness.
We all doubt. We doubt our parents, elders, spouses, teachers and strangers. Dr. Shah advises to avoid the doubt plague since it destroys. It destroys the power of pure positive emotion and intent. It also disrupts the energy flow that allows healing. Hence, it is of utmost importance that this plague should be avoided. Also, healing through this technique requires complete selfless motivation since anything done out of selfish motives brings a bad result and negative energies.
There are three kinds of divine healing:
1. Touch healing: in this technique, the patient is made to sit with the healer. The healer invokes the powers of Mother Nature as he recites a sort of mantra while also wishing for the complete well being of the patient. The energies are then sent to the patient via the healer’s palms which are placed on the patient’s head and heart. This practice is continued till complete recovery of the patient.
2. Distance healing: this healing is useful in treating patients suffering from contagious ailments. The patient and the healer sit at a distance of 3 meters and the same procedure mentioned above is repeated.
3. Absence healing: this is the most effective treatment according to Dr. Shah. This technique is practiced when face to face communication is not possible. The patient and the healer sit at their respective centres at the time of healing and the above procedure is repeated.
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Patients often complain that they can never understand anything their doctor says. This is usually because doctors use medical jargon but you should never get intimidated by this! You just need to remember that such jargon is simply a convenient shorthand which doctors ( and other health care professionals) use to communicate with each other. Since these words are often derived from the classic languages ( Greek and Latin), they may sound unfamiliar and difficult to understand, but if you devote enough time and take enough trouble, you can definitely do so. Read More….
"To eat is a necessity,
but to eat intelligently is an art."
Keeping this concept in mind, a Unani medic, Dr.Ghazala Shaikh stresses the art of ‘eating intelligently’. This art very skillfully uses food as medicine, thus blurring the line between the two.
She stresses the importance of being able to distinguish between true hunger and false hunger since many unhealthy eating habits are on the rise. Hunger pangs merely act as guilty pleasures which temporarily satiate the body’s need for energy rich foods, that is, foods containing fats and oils, thus needing immediate gratification while true hunger arises out of the body’s need to replenish nutrients.
Unani medics strongly believe in the motto, “A family that eats together, stays together” since it promotes emotional as well as mental health. It also encourages a feeling of unity and affection among family members.
Further, Dr. Shaikh goes on to explain how to eat in which she highlights the following:
EAT WITH ATTENTION
An excellent practice is to eat with 100% attention on the taste of the food
WATERY /easily digested FOODS FIRST
CHEW ALL FOOD CLOSE TO LIQUID
Avoid drinking beverages or even water during or after meals
Eat in generous amount… quit before satiety
The most frequently asked question is what to eat?
Nutritious, hygienic and well cooked food.
Well balanced ( adequate calories…and amount of carbs, proteins and fat)
In accordance with your temperament, pepsis power, body status and season for example in cold weather eat vegetables with slight bitter taste ( bitter gourd, soya, methi).
One type of food at a time…at proper time interval ( 3-4 hrs or when previous food is completely digested
Sweet food item or wine… ( medicated) in moderate amount after the meal
Dr. Shaikh also prescribes certain foods that suit the temperament of the person, that is, choleric, phlegmatic and melancholic. She then goes to explain the harmful food combinations that damage the body or act as ‘abusive substances’ for the stomach for example, sour things with milk, fish with milk, etc. but she does recommend a power nap or a siesta after the afternoon lunch for rejuvenation and refreshment of the body. This siesta helps in increasing productivity, improving cognitive functions and alleviating stress.
After meal drinks that are recommended by her are water, wine or nabeez (a Unani drink). They aid in digestion and also add to the fluid content of the body.
As she departs, she concludes with a short but effective message that says, “Eat healthy and stay healthy.”
In this talk Dr. Rohit Bartake talks about health and healing using ayurvedic techniques in monsoons.
There is a seasonal regime that must be followed by each individual, which encompasses daily lifestyle along with diet and exercise. He talks about the two directions of the earth during the summer and winter months namely, during which utmost care in terms of body health is needed.
One must avoid exercise during summer due to the proximity of the earth with the sun. Similarly, during the winter months a gradual build up of energy is created hence the body should not be strained too much during exercise.
During the monsoon months, the vata gets aggravated and needs to be kept in check by observing the following measures:
Avoid leafy vegetables and fresh grains (grains grown in the same year)
Drink lukewarm water.
Nourish your body with daily sesame oil message.
Dr. Bartake recommends that going outdoors should be avoided since the rains can have a harmful effect on the body. Taking these precautions help in maintain good health.
A daily oil massage or the basti treatment is also recommended for people who suffer from back pain, arthritis, gout, etc
Basti therapy is one of the major pancharma treatments. Ayurvedic basti refers to the introduction of certain oils, herbal concoctions, and sometimes milk or other liquids through the perineum- anus. Basti is the most effective treatment for vata dosha or vata disorders. The term 'Basti' literally means bag or bladder. In ancient times, sterilized urinary bladders of animals were used to injecBt the fluids into the rectum. Therefore, this ayurvedic therapy came to be known as Basti Karma.
Ayurvedic Basti restores the balance of the doshas or the body types. The Vata body type, in particular, can get the maximum benefit of basti ayurvedic therapies. Some of the advantages of Basti include
• It increases weight in emaciated people by providing high nutrition and rejuvenation.
• It is also beneficial in weight loss programmes as some basti treatments reduce weight in the obese
• It improves vision
• It prevents aging and brings back lustre, strength, and longevity.
• It provides relief from constipation, distention, chronic fever, cold, kidney stones.
• It is also used to cure sexual disorders.
• Basti is very beneficial in preventing heart pain, backache, sciatica and other pains in the joints.
• As vata disorder is the main cause of many pains including joint pains and knee pain, basti provides relief in such conditions as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscle spasms and headaches.
• It is also effective for most of the digestive disorders like dry colon, dry rectum condition and the tendency towards constipation resulting from such conditions.
These were only some conditions where basti proves to be beneficial. Ayurveda practitioners use basti for treating many other medical conditions including certain chronic diseases too.
Do keep in mind that doctors are also human, and they are badgered by their own share of problems. On certain days they may seem rude or curt; on such days, give them a little leeway and a lot of understanding!
The following terms can be very helpful when you talk to your doctor:
Please tell me more about that.
What does that mean in simple English?
Could you explain that to me again?
Could you write that down for me?
Where can I find more information about this subject?
You seem rushed.
When can I call you to talk about this in more detail?
Try to do your best to become an ideal patient, and learn to take an active interest in your medical care. After all, this is the only body you have! It's a simple fact of life that patients who know how to make the most of their doctor get better medical care. Therefore, it's very important that you learn how to do so !
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