Using the right products in the right way and following indulgent skincare routines might help you achieve the clear skin that you always longed for, but these regimens work better when paired with a holistic approach to our way of living; which is also the very premise of Ayurveda.
In these trying times, dynamic circumstances are taking a toll on our health and mental wellbeing, which in turn can invite undue stress into our lives. So, how do you strike a balance to achieve inner strength, peace and glowing skin? It is best performed in a serene and tranquil surrounding to aid in aligning your thoughts better, as you unwind. Craft a pleasant ambience with the calming fragrance of a steam distilled diffuser oil, while you meditate.
As we envelope the surroundings in invigorating and refreshing notes of freshly plucked flowers, it uplifts our senses and attracts positivity. Helping forests heal.
Through interesting activities that bring people closer to nature and engaging volunteer projects we hope to create kinder, calmer communities. As humans, we have evolved in nature. Multiple research on the healing potential of nature have shown a variety of benefits for our physical, and mental health.
It provides an easy and effective way for avoiding stress, anxiety, depression, as well as reducing their ill-effects. It improves our mood, sleep, memory as well as focus. Nature also has a soothing influence on our relationships and emotional well-being. Learn how to tap into the healing powers of nature and create ripples of positive change across your life. I feel a connection with trees and rocks and moss and creatures that is undeniable. Thank you for bringing this community together.
Like Liked by 1 person. Superb project for both environment and people. I love what your team is doing. Village monks did not refrain from contact with people when the purpose was well-defined and a helpful means of expressing compassion and loving-kindness. Additionally, wandering elders or masters with one or two disciples or younger monks, might take up a months-long regimen of travel, sometimes without a particular itinerary, following rivers, forest highlights, mountains, valleys, and the thread of isolated villages for their food, though sometimes wandering monks went without food for days when they lost their way.
Such monks could readily pursue the practices of sleeping in the open air under trees and in caves or in cemeteries, all the while adhering to a discipline of meditating in the wilderness. And meditation was, indeed, the core of their practice, in vivid contrast to the pundit monks. One observer summarizes the motivation of the ascetic monks thusly:. They knew that if they studied the dhamma without practicing it, they would remain unaware of its deeper meaning. They realized that the value of the dhamma was not to be found in reading and studying but in training the mind through the thudong life.
Finally, they understood that the best place to study the Buddha's teachings was not in a comfortable monastery but in their own school, their own university: the heart of the forest, a grove, the shade of a single tree, the cemetery, the open air, the slope of a mountain, the foot of a mountain, a valley.
They believed that such places were recommended by the Buddha as the supreme university. The forest was valued as a natural setting for solitude and seclusion, and many thudong monks became hermits for selected periods of time, dwelling deeper within the isolated landscape of mountainous caves and secluded forest cover.
While the three-month rains retreat often attracted temporary and visiting monks and meditators, the rigors of this period were intensified for regular monks. But the advantages of the forest setting for mindful meditation, for demonstrated faith in a master's directions, and for the well-being of the forest monk sangha and animals were motivating sources.
Fear accompanied many wilderness newcomers, due in part to the insecurity of daily life and survival but especially fear of wild animals, sickness and injury, and -- given the accretions of cultural lore -- ghosts. Many forest monks record their encounters with wild animals, namely tigers, elephants, and snakes. Tigers often lurked around hermits in their open air klot s at night, and the monks learned to face fear directly. While with a master, the monk learned to listen and observe not only rituals and discipline but what to do and not do around tigers, thereby conquering fear.
Some masters deliberately traveled at dusk or slept on trails in order to train their mind against the fear of animals, especially since they wanted their disciples to experience eremitism, to wander alone, and to live in mountains, caves and under trees. Where tigers and elephants were typical of Thailand forests, snakes were common in Sri Lanka as well.
In one anecdote, a preaching monk sat speaking for half an hour while a poisonous snake came up and lay unmoving at his side. The snake left only teaching was finished, convincing listeners of the powerful truth of the dhamma. From such a mind an attacker will draw back, be it a tiger, a snake, or an elephant.
The aspirant may even be able to walk right up to it. His attitude towards animals is based on metta [loving-kindness], which has a mysterious but real and profound influence A second fear that masters bade their disciples overcome was fear of corpses and spirits.
The Visuddhimagga teaches the corpse meditation as a way of inculcating a spirit of impermanence but also as a practical way of conquering sexual temptation, and fear of illness and disease. But spending the night in a cemetery, whether in the open air or in a klot , could be the source of great fear. The cemeteries of southeast Asia were not the tombstones and spacious lawns of the Western world. Corpses were brought and deposited in shrouds on the ground, make-shift cremations incomplete or left unfinished with nightfall.
One monk records being in a cemetery at dusk when villagers brought a shrouded body and left the smoldering corpse on the ground where the monk could see it from his klot. As in any such case, the odor was overwhelming and the monk's imagination stirred.
The monk was taught to recognize and observe fear, to control it with mindfulness, and ultimately to transcend it. But that seldom happened without considerable experience. The third fear was fear of bodily suffering. The widespread contraction of malaria by forest-dwellers called for perseverance, especially when palliative drugs were unavalable in isolated locales. Despite suffering malarial fever, some monks did not deviate from their discipline, walking in pain or sitting stolidly in the open air during rain storms.
The conviction that pain is rooted in the mind was a strong motivation to discipline. In terms of physical hardship, the forest-dwelling monks contrasted their wilderness context to the cozy, rarified atmosphere of the monastery.
To the forest-dwelling monks and hermits, book learning could not overcome bodily suffering. A strong intellect might mask emotional weakness, undermining mindfulness. Ajan Man, who passed a rains retreat while suffering severe stomach pains, would sometimes enter towns and villages in order to test himself against temptations of food and sensual desire.
Today is the autumn equinox, the point in the year when day and night are equal length and all is in balance. Using the change in seasons as a focus for contemplation can be very powerful, so why not give our 5 minute autumn equinox meditation a try? If you have been out in the Forest over the last few weeks, you will have seen the start of some changes.
The leaves are turning from green to orange to brown and will soon be falling to make that satisfying crunch beneath your feet, and there is a bite in the air, even on sunny days, that nips against your cheeks and nose. The arrival of autumn is the perfect opportunity to try some seasonal meditation. When we focus on what is happening in our environment outside of us, noting but not judging, we are able to slow our mind and appreciate what is right in front of us. Watching and noticing the seasons change in this way can be very powerful in improving our mental health.
The reliability of the changing seasons can bring certainty and an anchor point in these uncertain times.Healing Forest offers you unique ways to create a calm mind, a healthy body, and a peaceful life with nature, in nature. Discover the remarkable art and science of nature healing. Through creativity, mindfulness, and nature we show you how to grow your calm and .