Monthly Archives: May 2013

My experience with Worcester’s Zen Center

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I recently stopped by Boundless Way Temple in Worcester and was delighted to see how how beautiful and peaceful their gardens were. When I walked in I saw a life size Buddha  made of carved stone sitting on a lotus. Although it seems close to the road the gardens were silent except the chirping of birds and whistling wind. During my time at the Zen Center there was an art show going on for any artist whom had real meaning in their work. After seeing the art I retired to the center of the garden where they have a terrace set up. I sat on the bench and admired the scenery. For anyone who is seeking a peaceful meditation spot I highly recommend  the Boundless Way Temple on 1030 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA.

Cooling Summer Tips

As we enter into the hot summer months, we think of ways to keep cool. Adding coconut or mint into your summer rice will help cool the system. Looking at our food is a great way to keep the system cool and relaxed in the hot summer months.

Ayurveda Everyday

Buddha, Kamakura, Japan

Buddha, Kamakura, Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I first started to learn about Maharishi Ayurveda, and all the different elements, massage, herbs, meditation, yoga, I found it overwhelming. Now, as time goes by, I am referring to it in my everyday life, who knew that Ayurveda everyday would be so easy.

We can take Ayurveda everyday, break it down, take the elements that we can work with everyday and add them to our life. No, I don’t live by a strict routine, I don’t wake up at 5am to start every aspect of the Ayurveda routine, but I do take it into my life, and look at the pieces that will work and benefit my health mentally and physically.

So, what aspects of Ayurveda do I take into my life everyday? I wake early,do some light yoga, meditate, eat a healthy breakfast(yes, I enjoy a cup of coffee), and then start my day. I add massage, meditation, yoga and herbs into my life. I don’t panic over my routine, I just keep it in balance. I am lucky enough to practice massage, and understand the importance, it helps keep the body and mind relaxed, rejuvenates the skin helps balance life’s stresses.I have practiced meditation off an on for at least 20 years, I enjoy the connection that I have with myself mentally and spiritually when I continue to build my meditation practice. Yoga is a great tool to add into your routine. I will add a relaxed simple yoga stretching to my morning schedule, and always exploring and trying new types of yoga. I love the connection with myself  body and mind with yoga, and the flow of my body when working, easy movement no pain or discomfort, keeps me coming back. This brings me to herbs, we all add them to our meals, and understand the enjoyment from the smell and the flavor that they add, but what about for healing? We use herbs for everything from poison ivy,sinuses or tired feet. Learning how to use them is fun, and always exciting when we find another us for an herb that we didn’t think of.

Start simple, maybe it’s your diet, or adding yoga into your schedule, don’t allow it to overwhelm you, bring it into your life in steps. Make it easy, and enjoy!

Massage and Meditation,part 2

 

Meditation

Meditation (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

Massage and Meditation  is a great tool for relaxing the body, settling the mind, and helping the body to heal from stress or trauma. Many of us have over the last few years have heard about the benefits of massage and  meditation, and when you look at them, you see similarities,so why do they work so well? What if we take them and combine them into one massage?
Your body is working hard everyday, carrying you, protecting you, supporting you on the physical and emotional level.. Allow the body to rest, release the the tension in the body and mind, while being walked through a gentle guided meditation. The combination of massage and meditation can bring the body to a state of relaxation helping the body and mind settle down. The body is better able to work with stress,injuries, illness when the body is allowed to rest.

This type of massage modality came from working with clients that were post stroke or trauma(s after a car accident, another after the passing of a family member). I have been very  lucky to work with many different types of clients, and with my background in massage, Ayurveda,Thai and Reiki we came to working with massage and guided meditation. The outcome has been overwhelming, so I was able to bring this style of massage to my clients coming in from any aspect.

This massage and meditation is a very gentle relaxing massage, we focus on releasing negative energy and encouraging a positive energy flow. My clients are feeling a sense of strength mentally and physically, and the benefits only get better with each massage session. I recommend that you do this massage and mediation in a serious of three, this allows the body to relax and absorb the changes slowly.
Give yourself this time, and feel stronger mentally and spiritually.

Massage and Meditation

Massage is a great tool for relaxing the body, settling the mind, and helping the body to heal from stress or trauma. Many of us have over the last few years have heard about the benefits of meditation, and when you look at them, you see similarities So why do they work so well? What if we take them and combine them into one massage? Well, I have done just that here at Shrewsbury,MA at Metta Spa.
Your body is working hard everyday, carrying you, protecting you, supporting you on the physical and emotional level.. Allow the body to rest, release the the tension in the body and mind, while being walked through a gentle guided meditation. The combination of massage and meditation can bring the body to a state of relaxation helping the body and mind settle down. The body is better able to work with stress,injuries, illness when the body is allowed to rest.
Give yourself this time, and feel stronger mentally and spiritually.