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An Interview with Peter Van Houten M.D. (Yoga and Science)

We live in a culture where eating far too much sugar is very easy to do. Excessive consumption of sugar can cause oxidative stress to the brain, which causes slower thinking and poor concentration and memory.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development)

Good health results from a strong unobstructed flow of life-force to all areas of the body; illness, moods, apathy—in fact, all negative states—are symptoms of a conflict or blockage of the life-force. One of the great benefits of meditation is a gradual freedom from these conflicts.

An Interview with Mary Kretzmann (Spiritual Development)
God Is the Doer: A Healer’s Journey

Spiritually, the most important attitude for a healer is a constant awareness that God is the source of the healing power. There is also the need for reverent devotion to God and Guru because if you pray and ask the Masters to guide you, they will protect you from all negative influences, especially any tendency to become egoic.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Yoga and Science)
Meditation Protects You against Stress and Disease: The Latest Scientific Research

We now have solid scientific research explaining how the biological changes triggered by stress undermine the immune system’s function. There is also recent scientific research which shows that meditation is an important safeguard against stress-related diseases and that it can produce effects equal to standard medications.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Spiritual Ignorance: The Cause of All Disease

Our true nature is healthy. It can’t be otherwise because we are children of God. Illness and other health troubles come from not being in touch with our deepest reality.

by Cliff Kushler (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)
From Dolphins to Swype: An Inventor’s Journey

There are times when it’s not always clear what is the dharmic thing to do, and trying to see the dharmic way has not always been easy. Over time I have come to know that the best thing I can do is to try to become quiet, to meditate, and try to hear what Master is whispering.

by Clarity Magazine (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)
Addiction, Spirituality, and the Brain

In my opinion there can be no lasting recovery from addiction without a person discovering his or her spiritual path and following it. The natural tendency of the mind is to side with habit, and the natural tendency of habit is to take us back to what we already know.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality: A 10-Point Guide

Man has the independence and free will to live in the house of life with its three windows open or closed. When man closes the windows of life, he shuts out the three divine rays and finds himself living in the darkness of physical disease, mental disquietude, or abysmal soul-ignorance.

by Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta (Directions and Trends)
Connecting Attitudes with Illness: The Science of the Pulse

In my practice I try to present the deeper aspects of Ayurveda in a way that helps people see the connection between their attitudes and the “imbalances” that lead to illness, and how their attitudes relate to their karmic lessons in this lifetime.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Yoga and Science)
Can Music Heal Us? — The Latest Scientific Findings

There’s a considerable body of research showing that music can have healing effects for certain physical and mental disorders. In fact, music therapy is a widely recognized form of treatment for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, and weakened immunity.

by Swami Kriyananda (Swami Kriyananda)
Change Your Mental Picture, Change Your Health

Remember, your body changes constantly. If you will change your mental “picture,” the incoming cells will fit themselves to the new pattern.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Spiritual Development, Yoga and Science)
Cooperative Healing—Devotees and Their Health Care

As devotees, we always need to keep in mind that God-realization is our highest priority. And God may want us to work with our health in a way that differs from our personal inclinations.

by Dr. Bryan Coleman-Salgado (Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Science)
The Healing Power of Ananda Yoga: The MS Study

The study showed that Ananda Yoga helps people with a significant chronic disease to be more uplifted, to be less depressed, to be less at risk of falling, to be much less fatigued, and to be more socially active because they feel less noticeably disabled.

by Devi Novak (Sidebar, Spiritual Practices)
Paramhansa Yogananda’s Nine-Day Cleansing and Revitalizing Diet

ParamahnsaYogananda called this Nine-Day Cleansing Diet “a method for rejuvenating the body cells and awakening the latent powers of the mind and the inner forces of the soul.”

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
Understanding Illness

Sickness is the result of breaking some mental or physical law, either in this life or in a past incarnation. It is your job to free yourself from the shackles of undesirable hereditary tendencies, including habits of ill health.

by Nicole DeAvilla Whiting (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)
Injuries and Pain as a Path to God

Rather than be resentful of what appears to be more than my fair share of injuries and illnesses, I choose to be thankful for what I have learned and for the blessing of being able to help others reach for optimal health—physically, mentally and spiritually.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten M.D. (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)
Putting God First: A Physician’s Journey

As devotees, the pitfall is to decide that we have only so much energy—and no more. Just when I think I’ve done everything I can do, Divine Mother often says, “But there’s so much more you can do,” and then shows me that’s true.

by Daniella Nitya Ferrari (Stories of Grace)
Bringing God into Daily Life

A year after receiving Kriya Yoga initiation, I went through one of the most challenging times in my life as an attorney. I was appointed by the court to represent an emotionally disturbed woman whose teen-age daughter had been removed from her care.

by Clarity Magazine (Sidebar)

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An Interview with Mangala Loper-Powers (Spiritual Development, Yoga and Science)

Years ago, I discovered that one of my biggest challenges as a nurse was attachment to the person I was serving, and also to my role as a caring professional. My first awareness of this came when I found myself in tears because I was unable to be present at the childbirth of a favorite patient.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Everything we eat, think, and do affects bodily health. Periodically, we need to take inventory and ask ourselves: What we are aiming toward? How are we progressing toward that goal? Is it at the expense of our health?

by Kent Baughman (Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Science)

Bill knows that to meet the challenges of Parkinson’s, he needs to raise his physical, mental, and spiritual energy. He believes that miracles do happen and that a recovery from Parkinson’s is a very real possibility. He says, “The key is not to lose hope.”

by Bharat Cornell (Spiritual Development)

Illness is often one of the most serious challenges people face and can be a major test. Fifteen years ago, I had a rare, debilitating illness; fatigue, fever, pain and shortness of breath were my constant companions.

by Nalini Graeber (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

The emotional and spiritual challenges of an illness are perhaps even harder than the physical. There’s the temptation to fall into self-pity or to be hurt by other people’s impatience or lack of understanding.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda)

To obtain the best results from food, one should give careful consideration to properly combining the items used at one meal, and reducing them to the minimum.

by Jack Byrom (Stories of Grace)

Spiritual healing worked for me when nothing else did. From my own experience, I know that strong willpower coupled with dynamic faith in the Guru can accomplish just about anything.

by Valerie Putney (Stories of Grace)

The death of a parent is never easy to accept, especially when you’re an impressionable 15-year-old shielded from life’s harsh edges.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

The founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, was a student of the Hindu scriptures, who taught the basic principles of mind over matter first taught by the Hindus long ago.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Americans have the consciousness that everything is possible. Their temperament is marked by qualities that make for mental youthfulness.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda)

We must remember that Spirit demands a cleansed, radiant vehicle with which to demonstrate at its highest capacity.