6 ways you can tend to your heart fire and nourish your immune system to feel radiant, balanced and filled with vitality this winter time.
1. Chant Mantra
Mantra is one of the most beautiful, powerful ways to balance our entire body-mind-being. It works so viscerally within our physical body all the way to the subtlest expressions of our self.
When we chant mantra we are inviting our mind to align with the essence of the heart. As this re-alignment and reprogramming gently occurs, the immune system gets a huge boost. Our thoughts begin to take on much more peaceful and loving energy transforming our whole entire energy field, which leaves not much space for any lethargy to live and thrive within us.
As little as 15 minutes of chanting a day can have profound effects on your whole being, those around you and the energy of your home-Give it a try!
A beautiful mantra to explore this wintertime is the Gayatri Mantra; chanting to the Goddess of the Sun and the ancient wisdom of the Vedas.
You can find many recordings online to listen to its pronunciation, a beautiful recording is by Deva Premal & Miten (you can find on Spotify or YouTube).
Om Bhur Bhuvah Suvaha,
Tat Savitur Varenyam,
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi,
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat.
Really see if you can savour each syllable and invite the essence of peace to be experienced through the mantra, embodying the essence of the mantra. This will permeate your entire being, help to transform your thoughts, emotions and physical being.
There might even be mantra chanting circles or Kirtan in your local area, explore online and see what is near you so that you can share and connect with others.
2. Embodiment Practices
a. Movement fans the flames of our inner fire.
When our outer weather is cold we can balance this by keeping our body-home warm. We can’t control our outer environment, but we can create the most nourishing inner environment.
b. When we are embodied within our self the immune system naturally functions at a higher level.
Our awareness expands throughout our body and this awareness is essentially warmth and love; thus creating the conditions for more peace and joy to flourish. Find a movement practise that brings joy to your heart and warmth to your body, whether it is Yoga Asana, dance, shaking, running, jumping, climbing. If you like to move alone, find a space where you can let your whole self be free or if you like to move with others, find a class or group or start one yourself.
Activate the heart, feel it beating as you move, beating warmth and life into every corner of your being.
3. Metta Meditation
Anahata, our heart chakra, is directly linked to our Thymus Gland where T-Blood cells are produced which are an integral part of our immune system. When Anahata is in balance, our Thymus is able to work efficiently, creating a healthy immune system for us.
Metta Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to activate and balance our heart chakra; opening the doors to the compassion that is innate within all our hearts and inviting our love to flow to the world around us, our loved ones, those we are struggling with and to ourselves.
You can find a Metta Meditation on our Pure Flow Podcast and plenty on YouTube and Insight Timer.
4. Golden Milk
Turmeric is a magic herb that has been proven to be highly anti-inflammatory for the body, supports healthy liver function, boosts immune system, reduces the risk of cancer, balances hormones, manages arthritis pain and provides many other beautiful gifts. Drinking Golden milk brings vitality and good health to us.
To make this warm, turmeric-based drink is lovely and simple:
Bring one cup of organic cow, almond or coconut milk to a gentle boil.
Add a teaspoon of freshly grated turmeric or turmeric powder, a small amount of ginger, a pinch of black pepper and a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Gently stir or whisk.
Pour into a cup adding honey to sweeten.
You can also get creative and add other winter warming herbs to this mix such as cinnamon, clove or nutmeg.
When energy becomes stuck or stagnant (held by a thought form or by not allowing our emotions and bodies to flow and move) it creates the conditions for ‘dis-ease’ to manifest in our physical reality. We can keep the mind and emotional body flowing through some form of creative outlet.
Each morning put a timer on for 5-10 minutes and invite your pen to flow across the pages of your notebook without stopping and censoring. This may be expressed in the form of words or drawings or paintings.
If you are someone who resonates with sound, then for this time you can explore and allow sound to flow; be curious with how sounds feel in your body, where they come from and which sounds different parts of the body want to express on any given day. Find your outlet and invite in a sense of flow and grace.
6. Making space for rest and relaxation
Our bodies need downtime in order to regenerate; this means making sure we are getting an adequate amount of sleep and enough time spent just simply being.
Some favourite ways of gifting these precious spaces of silence and healing are: Meditation, time spent simply being in nature and restorative. These deep states of silence refill our cup so abundantly and invite us home to the peace we seek that’s always available inside.
Create a technology curfew each evening so that you can disconnect to reconnect and set aside an amount of time each day that feels manageable to really gift yourself space to simply be.
When we nourish our heart and really awaken a deeper sense of self-love, our body and surroundings naturally come into alignment and vitality. Let us know what your heart nourishing winter practices are, we’d love to hear and share!
( About Aishwarya: I am a BNYS student. I am an enthusiastic intern who is a follower and believer of nature cure concepts.)
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