• Spiritual Healing

    Birding: A feat to your mind

    Everything that had wings and could fly was a bird. Well, there were few local birds that consumed our grains and gave arduous time for me in my younger days. I did not like them because they were always noisy and nosy and took my play time. I had to chase them away as instructed by my grandma. Well, my relationship with the birds were not cordial althoug many bedtime stories for me were about a dove or a sparrow and their clever relationship with humans. However, only in recent days did I notice how birding can be soothing to our body and mind. A glimpse of their plumage, a…

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    Unexplored values of Rumex Nepalensis

    Also known as the Nepal Dock, it is a perennial herb having erect, branched items with large rootstock. It is bitter sweet in taste. The tender leaves and shoots are cooked as vegetables due to their high content of natural antioxidants whereas the status on the root is unknown. The plant is extensively used in the traditional medical system. It is widely distributed throughout Himalayas from Bhutan to Kashmir. It is a fairly common plant of higher altitudes and grows between 900-4000 m on moist as well as dry slopes, under shades, and even in plains. Medicinal values The plant is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, analgesic, central nervous system…

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    Finding solace in Reading (How to read 40 books a year?)

    I breath on books! Well, it’s an extreme expression. But yes, I love books and I am an avid reader. This habit has been with me for almost 16 years. So, my relation with books is nearing two decades. Several people who wanted to read but couldn’t develop that habit asked me how to keep the reading going. For that reason, I am writing this post. I am confident because I found my solace in books and I trust my instinct this time. The inspiration: When I was in the 7th grade, my English teacher made it mandatory to keep book records. It all started from there. I read to…

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    Medicinal values of Phyllanthus emblica Linn (Amla)

    Points for identification Belonging to Euphorbiaceae family, Phyllanthus is a deciduous shrub which grows up to 2-10 meters and has bipinnate leaves. It bears a pale white flower and round and greenish fruit. It is found in warmer areas of Bhutan, in the subtropical, warm broad leaved and chirpine forest either on sunny slopes, in scrubs or river banks. Medicinal values The fleshy part of the fruit is mainly used as an important dietary source of vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. According to a study on the Phytochemistry, pharmacology and medicinal properties by Gaire and Subedi (2014), P. emblica contains phytochemicals including fixed oils, phosphatides, essential oils, tannins, minerals,…

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    Getting healed in the pools of Dunmang

    Balneology, “treatment of disease by bathing” is one of the therapeutic methods of treating any forms of illness. It is gaining momentum in the world of healing with several proven benefits. Some of the benefits of plunging yourself in a hot spring are: 1. Boost blood circulation as the hot springs contain different kinds of mineral which get absorbed in the body system and increases the oxygen flow. 2. Reduces stress and insomnia: If you are a bad sleeper, it is time to get a dip. The high mineral content relaxes the tense muscles. Due to higher temperature, it helps your body relax and fall asleep. 3. Relieves pain as…

  • Spiritual Healing

    The Sexual Union of Tantric Deities

    It is somehow normal for Bhutanese and Tibetan Buddhist practitioners to see statues, mural paintings and drawings of male and female deities in sexual union. Particularly, people outside the Buddhist world might even wonder at the ironical side of the philosophy which preaches celibacy and proper conduct, while on the other hand, depicting such vulgar images of highest deities. However, this practice is only concentrated to Tantric Buddhism. In essence, there is nothing erotic or shameful about the display. Externally, it symbolizes the basic teaching of interdependence. All phenomena are guided by the principle of cause and effect. It is in fact the union of wisdom and method, female and…

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    The different faces of mental illness

    From the response I got to my previous post on depression, I wanted to delve further into the topic so that few of my treasured readers will get some information regarding what it is like to suffer mental illness. Unlike any other sufferings, the pain in the head felt by heart is the heaviest. Any human can suffer from one of the following mental illnesses as classified: 1. Anxiety disorders We are anxious. It is the truth. But we have a choice to lessen the intensity. An anxiety disorder is an emotion when a person responds to certain objects with fear and dread with visible signs of panic attacks, rapid…

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    Let’s talk about depression

    Probably, it is “inauspicious” to talk about depression on the first day of the new year. I always wanted to write something on it but never garnered enough courage to even talk about it. The word has been given several negative connotations by the society we live in. It has always to do with someone who is “unsound in the head,” “crazy,” “Mad,” or at times referred with much pathetic and cruel names. However, avoiding a problem will never bring any sensible solutions. There comes a time in life when we have no option but to be sad and desperate. The doings of an ordinary mind are unfathomable and unpredictable.…

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    Datura stramonium

    Datura stramonium known as jimsonweed or devil’s snare is a weed found in the gardens, cultivated lands, roadsides and waste lands. It is found in warmer countries. Point of identification The plant can grow up to 1m. Flowering season lasts from July to October. It has funnel shaped flowers, usually white. The seeds are highly poisonous. The leaves are broad and coarse. Medicinal values Datura is valued as inducing visions to communicate with deities while used in ceremonies for its hallucinogenic properties. In India, it is considered sacred for being the Lord Shiva’s favorite. However, the plant is found to be used in curing hemorrhoids, inflammations and burning. A strong…

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    Health Benefits of seven sitting postures of Vairocana

    1. Lotus pose or padmasana This pose helps to steady the body for longer period of time. As the body is steadied, mind becomes calm. Steadiness and calmness are the first step towards real health. This pose directs the flow of Apana prana (Thursel loong) (Descending wind) from mooladhara chakra (Root Chakra) to all parts of the body. According to Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Bhutanese Medicine), Apana prana resides at the tip of coccyx and its main pathways are through large intestine, bladder, genital organs and through the thighs which in turn controls the functioning of those organs which is mainly concerned with the expulsion and the retention of waste products…