In today’s “rush-rush” society where our society is focused on getting everything done, not only in record time but many things done at once, we can easily become off balance, off kilter, and so stressed our health suffers.  It is common knowledge that stress is the number one killer across the globe.  It is known to be a major factor in heart attack and stroke but how much stress we have in our lives also determines our adrenal health which can affect our insulin levels leading to diabetes or insulin resistance which can have an affect on our fertility which can affect our stress levels……It’s a vicious cycle.  When we are stressed we don’t sleep enough and when we don’t sleep enough we don’t handle stress well.  Our sex lives and relationships suffer libido dips causing other deep seated conflicts.  Stress is a hamster wheel and we are all the hyped up gerbils looking to do everything, have everything, be everything to everyone all the time.  We want MORE.  We want it NOW.

Guess what?  That MORE NOW mentality is killing you us….  All that racing to the invisible “finish line” is doing nothing but putting us in the lead for the race to an early grave.

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Me?  Stressed?

Sleep More….Weigh Less…. Live Longer

ABCs of Pranayama

On my recent trip to India I looked around at the hustle and bustle going on around me in New Delhi and realized that even in the seemingly mass chaos of traffic, people off to work or on their way home, the juxtaposition of opulence and affluence to abject poverty, one thing remained constant.  The smiles of the people, no matter what their station, the devotion and deference they showed to worship, the absolute calm that enveloped this huge megalopolis had such a profound effect on me that I discovered, right then and there, the path to balanced health and happiness is all about slowing down and focusing on thing at a time.

This epiphany struck me first while watching a few cows crossing a busy road to graze in the median.  I am sure you all know cows are considered sacred animals in India and they do, indeed, walk among the people.  Since Indian food is heavy on dairy products, these cows are viewed as life giving (and if anyone has ever tasted desi ghee made of grazing cow’s butter in the old method according to Ayurvedic standards you will know what I mean by life giving.  Definitely life affirming goodness.).  In Delhi the traffic is, to put it mildly, chaotic.  A cacophony of horns blazing  all at once, 3 lanes becoming 5, and each driver jockeying for his position can lead even the most experienced foreign driver down the path of madness quickly.  Yet our drivers deftly maneuvered hurdles, lending their own sound to the symphony, without so much as a heavy sigh, an angry look or ever uttering an under the breath swear word we all know well in the West.  As the cows passed in front of the traffic the horns fell silent with nobody trying to hurry them along or move them out of the way, and not a soul looking angry or annoyed at this unexpected interruption to their obviously busy schedules.

What was even better is that one cow took a shine to my open window and came over and blessed me with his muzzle and a little lick before deciding to continue on his way.  My driver did not once try to shoo the cow away, even seemed mildly amused at the fact that I smiled in absolute wonder.  (Later, that same young driver got into a small fender bender as is common in such a crowded traffic situation, and there was not one raised voice or harsh word as the drivers exchanged information.)

Slow down for fast health

This post is the first in a series of “Slow Living” posts and the importance of taking moments to slow down and “dim the lights”  a little on the “guns blazing”  lifestyle we all seem to lead lately.  In the next few days you will get to see glimpses of the profound life-changing experiences we had in India and receive tips and tricks on how to join the “Slow Living”  movement and profoundly influence your health and wellness towards the positive.

Come and see what Namaskar really means HERE.

Until tomorrow, Namaskar!

Wishing you peace and balance,

Jacqueline

 

10 replies
  1. Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club
    Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club says:

    I’m looking forward to these posts! I tend to always have to check things off my list to feel better, because pending things drive me crazy. It’s great for getting things done, but I need to stop, and slow down here and there. One thing I never give up is my sleep. 8-9 hours can fix just about anything;) I wondered where you were! Nice to see you back:) I was recently in Europe on my break.

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  2. Small Footprints
    Small Footprints says:

    I adore the idea of people gladly allowing the cows to interrupt their day. What a lovely, calming activity … and lucky you to be honored with a cow “kiss”. I was once told, by a doctor, that stress also contributes to many forms of cancer. Thank you for this post … it’s a great reminder to just slow down. I’m looking forward to the series! 🙂

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  3. Rosey
    Rosey says:

    Glad you made it home safe and had an obviously nice trip. : )

    A society where everyone is rushed but not grouchy? I’ve heard of such things, but it sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

    Seems like the invisible line you mentioned is always driving me and everyone else I know too. AND the older I get the shorter days and time seem too…

    What’s the average life expectancy of people in India? Maybe they’re totally on to something. 🙂

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      The life expectancy in India is quite low because of poverty related illnesses (there is only a slight gain of middle class in India) and the lack of family planning. This is true, however, in the US as well. The thing that struck me most though is simply how they handle themselves with such calm and grace.

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  4. mary
    mary says:

    Well, I suppose when you think the Yoga originated in India this makes perfect sense….finding your poise and sustaining it in an asana does bring you into the moment and worries tend to drain away.
    So, glad you had a good trip:) Much needed, I am sure.

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  5. Carla Barilá Karam
    Carla Barilá Karam says:

    Jacqueline… thank you for sharing your trip to India.. I would LOVE to go… maybe one day. Love the cow. Grace, peace and blessings, Carla

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  6. Theresa
    Theresa says:

    India sounds a lot like what my husband experienced in Taiwan. Rushed bodies, but never angry. He said they were the most genuine and nice people he has ever met.

    I like the idea of slow living!

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  7. Becky Jane
    Becky Jane says:

    I ♥ your ‘slow moving’ and ‘dim the lights’. We’re in the autumn stormy weather now and I love to just sit out in the rain – smell the smells, hear the sounds, see the dark looming clouds, and feel the weather…looking forward to reading more!

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