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Digest #4810
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Health by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna


Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:14 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Some say that since this is Kali yuga, falsehood alone can succeed. But in spite of all appearances, honesty is still the best policy. One lie must be buttressed by a hundred others; whereas being truthful is easy, safe and simple. It is a hard job to maintain a false stand and so, it is always safe to be straight and honest. Do not take the first false step and then be led, on and on, to perdition. Truth is one's real nature and when you are yourself, there comes a great flood of joy welling up within you. When you deny and deceive yourself, shame darkens your mind and breeds fear. You take the path of falsehood because of the rajasik(passionate) qualities of lust, greed, hate and pride. Contentment, humility, and detachment - these keep you on the path of Truth. Truth will always triumph; do not doubt that in the least. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:19 pm (PST) . Posted by:


You must so adjust your heart that you long for the weal and welfare of all beings, including the happiness of your enemies. You think of all beings in distress, vividly representing in your imagination their sorrows and anxieties so as to arouse a deep compassion for them in your soul. (Lord Buddha)

Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:24 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Remedies for Muscle Spasms, Leg Cramps and Charley Horse!

Muscle spasms can occur at any time of day. They can cause sudden pain, throbbing and cramping that may at times feel unbearable. If muscle pain has effected you, it may be time to make some changes to your diet, posture, fluid intake and exercise routine. But before looking at the natural treatments you can do, discover more about muscle spasms:

What Are Muscle Spasms?

Muscle spasms are involuntary contractions of one or more muscles. During a spasm, your leg, neck or back may cramp up and tighten without you trying to move them. They tend to stay this way for a period of time and are unable to relax.

The feet are the most common area for muscle spasms to occur, but it is possible to get them anywhere, including around your abdomen, ribs, hands and ankles. Muscle spasms come and go depending on what you've been eating, your sleeping patterns and even if it is that time of the month, in the case of women.

One of the most common and agonizing types of muscle spasms is the charley horse, which causes cramping in the calf muscles. The pain can be so bad that it can wake you up. Other types can kick in when you stand up, get out of bed in the morning, or just after exercising.

The older you get, the more likely you are to suffer from occasional muscle spasms, primarily because we lose muscle mass each year as we age. This means that there's more pressure on our remaining muscles to support our body weight.

Nevertheless, be it age or losing muscle mass or not, just about everyone experiences muscle spasms at one time or another. People who are especially prone to dealing with muscle cramps frequently include anyone with a poor diet, poor circulation, high levels of inflammation and athletes and women who are pregnant or experiencing PMS. Whatever the reason may be, here are six natural treatments for muscle spasms:

6 Natural Treatments for Muscle Spasms

1. Prevent Electrolyte Imbalances

Being deficient in potassium or magnesium can be a cause of muscle spasms. If you've been working out without refueling afterward or are beginning your menstrual cycle soon, or eat a diet that is low in fresh foods, you could be low in these two essential nutrients that help muscles contract normally.

Low potassium also known as hypokalemia, develops when potassium in the blood drops below normal. It is one of the most common reasons people deal with leg cramps, including those that strike in the middle of the night. Being low in B vitamins can also increase cramps especially in your legs. Get more B vitamins by increasing your intake in eggs, grass-fed meat and wild-caught fish as well as ancient grains and legumes.

2. Stretch and Massage Your Muscles

Staying active is a great way to prevent muscle spasms. People who are physically fit maintain more muscle mass and usually have less inflammation. They also tend to be more flexible. It is important to warm-up properly and cool down before and after exercise as this can help prevent muscles from becoming overly fatigued, strained or pulled.

Prior to working out, try warming up by jogging on the spot, getting your heart rate up and do dynamic movements that bring blood to your major muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Spend the last 10 to 15 minutes stretching your major muscle groups by holding stretches for at least 20 to 30 seconds. Focus on the vulnerable areas particularly the hamstrings, quadriceps and ankles. Furthermore, be sure to add plenty of rest for proper muscle recovery as a preventative measure.

If dealing with a charlie horse, try stretching once the pain comes on. Sit down with your legs straight in front of you and pull your toes/top of your feet back toward you to stretch your hamstring. If the back of your thigh is affected, bend your affected leg and grab your foot behind you, pulling your foot up toward your back, stretching out the front of your thigh.

3. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration may be a cause for your muscles to spasm and cramp up. Be sure to drink enough water every day based on your body size. Remember that if the weather is very hot and you are sweating, or you've been exercising or drinking alcohol, be sure to have even more than you usually do to stay hydrated. This helps prevent muscle problems caused by heat exhaustion, intense thirst or heavy sweating.

4. Use Ice or Heat Packs on Sensitive Muscles

When dealing with pain, tightness or cramping, heat relaxes the muscles. Try applying heat to the areas where you frequently get spasms by using a heating pad. A steam room or sauna may also be a good option. The same thing can be done using an ice pack, applied to swollen or painful areas several times per day.

5. Adjust Your Posture

If you are hunching over for several hours a day, or are exercising and walking with bad posture you may be putting yourself at risk of muscle pain, including back spasms or muscle spasms in the legs and neck. Kyphosis is a condition caused by rounding or forward curvature of the spine which can lead to back spasms, general back pain and overall stiffness.

Slouching over can weaken your neck muscles over time and also cause strain to your back muscles. This will increase inflammation in your upper back and shoulder area. See a chiropractor for adjustments or a physical therapist if the condition becomes frequent and serious enough.

6. Take a Bath with Epsom Salt

Epsom salts are naturally rich in magnesium that seeps into your skin to reach tense muscles when added to a warm bath. They also help prevent magnesium deficiency, ease stress, soothe muscles and detoxify the body. A hot bath will also help relax the muscles and ease anxiety.

Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:27 pm (PST) . Posted by:


When the mind engages, it encages; when Krishna engages, he elevates

When deciding whether to work for some employer, we usually evaluate whether serving them will raise our profile or lower it.

We can evaluate similarly when deciding whether to serve our mind or to serve Krishna. Of course, we may prefer to not serve anyone at all. But that's impossible; we are constantly serving our mind, listening to its propositions to, "Watch this; touch this; eat this." However, because the mind is inside us, we rarely realize that it prods us towards certain choices and that we obediently dance to its tunes.

When we thus keep doing what our mind proposes, its propositions become more forceful till they become almost compulsive. Nobody is born as an addict, but when their mind tempts them to take some substance, and they keep giving in to those temptations, they eventually end up addicted.

In contrast, when we serve Krishna by practicing bhakti-yoga, the resulting inner connection with the all-pure divine purifies us. To be purified means to become freed from the various contaminating and constraining impressions stored in our mind and to realize our spiritual identity as pure souls, who are eternal parts of the all-pure divine. To realize this identity is to become elevated to the zenith of spiritual consciousness and to relish life and love eternal. The Bhagavad-gita (06.07) indicates that when we stop listening to our mind and instead strive to connect with the indwelling divine, we experience an inner tranquility that raises us above dualities such as heat-cold, happiness-distress and honor-dishonor. Being thus spiritually realized, we relish the supreme contentment (06.08).

By thus understanding that serving Krishna will uplift us, we can shed whatever reservations we may have about serving him and can start serving him wholeheartedly.

Think it over:

Why don't we realize that we are serving our mind?

What is the result of serving our mind?

How does serving Krishna uplift us?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/when-the-mind-engages-it-encages-when-krishna-engages-he-elevates/ https://www.gitadaily.com/when-the-mind-engages-it-encages-when-krishna-engages-he-elevates/

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