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LifeStyle is a Companion text to Ayurvedic Fusion Cooking.

Lifestyle

Insight that materialism is about quantity and not quality of life encouraged the author to reassess health, living and parenting. Readjustments are discussed.

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8 thoughts on “Lifestyle”

  1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    going back almost 5000 years. When speaking of the main proponents of Ayurveda during ancient times, three names instantly spring to the mind. They are Sushruta, one the earliest surgeons, Charaka, a medical genius, and Vagbhata. Together they are considered to be ‘The Trinity” of Ayurvedic knowledge, with Vagbhata coming after the other two. According to some scholars, Vagbhata lived in Sindh around the sixth century. Not much is known about him personally, except that he was most likely to have been a Buddhist, as he makes a reference to Lord Buddha in his writings, and his sons, grandsons, and disciples were all Buddhists. It is also believed that he was taught Ayurvedic medicine by his father and a Buddhist monk, named Avalokita.

  2. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Allopathy is the method of treatment in the West but Ayurveda has currently become popular in the western world.
    Ayurveda to mean ‘life knowledge’ is the indigenous Indian system of good physical, mental and social health for a long full life. This ancient Indian system of medicine diagnoses and treats symptoms of diseases.
    It defines health as an equilibrium in three doshas, and diseases as disturbance in these three doshas. Herbal medicines are traditionally used for removing etiology of disease to ensure normal health and longevity.
    Charaka-samhita is a wide-ranging text on ancient Indian medicine.
    It has the description of a large number of diseases, diagnostic methods for identifying their causes of disorders,as well as, their treatment.
    Charak is considered the father of ancient Indian science of medicine.
    He was the first to talk about digestion, metabolism and immunity as important issues for health and in the medical sciences. I
    In Charak Samhita, he stressed more on removing the cause of disease and genetical tendencies of illness rather than treating the illness.
    While Charak is called the father of ayurvedic medicine, Susruta is the father of surgery.
    Susruta and Charak were all noted ayurvedic practitioners.
    Susruta was a pioneer in the field of surgery. He studied human anatomy with the help of a dead body. In Susruta Samhita, he described over 1100 diseases, fevers from twenty-six kinds, jaundice of eight kinds and urinary complaints of twenty kinds. He considered surgery as “the highest division of the healing arts and least liable to fallacy”.
    Susruta Samhita gives a description of 101 instruments used in surgery then.
    Vagbhata is known most for his famous two classics on Ayurveda that he wrote- the Ashta Hrudaya and Ashta Samgraha. They contained the essence of the treatises by Charaka and Sushrutha, as well as Vagbhata’s own perceptions on Ayurveda.
    Going back almost 5000 years, when speaking of the main proponents of Ayurveda during ancient times, three names instantly spring to the mind. They are Sushruta, one the earliest surgeons, Charaka, a medical genius, and Vagbhata. Together they are considered to be ‘The Trinity” of Ayurvedic knowledge, with Vagbhata coming after the other two.
    It is also believed that he was taught Ayurvedic medicine by his father and a Buddhist monk, named Avalokita.

    1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      Loners are not of ‘up-with-people’ culture. They essentially are seeking solitude: pausing to gather thoughts and help strengthen their bond with Mother Nature. As the Master would reiterate, over and over again :”Make the Cosmic Connection,” and reap the secret joy from a solitary life.
      Millenials meanwhile deny loners with resounding cries of: “No friends, no fun! No friends no fun!”
      Loners need to become ‘involuntary loners’ and find joy within and a never-ending inspiration through a Cosmic Connection, outside: in a a purpose-centred state.

  3. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Impact of Changes in Indigenous Cultures Creates Environmental Crisis
    The collective cultural spirit and traditional habits of Indigenous people in every Continent of the Planet, has been transformed unbelievably in the last 100 years, but especially recently, with the rise of the confused, agitated, and often violent millenials.
    For thousands of years, in India, religious rituals were and perhaps in some areas, still are, linked closely with offerings to the five elements of nature (earth, water, fire, air and space) with gods presiding over each of these 5 elements.
    Therefore, Care of Nature was inbuilt within most cultural systems, then. Now, whatever material benefits were perceived then, as given by gods themselves, are perceived chiefly from a scientific/materialistic stance and viewed through the eyeglasses of technologies and machines.
    Gods’ roles has become almost reduced to being ancient relics of the past; observances of festivals and cultural events are more and more carried out in that spirit, instead of viewing God and gods, as an ever-present always-new entity, that directs our entire lives. What was once seen clearly is that God’s creations, were sustainable in every way possible. There was none or minimal toxic residues left behind because of perfected ancient techniques in reuse and recyclability. Today mankind’s creations have left behind huge toxicity; it is what it is, in almost every creation designed to duplicate or surpass those of gods.’

    1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      Who are the Millennial Generation.
      Millennials are people born after 1980 and born before the 2000’s. They are a more technology based generation who rely on technology for everything they do.
      The article “Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change” in the PewResearchCenterPublications, states about them: it reports their behaviors, values and opinions of the teens and twenty-somethings that make up the Millennial Generation Even.
      How Millennial Are You, is the question – be they American or present day Indians?
      “The Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change. Like all people, they have personalities, these Millennials! The North American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium, have begun to forge themselves as confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.”
      They are more ethnically and racially diverse than older adults, and are less religious. They are less likely to have served in the military, and are on track to become the most educated generation in North American history states: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1501/millennials-new-survey-generational-personality-upbeat-open-new-ideas-technology-bound
      Look around and see the millenials in the East . They have also embraced multiple modes of self-expression. Three-quarters have created a profile on a social networking site. One-in-five have posted a video of themselves online.
      Nearly four-in-ten have a tattoo. Nearly one-in-four have a piercing in some place other than an earlobe — about six times the share of older adults who’ve done this.
      But their “look-at-me” tendencies are not without limits.
      Most Millennials have placed privacy boundaries on their social media profiles. And 70% say their tattoos are hidden beneath clothing.
      Many have rejected the old culture of the East and have made themselves, stumbling and rudderless, lacking in direction, or control or or coherence.
      The question is: Why make oneself pleasant but such a dodo?

  4. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Lifestyles of Millenials:
    Thoughts of death, dying, and suicide are an unfortunate reality for many individuals. In the U.S. alone between 2008 and 2009, approximately 3.7% of adults (8.3 million Americans) reported having suicidal thoughts (Crosby et al., 2011). International Suicide Statistics, finds on average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world; 1.8% of worldwide deaths are suicides and Global suicide rates have increased 60% in the past 45 years. Suicides reflect only a portion of the number of persons affected by suicidal thoughts and behaviors http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-statistics.html.
    Self-directed violence encompasses a range of behaviors. Raging emotional actions range from nonsuicidal intentional self-harm ( behaviors in which the intention is not to kill oneself, as in self-mutilation) to deliberate acts of fatal and nonfatal suicidal behavior. Injury from self-directed violence is a major public health issue worldwide. One may ask: Why do these youth seek to live in a state of painlessness and spiritual ecstacy? Why does the Soul seek ‘ecstasy’ through self-governing individualism?
    Today’s leading meditation teachers about attaining ‘ecstacy’ are more interested in drugs: not alcohol or Oxycontin, but chemicals considered unfit for human consumption. https://medshadow.org.
    The term ‘Ecstasy’ (drugs) initially became popular in the nightclub scene, but their use has since spread to a broader range of people. This widespread ecstasy use has persisted over recent years. Though some crush the pills and snort them. Many take the drug in combination with other substances frequently consumed in a club or party setting including methamphetamine, ketamine, marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs.
    Unlike illegal street drugs (cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine admixured with paint thinner, drain cleaner, or ammonia used in their manufacture and packing) prescription opioid medications have a legitimate place in medicine for treating acute and chronic pain, in the elderly. They are being stolen from elders’ drug-cupboards and have become prescribed ‘street drugs’ as opiods. The highest youth mortality in US and Canada are from over-the-counter cough medicines and pain relievers,countered by Naloxone.
    Death from cardiovascular collapse happens because of irregular heartbeat or strokes, and is the reaction to increase in dopamine.
    Canada is the No. 2 user of opiates in the world next to the U.S. There is a lot of prescription opioids out there in the market. Doctors and pharmacists need to take more responsibility for educating people about the dangers of opioids and what to do in case of an overdose. Access to naloxone by police, firefighters and emergency departments will have to become more widespread, because it can save lives.
    Other Drugs of Abuse:
    Overdoses with Ecstacy or MDMA (and many other toxic psychoactive drugs have both stimulant and hallucinogenic characteristics. They are abused for these side-effects.) They are, as a group, considered to be one of the most popular club drugs in the world. Methamphetamine, Dextromethorphan (DXM), PCP, Ketamine, Cocaine methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, Caffeine, Synthetic cathinones (bath salts).
    Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or Molly), is commonly known as ecstasy (E), a psychoactive drug used primarily to alter mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions).
    It is a man-made drug that produces energizing effects similar to the stimulants called amphetamines, as well as psychedelic effects, of hallucinogens mescaline and LSD. MDMA is known as a “club drug” because of its popularity in the nightclub scene, at “raves” (all-night dance parties), and music festivals or concerts. MDMA’s effects generally last from 3 to 6 hours.
    Most people who use MDMA take it in a pill, tablet, or capsule. Some people take more than one pill at a time, called “bumping.” The popular term “Molly” (slang for molecular) refers to the pure crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules.
    Once an MDMA pill or capsule is swallowed, it takes about 15 minutes for the drug to enter the bloodstream and reach the brain. MDMA produces its effects by increasing the activity of three neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers of brain cells): serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
    Serotonin—plays a role in controlling our mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep, and feelings of pain. The extra serotonin that is released by MDMA likely causes mood-lifting effects in users. People who use MDMA might feel very alert, or “hyper,” at first. Some experience altered sense of time and other changes in perception, such as a more intense sense of touch. Serotonin also triggers the release of the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, which play a role in feelings of love, sexual arousal, and trust. This may be why users report feeling a heightened sense of emotional closeness and empathy. Nectarines are, botanically speaking, a variety of peach—in fact, they are so closely related, that if you plant dozens of peach or nectarine pits, a few of each will grow into the other.
    Dopamine—helps to control movement, motivation, emotions, and sensations like pleasure. The extra dopamine causes a surge of feelings of joy and increased energy
    Norepinephrine—increases heart rate and blood pressure, which are particularly risky for people who have problems with their heart and blood circulation
    MDMA can cause problems with the body’s ability to control temperature, especially when it is used in active, hot settings (like dance parties or concerts). On rare occasions, this can lead to a sharp rise in body temperature (known as hyperthermia), which can cause liver, kidney, or heart failure or even death.
    Cocaine a major central nervous system stimulant causes euphoria and feelings of physical and intellectual power and focus. It reduces appetite, fatigue, and pain, and increases energy.
    Intense contraction of most blood vessels cause high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat, leading to stroke or heart attack. It becomes more dangerous when users mixed with alcohol, sedatives, or other street drugs like heroin.
    Heroin – has made a resurgence in Canada. It si cheap and can keep users high for several hours. It is a popular alternative to expensive prescription drugs like OxyContin. It can be injected, inhaled, or snorted.
    Methamphetamine or ‘meth’ produces an intense rush. It induces an instant addictive release high levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter. which makes users euphoric, high, energetic, and wakeful. It can easily be made at home using substances found in cold medications.

  5. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Knowledge about oneself and lessons learnt is power. We acquire its ‘power’ by looking inside ‘self’-Knowledge and past memories and how we responded to our external experiences. This is one of many ways to find a significant meaning that created our future in later adult lives. It begins in childhood.
    Childhood and Young adulthood activities become memories that are never truly forgotten. To relive and retell stories from early childhood should be reactivated by reminiscing them with children and grandchildren: otherwise they are held inside and eventually forgotten as lost useful lessons to be shared.
    Adolescence is that turbulent transitional period between childhood and adulthood. It is acknowledged to begin with the appearance of secondary sexual characteristics, at approximately age 11 or 12 years. It happens to all and happened to us adults also.
    Retelling personal experiences is ‘nurturing’ through individual stories: intelligent parenting includes re-telling personal recollections about the mindset during physical growth. They are beautiful learning experiences that can be retold to children and grandchildren who universally describe ‘growing pains’ as their personal misery!
    Many adult physical and performing arts teachers have disfigured lives of the these teenage who eventually suffer through their adult lives with self-disdain, substance abuse, abuse and depression.

    1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

      Extremes of Happiness and Sadness:
      A ‘lifetime graph’ gives an ideational grid of and about humankind’s experience-spikes during ‘extreme happiness and extreme sadness.’ Everyone’s life goes in cycles of these two extreme experiences because humans cannot deal with them.
      This can only happen when we will not confront nor will we triumph over the intrinsic worth and virtues of ‘love’,’hate’,’happiness’,’sadness’, and above all ‘fear …’
      Over-reacting to such extremes of happiness and sadness is more necessary or even appropriate only when exposed to risks during human endeavours. Overreacting, are two kinds of overreacting: internal (overreactions are emotional responses that others may or may not notice, like obsessive worry or feelings of rage that you don’t express) and external (actions and behaviours that others can see, such as throwing your hands up in the air out of frustration or shouting at someone angrily.)

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