Reinvention may sound like a lot of work, but it really doesn't need to be. Basically any time a change occurs, a tiny reinvention happens. So, whether you take a new route home, or simply choose a different pair of shoes in the morning, you are slightly reinventing your path.
As human beings, our lives are ever changing and we are highly adaptable, so we have the potential to be whatever we want to be. Even aging is a form of reinvention because you must change certain aspects of your life as you grow older. It is how we deal with these changes that can affect how successful we are at creating our ideal self. Instead of seeing a change with fearful eyes, we should embrace the opportunity to reinvent a part of who we are.
"If we wait for our future, we wait in vain."
Major reinvention isn’t something you need to achieve on a daily basis, but it can be a very rewarding process and lead you to your highest potential.
How can it be achieved?
An important aspect of reinvention is knowing the path or direction you want to attract or shift towards. If you don’t know where you want to go, then it will be nearly impossible to understand whether you’ve already been there.
Know what you want, so when you get it, you’ll actually want what you have.
5 simple tips on how to reinvent yourself
1. Meditate on how you want to be perceived by the world.
Meditation is one of the most beneficial ways to connect with your true wants, desires and self. By focusing on how you would like those around you to view you, you can begin to understand the characteristics that you may need to shift away from or change. For example: if you want to appear confident to others, you may need to acknowledge feelings like jealousy or ego-based thoughts and look for ways to improve your actions when you have these thoughts. Your deep conscious thoughts can be changed with meditation! Remember - We are what we think!
2. Write a list of the things you want to accomplish to achieve your new self.
This is a great way to put your thoughts into a visual or even tangible representation. Whether it is your bucket list, or simply a short list of goals for the year, actually seeing it in writing will help you to be reminded of what you really want.
3. Place yourself in the environment you want to be in to achieve your new self.
By surrounding yourself with like-minded people or inspiring atmospheres, you are literally creating a better host environment for change. People inspire each other on a daily basis, so whether you follow more positive people in social media or watch a different youtube channel, you can dramatically alter your thought patterns.
4. Once you know what you want, figure out how you can achieve it.
Break down each item and look at how you can achieve it. If you want to travel more, but you have too many monthly bills or material things weighing you down, perhaps it’s time for a garage sale. Or if you want to be wealthier, find out how you can generate more income – perhaps a side business or freelance opportunity.
5. Revisit your goals and desires on a daily basis.Once you know what you want, don’t forget about it! It may be easy to get lost in your daily routine and put your wants aside, so keep your list in a visible place – I.e. on your bedside table or fridge, and remember to make time to meditate on what you want. Keep tabs on your thoughts and review what you want to be on a regular basis, because you may be surprised to find they will likely change!
If we can only think better, faster and with more focus we will finally get ahead, right? Rather than making the mind race like mad, between Nov. 11th – Nov. 17 there is a very different concept being taught by Dr. Pillai to get ahead.
It starts with a story as all long lasting things do. During these 6 days and 6 nights, Lord Muruga is being celebrated- he is the son of Siva and Parvati. Lord Muruga gained so much power that beyond being a warrior, he taught his father, Siva, the meaning of OM. His father had temporarily forgotten it... but that’s another story. Only Muruga had the wisdom of OM. He is (worshipped today in India) a warrior, a debt savior and a healer. He heals through the brain, specifically the 6 parts of the brain.
Muruga was he the only one with the power to be able to teach the meaning of OM. He built up so much brain strength, not through overworking his brain, but through Silence. It takes a lot of power to keep the mind still. To not think one thought. When you silence your mind for extended periods of time you’ll gain access to all the wisdom.
Try first with 15 minutes and focus only on a sound, a mantra, try OM. When a thought comes don’t feel bad just push it gently away. If you do this each day for one week you will find that you have more energy and personal power at the end of the week than the beginning. New ideas flowing and the energies of the Universe will come to support you.
Our herbs at Nambu Botanicals strengthen both the brain and the mind. Enlightenment Formula with Eclipta alba is what the Rishi’s and Saints use to stop their mind and gain access to the universe.
In today’s society, we are exposed to a variety of potentially harmful substances, pollutants and energies that are unfavourable to not only our health, but our spiritual bodies as well. We combat these toxins using preventative measures such as; exercising, eating healthy and taking care of our well-being. So, in order to truly care for our bodies and maintain our system, we need to look out for that very important part of us that keeps us thriving – The liver!
What Does the Liver Do and why does it need help?
In adults, the liver is about the size of a football and it does many jobs. It works around the clock for us, and here are three of its main functions:
Who needs Hepato-protective (liver protector) supplements?
The short answer is – EVERYONE, but specifically people who:
Consuming alcoholic beverages results in the generation of free radicals. People who drink a lot of alcohol often suffer because of massive free radical-induced cellular damage. Alcohol-induced free radical assault may cause short-term havoc throughout the body. These same damaging free radicals are associated with accelerated aging.
Lack of exercise may be more harmful to your health than drinking alcohol and could dramatically affect your health if you have a poor diet as well.
The body breaks down normal quantities of the drug harmlessly but excessive amounts can accumulate in the liver, leading to irreversible damage.
Nambu Botanicals has carefully created the Enlightenment Formula to help awaken the Crown Chakra (your body’s energy center) and be the Hepato-protector you need to optimize your health.
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Often called, “the alchemists of India”, Tamil Siddhas are a group of saints that live in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. They are deeply spiritual beings who unlock the abilities of the ancient Tamil Siddha tradition of medicine and healing. For over 5000 years, the Tamil Siddhas have made medicine for those in need and have healed people with almost every type of ailment.
Secrets of the Siddhas
The secrets of the Siddhas are tightly held within the group of masters and only those that truly know the ancient traditions are able to formulate herbal preparations. Dr. Baskaran Pillai is one of the Tamil Siddha masters and he has been unlocking the secrets of the Siddha traditions for forty years. He has healed people from all walks of life and changed their lives significantly in doing so. Through Dr. Pillai’s grace and wisdom, the secrets of the Siddha herbs have been unlocked by introducing a key ingredient – sound infusion.
What is sound infusion?
The Siddhas believe that by infusing specific sacred sounds into prepared herbal remedies, the nuclear potential of the herbs are enhanced and the maximum physical, psychological and spiritual healing ability is available. Nambu Botanicals has created a system which allows members to access the full potential of the herbs, with strong intention, just as the Siddha masters practice.
Siddhas also believe that life should be challenged and comprise should never be an option. Siddhas challenge every aspect of life and overcome the limitations of their bodies in doing so. This literally makes modern day miracles happen! They are able to defy aging and turn the impossible into the possible.
Stay tuned for more information on the Urban Siddha Movement and how you can strive to succeed, by living a life free of compromise!
Eclipta alba is a creeper with small Golden Yellow or White flowers that grows throughout India and is highly prized by Ayurvedic and Siddha practitioners for its diverse range of health-giving powers, particularly with regards to its ability to overcome liver disorders.
The leaves, stems and roots of Eclipta alba, a member of the sunflower family, have been used for thousands of years by traditional healers to treat diseases such as liver cirrhosis, jaundice, gallbladder problems and hepatitis. Eclipta liquid extract is also used for medicinal purposes to help combat everything from memory problems, stress and anxiety to insomnia, chest infections and even eyesight problems, such as short-sightedness.
Many of these therapeutic uses have now been confirmed by studies, and with regards to its liver-protective properties researchers have found that the plant is able to shield your liver cells and protect them against harmful toxins. It contains the chemicals ecliptine (which protects against liver problems), steroidal alkaloids (which help kill cancerous cells) and ecliptasaponin which protects the brain against toxic damage.
According to St.Ramalingam (Vallalar) by just taking this herb in some format every day one can obtain more spiritual wealth of information than from a Guru for over 20 years. According to the Siddhas, Eclipta has a high amount of iron content. It’s an initial stage in the process of alchemy process. Eclipta will increase the iron content in the system. Later Iron will be transformed in Copper and then to Gold and then to Light body. One can look at the periodic table to see the sequence too as to what is being accomplished. In one meditation technique Dr.Pillai mentions copper body to golden body. Shiva an expert alchemist is named as vethiyan which means one who is an expert in Vedas. It also means on who is an expert in Alchemy (Chemist is also called as Vethiyan).
How do Siddhas know Eclipta alba has the ability to help us reach towards the increase of iron content and towards lightbody? Their approach to understand the presence of certain materials and the makeup of these materials are quite different because they were able to see the nourishing material from the plant to the corresponding koshas (layers). Siddhas were able to see the nourishing ability of Eclipta alba to the Jivatman -Soul layer.
There is a mythological story to illustrate this; Dr.Pillai coined the term as mythotheraphy phenomenon. Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to construct a big temple for Shiva at Chidambram, all the construction work was done, he wanted to have the main deity to have a form which is different from the usual shivalinga. He gathered a lot of gold for this and gave to the goldsmith and told the requirements about the form. Goldsmith did not have a clue because he has not had any vision of Shiva with a form, so he meditated on Shiva for days together and had a glimpse of Shiva as a cosmic dancer; he designed the statue accordingly and melted all the gold he got from the King into the mould. The next day the King came to see the finished statue, when the mould was removed, they saw a beautiful statue but it was in copper form. King gave him an ultimatum that within 24 hours if he didn’t give back all the gold he swindled he would face the death penalty. Goldsmith prays to Shiva why he should go through this for not having done anything wrong. Shiva appears in his dream and instructs him to melt equal amount of copper and take a tiny bit of metal from his left feet and add it to the molten copper. The next day he found the entire copper turned into gold.
This will take place internally to any person given you have the grace of Shiva and have a body prepared with enough amount of copper to turn into gold and then to light.
The story goes that once there was a famous Brahmin scholar who had a good-hearted but very stupid son. In the old Vedic world, the ability to memorize and recite sacred texts was a crucial skill and the mark of a man’s worth. The son couldn’t even pronounce the Sanskrit correctly. So, instead of being educated like other Brahmin sons, he was put to menial tasks like cleaning the house and carrying jugs of water from the river.
Then one day, when the son went to the river, he came across a beautiful woman in distress. The son rescued her, gave her water to drink and took her home for a good meal. She was profuse in her thanks. As she said goodbye, she did a strange thing: she touched her finger to the boy’s tongue. Suddenly, the boy burst out with a verse of Sanskrit poetry so subtle, so sinuous in meter and rhyme that everyone present could only gasp in amazement.
From that moment on, the boy displayed powers of speech, memory, and rhetoric so far beyond his father’s that in only a few years he became the most famous orator in his district. That mysterious woman was the goddess Saraswati, demonstrating the power of her grace. A verse says, “When Saraswati gives her blessing, a dumb person becomes a poet.”
Swami Vivekananda, the great Hindu teacher whose eloquence captured the American imagination at the Chicago Parliament of World Religions in 1893, related that as he stepped on stage to deliver his paradigm-shifting address, he did so without notes or even a plan. Instead, he asked for Saraswati’s grace and winged it, utterly confident that she would give him the words. She did, and in that one address, Vivekananda changed the way a pivotal group of Western religious people understood Hinduism. To be blessed by Saraswati is to be able to transform the world through words.
The seventh manifestation of Mother Durga, worshipped on the seventh-day ofNavrartri, is Goddess Kalratri. She has a dark complexion, tousled hair and a valor posture. Having three eyes that shine intense and bright and dreadful flames originating from her breath; she is often depicted sitting on a donkey as she rides on “Gadarbh”. She is admired with name “Kalratri” because she represents herself as a death of “Kaal” appeared like a dark night for demons. She is also addressed with the name ‘Kali Maa’. Her huge red eyes, open red tongue and a sword in the hand fiercely demolish demons.
She is a remover of all the evil powers and thus is called by the name of Kalratri.
You should give Jaggery (Brown Sugar) or sweets made with jiggery as an offering.
The eight manifestation of Goddess Durga is Maha Gauri, worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri. Maha Gauri is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. When Parvati observed a hard sacrament to obtain Lord Shiva in the forest of Himalayas, she developed a harsh complexion. When Lord Shiva accepted her great devotion, he washed the body of Parvati with water of “pure Gange” or “Ganga” and her body regained its beauty. She came to be recognized as “Maha Gauri”, meaning “extremely white” and became prominent as the consort of Mahadev(Lord Shiva). Devi Gauri is bright, peaceful and calm and her beauty glows like sparkling White Pearl. The single ladies get blessed with the desired husband and married women enjoy peaceful, pleasant and long married life.
It is believed that donating Coconut to the Brahmans on this day bless childless couples with a child.
The ninth manifestation of Goddess Durga is Siddhidatri, worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri. Maa Siddhidatri has supernatural healing powers. This Goddess offers all types of Siddhi (perfection) to her devotees and thus is recognized as ‘Siddhidatri’. She is always in a heavenly, happy and charming pose. She has four arms and sits on a lotus. Her arms hold Gada (bludgeon), Chakra, Shankh (scallop shell) and lotus flower.
Mata Siddhidatri is the Goddess of all Siddhi. She is offered Til (Sesame Seeds) as an offering.
Bhrami (Bacopa) literally means "one which expands consciousness." In the ancient times this was also known as Divy (Divine herb) and is closely associated with Saraswati the goddess of Wisdom. Brahmi is largely treasured as a revitalizing herb used by Ayurvedic medical practitioners for almost 3000 years. The herb has been mentioned in several Ayurvedic treatises including Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita since the 3rd century AD. In addition to being a well-known Nootropic herb for centuries, it has also been used as an antispasmodic, alterative, astringent, cardio tonic, diuretic, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic and antiepileptic agent.
The enlightened masters prescribe a treatment called ‘Kaya Kalpa’, where ‘Kaya’ means the body and ‘Kalpa’ means transformation or rejuvenation. After going through a Kaya Kalpa treatment with fresh Brahmi leaves, juice, and fresh cows milk for 45 days, one regains a body to its pristine youth and vigor, re-establishes the full potential of the senses and imparts good health. It prolongs as well as improves the quality of life. It resets the body to the natural balance of all three doshas, and brings the function of sapta (seven) dhatus to a normal condition and cures many incurable diseases.
A study is reported on the effects of Brahmi Bacopa on human memory. Seventy-six adults aged between 40 and 65 years took part in a double-blind randomized, placebo control study in which various memory functions were tested and levels of anxiety measured. There were three testing sessions: one prior to the trial, one after three months on the trial, and one six weeks after the completion of the trial. The results show a significant effect of the Brahmi on a test for the retention of new information. Follow-up tests showed that the rate of learning was unaffected, suggesting that Brahmi decreases the rate of forgetting of newly acquired information. Tasks assessing attention, verbal and visual short-term memory and the retrieval of pre-experimental knowledge were unaffected. Questionnaire measures of everyday memory function and anxiety levels were also unaffected.
The soothing effects on the nervous system as well as its mind enhancing capability are legendary. According to Dr. Frawely, it is the most important Nervine herb used in Ayurvedic medicine; it improves memory and aids in concentration. It revitalizes the brain cells by removing toxins and blockages within the nervous system while at the same time having a nurturing effect. Brahmi, which grows in the Himalayas, is an important food for yogis practicing meditation.
A one-month, limited clinical trial on 35 patients with diagnosed anxiety neurosis demonstrated that administration of Brahmi syrup (30 mL daily in two divided doses, equivalent to 12 g dry crude extract of Bacopa) resulted in a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms, level of anxiety, level of disability, and mental fatigue, and an increase in immediate memory span. Other changes noted were increased body weight, decreased respiration rate, and decreased systolic blood pressure.
According to classical texts, Brahmi can safely be used during pregnancy to help both the mother and the fetus to be strong and sattvic. Also following delivery, the child may be given a honey-sweetened confection prepared with Brahmi to promote intellect.
In an article about in the process of an alchemical change in your body utilising herb Eclipta Alba plays the accumulation part of the iron components to the system and Bhrami plays the role of accumulation and transformation into copper and following article results validate the fact.
Copper is critical for the Central Nervous System (CNS) development and function. In particular, different studies have shown the effect of copper at brain synapses, where it inhibits Long Term Potentation (LTP) and receptor pharmacology. Paradoxically, according to recent studies copper is required for a normal LTP response. Copper is released at the synaptic cleft, where it blocks glutamate receptors, which explain its blocking effects on excitatory neurotransmission. Results indicate that copper also enhances neurotransmission.
Bacopa is the herb in Hi-Memory Formula
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Sage Durvasas performed austere penance to bring wealth and auspiciousness to all and received a garland as a gift. He was instructed to hand over the garland to Indra king in the heavens. It contains the very essence of auspiciousness (shri) and prosperity.
Guard it well! Indra leans down and takes the garland. He offers a respect and offers an absentminded salutation to the sage. Then, without waiting until he is out of sight, he drops the garland around his elephant’s neck.
Durvasas stands for a moment, shocked at Indra’s carelessness with what, after all, was a divine gift. Then he utters a curse. “Just as you dishonored auspiciousness, auspiciousness will abandon you,” he says.
The moment Durvasas speaks, every flower in Indra’s kingdom wilts. Every tree droops. The garland, you see, was the form of Lakshmi herself, the goddess of abundance, auspiciousness, and all-around goodness. Her flowering form represented the flowering of the natural world, and the sage had offered it freely to Indra. When the king of the gods dropped the garland so carelessly around his elephant’s neck, Lakshmi simply disappeared from the three worlds.
With her went beauty, fertility, and the luster of every realm and every being. It wasn’t just that the crops stopped growing. Every form and expression of goodness dried up like an abandoned lake. Prayers and sacrifices stopped; the sages no longer had the will to perform them. People stopped giving gifts, or offering food in charity, or helping their neighbors. No one cleaned the roads. Parents became indifferent to their children, and couples quarreled bitterly with each other. Rulers forgot to consider their people and raised taxes mercilessly. But because no crops grew, the taxes went unpaid. Even the sun and moon dimmed, and a dull cloud lay over the earth. That’s how it goes when the power of auspiciousness leaves the land.
The moment Indra, in his pride, insulted the goddess Lakshmi, he realizes what happened. Lakshmi is not a goddess to roar, or to complain, or to draw a sword. But she does not stay where there is pride or harshness. When she is displeased, she simply leaves, and with her goes everything that makes life sweet.
Lakshmi will always be associated with Kumkum , Turmeric is the important ingredient in it. Turmeric and lime together makes Kumkum. Turmeric is very beneficial. It has phenomenal benefits. It creates a certain vibrance around you, which changes the nature of the aura and it creates a certain glow. Turmeric not only works on the physiology, but also has a big impact on your energy system. It purifies the blood, body and energy system.
Kushmanda, the fourth manifestation of Goddess Durga, is worshipped on the Navratri Chaturthi. She is considered to be the creator of the universe. Her name comprises of “Ku-shm-anda” meaning “the cosmic egg.” The fourth day of Navratri also marks the beginning of worshipping MahaLaxmi. Legend says that Lord Vishnu was able to start the creation of the universe when Devi Kushmanda smiled and moved away. She created the whole universe when there was no existence of any creation and there was eternal darkness in every direction.
She is offered Malpua (sweetened Pancake) as Bhog. She will improve the intellect and decision-making ability.
The fifth manifestation of the goddess Durga worshipped on Navratri panchmi is ‘Skanda Mata’, the mother of Skanda Kumar or Lord Kartikeya Lord Kartikeya was chosen by devtas as their commander in chief in the war against the demons. She usually holds Lord Skanda in his infant form and a lotus in her right hand which is slightly raised upwards and called as Padamasani.
Banana is offered to the Goddess. Offering Banana to the goddess keeps your physique healthy.
According to a legend, there was a sage named Kat. His son “Katyayana” observed a hard penance and long austerities to receive the grace of the Goddess Durga. Kata was very famous and renowned in the ancestry of saints. The Goddess was pleased with the hard penance of Maharishi Katyayana and took birth on the earth in the form of the daughter of Sage Katyayana. Sage Katyayana had the first privilege to worship her, so she was also named Katyayani after him.
Offer honey on 6th day. It is symbol of health and sweetness.
On Tuesday, October 13th, many in India give a sigh of relief for divine intervention. It is the time of the year when the pressure valve comes off the tank and new freedom is in sight. In fact, an emotional release of pent up feelings, concerns and worries can be felt by anyone who taps into the energy of Navaratri, the 9 Nights of the Goddess.
What’s really happening? The mythological, abbreviated version of the story is that there was a bad person who was causing a lot of trouble on Earth. No man could defeat him – it was a troubling time. However, there was one being who could destroy him – a divine female warrior named Durga– an energy so ferociously protective and out of love, She would do anything to shield Her children. The Goddess, over 9 Nights fought the bad man and finally killed him.
Many believe the story took place and honor the female warrior twice a year. Each day there is a different transformative energy available. If ever you were in the right place at the right time…with the right Herb this is it!
The Siddhas believe that transformation comes when the timing is right and the meditation is right and the herb is right. Hi–Health Formula is the right herb. Turmeric is around all Goddess deities in India and the saints from long ago must have known that this herb will call the positive feminine energy like no other. In fact they actually build their statues in Turmeric – that’s how divine this beautiful orange –gold root is!
The first three nights of Navaratri honor the goddess forms of Durga in order to destroy all of our impurities and vices.
Day 1. Shailputri is first among the nine embodiments of Goddess Durga and is worshiped during the first day of Navratri. Her glory is incredible. She is the goddess of purity. With her veneration, Navratri is given an auspicious start. She is also a form of Mother Nature.
Hi-Health Formula and purity! Turmeric is a powerful purifier of the Physical Body. Phonemes (sounds) strengthen and clear our Energy Body from unhealthy energies we pick up from other and our environment. Purifying your energy body returns power to your purpose and destiny. Reset yourself with the herb for Mother Nature on the night that the goddess of Mother Nature is celebrated.
Day 2. Brahmacharini is celebrated on the second day and signifies love, affection, and loyalty.
High-Health Formula gives you faith in yourself and others. Formulated for the 3rd Chakra of the Navel, the herb if used correctly will fight feelings of inadequacy and remove barriers to bring forth new confidence in loving those around you.
Day 3. Chandraghanta symbolizes beauty and bravery.
Hi-Health Formula brings bravery to your body mind. Turmeric's powerful ingredient curcumin fights bloating and inflammation, which when un-treated, throws the body mind into a compromised state and can breed feelings of giving up.
Join us in celebration of Navaratri! Tradition says that worship of the Goddess Durga "Will bestow on you wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge and other potent powers to cross every hurdle of life" (About Religion).