Benefits of getting outdoors and taking a walk!

What could be more inspiring than reconnecting with the earth?

I have a beautiful program called “Spirit Walk” which is a simple way to reconnect with our beautiful planet and at the same time, seriously reduce our stress levels.

I found information about an actual study that undeniably proves the benefits of a simple grounding walk outdoors can improve your attitude and overall health and well being.

When it comes to beating stress, the tree huggers of the 1960′s were certainly on to something. Back then, young people were leaving the cities in droves, headed for Big Sur, Boulder or Vermont to ‘get back to the land.’ They were in search of a more authentic experience from life— one that they could not find in the concrete jungles of modern America. And find it they did. These early pioneers reinvented food as we know it. Gone were the TV dinners, processed and ‘convenience’ foods; in their place were home grown, organic vegetables and farm fresh eggs and dairy products. The country life was the good life.

According to Mind, England and Wales’s leading mental health charity, a study by the University of Essex compared the benefits of a 30-minute walk in a country park with a walk in an indoor shopping center on a group of 20 members of local Mind associations.

After the country walk, 71% reported decreased levels of depression and said they felt less tense while 90% reported increased self-esteem.

This was in contrast to only 45% who experienced a decrease in depression after the shopping center walk, after which 22% said they actually felt more depressed!  And it had nothing to do with how much money they did or didn’t have to spend in the shops.

Some 50% also felt tenser and 44% said their self-esteem had dropped after window-shopping at the center.

The university also conducted a second study, asking 108 people with various mental health problems about their experiences with ecotherapy, which Mind describes as “getting outdoors and getting active in a green environment as a way of boosting mental well-being.”

An impressive 94% said that green activities had benefited their mental health and lifted depression, while 90% said the combination of nature and exercise had the greatest effect overall.

Over my 12 plus years now of teaching yoga, I repeatedly am drawn to creating programs and outdoor sessions to get out into the fresh air whenever possible.  When we lived in Las Vegas I created a program that was held in the spectacular Red Rocks Conservation park – Yoga and Walking, I return to Tulum every year, to create an unparalleled outdoors experience for myself and the retreat participants, as breathing fresh air, especially when compared to stale indoor air such as found in a mall, has a very beneficial effect, as does the natural full spectrum light from the sun.

My studio at the OM Ranch was carefully designed to bring the outdoors indoors.  Natural light abounds, soft colors that reflect the outdoors, and natural materials were used for flooring and our yoga props.

The concept of “ecotherapy” or “green” therapy as it is also known is being recommended as a viable treatment to be used either in addition, or as an alternative to conventional drug or psychological therapy for depression.  But for our purposes here, I think we can safely say that ecotherapy is a safe, effective and very enjoyable method for reducing the deadly, aging effects of stress.  A walk outside provides benefits that your treadmill cannot and if you have a loving dog to walk with you, you will get a double dose of stress reduction and well-being.

Please click here for the Information on Spirit Walk which is held every Tuesday morning at Sage Hills.

Thank you!  Sat Nam

Melanie

Mandeep Kaur


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Hold on…get ready for the Great Pleiadian Eclipse Alignment

This year, 2012, will contain a multitude of unprecedented Celestial events that will have a profound impact on Humanity and Planet Earth.  May 20th, heralds a Celestial event that planet Earth hasn’t experienced in 26,000 years. The intensity and magnificence of this coming Quantum Frequential Gateway is being created by “The Great Pleiadian Eclipse Alignment.”

A full Solar Eclipse will occur which will create a “Ring of Fire” effect. During the eclipse a specific alignment with the largest Pleiadian Star (Alcoyne) will occur which has incredible significance with the mega-energy that will be projected to everyone.  A veritable Portal will open that will beam upon Planet Earth and is the first of the sequence of events predicted to occur this year, 2012, culminating with the BIG EVENT: 12-21-12- prediction and calculation of a magnificent lineup of all of the planets in our solar system with a direct point towards the center of the Universe.

Since the dawning of time, humanity and the indigenous tribes with their wise men and women, Rishi’s, shamans, medicine people, have looked to the heavens for guidance. Now that we are in the Aquarian Age this guidance is fully revealed within us and when we utilize our intuition, heart centered awareness—connecting it directly to what is happening around us.  The Cosmic Trigger will occur and we will be able to receive energy bearing Sacred Codes.

The Pleiadian Star System has been referred to for over 40, 000 years by the Maya, Toltec, Aztec, Ayameria, Lakota, Navajo and Hopi. Known as the Home of the Star, People of Star Nation, by the campestral and mystical societies all over the world, including Australia, Africa, Asia and the Americas. This Unprecedented Event starts an increment of light, along with an increase of the planet’s vibration that will continue until the Summer Solstice.

This vibration is affected and intensified due to the consciousness of all human beings. Each thought, each emotion, each new awakening of a human being towards the consciousness of GOD elevates the vibration of the planet. We will gather and experience a Sacred Group Energy that will protect and enhance our Auric Fields and manifest our Divine Essence that will create an elevated experience that can liberate our minds, open our hearts and become the Higher Vibrational Beings that we are quickly becoming.

I will be holding a sacred space at the Healing Center starting Saturday evening (May 19th) — culminating on Sunday (May 20th)  just before the eclipse — for folks to gather, meditate, and be open to the monumental download that will occur starting Sunday, May 20th at 6:33p.m. Mountain/5:33p.m. Pacific

 ”Happiness is a fulfillment within one’s own lotus of the heart. Head has nothing to do with it.” – Yogi Bhajan.

Every Seed has all the perfect knowledge it needs to become a tree. If you had a seed without that perfect knowledge to become a tree, you wouldn’t be able to make it grow. Every human being has a perfect knowledge within himself, too.” – Yogi Bhajan.

Due to the exact projection and timing of the eclipse and our geographical location, the OM Ranch is in the perfect location to view this spectacular Celestial event!

Sign up today- space is limited.

Sat Nam

Mandeep Kaur
Melanie

 

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A Tulum Retreat Novella

Gerald Whipple’s Tulum Retreat Novella!
Pretty darn wonderful and very funny.
A pure delight!

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May Numerology from Nam Hari – Master Numerologist

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Sage Lotus of Wisdom and Truth

This is the Age of Aquarius.  It’s the age to nuture, the age to love, the age to heal, age to be, age to flow out.  Yogi Bhajan

The month of May moves us into a time of bold and powerful change on planet Earth.
From an emotional perspective people will be feeling, “Enough is enough!” Any place in our lives where we feel trapped, confined, or restricted will now have us taking steps and measures to break free. Whether it is a relationship, job, or bad habit, if it’s gotta go, it’s going now! This is because of the presence of double 5’s in the monthly cycle.
May is a 5, and the overall year (2+0+1+2=5) adds up to a 5 as well.
Five is the number of the rebel, and hates to play by the rules. Watch out for people’s impulsive and impetuous behavior, as there will be a tendency towards overreacting to the slightest perceived offense. If you are dealing with someone who is an authority figure in your life, be sure to use language which is neutral and non-inflammatory. Because of the intensity of frustration that many are feeling now, there can be conflictive issues with people in places of power, and some people may misuse that power. Don’t go “toe to toe” with anyone who ultimately has the upper hand. As the expression goes “Live to fight another day.”
One of the best ways to deal with the waves of intensity moving through the Earth’s electromagnetic field is to get a lot of exercise. It’s springtime now, and we need to spring into a new level of our health and vitality for the next phase of the Aquarian Age. Visualize yourself as part of “Team Aquarian,” and it’s spring training season! Connect with your other tribal members to drive out to the hot springs, go for a hike, have a picnic, or set up a volley ball net. Everything can be easier when we feel connected to a conscious group spirit.
The number 5 represents the Earth element, and because of the double 5’s of this monthly cycle we may see some Earth changes. This can be in the form of an earthquake, tornado, or other phenomenon. A very good mantra to be chanting now is the Isht Sodhana Mantra, which is Dharti Hai, Akash Hai, Guru Ram Das Hai. Dharti means “earth”. The Earth element is covered by this mantra, as well as the Ether element which is “Akash”. And then you are given the overall blessing of Guru Ram Das. If we make an effort to tighten our sails and stay on course, Guru Ram Das will cover the rest for us. By the way, you can still be a very good Christian, or person of any other spiritual path, and still chant to Guru Ram Das. These mantras are energetic coded frequencies, similar to a cosmic radio station, and anyone can enjoy or participate in the musical blessing.
Another theme of the merry month of May is flexibility. We need to be able to bend so things don’t have to break. Yogi Bhajan once said, “Flexibility is a law of life.” Be flexible in your dealings and negotiations with people, and if an issue becomes too heated you can just say, “Why don’t we revisit this at another time.” Allow for space and breathing room not just for yourself, but for the other persons well being too. The double 5’s of May create a 10 in what’s called the Base calculation, and on a physiological level number 10 represents the nervous system. Many people will be experiencing nervous exhaustion from having been under excessive pressure for too long. Two healthful tidbits from the yogic pantry are ginger root and fresh celery. Brew up some tasty ginger tea and chomp on a few raw celery sticks to help nourish your nervous system. Every little bit helps when the white caps are high on the sea of life.
May is a very connective time, and as alliances that are no longer serving a higher purpose are going out with the tide, there will be abundant opportunity for fresh, healthy new connections to be formed. This will be happening at almost lightening speed, and as one person exits your life a new one will be approaching at the same time. I call it “Aquarian Age Efficiency”! Remember, we always need to filter- a divine litmus test Is what I call it- however the Universe does want us to get on with the business of saving the planet. This can be through environmental issues, forming a prayer circle, or finding the right person to start a healthy family. We all have our part to play, and the month of May gives us a boost, if not a cosmic push, to move forward in the right direction.
Chant the Isht Sodhana mantra so that you may firmly navigate the earth, while being divinely guided by the Heavens. Trust in your Angels, and stay the steady course of your own soul’s longing to dwell and excel in the Aquarian Age.

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Support The Tibetan Nuns Project

The Tibetan Nuns Project was established under the auspices of the Tibetan Women’s Association and the Department of Religion and Culture of H. H.  The Dalai Lama and is dedicated to educating and supporting nuns in India from all Tibetan Buddhist lineages.

Sage Hills Healing Center has sponsored Sister Delek Yangchen –who resides in a convent in Southern India– for over four years now.

It costs very little to sponsor these wonderful people. Only $1 a day.  Please help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat Nam,

Mandeep Kaur
Melanie Paulk Abderrahman

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Patience Pays

by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
This meditation can be found in Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to bundance

The beginning era of the Aquarian Age will be a time of profound transformation. To help stay connected and to flow with the changes, listen to this affirmation recorded by the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan.

“Patience pays. Wait. Let the hand of God work for you. The One who has created you—let Him create all the environments, circumstances, and facilities and faculties. Too kaahay doleh paraanee-aa tudh raakhaigaa sirjanhaar.

Jin paidaa-is too kee-aa so-ee day-ay aadhaar.

||1|| (—Guru Arjan, Siri Guru Granth Sahib, page 724, line 6.)

Oh individual why are you in a very doubtful state?

The One who has made you will take care of you.

The One who has created this Universe, all the planets, planetary faculties
and facilities on Earth, He is the One who has created you.

Wait. Have patience. Lean on Him. And all best things will come to you.

Dwell in God. Dwell in God. Dwell in God. Befriend your soul.

Dwell in God and befriend your soul. Dwell in God and befriend your soul.

Dwell in God and befriend your soul. All the faculties and facilities which are in your best interest shall be at your feet.

You need million things? Million things will reach you.

If you are stable, established, firm, patient.

Remember, Creator watches over you. And creation is ready to serve you.

If you just be you. So please take away the ghost of your life and stop chasing round.

Consolidate. Concentrate. Be you.

And may all the peace, peaceful environments and prosperity approach you forever.

-Sat Nam.

This is one of my favorite Yogi Bhajan affirmations. Whenever I feel I’m in that doubtful state, which essentially is doubting myself, I recite the first few lines of this quote.

Here’s an example:  Typical day here at the OM, phone rings a lot, especially when Omar is home and working, I’ve got at least 3 projects going at one time – Greenhouse, pets, planning my class, you get the picture.

It’s called Life.  About 50% of the time, I’m cool, handling it all like a pro.

Lately due to the extreme shift of energy on the planet, it’s a bit more challenging to juggle it all smoothly.  The tipping point will occur into a full on Anxiety, blow out and up, hissy fit, whatever you want to call it! , I can’t do this any more, self doubting state and I tumble headlong (notice I lead with my head), and I’m fully in the drowning pool.

My yoga practice is a daily – often moment to moment awareness.  Within minutes, (used to be days), I recognized that I’ve fallen slipped over the edge.

I begin to deeply breathe and this passage immediately comes to mind:

Patience pays, Wait….Let the hand of God work for you.

It is like a soothing balm to the anxiety and doubt that is prevailing and within seconds I’m in a clear, resonating with my True Self, state of mind and open heart, and can proceed with my day in Conscious Action instead of Unconscious Reaction.  I’m also balanced between my head and my heart which in the Yogic terms is called “Neutral Mind.”

This state of being is an effortless highly creative place of being Me–Mandeep.

Try it for your self, create your own Self Exalted Experience using the power of the Word, the Naad.

I wish you all the best of everything.  Sat Nam!

Love = Mandeep

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April Numerology Forecast from Nam Hari – Master Numerologist

APRIL NUMEROLOGY FORECAST

Sage Hills Lotus

Sage Hills Lotus

One of the most important priorities in life is the ability to take a “time out.” When our life and its circumstances intensify it is sometimes necessary to pause in order to regain our perspective. Getting caught up in the fray and fury of frantically unfolding events will not yield a healthy outcome. In many sports games the captain or manager of the team will call a time out when they see that their team is losing their focus. The opposing team naturally senses this, and uses it to their advantage.

Even in individual sports, such as tennis, one person will often try to manipulate the game to their advantage by keeping a very fast pace in order to pressure their opponent into making mistakes. Hence the expression, “Never play someone else’s game.” In April we need to take a big “time out” in order to regroup and decompress from the previous 3 months. Life has been intense so far in 2012, however the tide is not always high, and April needs to be a low tide restive cycle. The theme of “Relax and Regenerate” should be a post-it sticky note on everyone’s refrigerator. Allow yourself to pause and reflect on the year so far, and see if you are headed in the direction of your Soul’s fulfillment and highest potential. Little adjustments now will make a big difference later.

Another aspect of April is the tendency for things to disappear. Whether it’s your car keys or airline tickets, you could find yourself at the 11th hour saying,”Yikes, where did they go?” Try to have a safe and consistent place for any important items. For example, you could tell yourself to always leave the car keys in a basket on the kitchen counter, thereby solving this potential problem.

People will be difficult to find this month as well. There is an elusive, slippery quality in regard to communication and our ability to show up on time for events, or to even show up at all. You may hear someone say”Yeah, definitely, I’ll be there” and poof, they’re gone.

This is because the number 9 appears in the Base calculation for April. Nine is the mystery number, and represents an elusive, mysterious quality to communication and behavior. Looking to the animal kingdom a perfect example of this would be the octopus. Whenever the octopus feels unsafe it shoots out an inky black liquid into the water so it may hide from a perceived threat. Because of the increased sensitivity in the emotional field on the planet now, you may find people responding with an escapist mentality.

It is interesting to note that in some situations there may be no danger in the environment at all. Remember, the keynote word is perceived threat. Because of the intensity of emotional cleansing this month, a person can perceive a negative feeling that is leaving their consciousness as something which is being projected towards them. It takes a meditative mind to be able to distinguish between these two realities.

A most excellent mantra for this month is the “Ad Such” Mantra.

There are several versions of this particular mantra, and the one which will be especially helpful is: “Ad Such, Jugad Such, Haibhay Such, Nanak Hosie Bhay Such.”  Yogi Bhajan has also said (this version 4/12/90): “Anything which is clogged up in life opens up. It is for healing. That’s a healing power.”  I especially like the version on the “Sounds of the Ether” CD. It has a very yogic naad and meter that helps to create a positive flow of the psyche. As Yogi Bhajan has further said, “If you don’t have the flow of your psyche, you will have nothing but anxiety.”    

The number 4 of April also embodies the scope of words. Four represents the actual words we choose to speak. So, choose your words wisely, as this month has the additionally odd effect of people hearing only what they want to hear. Along with the potential of them getting defensive if they have misunderstood you, it is important to repeat what you are communicating if it is critical information. You may have a neighbor that you occasionally share carpooling with to pick up your children from school. Be sure to leave that extra voicemail message and say”So, you’re picking up Timmy and Suzy too? Right, Okay! Thank you!”

So hit that pause button, take a time out, relax and regenerate and know that the one who can rotate the Earth can take care of your routine! Next month (May) heats up like a firecracker and you will be ever so grateful to yourself for the reserve strength you have stored up in your physical body. A camel can cross the hot desert sands because of the water it has stored up in its body. The camel then replenishes itself at the next oasis. See you at Summer Solstice Sadhana!

Sage Hills  Lotus

Lotus for Sage Hills

Would you like to know more? Nam Hari can speak with you over the phone for your personal numerology reading. All your most important questions are answered. You may contact Nam Hari via phone: 310-202-8937 or 575-305-0017 or email namhari17@gmail.com.

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To Retreat or not to Retreat – that is the question?

Sat Nam Dear Readers,

There is a new phenomena in our midst known as “Mega Information Overload.”  It occurs when we have “maxed-out’ our brain and nervous system. In essence, this happens when we have truly “hit the wall” with “too much information”—stuffed into our brain!  We live in a fast-paced Global Internet Highway that never turns off.

This multi-task oriented world is rapidly transforming and evolving.  The best evolution process can happen when we, as humans existing in this accelerated whirlwind, can learn to truly be at peace, relaxed and calm during and operating within our world on a day to day basis.

Achievment and success is now being based on creative processing, right brain thinking, not just analytical logical solutions.  Balance within these parameters is key to survive!  Just watch the news, or better yet, don’t!  Why not go outside for a quick, quiet walk on your jog path, in your garden or just simply walk around the block a few times to clear your head and open your heart?

Believe it or not, my day consists of working a lot at my computer and assisting and supporting my husband in his work as production manager for our company, Creative Production Services,  alongside my own work as a Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Healer at the  Sage Hills Healing Center.  Since my husband and I are self employed and we do a lot of our work out of our home–which is where my Healing Center is located as well.  So along with the constant caring for the menagerie of my home and place of business as well as feeding and caring for all my dogs, fish and birds that I love so much, it is very important for me to simply take a small amount of time for myself to practice yoga and meditation on a daily basis!

To take it a step further (on an annual basis), every year I plan for a Retreat for this “self renewal” practice and for the past 4 years I’ve found myself returning to Tulum, Mexico. Tulum is an Eco Preserve located on the Carribean just two hours south of Cancun. It’s very peaceful there–a quiet tranquil slice of heaven located between the jungle and the ocean. Tulum is my special war,  tropical heaven on earth.

My Sage Hills Tulum Retreat is unique in that it offers just a week of time out of anyone’s hectic busy life to be quiet, reflective, have fun in a clean natural environment, and make the very most of this time by taking the yoga and meditation classes that I offer for healing and renewal.

The practice of Kundalini yoga and meditation is the most advanced energetic practice on the planet. It is also a fast and very powerful technology to create new positive habits, clarity, and energetic transformation. Kundalini truly is a miraculous gift that the Master Yogi Bhajan has given to me…to us all.  Being a teacher of this particular practice has uplifted me personally into a realm of awareness, compassion, and strength that is so necessary in these challenging times to convey personally and therefore to all whom I encounter.

Time goes by so very fast and it is so precious.  Let time serve you or you will serve time!  Make time for yourself.  No one can take care of yourself but YOU!  Remember: You deserve to be happy and relaxed and if a simple, quiet seven days can provide this and extend you through out the rest of your year…now is the time to create your own self exalted experience.  Come to Tulum with me and a cozy group of other like-minded people. You will be amazed at the healing and renewal that will take place throughout your entire body!

Sending you love from my heart to yours…

Mandeep/Melanie

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Fun at the Healing Center

I had to share these wonderful pictures, I feel so blessed to share this beautiful space in doesn’t matter Young or Seasoned there is something to offer everyone at the Healing Center. Sat Nam Wahe Guru.

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