Category: Healthy and Spiritual Living

Mental rest, breathing awareness and positive life experience

The nature of mind is such that it always wanders. It cannot stand still for a moment; it either relays the memories of the past or concern of the future. Always, the mind preoccupies with something. The mental preoccupation has become the greatest challenge to our wellness. Have you ever paused for a moment to find out what it does? So, all wellness programs and spiritual development practices focus on resting the mind from work. Can we give rest to our mind which is always at work? Yes!

It is quite natural that, at times, that the mind does not listen to us as we wish to calm our mind; instead, what it does is that, it releases the imprints of the movie which it has boldly saved in the memory drive. Even when you are in sleep, your subconscious mind starts releasing those movies which we call dreams. However, in waking states, we call it the preoccupation of the mind.


If you can recollect, at least someone would have pointed out about your absent-mindedness at some point. It is something as either you are in your past or in your future. Here, the work of meditation becomes handy. One of the goals of the meditation is freeing your mind from any preoccupation with thoughts that has reference to your past or future.  For beginners, meditation works well with mindfulness of the present to give rest to your mind.

Why do we emphasize on relaxing our mind? Mental rest linked to the healthy condition of our heart and other biological systems. There is a direct linkage between our breathing experiences and mental rest. It is enlightening to experience how our breath connected to our psychic experiences of feeling, emotion, and cognition. Why should we focus on our breath? It is the only way we can deflect from the distractions of the past and the future. Observing the breath as it comes in and goes out helps calm our mind putting to rest.


Breathing Becomes Easy

Research suggests that 70% of our detoxification happens through breathing, 20% through sweating in exercise, 8% through urination, and 2% through the bowels. You can now imagine the usefulness of clean and refreshing air. Plants are a natural source of clean and oxygen enriched air.

Since we spend a major part of our time indoor, either in office or home, we need to make sure that we get exposed to good quality interior air .  It is a fact that the interior air has a higher concentration of toxins than open-air. The primary sources of indoor air pollution are the kitchen, bathroom, electronic gadgets (e.g. computer, smart phone), carbon dioxide, and the products we use to make our lives better.

It is a good idea to produce clean and refreshing air naturally indoor is more sustainable than using the machine. Plants are a rich source of uncontaminated and revitalizing air. For this purpose, you should grow two types of indoor plants. In your indoor garden, you can breed a mix of plants that purify the air and certain other plants that produce oxygen for 24 hours. In my research, I found the following facilities very useful.

Top Air Purifier Plants


  1. spider-plantSpider plant (for the kitchen) is botanically known as Chlorophytum Comosum and very helpful in removing harmful chemicals from the air. This plant is well-known to absorb carbon monoxide; a must have in your kitchen.
  1. english-ivyEnglish Ivy (for computer room) is an excellent plant that absorbs the toxins in the air and converts them into fresh oxygen. It is a must have planted in your office room and study room. It is also a must have for people with a respiratory problem.
  2. peace-lilyPeace Lily is one of the top indoor plants that neutralize benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. A must have an air purifier in your home kitchen, balcony, and any other place of your choice.

Top Oxygen Producing Plants

  1. Aloe Vera releases a large amount of oxygen at night and improves the air quality in your living and bedroom to make you relaxed and find better sleep.
  2. Snake Plant releases oxygen during the day as well as in the night. You can keep this plant in your living room, bedroom, and meditation room so that you can breathe in enough oxygen.
  3. white-orchidWhite Orchid (Dendrobium) produces oxygen throughout the day and night. You can keep this plant in your living room, bedroom, and meditation room so that you can breathe in enough oxygen.
  4.  Areca Palm is commonly known as butterfly palm or golden cane palm, a must have an air purifier and humidifier plant. This plant not only purifies the toxins in the air but also produces enough oxygen during the day. You can keep this plant in your study or computer room.


Cultivating Appreciation

Life is full of surprises. It’s always moving against the tide.  Problems are plenty yet you have to work through it. We know our emotion is the culprit. The benefits of cultivating positive emotions are many. Positive emotions make us creative, strengthen our immune system, and protect us from troubles that we face in our day-to-day life.  In times of challenge, it gives us the strength to face it squarely.

It starts with appreciating the world around us, everything and every being. Appreciating everything that happens is always good for you and it is a divine enactment. It is for the greater good of you and the people around you. Appreciation improves our acceptance of self and others.

You can nurture this quality by being mindful of the present, moment-to-moment awareness of the present while discounting the past and the future. As you practice it every day through your meditation; soon it becomes your habit and visible in your day-to-day activities and behaviors.

Detoxify Your Internal System with Pranayama


Toxins are the leading causes of human ailments.

Toxins are the leading causes of both physical and psychological ailments. When you have diseases like blood pressure, blood sugar, heart ailments, kidney failure, liver dysfunction, and any other primary internal problems, they are a sign that your blood cells have less oxygen and more toxic. There is a direct link between blood pressure and blood sugar and lack of oxygen level in the blood cell.

Excess toxin deposits causes a problem

Toxin comes to the body with your intake of kind of food, water, and air. Alcohol, Tobacco, and other chemical substances add to the deposit. Processed foods are also a source of the chemical that you accumulate in the body.  Usually, our internal system detoxifies it. But when it fails to do so, the toxin deposits causes a problem.

Pranayama detoxifies your internal system and refills with oxygen in the blood cells.


Here comes the usefulness of pranayama. Pranayama does two things simultaneously; it detoxifies your internal system and refills with oxygen in the blood cells. It rejuvenates the entire internal system. Eventually, all your ailments disappeared.

Your ailments disappeared as the oxygen level in your blood cells increased. 

Pranayama might not do much benefits if you do it in a air polluted environment i.e. polluted city because you would take toxins into your system along with the oxygen. So it is advisable to do pranayama in a natural and greenery environment.