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Inner Sanctuary

David G Arenson ND guides us on the four steps to inner peace through the practice of Sādhanā 

How does one transform negativity into love? A 40 day Sādhanā is sure to set anyone on a new course, whether the goal is to find a new relationship or improve an existing relationship, heal an illness or step on the path to wellness, find inner peace or greater stability, deal with debt or create a a new path of wealth and prosperity. 

If there is something in life that is missing, incomplete, not fully satisfied, frustrated, facing “failure” or just requiring some new impetus, then a 40 day Sādhanā practice may be for you.

Sādhanā is a Sanskrit word denoting “a practice toward a spiritual goal”.

According to Bhattacharyya, Sādhanā prevents excessive worldliness and moulds the mind into a form and disposition (bhāva) which “develops the knowledge of dispassion and non-attachment”.

Foundatino of Health

“Sādhanā is a means whereby bondage becomes liberation.” ~ Bhattacharyya, History of the Tantric Religion

In the Glossary for Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism, Sādhanā is defined as: 

“A Meditational practice, normally involving visualization, recitation of verses and mantras, physical gestures, and real or visualized offerings to a particular yidam, in order to attain enlightenment.”

Calming the Mind 

The goal of Sādhanā is calming the mind and bringing less attachment to change and the outer circumstances of life.

When we go within, we can become more powerful co-creators. We can begin to define the quality of our lives...

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Nova View:
Community harmony is of the essence

One word comes to mind as resonant with importance and hope in these amazing days we find ourselves in… and that’s community.

It’s springing up everywhere, at home and abroad and I’m sure in your personal world too as it is in mine.

The last few weeks have seen extraordinary upheaval, almost mindboggling in its intensity at times. Just today as I write this column, Scotland is voting to determine its future in a poll that seems to have galvanised the entire nation. And it’s reached far beyond it craggy shores as so many Aussies, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans to name a few are part of that great Scottish diaspora - me included! We care what happens to this land of our forebears and I can almost hear my grandmother arguing its merits with her brogue just as broad in her late eighties as it was when she left Scotland as a young bride. With a small glass of whisky to enliven the fun! Whatever the outcome, at least the country has decided for itself and we pray this proud community comes together once more in acceptance.

Community has taken on a totally different importance here at home and it was inspirational and brave for Sydney’s Muslim community to host a real Aussie barbie for one and all. Amidst so much horror and anger at unspeakable acts performed by a tiny few, let’s never forget our Muslim community are proud Aussies too - and they need our support and understanding now as we come together to defuse the alienation and confusion that leads to such acts.

The holistic worldview that embraces and includes rather than isolates and excludes has probably never been more important than it is now. Jeremy Ball, a NOVA presence for many years, has shown what can be done with pure intent and determination. Read his gentle account of what he and others have achieved in the last few weeks in Ladakh in “Journey into Loving-Kindness”.

The other defining idea that seems to have permeated this month is the need to nurture our own health to withstand the pressures we all face. It’s popped up in Olivier LeJus’s “Boosting Immunity” where he reminds us that in ancient China a medical practitioner was paid to keep his patients healthy and his payments stopped if they became ill! That’s preventive medicine in a nutshell!

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Margaret Evans

Margaret Evans
NOVA Editor
October 2014

Better Medicine

Public health advocate Peter Dingle PhD argues that the medical profession’s poor understanding of nutritional and lifestyle medicine needs an urgent makeover. With acknowledgements to Peg Davies, Kellie Reid, Haidi Jurd, Cleve Etherington and Gilleon Wake.  

 “Never confuse education with intelligence.
– Albert Einstein

I met two couples recently, one in their 60s and the other in their late 70s.  

The younger couple were on more than 12 medications between them each day, including statins, beta blockers, warfarin, aspirin and so on. It cost them around $25 a week as most of the drugs were subsidised and the doctor said they were doing well. They complained of constant fatigue, muscle and joint pain, memory problems, severe bruising, found it hard to get out of bed and hard to sleep at night and experienced long bouts of negative thoughts and depression. They had also just been diagnosed as pre diabetic but the doctor said it was okay and normal at their age. This couple underwent half a dozen medical procedures a year at only a minimal cost to them so they felt pretty lucky.

The other couple in their late 70s took no medication, were active for 60 minutes each day, ate a lot of home cooked meals with fish, fresh salad and fruit. They took around 10 supplements a day and literally had no health complaints. They had two grams of vitamin C, three grams of omega 3 oils, a couple of digestive enzymes and some apple cider vinegar with most meals, a couple of teaspoons of super green powder and a multi vitamin mineral mix each day. It cost them around $25 a week and the doctor said they were wasting their money. This couple visited the doctor once a year for a regular check up and each year refused to take medication “because it might help”.

Unfortunately, the medical and health care system in Australia and the US is not only letting the public down but is seriously misleading them and putting them at risk. We are constantly reminded to go see our GP for advice on health, yet most of our GPs are not trained in health. This is not a criticism of GPs, as they have the best intentions in the world and we have the best doctors in the world for acute illness like burns, breaks and bacteria. But unknown to the public our doctors receive almost no training in nutrition, lifestyle, environmental or preventative medicine. I have a number of doctors as friends and I personally know dozens of doctors who agree with me and have encouraged me to get this information out to the public.  They are, however, simply victims of a larger system that encourages excessive treatment and the overuse of dangerous and expensive drugs.

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