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Buddhist Scholar & Eastern Healer. I'm alive today because in my world 'Laughter is Law!' - Many weren't so fortunate.

Ladies it’s All Happening Here!

Don’t you feel sick & tired of ….well feeling sick & tired?  Have you just had about all you can take of painkillers, side-effects and then more drugs to counteract those side-effects? 

 Ladies I know exactly how you feel! As a therapist, I’m visited by so many women who are trapped in this cycle of pain, discomfort and mental anguish of feeling trapped in the medication system.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to conventional medicine, in fact I’m a supporter of it in the right context. Just recently however I’ve been visited by so many people needlessly caught up in  something which started off as a trivial imbalance and ended up taking them on a really frightening journey.  If this sounds like you, don’t worry because I’m here to help you.  After spending many years coming and going to & from from India, completing various courses in Traditional Indian Health Care and Wellbeing, it seemed only right to bring it back to the UK. So ladies! Here is where it’s all at.  Based in Rochdale Greater Manchester I work by private appointment with ladies like yourself who are struggling with conditions relating to Mental, Physical & Spiritual health imbalance.  Unlike the western philosophy, working in India has taught me the most imbalances and conditions come from the mind and how we perceive the world around us. The emotions we feel around situations, whether they’re positive or negative,  have a huge impact on our physical well-being and vice versa. This is why Indian healthcare or Ayurveda,  it’s such a valuable way to treat people. This form of treatment works with the whole body as a unit for example, in the west if you have a heart problem you go to a cardiologist, a stomach problem you go to a gastroenterologist and so on. in Ayurvedic healthcare however,  we always look at the root of the problem and not the actual symptom. A really good example of this would be with stomach problems were lots of acid has accumulated. It’s really common to accumulate acid when we are feeling stressed, angry or afraid etc.  Of course the diet we eat is a big part of the problem, but unless we deal with the emotion that’s underlying, it makes perfect sense to assume that no diet is going to cure the problem.  Some of you reading this may never of tried traditional Indian treatments before and why should you? It’s very easy to take a painkiller or antacid tablet  but believe me the problem will still be there, you’re only putting a sticking plaster over the top of it. Anyway enough from me, listed below are a range of treatments I offer. Please feel free to contact me by email to book an appointment if you feel you’d like to explore what else is out there.

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Started Using Hijama Yet? why Not?

HIJAMA or Cupping what exactly is it?

HIJAMA is an incredibly effective way to remove toxins from the blood. Many of my readers won’t be familiar with the name Hijama, but you made have heard about cupping therapy. These are the same thing, but why is cupping so widely used these days? And what are the benefits?

 

Well first of all, cupping therapy is not a new technique even though it’s fast becoming the ‘buzz therapy’ of the Western world. Like many other therapies and techniques, we Westerners adopt them as if we created them all by ourselves. After saying this, it isn’t always a bad thing to learn new ways of healing ourselves & others. Eastern therapies like cupping, are practised now more than ever before – let’s face it, we’re a pretty stressed out nation when you come to think about it.  So what is HIJAMA?

Some say cupping is an ancient form of Chinese medicine, others say it’s an Islamic medicine. What we know for a fact, is that cupping is, and has been used in many cultures for hundreds of years but the Ebers Papyrus, written c. 1550 BC and one of the oldest medical textbooks in the Western world, describes the Egyptians’ use of cupping, while mentioning similar practices employed by Saharan people. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 BC) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems.

The Therapy

Hijama involves the application  of cups on certain points on the body. There are 2 types of Hijama, Wet & Dry. First lets look at Wet Hijama. Wet cupping involves small incisions being made in the skin with a tiny blade, then glass cups are placed over those incisions to draw up the blood. The blood is drawn into the cup by a vacuum made by fire. The practitioner carrying out Hijama, will use a cotton wool ball soaked in surgical spirits and set alight. This will be quickly put in and out of the glass cup to create a vacuum before each cup is applied to the skin. The cup doesn’t get hot, but the vacuum will draw up the skin and of course the blood from the incisions. This all sounds really gruesome, in fact it’s completely painless.  Dry cupping, works in exactly the same way except there are no incisions made in the skin. Sometimes a practitioner will use glass cups for dry cupping, but more often than not he or she will use plastic cups with a kind of pump to suck up the skin. The aim of Hijama, is to extract stagnated or congested blood from certain points around your body. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. But because this therapy works on a very deep level, encouraging healthy bloodflow, means the body is able to heal quicker from other more serious diseases.

What are the benefits of cupping therapy?

* Improve blood flow.

* Improve immunity by increasing lymphatic output.

* Reduce inflammation.

* Calm the nervous system.

* Stretch muscles and connective tissue.

* Loosen restrictions and adhesions in the tissue.

* Provide relaxation.

* Optimize athletic performance.

* Remove toxic blood which carries disease around

* Allows the flow and circulation of health blood

 

 

To find out more or to book an appointment please contact me at  Juliekellymail@gmail.com

 
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If our present suffering is the result of bad karma from a prior life, what is the present cure for suffe

 In a recent conversation with one of my Christian friends, a really important question was raised. It seemed like a perfectly logical thing to ask. 

She asked….. If our present suffering, is the result of past life karma, how can we logically cure it today?       
 
She quite rightly  pointed out, we can’t touch the past or change it – so it seems like a long shot to believe we can alleviate the suffering we brought from the past. 
When we look at things through a Buddhist eyes however, it’s always a little more complex even though we ourselves work with logic. Anyone, who believes in the process of reincarnation, would probably acknowledge & accept, that the way we live today and the body we occupy, is a result of our past life.  This is also outlined in a very famous Buddhist quote which says….

if you want to know about your past life, look at the body you occupy today, and if you want to know about your next life, examine your mind. 

My friend was looking at the issue from a single perspective. This being, if we are brought here with suffering from our past which we can do nothing about, how can we change it in the present? This quote makes perfect sense, and kind of answers the question beautifully. The remedy  for changing suffering brought from past lives, is changing our mindset and the way we conduct ourselves in this one. 

What are your thoughts on this wonderful subject? 

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Forgiveness-where does it begin and end?

 Forgiveness, is it the only way forward in our society today? Or simply a week watered-down solution to cover up the cracks that we have no answers to?

 

This is a discussion often had by religious leaders, about societies were violence is increasing.

Many people in my circle, know that I also for gave the man who murdered my husband back in 2005. Then there’s the inspirational Eva Kor, who lost all her family in the Nazi concentration camps after being horribly tortured & experimented on -but ended up forgiving her publically forgiving her captors. I Believe strongly that we are all victims of something. My husband was the victim of his killer & of his own karma & his killer was also a victim of his own karma, of society & of the values with which he was raised. Of course not everyone will agree with my views, and that’s why these debates are so wonderful. Some people will feel capital punishment is the only way forward, and that getting rid of the perpetrators is the only way to save the world in which we live. Others will be of the view that forgiveness should always prevail…..

Here I have two very powerful questions for debate:

1- what are your views on forgiveness?

2- Is there any real logic in handing out the death penalty to someone who committed murder?

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Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

Today I’m re-posting my latest you tube clip in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 84th Birthday. I did post it on his 81st Birthday and would you believe it’s been going around all that time? As many will know I qualified as a Laughter Yoga Leader in 2014 and have been running sessions up and down the country. So what is Laughter Yoga? Well it was born in India Mumbai back in 1995 by a medical doctor Madan Kataria. Dr Kataria wanted to look at the connection between joyfulness & good health. After a lot of research and practical work he came up with Laughter Yoga Clubs. I’m not going to talk too much about Dr Kataria’s work but you can find out more on the link below http://laughteryogasalonnyc.com/drkataria.html For now enjoy my video, join in have a good laugh and celebrate life!

Who is the karma judge?

 

We all have our differing views on life, consequences & whether things in the world happen because of Gods will.  

Buddhism doesn’t recognise God as creator, in fact the Buddha taught we are all responsible for our own thoughts, motivations & actions etc. Everything we do think or say in this life, will determine how we are eventually reborn in the next. In Buddhism, there is no personal God interacting with his creation, who determines whether or not a person has done something to merit either “good” or “bad” Karma? 

So….. Here’s today’s debate question….

If this decision is made at the end of one’s life, who is actually making the decision? How can an impersonal force “decide” anything? Who is the final judge of Karma, and mustn’t this judge by necessity be a personal being (capable of making a decision)?


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Mantra Without Joy is like Autumn Without Leaves

Fortunate enough to have travelled some of the holiest cities in India, one thing has always puzzled me – tourists with such miserable faces. 

This may appear judgemental – it really isn’t meant to. But almost every group of tourists I’ve encountered on my travels through India who’ve come to study meditation etc with a personal Guru, looks absolutely miserable as sin. The men appear to have spent a whole month continuously smoking pot, and the women look like startled rabbits in headlights, painfully thin, and frustrated at not being able to understand what it is they’re meant to do. This naturally brings me to the question where is the joy? Spiritual practice often involves chanting, giving reverence and respect to deities who’s influences help us move forward in life. Therefore joy is a major part of spiritual practice – or at least it should be. Can you imagine how it would feel, if you threw a big birthday party and everyone sang happy birthday as if they were exhausted and couldn’t be bothered even being there? Well it’s pretty much the same thing really.

So here’s today’s little issue for debate ……..

Why do you think, so many people take meditation and mantra so seriously? And do you think it’s appropriate to show joy in such situations?

 

 

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Death – Are You Really Prepared?

In my last post we discussed the issue of death, and why Western culture often finds it terrifying, dark & complex. In Buddhism, the death process is also seen in a similar way, but for very different reasons.  In Buddhism one of he most significant things relating to the death process is Bardo.

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This takes place between the point of death & rebirth. The process is said to last for a 49 day period and during this time the consciousness will go through many different phases until it is finally reborn. As the process takes place, different prayers are recited from scriptures called the Bardo Thodol . These prayers are aimed to guide the consciousness to the point of rebirth without distraction. In Tibetan Buddhism, the consciousness is said to be the last thing to leave the body even when all other organs have shut down. This means technically the person is still alive right up until the point where the consciousness leaves. When this happens, a small spot of blood will usually appear on the crown of the head, or fluid will start to leave through the deceased persons nostrils. At this point, the body is ready for cremation etc.

Please see for more information on the actual process  https://www.andrewholecek.com/after-death-states-the-bardos-in-tibetan-buddhism/

There are 6 Bardos, but the final 3 are after death states:

1- The painful Bardo of dying (Chikai):  When consciousness of the newly deceased becomes aware of and accepts the fact it has recently died.

2 -The luminous Bardo of Dharmata (Chonyid): The consciousness reflects upon its past life and the mind is laid bare, karma is assessed in preparation for rebirth.

3- The Bardo of becoming (Sidpa): During the second state of Bardo, the consciousness will encounter terrifying images and sounds. These are only attributed to the winds as the senses start to close down. How we react to those terrifying images and sounds, determines what will happen in the third Bardo (becoming) in other words how we will be reborn. This is why we are encouraged to meditate on death whilst we are very much alive, and why we should encounter every difficult situation with a mindset of compassion and generosity so that when the battle process is happening we can hear these terrors and know exactly what to do without panicking.

Different cultures view death and dying in very different ways. Here in the West we usually lay out our loved ones in the chapel of rest for around three or four days before burial or cremation. This is so people can pay their last respects, share memories about the person’s life-who they were & what they were like etc. In Islamic culture however, it’s traditional to bury the body as quickly as possible without delay.

So here’s today’s question to ponder…. If we accept the Bardo theory as accurate, what thoughts feelings &  emotions are raised about our own traditions of burying or cremating the dead?

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Thoughts About Life…..

We’ve all at some time or other, sat and pondered on the wonders of life & how it began. There are many different perspectives on how we got here. God, The Big Bang, Apes, Dinosaurs etc – they’re all widely debated. Buddhism however, teaches the law of causality – Everything has a root cause and is dependent upon other factors to exist. When it comes to ‘sentient beings’ karma is that root cause. According to Buddhism, how we are born in this life for example, human or animal (Reincarnation) very much determines how our past life was. For example, if in our past life we were greedy and uncaring about others – making no effort to change, it may be we are reincarnated as an animal of some kind. The fundamental difference between animals & humans is the ability to fully understand & exercise morals (What’s right & wrong) 

An animal when it’s hungry will hunt. It pays no attention to the pain of its meal – it’s only desire is to satisfy hunger. When it’s finished the meal,it will curl up and sleep peacefully. If you own a pet dog, you’ll have felt the unconditional love he/she shows. But if by chance you died would your lovely canine friend eventually eat you? Of course he would.

So Buddhism teaches, we are all reborn as a result of past positive/negative karma

But What real evidence do we have that reincarnation is true?

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Life – Is it Really All That Bad?

The first teaching of the Buddha was called the four Noble truths’s. The 4 Noble truths’s speaks about suffering, and the cessation of suffering. in other words, how to get rid of it and make a happy life for ourselves and others. According to the 4 Noble truths, nothing in this world that exists without an element of suffering. However, for many people this sounds pretty grim – let’s face it, if everything is all about suffering then how can we ever be happy?
But what actually are the 4 noble truths?

The Four Noble Truths

  1. The truth of suffering (Dukkha) This means that suffering actually exists.
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering (Samudāya) understanding where suffering comes from.
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering (Nirodha) understanding that because suffering exist, it can also be ended.
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering (Magga) How to end suffering.

To put it in a nutshell, the Buddha taught, that once we understand the root of our suffering, which according to Buddhism is ‘desire’. Then we can actually move towards ending it.
This is why the Buddha was often compared to a physician because he diagnosed an actual human and universal problem, then prescribed the cure in 4 relatively simple lessons.

But here’s something to debate…..
LifeIf life is just suffering, as Buddhism claims, why is it some of us don’t see it this way? Why do some of us see life as wonderful rather than filled with suffering?

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