Ayahuasca Awareness Program

This article is a submission for the Ayahuasca Awareness Program, an initiative by the Spirit Vine Center in Brazil. The program aims to help increase awareness of the potential of ayahuasca by sponsoring free ayahuasca retreats every month for 2 people who feel the call for spiritual development with ayahuasca and other methods.

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The Benefits of Living A Holistic Lifestyle

The benefits of living a holistic lifestyle are endless. Some of my favorite ways to stay healthy are a plant-based diet, meditation, yoga, and using non-toxic chemicals on my body.  

After waking from a restful sleep, prayer and meditation are important for orienting yourself toward a positive day. What you focus on expands. Prayer and meditation facilitate intense gratitude for all that you have. It heals your body and mind. Meditating lowers your blood pressure, reduces stress, strengthens your intuition and third eye, increases immunity, brings more peace, reduces aging, makes you appreciate life more, keeps you in the present, helps you sleep better, increases your attention spam, improves metabolism, and more! Once you form the habit, meditation becomes the best part of your day. It is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms. I started off my meditation practice 2 years ago with only sitting for 2 minutes. After much practice and patience, I am now able to meditate for 20 minutes a day. Meditation brings me back into the present moment. It’s always a nice reminder that outside forces have nothing on you when you’re centered and rooted in your own being.

There are different dimensions to the term ‘wellness’; spiritual, physical, emotional, occupational, social, environmental, and intellectual. Another important aspect is diet. What you choose to put into your body radiates from within to your external world. To me, wellness is making conscious decisions as to what we fuel our body with.  Eating a plant-based diet is mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually healing.  It opens up dormant regions of human potential and consciousness.  You will see life differently. How? Your skin clears up, your mind is more clear, and from personal experience, it truly does make you happier.  It is the first step in changing your life for the better.  Plus, your risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity, arthritis, diabetes significantly decreases.  When animals are killed, they are scared and extremely stressed from living conditions.  That energy is then transferred from the dead animal to you. If that animal was in pain at the time of death then stress hormones released then stored in the animal are now being absorbed into your DNA. 

Cancer thrives in acidic environments. Meat and dairy cause your blood to be very acidic.  Cancer cannot live in an alkaline bloodstream, therefore, when you eat alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables, your risk of cancer dramatically decreases. The World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen, which falls under the same category as cigarettes.  One serving of meat a day increases your risk of diabetes by 51%.  Research backed by “What the Health” on Netflix shows that eating just one egg per day can be just as bad for your arteries as smoking 5 cigarettes.  If good health isn’t a good enough reason for you to go vegan, check out where our world is going environmental-wise. Make sure you’re buying organic and staying away from processed foods when grocery shopping! 

Keeping my body free of toxic chemicals is something I else I do to stay healthy. For my mouth, I partake in tongue scraping, coconut oil pulling, and using SLS Free and Flouride Free toothpaste. Scraping the tongue daily removes build-up of any toxic residue in the mouth. Coconut oil pulling consists of scooping a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it around for 10 minutes. Doing so whitens your teeth, removes bacteria, prevents plaque, and decreases your risk of gym disease. Keeping flouride out of your toothpaste and water is important when decalcifying your pineal gland. 

As for my skin, I use all natural soap usually made with oatmeal and coconut oil. Many products these days contain endocrine-disruptors, which are chemicals that can harm your hormones, your brain, and your reproductive system. Before I take a shower, I dry brush. I usually do this 2-3 times a week. Dry brushing removes toxins from your body, stimulates the lymphatic system, and reduces cellulite. After showering, I rub castor oil on my stomach. Castor oil improves digestion while supporting your liver and gallbladder. Coconut oil is the best to use for make-up remover while also moisturizing your skin. 

You, as a human being, are a miracle. Start treating yourself as one by taking care of your body, mind, and soul. 

Author: Alyssa Pereira