Usually, we seek a health solu- tion only after falling sick. The idea of being joyful and content to nip physical and emotional ailments in the bud is only now teasing
modern medicine. The latter is trying to
locate formulas through the study of the
mind-body connections like neuropsychol-ogy, neuroimmunology and other permutations and combinations of neuro science
with other specialties.
However, ancient traditions have largely
believed that, except in genetic or childhood problems, most problems originate
in the mind. The idea of harmonizing all
systems so they flow more smoothly and
one feels bliss as a continuum is where
the cure lies.
In chakra physiology, the joy/bliss centers are the sacral center (swadhistan
chakra) and the crown center (saharara
chakra), respectively. You notice that these
are distinct states though they appear to
be the same. Joy is more earthy, and possibly more often felt. Bliss is amorphous,
more defined than experienced, and
appears to be an aspirational state.
However, in yoga, these two states are part
of the flow of your own psychic personality. The sacral center is the center of creativity (at the personal level, as an artist;
also at the physical level, as in procreation
and sexual energy) while the crown center
is that of connectivity (where your identity
connects to that of a universal energy).
Meditating by focus on these centers
may remove blockages here, which may be
experienced as joylessness or alienation. In
such meditation, it is ideal to refer to tran-
scripts provided by yoga gurus like Swami
Satyananda to create a symbolic stream of
consciousness. Using beejmantras specific
to sacral center, ‘vami,’ or chanting ‘Om’
(which is actually a third eye/ajna
chakra/center mantra) can also help.
Attempting such meditations on your own
can be daunting and maybe even counter-
Joy aromas are plentiful and easy to find.
Most of them, not surprisingly, are aphrodisiacs. You can dab them on your wrists,
use them in massages, baths, foot bath,
aroma diffusers, or as a base in your perfume. The impact is instant and powerful.
The “joy” aromas are jasmine, ylang
ylang, rose, geranium, sandalwood,
Melissa, to name a few. Each a particular
sub-text of impact on your emotional self
— for instance jasmine encourages self-love and esteem, geranium initiates joy by
making your drop toxic memories. So,
find the right aroma for you joy.
There are several acupressure points for
joy/happiness. They fan out from the top
of the head, to the torso. Thanks to the
democracy of online info-sharing, most of
these are easily found and learnt, without
having to go to expensive courses or books.
However, it is good to attend sessions with
an expert for the first few times at least, to
get a handle on the technique and under-
stand the exact location and precise pres-
sure that is required to be applied.
Reflexology, like most alternative thera-
pies, is self-empowering and takes you off
the dependency on external support sys-
tems. That said, you can remember some
common acupressure points for joy — the
third eye spot, the top of the head. Even
massages, which have no connection with
acupressure, will help remove ‘joy block-
ages’ because these points are kneaded,
even if unintentionally.
This is the sweetest and easiest of therapies and there is no excuse from not
attempting it. It is fun, non-invasive,
involves pretty things that give you a lift
just at looking at them. To create joy, it
gets even better because of the gemstones
and crystals involved are so pretty and
To feel bliss (at the crown center) at a
spiritual level, choose stones that are lilac
and lavender in shade — the flaky and
shimmering leipidolite, the delicate lilac
kunzite which looks marvelous as a raw
stone or as a cut crystal.
For bliss at a physical level, try the flaming orange stones — ubiquitous and strong
orange of carnelian, the chatoyancy in
sunstone which glitters and shines with a
fire all its own.
The grey-black stones give a grounded
state of joy and can be accessed through
powerfully transparency of smoky quartz,
the intriguing rutilated quartz (which
appears to contain strands of hair within
clear crystal), the soothing moss agate
(which appears to hold moss in frozen
stone) and the sheer black jet.
Some stones give protection and cover
you with bliss. Some clear your spiritual
doubts and give you a mood spike. Some
clear physical needs to make you happy.
So, to use stones for bliss, first identify
which aspect of bliss you want prioritized.
Color therapy has achieved a cult status
simply because a lot of marketing is done
using studies in this field. That products
are sold with colors in mind should help
us appreciate that there is some ancient
wiring in our systems that respond powerfully to colors. This response may be
exploited to also heal.
Green gets everybody’s votes toward
healing simply because it carries the evolutionary resonance and promise of abundance and safety. This is a color that does
not jar. In order to bring joy in, through
green, it would make sense to mix it up
with other colors that by themselves
though happy may be overwhelming. In
this category, you can lump yellow, which
is a happy color and believed to spike you
blood pressure and excite the nervous system (which may be required where depression has gone into a lethargic mode).
However, too much of it may be, well, too
much, and create emotional imbalance. To
tone it down, you could have a greenish
yellow — the vibrancy of a young grass or
a young leaf.
Similarly, orange — also a color regarded
as a creative one — can keep the mind too
stimulated. To tone it down with earth col-
ors (brown) so it becomes rustic, or green
Pink, lilac are also seen as happy colors.
To use color to create joy, however, you
need to spend some time with a color therapist, find out your personal inclination
towards certain shades, or dislike of others, and find a median to include those
that will heal and uplift you. It must be
individualized for it to work, even if it
means having a small photo at your work-station, or choosing accessories that will
create the right dose of joy for you. n
Shameem Akthar is a yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. Catch Shameem's yoga tips on http://jaisivananda.blogspot.com
Disclaimer: This column shares the columnist's passion for alternative therapies which are ide- ally learned under the guidance of an expert
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Even massages, which have no connection with acupressure, will help remove ‘joy blockages’ because these points are kneaded, even if unintentionally.