Moving from Kapha to Pitta Season

According to Ayurveda, over 5,000-year-old Indian system of healing, there are three types of doshas, or mind-body types. These are Vata, a mind-body type consisting of air and space; Kapha, a cold, wet, and heavy mind-body type that is composed of earth and water; and Pitta, made up of fire and water. (To learn more about doshas, please take this Dosha Quiz.) Just as the human mind-body can be predominantly one, or even more than one dosha, so too can Nature. For example, the seasons reflect all three doshas. Right…

The Social and Interpersonal Issues of Addiction

by Nirmala Raniga Family and friends of those who struggle with drugs or alcohol know that addiction can be a debilitating condition that has far reaching effects, impacting everyone involved in a myriad of ways. Addiction can, and very often does, affect an individual’s personality and mood, which can damage marriages, friendships, employment, and other valuable relationships. People who live or work with an addicted individual may often wonder how that person will behave on any given day, feel shame because of their erratic behavior, or worry that the individual’s…

Recovering from Fentanyl Addiction

By Nirmala Raniga When considering addiction, alcohol or illegal substances such as heroin often come to mind. However, many people who struggle with drug abuse are addicted to substances that were once prescribed to them legally for pain management following surgery, injury or accident. Fentanyl is one such substance. Fentanyl (first synthesized in 1960) is an opioid analgesic, similar to, but roughly 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, and 40 to 50 times more powerful than pharmaceutical grade heroin. As mentioned, many patients are prescribed Fentanyl for help…

Forgiveness of the Self and Others

by Nirmala Raniga Learning to forgive is a fact of human existence. In the New Testament, Jesus was betrayed by his friend and disciple, Judas Iscariot, for 30 pieces of silver. The Apostle Peter also denied Jesus following The Last Supper. Nevertheless, as Jesus was on the cross, He asked God to forgive those involved, saying “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (English Standard Version, Luke 23:34) In our own lives, we often learn about the value of forgiving others when we start to explore ways…

The Value of Quality Sleep

By Nirmala Raniga As we approach springtime and move our clocks forward one hour, we not only lose an hour of time, but we also very often disturb our sleep for several days. This disruption can be problematic as sleep is critical for good health and wellbeing. In general, because of our busy lifestyles, millions of us do not get enough sleep, a problem that can lead to lack of attention, irritability, digestive issues, poor judgement, and drowsiness during the day. Sleep deficiency has also been linked to more serious…

Nurturing the Blooms of Spring

by Nirmala Raniga It can be challenging when we engage in inner work and don’t feel as though we can see the fruits of our labours. Sometimes those we look to for approval have an image of us that is difficult for them to let go of, and consequently they are not able to offer us the validation we crave. When we have feelings like this, we must go deep into ourselves and have faith that the path we’ve chosen will ultimately yield greater health and wellbeing. Each spring, the…

The Shame of Addiction

by Nirmala Raniga Shame is an emotion that can be very damaging to all of us. It is an emotion that makes us feel there are aspects of ourselves that are unworthy or unlovable. When we feel ashamed, we feel compelled to keep secrets and be less than honest with ourselves and others. We ignore things that we don’t want to see or address, and we hide these things from others. Shame is particularly damaging to those who are abusing substances like drugs and alcohol or engage in addictive behaviours….

Coping Skills to Support Recovery

by Nirmala Raniga After completing a recovery program, individuals are often concerned about how they will cope with life at home. Fortunately, there are simple tools to implement that can help on the road to health and wellbeing. Whether we are in recovery or not, all of us must be aware of the stresses in life that are within our control. For example, eating nourishing food is important to a healthy lifestyle for everyone, but especially for those who are new to sober living. Ensuring there is good, organic food…

Love is the Key to Healing

by Nirmala Raniga February is considered the month to celebrate love, and love is the key ingredient to healing. Very often though, we feel we are not deserving of love. This feeling is particularly prevalent amongst those who struggle with addiction. Those in recovery must not only believe they are worthy of being loved, but they must also be open to accepting love from those around them and giving love in return, if they are to be successful on their path to wellness. Self-love is the most important love we…

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is considered a romantic holiday, filled with images of loving couples in seemingly perfect relationships having the time of their lives. However, those images are not accurate depictions of reality. Real romantic relationships are not always blissful, and some people are not involved at all in romantic relationships on Valentine’s Day. Annual holidays are, in part, opportunities for commercial success. Companies market products and services to us and as consumers, we have the choice to participate in this system. Marketing is designed to create a perceived need in…