Americans are the most medicated people in the world. Last year, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry generated $485 billion in sales, or 40% of the global total. That’s plenty of pills for just 4.3% of the world’s population.
Painkillers and tablets aren’t the panacea that Big Pharma promotes them to be. That’s according to Master Sri Akarshana, best-selling author and founder of IAmCreator in a recent interview. He says timeless exercises steeped in Eastern tradition unlock the body’s healing powers, and prevent stressors that result in bad mood and constant worrying that lead to negative health outcomes.
“When people work towards a goal, stress levels start building up and they become less productive because the mind isn’t as clear,” says Akarshana. “We’re overwhelmed by all the information and tasks that we have at hand, and then we get lost in that.”
The simple exercises below reduce or eliminate ailments that millions of Americans take pills for: pain, stress, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, addiction, insomnia. They also promote wellness, discipline, a positive outlook and overall success lifestyle.
Mindfulness means being aware of the present, and letting go of judgment. The more you practice it, the more you remove unnecessary thoughts that burden an otherwise peaceful mind.
“We encourage people to take time out, whether it’s yoga or practice meditation. Even at one or two hours a day, the exercise clears your mind and reduces stress,” says Master Sri Akarshana (formerly Eric Ho), a humanitarian and renowned speaker on the laws of attraction and spirituality. “Reduction of stress allows you to have more clarity and be more productive.”
A common definition of stress is physical or emotional strain or tension. Meditation reduces stress, anxiety, depression and other ailments because it forces you to eliminate the growing number distractions we encounter in a digital world. Ringtones, chat messages, junk email, robocalls, advertisements: All these bombard our limited mental bandwidths, resulting in higher stress levels and never-ending sense of urgency to respond to non-important stimuli.
To be effective, one shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by events, bills, work or household chores. Work-related stress leads to 120,000 deaths and $190 billion in U.S. healthcare costs each year, according to Stress.org.
Focus and Meditation
About 11% of U.S. children between 2 to 17 years old have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, according to National Survey of Children’s Health. And diagnoses continue to rise each year.
A serene approach helps one to gain confidence and handle each challenge step by step.
Being all over the place is a symptom of a restless mind. You can fall into the trap of doing many things but accomplishing nothing. Secondly, the mind-body connection has powerful effects on health. A restless mind stresses the body and reduces productivity.
“When it comes to the law of attraction, a lot of people are not conscious about their subconscious thoughts and the actions they take,” says Master Sri Akarshana. “When we become conscious of the things that are happening, we stop thinking and acting negative. Therefore, we will get more positive things in our life.”
This year, Master Sri Akarshana went to the Himalayan Mountains for mind, body and spirit training. He received the title of spiritual master from a Himalayan yogi: Grandmaster Akshar. As founder of IAmCreator, Master Akarshana provides a platform that shares knowledge and training on success mindset, wealth creation, and law of attraction and spirituality.
Breathing exercises are synergistic with other meditative practices. Long, deep breaths improve blood flow, boosts energy, stimulates the lymphatic system and distributes oxygen to the brain and muscles.
It also helps you relax.
A common exercise is to empty the lungs; inhale deeply through the nose; hold your breath for a few seconds; and exhale deeply.
Meditation is a powerful routine for silencing the mind and removing noise from the environment. After 10 or 20 minutes of meditating, a person can completely change their reaction to external stimuli by being purposeful, calm and productive.