Archives for February 2014

The Healing Power of Nutrition

Mother and Daughter Cooking“Gayu, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” my mother used to insist, “It’s not enough to know how to do calculus. It is also important to know how to cook.” 
 

 

In time I learned how to cook healthy, well-balanced, nutritious meals which greatly enhanced my marriageability in India, and more importantly, empowered me to nurture myself and my family in America. Even during my darkest battles with depression, cooking and sharing meals with my family gave me a deep sense of meaning and purpose. 

 

It is said that “A family that eats together stays together.” I sincerely believe “A family that eats together stays healthy together.” Over the years, cooking and sharing meals with my family each day has continued to be a great source of joy and well-being. 

  

In this post, I am delighted to share articles on the healing power of nutrition. And, invite you to explore how it can nurture your mind, body and soul. As Hippocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” 
 
  

Wishing you wellness, 

   

Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS 

Founder & President, ASHA International

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The Healing Power of Social Connectedness

Social ConnectednessSocial connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. And, the social support of family and friends has been shown to reduce the psychological and physiological consequences of stress, and may enhance immune function.  

 

Unfortunately, when overwhelmed with depression, like many people struggling with mental illness, I used to give in to my urge to isolate and spiral into a deep pit of despair and loneliness. But, over time, I have learned that sustaining and nurturing my connections with family and friends, and seeking their love and support is key to my recovery and wellness. Over the years, these social connections have offered me hope and healing. 

 

In this newsletter, I am excited to share articles and videos on the healing power of social connectedness. And, invite you to nurture your connections with family and friends and tap into their healing power to enhance your collective health and well-being .

 

 
 

Wishing you wellness, 

 

Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS 

Founder & President, ASHA International

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The Healing Power of Creativity

Little girl with braceltsCreativity offers avenues to explore our inner child and provides pathways to help us heal and become whole. Years ago, I re-discovered the healing power of creativity during my hospitalization for severe depression. Making bracelets and necklaces for my three-year-old daughter who visited me each day with her father, taught me that even in my state of brokenness, I could create gifts that brought joy to another soul. I still recall my daughter’s delight each time I placed one of my creations in her little palms, and her hugs that melted my heart and despair away.

 

In this newsletter, I am thrilled to share articles on the healing power of creativity, and invite you to enhance your well-being through creative pursuits.
 
 

Wishing you wellness, 

   

Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS 

Founder & President, ASHA International

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The Healing Power of Compassion

Mother TeresaSeveral years ago, I discovered a quote by Mother Teresa. 

 

“We want  to create hope for the person and 
acceptance in the hearts of the people. We must give them hope – always hope – and remove the bitterness that is harming them when they are avoided by everyone…
compassionloveunderstanding… that is what is important.”

 

Reading the quote reminded me of a time in my life when I received the universal, life-transforming gifts of hope, acceptance, compassion, love, and understanding – in the most unusual of places – a psych ward.

 

After years of struggling through the death-hold of depression, medications, countless hours of therapy, electro-convulsive therapy, and failed suicide attempts, I had finally chosen to get hospitalized. And, there, for the first time in my life, I met others like myself, people struggling with mental health issues, and I knew I was not alone. In the two weeks I spent in their midst, I received the gifts of hope, acceptance, compassion, love and understanding that has helped me heal, and inspired me to help others like myself heal. 

 

In this post, I am glad to share articles on the healing power of compassion, and how to practice compassion meditation to enhance your health and well-being. Give it a try, and let me know how it works.

 

 

 

Wishing you wellness, 

   

Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS 

Founder & President, ASHA International

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