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Is Touch Starvation Real? 8 Things to Watch For

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Do you find yourself feeling closer, content, calm, or secure after an intimate skin-to-skin contact, say for example during sex? Science has proven that in such situations, your body releases oxytocin, the love hormone. And you only need a single touch to induce all these feelings of attachment.

So, the next time you have anxiety that makes your heart pound too fast, reach out to the person next to you for a warm touch. You will feel a sense of compassion that will calm you down right away. These two instances demonstrate how human touch is powerful.

Now, let’s flip the scenario a little bit. What would happen if you live without touching someone else? Does such a thing as touch starvation even exist? If so, what are its telltale signs? Let’s discuss more below: –

Understanding Touch Starvation

Ever wondered why you get energized after a handshake, hug, or a quick high five in the morning? It is because these simple, yet necessary gestures may be all that you need to stimulate your body for the day. But what if you have to seclude yourself for weeks or months? Unless you are physically intimate with your partner, or you have physical interactions with a family member or pet, your body will crave physical contact. Yes, touch starvation is real. Simple as it seems, it can have a drastic effect on your mental health.

Why is Touch Starvation Dangerous for Mental Health?

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The world is going through a Coronavirus pandemic. Doctors want us to social distance by self-isolating ourselves. They want to flatten the curve of the airborne virus. And, if you have an underlying medical condition that makes you more vulnerable to Covid-19 related complications, self-isolation is the best protection you have.

But, who thought we could be self-isolating for months? Sick or pre-disposed parents can’t hug their children or siblings. Families can’t hold hands, let alone hug when mourning the loss of a loved one. Birthday parties now feature friends and family lining up in their cars to honk and pass by the house. It is a new normal that has resulted to a mass touch starvation.

If you stay for days, weeks, or even months without touching another individual, here are several things that can happen to you: –

#1: Heightened Stress Levels

Picture this: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask, avoid handshakes, wash hands and sanitize, keep a safe distance when in public places, and stay at home as much as possible. Incidentally, there is a boyfriend who has not seen, let alone kissed, his girlfriend for months. Yet, the two live just two hours away from each other. So, when the government eases the lockdown measures, these two love birds decide to convene at the park and catch up. Now, what is more stressful? The couple not seeing each other for months? Or, meeting, and not being able to touch by sitting close to one another and sharing a meal? Such scenarios are recounted over and over again everywhere during this pandemic. And the stress levels continue to rise.

#2: Loneliness

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Do you find yourself clinging to pillows, pets, or having prolonged hot showers and baths? You could be trying to overcome the loneliness as a consequence of touch starvation. Most people who experience skin hunger will wrap themselves in blankets, even on a calm day. It is a feeling of alienation from others that is too hard to bear. Besides, extreme loneliness can make you avoid any future social contact altogether. At this point, you are in a self-reinforcing cycle.

#3: Aggressive Behavior

Touch starvation can make kids aggressive later on in life. A study by researcher Tiffany M. Field at the University of Miami School in 2005 looked at how touch-deprived kids behave over time. It saw that such kids become aggressive or had suicidal thoughts in their adolescent life.

Notably, these tendencies reduced for touch-deprived kids who went for massage therapy. These finding hints that a virtual classroom is a temporary fix for kids as they stay at home. With time, these kids need to get out and mingle with other kids.

#4: Sexual Dysfunction Due to Anxiety

Touch creates a sense of trust and safety in a sexual relationship. You know, that gentle hug, holding hands, or a peck reassures a partner of their commitment to the relationship. In contrast, the lack of it creates anxiety that often triggers erectile dysfunction.

#5: Fear of Secure Attachments

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When a partner is anxious to the point of developing sexual dysfunction, they will shy away from forming long term relationships in the future. Instead, they keep themselves busy with careers, hobbies, or any other work that will minimize their social interactions with others.

#6: Body Image Issues

Another study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research reveals that kids who undergo touch deprivation are more like to develop bulimia or anorexia. This skin hunger may still be present in a person’s adult life. Likewise, some resort to overeating to compensate for emptiness due to touch deprivation. 

#7: Compromised Immune System

Our bodies have neurotransmitters and hormones responsible for our mental wellbeing. Believe it or not, touch makes bonds that trigger these hormones and neurotransmitters to raise a person’s immunity. That’s why doctors urge hugging the sick when you visit them at the hospital. It helps in the healing process.

#8: Poor Sleep

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When we crave touch, the increased stress, loneliness, depression, and anxiety that comes with it keeps us awake at night. We toss and turn, because of feeling empty. Later on, we may increase the risk of getting hypertension, heart attack, obesity, diabetes, and stroke due to such poor sleep patterns.

How Can you Deal with Touch Starvation amidst a Pandemic?

Here are some coping strategies when you crave for touch: –

  • Get a quarantine buddy
  • Use visualization meditation to release love hormones
  • Throw in a weighted blanket when you go to bed
  • Massage therapy
  • Invest in a hug pillow or a “huggable teddy”
  • Use essential oils and herbs to boost your immunity
  • Get a pet
  • Exercise regularly

Conclusion

Nothing can replace the primal need of a warm touch. That’s why skin hunger can cause loneliness, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. Then, we limit our social interactions and increase the risk of grave health conditions. Is physical touch with another human being off-limits to you at the moment? Find ways to safeguard your mental health. A massage therapy, cuddling a pet, or hugging a pillow can help you cope.


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How To Become Emotionally Balanced And Live a Stress-Free Life?

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Life always gives us challenges and life lessons for our development and personal evolution. Each of us in one way or another is dealing with some sort of life challenges. However, some people happen to manage these challenges better than others. You can find lots of examples where a big life challenge made a person much stronger and more successful in life, whereas a small problem another person faced caused him to go into a deep depression and mental breakdown.

So, why can some people handle anything and turn lemons into lemonade whereas others can’t deal with even the smallest of problems without feeling stressed?

In this article, we will share with you what emotional balance is and what are the principles of emotionally balanced people. Also, we will give you some helpful tips on how to improve your emotional health and become more emotionally balanced so that you can enjoy your life and deal with life challenges in a more harmonious way.

Emotional Health

We all manage stressful situations differently. Some of us can stay calm and balanced while solving a problem, while others violently show uncontrollable emotions.

It’s not a bad thing to be emotional, but it can negatively affect the course of events. And if you are an overly emotional person, you probably know about it.

The ability to remain calm in a stressful situation indicates a person’s emotional health. If you’re not emotionally healthy, chances are you’re going to run into trouble and turn a tiny problem into a big disaster.

The way you process your emotions determines how you will deal with issues as they arise in your life. If you’re emotionally disconnected with yourself, it makes it that much harder for you to process and cope with life circumstances and problems that you may encounter. When you’re able to truly find inner peace and balance your emotional self you’ll start to see life challenges in an entirely different way.

5 Principles Of Emotional Balance

The emotional balance may be an innate skill, but you can also develop it by starting to apply these 5 principles of emotionally balanced people.

#1: Wait for the right moment instead of acting right away

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This will help you master the skill of impulsive control – the ability to stop and think about whether you want to act. By learning to control yourself, you can take a break and evaluate the situation, and potentially committed actions in the long term.

For example, a friend or family member might make you angry. In response, you can immediately say or do something that may disrupt the relationship. The control skill will help you to choose an action that matches your best intentions.

#2: Take a pause

Emotionally stable people are patient – they can take a pause before reacting to the situation. If you are not such a person, remember how you reacted in a fit of anger? Now, think about what your response would be if you were patient for one hour.

If the first principle was about choosing the best action, this one is about sitting with your emotions and not taking any action. During this time, you will find a solution that will correspond to your intentions in the best way.

#3: The healing power of time

Acceptance doesn’t mean being weak and giving up or letting stress get the better of you. On the contrary, it is about understanding your emotions and believing that you will be OK.

Time heals! The feelings of sadness or frustration are temporary – they will gradually go away as time passes.

When you are emotionally imbalanced you may think that you will never get out of this state. Now, remember the last time you felt like this. You may have thought that this tough time would never be over, but you eventually felt better. And it always gets better as time heals!

#4: Make time for yourself

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Emotionally stable people are organized people who know their self-worth and value their time. They know that taking care of themselves is the way they replenish their resources and become stronger.

Self-care for such people is a daily practice.

They have certain tools that they can use during times of stress to relieve it and regain their calm: meditation, yoga, sports, meeting a friend, a сup of tea, etc.

So, next time when you feel like stress is taking control over you, instead of allowing your emotions to guide you to self-destructive mode, focus on your inner peace – go to yoga class, do some breathing exercises, or meditate. Turn off your restless mind and listen to your inner voice!

#5: Focus on good things

Where attention goes, energy flows and manifestation occurs. You will attract whatever is most often and most powerfully on your mind and in your heart. So don’t focus on “what’s wrong.” You will only attract more of the same. Don’t waste your precious energy on something you don’t want to attract into your life! Shift your focus on good things instead. Remember that there is always something to be grateful for. Keep a positive mindset!

Count your blessings, not your troubles!

Counting your blessings puts you into a state of gratitude which opens the flow to attract more happiness and joy into your life. When you turn your attention to all the goodness that you already have you’ll find that you’ll begin to see things you had not noticed before and feel more appreciative of your life. With this kind of mindset, you will be able to deal with your life challenges in a more balanced way and see the right solutions for your problems more clearly.

Are You Emotionally Balanced?

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After reading a bit about what it means to be emotionally balanced, how do you feel? Do you believe that you are emotionally balanced, or are there some areas of your life that you could use a little change in?

According to Dan Mager, MSW, “there are several levels of awareness involved in cultivating emotional balance:

#1: Become consciously aware that you are experiencing an emotion

Although you may not know specifically what the feeling is, it is important to simply notice and acknowledge that you have some feeling.

#2: Identify the particular emotion

It may be helpful to close your eyes, turn your focus inward, and allow yourself to experience that emotion in your body. Different emotions are typically experienced in different parts of the body.

For example, anger might manifest as tightness in your neck and shoulders, sadness as an ache in your chest, fear as a knot in your stomach, and joy as warmth in your heart.

#3: Put the emotion into words

“I’m feeling anxious.” “I’m feeling angry.” “I’m feeling sad.”

Putting the emotions you experience into words by making these simple self-statements can create the space you can use to respond intentionally rather than react automatically and unconsciously.

How to Become Emotionally Balanced?

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The good thing is that there are plenty of ways in which you can learn to balance your emotions, learn self-love, and see life in a more positive way. Here are some quick tips from Dan Mager, MSW to improve your emotional health you can start with.

#1: Feel your feelings

Instead of blocking your emotions or denying them allow yourself to feel whatever you’re experiencing. Write down your negative emotions instead of acting on them so you can vent.

#2: Grow daily

Every day challenge yourself to take risks. By doing this, you allow yourself to grow and boost your self-love. The risks don’t have to be hard. For example, you can talk to someone new, or learn a new skill, or even set a workout goal.

#3: Focus on the present moment

You see, usually, our mental health becomes challenged when we focus too much on what was or what could be. Though it is important to have structure and plans in your life, allowing them to consume your mind can be detrimental. It is easier to deal with reality when you start focusing on the present moment and stop worrying about the future.

#4: Laugh more

Try to find the bright side of things and laugh a little more through the ups and downs in life.

#5: Be grateful

Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, it’s great to show gratitude for what you do. Start reciting positive things about your life on a daily basis. Things like “I’m happy I have a job” and “I’m blessed I have a home” can start to make you appreciate more of what you have now.

#6: Make your heart sing

Connecting to something larger than yourself makes your life purposeful and meaningful. Do more of what makes your heart sing. It could be meditation, aerial yoga class, or seeing friends more often.

#7: Watch who you surround yourself with

You may need to take a look at your relationships to determine if they’re healthy. Having people who give off negative energy can certainly affect your emotional health. You may need to separate yourself from them as you learn to heal. Do this from a place of love and compassion, rather than righteousness or by wronging anyone.

The Bottom Line

Emotional stability is all about a balanced attitude to challenging situations and daily problems. By practicing the above principles and tips and learning how to respond to stress, you can live more joyfully and be a support to others.


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What Is Your Fear Archetype And How Is It Holding You Back?

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Fear impacts all of us, and very often holds us back from pursuing the things we really want. If you are one of those people who let their biggest dreams fade away just because you are too afraid to pursue them, this article is for you! We are going to dig deeper and find out what this fear that holds you back looks like. You will learn what your fear archetype is and what you can actually do about it.

Destructive Power Of Fear

Fear is one of the basic human instincts that is supposed to protect us and make us act faster in dangerous situations. But at the same time, fear also inhibits and hinders our self-expression and progress. It is fear that can prevent us from living the life that we dream of and from expressing our full potential. So it turns out that this instinct of self-preservation can ruin our lives.

Everyone’s fear manifests itself in different ways, and people deal with it differently. Ruth Soukup, entrepreneur, and author of “Do It Scared” discovered seven fear archetypes and came up with the best ways to overcome each of them.

Which one describes yours the best? Read on!

7 Fear Archetypes

Fear Archetype #1: Procrastinator

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Also known as a perfectionist who tends to postpone things or not start them at all, because they are afraid to do everything imperfectly or make a mistake. And since it doesn’t work out perfectly in most cases, these people prefer not to take on a failed idea or project at all.

This archetype may manifest itself as:

  • fear of commitment;
  • fear of getting started.

Procrastinators tend to be indecisive when they need to act quickly. Usually, they prefer to plan everything in detail, do research, the organization of the process is more important than the actions themselves. As a result, they have many incomplete and unmanifested ideas and plans and rarely get anything done.

Are you a Procrastinator?

You can consider yourself a procrastinator if you:

  • never feel like things are done or ready if you like to plan things way in advance;
  • research tends to be more important than the action itself;
  • have trouble committing or saying yes to things that are outside of your comfort zone.

What can you do?

  • Get out of their comfort zone and say “Yes” more often to everything new, even if it is not planned.
  • Set a deadline for when your planning and researching period will end and when you’ll actually get started.
  • Realize that the problem with ‘perfect’ is that nothing will ever be good enough.
  • Set realistic standards and work towards doing your best.

Fear Archetype #2: The Rule Follower

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Such people are dedicated to following the distinct rules and guidelines set by those around them. They’re obsessed with always trying to make the right decision, despite its potential effect on their own success.

The rule followers are very afraid of changes.

They tend to see the world in black and white and feel anxious anytime they sense themselves or other people stepping outside the norms of acceptable behavior. They may also be overly concerned with making sure other people are making good decisions.

The rule followers may avoid taking risks, especially when they are not sure whether there is a “right” path to follow, and their fear of authority may prevent them from coloring outside the lines of trusting their own judgment.

Are you the Rule Follower?

You can consider yourself the rule follower if you:

  • like knowing there is an established protocol to follow;
  • strongly prefer for things to be done the “right” way;
  • spend time worrying about regulations and things not being done correctly.

What can you do?

  • get out of the dual perception of the world, stop seeing everything as “either right or wrong”;
  • realize the fact that an unknown path can lead to something new and beautiful;
  • practice self-compassion;
  • realize that it’s OK to make mistakes – this is necessary for your personal growth;
  • define your own set of guiding principles instead of always leaning on others or outside factors.

Fear Archetype #3: The People Pleaser

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The desire to please everyone arises from a deep fear of being rejected by others. Such people care about what others think of them, and they are very afraid of public condemnation. The worst thing for such people is to be ridiculed or rejected by someone.

The people pleasers are afraid of being judged which also manifests itself as the fear of letting people down and the fear of what other people might say. Essentially, the People Pleaser’s biggest concern can often be summed up as the fear of how others may react.

Usually, they pay a lot of attention to their appearance and care a lot about their reputation and status symbols such as a nice car, home, or designer labels.

Are you the People Pleaser?

You can consider yourself the people pleaser if you:

  • have a hard time saying no, setting limits, and establishing healthy boundaries;
  • are overcommitted;
  • allow other people’s priorities and requests to override your own goals and dreams;
  • are often worried about looking foolish or being judged;
  • worry about letting other people down;
  • struggle to disagree when others share an opinion.

What can you do?

  • spend more time alone and learn to hear yourself first;
  • stop saying “yes” when you want to say “no”;
  • learn to set your boundaries when communicating with people;
  • realize that you can’t pour from an empty cup, meaning that when you’re in tune with your own wants and desires, you become a better friend, partner, and family member;
  • remind yourself that you deserve to be prioritized, just as much as other people in your life.

Fear Archetype #4: Outcast

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This is the opposite of those who try to please. Such people, on the contrary, try to be as different as possible, to show their individuality and the fact that they do not care about the opinion of others.

Behind all this is a huge fear of rejection or a fear of trusting other people. This fear archetype manifests itself by rejecting others before they have a chance to be rejected.

While to outside observers, the Outcast often appears to be fearless, inwardly he often believes other people can’t be counted on or trusted and he tends to view even the mildest slight or dismissal as confirmation of that belief, which in turn causes the Outcast to reject others even more frequently.

Are you an Outcast?

You can consider yourself an Outcast if you:

  • struggle to ask for help;
  • don’t trust others;
  • keep your distance from other people;
  • push people away and do not let them get too close;
  • tend to think “I don’t need anyone, I’m on my own”.

What can you do?

  • work on your self-esteem;
  • don’t be afraid to ask for help and express your feelings;
  • take the time to ask yourself if you are focusing on the worst-case scenario and what some other alternatives may be;
  • give others a chance;
  • look for evidence that you can trust others and know that if things don’t go well you are already experienced at ending a situation.

Fear Archetype #5: The Self-Doubter

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This fear archetype is dominated by the fear of not being good enough. Those who self-doubt tend to feel insecure about themselves and their capabilities. Therefore, they can find it difficult to put themselves out there.

The Self-Doubter often judges others to mask his own fears and insecurities.

Such people may also struggle with feelings of intense jealousy toward someone who is doing the things they wish they could do. This jealousy may manifest itself in the form of sarcasm, gossip, or criticism.

These people are very insecure about themselves. In fact, they are afraid of themselves and their self-expression. Here there is a fear of the opinions of others, and the fear of not being good enough or not qualified enough.

Doubts prevent such people from starting something new. They doubt and criticize themselves and often envy those who succeed.

Are you the Self-Doubter?

You can consider yourself as the Self-Doubter if you:

  • avoid trying new things or taking risks because you don’t believe in yourself or your abilities;
  • often feel jealous;
  • frequently struggle with feeling unworthy or unqualified;
  • tend to be hypercritical of yourself and others.

What can you do?

  • start doing what you’ve always wanted to do and dreamed of, even if it seems scary;
  • step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while and take note of the outcome.

Fear Archetype #6: The Excuse Maker

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This fear archetype struggles most with the fear of taking responsibility. It can also manifest itself as the fear of being held accountable, or the fear of being found at fault.

Instead of stepping up to lead every once in a while, the Excuse Maker finds himself taking a backseat to avoid accountability. They prefer to let others make decisions for them avoiding personal responsibility.

Such people are terrified of having the finger pointed in their direction. Therefore they always look for someone or something to blame for why they can’t do something.

Are you the Excuse Maker?

You can consider yourself as the Excuse Maker if you:

  • tend to shift blame and avoid responsibility;
  • get nervous at the idea of being in charge;
  • feel uncomfortable with making a final decision, for fear of being blamed for an unfavorable outcome;
  • are prone to blame any current struggles on other people or circumstances.
  • often have an explanation for why you are not able to do something.

What can you do?

  • start with setting small daily goals and stick with them;
  • try the S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) goal model to help create measurable and realistic goals;
  • break down each of your goals – then you will be able to bring structure and trackability to them.

Fear Archetype #7: The Pessimist

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This fear archetype struggles with the fear of adversity and hardship. Such people often feel victimized due to past or current trauma or difficulties. They can tend to look at hardships as stop signs or a reason to give up.

This fear archetype struggles most with the fear of adversity, which often manifests itself as the fear of pain.

Pessimists are easily waylaid by any challenging circumstances that come their way. This is due to the fact that they are very afraid of adversity and hardship. In difficult situations, they feel like they lack control over them.

In any challenging situation, the Pessimist only sees obstacles and troubles but never sees the opportunities for growth and perseverance. Any problem they face in life is a legitimate reason to give up or to not try at all.

Are you the Pessimist?

You can consider yourself as the Pessimist if you:

  • get stuck in bitterness toward other people or unfair circumstances;
  • struggle to face your circumstances head-on instead of preferring to hide to avoid additional pain;
  • fear of adversity and hardship;
  • tend to feel like there is no real solution for your problem and therefore would rather not try to solve it at all;
  • tend to look at hardships as stop signs or a reason to give up.

What can you do?

  • learn to look at hardships as stepping stones or lessons, instead of roadblocks;
  • see obstacles as an opportunity for growth and perseverance;
  • stop hiding trying to avoid pain;
  • get rid of victim mentality;
  • when something tough gets thrown your way, take a moment to step back and evaluate the situation;
  • when facing a challenge or problem, think about the lesson it might be teaching you, or how you can make the outcome more favorable.

The Bottom Line

Each of us can manifest all these archetypes, but some of them you may find particularly pronounced.

Did you recognize yourself in these fear archetypes? Well… Identifying the type of fear is the first step to overcoming it!


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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Powerful Death Conquering Mantra That Works Miracles

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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is also known as Death Conquering Mantra, or the Tryambakam Mantra is a verse of the Rigveda. This mantra literally works wonders – stops the development of serious illnesses, rejuvenates the aging body, relieves depression, and anxiety. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra helps in the most hopeless cases when nothing else could help.

During the uncertain times of 2020 we all are looking for hope, relief, and protection. That’s why I decided to write this article! It comes time when we all are looking for a miracle. And this powerful mantra can help you with this!

In this article, I will share with you what Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is, its meaning, benefits, and give you very important recommendations on how to practice it.

The Origin

According to one of the Indian legends, the Mrityunjaya mantra is associated with the name of Markandeya, a sage who wrote the Markandeya Purana. Markandeya was destined to die when he reached the age of 16, but thanks to his sincere love and devotion to Lord Shiva, he received this incredibly powerful mantra and was able to avoid his death.

Now let me share with you this beautiful story.

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In ancient times, when people had a strong connection with the gods and they could appear to them in the flesh, a righteous couple lived in the forest: Mrikandu Rishi and his wife Marudmati. They had no children and performed long austerities in the hope of gaining virtue and giving birth to a child.

One day their prayers were so strong that Lord Shiva himself stood before them. After listening to the request of the couple, he gave them a choice of either a righteous son, but with a short life on Earth or a child of low intelligence but with a long life. Mrikandu Rishi chose the former and was blessed with Markandeya, an exemplary son, destined to die at the age of sixteen years old.

Markandeya grew up to be a great devotee of Shiva and on the day of his destined death, he continued his worship of Shiva in his aniconic form of Shivalingam. The messengers of Yama, the god of death, were unable to take away his life because of his great devotion and continual worship of Shiva.

Then Yama himself came in person to take away Markandeya’s life and sprung his noose around the young sage’s neck. By accident or fate, the noose mistakenly landed around the Shivalingam, and out of it, Shiva emerged in all his fury attacking Yama for his act of aggression.

After defeating Yama in the battle to the point of death, Shiva then revived him, under the condition that the devout youth would live forever. For this act, Shiva was thereafter also known as Kalantaka (“Ender of Death”).

The other Gods were worried that Yama’s death would disrupt the order of the Universe, and they begged Shiva to restore their underground ruler to life. Shiva agreed but said that it was Markandeya’s devotion that protected him, and therefore he blesses Him with eternal youth and gave this young yogi a healing mantra.

So Markandeya remained a 16-year-old Saint forever, and the Mahamrityunjaya mantra became a magical elixir for those who are devoted to God and crave spiritual and physical healing.

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is also known as the “Death Conquering Mantra”. It is one of the most ancient and powerful mantras of the Vedic era, which has come down to us through the millennia.

The power of this mantra is very great, life-giving, and healing. It can protect against incurable diseases, accidents of all kinds, various influences, both from outside and from within, helps to purify the subtle and physical body if it is chanted with sincerity and faith.

It is called the Great mantra that grants long life, peace, stability, well-being, satisfaction, and even immortality.

Shukracharya received this mantra from Lord Shiva as a reward for austerity. Its great power made him even able to revive the dead.

The Effect Of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

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In India, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is considered one of the most powerful and important mantras.

It is recommended to chant these sacred words in the following cases:

  • severe illness;
  • difficult life circumstances;
  • in the face of danger;
  • in other situations that require the intervention of the Higher powers.

But the main effect of this mantra is a huge internal change that a person experiences. The Sacred words chanted repeatedly in order to get healing or get rid of physical problems, actively affect the soul. It leads to a big boost in spiritual development and the evolution of the soul.

The regular practice of Mahamrityunjaya mantra will help you to realize your true purpose in this life — the elevation of the spiritual principle.

Having come into contact with death, a person begins to realize the meaning of Eternity. Things that he hadn’t thought about before will come to the forefront of his thoughts and reflections. This is the kind of awareness and self-realization Mahamrityunjaya mantra practice brings.

It is recommended to chant this mantra when a child is born and it is chanted annually on the birthday. It is believed that the recitation of this sacred formula gives a person eternal life.

Swami Sivananda recommended that everyone devote a significant amount of time to practicing the Mahamrityunjaya mantra on their birthday. He said that such a practice brings:

To prevent diseases, the mantra should be practiced daily for 2-3 months. Chant or listen to the death conquering mantra 108 times in one session.

However, we should not forget that the Higher powers do not help a person who has impure intentions. You must purify your soul from any evil, forgive insults, correct your attitude to the world and people. Only in this case will the Mahamrityunjaya mantra bring the desired effect.

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

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Now let me share with you this powerful mantra:

OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra in Sanskrit:

ॐ त्र्य॑म्बकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं॑ पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम् ।
उ॒र्वा॒रु॒कमि॑व॒ बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर्मुक्षीय॒ मा ऽमृता॑त् ।

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Meaning

“We worship the three-eyed One, who is fragrant and who nourishes all.
Like the fruit falls off from the bondage of the stem, may we be liberated from death, from mortality.”

Translation

Word-by-word meaning of the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is as follows:

ॐ – OM – represents a combination of the three pure sounds that signify the holy body, speech, and mind.

त्र्यम्बकम् – tryambakam – the three-eyed one (accusative case)

त्रि – tri – “three”

अम्बक – ambaka – “eye”

यजामहे – yajāmahe – “we worship, we sacrifice”

सुगन्धिम् – sugandhim – “the fragrant, the virtuous, the supreme being”

पुष्टिवर्धनम् – puṣṭi + vardhanam – “the bestower of nourishment, wealth, perfection”, literally “him who possesses the growth of nourishment”

पुष्टि – puṣṭi – “nourishment, increase, wealth, perfection”

वर्धन – vardhana = “increase, growth”

उर्वारुकम् – urvārukam – “fruit”

इव – iva = “as”

बन्धनान् bandhanān – “from bondage, from the stalk/stem”

मृत्यो – mṛtyoḥ – “from death”

मुक्षीय – mukṣīya – “may I be freed/released”

मा ऽमृतात् – mā ‘mṛtāt – “not (mā) from immortality (amṛtāt)”

How To Practice Mahamrityunjaya Mantra?

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra can be recited on three levels:

  • physical;
  • energetical;
  • mental.

Physical Level

On the physical level, the mantra is pronounced in a loud voice so that the body starts vibrating. Internal vibrations are created by the chant activate every cell of the body. The vibration of the sacred words destroys the energy blocks in the body, neutralizing the negative energy stored in the memory of cells. The cells that have the disease recorded in their memory become clean and healthy again.

Most of the negative programs that cause internal diseases are recorded in the memory of cells from childhood. These programs affect the subconscious mind of the person, causing mental pain and blocks. Over time, the program of destruction takes the form of a disease. Mahamrityunjaya mantra destroys these pathological structures and literally frees the body from blocks, so healing occurs.

Energy Level

The energy level of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra practice is the repetition of sacred words in a whisper. This practice is called Japa.

Whispered words have an effect on the energy structure of a person, changing the energy background.

The energy structure of a person is organized by the chakras — 7 energy centers. Whispered words open the chakras, freeing them from blocks. As a result, the energy can function freely along the chakra column, creating a reserve of energy resources inside the body.

Mental Level

The mental level Mahamrityunjaya mantra practice acts on the subconscious mind of a person, in which the fixed mental blocks are stored. Scientists have long proven that diseases have roots in the human psyche. Mahamrityunjaya mantra removes mental blocks, thereby freeing the body from the cause of diseases. It helps a person to free himself from:

  • obsessive stereotypes;
  • destructive programs of the subconscious mind;
  • psychological blocks and clamps.

By freeing itself from the causes of diseases, the body activates its defenses for self-healing and renewal.

It is recommended to start chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra with a loud recitation of the sacred words, and then switch to whispering and chanting in the mind. It should be chanted 108 times for maximum benefit.

The Bottom Line

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is an incredibly powerful mantra that is beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health. This beautiful mantra bestows longevity and immortality. Swami Satyananda Saraswati recommended the Mahamrityunjay Mantra to everyone. If you do this with concentration, pure heart, and intentions, then health and well-being will be guaranteed!


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