I worked for publishing companies for many, many years either as a proofreader, a translator, or an editor. So my eyes have been used and abused for years… Once I started working with computers I noticed a decrease in vision and had to start using glasses. Luckily, I am married to an Ayurvedic practitioner and have the luxury of receiving an Ayurvedic therapy called Netra Basti, which is an absolute blessing for my eyes, whenever I feel like I need some healing in that area.
I received one yesterday, after many days of staring at the computer non-stop, and I felt so good that I decided to share a little bit about it here. Netra Basti is, basically, a therapy for eye rejuvenation that can actually prevent many eye diseases and problems. Yet it is so profoundly healing that it goes beyond the eyes (perhaps because the eyes are so closely connected to the nervous system, the brain, and the third eye?). Every time I get one I feel so relaxed and clear and sleep so deeply that it is obvious that not only my eyes get rejuvenated in the process, but my mind receives its benefits as well!
This Ayurvedic therapy consists in bathing each eye with warm ghee (clarified butter) or medicated oil for 15-20 minutes. It may seem weird to have your eyes bathed in oil or ghee, but the warm liquid feels really good and after a while you don’t even feel anything at all. I usually tear profusely from the eye that is not being bathed, which seems to be the way the eyes gets cleared and cleansed, and sometimes a lot of post-nasal mucus comes down, too, which helps to decongest the area.
Since after the Netra Basti is over it is best to just relax and close the eyes, I usually have it done when I don’t have much to do afterwards, so I can stay home and close my eyes if I want to, which tends to be the case for me. I certainly don’t go fix my eyes on jewelry, or stare at the computer after a Netra Basti!
I just wanted to briefly share this wonderful therapy that is so good for the eyes and also for the mind!