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Heart Advice on Healing from a Special Friend

I am delighted to share with you my recent interview with a very special woman whose heart is as big as the world, Zeenat Merchant Syal from Positive Provocations.

Zeenat is a Counseling Psychologist, Naturopath, and Spiritual Advisor.  Her aspiration is “to ease human suffering through love and positivity.”

Although she now bubbles with love and joy, life has not always been easy for Zeenat.  In this interview, she shares her heart advice on healing whatever pain and suffering you might have in your life.  She also let’s us in on the most important secret in healing.

Sandra:  Please tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your training. What inspired you to pursue a profession in health and wellness?   How did you decide to train as both a Naturopath and a Counseling Psychologist?  Didn’t that take a long time? What do you focus on now?

Zeenat: I’m known to my near and dear ones as the Jolly Chocolate Loving Gal. I can literally be pestered into doing anything if you show me an ice cream cone dipped in chocolate 🙂  My hubby often tells me, while I’m in my jolly states (which is very, very often!), “Will you ever grow up?”  And I happily reply, “Never! I refuse to grow up!”

That’s me on a normal day, having fun, enjoying everyday, cause hey who knows which day is my last right.  Might as well enjoy the ride.

As for my training, yes it took some time, and it’s still on. I don’t think we all ever stop learning.  The reason I chose the fields I’m in now is simple but personal.  I had completed my double Masters (M.A. Psychology & M.Sc Psychotherapy & Counseling) in Psychology much before I ever got into Alternative Healing modalities and Naturopathy.

The psychology field, because I came from a troubled home, where I had to grow up sooner, play mother to my little brothers and many such responsibilities that came with the situation.  I kind of make up for that early growing up, by keeping my inner child alive now.  I wanted to help and make a difference in peoples lives:  people who have been troubled, hurt and feel like there is no alternative. Because there is. I am living proof of it.

But as I completed my degrees, I realized I was still very handicapped in providing “complete” care and healing to the people who came to me.  I never believed in the pill popping ways of psychiatry or medicine, unless as a last resort.  Hence, when people came to me for help, other than “talk therapy”,  I felt the need to work on their minds and bodies on a physical level too.

While I was thinking about it all and how I can add to the help I provide, my younger brother (also my best friend) passed away in a sudden car crash.  We were all devastated and shocked, but my mother took it very hard and became completely listless. She was only 47 at the time and my brother was 23 when he passed.  After trying to help her myself, taking her to umpteen doctors, with no results, I felt like there had to be something more that could be done.

It was at this time I started learning Naturopathy.  I have a Diploma not a Doctorate in Naturopathy, but its just as good.  It takes two years. While studying Naturopathy, I also went into learning other healing modalities like Reiki, Pranic Healing, Silva Mind Control….oh the list is endless and I’m still learning.  But when I started treating my mother with therapy, Naturopathic herbs and healing modalities, she “got up” in 1 week!  It was miraculous, cause prior to this she wasn’t able to get out of bed or even talk properly for nearly 6 months.

Hence, the amalgamation of Psychology, Naturopathy and Alternative Healing came into being.

That’s what I practice now including Spiritual Counseling.  A few years back, I also completed my Doctorate in Spiritual Counseling, cause although I was helping and healing people, there were still some I couldn’t get to. Spiritual Counseling helped in that department.

Sandra:  Do you have a daily meditation or contemplative practice? How do you balance your daily spiritual renewal with all the activities of your life – work, family life, blogging?

Zeenat: I found God very early on in my life.  Mostly cause of all I was going through as a teenager and my good fortune at the time to find the right spiritual teacher. So praying, meditation, giving back to the community became my life even before I was 18.  In time though, life takes over.   But two daily spiritual practices haven’t changed, they are:

  • Daily Prayers
  • A Healing Blessings Meditation

The Healing Blessings Meditation is very simple.  I spoke about it in an older post on the blog too.  It’s a 3-minute meditation.

Everyday, when you awake, before you leave the bed, take three deep breaths.  Close your eyes and visualize a world in front of you like you are in outer space looking at the earth from there.  And, when you have that picture clear in your mind, just send out beautiful loving hearts, like rays to the whole world.  Visualize this love reaching each and every soul, each and every creature.  Visualize sadness turning to smiles.  Visualize disease turning to good health.  Believe this is happening.  All this in just 3 minutes.  This meditation helps me focus on the positive and helps me feel Divine love everyday.

As for balancing life and spiritual renewal, I don’t really make an effort to do anything extraordinary everyday other than, of course, my prayers and meditation. But in just doing that, my own balance comes from going with the flow or rather going with the heart.

I let my heart guide me, to what I need to do or get done. If that means pushing an article’s deadline or playing with my little one or writing a post or having the need to reach out to a friend….so be it. I don’t unnecessarily worry myself and usually have a very relaxed approach to everything. I love my work, my family and blogging. Hence, whatever I do I love. And, practically too. this heart guidance works – my hubby feels special, my little girl gets her love and attention and my work flourishes. Cause it’s all done with heart, with love.

When we stop trying so hard and just BE, things automatically just fall into place.

Sandra:  How do you see the interconnection between mind and body in healing? Do you think it’s always possible to heal physical ailments?

Zeenat: Healing is a very holistic process. It works on the whole being, not just the physical or the mental or the spiritual. If you work on just one aspect of the being, then the others will react positively, but only to a certain degree. Hence when the healing is given to the whole being, the effect is positively rapid and longer lasting and in many cases even life altering.

I do think 99.9% of all diseases that affect us are treatable through a holistic healing approach. It works wonders, and I have seen it first hand. I’ve treated cancer patients, terminally ill patients, mentally challenged patients…  Usually a person like me is the last option tried after all medicine has been tried and failed. I succeed many a times and many a times I don’t.

It’s not because the problem is untreatable or that I am doing something wrong…its because it’s meant to be that way.  I believe that good or bad, heaven and all else is all here for us to see and experience.  If we have to go through something, if we have to learn something from it, we will have to.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to heal.  I’ve seen people with stage 4 cancer, live happy healthy lives and I’ve also seen people with just a common cold deteriorate at rapid speeds.  It’s finally the Divine Plan at work.

Before every session of healing, I say a small prayer, so that God can guide me to help this person to the best of my ability. It’s really not me doing anything if the Divine doesn’t intervene. Surrendering to The Divine Plan doesn’t mean not trying.  On the contrary it means trying and trying, but also knowing just the right time to go with the flow, and never ever giving up hope.

Sandra:  What is the most important secret of healing?

Zeenat:  BELIEF & HOPE. When a person comes for a healing, is closed up, and doesn’t believe anything will work, it becomes harder to penetrate those negative barriers. But when a person comes in openly, with belief and hope for a brighter tomorrow, the healing is very fast and so much more satisfying.

Belief and Hope work positively both for the Healer and the person being healed.

Sandra:  Many people find healing elusive. Do you have any words of encouragement for them?

Zeenat: Healing is simple, it’s intuitive and it comes naturally.  The more you try to understand it from a logical perspective the more you get lost in it.  The best approach is to understand it from your heart center and feel the difference rather than want magic to happen.  I think most people want a quick fix to their problems.  Rightly so cause they are suffering and in pain.  But, healing requires, as I said, a complete and utter belief in oneself and the modality on the part of the healer.  “Nothing is Impossible” is my favorite affirmation when I am working with a patient with a challenging problem.

You have to give it your best, you have to know you did everything in your power, and then just leave the fine tuning to The Divine.  If it’s meant to BE it will BE.  I know when I am helping a certain patient who refuses any soul cleansing or chakra healing (cause they think its mumbo jumbo, yeah it happens), I help with Sujok, herbal remedies, therapy and then give them distance and prayer healing.  I will often get a call the next morning from them saying, “Oh I feel so much better.”

This is why I ended up learning and learning.  There are so many different people, with different problems each requiring a different approach.

Sandra:  Tell us about your new, free E-book, “Your Self-Healing Starter Kit.” I found it to be a very rich resource of information and tools. What is the focus?  Who will benefit from reading and using this toolkit?  What will they take away from it?

Healing Self-Start KitZeenat: This kit is a 6-step guide to bring forth your truest happiness. Full of articles, tips, exercises and affirmations.

I believe each and every person has the ability to be their very own healer…and I will go ahead and add that every person is a healer too. My blog and my profession doesn’t make people who need my help dependent on me, it makes them independent within themselves. I just provide a gentle nudge when you can’t nudge yourself. And believe me we all need gentle positive nudges from time to time, even me 🙂

Hence this Self Healing Starter Kit is just that…it’s a Gentle Nudge towards resurfacing very own core inner happiness.  It’s a Self Healing, Self Empowering & Self Improvement Starter Guide to facilitate YOUR FLIGHT!

Each of us is born to DO something, BE someone, and FLY to new heights. What the articles and tips in this kit do is facilitate that shift from within the heart and soul. We are all works in progress, diamonds in the rough. In order for us to shine we need to work on ourselves. This kit has 6 important steps, which work as a guide to kick start that shining process and help the reader FLY higher than ever previously imaginable.

And the best part is it’s FREE!  Yes, it’s available for free when you simply subscribe to my blog.

You might be highly evolved spiritually OR a very motivated person OR someone who is going through a rough time OR someone having trouble feeling great OR someone who feels stuck in their current situation (personal/professional)….it WILL help and provide that positive nudge to all.

To learn more about Your Self Starter Healing Kit and subscribe to receive your free copy visit:  Your Self Starter Healing Kit.

Sandra:  Do you have any concluding thoughts to share?

Zeenat: Whenever I’m down and nothing seems right, I close my eyes and fly high above the clouds, to a place where magic still exists. To a place where love is all that is needed to sustain your heart. In that moment of flight, my soul feels bliss.

For one moment close your eyes and fly there with me. Feel the bliss.

Let us each become that beautiful place where only peace, love, beauty, serenity and happiness reside.

You and me together, we can make this world magically beautiful. Just remember to BE peace, love, beauty, serenity and happiness….in all that you think and in all that you do. It all begins with YOU! Embrace your Magnificent Power.


Zeenat SyalZeenat Merchant Syal – is the founder and writer of Positive Provocations – Healing YOU completely with Positivity, Love & Happiness! She holds degrees in, and practices counseling psychology, motivational psychology, spiritual counseling, motivational speaking, holistic health and naturopathic medicine.

Zeenat is a spiritual traveler by passion, an eternal student and researcher in the school of life and all of its realities, including the fields of metaphysics and New Age thinking.

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  1. Zeenat, what a beautiful article. I love your ideas about closing your eyes and imagining the world so you can send out loving thoughts. I think this puts things into perspective when we think of those who we may not always feel are deserving of our love (the good ol’ loving our enemies example). And it’s not always easy. But it is this perspective that keeps us from being miserable. I would say your life is pretty happy based on your advice. Thanks for sharing! And have a wonderful day!

    • HI Bryan,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed my heart words here 🙂
      Loving our enemies …oh it can be hard…but if its included in this meditative practice it brings forth a very simple yet profound sense of calm towards them, without us even trying too hard. Love encompasses all 🙂
      Happiness is so so there for all of us to live in….
      Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts here.
      Much love,

  2. Hi Ladies,
    Thanks for the great interview. I love hearing about smart, facinating women. I will definately check out your blog Zeenat! Take care!

    • HI Dandy,
      I’m blushing and over the moon that you think I’m smart and fascinating 🙂 Come tell my hubby that and he will really have a hearty laugh 😉 {he still thinks I’m very kiddish 😉 }
      I’m glad you enjoyed this interview Dandy and I look forward to connecting with you further.
      So Much Love,

  3. I’m happy to add my own testimonial for both Sandra and Zeenat’s contributions to the health and whole-liness of all of us. I have benefited from the Starter Kit already, and I’m impressed by the generosity of offering something of so much value for free. I do believe when you give the best of yourself and your knowledge as a gift, it returns to you multiplied.

    Thank you both for adding to my joy, and making it more accessible.

    • HI Mikey,
      You know you have become my new favorite commentor!! really! You saying all these awesome things about me and my work…oh I’m ecstatic 🙂
      I’m so happy that you are already using the starter kit! The reason its free, is that healing is our right and if I can facilitate in that in any way its my umpteenth pleasure. The hidden agenda behind it being free is ofcourse Karma and it all coming happily back 🙂
      Thank you for your lovely words comments and presence here.
      Much Love,

  4. Hi Sandra and Zeenat – what a wonderful post .. Z .. you do express yourself so well. It’s good to know more about your story and how you live by your own advice .. the picture of you and the little one says it all .. love is.

    Thanks to you both .. Hilary

    • Hi Hilary darling,
      How amazing to see you here today!
      That pic of me and my little Haaniya was such a spur pic taken a few weeks back…but somehow captures that moment in time full of love and amazement.I’m glad you liked it.
      Thank you for your lovely comment here Hilary. Always a pleasure to see you and read you..
      Much Love,

  5. Thanks so much for posting this wonderful interview. Zeenat is precious and your are too Sandra. 🙂

    • HI TiTi,
      ohhhh…I was just about to send this to you by stumble when i saw your comment here. I dont why, but you were the first person I thought would like to read this little part of me 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by and for your beautiful compliments of me and Sandra!
      Much Love,

  6. Thank you for this very inspiring and powerful post. I know I have the power within because I have experienced it and healed myself from a serious brain injury. I became more powerful and facilitated the healing more and more as I believed it more and more and the more results I saw, the more I believed. Every one has the same power within them as well. Thank you for helping others realize and find this for themselves.

    • Hi Debbie,
      Amazing things can be done with this beautiful power we have all been blessed with. I’m happy that you have embraced your power and used it to heal yourself…wow and yay for you!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and life here Debbie!
      Much Love,

  7. Hi Zeenat,

    I too have struggled with my own difficulties. But in the end, I learned that they were necessary for growth and experience. It was basically life lessons I had to learn. As you say, it was the Divine Plan at work. What I enjoyed most about this interview was your sharing that belief and hope is the most important secret of healing. It is the same experience I had. When I was depressed, it was because I had no hope or belief that I could overcome the adversity I faced. But when my perception of events shifted, when I learned to reframe what was happening to me, healing came naturally.

    Thank you Zeenat and Sandra for sharing this lovely interview! 🙂

    Irving the Vizier

    • Hi Irving,
      I’m so glad to read that you have come out of all your difficulties with timeless lessons….and youre so right….healing is a very natural process. Its kind of like going back to the roots and gently working your way up.
      Thank you Irving for sharing your beautiful thoughts here.
      Much Love,

  8. What a wonderful interview! Thanks to two of the most inspiring writers in cyberspace–Sandra and Zeenat. I never come away from your blogs empty handed. There is always a soul awakening message combined with some practical advice to help me manifest your inspiration in my everyday life.

    Zeenat, thank you for sharing some of your own story and some of your basic principles of healing. And Sandra, thank you for bringing your readers such an exciting interview.

    • Awww Galen, Youre such a sweetheart with all your compliments, but I can say that exact thing about you too! I never come away from your posts or comments without learning something new….Thank you for being you!
      And I love Sandra writing too 🙂
      Thank you for your beautifulllll comment here!
      So Much love,

  9. Zeenat, Thank you from my heart for this generous and inspiring interview. As Galen says, I’ve taken away important lessons from your words. I’m so glad you are part of my world and that I could share your inspiration and wise voice with my readers.

    Everyone, Thank you again for all your thoughtful and heart-full comments. Seriously, the best thing about my blog is my readers and your comments. I always learn so much from you.

    • Hi Sandra darling,
      Being here in the presence of such a vibrant community makes me feel so special. Thank you for interviewing me 🙂 I had fun answering your thought provoking questions.
      So Much Love coming your way,

  10. Wow!! Well, this certainly makes sense, Zeenat and Sandra together!! LOL! What an utterly power combination, for healing and wisdom.

    I really relate to flying above Earth (or imagining that), it is something I not only do in my daily Chi Lel practice, but something that seems to come naturally to me. I’ve actually been doing it in my nightly dreams since I was a tiny child. I would fly over vast areas of Earth.

    Now as an adult I still fly in my dreams, but I also seem to experience it through the day. It is intensely powerful. I cannot do it without feeling overwhelming love and compassion for humanity, as well as intense gratitude for “being” here, being alive, for simply “being”. It creates a vastness that not only reaches far beyond day to day challenges or upset or stresses, but it creates in me a feeling of eternalness, of great peace, as if all is well. It is. It also fills my body with love, and healing chi, which for me is Love. I feel connected to all of Existence. It is truly an expansive experience.

    Dear Z and Sandra, you both are remarkable souls. I am so blessed to have you as part of the fabric that makes up my own soul. I feel you with me always.


    • Hi Robin,
      We have often had conversations about cosmically meeting up..and now I know why 🙂 You really are my soul sister. Lets meet UP about the the earth on one of our flights.. what say 🙂 And how blessed are you dear one, to be able to fly high, since you were a child.Amazing!
      May each experience you have only enhance your “being” further..
      Love you lots and lots,

  11. this is beautiful Sandra thanks for the interview, I knew a lot about Zeenat, know I know more, love her more and felt so moved reading this,

    • HI Suzie,
      Lovely seeing you here 🙂
      I had so much fun answering Sandra’s thoughtful questions. I’m glad you got to know a little more me form this interview. I love you more too!
      Thank you fro your lovely comment here.
      Much Love,

  12. A very beautiful interview. I enjoyed reading every word, it was very inspiring. I come from from terrible relationships of the past that left me feeling very apprehensive of ever getting close to anyone
    After, a few years of taking a brake, I found the “Happiness” of being me. It was a healing process.
    There is love in the world, and I try to make a difference in other’s lives, by being a postitive influence to everyone around me. Enjoy your blog, will difinitly be back often.
    I am thankful for anyone that likes to spread a little happiness. 🙂

    • HI Penny,
      I’m so glad you stopped by, read and enjoyed this interview.
      I’m happier that you found the peace and love of being YOU after so long. Believe me, having been in your shoes, I can say it was the most enriching experience ever…
      Sandra is the best interviewer and writer..and may you keep coming back more often to read her wonderful work.
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment here.
      Much Love,

  13. Thank you Zeenat- This is a very inspirational blog-Glad I found it, and I will be back often. You give much “Food for Thought” 🙂

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