There is a brief discussion of this meditation by Deepak Chopra, but it is well worth listening to all of it. If you want, you can jump to 6:40 and simply begin the meditation.
It is accurate to say that the purpose of meditation depends on the meditator – but it is also true that anyone who meditates regularly receives profound benefits on all of these levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I love Notes To Myself, By Hugh Prather, it was one of the first books I read about self introspection.
Somehow over the years the lessons he shares in his book went by the wayside of the mind taking over the beauty of me. The book helped me to come into focus with the messages which so keenly pinpoint the flaws within which the mind can bring us discord both in our heads, and in our relationships with those around us.
It is a book you can pick up and read any passage at any time, as his thoughts are written not in a linear way, but sort of happenstance. Bring this book into your life!
Although it is not the type of New Age subject matter you might be used to reading if you are on the path of being the “Light Fantastic,” it really brings one out of one’s head, and into a kind of perspective that allows for introspective that can bring you back within yourself and rejoin your inner self.
One of my favorite quotes in the book is:
“The criticism that hurts the most is the one that echoes my own self-condemnation.”Read more
Considered the oldest medical science in the world, Ayurveda is a form of holistic healing that has been practiced in India for more than 4,000 years. Derived from the Sanskrit roots of “Ayus,” meaning life, and “vid,” meaning knowledge, Ayurveda literally translates to the “knowledge of life.”
According to Ayurvedic principles, every aspect of life-the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual-contributes to your overall health. By balancing these elements and addressing the body as a whole, Ayurveda restores equilibrium when you’re ill and keeps your body’s natural defense system strong when you’re healthy.
Prevention vs. cure
Western medicine traditionally treats the symptoms of an illness or disease with medication and/or surgery to “cure” the patient. Ayurvedic medicine takes a holistic approach to prevent the onset of an illness or disease by monitoring a patient’s lifestyle including diet, emotional state, level of activity, sex life, work conditions and spirituality.
Ayurvedic practitioners emphasize natural foods and herbal remedies, and usually recommend yoga and meditation for all the doshas. But by taking your unique physical, mental and spiritual factors into consideration, an Ayurvedic practitioner can advise you based on your individual constitution — and help you take action to help you manage stress and prevent illness, lose weight, detoxify your body and maintain optimal health.