Monday, April 17, 2006

Our Mental Health...

Today I started reading a book titled on "Ageless Body and Timeless Mind" authored by Deepak Chopra, as I go through some of his musings over Mind and Body and how they are inseparably interwined with each other. Interestingly enough, a couple years before I remember talking about the same issue with my significant one the same way insisting that "it is the mind the one which controls our bodily reaction not body by itself."

For instance, the disease causing pathogens wins over body when our mind fail to believe that it can resist the incoming pathogens by increasingly be on the negative awareness. Therefore, seemingly the belief system itself builds up your immune system much stronger than anything else.

Deepak puts it this way in his own wordings, "The biochemistry of the body is a product of awareness. Beliefs, thoughts, and emotions create the chemical reactions that uphold life in every cell. An aging cell is the end product of awareness that has forgotten how to remain new." The same way, I tend to see a day how it starts and ends based on my own mental state.

It can be explainable through my own experience; as I drive my car with closed window, no music or any other noise from within passing through and looking at a noisy choatic town. Potentially, the same scene can leave two different impacts in our mind generally depending upon our state of mind for that given time.

If I meditated for that day, and I was not disturbed on the surface level of my existence I see that choatic scene as peaceful and is in rhythm looking at the beuaty part of how people are moving around elegantly, forgetting the chaotic nature of it. On the other hand, if the car is filled with some loud music and I am profoundly engaged earlier myself with an argument over a thing and now I happened to pass through the same market observing, now my mind leaves me an image that the world is chaotic and everything is unorganised.

Thereby, the clear message is here our biochemistry is closely interelated based up on our mental state and its associated emotions. This is when I came to know the essentiality of practicing Yoga and Meditation in day to day basis and how far it helps me to be grounded irrespective of circumstances.

When our innerself is at peace everything seems to be moving in harmony when it is agitated so everything else. So from this simple observation of my mental state and its association to its environment where I am embedded in for that day leaves me to monitor more on my mind. By feeding the mind with more powerful or simple positive energy, as we go come in handy, to be at peace for our own healthy living.

What I have learnt thus far is this "to lead a peaceful and happy life" we have to be in constant touch with our innerself which is ever at rest and peaceful. If we want us to be remain in the same course just watch our mind where it wanders and hovers over. Above all be in containment with what we have rather than what we do not.


Sam said...

It's easier said than done.
Deepak advocates meditation to
make this happen naturally!
Good post!

Sam said...

Meditation generally mean concentration in the traditional
Indian thought. Deepak used
Transcendental Meditation as the mediatation method which is not about concentration,in his earlier works. This is what I intended to say in my previous comment.

Orani said...

Thanks Sam for passing by and leaving your comments. In fact, Meditation in the sense focusing and fixing your thoughts (toward thoughtless stage) inwardly at least initially. In Path to Love that is what Deepak talks about, fousing on your heart to get in touch with your true loving nature.

Whatever the method, it works if you sit in one place and trying to focus really what do you do for even 10 mins. Thanks again.

Samudra said...

How true! Perceptions are everything!

And as Sam has said(Another Sam? grrr) its easier said than done!

Raja yoga advocates starting the process with

yama,niyama - moral fitness.

pranayama - breathing exercise

dharana,pratyahara - observing how the mind/thought waves work and then trying to control and eventually eliminate thought waves.

and then dhyana - which is the stepping stone to Samadhi the state of realisation.

I'm recollecting all this from the back of my head so I could be wrong about the correct technical name for each stage of meditation.

Good post Orani...

Orani said...

Thanks Samudra!

Do we have to follow from A to Z (of Sutras) in order to be peace at oneself? Or, just try being on that path itself gives you a sort of tranquility to ones mind, and that is what I am trying to attain. Not toward the perfection.

An ounce of effort towards it, is greater than getting discouraged by the amount of hardship in our path, isn't Mr Samudra?

Keep visiting.