Noted physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, acclaimed author and international speaker, Dr Kunwarjit Singh Duggal, talks about how if we choose the right way to eat and the right way to move, we can prevent the development and progression of chronic diseases
Our wealth, our careers, our worldly knowledge, our relationships, and our art are all left behind when our physical body perishes. What is the path that we can follow that is eternal, that outlives the demise of our physical body, and leads us to God? The answer is spirituality. It is the pathway of universal love that leads us to God, where we will be embraced in a love that will last for all eternity.
Wherever he goes, the spiritual Master carries the message that as we learn how to meditate we will enhance our spiritual growth. One of the key benefits of meditation is that it can make our lives an oasis of peace and love amidst the challenges of life.
People the world over have tried to crack the code to long lasting and harmonious relationships. Yet, if we know where to look, harmonious relationships are not far from our reach. As social beings living in this world, we continually seek harmonious relationships with those around us – our family, our loved ones, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Staying calm and peaceful while dealing with anger and criticism can help us in transforming others. In this way we become a positive influence in our society.
The vegetarian diet, including veganism, is fast becoming mainstream, and its popularity intersects gender, age, culture, race, political camps, and economic differences.
If we look at the qualities for excellence in the field of sports, we will find they also apply to spirituality. In the physical Olympics there can only be one gold medalist, but in the field of meditation and spirituality each of us can win the gold medal.
Ups and downs in life are a part of the human existence and cannot be avoided. The question is, are we going to lose our peace of mind and become unstable as we face these highs and lows on the roadway of life? Or is there another way?
Pain and suffering are an inevitable part of our spiritual journey. It may come as the catalyst for our spiritual life. It may occur along the way of our spiritual journey. It may come as a way to keep us focused on praying to God for help. It may serve as a reminder that the only true happiness is in that of the spirit.
The soul is a spark of God, and as God is love, our soul is also love, pure and simple. It is the enlivening force within us. It is a source of tremendous wisdom, love, and power, yet we remain ignorant of its treasures when we allow it to be overpowered by the mind, the senses, and the physical body.
Great philosophers have said, “Know thyself.” This mandate should be the first thing we pursue as we come into this world. Our foremost purpose should be to discover who we are and what our purpose in life is. Are we a chicken or are we an eagle that can soar up in the sky as the king of the birds?
As we journey within through meditation, we realize that God is all Light. We realize that as soul we are also a ray of the same divine Light. We begin to see that the same Light of God which is within us is also in all other beings in creation.
If each of us, individually, learned how to meditate, and applied it to help us through our day-to-day challenges, we would find ourselves calmer and more effective in what we do.
The diet we choose impacts all aspects of our health and affects our environment. People from various backgrounds and cultures have chosen to go vegetarian, and the diet is fast becoming mainstream. In fact, some suggest the question should no longer be “Why are you a vegetarian or a vegan?” but, “Why are you not?”
Being unconnected with our inner core or soul causes pain. The pain may manifest as a continual restlessness for something of which we are not aware. We rush around trying to find happiness in outer pursuits and are confused when the happiness we thought we would gain eludes us. We know there is something missing, yet we know not what it is.
I place before you a solution that will bring definite results: let us each heal ourselves. If we can heal our body, mind, and soul through meditation we have added one more whole human being to the world population.
There is an expression, “You are what you eat.” In countries of the East where vegetarianism has been the diet for thousands of years, people recognize that whatever they eat forms a part of their body and also influences their thoughts.
Meditation requires concentration. It means sitting with our body still, just as athletes have to position their body in such a way that they can connect with the ball. We have to connect with the inner ball, so our body must remain still.
We acknowledge the existence of a soul, but few actually tap into it and identify with it. The soul within us is our true place of power and contains the powerful force that not only nourishes us physically and mentally, but can propel us from the gravitational pull of this physical world and catapult us into the beyond.
How can we become ambassadors of peace in this world? What happens when we change our angle of vision? Can one person alone make a difference?
Challenges are a part of life. Sometimes we let them get the better of us, and find ourselves succumbing to them. However, there is always hope to bring light into the dark spells that come our way. We just have to know where to look for it.
There are times in life when despite our best efforts, we are disappointed with the results, or when our efforts are underappreciated by those we are looking to serve or help. When this happens, we tend to become selective in our efforts basing our performance on the situation or the audience.
One of the biggest threats to our peace of mind is the affliction of anger. At work, we often find ourselves angry at our boss, co-workers, or subordinates. Hardly a day goes by when someone or something at work does not disturb our peace of mind. We find that our homes are also a breeding ground for angry reactions.
Meditation has become a mainstream activity in many parts of the world. Though the main reason to meditate is for spiritual awareness, there are additional benefits from learning to focus our attention within. One of these is the healing it brings about in our physical bodies.
Anger and stress have become unwanted, permanent characters in the play of life. Here are some practical ways in which we can conquer them.
Anger and stress have become unwanted, permanent characters in the play of life. Here are some practical ways in which we can conquer them.
Once upon a time, there was a man who lived alone. He kept his money in a special jar so that no one could steal it. One day, while the man was out farming his land, a thief broke in. Looking for something to steal, he came across a heavy stone jar. He could barely jiggle it to hear the coins inside. He could not lift the jar. So the man stuck his hand in the jar to take out the money.
We often tend to see a half-filled glass as half empty rather than half full. When looking at a situation, the popular tendency is to think about the bad side rather than the good. However, if we stop to think about it, there are so many good things happening in our lives, and so many gifts that we should be thankful for.
When it comes to meditation, success depends on how easily we can still the mind to focus within. Anger and hatred, however, are impediments to stilling the mind. We know how difficult it is to still the mind. The more activity going on in our mind, the longer it takes to become concentrated in our meditations. Anger and hatred add more fuel to our mind.
How can we find peace when daily the news reports on tragedies and troubles from around the world? We can find a calm retreat within, offering relief from the pains of life through meditation.
Our search to find our Source can be seen in our exploration to find answers to the nature of our physical universe.
When we tap into our empowered soul, we can become blind to outer differences. All can be seen as one family of God, and we can learn to channel the love of our empowered soul to all we meet.
We all know that when we want to study something in this world we go to a teacher who is proficient in that subject. If we want to learn physics or chemistry we go to a teacher or a professor. The teacher will explain the theory of the subject. If the basics are clear, then we can build our whole knowledge on those strong fundamentals. The same is true of spirituality.
The soul’s existence is truth. If we can tap into the soul, then our real nature as truth will govern our lives and free us from fear.
Outer loves are but a small reflection of the great love that exists in our soul. If we multiply the greatest love we have known in this outer world by tenfold or a hundredfold, we may have some inkling of the love that awaits us within.
Realization of the soul precedes union with God. It is only when we can experience our soul that we can refocus our attention from the doorway of the world to the doorway of the spiritual regions.
There are two ways to view ourselves. The first is to view ourselves primarily as a body and mind. When we see ourselves in this manner, we say that we are a mind and body that “have a soul.” The second is to see ourselves primarily as a soul.
I wish a happy Fourth of July in which people are celebrating independence as a nation. Many countries around the world also have their own independence day to celebrate. In the United States, during this occasion, there is much hoopla with fireworks, picnics, and parades.
Just as athletes compete for the World Cup in sports, we can also practice to attain the World Cup of meditation. The World Cup, Olympics, or championships in the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, or FIFA makes us marvel at what the human spirit can achieve.
Our day-to-day existence is filled with problems. Every time you solve one, a new one springs up. Pressures of life are so great that they affect you physically and mentally. It’s no wonder you find people undergoing tremendous stresses and strains. Is there any way to attain stress-free living?
As we go about our life, we seldom think about the words we say or the actions we take. We blindly react to whatever is happening without a thought about the consequences.
When we want to go for a retreat to relax, many visit a spa. Spas are designed to relax the body and mind. One account reports over ten thousand spas in the United States and many more around the world. The word “spa” comes from Latin, which means “health through water.”
Each of us has the power to create a healthier way of life. The choices we make today impact our physical, mental, and spiritual health tomorrow. We are laying the groundwork for our health in the future, whether months or years from now.
For those concerned with improving your health, vegetarianism is now being promoted by many medical doctors who claim that this diet provides optimum nutrition and guards against many diseases caused by non-vegetarian foods. When considering the vegetarian diet, most people focus on the health benefits.
Preventative health through vegetarianism and meditation is a popular keynote topic of Veggie Fest, in Lisle/Naperville, Illinois, drawing about 40,000 people locally and internationally. Medical doctors, nutritionists, and mental health practitioners give informative and motivational speeches highlighting research showing how a vegetarian diet and meditation improves physical, mental, and emotional wellness.
The latent spark of spiritual treasures is within you. It awaits a catalyst to ignite it so its brilliant flame can be actualized. The principles of meditation operate like scientific laws that govern our planet. These laws that work in our universe reflect those that govern what lies within.
Science has always sought to explain the unexplainable, solve the unsolvable, and know the unknowable. Scientists devote themselves to find answers to the mysteries of life. The human thirst for knowledge has driven people to explore all aspects of existence to know why and how everything came to be.
Around the world, people are concerned about the weather. A large chunk of time is spent on the local weather reports. Forecasters tell everyone what the weather will be the next day.
Wherever I travel, I learn how various types of weather affect people in different countries and regions.
One of the rich qualities of the soul includes wisdom. Tapping into your soul and its powers can enrich and transform your life. How can you tap into the power of your soul to access its wisdom? This inner wisdom is available to you any time you want through meditation.
There are two schools of thought in dealing with working with others. One says if you want something done, do it yourself and work independently. Another proposes that teamwork is needed. As modern life grows more complex, the world requires interdependence. For everything to run smoothly cooperation is needed.
The outer world floods our brain and senses with a continual stream of data input. Messages from the environment around us flow into our brain, which then processes it. Nonstop competition from the outer world grabs our attention. What should we do to find peace?
Are you stressed out much of the time? Is life moving at such a fast pace with multiple competing deadlines to meet and not enough time? Do you struggle with anxiety over the amount of multi-tasking needed at work? Wish you could reduce this stress and relax?
As we become older and start worrying about aging, many in today’s world try to keep their youth through many means. They may do physical exercises, eat healthier, or undergo medical procedures to reverse the signs of aging on their face or body. Can meditation help us stay young?
Doctors and scientists are exploring the body-mind connection and their relationship to healing the physical body. Medical researchers have linked certain illnesses to our state of mind and emotional condition. They found that when we undergo mental stress, emotional pain, or depression, our physical resistance to disease drops.
Many feel life is passing by too quickly. We move from one season to the next and wonder where time went. Days, months, and years fly by at tremendous speed and we can’t seem to get anything we want done. Is there any way to use time-management for goal setting?
We have within us a gateway to peace, joy, and happiness. However, to access these treasures we need to mediate, by sitting in silence and staying focused within to enjoy them.
When we watch the news on TV, Internet, smart phones, tablets, or other devices, there always is breaking news about a catastrophe in some part of the world. No matter from which town or city everyone accesses information, there are always difficulties and problems receiving attention on the local news