Healing the Body through Meditation
By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
Doctors and scientists are exploring the body-mind connection and its 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.
We become more susceptible to catching a disease because our ability to keep our immune system in top working order decreases.
Science has pinpointed certain diseases such as digestive problems, breathing problems, heart disease, and migraine headaches, to name a few, to at times be stress-related.
How Meditation Can Help Us Heal Our Body
Meditation can help us in several ways. First, it can lessen our stress and, in turn, reduce our chances of developing a stress-related illness. In this hectic world, our mind is often agitated by stress and pressures.
Life has become so complicated that people seem to have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Some people hold jobs that require long hours and too much responsibility.
Other people work two jobs and also raise a family. Too much pressure often causes people to snap, and they become irritable, off-balance, and “stressed-out.” They begin to act in ways that are not “themselves.” Sometimes they take out their frustrations on their loved ones and hurt those they should love the most.
Meditation Eliminates Lack of Balance Caused by Mental Stress
Meditation is a way to eliminate the lack of balance caused by the mental stresses of life. By spending time in meditation, we create a calm haven in which we restore equilibrium and peace to our mental functioning.
Researchers have recorded that the brain activity in people who meditate functions at 4-10 Hz, a state of deep relaxation. As their mind becomes calm, it also calms their body.
If we spend some time each day in meditation, we would find our stress levels reduced and our health at a more optimum level.
Besides reducing stress during meditation, there is a carry-over effect. We can maintain more peace of mind as we continue our activities throughout the day. As we perfect our meditations, we can maintain that calm state of mind even in the midst of turmoil and strife.
We will have more control over our reactions and maintain an even keel in the face of other people’s conflicts. Reducing our stress throughout the day can reduce the risk of falling victim to stress-related ailments.
Meditation Can Help Take Our Attention Away from Pain
Meditation can lift our attention to a higher level of consciousness so that we do not feel the pinching effects of any illness we may develop. Through meditation, we come in contact with a stream of bliss and joy within that takes our attention away from the pains of the world.
Although at times we might get sick due to breaking the laws of nature to which our body is subject, meditation can help us take our attention away from that discomfort. Meditating can help us find solace and peace away from the consciousness of bodily pain.
Hospitals Offer Meditation to Lessen Effects of Certain Illnesses
Spending regular, accurate time in meditation has been shown to reduce stress. Many medical centers and hospitals offer classes in meditation as a way to reduce stress and lessen the effects of certain illnesses.
Many people have used the introductory meditation practiced in Science of Spirituality as a way to reduce stress. By learning how to meditate, you can experience inner peace and bliss. As you meditate, you can observe its positive impact in reducing stress.
Meditation is an effective means to help us reduce stress and increase a sense of calm and peace, which can help us heal our physical body.