“In meditation, healing can happen. When the mind is calm, alert and totally contented, then it is like a laser beam – it is very powerful and healing can happen.”
~ Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Just like how only a healthy bud can blossom, similarly, only when we are healthy can we blossom to our full potential. To attain a perfect state of health, one has to be mentally calm, steady and emotionally stable. ‘Swasthya’ means health. It also means being in one's self. Swasthya or health is not just confined to the body and the mind but is also connected with consciousness. The clearer one’s consciousness, the more one’s sense of well-being increases.
Listed below are 6 ways how meditation has the power to heal:
1. Meditation increases prana (life energy)
Prana (life energy) is the basis of health and well-being for both, the body and mind. You can gain prana through meditation. When your body is alive with more prana, you feel alert, energetic, and full of life. Lack of prana results in lethargy, dullness, and low enthusiasm levels.
2. Meditation heals illness
- Heal the mind through meditation.
- Meditation prevents stresses from entering the body system.
- It releases accumulated stress.
- It helps improve health, ups the happiness quotient and sustains a positive state of mind.
- The practice of meditation makes you peaceful.
- Meditation is like the servicing of the body-mind complex.
It is said the root of an illness is in the mind/consciousness. So, by attending to the mind, clearing it of any disturbances, the recovery speeds up. Illnesses can develop from:
- violation of natural law: for example, overeating
- imposed by nature: for example, common cold, or an epidemic
- release of past impressions or karma.
Nature itself provides a cure for these illnesses. Health and illness are a part of physical nature. The practice of meditation helps to let go of stress, worries, and anxieties. This results in a positive state of mind, which in turn has a positive impact on the physical body, brain, and nervous system. Consequently, the illness decreases.
One of the secret understanding of illness is that when you worry about illness, you give more power to it. You must remember that you are a combination of health and illness. When you know this and have a positive state of mind, then illnesses gradually disappear.
3. Clears emotional problems
A time may come in the future when people will be fined for being depressed because they are creating emotional pollution! The words that you hear from people around you affect your state of mind. They either give you peace and joy or create negative emotions, such as jealousy, anger, frustration or sadness. You are affected because the mind is not centered. Meditation is a key to clear away the emotional issues. Experience a state of deep rest and clarity of mind with ‘Transforming Emotions’, an online guided meditation by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
4. Blossom from within
Meditation can bring about a spiritual transformation. As you learn more about life, the mystery of the whole creation unfolds. Then the questions that arise in the mind are - what is the meaning of life, what is its purpose, what is this world, what is love, what is knowledge?
Once these questions arise in you, know that you are fortunate. These questions need to be understood, you cannot find the answers in books. You have to live through them and witness the transformation. When you are transformed from within is the sign of a perfect health.
5. Heal the world
Meditation purifies the environment. Meditation and Sudarshan Kriya have transformed the aggression and violence to compassion, love, and care in a cross-section of people. When you enter a place where someone is angry, the energy of that place is not pleasing. Similarly, when there is a harmonious or a happy activity, then that place has a different vibe. This happens because feelings Feelings are not isolated in one's body they are all around. It is in the whole environment because the mind is subtler than the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether). If there is a fire somewhere, the heat is not just in the fire, it is also radiating throughout the place. Similarly, if you are unhappy or depressed, you are not the only one who is feeling it, you are also spreading it to in your surrounding.
In the current global situation of conflicts and disease, it's important to meditate for a short while every day. Through meditation, you can nullify the negative vibrations in the environment, thereby creating a more harmonious environment.
6. Heals chakras
Chakras are energy points in our subtle body, which are located in the physical counterparts of the body, such as veins, nerves, and arteries. There are seven chakras and each has its own vitality and effect on different aspects of emotional well-being. The Art of Living’s guided meditation for Chakra Healing helps activate and optimize the functioning of these chakras.
The Sudarshan Kriya & meditation
The cornerstone of The Art of Living programs is the healing breath, known as the Sudarshan Kriya. This unique breathing practice is a potent energizer, with following benefits:
- every cell becomes fully oxygenated and flooded with new life
- flushes out negative emotions from the body
- releases tensions, frustrations and anger
- clears anxiety, depression, and lethargy
- gives relief to both the mind and body.
With regular practice, one becomes calm and centered with a clearer mind. A sense of joy in the moment prevails and one is able to smile from the heart.
Benefits of meditation are innumerable and each and every human must tap into their inner being for a more enriched living.