Human body is a highly intelligent and complex system composed of similar atoms and molecules as that of a car we drive but it not as dumb as the car is. While car or any other mechanical thing can not heal itself once something breaks, human body is capable of healing and renewing itself when appropriate conditions are created.
Body is a theater for expression of myriad biochemical pathways kicked on by various thoughts and emotions. It is the place where unseen (non-material) and seen (material) collides and give birth to what we call health, well-being or sickness. At any given moment, mental impulses (non-material) keep on transforming into bio-chemical molecules (material) all the time. E.g. a bout of anger (an immaterial emotion) will generate corresponding turmoil in our body in the form of raised blood pressure (material) etc. This process of conversion where an emotion transforms into physiological consequences is not linear and is often affected by our state of mind and consciousness. For example, a reaction to an insult would not be extreme if you are in good mood. However, same remark can throw you into a fit if you were in bad mood. Therefore, our state of being is also very important in generating the final response. This is where lies our hope of creating healing physiology in body by understanding the mechanism through which emotions and attitudes turn into physical reality (body).
Use this section to learn how to tap into the inherent intelligence of your own physical body. In this section, explore tips and techniques to keep your body optimally healthy so that it can provide medium for vibrant mind and transcendent spirit.
Mind exerts a powerful influence on the course of our life. It is a double-edged sword where highly trained mind can make us healthy, happy and prosperous and poor mental habits can spell doom for mental, physical and
emotional health. With proper training and cultivation of habits, we can chisel our mind into a powerful ally so that we can create highly successful and happier lives.
Mind, largely, consists of emotions, perceptions and thoughts. And the birth of our mind is intimately tied to our experience, education and learning and depends upon linear time. As we journey along in our life, mind keeps on growing and developing in complexity and expertise. Along with this development, however, we also collect a large amount of non-essential mind called psychological and emotional baggage.
This is the part of the mind we do not want to have too much of it because it hampers the efficient functioning of the thinking mind just like a clumsy dancer in a professional troupe. More so, mostly this psychological baggage is learnt through unconscious participation in habits, reactions and rigid manner of thinking and feeling.
In this section, you can learn techniques and tips to cleanse your mind off all the impurities which leads to impaired thinking, negative habits, pessimistic outlook toward life, and inability to make sound decisions.
All you have to remember is that what is learnt can be unlearnt also. That should be the mantra in everyday life. Let us not let any impure, negative thought and perception stick to the mirror of our being.
We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Translated by S. Mitchell
As Lao Tzu says, even though we work with the body and mind, it is the ‘silence, void or spirit’ that makes everything possible. We can tap into this great and fertile silence through understanding and transcending the limitations of our mundane thinking and emoting mind. Our body, mind, spirit exercises and workshops provide a unique group atmosphere for strengthening your spiritual life.
In this section, try all the tips and techniques to get in touch with your spirit.
Teaching yoga voluntarily at Wellwood Cancer Center, Hamilton, ON, is a humbling experience. It is like being in the presence of warriors and valiant spirits.