Guruji on Paying Attention to your Mind and Body

Your state of mind affects your physical health and your physical health affects your mental state. Just as our physical body is governed by the three Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha, our mental body is governed by the three Gunas – Sattva, Rajas, Tamas. The health of our nervous system, vital organs and digestion, and the strength of our immune system, have a direct relation to the three Gunas that keep fluctuating in an individual. Sometimes, Rajas maybe prominent, sometimes Tamas, and sometimes Sattva maybe prominent. This constant struggle between Gunas causes varying moods and mental states in individuals.
Only with disciplined, mindful and righteous living, will it be possible to control the varied moods and mental states, and bring about improved physical and mental health. The mind can be still only if the body is kept under control, and for this purpose, disciplining of the body is important. For physical discipline, exercise a proper routine. When there is discipline, everything can be worked out. Yogasanas bring about quietening of the body and mind. Pranayama helps in quietening the mind. Surrendering all our activities to the Divine, brings about quietness and strength. When we involve ourselves in a life of sadhana, discipline of the body and mind follows.
For physical well-being, the most important step to take is, regulate food habits. The food you ingest, transforms you. It is said that you are what you eat. Food stimulates or aggravates your genetic disposition. The food that you intake and the manner in which you consume them, make a great impact upon your physical and mental health. Sattvic food – that is freshly prepared, light on the stomach, having less oil, salt and spices, etc. – is soothing and nourishing for the body and mind.
Yoga and meditation are very important because they help you to pay attention to both your mind and body. Yoga helps in building a strong attitude towards attaining perfect health. Meditation helps in disciplining the mind and in integrating one’s personality at all levels – physical, mental and intellectual, with perfect harmony.
No matter how much you may progress in your life, your well-being is dependent upon the control you have over the Indriyas and your ability to remain detached towards worldly objects. It is necessary to practice restraint in all your actions. Break free from all habits that take you away from your spirituality.

Love and Blessings, Guruji.

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