Meditation and Ayurveda
13.1 Psychology, Meditation and
Ayurveda - Introduction
One of the most important factor in health is our metal outlook. Our mental outlook directly affect the paran and thus the three humors. Personally, it become obvious that to recover my health I needed to make both minor and major changes in my life. My experience has taught me that the subtle change I made in the mental process were the most critical. These different perceptions help me to later initiate the major change in my daily life. Without these subtle change in my view and attitudes, the healing process in my body could not dwell have started.
The thoughts that we dwell on-that we establish relations with-are the thought create our mental out looking. We slowly develop mental habits that in turn create emotional, psychologic, and physical habits, or vasanas. Our life then become dominated by these mental conditioning. By changing the mental habits we can effect a change on the other physical or emotional habits. This does not happen overnight. We have acquired these habits over a lifetime, and we need to make a prolonged, concentrated effort to change them. However, we can change, and if I can do it, so can you.
The first mental habits that I needed to change was to stop thinking negatively about my body, or the lack of self-love. I had the tendency to ether ignore my body or to fight against it. Once I was able to accept what was actually happening to my body, things began to change. That means that when I had back pain I accepted. I didnt wish it different, it was just there. Now I could take the correct measures to help correct the imbalance or pain. This acceptance of the reality of my body, this self-love, is the first great lesson that I learned about healing.
Once accepted-then change: the body can start to heal itself more effectively with a little help from its friend-the mind. A positive, accepting attitude does miracles towards healing ones self. Once I stopped fighting the reality of my bodys condition, the healing could proceed from the root. The mind is the root of our illness and diseases. As state in chapter 1, mind is a combination of vasanas and prana.
True, not all diseases come from bad mental habits. However, how we view the accident, hereditary disease, viral infection, or other cause will be the root of healing ourselves. Therefore, we can say that the mind is the first place to start from; it is the root of healing ourselves.
Traditionally, Ayurveda recognize that the mind, or our mental constitution, is dominant over our physical constitution. People have done amazing thing through will power alone. Few of us have developed our will power to the extent that we can cure ourselves (though some have managed to kill themselves!) Throughout mind alone. Yet, the possibility does exist. What today is termed spontaneous remission is often a very firm decision to get healthy again.
Not only is the role of the mind often neglected in allopathic or Western medicine, it is also neglected by the majority of Ayurvedic doctor as well. My personal experience in India was disappointing in this regard. Too many Ayurvedic practitioners are now following the Western way of treating the body. This superficial division doesnt work anywhere in the world-East or West. The very beauty of Ayurveda in todays world is that it never created false division in people. It never viewed the human being as a machine. Mind, feelings and emotion are impossible to separate from the body. All operate together to from a human being. Ayurveda not only understands the classic disease patterns of the mind, it was the first to document them throughly.