All of us desire health, abundance, peace and a good life
. In the past hundred years, science has made tremendous progress. The field of medicine, in particular, has seen several inventions and discoveries. These have helped eradicate and cure several diseases. With several inventions and innovations, life has become more comfortable. Our standard of living has gone up. Conversely, life has become increasingly stressful. There is no peace. Diseases like cancer, heart trouble, diabetes and others are spreading fast.
To overcome these problems and live a healthy and purposeful life
, we need to tap our intrinsic energy — pranic, life energy and the energy of the mind.
Source Of Energy
According to yogic theory, our body uses pranic energy for various functions like respiration, blood circulation and digestion. Thinking also uses pranic energy. Have you noticed how tired you get when you think about a problem for a long time. Nature is the primary source of pranic energy and it is channelised through the body’s seven chakras.
Another important source of this energy is our breath. We get this powerful energy from the sun. We get it from the food we eat. If for some reason, the free flow of pranic energy stops or decreases to a particular part of the body, then that part will suffer and become diseased.
Deeply negative thoughts and emotions can block the free flow of this energy. People who are always under the influence of unfavourable thoughts and negativities are most likely to develop physical troubles over a period of time.
To cure certain diseases, pranic healing, reiki, acupressure and acupuncture are helpful. These healing methods send pranic energy to the affected parts.
Yogasanas, bandha,mudras and various systems of pranayama, breathing exercises, can help in drawing good supply of pranic energy. Our breath is a major source of pranic energy.
When you feel tired, sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Start inhaling slowly; inhale as much as you can, without any extra strain. Hold your breath for a few seconds. Exhale slowly. Perform this simple deep breathing exercise for five minutes. You will feel refreshed.
We all have an awareness of the mind, but know very little about its nature and power. It can achieve what we want and take us to greater heights; it can destroy us if misused. According to yogic theory, chittaconstitutes the mind. Maharshi Patanjali defined yoga as yoga chitta vritti nirodha, total control over the mind. This is the basis of Raja Yoga.
Hence thoughts generated in our mind affect others, particularly those at whom they are directed. Thoughts are fine forces full of energy. A thought is powerful force to reckon with; it is dynamic and it travels fast in all directions. Thoughts attract similar thoughts and assume greater force.
Our mind can be compared to a Kalpavriksha, a mythological tree. It is said that whatever we wish sitting under a Kalpavriksha is realised. To some extent, it is true for our mind. If we desire a thing strongly our thoughts travel all over and try to generate circumstances to help us get what we want. We get unexpected help. Sometimes, we think strongly about a person and he meets us or we get a phone call from him!
Thoughts of anger, resentment, hate, fear, undue worries, remorse are like slow poison. Do not entertain them. They spoil our pranic energy field as well as our mental strength. They are harmful for a person. Therefore, discard such thoughts immediately.
An understanding of the ill effects of negative thoughts, will help us control them. We are not our thoughts and feelings; they simply arise in our mind. So in any given situation, we must do our best to move beyond them and try to forgive and forget. Here are some ways to make our mind strong and powerful.
● Meditation helps to clear our mind of negative thoughts. It improves our power of concentration. It empowers us to connect with the universal mind.
● Regular practice of japa, chanting has many benefits.
● Pray regularly with sincerity.
All these help us tremendously in the physical world
as well as in our spiritual growth. They may invite spiritual experiences, unknown to us.