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Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirit

Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirit

Before the early 1970s, the benefits of meditation were not even suspected. Meditation held little appeal for Western medicine until a young UCLA physiologist named R. Keith Wallace proved that besides its spiritual implications, meditation had profound effects on the body. The mantra meditation very quickly produced profound relaxation and significant changes in breathing, heartbeat and blood pressure.

Millions of Westerners wrongly assume that this makes meditation non-physical, something you do in your head.
Unfortunately, our culture has made the mistake of deciding that the human body is a machine, an inert lump of matter that works without any intelligence of its own.

This kind of prejudice against the body runs contrary to the way that nature fashioned us. Nature balanced mind, body, and spirit as co-creators of our personal reality.

When the material, psychological, and spiritual dimensions are brought into balance, life becomes whole, and this union brings feelings of comfort and security. Only if you feel sure of your place in the universe can you begin to face the fact that you are surrounded by creation and destruction as they constantly play themselves out. You cannot defeat entropy as a physical force, but you can rise to a level of realization that is not touched by entropy.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2007).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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8:16PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Thank You :)

6:24AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Hey, the results of meditation on the human body are measurable.

1:15PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

The harsh reality of destruction (death etc) is sometimes too real to deal with. It's like hitting a brick wall. I try to focus on life. This life, here and now.

11:49PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

I understood this excerpt and agreed with Deepak's words - which I always enjoy reading.

However, I wasn't too sure of the true meaning of the last sentence which puzzled me : "you can rise to a level of realization that is not touched by entropy." If he means that we accept it as part of the wheel of life, I do understand.

12:58PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Gaby D. thank you for the Green Star - and I was only half joking!

9:39PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Thanks for posting.

9:10PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

All this from meditation? Anybody got a cave I could rent?

8:17PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Telling the truth .... I feel so good , reading strong articles by Deepak .... having no words to explain such "spiritual meanings" ..... Tks 4 sending "at the end of our dog-night" ....

6:55PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Thanks !!

6:18PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Thanks : )

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