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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Angela B.
Angela B.2 years ago

Thank You :)

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

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

myra d.
myra d.4 years ago

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.

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

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.

Lynn C.
Lynn c.4 years ago

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

Geetha Subramaniam

Thanks for posting.

Lynn C.
Lynn c.4 years ago

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

Renato G.
Renato G.4 years ago

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" ....

Aletta Kraan
Aletta Kraan4 years ago

Thanks !!

Shell S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks : )