THE 5 PILLARS OF PERFECT HEALTH
Natural Solutions|April 2021
INNER BALANCE BUILDING STRONGER MIND-BODY CONNECTIONS
Laurina Carroll

This is the time of year when millions are focused on their health and wellbeing. Whether it was over-splurging during the holidays or the pandemic creating bad eating and living habits, many are looking for guidance they can follow. Practicing Ayurveda today can be a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Plus, understanding the most important things to focus on can help achieve even better success as well.

HERE ARE THE 5 MOST IMPORTANT PILLARS OF PERFECT HEALTH:

PILLAR ONE: TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION - The Transcendental Meditation technique is the first pillar for perfect health because it is the most effective at improving your health—more effective than any other natural approach to health. This is a strong statement, but there are over 700 scientific research studies and 350 are published in major medical journals. The health benefits include: reducing anxiety and depression, improving sleep, focus and memory. Regular practice can reduce one’s chance of heart disease, stroke and cancer by about 55%.

Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless technique that was introduced to the Western world starting in 1959 by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This technique was made popular when the Beatles learned about it in 1968. The TM technique targets your consciousness at the core of who you are above any other modality of healing.

It provides the deepest rest possible in the shortest amount of time. One twenty-minute sitting reduces cortisol, your stress hormone, by about 30-40% in comparison to an 8-hour night of sleep where cortisol levels only get reduced by about 5 %. Practiced for 15-20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably in a chair with your eyes closed, it’s enjoyable and can be easily learned by anyone at any age. The benefits are immediate and increase over time. The TM technique allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought—a state of restful alertness where your brain becomes more coherent and your body gains deep rest.

A simple analogy to understand it better is if you were to think of the ocean. At its surface it may seem very rough and turbulent, but if you go a mile deep it’s calm and quiet. This is similar to the mind. People complain that their minds are too active, and they desire to calm their minds so they can think more clearly. In TM, you will contact the quiet level of the mind. And when you come out of meditation, taking care of daily tasks becomes more effortless. Time seems to expand in the pool of calm that you created during meditation.TM often restores senses of inner peace and gives more self-confidence, creativity, energy, and the focus to everything you put your mind too.

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