“To keep the body in good health is a duty,
otherwise we shall not be able to keep
our mind strong and clear.”
Message of the Day:
Today’s meditation is about synchronizing the body and mind. When the body is fully interconnected with the mind through the brain, it can serve as a reliable foundation for every aspect of our success. To do this, the body has two basic needs: balance and biorhythms. The body maintains balance, or homeostasis, through feedback mechanisms – physical, mental, and emotional. The other requirement for the body is setting its functioning in harmony with its natural biorhythms. Irregular eating and sleeping habits, for example, can throw off our hormones and affect our moods and mental acuity. Our meditation today will strengthen this mind-body connection to create balance and help our bodies sync with the biorhythms of Nature.
I let body and mind act in harmony.
Om Ram Ramaya
Perfect balance energizes my body.
Yesterday Deepak guided us into an awareness of how our bodies flow in a seamless natural order with no effort or struggle. Today we create that same ease and flow within our minds. Welcome to Day 16, Synchronizing Body and Mind. As Deepak will show us, your emotions can influence how your feels just as your body can influence your emotions. When faced with challenges, it’s easy to feel stressed or off-balance in your mind and your body. What I know for sure is the only way to endure the quake is to adjust your stance. You can’t avoid the daily tremors that come with just being alive. These experiences, even though we often cannot see it, are really gifts that nudge us to step to the right or left in search of a new center of gravity. Find your stance. Allow your mind and body to work together nudging you to that center because they naturally want to flow in positive perfect harmony. That is the basis of every success in life. Deepak shares how that happens within each of us so let’s listen with our mind and our body and then we’ll meditate.
Your mind is naturally tied to your body through the brain. The two sides of the mind-body connection are partners. Once you allow it, your body can be a trusted foundation for everything you need to think about and do. Your body has two measure requirements. The first is balance, the second is natural bio-rhythms. Balance, known medically, as homeostasis, is a flexible state. It allows you to respond to energy demands of any situation in the moment and afterward to return to a resting state.
Mind and body create balance together. Your cells receive messages from your brain about moods, the rise and fall of emotions, your thinking process and your state of stress. These cannot be separated as purely mental events. Sadness and happiness lead to a totally different bodily response. A stressful moment is a mind-body event. To keep in balance means you expect to be alert and active any time you need to be while respecting your body’s need to return to a resting state free of stress.
This brings us to the body’s second requirement, natural bio-rhythms. The hectic pace of modern life fights against nature’s rhythms which in turn throws off our bio-rhythms yet we cannot bypass or ignore the very rhythms that keep the body intact and smoothly functioning.
Missing a good night’s sleep, however, brings consequences to your hormonal system which in turn can lead to negative moods, excessive appetite and inflammation. The biggest enemy of homeostasis. Sleep is the most important bio-rhythm. The natural rise and fall of your metabolism during the day is another. To respect it, follow regular routine.
- Eat at the same time every day and don’t skip meals.
- Give your body a chance to move around at least once an hour.
- Don’t sit and focus for long stretches without a break for relaxing and mind-body system rebalance.
Keep in mind that you are a part of nature’s infinite harmony and that the harmony of mind and body serves as the foundation for everything you will accomplish.
As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, I let body and mind act in harmony
Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the mantra, Om Ram Ramaya. This mantra brings strength and energy into the body and the mind. As you repeat the mantra, see your mind-body system become filled with revitalizing light. Repeat it silently to yourself, Om Ram Ramaya. With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return yourself to repeating the mantra, Om Ram Ramaya. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Om Ram Ramaya. Just mentally Om Ram Ramaya.
Now release the mantra. Continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly. When you feel ready, open your eyes. As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought
I let body and mind act in harmony
- For your mind and body to work together to create balance, the mind must be responsive and the body must be adaptable enough to return to a resting state. Recall a time when you had to respond to a stressful situation, and your mind and body worked together to quickly bring you back into balance.
- Bio-rhythms are Nature’s patterns of motion that keep the body functioning smoothly. Since disruption of our bio-rhythms is typically due to the mind, not the body, what mental choices can you make that will support your body’s biorhythms?
- Since sleep is our most important bio-rhythm, what three things can you do to ensure you get a full and deep sleep every night?