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Meditation and Mental Health

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I looked at the Swamiji in awe as he described the importance of mental health to keep physical health. He said, "If you have a specific problem that you are facing at any given moment analyze it the best way you can. If you can come up with any solutions to the problem, think of as many as you can. Pick the solution that has as many points closest to the problem. Every single problem has some solution or the other. One just has to look into the problem itself to find some clue that could help solve it".

How true! It is like taking an exam with multiple choice questions. The answers are all similar. Process of elimination is the first thing we do to narrow our choices. At least two answers are eliminated in the process, then comes the hardest part. Choosing between two best answers is difficult. But when you look at the original question, you have the keyword that indicates which answer it is. Even after you get to the two best answers and cannot pick the final right answer, you just say "I have done the best and now I will guess one of them." In other words you are saying "so what this will pass too." And of course, the moment will pass and the answer reveals itself over time when the paper goes for grading. And you settle with a mental peace that you have done your best. That's all you could do, then why worry over the spilled milk? See, that is what Swamiji was trying to explain.

And when you think about it, if you worry about what answer you gave, whether it is right or not you will end up having a big headache with tension. You will feel irritated and show it on others around you. You won't pay attention to what you are eating and you get sick.

At least that's what I understood. May be I am wrong but one thing I know for sure, how we care for our mental health will reflect on our physical health. It is reciprocal.

Meditation among other forms of exercises like yoga, reiki, pilates, and cardio is gaining in popularity all over the world. But meditation is special in its own way in the sense that it focuses on mental well-being to achieve physical health. Ancient Hindu saints used meditation to pray and focus on gaining divinity.

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