They say that life is the biggest teacher. The first two decades of my life were spent in hustle and bustle, in getting prepared for the show. The time was spent in learning the ropes. While learning continues, i feel the observer in me now can correlate some of the things with my limited knowledge. All our life i tried to seek balance in every aspect of my life. As a child, the balance was in passing with good marks. As an adult, the balance was in earning a handsome amount. As a mother, i seek my balance as a primary caregiver to my toddler. While there is no problem in aspiring for things, problem arises when we seek for excess of everything. Excess of good grades, excess of money, excess of love, excess of anger and the list is endless. Exercising moderation is the key, which one can learn from the surroundings. Here are few of my learnings so far, which i thought worthwhile of sharing with everyone-
Nature as our teacher:
Nature is our biggest teacher and one of the important things which we mortals can pick up from it is “Balance”. Nature strikes balance so effortlessly and then everything just happens in a clockwork pattern. Ocean never worries from where will it source its water. Seasons don’t need reminders. Our biological functions are so well-synchronized.
We, humans, aren’t we just a small portion of nature ourselves? Indeed we are, as all components of our environment are part of our being. History is replete with instances that whenever we apply our “free-will” in the course of nature , it’s only when disruptions occur. On a macro-scale , all man-made disasters pay testimony to this fact only. Then, can we being a part of it escape the consequences? perhaps not. The rising incidences of lifestyle disorders, cancers, mental disorders etc are somewhere linked with in-equilibrium.
What is a disease?
A disease is nothing but an indication that “mind, body and soul” are not in sync. As a species, we have achieved significant success over infectious diseases as the cause is external but a lot needs to be done when the cause emerges from within. When the cause is our thoughts, our work, relationships, our choices. Believe me, there can be no magic pill for all these and the only option is to strike a balance between mind, body and soul. If any of these three is neglected then our body would suffer from psycho-somatic symptoms. By balance, i definitely don’t mean only physical aspects like exercise, diet etc but it is way beyond these. For example: A person on weight loss spree is cutting on fats, sugars, exercising well etc but the results are contrary. Why so? The reason is simple that something is amiss, such that the three things are not in sync. we think, we can fool our body by following crash diets, random exercise and treat our body just as an afterthought. Eating nutritious food without thoughtfulness(mind stuck in TV or any gadget) , doing hundreds of suryanamakars without actually being present in the moment is not going to lead us anywhere. In food, quality is important but equally important is quantity and timing. Just imagine a loaded vehicle, and you try to put in more and more fuel. The result is self explanatory.
Texts are full of content, guiding about vital nutrients of a balanced diet but very few would talk about creating a balanced environment within the body to absorb those nutrients. Metabolism is genetic no doubt, but it has psychological aspects too.
Anxiety, a major mental epidemic which affects millions, is an indication that the soul and body are not behaving in tandem. If deep within you are sure about your calling but still chase contrary pursuits then the ramification can be anxiety for sure. An eminent personality was once asked about his plans to join politics. He bantered that the profession would shorten his lifespan significantly. Well that’s not a joke as different body-types respond differently to stimuli (professions here). No wonder, why many celebrities have owned up about their bouts of depression. Nobody can deny the correlation between stomach disorders and stress.
Harbouring good thoughts is equally important too. We don’t eat them but we assimilate them all the time sub-consciously. What can travel faster than light? Perhaps, only our thoughts. What is a thought? It isn’t matter, then maybe some energy which vibrates our very being with varied frequencies. Those frequencies are able to alter chemical communication that happens between millions of cells at every moment.
Well, unfortunately there is no magic pill available. The solution is to seek balance, slowly and steadily. Being alert and carefully examining what works and what won’t. My magic pill could be absolutely different from yours as mine is also still evolving. Body give signals, don’t ignore them. One must listen to the conversation between the mind, body and soul, that happens all the time.