The relationship between the mind, body, and spirit can not be ignored. In holistic health practice, if you provide the body with the right physical and psychological conditions, it will be better equipped to heal itself. It is a fundamental tenet of naturopathic medicine that the body is a very powerful self-regenerating organism. So let us explain what they are more in detail:
* Mental well-being is understood as the ability to gather, process, recall and communicate information. Like a computer, the mind can gather and store mass quantities of information.
* Physical well-being is defined as the optimal condition of each of the body’s physiological systems. These include pulmonary, cardiovascular, nervous, immune, reproductive, urinary, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and digestive.
* Spiritual well-being is defined as the maturation of higher consciousness as developed through the dynamic integration of three facets: relationships (internal, how you relate to yourself and a higher power, however you conceive this to be; and external, how you relate and interact with all people in your life), a personal value system, and a meaningful purpose in life.
* Emotional well-being is best defined as the ability to feel and express the entire range of human emotions from anger to love, and to control them, not be controlled by them.
In other words, our emotions affect us physically. It might be easy to understand that a scary thought gets our heart beating faster, but it can be harder to realize that loneliness, sadness or depression can also affect us physically, and when it comes to more complex emotions or illnesses few of us consider our emotions to have any relevance. Illness is very real, accidents happen, and medicine can really help. But the role of the mind and emotions in our state of health is a vital one, and by understanding this relationship we can plat a greater role in our own wellbeing. It is only a part of the overall picture, but it is the part that is invariably overlooked or ignored.
The mind body spirit connection is more than just an abstraction or a way to get what you want. It is who you are as a wondrous whole being. When you see yourself as a whole being instead of conglomerate of parts, the philosophy of holistic healing and health make perfect sense. The need to support and care for your whole self becomes as obvious as the need to feed, clothe and wash your body. When you love and care for mind, body and spirit, your whole self will benefit.
“The mind and body communicate constantly. What the mind thinks, perceives, and experiences is sent from our brain to the rest of the body.” Herbert Benson, M.D.,
The Benson – Henson Institute for Mind Body Medicine
Now that I have empathized on the importance of the connection between mind, body and spirit, I would like to point out that a very effective way to calm the mind and to release the mind from negative thoughts and the body from unwanted stress, is to meditate.
There are a variety of benefits that have been linked with the regular practice of meditation. Meditation can bring about healing of both the body, and the mind, by using deliberation of thought and consideration. There are various physical benefits that can be experienced, when meditation is made to be a part of daily life. Some physical benefits of meditation include a decrease in blood pressure, and an improvement in breathing, due to the increase of the airflow into the lungs.
Meditation used regularly can lower the resting heart rate, which takes some of the stress off the heart. Chemicals in the body, that are associated with stress, can be reduced by meditation, and this can lead to a reduction in anxiety levels. Meditation can also promote healthy and youthful skin and thus a youthful appearance. Meditation is a practice that brings about not only physical benefits, but psychological benefits as well. The meditative state has quite amazing effects on a person‟s psyche. Relaxation, and a decrease in stress are rather obvious benefits, but many people do not realize that meditation can also improve moods and memory. It can decrease moodiness and depression. Summing up we can say that the practice of meditation is the practice of connecting with your inner self, in an effort to release your mind from specific stress factors, anxieties or fears and to regain a healthier wellbeing in general.
*adopted from various sources.