As I am sitting by the fireplace in the midst of lush green of the Catskill region and reflecting on what to write for this breast cancer blog, I am reminded of my yogic learning. In yoga we try not to think that which we do not want. This is a blog for any recovery.
If I only focus on the disease, then my recovery is limited. Recovery requires us look at more than the physical body. No recovery can occur unless we are willing to look at the complexity of our being. We need to heal our physical body, but that also requires our emotional, mental and spiritual being. Doctors and treatments do not heal us, they facilitate our process of healing. They are very necessary, to give us the strength and physical ability to enable the healing that comes from within us.
Working in hospitals as a student, I could not understand when doctors would say; “I can not do anything for this patient, she does not have the will to live.” We as patients must become partners with the doctors in the healing process. Our body when balanced has the power to heal according to yoga. Therefore yogis do exercises and breath work to enable the body to balance.
When the body has a dis-ease it is out of balance. With the wonderful work of science, doctors now have the ability to attack most diseases, to give us the strength to begin the healing process. These blogs are here to assist us in this healing process.
The word yoga means to yoke our individual self with the universal self. We believe that eventually all of us will join our creator. To do so, we need to purify this physical, mental and emotional body. Our soul is universal, we are universal, but having a human experience. It is everyone’s destiny to return to the source. It matters not what you call the source, God, Allah, Krishna, there is only one. But we all take different paths. When we are on the path towards our goals, we feel more balanced.
All beings on this planet rely on life force. This life force we call praana, others may call it chi or adamantine particles. Praana is the essence of life, it is the essence of creation coming from the Heart Core of our Supreme Creator. Therefore our spiritual body is also required in the healing process.
How much praana we are able to absorb is dependent on our physical, mental and emotional vessel. I like to compare it with the electricity in our homes. It is always there to give us 120 volt. The refrigerator takes all of the voltage; whereas the transistor radio can only take 12 volts. Similarly our body utilizes praana according to the state of our being. The goal is to be able to absorb more and more praana. More life force in the physical body will affect the mental and emotional body. Similarly the emotional body affects the physical. When we are happy or in love, we have an abundant amount of energy. When we are sad and depressed our energy is low. When our mind creates tension, the flow of praana is obstructed within the physical vessel. So we must constantly try to increase the praana within us, through any method available, either physical, mental or emotional.
Praana is life force that will aid all healing processes. The easiest way to increase praana is through breath. Yoga states that by the regular practice of praanayaam or breathing exercises we can maintain a higher standard of health, vigor and vitality. For any healing to occur we need to increase our intake of praana.
So for this blog I would like you to start taking long deep breaths. Let the exhalation be as long as the inhalation, break the breath between both for a short while. We call this rhythmical breathing. This can be done at any time of the day, as many times as possible. Practice daily; slowly the body will get accustomed to taking in more oxygen.
When life becomes overwhelming and tense, take a deep breath and allow the exhalation to be twice as long as the inhalation, and the body will quiet down immediately. Put this tool in the back pocket and draw it out whenever necessary. Life gives us much tension.
Next blog we will discuss what praana is
With Love and Respect