We stress in our book that mind energy is one of the three key energies of our life. We are what we think. What we think is our reality. There is a discipline in medicine called psychoneuroimmunology. This is a long ungainly word, but the work done by researchers in this field is critical because they study the connections between the mind, central nervous system, immune responses and the body. They study the ways in which what we think and feel affects our health.
In this high tech society that we live in life moves quickly. Most of us are more connected to our smart phones, to our ipads, to our computers, to our social media sites and to our automobiles than we are to ourselves. We are so busy doing and going that we lose touch with who we are. The quote "life is what happens to us when we are busy doing other things" has never been more true. Stress builds up as we ignore who we are while we run on a treadmill trying to keep up with other things. Stress leads to mental and physical illness.
Mindfulness is necessary to bring ourselves back to center. Mindfulness means being present. It means being aware and paying attention to ourselves and to our body. Mindfulness is the antidote to the frantic high tech life that most of us live because it fosters serenity. Everyone has the need for a time of inner peace. In our program we recommend a simple practice of meditation. Meditation is a way to become healthier by sitting quietly and doing nothing.
In a future blog we will discuss a simple technique for meditation.