Understanding health and healing

Don’t shy away from spirituality; it is the doorway to unlimited possibilities.

Don’t shy away from spirituality; it is the doorway to unlimited possibilities.

The build of the modern world is such that most people are fixated on their physical health but completely ignore every other aspect of health. People eat and drink the right things, work out regularly and consult their doctor for the slightest physical problem, yet they manage to fall ill. How could that be? The reason being, the state of our physical body is not the best parameter to judge our health. World Health Organization (WHO) describes health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’

According to me, there are two more aspects to health – emotional and spiritual well-being. A healthy person is one who is complete and whole in all these five aspects:

  1. Physical
  2. Emotional
  3. Mental or psychological
  4. Social and
  5. Spiritual

These five aspects are intertwined and an imbalance in any one causes a setback in health. The first and largely understood aspect is physical health which is maintained with proper nutrition, hygiene and exercise. Emotional health depends on letting-go, forgiveness and gratitude. Psychological health depends on one’s attitude, the right thoughts and passion. An often ignored aspect is social health which is dependent on giving back to society, helping others and leaving a legacy. Spiritual good health can be achieved when you find your purpose, understand life’s patterns and live in the moment.

Only when we are complete in all these respects can we call ourselves healthy; however, if we lack in even one of these, then we are unhealthy. For instance, when we are physically ill, we feel low emotionally, can’t concentrate on what we do and temporarily lose passion for everything. On the other hand, when we go through an emotional turmoil, many a times our physical health gets affected. Also when you perform a good deed you feel lighter, emotionally you feel content and physically charged up.

The significance of the spiritual health is often understated. It is the binding factor between all the five aspects. This can be understood easily if compared to a pyramid. A pyramid is said to be one of the more stable structures. But this stability depends on the five vertices. Our health too, depends on five vertices – physical health, emotional health, mental health and social health being the bottom ones and spiritual health, the top. The bottom four vertices may seem the most important but without the top vertex, the structure will have no shape. Similarly, spirituality gives energy to the other aspects of health.  It is the guiding force.

Jyoti Matange, a Mumbaite, attended my SKY healing workshop last year. She had high blood sugar levels and was on medication however, her intention of joining the workshop was spiritual growth. After practicing SKY for 21 days, her stress levels came down drastically and she felt peaceful and content. Her goal of spiritual progress was achieved and in her words, her ‘blood sugar levels came back to normal as a bonus’. She is off the medication now.

Stress is the biggest challenge our generation faces today. It causes an imbalance in all five aspects of health. So, always try to keep a balance in life. Forgive and let go of your past baggage, be thankful for what you have, do what you love, and don’t shy away from spirituality; it is the doorway to unlimited possibilities.

Random acts of kindness heal your soul

During one of my Delhi workshops, a participant Rakesh Suri had told me about his initiative for street children. Along with a few like-minded people, he had started a computer literacy programme where underprivileged children were being trained to use computers. I was very inspired by this initiative and decided to meet the children of these schools, the next time I was there. That moment came in January. Before entering the school, Rakesh introduced me to another core member of their team – Arjun Verma.

Now I was told, 70-year-old Arjun Verma, for several years walked with a huge hunchback and needed the support of a walking stick. His health was very fragile and he was always irritable. However, there was one thing that would make Arjun smile, his dream to help destitute children. Arjun had been talking about doing something but this thought remained a dream for a long time. One day, he decided to follow his dream and with the support of a few people, *Computer Shiksha became a reality.

I was happy to hear this story. The only thing I was confused about was the description of Arjun. In front of me stood a healthy, charismatic and charming man, who looked nothing like the description given of an old, fragile, hunchbacked man who could not walk without a stick. That’s when Rakesh explained that a few weeks after he started this initiative, Arjun’s life changed drastically. Without any medical treatment or support, he started walking straight. All his health issues vanished. He felt more energetic and enthusiastic towards life. He identifies more with his new self than the man who walked with a hunch back.

Truly inspiring. And a real example of how healing takes place. All Arjun needed to do was give back to society. The law is indeed true – “whatever we give others, nature gives us back in manifolds”. Teaching computers to little children not only improved his overall health but also gave him joy, peace and inner satisfaction.

After Arjun (gentleman seated on the right) started this initiative his life changed drastically

*Computer Shiksha is a team of like minded people working towards computer literacy among underprivileged children in Gurgaon. You can find more information about the noble initiative on http://www.computershiksha.org.