Keeping mental and emotional balance is essential for a healthy mind, and this is a big part of spiritual leader and author of Seeking Perfect Health Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy
In his book, he says: “If we look at the negative side of life, we see unhappiness, sorrows, anxieties, fear, doubt and so on. If we look at the positive side, we see faith, love, joy, readiness, willingness, eagerness and so many other divine qualities.”
He continues: “Now, we want to balance our life in such a way that the negative qualities will not be able to conquer the positive qualities…. Balance comes from inner poise. If we do not have inner poise, there can be no balance in the outer life…. Balance in the mind, balance in the heart, balance in life itself is of utmost importance.
“If we have balance in our inner life, we shall never be shattered by what happens in the outer life or in the inner life. At every moment confidence will come to the fore in us.” Here are three reasons why his life’s work in meditation, and his latest book, means a better ‘you’ all round!
1 Unlike other health-oriented books, this was written not by a doctor or fitness expert
but by an internationally renowned spiritual teacher. The book is a compilation of the author’s insights from various sources, spanning several decades, including question and answer sessions, books and lectures. In it, Sri Chinmoy addresses the inner, holistic secrets of good health by considering the connection between mind, body and soul. He discusses in detail many relevant topics such as how to receive life energy from a healthy diet and proper sleep, dealing with stress and depression, how to create physical habits that enhance spiritual practice and much more.
2 The understanding around holistic health is growing
The understanding of the connection between meditation and health by western science is still in its infancy. However, there are increasing numbers of books and studies looking at health from a holistic and spiritual point of view being published and one of these is Seeking Perfect Health.
As the concept of holistic health grows in the realms of fitness, nutrition and spirituality, people are becoming much more interested in the role of spirituality in achieving enhanced wellbeing. It’s fast becoming an effective life skill in an increasingly complex and stressful world. Meditation, prayer and mindfulness all help to boost mental and emotional balance, and this can have a positive impact on overall wellbeing, too.
3 It offers a brief but practical guide to the fundamentals of meditation practice
including breathing techniques and effective ways to control the mind. Seeking Perfect Health examines all of this in great detail, meaning it’s a great beginner’s friend in understanding the role meditation plays in strengthening the mind-body connection.
was an author, musician, spiritual leader and recognised as a highly regarded teacher of meditation. For 37 years he was director of the non-denominational Peace Meditations at the United Nations in New York. He wrote and lectured extensively on the topics of meditation, happiness, health and the spiritual foundations of peace in our modern world. He sadly passed in 2007.