Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)


- Sant Ra­jin­der Singh (In­ner Voice com­prises con­tri­bu­tions from our read­ers) The views ex­pressed are per­sonal in­ner­voice@htlive.com n

No­body said that life was go­ing to be easy or that ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be per­fect. Med­i­cal re­search re­veals that we in­vite prob­lems by wor­ry­ing be­cause stress makes us phys­i­cally sick. Our orig­i­nal prob­lem is sup­ple­mented by phys­i­cal ail­ments and dis­abil­i­ties that ham­per our abil­ity to act. Of­fices of psy­chi­a­trists, psy­chol­o­gists, and ther­a­pists are filled with peo­ple who can­not cope with life’s strug­gles.

When we un­dergo men­tal stress, emo­tional pain or de­pres­sion, our phys­i­cal re­sis­tance to dis­ease also drops.

Yes, some peo­ple start med­i­ca­tion for it, but we need an ac­cept­able way to pre­vent the men­tal, emo­tional, and phys­i­cal ef­fects of stress that make us ill. Med­i­ta­tion aids us at two lev­els. First, it pro­vides phys­i­cal re­lax­ation. Sec­ond, it puts us in a state where we are ab­sorbed in an en­joy­able, bliss­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, mak­ing us obliv­i­ous to the prob­lems of the outer world. We be­come at peace with our­selves and are not both­ered by the prob­lems around us. By med­i­tat­ing reg­u­larly, we de­velop sus­tained con­cen­tra­tion. This in­crease in con­cen­tra­tion cou­pled with re­duced stress and ten­sion, re­newed en­ergy, and im­proved re­la­tion­ships, helps us achieve suc­cess in our worldly ac­tiv­i­ties. We still have prob­lems, but their ef­fect is sub­dued for we are lost in the bliss we carry with us.

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