Secrets of health. - Part III22, Mar, 2016, by Seema Bhatnagar
My personal experience
Since my adulthood I have been a very health conscious person, which means I always paid attention to what and how much I am eating and how healthy I am. For certain numbers of years, during early twenties, my weight was little above from my ideal weight and due to my short stature I used to look heavy and chubby, but with a passage of time I brought it down to my ideal weight. After attaining late thirties and then in forties I have become trebled conscious not just about what I am eating but how much and why that much.
With daily practice of yoga and meditation, I do not feel hungry so frequently and have a good control over my cravings or temptations for food. I do not let go myself so easily binging on food items unless it is a festive time or some special celebrations with friends or family. I have experienced, that with full control and volition, I enjoy food much more than before when I used to feel craving for food.
"The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor." ~Chinese Proverb
In last few years, I have experimented with different types of health foods and fasting and have been benefited quite amazingly. Be it water fasting, juice fasting, raw vegan, boiled veggies or cooked food, I have tried almost all types of combinations. With constant experimentations, I have reached to a point where I can sense what my body is asking for, whether it is more of water or more of raw veggies, and this really helps me in maintaining constant weight. I have experienced that seasons have lot of influence on my appetite and overall need of water, food and sleep.
In daily routine, I ensure my diet includes only nutritious food and NO JUNK food. On a regular day, I maintain zero tolerance towards JUNK FOOD, but if I am travelling and have no option for nutritious food than I let myself loose to some extent for other available and viable options.
The mental aspect of my health has also improved by 360 degree in last few years. With the grace of divine and benevolence of Guru, I have been able to experience a deep tranquillity and serenity inside. With the removal of daily noise i.e. corporate jugglery or circus from my life, I have attained high level of perseverance, emotional stability and clarity of thoughts, in other words, I have been able to smoothen out my edges.
With smoothening out of my edges I have started enjoying my physical health more and this took me to a realization that unless both the aspects of health i.e. physical and mental are in harmony, one cannot enjoy anything in this world. Earlier, I used to find everything and everybody incomplete with some flaw or a problem but with new vision I find myself difficult to find flaw in others, even if it is there, I feel quite comfortable to ignore it. Instead of planning or contemplating about things for future or of past, I am more into spontaneity and randomness of a moment. Read more about my personal experience in posts, Ego and Self-Discipline
Some couple of years back, after equipping myself with knowledge of Ayurveda through certification course from AYUSH, a health department under umbrella of Govt of India, I have incorporated many healthy practices in my daily routine, which in turn has added more consciousness to my life. As a regular routine, I practice all the basic guidelines which I mentioned in part II.
Ever since I have introduced Yoga and meditation as a part of my life I am able to experience more youthfulness, physically and mentally, and quite often I receive compliments for my looks and vibrancy. Sometimes, it becomes difficult for others to believe my age as I look too young for my age. I am not boasting or bracing of any sought just sharing it with a thought that you might feel inspired enough in some dimension to induct Yoga and meditation as a part of your life.
By the way, looking young and attractive has never been my objective in life, the only motivation for striving about good health is to keep myself fully fit and alert for making full use of all possible opportunities to bring absolute exuberance in life.
Not denying the fact that this body naturally progress towards degeneration and decay, but with required mindfulness it can be delayed by few years. What matters most to me is - the quality of life and not the quantity. Here quality does not mean driving the costly car or wearing the designer clothes but how healthy and happy I am feeling at this very moment.
With self-discipline in food, exercising and thinking I am able to enjoy good health at all levels. It sounds very simple but it really comes with a good investment of time and efforts. I really feel sick and unfit on spending more time in bed and that too after overeating or drinking, I find it as a sheer waste of life when one has infinite possibilities to think and do. Secondly, I don’t want to spend my money, time and efforts in visiting hospitals and popping pills.
It is my commitment to self to strive for a healthy life until I breathe my last. This life is worth living as long as it is naturally healthy. A minor pain here and there in body always reminds me that life would not be so exciting with constant pain and some kind of illness, this realization keeps me sufficiently motivated to strive for best possible health.
Significance of Health
Do you know, with every year well developed countries are spending more and more on health care, for preventive as well as curative care? Logically, in a healthy economy where citizens enjoy overall prosperity and happiness, expenditure on health care should come down. As a simile, in a happy and prosperous family, if there is sufficient food for all and each one is well fed then there shouldn’t be any reason to fall sick. But the story is different; the more is available to eat the more are the problems of health, isn’t it uncomfortable to know. This clearly points to lack of self-discipline in everyday living.
It is indeed unfortunate that people who are well educated, well fed and established in their domains make irresponsible food choices and lead unhealthy lives. Though it is not that vivid but this has direct impact on society where individuals look up to established ones as their role models.
On the other hand, there are people, who are conscious about their physical health, but when it comes to mental health they just can’t stand others and fly into temper at the drop of a hat. Smart, handsome and successful people who look perfectly healthy turn to suicide to get relief from personal mental agony.
Why is it that people ignore the significance of physical and mental health? Why is it that people make unhealthy food choices when they have healthy and affordable options available? Why it is that mental health is ignored even on knowing the fact that it can cause potential health hazards? These are some of the burning queries which must be answered by each one of us because somewhere in our life we all have succumbed to unhealthy choices of food and thoughts.
The first and foremost reason of making these unhealthy choices is a lack of sincere understanding and appreciation for importance of health. A good health is taken for granted thinking that youth is to enjoy life to fullest even if it means harming body from every possible angle, be it through erratic lifestyle, unhealthy food habit, working in stressful environments or negative thinking.
Secondly, there is a comfort that even if there is any disease there is a treatment or pill available in market which can be palliative enough and will help to live longer. Imagine if there is no possibility of organs or parts replacement or costly treatments available in the medical world, I am sure people will make conscious choices and will live more healthily.
Because of the fast pace of life, where earning maximum money is the primary goal, there is hardly any time left for investing on health. Not doing so means spending lifelong earning on costly medical treatments and living life with sheer helplessness.
Growing number of cancers, diabetes and blood pressure are killer diseases and keep patient in prolonged period of negativity and hopelessness. What is the use of earning money if it has to be spent on buying costly medical treatments and buying assets which one will not be in a position to enjoy? Isn’t it a sheer stupidity?
If you really want to enjoy materialistic wealth then make health as your prime and real wealth and practise these secrets in your life. Partying and holidaying are good entertainment and break from hectic life and should not be the prime focus. Any wealth which needs to be multiplied must be nurtured with daily investment of efforts and thoughtfulness so is true with health.
In Hindu scriptures, there is a beautiful chant (in Sanskrit language) about wellbeing, which is also a universal prayer for the wellbeing of others in society. One must chant this daily before starting a day in order to experience peace and happiness in personal life.
ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः॥
Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah ।
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet ।
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ॥
1: Om, May All become Happy,
2: May All be Free from Illness.
3: May All See what is Auspicious,
4: May no one Suffer.
5: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
There is an urgent need to spread awareness about the significance of health. A healthy and prosperous society means where each and every individual is sensitive and responsible in making personal choices about health and wellbeing of others.
The secret of a great life is to live with health and happiness every moment till the last breath. So, let’s pray, May each and everyone on this planet enjoys a happy and healthy life.
Secrets of health. - Part I
Secrets of health. - Part II
Health is wealth.
My experience of Raw Vegan Diet and Water Fasting.
Food - Emotions and Sensitivity