When I first happened to know about nature cure, I understood it was purely to cleanse/detox the body and hence to rid us of physical ailments. But when I attended the nature cure camp at Pollachi,
- Balakrishna Ayya, the NC guru explained how when the stomach is clean enough and gets the capacity to eliminate properly, your thoughts become positive and your brain gets to think clearly. He also pointed out if NC lifestyle spreads across the world, positive vibrations will magnify and there will be peace across the world.
- An organizer/ volunteer at the camp(and friend) Nisha was telling us how nature cure is really special for its spiritual impact on a person more than its physical impact.
I had no clue what they were trying to say, but the idea was just hanging around in my mind.
A couple of months later, after I had a deep toss of my health(Of course I attained better health post that – read about My Healing Experience), I slowly began to understand what the NC seniors were trying to convey.
Before we move on, lets understand a little about the vital force.
The Tummy-Mind Connection with a Breakfast Story
Now, lets get to understand this tummy-mind connection through an everyday example which all of us can relate to –
Supposing we are very hungry in the morning and we happen to have a breakfast – we can just vary what we have for breakfast and find out how our body responds after that:
Scenario 1: Breakfast meal is any traditional dish, say, idli with sambar and chutney.
- Day 1: Incidentally it happens to be your favourte dish; at one point we feel we are almost full, but we go on to have a couple of more idlis because the sambar is particularly very tasty today..!!!
- Day 2: But today the sambar is not as tasty as it was yesterday; we definitely cannot eat beyond our hunger level and we eat just enough to fill our tummy
Scenario 2: Breakfast of the day is perhaps, say, upma and that’s definitely not your favourite dish, say; we will reluctantly eat to probably fill just half a tummy.
Scenario 3: Breakfast of the day is say, a bowl of soup or fruits or vegetable salad (meaning to say its a grain free meal, am sure you would have tried this kind of a meal for breakfast, if not, please try it..!!); we have eaten enough to fill our tummy, say.
Under all these scenarios, once the breakfast is done, we start to office/college/school and manage to reach our destination amidst the heavy traffic (say). By this time the food begins to get processed and this is the time we have to start concentrating on our work as well. As discussed in the vital force post, there is only one vital force in our body but now it has do 2 processes simultaneously, digestion and concentration (apart from a couple of mandatory functions like breathing, elimination, etc).
In which of these above scenarios can we assure we are at our best mental( or physical) capacity?? Just think about it.
Now we have to experientially answer this question and see how our body and mind feels in each of these scenarios and once we understand this response, we can utilise the vital force to its full efficiency.
Logically speaking, we can get the most out of our (physical and) mental capacity at work if only the vital force is almost free and waiting to do new task assigned by us (please note it cannot divert its attention from mandatory involuntary functions like breathing, elimination, but we can certainly make sure that we reduce the load on the vital force used for the digestion process).
It now becomes highly necessary to know which kind of a food is very easy to digest so that the body’s vital energy is quickly done with the digestion process and is ready to engage in any other physical/mental task allocated to it.
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Before we move on, lets a understand a bit more about the definition of a human being.
A HUMAN BEING = Human Body + Human Mind
A human being is composed of two main parts – the human mind and the human body, they are definitely dependent components and both of them need to be maintained well to create a good human being . And they say, you are what you have made yourself to be, both mentally and physically – you are what you think you are, you are what you eat (‘Jaise anna, Vaise mann’).
The body and the mind are actually two inseparable components that work in unison..!! Meaning to say, a healthy body is essential to nurture a healthy mind and a healthy mind helps build a healthy body..!!!!
It is generally said that the mind is the chief controller of a human being and so I have heard people ask why should we attach so much of importance to food – if you maintain your mind well, everything is going to be fine. Yes that’s absolutely true, but the body is the foundation which houses the human mind and so its composition is really really important to construct a strong human being, who is strong physically as well as emotionally. And to have a healthy body, it becomes very important to eat proper food (and follow a NC lifestyle that is in perfect alignment with nature) because food is the basic building material for your body and a strong body means its the ideal place for a strong mind.
Having said that, am not here to say it’s impossible to control the mind when you don’t watch your food, am just saying it becomes comparatively natural and effortless to control the mind when you are conscious that only the right kind of food goes into your body.
‘Car Journey Vs Our Journey’ Story
I would like to bring in here a small analogy to stress the importance of a healthy body and a healthy mind to make a healthy human being –Consider a car journey to reach a destination – the most important prerequisites are – a car in a good working condition, good quality fuel and a skilled driver.
Now am rephrasing the above sentence to match our life –
Consider our life’s journey to reach a destination – the most important prerequisites are – a healthy body (car) in a good working condition, good quality food for the proper functioning of the body(fuel) and a skilled human mind to drive the healthy body on the right track (driver).
Moral of the Journey Story –Proper diet complemented with proper mind conditioning like meditation helps us lead a happy, contented life.
INTERNAL HYGIENE – An important prerequisite for a happy person
From my understanding, when the internal organs of the human body are getting cleansed, the blood circulation throughout the body becomes better, all the organs begin to function properly and there is a good rush of blood to your brain as well and you begin to think clearer than before; it feels as though some physical or intangible block was removed from your mind and things begin to fall in place.
As a matter of fact, a clean body(with a negligible amount of toxins) can pretty much nurture a clean mind with positive thoughts. And you feel as though you are seeing a new intelligent/calm person inside you and you wonder about so many things in life as to ‘Why didn’t this simple thing occur to me for so long??!!!’, why was I holding onto this simple thing for so long???!!. (Talking about the benefits of a nature cure detox, there are of course obvious physical health benefits like improved vision, improved hearing capacity, age reversal and improved strength of your body, and lot more to go..!!!).
Alternatively, a body whose internal hygiene is not properly maintained is very prone to attracting negative vibrations and hence the person might end up suffering physically or emotionally and/or cause suffering to others knowingly or unknowingly.
Talking about illness, I would like to add 2 points here:
- When we physically very ill, obviously our minds will be totally occupied with thoughts about our body, health and pain and it becomes really difficult to concentrate on anything beyond that like family, friends, education or profession. Hence the need to maintain to healthy body so that we can lead a productive and happy life.
- Illness is generally divided into 2 categories, physical and mental. But in accordance with the body-mind connection, physical and mental illness both have a single root cause, and getting onto a saatvic diet will invariably produce a positive impact on physical as well as mental health.
As a society we are so used to accepting so many negative qualities like short-temper, irritability, fear, anger, etc., as the nature of a person and that it can’t be changed. But from my opinion, I feel a proper physical body detox coupled with a NC lifestyle change could actually change the character of a person and we might see an all together new person post that.
I happened to read through a small section of the book ‘The Bliss Of Cancer: How I Cured Cancer, Lost Weight, and Turned My Life Around ‘ by Evita Ramparte; here she talks about how every emotion is paired to a corresponding internal organ in the body and how cleaning every organ produces a positive impact on that particular emotion of that person. Doesn’t that sound really cool??!!
Before I conclude, since we have been discussing extensively that the body and mind are connected, this post would be incomplete if we don’t talk about the power of the mind since there needs to be a perfect balance between food-body and mind to achieve perfect health. And hence will do my next post on ‘The Power Of A Thought’.
A healthy body nurtures a healthy mind and generates only positive thoughts and positive thoughts attract only positivity towards us and our life is full of contentment and joy.
- Interesting Books
- The Bliss Of Cancer: How I Cured Cancer, Lost Weight, and Turned My Life Around – Evita Ramparte