How often do you miss subtle details of your surroundings? To what degree do you believe to be disconnected from the natural world, and the world within? It is very important for the overall health of the body, that things do not get missed; that connections be made. One particular connection is that between the mind and the body, and not just or relaxation, but for overall health to accompany an “intentional” lifestyle, as well.
It is a very common practice to want to take a walk, for instance, with one’s ears plugged, and a stream of music flowing steadily into the brain. There is nothing at all wrong with listening to music, for music is an extension of life, even down to electronic sounds, which can be found in nature, believe it or not (lightning reaching the ionosphere emits a rising and decaying chirp, much like that of a synthesizer, heard with the aid of radio equipment). The issue comes when it dominates one’s interaction with everything else, for it is a carry-over adaptation that one has learned to employ whenever we are to be alone with ourselves for more than a few brief minutes. Why this is significant is due to the fact that a mind constantly plugged into some form of input source, with the intention of distracting one’s attention, leaves no room for the immaterial aspect which animates our organism, to join forces with the biological framework and function at the peak of its potential.
There is an exhaustive list of physiological functions, and ailments which have their origins based in psychological disconnect. It’s not always enough to just change one’s diet, for the body having been commanded by the mind one's whole life, develops biological habits at a cellular level. Mental processes pervade every cell of the body, much in the way that waves of sound vibrate a table. The frequency of one’s thought process and mental state, entrains the rest of the body to operate at that same frequency, cell by cell. This is why negative thoughts and a toxic mindset lead to a toxic body, and the manifestation of certain ailments and diseases. It is for this reason, that tapping into the subconscious mind – the commander and chief of our being – is such an important skill to acquire.
The subconscious is akin to a recording device, which records input and spits it back out again. This aspect of mind below the surface, accounts for roughly 88 to 92% of the operation of our organism. With such a powerful helmsman at the wheel, it’s always a good idea to learn how to recognize detrimental habits and thought patterns, and edit them appropriately. This is where the meditative mind comes in – the mindful mind.
Being mindful is much deeper than simply adding a period of relaxation to one’s day. Being mindful quite literally tunes the mind in on what is going on in the body – the feelings expressed, and when; the biofeedback of the miniscule physiological functions, which can aid in nipping potential ailments in the bud. One important physiological function is that of the parasympathetic nervous system, which resides over relaxation and digestion. When the body is commanded by the parasympathetic system, the healthy food that you eat is better processed and utilized. Nutrients can be distributed throughout the body without having to combat stagnation caused by stress in the body, and from the outside environment. Another important factor for nutrient absorption (and health in general) is a clean gastrointestinal tract, but that is beyond the scope of this post.
Meditation and mindfulness benefits are not merely confined to dietary effects, but mental as well. The act of observing one’s thoughts as they come and go, allows one to observe the how and why of the events in the mind. One will become in better command of their ship, and combat undesirable habits that arise in accordance with mental cues piloted by the subconscious. One will in fact learn how to open up the subconscious’ editing program, and delete and re-record new information.
In short, accompanying a vegan lifestyle with meditative practice of any sort, is always a great combination. If you are looking to get started, I have some great posts on my blog to help the novice jump in, and there is a myriad of information available elsewhere online, as well.
It’s not about zoning out – it’s about tuning in.
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