What medical doctors can not give…

As widely discussed world wide, human body is the most complicated machine here on earth. It can not be healed using single approach only. We need multiple and more holistic approaches. Especially because human body is not only physical body, but also mental and spiritual body.

And the last three bodies interact mysteriously. That’s why problem of healing become the question of human being along the history. To help spiritual seekers widen the horizon of healing, now let’s focus on the non-medical approaches of healing. Medical approach is certainly important, but it is insufficient.

In general, the recommended medicine for the mind and spirit encompasses practices and philosophies that promote mental well-being, emotional balance, and spiritual fulfillment. Among these, mindfulness and meditation stand out as exceptionally powerful.

Mindfulness as medicine…

Mindfulness involves paying deliberate attention to the present moment without judgment. This practice helps individuals become aware of their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, fostering a deeper understanding of their internal states. It can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, leading to improved overall mental health.

Meditation, a practice often linked with mindfulness, involves focused attention and relaxation techniques. Regular meditation can rewire the brain, enhancing areas associated with attention, emotional regulation, and self-awareness. Studies have shown that meditation can lower cortisol levels, the body’s primary stress hormone, and increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with happiness and well-being.

Forest bathing…

Spending time in nature is another potent medicine for the mind and spirit. Nature provides a calming effect, reducing stress and promoting relaxation. The concept of “forest bathing”, immersing oneself in a forest environment, or grounding have been shown to improve mood, boost the immune system, and enhance cognitive function. Nature fosters a sense of connection to the larger world, which can be spiritually enriching and grounding. As widely quoted many times: “Spiritual connection is the root of all healing”.

Exercise as medicine…

Physical exercise is crucial for mental and spiritual health. Exercise releases endorphins, which act as natural mood lifters. It also improves sleep, reduces anxiety, and enhances self-esteem. Practices like yoga combine physical movement with mindfulness and breathing techniques, providing a holistic approach that benefits both the body and the spirit. In the spiritual family of Compassion Bali, students have long been guided by the inner kingdom of health. The king is nutrition, the queen is exercise, the prince (princess) is beautiful sleep.

The quality of relationships…

Human beings are inherently social creatures, and strong, supportive relationships are essential for mental and spiritual well-being. Social connections provide emotional support, reduce feelings of loneliness, and offer a sense of belonging. Engaging in community activities, volunteering, or simply spending time with loved ones can significantly improve one’s mental health. The longest study of longevity conducted by Harvard University even come into a clear and conscise conclusion: “The most important factor that determine long age is the quality of our relationship with the close ones”.

Creativity as medicine…

Creative activities such as art, music, writing, and dance allow individuals to express themselves and process their emotions. Creative expression can be a therapeutic outlet, helping to reduce stress, enhance mood, and provide a sense of accomplishment. It also fosters a connection with the deeper parts of oneself, facilitating spiritual growth and self-discovery. For your information, the most important reason why human species keep growing both in quantity and quality, while the other species decrease or even disappear, because of creativity. Once again, creativity!

Spirituality as medicine…

For many, spiritual practices like prayer, contemplation, and religious rituals provide comfort, hope, and a sense of purpose. These practices can offer a framework for understanding life’s challenges and finding meaning. Whether through organized religion or personal spirituality, these practices often bring peace, resilience, and a profound sense of connection to something greater than oneself. In the world of Shaman has long been believed, spiritual connection with the greater power is one of the important factors on the journey of healing.

The miracle of gratitude…

Cultivating gratitude and maintaining a positive outlook can profoundly impact mental and spiritual health. Practicing gratitude shifts focus from what is lacking to what is abundant, fostering a sense of contentment and joy. When gratitude is beautifully combined with positive thinking – to put it more precisely positive outside and holistic inside – both help in building resilience, improving coping mechanisms, and enhancing overall happiness.

In conclusion, the best medicine for the mind and spirit is a holistic blend of mindfulness, nature, physical exercise, social connections, creative expression, spiritual practices, and positive and holistic thinking. These elements work together to foster a balanced, healthy, and fulfilling life, nurturing both mental and spiritual well-being. And one thing for sure, illness is the result of inner war. Health is the fruit of inner harmony. Both illness and health mostly come from inside.

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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