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Saturday, May 9, 2009

There's no place like Om!

Ayurveda recognizes meditation as one of the most powerful tools to help us restore balance in our mind and body. In this return to silence, we experience a deep sense of peace and relaxation. This reduces the stress that so often triggers the imbalance in our lives that leads to health problems.

Deepak Chopra has revived "Primordial Sound Meditation," which originates from the ancient knowledge of India. In this technique, you use a personal mantra (sound) which is determined by your time and place of birth. When you silently repeat these Primordial Sounds, it stills your mind, and soothes your entire physiology - mind, body and soul. Primordial Sound Meditation is easy to learn and does not require any specific belief or change in behavior or lifestyle.

There are many other types of meditation, and whichever you choose, Ayurveda recommends that you practice 20 to 30 minutes in the morning and another 20 to 30 minutes in the evening. Time spent in silence or with nature helps keep the doshas in balance and can greatly improve your health and outlook on life. Ayurvedic researchers have found that meditation increases longevity and quality of life.

Keeping your mind and body in balance is an ongoing commitment that will keep you healthy. From Lisa Coffey-What's Your Dosha Baby?

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