The Mind + Body Connection

We are healing the body on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Healing may start out on a physical level, but all levels are healed even if we do not realize it. Deepak Chopra and David Simon view Ayurveda as a way to heal the body and mind on a physical and energetic level. Quantum theory, which is what Deepak Chopra espouses, is one way of understanding the Mind-Body connection. Physical matter and energy are interchangeable at the quantum level.

In the book, Free to Love Free to Heal, Heal Your Body by Healing your Emotions, Dr. Simon talks about how current medical science resists the connection between mind and body.” Our reductionistic medical science resists these connections. Heartburn results not from job stress, but from hydrochloric acid molecules leaking into the esophagus. High blood pressure is caused by excessive amounts of circulating angiotensin molecules, not a turbulent marriage. Your insomnia has little to do with the early childhood experience of your parents arguing after you went to bed; rather, it reflects a deficiency of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. Your depression is explainable by a lack of serotonin, so there is no need to explore whether your relationships are nurturing or if you are fulfilling your true life purpose. Though in each case the symptom has its root in an underlying narrative about the inability to give or receive love, in conventional medicine we continue to ignore the love story that longs to be revealed.” (pg xvii)

He elaborates further on page 15, “… Ayurveda offers a valuable approach to emotional and physical health — a holistic perspective that recognizes that the two are, in fact, inseparable. The Ayurvedic physicians of 5000 years ago knew something that has now been verified by modern science: the mind, including our thoughts, emotions, and desires, is inextricably connected to our body. At the deepest level, they are an indistinguishable unit — a river of intelligence shaped by our choices, experiences, reactions, and beliefs.” Painful psychological experiences can impede our well-being as much as poor diet choices. Yoga and Ayurveda provide us with tools to re-establish the connection between our mind and body.

Ayurveda says that if we begin to understand ourselves well enough and have adopted habits that support us, then we can sense when disease is starting further out from the physical body and catch it at an energetic stage. Catching the disease process sooner allows us to use simpler and more subtle methods of healing, and thus possibly avoid the physical manifestation of disease all together. Understanding ourselves is another way of saying we see our purpose in life clearly and choose those things which support us. This is the goal of both Ayurveda and Yoga.