ezHinduism series: The Art of Holistic Well-Being
The ezHinduism session on “The Art of Holistic Wellness from A Hindu Perspective” by RK Seetha Lakshmi explored how the traditional scriptures look at holistic living.
Modern holistic-living practitioners are preoccupied with nutrition and exercise while in traditional Hinduism they are merely two of the eight limbs of Yoga that comprise the collective entity of holistic wellness. (see image).
Importance of physical exercise such as yoga, breathing techniques were also shared during the session. How mindfulness was practiced in Hinduism and how one can apply it in their own daily life was also explained. That’s why from the time we wake up and till the time we go to bed mindfulness in the form of reciting a prayer was practised. Spiritual practices such as reciting simple shlokas before starting the day, eating, sleeping and doing japa enhances one to be more mindful and show gratitude for all our blessings. Self-reflection or practice of svadhyaya as per our Gita and Upanishads were highlighted and examples such as study the wisdom teachings, journaling, spending solitary time in nature and meditation were reiterated. Thank you, Seetha.