Whether we are physically sick or mentally disturbed, usually there is something missing or out of balance. Therefore, a wise approach in healing tries to re-establish this balance, otherwise healing is questionable or short-lived. Systems that strive to find balance include Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutritional and Herbal Therapy and so on.

To properly treat a disease it is important to know what is missing or out of balance. Ayurveda, for example, tries to re-establish a balance of the three basic types of the human constitution known as Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to restore the flow of Qi by balancing the Yin and Yang.
Yogis know this supreme energy Qi as Kundalini and Yin and Yang as Ida and Pingala.

Everything in the Universe exists because of the two opposite forces and the universal balancing act. Thus the mixture of positive and negative forces shape everything from the atom to our character and health. If we desire a warm temperature we have to balance hot and cold. In order to feel healthy we might have to either increase or reduce intake of a specific vitamin, mineral or amino-acid. Most important is the precise knowledge of what is missing or unbalanced. In regards to the right vitamin or mineral level, we are now seeing more and more test kits made available which will make it a lot easier in the future to gain this precise knowledge.

The mind-body connection is particularly evident in the case of mineral deficiencies like iron. A lack of iron in the blood is most certainly a physical disorder; however iron deficiency anemia is often accompanied by a change in attitude. Studies indicate that low levels of iron can lead to irritability, despondency, and general feelings of grumpiness.

Not always is it as simple as adding nutrients or addressing some other physiological aspect. Indeed, sometimes it is 'all-in-our-head'. Studies have proven the close relationship between emotional imbalance and disease. One study has shown that emotions can impact our immune system by reducing, for example, secretory immunoglobulin A, which is part of our first line of defense. Here, finding the right balance may involve psychotherapy, a change of vocation, rest, a loyal pet, nurturing relationships, soothing music, art, sports, the experience of nature, or Yoga.

As Yogis, we try to gain balance in various ways. Hatha Yoga and Kriya Yoga attempt to balance the currents Ida and Pingala with their own Pranayama (breathing) techniques. Jnana Yoga balances directly the mind and ignores the Pranayama techniques, but only because of the knowledge that breathing will automatically follow the thinking process. Observation shows: If we are excited - breathing will be rapid; if we are calm - breathing will also be calm; if we quit thinking altogether - breathing will also quit or, at least, slow down remarkably.

Perfect mental balance is not of permanent value if it is achieved by any outside event, no matter how satisfying the event may have been at the time. Perfect mental balance is only achieved when the mind is still, because it is this very Stillness that is revealing our own true Self. Since the Self is by nature blissful and happy, abiding in this condition of pure Beingness is the only balancing act that will restore permanent happiness.

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