There is a principle in medicine that applies to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are healthy or not. It doesn’t matter if you have a genetic condition, an old injury, a bad infection … or if you are at the top of your life.
This principle underpins modern medicine and alternative medicine (at least the ones that work). All doctors and healers know by other names that this is true.
It causes more healing than anything else on the planet. It does contradictory things, like boosting or restricting your immune system, to improve your well-being.
And once you understand it, you can use it to keep yourself safe, healthy and full of energy.
Are you ready to hear what it is?
From a scientific point of view, your body is amazing.
It’s real, truly amazing.
You live in a world full of things that could kill you. Injuries and infections are melting at every corner. And yet here you are.
Genetics has not changed much in the last 100,000 years. You have the same basic structure as your hunter-gatherer ancestors. They had to fight, hunt and forage for every scrap.
There were no tools but what they could do. There was no medication but what they could collect.
In this world, they lived for years. They laughed, cried, found love, raised a family. Many of them had a rich life in a world of rival tribes, terrible predators and diseases that could infect a simple scab.
Their body – your body – kept them alive and well, against the deficiencies.
Your body is amazing.
Here’s the principle: no medication of any kind cures you. All it has to do is restore balance and remove obstacles that are sufficient for the body to heal itself.
Modern medicine knows this. The body does all the work – every doctor needs to intervene from time to time to get it on the right track. There is nothing in a hospital that says to repair cut cells. Nothing, that is, except the patients.
Your body always heals itself. Every day, you throw yourself down. Every day, you take a backup of yourself. This balance can keep you alive and vibrant for years to come.
But there is only so much energy to go around.
If you feel threatened, you need to act now – maintenance can wait. If you put the wrong foods in your body, the repair mechanisms need less. Without sleep, rest and downtime, the balance gives tips from the favor of health.
Meditation gives your body time to do what it needs to do.
It slows down the system, freeing up resources to go where they are needed.
Strengthens your mind, guiding you toward better habits.
And it brings your awareness to what your body says it needs.
Here’s how meditation helps you stay healthy. It does little directly to combat infections or repair damage. Indirectly, however, it frees up your valuable resources from wasting the wrong things.
They are a team of your body and mind. Teamwork is best when both parties show up.