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New Year musings

We are all prisoners of our mindsets. Genes only limit our physical bodies, not our minds. Read on to understand the body as composed of five layers.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 01, 2011 16:41 IST
Shikha Sharma

As we begin the New Year, I ask myself how I am going to be different from last year… Pat comes the reply. The New Year will only be as different as my thinking will be different. Unless I am able to think in a new, fresh way, the new year will be the same as the old.



We are all prisoners of our mindsets. Fixed mindsets create fixed habits and we live life in a rigid framework. Though we are blessed with unlimited potential, we only bring to fruition a minor part of it.



Body and mindGenes only limit our physical bodies, not our minds. In ancient medicine, the body was understood to be composed of five layers. The basic layer was called the anna-mayi kosh or the layer created from food. The next was from the life force or breath, and this was called prana-mayi kosh. The third was from the mind-emotion nexus and was the mano-mayi kosh. This layer was seen as the total of all our tendencies and set behaviors – the way we react to a situation and relate to the outside world, our basic tendencies of fear, anxiety, courage, truthfulness, attitude to life. Then came the gyan-mayi kosh or the wisdom layer, which carries past life wisdom too. The final layer is the anand-mayi kosh or the layer of bliss, which is the energy layer closest to the heavens or cosmic light and truth.



Our thought processes happen at many levels, ranging from the reflexive to the intuitive. Reflexive actions are those emanating from the unconscious levels or the level at which our way of working is so set that we do not have to think before acting. (For example, some people if confronted with danger will run to save their lives, while a few will try to save others – such reactions are reflex actions from our past conditioning.)

The gyan-mayi kosh is our internal guru, also called the inner voice. This layer gives us the truth. The battle is between the outer mind and inner truth. Most people are aware of their inner voice, though they may choose to ignore it. Our inner guru holds the potential to transform all the outer layers if we intend truthfully and consistently (which is different from passionately) to follow what it says. (Passion gives outer success and single-minded intention gives inner success.) We are constantly evolving, internally and externally. We can change.

ask@drshikha.com— The author is a nutritionist

From HT Brunch, January 2

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