I have been a Crohn’s disease patient for eleven years now. Fortunately, for the past three years I have been in complete remission from the disease and free of medication! Since I was diagnosed, I strived to look for the root cause of my disease. I also pursued the traditional elimination of potential food triggers. I knew there was something more to it, causative factors of a subtle nature. I changed many things in my diet, learned the beautiful and effective science of Ayurveda, modified my lifestyle, changed jobs and learned how to manage stress. These modifications in my life helped me recover my physical strength and somehow my mental strength as well. I learned to listen to my body and understood that I need to choose my battles, especially at work.
Even when all these changes helped control the symptoms, something else was brewing. There were inner struggles that could still trigger a flare-up of the condition. These inner struggles were nothing but “attachments” that kept my system under subconscious anxiety and stress, triggering inflammation of my most vulnerable organ. At that point, I decided to deepen my yoga practice by studying and researching the philosophy that extends beyond the asanas. Yoga led me to meditation and Vedanta, and these tools taught me more about mind control, the strong relationship between mind, body and soul, and how disease could develop if one is out of balance. The daily practice of yoga and meditation helped me find peace and to closely observe my thoughts and pay attention to what my body is saying.
In the past, attachments grew roots inside me, and were affecting the way I was living and seeing life, causing brain fog, emotional distress, and consequently, flare-ups. Yoga and meditation taught me to not attach to many things and to detach faster from the things I still can’t control.
Although attachments will always exist in our lives, it is important to learn to recognize and to let them go. Detaching from things, people, relationships, etc. is not an easy task, but a daily practice of meaningful yoga and meditation can help you find freedom and achieve optimum health. Detaching sets you free and freedom brings you happiness; as such, yoga and meditation are powerful tools of healing and liberation.