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In the last ten years my work has been made much easier by the progress made in the fields of Neuroscience and Epigenetics. Following a great deal of scientific experimentation, significant evidence has materialized to show how the brain works and how meditation practices can help rewire our thinking process. MRIs taken before meditation and after meditation have clearly shown how the areas of the brain that deal with emotions have become relaxed, and literally light up.

The concept of changing thoughts this way is not new. It has always been taught in the yogic scriptures, which date back more than 3,000 years. Yet the nature of Homo sapiens is to doubt unless empirically proven. The surge forward in science is finally connecting the dots to spirit, and both are joining at the same point.

I have learned that to be spiritual is to know that we are all part of a whole. That all things are sacred, and when we live in harmony with humankind, nature and especially ourselves, we start to know we truly are ‘a divine spark’ and so is everything else. We just vibrate at different frequencies depending on the way we think and live. When we experience this oneness we feel bathed in peace. We realize that truly all life is a stage and we are but actors on it. Once we know that, we can determine how we want to live in the circumstances we are given. We can be bitter and angry if we choose, but what does that do for anyone, especially ourselves? Or, we can decide to accept the situation and make the most of it. Then, not only do we benefit ourselves, but also everyone else. A win/win situation!

And where is God in all of this? The ancient yogic scriptures, called the Vedas, put it this way: “Ekam sat vipraa bahuda Vadanti.” This means, “Truth is one, the wise call it by different names.”

About the Author:

Nalanie Chellaram, C-IAYT began practicing the teachings of her Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda in 1986 and continued to study the science of Yoga. She is an accredited Teacher Trainer for Integral Yoga and a therapist under the British School of Yoga. She is the Chairwoman of the Integral Yoga Center in Gibraltar where she gives regular satsangs, teacher training and counseling sessions. This Center is a registered Charity serving the community.