Today, February 04, 2020 is the World Cancer Day, which is observed to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority.
On this occasion, I wanted to dedicate an article to my respected Uncle Srinivasa who fought a brave battle with Cancer before succumbing to it and also to all the Cancer fighters and survivors in the world. Their family members and the entire support system that stand by them throughout this challenging phase deserve a special mention and a ton of respect!
Of late, we are seeing a steady rise in the number of cancer cases! In the majority of the cases, the cause is unknown. A non-smoker getting throat cancer, a teetotaller ending up with stomach cancer are beyond medical science’s understanding (hence get categorized as idiopathic). If it is not some organic cause, what could it be? Answer is Psychosomatic condition, which is nothing but stress-induced medical condition!
How do psychosomatic diseases manifest?
NOTE: Refer to Pancha Kosha Model to get a quick understanding of 5-layers of our being.
Psychosomatic disease progression happens in four stages:
- Psychic Phase: Arousal caused by Agitation / Stress stabilised in Manomaya Kosha
- Psychosomatic Phase: Arousal stabilized in the Pranamaya Kosha (the bridge between mind and body)
- Somatic Phase: Arousal stabilized in the Annamaya Kosha (the physical body). Target organs begin to show abnormalities
- Organic Phase: Disease settles in the target organ; further complications
We have both empirical and mystical evidences to say that psychosomatic diseases including Cancer can be cured by stress-reduction.
How to reduce Stress?
Based on my own experience with Fibromyalgia and Yoga as a tool to cure this so-called incurable condition, I can confidently say Yoga is the way to go as it works on all 5 layers of our existence:
- Asanas / Yoga Poses for the Physical body,
- Breathing exercises / Pranayama for the Energy Body,
- Emotional culturing for the Mind,
- Counselling / Lectures for the Intellectual Layer, and
- Happy Assembly / Games for the Blissful Layer of our being.
This is called Integrated Approach to Yoga Therapy (IAYT), which has been developed by S-VYASA and is being administered to a number of individuals suffering from various medical conditions at Arogyadhama.
On this World Cancer Day, I urge everyone to make his / her health / self-care the highest priority and live a happy, healthy, and meaningful life. Please note this doesn’t mean we should give up our goals / become complacent / go to the Himalays to meditate 🙂 It just means perform your duties and pursue your ambitions in a calm manner as explained by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita:
योगस्थ: कुरु कर्माणि सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा धनञ्जय |
सिद्ध्यसिद्ध्यो: समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते ||2. 48||
Be steadfast in the performance of your duty, O Arjun, abandoning attachment to success and failure. Such equanimity is called Yog.
Before wrapping up this article, I thank my Uncle, Srinivasa (he is the husband of my Aunt / Chikkamma, Geetha Srinivasa) whose soul has inspired me to write this article. We would be very happy even if a few people read it, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and live a happy life. Chikkappa, you are in our memory always.
ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
May all become happy, May none fall ill |
May all see auspiciousness everywhere, May none ever feel sorrow |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||