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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-22

The principles and practice of contemplation for holistic well-being

1 Department of Contemplative and Behavioural Sciences, Cuttack, Odisha, India
2 ASIC Digital Design Engineer, Sr. Staff, Synopsys Inc., Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Wandering Yogi, Sanyasi, Unaffiliated Vedic Scholar
4 Founder - ACT Yoga, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Richa Chopra
Department of Contemplative and Behavioural Sciences, Sri Sri University, Ward No – 3, Sandhapur, Godi Sahi, Bidyadharpur, Cuttack-754 006 Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijny.ijoyppp_7_20

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Holistic well-being is when the body and mind are in harmony and free of malaise. Western medical science constructs a model of health that is demonstrably incomplete. Moreover, achieving a state of such well-being is not even a stated goal. Western medicine is thus reactive, only attempting symptomatic relief. This article draws from ancient Indian models of good health, showing that these are complete and their systematic practice leads to holistic well-being as a natural consequence. Central to the Indian model is the concept of contemplation – used extensively in Yoga, Vedānta, Buddhist practices, and many such disciplines. In this article, we demonstrate the insufficiency of the western model, and gradually build up the ideas that form the core of the Indian model, leading to the final point–which is that the philosophy and practices of contemplation are the key to truly achieve good health, not just temporary suppression of symptoms.

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