An integrative foundation to healing – part 2


In part 2 of this interview, LUKE COUTINHO and SAMARA MAHINDRA speak about the role meditation plays in healing, as well as the importance of food and nutrition at the cellular level.


luke-coutinho-7566Q: Luke and Samara, welcome back. Your field is Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine. Last time you had started talking about meditation and its role in holistic medicine. Can you elaborate further?

LC: I used to be scared of meditation because I had limited knowledge. I believed you had to sit cross-legged and because I cannot sit cross-legged I never wanted to explore it. But then I realized that I can sit, I can stand, I can meditate, I can be talking to you – it is brilliant when you can explore knowledge and discover how easy things can be.

I started off with two minutes of meditation. I never believed I could silence my mind, and today an hour is not enough sometimes. It’s an integral part of healing.

I started off with two minutes of meditation.
I never believed I could silence my mind,
and today an hour is not enough sometimes.
It’s an integral part of healing.

Q: What about you Samara?

samara-mahindra2SM: I think there are a lot of preconceived notions about meditation. I was like Luke, assuming I had to be a certain way, and not have any thoughts, concentrate, etc. It’s not like that. I got into meditation a bit later in my life – I was trying to find space, trying to find oneness, trying to calm myself down, but for a while I couldn’t find anything. Then the same thing happened, and I found Heartfulness meditation. I remember one of the doctors from the Heartfulness care team said to me, “With this type of meditation there is no anchor. You can go into your heart space anywhere, anytime.

“You don’t need music, you don’t need the voice of another person, you don’t need anything else. You can just go into your own space.”

So I have started incorporating it into my life and I realize the impact, and there are physiological changes that happen in the body. A lot of people think that it is just in the mind, but there are actual physical changes that take place. So meditation is …

Read the complete article in Volume 2, Issue 1



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