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Strengthening your immune system

Awareness of the inner body is consciousness remembering its origin and returning to the Source. — Eckhart Tolle

  • 10 minutes
  • Easy



A simple but powerful self-healing meditation to boost your immune system.

Becoming aware of your inner body presents numerous benefits in the physical realm. For instance, you strengthen your immune system. As Eckhart Tolle points out, “The more consciousness you bring into the body, the stronger the immune system becomes. It is as if every cell awakens and rejoices. (…) Most illnesses creep in when you are not present in the body.” The benefits transcend the physical immune system to enhance your psychological immune system too.

This inner-body awareness is particularly helpful for changemakers whose energies are focused on helping others to the point of neglecting their own physical and psychological wellbeing. It is especially effective if practiced when you feel the first symptoms of an illness. It can also counteract disruptions of your energy field caused by some form of negativity. It works well both as the last thing you do before falling asleep, or as the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning.

The following practice has been adapted from The Power of Now – A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. In this book, Eckhart Tolle offers simple yet transformative teachings to focus on the here and the now to go through your day-to-day living. Great emphasis is placed on the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts from the past or future to disidentify ourselves from our minds. Find out more about Eckhart Tolle and his work at https://www.eckharttolle.com.



Flooding your body with consciousness

Whether you are about to go to sleep, or have just opened your eyes in the morning, take a few moments to flood your body with consciousness. Close your eyes and lie flat on your back. Choose different parts of your body to focus your attention on briefly at first: hands, feet, arms, legs, abdomen, chest, head, and so on. Feel the life energy inside those parts as intensely as you can. Stay with each part for fifteen seconds or so.


Deepening your attention

Then let your attention run through the body like a wave a few times, from feet to hand and back again. This need only take a minute or so.


Feeling the totality

After that, feel the inner body in its totality, as a single field of energy. Hold that feeling for a few minutes. Be intensely present during that time, present in every cell of your body. Don't be concerned if the mind occasionally succeeds in drawing your attention out of the body and you lose yourself in some thought. As soon as you notice that this has happened, just return your attention to the inner body.

Greta Rossi

Chief Empathy Officer at Akasha Innovation. Co-founder of ImpactAimers and Recipes for Wellbeing. Regional Coordinator for Ashoka's ChangemakerXchange. Youth coach and FRSA.

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