How do we feel when we've had a big lunch?
We feel very sleepy and tired, and some of us take a nap. When we eat something, energy goes to the digestion system to digest that food. And actually, we're less aware and less alert.
Meditation is the art of deep rest, whilst we are fully aware. And it takes energy to create energy, so we're taking a chunk of energy. We're alert, we're awake, and we're magnifying it through the process of meditation.
So if we're feeling drained and exhausted, and on top of that, we then have a meal. That meal means that our meditation is going to be more sleepy or drowsy. But if we're just feeling exhausted and we meditate, we re-energize our system. So meditation has always traditionally been done before a meal.
Ashok Gupta is the Director of the Gupta Program. He has dedicated his life to helping people get their life back from Chronic Illness, improving people’s well-being, and helping them achieve their potential. He has been teaching meditation around the world for over 15 years. He runs a global e-clinic specializing in treating ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia & Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – www.guptaprogram.com
Ashok has spent many years researching the brain neurology of emotion and linking well-being tools with science. He has published medical papers on the basis of stress-related illnesses. He has appeared in many media as an expert on stress on the BBC, CNN, Guardian Newspaper, ITV, The Independent, and many others.
He wrote and presented the Meaning of Life Experiment which is a Free, Award-winning Meditation and Self-Development App www.themeaningoflife.tv
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