Monday, February 15, 2016


A healthy heart is one that’s overflowing with gratitude

I must say that this is a subject close to my heart – pun intended. One thing is to keep the physical heart healthy by eating the right foods and doing regular exercise. But I strongly believe maintaining a healthy mind is more important in acquiring #hearthealth.

Bearing a grudge: Yeah, people do hurt us and we do feel revengeful. Forget about what it does to the other. It definitely brings about a downfall in our health, especially the heart. Remember the increase in BP, palpitations....? Forgive & forget. It’s worth the trouble for our #hearthealth.

Bad temper: Nothing wrong having one. But staying in a state of anger all the time promises to make your heart unhappy. Chill!

Anxiety: Worrying seems second nature to most. But when has worrying solved any problem? In fact, a panic attack freezes the brain and stops one from finding the solution from right under one’s nose. Take a deep breath, many actually!

Popping a pill: This is definitely a no-no for #hearthealth. The more pills you pop, especially painkillers and antibiotics, the weaker your heart. DO NOT take prolonged courses of medication without regular consultations with your doctor. Better yet, go for alternate therapies like Homeopathy, Ayurveda or Unani that leave no harmful side effects.  

Now that we are done with the negatives, let’s see how we can maintain #hearthealth by simple measures.

1.       Meditation: This could be Pranayam (deep breathing) for 10-20 minutes in a day, ChakraMeditation or Yoga Mudra. Many of us give up after a few tries saying that we are unable to concentrate. Let the mind flow (it will anyway) and keep at it. Over a period, you will find your senses and organs responding. One question that arises: How can meditation have an effect on the physical heart/body? My answer: When you meditate, your aura becomes strong. Every virus/disease that attacks you, has to cross your aura before touching your physical body. If your aura is strong, it can deflect the virus/disease. A good enough reason?
2.      Yoga: Surya Namaskar is a batch of yogic positions encapsulated in one activity. This is very good to keep your body and mind healthy. If you can get a yoga teacher to teach you this or other yoga exercises, nothing like it. The effect is the same on your aura as mentioned above.
3.      An attitude of gratitude: Incidentally, this was the theme for the Filmfare award function that was televised recently. Gratitude is something that does not come to us naturally. Yeah, yeah, we do say “thank you” many times. That does not mean we feel grateful. It’s something that needs to be inculcated on a day-to-day basis. If it’s not deeply rooted, we tend to complain; which is what we do about most things. Maintaining a Gratitude Journal on a daily basis will transform not just your life, but your #hearthealth.

Sri Bhagavan: If you are in a state of gratitude, the physical heart transforms and becomes completely disease-free.

Hurray for #hearthealth

Thank you #bookclub


  1. What a beautiful post, Sundari!Perfectly balanced! They say harboring anger and a vengeful attitude is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die - that's how harmful it is!

    The Filmfare awards - was it the one where Deepika Padukone read that letter from her father? I enjoyed it!

    An attitude of gratitude is the first step and lays the foundation for a happy heart.

    Thank you so much for participating. Hugs!

    1. Thank you so much Vidya. Hope you get the time to go through the other links on the post. They are all my blog posts on those subjects :D
      Yeah, the same one where Deepika read that letter.

  2. Just the post I needed right now Sundari.. Always you have been a guiding light ..wonderful post

  3. Enjoyed reading the post Sundari. Emotional health is equally important as physical health, as you put it. Couldn't agree with you more.

  4. Lovely post. I have done all of it & been very irregular. Hope to start again. One day at a time :)

    1. Thank you Nilima! We will forgive an young mother anything :D
      all the best

  5. Nice post ... needed it most.... Guiding light as Rubina said.... :)

  6. Well said Sundari. The secret to a healthy heart is gratitude, forgiveness.

  7. One well balanced post. The first couple of points inspired me to take up 'mainstream' writing again. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Jan. Glad you liked my post. Yeah, 'writing' is a catharsis for sure :D

  8. Congrats on winning the Blogging Community Feb 2016 Contest of The Book Club with this post. Your certificate and Badge has been sent to you via email.