The Sahara belongs to the sun.
Among the rolling dunes there was once the world’s largest lake, named Mega Chad, which evaporated over a thousand years ago under the sun’s relentless glare. But today the lake’s silvery remains sustain life half a world away. Each year wind blows mineral-rich dust from the dried Saharan lake bed all of the way to South America, where it fertilizes the lush greenery of the Amazon.
To gain an understanding of Earth’s intricate and fantastic ecological balance, one must examine the planet as a whole. The earth is a holistic system in which balance is sustained by the interaction of different elements. The human being is no different. To initiate true healing we must consider the person as a whole: mind, body and spirit.
The reason why Ayurveda and Yoga are such effective healing systems is because they take a holistic approach to human health. These practices focus on the union of mind, body, and spirit and how these different dimensions of self relate to one another, and to the whole being. From a holistic point of view, we understand that how we use our mind and what we do with our emotions has great impact on our physical bodies. Therefore true healing must address the whole being.
Taking a holistic approach to healing requires a shift in perspective from that which underlies Western (allopathic) medical practice. From a reductionist point of view, the allopathic approach tends to compartmentalize the mind, body and spirit and to treat these elements individually. Diagnoses are extrapolated through the laboratory analysis of the chemical composition of individual parts.
The disease is treated rather than the underlying cause of the disease, which is actually multidimensional.