The energy body – Pranamaya Kosha
However, like my friend, we don’t live only in one city. We too travel and spend lots of time in the town of ‘Pranamaya Kosha’- Energy body.
The Chinese called it the Chi and the Greeks, Kha. And yoga literature refers to this as Prana- the layer of energy. When you travel a lot, you can feel the imbalance of airs in the body. Relaxed breathing reactivates the parasympathetic nervous system and helps us ensure smooth digestion, circulation of blood, and movement of breaths within our bodies. The disease first strikes our energy body before it manifests on our gross body. When you are in anxiety or busy with hectic schedules, you’d likely breathe quickly, and your airs are in disarray. That could be a precursor to sickness.
Prana also means life. A person living in this kosha seeks to protect his life. His insecurities, worries, and fears manifest as busyness, earning money, financial planning, frantic pace of life, and calculating everything in terms of ‘my profit’ or ‘what’s in it for me.’ Envy, jealousy, criticism, and selfishness are common fallouts of an undeveloped pranamaya kosha, where the driving force is Protection.
Slowing down our busy lives is the first step. Deep, relaxed breathing exercises help regulate airs in our body.
The Mind body – Manomaya Kosha
Many live in the third kosha- the Manomaya Kosha. Mana means mind. We seek mental peace and happy relationships. ‘It’s all about love’ and how to understand others better or the ‘keys to effective living’ attract a person who seeks to live in this space of mind and emotions. His driving force is Peace, and he often retreats to hear soothing classical music or plays sports or goes for a morning walk. He may visit temples and perform religious rituals to ensure there is auspiciousness at home. He spends time with family and friends; maintains a healthy social life; wishes birthdays and anniversaries and generally seeks a peaceful life.
Children who receive abundant affection develop a healthy manomaya kosha and as they grow up, face life’s vicissitudes with courage and sobriety. Many men and women, with broken families, or abusive childhood, struggle years later. Patterns tend to repeat, and many victims of childhood trauma live in an emotional problem.
To be continued…