In July 2020, I was honored by an invitation to serve as a panelist to speak with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the topic of “Compassion in Medical Practice.”

His Holiness remarked, “As far as health is concerned, it relates not only to our bodies, but also to our minds and emotions. In the past, we’ve learned to observe physical hygiene to protect our physical health. What we’re learning today is that to preserve our peace of mind, we need to adopt the principles of emotional hygiene.”

Until recently, scientists have focused on the brain without giving much thought to our mind and our inner world.

The 5,000-year-old Indian science of Ayurveda teaches us that optimal health is the result of balancing the physical body, mental body, emotional body, and spiritual body. It combines diet, supplementation, physical movement, and stress-relieving techniques to create well-being and inner peace.

We benefit when we combine the best of modern medicine and education with the wisdom of ancient Indian knowledge. His Holiness the Dalai Lama advocates this. I know because I heard him on our call.

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