Prolonged stress and anxiety can spell trouble for the human body and mind. Not only does it send inflammation levels soaring, it interferes with necessary sleep and pushes the immune system to its protective limits.

Spiritual teacher and author Eckart Tolle has an explanation for this. When we over-identify with the outer body as opposed to the timeless “inner body,” our mental and physical health suffers.

There is the outer body, the dense physical structure which is subject to old age, disease and death, which is not ultimately YOU, Tolle says. “The body that you can see and touch is only a thin illusory veil. Underneath it lies the invisible inner body which exists beyond limitations.”

Increase your inner-body awareness, and the outer body will respond with improved health and strength.

Tolle recommends a simple but powerful self-healing meditation that you can do whenever you feel the need to boost your immune system. He says it is particularly effective if used when you feel the first symptoms of an illness, but it is helpful at any time.

When you are unoccupied for a few minutes, and especially the last thing before falling asleep and first thing in the morning before getting up, “flood” your body with consciousness. Close your eyes. Lie flat on your back. Choose different parts of your body to focus your attention on briefly at first: hands, feet, arms, legs, abdomen, chest, head, and so on.

Then let your attention run through the body like a wave a few times, from feet to head and back again. This need only take a minute or so. After that, feel the inner body in its totality, as a single field of energy. Hold that feeling for a few minutes.

Be intensely present at this moment, in every cell of your body. Don’t worry if your mind occasionally succeeds in drawing your attention out of the body and you lose yourself in some thought – just gently return your attention to the inner body. Breathe deeply and relax. Think: I am here, in the Now.

Will you try this meditation technique? Do you currently meditate?


The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle