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Matter Of The Spirit – How Meditation And Prayer Can Work For You

Avtar Nordine Zouareg

Your mind and body are connected; you can connect with your spirit and begin contemplating how it can help you achieve the transformations you desire.

I’ve already defined spirit as the authentic essence that gives you your individuality; your life force. You are born with it; it is yours to treasure; no one can damage it or take it away.

Everyone defines spirituality in his or her own terms. I define spirituality as an individual’s relationship with oneself, other people and their actions, the natural world and the fabricated, technological world. Just as the Creation is a mystery and our universe is largely uncharted, there is also something miraculous and ultimately unknowable about spirit and spirituality.

I choose to embrace the mystery, however, because I know my spirit is my greatest ally, even if I can’t explain why. After all, it’s worked for me pretty well so far in my journey! I simply tap into the power of my spirit so I can live life to the fullest and help my clients accomplish their goals.

Because spirituality cannot be defined or quantified, there are no large-scale medical studies that provide evidence of a direct connection between spirituality and health. But you should know that there are many compelling studies in the medical literature suggesting that religious faith and frequent prayer as well as meditation help promote stress management, alleviate depression, increase purpose in life, and promote participation in self-help recovery.

Dale Matthews, M.D. discusses this research in his 1999 book, ‘The Faith Factor;’ Herbert Benson, M.D. also devotes part of his book, ‘Timeless Healing,’ (1996) to what science says about how prayer works. Another physician who has investigated prayer, health and healing and personal growth is Larry Dossey, M.D. In his 1995 book, ‘Healing Words,’ Dossey discusses over 100 scientific studies, many conducted under strict laboratory conditions. Over half of these showed that prayer brings about significant physiological and psychological changes in humans and other living beings.

By praying and meditating for health, strength, transformation, courage, love, compassion, patience or other desirable outcomes, you have everything to gain, and nothing to lose. Use prayer and meditation to connect with your deepest aspirations for wholeness, and increased self-esteem will be one the many benefits you’ll enjoy.

Now that we’ve traversed the body/mind/spirit connection, let’s get started on defining your goals. Now is the time for you to take responsibility for your mind/body transformation and to visualize what total health means to you.

Avtar Nordine Zouareg

Avtar Nordine Zouareg is highly regarded as an internationally acclaimed speaker, motivational coach and #1 Best Selling Author in the fields personal development and wellness. Avtar has almost three decades of experience traveling the globe and working directly with clients to identify and change the negative patterns that are preventing them from attaining optimum health and wellness. His impressive collection of international titles, awards and recognition are a direct reflection of his ability to overcome immense personal struggles and emerge with great success. Avtar's own personal history is an inspirational one- and the basis for his teachings. Born a sickly, two pounds child in the back of a truck with little hope of living to adulthood, Avtar used mental exercises to overcome his body's limitations. Ultimately, he became a champion bodybuilder and earned the titles of Mr. France, Mr. Europe, Mr. World and Mr. Universe, all by the age of 23, making him the youngest athlete to win a Mr. Universe title after the famous Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today he shares his unique mental techniques with celebrities, business magnates, and soccer moms all around the world. In 1995, Avtar came to the United States as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability and settled in Tuscon, Arizona, where Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, bestselling author and America's #1 Brain Longevity Specialist put him in charge of patient wellness at Khalsa International. From Khalsa International, he moved to the renowned Miraval Resort, in Tucson Arizona, where he created and lead the award winning BodyMindfulness Center for six years. Since 2005 he has been coaching and consulting for companies around the globe. Throughout his career, Avtar has worked with thousands of high-profile clients such as Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Sophia Loren, Janet Jackson, Charlie Sheen, John Assaraf, John and Teresa Heinz Kerry, Joe and Gavin Maloof, top athletes, business leaders, and thousands of others who credit his mind-centering training techniques as the key to wellness, lasting health and fulfillment. In addition to his deep understanding of how the mind works to influence the body and his beliefs in the benefits of balancing the body, mind and spirit, Avtar is the author of the best selling book, Mind Over Body: The Key To Lasting Weight Loss Is All In Your Head! He also holds a Master's Degree in Physical Education, several International Coaching Certifications, and he speaks five languages. Avtar's personal passions are his two children, his spirituality, exercise, reading, cooking, travel, and helping people around the world understand how to incorporate the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of being to create a successfully balanced and fulfilling life.

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