“What happens in the mind, influences the body. What we think, what we feel, influences the body. In most human cultures this is a well known fact. Emotions affect the physiological states of our organs, our muscles, our bones, everything. We hold emotions in our bodies. We can do this for years and this can lead to chronic illness, even cancer, heart disease.
Meditation is a way to heal our minds. This can be greatly enhanced if we add a physical discipline like yoga or Chinese exercises like chi gong. These more sophisticated forms of exercise are designed to move the subtle energy of emotion into balanced states of mental harmony and release past traumas that cause physical and emotional disease.” [Paula Chichester]