“The cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured, for this is the great error of our day, that physicians first separate the soul from the body.” – Plato
But in today’s world, the moment we sneeze, we just hack our medicine cabinet to find a pill to curb sneezing. Instead of finding out the root cause, which lies deep within our minds, we are always in a hurry to offer topical solutions. While I won’t say that many a time topical or physical solutions could help in offering a cure, the results are temporary. Unless we wipe out the root cause by clearing our mind of any disturbances, the recovery is never complete.
According to Bruce Lipton, the author of “Biology of Belief”, “The cells of your body are merely following instructions given by the nervous system, by the brain. The nervous system does the interpretation. You can easily see this when you see two people reacting to the same stimulus with very different reactions, one positive and one negative. As your perception changes, you change the message that your nervous system communicates to the cells of your body. Your mind controls your biology. That’s what the placebo effect is about; the mind believes the pill will work and so it does.”
So, what is healing?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, ‘healing’ means to make sound or whole, or to restore to health. And, meditation is the art of healing our minds. When the very basic reason doesn’t exist, there will not be any scope for its symptoms to prevail. Meditation offers a wide array of benefits for the human body, mind, and spirit by raising their vibrational energies and synchronizing them so that utmost peace and tranquility prevails. Yogic texts suggest that those who have high-frequency energy vibrations have rare chances of becoming dis-eased. And, it could be because the trigger factors find it unable to survive in such a dense positive environment.
Meditation for Healing: The Scientific Evidence
According to a research conducted at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, regular meditation offers its own bouquet of benefits. Here are some of the statistics…
People with heart disease: 45% reduction
High blood pressure: 43% reduction
Pain: 25% reduction
Stress: 31% reduction
A study conducted by Professor Kabat-Zinn shows that meditation had a profound impact on skin lesions in psoriasis sufferers, with those who practiced the art healing four times faster than those who did not.
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, “The implication is that the mind can actually enhance the healing process by a factor of four, and if people need fewer treatments, it costs less.” Kabat-Zinn.
Practice Of Meditation For Healing
The concept of healing through meditation is pretty simple. Just give your mind sufficient rest, recuperate, and rejuvenate. And, we can do this by silencing our mind. When your mind is at rest, free from all those unwanted worries, thoughts, and actions, it gets its time to relax. A calm mind, as we all know, has the power to heal your body naturally.
But, it doesn’t imply that we have to sit in a particular position without any thoughts. It is just that we have to redesign our relationship without thoughts. Thoughts are like the waves in the ocean. Can anyone stop those? No, right? In the same way, a mind is never free from thoughts.
Instead of flowing along with the flow of our thoughts, just train ourselves to remain as an observer. Teach our body and mind to relax with breath, giving ourselves the permission to retain our attention and focus to the present moment. This ability to stay in the present in very powerful and accentuates the healing power that dwells deep within you. It gives us the potential to channelize our thoughts, moods, and emotions in positive, productive directions. And, this ability has strong self-healing potentials for physical and mental well-being.
Meditation and Healing – A Study
A beautiful study was conducted by Dr. Richard Davidson, the director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin, on the brainwaves of monks who meditate regularly. This study noted a significant difference in the brain circuitry of the people who meditate and those who do not.
In general, when we become upset, the right prefrontal cortex and the amygdala become active. Meanwhile, when we are calm and relaxed, the left prefrontal cortex is more active. And, in Davidson’s study, it was noticed that the activities in the left prefrontal cortex of long time meditators were pretty high. That gives us the evidence why the monks remain calm and happy always without being attacked by the dis-eases.
The study also suggests that humans can, indeed, rewire their brain and break the so-called barriers they had set for themselves. And, all this self-healing can be done just by meditating regularly.
With a regular meditation practice, we will be able to remain calm and joy, without being unaffected by the inevitable stresses of life. The once chaotic-mind remains calm and serene, healing and blessing us!
Here is a sample meditation for healing which you could practice!
A Simple Meditation for Healing
- Sit down or lie down in a comfortable posture. If you are sitting, keep your spine straight to allow the energy to flow through it smoothly.
- Close your eyes and rest your palms on your knees.
- Feel the fresh air as the breath enters and leaves your body. Take about 15 breaths to prepare your mind and body for the practice.
- Once you are ready, take a long, deep inhalation, filling your lungs with energy, vitality, and peace.
- As you exhale, release any and all toxins, stress and any negativity that has accumulated in your body.
- Tune into your breath, focusing on the sensation of deep peace for fifteen deep inhalations and exhalations.
- Feel the energy spreading through your entire body. Feel every single cell, tissue, and muscle turning warm with the energy.
- Slowly extend this energy outside your body, filling all the objects in nature with this healing energy. Allow all those energies to become one.
- Stay with the energy while continuing your deep breaths.
- Bring all those energies together and feel them as one…..
- Imagine a bright, white ball of this energy about three feet away from the crown of your head.
- Allow a beam of this healing white light to travel down into your body from the top of your head, slowly going down into your face and neck, traveling down into the shoulders, all the way down into the arms, down to the fingers…..
- Visualize the light going down into your chest, all the way down to your stomach and hips and groin.
- Feel it traveling down into your thighs, knees, calves, ankles, feet, and all the way down to your toes.
- Your whole body is now filled with divine healing light and energy.
- Allow the energy to fill all the tiny cells and pores of your body.
- Feel its warmth. Acknowledge the warmth. Accept it.
Healing with Meditation
At this stage, you will feel calm and relaxed. Your mind will be in a very powerful state that it can now heal you completely.
- Allow the white light heal to any physical and emotional issues or traumas.
- Imagine a white whirlpool of the same white light circling about three feet away from your navel. Allow this whirlpool to suck all your unwanted thoughts, traumas, issues, and any other thing that do not serve you. Feel the whirlpool vanishing with those, never to come back again.
- Now, bring your awareness to any intentions or desires that have at the moment.
- Send the light to these intentions, allowing them to come alive. Feel and experience these desires and intentions come true using all your five senses.
- Lock this image in your mind.
- Now experience the connection with this divine energy and light.
- Accept and acknowledge that all is one.
- Stay with this deep, relaxing, peaceful feeling of bliss.
- Be here and now.
Express gratitude to the incredible healing and stay glued to the energy as long as you wish!
Lovely! The energy us simply awesome. Each and every person in this world is worthy enough to be healed. And, meditation is an art that anyone can master through regular, consistent practice.
So when are you going to begin your meditation?
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