Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Meditation: Take a stress-reduction break wherever you are



Meditation:

Take a stress-reduction break wherever you are
By Mayo Clinic staff

Meditation can wipe away the day's stress, bringing with it inner peace. See how you can easily learn to practice meditation whenever you need it most.
If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even just a few minutes in meditation can restore calm and inner peace.
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction. Anyone can practice meditation. It's simple and inexpensive, and it doesn't require any special equipment. And you can practice meditation wherever you are — whether you're out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor's office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting.
Understanding meditation
Meditation, considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine, produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.
Benefits of meditation
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and improve certain medical conditions.

Meditation and emotional well-beingWhen you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
The emotional benefits of meditation include:
·        Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
·        Building skills to manage your stress
·        Increased self-awareness
·        Focusing on the present
·        Reducing negative emotions

Meditation and illness
Many healthy people use meditation as a way to relax the body and reduce stress. But meditation also might be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress.
A growing body of scientific research is supporting the health benefits of meditation. But many of the studies aren't of high quality, and some researchers believe it's not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of meditation.
With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help such conditions as:
·        Allergies
·        Anxiety disorders
·        Asthma
·        Binge eating
·        Cancer
·        Depression
·        Fatigue
·        Heart disease
·        High blood pressure
·        Pain
·        Sleep problems
·        Substance abuse
Be sure to talk to your health care provider about the pros and cons of using meditation if you have any of these or other medical conditions. Meditation isn't a replacement for traditional medical treatment. But it can be useful in addition to your other treatment.
Types of meditation
There are many types of meditation and relaxation techniques with meditation components. But all share the same goal of inner peace.
Ways to meditate can include:
·        Guided meditation. Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide or teacher.
·        Mantra meditation. In this type of meditation, you silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts. Transcendental meditation is a type of mantra meditation in which you achieve a deep state of relaxation to achieve pure awareness.
·        Mindfulness meditation. This type of meditation is based on being mindful, or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your thoughts and emotions but let them pass without judgment.
·        Qi gong. This practice generally combines meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises to restore and maintain balance. Qi gong (chee-kung) is part of traditional Chinese medicine.
·        Tai chi. This is a form of gentle Chinese martial arts. In tai chi (TIE-chee), you perform a self-paced series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner while practicing deep breathing.
·        Yoga. You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you're encouraged to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.


Elements of meditation
Different types of meditation may include different features to help you meditate. These may vary depending on whose guidance you follow or who's teaching a class. Some of the most common features in meditation include:
·        Focusing your attention. Focusing your attention is generally one of the most important elements of meditation. Focusing your attention is what helps free your mind from the many distractions that cause stress and worry. You can focus your attention on such things as a specific object, an image, a mantra, or even your breathing. Don't fret when your mind wanders. Just return to your focus of attention.
·        Relaxed breathing. This technique involves deep, even-paced breathing using the diaphragm muscle to expand your lungs. The purpose is to slow your breathing, take in more oxygen, and reduce the use of shoulder, neck and upper chest muscles while breathing so that you breathe more efficiently.
·        A quiet location. If you're a beginner, practicing meditation may be easier if you're in a quiet spot with few distractions — no television, radios or cell phones. As you get more skilled at meditation, you may be able to do it anywhere, especially in high-stress situations where you benefit the most from meditation, such as a traffic jam, a stressful work meeting or a long line at the grocery store.
·        A comfortable position. You can practice meditation whether you're sitting, lying down, walking or in other positions or activities. Just try to be comfortable so that you can get the most out of your meditation.

Everyday ways to practice meditation
Don't let the thought of meditating the "right" way add to your stress. Sure, you can attend special meditation centers or group classes led by trained instructors. But you also can practice meditation easily on your own.
And you can make meditation as formal or informal as you like — whatever suits your lifestyle and situation. Some people build meditation into their daily routine. For example, they may start and end each day with an hour of meditation. But all you really need is a few minutes of quality time for meditation.
Tips to practice meditation on your own
Here are some ways you can practice meditation on your own, whenever you choose. Take a few minutes or as much time as you like to practice one or more of these meditation methods:
·        Breathe deeply. This technique is good for beginners because breathing is a natural function. Focus all attention on your breathing. Concentrate on feeling and listening as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. Breathe deeply and slowly. When your attention wanders, gently return your focus to your breathing.
·        Scan your body. When using this technique, focus attention on different parts of your body. Become aware of your body's various sensations, whether that's pain, tension, warmth or relaxation. Combine body scanning with breathing exercises and imagine breathing heat or relaxation into and out of different parts of your body.
·        Repeat a mantra. You can create your own mantra, whether it's religious or secular. Examples of religious mantras include the Jesus Prayer in the Christian tradition, the holy name of God in Judaism, or the om mantra of Hinduism, Buddhism and other Eastern religions.
·        Walking meditation. Combining a walk with meditation is an efficient and healthy way to relax. You can use this technique anywhere you're walking — in a tranquil forest, on a city sidewalk or at the mall. When you use this method, slow down the pace of walking so that you can focus on each movement of your legs or feet. Don't focus on a particular destination. Concentrate on your legs and feet, repeating action words in your mind such as lifting, moving and placing as you lift each foot, move your leg forward and place your foot on the ground.
·        Engage in prayer. Prayer is the best known and most widely practiced example of meditation. Spoken and written prayers are found in most faith traditions. You can pray using your own words or read prayers written by others. Check the self-help or 12-step-recovery section of your local bookstore for examples. Talk with your rabbi, priest, pastor or other spiritual leader about resources.
·        Read or listen and take time to reflect. Many people report that they benefit from reading poems or sacred texts silently or aloud, and taking a few moments to quietly reflect on the meaning that the words bring to mind. You can listen to sacred music, spoken words or any music you find relaxing or inspiring. You may want to write your reflections in a journal or discuss them with a friend or spiritual leader.
·        Focus your love and gratitude. In this type of meditation, you focus your attention on a sacred object or being, weaving feelings of love and gratitude into your thoughts. You can also close your eyes and use your imagination or gaze at representations of the object.

Building your meditation skills
Don't judge your meditation skills, which may only increase your stress. Meditation takes practice. Keep in mind, for instance, that it's common for your mind to wander during meditation, no matter how long you've been practicing meditation. If you're meditating to calm your mind and your attention wanders, slowly return to the object, sensation or movement you're focusing on.
Experiment, and you'll likely find out what types of meditation work best for you and what you enjoy doing. Adapt meditation to your needs at the moment. Remember, there's no right way or wrong way to meditate. What matters is that meditation helps you with stress reduction and feeling better overall.
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April 21, 2009

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Simple Healing Meditation


A SIMPLE HEALING MEDITATION

Sit in a comfortable position or lay down.
Start to imagine that your body is slowly filling with light, starting from the feet and slowly moving upwards
As the light is moving up your body, feel that this light is relaxing your muscles and your mind.
Now, imagine that any areas of disease or pain in your body are surrounded by a dark shadow which represents the unhealthy area.
I feel the light moving upwards until my entire body is filled with light and every muscle of my body is feeling relaxed.
Now feel that your body of light is radiating the light out from your eyes, the light is shining as if a torch is shinning out from your eyes.
Now feel that you are directing the light towards any area of the body that is giving you pain or discomfort, represented as a shadow on your body.
Feel that you are sending extra light to this area that is in pain or discomfort.
Imagine that the diseased or painful areas have dark shadows surrounding it.
Now feel that you are shinning a loving healing light to the diseased or painful areas so that the darkness is removed.
I radiate my shining light to my body and fill my body with this warm healing light.
I now radiate this healing light to the world.
I begin to feel that this healing light is returning me to health and vitality
Perfect health is available to me now.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Shamanic Journey


THE SHAMANIC JOURNEY

Shamanism encompasses the belief that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment.
Shamanism is a 'calling' AND NOT A PRACTICE TO BE ENTERED INTO LIGHTLY. Individuals who are 'called' typically experience an illness of some sort over a prolonged period of time. This illness will prompt the individual to seek out spiritual guidance and other shamanic healers. Such illnesses are usually not healable/curable by physicians and western medicine. The shaman heals through spiritual means that consequently affect the human world by bringing about restored health.

Practice
Generally, the shaman traverses the axis mundi (The axis mundi (also cosmic axis, world axis, world pillar, columna cerului, center of the world) is a ubiquitous symbol that crosses human cultures. The image expresses a point of connection between sky and earth where the four compass directions meet. At this point travel and correspondence is made between higher and lower realms.) and enters the spirit world by effecting a transition of consciousness, entering into an ecstatic trance, either auto hypnotically or through the use of entheogens. I have left the psychoactive and poisonous plants off the list. The methods employed are diverse, and are often used together. Some of the methods for affecting such trances:
Plants
Other
Other
·        Tobacco
·        Cedar
·        Sage
·        Dancing
·        Singing
·        Music
·        Fasting
·        Sweat Lodge
·        Vision Quest

Shamans gain knowledge and the power to heal by entering into the spiritual world or dimension. The shaman may have, or acquire many spirit guides in the spirit world, these often guide and direct the shaman in his/her travels. These spirit guides are always present within the shaman though others only encounter them when the shaman is in a trance. The spirit guide energizes the shaman, enabling him/her to enter the spiritual dimension. The shaman heals within the spiritual dimension by returning 'lost' parts of the human soul from wherever they have gone. The shaman also cleanses excess negative energies which confuse or pollute the soul.
Shamans act as "mediators" in their culture. The shaman communicates with the spirits on behalf of the community, including the spirits of the deceased. The shaman communicates with both living and dead to alleviate unrest, unsettled issues, and to deliver gifts to the spirits.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chakra - Wheels of Energy



The word “CHAKRA” – is Sanskrit for wheel or disk and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body. The Chakras are the seven power points in the human body that circulate energy or the life force also known as prana .Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column. In addition, the Chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements, developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions, and much much more.
All the chakras have to be balanced - properly aligned and opened - for physical , mental and spiritual health.

Chakra Therapy helps in balancing and harmonizing the chakras, by use of colored gemstones and specialized healing tools like Chakra Crystal Grid Set, 7 Chakra Healing Discs and Chakra Mala/Prayer Beads.


1st Chakra - The Root/Base Chakra
Location: Base of the spine
Color: Red
Element: Earth
Sense: Smell
Symbol: Square
Musical Keynote: Middle C (vocalized as “Lahm”)
Associated Gland: Adrenal
*Controls body solids, such as the spinal column, bones, teeth, and nails. Also the blood, building process of cells, the colon, and rectal area
Gemstones: Agate, Bloodstone, Hematite, Red Coral, Red Garnet, Ruby, Black Obsidian, Black Tourmaline and Black Tourmaline in Clear Quartz
Herbs: Cedar, Clove, Pepper, Vetiver
Essential Oils: Balsam de Peru, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rosewood, Thyme, Vetiver
Qualities and/or Functions: Survival, power to achieve goals, vitality, grounding, material security, stability, stillness, courage
Muladhara: 1st Chakra (Base or Root Chakra): Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence. The color for the root chakra is red or black and it is grounded with your power. When this chakra is open, you feel in good health and connected with your physical body. It is used to ground your essence into your physical body. This chakra gives you determination, grounds you and aids in survival in the physical realms.
When this chakra is balanced, the masculine and feminine energy work together to make you strong and vital. When it is not balanced, the feminine aspects disappear and you can become overbearing and have difficulty with the ego. Physically, it governs the kidneys and the spinal column. To help activate this chakra, use red candles, clothes or lights. Use red sparingly as it can also strengthen anger if it is present. The symbol of this chakra is the Square.


2nd - The Sacral/Spleen Chakra:
Location: Below the navel
Color: Orange
Element: Water
Sense: Taste
Symbol: Crescent
Musical Keynote: D above middle C (vocalized as "Vahm")
Associated Organs/Systems: Reproductive organs, kidneys, bladder
Gemstones: Carnelian, Coral, Gold Calcite, Moonstone, Blood Citrine and Orange Jasper
Herbs: Damiana, Gardenia, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang
Essential Oils: Benzoin, Cardamon, Clary Sage, Elemi, Fennel, Sandalwood
Qualities and/or Functions: Primal feelings, awe, enthusiasm, openness to others, personal creativity

Svadhisthana: 2nd Chakra (Sacral or Sexual Chakra): Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change. The color for this chakra is orange. It is used for creativity, vitality and sexual expression and creates the balance between connectedness with other people and time spent alone. The spleen chakra is located in the sexual organs-- ovaries in women and testes in men.
When the masculine and feminine energy is balanced in this chakra, adaptability and flexibility come easily. This chakra is connected to procreation and bringing in new life, when it is out of balance, it causes one to fear death. Physically, it governs sex and reproduction along with creativity, intimacy flow of body fluids and energy. To help activate this chakra, eat oranges, and wear orange clothing. The symbol of this chakra is the Crescent.
3rd - The Solar Plexus Chakra:
Location: Above the navel, but below the chest
Color: Yellow
Element: Fire
Sense: Sight
Symbol: Triangle
Musical Keynote: E (vocalized as "Rahm")
Associated Organs/Systems: Pancreas, liver, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, autonomic nervous system, lower back, muscles
Gemstones: Amber, Citrine, Tiger's Eye, Topaz, Yellow Sapphire, Sulphur, Yellow Jasper
Herbs: Bergamot, Carnation, Lavender, Rosemary
Essential Oils: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cedarwood, Coriander, Hyssop, Juniper, Lime, Lavender, Rosemary
Qualities and/or Functions: Personal power, social identity, influence, authority, self-control, energy, will, peace, radiance, joy, inner harmony, vitality and inner strength

Manipura: 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra): Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power. The color for this chakra is yellow. Yellow is very good for getting in touch with your power and to build confidence. It is your center of will.
This chakra deals with the human ego, emotions and self-love. Intuition is believed to begin in the area of our energy center Solar Plexus Chakra. Although, the Third Eye Chakra is most associated with intuition, the "spark" is what is felt in the area of our solar plexus. This being the biggest nerve center in our body connected to almost all the organs, the solar plexus is often where we consider our "gut" feeling to come from. This is also where the connection between the three lower Chakra interchange with the four higher Chakra energy centers.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is located near the stomach. The primary energy of this Chakra is free will. Love essentially comes from the Heart Chakra, but the spark is often ignited in the Solar Plexus Charka. This chakra gives you strength and provides the ability to hold energy for personal power and emotional control. When it is unbalanced, it produces rage and destructive anger. Physically, it governs the pancreas, liver, spleen, stomach, gall bladder and the nervous system. To help activate this chakra, sun bathe, drink solarized water from a yellow bottle, eat yellow foods. The symbol of this chakra is the Triangle.

4th – The Heart Chakra
Location: The center of the chest
Color: Green or pink
Element: Air
Sense: Touch
Symbol: Six Pointed Star
Musical Keynote: F (vocalized "Yahm")
Associated Gland: Thymus
*Controls the heart, blood circulation, immune system, lower lungs, rib cage, skin, upper back
Gemstones: Emerald, Green Jade, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Kunzite, and Watermelon Tourmaline.
Herbs: Marjoram, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Orris root, Rose oil, Yarrow
Essential Oils: Marjoram, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Melissa, Rose, Maroc, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang
Qualities and/or Functions: Unconditional love, harmony, forgiveness, healing, compassion, understanding, personal transformation, warmth, sharing, devotion, selflessness

Anahata: 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra): Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness. The color for this chakra is green or pink. This chakra deals with physical healing, balance, harmony, compassion and love. The heart chakra is located near the heart.

This chakra is most important in all facets of love, when it is balanced, you trust in others, take risks, love and feel loved. Physically, it governs the thymus gland, heart, blood, circulatory system and the immune and endocrine systems. To help activate this chakra, eat lots of green vegetables, surround yourself in nature, especially trees and plants. The symbol of this chakra is the Six Pointed Star.



5th - The Throat Chakra:
Location: the throat area
Color: blue
Element: Ether
Sense: Sound
Symbol: Circle
Musical Keynote: G (vocalized "Hahm")
Associated Glands: Thyroid
*Controls the jaw, neck, throat, voice, airways, upper lungs, arms
Gemstones: Aquamarine, Blue Sapphire, Chalcedony, Turquoise, Blue Quartz, Blue Kyanite, Angelite, Blue Obsidian, Apatite, Blue Tourmaline, Azurite, Calcite, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite
Herbs: Benzoin, Basil, Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Sage
Essential Oils: Benzoin, Basil, Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Hyssop, Linden Blossom,Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosewood, Sage
Qualities and/or Functions: Creative self-expression, communication, inspiration, wisdom, confidence, integrity, truth, freedom, independence


Visuddhi: 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra): Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language. The color for this chakra is blue. This chakra deals with communication and expression. The throat chakra is located near the thyroid gland. Opening this chakra allows you to speak the truth and to express your true feelings with love.

From here, you begin to know divine love and your personal power is strengthened with divine knowledge and wisdom. Physically, it governs the thyroid gland, lungs, vocal cords, bronchial apparatus and metabolism. To help activate this chakra, have water near you, and use blue candles. The symbol of this chakra is the Circle.

6th - The Third Eye Chakra
Location: Middle of the forehead
Color: Violet
Element: All 5 Elements in Their Purest Form
Sense: Psychic
Symbol: A Single Point
Musical Keynote: A (vocalized "Om")
Associated Glands: Pituitary
*Controls the endocrine system, the left brain hemisphere, the left eye, nose, ears, sinuses, and parts of the nervous system
Gemstones: Lepidolite, Iolite, Strawberry Quartz, Lapis, Azurite, Sodalite
Herbs: Jasmine, Mint, Mugwort, Star Anise
Essential Oils: Anise, Angelica Seed, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Pine
Qualities and/or Functions: Inner vision, intuition, clairvoyance, insight, perception, imagination, concentration, peace of mind, projection of will, manifestation


Ajna: 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra): Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us "see the big picture." The color for this chakra is Violet. This chakra deals with clairvoyance and mental activity. The third eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead.
When this chakra is open, you experience spiritual wisdom and enlightenment. It is the center of physical and spiritual understanding. Physically, it governs the pituitary gland, lower brain, nervous system, ears, nose and the left eye – the eye of personality. To help activate this chakra, flowers are extremely helpful. Clothing and lighting in this color also stimulate this chakra. The symbol of this chakra is A Single Point.

7th - The Crown Chakra:
Location: the top of the head
Color: White Light
Element: Infinite Time
Symbol: The Lotus
Musical Keynote: B (vocalized "Pure Sound")
Associated Glands: Pineal
*Controls cerebrum, right brain hemisphere, right eye, central nervous system
Gemstones: Alexandrite, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Selenite, Herkimer Diamond, Kundalini Quartz, Tiger's Eye, Amethyst, Citrine, and Smokey Quartz, Tourmalinated Quartz.
Herbs: Frankincense, Lotus, Neroli, Rose, Olibanum, Spruce
Essential Oils: Frankincense, Neroli, Rose, Pine
Qualities and/or Functions: Perfection, integration, unity with the divine, wisdom and purpose, universal consciousness, understanding, enlightenment


Sahasrara: 7th Chakra (Crown or Christ Consciousness Chakra): Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss. The color for this chakra is a mixture of Silver, Gold and White and Violet. It is the combination of All That Is and the Divine Connection. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head. The silver is the feminine energy of creation, the gold is the masculine energy of creation, and the white/violet light is truth and clarity which give clear vision of the truth and protection.
When this chakra is open, you connect with the Godhead and the source of the White Light comes into your energy field. Physically, it governs the pineal gland, the upper brain and the right eye. Quartz Crystal or Amethyst gems are helpful in activating this chakra when all is else is prepared. The symbol of this chakra is the Lotus.

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