The best medicine is the mind. With self healing meditation techniques, we can cure the majority of health problems.
Buddhist monks have used self healing meditation techniques for over 2000 years.
It is only over the past half century, however, that Western society has begun to catch up.
Over the past fifty years, scientific research has begun to prove the many benefits of meditation for physical and mental health.
Seriously, you will be mind-blown by the complete list of benefits meditation offers.
Meditation can help with:
- headaches / migraines
- breast cancer
- heart conditions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- and so much more
Aristotle on self healing:
Meditation is the way to heal the mind, and in turn the mind will heal the body.
Do self healing meditation techniques work? Science says yes
An astronomical amount of top-end research has validated the effectiveness of meditation as a healing practice.
The authors of research published in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice tell us:
“Zen meditation and mindfulness are beneficial for general psychological health and stress management in those with medical and psychiatric illness.” This includes the relief of stress, anxiety, and depression, three of the most commonly experienced mental health complications. [National Health Institute]
Why is meditation so powerful for healing?
The best answer is given by an old adage. The adage goes a little something like this. If you spent sixteen hours a day running on concrete, your legs would very quickly deteriorate until you were no longer able to walk. If you spend sixteen hours a day stressing, your mind will very quickly deteriorate.
The problem is that that is precisely what many people do.
Medical doctor Andrew Thomas Weil (author of Spontaneous Healing) says:
“We spend all day in a whirlwind of thought. We never allow our minds to rest. And without this precious self-healing time, our minds become exhausted.”
Not only does the mind grow tired, but it is also subject to structural changes.
The mind is moulded and shaped by the items it focuses on.
If your mind focuses on negativity, on fear, anxiety, stress, self criticism, or other negatives, your mind will take a negative shape.
Rick Hanson, founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience, and author of Buddha’s Brain, tells us:
“Mental activity requires neural activity; neural activity sculpts neural structure. As new neurons form constantly, changes in the mind associated with changes in the neural system leave lasting traces in the structure of the brain.
Self healing meditation techniques are proven be science.
Research shows that as little as eight weeks of mindfulness meditation will create positive structural changes in the hippocampus [Harvard].
This leads the mind to calm and helps to heighten the effectiveness of the immune system, leading to improved overall health and less risk of illness and disease.
Meditation and mindfulness are more effective for curing and healing many health complications than prescription medication.
Already health organisations around the world have begun to replace medication with meditation.
Bruce Smith, associate professor of psychology and University of Mexico, says “Mindfulness-based approaches may effectively replace medications for some patients.” [via LinkedIN]
Perhaps the most amazing revelation is that it doesn’t take considerable effort to see benefits from self healing meditation techniques.
Hanson suggests that even as little as a single minute of mindfulness meditation per day will boost an individual’s health.
“One [minute],” says Hanson, “is infinitely more than zero.”
Meditation offers your mind a moment in which to escape from those corrosive doubts, worries, anxieties, and negativities.
When you meditate you focus your mind on the present moment. You essentially watch the present moment from a non-judgmental perspective. Meditation can literally be summed-up as “Just sensing.” You’re not thinking, you’re not judging anything, you’re not worrying. You are simply watching the present moment. That is all.
That is all. And yet that little act of non-judgmentally observing the present moment is life changing.
Over the past ten years top-level dialogues have been taking place between the Dalai Lama and brain researchers from the leading universities around the world. One such dialogue was between Dr. Richard Davidson, director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin, and the Dalai Lama. Dr. Davidson studied the effect meditation has on the brain. His results are as follows.
Negative thoughts lead to extreme activation of certain regions of the brain, including the amygala and the right prefrontal cortex. Positive moods quieten these areas, allowing them to relax, and instead the left prefrontal cortex becomes more active.
Dr Davidson researched Zen monks who had been practising meditation for many years. He discovered that monks had higher activity in the brain regions related to positive moods. but more importantly, Dr Davidson’s research shows that through meditation the brain can rewire itself, thereby curing and prior damage.
Self healing meditation techniques have also been shown to strengthen the immune system.
Eckhart Tolle says,
“The more consciousness you bring into the body, the stronger the immune system becomes… This is a potent form of self-healing. It is not only your physical immune system that becomes strengthened; your psychic immune system is greatly enhanced as well.”
Buddhist Self Healing Meditation Techniques
Traditionally, Tibetan Buddhist would use meditation in conjunction with other practices for complete mind-body healing.
Tibetan herbal medicine would include asking for help; finding herbs; prescribing; preparing and taking medicine; and diagnosing illness and all of this would be done with compassion and devotion [Dharma-Haven]
The most basic form of Buddhist self healing meditation technique is shen-ne, which is Shamatha. The term “abiding in peace of mind” is often used to describe this.
Shamatha is a relaxed but focused style of Buddhist meditation that heals the mind by creating inner stillness and calm. This leads to hat in Tibetan is called lah-tong and Sanskrit Vipashynana, which is insight.
This massively reduces stress by creating inner-calm and untangling the thoughts in the mind. And it leads to healthier, more appropriate actions that reduce the causes of unhealthiness.
The vast majority of illnesses are caused by stress. And once we are ill, stress serves to make illness much worse. Plus, stress inhibits the immune system, making us less likely to heal, or at least, to heal at a slower rate.
By producing calmness, meditation removes the causes of illness, improves the immune system, and helps us to heal faster and more effectively.
Meditating on Medicine Buddha, With Mantra
One of the most powerful Buddhist self healing meditations is to meditate on the Medicine Buddha, the Supreme Healer.
How to meditate on medicine Buddha.
It is best to learn about the Medicine Buddha first. There is an excellent educational article about Medicine Buddha available on BuddhaWeekly
Once you have learned the basics about the Medicine Buddha, meditate on the Supreme Healer.
To do this, you will likely want to purchase a Buddha Statue.
The best statue for this is a simple Medicine Buddha state that you get online.
Medicine Buddha Statue
The best way to meditate on the medicine Buddha is with a visualization.
You may also like to recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, as follows:
Medicine Buddha Mantranamo bhagavate bhaiśajyaguru vaidūryaprabharājāya tathāgatāya arhate samyaksambuddhāya tadyathā: oṃ bhaiśajye bhaiśajye bhaiśajya-samudgate svāhā.“Homage to the Blessed One, The Master of Healing, The King of Lapis Lazuli Radiance, The One Thus-Come, The Worthy One, The Fully and Perfectly Awakened One, thus: ‘Hail! Appear, O Healer, O Healer, O Great Healer, O King of Healing!’ ”
More healing mantras
There are more self healing mantras that are used in Hinduism, yoga, Kundalini yoga and other systems. Here are 10 healing mantras to use.
Mudras are specific hand and body positions that are used in yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism.
There are many different mantras and each has its own healing-properties.
We can use this mudra hand positions while meditating to enhance the healing of the meditation.
I’ve selected 10 healing mudras you will find helpful. Take a look at that link.
Eckhart Tolle’s Self Healing Meditation Technique
Eckhart Tolle advocates the use of a specific type of body scan meditation for complete healing. [source]
- When you have a few minutes in which you will not be disturbed, find a comfortable position lying down flat on your back.
- Close your eyes and begin to focus your mind on parts of your body. Begin with the hands. Then continue to the feet, arms, legs, abdomen, chest, head, and so on.
- Feel life energy (prana / chi / life force) flowing into each of these body regions. Focus on one part of the body for fifteen seconds and imagine prana / life fore / chi flowing into that region.
- Now allow your focus to flow like a rolling river over your entire body.
- Now feel the energy of your body in its totality. Hold on to that sensation.
Prefer to use sound for self-healing meditations?
A lot of research has proven that Tibetan Singing Bowls are excellent for self healing (that link provides both the science and a tutorial).
SO WHERE DO THE HEALING POWERS OF MEDITATION COME FROM?
Mental calmness and inner balance are vitally important to our overall health.
One of the reasons why meditation is so good at healing you is that it calms and purifies both body and mind.
When you meditate you essentially closes off your thoughts. It gives the mind a break.
When meditating, you focus your consciousness of one element (such as your breath). This gives your mind a much needed break. It lets any negativity or mental blockage free up.
This results in a state of flow.
When you meditate you allow your body to flow naturally. This creates mental balance and increases the prana (lifeforce) circulating through your body.
Prana (lifeforce) is the basis of health.
When you have a good amount of prana flowing freely through your body you will feel energetic, alert, and relaxed. This positive state helps mind and body. A lack of prana, one the other hand, leads to lack of motivation, fatigue, and illness.
Meditation also improve oxygen circulation.
One of the best ways to heal any health complication is by increasing oxygen flow. That’s why one of the first things they’ll do for you at hospital is give you an oxygen mask.
When I was a kid I suffered from chronic asthma. It was terrifying. Out of nowhere I would start to struggle to breathe. The ambulance would rush me to hospital. And they’d put me on an oxygen mask.
Oxygen sustains every element of the human body. So naturally, one of the best ways to enhance our self-healing is to improve oxygen flow. This helps with everything from stress to muscle pain.
Science shows that meditation increases oxygen circulation significantly. And this is one more reasons why meditation improves self healing.
The mind heals the body
You don’t always need science. You don’t always need a doctor. Often, we can heal ourselves.
Health is in you. Health is in your mind. It’s in your body. Yes, there are some times when medication can help. But a lot of the time you can heal yourself when you just let your mind and body do what they need to do.
Meditation is the key to letting your mind and body take care of themselves.
There are very many healing powers of meditation. But they are all powers that you yourself possess. Let yourself exist in your natural state and you will have health.
Write a comment below about your experience with these self healing meditation techniques.
Disclaimer: Consult a doctor before trying these self healing meditation techniques.