- This complete guide to self healing meditation techniques reveals the science and spirit of spiritual healing.
- SO WHERE DO THE HEALING POWERS OF MEDITATION COME FROM?
- THE REASON WHY MEDITATION HEALS IS BECAUSE IT RESTORES YOUR NATURAL BALANCE
- MEDITATION ALSO HELPS OXYGEN CIRCULATION. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF HEALTH.
- Consult this list for specific spiritual healing meditation techniques:
This complete guide to self healing meditation techniques reveals the science and spirit of spiritual healing.
Buddhist monks have used self healing meditation techniques for over 2000 years. Through meditation, monks have transcended to a higher state and achieved enlightenment. 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. An astronomical amount of top-end research has gone into validating the effectiveness of meditation as a health and healing practice.
The authors of research published in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice tell us that, “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.
This is far from the only scientific research to proof the healing power of meditation. The research includes proof that meditation can heal: headaches, migraines, and other pains; asthma, obesity, depression, anxiety, hypertension, HIV, PMS, IBS, and even breast cancer. Read this list of 110 health benefits of meditation–it is truly amazing.
But why, exactly, 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 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 our 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, 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.
This theory has been proven by fMRI studies. The research shows that as little as eight weeks of mindfulness meditation will create positive structural changes in the hippocampus. 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.
The truth is that medication and mindfulness is 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.”
Perhaps the most amazing revelation is that it doesn’t take considerable effort to see these health benefits. 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 quiet 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.
Meditation has 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.”
SO WHERE DO THE HEALING POWERS OF MEDITATION COME FROM?
Mental calmness and inner balance are vitally important to your 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 lose off all your thoughts. You focus your consciousness of one element (like your breath). This gives your mind a much needed break. It lets any negativity or mental blockage to free up.
This all results in a state of flow. When you meditate you allow your body to flow naturally. This creates mental balance and also increases the prana (lifeforce) energy circulating through your body.
Prana (lifeforce) is the basis of health. When you have a good amount of prana flowing feely through your body you will feel energetic, alert, and relaxed. And this positive state helps both your mind and your body. A lack of prana, one the other hand, leads to lack of motivation, fatigue, and illness.
THE REASON WHY MEDITATION HEALS IS BECAUSE IT RESTORES YOUR NATURAL BALANCE
One of the saddest facts about modern man is that we’ve forgotten the natural way. When we feel ill we are far more likely to grab a bottle of pills than to stop for one second and think “How do I get back to the natural way”?
We are so obsessed with health products that we’ve forgotten one very important fact. That very important fact is this: our body knows how to heal itself. We’ve forgotten that. So instead of letting our bodies heal themselves we turn to medication.
The healing powers of meditation are the healing powers of your own body and mind. In fact, you can forget all about the healing powers of meditation. Because to an extent it is not true that meditation heals. It is your own body and mind that heals. Meditation simply allows your body and mind to function naturally so that they actually have the opportunity to heal. It basically stops you from interfering with your own wellbeing.
MEDITATION ALSO HELPS OXYGEN CIRCULATION. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF HEALTH.
Of course, you already know how important oxygen circulation is, right? 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. I would suddenly struggle to breathe. The ambulance would come and rush me to hospital. And they’d put me on an oxygen mask.
Now, I am very thankful to those doctors who helped me. But at the same time I am now aware of something vitally important. I’m aware that I could have increased my own oxygen if I had know some great ways to relax very quickly. If I had known how to meditate back the I very well may not have needed an oxygen mask.
Meditation increases oxygen circulation and therefore helps with very many health complications.
Thing Is. You Don’t Need To Know The Science To Understand The Healing Power Of Meditation
You don’t need to know the science to understand why meditation is so helpful. All you really need to do is to practice meditation for five minutes.
I’d like to ask you a very quick favor. It’s a favor I think you’ll enjoy.
I’d like to ask you to take thirty mindful breaths (if you’re not sure how to do this, I’ve put together a beginners guide to breathing meditation for you).
So go ahead and take thirty breaths. Just thirty.
Wherever you are right now, simply close your eyes and take thirty deep breaths while focusing your mind on your breath.
Go ahead. Trust me this is going to be very elucidating.
Tell me how you feel?
You feel more relaxed, calmer, more balanced, healthier. You feel great, right?
That is the healing power of meditation. And you do not need science to feel it.
We’ve Forgotten how to heal ourselves
You don’t always need science. You don’t always need a doctor. Some things you can just feel for yourself.
But we’ve forgotten that we can heal ourselves. Thanks to those sodding drug manufacturers and their constant commercials, we have come to believe that health is in a bottle. It isn’t. It never was. It never will be.
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.
But precisely what type of meditation should you use for healing? It depends on what you are trying to heal.
Eckhart Tolle advocates the use of a specific type of body scan meditation for complete healing.
Though there are many different types of meditation, Eckhart Tolle recommends the following technique on his blog.
- 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.
This is a very powerful meditation for general healing. If you have a specific complication you may find the following meditation techniques helpful. Before continuing, however, be sure to consult a healthcare professional. Do not try these healing techniques without the advise of a professional.
Consult this list for specific spiritual healing meditation techniques:
- For headaches and migraines, please read this complete guide to spiritual pain relief.
- If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or stress, there are many different techniques you can use. I personally suggest using Anapanasati breathing meditation and Loving Kindness Meditation.
- If you are suffering from a muscular pain, you will find body scan meditation very helpful.
- If you believe in the use of mudras, you will find this list of ten powerful healing mudras very helpful.
- Another powerful way to heal is by using Tibetan Singing Bowls. These bowls produce frequencies of sound that restore balance to the body and mind.
- Finally, if you would like to gain complete knowledge and master of meditation you will find my new book Welcome To Silence: A Practical Guide To Mindfulness And Meditation essential reading.
The above are powerful self healing meditation techniques. Consult a doctor before trying these self healing meditation techniques.