This is the third part in this series today [links to parts 1 and 2 are below] – and we’re focussing on physicality . . . it’s astonishing to know how profoundly Meditation has been healing us since Ancient times.
Physically, one of the ways Meditation heals is with the deep breathing: breath floods the brain with oxygen. Starving the body of oxygen by the brain results in pain. In Meditation, deep breathing floods the body with extra energy that it needs, life force energy, together with the oxygen surplus which helps to calm the mind.
The brain can be trained to direct this healing energy and oxygen to any part of the bodymind system. One astonishingly powerful way to heal in this way is to focus the light we sense in the Divine, or the Ultimate Mind of our Source, in our mind and then direct it to the bodymind. The sensation of the light in the brain, positively affects glands and a healing process is set in motion.
By focussing awareness on the higher parts of our human nature, we change our self-image from “sick” to healthy.
We learn self-control, thereby changing awareness and personal power. We find our own inner wisdom . . . one of the most powerful reasons to meditate as far as I’m concerned because this builds so much inner confidence. We connect with “The Guru” within. And this, indeed, was my own personal journey through pain to healing.
Of course, there are other healing processes associated with Meditation: emotional and hormonal – as well as mental and Spiritual. And, of course, many people turn to Yoga for wellbeing and this is because we have a deeper Spiritual need. What we all seek ultimately is freedom, acceptance to be ourselves, and to be loved for who we are.
Quite often the healing in the bodymind is activated by the unconditional acceptance that the meditator experiences, both from the teacher and of course, the Universe. It is this acceptance which is so healing to us as human beings.
The path of Yoga Meditation is a path leading towards Self-Realization – to YOUR “self” . . . . your true nature, and you “train” your Soul in your practice.
The power of Meditation to heal and transform comes from the fact that it is working on a holistic (whole person) principle of harmony and unification. We harmonise the body and the mind with the breath, the emotions, and the spirit.We come into balance.
And of course our unification with the whole, the whole of humanity, the cosmos, our universe and universal life force is so important for our wellbeing, as a human being.
As a teacher of many years experience now, I know very deeply that if you teach a person self-understanding and self-control, give them positive guidance, and let them feel the amazing benefits of wellbeing resulting from Meditation you give a person health and vitality for life – to enjoy life as we’re supposed to, to our full potential, our shining self.
You can try this Healing Journey
Healing Power of My Inner Cosmos
What is astonishing to me as a teacher is that the Ancient Yogis knew what to do for healing: and this rippled out to be absorbed into Zen and Buddhism. They tapped into a natural inner wisdom deep within the human experience of “self” and they were able to understand this, interpret it and teach it by turning this wellspring of inner power into a codified system which could be passed down through generations. Parts 1 and 2 to this simple series on Meditation: click here for part 1 . . . click here for part 2.
[Image of young woman reclining above is by Elena Ray elenaray.com Twitter: @OldChineseMan]
Here’s a Refresher on “thrive” . . .
When you think “thrive”, think of all the seemingly small, but necessary daily elements of life as nourishing the miraculous organ you are as a human being. At our essence we are a living organism, on a living Planet, in a living Universe. So, here’s something else I’ve been teaching this for over 20 years : the miracle of our self as an organism, and how we help it maintain balance [or some kind order in the chaos of living]: silence is essential – the teaching never changes, results of practice are always the same . . .
All we are on a physical level as a human being is air, water and food. And physically, our body’s 10-13 trillion cells replace themselves every 100 days [just over 3 months]. How about that for a “slow flow”? And how do we help our organism to replace and renew?
Why we do what we do to thrive: learning to be “you”
I’m a teacher, so repeating myself goes with the job! Small steps, small changes . . . one day at a time: in 100 days from now you’ll be a new you! I’ve said this to you before, I’m sure there’ll be many tellings again. [ Read more about this in my blog . . . thrive | Rest and Relaxation #1 ]
And, so, let’s talk about repetition and commitment as well as practicalities and practices: we could take the attitude of “What’s the point in showering we’re only going to get dirty again?” or “Why bother washing up when we’re only going have to redo it when we reuse the dishes.” Come to think of it, what’s the point in eating, when we’ll be hungry in a few hours time? And of course, sleeping’s unnecessary, too . . . we just always end up feeling tired again, don’t we? I don’t think I need to say anymore, do I? Some things in life just need to be repeated: and diligently.
A single change doesn’t always effect a permanent transformation. But taking things one step at a time in your day eventually leads to trillions of new cells of “you-ness”. You could try my very simple program “Steps to Silence” : a 7 day short program in spending more time in silence.