Of late I have been watching a lot of videos by Anita Moorjani.
Currently watching videos of Louise Hay. Louise Hay says that feelings of Resentment , Guilt, Fear and Criticism cause disease and by certain affirmations of gratitude and love, one can get rid of these feelings, thereby getting healed.
Both Louise and Anita emphasise on loving ourselves and give lots of practical tips on how to actually love ourselves , something that most do not know and are not even aware of the importance of self love. Self love is not the same as vanity or narcissistic.
I have been watching their videos repeatedly and every time there is something new in their talks that makes sense to me and is more acceptable.
I am also enjoying the meditation videos by Louise Hay.
Louise and Anita are a boon to humanity. Both of them beat Cancer and are doing great service by sharing their healing experiences and methods with all.
Apart from all the medications one takes to heal the body, it is equally important to have a healthy mind which in turns helps in healing. Strongly advise everyone to read their books and watch their videos.
I recently came across a practice of ‘Chanting’ . A particular branch of Buddhism has popularized chanting ‘Nam Myoho Range Kyo’. A colleague introduced this to me. The mantra is the essence of Buddhism which says that every individual has the ability to overcome any suffering , any situation. By chanting this mantra , one’s faith increases. Simultaneously the universe also aligns with our efforts, thereby one can achieve their goals.
I also came across a video about ‘Grounding’. A new concept which requires an individual to sit and place their bare feet on the ground, preferably surrounded by nature , for maybe 10 or 15 minutes or more. Then imagine roots growing from the bottom of the feet and going deep into the earth. The imaginary roots then help in absorbing the energy from the earth and into the body. This process helps in calming the mind, relieving stress and in centering the mind.
Anything and everything to stay heal yourself and stay healthy 🙂
A lot of times we are either living in the past or zooming into the future. Our thoughts are always racing from the past to the future , pausing only for a fraction of a second at the Present moment.
The result is that we do not really live/enjoy the present moments, and are either repenting about the past or anxious about the future.
I came across this simple and very effective tip that can instantly bring a person to the present moment. No , it is not about Meditation 🙂
Very simple to practice.
Catch the moment when you are not in the present moment and become aware of your thoughts.
Start watching your breath. Observe your Inhalation and exhalation for a few times
Feel the object that you are touching/ holding right now. Is it soft / hard /rough ?
Feel the chair/bed that you are sitting on. Is it soft / hard / rough ?
Listen to the noises around you. The sound of the fan/AC , the clock ticking, the birds chirping , people talking , music . Listen for a while .
Become aware of the pressure points in your body from top to bottom. Start from the head, neck , shoulders , chest , stomach, hips, knees and feet. Consciously release the pressure before moving from one point to another
Do the above whenever you notice that your thoughts are drifting.
There are a lot of people all over the world who are able to manage and control chronic illnesses with Meditation. Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Stress, Anxiety , Depression and Cancer too can be ‘managed’ well by including meditation as a part of your daily routine.
My curiosity about meditation and yoga began about 15 yrs ago.
I wanted to learn to meditate but didn’t know what it was all about.
I bought books on Meditation. All the books mentioned a wonderful experience and wrote about a lot of steps and discipline that are required to reach that blissful state. I got discouraged reading all this. I even feared it , thinking I would die during meditation , especially after reading about yogis who pass on during meditation . This is called ‘Samadhi’
I continued reading up on the Internet .
I came across various methods to meditate. Some of them are ..
Staring at an object a little away from you. A flower or a candle should do.
Sitting with closed eyes and trying to concentrate on the gap between two consecutive thoughts.
Focusing on various parts of the body starting from top to the bottom while relaxing those parts of the body.
Gently focusing on the point between the eyebrows with closed eyes.
Chanting a mantra etc
I later came across various spiritual organizations that taught meditation. But, I was not ready to accept any Guru.
I continued reading and one day came across ‘Chakra meditation’.
This particular method appealed to me. I read about it several times and one day decided to try it out.I had read enough of theory and was confident and ready for some practicals :))
The experience I had was indescribable. I couldn’t discuss my experience with anyone.
During the process of meditation all the chatter in my mind had stopped. Breathing was very slow and steady. I was not able to feel my body, only a part of the face, the throat, and the breath. It was as if the body had disappeared and expanded into a balloon , this balloon had a diameter of a few meters. There was a lot of energy in this balloon.It was a peaceful state and all was still , as though time was frozen.
This was my first experience. There was no way of knowing if all those who meditate have the same/similar/better experience.The experience was good and I was happy that I was able to ”meditate” without a Guru :))
Soon all was forgotten.
One day , a few years later , I learned that a course was being held by a spiritual organization , close to where I lived. I joined the course hoping to know more about meditation. They didn’t teach any meditation but I learned Pranayama and other rhythmic breathing techniques which are supposed to improve our health and clarity in the mind.
Later on, I also did the Meditation course conducted by the same organisation. The experience was just ok . I was unable to sit for long periods with my spine erect during all those different kinds of meditation sessions. It was painful 🙂
Once in a while, I would practice Pranayama followed by Meditation. Each time my experience was different.
I have now begun to meditate regularly. So glad that I had learnt to meditate .
Advantages of Meditation :Thoughts too create havoc in the body. Meditation helps in calming the mind which in turn helps the body to relax and heal.
Clarity in the mind.
A reduction in unnecessary thoughts which drain your energy.
One feels calm and peaceful within.
Better management of chronic illnesses.
Feel more energetic.
Deep Rest. It is said that 15 mins of deep meditation is equivalent to 4 hrs of deep sleep.
Improves the immune system.
Reduction in Anxiety.
…and many more
I too had a lot of doubts about meditation dulling the mind. But NO , it helps you to be more efficient as all the clutter is out of your system and you feel more energetic.
Here is an easy method to make a beginning :
Sit in sukhasana (cross legged) on a mat on the floor.The spine should be erect.You can also sit on a chair or lean on a wall. You can use pillows/cushions to ensure your spine and head are upright.Place your open palms facing upward on your lap/knees .
Gently close your eyes.
Gently try to focus your eyes at the center of your eyebrows. Do not apply any pressure while doing this.
Start observing your breath going deep inside your lungs and also observe the air going out through your nose.
Continue to observe your breath.
If your mind wanders , try to gently push the thought away and bring back your focus to your breath. You can even arrive at a solution to whatever that is bothering you and gently push the thought away.
Continue to bring back your focus to your breath.
Sit in this position for as long as you can.You can also set a timer for 15 mins. It is okay if you are unable to sit for 15 minutes initially. Do this for as long as you can.
Slowly open your eyes while cupping them with your hands.
Initially the process seems irritating as you are unable to focus on your breath and the mind continues to wander. Regular practice will definitely help in focusing and thereby to reach a state of thoughtlessness and the benefits should follow.
The practice can be done anytime during the day. Ensure your stomach is not full , should be almost empty. The best time to meditate is before having breakfast , lunch or dinner.
Where can one learn to Meditate ?
There are several organizations that conduct regular meditation courses all over the world. You can earn from more than one and choose the one that you are more comfortable with.Take your time to accept the process. There’s no hurry.
A lot of CDs and YouTube videos are available which can help you make a beginning. Once you learn the technique you no longer need any external aid and you will be able to meditate anywhere.
Your experiences are unique to you. We need not compare with others experiences. Just go ahead and enjoy the feeling.
Practicing any art form makes the mind stay calm. These are wonderful methods to calm your mind. Any hobby is good too.
I am enjoying writing these posts and it is definitely helping my mind to stay calm.
Benefits of Meditation have been proven scientifically.
I had first come across the terms ‘Witness consciousness’ and ‘Saakshi Bhaav’, almost 15 yrs ago. All these years I never quite understood what exactly they meant in spite of reading several spiritual books and articles.
All of a sudden I am now able to get a glimpse of what ‘Witness consciousness’ means and able to appreciate and experience what these terms mean.It took sooo loong 🙂
In this post, i will try and attempt to answer whether we are the body or the mind or both or something else, as per my understanding and how we can try to heal ourselves.
I am not my body : Our bodily functions are taking place without our intervention.They are involuntary actions. We don’t have to tell the lungs to breathe, heart to beat , the 5 senses to do their job and stomach to digest. They have the intelligence to perform these actions on their own. These functions are carried out even while a person is in a coma. Each cell in the body is extremely intelligent . It performs its activities , multiplies and dies. They come with their own instruction set. Every type of cell is replaced periodically. Some are replaced every few days , some every few weeks. It is said that every cell in the body is replaced every 7 years. In spite of this all the cells are bound to the body. There must be some reference for all these cells to stay together.
Then who am I ??
I am able to create and perform a lot of actions with my body using my thoughts.Without thoughts, there is no action. We are continuously bombarded by thoughts. Am I my thoughts ??
I am not my thoughts : When we were born and as a kid, our thoughts and actions were pure and based on instinct, there was pure unconditional love , there was togetherness, we enjoyed sharing , we were simple and innocent and trusted others. As we grew we started identifying ourselves with various tags . I am this , I am that ,I studied this,I work here, I live there, I own this etc. Along with the identification, there are negative feelings of envy , greed , possessiveness, hatred , vengeance etc .What has happened to that pure innocence that we were born with? It is shoved into the background and all the other thoughts and feelings started to dominate our innate divine nature. All these thoughts disappear when we are in deep sleep. Not many are even aware that we were once very pure and full of love and trust and that is our true nature. All these thoughts are actually not us. They are a result of the environment and circumstances that we are growing in. All the competition and stress that one is exposed to all the time starting from school to college to work and marriage and society. All this creates a lot of unnecessary thoughts which affect the body too.
Yes ,we cannot function without these thoughts but we can do quite well without a lot of them too!!
I would like to conclude saying that I am not the body and I am not the thoughts, then who am I ??
I am the witness consciousness : There is a part of me that is able to witness these thoughts and body functions . There is Reference point from which everything happens. I can see a thought coming and going. Another thought comes and goes and this happens nonstop.It is easier to observe your thoughts by simply sitting calm with closed eyes. There is a part of me that is hidden and forgotten and lost. That part of me can watch and witness my body and my thoughts. The moment we start observing these thoughts, the thoughts slow down and we reach a no thought zone . The body parts start relaxing too. It is a peaceful state when we witness our thoughts and get in touch with our divine self. It feels as if all the shackles that are binding us with the external world are breaking.There is a sense of freedom .This can be practiced even while we are performing our day to day chores.
We are conscious beings, meaning we are aware of our surroundings and our thoughts and we take conscious decisions all the time.
I had read that thoughts are like waves in the ocean. Deep under, the ocean is still and calm. Only the surface is turbulent. Our consciousness is like the ocean and the thoughts are the waves which continuously rise and fall…non-stop .There is a strong mind-body link and negative thoughts make the body restless and also make it sick.
This understanding is a strange feeling but a great feeling. Something that I had come across numerous times in various spiritual texts and articles and never could understand or appreciate . Finally , I seem to have understood and able to experience it now.
Once this is experienced it is easier to get detached from the body and thoughts thereby helping our body to relax/heal and mind to stay sane.
Being in the present moment , positive thinking , not judging people and the happenings around us are frequently mentioned by all the wise people in order to help ourselves. The advantage of learning to be a witness is that all these are possible.
Another advantage of being in this state is that healing happens. Thoughts are very powerful and a lot of unnecessary thoughts mess up the body functions. The mind-body connection is very strong. The moment we let go of thoughts by tapping the ‘witness consciousness’, the body can heal itself..
Sounds good isn’t it ?!! 🙂
There seems to be a strong link between consciousness ,quantum mechanics and creation which is being studied scientifically.
I am just beginning to try to understand how the two are related and hopefully one day it will all make perfect sense not just to the spiritual masters , philosophers, and scientists but to all of the humanity, so that we understand how everyone and everything in the universe are connected and evolves from the same Consciousness , that Heaven is not some place far away, but on Earth , right here right now :)) and we don’t need any religion to help us reach Heaven.