Meditation as a Healing Process
We all know that meditation has been proven to be very helpful, in many ways. Meditation can calm the mind, help with anxiety, stress, and depression. Practicing meditation increases creativity and improves memory and focus. Recent studies go further than that, they are proving that a consistent meditation practice can actually assist in healing many health conditions, even chronic conditions. Imagine that!
The power of the mind
We are much more than a body and a mind. There’s something else, which we can call soul. There's also an aura. Years ago, to believe in these two last terms you had to be religious or quite spiritual.
Now, thanks to science, quantum physics can measure these energies with the help of many ongoing studies and very expensive machinery. At one point or another, you’ve probably heard a variety of sayings about energy including “we are made of energy” or “we are energy”. Perhaps you’ve even said before in the context of people, “I don’t like his/her energy!”
When practiced regularly, different exercises like conscious breathing, positive thinking, visualization, heart breathing, loving awareness, and gratitude can really make an impact in someone’s life. Not only emotionally, but also physically.
Researching and trying meditation
If all this information is new to you, please, don’t take my word for it. I encourage you, do your own research. You soon start to find real cases and studies. You can start looking into Dr. Joe Dispenza's case studies and healing retreats. There is also The Chopra Center by Deepak Chopra. You may even come across names like Gregg Braden, David R. Hamilton, Bruce Lipton, and Dr. Jeffrey Thompson. The list goes on and on, and they all believe the same, that no matter how long you’ve been suffering from you, you have the power to help heal yourself.
Guess which of the practices they all do that they find is the most powerful and accessible? Meditation.
One can meditate in many ways. Sitting upright with the spine uplifted, on the floor, on a chair, on the bed, anywhere you feel comfortable really. You can also meditate lying down, as you walk, and even as you practice yoga sequences, also known as moving meditation.
The many types of meditation
There are many different types of meditation from many different origins and cultures. There is Vedantic, abstract meditation, which helps you to find your real identity by the question “Who am I?”. Let's also talk about Taoist practice, using the body, breath, and visualizations to empty yourself and to find harmonies with the Tao, like in Tai Chi and Qigong.
Practices of the Buddhist and Zen use concentration, observation, and pure awareness. This includes mindfulness meditation. Other forms include Yogic using breathing techniques, Yoga Nidra lying which relaxes all the muscles of the body, Kundalini that focuses on energy points or chakras, Tatraka which is an eye gazing meditation. The list goes on with Tantric, Mantra and Mandala Meditation…
With such a long list, there must be one that works for each one of us, don’t you think?
What’s your experience with meditation? Do you still find it challenging? Would you like to start but you don’t know how? Leave your comments below.
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