A recent story chronicled an amazing feat by a Tibetan man. An observer noted that the man’s mental concentration was so acute that he could sit outdoors in deep snow, nude and melt the snow around his body.
At the Hindu monastery on Kauai, we were visited by a guru from India who could breathe through his eyes.
These extreme results of the practice of meditation can result in what may look like miracles. But we can all achieve miracles in our lives through meditation, more useful ones than melting snow or breathing through eyeballs. For example, meditation can reduce stress and anxiety, enhance motor reflexes, increase motor control, increase exercise tolerance, sharpen perceptions, increase awareness, improve concentration, maintain health, provide a general positive outlook on life, and foster the development of a sense of personal meaning in the world.
Scientific studies reveal that meditation produces a specific physiological response pattern that involves various biological systems: metabolic, autonomic, endocrine, neurological, and psychological. Studies on how these mechanisms are involved in producing the final pattern of responses continue. The answers are so complex, the physiological response to meditation probably occurs on a multidimensional, interactive basis.
But why wait? We know the benefits of meditation, if not all the hows and whys. You can experience the benefits through simple sitting meditation, clearing of the mind with a focus on your breath. Or quiet your busy “chattering mind” with a guided visualization. To try a guided visualization that you can listen to lying down, try this Chakra Meditation.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaires
There are a wide variety of plants, essences of flowers and herbs that can used fresh or dried in extracts, teas, tinctures and steam inhalations to cleanse the body of toxins and strengthen the immune system. For example, grapefruit extract works wonders as a post-illness tonic while magnolia bark tea harmonizes the Heart and Throat Chakras, willow flowers enable the release of sadness while rosemary, sage and thyme can be used in steam inhalations to defeat sinus infections and sore throats. First time users of aromatherapy should be cautious until they know how their body will react and some herbs can be dangerous to the unborn so if in doubt, consult your health practitioner.
Bija mantras are used in a chakra balancing practice to bring the focus inward. The audible sound is extended so that each repetition overlaps the one before it. The word HAM, pronounced like in harm, or humming the note G will energize the throat, bestowing an almost otherworldly tone and harmony to your singing voice.
A thorough discussion of the use of gemstones and crystals in chakra healing will not be attempted here as many excellent books have been penned on the subject. In short, blue topaz can be used to activate and balance the throat chakra by aligning the body’s meridians and is especially helpful when combined with Reiki healing methods. Its sister, yellow topaz aids in smoothing out energy imbalances and strengthening a weakened nervous system while uncut semi-precious stones such as sapphires and emeralds enhance the release and re-balancing of the whole body.
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