Q: Becca, I can’t sit in silent meditation without distraction. How can I reap the health benefits of meditation?
A: Many people have trouble with the Eastern, passive style of meditation. If you want to tap into mind-body healing through meditation, an effective and convenient way is to use guided visualizations. They are easy-to-use self-help tools that bypass your busy, critical mind, to install healing images in your subconscious, which is in charge of our habits and beliefs.
Imagery has long been considered a healing tool in virtually all of the world’s cultures, including Hawaii where I study the ancient Huna philosophy.
Guided visualizations start by bringing you into a state of relaxation, or the Alpha State, usually through deep abdominal breathing. Then, you are led to imagine symbols, colors, spirit guides, or listen to affirmations that will lead you toward balance, release of tension, and restoration of your body’s natural healing abilities.
If you are good at entering a state of relaxation and imagination, you can start right away with a few deep breaths, then visualize any pain you might be having. What does it feel like? Imagine your pain as a knife, a rope or any other symbol that comes to mind. Then pull out the knife, untie the rope or fill the place of pain with a healing green light. See your body healing as the healing light repairs broken bones, soothes sore muscles or dissolves tumors.
Visualizations create powerful impact on the subconscious mind! Finish with an image of yourself doing something that symbolizes perfect health and feel the joy in doing it.
It’s often easier to start with listening to a taped visualization with the soothing voice of a healing guide accompanied by soft, beautiful music. For an overall toning of your health and well-being, try my Chakra Meditations from The Chakra Diaries, available for free download at www.thechakras.org.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries