More and more doctors are prescribing meditation healing techniques for curing many stress related illnesses. Stress has been shown to be the direct cause or significant contributing factor to many chronic diseases and conditions and meditation healing techniques have been scientifically proven as a safe and therapeutic way to balance your physical, emotional and mental health.
You have probably heard of the mind/body connection. Actually, it’s not a “connection” at all since that implies that the mind and the body are separate. In reality they’re not separate at all, any more than you can separate music from an instrument that makes a sound. Ancient healing techniques all involved the mind as critical to healing. In modern times, the Placebo Effect has been proven to be as effective as medical healing in curing many afflictions.
And so, a simple meditation practice can keep you healthier, and speed up healing of injury, illness and even chronic disease.
Let’s touch on the Placebo Effect for a moment because this is a phenomenon you can activate during meditation. Placebo comes from the Latin, “I will please.” It’s a fascinating phenomenon whereby a patient believes that a treatment will work, regardless of whether the treatment is real or not. Many experiments have been done with sugar pills and other ineffective substances in place of medicines – and the results were startling: the person’s expectation of being healed, caused the healing!
For example, let’s say you have a headache. You take an over-the-counter pain reliever and your headache subsides. You expect a pill to treat your headache, knowing that there will be a chemical reaction in your body that will cause the headache to go away. But what if you were convinced that a glass of lemon water would do the trick more effectively than a pill that could have potentially dangerous side effects? What if someone like a doctor said to you, “this is absolutely as effective as any pill” – and because you trust your doctor, you believe him/her? You drink the lemon water… and somehow activate the body’s own chemistry to cause effects similar to what the pain reliever may have caused?
In one study, people were told they were taking a stimulant, when in fact they were taking an inert substance. After taking the pill, their blood pressure went up, their heart rate increased, and they felt more alert and quick-responding. When they were given the very same pill and told it was a sleep aid, they experienced increased drowsiness and easily fell asleep!
The key here is belief – if you expect results, and believe you will have results, you will have results. This can go both ways! If you expect to have negative side effects from a medicine, you are more likely to experience them than if you believe you will have no adverse reactions!
In meditation, you can use perfect health as a point of focus.
You can use this guided meditation to improve your health:
Sit quietly until your body and mind relax. Feel a deep relaxation come over you.
Do a body scan where you imagine the trillions of cells in your body as being tiny little rooms, each one lit by one bright light bulb. If you are feeling ill or injured, the affected cells are dark. It’s hard to do any work in the dark, so your cells have a hard time performing their normal functions. You have to “turn on the light” to get them to function properly, and that’s easy to do – just flip the switch!
Now, imagine you move through your body, starting at the top of your head and moving down. One by one, you flip the switch in each dark cell and light it up. The light is healing… warm… loving… strong… supportive… and as you light up each cell, it becomes vibrant and filled with this amazing vitality and energy, and its normal, perfect functioning is restored.
Continue moving downward through your body to the soles of your feet. Pause, and observe your body. How alive and light it is, now! How beautiful, this brilliant healing light!
Now, begin to move back up your body, letting your intuition guide you to areas that may still be darker than others. Spend a little extra time in these areas, flooding them with brightness, light, joy, fun, happiness and most importantly, love and appreciation for the amazing work that your cells do without pause, without struggle and without complaint.
How magnificent is this body of yours?
Continue moving up through your body until every single cell is illuminated.
You can repeat this cycle as many times as you wish. Once your entire body is illuminated, bask in its perfect health for some time before returning to a normal waking state.
Then, go about your day, periodically appreciating your body, and showing it appreciation by eating the best foods, exercising and allowing yourself adequate rest.
A daily meditation practice will stimulate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for healing and maintenance operations in the body. In part, this function is performed during sleep, but since many people don’t get enough quality sleep, it’s a good idea to have one or two focused periods of relaxation during the day when you can shut down upsetting thoughts so they do not cause a stress response.
Meditation is natural and simple to incorporate into your daily life and can save you from taking dangerous chemical drugs which damage the body. Please begin wisely as you learn to use your innate meditation healing abilities: use meditation as a complement to prescribed medical treatment, and do not discontinue any prescribed medications without your doctor’s consent.