Meditation and Chakras

Meditation and Chakras

 

 

 Meditation and Chakras 

Meditation is both an Art and Science – it is the art and science of discovering and exploring the inner world of consciousness. Meditation is nothing short of a revolution –it is a revolution against all the ideas we have about ourselves, it is a revolution against the society and the world we live in; it is a revolution against all the ideas fed to us by our society; it is a revolution against everything that is borrowed from others, that is not our own personal experience. Meditation is a revolution against what is not ecological; it is a revolution against the incongruence that exists between our unconscious and conscious zones of mind, it is a revolution against that incongruence that is stopping us from realizing our super conscious self, our universal consciousness.  For such a major revolution to happen, we need to bring all our energy and awareness to whichever technique we are practicing.

With our self-identities and the ego, we are solidified like ice. Ice is easy to break through and through, and likewise, with our solidified bodies and mind, mental, emotional, and physical breaks can easily happen to us. With meditation, ice can melt into water, which is flowing and not solid. We need to heat the ice to transform into water, the fluid state. Meditation is like the heating process and we transform into the fluid state. You cannot break water—can you?

 Next step is the evaporation. When you boil water – to change it from water to water vapor, it requires a certain intensity, a certain heat; the water needs to heat up to boiling point where it bubbles; at this juncture where the water is bubbling it looks like it is in a great turmoil and then the transformation automatically happens. It is the same with us.

When we go through the process of meditation, our solidified state transforms into the fluid state and then the vapor state.

When in Vapor form, there is no boundary, and it is like our individual consciousness is merging with universal consciousness.

Meditation gives the inner bliss and unleashes the latent inner intuitive potential of every Being.

Intuition is the Energy of your Being and it heals you physically, mentally and emotionally.

 

 

 

 

 

Maslow's Hierarchy of needs

 

Meditation, Centering Energy Cycle

 

 

National studies have shown that a one in three college student is depressed and one in four contemplates suicide.

 

Alan Glass, M.D., (director of Student Health and Counseling, Washington University in St. Louis) says: "depression and suicide are the largest health issues facing college students. Students are definitely under more stress than they have been in previous generations; competition is a big part of that stress.”

 

Yorkes Dodson Law

 

Stress can be, and often is, beneficial. At appropriate levels, stress increases both efficiency and performance.

 

In today's high-powered competitive environment, the stimulus of the stress response/ fight-or-flight response is often essential to success. As stress and/or anxiety increase, so do performance and efficiency.

 

However, this relationship does not continue indefinitely in this fashion. When situations produce excessive stress, a threshold is exceeded. This stress overload is associated with diminishing performance and efficiency, and even health. This relationship is known as the Yerkes Dodson Law.

 

(Stress and Employee Performance, Mind Body Medical Institute)

 

Harvard Medical School's Walter Cannon performed fight-or-flight experiments and 50 years later in the late 1960's, in the same room, Herbert Benson, MD found that there was a counterbalancing mechanism to the stress response.

 

Just as stimulating an area of the hypothalamus can cause the stress response, so activating other areas of the brain results in its reduction; He defined this opposite state the "relaxation response”.

 

The relaxation response through a Meditation Technique is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress, (e.g., metabolism decreases, decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension, levels of nitric oxide increase).

If practiced regularly, it can have lasting effects. Elicitation of the relaxation response is at the heart of the MBMI's research and clinical mind/body programs.

 

Taken from: "Repeated activation of the relaxation response can reverse sustained problems in the body and mend the internal wear and tear brought on by stress.“ By Herbert Benson, MD, Timeless Healing, 1996

 

Mind Body Medical Institute researchers used a brain imaging technique known as functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI.

fMRI measures blood flow changes as an indirect measure of brain activity.

During a two-hour brain scan, five experienced meditators used a simple meditation technique to evoke the "relaxation response," a quiescent physiological state.

"This study shows striking changes in the brain when people meditate and evoke the relaxation response."

 

10-20 minutes of meditation, twice a day leads to:

Decreased metabolism

Decreased heart rate

Decreased breathing

Slower brain waves

(Relaxation Response, Benson, H. et.al, President, Mind Body Medical Institute (MBMI), Associate Prof, Harvard Medical School)

 

Mind Body Medical Institute (MBMI) Clinical Findings

1. Chronic pain patients reduce their physician visits by 36%.
The Clinical Journal of Pain, Volume 2, pages 305-310, 1991

2. There is approximately a 50% reduction in visits to a HMO after a relaxation-response based intervention which resulted in estimated significant cost savings.
Behavioral Medicine, Volume 16, pages 165-173, 1990

3. Eighty percent of hypertensive patients have lowered blood pressure and decreased medications - 16% are able to discontinue all of their medications. These results lasted at least three years.
Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Volume 9, pages 316-324, 1989

4. Open heart surgery patients have fewer post-operative complications.
Behavioral Medicine, Volume 5, pages 111-117, 1989

5. One-hundred percent of insomnia patients reported improved sleep and 91% either eliminated or reduced sleeping medication use.
The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 100, pages 212-216, 1996

6. Infertile women have a 42% conception rate, a 38% take-home baby rate, and decreased levels of depression, anxiety, and anger.
Journal of American Medical Women's Association. Volume 54, pages 196-8, 1999

7. Women with severe PMS have a 57% reduction in physical and psychological symptoms. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Volume 75, pages 649-655, April, 1990

8. High school students exposed to a relaxation response-based curriculum had significantly increased their self-esteem.
The Journal of Research and Development in Education, Volume 27, pages 226-231, 1994

9. Inner city middle school students improved grade score, work habits and cooperation and decreased absences.
Journal of Research and Development in Education, Volume 33, pages 156-165, Spring 2000

 

Daily Meditation, according to several sources is beneficial for Treatment of:

Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Anxiety, Hostility, Depression, Premenstrual Syndrome, Infertility

 

Research out of Yale University has found that regular meditation practice results in increased thickness of grey matter in the cortex of the brain, as shown by MRI. The increases were found in areas that are involved in sensory, cognitive and emotional processing.

(Neuro Report 16: 1893-1897, November 28, 2005)

 

Benefits of Meditation

Physiological/Biochemical benefits:

1. Deep rest-as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate and reduced work load of the heart.

2. Lowered level of cortisol and lactate, two chemicals associated with stress.

3. Reduction of free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage. They are now thought to be a major factor in aging and some diseases.

Improvement in high blood pressure;

5. Higher skin resistance. Low skin resistance is associated with higher stress and anxiety levels.

6. Drop in cholesterol levels.

7. Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.

8. Younger biological age. (in meditators, it is shown that they look 12 years younger than chronological aging)

9. Higher levels of DHEAS in the elderly. An additional sign of youthfulness through meditation;

10. Increase in certain immune antibodies.

Psychological benefits

1. Slower Brain waves and increased brain wave coherence.

2. Harmony of brain activity in different parts of the brain is associated with greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ, with ability to function at intuitive level

3. Decreased anxiety.

4. Decreased depression.

5. Decreased irritability and moodiness.

6. Improved learning ability and memory.

7. Increased self-actualization.

8. Increased feeling of vitality and rejuvenation.

9. Increased happiness.

10. Increased emotional stability.

Health conditions that are benefited by meditation

  • Drug/ Alcohol/Smoking and other addictions
  • Obesity, Under weight, Eating disorders
  • Phobias, Nervousness, Worry, Anxiety, Depression, Suppressions, Hostility,
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Insomnia, other sleep disorders
  • Stress
  • Pain-both acute and chronic pain management.
  • Head ache, Migraine, Tension headaches,
  • Joint pains, Arthritis, Lupus and other autoimmune disorders, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatism
  • Muscle Tension
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Repetitive Strain injury
  • Back pain
  • Heart disease, Angina, Palpitations,
  • Arrhythmias
  • Respiratory crises.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma, Allergies
  • Psoriasis and other Skin diseases
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and
  • other G.I disorders
  • Eye diseases
  • Infertility.
  • PMS, Perimenopause/ menopause related Issues
  • Alzeimers
  • Cancer and other chronic illness
  • HIV/Aids
  • Prolonging of life Expectancy.

 

We have 7 major energy centers, that can be blocked by emotions: Mooladhara (Root center), Swadhishthana (Fear center), Manipuraka (Navel-Worry center), Anahata (Heart-center), Vishuddhi (Throat center), and Ajna (Brow-center), and Sahasrara (Crown center).

 

All these energy centers can be energized, some need catharsis before energizing, and this process of catharsis and energizing, is an important step that guides us and assists us in our journey.

 

Energy Centers and Emotions

 

Anahatha

When we depend on others’ attention to live, we are depending on their energy. We cannot move without others. What does that mean?

We are psychologically handicapped!

 

Worry

Without a reason to worry, your ego loses its reason for existence! That is why you choose to remain in the dimension of misery. When you are in worry, you feel you are someone. You feel you are a solid entity because you are solving worries and thinking about them all the time.

Whereas, when you are free from constant worrying, you are in Bliss, but in this dimension you are nobody! There is no material to keep you occupied. There is nothing to solve. You feel insecure like a non-entity. To enjoy worry less state, you need to first drop your ego about wanting to be a solid entity.

 

Fear

Fear falls primarily into 4 categories:

  1. Fear of loss of status, wealth, comfort;
  2. Fear of disease or loss of a bodily part;
  3. Fear of the loss of family and friends;
  4. Fear of death.

 

Fearlessness is not the absence of fear, but really feeling the fear, and having the courage to face it.

If you can truly enter into the space of fear, it can never so deeply affect you again.

 

Mooladhara

The root center is a continuous fountain of positive energy—while your judgments, imaginations, and expectations are like a huge stone blocking this marvelous energy fountain.

The root center opens when you accept all others as they are.

When we are born, we are born with the energy of both father and mother - both masculine and feminine energy- both Yin and Yang, no matter what our outer physical expression is- a man or a woman

We are born as a Being in 100% energy- in totality.

Until age 7, your energy is total (both yin and yang).

 

We will discuss the above four Energy Centers in more detail, as well as the Vishuddhi (Throat Center), Ajna (Brow Center), and Sahasrara (Crown Center) chakras in our next Newsletter

Have a blessed life

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