Did you know that long-term meditators experience 80 percent less heart disease and 50 percent less cancer than non-meditators? Females who meditate have an average of 47 percent more DHEA, the youth-related hormone, than those who don't. This hormone helps heighten memory, lower stress levels, preserve sexual function, and maintain weight. Interested in meditating?
The benefits of meditation alone are substantial, but imagine combining meditation with kundalini yoga and the science of modern medicine. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., yogi, and author of Meditation As Medicine: Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing Force, did just that and created what he calls Medical Meditation.
How It Works
Medical meditation focuses on the physical body as well as the spirit, working to rejuvenate both. It channels healing energy to specific parts of the body and focuses on specific chakras that are related to the area of pain. It can be used for many ailments such as heart disease, AIDS, arthritis, cancer, migraines, asthma, etc. Medical meditation heals by combining four attributes.
1. Specific breathing patterns.
Approximately one-third of all people breathe so poorly that it affects their health. Most people breathe too shallow, trapping stress and tension within their bodies. Medical meditation focuses on breathing deeply from your abdomen with breathing exercises such as the Complete Breath, Breath Awareness, and the 4/4 Breath of Energy.
2. Special poses and movements, precise positioning of the hands and fingers.
Energy locks, known as bhandas, are used to increase and direct the body's flow of energy so it can be used to heal. There are three locks: the Root Lock, the Diaphragm Lock, and the Neck Lock. When all three of these are combined it is called the Great Lock. The hand and finger positions used are known as yoga mudras. Studies show that various finger movements have a direct impact upon the way the brain functions. Medical meditation utilizes specific mudras to heal. For example, in Surya Mudra the tip of the ring finger touches the tip of the thumb, promoting energy, health, and intuition.
3. Specific mantras with a distinct vibratory sound.
The vibratory effects created by chanting are powerful healers. Researchers have found them to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, strengthen the immune system, increase lymphatic circulation, and enhance the release of endorphins. "Ong namo, guru dev namo" is the first mantra chanted during a kundalini or meditation session. The literal meaning is "I bow before my highest consciousness."
4. A unique mental focus.
The mind is a powerful thing. Believing you can heal is just as important as the actual healing process. Medical meditation often uses the tip of the nose as a focal point. The optic nerve runs right next to the pituitary gland, which is stimulated by the stretch in the optic nerve as the eye focuses on the tip of the nose. Concentrating on the third eye has a similar effect, while focusing on the top of the head will stimulate the pineal gland.
When practiced on a regular basis, all of these elements combined form a spiritual practice known as sadhana. Sadhana is most effective when practiced in the early hours of the morning before the sun rises. During this time, specific hormones are secreted that will determine how you will feel all day long. The practice of sadhana can relieve and reverse existing conditions and prevent illness.
To learn more about Medical Meditation, visit drdharma.com.