Meditation Benefits – Video 5 – What Is The Best Meditation Technique For Beginners?

Welcome back – today’s video (#5 of 7) answers the frequently asked question “What Is The Best Meditation Technique For Beginners?”

 

 

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Meditation Benefits – Video 2 – How Do I Keep My Mind From Wandering?

 

 

Happy Sunday – this is Video 2.  Today I’m answering the question “How Do I Keep My Mind From Wandering?”

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Meditation Benefits – Video 1 – Why Should I Meditate?

 

 

Meditation was one of the “tools” in my toolbox against breast cancer.  I found it to be one of the most powerful tools in my arsenal and I would love to share it with you.  People tend to not believe that they have so much healing power within their own minds but I hope to persuade you otherwise!

This is the first in a series of 7 videos answering questions about meditation, today’s question is: Why Should I Meditate?

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Becoming Adept At Your Healing and Health

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Becoming Adept At Your Healing and Health

When you are first diagnosed with a disease, no matter what it is, in the initial stages you are generally in the “overwhelm stage”.  You have lots of information coming at you from doctors, friends, family and everyone wanting to help.  You are right into your healing and health.

As time moves on, however, sometimes it is easy to be lured into different directions and you might forget or be too busy to do the things that you need to do to keep healing and health moving in the right direction.  I call this the “confusion stage”.

Don’t worry about this, it happens a lot.  When you notice that you’ve strayed off your path of healing and health you will need to marshal your efforts a little harder.  You might need a little help.

Do not allow those excuses that seemed so real prevent you from taking the action you had intended.  Accept that there will be hurdles to overcome.

Perseverance is key, especially if you’re using meditation as one of the cornerstones of your healing.  It is really easy to get too busy and think it’s not important, but I’m here to remind you that meditation is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS in your healing tool kit.  If you need help learning how, I’ve created a downloadable how-to-meditate course specifically for cancer patients.

It is so important to keep your healing plans moving in the direction you wish and, to help you, here are 12 recommendations:

  1. Stay away from negative people and pessimists – they will drain your energy and bring you down.  Seek out the company of optimistic, bright people who make you feel good.
  2. Make a certain amount of time every day for healing with meditation, adding in visualization when you feel ready.
  3. Read inspirational books (see my page Recommended Reading if you need help with titles).
  4. Get some bodywork – massage, Reiki, acupuncture, Healing Touch – whatever you choose, it will assist your health goals.
  5. Get some exercise into your day – choose something suited to your ability and energy levels.
  6. Practice pranayama (special yoga breathing).
  7. Have a creative outlet – it is great to lose yourself in a creative project and very healing in and of itself.
  8. Help others – the more you give, the more you receive.
  9. Laugh often – laughter really is the best medicine.
  10. Eat well.
  11. Verbalize – keep a diary and/or journal, write letters, send emails, develop your communication skills.
  12. Seek out nature – the healing power of nature cannot be emphasized enough.  If you are a city dweller, you will feel the tension slide away when you walk through a forest.

Now obviously I don’t mean for you to do all of these things every single day – no one could do that.  I found it useful to print out this list and stick it in a prominent place to remind myself that I was on a healing path and that doing these kinds of things for myself was important.  I would pick and choose something from the list each day (except meditation – that should be done daily).  Most of all, enjoy the journey.

Inspirational reference:

You Can Conquer Cancer by Ian Gawler

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Using Visualization to Heal Yourself

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I know there are people out there who are laughing – they believe that using visualization to heal yourself is just plain crazy.

I’m here to tell you IT WORKS.  When I had breast cancer in 2004, once I began adding visualization to my passive meditation sessions (they are two very different things) I really began to feel changes were being made.

About Visualization

Visualization (also called guided imagery or creative visualization) is the technique of focusing your imagination on something you would like to have occur in your life. For  you, it may be healing from breast cancer.  For someone else, it may be simply lowering blood pressure or relieving stress or improving a golf game.

How I Used Visualization

When I was undergoing chemotherapy, I used an affirmation that described the chemotherapy in very positive terms and that was great, but I wanted to take it a step further.  I read Ian Gawler’s book “You Can Conquer Cancer” and began to realize that visualization was the missing component for me.  I wanted to harness the power of my mind in order to help the chemotherapy drugs work.  I knew that my body would heal itself automatically once the right conditions were provided.

Besides Ian Gawler’s book, I also grabbed a copy of “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain.  This book was written to help you use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life.  I highly recommend it.

A Healing Visualization For You

Today I’m sharing my favorite healing visualization – I used one very similar to this.  I’d suggest you record your own voice reading it, because the cells of your body recognize your voice and that’s much better than you listening to me read this out.

To begin, turn off your phone!  Sit or lie down.  Breathe deeply (and it helps to breathe in essential oils of basil or frankincense to open the brain further).  Relax.  Start focusing on your feet – tell them to relax.  Then work your way up your body, focusing on each part and telling it to relax.  Consciously let go of any tension you may be holding.  Feel the tension dissolving  – let it go.

Here are the words to record (slowly, giving yourself time to experience the sensations):

Imagine a beautiful, shimmering, golden light.  This light is a gift to you from the Divine.

Feel this healing golden light surrounding your body.

Sense it…… enjoy the sensation of the golden light surrounding you.

Bring the golden light into the area of your body that needs healing.

Surround that part of your body in the healing, golden light. 

Really allow the golden light to penetrate that area of your body.

Breathe.

You might be aware of some emotions coming through.

Acknowledge them, breathe.  Then let them go.

Picture the diseased area dissolving – the golden light is carrying it away.

Now shine this beautiful golden light into each part of your body.

Take your time with this.  Allow the golden light to do its work.

(Pause for 3-4 minutes here)

Now imagine yourself in natural, perfect health. 

See yourself taking part in activities you love, and feeling well, being active and healthy.

Breathe and enjoy the vision of yourself, happy and healthy.

Do this visualization each time you are receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and also take time out every single day to practice visualization.

Skeptical?

Don’t think this will work?  This might change your mind.  I have a friend who was diagnosed with a particularly nasty form of lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.  He was told to go home and get his affairs in order.  He did that, but he also changed his life quite a bit.  He became a vegetarian, started juicing regularly and while that helped him quite a bit, the one thing that he knows cured him of his “uncurable” cancer was meditation and visualization.  In the initial phases of his disease, he would carve out 3 one-hour sessions every day where he just sat and meditated and used visualization to heal himself.  He is still with us today, 16 years later, thriving and healthy and disease-free.

There are plenty of testimonials on visualization in various books and internet sites.  Many Olympic athletes attribute their success in winning medals to visualizing exactly what they are going to do and then doing it.

A Helpful Affirmation For You To Post

Along with the above visualization, it would help for you to post this particular affirmation, written by Shakti Gawain, in places you can see it – the refrigerator door, the dashboard of your car, your bathroom mirror:

I AM LOVING AND HEALING MYSELF ON ALL LEVELS —

SPIRITUAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PHYSICAL.

I CAN GET MY NEEDS MET WITHOUT GETTING SICK.

I AM TAKING GOOD CARE OF MYSELF.

I LOVE AND ACCEPT MY BODY COMPLETELY.

I AM GOOD TO MY BODY, MY BODY IS GOOD TO ME.

I HAVE NOW RELEASED ALL PATTERNS OF ILLNESS.

I AM FREE AND HEALTHY.

MY BODY IS BALANCED, IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH THE EARTH AND THE UNIVERSE.

I AM ENERGETIC AND FULL OF VITALITY.

I GIVE THANKS FOR EVER-INCREASING HEALTH, BEAUTY AND VITALITY.

When you read these words, imagine yourself surrounded with golden healing light.

I have also created a how-to-meditate course for you, it’s called the “Change Your Life Meditation Course“.  I did this because so many of my readers live in small towns where meditation classes are non-existent, and I truly believe in the power of the mind to help you heal.

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