A new month and Enchanted Key #10-Meditation are upon us! We will explore the benefits, ways in which your Dragons try to keep you from meditating, and how you can build a practice of meditation, tailored to your preferences, into your daily schedule.
Raise your hand if you believe that you just don’t have time to meditate. If your hand is up, look to see if a scaly, snaggletoothed Dragon is holding it up for you. It’s likely. Or maybe meditation is like kale. You know it’s good for you but…
Perhaps your connection to meditation is traced back to its roots in Hindu literature and the road to enlightenment. Could be that you don’t think that you’re capable of that or combining it with yogic practice and withdrawing from illusions and meshing with the Oversoul. I get it. But do you know that you are worthy of sloughing off the stress you’ve accumulated? In fact, if you don’t, your distress can turn into dis-ease! Meditation is not just for the exploration of esoteric thought, as many still believe it is. It can reduce stress, relieve physical tension, result in clarity of thought and the release of emotional tension, as well as recharge the body and spirit and pave the way toward union with a Higher Power, whatever you perceive that to be.
One of our Journey Guides, Dr. Edmund Jacobson, an American physician who developed Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) in the 1920’s, noted the connection between muscle tension and anxiety and concluded that teaching people to relax their muscles would lead to decreased anxiety. PMR has been used successfully to treat migraines, tension headaches, hypertension, insomnia, test anxiety, performance anxiety, flight phobias and Raynaud’s disease. Doctors began to teach patients how to mediate on their own, to achieve the healing results without seeking outside treatment. Readily available to you, today.
Autogenic training, meaning “self produced,” was developed by another of our Journey Guides, Johannes Schultz, in 1932, as a relaxation technique to maintain the internal psychophysiological balance of the body. This is the relationship between thought and a calm state in the body.
Science and ancient practices overlapped when yogis claimed that they could alter their heart rates, change their body temperature, fire walk, penetrate the skin with a needle and not bleed, as well as change their consciousness. Journey Guide, Dr. Therese Brosee, a French cardiologist, traveled through India in 1935 with a portable electrocardiograph. She discovered that there was some merit to their claims.
If you just want to begin your day with a clear slate or sleep peacefully at night, you might consider giving meditation a try. Twenty minutes a day is a good start. So if you do nothing else about meditation this week but imagine steam escaping from a blow hole at the top of your head for a few minutes each day, you will have made me happy and you, healthier.