MEDITATION – A PATH TO HEALTHIER VIBRATIONS
By Dr. Christie Smirl, Ayurveda Doctorate, Nurse Practitioner, Yoga Teacher RTY500, YACEP
Meditation can be used for profound healing and transformation. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years by priests, monks, rishis, sages, seers, seekers, bodhisattvas and householders. Science has already proven that meditation is beneficial to reduce anxiety and depression, increase memory and focus, regulate heart rate, lower blood pressure, balance neurotransmitters that affect our emotional health, normalize cortisol levels, reduce the effects of aging, replenish degenerated brain matter, soothe the nervous system and help reprogram negative mental patterns.
So why don’t more people do it? The first thing many people will say to me is “I can’t meditate”. My answer to them is that meditation takes practice just like lifting weights. When you first start lifting weights you don’t just curl 100 pounds your first try. Meditation takes time and repetition.
Meditation is a 8 part process. The first step is called Yama. The yamas are different ways of looking at your personal morality system. The second step is called Nyamas which are personal observances for a healthier life. The third step are asanas – yoga to keep the body healthy and get all your wiggles out before you try to sit down to meditate. The fourth step is pranayama – breathing exercises to increase the pranic energy available to your physical and subtle bodies to rise Kundalini energy. Deep breathing exercises also help eliminate toxins from the body. The fifth step is called Pratyahara – control of the senses – vision smell hearing taste and touch. In yoga and Ayurveda there are very specific recommendations for the use rather than abuse of your sense organs so that you may interpret the world around clearly and process incoming messages more accurately. The 6th step is Dharana – developing the ability to deeply concentrate and cultivate inner perceptual awareness. Many references state that this concentration is the first stage of meditation. The 7th step is Dhyana – devotion and meditation on the divine. The last and eight step of yoga is Samadhi – complete Union with the divine. Samadhi is considered to be the deepest form of meditation in human form.
Why not get started today? Look into the different types of meditation such as walking meditation, japa meditation, mindful meditation, pranayama meditation, chanting meditation or kirtan. They types and styles are vast and I know you can find a technique right for you. If you are interested, I can help you learn and explore different meditation techniques and give you personal guidance. Online live face to face sessions can be scheduled or you can schedule an appointment for private training. Best wishes on raising your vibrations and well being.
Dr. Christie Smirl
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