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Cancer and Meditation

  1. 1. Cancer and Meditative Techniques
  2. 2. Cancer and Meditative Techniques Meditative Meditative Techniques TechniquesImmunity Immunity Body, Body, and and Disease, Disease,MetabolismMetabolism Cancer Cancer
  3. 3. Consciousness Consciousness Energy Field Energy Field Physical Body Physical Body• A change of consciousness creates a change in the energy field.•A change in the energy field creates a change in the physical body Sir Martin Brofman World Institute of Technologies for Healing
  4. 4. Goal of Meditative TechniquesJourney within to discover your true SelfWhen the mind and body changes you do not change. You are themanager and witness of the mind and body.The goal of meditation is to realize this level of being, not just tounderstand in theory but to experience in reality an expanded stateof consciousness
  5. 5. Meditative techniquesThere are 4 main techniques to lift the mind from ordinary state tolevel of super-conscious awareness: Mantra Repetition Visualization Breath Awareness Cultivating Witness Consciousness
  6. 6. Meditative techniquesWhen these tools are practiced over the longer period oftime true meditation happens.It is a moment to moment awareness without strain, whereno past or future has any importance. Only the space ofpresent moment exists Meditation is not just about sitting – its about living in acertain space where motion and spirit flow in harmony.
  7. 7. Meditative techniquesProduce effects on the mind, emotions and bodyEffects on the mind: It breaks down acute stress mechanism It restores the functions of serotonin and melatonin , responsible for healthy sleep It restores the function of GABA, responsible to control of unwanted thoughts It sustains the effect of endorphin, responsible for the well being Reduces recovery after distressing situations Increases brain wave coherence that leads to harmony of brain wave activity in different parts of the brain and results in greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ. Increases concentration Facilitates problem solving
  8. 8. Mind over Brain Long term meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness* Changes in gray matter after meditation were concentrated in brain regions involved in:** Learning and memory processes Emotion regulation Self-referential processing Perspective taking (acting instead of reacting) *Lazar SW, Kerr CE, Wasserman RH, Gray JR, Greve DN, Treadway MT, McGarvey M, Quinn BT, Dusek JA, Benson H, Rauch SL, Moore CI, Fischl B, Neuroreport 16:1893-1897, 2005** from: Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density, Hölzel BK, Carmody J, Vangel M, Congleton C, Yerramsetti SM, Gard T, Lazar SW, Psychiatry Research Imaging, 191:36-43, 2011.
  9. 9. Mind over BrainIt restores the alpha rhythm of the brain which is responsible forrestIt helps to bring the coherence in both cerebral hemispheresimproving thinking facultyIncreases brain wave coherence that leads to harmony of brainwave activity in different parts of the brain and results in: Greater creativity, Improved moral reasoning, Higher IQ Increases concentration Facilitates problem solvingDeep meditation restores theta wave rhythm, which is responsiblefor intuitive work of brain.
  10. 10. Mind over BodyPositive metabolic effect: Meditation improves proper co-ordination in between all endocrine glands Enhances the immune system. Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of natural-killer cells, which kill bacteria and cancer cells! It restores the normal rhythm of all endocrine glands, thus normalizing hormone levels It improves the cellular anti-oxidants, which reduces the hazard of free radicals in cell• Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches Reduces Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
  11. 11. Mind over BodyPlacebo effect - In layman’s terms this means that the treatmentworks not because of any scientific or medical effect of thetreatment but because the patient believes that the treatmentwill help. According to research done by cell biologist, B. Lipton, PhD, 30% of all diseases (including surgeries) are cured by placebo effectOur thoughts and feelings influence the body through nervousand circulatory systems (William Collinge, M.P.H., Ph.D.) This allows the brain to affect the behavior of the immune system Cell receptors receive chemical messages from the brain and react based on those messages changing body metabolism
  12. 12. Mind over BodyDr. H. Benson’s research proved: Negative thoughts, bad moods and compulsive worrying eventually take up physical residence in our bodies Negative thinking signals the brain to send help when no physical sickness is present, persuading the body to get sick when there is no biological reason sickness should occur. By keeping positive thoughts about the body we can actually change the physiology of the body for healthier one The visualization of the healing process over the time has been proven to speed up the actual healing of the bodyBenson, Herbert. “Examining the Faith Factor.” VHL Family Forum 5:4, December 1997. January 20, 2007, Relaxation Response and The Mind Body Effect
  13. 13. Mind over Body One year mindfulness intervention follow-up showed in breast and prostate cancer patients:* enhanced quality of life decreased stress symptoms, altered cortisol Increased immune patterns decreased mood disturbance, decreased blood pressure *One year pre–post intervention follow-up of psychological, immune, endocrine andblood pressure outcomes of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in breast and prostate cancer outpatients. Linda E. Carlson, at al 2007
  14. 14. Mind over BodyReversal of psychosomatic diseases such as: Constipation Indigestion Skin diseases Menstrual irregularities Skin allergies Respiratory allergies
  15. 15. Mind over EmotionsIt reduces the habit of irritability of limbic cellsIt sustains the calmness , non-reactiveness, thus avoids thetendency and recurrence of stress reactionsIt helps to improve the patience in daily activitiesDecreases anxiety and depressionReleases angerEases stress, grief, and fearFosters inner calmHeals on physical and emotional levelsIncreases feelings of vitality and rejuvenation; happiness andemotional stability.Builds self-confidenceAccesses creative potentialLeads to inner guidance
  16. 16. Mind over HeartAmerican Heart Association research shows that regularmeditation was correlated with a 48% reduced rate ofdeath, heart attack and stroke. Blood pressure wasreduced and anger decreased significantly among themeditation group.It appears that meditation is a technique that turns on thebody’s own pharmacy – to repair and maintain itselfMeditating 20 minutes twice a day can cut your chancesof sudden death, heart attack, and stroke in halfimmediately