Disease and Meditation


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Disease and Meditation

  1. 1. Disease and Meditative Techniques
  2. 2. Cancer and Meditative Techniques Meditative Techniques Immunityand Metabolism Body, Disease
  3. 3. Consciousness Energy Field 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 Techniques • Journey within to discover your true Self • When the mind and body changes you do not change. You are the manager and witness of the mind and body. • The goal of meditation is to realize this level of being, not just to understand in theory but to experience in reality an expanded state of consciousness
  5. 5. Meditative techniques • There are 4 main techniques to lift the mind from ordinary state to level of super-conscious awareness: – Mantra Repetition – Visualization – Breath Awareness – Cultivating Witness Consciousness
  6. 6. Meditative techniques • When these tools are practiced over a longer period of time, true meditation happens. • It is a moment to moment awareness without strain, where no past or future has any importance. Only the space of present moment exists • Meditation is not just about sitting – it is about living in a certain space where motion and spirit flow in harmony.
  7. 7. Meditative techniques • Produce effects on the mind, emotions and body • Effects on the mind: – Breaks down acute stress mechanism – Restores the functions of serotonin and melatonin , responsible for healthy sleep – Restores the function of GABA, responsible for control of unwanted thoughts – Sustains the effect of endorphin, responsible for the feeling of well being – Reduces recovery after distressing situations – Increases brain wave coherence leading to harmony of brain wave activity in different parts of the brain (results in greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ). – Increases concentration – Facilitates problem solving
  8. 8. Mind over Brain • Research shows that: – 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)
  9. 9. Mind over Body Positive metabolic effect: • Meditation improves proper co-ordination inbetween 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 thecellular anti-oxidants, which reduces the hazard of free radicals in cells • Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches • Reduces Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
  10. 10. Mind over Brain • Meditation techniques restore the alpha rhythm of the brain which is responsible for rest • Help to bring the coherence in both cerebral hemispheres which improves thinking faculty • Increase brain wave coherence which leads to harmony of brain wave activity in different parts of the brain Results in: – – – – – Greater creativity, Improved moral reasoning, Higher IQ Increases concentration Facilitates problem solving • Deep meditation restores theta wave rhythm, which is responsible for intuitive work of the brain.
  11. 11. Mind over Body • Placebo effect - In layman’s terms this means that the treatment works not because of any scientific or medical effect of the treatment but because the patient believes that the treatment will help. – According to research done by cell biologist, B. Lipton, PhD, 30% of all diseases (including surgeries) are cured by placebo effect • Our thoughts and feelings influence the body through nervous and 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 Body • Dr. 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 body
  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
  14. 14. Mind over Body • Reversal of psychosomatic diseases such as: – Constipation – Indigestion – Skin diseases – Menstrual irregularities – Skin allergies – Respiratory allergies
  15. 15. Mind over Emotions • Meditation techniques reduce the habit of irritability of limbic cells • Sustain the calmness , non-reactiveness, thus avoids the tendency and recurrence of stress reactions • Help to improve the patience in daily activities • Decrease anxiety and depression • Release anger • Ease stress, grief, and fear • Foster inner calm • Heal on physical and emotional levels • Increase feelings of vitality and rejuvenation; happiness and emotional stability • Build self-confidence • Access creative potential • Lead to inner guidance
  16. 16. Mind over Heart • American Heart Association research shows that regular meditation was correlated with a 48% reduced rate of death, heart attack and stroke. Blood pressure was reduced and anger decreased significantly among the meditation group. • It appears that meditation is a technique that turns on the body’s own pharmacy – to repair and maintain itself • Meditating 20 minutes twice a day can cut your chances of sudden death, heart attack, and stroke in half immediately