Imagine going to the doctor’s office with some dis-ease issue and she offers you a choice: medication and/or meditation. While we’re imagining, imagine if we could use a simple relaxation (meditation) technique to quiet the mind and all the internal chatter for a while; then once we’ve settled down, sending a silent “healing message” to our body – more specifically, sending the healing message to our heart.
In this modality, we can view our thought processes as communication central in the brain and action central, our heart. As a little groundwork to help our belief that this might actually be effective as a healing modality, consider the reported fact that our heart is the first organ that is formed in the fetus. The heart, which is also known to have a good percentage of neural cells (messenger, transmission cells earlier thought to be only localized in the brain) “assigns” cells to become eyeballs, other organs and such – including the brain.
Given this premise, sending a healing message to the heart would call upon our inner (heart) wisdom to assign the healing procedure, and the healing would proceed much the way a cut on our finger heals without any conscious thinking effort on our part. So, we have a tummy ache and the doctor says maybe an antacid or probiotic would help…and/or we could go down the hall to the medical staff meditation teacher. Here’s an abbreviated version of how it might go:
OK, make yourself comfortable. Sit how you would normally sit to just relax for a while. First, just take a couple of deep breaths and allow yourself to relax as much as possible. We’re going to use an easy relaxation or meditation technique that begins with simply taking a moment to be Quietly Aware, noticing our environment, what’s in the room and our physical presence in the room. Just notice and observe.
Now, as you’re doing this, put your attention on your breathing. Following the flow of inhale and exhale. As you listen to my voice, keep coming back to Breath Awareness. When you find your mind wandering, bring that vagabond back to simple Quiet Awareness and Breath Awareness. Allow the small muscles around your eyes to relax and let that relaxing feeling go all through your body right down to finger tips and toes. (The meditation teacher might take you through progressive relaxation, mentioning face muscle, neck, shoulders, etc)
I’m going to play some soft music or nature sounds, like a mild breeze, waves gently lapping on the shore, birds chirping. Continue with Breath Awareness as you listen. As the music begins, say to yourself, “I am entering this meditation to help settle my stomach issue.” And now just let the music and your inner heart wisdom do the magic. The meditation teacher might even add that it is possible for you to “hear” (without words) a “Wisdom Whisper” from the heart that lets you know this is working.
The meditation teacher then gives you a small package, with an mp3 player and ear buds (ear phones) and asks you to spend 5 minutes a day at a minimum, listening to the guided meditation (much like above) and music/nature sounds on the audio file in the mp3 player, beginning with the directed healing meditation each time.
Or you can go pick up your prescription for medication. Or both. The times they are a’changing.