What is Meditation?
Meditation is a certain quality or a technique where a person can cultivate power in his body and mind. Meditation is referring to Dhyana. According to Indian SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV, Meditation is not something that anyone can do. People can become meditative but they cannot do mediation. It is just a happening process like other vital things of the world like breathing. You can create and join with that certain atmosphere in your body and mind and that is called meditation. Although there are a lot of misconceptions of the history of the mediation, the practice has been around for thousands and thousands of years.
What is Yoga?
Yoga, as a spiritual process and it is just teaching us that we need to use our mind, body, and our spirit to ascend to a higher purpose in life. If we see yoga from that perspective it is genuinely a process of self-development and growth. The true definition and purposes of Yoga are defined in the ancient Indian textbook.
Yoga truly is an inseparable part of Indian ancient civilization. Even thousands of years ago, yoga culture existed in the Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa civilizations on the banks of the river Sindhu. So as a result, all the people that lived in that area were used to living in yoga as a lifestyle. Even if you look at the historic field of the Harappan civilization, you will see people sitting in meditative postures and living the process and practice of yoga. All of the information on yoga has actually been written in these Vedic textbooks that come from the Harappan civilization. The issue is that all of these textbooks are actually written in Sanskrit which is a language that’s 0.000198% of the Indian population speaks today. Very few people actually know what is written in those textbooks because very few people can speak in that language.
The word yoga itself is derived from the Sanskrit root word “Yuj”. ‘Yog’ has about 32 meanings but only three words can be used to understand the essence of the word ‘yog’. The three key terms of Yoga means to join, to use, or to focus upon. Ancient Yogi’s define yoga as two basic concepts. Yoga is a process also known as ‘paddhati’ and yoga as a state also known as ‘sthiti’.
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If you start to understand yoga as these two things a process and a state, you realize that when you go through the Asanas and the pranayam, you are doing the different practical aspects of yoga you are going through its process. When you finish that or you start to move towards the higher realms of yoga, you reach meditation and the process of Samadhi which is when you enter a state of yoga.
Yoga is a lifestyle, not just something that you do for an hour and then forget about it. It needs to exist in every single thing that you are doing in your life and that can only happen when you start seeing yoga as a process as well as a state.
Benefits of Yoga and Meditation
- Improve balance, strength and flexibility
- Help with back pain relief
- Ease arthritis symptoms
- Benefits heart health
- Relaxation and better sleep
- More energy and brighter moods
- Manage stress
- Connects with a supportive community
- Promotes better self-care.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy or Clinical Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to induce a state of relaxation during which suggestions can be made to the unconscious mind to bring about desired change. Many psychological issues can be addressed such as anxiety, stress, panic, depression, fears and phobias as well as many physical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, tinnitus and pain, stopping smoking, weight loss and habits also respond well to hypnotherapy. Consultations are tailor-made for the individual and hypnosis is personalized recorded and shared for future use at home.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy has been scientifically shown to have a number of benefits for health while scientific research on the benefits of hypnosis is still in its infancy. Hypnosis is not a safe way to play with your family and friends.
In many studies it has been suggested that participants who would undergo hypnosis reported improved sleep. In one study performed at the University of Zurich scientists introduced monitoring of brain activity to prove this fact. The tests were administered on a gaggle of young healthy women after taking note of a hypnotic suggestion recording. Participants go to sleep for 90 minutes. The results found that the participants that were more receptive to hypnosis spent over 80% more time in a state of slow-wave sleep. This is the deepest stage of sleep that allows the greatest restorative potential.
Halt Hot Flashes
Hypnosis has also been found to help stop hot flashes. Hot flashes are when a sudden and tense sense of warmth flashes across the body that is particularly common among menopausal women. In one study from Baylor University’s mind-body medicine lab participants found that after undertaking five hypnosis sessions per week hot flashes reduced by almost three-quarters in number per week. According to research, only hormone therapy was used to get more effective results at alleviating the symptoms of hot flashes and sweats.
Reduce Effects of IBS
Medical studies show that hypnosis can also reduce the effects of irritable bowel syndrome also known as IBS. It was found that by taking note of one-hour sessions of hypnosis up to 71% of participants reported improved symptoms of IBS. However the consequences were even greater than the researchers imagined possible. 81% of the participants who experienced improvements
reported a continued reduction in the effects of IBS.
According to the anxiety and depression Association of America, one in five Americans report anxiety but hypnosis can help with this, too. This reflects the incredible power hypnosis has over the mind. While it has been suggested that this is merely a placebo as Melinda Beck writes, clients’ expectations play a major role in how they feel, while the science on this is often in its early stages. It is thought that the hypnosis benefits could help calm nerves and alleviate anxiety.
Even though much of the research project on hypnosis benefits is within the early phase. There are plenty of studies demonstrating the potential of the treatment to reduce and manage pain. According to the meta-analysis of scientific journal articles, hypnosis consistently shows to reduce pain effectively. This relates to a variety of conditions including cancer, arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Shamanism or Shamanic Healing is related to “Shaman”. Shamanism is a practice which has a religious view and it involves a practitioner to interact with a spirit world. Everything is related to Shamanism. This spiritual practice has been applied to hunters and gatherers.
The shamanic practitioner works at the spiritual level to work on healing issues with the person and then once the spiritual issue is healed generally the mental emotional and physical problem that manifests had become because of it starts to disappear. So the traditional shamans were actually known as ‘saman’ and they came from a specific region in Siberia, the Tungus, and Evenki region of Siberia. They were the spiritual healers of their tribes and they were given these titles as a title of honor and they were chosen by ancestor spirits or very powerful spirits of nature. Without these spirits, there was no shaman.
The foundation of it is spiritual healing and connecting with these spirits to facilitate healing for the community. It was a path of service and these medicine people were called. It was calling a spiritual calling. Now through the years different anthropologists have adapted that title of shaman and have attributed it to too many different tribes and many different traditions of healing. So any traditional form of healing you might see that has a title of shaman attributed to it, really comes from these specific regions in the Far East and also Northern Europe. There are other tribes that practice a similar way and how the traditional shamans of practice were by going into a trance state.
Benefits of Shamanic Healing
COVID -19 pandemic along with natural calamities such as the California fires has affected the lives of billions of people across different dimensions mentally, physically, and spiritually. A question may pop up in your mind: how is a hundred thousand-year-old practice relevant to what we do in today’s world? The practice of shamanism teaches us that everything that exists is alive and has a spirit. Everything on earth is interconnected and a belief that we are separate from other forces such as the stars or the wind is purely an illusion. It is a shaman’s role in the community to keep harmony and balance between humankind and the forces of nature.
According to Shamans, outside forces cause imbalances to occur in our lives when an unwanted spirit or energy is removed. Its effect upon the physical body will be released and balance will be restored. So as you get deeper into your shamanic journey and practice, you will get to work with your helping spirits and may address them with all kinds of concerns or questions.
Shamanic practices help you lead a life of harmonious feeling, a deep sense of connection with everyone and everything on the planet that you live on. Here are some typical benefits of this practice. One can improve their problem-solving and creativity skills, becomes better at self-expression, and can heal childhood wounds and trauma. It helps to develop a sense of personal power integrity and authenticity and connect to spiritual guides for ongoing support. Develop a personal relationship with nature and the environment we live in and above all cultivate a sense of place and purpose in life.
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