I am a physician with specialties in Psychiatry and Neurology. I integrate Eastern Healing Practices into my work with patients. Although western medicine has much to offer, there is a need for a critical reevaluation of some of it's practices. Frequently, the methods involved are not aimed at true healing, but rather involve placing chemical Band-Aids on symptoms.
///The following are excerpts from my stress management seminars.
Basically, you inhale through the nose for a count of 4. The breath is then held for a count of 7. You then exhale for a count of 8. These three steps are all done while you hold the tip of the tongue behind the ridge of the upper 2 front teeth. The entire 3 step process should be repeated at least 4-8 times. It is good to repeat the entire 3-step process 12 - 16 times for even greater results. It is good to do these exercises at least twice everyday and additional times, as needed, for relief of stress and anxiety.
One patient of mine was able to lower both his systolic and diastolic blood pressures by 20 points using these exercises!
///I like to use the following analogy when speaking with patients regarding the use of tranquilizers in the treatment of anxiety: Imagine a smoke detector in your home is making noise. Would you put a blanket or something else over it to silence it?....I hope not! Most people would quickly look for the source of the smoke and take other appropriate life saving actions. Yet when we are faced with feelings of anxiety most physicians trained in Western Medicine prescribe tranquilizers. These (temporarily, usually) dull the anxiety. The anxiety is important, however! It acts as a kind of smoke alarm for our mindbody. It tells us something is wrong with the way we are living. The healing appproach is to look for the fire and to deal with it.///
developed a system of wholesome living.
He described what he called the Four Noble Truths which essentially state:
1. There is much suffering in life.
2. Much of the suffering in life is caused by our desires
3. There is a cure for our suffering!
4. The cure for our suffering lies in our following the Middle Path which is described in detail in The Eight Noble Truths.
Siddartha Gotama did not have am MD or a CSW or a PhD Yet, he described a system which is extremely healing. He is known to hundreds of millions of people throughout the world as The Enlightened One or the Buddha and founded his system over 2500 yrs ago long before modern psychology, social work and psychiatry were established!///
As I continue to develop this website, I will have more to say about this wonderful healing.
The website, Buddhanet.net, has free online courses in meditation which the Ven. Pannyavaro has very kindly and generously made available and I urge all to visit that site for more details.
Meditation can be performed while moving as well as while sitting.
The mindful drinking of a cup of tea can be a form of meditation!
For some more reading on Meditation I would strongly recommend: The Miracle of Mindfulness, A Manual on Meditation, by the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh For more reading specifically dealing with anger, I recommend Anger, Wisdom for Cooling the Flames, also by the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh./// For more information on the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, click on the Plum Village link below.
Chi is also known as Prana in Ayurvedic Medicine. This is the life force that courses through all beings and thoruough the Universe as a whole.
Most illnesses can be conceptualized as involving blockages in the smooth flow of Chi. The Chi flows through various channels and meridians in the body.
The reason it is so important to hold the tip of the tongue against the gumline of the upper front teeth during the 4-7-8 breathing exercise described above is because by doing that you close a circuit and thereby allow the Chi to flow through the Du Mai or Governing Vessel into the Ren Mai or Conception Vessel. These are two major Chi Vessels. When they are linked to form a circuit, we call that circuit the Microcosmic Orbit.///
Yin and Yang are two complementary Principles in the Universe. Knowlege of Yin and Yang is essential, even in planning healing diet. As an example of the healing use of the knowlege of Yin and Yang is that green tea is a yin drink and therefore soothing. This makes it ideal when dealing with stressful situations which tend to arouse too much yang.///
Much has been written on this in the Taoist litereature and it was first mentioned by Li Huang, The Emperor of China, in his classic text on Internal Medicine written thousands of years ago! Today, a leader in the field is Mantak Chia and I strongly recommend, for both men and women, his book The Multi Orgasmic Man, co-authored with Douglas Abrams. I also recommend Master David Liu's book, T'ai Chi Ch'uan & Meditation.///
Yoga may be regarded as a form of moving meditation. I will say more about this in the future. I recommend the sites SivaSakti.com and Kundalini.org for much information including free on-line training! (Click on the links below.)///
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