So the big election is finally here (couldn't come soon enough) and while the world's attention is focused on the finale of what we might call Presidential Apprentice: Trump vs Clinton, for many, the outcome of this vote is not that important - at least not compared to more pressing circumstances in their lives. I was reminded of this last week when I began volunteering at at a local hospital: teaching meditation, relaxation tools and offering informal counselling to cancer patients and their families.
All of the hoopla around global or national events loses its relevance when our daily lives take an unexpected turn. This election might seem irrelevant, unless of course a person doesn't have private health insurance and they depend on the State (in Europe) or on the Affordable Care Act to cover bills associate with treatment. But this post isn't supposed to be about politics so let's get back to the topic at hand...
Volunteering: Chicken Soup For the Soul
A few weeks ago I signed up for a Kabbalistic Astrology class where we learned to heal and balance our personalities based on our time of birth. One of my ruling planets is very much focused on social harmony, philanthropy and volunteering. The teacher suggested that I can balance my energy by "volunteering" my time.
The funny thing is that a month ago I met someone who worked at the local cancer hospital and when I told them that I taught meditation and had volunteered with cancer patients in London, they had me come in for an interview.
Everything moved quickly and a week later I began volunteering. I was blessed with the opportunity to lead a group of patients through a meditation and while they cared little for the results of the elections in any country, one in particular was understandably anxious about the results of a PET scan in a few weeks. This is one of the situations where meditation and energy healing come in handy, especially if we use visualisation tools to consciously release stress from our mind and body.
A Simple Stress Relief Meditation
In this case, I suggested we use visualisation to clear and release the emotions held in the upper abdomen, where most of us tend to feel butterflies when we are nervous, or anxiety in more extreme situations. It is also where we find our Solar Plexus Chakra. Energy healing isn't on the hospital's list of approved complementary therapies but meditation is, so we carried out this simple guided visualisation:
- Sit quietly with your your hands in your lap. Take three deep breaths, visualising white light on the intake and gold on the way out.
- Use your imagination to visualise a white star hundreds of thousands of milles above your head - somewhere in the Milky Way. Connect with that star, and visualise a ray of light coming down to meet you.
- That light enters the top of your head, flows down to your Heart. It overflows from your Heart, flowing down your arms to your hands.
- Bring your hands to your upper abdomen and visualise that light dissolving any stress, worries or tension as it is released from your body.
- When you are done, visualise the star's light wrapping you in a ray of love and protection. Let any emotions absorbed from others sink into the ground beneath you, as your mind and body relax.
In this setting I couldn't talk about energy healing because the word healing could confuse patients who are looking to heal from a specific disease, but it is easy to explain the stress relief benefits of meditation if we think about how our subconscious holds onto everything we experience. By engaging in these visualisations we are giving our mind (as well as the physical body) permission to release that stress and tension. This simple meditation had an immediate effect and we can repeat it at home easily. It is a simple tool that we can also use in other situations.
A Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love
A Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love
Three years ago I published a book on self-healing, meditation and how various techniques can help cancer patients and their families find healing on mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It also looks at complementary therapies that can be used in combination with medical care to address what we could call energetic, emotional or spiritual risk factors for disease.