Shiropichu (Anointment of oil on Anterior fontanelle)
This procedure involves anointing the head with medicated oil to calm the nervous system and mind. Traditionally Shiropichu has been used for the management of various types of headaches, hemiplegia, paralysis, poor sleep, dryness, degenerativeand nervous system conditions.
ï 2 table spoons warm medicated oil advised by your health care professional, cured sesame oil or cold pressed coconut oil
ï Cotton wool
Method – Soak some cotton wool in warm oil and place on the anterior fontanelle. Approximately 8 finger widths above the eyebrow. Allow to sit for 45 minutes to 2hrs. This can be done daily in the evening.
Pranayama (Yogic Breathing)
Nadi Shodhana (Alternate nostril breathing)
Nadi shodhana is very useful for calming the mind and harmonising the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It vitalizes in the morning by directing prana through the energy centres and is also very useful to practice before going to sleep due to harmonizing the nervous system.
Method – Begin by sitting in a meditation position and taking a few deep breaths. Centre yourself in your spine. Using your right hand bring the index and middle finger into the palm, or alternately you can place the middle finger and index fingers at the point between the eyebrow.
Extend the thumb and ring fingers. The thumb will be next to the right nostril and the ring finger will be next to the left nostril. Close the right nostril with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril between 4 to 8 counts. Lift the thumb off the right nostril and exhale through the right to the same count as your inhalation.
Now inhale through the right nostril, and exhale through the left. Repeat 6 times. See whatever count works for you. Do not strain. Repeat 3 cycles of the 6. You can slowly increase the count as you are able to.
Studies have shown that meditation performed on a regular basis improves neuroplasticity and increases our resistance to daily stress. In simple terms, regular meditation supports the nervous systems capacity to reorganize and build new pathways to adapt to its current needs.
Several studies conducted by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, on the effects of meditation, expressing gratitude and engaging in random acts of kindness demonstrated an increase in the frequency of experiencing positive emotions and a sense that one’s life was good.
When we begin to incorporate meditation into our daily lives, something very special happens. We begin to slow down, we take more notice of things, we learn to genuinely relax into our life experience……we become more present to the here and now. On a physiological level our nervous system relaxes, mental activity reduces and our heart rate slows down. The body becomes introverted and is able to more effectively heal and repair itself. We effectively harmonize our entire being.
At the very heart of every human being is a vast spaciousness and within that spaciousness is a silent intelligence that forms the blueprint of our existence.
Meditation is simply the practice of reconnecting with the subtleties of life; our essence; our true nature. It is free, it involves nothing but you’re willing participation and you can do it anywhere any time. You can begin by practicing meditation for 20 to 30 minutes and increasing up to an hour if you feel comfortable doing so. There are many forms of meditation that can be practised any time of the day, however early hours of the morning and evening before bed is suggested. Below is a simple technique to get you started.
So Hum Meditation
This simple meditation technique uses mantra or repetition to draw attention away from the thought process allowing the mental noise to fall away and the body to relax revealing the stillness within. So hum meditation also helps to bring attention back to the breath promoting deep rhythmic breathing that draws Prana (Life force) into the body and mind.
ï Comfortable cushion for sitting on the floor or chair for sitting.
ï Quite space
ï Finding a comfortable sitting position either in a chair or cross legged position
ï Your awareness to your eyebrow centre.
ï On inhalation silently speak without the words “So” and on the exhalation silently speak “Hum”.
ï Rest your awareness on the sound in your mind, the breath and your eyebrow centre.
ï Allow your thought to fall away and with each exhalation let your body to gently relax while maintaining good posture.
Burning some nice incense and lighting a candle can help create an environment for your inwards practice.
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