Autumn Habit Change #1: Start Humming. Humming heals.
If you can't sing, HUM! Humming is something you can do anytime, anywhere and it doesn't require any talent. Hum while driving, taking a shower, making beds, taking a walk, or taking out the garbage. Humming allows us to release emotional stress and brings us into a more balanced state of well-being. For bringing you out of your head and into your body, humming is good for the heart emotionally and physically. It's great for recharging your body when you've got nothing left. Before going to bed this evening, tape your favorite t.v. show and instead, HUM. You need a good hour (75 minutes to be exact) to do the following humming healing technique. TRY IT:
Sound Energy Healing
HUMMING IS A FORM OF ENERGY CLEARING:
HUMMING HEALS: Humming, with its ancient roots in Tibetan Buddhist techniques, generates our own energy to heal and center ourselves. Humming brings us down from the head into the body, keeping us alert and relaxed. The sounds resonating throughout the body/mind have a soothing, calming effect and is particularly good for healing the heart on both the emotional and physical levels. It allows us to release emotional distress and brings us to a more balanced state of deep centered well-being.
Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor, NY's prominent oncologist and Integrative Medicine at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center has used the incredibly healing power of SOUND in his clinic and has shown how it can dramatically improve health, reduce pain and stress, and awaken creativity. His patients go into remission after using healing sounds. Dr. David Simon, medical director of Neurological Services at Sharp Cabrillo Hospital in San Diego California, and medical director of the Chopra Center for Well-Being, has seen that chants and music have "measurable physiologic effect." discovermeditation.com
Humming Technique: OSHO NADABRAHMA is an old Tibetan technique, great for recharging your body when you're running on empty. You need about 75 minutes; one hour for the meditation and, very importantly - fifteen minutes afterward to remain at rest.
Stage one: HUMMING (30 minutes)
Sit in a relaxed position with eyes closed and lips apart. Start humming until you feel the vibration throughout your body (hum loudly to be heard by others). Breathe comfortably. No need to alter pitch but you may if you like. Your humming will seem to continue by itself and you can become the listener and enjoy your tune. Continue humming for 30 minutes.
Stage two: Circling the Hands (15 min)
Now, still sitting and humming with eyes closed, place palms up, starting at the navel, moving both hands forward then separating them to make two large circles mirroring eah other, left and right. The idea is to move hands in an outward circular motion, bringing hands back toward the navel with palms up and continue making small circles, parallel to the floor. The movement should be so slow that at times there will appear to be no movement at all. Feel yourself giving energy to the universe.
After 7 and 1/2 minutes turn hands palms down and start moving them in opposite direction. Now hands will come together toward the navel and then circle outward away from sides of the body. Feel that you are taking energy in. As in the first stage, if you feel like moving any part of the rest of your body, do so slowly and mindfully.
Stage Three: Rest (15 min)
Sit absolutely still for 15 minutes (and take it easy for 15 minutes after this rest). Get up slowly, mindfully, not rushing into your next activity. You'll feel profound well-being, balance between your inner and outer worlds. Enjoy it. This powerful humming opens up a world of healing, comfort, and creativity.
(Excerpted from the book, Laughter, Tears, Silence: Expression Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Open Your Heart Copyright @Pragito Dove, 2010.
How do you relax & unwind? Do you listen to music? Have you heard the Hummingbird? Did you know the sound of the hummingbird heals?
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