Loss, stress, and aging take a toll on our mind and body. We all have moments when we can’t remember something. At first we may dismiss it and think that we have too much on our minds. However, when the frequency of memory lapse seems to be increasing, it is time to get serious and do something about it. Fortunately, there are leading neuroscientists discovering ways that can increase our memory function, attention span, information processing, problem solving and social decision making skills.
A proactive way to increase brain function is explained in the book, How GOD Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Waldman. It is called Kirtan Kriya meditation (KKM). A short synopsis of the technique is that it involves 3 things; breathing, sound and movement. The four sounds of sa, ta, na, ma, are chanted or sung out loud to whatever notes you want to give them. While you are singing each sound, touch your index fingers to your thumbs for ‘sa’, middle fingers to thumbs on ‘ta’, ring fingers to thumbs for ‘na’ and little fingers to thumbs for ‘ma.’ The authors recommend doing this daily for 12 minutes before getting out of bed in the morning.
As I started practicing this type of meditation I noticed that it quickly stops that monkey chatter in my mind. You can learn more about this through Newberg’s book, or googling Kirtan Kriya. There is even an 8 minute YouTube video demonstrating the technique.
In addition to all of the other benefits, meditation helps us become more in tune with the Universal Energy source and can further open our channels for hearing, seeing and feeling from our loved ones on the other side. In my book, Just Behind the Door, I have shared a decade of conversations I have had with my son, mother and sister who have passed on. During my book talks people have asked me how they can learn to communicate with their loved ones. I feel that the Kirtan Kriya meditation technique makes sense. I know it works. Give it a try- even for a week- and let me know what you experienced.
Have a great few days!
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I was diagnosed with brsaet cancer 11/22/2010. I had been practicing Kundalini Yoga for about a year. My teacher was also incredibly helpful and gave me many Kundalini mantras and chants to help. I used Ra Ma Da Sa right up to the time of surgery and as much after as I could. I wanted to have it playing during surgery, but couldn’t make it happen.I have also used Guru Ram Das since joining the recent 40 day Sahana to burn inner anger. I am currently doing the present 40 day Sadhana chanting Japji. I decided that even when I feel terrible from my chemotherapy effects, I still commit to some small daily practice and have found to to be immensely helpful. My yoga community has been very supportive, driving me to yoga classes, chemotherapy appts, coming to my house to practice wtih me. I can’t wait unitl I am well enough to take the teacher training. Kundalini Yoga is a blessing in my life.Thanks to all you for sharing.
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