One of my co-workers just had surgery to repair damage to her leg caused by a car accident. While she is in the recovery process, she's not going to be doing much activity. Yoga is certainly out of the question, and even many meditations may be too strenuous for her in the days following her procedure. It got me thinking about what I could recommend to her, and also if there are any meditations that I can do to send her healing vibrations. Fortunately there are several practices from Kundalini yoga that can support her, and help me to support her, in her recovery. If you know someone who is going through a medical procedure, here are some Kundalini mantras and meditations that can assist in the healing process.
Mantras and Affirmations:
“Ra Ma Da Sa” is perhaps the most widely used mantra for healing in the Kundalini yoga community. The mantra calls on the earth, the ether, the sun, and the moon to bring deep healing. It can be chanted for one's self, or chanted to send healing energy to another person. Anyone in need of healing can chant this mantra, and also keep it playing in their environment to bring healing vibrations. Snatam Kaur and AYKANNA both have beautiful versions that can be used for 11 minute meditations, and Ashana's version on The Infinite Heart combines the healing vibrations of her crystal singing bowls with the powerful vibrations of the mantra.
When someone is recovering from a medical procedure, it can be emotionally as well as physically difficult. If someone is used to being active and independent, being confined to bed and having to rely on others isn't easy. Practicing affirmations can help to calm the mind during healing, and uplifting music can keep the spirits up if they start to get low. Try “Bliss (I am the Light of my Soul)” from Sirgun Kaur and Sat Darshan Singh's album The Music Within, or “Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful” from Harnam's A Fearless Heart.
Meditations for healing:
For the person recovering, there are several meditations that can assist in the recovery process. Of course it is important to remember not to push yourself in any way before you are ready. If you can't yet sit in easy pose, or hold a mudra, do what your body is capable of and visualize yourself doing the mudra or posture.
From I Am A Woman, “Padmani Kriya: Energizing and Healing” is a pranayam given for women only. It can be done from 3-11 minutes, during which you can focus on whatever area of the body needs strengthening.
Also from I Am A Woman, the “Ra Ma Da Sa Healing Meditation” can be practiced for 11-31 minutes.
“The Healthy, Happy, Holy Breath” uses the English mantra “Healthy Am I, Happy Am I, Holy Am I.” It is said that properly performing this meditation will slow the rate of the breath to 2.5 times per minute. When the rate of the breath slows, Yogi Bhajan taught that brain activity changes, and the pituitary and pineal glands create a meditative state in the mind. Mantras can then penetrate deeply, and produce powerful effects.
Once the recovery process has progressed to the point where sitting in easy pose and holding arm positions is possible, try the meditation "Healing for Self." It involves building up and channeling healing energy into whatever part of the body is in need. You can find the above two meditations in Transitions to a Heart-Centered World.
Meditations to send Healing Energy:
If you want to support a friend or loved one in their recovery process, there are two meditations from Transitions to a Heart-Centered World that you can try. One is “Healing for Others,” which uses a mudra and visualization to send healing energy to someone. The other is “Healing Circle” which uses the mantra “Ra Ma Da Sa” to project healing energy.
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