The human body is a latticework of energies, vibrating at different frequencies, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. It has been perfectly created to function optimally, providing we observe the laws of nature.
Modern hectic lifestyles can create havoc with our energies and disrupt their healthy flow, resulting in congestion and blockages, leading to the accumulation of stress and negative emotions.
Reconnecting with the ancient Indian wisdom of energy healing practices allows us to cleanse, calm and empower our energies naturally, to restore balance, harmony and peace of mind.
Traditional self-healing practices include:
Acupressure is the ancient Indian holistic practice of diagnosing, treating, and curing disease by applying intermittent pressure on specific areas of the hands and feet, which correspond to specific organs, glands, nerves, bones, tissues and so forth, to regulate the vital energy within the body part and restore physical and mental well-being.
Acupressure points to relieve stress, fear, and anxiety:
• To strengthen the body’s stress response, intermittently press the webs between the fingers and the toes, for 10 seconds each, two times a day. The nerve acupressure points begin in the webs and run along the back of the hands and top of the feet. Massaging these areas daily will empower the entire nervous system.
• To release stress which can contribute to disease, firmly massage the middle toes for two minutes, two times a day. The stress acupressure points are located at the base of the middle toes. The degree of pain on any acupressure point directly relates to the severity of the imbalance. Continue until any pain has been alleviated.
• To relieve emotional anxiety and fear, firmly press the creased area on the side of the wrists, nearest the little finger, where there is a small indentation, with the thumb, for 30 seconds. Apply three times a day.
Mudras are the ancient Indian holistic practice of joining different combinations of the fingers and thumbs, which balances the vital energy throughout the body and mind, to regain equilibrium and alleviate stress and anxiety. It is believed that the human structure is a miniature form of the universe, composed of the five elements, each of which corresponds to a specific finger or thumb. Mudras can be practiced whilst sitting, walking or lying down during meditation.
Mudras to alleviate stress, fear and anxiety:
• Om Mudra
The Om Mudra assists in calming the mind, body and emotions to instill a sense of peace and tranquillity. It is also known as the Meditation Mudra.
Place the tip of your thumb and the tip of your index finger together.
Relax and extend your middle, ring and little finger.
Practice two times a day for 20 minutes in total.
• Shakti Mudra
The Shakti Mudra assists in releasing accumulated stress, fear and anxiety by deeply calming the nervous system.
Place your thumbs in your palms.
Bend your index fingers and place them over your thumbs.
Bend your middle fingers and place them over your thumbs.
Place the tips of your ring fingers together.
Place the tips of your little fingers together.
Relax and breathe slowly and deeply.
Practice three times a day for 30 minutes in total.
• Prithvi Mudra
The Prithvi Mudra assists in strengthening the root chakra to instill a sense of stability and promote peace of mind
Place the tip of your thumb and the tip of your ring finger together
Relax and extend your index, middle, and little finger.
Practice two times a day for 20 minutes in total.
• Chromotherapy Healing Visualizations
The ancient Indian holistic practice of using colour to create positive images of healing within the mental body, which allows the emotional body to respond, by becoming receptive to healing, which subsequently initiates the healing process in the physical body. Each colour has its individual vibration and carries its own healing properties. Our body and mind are intricately connected, which allows our thoughts to have a direct influence on our physical body. Visualizations can be memorized, recorded or recited by a partner. The Empowerment Healing Visualization relieves stress, anxiety, fear and panic. Practice two times a day:
Sit outdoors in nature, with your feet in direct contact with the bare earth, grass or sand.
Close your eyes and visualize the colour green; see the colour green as a dense vortex of deep green healing energy. Sense the dense vortex of deep green healing energy spiraling in the earth, beneath your feet. Feel its magnetic force gently drawing your energies downwards, through the soles of your feet.
Visualize yourself being rooted into the earth below.
Allow your entire being to feel at one with nature.
Bring your awareness to your body; your body feels safe and grounded by the deep green healing energy.
Bring your awareness to your mind; your mind feels still and centered by the deep green healing energy.
Bring your awareness to your emotions; your emotions feel balanced and peaceful by the deep green healing energy.
Bring your awareness to your breath. Visualize the dense vortex of deep green healing energy attracting your inhalations, pulling them deeper within your body. As your breathing becomes deeper, your body becomes relaxed, your mind becomes calm, and your emotions become balanced. You feel grounded, centered and in control.
Observe this feeling of empowerment within your body, mind and emotions. Create a positive image of this feeling of empowerment within your body, your mind and your emotions. Draw upon it during times of stress, anxiety, fear and panic.
Open your eyes gently and repeat aloud, “I trust in the power of my breath to instill strength, stability and harmony throughout my entire being.”
As we strive to meet the demands of our busy lives, we can easily become detached from nature, yet our inner wisdom intuitively reminds us to care for our body and mind holistically. We can benefit enormously from the traditional Indian holistic practices to instill physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.