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January 18, 2013
7:09 pm
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Hello, my name is Clay and I’m glad to have found this site. I accidentally discovered a small Sahaja meditation group in my area about 2 months ago or so, which eventually led to my finding of this site.

Here is some of my history, and it is a bit long so I don’t expect everyone to go through it. But I do have a problem that I would like to find advice on. So to start, I’ve been practicing meditation for about 3 or 4 years. I also experimented for a few months when I was 16 or so (I’m a month from 26 now). I’m working on being regular, but in my past I’ve only had periods (say a week or so) of actual regular meditation; the norm is about 3 or 4 dedicated sessions a week. Nevertheless, I do practice mindfulness and meditation daily, though mostly informally. Mindfulness has been the best tool I have so far in dealing with my problem, which leads to my practicing it much more.

My problem: I have an imbalance or something, IBS, and it manifests itself mostly as energies and emotions that are hard to deal with. In particular my doctors told me that my amygdala (the source of fight or flight responses) is being over-stimulated and so I’m often flooded with stresses and adrenaline, as well as a slew of other emotional issues. But I’m pretty positive, especially after the information I’ve found about the nervous system lately that my imbalances are largely tied into an injury I had at birth. My right arm was paralyzed during the injury at birth and I am blessed to have parents that didn’t give up until they found a doctor that could restore some use to my right arm.

Meditation has helped me see into these emotions, but there seems to be a large reservoir of trauma for me to work through and I feel that it is a hindrance to my Sahaja practice. I feel that Sahaja has already helped, but also wonder if there are any practices that can help me work on balancing the energies of my right arm in particular. The other issue that my injury has given me is that I have trouble performing the hand positions of the meditations and was wondering what to do about that. Should I just follow as best I can, or is it ok to switch hands or help my right hand with my left, as the right hand seems to do the most in the meditations?

I know this was long and so thank you all who might have taken the time to read it, and especially thank any of you in advance that can offer advice. I’m very glad to be practicing now and feel positive changes. Again, I am so glad to meet you all =D

January 22, 2013
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Dear Clay,
With regard to the right hand – of course, it is best if you see what yourself you find the most comfortable and the least distracting. I would suggest to skip putting the hand on the energy centres (I assume that’s what the gesturer are that involve the right hand the most), and just put your attention on that particular energy centre. For most affirmations, it is not necessary to use the hands, we just use then because it helps, it becomes more effective, but it will still work without the hands.
With regard to other issues – both emotions and the stress/adrenaline, at this point my suggestion would be to just meditate following the sahaj yoga technique, and see whether it gradually becomes more balanced on its own. Once you establish the state of thoughtless awareness properly through the regular meditation, and if at that time you still feel you would like to do something more, you can ask at your local center about what could be the additional techniques you can use. But for now I would suggest to just meditate and try to stay thoughtless as much as possible.
Wishing you all the best,
Mar’yana

January 22, 2013
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Hi, Clay,
you might find this somewhat interesting, even if not fully helpful yet:
“The sense of relaxation that occurs during most meditative practices appears to involve similar regions of the brain as those mentioned above but in addition to structures such as the amygdala, which is a centre in the limbic system involved in the experience of fear (and hence the fight or flight response) and parts of the thalamus which is involved in physical regulation of the body. This makes sense since relaxation can only occur when the emotion of fear is reduced, and is associated with specific events in the physical body such as the reduction of blood pressure, reduced activation of muscles, decrease heart rate and all the other features of the relaxation response that were described in chapter XX.”
http://www.beyondthemind.com/e…..l-silence/

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