Copyright © 8-8-2002
Removing these thoughts
from your active memory may be difficult to do, but meditation will aid
you. "Living in the
moment" is part of this Buddhist practice.
It is a state where one simply enjoys the present--not thinking
about the sorrows of the past and not being worried or paranoid about
schizophrenic, bi-polar, or schizoaffective mind usually keeps running.
During manic episodes, your mind becomes cluttered with numerous
ideas, thoughts, and voices. But
meditation helps in simmering down brain activity to the relaxed alpha
state. It releases chemicals
called endorphins that normalizes and even enhances your mood.
It also allows you to become detached from your stressful thoughts.
And while your mind easily becomes distracted with voices, thoughts,
and “visions,” meditation allows you to regain your concentration.
are dozens of available meditation techniques, but you should start
with simple meditation first.
Sit on a cushion in a cross-legged position or relax on an upright
chair, and rest your hands on your knees.
Your back should be straight to allow your diaphragm to move
freely. Then close your
eyes, relax, release all your tensions, detach yourself from your thoughts,
and then bring your attention to your breathing.
When you start, take long, slow, deep breaths, but gradually
move back to your breathing’s natural rhythm.
Breathe through your nose, and focus your mind on the cavity
at the back of your nose, where you inhale and exhale.
Of course, your mind will eventually drift towards other thoughts,
or it might start listening to your “voices.”
So, just guide your mind’s attention back to your breathing.
And when you are finished with your meditation session, slowly
stand up and stretch your body.
Finally, try to retain this relaxed state of mind as you go about
your daily business.
sure to master this basic technique first before attempting more complicated
techniques. Other techniques include the “Vipassana,” where you allow various
thoughts to pass through your mind, and then you let go.
There is also another practice that produces “metta” or focused
compassion and kindness towards your friends, acquaintances, enemies,
and everyone else in the world.
This is useful in minimizing psychosis.
You may also eventually try healing meditation—visualizing your
brain being repaired and healed.
the end, when you meditate, don’t overdo it.
Remember to practice moderation.
If you are a teenager, don’t forget your chores and your studies.
And if you are an adult, be mindful of your work or your business.
Avoid meditating to the point where you neglect your employment
or your entrepreneurship. Otherwise, you’ll be going back to square one!
should also specially avoid learning the arts of the Qi-Gong Masters,
who supposedly can control their Qi energy, using their minds, to move
objects without touching them, to transmit healing Qi energy from their
hands, or to shift their body weight so that they can walk on paper,
or walk on water. Remember,
your objective is to heal yourself, not to be a circus performer.
So, if by accident, you learn some of these arts, keep it a secret,
unless you want to be “crucified.”
As Hong Ying Ming says, “to conquer ‘demons,’ first conquer your mind. When the mind is subdued, ‘demons’ withdraw obediently. To control knaves, first control your own mood. When your mood is balanced, scoundrels cannot get at you.” But in doing so, he reminds you not to overdo it, since “hidden schemes, weird arts, strange practices, and unusual abilities are all sources of calamity in social and professional life. Only by normal qualities and normal actions can one keep natural wholeness and bring peace.”