Yogi Tip #3, Meditation to Break Addiction
Meditation to Break Addiction by Yogi Bhajan
Posture: Sit in easy pose or in a chair with your spine straight.
Focus: The eyes are closed and focused at the third eye point.
Breath: The breath will come automatically.
Mantra: Mentally hear the mantra, “Sa Ta Na Ma.” Lock the back molars together and keep the lips closed. The molars will alternately tighten, then release; right then left, then right and continue, one syllable for each movement of the molars.
Mudra: Make fists of your hands. Extend the thumbs straight and place the thumbs on the temples. Find the niche where the thumbs fit just right. As the molars alternately tighten and release you should feel the movement under the thumbs at the temples. Keep a firm pressure applied at the temples. Keep the mouth closed. Mentally hear the mantra, “Sa Ta Na Ma,” coordinating the mantra with the subtle movement of the jaws.
Time: 3 to 5 minutes. With practice the time can be increased to 20 and ultimately 31 minutes.
End: Inhale deeply, then hold your breath for 20-30 seconds, exhale and relax.
Benefits: This meditation to break addiction is one of a class of meditations that will become well known to the future medical society. Meditation will be used to alleviate all kinds of mental and physical afflictions. But it may be as many as 500 years, however, before the new medical science will understand the effects of this kind of meditation well enough to delineate and measure all its parameters. The pressure exerted by the thumbs triggers a rhythmic reflex current into the central brain. This current activates the brain area directly underneath the stem of the pineal gland. It is an imbalance in this area that makes mental and physical addictions seemingly unbreakable.
In modern culture, this imbalance is pandemic. If we are not addicted to smoking, eating, drinking, or drugs, then we are addicted subconsciously to acceptance, advancement, rejection, emotional love, etc. All of these lead us to insecure and neurotic behaviour patterns. Imbalance in this pineal area upsets the radiance of the pineal gland itself. It is this pulsating radiance that regulates the pituitary gland. Since the pituitary regulates the rest of the glandular system, the entire body and mind go out of balance. This meditation to break addiction corrects the problem. It is excellent for everyone but particularly effective for rehabilitation efforts in drug dependence, mental illness, and phobic conditions.
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Meditation to Break Addiction Ritual
This meditation ritual can help us to consciously let go of any addictions that are holding us back:
Wait until you have completed all your tasks for the day and you are ready to give the time to yourself. Create a quiet, calm and peaceful space. Light some incense and sit in a comfortable position with your back straight.
Close your eyes and become aware of your body. Connect with your toes, legs, thighs, torso, arms, neck, face and then crown. Inhale all your stresses and release all your frustrations, just breathe them right out your body, repeat these three times. Now hug yourself long and deep.
Once you are relaxed and feeling good, imagine your addictive self is sitting opposite you. See a golden thread leading from your solar plexus to your addictive self. Once you see yourself connected ask your addicted self these questions and add any questions of your own:
Why am I addicted?
How is it serving me?
How is it burdening me?
What am I hiding from?
What am I afraid of?
What do I need to do to let it go?
Now take your sword of truth and cut the golden umbilical thread that is connecting you to your addictive self. As you cut it feel the sensation of being free from your addiction. Feel liberated by it and allow this feeling to flow around your body! This is the first step to letting go.
Don’t mentally push the answers. Let them come up from the subconscious without over thinking. Sometimes we cannot hear the answers because of our denial. If you are unable to get clarity allow the questions to marinate in your subconscious and ask the Angel Michael* to help you find the answers. Be patient and be open to the signs and magic that can happen when we ask for help.
* Arch Angel Michael clears the path of obstacles and gives us strength and courage to carry on during the dark times in our lives. He fills us with hope, inspiration, and faith that the Universe is always on our side. His sword and shield represents his ability to bring protection as well as to cut away that which is no longer needed in our lives. When we cut the ties that bind, Michael can heal the wounds quickly and painlessly, helping us to fill the void with a more fulfilling substance – LOVE.
Thanks to Rebekah Shaman for this meditation ritual.