We learn from oriental medicine that mind and body cannot be separated, and that often there is a mental or emotional cause behind a physical ailment. Sometimes however, finding that cause is much easier said than done. The following meditation may help you in exploring the inner source of your illness.
Sit or lie in the most comfortable position for your body. Place your hands on the area of the body that is causing you pain or concern. Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply. Visualize each breath going to the affected area, relaxing it as it does so. Let go mentally of any worries, fears, or concerns, opening up your mind to new knowledge. Ask yourself the following questions, pausing for as long as possible between them for an answer to come to you:
What caused me this pain?
What caused me to get sick?
What do I need to do to help my body heal itself?
Take as long as necessary to discover any suffering that you may have internalized and unconsciously stored. The longer you have had the illness, the further back into your past you may have to go. Take time to find the true cause of your illness so that healing can then begin.
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