About Meditation and the Benefits

meditatingMeditation is good for personal development and feeling of calm and peace. Regular meditation has been known to greatly reduce depression.  If you haven’t done meditation before you need to build up slowly, and find a way of meditating which suits you personally. Feelings of emotional discomfort can accompany meditation; it may bring blocked issues to the forefront of your mind, which you may find a need to heal. The conscious mind is the tip of the iceberg, the unconscious mind lies beneath this, and beneath that lies the level of consciousness of which we are all joined, the universal consciousness.

There are different levels of the mind, caused by the different brainwaves explained below.

Beta (13- 40 cycles per second)
Beta is associated with our waking activity. During a day we experience all the brainwave patterns with a predominance of Beta.

Alpha (8-13 cycles per second)
The first pattern discovered in 1908 by an Austrian Psychiatrist named Hans Berger. Alpha pattern appears when in wakefulness where there is a relaxed and effortless alertness. Light meditation and day dreaming. It is recommended practicing your creative visualization and auto-suggestion technique in alpha state.

Theta (4-7 cycles per second)
Associated with creativity, dreams and Extra-sensory perception for the student the theta state is something to learn to go at will.

To obtain these different levels you have to quiet the mind by concentrating on a mantra or your breathing. The times you feel most resistant to meditating is the time your body will need it the most. Meditation puts you in contact with the things that are buried in the unconscious mind. The reason we bring our subconscious painful memories to the surface is because they are affecting our lives today. Just because we do not remember them does not mean they are not influencing our lives. Many of the beliefs upon which we run our lives rest on decisions we made as a child. Meditation can help you work through and overcome fears that stop us being our true selves. Meditation also helps you find that place within where you feel calm and peaceful at all times, even when life is tough. You will feel happier, be able to make changes when you want to, accept and be in the present and plan for you future.

Research – Benefits to the body

Improved Health
A study of health insurance statistics of 2000 people practising meditation consistently over a five year period revealed that their rate of hospitalisation was less than half of the other groups with comparable age, gender, profession, and insurance terms. Meditators also had fewer incidents of illness in 17 medical treatment categories. Some of the results were quite outstanding; 87% less admissions for cardiovascular disease, 55% less cancer, 87% less for diseases of the nervous system, 73% less for nose throat and lung problems. Psychosomatic Medicine 1987.

Lower Blood Pressure
At the Harvard Medical School Dr. Herbert Benson found that meditators develop what he calls the “relaxation response” to difficult or dangerous situations. This is a much healthier response than the very common “fight or flight” reaction. He also observed that during meditation the heart rate decreases on average by three beats a minute, and that the rate of breathing also decreases. The blood pressure of those who have hypertension is reduced during meditation. Dr.Benson found that all the traditional methods of meditation evoke this response. He also found that four basic elements are needed. They are in a quiet environment, an object for the attention to dwell on, a comfortable posture and, above all a non-discriminatory attitude towards meditation. This is exactly what the Buddha taught two thousand five hundred years ago.

Reduced Anxiety
A study conducted at Stanford University reported a reduced level of anxiety among the participants who meditated. Journal of Clinical Psychology (1989)

Decreased Stress
A study of meditators showed a reduction in plasma cortisol, a stress hormone, during and after meditation. Hormones and Behaviour (1978)

Deep Rest
A scientific measure of deep rest is the amount of basal skin resistance and lower respiration rates. Experiments comparing meditation to resting with eyes closed have shown that meditation is significantly more effective. Similarly meditation also reduces the amount of lactate (a root cause of anxiety, panic attacks and high blood pressure). American Psychologist (1987)

Reversal of the Aging Process
A study group of long-term meditators (practising meditation for five years or more) were physiologically twelve years younger than their chronological age, as measured by reduction of blood pressure, and better near-point vision and auditory discrimination. Short-term meditators were physiologically five years younger than their chronological age. The study controlled for the effects of diet and exercise. International Journal of Neuroscience 1982.

Increased Perception and Memory
College students instructed in meditation displayed significant improvements in performance over a two-week period on a perceptual and short-term memory test involving the identification of familiar letter sequences presented rapidly. They were compared with subjects randomly assigned to a routine of twice-daily rest with eyes closed, and with subjects who made o change in their daily routine. Memory and Cognition (1982)

In a basic Energy Healing session you will be encouraged to relax and go to the Alpha level, where  the mind, body and spirit work together, the result is a balance of thought, awareness and well-being that is unmatched. It is in this state that healing can occur on multiple levels. This includes our seven chakras.

Please contact me to find out more information on meditation or to book a session.

Toxicity and its Symptoms

Symptoms of disease are often reactions to a build up of toxins in the body. They are a warning that a deeper process needs to be checked. We repress these symptoms, when we take painkillers for arthritis, cortisone cream for eczema etc. The toxins are then sent back into the body.
A toxin is a substance, which when we breathe it, drink it, eat it, inject it or absorb it through our skin, or when it is generated within our body, may disturb physiology or damage structures within the body.
Symptoms of Toxicity
Depending on the level of toxicity, symptoms may be superficial or deep, and show the body’s attempts to eliminate toxins. These can include headaches, joint pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, mental confusion, digestive disturbances, cardiovascular irregularities, flu like symptoms, or allergic reactions such as hives, runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Long standing toxicity leads to more serious illnesses such as autoimmune diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and cancer. Toxins may create free radicals in our bodies, causing cellular damage and inflammation. These then combine and destroy enzymes, stagnate in tissues and interfere with circulation, possibly causing high blood pressure, thickening the blood resulting in decreased oxygenation and distribution of nutrients. Toxins can also block the transformation of nerve impulses, causing psychological disturbances and can interact with hormones to create glandular imbalances.

Phases of Toxicity

Excretion Phase

This is the superficial phase; signs may include skin rashes or blemishes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, fever, perspiration, pus formation, increased urination, diarrhoea and vomiting. The body is using the best route to eliminate the toxins to the outside. To avoid the build up of toxins in our bodies, we should aim to have three bowel movements daily, drink enough fresh water so we can excrete through our kidneys, if possible let a fever run its course, practice deep breathing, exercise and sweat daily, avoid suppressing menstruation, also colds help us to eliminate respiratory toxins.

Reaction Phase

When the bodies attempts to excrete toxins are suppressed (as in lowering a fever and halting perspiration) or incomplete, inflammation maybe created to try and remove residual toxins. Symptoms include eczema, shingles, abscesses, ear infections, arthritis, colitis, IBS, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease and cystitis.

Deposition Phase

If the toxins continue to increase, they will possibly be deposited in the interstitial fluid. In this phase there maybe the formation of warts, polyps, neuromas, gallstones and kidney stones, cellulite, varicose veins, swollen glands, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, breast cysts, edema, atherosclerosis and weight gain. These are efforts of the body to isolate and contain the toxins so they don’t penetrate to the inside of the cell. High cholesterol and hypertension may result. Constipation, overeating, lack of exercise, inefficient perspiration, poor lymphatic circulation and insufficient water will allow toxins to be deposited into the interstitial fluid.

Impregnation Phase

If toxins are not removed from the interstitial fluid, they will penetrate to the inside of the cells, possibly causing free radical damage, the blocking of enzymes and a change in the function of the cell, which my progress to chronic disease. Once this stage is reached and the cellular regulation is affected, the following illnesses may appear, diabetes, asthma, hepatitis, angina, thyroid dysregulation, hormonal imbalances, cervical dysplasia, and other precancerous conditions.

Degeneration Phase

In this phase the cells are increasingly and sometimes irreversibly damaged, with the changes in cell structure. Diseases include liver cirrhosis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diease, lupus, MS, tuberculosis, hyperthyroidism, scleroderma, heart attack, arthritis, nephritis of the kidney, infertility and dementia.

Cancer Phase

In this phase the toxins have affected the DNA causing genetic damage and the formation of malignant cells. All cancers fall under this phase.

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Why we Need to Drink Water

Water is the substance of life and without it life cannot be sustained. We are comprised of approximately 80% water, which makes us very reliant on clean structured water for our health and well being. An adult can survive 3 weeks without food but only 3 days without clean water.

Thirst is not a reliable indication of our hydration level, the colour of urine is a much better indication. The clearer and lighter the colour of the urine the more hydrated you are, the darker the colour the more dehydrated you are. See chart below as a very rough guide


Body has plenty of fluids



Body has adequate fluids

Light yellow


Body is low on water.

Dark yellow


Sugary soft drinks, carbonated water, tea, coffee and alcohol, steal tremendous amounts of water from our body and cause us to become dehydrated. Even beverages such as milk, vegetable and fruit juice require water to be properly digested.

Imagine how the quality and type of food impacts on our levels of hydration. High sodium, spicy foods, or too much meat and wheat products are difficult to digest and need large amounts of water to be processed in our body.

Water plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function, including digestion, nutrient absorption and chemical reactions. We need water to sustain proper circulation and flexibility of our blood vessels. Water helps remove toxins, also known as acidic waste from the body and in particular the digestive tract. Our body’s temperature is regulated by our hydration. Imagine a car running on an empty radiator.

When we are dehydrated it could be said we are in a state of “survival”. The brain signals to the rest of the organs that there is not enough water to go round, and as the brain is the centre point of all physical functions it takes priority, which leaves the rest of our organs in emergency. Emotionally this can produce fear and anxiety.

Constant failure to drink enough water can lead to chronic cellular dehydration, which leaves the cells of the body weakened and vulnerable to disease. The cells become brittle and fragile which impacts our immune system and leads to chemical, nutritional and PH imbalances.

Dehydration can occur anytime of the year including winter months when indoor heating systems can dehydrate our cells more easily than in the hot summer months.

You should drink half your weight in ounces of water every day to provide your body with its minimum water replacement requirements, as long as you are reasonably fit. Otherwise begin by sipping water and gradually build up. “Chewing” your water before you swallow, helps the body to absorb it more easily, as the enzymes in your saliva break water down, making it more accessible to your system.

Work out your weight in pounds and divide by 2 (i.e. 140lbs / 2 = 70, you would need 70 fluid ounces of water. 20 fluid ounces = 1pint. 50cl = approximately 17 fluid ounces). This is only a guide to how much water you should drink each day. If you are very active obviously your intake needs to be increased. If you have any kidney or heart problems seek advice from your doctor before increasing your water intake.

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Recommended reading:

“Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”  Dr Feredydoon Batmanghelidj ISBN 1-899398-35x
“Reverse Aging” Sang Whang ISBN 0-966236-319