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Healing your Addiction Meditation

I would like to teach you an incredible, effective and very short meditation which is called the Addiction Meditation also known as the Medical Meditation for Habituation. This is the medicine of the future. With the pressure of modern life, people are going for whatever will numb them out (food, sex, television, social media). My beautiful teacher, Guru Jagat, said this meditation will not be understood for 500 to 1000 years as to how powerfully this works with the central cortex of the brain. The central cortex of the brain is connected to the way we crave things, certain subconscious patterns, certain habit patterns, certain substance patterns - it could be a way we relate to our work that is not giving us energy. This is a powerful way to change our brain chemistry.

The Buddha identified craving and attachment as the leading causes of suffering. Addiction can be described as a severe type of attachment. The driving force behind addiction is the desire to avoid pain and experience pleasure. If people can overcome their attachment, this will allow them to beat their addiction.

Meditation can be used as a tool to help control emotions and increase mental clarity.

The Practice

Posture: Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Straighten the spine and make sure the 1st six lower vertebrae are locked forward.

Mudra: Make fists of both hands and extend the thumbs straight. Place the thumbs on the temples and find the niche where the thumbs just fit. This is the lower anterior portion of the frontal bone above the temporal-sphenoidal suture.

Lock the back molars together and keep the lips closed. Keeping the teeth pressed together throughout, alternately squeeze the molars tightly and then release the pressure. A muscle will move in rhythm under the thumbs. Feel it massage the thumbs and apply a firm pressure with the hands.

Eyes: Keep the eyes closed and focus at the Brow Point.

Mantra: Silently vibrate the five primal sounds—the Panj Shabd: Sa Ta Na Ma—at the brow point.

With practice, the time of this meditation can be increased from 5-7 minutes to 20 minutes and ultimately to 31 minutes.

In our modern culture, addictive behavior is everywhere. We may be addicted to smoking, eating, drinking, or drugs; or we can be addicted subconsciously to acceptance, advancement, rejection, emotional love, etc. All of these lead us to insecure and neurotic behavior patterns.

Yogic science asserts that human habit patterns are set or broken in 40-day cycles. More deeply ingrained patterns may take longer to correct. An imbalance in the pineal area of the brain can make mental and physical addictions seem unbreakable. Balancing the glands in this area helps to break those patterns.

Please find more information related to my teacher, Guru Jagat, here.

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