We hear a lot about living in the present moment, but how often do we actually do this? For the overwhelming majority of people, the answer would be "Not much". And yet, the present moment is where, as Tich Nhat Han puts it, "we have an appointment with life." Think about that for a moment. How often have you kept that appointment? I know that for me, the honest answer is "rarely". And yet I still keep trying, because if I miss the present moment, then I'm really saying that I'm missing my life, and I don't want to do that!
So what to do about this? The most direct path that I know of is to spend even just a little bit of time (more is better) each day in quiet, letting it all just be. The thoughts that bubble up are just thoughts. They change moment by moment. The itch or the ache comes and goes. And if I allow myself the time, I get to notice that underneath those thoughts, that itch, that ache, is a sense of presence. Or, if you prefer, Presence. Some people like the word God, or The Universe. But whatever you want to call it, it's that sense of something that's deeper than the thoughts or sensations.
For those of you who recoil from the idea of meditation (you're not interested in sitting cross-legged on the floor and chanting), you'll be happy to know 2 things. First of all, the word meditation comes from the Latin meaning "To think over". It also has a Latin root mederi meaning "to heal". (Think "medicine".) One doesn't need to be cross-legged to think. And to spend even a small amount of quiet time, giving your mind a break from all the thoughts of the day is actually quite healing.
The second piece of good news is that sound healing is a form of meditation. It's a way of giving our mind that little break from everyday concerns and worries and list-making, and allowing some space for us to just be. Not doing -- just being. And the beautiful thing is that sound can literally change our brains. I'm not speaking metaphorically here, and I'm not talking about just your thoughts. I'm talking about that hunk of gray matter in your skull -- the physical brain - can physically change. With practice, new connections can be made which can physically alter your brain. You can, in fact, shift your life to a better place.
If any of this sounds intriguing to you, you can call our clinic in Mission Valley Acupuncture - 619-281-7696. We'll be happy to speak with you about setting up a sound healing session and answer any questions you might have.