“Fibro Fog” is a well-known term to describe the cognitive impairment that comes with fibromyalgia. One day you have a very active, able brain; sharp, focused. The next, you can’t remember the word for “pen”.
It’s a very common symptom and losing the ability to recall common words is very upsetting. It doesn’t happen all the time, or with the same word. It just strikes at inopportune moments. Suddenly, words with which you are very familiar and that you use every day seem to have fallen out of your head.
Today’s Monday Mantra was to Narasimha, for protection from negative energies.
Narasimha, a Hindu God is an avatar of the god Vishna, is part man, part lion. He protects his followers from evil and his role on earth is to end religious persecution and calamity on earth.
This is quite a well known mantra and it is beautiful to perform and to hear. Not quite a song, not quite a chant, it’s melodic mix of the two that can fill the performer with inner peace. Even better, it’s performed with the intention of sharing that peace, along with happiness and freedom, with the rest of the world.
It is an invocation of Dhanvantri, the Celestial Physician. Dhanvantri is the Hindu god of medicine and Ayurveda; he is prayed to for good health.
I've been pondering over the last few days just what my job is as a therapist. I think a lot of people think that the role of a therapist - any therapist - is to make people better. To heal their ailments. I don't see that as my job. I don't heal people. Instead, I'm a facilitator. I hold the space for my clients.
The most obvious way in which human beings perceive sound is through the organs of the ears. The ear drum, which is a specialised membrane which vibrates with the input of sound waves, or pressure. However, many members of the animal kingdom perceive sound through other sensory organs, and human beings are no different. Even those who are born profoundly deaf can interpret sound, but in this instance as a vibration. For example, if we feel the vibration through our feet we are able to dance to the rhythm of music regardless of whether we can hear it or not.
The Chakras (“wheel” in Sanskrit) are energy centres and together with the Nadis they have been used as a healing system for thousands of years. Both are discussed in the Vedas. The Vedic system is a spiritual, universal and sacred way of life.
The Vedas portray the Chakras as coloured, spinning wheels which correspond to deities, Yantras, animals, body parts, crystals, foods and sounds.
What are the benefits of Sound Therapy? Every sound has a vibration we can feel in our bodies, sometimes very deeply, sometimes on a more subtle level. Every cell in our bodies is affected by vibration, and each is subject to its own vibration on a minuscule scale. Sound therapy uses these factors to “shake up” old patterns of tension, negative thoughts and emotions that do not serve us anymore.
Mantra therapy can be a life changing intervention when performed with intention and integrity. Mantras are like medicine for the soul and can be a powerful tool for transformation and change. When pronounced correctly, the vibrations produced by the ancient Sanskrit sounds evoke a unique vibration in the Universe, sending out your intention and facilitating whatever you are trying to manifest through your mantra.
If you get the chance to experience a gong bath, take it! You'll be amazed by the wonderful feelings of relaxation gained by immersing yourself in the musical vibrations of the gong. Many people report feelings of well-being that last for several days after their treatment.
Sound therapy uses sound waves to target specific areas of concern, and can be tailored to your needs. There are many different applications of Sound Therapy and you may already have a preference. Gong Baths, Himalayan Singing Bowls, Tuning Forks and Shamanic Drumming will all work to achieve a state of altered consciousness, similar to a dream state.