Heal the Brain with Meditation
Walk in water.
In a peaceful pool, immerse yourself shoulder high and enjoy the floaty feelings of a slow, rhythmic walk. Time the touch of each step with a calming word, “Thank (step) God (step) I’m (step) Healthy (step).” Or, try: “Walk (step) in (step) wa (step) ter (step).” Synchronizing your mantra with your natural stepping rhythm calms your mind. Focus on giving thanks for what you have: eyes that see, lungs that breathe, and so on.
Make your own mantra.
Here’s my attitude-of-gratitude mantra during flotation therapy, one word with each breaststroke:
- Thank you, God, for my life! (Cancer survivor.)
- Thank you, God, for my wife! (Of fifty-one years.)
- Thank you, God, for my health! (At age seventy-eight, everything works and nothing hurts.)
- Thank you, God, for my wealth! (Eight kids.)
- Thank you, God, for my MD! (Fifty-one years.)
- Please make T5 my ministry.
One day during my flotation therapy session, two friends, one a neurologist and the other a psychotherapist, walked by the pool and saw me “vegging” while floating. I looked up and said, “I’m in therapy.” They got the message.