Tibetan Bon meditation is one of Tibet's oldest Buddhist traditions. As mind-body practice, it uses the breath to first calm the mind and body, and then you work with the breath to form sacred sounds to release obstacles in your life (that may be physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual) and permit centering. Sound acts as a connector, allowing dialogue between the mind and body, explains Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor in the Integrative Medicine Program at M. D. Anderson. Chaoul says the vocalized sounds are called sacred because they are a way of connecting to yourself in a deeper way. They help to clear away obstacles in order to achieve a more balanced life. The idea is to clear away the uncomfortable relationship the practitioner has with these obstacles, acknowledging, but not judging them. Once that space has been created, there is room for nurturing to move in, taking the form of love, joy, compassion, etc. The next step is to bring the qualities gained from the meditative practice into the persons everyday life, where and where it is needed most. Chaoul teaches Tibetan Bon meditation at M. D. Andersons Place of wellness. More info: http://www2.mdanderson.org/cancerwise/
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