Meditation for Schizophrenia
Meditation for Schizophrenia,Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder which makes a person totally out of his/ her control and it becomes too much difficult for both the Schizophrenics and their attendants or family members to live a peaceful life.
Well, medications have been searched and created to recover from Schizophrenia but it has too much of side effects, which makes life more problematic and unmaintainable for the Schizophrenics and their family members or attendants.
After considering these situations and conditions, a positive outcome has come of treating Schizophrenia without any medications but with total peace and harmony and that too without any side effects on anyone.
Meditation is that full proof treatment for Schizophrenia which has only positive effects on a person rather than any of the side effects caused by medication. It is a long going process of treatment depending on the severity of the patient so it would be better enough if the treatment for Schizophrenia is started with meditation and Yoga Techniques from the very beginning stages of Schizophrenia.
For making the Schizophrenics to follow the steps of meditation we have to be patient enough as it would take long times for the Schizophrenics to completely follow the steps. In such conditions, we have to keep encouraging the patients about the positive results of doing it and also keep encouraging them for the daily routine activities of life so that it becomes clearly visible to us when the patients starts recovering back from Schizophrenia. We should never leave the patients or the Schizophrenics alone, as that time of loneliness takes them to hallucinations and make them live in an invisible world.
Encouragement and company to Schizophrenics is essential to make them follow the rules and regulations for Meditation and we have to be always calm and cool with them, considering their conditions when they go into hallucinations, delusions, negative energies prompting them not to listen, understand and positive with the life being.
So here are the main types of meditation techniques mentioned below to help anyone suffering with any kind of mental illness.Meditation for Schizophrenia is very effective and can cure symptoms at early stages of Schizophrenia.
Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM)
This type of meditation is done or practised with the view to know oneself and then proceed further. In this meditation technique, the main focus is a silent sound called a primordial sound, which is a mantra practice. People can easily say OM and feel the vibration of that sound for the benefit of the whole body, especially mind which requires total peace, harmony, understanding, knowledge and all to live in this world.
Focused Attention Meditation:
The idea of this type of meditation is to focus on a single object throughout the session. This could be a mantra, visualisation, candle, image or just about anything. With practice, the ability to stay focused irrespective of distractions will increase. This form of meditation is great for enhancing the depth and firmness of the attention powers by staying in the present moment. This will help turn off the constant stream of thoughts and slip into an altered state of consciousness.
Zen Meditation (Zazen):
Zazen is a Japanese word and it means seated meditation. This is a Buddhist meditation and here the main focus is on becoming aware of the breath and non-reactive observation of the thoughts and experiences as they come to a person in meditation.
• Self-Inquiry Meditation:
Self-Inquiry to oneself is a path to higher levels of consciousness. In ancient times, this technique was used to learn about true desires – to understand what the soul wants by means of asking oneself. Here it is required to be mindful and then ask questions to oneself about the desires, hopes, intentions, and other queries about self. When practised, this technique allows to leave the confines of the body and ego. Time and space are said to merge within the mind and then Samadhi – a pure, enlightened state is attained.
• Mirror Gazing Meditation:
This meditation requires one to sit in a relaxed comfortable position and place a mirror within a distance that’s comfortable to the eyes. Now the person can start gazing into his eyes. There is no need to stress the eyes or focus too hard. At the beginning, one can gaze for five minutes and gradually increase the time up to 20 minutes.
• Kundalini Meditation:
Practising this spiritual technique is the way to rouse the sleeping planetary power that is located at the base of the spine. With this meditation, this energy is drawn up through the body, awakening the seven chakra points or energy cyclones in the body. It is believed that when the energy reaches the crown chakra it causes an experience called Kundalini awakening, which leads to enlightenment. Kundalini meditations can consist of breathing techniques, mantras, mudras (hand gestures) and chants.
• Tonglen Meditation:
This meditation technique is from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In plain distinctions with the pleasure-seeking attitudes, this meditation technique encourages to connect with suffering in order to overcome it. Through this meditations, one can learn to accept suffering with openness, let go of negativity and develop feelings of consideration and responsiveness through breath exercises, conceptions and focusing intent.• Loving Kindness Meditation: It is also known by the name of Metta Meditation which means complete kindness and friendliness. This is a heart-centred meditation which can be simply defined as love with wisdom or unconditional love for oneself and others. This meditation teaches to love and respect others as oneself, means considering others as own and love and respect them as one will do with himself. In time, we include others who have special significance to us, then to a neutral being, a difficult person, and finally to all living things in the universe.
• Transcendental Meditation (TM):
This meditation got started by Maharishi Mahesh Yoga in 1955. TM allows the mind to easily and naturally surpass conscious thinking to experience a deep state of peacefully alert awareness. The Transcendental Meditation technique is the most widely studied forms of meditation.
• Qigong (Chi kung):
Qigong also pronounced as chi kung or chi gung is a Chinese term which means life energy cultivation. It is a part of martial art training which requires conscious body movement, inner focus and controlled breathing. One of the main aims of Qigong meditation would be to empty the mind. However, we should not block out any thoughts that emerge when we are meditating as they can be used for Self-examination, knowledge and clarification.
Above are the techniques of meditation for schizophrenia.Meditation for Schizophrenia can be followed based on individual schedules.However,doing the meditation in the early morning is more effective to get positive results.