Just watched Deepak Chopra explain a mental exercise for relaxation, controlling blood pressure, heart rate, and influencing cravings.
He explained a 5 minute p/day exercise which consists of:
a) take off shoes, loosen clothing.
b) assume a comfotable sitting position with spine more or less straight
c) close eyes and take several controlled deep breaths
d) verbalize the words (mantra) “shivo humm” several times
c) then internally verbalize those words, without sound
d) think of a person or thing you truly love, while internally verbalizing the mantra
e) direct this emotion to your heart (your body)
f) think of something you really want (need), such as quitting smoking.
When executed each day for several days the experience of relaxation (and stimulation of biochemical activity in the brain) should take no more than about 5 minutes and can be done in almost any quiet place.
When this exercise is executed properly a state of relaxation will be felt, which helps in fighting stress (blood pressure, heart rate, etc) and also helps in allowing a deep conscious desire (such as quitting smoking) to imprint on the subconscious, where survival behavior resides, and help influence that survival instinct with incorporating a control motive.
Personally I have practised body relaxation for a long time, but in a different way, starting from the toes and working upward. It seems effective for relaxing the body itself, but does not address the a mental participation in particular, except for focusing on the muscles themselves. It works for me at nights before going to sleep.
I have never seen the need for a mantra, but as Chopra explained it, the harmonics of the sounds and later the mental ghosting by internal repetition causes certain chemicals in the brain to become active which in turn stimulate the right parts of the brain which reinforce the beneficial thoughts which are recalled and felt emotionally and eventually amplify the mental wish so that it becomes imprinted.
I know this sounds like woo, but according to Chopra it an acquired skill which in this case can be mastered with a minimum of time spent on practice. There are examples (especially in the far East) of similar meditation practices where the practioner experiences an iternal state of bliss.
This is not a mystical discipline, but a physical and mental exercise.
Anyone else with demonstrable or even experiential skills of this type of meditation or introspection?