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“Relaxing into Healing” guided meditation podcast

May 4, 2007

I just added an episode to our Meditation Oasis podcast called “Relaxing into Healing”. It’s a very simple, direct approach to healing, and probably quite different from most guided meditations for healing.

The meditation is based on the idea that healing is in the nature of life. The natural intelligence of the body and psyche is always moving in the direction of healing. We can cooperate with this natural process of healing by being open to it, relaxing so that the maximum energy is available for healing, and allowing whatever needs to be healed to come fully into our awareness.

Being open to healing — In the beginning of the meditation, we set the intention to open to healing. This way we become more receptive to the process of healing.

Relaxing to free up energy for healing — We relax by letting go of resistance to whatever we are experiencing in our body, mind and emotions. Resistance takes energy, and we want to let that energy be used for healing.

Allowing what needs healing into our awareness — Finally, the guided meditation encourages you to allow everything to come into your awareness that needs healing. The idea isn’t to start thinking about it and analyzing it, but to simply experience it. Our attention is a beam of intelligent energy. Simply having something in our awareness brings energy to it. It may be a situation, an emotion or something in the body that needs healing. The meditation encourages you to simply allow yourself to experience whatever needs to be healed without judgment. In this way you hold a compassionate space for yourself to heal.

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17 Responses to ““Relaxing into Healing” guided meditation podcast”

  1. KaiTe on May 4th, 2007 8:51 pm

    Mary,
    What a gift, your podcasts–thank you so much. I listen to them on my ipod and feel comforted by your voice. The meditations have been such a blessing as I am home alone healing from surgery. You are truly talented and inspired.
    I feel lucky to have found you guys!

    Much love and continued success,
    Kaite

  2. Mary on May 5th, 2007 3:56 pm

    Thank you so much, KaiTe, for visiting the blog and commenting. It’s heartwarming to hear from people enjoying the podcasts. That’s what inspires us to continue! Wishing you well with your healing.
    Mary

  3. Suresh Gundappa on June 8th, 2007 8:44 am

    I can’t agree with kaiTe more, You are truly gifted and Talented. You continue to inspire so many fellow travelers on the path. I like your Podcast episodes. well produced and relaxing!
    Keep up the great work and I would love to create a link from my site to your Podcasts. I will do it once i get your permission.
    with lots of Love

  4. Mary on June 8th, 2007 9:23 am

    I am so glad you are enjoying the podcast, Suresh. My life has been enriched by your wonderful Meditation Photography blog and it’s lovely to think I can give something in return!

    We’d be delighted to have you link to our podcasts — please go ahead!

    Blessings, Mary

  5. Jenny on June 17th, 2007 4:06 pm

    Dear Mary

    I am a recovering alcoholic and have been using your podcasts to assist me in this journey.

    I am now meditating every morning/evening. Along with regular AA meetings this program is assisting me greatly with my journey of recovery.

    I am now looking at how to further enhance my spiritual life.

    Thank you so much for your free podcasts – they have been an “essential” item for my daily peace of mind.

    Thank you

    Jenny

  6. Mary on June 18th, 2007 9:56 am

    Dear Jenny,

    I’m so glad the podcasts are helping you with your recovery. Meditation and spiritual development have been absolutely essential for me, too.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. I wish you the very best as your continue on your journey.

  7. Pat on March 8th, 2008 5:04 pm

    I want to thank you for your podcasts. I never felt so soothed or felt such calm when hearing your voice. I am trying to heal my body (lungs) and I feel stress really worsens the problem. I will listen to this several times a day hoping I can get my health back.
    Many Blessings to you..

    Pat

  8. Mary on March 9th, 2008 8:38 am

    You are welcome, Pat. Yes, stress worsens problems! Relaxation definitely helps with healing and should really be a part of any healing program. Doing the meditation regularly and a couple times a day certainly increases its effect.

    Of course, it’s not a substitute for the other kinds of medical attention someone might need. (I always feel I need to mention that as when I use the word healing about one of my meditations.)

    I wish you well with your healing process and hope that it can be as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

    Blessings to you! Mary

  9. Duncan on April 2nd, 2008 5:22 pm

    Your podcasts are so wonderful. So caring and so lovely! Thank you big big time from the Highlands of Scotland.. Duncan XXX

  10. Mary on April 3rd, 2008 8:46 am

    How lovely to meet you in the Highlands of Scotland! We’re glad you are enjoying the podcasts. Thanks for taking the time to comment, and of course you are welcome — big time…
    Mary

  11. Joy on September 22nd, 2008 10:20 am

    Dear Mary,
    Thank you for having the free podcasts, I am regularly using Relaxing into Healing. I have been having some health issues and emotional issues for quite a while. I am doing yoga 2x a week and trying to meditate 2x a day. My husband and I purchased the Sleep Easy, Pure Light and Pure Relaxation CDs. We love them all.
    I do have a question, can you meditate too much? And, what would be a good meditation for anxiety?
    Again, thank you for your wonderful website, I have told quite a few people about it.

  12. Mary on September 22nd, 2008 10:34 am

    You are very welcome, Joy.

    It is possible to meditate too much. It’s like anything, we need to find the right balance of meditation and activity, and that differs for different people. It may also differ at different times in your life. It also depends on the type of meditation you do and what kinds of activities you do during the day.

    Usually twice a day meditation is ideal, although it should be fine to add in shorter breaks, like the brief meditation on Pure Relaxation. A possible sign of too much meditation would be feeling “spacey”. Without consulting individually with someone it would be hard to be more specific.

    Any meditation that is relaxing should help with anxiety, although body-centered meditations might be especially helpful. On the podcast, we have the Body Awareness Meditation and Grounding Meditation. We also have a Body Aware CD.

  13. jamison on August 4th, 2009 1:00 pm

    This one may be for me… I have been sick a lot lately…

    May I ask a few questions?

    1) Do you have a blog or site you recommend for using along with meditation that focuses on diet/foods for healing and living a healthy, happy life?

    2) Since I am kind of new to meditation, I am wondering, is it bad/wrong/not recommended that I listen to meditations as I lay in bed at night to go to sleep? I focus on what is being said and can follow the meditations easily, but more often than not I am asleep before it is over… which I kind of like :) But fear I am not getting the whole good out of it by missing out.

    3) A recommendation. I download your podcast to my Windows Mobile 6.1 SmartPhone using a great (and FREE) Program called BeyondPod. Your RSS feed descriptions are great, but once I have downloaded the podcast I seek, and go to Windows Media PLayer to find it and play it, it has odd lables like “pod21″ or “pod4″ which is kind of impossible to scroll through to find the right meditation you want to listen to. Is there any way to set your podcasts so that they can be visible as “Relaxing into healing” and so forth?

    Finally, a compliment. I love how in so many of your podcasts you say “let thoughts come and go”… so often I find myself fighting off thoughts in order to relax, yet the harder I fight, the less I relax. On the other spectrum, if I let the thoughts come and let them take over my head, I also cant relax. Allowing them to come then letting them go is helpful.

  14. Mary on August 4th, 2009 2:24 pm

    jamison,
    1) We have a website, heartofhealing.net, that has a lot of content on healing and health. It doesn’t address diet and food, however. Ask Dr. Weil has a lot of good things about diet. We personally use the principles of Ayurveda a lot.
    2) It’s fine to listen laying in bed at bedtime. If you fall asleep, your subconscious mind will still be hearing the words.
    3) Thanks for pointing this out. We can change that for future podcasts, and are looking into what we can do about the ones already published.

    Glad you are enjoying the podcasts! It definitely doesn’t work to fight thoughts. Sometimes they will take over though, and you can let that be OK. The idea is to just come back to the meditation when you become aware the mind has wandered.

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  16. MrKappa on February 18th, 2013 5:59 pm

    I’m only just begining to learn how to slow the thought processes down. No matter what I do to destroy my ability to think, it just wants to ramp right back up on me.

  17. Mary on February 19th, 2013 12:06 pm

    MrKappa, why would you want to destroy your ability to think?

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