Bon Meditation Sweeps the Mind Clear

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By Deborah E. Thomas, Staff Writer

Tibetan Bon meditation comes from Tibet's oldest Buddhist tradition. A mind-body practice, it uses the breath to first calm the mind and body, then working with your breath lets you form sacred sounds to release obstacles 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 to achieve a more balanced life. The idea is to clear away the uncomfortable relationship one 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 one's own everyday life, where it is needed most.

Chaoul teaches Tibetan Bon meditation with sacred sounds at M. D. Anderson's Place ... of wellness.

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I appreciate this post very much. Here is what cancer has taught me: Illness is the sacred language used by the soul to communicate to us through the body. As a result of our efforts to learn it, we are healed. I am so thankful to have taken the time to become fluent in that language. Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma spoke to me 15 years ago, and I have been cancer-free ever since getting treated at MD Anderson. Thank you MDA and thank you Soul for teaching me what you needed me to become aware of.

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