Sound Baths - Buzz or Bust?
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The Doctors send OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry to try out a sound bath at Unplug Meditation in LA. “I didn’t bring my bathing suit so what exactly are we doing today?” Dr. Nita asks. Eric Mellgren, her sound bath meditation instructor, tells Dr. Nita there is no water; a sound bath is a guided meditation using sound to help induce the meditative state.
Dr. Nita lies down in a dimly lit room and closes her eyes. Eric uses crystal quartz bowls which create vibrations and frequencies that he says help reduce stress, reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and help downshift the brain waves into a meditative state.
“Your face says it all. I’ve never seen you that relaxed in my entire life!” exclaims ER physician Dr. Travis Stork upon watching Dr. Nita’s sound bath experience. Dr. Nita says this is a buzz! She found this easier than in the past when she has tried to meditate because the sounds brought her mind back when it would start to wander.
The owner of Unplug Meditation and author of “Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers,” Suze Yalof Schwartz joins in the audience to discuss more on meditation.
Suze says the biggest myth about meditation is that you have to stop your thoughts. She says we have 50,000 – 80,000 thoughts every single day. Meditation is the dance between thinking and then bringing your mind back to a single point of focus. She says the more you do this, the stronger your pre-frontal cortex where focus, memories, and executive decision making exists will get, and your amygdala where stress and anxiety brew will shrink.
Suze has three easy ways for anyone to meditate:
Meditation Tip #1: Slice an orange and then smell it.
Orange is the essential smell of happiness. The scent triggers the brain to feel good. Close your eyes and sniff. Drawing attention to the scent of the orange is an easy way to get present quickly.
Meditation Tip #2: Meditation in a jar.
Suze has a jar filled with glitter and water to represent the mind and its thoughts. Suze shakes the jar, and the glitter, which represents our thoughts, goes everywhere. She says this is what it looks like when our brains are stressed and worried. Stop, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let out an audible sigh. When you open your eyes, you will see the glitter has settled at the bottom of the jar. This symbolizes the brain on meditation.
Meditation Tip #3: Practice gratitude.
Suze says to try this if you feel unhappy or stressed. Close your eyes, place your hand on your heart, and think of three things that you feel grateful for. Imagine yourself in a happy place. Did it make you smile?