Meditation & Health #18-Prostration Brings Peace and Wellbeing
Prostration Brings Peace and Wellbeing
By Song Gan, Singapore
During class, Grandmaster JinBodhi’s compassion and words of wisdom made me realize that illnesses arise from negative emotions and inappropriate behavior.
I used to be an impatient person with a very bad temper. My moods were unstable and I would make a mountain out of a molehill, both in my personal life and at work. When faced with communication challenges in dealing with colleagues, I would react violently. I’ve even been known to throw a phone when angry.
Miseries Stemming From a Bad Temper
At home, I demanded family members meet my expectations. My children often lied to me to avoid my wrath. My temperament and persistent irritability eventually led to a strained lower back, along with shoulder and neck pain. I even began to suffer from migraines. I often felt exhausted and breathless. Just two hours a day of walking would cause a backache. When my lower-back pain was severe, I relied on muscle relaxants and massage to alleviate the ache.
My pain and stress eventually affected my sleep. I managed only three hours of rest a night. Often, the shoulder pain and backaches would wake me an hour into sleep, and two to three hours would pass before I’d drift off again. Sometimes, I even needed to wake my husband to help me relieve the pain with liniment. For almost four years, I suffered mentally and physically.
Regaining Health With Prostration
In 2011, after undergoing surgery to remove ovarian cysts, I began to experience physical weakness and irregular menstruation. This was a turning point that made me realize the importance of good health.
In August 2012, through my colleague’s recommendation, I signed up for Bodhi Meditation’s 8.5-Day Health & Happiness Retreat. During class, Grandmaster JinBodhi’s compassion and words of wisdom made me realize that illnesses arise from negative emotions and inappropriate behavior. Hence, I started to change myself. When faced with challenges, I held my impatience and temper in check, exercising more tolerance. I started seeing things from a different perspective and put myself in others’ shoes. I started guiding and nurturing my children, instead of using coercion.
After completing the Health & Happiness Retreat, I persevered in practicing full prostration for 30 minutes every day. My entire body felt very relaxed and at ease after every session. Thereafter, whenever I felt any bodily discomfort, I practiced full prostration. Since then, I have never needed to rely on my husband’s massages to help relieve pain. To maximize the benefits gained from full prostration, I extended my practice time to an hour daily. Through this, I shed four kilograms (8.8 pounds), my belly flattened and my waistline slimmed.
After practicing Energy Bagua and full prostration for a year, I gradually regained physical strength and vitality, and my overall health improved. I no longer feel tired, even if I go out shopping for a whole day. The tension and pain in my shoulders, neck and back are gone. My gait has become lighter and my breathing smoother. Every night I fall asleep within minutes, and slumber peacefully till dawn. My sleep time has doubled. Needless to say, I am overjoyed.
Through meditation, I’ve not only gained health, I’ve learned to change my way of thinking. My new mindset brings me great happiness. I have become less calculating and more empathetic. I smile more and speak positive words. In 2013, I became a volunteer at Bodhi Meditation. I hope through my diligent practice and earnest contribution, more people may enjoy the health and happiness of Bodhi Meditation.
The intent of the testimonial is to offer wellness information of a general nature. Individual results of practice may vary.