This is an adaptation of chakra meditations that I have picked up – somewhere!
Ths connects the root chakra, the tan tien and the kidney – adrenals. You start by breathing in red through the root chakra at the base of the spine and moving the red energy to the front of the tan tien area – the spleen chakra (3 inches below the belly button). Then you breathe in orange through the tantien and move the red-orange energy to the kidney and adrenal region above the small of the back – ming men in Chinese. From ming men you move the energy back to the root chakra where you start the cycle again. You build an energy loop that will stengthen the kidneys and adrenal system.
You start by breathing in lavendar through the crown chakra (pineal gland), move the energy a short distance to the pituitary gland where you breathe in light blue. Then you move the energy through to the hypothalamus where you then move the energy back to the crown chakra. You build an energy loop that will build up the connections between the two glands and the hypothalamus, and because of their roles in the endocrine system this upper triangle should improve the hormonal control for the whole body.
See inset of upper triangle here:-
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Tags: chakras, glands, meditation
This is a summary table of my study connecting the chakras and the glands with some description of the glands and their hormones. This is meant to be practical eg pancreas and liver are connected so yellow juice (described in the Zandtao Health Plan) helps the pancreas and therefore digestion and insulin. Nostril breathing has been most effective as it balances the chakras, and chakra colour meditation can help particular chakras an therefore the gland and hormones. Chilel balances energy so helps all chakras. Meditation on the balance of compassion and insight helps “on top” with balance. Physically herbal massage helps the energy flow and gave me good sleep, and saunas get rid of toxins.
|PINEAL AND HYPOTHALAMUS|
|crown||lavendar||pineal and hypothalamus||melatonin and serotnin – sleep||cherries|
|The pineal gland is a small organ that is situated at the center of the brain. Shaped like a pine cone, and reddish-gray in color, this tiny gland is made up of glial cells (cells found in the nervous system) and pinealocytes. It is the pineal gland which connects the endocrine and nervous systems, and which helps convert signals from the nervous system into endocrine signals. It secretes melatonin, that regulates sleep cycle and hormonal changes during adolescence.|
|PITUITARY AND HYPOTHALAMUS|
|brow||light blue||pituitary||connects to hypothalamus and stimulates other glands|
One of the main organs is the pituitary gland and is also known as master gland. It is called the ‘master gland’ as it produces hormones, which control the functioning of the other organs in the body. The pituitary gland is located on the lower side of the brain, and is the size of a pea. The pituitary gland consists of two parts – the anterior lobe and the posterior lobe. The anterior lobe controls the hormones secreted by the adrenal, reproductive and thyroid glands. It also produces certain hormones like:
Growth hormone, that aids in the proper growth and development of the body tissues like connective tissue, muscular tissue, epithelial tissue, and bone tissue etc. Moreover, growth hormone also helps in the even distribution of nutrients and minerals throughout the body.
Prolactin, a hormone that triggers milk production in lactating mothers.
Thyrotropin, a thyroid stimulating hormone.
Corticotropin, adrenal stimulating hormone.
The posterior lobe secretes two hormones; antidiuretic hormone, which regulates water content in the body and oxytocin, the hormone which activates the contraction of muscles in the uterus during childbirth. The pituitary gland releases some hormones which help in proper ovulation, and controls the menstrual cycle in women. It also secretes endorphins, the hormones that act as an analgesic, besides stimulating the reproductive organs to produce sex hormones.
The hypothalamus is situated above the pituitary gland, in the brain and connects the endocrine system with the nervous system. The hypothalamus produces certain chemicals that help in stimulating or controlling secretion of hormones in the pituitary gland. Since emotional and seasonal changes also trigger the secretion of pituitary hormones, the hypothalamus transmits information like change in temperature, light, feelings, etc. sensed by the brain to the pituitary gland.
|The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland, situated in the front part of the lower neck. The thyroid produces two hormones, triiodothyronine and thyroxine, which control chemical reactions in the body, like burning food to produce energy, stimulate metabolism of fats, proteins and vitamins, increasing the body’s sensitivity and generating heat etc. Thyroid hormones contribute towards bone growth and proper development of the brain and nervous system in children. Parathyroids are tiny glands attached to the thyroid. They produce parathyroid hormone, which, with the assistance of calcitonin, a hormone that is secreted by the thyroid, controls the level of calcium in the blood.|
|Immune system – The functions of the thymus were not well understood until the early 1960s, when its role in the development of the body’s system of immunity was discovered. Beginning during fetal development, the thymus processes many of the body’s lymphocytes, which migrate throughout the body via the bloodstream, seeding lymph nodes and other lymphatic tissue. The main cells undergoing this processing are the T cells, a heterogeneous groups of cells essential in protecting the body against invasions by foreign organisms [BZ – not Buzzle].|
|liver||solar plexus – yellow||pancreas||Insulin and glucagon|
|The pancreas is a digestive as well as an endocrine system organ. The pancreas has a leaf-like structure and is located, on the right side, below the stomach. It is attached to the duodenum (small intestine), through the pancreatic duct. This gland secretes glucagon, insulin and somatostatin that help in maintaining a steady level of sugar (or glucose) in the blood. They also maintain energy stores and regularly supply energy to the body. Pancreatic juice, which is composed of digestive enzymes, is also released by this glandular organ for the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine.|
|gonads||spleen chakra – orange||testosterone|
|The gonads mainly secrete sex hormones – androgen of which the most necessary is testosterone, the male sex hormones; and progesterone and estrogen, the female sex hormones. The male gonads, called the testes, are located in the scrotum. The male sex hormones influence changes related to physical and sexual development, and the male secondary sex characteristics like growth of pubic and facial hair, change in voice, etc. Testosterone also assists in sperm production. The female gonads, or ovaries, secrete the female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, which help in stimulating the production of eggs. Moreover, they are also responsible for the physical changes that occur during puberty, besides regulating the menstrual cycle.|
|kidneys||root chakra – red||adrenals||epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol|
|Adrenal glands are situated on top of the kidneys. They are triangular in shape and have two parts; adrenal cortex and adrenal medulla. The outer part of the adrenal gland, adrenal cortex, secretes a hormone called corticosteroids which controls the level of salt and water in the body, the rate of metabolism, immune system, sexual development and function, and the response of the body to stress. Adrenal medulla, which is the inner part of the adrenal gland, releases a hormone called epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, in layman’s language. When the body is stressed, epinephrine increases the heart rate, dilates the blood vessels and air passage and helps the body gain more oxygen. It is also used to treat allergic reactions caused due to a foreign protein.|
|Descriptions found at Buzzle|
Tags: acupuncture, Buddhism, chakras, energy, gurus
I call myself a Buddhist but do I believe in Buddhism? …. more on Buddhadasa page
Letting Go is so important ….more on Buddhadasa page
Desire again. My recent consideration of Sogyal Rinpoche and his alleged sexual proclivities made me think about tantric yoga. Now I know little about it as I have said. Here is a recollection of something I may have read somewhere. Contemplation of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Compassion, can help change sexual desire to compassion. Now I recently described enlightenment as a law of Nature, and then that desire and enlightenment are the same stuff. So any form of actuated desire is a detraction from enlightenment, enlightenment being a natural progression – a Path – if not interfered with and diverted by mind. That is a concern, desire detracting from enlightenment. [Warning:- I have discussed about enlightenment on the Buddhadasa page, I am now not happy discussing enlightenment. 20/9/13]
Now desire is no easy stuff to deal with. All around there are images that can create a response that becomes a desire, attachment to that desire can increase involvement with the desire, and therefore decrease involvement on the Natural Path to enlightenment. Like in all of us desire arises in me, much less now I am older but it is still there. So what do I do? Sit on it? No, that doesn’t work. Repressing the desire just means it squirms out somewhere else. In terms of sexual desire I remember reading that the Buddha suggested we meditate on what a human being is actually made of when we are attracted sexually, bugs, cells, bacteria etc. That never worked for me. Whilst I consider sexual desire natural, it is something I don’t want – I consider it a defilement (kilesa). But once attached to the defilement that’s it, whether a sex symbol is made of bacteria or not she is still a sex symbol. So that never worked.
So I give up with a kind of laissez faire attitude, I don’t want it but it’s going to happen so let it happen and don’t get strung up about it. But then it is detracting from enlightenment so that is not acceptable. But what if I can sublimate the desire? As enlightenment and desire are the same stuff, can I change it through meditation? Suppose a desire arises, can I convert it to love and compassion – good enough enlightenment stuff for me? Here I mentioned sexual desire and I also have too much appetite – I eat more than I need even though all I eat is good. What if I can change these desires when they arise? I suspect I am getting involved here with dependent origination but I have never really related to that as being more than theory.
So here is what I have come up with. If the mind is pure then enlightenment will happen when it is meant to. Love and compassion are good enlightenment stuff. If a desire comes up and I go with it then that is a distraction from enlightenment. Love and compassion are good stuff to work with chakras, breathing love and compassion in and out of the chakras. Natural sexual desire is found in the tan tien, the second chakra. I am guessing that natural hunger comes in the third chakra – solar plexus. But of course desire is primarily mental, we have sexual desire far more than we are actually capable of, we want to eat far more than we need – and eat the wrong foods because our taste buds are titilated (or addicted). That is the sixth chakra. So if desire arises I am going to try to convert it to love and compassion through these chakras – and the others as well.