Tag: Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Daniel Amen recommends Kirtan Kriya – the the SA TA NA MA meditation

Dr. Daniel Amen in his book Making A Good Brain Great recommends using a form of meditation known as Kirtan Kriya, also known as the SA TA NA MA meditation.

The 12 minute format of Kirtan Kriya that Dr. Amen recommends is a very easy form of meditation for busy people to practice and a slight variation on the traditional 11 Minute Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation.

The SA TA NA MA meditation is based on the five primal sounds:

  • Saa,
  • Taa,
  • Naa,
  • Maa and
  • Aa

SA TA NA MA Mantra Instruction Video with Guruka Singh Khalsa

Kirtan Kriya Meditation

A wonderful video with Guruka Singh Khalsa showing the steps involved in practicing the Kirtan Kriya meditation.I love this video. I watched it often as I was learning the SaTaNaMa meditation and I like to go back to it.

I have found this to be a wonderful meditation.

Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation

I have struggled to meditate on a regular daily basis for decades. And while there is no doubt that the gabapentin medication is helping me to stay on track, as shown in my second SPECT Scan, I am finding that when I get up in the morning, and before goingto bed at night, I really look forward to doing Kirtin Kriya. It seems that the combination of sound (mantra) and movement (Mudra) makes a difference for me.

Dr. Amen says “I teamed with Drs. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Nisha Money to study the impact of meditation on the brain. We chose a simple 12 minute form of meditation, Kriya Kirtan, that is easy for busy people to practice. It is based on the five primal sounds: Saa, Taa, Naa, Maa (aa being the fifth sound). Meditators say each sound as they consecutively touch their thumb to fingers two, three, four and five. The sounds and fingering are repeated for two minutes out loud, two minutes whispering, four minutes silently, two minutes whispering and two minutes out loud.

“We performed SPECT scans at rest one day and then after meditation the next day. We saw marked decreases in the left parietal lobes (decreasing awareness of time and space) and significant increases in the prefrontal cortex (which showed that meditation helped to tune people in, not out). We also saw increased activity in the right temporal lobe, an area that has been associated with spirituality.

Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation & Kirtan Kriya

Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation conducted a study at the Amen Clinic in Newport Beach, California in 2003. It was a joint project between the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and the Amen Clinic of Newport Beach, California, affiliated with the University of California at Irvine.

What did the SPECT scan from the study show before doing Kirtan Kriya?

In one of the brain scans, we saw that the dimples in the front of the brain show a lack of complete blood flow. The area located on the back region of the brain is lumpy and asymmetrical, also due to a lack of blood flow. In the center of the brain, no thalamus is visible.

What did a SPECT scan of the same brain described above show after doing Kirtan Kriya?

A SPECT scan of the same brain showed that the dimples had disappeared, showing an increase in blood flow. The back of the brain is fuller and more symmetrical. The thalamus is now visible in the center of the brain. The thalamus controls appetite and sleep cycles, sets the emotional tone of the mind, and promotes bonding.

Brain scan before and after kirtan kriya meditation

So I am looking forward to my next SPECT Scan to see what other changes we see to my brain.

When you do the Kirtin Kriya meditation you say each sound as you consecutively touch your thumb to fingers two, three, four and five. Each time you close a mudra by joining the thumb with a finger, your ego “seals” its effect in your consciousness.

Visualize or feel each individual sound come in the crown chakra at the top of the head, down through the middle of the head and out to infinity through the third eye. This is very important and must be done with each sound. It is an essential part of the cleansing process. If this part of the meditation is not done, you may experience a headache.

Kirtan Kriya 12 Minute Meditation Instructions :

  • Sit with a straight spine.
  • Bring your mental focus to the brow point.
  • 2 minutes OUTLOUD – SA TA NA MA
  • 2 minutes in an audible WHISPER – SA TA NA MA
  • 4 minutes chant SILENTLY. Keep the hands and tongue moving – SA TA NA MA.
  • 2 minutes WHISPER – SA TA NA MA.
  • 2 minutes OUTLOUD – SA TA NA MA.
  • 30 seconds: sit quietly and listen inside, hear the mantra and experience the energy flowing in throw your Crown Chakra and out through your brow (Third Eye).
  • Do not do the finger movements.
  • 30 seconds: inhale deeply, raise the arms up in the air and vigorously shake the arms and fingers. You can involve the whole body and spine. Exhale. Repeat 1 or 2 more time if you desire. This is an important part of the meditation as it helps move and release the energy in the body.

Relax for a few minutes before going about your day. Or relax on your back. If it is before bed time, simply go to sleep.

While doing the meditation, you may experience pictures of the past come up like on a movie screen in your mind. Let them dance in front of your eyes and release them with the mantra. This is part of the cleansing of the subconscious mind.

If emotions come up, you can also incorporate them in the chanting, i.e. if you feel anger then chant out the anger. Whatever you experience is OK. Do not try to avoid or control your experiences. Simply be with what is going on and go through it. It is all part of the cleansing process.

The bottom line is that this meditation works. All you have to do is do it. You can trust the process and the technology.

Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation

Heal your brain ny doing the Kirtan Kriya Sa Ta Na Ma meditation with Richard Edward Ward

 


We Can’t Deal With Anything Until Your Sleep Apnea is Addressed

It was my first meeting with my family physician in Montreal. After reviewing my previous medical info and asking me about my concerns he said:

We can’t deal with anything until your Sleep Apnea is addressed.

After digesting his words, getting an appointment to see his colleague who specialized in Sleep Apnea, I began to do a little research and I have come to understand that Sleep Apnea can be a life destroyer.

How can any of us live to our full potential if we are starving our brains and bodies of oxygen?

Following is a brief look at what I learned, and the steps that I have taken to deal with my Sleep Apnea.

Sleep apnea can be a life destroyer

A Little Background ABout Me & My Health

It is 2018 and I am 70 years old. I am a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Survivor (2000) as well as a heart attack survivor (2004).

I was first diagnosed with Sleep Apnea so 30 years ago. After deciding not to have surgery on my throat my Sleep Apnea issues were never addressed by any of my doctors, or by me, over the past 30 years. Hmmmm.

That is until the leading Cardio Surgeon in Halifax in 2015 identified Sleep Apnea as the cause of my health issues. This was after she began testing me for the heart-related issues she was convinced I had. Man, was she thorough.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.

The following video “Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)” is very informative.

People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.

This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.

There are two types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
  2. Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.

What Are the Effects of Sleep Apnea?

As normal sleep is disrupted by Sleep Apnea people affected may experience sleepiness or feel tired during the day. Your productive may go down the drain.

Untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of health problems, including:

  1. cognitive impairment
  2. Diabetes
  3. Depression
  4. Headaches
  5. Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
  6. High blood pressure
  7. Memory loss
  8. Stroke
  9. Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  10. Worsening of ADHD

Getting Tested for Sleep Apnea is Easy

The test for sleep apnea is easy and can be done at home.

The test involves wearing a small machine strapped around your chest with an small tube that sits in your nostrils for one night.

Sleep apnea home test machine

Treatment

The treatment for me is quite standard and involves using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine when I am sleeping.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a form of positive airway pressure ventilator, which applies mild air pressure on a continuous basis to keep the airways continuously open.

CPAP machine
By PruebasBMA – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18885672

The idea of wearing a mask over my face while sleeping was a little unnerving, but after a few nights of wearing the mask I got used to it.

The Steps I Took

If you can relate to any of the above it may be worth speaking to your family doctor.

My doctor referred me to a specialist.

The specialist referred me for a test.

After the test, the specialist recommended that I use a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Machine.

Good luck with improving your sleep and improving the quality of your life.

Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis Is In My Morning Kickstart Music List

Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis is part of My Morning Kickstart Music List.

This is a wonderful piece of music, and the film is a wonderful presentation of history.

I added this because of the theme of someone overcoming seemingly odds. Inspiring.

Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire

Chariots of Fire – the film

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film.

It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics:

  • Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and
  • Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.

The film’s title was inspired by the line, “Bring me my chariot of fire,” from the William Blake poem adapted into the popular British hymn “Jerusalem“; the hymn is heard at the end of the film.

The original phrase “chariot(s) of fire” is from 2 Kings 2:11 and 6:17 in the Bible.

Chariots of Fire by Vangelis

Pipeline by Bruce Johnston Is In My Morning Kickstart Music List

Pipeline by Bruce Johnston starts off My Morning Kickstart Music List as its upbeat surfing instrumentals really appeal to me.

The sounds also take me back to my time in California in the summer and fall of 1969. So many great memories of hitchhiking from San Diego back to Vancouver, BC., and then on to Montreal, Quebec.

Bruce Arthur Johnston

Bruce Arthur Johnston is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as a member of the Beach Boys.

I enjoyed watching this wide-ranging interview with Bruce Johnston as he looks back at the Beach Boys golden sixties period and the music that built their success.

Bruce talks about the changing Californian music scene across the decade, the growth of Brian Wilson as a songwriter & producer, the triumph of Pet Sounds and the disappointment of the abortive SMiLE project.

He reflects on The Beach Boys’ story and output, as well as the challenging climate of the late Sixties as the group’s hits began to dry up.

Beach Boys

Although I never surfed I did grow up listening to the Beach Boys and their music still resonates with me in 2019 at the age of 71.

The Beach Boys are one of the most influential acts of the rock era distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs.

The Beach Boys drew on the music of jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound, and with Brian Wilson as composer, arranger, producer, and de facto leader, they often incorporated classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.

Visit the Beach Boys website.

Pipeline by Bruce Johnson

Hello Hello Hello Has Been Added to My Morning Kickstart Music List

I have added “Hello Hello Hello” by Kes the Band to my My Morning Kickstart Music List.

Kes the Band is a delight to listen to for me. So upbeat.

Hello Hello Hello was my first exposure to Kes the Band and Trinidad and Tobago inspired fusion of Soca, Calypso, Reggae and Pop of Caribbean sounds.

Lyrics for Hello by KES the Band

Dum dum dumm dum dum dum dumm dum dum dum dum dum
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Ummmmm

Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah

She had de ting I lul love
Where she from I don’t know
Drop she waist an go low
Rock de place like a dojo

So wa yuh say, wah yu say, wah yu say
Pretty gyul would yuh come my way
Wuh yu do, wuh yuh do, wuh yuh do
I must get through

Gyul roll up yuh waist an show me that wine
Turn around girl doh be shy
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah
So gyul ah love how de way you blow my mind
Hold me tight and bring dat wine
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Lawd Eh

Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it
Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it

Yuh wan give me dat
Doh hold back
Wine it up
Ride it
Front to de back
No long chat
Just come to me

An give yuh that sweet type of love
Sweet type of love
Come give me that sweet type of love
Real type of love
Hold me darlin
Cause whole night we jammin
Yeah Yeah Yeah

Say she sweet like a mango
She play de ting like a banjo
Dem other gyul dem doh know
How she wrap de ting like a go go

Lawd

So wa yuh say, wah yu say, wah yu say
Sexy gyul wah yu come my way
Wuh yu do, wuh yuh do, wuh yuh do
I must get through

Gyul roll up yuh waist
Show me that wine
Turn around girl doh be shy
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah
So gyul ah love how de way yuh blow my mind
Hold me tight and bring dat wine
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Lawd Eh

Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it
Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it
Yuh wan give me dat
Doh hold back
Wine it up
Ride it
Front to de back
No long chat
Just come to me

Ah give yuh that sweet type of love
Sweet type of love
Come give me that sweet type of love
Real type of love
Hold me darlin
Cause whole night we jammin
Yeah Yeah Yeah

Dum dum dumm dum dum dum dumm dum dum dum dum dum
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Ummmm ummmm
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah Yeah Yeah

Connect with Kes the Band

You can connect with them on facebook.com/Kestheband/.

Here is the YouTube Channel for Kes the Band.

Hello Hello Hello by Kes the Band

My Silver Lining Has Been Added to My Morning Kickstart Music List

I have added “My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit to my My Morning Kickstart Music List.

I am sharing it with the video Weightless featuring Jean-Baptiste Chandelier. You can find his other videos on his YouTube channel.

I love watching this video. It gets me soaring.

Weightless - Jean-Baptiste Chandelier

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo that consists of the sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg.

Here is First Aid Kit on YouTube.

My Silver Lining Lyrics

I don’t want to wait anymore I’m tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there’s music and there’s laughter
I don’t know if I’m scared of dying but I’m scared of living too fast, too slow
Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I’ve got to go
There’s no starting over, no new beginnings, time races on
And you’ve just gotta keep on keeping on
Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can’t worry ’bout what’s behind you or what’s coming for you further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone, I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I’ve woken up in a hotel room, my worries as big as the moon
Having no idea who or what or where I am
Something good comes with the bad
A song’s never just sad
There’s hope, there’s a silver lining
Show me my silver lining
Show me my silver lining

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on

Songwriters: JOHANNA KAJSA SOEDERBERG, KLARA MARIA SOEDERBERG