An important aspect of long-term addiction recovery is having the ability to live in the moment, turn off external noise and just be. While these terms may be unfamiliar to some, those who have gone through drug rehab at the Scottsdale Recovery Center or actively practice mindfulness know how it helps make each day better. Just by saying the word meditation or mindfulness, a series of images may come to light and most commonly, the essence of silence. Sound can add a beneficial layer to tranquil solitude. Wellness Director Nkisi PiRo uses sound during yoga sessions at our facilities adding more dimension to holistic therapy. She avows that singing bowls improve drug rehab on an ethereal level.
Sound Bowls Play Off Earthly Origins and Human Energy
It can be challenging for people who have never experienced meditation or metaphysical thought to be open to learning a new practice such as yoga. Even allowing themselves a few moments each day to turn all external distractions off like cellphones, computers and televisions just to reconnect on a spiritual level can be a lofty goal. Nkisi explains the process of mindfulness and why singing bowls make such a positive impact to healing.
“Our bodies are made up of silica and our glands and cells are crystalline in structure. These structures, combined with the 70 percent of the body made of water, makes singing crystal bowls resonate perfectly with the human body, vibrating it into a state for optimal healing, meditation and spiritual growth.” She selects quartz crystal singing bowls for her yoga sessions as they are one in only two instruments capable of producing a perfect sine wave or pure tone.
Once the sine wave is played, its sound is cast out into the universe, never-ending and staying just as strong as its first moment. This is powerful. Through the Law of Resonance, crystal singing bowls send sine waves that correct the imbalances in the body, common with drug and alcohol addiction.
“When a quartz crystal singing bowl is played, this energy is amplified and expanded, going out into the environment until meeting another vibrating physical structure. That other physical structure is you. Our brain wave patterns, when in alpha state, have the same energetic patterns as sine waves. The Law of Resonance happens when two similar, energetic systems encounter one another, the vibrations from each will come into a harmonic vibration,” Nkisi added, while setting up the yoga room.
We captured a few moments of a meditation session, while Nkisi used the crystal singing bowls. Immersed in the experience, I forgot where I was and remembered who I was, those parts in each of us that get tucked away under all the self-defeating thoughts that don’t really matter.
Take a moment for yourself, and experience the sound bowls below.
Frequencies, Chakras and Healing at the Cellular Level
Our physical bodies are made up of long lines, like meridians, of energy that resonate at different frequencies. Energy changes depending on what we think, what we believe, how we feel and who or what we surround ourselves with. During meditation at the Scottsdale Recovery Center, the quartz crystal singing bowls are tuned to the frequency of our seven chakras – the centers in our bodies where energy flows through. Holistic methodologies are part of ancient history in Eastern cultures and over the years, Western Medicine is more welcoming of the ideologies due to the overwhelming, positive results.
Nkisi has been sharing her love of meditation and mindfulness with us for a couple of years, and I wondered where her passion came from. “What attracted me to sound healing is that it works holistically on our being on an energetic level, it rebalances imbalances we have. I love that with sound healing/vibrational therapies, we don’t need to be consciously aware of our emotional blocks. These symphonically-tuned instruments emit frequencies to recalibrate, rebalance and realign our imbalances on an energetic level, restoring our harmony on all levels.”
Easing the Road to Recovery, with Peace
While undergoing the first 30 days of addiction treatment, clients are in a state of constant transformation as the body and mind let go of unhealthy ways. In this process, achieving balance is a work in progress. As a result, it is common to have moments of anxiousness or feelings of sadness as clients look to regroup and feel comfortable in their own skin again. Mindfulness and yoga help immensely. I asked Nkisi exactly how it supports the recovery experience.
“Yoga, as in life, is about participation. We benefit to the degree to which we participate. Through yoga, we become more present and aware of what’s going on in our bodies, to detach and witness the chatter in the mind and once quieted, reconnect to our spirit, the divine. Yoga nurtures the body back into alignment, cultivating strength, flexibility, resilience and balance. Within the first class, there are typically benefits felt, whether it’s having a feeling of being more at peace, more grounded, more flexible and spaciousness created in tight muscles,” she explained.
There’s Science Behind Namaste
Yoga, for some is a form of exercise but the positive attributes of the practice embed much deeper than what the eye can see. For Nkisi, she prefers the guided meditation of the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra. Case studies focused on this form have shown that after 11 consecutive sessions, the gray matter in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain increases, improving executive functioning skills and impulse control.
Meditation is life altering and can provide the following to enhance one’s well-being:
- Releases feel-good hormones (dopamine and serotonin)
- Reduces fight-or-flight stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol)
- Lowers blood pressure
- Puts the mind, body and spirit to rest and restores
- Increases empathy and compassion
Nkisi refers to meditation as the “true Jedi skill” and added, “it’s all about how to leverage the intuitiveness of the body for our benefit, rather than live at the mercy of it.”
Emotional Intelligence Is Paved with Selflessness
“I don’t believe we came here to suffer. I am passionate about liberation and to help others thrive, find their purpose for being and their own sense of authentic living,” Nkisi shared, while gently waving fragrant incense my way.
Wanting to uncover Nkisi’s personal code of intentional living, I asked what would fulfill her. “I received a simple, profound message… to be of service. My intention is to illuminate a path to help other’s out of their darkness and inspire hope. I wouldn’t change my path for anything. We’re all learning how to navigate this earth plane to the best that we can. And I think the world is ready for radical transformation.”
Find Peace Within, Through Holistic Healing Here
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