Meditation & Health #20-No More Hospital Visits
CHALLENGES: GASTRITIS, GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE, NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN, INSOMNIA
No More Hospital Visits
BY YI YANG, SOUTH KOREA
I had gastroesophageal reflux disease for 20 years, which caused me burning pain. Although the medication provided some relief, the issue kept flaring up. Six years after diagnosis, the medication stopped working altogether. Despite being careful about my diet, the problem persisted and developed into gastritis. My stomach would feel bloated and burningly painful after eating a small amount of food. My body was unable to digest much of anything.
In an attempt to improve my health, I tried fasting for 15 days. Although I experienced a short period of relief, the problem came back. Nothing I tried worked. My medical expenses soared as high as several hundred thousand South Korean won per month.
Ten years of neck and shoulder pain also wreaked havoc with my life. I couldn’t turn my neck freely. Hyperplasia of my cervical vertebra made it difficult for me to sleep well. Soon, it developed into insomnia.
Massage therapy two to three times a week gave me no relief. After giving birth to my second child, I developed a lumbar problem. Getting in and out of bed was tough, and I couldn’t bend to do housework.
Hello to Health
In July 2014, I encountered Grandmaster JinBodhi through a book written about him. When I first heard Master chanting, I felt a sense of calmness and comfort. Amazed by his compassionate power, I prayed to him, asking for a good night’s sleep. When I lay down on the bed, my body lost its tension and became relaxed. The left side of my body tingled. Then I felt warm and comfortable all over. This incredible feeling lasted for three days. I had an abundance of energy and my sleep quality was excellent.
In August 2014, I signed up for the 8.5-Day Health & Happiness Retreat. Something amazing happened after the retreat: That night, I felt very hungry around 9 p.m. and ate a bowl of noodles, yet I didn’t feel discomfort the next day. In the past, I couldn’t eat anything after 8 p.m. because of my reflux condition. The gastritis also disappeared. Now my appetite is better, and eating is a delight.
After practicing Energy Bagua for a month, I could turn my neck freely and insomnia was a thing of the past. The lumbar pain also receded. Bending and twisting are no longer problematic.
My former life included visiting the hospital four or five times a week. Today, I’m happy to say I haven’t had to go to a hospital in more than two years. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is just a memory.
Integrate Meditation for a Good Life
If I hadn’t practiced meditation, I wouldn’t have believed the amazing results it can bring. Since beginning my practice, my health has improved, my temperament is calm, and my marriage and family life are harmonious. My children have started practicing meditation. It has helped them learn to express gratitude and love.
Every morning I practice The Meditation of Greater Illumination, Energy Bagua, and full prostration. My wish is to build a meditation center near my home for the benefit of everyone in the surrounding area.