Mediation on Taking Medicine Within
(The following is a mediation mentioned by Stephen Levine in the documentary, that can be used while taking medication to increase it's healing efficacy.)
Sitting comfortably in a chair or lying easily in bed, pick up the medicine
container and just feel it there in your hand. Feel its shape,
its denseness, its texture, its quality of coldness or warmth.
Let your hand make contact, feel the sensations generated there.
Let the fingers open the container with awareness. Notice any
strain or urgency and soften all about it.
Feel the medication, the pills, as they drop onto the palm of
Take a moment to look at the pill.
Take a moment to notice if the pill is regarded wholeheartedly
as a medium of healing, or if there is a modicum of shame or failure
that accompanies it. Focusing on the healing quality within the
medication, look on the medicine as a healing potential.
Let the body open to receive the healing within.
Sense the treatment's potential to enter fully into the area of
discomfort, its power to bring equanimity and balance.
See the pills there in your hand. Feel their slight weight against
the sensitive nerve endings in your palm.
Listen to the medicine. Does it have something to say ?
What is its tone of voice? Is there any sense of helplessness
in your relationship to the medicine? Just notice it.
Meet with mercy and awareness any resistance we may have previously
ingested along with our treatments. Look on these medications
with loving kindness and gratitude.
Thank the pills for whatever healing they may have to offer and
place them gently on your tongue, feel the liquid taken to swallow
it entering across the lips.
Feel the tongue moving the pills into position to be swallowed.
Feel the swallowing.
Let the pills be drawn past the heart into the awaiting stomach.
Sense the movement of the pills down your esophagus, gently received
by the body.
Feel the medication settling into your stomach, radiating like
a soft golden light.
Feel the medication conveyed into the place of need.
With loving kindness direct its healing quality to the area of
greatest need. Feel the area absorb the healing.
Let it in.
Receive the medication as a blessing.
Find an image which opens you to the healing in your medication.
See it as a gift from a great teacher, as a sacred communion between
the outer and inner worlds, as the smile of unbearable compassion
on the soft face of the divine mother, as a flower from a dead
Let it in. Absorb it.
Allow the medication to be drawn in, mercy and awareness binding
to each molecule sent wholeheartedly into the cause of suffering
Feel the medication dissolving the resistances of a life time,
dispelling the tension and difficulty around
Feel it entering directly. Feel it melting injury and illness.
Let the medication heal you.
from "Healing into Life
and Death" by Stephen Levine,
reprinted with permission of author