During the winter months, the immune system is a topic that comes up a lot. The thymus is associated with the immune system as it produces white blood cells. White blood cells are in charge of attacking illness in the body. Overall the thymus is a part of the endocrine and lymphatic systems. It also has to do with our metabolism.
The thymus is a small gland that is in the upper middle part of the chest behind the breast bone. People can often confuse the sensations of the thymus for the heart. Energetically speaking, sensations in the heart will feel more to the left and deeper in the chest. The thymus can feel more in the center of the chest and towards the throat. The feeling can tend to be almost more like a slight tightness in the upper pectoral muscles. You can try tapping the center of your chest with your fist to stimulate the thymus.
There is a great meditation that Yogi Bhajan taught for working the flow of the Thymus. Guru Dev, Master of Sat Nam Rasayan, said that this meditation works with protecting the psyche, “The psyche is the perceptive part of the mind and you cannot go deeper [in meditation] with it unprotected. If the negative mind doesn’t feel protected you cannot advance.”
It is a challenging meditation, but it is very effective.
Meditation: Working the Thymus
Right palm up and arm straight out to the side. Slightly angled up. Left palm down and in front of the sternum area. Fingers pointed to right. Chin tucked in. Gaze at the tips of the left hand’s fingers.
Mantra: Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Jio
Translation: Indescribably great is God’s infinite, ultimate wisdom.
Chant to a recording of Wahe Guru Wahe Jio for 22 Minutes (in the video it is practiced for 11 minutes).
Close the eyes. The right hand over left at the heart and squeeze. Continue chanting for 3 minutes
Same posture and whisper with the mantra for 2-3 minutes.
Same posture and silently chant for 1 minute.
End: Inhaling deeply & hold for 3 cycles.