Due to our lifestyle many of us face certain mental, emotional and physical challenges. Incorporating meditation as a part of our daily life can potentially release us from a number of day to day ailments. Meditation is a wholistic body and mind wellness remedy. It helps us staying sane, relaxed, immune and even has the potential to make us easier deal with diseases and pain.
Dr. Anne Harrington, a Historian at Harvard University says that ‘Non-physical treatments like meditation have shown to be effective in controlled scientific studies for depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, skin diseases, cardiac pain, insomnia, diabetes, ulcers, colds, fever, asthma, arthritis and alcohol’.
The beauty of meditation is such that it complements with allopathic and naturopathic medicines as well. The patient is actively and consciously engaged in his healing process which gives him a better and stronger will power to fight against his particular illness. Meditation can act as a supporting structure to the actual method of medication in the healing process. It will help recover faster due to the fact that the mind, the body as well as the medicines are working towards recovering the disorder. When you are in control of your inner self you automatically feel more in control of your pain. Also, meditation has shown to improve the immune system. Meditation comprising of controlled breathing techniques can prevent ailments related to breathing. A depressive state can also be eased as the meditator gradually masters the skill of observing and understanding his thoughts. Along these lines, meditation can also be practiced as a preventive measure.
‘Your body is capable of healing itself when you provide it with the opportunity to relax, recharge and refresh.’
In the following we want to describe three types of scientifically proven movements of mindfulness & meditation: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Guided Imagery and Transcendental Meditation.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) combines cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness strategies in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions to achieve relief from feelings of distress.
Though originally developed to address recurrent depression, MBCT may be beneficial to people seeking treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns. Mindfulness is believed to promote good health, and many studies have associated mindfulness with decreases in depression and anxiety. Thus, many mental health professionals have incorporated mindfulness-promoting activities into therapy sessions, and these activities have been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression, decrease stress, and improve emotional control, regardless of the specific issues being addressed.
GUIDED IMAGERY -
Guided imagery is a program of directed thoughts and suggestions that guide your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state. You can use an instructor, tapes, or scripts to help you through this process.
Guided imagery is based on the concept that your body and mind are connected. Using all of your senses, your body seems to respond as if what you are imagining is real. An example often used is to imagine an orange or a lemon in great detail-the smell, the color, the texture of the peel. Continue to imagine the smell of the lemon, and then see yourself taking a bite of the lemon and feel the juice squirting into your mouth. Many people salivate when they do this. This exercise demonstrates how your body can respond to what you are imagining.
You can achieve a relaxed state when you imagine all the details of a safe, comfortable place, such as a beach or a garden. This relaxed state may aid healing, learning, creativity, and performance. It may help you feel more in control of your emotions and thought processes, which may improve your attitude, health, and sense of well-being.
TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION -
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness. While meditating, the person practicing TM sits in a comfortable position with eyes closed and silently repeats a mantra. A mantra is a meaningless sound from the Vedic tradition that’s been assigned by a certified instructor. According to supporters of TM, when chanting the mantra, the ordinary thinking process is “transcended.” It is replaced by a state of pure consciousness. In this state, the meditator achieves perfect stillness, rest, stability, order, and a complete absence of mental boundaries. Some studies have found that regular meditation can reduce chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and the use of health care services.