It’s a proven fact that these days, pretty much everyone’s lives are more complicated — and thus more stressful — than they were for previous generations. With conflicting demands of work, fun and family tugging us in different directions, we also have to keep up with an exhausting barrage of news and media, all while trying to eat healthily and exercise. It can seem impossible at times — which is why we often have difficult emotions crop up, like anger, resentment, and grief.
The ancient word buzzing about the health and wellness scene with renewed vigor is meditation. Unfortunately, so is a wealth of information and public opinion which creates an air of confusion. While the popularity of meditation increases among the average Joes and Hollywood celebrities, many people still avoid this discipline. Even with traditional physicians prescribing its worth to treat all types of ailments, the response is still mixed.
A fast-paced lifestyle with overflowing plates of commitment leave us struggling with stress, pain, distraction, fatigue and more. This onslaught of attackers takes its toll on our minds and bodies.
Fortunately, mindful meditation gives us a way to combat these foes. Through this practice, science tells us we discover a healthier, more fulfilling life. Maybe you are thinking, “Been there, Done that. It doesn’t work for me.” Would you be willing to take another look? Because the truth is that this practice is not one-size-fits-all.
Painkillers. Pain patches. Anti-inflammatory drugs. Steroids. Acupuncture. Physical therapy. Heat. Cold. Surgery. Sound familiar? If you’ve tried all of these things for you chronic pain without success, and you haven’t considered mindful meditation for chronic pain relief, you should. This form of meditation is based on the principle that you control your pain.
When you meditate, you just feel better, don’t you? All the noise has left your head, your breathing is steady and calm, and you feel at peace. There is a visceral feeling that everything is okay.
People have long practiced meditation to reduce feelings of depression or anxiety. People turn to it for the mental and emotional effects, but meditation can also produce sound physiological effects, and it turns out that there is science to back up that claim.