Meditation has caught a lot of attention lately in popular culture, but there is a lot of misinformation; we wanted to take the time to explain the misconceptions in order to shed light on this ancient but incredibly powerful tool.
What it is NOT:
Meditation is not about trying to control your mind or stop thought, both of which are very unrealistic.
What meditation IS:
Meditation is the process of learning to be present, or watch your mind, with compassion and without attachment to thoughts.
WHY does this matter?
Let’s give you an example: when your mind is constantly thinking and you are identified with those thoughts, meaning your reach and act them out, it creates a life where you do not have real control over yourself. An undisciplined mind creates mental suffering which can lead to bad habits, health issues, and lower quality of life.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the scientific name for a meditation program to help people suffering from chronic conditions, was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School by Jon Kabot Zinn in order to address the self-induced suffering many chronically health challenged patients develop.
HOW do you meditate then?
• Find a quiet & comfortable place where you can sit.
• Get into a posture that will keep you alert yet relaxed and set a timer (a good starting point for beginners is 5 minutes).
• Slow your breathing and begin to focus on the most obvious feeling of breath in your body.
• Once you have a rhythm, close your eyes and focus on the breath moving in and out.
• When you become aware of a thought that has taken your attention, without judgement return to focusing on the breath.
• Continue this process for all the allotted time.
• Repeat daily; consistency is greater than daily duration.
Using MBSR can help with people who have chronic conditions like headaches, many different muscle pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, Pelvic pain, Back pain, and Neck pain. It can also be used for the more elusive conditions like depression, addiction, and anxiety. This is due to the pain-tension cycle many conditions create. We all make our symptoms and conditions worse when we constantly think about them, it can become a pattern of reinforcement, a vicious cycle of pain, your reaction to the pain, and the creation of even more pain. This is the cycle we seek to disrupt by using MBSR or Mindfulness Based Meditation.
Dr. Joe Adams is a Chiropractor in Mansfield, Texas 76063, who focuses on Neuro-Structural Calibration, a unique and effective treatment for many secondary conditions. He has worked with Children with Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Concussions, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Seizure Disorders, Tinnitus, Restless Leg Syndrome, Chronic Headaches and many other conditions which have not responded well to traditional approaches.