Meditation has been around for over 2500 years, it’s not the buzz word of the 2000s and mindful meditation is a form of meditation or potentially the result of meditation and has again being around for thousands of years. Meditation and mindfulness are increasingly researched and recommended by doctors and psychologist but there are plenty of naysayers and sceptics who might wonder why anyone would want to ‘waste’ time meditating. How could it be of use to you?
There is both anecdotal evidence of meditators and the empirical evidence of researchers indicating that there are many benefits to be amassed from this simple practice.
What we can tell from the research and the anecdotal evidence is that there is no doubt that meditation can, and will:
• help you to identify and better manage stress
• enable you to relax your body when necessary
• gradually allow you to find relief from the incessant chatter of an over-active mind
• help you to develop the ability to tolerate strong emotions without being overwhelmed by them
• provide better conditions for robust mental and physical health
• help you to manage all types of pain – mental and physical
Some people come to meditation with a very specific need to address or specific purpose. Meditation is still likely to be helpful and works very well as an adjunct to other forms of therapy or medication.
For more information, refer to this article on the benefits of meditation by Lorin Roche Ph.D.,