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The Power of Two

Empty Your Mind

Published April 17, 2014 1:40 PM by Eleanor Wolfram

I have always believed in the power of meditation. Meditation means different things to different people. Some people take lifelong courses in yoga and other techniques to learn how to meditate. Others like me, just squeeze out some quiet time in a serene place for a few minutes of relaxation.

Oncology’s Mindfulness-Based Meditation: Canada

I was both intrigued and pleased to read an article about how the University of Montreal was using meditation technique to help teenagers to ease some of the symptoms brought on by cancer. The University and the affiliate medical team at CHU Sainte-Justine Children’s Hospital are calling the technique “mindfulness-based meditation”. 

The whole premise of the technique is that it focuses on the present moment and the connection between the mind and body. The goal is to reduce anxiety about the uncertainty of the disease. This reduction of stress appears to also reduce the severity of the physical symptoms, as well.

Psychiatry’s Mindfulness Meditation: United States

In another part of the globe, a medical team at the John Hopkins Medicine (JHM) is encouraging those receiving psychiatric care to undergo a thirty minute daily regime, title “mindfulness meditation”. The technique is based on a version of Buddhist self-awareness. The goal is to reduce some of the pain symptoms as well as stress.

A research team based in the JHM’s Division of General Internal Medicine puts forth the idea that anxiety and depression symptoms can be relieved via meditation. The exception being that the individual is not in full-blown anxiety or depression. Medical cases involved in JHM eight-week long research project included participants health issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, alcohol and substance use, cancer, diabetes and chronic pain. The findings revealed moderate evidence of improvement in symptoms.

It A Cellular Thing

One thing that all scientists agree on and that is the changes not only occur at the macro level, but also at the microscopic level.  So whether the technique is Buddha, Zen or just slowing down to empty the mind, it is good to see physical science to linking collaboratively with mind science to holistically provide patients with a holistic approach to health and wellness.

posted by Eleanor Wolfram

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