Empty Your Mind
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
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.