There are different kinds of pain. There’s emotional and physical pain. There’s chronic and acute varieties of each. And although many great souls have pointed out how pain is a great teacher, it still hurts.
No one likes pain. And that makes sense. Pain is almost always related to a deeper cause. It’s our physical and emotional body letting us know that we are injured and need to tend to our wound. Pain is telling us that we need to heal and bring our body and mind back into healthy balance.
Surprisingly, a number of people, including scientists, medical doctors, psychologists, and psychotherapists are recommending meditation as an effective means of both healing and dealing with pain.
Studies have found that people who suffer from chronic stress and associated ailments benefit from regular meditation. In many cases, mindfulness practice is proving more effective at treating physical pain than allopathic remedies like surgery and pain medicine.
In terms of the measuring and proving the healing effects of meditation, it’s early days. But the initial results look positive to say the least.
In this guide to meditation and healing, you’ll learn:
- An innovative approach to treating PTSD with meditation
- How meditation mitigates the effects of chronic stress
- How meditation can help you deal with emotional trauma
- How meditation can help you deal with grief
- How moving meditation helps patients with Parkinson’s Disease
- How to manage stress with mindfulness and meditation
- How meditation can help you manage menopause
- How brainwave entrainment meditation can accelerate healing
Where do meditation and psychology intersect? For several decades, these two models of self-understanding—one based in religion and the other in science—have started to mingle and merge. As mindfulness steadily develops a body of research to support it’s efficacy in treating stress, depression, anxiety, and emotional trauma, we’ve seen the simultaneous rise of mindfulness-based psychotherapy.
Do you suffer from chronic pain? Did you know it’s possible to reduce your pain through meditation and mindfulness? Are you aware that meditation can help reduce the stress related to chronic pain? Now more than ever, clinical psychologists are using contemplative modalities like meditation and mindfulness to help their clients manage pain. Whether you suffer from physical, psychological, or emotional pain, meditation can help with stress, trauma, and illness.
What is tai chi? Is it true that this ancient martial art, often referred to as a form of moving meditation, can impact the health of your mind, heart, bones, nerves, muscles, and immune system? In fact, the latest research out of Harvard supports these claims and more.
Do you have a clear way to manage your stress? When your stomach drops out and your adrenaline kicks in, what do you do? According to a mountain of scientific evidence, stress erodes nearly every significant system in our body. That’s why it’s important to develop some conscious tools to help you mitigate the effects of stress on your mind and your body.
Some forms of stress are acute. The most well known is called post-traumatic stress disorder which often affects soldiers returning from war. People who have survived an abusive relationship can also suffer from PTSD. In this interview with Dr. Richard Miller, we explore iRest meditation, a powerful approach to healing people who suffer from acute stress.
What is the relationship between meditation and healing? Can meditation heal trauma? That’s a question we get asked a lot here at About Meditation. That makes sense, because these days, many people embrace meditation as a way to heal from different kinds of trauma.
What is the real source of health? Is it the food we eat and the amount of sleep and exercise we get? Of course, but is there more to it? In this powerful and free guided meditation, meditation teacher and health expert Katherine Miller answers that question by taking you on a voyage into the heart of your health and wellness.
Accessing the energy of healing during Meditation is a very important skill. It requires very little in the sense of ‘technique’, but much in the way of surrendering one’s sense of “doing” it by your own hand. Here is a simple way to perform healing during your meditation.
What happens when you find that you aren’t actually living your own life? When you’re there, but not there? When the perfect Molotov cocktail of stress, ambition, and an ego-infused corporate culture drive you to physical breakdown. Because, it happens more than you might think.
What are affirmations and how do they work? Can a daily meditation practice compliment your affirmations? In this episode of The OneMind Meditation podcast, I explore these questions about meditation and affirmations with Harry Duran. I met Harry on a 10-day silent retreat. He’s a long-time meditator and the host of a popular podcast called Podcast Junkies.
What is the relationship between menopause and meditation? Can meditation help during this significant life transition? According to holistic health coach Katherine Miller, yes it can. Meditation And Menopause Katherine Miller is a holistic health coach and former meditation teacher and yoga instructor.
What is brainwave entrainment and what does it have to do with meditation? Often referred to as binaural meditation, many people claim this technology can enhance your meditation practice and actually accelerate your mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.
In fact, there’s a body of research which supports these claims. Brainwave entrainment has even proved effective in helping to heal people with trauma, mental illness, and addiction.
Why do we need silence? That disarming question launched a recent conversation I had with a health reporter. The answer to that question has many parts. Why? Because there’s inner silence and there’s outer silence. They’re related, but they’re not the same.
Also, silence isn’t a static thing. It’s dynamic, and it weaves through our lives like an invisible umbilical cord, nourishing our minds and souls and connecting us to a vast inner and outer cosmos. But the truth is, most of us don’t get nearly enough of it. We suffer as a result.
What’s the right way to deal with emotional pain during meditation? Often, difficult emotions arise in meditation when we least expect it. We don’t tend to welcome those feelings with open arms. For most of us, the natural response to any sort of uncomfortable feelings is to tuck tail and move swiftly in the opposite direction.
But like your physical body, which uses pain to alert you when your body is injured or compromised, strong feelings and emotions are often signals. Your emotional body is traumatized or injured, and it needs your attention.