Saturday, 30 October 2010

The daily journey of healing

If meditation has therapeutic value, it is intrinsically good for individual practice. Thus, despite the therapeutic orientation he gave to his technique of meditation (MBSR), clearly focused on the symptoms presented and to adapt to Western culture earnings and profitability, Jon Kabat-Zinn himself emphasizes that the purpose of meditation goes far beyond healing, and aims to "establish itself in being, and not in the unconscious action, without seeking to achieve goals of self improvement. Be regularly sat in meditation is an act of major health, a new way of being, leaving the full potential of your being expressed. Meditative practice should be the subject of a lifetime. "

If meditation often contributes to healing, it is "well" and should not require it direct improvement of pain states. Meditate for an outcome (happiness, health, release ...) is contrary to the spirit of meditation. According to Dr. Fleischman, "The meditation has therapeutic effects more distinct if one expects nothing from her, but it is practiced as an end in itself, the expression of an aspect of human nature. ... Rather than a way to rise to other spheres of life. It relates to the construction process of the person. “

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Reduce pain and duration of treatment

In patients with chronic diseases for which allopathic medicine can no longer limit the pain, meditation improves the quality of life, as shown by several studies with cancer patients following a program of meditation, MBSR. A study on psoriasis therapy that was measured based ultraviolet achieves superior results if it was associated with the practice of MBSR. Meditation does not replace conventional therapy but at a serious meditator, it can reduce its duration. It is a factor of empowerment, "said Dr. Rosenfeld, who said" meditation is not a crutch, but a way of life, a way of being that must, by dint of personal practice, being part of the everyday “. All the teachers say: without the effort of a daily practice, no technique of meditation cannot operate.

Meditation mobilizes energies whose power is beyond us. It is anything but a placebo! Warns Dr. Rosenfeld also points out that meditation is not easy, it can even be stressful because of the negative thoughts that must be confronted. "I would never advise a person who experiences a depressive episode to go for a ten-day retreat of meditation; it would be very dangerous for her.”Combine several techniques between them is strongly discouraged as this could generate excitement, delirium.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Taming Stress

One of the effects induced by the regular practice of meditation is to alleviate suffering pervasive in contemporary society, stress. When it becomes chronic, it weakens the body (rapid aging, immunodeficiency, elevated cortisol levels) and may contribute to the exacerbation or chronicity of asthma, psoriasis, migraine, fatigue , rheumatoid arthritis, or even worse disease such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type II. In "Karma & Chaos", American psychiatrist Paul Fleischman, who also teaches Vipassana meditation, explains how it "induces molecular changes in the body of the meditator, because the observation itself changes the equanimity of movement of chemical secretions related stress.

Biological changes but also from a more lucid with the body: sleep, diet, heart rate, psychosomatic manifestations, etc.. "The meditations designed to anchor in this consciousness are naturally drop the" internal stress "resulting from rehashing the past and projections for the future generate a feeling of helplessness in life in general and the particular disease. This action of meditation on reducing anxiety was measured by several studies, including one conducted in 2117 in New Delhi police have taken a ten-day course of Vipassana. In fact, when a meditator realizes that the pain is also an impermanent phenomenon, his fear of physical suffering and his inability to cope decreases.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Expansion of consciousness and brain plasticity

Dr. Rosenfeld believes that "it is no exaggeration to say that meditation heals the body and more of the psyche. Moreover, the Buddha is often called the Great Physician. He taught himself the mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a mixture of MBSR and behavioral therapies, aimed at older depressed from which it reduced by 50% the risk of relapse.

Among the first discoveries, we realized that meditation slows the heart rate and breathing, muscle tension and brain waves. Studies indicate a preventive cardiovascular disorders, or a drop in blood pressure, chronic pain in older people, chronic low back pain, etc..

More recently, highlighting the plasticity of the brain shows that, depending on their use, the neural connections disappear, creating or reinforcing. Richard Davidson's research with Buddhist monks have thus shown that meditation changes the brain that generates much of gamma waves. According to Wolf Singer, allow several areas of the brain to synchronize their operation, thus increasing the level of consciousness. Images obtained by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in seasoned monks have also measured increased activity in left prefrontal cortex, in conjunction with positive emotions, according to Dr. Thierry Janssen, stimulate immunity.

Monday, 4 October 2010

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Saturday, 2 October 2010

MEDITATION: a cure as another?

In an unstable environment and more and more anxiety, meditation in itself creates more stability for the living world. But, beyond the power it confers, meditation also has effects on health, we can measure today.

Western scientists began measuring the physiological effects of meditation there are some forty years. There were three Anglo-Saxon literature's on the subject in 1969 and 1200 in 1997. In 2007, 2,285 scientific studies analyzing the health impact of meditation. Thus, a recent study shows a better cardiac contractility in subjects engaged in meditation for many years. But it is better to speak of meditation because the term covers a multitude of practices. "To meditate is like going on a trip: there are thousands of different destinations, with as many felt strange, “said Dr. Frederick Rosenfeld, author of "Meditation is to heal.”

A different approach to relaxation:

Sometimes confused with relaxation, meditation can induce a relaxed state but it is not an end in itself. Most of the techniques are rather liberation from suffering by controlling and purifying the mind. For this, some traditions use to visualize a mental picture or reciting a mantra (transcendental meditation ...), others in control of breathing (kundalini yoga ...), and still others especially from the teaching of Gautama, the historical Buddha, recommend to bring awareness on the breath and bodily sensations, which are the objective reality of the moment (Vipassana, which means "seeing things like that they are).

Whatever the approach, these techniques of meditation can contribute to healing psychological but also physical. According to Dr. Jacques Vigne, psychiatrist, author of "Heal the soul, meditation and psychology," "Meditation is the ultimate holistic therapy in that it keeps coming back to the unit. It does not seek only the well-being, but rather a state of mental stability that equals beyond the discomfort. "For a spirit of accepting equal well-being and ill-being is a key to healing in the sense that" cure, rather than cure (which is sometimes impossible) is to establish a different relationship to disease, death, with a global vision, "writes Jon Kabat-Zinn, an American biologist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who for thirty years, has developed its own method of meditation (MBSR) and strives to be studied the relationship between meditation and health.