For thousands of years, monks, yogis and shamans have used meditation to quiet the mind, find peace, and listen to the still voice within. In our Western world, modern medicine is finally recognizing that Meditation is a helpful in healing the mind and body. By simply allowing ourselves a few moments of quiet time, focusing on our breathing and positive imagery or thoughts, we are actually making a difference in the well- being of our physical bodies and emotional state.
According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can give a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well- being and can even improve certain medical conditions, especially those that may be worsened by stress. Some of the listed conditions are Allergies, Anxiety disorders, Asthma, Binge Eating, Cancer, Depression, Fatigue, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Sleep Disorders and Substance Abuse. Researchers have proven meditation to reduce stress. Some believe that through the deep restful state Of meditation, biochemical sparks help create a better balance of mind and body which triggers our self-repair mechanism.
Our ancestors kept fit through working in the fields and ate healthy foods, by hunting, fishing, and gardening. They took time to watch the sun go down, without the modern technology that often invades our lives today. There was time to sit quietly by the fire and meditate before bed. Listening to our hearts spiritually, is as important as checking the pulse. To have health and happiness we must allow ourselves time to breathe deeply and fully the joy and beauty of being here, on this amazing planet
In a personal interview with Dr. Benjamin Konell, he states that
“During the past thirty two years as a Board Certified Family Practice Physician, I have found that stress is one of the greatest problems in our society. People often need comfort or reassurance about simple physical ailments as well as suggestions for lifestyle changes. Some people ask for medication which at times can be avoided through daily meditation, exercise and dietary changes. In the case of more serious illnesses, when the patient can find peace and joy, in small ways, healing often follows.”
“At times if a patient is distraught, I might read an inspirational verse, or talk to them to help them find out how easily they can relax or laugh, and feel better in the moment. I often recommend meditation, exercise, or even laughter yoga as ways to decrease stress and facilitate the healing process. Our awareness of the mind, body, spirit connection, is essential to our health.”
An example of how meditation made a difference in my own life, was in my early twenties, in a time of emotional turbulence. I had many ailments, one being a pre- ulcer condition, A good friend showed me how to meditate. I overcame the physical ailments and found out where my calm center is. She and I are still good friends. Whether you take a walk outside and listen to your footsteps, in the beauty of the morning sun, or focus on your breathing while having tea or coffee, or close your eyes, and imagine yourself in the most beautiful place in the world. Please take the time to love yourself in those moments. Meditate for your health, for inner peace and to find answers within yourself. It might just be the best journey you’ve ever started.