At first glance, meditation may seem like an excellent practice for the mind. However, it is more far-reaching than that. Meditation deals with the mind, which is connected to the body, impacting a person’s physical well-being beyond their mental state.
Personally, mindfulness meditation helped me when I was in excruciating TMS pain. As I became dedicated to the practice, I started to see a lessening of the pain symptoms. Any reduction in the chronic pain was a massive success for me.
That’s why I want to share all I know about meditation with you. So you too can lessen your feelings of pain and anguish. You may possibly even find a bit of the day where you can push your chronic illness to the backburner. Doesn’t that sound nice? Let me help you better understand mindfulness meditation and its many benefits.
How to Mindfully Meditate
Comfort – Remember, mindfulness meditation is all about what makes you comfortable. Mindfulness meditation is a form of self-care, of finding your peace of mind. Do what makes you feel comfortable.
Get Ready – Find a quiet place which has a comfortable place to sit. You also need good lighting. Try out sitting on a cushion on the floor with crossed legs and sitting on a chair with your feet touching the ground. Choose whichever position feels best. Find what feels good for your body and be conscious of your decision to but your own self-care and comfort first in this moment.
Time – Mindfulness meditation can take anywhere from ten minutes to as long as an hour. It really depends on your own preferences and available time. For those that have a set time allotted, don’t forget to set a timer in a soft tone to alert you when the meditation session has ended.
Keep It Simple – Meditation is a very simple technique, which can be quite difficult for those in terrible TMS pain. Start by refocusing the mind. Try to disconnect yourself from the feelings of anger, pain, resentment or whatever it is that you’re feeling.
Find Your Pain Source – Often, mindfulness meditation may allow you to enter your subconscious brain. Through that, you may be able to realize your pain source through some hidden feelings or memories that may drift up during that time.
Relax – For others, mindfulness meditation alone is not enough to penetrate the walls that your subconscious brain has put up. Regardless, meditation can help you relax and alleviate the stress in your life by refocusing the mind.
Additional Benefits of Mindful Meditation
Many people have spoken again and again about the benefits of mindful meditation. I, myself am one of them. But, you don’t need to take my word for it. There are also many scientific studies to back up the benefits of meditation.
Reduce Inflammation – A 2013 study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity compared mindfulness-based stress reduction on neurogenic inflammation. The results showed that the “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” group had significantly smaller inflammatory responses and was overall the “more efficacious symptom relief.”
Reduce Anxiety – A 2014 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that of 1,295 people, meditation practice “is more effective than treatment as usual and alternative treatments, with greatest effects observed in individuals with high anxiety.” After the first two weeks, there were substantial reductions in anxiety. After three years, there were sustained effects of minimized anxiety.
Reduce Depression – A 2015 study published in Psychosomatics found that of 1,173 patients, mindful meditation led to “large reductions in depression symptoms within the group.”
Increase Positive Thinking – Psychosomatic Medicine published a study of alterations in brain and immune function which are produced by mindfulness meditation. The study found that “meditation may change brain and immune function in positive ways” due to mindfulness meditation producing “demonstrable effects.”
Improve Sleep – A 2015 study published in Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine found that “mindfulness meditation… can be successfully used for the treatment of insomnia.”
No matter what stage you are at in your chronic pain journey, mindfulness meditation is a simple, comfortable way to provide self-care for yourself. With so many benefits, and ease of practice, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving just ten minutes of your time toward finding peace of mind.