Many research studies have evaluated the effectiveness of meditation for managing a whole range of medical conditions — from breast cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, PTSD to depression.

Meditation functions as supportive care designed to help a person deal with the stress that comes with disease. Researchers have noted that In as few as four months, meditators experienced significant improvements in both quality of life and coping outcomes compared to non-meditators. Meditation classes teach techniques including visualizations to help shift attention away from thoughts that cause anxiety. One popular technique is called the body scan. This is where you lie back on a mat and the teacher has you check in with each part of your body. The point of this exercise is to stop the mind from wandering off and to connect with your body. Do your toes feel colder than the rest of your body? Are you feeling resistance in any part of the body?

Here is a good mindfulness visualization: If you’ve got a nagging thought that won’t go away, just picture a cloud. Visualize that nagging thought being attached to the cloud and watch it float away. What’s left behind? …a clear, blue sky and hopefully a clearer mind!

Meditation is not for everyone but it is definitely worth a try to find out if it is right for you. It costs nothing and is a discipline that only requires a bit of daily time and attention.  It has no harmful side effects and is easy to do at home.

I’m curious: Do you currently meditate? Would you try meditation after reading this post?

Please share any helpful tips for beginners.

Have a blessed day.

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