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HardenMyHeart posted 9/2/2013 21:57 PM

http://www.northjersey.com/news/222032201_Health_care_profession_is_increasingly_adopting_meditation.html?page=all

My wife and I became daily meditators several years ago and it has really helped us tremendously. Glad to see it's being used more and more in the health care industry.

Sure beats taking AD's and/or anxiety medication.

[This message edited by HardenMyHeart at 9:59 PM, September 2nd (Monday)]

sullymeishadomi posted 9/3/2013 05:04 AM

None of the dr's I know of here in westcentral nj or just across the boarder use meditation but if some are...halleluah! Im not a big fan of supporting drug companies and believe in most cases natural is the way to go. Nice to see some dr's agree.

aesir posted 9/3/2013 06:01 AM

Does the promotion of meditation as an alternative treatment bear any relationship to the patients insurance?

I know I often think our healthcare is much like the hospital gowns... you only think you're covered.

Bobbi_sue posted 9/3/2013 06:04 AM

I have not really been involved with meditation, nor do I know a lot about it, but I fully agree that ADs and other related drugs are highly overprescribed, and the underlying "disorders" are highly over diagnosed.

I think even those of us who experienced extreme trauma in life need to take every possible measure to learn to deal with it, without drugs.

I am appalled by the number of drugs that are always pushed on TV adversting every day. They always say "Ask your doctor if XYZ might benefit you."

What a way to legally push drugs. There is just something wrong with the picture, IMO.

And then the same ads are often followed by another one, asking if you had this or that bad outcome from taking such and such a drug, call this law office to see if they can get money for you! I suspect there will be plenty of lawsuits from the same drugs people are happily taking right now, within the next ten or 20 years. They don't really know what these drugs do to you. It is quite possible the long term effects are worse than the seemingly positive short term effects.

Newlease posted 9/3/2013 10:01 AM

I have tried meditation but have a lot of trouble emptying my mind. It runs constantly - even when I'm asleep.

I have practiced yoga and get regular massage which helps. But to go off my ADs is a disaster - been on them for 15 years, and needed them before that.

Some people just can't pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, and I think people who don't experience it can't relate. I resisted medication for a long time, but medication has been a life saver for me.

NL

HardenMyHeart posted 9/3/2013 10:15 AM

I have tried meditation but have a lot of trouble emptying my mind. It runs constantly - even when I'm asleep.

Meditation is not about "emptying" your mind. It's more about training your mind to stay focused so that you slow down the many different thoughts that jump into your mind (the name for this is monkey mind).

It is normal for the mind to run constantly. During meditation, you just become more aware of it. That's why meditation needs to be done daily and consistently. You don't have to meditate for long periods, just a few minutes a day will help.

There are many good resources available to get you started. I prefer the simple technique known as mindful meditation.

[This message edited by HardenMyHeart at 10:16 AM, September 3rd (Tuesday)]

GabyBaby posted 9/3/2013 10:52 AM

I found this post very interesting. My DH was diagnosed with depression a few years ago and has been on a couple of different ADs with varying degrees of success.
When he lost his job last year, he went into a huge downward spiral and is just starting to normalize again.
His main issues at the moment are the constant body aches and his inability to sleep due to his constant racing thoughts.
I will mention this article and meditation to him to see if it is something that could help.

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