Mindfulness is a trendy term at the moment that gets thrown a lot. Unfortunately, that takes away from the fact that it really works.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in a moment. To be aware of where we are and what we’re doing and gain perspective in life.
Mindfulness is an evolving field of medical science but has been shown to help people deal with the stress of illness. It can decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines and increase resilience. Mindfulness and meditation are a great compliment to approved medical therapies, directed by a licensed physician, and should be used as adjunctive therapy.
In no way should meditation substitute excellent modern medical care – but when working in concert, mindfulness meditation is an excellent add-on therapy that can help reduce stress and increase quality of life for many chronic conditions.
Medical Meditations Twelve Modules
Developed by Dr. Nikhil Joshi Medical Meditations was created to improve the lives of people suffering from chronic illnesses. And Dr. Joshi knows all about that. While in medical school, Dr. Joshi was diagnosed with cancer. It was through that journey that he discovered that mindfulness, introspection and reflection gave him strength.
Through guided mindfulness sessions, Medical Meditations has created twelve meditation practices to help cope with the symptoms and pain associated with chronic illness. Everyone needs quiet moments of calm in their life. Each practice is intended to help relieve emotional stress, physical discomfort and help facilitate tranquility.
The twelve modules include:
- Abdominal Pain – Many people suffer with abdominal pain. Whether you have Crohn’s Disease, Diabetic Gastroparesis, Gastroesophageal Reflux or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, mindfulness can help. Our goal is to minimize tension and pain by creating moments of quiet focus.
- Anxiety – In today’s society anxiety is on the rise. Stress, restlessness, worrying thoughts and feelings of uncertainty can be relieved through meditative practice.
- Depression – Depression can feel like a weight slowly crushing you. When diagnosed with a chronic illness, depression and sadness can be a natural reaction. Depression can make you feel sad, cloudy-minded, heavy and unable to enjoy the things you once did. Mindful meditation helps people find their own resiliency and lightness.
- Cancer Diagnosis – Being diagnosed with cancer is life-changing. Meditation provides the chance for people to find some alone time amid a barrage of information, doctor’s appointments and worry. These quiet moments can help you process your diagnosis and find your own sources of strength.
- Chronic Pain – Chronic pain can be debilitating and severely impact your life. People who suffer from chronic pain – like Fibromyalgia – can often feel there are not a lot of treatment options. Mindfulness and meditation can help to reduce the background pain level which can make it easier for medications to have a positive effect. Meditation is a side-effect free way to help alleviate the effects of chronic pain.
- Grief – Grief is a powerful and all-encompassing emotion. It is also a universal part of the human experience to experience the loss of a loved one. Meditation can help people cope with the dark times and find a way through intense suffering.
- Insomnia – Make sleep a positive and happy experience. Reduce the thoughts and worries before you go to bed. Meditation can relieve the feelings of anxiety over trying to get to sleep. It can help to slow everything down, enabling you to feel good about the rest you get.
- Palliative Care – This meditation for the dying person and loved ones is about celebrating that person’s life and allowing them to feel free and happy. This guided meditation will help reduce anxiety and will help to insert a sense of calm in your life.
- Relaxation – With the stresses of daily life, sometimes the hardest thing to do is relax. If you’re unsure of where to start, this module is the perfect introduction for anytime meditation. This module is designed to get you ready for deeper meditation.
- Weight Loss – Weight loss can positively affect many different conditions including type II Diabetes and heart disease. Weight loss should be about creating healthy habits that increase personal well-being. Weight loss should not be about punishment, suffering or negativity. Meditation and visualization can be a great help on your weight loss journey.
- Caregiver – 29% of the adult population of America are caregivers. The unaccounted force in healthcare are the people who look after their ill and frail family members. This is one of the noblest thing a person can do. Yet, this group is notoriously undersupported. They experience burn out, sadness and depression at a higher rate than the general population. Caring for these people is a priority.
- Smoking Cessation – Smoking is not an easy thing to quit. Nicotine is a powerfully addictive substance. Quitting smoking leads to a variety of well known health benefits. Quitting smoking is an important achievement in a person’s life. Guided Meditation can reduce the stress associated with quitting.
- Pre Surgery – Surgery is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Entering the operating room with a positive mindset is an achievement. Helping people minimize their anxiety before surgery and encouraging recovery after are our goals in this meditation.
About Medical Meditations
Medical Meditation is a free, unique app designed for Android or iPhone users to help people suffering from chronic illnesses. To find out more click here, or if you’re ready to get started, download the app now.
Photos are courtesy of Robert Conway