Meditation or Medication?
There is an ongoing story which has been captivating the attention of many. Aimee Copeland has been fighting a flesh eating virus that has taken both hands and one leg. Her story is inspiring.
What I found remarkable was the title and main concept of the most recent article: “Victim: No pain meds. Ga. Woman battling flesh-eating bacteria opts for meditation.”
Amy had been studying holistic pain management and did not like the effect the pain meds were having on her.
Many might wonder why meditation helps with pain. It does not make the pain go away, yet it lessens the pain. There are many types of meditation techniques and how I think it impacts pain is two-fold.
- When we quiet our mind we become less reactive, as our focus in within. There is much evidence that supports the reduction of pain through learning how to ride the wave of pain, rather than judge and react to the sensations.
- With practice, meditation can quiet your mind to the extent that the focus is no longer on the sensation, but it is deep within. We are aware we have a body and thoughts, yet we are able to get beyond them to the vastness inside.
There are many articles and schools about meditation. The medical community supports these practices and now refers to them as Complementary. It is a viable avenue for dealing with stress, pain and illness and accessible to everyone.
Let me know in the comments below if you have meditated and what your experience was.
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