When you hear someone say they’re looking into Complementary & Alternative medicine to help them with a medical condition, does meditation come to mind? Unless you’re familiar with Eastern style medicine, probably not. However, more and more individuals and practitioners are realizing the benefits of this ancient tradition and incorporating it in their care regimen.
What exactly is meditation and why does it work? “It can calm your mind, relax your body, and soothe your spirit. In addition, it’s inexpensive and its risks are minimal (Mayo Clinic).” The Mayo Clinic has recently been informing its patients about meditation and here (in part) is what they have to say:
- Select a meditation technique that fits your lifestyle and belief system. Many people build meditation into their daily routine.
- Set aside some time. Start with 5-minute meditation sessions once or twice a day and work up to 20 minutes each time.
- Keep trying. Be kind to yourself as you get started. If you’re meditating and your attention wanders, slowly return to the object, sensation or movement you’re focusing on.
- Make meditation part of your life. Many people prefer to start and end their day with a period of meditation. Others prefer to take meditation breaks during the day. Experiment and find out what works best for you.
They have prepared a 7 1/2 minute video that guides you through a short meditation session.
–Eunice B., CADL Reference Librarian