Time to go Zen Buddhist on that chronic pain!
You heard us right.
Recent study from Harvard Medical School suggests that meditation can provide an effective and long lasting relief from chronic pain.
Millions of people all over the world suffer from chronic pain caused due to various reasons such as accidents, wars, fights etc. Most fail to deal with pain, many prefer pain killers while others choose drugs to shut it out.
However, this research has made dealing with chronic pain on permanent basis much easier.
Scientists at Harvard suggest that meditating your pain out is easy, does not involve expensive machinery or medication and can be done by everybody.
All you have to do is focus on nothing else but your body.
Meditation is a game of mind and body. Mindfulness, as the name suggests, is the control of mind over body.
Lie down on the floor and close your eyes, concentrate on your body one organ at a time. Think of a song, a verse or even your favorite quote.
Two main steps involved in this exercise are:
- Focus: Listen to your body and not your mind
- Relaxation: Try to close out all the thoughts, all sensations and all feelings, let go and relax one muscle at a time
One session takes around 45 minutes.
Breathe in and breathe out, and get rid of that pain.
Push that exhaustion out and chill like a sloth.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has also shown that meditation has significantly affected people coping with chronic pain conditions.
Since ancient times, meditation has helped people from various regions all over the world. Maybe it is time for us to go back to the fundamentals to find treatment for our ailments. Meditation allows the mind to shut it thoughts out and focus on what the body is trying to communicate to it. It allows the subject to be in sync with their body, their mind and spirit at the same time.