Does Meditation Relieve Pain Or Menopausal Symptoms?

Does meditation really work? Can meditation help relieve your pain or menopausal symptoms? Can it help your brain function? Is it beneficial for cancer patients?

These are some of the questions that individuals ask and you may have asked, regarding the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. The questions are not unusual since the mind processes thousands of thoughts in a minute. We have about 60000 to 80000 thoughts a day. Additionally, approximately 20 million adults meditate for health reasons.

The thoughts don’t stop during meditation. The meditator just lets them pass without judgment or value, and continue following the breath or ease back to the mantra. Meditation calms the flight or fight mechanism in the brain. Therefore, you as the meditator become more mindful of the breath. The awareness is on the breath, breathing into the pain, anxiety, feelings of depression or hot flashes. When sensations in the body surface, related to the pain, etc., the individual goes back to the breath.

Research studies, in additional to anecdotal stories, have shown beneficial effects are gained from the practice of mediation. The brain is retrained and areas of the brain develop. You’ll hear terms such as psychoneuroimmunolgy, neuroplasticity, anatomical changes and electrical firing of the brain.  The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  (NCCAM) has collected information from scientific literature on the positive outcomes of this practice. Buddhist monks who have participated in studies have provided scientific evidence of the positive changes that occur in the brain as a result of years of meditating. Meditation works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

How has meditation benefited you? How has it impacted your life?

About Johnetta Miner NP

Johnetta is the CEO/Founder of Lifestyle Wellness Enterprise.
She is an Integrative, Holistic Healing and Women's Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She assists business owners, healing arts practitioners and health professionals to attain optimal wellness in life and their business.

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