It seems the world population can be divided into two: Meditators, and people who think meditation is impossible. The truth is, anyone and everyone can meditate, and you should, especially if you have Fibro. In recent years we have seen an explosion of celebrities taking up meditation (Oprah meditates!), backed by evidence-based claims that meditation is the perfect antidote to our modern woes.
Actually, I believe this is pretty much true.
We are facing an epidemic of attention deficit, as well as mind-boggling numbers of children, teens and young adults suffering from depression and anxiety. The number of people developing stress-related illnesses like Fibro, IBS and CFS is astronomical. While new medications are constantly being developed and brought to market, they often carry unpleasant side effects and, in many cases, provide less than stellar symptom relief.
Enter the ancient practice of meditation. It’s free. Anyone can do it. You can do it anywhere and at any time. There are no negative side effects whatsoever. But there’s more. Meditation can have a positive effect on many of the systems that go haywire in people with Fibro:
- it can regulate breathing
- relieve headaches
- lower blood pressure
- bring balance to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
- calm the vagus nerve, which also calms the digestive system
- helps bring clarity to thinking, memory and many other complex cognitive functions
And if that is not enough to convince you to try it, meditation is the central tool with which we can cultivate a space between thought and behavior, both reducing impulsivity and preventing the “fight or flight” reflex.
If you’re thinking, “but I can’t clear my mind. It’s not possible,” then you are in luck. Nothing about meditation requires you to clear your mind. Meditation is an exercise in choice, and as you practice it, you get better at it.
So, now that you have run out of excuses, are you ready to try it?