Can meditation – this technique inspired by Buddhism, which continues to seduce the West – be applied in contemporary medical practices? To draw attention to inner self, to own feelings, sensations, emotions and ideas, without being judged by other people, here is the cognitive therapy based on meditations, empowered to restart the consciousness and to free the souls from the psychological barriers of the individuals.
At the organizational level, at the beginning of the meeting, a chair is placed for each participant, in the form of a circle, so that the visual and emotional contact is ensured, and the people can discuss their experiences. In meditation, as a means of deep reflection, self-knowledge and expression, the formation of a group of less than 20 persons will condition the establishment of the favorable psychological environment for healing.
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Meditation manifests as a supplement in cognitive-behavioral therapy, followed by patients, to treat depression, prevent rumination and relapse. Also called mindfulness meditation, this aspect of traditional psychotherapy is based on the state of full awareness of one’s own existence and living the present moment with the whole being.
Thoughts are particularly affecting our emotions and behaviors. Excessive reflections, avalanches of ideas and surplus of emotions can sometimes trigger chronic stress that the person may not be aware of. She feels a state of discomfort, irritability, fatigue, but fails to control and remove these feelings. Mindfulness meditation helps patients get used to the automatic reaction to thoughts, feelings, and events and the immediate onset of an internal disruption process. It tends not only to reduce thoughts, but also to change the thought process.
With the whole body and soul, the meditating person must accept each event in an uncritical and objective manner. Here is the conclusion of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the author of the program “Reducing stress based on mindfulness meditation”, aimed at patients suffering from chronic pain, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer or psychological illness.
Meditation is the object of study for scientists, who aim to investigate the changes of the human body caused by practicing this kind of activity. Stress, anxiety and depression are indeed factors that favor the onset of Alzheimer’s, and meditation has proven to be one of the activities that could reduce the incidence of the disease in today’s society. They also seek remedies to promote healthy body aging.
The influence of meditation
An international consortium “Silver Santé Study”, bringing together teams of French, British, Belgian, German, Swiss and Spanish researchers, funded by 7 million euros by the European Union, aims, to the same extent, to study the influence of meditation and learning a language on the biological age of persons.
Some studies planned will allow to evolve the impact of meditation on the development of the areas of the brain that regress as we age, to analyze the skills of knowledge and to test the memory of the people who practice it.
In February 2018, 150 healthy people, aged 65 and over, were recruited for this study designed to explain whether the activities we practice daily are capable of slowing aging and improving the health of older people. Thus, the 150 people were divided into 3 groups and observed for 18 months in different types of activity: one will perform daily meditation exercises, the elderly in the second group will learn English, and the third will not be involved in any kind of activity.
Subsequently, the surfaces of the brain areas that tend to diminish with age will be analyzed. The medical and biological examinations will be completed by completing a questionnaire, allowing the assessment of the quality of sleep, the emotional and cognitive state of the participants.
If you are still curious, you can test the magic of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy on your own skin. You will need a rug and a yoga quiet position. Start your thoughts, accept to enter your consciousness, but do not allow them to conquer you. Look at them detached, as distant as ephemeral things. In this way you will learn how to react properly to the diversity of thoughts, to accept them, not to suffer because of them.