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Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

  Description: Meditation
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  General Tips
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Meditation is a self directed healing practice that involves continuous and deep concentration or musing upon an object, sound, breathing, and movement with the goal of calming the mind and relaxing the body.

Though its origin is in religious traditions, having been performed since antiquity among many religions, it has gained acceptance in modern times as a complement to conventional medical treatments.

There are basically two main types of meditation: Mindfulness meditation and Concentration Meditation.
 - Mindfulness Meditation involves awareness of all that is part of your present reality. In this form of meditation thoughts and feelings are noted and observed in a nonjudgmental fashion as they come up. This is done so that individuals can gain awareness and perspective on how they respond to daily stress and pressures.
 -  Concentration Meditation entails direct focused attention on a particular object for an extended period of time without any distractions. The object of focus might be the breath, a movement pattern (like in qigong or tai chi), an image which can be internal or external, a sound, a word or a mantra, or even a specific thought.

Statistical studies show the following:
  The art of the eastern civilization has been taking hold in western medical society as doctors and other health practitioners have been showing more interest in meditation.
  The practice of meditation has been increasingly offered in hospitals and other medical facilities as a complementary healing method.
  In a random sampling of rheumatologists in the United States, responses showed that meditation was perceived by the doctors as a beneficial complementary mode of treatment, second only to bodyworks.
  In a statistical study by a health insurance in India, it was found that individuals who practiced meditation had by far less doctor visits than did others of comparable gender, age and profession.
  Most meditation groups in America consist predominately of women
  Men report higher levels of stress and lower rates of stress-reducing activities like meditation and yoga

Though meditation is utilized for treatment of several conditions, it is often used and suggested as a complement or adjunct therapy to conventional medical treatment and other alternative methods.
  The following are the conditions and disorders that respond favorably to meditation:
  Respiratory: Allergies, asthma and more.
  Cardiovascular: Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and more.
  Psychological: Depression, eating disorders, panic Attacks and more.
  Neurologic Disorders: Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy
  Pain Conditions: Fibromyalgia, migraines, menstrual cramps, Osteoarthritis, and more.
  Sleep disorders

Questions to ask the Practitioner
    How many years experience have you had utilizing this healing method  
    What is your success rate  
    Certificates and Licenses  

General Tips
    Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of treatment
    Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use.
    Inquire about the training and experience of your meditation instructor.
    The meditation therapist will guide you and point you in the right direction towards healing
    It is important to comfortable but alert when you meditate, therefore you should do it sitting up rather than lying down.
    Meditation is not recommended for those individuals with psychotic disorders, severe depression, or other severe personality disorders.
    Do not drive a car or operate machinery while listening to meditation tapes

List of Products & Services
   Minute Meditation Quiet Mind Change - by Victor Davich
   Opening Meditation Gentle Guided Approach - by Diana Lang
   Meditation Dummies Book - By Stephan Bodian

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