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Do you meditate? And does it help?

Posted by @cedarfirefly, Fri, Mar 9 8:47am

Good morning my fellow chronic pain warriors. So I want to know how many people meditate, use creative visualization, or taped hypnosis to help with your pain. Or any other methods like these.
Personally I have found guided meditation and hypnosis helpful when I’m having moderate pain. It helps me focus less on my pain and helps me relax as well. IV been hearing a lot about mindfulness lately and the theory behind it sounds good. Have anyone used this method as well?

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I have been reading a book "Mindfulness: Finding peace in a Frantic World" (I think) and it has links to guided meditations and is basically an eight week trainer. What I have covered to this point has been great for my anxiety. I am glad it helps with your pain and likely would mine as well. I would definitely recommend others give it a try for either condition or both.

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My morning ritual begins with gentle yoga, mindfulness and guided meditation after a hot shower in preparation. My yoga instructor created a special set of yoga strength and flexibility poses for me last April. At that time I committed to making my practice a daily ritual. The results after a year are quite amazing.

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@gman007

I have been reading a book "Mindfulness: Finding peace in a Frantic World" (I think) and it has links to guided meditations and is basically an eight week trainer. What I have covered to this point has been great for my anxiety. I am glad it helps with your pain and likely would mine as well. I would definitely recommend others give it a try for either condition or both.

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Mindfulness with mettas can reduce anxiety which leads to increased pain which results in more anxiety, etc, etc, etc. Mindfulness practice has increased my compassion for friends, family and support folks who try to help. Loving kindness for others increases well being for yourself.

@gman007

I have been reading a book "Mindfulness: Finding peace in a Frantic World" (I think) and it has links to guided meditations and is basically an eight week trainer. What I have covered to this point has been great for my anxiety. I am glad it helps with your pain and likely would mine as well. I would definitely recommend others give it a try for either condition or both.

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Just one more note on Mindfulness. There are just 4 stages of mindfulness….1st Be aware….2nd Notice….3rd Observe…..4th Allow.
And the only other element I add is Pain Release Massage very Friday.

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My morning ritual begins with gentle yoga, mindfulness and guided meditation after a hot shower in preparation. My yoga instructor created a special set of yoga strength and flexibility poses for me last April. At that time I committed to making my practice a daily ritual. The results after a year are quite amazing.

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That's wonderful I do meditate and use Tapping as you say after a bit shower to relax the muscles

@artscaping

My morning ritual begins with gentle yoga, mindfulness and guided meditation after a hot shower in preparation. My yoga instructor created a special set of yoga strength and flexibility poses for me last April. At that time I committed to making my practice a daily ritual. The results after a year are quite amazing.

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I forgot to say I do stretching exercises in chair also

@artscaping

My morning ritual begins with gentle yoga, mindfulness and guided meditation after a hot shower in preparation. My yoga instructor created a special set of yoga strength and flexibility poses for me last April. At that time I committed to making my practice a daily ritual. The results after a year are quite amazing.

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I don’t know how to meditate can you guide me. My depression anxiety is killing me

I use mindfulness meditation, and find it very helpful. It helps to observe the pain, and NOT push it away (pushing it away increases the pain), rather acknowledge it gently and observe it with some curiosity –notice the ebb and flow. I go (in my imagination) to the center of the pain and quietly breathe there. It does help. At night, if the pain wakes me, it helps me quieten down and fall asleep again.

@artscaping

My morning ritual begins with gentle yoga, mindfulness and guided meditation after a hot shower in preparation. My yoga instructor created a special set of yoga strength and flexibility poses for me last April. At that time I committed to making my practice a daily ritual. The results after a year are quite amazing.

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You might start with looking at Dr Jon Kabat-Zin materials at https://www.mindfulnesscds.com/ . There are also live MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) workshops many places, and this might be the best way to start. Also, though it may be good to consult your doctor about your depression-anxiety –see if medication might help you pursue other forms of treatment such as meditation. best wishes!

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@artscaping

My morning ritual begins with gentle yoga, mindfulness and guided meditation after a hot shower in preparation. My yoga instructor created a special set of yoga strength and flexibility poses for me last April. At that time I committed to making my practice a daily ritual. The results after a year are quite amazing.

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Hello @cdcc. I use an ap called Breathe. It taught me how to meditate. Have patience, start will small amounts of time and work your way up. I love it. good luck!

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Practice practice practice like anything we have to deal with in life. After years of practice I love where I am with my life. There are many forms of meditation ideas. I have learned the best for me is Vipassana “insight”. No magic just good consistent practice.

@mtbox2

Practice practice practice like anything we have to deal with in life. After years of practice I love where I am with my life. There are many forms of meditation ideas. I have learned the best for me is Vipassana “insight”. No magic just good consistent practice.

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I have Macular Degeneration-dry kind. I heard this type of shot{Advastin}
helps.
  Has anyone received this?

 

@mtbox2

Practice practice practice like anything we have to deal with in life. After years of practice I love where I am with my life. There are many forms of meditation ideas. I have learned the best for me is Vipassana “insight”. No magic just good consistent practice.

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Hi Ann, several members are talking about Macular Degeneration in the Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat group. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/ear-nose-throat-conditions/

You may wish to join this discussion:
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Meditation has helped me SO much with my chronic pain and symptoms! I highly recommend the Insight Timer app. It's totally free and has every possible type of guided meditation available – pain management, stress, sleep, relaxation, mindfulness, etc. Or, if you like to meditate on your own, it offers a timer and background music/noise if you like. The breathe app that @jamienolson mentioned above is also great. I use it throughout my day. Diaphragmatic breathing is one of the key components taught at Mayo's Pain Rehabilitation Clinic and it sincerely, truly has made a difference for me.

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