“Say OM” – Meditation More Often Prescribed
A recent review of a cancer patient’s battle with lymphoma has spurred more interest in the mind-body practice of meditation. While Danilo Ramirez, 44, still braved the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, his ability to endure these treatments was furthered by the discipline of meditation.
In fact, a recent study put out by Harvard has shown that more physicians are recommending alternative mind-body medicines to help their patients, about 6 million. For Ramirez, it saved his life. His anxiety and stress in response to radiation therapy became more than he could bear. Danillo fought through sleeplessness, panic attacks, claustrophobia and taking anti-anxiety medication.
However, after attending meditation sessions, Ramirez states, “You’ve got to make your mind control your body.” Far too often we separate mind from body and forget that we are one whole operating unit. The traditional western treatment that he was prompted to endure for his particular cancer coupled with meditation is saving his life.
There have been over 2,000 studies conducted over the last 40 years that have proven the benefits of meditation practice. The physiological benefits include stabilizing blood pressure, lowering heart rate and stress hormones, slowing the aging process, improving mental functioning, brain wave coherence as well as boosting immune functioning. With all of that in mind, the overall psychological and spiritual well-being of those who practice can also report personal growth and peace of mind. (Read Full Article)