Meditation: What’s The Deal?

meditationAnyone who has ever had a health issue has been told to meditate. But telling someone to meditate doesn’t really work unless you have reason to back it up – whether it be a personal experience, clinical experience, or research to back it up. But meditation does make a difference.


So I’m going to be honest with you here. Meditation is my flavour of jam. It is juicy and tasty and has seriously shifted my whole life. And I have all three of those reasons above to back up my claims of ‘meditation is the bees’ knees AND the cat’s pyjamas all at once!’

Meditation And Me

So, my personal experience includes:

  • Correcting my scoliosis (as confirmed by my osteopath) with just 4 months of daily practice

  • Less pain overall and during flare-ups

  • Deeper, better quality sleep

  • Better mood overall, and improvement of mood when I’m in the grumps

  • Increased ability to see the bigger picture and bring more positivity into my life

In clinic, I have seen my clients experience many of these improvements as well. The ONLY reported less than desirable side-effect is the emotional issues that meditation can bring up. Now, these issues were always there. Meditation just forces you to face them and work through them and move on, instead of suppressing them. Honestly, I think that’s a good effect overall!

The Research

Studies show effects ranging from:

  • Boosting brain function and the immunity

  • Management of anxiety disorders and reduced symptoms

  • Less stress and mood disturbances in cancer patients

  • Improved results in psoriasis

  • Less severe and frequent episodes in binge eating disorders

  • Improved sleep, less pain, less fatigue, and better ability to cope in patients with fibromyalgia

  • Improved function, engagement in life and acceptance of pain in chronic back pain clients

  • Improvement in blood pressure and heart rate in students

How To Start Meditation

So you want to give it a try, but where on earth do you begin? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Try just stopping and taking 5 deep breaths. Inhale until your belly is filled up, hold the breath there for a moment or two, and then exhale slowly.
    Even just this short exercise can calm and centre you by activating your parasympathetic, or ‘rest and digest’, nervous system.

  • Find an activity that can be meditative for you. You can focus on your breath when out on a run, or go for a walk down the beach and focus on what sounds you can hear. Or even go through and ask each of your muscles to relax as you wind down for sleep.

  • Try some guided meditations. I love Meditation Oasis podcasts for free meditations on a variety of subjects. Smiling Mind is a great app for when you need some chill time on the go.

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