How is meditation used as a therapeutic tool?

We use meditation as a therapeutic modality to help your mind focus on the present moment. It promotes relaxation, reduces your stress level and enhances personal or spiritual growth. Meditation also benefits people with illnesses, helps maintain personal well-being and – with regular practice – reduces anxiety and depression. Those who meditate report more enjoyment, appreciation of life and stronger social ties.

How does it work?

Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and enables people to experience emotions without losing control. The result is a greater insight into personal thoughts and feelings with increased confidence and understanding of life situations. Meditation also facilitates a greater sense of calmness, empathy and acceptance.

What problems can it help to relieve?

Meditation can be used in therapy for both the treatment and prevention of many stress-related conditions in addition to calming and nurturing the spirit and internal aspect of the self. Through clinical research, meditation is viewed as a valuable therapy for panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, drug abuse and mood disorders. Meditation may also serve as an adjunct to therapy for high blood pressure, heart problems, cancer, insomnia, migraines and strokes. It is a complement for moderating allergies and asthma because it reduces stress, which is prevalent in these conditions. Additionally, meditation may reduce symptoms of patients with neurologic disorders such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

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