There are various types of meditation, from meditation for beginners, through to free guided meditation and self meditation. Some types of meditation are silent, some are accompanied with a sound like OOOOMMMMM, to help focus your mind and breath, so it doesn't wonder off to compile your grocery list! I have tried learning meditation but didn't have much luck, for this very reason. It is very hard to quieten the mind and my mental grocery list ended up being quite long!
Learning meditation is a very healthy thing to do. Your mind eventually enjoys switching off and your body can relax, taking some time out to rest and heal.
There are different types of meditation positions you can use. Some sit on the floor or use a meditation chair, with back straight and feet on the floor. Others lay down to do their meditation exercises...sometimes with a meditation timer, so they don't nod off for hours!
Relaxing music may help to get you in the zone, as might a comfortable yoga type mat. Visit Wai Lana Yoga, the gorgeous picture on the right, for help to make relaxing more enjoyable for you.
Visualisation is also popular. Women visualise themselves, including their breasts, well and healthy. Whilst doing their meditation exercises they see themselves in their mind as complete, healthy and happy.
So how does this relate to symptoms of breast cancer? By learning meditation, it allows your body and mind to slow down and feel the moment, tuning into your body. Mindful meditation allows you to meditate, yet be fully aware of what is around you. Deep and spiritual meditation or
is thought to help bring you into balance, boasting your immune system and helping with fatigue and emotional moods that may come with breast cancer.
My meditation tips would be to lock the door, turn off chattering radios and tv's, wear loose clothing, be in a place you feel relaxed to be in, put your meditation timer on,
and whilst doing deep belly breaths, repeat a phrase or word to help prevent your brain from wondering off. Choose one of your favourite meditation positions and play some quiet gentle music if you prefer. For more information on this and other healthy ideas, such as relationships, exercise, and lifestyle, check out Wellbeing Information.
Whatever your history of meditation is, it is worth giving it another chance.....and perhaps leave the mental grocery list behind!
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How Do You Like To Meditate?
Have you noticed benefits of meditation? Do you have breast cancer and experienced different types of meditation? If so, please tell us about it and how it helps your breast health. What meditation positions do you use and how often do you put time aside? Suggestions, ideas, and experiences are all welcome!
By sharing information, we can all benefit with increased knowledge and learning about breast cancer. So please share your meditation story!