Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Meditation Could Reduce Pain More Than Morphine

Meditation could reduce pain intensity and discomfort more than morphine, for some individuals. Just how surprising you find this news from doctors in North Carolina (and reported by the UK's Daily Telegraph here) probably depends on your experience of, and belief in, meditation in the first place.

Better yet, you don't need to be in pain to test out the principle behind it...

1. Pick any sensation in your body, (even just the slightest discomfort or itch) and give it 100% of your attention, just for a few moments.

2. As you give it all your attention, just allow the sensation to do whatever it wishes. Allow equally any thoughts, impressions, images (and/or none of these) to be in your mind as you concentrate, and then to let them go.

3. How does the sensation feel now, after this short period of full attention? It's likely that at the very least, it will have altered in some way. And that's the magic of this simple technique best practised *before* you need it.

(Short intermission for an obvious and necessary disclaimer here , and I know you know it, but as ever, none of this is meant to stand in place of advice from medics...Take all the professional advice you need as well).

Above all, let me know what you think about this idea, and if you tried it, what happened.

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