Meditation is the ultimate stress reliever and much more. My personal experience with starting my meditation practice, which began at the age of 17, was a progression from feeling calmer and clearer for that day, to headaches disappearing, to a consistent sense of peace. The issue with stress is that our minds get caught up in things, filled with panic and worry. From there the body is affected with tension, digestive complaints, headaches and eventually adrenal gland exhaustion, and these can then lead to more serious health conditions. This is the result of over-stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. Known as the ‘fight or flight response,’ this stress reaction can go on day after day simply from busy work schedules, traffic jams and family responsibilities. Meditation reverses the fight or flight response, creating a deep relaxation and fostering a calm and clear state of mind that carries over into all your activities.
The art of meditation is using techniques, and there are many, that quiet your thoughts. Doing so leads to a deep peace in mind and body. Meditating once in a while is great for that day, so by all means do it. Meditating regularly creates more and more lasting peace and calm, even with a crazy schedule. Regular practice naturally leads to more and more of this baseline of calm clarity spilling over into your activities. And don’t think you have to be buzzing with energy and intensity to do a better job at work. You will find that the opposite is true, that calm clarity allows for better decisions and more getting done with less effort.
Meditation, for its beneficial effects on mind and body, is one of the best therapies that I offer to my patients for their health and well-being. I’ve taught many classes and workshops on meditation at Live Well and out in the community, and now I am excited to be offering private one on one meditation for my patients.
If you are interested in getting started, please call us or go online here to schedule a private meditation training session with me. You will love it! Sessions are typically 30 minutes, $75, and I’m always happy to combine other health questions or mini treatments along with the training as long as we plan our time accordingly.
Yours, With a Peaceful and Quiet Mind,
Dr. Martin Orimenko
Chiropractor, Naturopath & Nutritionist