Sunflower County Medical Guide 2019: Meditation is Good for the Soul

By MARTHA CATLETTE,

In 2014 I learned to meditate and it has truly changed my life.

It has especially helped me with racing thoughts and the tendency to worry and fret.

Through my study and practice of meditation, I am convinced that meditation can make almost any situation better for a person.

It is particularly effective in helping to manage stress-which in turn improves our physical and emotional health.

Meditation for Mind-Body Health

Meditation is one of the top four complementary mind-body practices associated with integrative health care.

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reported that the use of meditation increased more than threefold from 4.1 percent in 2012 to 14.2 percent in 2017.

According to a 2012 national survey referenced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), over one third of adults and 12 percent of children have used nontraditional health care approaches.

More than ever, we as health care consumers are seeking new and unconventional ways to manage and heal our body, mind, and spirit.

According to the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, integrative health practices have grown across the United States. Integrative Health is a patient-centered approach to health-care and wellness that focuses on treating the whole person, not just one body part or system.

Integrative health includes consideration of the patient’s mental, emotional, functional, spiritual, social and community needs and includes coordination between different providers and institutions.

Currently holistic and integrative approaches to health care are a challenge to find in our surrounding Delta area, but are becoming more accessible in some metropolitan areas across our state.

A Primary Reason to Meditate?- Stress!

Stress is what we experience when we perceive a threat in meeting our personal needs.

Being “stressed out” has become epidemic in our society. We all have stress and we each have different ways that we express and manage it.

When our stress becomes constant and excessive, the body’s stress response stays activated at a chronic, low level and this causes wear and tear on our body and plants the seeds for inflammation (a primary cause for many diseases).

The good news is that the practice of meditation can enhance the body’s immune response and decrease inflammation.

How Meditation Can Help

The practice of meditation can bring stress relief and long-term health benefits.

Meditation can calm the mind and lower the heart rate and blood pressure within seconds. It supports our brain’s ability to process information and emotions.

Meditation has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, anger, and insomnia.

Meditation can also slow and reverse the brain’s normal aging process. Who would not want that!

In terms of chronic conditions, there is evidence that meditation activates the areas of the brain that are involved in pain control.

It can also reduce irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis and reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for veterans and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

There is also evidence that meditation is effective in managing symptoms of autoimmune disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis.

How Meditation Benefits You and Those Around You

Meditation can bring dramatic benefits with just a little practice time each day.

When you meditate, you not only help yourself - you radiate the benefits to your family and others around you.

If you feel you can’t afford the time to meditate, the real question is - can you afford not to?

Meditation can change your life!

Instruction and support in learning to meditate can greatly increase the likelihood of establishing an effective practice. It can be challenging to try to do it “on your own.”

I offer instruction in meditation to individuals and groups.

I would love to help you get started. You can contact me through my website at www.greenspotwellbeingllc.com, my email mcatlette@gmail.com or phone 662-207-8595. I encourage you to take this step for your own wellbeing. Meditation is truly life changing.

 My education and certifications include:

-Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor, Chopra Center for Wellbeing, 2018

-Nurse Coach-American Association of Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center, 2018

-Clinical Meditation and Imagery Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center, 2017

-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2017

-Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Instructor-Chopra Center for Wellbeing, 2016

-PhD in Nursing Education and Administration, UAB, 2001

-RN, Mississippi College, 1974

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