My Introduction to Meditation
As a child, I was an overly nervous, shy creature. If I had to get up in front of a class and read a book report, I would become physically ill with debilitating stomach cramps and nausea. My experience with nerves and anxiety made me aware of the mind’s power over the body at an early age, but I had no idea what to do about it!
I first became acquainted with meditation during yoga classes when in my 40’s. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, however, that I remembered meditation from my yoga classes and went in search of a teacher because I knew deep within myself that one solid year of poorly managed stress was at least partly responsible for my breast cancer diagnosis. There are plenty of people who will tell you that stress doesn’t cause cancer, but I can tell you that it does undermine the immune system – there are plenty of research studies proving this.
The thing I was most concerned about was the genetic aspect of cancer. Because my mother and grandmother both had breast cancer (and died from it) I was worried that even if I did go through all of the treatments, it wouldn’t make any difference.
Voicing this to a friend of mine, she introduced me to a book called “The Biology of Belief” by Dr Bruce Lipton, who presented research which indicated that our minds have more control over our genes than we can possibly imagine.
Armed with that knowledge, and in the midst of my breast cancer treatments, I turned to meditation once more. I found it to be a wonderful, internal adventure, and I learned so much about myself and about life during the process. I finally learned how to free myself from the anxiety and nervousness that I endured as a child, and how to deal with the stress of adult life.
So What Can YOU Expect From Meditation?
Research studies indicate that meditation does have some rather amazing effects on the mind and the body. All you need to do is Google the words “meditation benefits” to see them, science has been studying the effects of meditation for many years. Just a few of the benefits are:
• Decreased levels of stress hormones like cortisol
• Improved concentration
• Enhanced immune system
• Better ability to study and improved test scores
• Less anger and anxiety
• Improved decision making
• Better relationships with loved ones and friends
• Increased creativity
• Increased blood flow and slower heart rate
Sound too good to be true? I assure you that regular meditation will bring you so many benefits you’ll be sorry you didn’t begin much sooner. You don’t need to spend hours at it either – even 15-20 minutes per day is sufficient to bring some great results.
Even if you have tried meditation before and failed, I would strongly suggest trying it again. As with any new discipline you might be no good at it to begin with, but regular practice really pays off. Imagine your mind being like the calm, unruffled waters of a still lake – rather than anxiety ridden, full of turmoil and negative thoughts. Such a thing is possible, I promise!
I have discovered that many people do not have access to meditation classes, or do not have the time to attend them, so I have spent the past few months creating a downloadable how-to-meditate course, along with some very specific guided meditations that I used when going through my treatments. For more information, contact me via this site by CLICKING HERE I wish you love and joy as you move through cancer toward wellness.
Marnie Clark is a breast cancer survivor who lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband. Marnie is a Certified Massage Therapist and blogger at MarnieClark.com, the site she put together to help others through the breast cancer journey. She has lived in both Denver, Colorado and Perth, Australia. You can see her videos about her breast cancer journey on this site:by clicking HERE Marnie is a long time WhatNexter providing valuable help to others on the site.