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Mind Over Matter and Beyond

Posted Oct 03 2008 11:32am
By Dr. Christine Gonzalez (PharmD, HHC)

One of the biggest challenges I continue to work on is learning to quiet that incessant mind chatter that plays like a broken record in my head-pretty much like that annoying song you can’t get out of your head. Being mindful of my thoughts and the effect they have on my mood has actually become an empowering experience. This is because I have discovered that positive thinking creates a positive mood, which attracts positive things into my life. Believe me, it really does! But the trick is to catch those negative thoughts and clear them out, creating space for the positive ones. I have found that meditation is an excellent tool for this process.

Meditation means different things to different people. Some think of it in the context of a religious ritual, while others think of it more casually as having a quiet moment with themselves. In either case, it is still an active process requiring your full intention and attention. But with time, it truly becomes a liberating experience and something that is always available to you. I learned how to mediate as part of my yoga practice and look forward to those moments of true peace. I will admit this did not happen overnight and is still something I must practice regularly.

The untapped power of the mind has always been an enigma that researchers continue to explore and attempt to understand. Recently, there was a 2-day workshop in July sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on meditation for health purposes. Their goal was to “articulate potential goals and directions for research on the mechanisms and efficacy of meditation practices for a variety of health concerns”. Clearly meditation is much more than simply mind over matter. Hopefully research will continue to validate the effectiveness and usefulness of this healing modality. I would love to hear about your meditation experiences...
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