Can meditation help chronic pain?
Meditation has been something I have performed on and off since my twenties, but towards the past couple of years as I come to the end of my thirties it has become a daily ritual. Over the years I drifted in and out of practice, knowing its benefits, but inconsistent in my practice. It wasn't until I ended up on leave from work after a particularly bad reaction to medication prescribed for my migraines, that it become part of my everyday routine.
Back in 2017, I visited the doctors due to some whooshing noise in my ear, by the end of the appointment I was on an urgent to see an Ears, nose and throat specialist, I was told not to drive my car or go into work as I may have a possible bleed on the brain. Fortunately it turned out to be chronic migraines, although that has been life changing in itself, I was trialed on a number of medications and one of them caused particularly distressing side effects. I was referred for counselling after and I purchased a book called 'The Universe has your Back' and 'May cause Miracles, these books by Gabriel Bernstein really made the difference to my practice.
The book 'May cause Miracles' allows you to get into practicing meditation daily and this for me allowed me to really see the impact of this in my life and how it could help my chronic pain. I tried so many variations of meditations, which allowed me to explore what works best for me and I think this is absolutely key in finding how meditation can work positively for you.
If you're looking for pain relief, you can try meditations which allows you to re-direct the bodies blood flow helping ease the pain in the space you may have pain, but for me one of the biggest helps I have found is how I can re-direct my mind. Meditation daily before my day starts allows me to start the day positively and allows me to get my head in the right space.
I would recommend that you try as many styles of meditation as possible and it doesn't have to to be all 'Oming' and chanting, meditation takes many forms, even putting on a piece of music and bouncing around the room and feeling revitalized after can make such a difference to how you feel.
Here is a link to some of my pre-recorded meditations, keep smiling peeps.