I am writing my blog this week, sitting on my couch with legs outstretched on the coffe table - the only position I can currently get into and be comfortable. You see, over the past few weeks I have taken to jogging again (I say again because my jogging stints always last a couple of months at most!). Somehow, in my zeal to jog every day and lose some winter weight, I have caused my sciatica to flare up and have been in a fair amount of pain lately. No problem, I'm a neurologist so I can just prescribe some medication (not narcotics of course!) and treat my back so I feel better. Or, I could take advantage of the chiropractor and physical therapist in my office.
Well, I haven't done any of those things. I might in the near future, but for now I have been using meditation to feel better. As some of you know, I am a big believer in the power we all have in our OWN minds to heal our brains and bodies. We can tap into that power by meditating. There are other ways to access the power of our mind, such as Reiki, reflexology, biofeedback and some forms of yoga. I personally prefer meditation. It only takes 10 minutes twice daily and is very easy to learn. I think the problem that most people have with meditation is that they think it is voodoo medicine or they just don't quite know where to start or how to meditate.
As for the first objection some may have (and I am writing now to both patients AND doctors), there is a large body of scientific evidence that firmly establishes the effectiveness of meditation in a wide range of maladies. For the second objection, I am taking steps over the coming weeks and months to make meditation easy and accessible to anyone who wants to try it out. We will be giving our patients pamphlets with instructions, I have developed a meditation app for headache/migraine which is on the Apple i store, and Dr. Laurie and I are working on a book that will teach you how to meditate. I'll be blogging more about this over the summer so check in and learn about the exciting developments as they unfold.
OK, thanks for reading my blog. I'm going to meditate now and then do for a jog!