Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jewels920, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. jewels920

    jewels920 New Member

    Blessings to everyone!

    Do any of you meditate regularly? I was just wondering because I feel meditation has greatly helped my condition.

    Many people are afraid of meditation because they feel that if thoughts intrude or if they get distracted--they're not doing it right, so what's the point?

    The truth is that meditation is about being present for whatever's there--the chatter, the pain, the stuff you forgot to get at the grocery store, the anger, all of it.

    I usually start by following my breath in and out. Not changing my breath--just observing it. When a thought occurs or I get distracted, I say to myself "thinking" and return to my breath.

    I'm amazed at how calming this has been for me over the years. And I've gotten an occasional insight or two during the process.

    I have FM, chronic myofascial pain, and sports induced asthma. My blood pressure is EXCELLENT--especially for someone who can't exercise (except short walks and stretching), and I know this is due, at least in part, to meditation.

    It's impossible to evaluate what my condition would be like without meditation but I can say that I THINK I'm functioning pretty well, all things considered.

    Anyway--just thought I'd share.

  2. yellowstrawberry

    yellowstrawberry New Member

    I think many do not know how to meditate.Here is what I was told.If you know how to worry then you know how to meditate.It's the same thing. Thinking the same thought over and over again.

    I thought this was pretty funny.And I am a great at meditating,I have a lot of practice by worrying!LOL
  3. jewels920

    jewels920 New Member

    That's a good one. Actually, you can think the same thought over and over again...I try to use something like "my body is healing" or something similar. LOL

    The other type of meditation is outlined above when you're litterally thinking...nothing. Until some little thought pops up, then you switch back over to focusing on your breath.

    My meditation is my positive focus time and it is greatly outweighed by how much time I spend worrying, unfortunately. :(
  4. yellowstrawberry

    yellowstrawberry New Member

    I was just repeating something that I heard that I found humorous.Even what I said at the end was only humor.I think I am going to just read others postings and replies for the time being.

    I have erased several because I felt like I was not understood.I have even been a little ganged up on. I asked about results people were getting from a supplement and some strong believers of this supplement acted as if I did'nt think it was good.I just wanted to hear some of others results before running out and spending money on it.

    I have only been here about a month.At first I really loved it and found it very informative.Actually I still do,but I have encountered a lot of controversy.Not only in my post and replies,in others as well.Anyway there is a lot for me to learn and I'm not to good at typing because I just learned how to use a computer a couple months ago.

    Just to let you know,I have worked in Spa's for 20 years.I am a L.M.T.,Facialist,and nail technician.I am fortunate to have experienced many types of meditation during this time.Even the type you were writting about which is probably my favorite.
  5. jewels920

    jewels920 New Member

    I understand you were making a joke. I laughed. LOL That means I thought it was funny.

    In addition, I commented about how meditation CAN be about one thought over and over again and acknowledged that I, too, can become consumed with worry.

    I thought it was a friendly post. I was not trying to criticize or gang up on you.
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  6. jewels920

    jewels920 New Member

    I like the toning ball idea. Think I may try that out!
  7. jewels920

    jewels920 New Member

    I feel the same way about procrastinating or thinking I don't have time--just read an article about meditation that says to keep your meditation practice fresh (and going), try not to set a timed meditation session. Just meditate. For however long.

    When I take the time requirement away, it's easier to get motivated. And once I sit down to meditate, I end up spending longer on it once I was already there.
  8. harmony21

    harmony21 New Member

    I just deleted prior post, duh! yeah Rafiki has also encouraged me with a web site, meditation for when you are ill. but havnt really looked at that either.....

    Sometimes i feel so lazy.......but i really havnt the energy, I have the computer going for hours and give my self 1/2 hour breaks when i get exhausted

    Thank the Lord for this board its my life line

    angel hugs connie
  9. jewels920

    jewels920 New Member

    Was just thinking myself--I've been at this computer all night (working) and it's starting to aggravate some trigger points in my right arm.


    It never ends.
  10. msSusan

    msSusan Member

    My doc. recommended I try specifically Jon Kabat-Zinn for meditation. I just started using CD's I took out from the library so I don't know how well it will work for me.

    I have had trouble with meditation/guided imagery in the past since it's hard to relax and tune things out when your body is screaming all over. I have had some luck with relaxation tapes with just nature sounds/music and deep breathing exercises. Doesn't relieve pain but is relaxing while I'm lying down. I actually go into lala land for a few minutes which means I'm not thinking about things/pain!
  11. jewels920

    jewels920 New Member

    Thanks for the reply! I use CDs, too. Some of them are guided meditations and some are chants or "Om" like cat003 uses. Some are just relaxing music. Depends on how much chatter I have in the brain and, like you, on how much my neurons are SCREAMING at me!

    It is hard to meditate with your nervous system on fire. I'm having a bad night tonight. I work 4-10 hour shifts a week, which is hard. It's worth it to have 3 nights off. But I'm taking more pain medication by the third night, I've noticed.

  12. connieaag

    connieaag New Member

    I just took my daughter to her first Mindfulness Meditation session today. Her comment was "that was wierd", but she's 14! Anyway she is willing to give it a try in hopes that it can help her relax at night and start getting better sleep.

    Has anyone noticed that it helps with sleep? We have tried every prescription sleep aid and currently are using several homeopathic things, but nothing is working very well, or if it does, maybe 2-3 nights at most. So I'm hoping this sort of meditation can be used throughout her life to better dal with the FM in general.

  13. Gingareeree

    Gingareeree New Member

    Yes! I've been meditating regularly since my initial dx of fm this past June. I actually learned to meditate over 30 years ago (transcendental meditation). I'd kind of fallen off the "meditating" wagon over the years, however I started again and I can't believe I ever stopped in the first place! It's wondurfully relaxing and healing. I also do trigger point massage thearpy and occasional acupuncture. I think all of thses approaches help to releive the stress, both mentally and physically!

  14. sandy10seven

    sandy10seven New Member

    I believe meditation can be the answer to many health problems. When in a deep meditative state, accumulated stress (from many types of stressors)is drained from the mind and body, allowing the body to heal and repair itself.

    There is a website, askwaltstollmd, that has many people who meditate twice daily and can share their results with you. The website also has archives on the subject.

  15. Sbilek

    Sbilek New Member

    and help your immune system.

    I do it regularly. Great thing about it, you can do it anywhere, sitting in a chair, laying in bed, I even do it sometimes when I'm watering the horses. Just have to pay attention, so I don't let those buckets overflow!

  16. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    When I was healthier, I used to meditate more regularly, and it was great. It can be so centering and grounding, besides relaxing. It's harder to do when I feel sick or exhausted, but I must be doing a little better because I've just recently started meditating again in the mornings.

  17. ninavee

    ninavee New Member

    My counselor recommended meditation and I am one of those who thought if intrusive thoughts were there then I was doing something wrong.... something I found helpful until I get a little better at it is called guided imagry.

    This just means (to me anyway) that you focus on something to clear your mind. I haven't bought any yet but I understand that there are DVD's on this subject. The person speaks softly and slowly and tells you what to think about and do.... gonna give it a try.

    Jewels, thanks for letting me know how well it works for you because I am such a type A that I thought might be a waste of my time.... I wil try harder now
  18. hubcap_halo

    hubcap_halo New Member

    Almost all of my remissions were preceded by a period of daily meditation.

    It's so powerful, it's so good.

    Lately I've had so much anger because I've been so sick that I've used it as an excuse to not meditate.

    But I still do it. a couple of times a week. And I try to bring that deep breathing and mindfulness, just getting present, into every day life.

    You can mediate when waiting for a train, when in line at the grocery store. In a doctors waiting room.

    Ohm CDs are great. I listen to really relaxing ambient music, Brian Eno's "Music for Airports" is great.

    And at night I'll light a single candle and just focus on that as I count my breaths. That's a very good one that makes me feel close to god.

  19. jess

    jess New Member

    Hi, yes meditation does work. I have been practicing TM for 10+ years now. Unfortunately, I stopped doing it regularly so some of the benefits have been reduced. It's great for controlling stress. There are many different ways to meditate. I am so used to TM (Transcendental Meditation) that this is all I use. My hubby actually teaches meditation in different places like churches, hospitals, yoga centers. This is one of his 3 jobs, no thanks to CFIDS. Anyway, I sometimes find it difficult to sit still or I just fall asleep which is good. Jess
  20. nastaranjune

    nastaranjune New Member

    I meditate too. I have found not only help with fibro, but dealing with any issue is easier when I meditate. I practice japa meditation which involves making the aaahhh and ooohhhmmm sounds when you meditate. I also listen to dr. wayne dyers cd's and feel he has changed my life.
    I turely recommend it to every one. specifically the "spiritual solutions to any problem"
    thanks for asking.