Mindfulness in the News
NPR recently published an article illuminating the public on how mindfulness can actually beat painkillers (yes, opioids) when it comes to chronic lower-back pain. Nancy Shute, the author of the piece, explained how meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy can help patients suffering back pain more than other medical treatments. Her news on the subject was backed up by the JAMA medical journal and an extensive research study performed by the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.
But that’s barely scratching the surface. Fox News also just released a story on how mindfulness meditation can provide opioid-free pain relief backed by the Journal of Neuroscience and a study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Additionally, the same news network published an article not too long ago about how mindfulness can improve your teen’s memory and has a history of pushing out like-stories in recent months. Furthermore, CNN’s Anderson Cooper gave a 60 Minutes special on mindfulness roughly a year ago.
So what’s all the buzz about?
Definition of Mindfulness
“a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”
Practice of Mindfulness
I also suggest you take a look at this easy-to-follow infographic, “10 Steps to Mindfulness Meditation” by Sam Mowe of the Garrison Institute, which I’ve included below thanks to a Creative Commons license.
Lastly, feel free to search for free mindfulness audios online to guide you as you start your meditations and begin healing you life—and your pain—today.