Many believe that there has been a global awakening. With more and more people becoming aware of the factors in their lives that have affected the way their bodies, their brains, and their inner life spirit respond and react. More and more people are seeking healing through mind-body medicine and “unconventional” resources. But what is “unconventional”? What does that mean when there have been documented accounts of cultures around the world who use mindfulness techniques to heal the body and the mind for thousands of years?
Today in hospitals around there world there are more offerings of guided meditation, mindful practices and yoga offered as a form of healing. If you think about it, meditation is really along the same lines as praying. Of bringing your awareness to a thought or a person, emotion or even an illness and giving it light, love, attention and healing. So why has it not been giving the same power in our society as prayer?
Now we are seeing these same techniques being brought into our schools to help children become more grounded and connected not only to themselves but to each other. In a time where kids have access to so much input and so many adult-like stressors because of the constant state of being “plugged in”. A Baltimore school joined forces with the Holistic Life Foundation to create a meditation room to encourage kids in stressed communities to self-regulate and become conscious of themselves and their surroundings. Their findings were measurable in that students had fewer incidents of negative behavior and found an overall more engaged classroom connection as well as less illness.
According to a Harvard (see link below) the number of randomized controlled trials involving mindfulness has jumped from one in the period from 1995‒1997 to 11 from 2004‒2006, to a whopping 216 from 2013‒2015. Data is still coming in showing record numbers of how this movement or awakening is growing. Is it coincidental that it is growing alongside the open and medical uses of marijuana and CBD? We know cannabinoids help our bodies achieve homeostasis releasing us from the stress hormones of a flight or fight response. Is it possible with more widespread use more and more people are finding inner peace and connection since their fight or flight systems are becoming more regulated?
From a medical perspective, studies have shown benefits against an array of conditions both physical and mental, including irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. But some of those findings have been called into question because studies had small sample sizes or problematic experimental designs. Still, there are a handful of key areas including depression, chronic pain, and anxiety in which well-designed, well-run studies have shown benefits for patients engaging in a mindfulness meditation program, with effects similar to other existing treatments.
We have all heard of miraculous healing and I will admit I want to see the science behind it. Dr. Joe Dispenza went out to seek just that. After a physical injury left him paralyzed, he went on a journey of asking questions and getting measurable answers on the mind and body connection. He was able to actually measure cell regrowth and repair after deep meditation practices not only in himself but in patients all over the world. The science in his results moved me to write this article for you. Below find links to his articles and findings.
It has been documented that we only use 10% of our brains. What if meditation not medication is the key to healing? What if cannabinoids help calm the body systems enough to get you there? What if…
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