Depression can be a factor in the treatment of an array of different health problems. It has an impact on the treatment of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Depression may not be the cause of these diseases, but it often co-occurs with them and can influence whether patients follow through on treatment recommendations.
In a recent post I mentioned the mental and physical benefits of meditation and mindfulness practice. But if you don’t have experience with meditation or mindfulness, incorporating a practice into your daily life can seem daunting.
In his book, Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn makes recommendations on how to get started on establishing a mindfulness practice in your life. Continue reading “5 Easy Steps to Start a Mindfulness Practice” »
The practice of meditation has long been used for the purposes of stress reduction. Transcendental meditation, for example, handed down by Vedic masters in India from generation to generation for thousands of years involves reducing stress by experiencing a state of restful consciousness.
Recently, medical science has been looking at meditation practices and how they impact physical health. Cardiovascular disease, as a leading cause of death in the United States and Worldwide, is of particular interest in the medical community. The psychosocial and environmental stressors that are potential contributing factors to cardiovascular disease, may be impacted by meditation practice. Other vascular problems can also lead to a heart attack. You can check out this vascular specialist in New Jersey if you need treatment. Continue reading “Can Meditation Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease?” »
When you mention mindfulness, many people immediately imagine Buddhist monks, sitting in the lotus position meditating. If you are unaware of how mindfulness can be incorporated into many aspects of life, it can seem impractical in the midst of the pressures, demands and hassles that most people encounter every day.
However, practicing mindfulness-- defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as the process of paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally-- can have a significant impact on our functioning. It can improve your ability to focus, as well as your ability to manage intense or painful emotions. Continue reading “Can Mindfulness Transform Feelings?” »