Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. – Lao Tzu
Over the last decade, there has been a major increase in secular applications of mindfulness, the practice of focusing attention on your thoughts, feelings, and environment in the present moment. Below is a list of some of the areas in which mindfulness has useful applications:
Focus and Attention
High Blood Pressure
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds research on the benefits of meditation, including mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction. NIH provides the following recommendations regarding the use of mindfulness meditation:
Don’t use meditation to replace conventional care or as a reason to postpone seeing a health care provider about a medical problem.
Ask about the training and experience of the meditation instructor you are considering.
Help your health care providers give you better coordinated and safe care by telling them about all the health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health.