The Women with Wings Foundation

Rx: Meditation

Meditation and Guided Imagery Meditation is as simple as following your breath.

Guided meditation is the first tool I use in every Create to Heal class. It calms the breath and stills the mind, allowing for relaxation and rejuvenation. Following the breath, catching a thought and releasing it, watching thoughts go by are all ways of getting beyond the surface chatter of the mind to the calm waters below. Once settled into a more peaceful state, patients feel open and receptive to visual imagery, creative writing and self- expression. Stress and anxiety are released.

Reduce your stress, improve your health.

The benefits of meditation are well documented. Research shows that meditation helps to reduce heart disease, hypertension and other stress-related illnesses. It improves sleep – the cornerstone of good health - and helps to reduce depression. The other significant benefit of meditation and guided imagery is mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a way of thinking and being that comes from paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and surrounding environment without judgment, as an impartial observer. When you pay attention this way, you slow down and take note of what is really happening to and around you. You begin to see things as they are, not as they used to be or as you wish them to be.

When you remain present, you are able to notice your thoughts and emotions without being triggered by them. Meditation and guided imagery, along with creativity or any endeavor that captures your imagination and attention, are key components to becoming more mindful.

According to many experts, mindfulness boosts our immune system and reduces negative emotions. It improves mental alertness, the ability to pay attention, and sharpens your brain overall. You become an observer of your stress or pain, not a participant.

For more research on mindfulness and meditation, click here.