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Peace and Well Being Through Meditation

January 08, 2018

Peace and Well Being Through Meditation

On March 9, 2016, His Holiness the Dalai Lama participated in a discussion entitled, “The World We Make – Well-Being in 2030” hosted by the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The questions presented were “How might the world look roughly 15 years from now if we choose well-being today? While economic prosperity has generally increased, why haven’t happiness and well-being? How can we learn to be happy, to be kind, and to be grateful?” 

One of the highlights of the event centered on the benefits of meditation that have been investigated scientifically. The following skills can be developed through meditation and enhance well-being. 

1. Resilience is a skill that can be cultivated and provides the ability to recover from adversity more rapidly.
2. A positive outlook provides the ability to see basic goodness, savor the experience, reduces depression and promotes physical health.
3. A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.  Therefore learning to pay attention promotes health.
4. Generosity is most important because oxygen activated in the brain leads to well being, lowers stress and calms the mind.

Meditation can be done anywhere at anytime and can be cultivated by anyone whether you are a caregiver, an ALS patient, a friend or a family member. Meditation can be integrated into current multidisciplinary care and may represent a new way to enhance the quality of life in people with ALS.

Being aware of how we are in a certain moment dramatically increases well-being. Meditation practice can be a very helpful resource against stress and depressive thoughts. Furthermore, meditation teaches how to talk to the self, which can be used to improve acceptance of the lack of movements in advanced ALS stages.

With a variety of different techniques to choose from, almost everyone can benefit from this practice. Anyone can begin meditating after just five minutes with the help of a free, friendly, simple app: Stop, Breathe & Think. This tool can guide you through meditations for mindfulness. It can be used online or downloaded as an app for Apple or Android mobile devices.

Even a few minutes a day can be beneficial to your mental health and can help keep you calm and focused.