Hey, is it becoming a fad, or a useful tool in psychotherapy, or both? Perhaps both. That may be the conclusion of the article, Lotus Therapy, linked from the front page of the NYT this morning. Mindfulness Meditation is catching on in a big way all over the planet, so why not shorten it to MindfulMed?

I keep trying it from time to time but that’s probably not enough. Oh, if I only had a brain! But that’s the idea: don’t have one, get rid of that left brain. Easier said than done, and how can I get anything done if I do? Well, again, that’s the idea: stop DOING things. Naw, that’s not it either. Too much analysis and not enough doing IT. OK, ten minutes a day for a start? If I can remember…..
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  1. Kimberly Post Rowe’s avatar

    Hey Mardé, I have a short meditation recorded on my website…you could download it, listen to it daily, and presto! Now you have a meditation practice!

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks, Kimberly. Perhaps I’ll check that out.

  3. barbara’s avatar

    Hello Mardé,

    I for one have been a witness to what Buddist meditation/paryers can do. I’am not Buddist but my Mom is and I can tell you of the GOOD that it does for her. Going for the effects against stress, it is wonderful. She is healthy & very sereine.
    Don’t you find that it’s very hard thing to ask of a Western; stop DOING?? Darn hard; culture says we do, so we are.
    Wishing you peace also.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Hello Barbara,

    That’s great that your Mom really got into Buddhist meditation/prayers and that it has been good for her. Whether I could ever do that is questionable. Yes, we Westerners have a “doing” culture. I’ve tried it several times but have never been able to stick with it. Perhaps I’ll take a look at the practice Kimberly has to offer. What do I have to lose? 😀

  5. Aileni Noyle’s avatar

    Do you remember Transcendental Meditation, Marde? We spent money on that… it just depressed me more.
    My form of ‘meditation’ is writing. Don’t do nearly enough of it these days.

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, Aileni, I remember the Transcendental Meditation days, or craze, with that guru named Maharishia Mahesh Yogi, if I spelled that right. I of course tried that, but don’t remember much about it now. Whether it worked or not? Doubt it. And yes, writing is good fun. I like to do that too — haven’t done enough lately. Thanks for the comment.

  7. Kimberly Post Rowe’s avatar

    Well, meditation is hardly a fad and there are studies out there that support the benefits…including a study by Dr. Herbert Benson (Harvard et al) in 2003 that showed TM’s benefits for children as well.

    “In 2003, a clinical trial examining the impact of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on school behavior in youth, found that study participants “exhibited a decrease in absentee periods, rule infractions, and suspension days due to behavior-related problems.” These findings were supported by previous studies using TM techniques with American adults, in which reductions in aggression, anxiety, and stress-related physical effects such as elevated cortisol levels and blood pressure were measured.”

    I can add citations if you’d like. ;-P

  8. Mardé’s avatar

    No, that’s fine, Kimberly. Yes, I know there are studies and I do agree with you that it can be very helpful. But of course it has to be done right, taken seriously, etc. I did download the practice session you recommended for me and it was very nice. I went through it last evening but there were too many distractions at the time. I have saved it in my RealPlayer library. Thanks! Of course, it’s up to me what I do with it. 😉 Time will tell like it does everything else. 😀

  9. Land Projects UK’s avatar

    Meditation is a good medicine and effective to other people. Thanks for sharing about Lotus Therapy, I’ll check out and maybe recommend to some of my friends who practicing meditation. :)

  10. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks, Land Projects UK. It takes consistency. 😀


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