Mindfulness & Meditation: A Personal Experience in Chronic Pain Reduction
Submitted by: lalapancakes⚫ 1 year ago in
My ultimate goal as a writer has always been to challenge and reduce people’s suffering. Because I ultimately care about humanity, I am sharing this purely anecdotal story on meditation.
Some time last year I assigned myself to a UCLA health study because A. I like money and B. it was a drug-free study regarding symptoms related to my digestive disorder. The study dealt with meditation’s influence on health of which I had no faith in. It all sounded like a bunch of hippy dippy nonsense to me, but you know, money. The prereq for participation required my thoughts on meditation. They asked me if I thought it was going to help and I was like, 'nope – but I'm happy to give input to science for $400.'
Fast-forward four-weeks into the course and my GI symptoms reduced easily by 60%. I was definitely surprised. Admittedly I did look at other studies before committing to the one I signed up for and saw summaries on the National Institute of Health's site showing 30-minutes of daily meditation has shown a thickening of the cortex in war veterans living with PTSD, in cancer patients, and in people who suffer from rheumatic arthritis. The studies seemed to indicate this thickening correlated with how one handles daily stress and registers chronic pain, less.
The study I participated in wanted to apply itself in relation to autoimmune issues with the GI system the same way it’s been applied for the aforementioned issues. The official results for my group is still out as the study is constantly grappling for funding - but I can definitely say without a doubt that daily mindfulness has improved my quality of life.
Feel free to directly message me for any other questions relating to my experience and the course I took. Also here's a link to free guided meditations from the UCLA center.