Meditation is a form of self-care that teaches you to quiet your mind and be still. Sounds good and easy, right? Well, it has been around for a very long time, known as an ancient practice, because it takes practice to be able to sit without thoughts. You can find details and information in written documents, stories, and drawings on cave walls. So, what is it? Does it work, and why do you think it is still around? What did they know then that we are now rediscovering?
The results and benefits of a meditation practice makes a difference in the health of our brains and overall psychological well-being. We live in a time where these benefits can now be documented, not just by experienced results. What they have found is astonishing. Science has been able to show that meditation increases function and activity in certain parts of the brain (creativity and memory), while decreasing activity in others (areas that are responsible for anxiety, stress, and fear). It works, and it’s free, simple, and effective.
Because of my research and work with cancer patients, I was introduced to the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn and a program he created in 1979 called mindfulness-based stress reduction. This was before western medicine accepted integrative therapies as something complimentary to current medical practices. Basically, it was considered voodoo and not real medicine. But, Kabat-Zinn (somehow) convinced the University of Massachusetts Medical Center to give it a try and the rest is history. It is now a medically accepted practice around the world. Not just for the chronically ill but is beneficial for everyone.
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Becky Kuehn is founder of Oncology Spa Solutions, author of Life Changing Esthetics, and a licensed master aesthetician, cosmetologist, holistic cancer educator, and hope coach. Her journey started at the age of 18 when she was diagnosed with cancer. She had already lost friends and family members to cancer, so she was very familiar with the chaos and trauma associated with diagnosis and loss. As a cancer survivor for over three decades, she has made it her mission to discover and develop ways to turn around the devastating side effects of cancer treatments and return quality of life to those in need. Kuehn is the founder and owner of Oncology Spa Solutions, now the leading oncology training for spa, salon, and medical professionals. She is the author of “Life Changing Esthetics,” and a contributing author in the “Estheticians Guide to Outstanding Esthetics” Vol I and II. She has been part of the expert judge panel for The Skin Games’ Holistic, Compassionate, and Compromised skin categories. And, she provides advice and education articles for newspapers and leading industry magazines and is an invited speaker for oncology training at conventions.