Does anyone know about "Mindfulness Stress Reduction" courses
I have been going to a pain clinic and have enrolled in a Mindfulness Stress and Pain Management course. My Dr. there suggested it. I have this odd feeling he thinks I don't really need it because I am pretty aware of what is going on and have a healthy attitude towards my pain. A part of me thinks he hopes that will rub off on some of the other attendees.
But I do hope to get something positive from it.
From what I can find on the internet it uses a lot of meditation to help a person focus on reducing stress and therefore pain. I know the more stressed I am the harder it is to deal with the pain.
Anyone have any experience with this?
Hi Lady Lee
We went through DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) with one of our daughters who was self harming at the time.
Actually, we did the course twice. The whole basis is mindfullness to reduce stress. A lot of emphasis on staying in the moment and distracting oneself from the discomfort. Well, acknowledging the pain and then distracting oneself to get relief. A combination of meditation and awareness of self and surroundings.
It was extremely helpful, she was able, over time, to completely stop cutting and get control over an eating disorder.
As for me, it helped me to deal with my own pain (RA) and I learned how to communicate my needs better to others.And be aware of other's needs.
For both my husband and myself, it helped us to be aware of our frustrations and taught us all how to help each other while still getting our own needs met.
All based on zen meditation of course. My JW husband didn't even blink when the instructor used Buddist temple bells to start and end the meditation.lol
I can see how this would be extremely beneficial for chronic pain. I can also see how your expertese would be an asset to the group.
I went to a Buddhist meeting a few years ago with a friends. It was not something I would get into -- Buddhism that is.
During my research I could see how much of it is what I have taught others. It's always easier to teach self-awareness to others than to do it for myself. So here is my chance to get into it for ME instead of someone else. Just thinking about it I am aware of more things I do than I knew.