Meditation is a powerful tool, often it can become medicine for your soul and body. It’s been proven to help facilitate self-healing and inspire a deep sense of well-being. In this post, you’ll learn four ways to use meditation for health and wellness during cancer treatment.
4 unique ways meditation support healing during cancer
1. Your mindset impacts your ability to heal
Now, having a positive mindset is not making things seem better than they really are. It’s about noticing the opportunities that are present in every situation to think and become better. It’s about seeing what can be done rather than focusing on what can’t. It’s about being present with “what is” and noticing what you can do to move things forward in a good direction.
When you do this, you open yourself to a wider scope of possibilities and become more inspired to take positive action in your health journey. You can do things everyday that lead to a more positive mindset. And it really can influence your healing.
2. The choices you make matter
As you open yourself to a wider scope of possibilities, you realize you can choose to take actions that make a positive difference for yourself and others. Things are not “just the way they are,” they are the result of a series of choices that combine to create specific results.
Meditation supports a state of clear seeing in which you can recognize options and make good choices. Through meditation, you become more able to choose what works and let go of what doesn’t.
It doesn’t often happen right away, but in time, these combined with other factors can begin to create health and healing.
3. Meditation in and of itself supports healing
One of the most important things you can do to facilitate healing-whether it’s physical or mental-emotional-is to activate your body’s natural relaxation response.
When you are in stress-mode, over-busy, and over-whelmed, your body restricts energy flow to digestion, immune, and higher-thought processes. Your sympathetic nervous system directs all energy outward and you lose your ability to absorb nutrients, repair your cells, and make good choices.
Our bodies are made to alternate between periods of activity and rest. Most of err on the side of too much activity. We rush from one thing to the next and don’t allow ourselves time to consciously process the events of the day. Then, we spend our sleeping hours actively processing life in our dreams. This hinders deep rest and recovery.
When you consciously relax, using a tool such as meditation, you activate your parasympathetic nervous system, your natural recovery and repair mode. This brings digestion, immune, and higher-thinking capacities back online. You also begin to process and integrate the events of the day, and of your life up to now, so you can let the past go and be more present with what is.
For these reasons, it’s vitally essential to consciously activate the Relaxation Response at least once a day using a tool such as meditation for at least 10-20 minutes.
4. Meaningful imagery supports healing
When we think only of ourselves and our own suffering, it’s easy to get bogged down in feeling a “woe is me” attitude. However, widening your vision to realize there is a bigger world out there inspires and heals. Meditation is a powerful way to mindfully re-center yourself and gain a deeper understanding of your situation. Health and healing occur naturally as a result of opening up your self to a greater purpose than just existing.