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Perhaps: Vipassana retreats are silent for several days or more. Unless absolutely necessary, communicating through writing or eye contact is discouraged -- so that you can be with yourself during the meditation periods. Others usually provide food, but you might be assigned to some work duties. It's possible to regress during this time. Depending on your emotional health, you normalize afterwards. ...Read more
Vipassana: There are many good vipassana teachers, and you could attend one of their retreats to begin with. I suggest a day or weekend-long one to start with, because some last much longer. People like jack kornfeld, tara brach, and sharon salzberg are excellent. There are also recorded courses by these teachers via sounds true, and these provide instructions too. For ideas: http://tinyurl.Com/kdlb4pu. ...Read more
Mindfullness: Meditation changes brain physiology, increasing activity in regions associated with emotion, learning, memory, concentration, cardiovascular control. It reduces thought clutter/confusion to open the mind to improved introspection & review of life issues for better decision-making & coping. Combine with stress-reducing daily living habits (sleep, exercise, nutrition) & eliminate unnecessary stress. ...Read more
Mindful Yoga?: I don't know the specific back problem you have, or what type of back exercises you're considering. The vipassana retreat i just attended included some gentle, mindful yoga -- and people were of course free to amend postures according to any physical limitations they had (like back pain, etc). Please ask your doctor about any specific limitations s/he feels you need to observe with exercise. ...Read more
Sleep ; meditation: It's possible for the extended silence of a 10 day vipassana retreat to allow many things to come up for review -- things that your normal day-to-day busyness might suppress. After all, mindfulness is about waking up -- rather than going through our lives asleep. A psychotherapist familiar with meditation may be helpful to you now, in exploring your own individual experience. Many do this work. ...Read more
Conscious breathing: There are many different ways to meditate but the essence is taking slow deep breaths while focusing on the process & focusing your mind on a sound or image. One of my favorite techniques is to take a deep breath in & softly say "ommm" as you breathe out, focusing on how the sound vibrates you.See www.Alternative-medicine.Net/meditation/english.Html & http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=a8gruee0ehs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mindfulness Course: One way is to take a mindfulness-based stress reduction class -- many communities have them, with trained instructors. Search on this site for your location: http://w3.Umassmed.Edu/mbsr/public/searchmember.Aspx also you can get cd's by jon kabat-zinn, jack kornfeld, sharon salzberg, etc. Many libraries have them; also sounds true is a great resource to buy them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many useful benefits: The most common factor in poor health is stress & meditation is an incredible tool to reduce stress.It improves brain function & even changes brain structure beneficially, reduces anxiety, lifts mood, improves cognitive function, balances the autonomic nervous system, boosts immunity, prevents & reverses heart disease & more. See http://www.Psychologytoday.Com/articles/200105/the-science-meditation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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