Nov 28, 2022
When I'm looking for viable resources, I can tell when I find a traditional approach to treatment.
Listed are two options listed, medication and therapy. Sometime they will mention others as a lifestyle choice. That is slowly changing. I am seeing more traditional sites including mindfulness and meditation.
There is increasing medical documentation that mindfulness and meditation work.
Medical scientists are still trying to quantify how it works. But they aren't kicking up a fuss about it anymore.
Another force for change is the entrepreneurial health app providers. They offer meditation as a treatment option, for users and for large corporations.
Many are targeting corporations. The pitch is "we can provide meditation as a services and it won't cost you (corporations) as much as dealing with traditional providers."
And in-between the entrepreneurs and traditionally medicine is you, me and the rest of the gang.
Truth is, there are people that will be thrilled with an app that actual helps them. They are practicing and benefiting from meditation via an app.
There are other people that need an in-person experience. Some will get that through a faith based provider. Other people will seek out secular choices from non-profits, university offerings and commercial or virtual retreats.
No matter which way you choice to go; know what you are getting into and see if the app or training course meets your expectations.
As I mention in the episode, there is no consensus about what those two words mean across disciplines, faith systems and from the medical and behavioral health professionals.
Some people use mindfulness for meditation or meditation for mindfulness.
I had to cobble out a definition that works for me but I do mention the other definitions in the show.
One definition of mindfulness is that it is a practice of paying full attention, being aware of what you are doing and grounding yourself in the moment.