Mindfulness meditation: for whom, for what, how? The chronicle of doctor Serge Rafal

First, I would like to give you some thoughts on meditation. The term itself scares some people because it evokes a dogmatic, esoteric, religious practice, reserved for a monk in Kesa in a monastery lost in an Asian mountain. It is simply a psycho-corporal method, open to all, which allows you to find or rediscover calm, in a way to make peace in yourself and to know yourself better. But meditation, I concede, is difficult at first, because the mind is invaded by parasitic thoughts which precisely prevent the desired mental emptiness..

Mindfulness meditation (MdPC) proposes, not to run away from often negative parasitic thoughts, but to welcome them and improve the control and use of them as well as the emotions attached to them, from which it is difficult to escape. . This method was born in the 80s in the Massachussets, spearheaded by renowned scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn, who created a “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic” primarily intended to help people with chronic pain. It has spread all over the world, integrating nearly a thousand hospitals, expanding its indications and thus becoming accessible to all. It is increasingly used in France, under the impetus of pioneers like Dr. Christophe André, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, author of numerous popular works.

Long considered as enemies that had to be repressed, ignored or supported, they are now considered useful, even essential, provided you understand them, confront them and know how to use them.

MdPC is a method that trains our ability to pay attention and concentrate on the present in order to free ourselves from often alienating automatic mechanisms. This practice aims and therefore allows us to “disconnect” from our negative ruminations and their disastrous consequences on our psychic balance, therefore well-being and health. The MdPC is a “presence” to the world and to reality and not an “absence” as one might imagine.

The principles of meditation? Experiments, possible thanks to progress in imagery, have been carried out on meditators (monks, lay people, Westerners, Easterners, etc.) in large American or European universities (Zurich, Maastricht). They confirmed the cognitive and emotional benefits provided by this practice, which relies on the neuroplasticity of the brain: training increases the connectivity of brain circuits by activating certain areas that control many different functions (dancing, playing an instrument, orienting oneself in space, memorizing a long text) but also our attention, our emotions, our presence in the world and to others. It thus promotes a greater great resistance to stress, anxiety, depression, anger…

One can meditate everywhere, in all places, at all times, but by starting calmly, in a seated, comfortable position. If certain thoughts or emotions arise and cling, we do not drive them away, we welcome them, we let them pass by concentrating on our breathing, without comment, without judgment. It’s just awareness of the present moment and repetition that will lower the stress level, reduce anxiety, obsessions, fear, and increase attention, concentration) and brain performance (creativity).

How long for meditation? It doesn’t matter, a few moments, 3-10-20-30 minutes, 1-2 times a day, but regularly.

“There is no need to meditate in the name of Jesus, Buddha or anyone. Simply meditate. Meditate” says Yehudi Menuhin. The MdPC makes it possible to situate oneself in reality and to appreciate every second of it, every minute, every instant.

Doctor Serge Rafal

ON 07-12-22 – 08:30

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Mindfulness meditation: for whom, for what, how? The chronicle of doctor Serge Rafal

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