Here, in the final extract from his book The Mindful Manifesto, co-written with Ed Halliwell, Dr Jonty Heaversedge explains how it can help.
Don’t think meditation is just for new-age hippies. Scientists have found genuine benefits in ‘mindfulness’ – a combination of psychotherapy and meditation increasingly used by the NHS to treat disorders ranging from addiction to insomnia.
Regular practice of a few simple exercises can help to alleviate conditions by calming mind and body and breaking unhelpful thought patterns.
Here, in the first extract from his book, Dr Jonty Heaversedge describes an exercise that can help manage pain …
FOCUS ON BREATHING
Experience the sensation of air flowing into your nostrils, streaming down the back of your throat and into your lungs.
Notice the rising of your chest and the expansion of your abdomen as breath flows … Read more »