Author explains how meditation helped to calm him
An author has recommended that anybody struggling to relax or experiencing pain associated with tension should give meditation a try, as it has worked wonders for him.
Writing in the Guardian, Tim Parks said he had been suffering from pain in his abdomen and pelvis, which he discovered could be coming from the constant tensing of his muscles in this area.
After hearing about modern meditation, he decided to give it a try – and he has now become a total convert.
"At the second session I got the first faint, fleeting but far from imperceptible relief from pain. That kept me going. Above all, I soon began to find it fascinating in itself," Parks explained.
When 18 months had passed, the pain had receded to an occasional background murmur, which is incredible given the fact that it does not focus on anything but the mind.
However, the writer admitted that it wasn't all smooth sailing and that he found sitting and doing nothing very hard at first, especially as someone with a typically racing mind.
"Is it difficult? Immensely. Being simultaneously immobile, wakeful and wordless is an experience that runs contrary to all our habits," he pointed out.
Sometimes, the meditation could also be dull as Parks attempted to return his focus where it should be.
"Yet I always sensed that both tumult and dullness were cathartic. I came away from the sessions in better shape," he added.
So convinced has Parks been by meditation's effectiveness that he has written a book about his journey – Teach Us to Sit Still – and is now encouraging others to give it a try.
"Meditation will tend to change your perception of what your goals were," he concluded.
One person he doesn't have to convince is Janet Street-Porter, who recently wrote in her Daily Mail column about how much she loved mindfulness.
If you're keen to see what all the fuss is about, you can check out our previous how-to guides on the archive pages of PsychicsOnline.