Just turn on the news and you will see just how bad it is, economically speaking, in the United States. In a move last week, President Obama and Republicans moved toward reducing the deficit. A noble and needed direction yes, except that their proposed solutions would cut Medicare spending in the US. Why is this bad? Because the Baby Boomers are getting old!
Ira Zunin pens this Star Advertiser post on how we as a country, if we are to survive economically, must find new ways to take care of this aging population. According to Zunin, one idea would be to incorporate wellness programs such as meditation and breathing exercises as a means to fuel a healthy spirit, which in turn, will lead to healthier lifestyles.
As a culture we can reach still deeper. Think about the benefit of a balanced and focused mind. A new pilot study in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that a practice called Mindfulness Meditation could result in greater relief than morphine. That’s important because the older we get, the more likely we are to be afflicted by chronic pain. Narcotic medications are effective, but eventually people build tolerance, requiring more and more medicine to achieve the same relief. Healthy psychological relationships with the realities of physical pain go a long way toward quality of life and productivity, and do moderate health care costs.
According to Thanh Huynh, a well-respected Hawaii radiation oncologist: “Research has shown that Mindfulness Meditation practice can reduce pain, stress, burnout and depression. It can also improve quality of life and immune function in both patients and ‘healthy’ people.” Mindfulness practice, sometimes called Insight Meditation, focuses attention on the movement of the breath while observing thoughts that may arise in a nonjudgmental way.
Read more from Zunin on using meditation to decrease the rising healthcare costs in the United States here.