People meditate for different reasons. Some for the health benefits, while others for the spiritual experience they receive when taking a meditative journey. For many, however, a meditation practice helps them to cope with the challenges that their life demands. This is especially true when it comes to caregivers who, on a daily basis, provide support to individuals facing life threatening illnesses.
Lisa Moore pens this post in the Charlotte Observer in which she describes how she uses a combination of yoga and meditation to ground herself enough to aid her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Moore, who is now a yoga and meditation teacher, the practice has helped her not only provide compassionate care, but by teaching an adapted practice to her mother, allowed her mother to remain physically and mentally active despite the negative effects of the disease.
Over the years, my practice deepened as I delved beyond the physical and experienced the more contemplative and subtle dimensions of yoga.
I learned how to steady my mind and shift my thinking to a moment-to-moment basis. I’m now able to remain more calm, focused and nonreactive. It is with these tools that I manage the difficult emotions that arise as I witness my Mom’s slow decline due to Alzheimer’s.
Seven years ago, I became a yoga and meditation teacher and have worked with people of all ages to reduce anxiety, pain and depression, enhance immunity and manage a range of ailments from arthritis and high blood pressure to insomnia and cancer.
I have witnessed the preventive and curative power this mind-body medicine has to offer. Yoga has proven to be effective in treating dementia, and Mom and I practice regularly to keep her mentally and physically strong.
Read more from Moore on how she uses meditation and yoga to cope with Alzheimer’s here.