We all know that meditation can reduce stress and anxiety. A meditation practice can even help with physical issues like high blood pressure and insomnia. But can it help with more pronounced conditions like a broken leg?
Danny Penman, in this recent Daily Mail post, recounts his experience with Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), professing that much of his speedy recovery from a paragliding accident in which his leg was severely broken was the result of meditation.
According to Penman, by using a simple mindfulness meditation practice, his pain subsided and he was able to drastically reduce his intake of painkillers. Moreover, his outlook on life increased as he was able to detach from future worry about how the injury might affect him in the long run.
A typical meditation session consists of focusing on breathing and the sensations it creates. This reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body which, in turn, enhances healing and boosts physical health.
It helps partly by teaching you to live in the present moment rather than worrying too much about the past or the future.
Faced with the evidence, I decided to try mindfulness meditation. I began each day with a ten-minute breathing meditation to calm the mind. At bedtime, I would meditate for 30 minutes while visualising a warm, white, healing light sweeping up and down my leg.
This simple meditation programme worked to an astonishing degree. My pain gradually subsided and I slashed my intake of painkillers by two-thirds. I also developed a more contented outlook, seeing my injuries as temporary problems that would gradually subside rather than as limb-threatening ones that might confine me to a wheelchair.
Read more from Penman on his experience with mindfulness meditation here.