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Mindfulness Works! But Why Is it Getting a Bad Rap?

I know mindfulness works because I have seen it do wonders for my clients I have dealt with in the past. As a person myself learning to co-habit with cancer, the wonders mindful thinking has done for me is impressive.

But today I read an article in the Daily Mail about one person who had a bad experience with mindfulness. Since the age of 13, Maddy Le Bourdon has been dealing with crippling anxiety which has affected her quality of life.



It states in the article that she started psychotherapy: mindfulness about 18 months ago. Instead of learning to look at the positive, she began focusing in on things she thought were wrong with her.

She downloaded an app on the suggestion of her Doctor, take note many people have downloaded this app. Check it out yourself; it’s called Headspace (not an affiliate link).

As you can see their rating is 4.8/5 while they have over 55,000 users who have downloaded their app. 

I not here to sell you anything except to talk about the benefits that mindfulness works based on one’s belief to change their thinking to change the way they live.

My thought is having worked within the mindfulness industry that it does work for 95% of the people, whom it doesn’t work for need more help than receiving positive affirming inner talk.

One suggestion to the people it doesn’t work for is to find another therapy which will help. Another thing to remember is if you try it and it doesn’t work the first time, then don’t return to it for more negative affirmations.

Affirmations are made in our mind as we listen to self-help talk. But depending upon the nature of our illness, they can sometimes have an adverse effect.

I’ve worked with clients who have dissociative identity disorder; these are individuals who would not be great candidates for this type of therapy.

Right after a session, we discuss what they experience; I usually dispel the negative thoughts right away. But the way their mind thinks as they create inner talk goes onto creating another personality which they don’t need.

Luckily I have been trained for these types of situations, but every single time I require a Doctor’s note before working with such individuals.

Not saying that that’s what may be the issue with Maddy Le Bourdon, but that has been my experience.

So who will be affected by such inexpensive therapy?

The only one I can think of who will be affected is the Pharma Industry. They are the leaders of distributing medication to the hosts of problems we have in this world.

Now that many are thinking body/mind/spirit, it takes away from what Pharma Industry, maybe they are feeling challenged.

As most of us know medications are costly, there are some who can’t afford them. But all we’ve ever known for any condition known to humankind is to medicate it, which will supposedly make us feel better.

Because of my work in this mindfulness field, I know for a fact that there are many issues of the mind which with simple changes can create a better outcome for a person. Thus it leads to fewer illnesses, of course, this means they will be buying less medication.

I worked with a client whose mother had passed away 15 years before she came to me. She was still holding onto the grief of her parent/best friend passing away.

She stated she had tried everything to let go of her mother, but nothing was working. Her depression with this had led to difficulties with her partner. She had been on anti-depressants for years.

Yes, the anti-depressants had helped with her depression, but they’d also brought a host of other problems. Such as weight gain, lack of libido as well she was sleeping 15 hours of the day.

So basically, this beautiful woman was sleeping her life away.

For her mindfulness therapy was her last hope. Together we were able to work on her issues with letting her mother go. She was able to learn why she was still holding onto her mom, what it was that she needed for closure as well take away mindfulness relaxing technique to work on herself at home.

The change that came over this woman was pretty amazing. We booked our appointment two weeks later; she returned for her appointment to let me know she had scattered her mother’s ashes under a local park bench.

She was no longer feeling depressed, was optimistic about losing weight as well as getting her relationship back on track. Add to this she was looking forward to staying awake to be present for her life.



How has mindfulness helped me?

In 2013 I was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumors. At that time it was just located to my colon, with a simple colonoscopy my specialist removed any polyps which existed. At this time it was not known that what I was suffering was neuroendocrine tumors.

Once again in 2016, the neuroendocrine tumors reared their ugly head again. This time I was diagnosed as being in stage II which means cancer had spread to the outside wall of my colon. This time surgery was performed, but a total colon resection.

As I was prepping for surgery, I started meditating on that to help deal with the pain. Most doctors after surgery want their patient walking at least five minutes a day. But to their amazement, I was walking probably two or three hours a day. Even had some patients comment on how quickly I was up. 

This is all due to the meditation I had done while preparing for my surgery. I recovered from my colon resection pretty fast. But because my doctor did not catch it soon enough, the tumor had now spread to my liver, lungs and some lymph nodes.

Right now the chemotherapy I’m doing as well meditating and praying has contained cancer to where it is located.

Of course, I know this type of illness requires medication, I’d be a fool not to take it. But I also know meditating while praying has helped me out in a time where I may have felt things were not working for me as well as they should.

Right now at this time in my life, I’m at peace knowing I can cohabit with cancer in my body. If I had not been doing mindfulness meditating, I believe I would be one of those people who would be heavily stressed out not knowing what tomorrow is going to bring.

As we all know stress brings about its various illnesses!

With this therapy, I have learned to live in the present moment. I also don’t worry about tomorrow or what has happened in the past. I know it has been the most beneficial to me at a most crucial time in my life.

Mindfulness works, it has worked for me as well as many of the clients I’ve dealt with in the past.

Let me know in comments below what you think of mindfulness as well is it something you would encourage others to do.

If you find this article helpful, please share it so others can gain benefits as well.

18 thoughts on “Mindfulness Works! But Why Is it Getting a Bad Rap?

  1. Hi.  Thank you for sharing this article with me. 

     I recently started to use mindfulness in my everyday life and I too believe it can do wonders for anyone. I have been extremely stressed about my financial situation and have found that sitting quietly and seeing in my mind how I want my life to be, calm and stress free, has made my life a feel a lot easier.

    The only thing I really struggle with is getting myself into that calm state of mind. I can sit still for 10 minuets and have not reached that point yet. 

    Do you have any tips or ideas to calm myself down quicker?

    I hope to be using mindfulness at least 3 times a day, that is my goal.

    I see the changes in myself daily and I know that anyone can do this too.

    I found you article and information within it superb.

    I  would recommend anyone to get in touch with you if they would like to learn more about mindfulness and visualization.

    keep up the good work and good luck to you

    Matthew

    1. The easiest way to relax yourself quickly is to do a muscle relaxation starting from toes all the way to the head. What you want to do is inhale and as you exhale you tell your toes to relax, you follow this technique all the way to the top of your head. You can go as quickly as you will or go at a slower pace when you have more time to relax. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Hello Jagi, I think you hit it right on the nail about how mindfulness works and how powerful it can be once you know how to utilize the full potential. I love mind works and I got to say it can be life-changing if society invest more time, resources and money into that field. 

    A good example is lucid dreaming. This technique is basically having full awareness in your dream. Once you achieve that state you can access the unlimited power of your subconscious mind. Therefore, if you are suffering from mental issues like anxiety, you can confront it in the lucid dreaming state and it will be gone when you wake up. 

    This technique does not cost money. All you have to do is learn the techniques on how to lucid dream. Thanks for sharing this post with us. Truly appreciate it. 

    1. I agree lucid dreaming is a really great technique. Although I find that lucid dreaming cannot happen for everyone. Creating with their own mind is so inexpensive, yet the results are amazing. Sometimes we achieve results which many people pay so much money to achieve. Thank you for your comment.

  3. I always support the mind over body. I do believe that if you set your mind into doing something achieving it is not far fatched. However, it is not as easy as being said than done it. I believe that time and self awareness and good support systems(friends, partner) will help us get through things. Turning into the anti-depression is a qucik fix that you ignore the root of the problem of why you are unhappy, if drugs is your only solution turn into natural approach, I do enjoy some CBD tincture from time to time. I think invest sometimes on yourself will benefit you in a long term. Do it one step at a time and give yourself a break will help you go trough all the diffuculties in your life. Great article. Have a happy holidays!

    1. Our mind is very powerful, this powerful mind can create a powerful body to live in. As long as we learn to make use of both. You are right, once we set our mind to something it becomes much more possible to achieve. Returning to our natural way of healing a can go a long way in healing of our ailments. Thank you for your comment.

  4. I’ve actually found that mindfulness and meditation have really helped me fall asleep better lately. I had tried other things in the past from Nyquil to Melatonin and never really had much success sleeping well.

    While I certainly won’t say that starting to meditate before bed has been a cure all it has definitely moved me in the right direction. I’ve been using the mobile app HeadSpace and following along with one of their 5 minute exercises to try to fall asleep more peacefully and I have definitely been seeing results.

    I’m all for it. It is cheaper than any drugs on the market and it certainly seems healthier than pumping more chemicals into my body!

    1. Yes mindfulness definitely helps one to get to sleep. Sometimes our mind can go and chatter about the day’s happenings, which makes it hard to fall asleep. But with meditation we can focus on one thought which helps sleep come easily. Thank you for your comment.

  5. Thank you for sharing with us this great post on Mindfulness.Many people are struggling in life either psychologically or spiritually.There are people around there who help them to be healed by sharing their life experience.

    I have read about mindfulness and I found it stronger than other way of healing soul of people.

    I am very interested in Mindfulness

    1. Yes, I have no qualms about sharing my life experience. I totally believe that prayer and meditation have aided in my healing greatly.  Thank you for your comment.

  6. I am a great believer in mindfulness, and in the power of positive thinking.

    So many people nowadays automatically turn to conventional medicines when they are suffering from depression or a similar condition. I was once prescribed anti-depressants, but it took me less than 24 hours to realise that they were no good for me, I simply could not stay awake, and I very quickly dispensed with them. I managed to heal myself with positive affirmations and mindfulness techniques.

    I think you are doing an amazing job with your mindfulness therapy, which has also obviously worked very well for you.

    I wish you the best of luck with your future health.

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. I believe in the power of positive thinking as well. You right so many people turn to conventional medication, sometimes the simple things such as meditation can go a long way in in finding a solution to an issue.Thank you for your comment.

  7. Hi Jagi,

    Extremely helpful article. Yes, I strongly believe in mindful meditation.

    It is hard to believe in the current world where synthetic medicines are ruling our mind. Without realization we become a prey.

    I pray for not to be a prey .

    Meditation can stop bad things entering you if you mediate for it. It can keep diseases where they are. I trust you.

    This very practical and inexpensive treatment should a great reach to benefit the world, where people are suffering from different things.

    Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Glad that you believe in mindful meditation. I feel it’s something that has helped me through my own struggles. You’re right meditation can stop unwanted thoughts to enter your mind, it can keep disease at bay as you say. Thank you for your comment.

  8. Hello and thank you for this wonderful article. I really find it useful and informative. I’ve heard about mindfulness and this program is right now teached in schools or preschools. Correct me if am I wrong, but this is the process of getting to know our body and mind through meditating.

    The program starts with explaining different parts of the brain and how we should work on silencing some part of brains in order to feel peace and harmony inside.

    By the way, I wish you best of luck on your journey to getting back your health. My prayers are going to you.

    How old are you if not a secret?

    Strahinja

    1. Glad that you found this article useful. Mindfulness should be taught everywhere as long as people are receptive to it and open to learning how to communicate with body/mind/spirit. I found that it brought great peace to me during my own health struggles. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your comment.

  9. Great article!! This is exactly what I have been looking for. I have heard so much about mindfulness, but I have never got deeper into it. I have downloaded the Headspace straight away and test it out on myself. The thing with this kind of a stuff is you want to learn to do it properly so you don’t cause yourself even more harm.

    Thanks again,

    Eugen

    1. Exactly, most of us want to learn about anything we’re going to try out. It’s great to have information beforehand to know what we’re getting ourselves into. Thank you for your comment.

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