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Meditation for Nurses: Transforming the Patient Experience…

Having been a nurse for more than 30 years as well as a long-time practitioner of meditation, I’ve come to understand that the transformation of my own mind can have a “ripple effect” on the minds of my patients. When I make it my primary intention to be present, aware and compassionate at the bedside, their experience of me as caregiver (and by extension their experience within the healthcare system) is transformed.

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Nursing as a Practice of Meditation

Nursing as a Practice of Meditation

While this week’s post is directed towards nurses and healthcare professionals, I encourage all of my readers to have a look. Since healthcare and its practitioners can impact all of us at some point in our lives, it’s important to know what nursing is doing about showing up at the bedside, mindful and compassionate. Enjoy!

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Meditation Expertise Changes the Experience of Pain

Meditation can change the way a person experiences pain, according to a new study by UW–Madison neuroscientists. The researchers found that during a pain experiment, expert meditators felt the discomfort as intensely as novice meditators, but the experience wasn’t as unpleasant for them. Images of brain regions linked to pain and anxiety may explain why. Compared to novice meditators, experts had less activity in the anxiety regions. Not only did the experts feel less anxiety immediately before pain stimulation, they also became accustomed to the pain more quickly after being exposed repeatedly to it.

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Why Meditate? Science Has Proven the Benefits

Why Meditate? Science Has Proven the Benefits

As a Westerner, and a skeptic, there’s something about “hard science” that puts me at ease. While I am delighted with the mysteries of the universe, and truly believe that there are some things that have no “rationale” answers, like healing at a distance, I like it when science confirms my perception of the universe.

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