The longer an individual practices meditation, the greater
the likelihood that his or her goals and efforts will shift toward personal and spiritual
growth. Many individuals who initially learn meditation for its self-regulatory aspects
find that as their practice deepens they are drawn more and more into the realm of the
In her work with many cancer and AIDS patients, Dr.
Borysenko has observed that many are most interested in meditation as a way of becoming
more attuned to the spiritual dimension of life. She reports that many die
"healed," in a state of compassionate self-awareness and self-acceptance.
"It doesn't seem to matter what type
of medical condition brings people to the Stress Reduction Clinic," Dr. Kabat-Zinn
observes. "Over the eight-week program, they usually report a reduction in
Many of Nature's cures - acupressure,
aromatherapy, biofeedback, exercise, heat and cold therapies,
massage therapy, music therapy, tai
chi and chi gong, visualization, guided imagery and self-hypnosis and
elements of meditation.
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