Mindfulness and Meditation for Multiple Sclerosis

“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Studies have continued to show how creating a mindfulness or meditation practice can assist those in reducing fatigue, depression, and anxiety associated with living with a chronic illness. Although the study outcomes are positive, individuals are still wary about starting a practice of their own, with fear that they do not know how to start. Starting a meditation or mindfulness practice can be made easier if you create a space in your home specifically for meditation, and commit to a practice schedule.

Creating a Meditation Space
We define the rooms in our home based on their activities. In the dining room, we nourish our bodies and prepare meals for the family. In the living room, we entertain guests or watch television. Defining a space in the home based on relaxation and mediation is important. You have a desk to pay bills, why not have an area to meditate. By designing a space for meditation you are mentally preparing yourself for the task.

You do not need an entire room to meditate, a corner of a room would suffice as long as this is a dedicated space that would not be cluttered or interrupted by others in the household. Decorate your space with images that bring you warmth and peace. Some choose to light candles or incense to promote this sense. The comfort of your space is important as you may be sitting for a long period of time. Pillows and blankets are often used to create a more comfortable sitting environment.

There are no rights and wrongs to a meditation practice as long as you achieve the desired outcome. Whether this meditation time is to relieve stress or become more in tuned to your body, you should be able to measure the outcome and notice a change. Start by slowly closing your eyes and focusing on your breath. Breathe slowly and deeply, noticing how each breath moves through your body. Don’t force your breathing, breathe as natural as possible; in through the nose and out through your mouth. Let your thoughts flow through you. Calming the mind is often the most challenging part of meditation, but becomes easier the more you practice. Acknowledge the thoughts as they pass through your mind and bring your focus back to your breathing.

Guided meditations can be found online, on CD’s, or even podcasts. Working through a guided meditation may be helpful to a beginner while trying to hone in and create their meditation practice. Remember, there is no right and wrong to this. It may be difficult at first, but that does not mean that you “aren’t doing it right”. Stick with it, start slowly, and keep track of your progress.

Have you developed a meditation practice in your home? How did you define your space?


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  • Marie Rudzinsky says:

    I could not agree with you more and it is my passion to serve the MS communities helping them to lean how to meditate and practice living in the present with Mindfulness practices.
    I was diagnosed 15 years ago and have been practicing meditation for over 10 years now. I have taught the MBSR program to people with MS. running trials to see my own results. Amazing ?

    I am a Qualified teacher trained through the Center For Mindfulness, UMass Med Center in Worcester, MA.
    I also attended Lesley University, Masters mindfulness Program, receiving a bachelors degree with a concentration in Mindfulness. I returned to school at age 50 and recieved credit for traveling through the lens of Mindfulness to Burma with Jack Kornfield and South Africa with Thanissara and Kitisarro. I also traveled to Italy with the Center for Mindfulness and the senior teachers to experience what it is like to live this life style. I will be leaving for Australia to experience the OMS 7b Step recovery program for people with MS and try to bring the retreats back to the US sometime in the next couple of years. I am a firm believer in the Mindfulness, Meditation for people with MS and am a living experience of someone who has benefited by holistic practices. Please check my website at Lakeside Mindfulness, Wakefeild, MA
    Thank you for all you do and bringing this to our attention ! Bravo !
    Marie Rudzinsky – 781-249-3633

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