Meditation for diabetics by a diabetic
The science is out there: meditation is good for your brain!
Meditation increases your brain's neuroplasticity; which refers to the brain changes that occur in response to EXPERIENCES.
Neuroplasticity augments the growth of new neurons in the brain as well as your own improved ability to learn new and healthier patterns.
Last week's video was about the brain's tendency to grab hold of negative experiences and ignore positive ones. Therefore in order to move past stale and unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior we must actively create more powerful positive experiences.
This is especially important skillset to have when you live with type 1 diabetes.
Even the best of intentioned diabetic will react to diabetes triggers unconsciously further perpetuating the snowball effect of up/down, high/low instead of calmly responding and putting an end to it.
I want to show you that you are completely capable of mastering your mind's triggered reactions to type 1 diabetes (and any other life stressor) through simple meditation. I know just how hard it is to live with the high emotional cost of diabetes and I also know that if it were not for meditation I would not have the HbA1c that I do.
This 20-min meditation is known as an open meditation. The idea is to allow your mind to move freely. Thoughts are always related to a time: past, present, future and a quality: positive, negative, neutral.
By simply naming the thought and then letting it go, the thought ceases to control your mind and improves your brain's cognitive functioning, mood and of course behavior. You stop reacting and start actively RESPONDING. This can greatly affect your attitude about living with diabetes.
With practice a regular meditation practice can help you to master type 1 diabetes with grace.
Evan Rachel Soroka