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Ommm and Deep breath: Many Germans are in the mindfulness hype. Meditation against stress, depression and pain – does this work?

Meditation: Listen to me with mindfulness!

Ommm and Deep breath: Many Germans are in the mindfulness hype. Meditation against stress, depression and pain – does this work?

Meditation: Listen to me with mindfulness!
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    I'm glad you're here, please listen to yourself! Yes, right now. How do your toes feel? What about toes? Walk through your body. Feel in your heel, in your knee. How does scalp feel? Just stay that way.

    Relaxation should be set to feel like just being. Do you perceive your surroundings better, what happens in and around you? Whoever draws attention to where something ziept or hurts, makes it right. This 30-minute Bodyscan is part of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness, that is, not to noise ignorantly through life. It is said to make smells of environment as conscious as ir own thoughts.

    This should help so well that mindfulness has become a panacea. For years, media hyped subject. However, number of scientific publications has multiplied over past years (see graph). Too much stress? Mindfulness meditation! Annoying colleagues? Mindfulness! Pain after cancer surgery? Mindfulness! Depression? Mindfulness! Difficulty concentrating? You guessed it: Mindfulness! But do mindfulness exercises really help against almost anything or anything? Or is technology booming only because our smartphones steal all our attention and we can no longer grasp a clear idea in an accelerated world?

    It all started with American molecular biologist Jon Kabat-Zinn in late 1970s. From Buddhist meditation (Vipassana), yoga and Zen, he formed a program that originally should help people to deal with stress better. It contains a sitting meditation, a body exercise called Bodyscan (remember beginning of this article), and yoga elements. All religious exercises, ethical concepts or terms such as Dukkha, which means suffering and plays an important role in Buddhism, removed Kabat-tin. And he gave whole a new name: "Stress reduction through mindfulness, short MBSR (from English: Mindfulness-based stress reduction).

    In meantime, re are eight training institutes in Germany and about 1,000 mindfulness teachers says chairman of associated Professional association, Jürgen Hudasch. The trend is rising. They are all needed: more and more often large companies such as software vendors offer SAP mindfulness exercises for ir workforce, and health insurance companies also take part of tuition fee (see info box).

    How is a mindfulness course? Duration and cost transfer

    In a group course held by certified teachers, Mindfulness meditation (MBSR) learns over eight weeks . One learns program about two and a half hours a week and is supposed to practice 30 to 60 minutes at home every day.

    subsidize German health insurance funds MBSR courses. The technician's health insurance company is paying 75 euros. Compared to yoga or progressive muscle relaxation, which cost about 130 euros, MBSR courses with 360 to 400 euro tuition fee are expensive.

    The Hamburg Gestalt and body rapist Sibille Buschert is also convinced of positive effect. The participants of ir MBSR courses learn to stay in smaller groups at moment, even if re are disturbing thoughts or sounds. The motivation of practitioners was quite different: some wanted to get a grip on insomnia, ors more distance to work or better deal with conflicts or fears. Most of m reported after course that ir complaints had improved appreciably or that y could differentiate more effectively. They felt calmer, were more with mselves, had better own borders and did not become entangled in problems so quickly.

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