Meditation can work for people suffering with fibromyalgia. It can’t cure fibromyalgia but it does have its benefits. It can help reduce the depression we have and, in a small study, it was shown to lower the level of the stress hormone cortisol.
The “Meditation Handbook” uses the Western definition of meditation as: “If you meditate, you give your attention to one thing, and do not think about anything else, usually as a religious activity or as way of calming or relaxing your mind.” The purest Eastern definition of the word meditation means not thinking at all, but rather focusing consciousness on the cosmic whole, “the all and the everything,” as George Gurdjieff called it, without thought, judgment, or distraction. It is a great stress reliever. It is made up of three steps.
The first step is recognizing the clutter in your mind as a ‘normal’ mind. Concentrating on everyday things like home, work, groceries, pets, etc. We receive the stimuli connected with these things uncontrolled and react to it both physically and emotionally.
Secondly the mind starts to concentrate on clearing the mind. This is the first step in meditation. To do this you need to pick an object and focus only on it. Clearing the mind and creating this focus is one of the most difficult things to do.
The third step is emptying the mind of everything except the object of your meditation. That object can be a physical object you are focusing on or a word, such as love, peace, sunshine or whatever can hold your attention. At this stage the focus on the object becomes so deeper and effortless so that the true knowledge of the object is there. The final phase is when that object of your meditation and your mind unite. This is called the phase of Contemplation and you become part of the cosmos and that you are part of it. We have the right to experience this enlightenment first hand and enjoy the joy and bliss that is there.
Meditation and Fibromyalgia