Meditation in Medicine

Think back to the last time you took care of a patient with a stress-related complaint. Whether it was yesterday, last week, or last month, recall the frustration you felt as you tried to make a diagnosis, come up with a treatment plan, and make the patient feel better.

We become our training. As healthcare professionals, we are trained to be in charge, to control the situation, to fix things, and to start thinking of possible diagnoses (rather than continue to listen) the minute a patient begins to speak. The ability to surrender to the unknown, and the ability to stay in the present and truly listen to our patients, is literally trained out of us. 

Vedic meditation can help you reconnect with your compassion and empathy, your intuition, your patients, and yourself.

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Bring joy back into the workday, then bring the joy home. The stress of a puzzling case, a difficult patient interaction, or a frustrating encounter with the healthcare system- these all leave their mark on us over time. Vedic meditation is an effortless practice that gives us the ability to tap into our compassion, empathy, and clinical intuition. At the same time, Vedic meditation provides tools to manage our near-constant levels of stress, limit our reactivity in high-stakes situations, and stay in the moment during a hectic day of patient care. 

What does the medical literature have to say about Vedic meditation?

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We don't have to suffer through meditation. High stress people, type-A people, people with racing thoughts and busy minds: all of these people are capable of successfully practicing Vedic meditation. Here's why: We don't have to focus to practice Vedic meditation. We don't have to concentrate or clear our mind of thoughts. We don't have to sit uncomfortably with our legs crossed and spine straight.