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   Posted 6/1/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
It has been suggested by my CBT therapist that I try Mindfullness Cognitive Therapy. It is a sort of meditation. Im not really sure that it is for me - but my therapist is very keen for me to take part.
Im mainly put off because it will last 8 weeks (3 hours per week) then I will need to do 45 mins,6 days a week for the 8 week duration. It will take a lot of time and effort and Im not sure it will be worth it.  I work full time and dont really have the time to spare. Just thinking about it is stressing me.
Has anyone else experience of this?
Diagnosed 2005.
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections, asacol

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   Posted 6/1/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
The meditation is a great skill to learn to control anxiety, but if going through the process itself if going to cause you a bunch of stress, then it may not be for you...it's supposed to help you relax, not make your life harder! Have you thought about Yoga....similar concept and lots of mind/body connection. Trust yourself, and do what you think is best.
50 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation

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   Posted 6/1/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been learning to meditate and relax  and it seems to help me with stress quite a bit.
Stress makes my CD worse so it helps a lot.
Try it what do you have to lose? At least you can learn to relax which I bet most of us have a hard time doing.
good luck!


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   Posted 6/1/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
This was recommended to me also a while back. I had the same problem - it was scheduled for a time that I couldn't be cerrtain to make every week etc. etc. It was more stressful trying to work out how to fit it in!!

However, I think that it sounded really good, and if you can do it it would be helpful. Yoga is also wonderful, and there are gentle classes for people with health issues around. Yoga can actually be quite strenuous and tiring, so a gentle class is excellent.

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   Posted 6/1/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   

I’ve wanted to try ‘real’ meditation (as opposed to relaxation/yoga) for a long time. I have thought about finding a transcendental meditation class because I think you need that time out to be mindful – it would take a lot of dedication but I think it would be a worthwhile experience. Let me know if you try it!


This definition of mindfulness comes from wikipedia:


Psychological "mindfulness" is broadly conceptualized, say Bishop et al. (2004:232), as "a kind of nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is". They propose a two-component operational definition of "mindfulness".

The first component involves the self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment. The second component involves adopting a particular orientation toward one’s experiences in the present moment, an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance. (2004:232)

The former mindfulness component of self-regulated attention involves conscious awareness of one's current thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, which can result in metacognitive skills for controlling concentration. The latter mindfulness component of orientation to experience involves accepting one's mindstream, maintaining open and curious attitudes, and thinking in alternative categories (developing upon Ellen Langer's decision making research).



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