Posted 1/27/2011 5:43 PM (GMT -6)
Have been doing Mindfulness (Vipassana meditation) for 20 years.
It has not helped me with the disease itself but it has helped me tremendously observing the pain and deep urges. If you really observe the pain you will find that the pain is not you, that it is a sensation like everything else.
And understanding when the urges come, the cyclical nature of them, you can sit on a chair nearby and observe the sensation, in my case it dissolves about 75% of the time. Then you get more confident that it can come and go and you don't have to run to the "throne" each and every time. You can also see when the urge is deep inside and has not reached the rectum, those are the simplest ones to handle. But you can also feel it as it moves closer to the rectum, as you observe it slows down most of the time. It is not as automatic "you need to go NOW" as you may think.
Google John Kabat-Zinn and many other vipassana authors on handling pain and disease.