I had an MRI in January. I did not think that I was going to be uncomfortable but I was a little bit. I concentrated on my breath but staying as still as possible because it was an MRI of my neck. I had a bulging disc with a pinched nerve. I was able to do it and did really well. I kinda did the same thing when they gave me an epidural. Now I feel so much better.
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What a testament to how powerful a meditation practise can be. I have not yet been in quite as stressful a situation as you were today. But I often find that I go back to my meditative breathing techniques when life gets stressful.
I also breath meditation sometimes during my long runs and that has helped me to continue through some tough ones
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I will often use breathing as a focus for meditating. I do "watch" how often my mind moves to troubling thoughts and it is often - often. When it does, I return to watching my breath. For me, it does relieve the stress the troubling thoughts seem to be causing.
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Battling fear and pain, in today's brain MRI I thought to practice a deep breathing kind of mindfulness, trying to focus on my breath and not on the intense sounds and the trapped circumstance. After 25 minutes I don't know if I had an easier time when I strayed and daydreamed (somehow that was possible) or when I earnestly focused on my breath. I used the so-hum mantra, 'so' on the inhale, 'hum' on the exhale. I do believe this practice, plus my 20 minutes of meditation earlier in the day, greatly helped me get through this ordeal. Anyone else use intentional mindfulness in extreme situations?
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