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Day 1

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by sdcyn, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. sdcyn

    sdcyn Newcomer

    I, too, am very hopeful and have complete faith that TMS is the condition I am working with. I'm grateful to all those who started this website and put time and energy into the creation of every aspect.
     
  2. Andy Bayliss

    Andy Bayliss TMS Coach & Beloved Grand Eagle

    Welcome to the SEP sdcyn,
    As you educate yourself and explore, please know that the TMS Recovery Program is a wonderful tool to work into the SEP, any time. If you scroll down to the end of the TMS Recovery Program, you find further links to add/structure this material.
    Andy
     
  3. Sean

    Sean New Member

    Good luck with the journey...it is beneficial...can be a bit Topsy turvy but effective
     
  4. sdcyn

    sdcyn Newcomer

    Thank you to Andy B for his recommendation of the TMS Recovery Program, already so helpful.......Thank you, Sean, for your encouragement.
     
  5. Gigi

    Gigi Well known member

    Welcome sdcyn. I too am VERY grateful for the SEP and this forum. The people are wonderfully supportive, and are empathetic because we've all been there.
    Glad you're here. Blessings on the journey.
     
  6. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, sdcyn. I too healed from severe back pain and lots of emotional stress after doing the SEProgram. I also learned to spend time each day in calming y mind through relaxation meditation. I like this method best...




    Meditation is a time-honored way of relaxing the mind and relieving anxiety, mental stress, headaches, and even physical pain. There are many ways to practice meditation but I have found the most successful to be a technique called the Relaxation Response.



    A friend who is a psychiatrist says about it: “It is so good, so well established. I taught this approach to stressed out teachers, with success! It is simple, not "spiritual," and readily available. This is important: It is the practice, and becoming a habit that is powerful.”



    It is done 20 minutes once or twice a day, before a meal and works best if not practiced within two hours after a meal.



    Just sit, close your eyes, don’t listen to any music, try to avoid outside noises. Let your mind think of a word such as "One " which has no real meaning or association. Say the word silently over and over. At the end of the 20 minutes, picture and feel yourself as you were when you felt your best, and in a place where you felt that way.



    Follow the technique below and see how fast you calm. It is similar to Transcendental Meditation but unlike that technique which many consider to be a religion or cult, and that costs $1,000 from a trained TM coach. The Relaxation Response is not a religion or cult and costs nothing.


    Here is an article about the Relaxation Response and how to practice it:

    Herbert Benson, M.D. documented benefits experienced through traditional forms of Christian and Jewish prayer. Benson published his Relaxation Response” method of stress reduction without the mysticism associated with TM. Short structured rest periods provide health benefits.
    Herbert Benson, M.D.
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    and founder of the

    Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
    824 Boylston St.
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-2508

    Phone: (617) 991-0102 Toll free: (866) 509-0732
    MBMI@CareGroup.Harvard.edu


    The following is the technique reprinted with permission from Dr. Herbert Benson's book
    The Relaxation Response pages 162-163

    1. Sit quietly in a comfortable position.
    2. Close your eyes.
    3. Deeply relax all your muscles,
    beginning at your feet and progressing up to your face.
    Keep them relaxed.

    4. Breathe through your nose.
    Become aware of your breathing.
    As you breathe out, say the word, "one"*,
    silently to yourself. For example,
    breathe in ... out, "one",- in .. out, "one", etc.
    Breathe easily and naturally.

    5. Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.
    You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm.
    When you finish, sit quietly for several minutes,
    at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes opened.
    Do not stand up for a few minutes.

    6. Do not worry about whether you are successful
    in achieving a deep level of relaxation.
    Maintain a passive attitude and permit relaxation to occur at its own pace.
    When distracting thoughts occur,
    try to ignore them by not dwelling upon them
    and return to repeating "one."

    With practice, the response should come with little effort.
    Practice the technique once or twice daily,
    but not within two hours after any meal,

    since the digestive processes seem to interfere with
    the elicitation of the Relaxation Response.
     
  7. mncjl123

    mncjl123 Peer Supporter

    Welcome! I am on day 19 of this journey. I am hoping we all make it to the Promise Land!
     
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