PRACTICAL STEPS IN THE UTILIZATION OF
UEDITATIOM FOR YOUR HEALTH
Readers having health problems can follow these practical steps to utilize meditation for their health. ( The following suggestions do not apply to readers wishing to study meditation for self- improvement and spiritual advancement.)
1. Discuss with your private doctor that you want to take up meditation and relaxation practice as a health adjunct. Ask your doctor whether he/she can supervise you end monitor you in regard to the practice of meditation. If not, would he/she recommend you to another doctor or nurse who can. Also ask your doctor if he can recommend you to a meditation and relaxation teacher or program.
2. If your doctor cannot recommend you a meditation S relaxation teacher, you can probably find one by looking up the Yellow Pages of your local telephone directory under meditation, yoga or biofeedback. The National Directory in this book, or one of the new age magazines, such as : New Age, Yoga Journal, etc. can probably supply you with some names and addresses. Go and talk to one or more of these teachers and programs, and then report back to your doctor or nurse who has agreed to be your counsellor in clinical meditation s relaxation. Some counsellors might agree to supervise you as you study and practise according Co Dr. Herbert Benson's book: Relaxation Response or Dr. Norman Shealy's book: Biogenics, 90 days to self-health, etc., without requiring that you join a formal meditation program.
3. If you cannot find a doctor or nurse in your locality who would supervise and monitor you, you can request The Clinical Relaxation Counselling Project to provide you counselling in clinical meditation S relaxation.Done in this manner, the counselling and monitoring is by correspondence only and is therefore not a very satisfactory set-up. However, in the absence of local counsellors, readers can give this set-up a try until '"he local professionals can take over the counselling.
4. When counselling is provided by the C.R.C. Project, the reader still need to find a local meditation teacher. If there is none available locally. The C. R. C. Project can supervise the reader while he/she learn meditation S relaxation by studying a book, such as Dr. Herbert Berson's Relaxation Response. However, please note that studying under a meditation teacher or program is much more desirable than learning from a book.
A Reminder: Patients are again reminded that they should get the OK of their private physician before starting to practise meditation & relaxation If it is intended to be part of the management pro- gram for their illnesses. Choice of teacher and program has many facsts to it and the prospect- ive student should consult with their doctor and other professionals before embarking on the new venture.