In her book “FREEDOM IN MEDITATION” published by Doubleday Anchor Books, Dr. Carrington introduced the important concepts of “Practical Meditation” & “Clinically Standardized Meditation” is called “practical” because of the limited, earthly and secular goal of the meditators involved. The limited goal is that of improved mental and physical health and the treatment of diseases, as compared to the unlimited goal of self-realization” requires less devotion of time, effort & loyalty and therefore more palatable, more acceptable and within reach of the general lay public. Dr. Carrington also discussed at length the side effects of meditation. “Practical Meditation”, because of the limited amount of practice time, appears to be pretty much free of the potential side effects of meditation. It is important for the lay public to know that there is a “PRACTICAL VERSION” of meditation available – so they don’t have to shy away from meditation altogether. Dr. Carrington has also developed her own method of meditation, CLINICALLY STANDARDIZED MEDITATION, which is being used successfully in a number of organizations. Her method is called “Clinically Sstandardized” because contains certains elements of secrecy which makes scientifically controoled studies impossible.
There are yet other methods of meditation that contains no element of secrecy, but the methodology is loose and too variable, making scientifically controlled studies also impossible. Dr. Carrington’s method is therefore an important scientific tool in meditation research, as well as a practical method for everyone.
Through her wealth of personal and professional experience in “Practical Meditation”, Dr.Carrington accquired the following convictions about the application of meditation in the medial field, as expressed in her book, “FREEDOM IN MEDITATION”:-
THE VISION OF CLINICAL MEDITATION She believes that in the future, meditation and relaxation will be used extensively will be used etensively along with conventional medical treatments for many of the stress-related disorders. Teaching patients before surgery, she believes that meditation and relaxation might be an excellent preparation for surgery, because a less stressed patient is know to be a better surgical risk.
She also advocated the medical use of meditation as an analgesic or pain reducer. Meditating upon one’s pain can be very effective in reducing its severity.
She also cited a number of informal research reports suggesting that meditation can speed up the healing process. She mentioned a pilot study at the University of Pensylvania Hospital suggesting that gum infections may heal more rapidly in patients practising meditation.
She brought to our attention the work of Dr. O. Carl Simonton, former Chief of radiation therapy at the Travis Air Force Base in California who had successfully used a form of meditation to treat cancer………..
When a hypertensive or “Type A” behavior person is advised by his physician to “slow down” or “stop worrying’ and to change his whole life-style, Dr. Carrington recommends a regular meditation schedule, as well as meditation exercises during walking, cooking, tennis, swimming and working. Meditation in action could serve to lessen the stress of life in an effective manner. Interweaving of the meditative mood with everyday living will result in one’s life to be permeated with a natural calm.
THE POWER WITHIN In their book BEYOND BIOFEEDBACK published by Dell Books, Doctors Elmer & Alyce Green of the Meninger Foundation, discussed one or two representative examples of research and clinical work in each of the major areas of biofeedback with enough depth so that the reader could get a good idea of the procedures followed and results obtained. These