Sarah took the Effortless Meditation™ course because she was intrigued by what she heard in the introduction session; however, her primary motivation was to support her sister who enrolled in the course. She knew her sister was in distress and she felt that her sister would be more comfortable taking the course if she participated with her.
The first four classes proceeded smoothly, and when they returned in two weeks for their fifth session, Sarah remarked that she hadn’t had any stomach pain in two weeks. Since she hadn’t mentioned stomach pain as a concern, I inquired about it. She explained that during the preceding two years, “I’ve had every test in the book to determine why I have pain every time I eat. It’s gotten so bad, I hardly eat at all.” None of the tests have found anything abnormal and just last week, her doctor explained that he thought stress could be the culprit.
How could this pain be due to stress, she asked. Sarah said she thought her doctor was crazy, but now she’s seeing that he was correct. Her pain is real, it’s not in her mind. Stress causes tension and muscle contraction. Hold a tight fist for a couple hours and tell me it doesn’t hurt! Under chronic stress, muscle tension cause headaches or pain may show up in our jaw, arms, abdominal area, anywhere in the body.
The deep rest and relaxation of Effortless Meditation was relieving the tension in Sarah’s muscles. Deep rest is an antidote for stress, it relieves the stress response. The proof, Sarah was without pain that had been plaguing her for years, and she was able to eat again incomfort!
Deepak Chopra, M.D. would explain that this wasn’t magic, it’s based in science. Sarah was meditating every day as prescribed. Her smile said she couldn’t be happier.
Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay., Director of Stress Reduction Resources and Effortless Meditation™ Instructor for more than 30 years