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									Mindfulness For Healing
 Body, Mind and Spirit
Presentations to the Atlantic Chronic Disease Congress
  Mental Health and Resilience Moncton NB, June 2-3


     Timothy R. Walker, Ph.D.
            www.TheHealingCircle.ca
           www.HealingandCancer.org
Superhero
 Science and Mindfulness
Meditation. Evidence Based!
        7 Mindful Attitudes
•   Non-Judging
•   Patience
•   Beginners Mind
•   Trust
•   Non-striving
•   Acceptance
•   Letting go
   WHAT IS STRESS?
• A condition in which an individual
  perceives the demands of a situation
  as exceeding their resources


         » Richard Lazarus and Susan Folkman
Stressor   Perception   Stress
PHYSIOLOGY OF STRESS
• Stress starts in the brain
• Triggers Sympathetic branch of
  Autonomic nervous system
• Stress hormones are released
• Pumps sugar and fats into blood
• Effects every cell in the body
  PHYSICAL EFFECTS
     OF STRESS
HORMONAL CHANGES
• Adrenaline (stimulant)
• Cortisol (immune function)
• Sugar and insulin release
• Cholesterol release
• Sex hormones decrease
PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS
      OF STRESS
• Fear, Anxiety & Heart rate up
• Increased mental activity
• Increased emotional intensity &
  sensitivity
• decrease cognitive functioning,
  memory, planning, rational thinking
   PHYSICAL EFFECTS
      OF STRESS
CARDIOVASCULAR CHANGES
• Increase in heart rate and
  blood pressure
• Increase in blood clotting factor
• Increase in sweating
   PHYSICAL EFFECTS
      OF STRESS
• Increase in respiratory rate
• Increased tension of all muscles
• Digestion slows down or stops
Chronic Stress
          Physical Effects of
           Chronic stress
• Harmful to All systems
•   Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease
•   Mutes the normal stress reaction
•   Chronic fatigue syndrome
•   Lowers immune function
•   Susceptible to infection
•   Inflammatory disease
•   Autoimmune diseases
•   Damages brain function
CHRONIC STRESS SYNDROME
•   Irritable
•   Depressed
•   Poor concentration/memory
•   Anxiety
•   Poor sleep and fatigue
•   Vicious circle
         POOR SLEEP




STRESS                  IRRITABLE




         ANY STRESSOR
                  CHRONIC STRESS




SOCIAL FUNCTIONING FAILS
                                      DETERIORATION
SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRESSORS
                                      OF BRAIN AND BODY




                       IRRITABLE
                       DEPRESSED
                    HEALTH PROBLEMS
         ANTIDOTE TO
        ACUTE STRESS
•   Mindfulness
•   Notice - be aware
•   Stop Stress with Belly Breathing
•   Think - Is this threat real?
•   Reassure and comfort yourself
•   Remember to relax - choice
         BREATHE
• Stops a Stress Reaction
• Change from Sympathetic to
  Parasympathetic from Stress
  Reaction to Relaxation Response
• Respond rather than react
• Emotions expressed clearly not
  acted-out, rational, reasonable
• Leads to learning healthy
  communication in relationships
Mindful of        Awareness and        Kind & Rational
Distressing       Inquiry              Response
Thoughts          1. What emotions        Who says you
                  follow from this        always have to be
                  way of thinking?        strong.
It’s no use! I
                                          Sometimes to cry
don’t have the    2. How does my          and fall apart is
strength to get   body feel?              the best thing to
through this.                             do. Then it seems
                  3. Is this a helpful or I find an inner
                  harmful thought?        strength or higher
                  4. Exaggerated,         power.
                  irrational?
Mindful of          Awareness and       Kind &Rational
Automatic           Inquiry             Response
Thoughts            1. What emotions     It’s natural to
                    follow from this     have strong and
They say you
                    way of thinking?     negative feelings.
are supposed to
stay positive                            I am learning to
                    2. How does my       comfort myself
but I feel awful,   body feel?           and ask for
angry, helpless,                         reassurance from
filled with         3. Is this a helpful others. I can work
despair, I’m        or harmful thought? with my state of
afraid I am         4. Exaggerated,      mind and that
making it worse     irrational?          helps.
                   Family member
Mindful of         Awareness and Kind & Rational
Distressing        Inquiry       Response
Thoughts           1. What emotions       It’s best to be honest
                   follow from this       with each other about
I have to be
                   way of thinking?       feelings. Creates more
the strong one.
                                          intimacy, and is truly
Can’t let him/     2. How does my         supportive. If I fall
her know how       body feel?             apart how do I know it
I really feel.                            will make her/him feel
If I fall apart,   3. Is this a helpful / worse. Maybe
that will make     harmful thought?       consoling me will
                   4. Exaggerated,        make her/him feel
it worse for
                   irrational?            better.
him/ her.
Diverse                                   Plurality
Languages
Cultures                                  Of
Traditions                                Ways to
Religions
                                          The
                                          Ultimate
                                          Mystery

                   Spiritual

                          Mental

                               Physical


             Many ways   One Truth

								
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