Meditation May Relieve Suicidal Thoughts
How and why can meditation relieve suicidal thoughts? Studies indicate an increased amount of proof that some therapists are having success using meditation or mindfulness practices as a tool to dismantle suicidal thoughts, suicidal thinking and depression?
One of the better studies is The Use of MindfulnessBased Approaches for Suicidal Patients by J. Mark G. Williams and Michaela Swales.
The authors evaluate in depth two leading approaches and state: “Mindfulness-based approaches are becoming more widely used for individuals at risk of suicidal behavior: in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (in Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and as a way to reduce relapse in recurrent major depression (in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy).”
Mindfulness is a discipline and practice for conscious living. Mindfulness and meditation are here used interchangeably. The practice allows the meditator to separate the thoughts from the thinker. Watching your thoughts becomes akin to watching a movie. You don’t act on thoughts and are not compelled to identify with them as the same as oneself. They become simply a movie of the mind to which one pays attention. The act of paying attention allows them to dissolve without the necessity of “acting out” those thoughts. So suicidal thoughts then become a movie of the mind: granted a horror movie but a movie none the less.
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