Dr. Carrie Jurney (DACVIM Neurology)
I am a bit allergic to anything that sounds like “woo”. I don’t respond well when someone tells me that meditation will ground me- ground me to what? My feet and gravity seem to handle that fine already. But my analytic doctor brain really loves a good peer reviewed article, and I’m constantly on the hunt for tools that I can use to decrease burnout, increase resilency and decrease my ever present anxiety. So articles like this one (link;: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3772979/) that talk about mindfulness as a tool for reducing anxiety are always of interest to me. I even read a study recently that shows that the practice of mindfulness can increase the density of your brain (link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/)- and what sort of neurologist would I be if I didn’t want to increase my brain density.
It’s becoming clear that I need to get over myself and give mindfulness meditation a real try. But lord, the thought of sitting still for 30 minutes makes me twitch. I’m going to try to build the habit first, and gradually increase my time. I downloaded the Headspace app on my phone, and daily for the last ten days I’ve been doing the absolute shortest meditation available. 3 minutes. That’s it. Today, I’m going to try to up the ante and do a 5 minute meditation. I don’t really have an endpoint time goal in mind yet, but studies tend to recommend somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes a day. For now though, I’m building the habit, so the goal is to do some meditation, no matter how brief, every single day. I’ve even invited the NOMV community to do it with me- after all I’m going to be way more accountable if 16,000 of my closest friends are doing it too.
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