There are millions of meditation books to read but few meditation books for migraine specifically. Meditation had been thoroughly researched and has been proven to help reduce migraines.
So let me save you some time and introduce you to the one you absolutely must read, and the other to form a good understanding of the whole meditation process and why it works.
Introducing... my two favorite meditation books for migraine relief:
Both authors provide a scientific background and connection with
migraines. This helps me understand the benefits of the process better
and how it relates to my body and my migraines by reducing the automatic
stress responses that naturally occur in our bodies.
If you can't think straight with a migraine, you might prefer the meditation technique to be easy or for someone else's voice to guide you away from the pain. So feel free to record my versions for yourself.
Let's start with the famous Dr. Benson.
Dr. Benson has a number of meditation books, including Beyond the Relaxation Response but his first book called The Relaxation Response is famous for teaching us laymen an easy way to "elicit the relaxation response."
The intention of this meditation technique is to rest our minds and bodies which simultaneously calms down our nervous system that also reduces stressors. His book is so informative, it’s almost like free lessons on meditation.
Over sixty percent of people presenting to doctors these days are due to stress symptoms that are currently poorly treated by drugs and surgery today.
Benson says that over the last 200 years we have separated the mind from the body – due to Descartes’ political decision. Then it was reinforced by scientific discoveries.
Watch any talk on YouTube with Dr. Benson and he will provide some great details of the progress of scientific discoveries: the cure for scurvy, insulin, penicillin, antibiotics, the cure for tuberculosis, all of which kept the body separate to the mind in the eyes of science.
While at Harvard medical school he discovered the fight and flight system in the body.
Now thousands of papers are proving that
meditation can solve problems around stress related problems like:
tension headaches, pain, high blood pressure, etc. But the separation
of body and mind has continued.
Dr. Benson has devoted over forty years to experimenting with meditation and its effects on our body. There is now proof that the brain itself, changes from the regular practice of meditation.
Studies over an average nine year period have also been done on: yoga, prayer and Tai chi with similar positive results.
When I was studying Shiatsu massage, before my Chinese Medicine stint, the teacher always said "our bodies will always try to maintain homeostasis." So I used to say after each massage, "and we come back to balance."
Reading Dr. Benson’s book confirms the fact that our brain does in fact know what our healthy state is. Our brains are hardwired to recall perfect health in its memory center.
If you can... remember back to a time of happy, healthy you. This can be hard sometimes when you are in the throes of an attack… he says to use this positive vision of yourself to meditate with.
It’s no guarantee that you can make your migraines go away, but it
can’t hurt to visualize your wellness and being pain free before
migraines came into your life.
Imagine your life without migraines.
Even if you can't remember being without migraines - what you can do, he says, is to evoke your imagination and use the relaxation response.
The mind will shift into the quiet mode and you can visualize the wellness you had.
You can remember wellness in those you love and you can see them happy, laughing and being pain free.
Here are just a few other points that he makes:
for The Relaxation Response and more instructions on his method.
This is my absolute favorite of the meditation books for migraine. It's written by Cynthia Perkins who is a fellow migraineur. She has found a simple mindfulness meditation technique that allows her to stop them without using medication. Quickly.
She can eliminate them in less than thirty minutes.
She's shared this "core technique" with you for a very reasonable price. For details on Cynthia Perkins e-book called Mindfulness Over Migraines please click on the link. For why I love it, click here.
The e-book covers everything about migraines including: the science behind it all, breathing fundamentals, and understanding the basics of meditation, and the crucial timing for success, just to name a few chapters. I did not even hesitate for one second when I bought it.
It changed my life and how I manage attacks.
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The Migraine Solution Book by Paul Rizzoli, MD., Elizabeth Loder, MD. and Liz Neporent from Carol (Western Australia)
I find the meditation in the book really good for a quick one minute relaxation (page 178). This is a direct quote from the book: "When you've got one minute to relax: place your hand just beneath your navel so you can feel the gentle rise and fall of your belly as you breathe. Breathe in slowly. Pause for a count of three. Breathe Out. Pause for a count of three. Continue to breathe deeply for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation. Or alternatively, while sitting comfortably, take a few slow deep breaths and quietly repeat to yourself "I am" as you breathe in and "at peace" as you breathe out. Repeat slowly two or three times. Then feel your entire body relax into the support of the chair." I use this for longer than one minute when I feel a migraine coming, sometimes I sit for 20 minutes just to calm down. But it always helps. I think this is a great book for us migraineurs.
THE BEST Migraine Meditation Book by Cynthia Perkins from Sarah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
I have had chronic migraines almost daily for 2 years now. I use Imigran, but was looking for pain relief without using so many drugs. I just wanted to say thank you for telling me about Mindfulness Over Migraines. I have read it a few times now and have had good results from doing the meditation at the right time. I have been able to reduce the attacks to one a week. Still a long way to go, but very happy with it all. Thank you Migraine Savvy and thank you Cynthia Perkins.
Meditation Books for Migraine Reference: Dr. Herbert Benson (1975) The Relaxation Response. HarperCollins Publishers: NY.