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      Dagmar Munn
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      Last week was my 6-month visit to the ALS clinic. Of course, it had to happen in the middle of a pandemic! And my “runaway thinking” got the better of me. In this week’s column I wrote about the experience and what I did to control my thoughts: Taming My Runaway Thinking  

      Have you experienced runaway thinking, or racing thoughts? Especially if they were prompted by your ALS or the challenging time, we’re living in. What triggered it for you and how did you resolve it?

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      Debra Kaufman
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      Hi Dagmar – I am not pALS but I am a cancer survivor and I dealt with a lot of my anxiety/fear/racing thoughts with meditation, more specifically lovingkindness meditation (or metta), which is aimed directly at comforting distress. I sometimes did guided meditations which you can find on Google. I found the meditations very very useful, and still practice it. I am interested in techniques that other people use.

    • #16137
      Dagmar Munn
      Keymaster

      Debra you are correct – – meditation is so beneficial. There have even been studies on ALS and meditation, showing it helps in pain reduction, anxiety and slows down progression.

      Mediation (sitting) is one technique, in addition, there is Active Mindfulness (Dr. Langer’s technique https://youtu.be/vlRJo51JWME) to apply when going through your day. Plus…I also recommend the teachings of Eckhart Tolle (many YouTube videos https://youtu.be/lAaBXlC8-bU) to help understand how to avoid triggering a chatter-mind.

       

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