Healthy Living: Where mindfulness, medicine and meditation merge

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“These methods have been ‘road tested’ by me and I hope that sharing will help others and be a positive force in someone’s recovery.” ~Robert Skander

Open conversations about previously taboo mental health issues encourage people out of the darkness and into enlightened places of awareness and acceptance.

These are places where professionals and community groups can be empathetic and reassuring hands as you begin a journey of recovery from severe and raw cognitive impairment, or perhaps continue a mental wellness maintenance program and personal care.

A need for psychological help may be urgent due to substance abuse during an overdose epidemic, or fighting off that unwanted visitor wearing a long black cloak, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and everything in between.

Mental health is everything because all of life is processed by our mind. Society has been slow to promote the importance of mental health, but today we speak openly and this is a good thing.

Focusing on mental well-being can be as simple as wanting more happiness and striving for “our best life.”

The idea of ​​separating mind and body is an archaic concept better left in outdated textbooks. Mental well-being and physical health are linked and interdependent.

In my experience, mindfulness, medicine, and meditation have been extremely effective tools in my recovery from my lost life of addiction and self-loathing. These methods have been tried by me on the road and I hope that sharing will help others and be a positive force in someone’s recovery.


Mindfulness is a buzzword these days that can take on many meanings. Cognitive diffusion is the clinical word for the practice of looking at our thoughts instead of them. In other words, we are not our thoughts.

A thought without corresponding action has a limited life and passes through our mind and then disperses like clouds in the blue sky.

This aspect of mindfulness involves creating space between ourselves and our thoughts and feelings so that they have less control. Letting thoughts come and go instead of clinging to them can be very effective for people with clinical depression and anxiety.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness are science-based methods that put you on a direct path to a better reality.


From my many years of experience, pharmacological intervention has been effective and necessary. Over the course of a year, my psychiatrist and I had to balance therapeutic medication to support my integration into the larger world, which I had been completely avoiding. I view pharmaceutical drugs as a technology that, if used carefully, can be a powerful tool for good health.

There are many options with natural medicines for mental illness. Again, consulting a qualified naturopath is the first step on the more holistic path.


Meditation has been a tool for followers of both the Hindu and Buddhist religions for thousands of years. It is something I never thought I would do in my life, but now it is a fundamental ritual of my time.

I have found it to be a complementary medicine for mind and body, lowering my heart rate and stress levels while noticeably increasing my patience.

Mindful mediation and medication allowed me to see the world with greater awareness and focus on maintaining psychological well-being. The convergence of meditation, medicine and mindfulness is a good and safe place for healing to happen. I hope to see you there one day.

Robert Skender is a freelance writer and health commentator based in the Qathet region.


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