佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - Does the Buddhist practice offer treatment for unrest from stress? For insomnia?
Does the Buddhist practice offer treatment for unrest from stress? For insomnia?

 

It is normal to perceive people' s thinking as being subjected to two

forces: first, the color, sound, smell, taste, and touch of the external,

the environment, which constantly affect the function of the senses,

and second, the surge of subconsciousness, which is even more

inescapable, which, though unseen and unheeded with eyes and

ears closed, is extremely difficult to override.

Thought changes by split seconds; rising and extinction transpire

from one thought to the next. Attempts to rein in subconsciousness

is next to impossible, especially so for the nervous wreck. Hence

Buddhism teaches the practice of meditation to regulate body,

breathing, and mind.

Consistent battering by stress in the end disturbs nerves, upsets

the endocrine system, interferes with body functions, and disrupts

the immune system. Insomnia is an easy byproduct that renders loss

of appetite, anxiety, even depression. The practice of sitting meditation

does indeed offer the key for the chronic insomniac with which to exit

from the disability. To start, contemplate counting breathings. After

a while, learn to relax nerves and put the mind to rest. Gradually

recovering from the longtime fatigue, lightness and warmth return

throughout the body. Insomnia is no more.

Meditation aside, to tackle pressure-induced conditions, learn the

Buddhist doctrine, learn to relinquish, learn to be free.