Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is primarily treated with medication. There are also certain types of meditation for bipolar disorder. This is a natural way to reduce stress which is the primary trigger of depression and mania. In most cases meditation will not replace medication as a treatment for bipolar disorder, but they will work together as a holistic form of therapy.

Meditation can help reduce stress and lead to fewer episodes
Meditation can help reduce stress and lead to fewer episodes

Mediation is a Timeless Spiritual Tradition

Meditation is a spiritual tradition that we have practiced as humans for thousands of years. The teachers of meditation were thought to be very wise and people would travel great distances to meet them, seeking guidance and counsel.

While the teachers taught the technique and form of how to meditate and practice yoga, the real lesson learned by the student was that the greatness he sought, was already inside himself.

The roots are deeply spiritual and there are legends and parables that teach great moral lessons about discipline and compassion. in the last several decades, the advancements in brain science and psychology have shown that meditation has many practical benefits that help reduce stress in our daily lives. You don’t have to be spiritual in order to the reap the benefits of meditation.

Meditation is a Lifestyle

Like much of what you will find on this site, meditation is something we want to make a part of our lifestyle, not just something we do a few times to clear our heads. It is something that we commit to practicing, daily.

This can be done very easily and should be a part of your morning and/or your evening routine. A lot of beginners start practicing meditation but don’t stick with it long term. Is this because it didn’t benefit them? No. It’s because they didn’t have a plan, they didn’t know what there were doing.

Do I Need a Guru?

That is exactly the reason that the general population sought out these wise men to teach them meditation. The teacher student tradition is relationship is sacred in eastern traditions. Trying to learn yoga or martial arts without a teacher doesn’t not compare to working with a master. A master is not someone who rules over you or is better than you in any way, a master was simply some who teaches you something. In fact the word for teacher in Spanish is maestro.Gurú_Pathik

Fortunately, we don’t have to climb the Himalayas to find a meditation Guru, technology allows us to seek out the great teachers of meditation of our time and times past. Apps, books/ebooks, youtube videos, blogs, all of these provide us with the information necessary to learn the practice of meditation and greatly improve the quality of our life.

The problem with practicing meditation for people with bipolar disorder is that sometimes we lack the will to carry out the routine, we need extra support. That support can come from a friend, family member, therapist, or an someone from an online community. But we can also leverage our technology to build our own supports. This allows us to live independently, despite the symptoms of bipolar disorder.


Tools For Meditating

I will get into how I to use your phone to make sure that you follow through with your routines, but for now let’s just look at some of the options you have for learning meditation.

  1. Apps – the best meditation app that I’ve found is called Head Space. The reason this app is my favorite is because it not only includes guided meditations, but it also has a Khan Academy feel to it that allows you to track your progress. It’s very engaging, so the likelihood that you will actually do it is much higher. Later on I will also show you how to make meditation an automatic part of your day even if you prefer to use a different app or no app.
  2. Books/eBooks – There are literally thousands of books about meditation on Amazon. Many of them are very old and ancient and include legends and parables. Others are written by modern authors that include stories and lessons from their personal lives. I recommend reading both. The ancient writings will give you great insight into the tradition and the roots behind the practice. The modern books are more straightforward and a little easier to relate to the other.
  3. YouTube Videos: If you want to use music or a guided meditation to support your meditation practice YouTube is a great option. I recommend spending some time searching for meditations that interest you and adding them to a playlist. This will make it easy to keep the habit because you won’t get distracted and waste time looking for a new video every time you want to meditate. Just open up the playlist and watch whatever is next in the queue. Pick 10 videos and add them to a playlist now. Some of the videos are very long, but you don’t have to sit through the whole video. Just set your timer for 10 minutes, and when time is up, move on to the next thing in your routine.
  4. Blogs, there are some great meditation blogs out there. These are excellent to have in your daily newsfeed because bloggers are really good at condensing information and giving you the essentials in bite size pieces. Find three meditation blogs that stand out to you and either like their Facebook pages, subscribe to their blogs, or bookmark the pages. Even if you don’t read every article put out, you will at least be reminded to stay committed to your practice.

Do you practice meditation? How do you think it can help your mental health? Leave a comment below.


4 thoughts on “Meditation

  • July 25, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks Layne! Meditation is actually one of the pivotal things I use that help me get along with the bipolar symptoms which can be particularly unbearable at times. My favorite one is the thanks and praises for benevolence right before going to sleep. So powerful! The activity of my brain and body at that very special moment spread itself into a different dimension, more natural, deeper than the usual achievements needed for the rest of the day. I practice alongside with yoga, especially during my low and down-downs, staying connected with my body through yoga practice has helped me a lot, through learning to be non-judgmental with oneself and letting the energy no matter how very little it can become sometimes, just flow. Life is movement, so is the mind, we are vibrating spirits in thinking bodies! Thanks for all your inspirational texts, full of good ideas and hope!

    • August 11, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Meditation is like the keystone of my treatment. Without it the other parts, meds, exercsise, sleep, just don’t seem to work right together. thanks for your insights!

  • March 1, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Meditation is a life-changer, for sure! Mindfulness and meditation can really balance one’s life is so many ways. Great article!

    • March 1, 2017 at 3:48 am

      Hi Whitney, thanks for your comment. I agree, mindfulness seems to be the most effective form of meditation I’ve found for keeping a balance.


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