Meditation makes room for healing but there’s more to the healing process.
When someone breaks a bone it’s first necessary to set the break. You take it from the distorted position it settled into, then, carefully and deliberately put it back. It’s a bit more complex than that and there’s some swearing and or relief. It’s not a site for the squeamish.
Next, the break is carefully stabilized with a cast. Being sure that the joint above and below the break are also secured. This is necessary to ensure the bone is kept still and mending can happen
At this point, other than monitoring progress, the body has to heal itself. The process has to be allowed to occur. Just time not reading books, no Facebook groups, Quora answers or threaded tweets will speed the process
All steps prior to this were active, hands on, tactile, even; if you’ve experienced crepitus you know what I mean. Now healing happens in it’s own time. Nothing you can do or say can make the mending happen faster. All we can do is arrange the conditions properly and let things happens
In my opinion meditation is similar in a way. Meditation is a part of the healing process and very helpful when present but it isn’t the whole picture. As practitioners, teachers, coaches, etc. We need to acknowledge that this is not a silver bullet nor a guarantee. This, to me, is exactly bypassing.
Meditation is a very brave undertaking and becomes a very bold action. It’s an active attempt to call ourselves out on our own delusions and presuppositions. To even start is to take on something that we cannot outrun or hide from.
If you’re experiencing mental health issues know that meditation can help, as well as; talk therapy, medication, community, talks with friends, midnight writing sessions, and, more, plus any and all of these can be combined and comingled. No single one of these should be placed on a pedestal. None of them have a moral or ethical high ground compared to the others. They merely set the stage for the healing.