LadyAnn wrote:Hello, I am also new to the practice of meditation, so I understand there's a lot of "practice!" involved, but I was also wondering--
In early September of this year (2011), I was involved in a car accident. I don't know how hard my head hit the window, but the car which hit my car was traveling at 65MPH--so I had neck and back injuries which still continue to hurt. Right now, my doctor told me there are bulging discs in my neck and lower back. It is hard for me to hold up my head (my neck aches after a long time) and sit up straight for awhile (my lower back begins to ache). I'm still receiving doctor's care--I don't like taking pain killers which sedate, because I'm very sensitive to the medicine and even a quarter dose for adults puts me to sleep! So I ask him not to prescribe these and instead work on attending to the injuries while not on pain killers.
Is there anything I can use for meditation to lessen the burden on my back while these injuries heal--such as a specific cushion or technique to seat myself? Are there specific techniques I should avoid doing so I don't aggravate these injuries? I can bring up the information on the exact location on the spine and neck that is injured, if needed.
Sorry to hear about your injury, I hope that you can make a full recovery!
Quite a few years ago I was involved in a serious car accident. While it left me with some serious neck pains, it was only one year later that I found out that I fractured a vertebrae in my neck, which left a little bit of bone broken off from the rest. And I only found that out because of a second injury, that fractured another vertebrae in my neck, along with a head injury requiring 38 stitches to sew up again. So, I can sympathize for your situation.
For the first few months after the second injury, I was in a rather large neck brace. I couldn't stand or sit up for long. But, I would often lie down for long periods of the day, and meditate in that posture. It had to be with both legs out straight, and arms by the sides (anything else would cause all sorts of problems). I tried to get off the painkillers as soon as I could, but that still took a month or two, because without them at first I could not function at all.
After about 9-12 months I was mostly up and functioning again. But, it took a few years to be entirely free of little shooting jolts through the nerves around my neck and shoulders, and also the head wound. Some nerves appear to have never fully reconnected. Never mind.
Once I could sit in meditation again, I did so very regularly. But I would also often use lying meditation if I was physically not up to sitting. I slowly got myself into a bit of yoga - but be careful, very careful. Once I gave myself another nasty neck injury doing head stands. But, hey, I could do head stands!
Nowadays, quite a few years later, there really is not problem at all. It takes time, but I believe that the body and mind can heal almost anything. So, have some confidence and faith in yourself, that's very important.
All the best!