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The healing power of mindfulness meditation

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 2 2019   /  03:14 am
Just breathe: Arta Fanti, a 28-year-old meditation practitioner, sits in a half-lotus position. She said that while meditating, her breath served as an anchor that calmed her down. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)

Just breathe: Arta Fanti, a 28-year-old meditation practitioner, sits in a half-lotus position. She said that while meditating, her breath served as an anchor that calmed her down. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)Fourteen years ago, a professional in West Jakarta, Lauren, now 39, began suffering from frequent unexplainable and severe headaches. Simple painkillers did not do much to ease his pain. He consulted several medical doctors but they were unable to determine the cause of the attacks. They concluded that his headaches must have been caused by psychosomatic issues.After some soul-searching, he became aware that his distress was caused by financial difficulties that he and his family went through. The kind of predicament is common among adults in Jakarta.Similarly, a Jakarta-based applied psychology consultant, Arta Fanti, now 28, said that in 2010, some family conflicts led to great surges of...