In part 4 of our 6 part documentary series BBC reporter Kathy tries ‘Yogic flying’. She finally leaves the Maharishi Vedic City, not really convinced about the methods taught there or the results of the research that is carried out there. Although she doesn’t reject everything completely and likens the experience of ‘trying yogic flying’ with ‘trying jogging’!
The next step on her journey brings Kathy back to a therapy that seems to be more ‘normal’ and easier to comprehend for the Western mind: MBCT = ‘Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy’. She meets a woman who has suffered from depression and whose psycho therapist was not able to help her any further. He suggested that she try a new therapy – MBCT, which combines 80% meditation with 20% cognitive therapies which are widely used in Western psychotherapy.
Kathy is surprised as the techniques used are based on Buddhist practises similar to those she experienced in Nepal with a focus on breathing. The idea behind MBCT is that we should look at our problems without trying to fix them and to look at our thoughts as what they are – simply thoughts. On her search for scientific proof Kathy finds four trials about MBCT which all suggest that MBCT reduces the chances of depression re-occurring by 50% for people who have suffered from depression multiple times.
In part 5 Kathy investigates MBCT further and considers that meditation and combined therapies can help everyone, not only those who are ill.
Watch for yourself and make your own mind up.