Harnessing the power of meditation
Have you ever thought about how your thoughts on the inside control how you’re feeling on the outside? For instance, you may have witnessed someone who is stressed to the max at their job and can’t rid themselves of a chronic cough they’ve had for months. This is a prime example of how stress manifests itself in the human body by causing people to suffer poor health as a result.
So how does meditation counteract the relationship between stress and poor health?
During meditation, the mind turns the volume in the brain down several notches to a more relaxed state. By doing so, stress escapes the body and mind and thus, stabilizes emotions to a more harmonious state. This more relaxed state of mind puts up a ‘shield’ to deflect any pathogens trying to take shelter in the body. Consequently, with consistent sessions of meditation over time, the body will be overall healthier and may even rid itself of certain ongoing health issues such as hypertension and migraine headaches.
The power of the breath
With meditation, there is considerable emphasis on our breathing. This is important because we only utilize thirty percent of our lung’s capabilities on a daily basis. How many times have you been told, “just take a deep breath first,” before you panic? Personally, whenever I feel my heart racing as a result of feeling anxious, I take a moment to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth several times. This action alone has a way of making me feel more centered with my thoughts and feelings.
Meditation and stress
If you incorporate meditation into your daily regime, any built-up stress will be set free so that your mind will gravitate towards being more carefree and calm. As you can imagine, feeling less worrisome will give you more energy and the ability to be more productive throughout your day. Not to mention, practicing meditation on a regular basis will enable your mind to zero-in on subject matter when it’s ‘go time.’ Alternatively, it will also allow your thoughts to wander freely during designated ‘down-time.’
Meditation and mood
I believe that we are our worst enemies in terms of getting ourselves worked up over something or nothing for that matter. Let’s face it: one thought can snow-ball into a million other thoughts and that little mole hill you thought you had is now a very impressive mountain!
The beauty of meditation is that you no longer experience those huge transformations from mole hills to mountains. In other words, your emotions stay in a more neutral state without the extreme highs and lows. It’s as though everything just ‘rolls off your shoulders,’ and you begin to accept what is and what is not in your control. Naturally, this state of mind helps to remove the word, ‘worry,’ from our vocabulary.
Begin your meditation regime
Occasionally, we have to put our children in ‘time-out,’ but it doesn’t just have to be them experiencing the isolation. Put yourself in ‘time-out,’ as well. When your feet first hit the floor in the morning, take twenty minutes to meditate. It can become second nature to you just as brushing your teeth or taking a shower in the morning. In addition, try meditating before you have lunch so that if you’re feeling low on energy, you can recharge the remainder of your day.
Meditate with people who bring you joy such as a spouse and/or best friend. Think of it as a therapy session with your best friend to include not only comforting conversation, but also, the healing power of meditation. However, if you can’t be together in person, try listening to a guided meditation via speaker phone. This way you both can harbor the benefits of meditation and carry on with your day in a more positive manner.
Meditation can be done almost anywhere, anytime. As long as you are in a comfortable setting, you can take a few minutes to relax, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. We all have those moments in our day when we feel ourselves ‘coming out of our skin,’ so to speak. Nonetheless, having the power to stop and meditate will surely deescalate these feelings!
Here’s to your journey of harnessing the power of meditation and living your best life ever! Feel free to leave me a comment or any insight you may have.