Healing Through Meditation: A Zenful Guide
Our minds can be quite powerful. There is no end to the different things our minds do, if we just know how to focus our attention. Our minds can even heal our bodies. In fact, spiritually enlightened people have been healing through meditation for thousands of years.
You can heal yourself from the inside out with the right type of meditation. Most people know that meditation can transform the mind—and the mind can transform the body. Take a look at some of the ways that you can start healing through regular meditation.
Meditation For Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety may be seemingly unavoidable. Most of us feel some type of stress, anxiety or depression at one point or another. However, over time, this stress and anxiety can start to have some physical ramifications.
When feelings of stress are unattended to, it can reduce the number of “happy” neurotransmitters, also known as serotonin, that your body releases, which can start to make you feel depressed. It can also have an impact on your blood pressure, respiration and heart rate.
The good news is, meditation is believed to influence the sympathetic nervous system and help control this blood pressure, respiration and stress.
While stress and anxiety are linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure, digestive issues, insomnia and even sexual dysfunction—regular meditation can help keep these maladies at bay and help your mind heal your body as you prevent these health issues from impacting your life.
Stop Multi-Tasking and Start Single-Tasking
There are so many people that believe multi-tasking is their key to getting more done during the day and to being more successful. However, for most people to opposite is actually true. There are so many of us who find ourselves juggling so many things at once, that nothing gets our full attention like it deserves.
You may be thinking that you are doing a great job multi-tasking only to find that you are giving everything on your list about 70% attention, instead of the full attention that it deserves. This can cause you to slip, make careless mistakes and even fail to do your best work.
Instead of trying to multi-task with everything you do—start single-tasking.
Meditation is all about clearing your mind and being able to focus on what is important. With your regular meditative practices you will be able to block out outside distractions and find a calm, focused, peaceful mind that can give each task in your day the attention it deserves.
If you stop trying to do everything at once and start giving your full attention to things as they come at you—you will start finding things get done right.
Use Daily Mindful Reminders
Being mindful of ourselves and where we are in the world around us can be hard. Your mindful meditation can be a helpful resource as you learn to be more present and aware—however, sometimes that isn’t enough.
Daily mindful reminders are a great way to make sure that you are taking it all in and really being mindful and appreciative of what is around you. These mindful reminders can be a post-it note on your computer screen, an alert on your phone, or little reminders and notes scattered around the house.
The key is to find a way to remind yourself to be more mindful throughout the day and at times when you may normally find yourself too stressed or scatter-brained to really take it all in.
This is often easier said than done—but if you want real healing through meditation from the inside out, then you need to be able to slow down. We live in a fast-paced world and it can be very easy to get caught up in all of the chaos—however if you are able to slow yourself down, you will start to learn how to appreciate life more and find some much-needed peace of mind.
Meditation can help you learn to slow down—but it doesn’t have to be an overly complex process and you don’t have to do long, guided meditations in order to encourage yourself to really slow down. Instead, just giving yourself 5-10 minutes of quite, concentrated breathing time whenever you feel stressed or overwhelmed can really make a difference in your stress, your ability to focus and your clarity.
Guided Healing Through Meditation
If you are considering using meditation for healing, but don’t know where to start—guided meditations are a great place to begin. Guided meditations allow you to relax, unwind and let the meditation guide you.
You can download guided meditations online or through the many different available meditation apps and specifically choose a meditative practice that focuses on healing. Some people prefer only to use guided meditations, while others, over time, will abandon the guide and focus instead on
The workplace can be a stressful environment, no matter what your job may be. The more you can do to take these extra steps to bring mindfulness into the workplace, the better. Take these tips to heart and start making some positive changes in your work life—you may be surprised by the calmness and mindfulness and can start to infiltrate into your work environment.