The many benefits of Mindfulness meditation
More and more people are turning to alternative medicine to heal their bodies. Especially now, with the opioid crisis and the ever long side-effect list that comes with surgery and prescription medication.
But what happens when the problem you are experiencing isn't in your body but in your mind?
As a Massage Therapist and Life Coach, I see clients on a daily basis who list anxiety as a prominent issue in their daily lives. For the 22 years that I have been working with clients, stress has been a given in most everyone's life, with some clients - while filling out the initial client intake form, laugh as they circle "stress" as one of their health complaints and say, "doesn't everyone have stress?"
The answer seems to be a roaring, YES! But it's another choice listed on the form that has become more popular lately - Anxiety!
In my career I have watched medical "fads" come and go and was shocked about 15 years ago when almost every 20-something-year-old began listing anti-depressants on their intake form. I don't see that as much anymore; I guess people are becoming educated on the serious side-effects of these drugs.
However, it doesn't mean the mental state of people has changed, it just means they are getting more clear on what they're experiencing. Time has changed too - we now live in a much more ... well, anxiety filled world. With almost constant (it seems) mass-shootings in the US, world violence and horrific natural disasters, among so many other adversities and traumatic national and world events - in an extreme in-your-face digital Uninverse, young people as well as older adults live their lives on the edge - the edge of fear, the edge of uncertainty, and in full-blown anxiety mode.
Anxiety is defined as: a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
The psychiatric definition is: a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.
But, anxiety isn't always a bad thing. It's actually a very normal and even healthy part of life and living. It's when a person regularly begins to feel disproportunate or elevated levels of anxiety that it becomes an issue whereby turning into excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension and worry.
We all know, pretty much by now, the residual affects of stress on the body but what about anxiety, especially when it's prolonged? Here's a list of some of the ailments and issues anxiety can cause:
So, what can we do to ease the stress and anxiety in our lives so it doesn't become out of control?
A lot of people are turning to meditation but this isn't always easy when a part of experiencing anxiety is having what is referred to as, "monkey mind," where the mind is over-full of constant mental chatter and random thoughts. People also feel they have to silence their minds to do meditation or they just have no idea how to even begin to meditate.
Mindfulness Meditation is different. It's a meditative technique that actually says it's not just ok to not silence your mind, but it's also encouraged - and it bolsters a no-rules mindset.
What's important in mindfulness meditation, is to simply BE present. Mindfulness in the present moment is what it's all about. And, it's learning to train your mind to not worry about the future and to let go of the past - and in doing so, revel in the experience of the sounds and sensations within the present moment.
Instead of just going through mainstream therapy where you are given all the reasons you shouldn't worry or be tramatized of your past experiences, which is easier said than done, in MM, you learn to how to just BE - in the moment. And with time, and regular practice, you train your brain to stay in a calm and more relaxed state by being focused in the here and now.
No, practicing mindfulness doesn't all of a sudden make the world a safer place or make all your problems go away. But what it does is teach your mind to relish the peacefulness found within individual moments of time. Besides, there's always time to get back to planning your life and working through your problems but with mindfulness meditation, it helps those times to be less of a focus and hardship and easier to handle with a clear mind.
A clear mind, relaxation and a sense of calmness is only the beginning of the benefits, there's a lot more a simple 10-30 minute session can do for you, such as:
So, even if you don't experience anxiety there is real good reason to start using Mindfulness Meditation in your daily life. To have a more calm and peaceful mind while being focused and anchored in the joys of the present moment and also benefiting from the host of other merits in this easy practice, is a real no-brainer.
Give it a try for a week, or better yet, a month and see the difference it can make in your life.
For free training sessions in Mindfulness Meditation - go to: www.coachingnwellness.com/mindfullness-meditations.html
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Information provided is educational in nature to assist you in becoming more aware of your own health and life needs and is not intended to take the place of medical care as warranted and is to be used at your own discretion.