This is Buddha’s take on how meditation can help you mental wellbeing. He implies loss of anger, anxiety, depression and fear is an unburdening of the self. A letting go that brings peace.
I myself practice meditation and I use it when appropriate in my counselling work with clients. I find it helps not only to let go, but also to calm minds that tend to over-think. When you are feeling anxious or depressed it is very easy to go over and over a conversation, thing you did or didn’t do/say in your mind. Thinking in this way can keep you up at night and increase the anxiety or depression you are feeling as you imagine what the other may say or think about you or how they may treat you when you next see them. This spiral of worry can make issues feel big and powerful maybe causing you to avoid situations, seeing people and participating in society.
Meditation is a way of bringing your mind into the now, stopping it from analysing the past or worrying about the future. It tells your mind when to stop thinking and start being. It improves your mood and resilience, helping you to face challenges positively. It is not an instant fix, meditation techniques take time to build up and you may find not all of the techniques work for you. It’s about finding what fits you and your personality.
It is a good idea to build up your practice slowly, jumping in to 2 hour meditations in your first sitting can be overwhelming. I find that 10-20 minutes practice a day suits me, and sometimes I even miss a day (gasp!). If you would like to try meditation for yourself here are some easy to follow steps:
Finding a calm and peaceful place to be helps and many people I know like to listen to music whilst they practice.
To begin inhale slowly through your nose and exhale from your mouth.
Close your eyes and imagine you are breathing in a white healing light that cleanses and relaxes your body. As you exhale imagine you are exhaling smoke that contains your fears, worries and pain.
After 10-20 minutes or when your choice of music ends, bring your awareness into your body, checking in with how you are feeling. Rub your eyes with the palms of your hands and slowly open them.
Don’t worry if you find yourself thinking random thoughts or worries, if you do find yourself doing this acknowledge the thought but turn your attention back to your breathing.
In my counselling when I see a client struggling in this way I use part of our time together to help build up meditation techniques such as this one. Many clients experiencing issues around anger, anxiety, stress, worry, depression and over-thinking find it helpful.
If you would like to book a session with me to see how counselling and meditation could help you please get in touch on 01442 825334 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to explore the subject further I have a Facebook group on meditation and wellbeing which you can join free here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/206623086128827/?bookmark_t=group