Do you find yourself checking your phone first thing in the morning, being bombarded with negative news? Are you finding it difficult to sleep at night as your mind races with uncertainty? If so, meditation might be a solution you can implement today to help alleviate this anxiety.
The reason it is important to address these symptoms is that high levels of continuous stress can lead to adrenal fatigue and a compromised immune system. Thus, we must find methods that we can try to deal with the day-to-day strain and stress we are subjected to. Anchoring and turning inward to find a sense of connection can help in numerous impactful ways.
In modern society, we have become increasingly aware of the benefits of Meditation. Many scientific studies have shown that meditation can reduce anxiety, improve cognitive functions, increase self-awareness, and even help with interpersonal relationships. In one study, MRI was utilized to show that the brain activity of those who meditate daily was impacted positively, not only while they were meditating but also while performing daily tasks. This shows that much like lifting weights at the gym, the internal work you do while meditating can also help improve your daily life.
Meditation can help us regain control over the “monkey mind”—a state in which the constant flow of thoughts (often negative in an untrained mind) can leave us lost in a fog of anxiety, causing us to slip continually into alternate realities created by our own minds. It is estimated the average person has over 70,000 thoughts a day. Especially with Covid-19, when there are so many unknowns and a flow of negative stories, we may find ourselves unable to detach even for a moment of peace.
We recognize that it is important to stay connected and be informed about what is happening throughout the world. However, it is equally important for the health of our communities that we stay as healthy as possible. As healthy individuals, we are more capable of dealing with these unprecedented times, armed with the strength and mental clarity that our family and community need from us.
Are you new to meditation and don’t know where to start? Luckily, meditation can come in many different forms, so you can find something that works for you. Meditation does not only mean sitting in a cross-legged position and chanting for hours on end. You can go for a meditative walk, you can listen to a guided meditation (here is a link of a free guided meditation for you to try), or you can even introduce mindfulness into your daily life—for example, enjoying a meal and really taking the time to enjoy it. Without distractions (music, TV, reading, or talking), just give yourself the time to focus on a single task at hand and really pay attention with your full awareness.
Mindfulness is simple, but it is not easy; it is the practice of bringing yourself to this present moment and giving yourself a mental break. Try out several different forms of meditation to connect with one that resonates with you. Start out small—just 5 minutes a day—and then slowly start to work your way up. Perhaps include journaling to see how meditation helps you gain a greater sense of self-awareness and reduce anxiety.
We are sending you all so much love and light as we get through this together.
“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn