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Meditate? Have you incorporated this into your health routine?

JenlehrLMFTJenlehrLMFT Posts: 137Member, Medical Advisory Board ✭✭✭
edited December 2019 in MIND, BODY & WELLNESS


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I've been participating in a 30 day meditation series hosted by Prajna yoga. (https://www.prajnayoga.net/). I've meditated on and off for years. At one point, old memories spontaneously arose and this allowed me to address and heal some of the trauma I experienced growing up.

Although I often feel too rushed to take the time to meditate, I am enjoying these quick 15 minute meditations in the morning before I get started on my day. They give me a few moments to just be.

I also use the headspace app (https://www.headspace.com/) to meditate.

As we learn to focus on our breathing (or some other focus,) we may find that we have more space in our psyches. We sit with ourselves and just follow what is, rather than reacting or trying to change something. We may find that we are more in touch with ourselves. We develop an inner witness.

One of the benefits of meditation is that it can contribute to our becoming less reactive. Reactivity is difficult for both ourselves and our relationships.

Here is a short article on emotional intensity and reactivity in relationships. https://blog.weconcile.com/2008/09/18/reactivity-safety-in-relationships-emotional-intensity/.

A meditation practice is a way of giving ourselves permission to step out of the rush and participate in a little extra self care. It would be a good pairing with mood pills!


Comments

  • kaceylangstonkaceylangston Posts: 158Administrator admin

    thanks for sharing. i try to meditate daily and notice a huge difference when i don't. it's always nice having hew meditations to listen to when you've listened to yours almost too many times!

  • JenlehrLMFTJenlehrLMFT Posts: 137Member, Medical Advisory Board ✭✭✭

    @kaceylangston Yes, good to have a variety of types and styles. I listen to meditations from Andrew Johnson for sleep. He has guided meditations on various topics like happiness. https://www.withandrewjohnson.com/

  • casseycassey Posts: 7Member

    i love meditation. I am trying to incorporate it daily but find it so hard to stop the thoughts running through my head some days its discouraging. I absolutely notice a difference in my happiness and mindfulness every day i am able to meditated

  • JenlehrLMFTJenlehrLMFT Posts: 137Member, Medical Advisory Board ✭✭✭

    @cassey I'm glad you love meditating! I think it takes some time for the thoughts to die down ... but rather than fight them, just notice them, and try to get back to your focus - whether it is your breathing or something else. Sometimes my thoughts take over, other times I can watch them without getting lost in them. Meanwhile you are changing your brain. Studies on long term mediators show positive changes in the brain! (Sorry it took me a while to respond. I was on vacation and my laptop was broken!!!)

  • Dr. HortonDr. Horton Posts: 39Member ✭✭
    I love meditating. Trying to make it a daily habit but I definitely feel so much better when I do it first thing in the morning.
  • JenlehrLMFTJenlehrLMFT Posts: 137Member, Medical Advisory Board ✭✭✭

    @Dr. Horton I agree. First thing in the morning is best if I can make time for it.

  • Dr. HortonDr. Horton Posts: 39Member ✭✭
    I love meditating. Trying to make it a daily habit but I definitely feel so much better when I do it first thing in the morning.
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