The Emotional Balancing, Energising and Cleansing Effects of Meditation

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Meditation is something many of us feel we ‘should’ do, but often don’t get around to. (Well done you if you’re a regular meditator!).  I often find that getting motivated is about having the right ‘why’ in place, as well as overcoming the emotional blocks that we have around giving ourselves precious me-time.

Toxicity Induced Stress

Some of the most common effects of toxins in the body are feelings of stress and anxiety, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.

Meditation has the almost immediate effect of alleviating these symptoms.  It also helps to stimulate endorphins in the brain, making us feel relaxed and euphoric. Meditation is a fabulous way to de-stress, cleanse our bodies of toxins, and make ourselves feel healthier and happier in mind, body and soul all at the same time. What’s not to love!

Breaking the Stress Cycle

Stress is a perfectly natural response when we feel fearful and/or overwhelmed. It’s our mind and body’s way of telling us that we need to slow down and look after ourselves a little better. But how often do we actually listen to this message?

We REALLY need to learn to listen to our bodies because, if we ignore stress for too long, it wreaks havoc with our emotional and physical wellbeing.  The effects of stress on long term health are well documented, and none of it is good.

In the short-term stress makes us feel tired and moody. It makes us emotional. We feel out of control. It disrupts our sleep. We lose perspective. We comfort eat more. It can be all-too-easy to become caught in a vicious cycle – we can’t sleep because we are stressed, and we’re stressed because we can’t sleep; we eat rubbish because we’re stressed, and we’re stressed because of the effects of too much sugar, caffeine, wheat and alcohol in our systems.

Over time, the effects of stress can start to take a more serious toll: serious digestive issues, depression, breakdown of relationships, destruction of our self-confidence, not to mention diseases that have been linked to an acidic body – something that stress adds to.

The Cleansing Breath

Thankfully, there is a way to find calm and clarity during times of stress, and a way to keep stress at arms length the rest of the time, and that’s through the power of meditation.

One of the easiest ways to meditate is by concentrating on our breath. Deep breathing is a way of focusing our minds on being in the moment and has amazing cleansing powers in itself. Not only does it help to slow the heart rate and reduce high blood pressure, but it also helps to increase our energy levels as our blood becomes more oxygenated.

Meditation is a powerful way of cleansing and rejuvenating the mind, body and soul. As we become more relaxed, we start to let go of negative thoughts and pent up tension.  Our body can redirect its energy towards keeping us balanced, both emotionally and physically.

But I Can’t Stop Thinking!  A Simple Guide on How to Meditate

  • Start by setting aside 5 – 10 minutes a day, in the morning and evening.
  • It’s best to meditate sitting on a cushion on the floor or on a dining chair – if you are too comfy you may find yourself dozing off rather than meditating!
  • Many people feel they are failing at meditation because they can’t stop thinking. The purpose of meditation, especially as a beginner, is to learn to let go of thoughts as they arise, rather than not thinking at all.
  • Every time you notice you are thinking return your focus to the sound, rhythm and feeling of your deep breathing.
  • The more you practice, the easier it will get.  Give yourself a 14 day meditation challenge and notice the difference.

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