Every one of us is going through some kind of change right now due to the Pandemic and the ongoing economic changes.
Emotions like stress, anxiety, worry, anger, etc, are thought of as negative emotions because none of us wants to feel these. These same emotions also have bad effects on our bodies. One example I use with my patients is the biochemical response to chronic anxiety we all have. Prolonged anxiety leads to higher production of stress hormones, such as cortisol that Eventually suppresses the immune system, leading to increased risk of infections or cancer.
I’d like to share a brief meditation I’ve created to help alleviate the feeling of stress and uncertainty. The idea of this meditation is to capture the intensity of the emotions you feel, change it to something beneficial and send it towards the thing, person or situation that worries you.
- Find a comfortable place to sit quietly. I have been doing this before I lay down to sleep to dispel worry thoughts as I’m trying to sleep.
- You can play music or any soothing sound if you ‘d like, and maybe set a timer (the less disruptive the better, like a gentle bell, or set your phone to vibrate).
- Place your hands palms up in your lab, sit straight and comfortably.
- Imagine what creates the most negative emotions. Give this thing, idea, object or whatever a color and a shape, and in your mind’s eye place it in your hands.
- For a few minutes, let these negative thoughts flow into your open hands, and don’t be afraid of what comes up.
- Now in your mind’s eye, reach out your Higher Power (God, Allah, Angels, Ancestors, or your higher self) and ask that this negative energy be changed, or transmuted.
- The negative energy in your hands you can now start to imagine becoming a lighter color, it may feel better, and you may notice pleasant sensations such as warmth.
- Now imagine sending this ball of Love, Energy, Healing, Hope or whatever it is you have changed it to directly to what needs it; Send it to a person, situation, place, the future. Trust it will get there.
Here is a guided version of the meditation as well.
The idea of this meditation is to take the intensity of negative emotions, repurpose those and create healing energy. There is no reason not to, no harm done, and your body and mind will operate better with positive vibes.