We are learning in times of crisis that some things are out of our control and our best way to recover is by tapping into our inner strength and healing. It seems counterintuitive that sitting still and looking inward helps to cope with the ever changing external world. I believe that having a personal meditation practice can help to create a lifestyle in which you can recover from the challenges that life throws at you.
I started my meditation journey 20 years ago when I accidentally discovered yoga in a discount book store. I was in medical school, and at the time, I did not fully appreciate what a treasure I had discovered.
Meditation can become part of your lifestyle. There are so many reasons why I believe it’s worth carving out the time for this, allow me to share a few of these.
As we move through life we’re all aware of things that can add to our energy and make us feel alive such as laughter, love and joy. We’re also aware of things that deplete us such as anxiety, dealing with energy vampires, or depression. We have to consider what we feed our minds and our bodies. We want pure, clean fuel to keep our energy going. Meditation can be energizing. Giving your brain a few minutes of rest and closing your eyes even for a few moments is wonderful. When you slow down your breath and let your diaphragm work to its fullest capacity, you allow the oxygen level in your blood to rise. Your brain will love that feeling, trust me.
Self-care is mandatory
We are all learning during the pandemic of 2020 that while we have systems in place to provide care those systems are getting depleted. and one way or another we almost find a way to take care of ourselves. Self-care is no longer an option or a luxury. It is mandatory for survival.
I believe meditation can be part of a healthy, holistic lifestyle. It is a perfect compliment to a lifestyle that revolves around self-care and healing. Meditations, in combination with having a reliable care team, a healthy whole foods diet, and movement of the body that feels good is a powerful combination.
Resilience when avoidance of pain is not possible
During the year 2020 everyone was affected in one way or another. We have all been affected either personally, emotionally, financially and physically. We are learning that there are times when pain is unavoidable. We are learning that sometimes we must find a way to recover from what has happened.
I have personally heavily on my personal meditation practice to help me during times of uncertainty. Meditation has helped to calm some of my anxiety related to uncertainty.
I have created a 21 day Meditation Journey you may want to consider if you are wanting an introduction to meditation, or would like to have support in developing a daily practice of meditation. Sign up for my newsletter if you would like updates.