Like many of you, I struggle daily with stress and anxiety. Some of it valid, some of it created in my head. When I first started out on my healing journey, I changed my life completely. My environment, food, supplements, exercise... everything! As I researched night and day to see how I can heal myself, one of the practitioners I visited mentioned something called mindfulness meditation.
I had heard of so many benefits of meditation already, though I hadn't incorporated it into my daily life. I knew that meditation can really benefit by calming the mind, and in return, calm the body. But mindfulness meditation was something I hadn't heard of. In short, it's a specific meditation practice that focuses on your thoughts, being in the present moment. You essentially focus on the now, your thoughts and feelings right now. You're training the mind to focus in on certain aspects, instead of zoning out, as can be typical with standard meditation.
When you look at your anxiety, you'll realize you're stressing about situations that could happen, or might happen. This added stress will not change the outcome, nor will it do any good to focus on the "bad" that could happen. You rob yourself of the moment right now when you're constantly worried about the future. When you're mindful, you focus on the present moment. Your breath, any feelings you're having, your thoughts... things that are right now.
Mindfulness meditation, along with other forms of meditation truly have a distinct effect on healing. Have you ever imagined something would happen and then it did? I'm not talking psychic abilities (though that would be awesome!), but more or less your mind manifesting things into the truth.
The more negative thoughts you have, the more negative outcomes you will attract into your life. Thinking "I'm so broke," "I'll never heal," "My life is so hard," will only bring those things into reality in your life. Your body listens intently to your thoughts, and you are incredibly powerful in this aspect. Filling your thoughts with positive affirmations can and will bring positivity into your life ten fold. Every cell in your body listens to what your mind is saying and thinking, so use those powers for good!
Mindfulness meditation is not only good for calming your mind, but initiating healing. Stress can actually make you sick, by suppressing the immune system, leading to illness and even cancer. This may all sound a little woo woo, but hear me out. Do you fill your mind with negative thoughts? Are your thoughts focusing on possible negative outcomes that aren't even your reality right now? Are you really focusing on positive thoughts and actions in your life? What if you tried it out, just to see, for a week, a month, a year? Are there any downsides to focusing on positive thoughts, calming your mind, and living in the now?
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Improves immune function
Alters cellular function for the better
and the list goes on!
Science has proven the benefits of meditation, as well as specifically mindfulness meditation. You have the power to alter your life, your thoughts, and in turn the outcome of everything in your life. When you're focusing on healing, one of the most powerful things you can do is quiet your mind, be mindful in all that you do, and continue to know for a fact that you're healed.
My husband has always told me "you can't want what you already have," and this mindset has a lot in common with being mindful. If you already know, deep in your heart, that you have it, there is no need to "want" it. In the aspect of healing, this is immensely powerful. You have to know in your mind, body and spirit that you are healed, and so it is. If you are telling yourself "I want to heal," or "I will heal," you're not placing a definitive time mark on your healing, so you will forever be in the active state of healing, instead of being healed already.
If you think you don't have time to meditate, think again. How much time do you spend looking at Facebook, Instagram, surfing online, or watching TV? If you take out 5, 10, 20 minutes or more and just set that aside as your "me" time, you'll be amazed at how great you start to feel. You can practice mindfulness meditation sitting quietly in a chair, on the floor, on the couch, or even on a walk. The main thing to focus on is the now. What are you feeling, thinking, experiencing right now? When your mind starts to wander or think about other things (i.e. what groceries you need, how much work you have piling up, etc.), bring it back to center by focusing solely on your breath. The breath is a great point to start at.
Personally, I like to follow a guided mindfulness meditation, to really take me on a "journey" through my meditation. It may seem hard to focus at first, and that's ok. You're opening up your mind and letting all those thoughts you have come flooding in (and they will). Just remember to bring it back to center, and focus on the now.
Live in the present. Be mindful in the present. You already have it.