While the mind is like a spinning top full of different ideas and doesn’t stop until it falls over – it is fertile ground for anxiety and needs a brake to slow it down.
Meditation is a vital tool in the Peace of Mind Pathway.
What is meditation?
In a nutshell – it is the calming of the mind.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind, using techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and a calm, seeing of the true nature of things.
True meditation occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert.
One meditation technique is not necessarily better than another. It is an individualistic process and is what suits you best to achieve the objective of calming and bringing the mind into the present.
Why you should try it?
By engaging in meditation you learn the patterns and habits of your mind and the practise offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. Meditation has a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life. In doing so it can reduce stress and anxiety and fears.
Why Meditation is important in reducing anxiety?
Meditation is one of the most effective forms of stress reduction. It is a means of attaining mental peace and tranquillity. It enables one to focus on the present moment rather than dwell on the unchangeable past or unknown future.
Anxiety is associated with the activation of the sympathetic component of the autonomic nervous system which, in its extreme, causes the “fight or flight” response. Meditation acts to reduce sympathetic activation by release of catecholamines and other stress hormones such as cortisol, and promoting increased parasympathetic activity, which in turn slows the heart rate and improves the flow of blood to the viscera and away from the periphery. Thus reducing anxiety or panic attacks.
Tips for meditating for beginners.
1. Establish a regular time – and be patient – there is no right or wrong.
A good way to start is doing this for 5 – 10 mins each morning when you wake up. Some people like a ritual like having a special place and lighting a candle.
2. Sit or lie quietly and close your eyes and visualise emptying your mind.
Get a beautiful object like a rose and stare at it
For 5 – 10 mins trying to exclude other thoughts – just focussing on the rose.
At first you may only manage 1 min. that is fine – grow it eventually to 20 mins
Use a guided meditation – I advise this if you aren’t managing one of the other two. Just do what suits you.
3. Meditation is about letting go. Before any of the above techniques – choose one thing you want to let go of and be conscious of that throughout your meditation.
4. If in any of the above techniques – a thought interrupts you. Just acknowledge it and watch it go past your mind on the outside of your body. Give it no energy.
Many of my clients have found this so beneficial they have started one meditation for waking up and one when you go to sleep.
Meditation App for anxiety
Relax Lite – has one for the morning and one for the night
Louise Hay – morning meditation – 24 mins
Louise Hay – evening meditation – 27 mins
Abraham Hicks – morning meditation – 10 mins
Deepak Chopra – morning meditation – 6 mins
The five minute miracle – 5 mins