Like pain, stress is endemic in our society. In many cases, the pain may even be caused or exacerbated by stress. You see, when we have stressful experiences, we have physical, mental, emotional, and often even spiritual reactions. Our body goes into fight or flight and releases chemicals in order to get prepared for action. Our mind either races with thoughts and worries, or becomes laser-focused on the task at hand. Like with our thoughts, we either experience a wide range of emotional responses, or one or two very powerful feelings, like peace, anger, or sadness. Our spiritual response may include a loss or increase in faith, a sense of cloudiness or confusion, tiredness or lack of energy.
None of these stress responses are inherently bad. In fact, they’re all very normal and represent how our system is made to function when we experience stressful events. The problem comes in when we don’t process through these experiences, when they stay in our bodies because we don’t give ourselves any time to rest or to grieve or to actually experience and identify what’s really going on. When we simply power through, we rob ourselves of the gift of healing, of being able to ready our bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits for the next stressful event. We don’t give ourselves the opportunity to build up a set of tools and internal process that will help us to navigate stress when it inevitably comes again.
Over time, our lack of helpful stress responses results in our inability to handle much, if any, stress at all. We’re constantly fatigued, wired, on the edge, waiting for the next shoe to drop (and subsequently praying that it doesn’t), drinking too much, not sleeping nearly enough, suffering with undiagnosable body aches and pains, and more. We’ve spiraled into a life hindered by the effects of poorly managed stress , and I can tell you from personal experience that it’s much more difficult to get out of the spiral than it is to get into it. Prevention is key.
The good news is that there is ONE single activity that can both help you prevent the stress spiral AND help get you out of it if you’re already there. You hear about it all the time: MEDITATION.
I feel the shivers and the heads shaking. I can actually hear the excuses reasons now why you can’t possibly meditate…
“I can’t sit still that long…”
“It’s too hard. I can’t switch my mind off….”
“I don’t have time…”
“I’ll just fall asleep, what’s the benefit of that?”
“It scares me…”
I know these reasons very well because I’ve used them all (and more) over the last 5 years to avoid meditation. And even now, I still struggle to keep a regular meditation practice. However, I can attest to the fact that meditation has been instrumental in helping pull me out of adrenal fatigue and catapult my healing and intuitive abilities to the next level.
Why does something so good for us seem so difficult? Well, often change is scary. We’re stressed for reasons that we don’t like and that make us miserable, and yet we aren’t ready to give those reasons up yet. Or we can’t see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel and getting started feels overwhelming.
Honestly, the reason doesn’t matter. What matters is feeling better. Wouldn’t you agree? Below are 3 meditation tips to help you relieve your stress and feel better immediately!
If you're interested in relieving stress in your life, check out my upcoming classes and programs for opportunities to learn how to bring meditation and energy healing into your everyday life!
Love and light,
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