When we experience stress, it is because we lack the internal energy to meet outward challenges. Mindfulness, meditation and breath work can help us to increase and maintain our internal energy source so that we can successfully navigate our world.
Meditation helps us cope with the overwhelming challenges in today's society. It is a tool to cleanse your mind and keep your mind crystal clear. Through meditation, you become the observer instead of the thinker. Meditation helps us to be neutral and non-reactive, even in moments where everything around us is chaotic.
Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on awareness of the present moment, honoring what you sense, feel in that moment, without judgment or interpretation. Mindfulness practices can include guided imagery breathing methods, positive self-talk (mindful self compassion) and other strategies with the goal of relaxing the body and the mind and reducing stress.
Benefits of Mindfulness include:
Experience greater self-kindness - accepting your feelings in the moment without judgment.
Enhance and develop a greater appreciation for the present moment. The moment is a present - honor it!
No longer worry about the future or focus on the uncertainties of life that are beyond our control.
Enhance your senses - appreciating being alive with every moment, every breath.
Decreased stress due to improved emotional regulation (ability to regulate what we feel and what we do with our feelings).
Higher brain functioning and increased focus and attention when in a relaxed state.
Happy heart & happy body - lowered blood pressure and lower heart rate.
Decreased depressive symptoms and lowered levels of anxiety. Mindfulness provides tools to help us to step back from negative and strong emotions, identify the emotion, and accept them rather than resist or repress the emotion. We call this - "leaning into the emotion".
Breathwork and breathing practices are used to improve the mind, body and spiritual sides of ourselves. During a breathing practice, we intentionally change the breathing pattern with conscious effort. There are several forms of breath work that treat various ailments, including anxiety, depression, and pain relief.
In Kundalini Yoga, Meditation is a tool that supports the mind and guides the body through use of breathing, mantra , mudra (hand postures), and focus. There are thousands of meditations, tailored to specific applications. There are meditations that reduce stress, conquer depression, work on additions, release anger, and increase energy/vitality. In as little as 3 minutes a day, you can see the benefits of meditation. Rachel is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Level 1 KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga.
Rachel incorporates meditation, mindfulness, and breath work into treatment with clients who are looking to make serious and significant changes to their habits, way of thinking, and overall approach to life. Contact Rachel today to learn more about how use of mindfulness and meditation in therapy can aid in your healing and growth.