Benefits & Cautions

Support Your Healing with the Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation will enhance your healing enormously. You’ll find yourself becoming calmer, feeling more relaxed, your anxiety and/or depression will begin to ease. It will happen over time as each small, quiet moment builds on the next.

As you probably know very well, when there’s so much internal noise going on it can be difficult to think about going inside. Each time you focus on what’s going on, noticing what’s happening you’ll begin moving yourself in the direction you want to go – quiet, calm, becoming more and more relaxed and at ease.

One of the unfortunate legacies of PTSD is that there’s so much internal noise going on. That can make it difficult to think about going inside.

Some of you reading this might even be saying, “Right! Go into my body? I want to relax and feel calmer but it just doesn’t happen! It’s a good idea – but…..”

That’s understandable. The benefits of meditation, though, aren’t there as just billboards advertising a possibility, they are truly possible. Used in conjunction with a good trauma treatment you will be able to find your way to living inside your skin with kindness and care – and calm!

You’ll reap the benefits as you practice, sitting quietly or putting the skills to use washing the dishes or taking a walk. Each moment of calm and relaxation will step you toward your own sense of wellbeing.

The enormous benefits of meditation are there. And, there are also has some cautions as you move forward. The cautions aren’t there to stop you, only to prompt care and attention. Some of us (I’m in this category!) will plow full speed ahead with
someone if I think it will help, only to find later that it was too much.

The Benefits and Cautions

With practice, learning to meditate can help most of us in a number of different ways:
– to put aside the distractions of daily life
– decrease anxiety
– help us center and become more grounded
– can reduce chronic pain
– can overcome depression
– increase insight
– access our intuition and guidance
– supports stress management
– promotes stress management
– to slow down and become more aware of our inner states
– to cultivate a sense of inner calm, and to feel renewed.

Although In the West the most common meditation practice is that of mindfulness meditation, in order to skillfully work with trauma and meditation, we need to use both kinds of meditation: mindfulness. Using both will allow us to be mindful –
notice, witness and observe and also to focus and concentrate, which is the form of meditation.

With both you can experience a quiet state in meditation that is contained, resourceful, and replenishing. With time and practice, you can begin to accumulate moments of quiet that help to calm your nervous systems and invite a connection to the sacred.

Unfortunately, as Well as the Benefits, There are Cautions

We all want the benefits to come easily and swiftly! It would be nice if we could make it happen with a quick switch. When you’ve got a trauma history the rewards come from re-training your mind and body to move in a new direction, different from the old pattern that is deeply engrained.

The task here is to create a inner world that’s calmer, less frantic, where the chaos is diminished, and you are at the whim of overwhelming thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. I’m sure you know well how hard it is to feel calm when it’s so crazy inside — even if you long for it.

Meditation will train your mind to move in a new direction, soften your heart, and relax your body.

Take Your Time

Developing a meditation practice needs to be done thoughtfully in order to reap the benefits. If your mind is used to being tossed around by it’s internal chaos take your time. As helpful as meditation can be, it can also open up the door to these parts of us that we have been – appropriately so – shutting down.

You want to be able to watch and observe what happens inside with love and kindness. That’s hard to do when you feel overwhelmed! So take your time. Be gentle with yourself. Start with 1 minute or 5 minutes or whatever you feel comfortable and gradually work your way to more time.

There’s no way to meditate right — and you can’t do it wrong. The benefits of meditation will come. Your anxiety, depression will relax. You will get some relief.

Whatever arises while you practice will give you information on how you are organized inside and give you important guidance on how to lovingly walk your way to healing.

Meditation is a journey of listening to your own experiences and being guided from within. Use what I write here, or what others write, as suggestions. Your own wisdom will be the most sustaining for you over time.

 

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