We all know meditation is good for you.
There are literally hundreds of benefits that are SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN!
But, like most people, I find it hard to take 20 mins a day to better myself.
And it’s even more difficult when you’re in the actual throes of stress, panic, anxiety, or bad body image, because it’s so hard to take an immediate step back from those intense feelings and practice self-care.
On the evening of February 22nd, I was sitting at home, and feeling really terrible about my body. I was filled with anxiety, and didn’t know how to control it. It was too late in the night to go for a run (which is my usual mode of stress relief). So I felt trapped with my emotions, while at the same time being buried underneath them.
When it comes to treating anxiety there are all kinds of unique methods. For example, one of my friends uses cbda oil to help her feel less anxious when she has to do a presentation at work.
I don’t know why, but I went onto Youtube and searched Guided Meditation.
I couldn’t believe the amount of calming words that my search returned.
So I narrowed my search and tried Anxiety Mediation, then Self-Love Meditation, then Self Forgiveness Meditation, then Mindful Eating Meditation, then BODY LOVE MEDITATION!
My mind was blown. There were people, speaking to me online, knowing exactly what kind of feelings I was battling at that exact moment.
I’m not sure exactly why I searched for meditation.
Perhaps it’s because my boyfriend meditates every…single…day, and I’ve seen the amazing benefits that mediation has provided him in both his personal and professional life.
Perhaps it’s because my mom took a meditation course a few years ago and told me how much it helped her.
Or maybe it’s because my therapist has been trying to get me to do it for years! ;)
Either way, I had a breakthrough you guys, and I want to share some of the meditations I found online with you.
I really hope you enjoy these.
They’ve helped me immensely over the past few weeks, and I don’t see myself quitting meditation anytime soon.
Listen to this one while being active. Going for a walk, cleaning the house. It’s shifted my anxiety from negative to positive on more than a few occasions.
The QUEEEEEEN of body love. Seriously, if you don’t know about her, GET ON BOARD!
One of my favorites to listen to before bed. Have others hurt you? Have you hurt others, or even yourself? We carry around so much baggage and shame. This will help release it.
Because you can never be too forgiving.
For anyone who suffers from disordered eating, anxiety around food, or just feels out of control at times.
Do you like these mediations I picked? Do you see yourself using them in the future to combat stress?
Or are there meditations you already use???
I’d love to know what helps YOU when you’re stressed or anxious…
So share your links with me and the other Hotpants readers in the comments below!
Remember, the world is full of stress,
but it’s the stress-management tools we learn in life, that keep us fine tuned, aligned, and at peace with ourselves and each other.
I’ve been meditating for about 6 years off and on – I’m one of those crazy people who loves taking classes in all things & started to take meditation classes at San Francisco Insight Meditation Center in 2009 after seeing Eugene Cash do a dharma talk. For me, life is more fulfilling when I’m asking questions & exploring! You can listen to Eugene’s talks and other spiritual leaders here: http://www.sfinsight.org/category/dharma-talks/
Plus, they have a great beginner Guided Meditation by Eugene here: http://www.sfinsight.org/category/guided-meditations/
it’s only 25 minutes so it’s great for people who feel they don’t have time.
The one biggest thing I learned when I was first starting out & felt like I couldn’t meditate because I’m too hyper, my teacher said that it’s OK to have thought rush around through your head. Just let those thoughts pass like a cloud in the sky. Acknowledge them and let them pass by. Once I allowed myself to think of other things and then come back to the breath & come back into the guided meditation I started to really feel the benefits of meditating. I hope that helps others as they get into the practice! It’s FOR SURE (along with regular therapy) helped me to shift my energy into other avenues and not get too bogged down in negative thoughts. <3
LOVE THIS DANA! I used to do it the first thing in the morning when I woke up. Need to get back into again. Thank you so much for sharing. <3