Think you don’t have time, or at the very time you want your mind to be still, it suddenly goes into overdrive and throws totally random thoughts at you, not to mention all the things you need to do during the day? I know exactly how you feel.
Here’s an example of my mind pre-meditation…
It’s embarrassing to say but I used to think in order to be good at meditation you had to be…
The Reality of Meditation
Meditation really doesn’t have to be so difficult. It certainly doesn’t have to last for long periods of time, you can take a short break out of your day, even as short as five minutes, just to rest, relax and meditate.
As for the common understanding that you have to stop your thoughts…well that is never going to happen, it’s just a case of acknowledging thoughts and letting them pass as you will see below.
There must be something to gain by meditation as it’s popularity is soaring!
Below are just 15 of the benefits of meditation, I am sure there are many more, but just from these 15 you can see why meditation is a must and how it can help alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Meditation like anything in life, takes practice
As you start to practice meditation you will become more conscious of your thoughts. Don’t beat yourself up or be harsh with yourself, when you find your mind wandering just bring it back calmly and allow the thought to pass. When we begin to struggle with our thought’s we are defeating the object of meditation and more than likely causing ourselves even more stress. Like anything in our lives, it takes time and practice.
No equipment is necessary for successful meditation and Yippee No expensive memberships. You can meditate at home while sitting on the floor, couch or bed. Perhaps outside sitting under a tree or sitting on the beach (it’s a bit nippy now if you’re in England so wait until the weather gets a little warmer). Wherever you can find a calm, quiet place, you can meditate.
Meditation is actually a state of consciousness. When meditating we access the Alpha brainwave state of mind, which is where we find relaxation and creativity. Focusing on inner peace, tranquillity, serenity and gaining peace of mind, in turn leads to lower stress levels and we all know what stress can do with fibro symptoms.
I found that when I started to meditate, guided meditation was the best answer for me. The only mistake I did make, was to meditate last thing at night before I fell asleep. I would wake up at stupid o’clock still plugged into my headphones, and the meditation long since finished.
With practice I have been able to quieten my mind and feel more peaceful which in turn has led to calmer days and fewer symptoms. There are days meditation is challenging because it’s been very busy but even more reason to give your body and mind a break if only for a few short minutes.
If you are looking for a guided meditation a great App to use is https://calm.com with over 100 short guided meditations, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Have you ever practiced meditation? I would love to know your experience and if you have any tips, please do comment below.
Have a wonderful, peaceful day