Relieve stress & anxiety
In our modern ‘on-line’ world we are constantly bombarded by words, images, adverts and noise. Our mind can become saturated, leading to feelings of stress and anxiety.
In pre-historic times, our minds released ‘stress’ hormones for example, when running from a tiger or a woolly mammoth. Now the same ‘flight or flight’ hormones can be released when we are late for work, running to catch the train or have the children continually demanding attention.
These negative thoughts and emotions can and do affect the body and its physiology. According to David R. Hamilton PhD in ‘It’s The Thought That Counts’
‘During meditation, as the mind becomes peaceful, the body’s functions become more coherent and so the body becomes healthier.’
So what is the best way to meditate? There are a lot of myths around meditation and of course there are many ways to do it. However, these are some of my tips:
- There is not a right or wrong way to meditate
- Find a system that works for you
- Keep it simple
- Be kind to yourself
- If thoughts come into your mind whilst meditating, that is fine and normal, just let them go
- Your breath is key to relaxing into your meditation
Practice, practice, practice it is just like riding a bicycle the more you do it, the easier and more automatic it becomes.
Visualisation to help your breath and concentrate the mind
A simple technique I use with my clients to help break their stressful or anxious thoughts is to concentrate on visualising a white feather moving with their breathing.
- Find a quiet safe place to relax.
- Turn off all electrical equipment and phones.
- Concentrate on your breathing.
- Begin to quieten your mind.
- Breathe out worry, negativity.
- Concentrate on a white feather moving with your breath.