I believe meditation is healing in silence. This is why it’s my next action step. Along with prayer, I believe meditation is a powerful healing tool for wellness.
I will follow the acronym R.E.B.O.S (Relax, Envision, Breathe, Organize, Speak):
Relax – If I am relaxed, my body can work on healing and restoration.
Envision – Relaxed, I can envision the road before me. I am healthier, stronger, and completely healed.
Breathe with intention – Taking time to breathe helps to quiet the mind.
Organize my thoughts – With a quiet mind, you can organize your thoughts. Thinking positive thoughts of healing and recovery.
Speak words of affirmation – Speaking them into existence all the positive thoughts to my mind and body.
According to Healthline, meditation reduces stress, controls anxiety, promotes emotional health, enhances self-awareness, lengthens attention span, improves sleep, helps control pain, and more.
Healthline lists 9 types of meditation:
- Mindfulness meditation – where you pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind.
- Spiritual meditation -like prayer in that you reflect on the silence around you and seek a deeper connection with your God or Universe
- Focused meditation – involves concentration using any of the five senses
- Movement meditation – this practice may include yoga, walking through the woods, gardening, qigong, and other gentle forms of motion.
- Mantra meditation – uses a repetitive sound to clear the mind. Mantra can be a word, phrase, or sound, such as “Om.”
- Transcendental meditation – is a more customizable mantra meditation. It uses a series of words that are specific to each practitioner.
- Progressive relaxation – involves slowly tightening and relaxing one muscle group at a time throughout the body. Progressive relaxation aims at reducing tension in the body and promoting relaxation.
- Loving-kindness meditation – involves opening the mind to receive love from others. Followed with sending a series of well wishes to loved ones, friends, acquaintances, and all living beings. Loving kindness strengthens feelings of compassion, kindness, and acceptance toward oneself and others.
- Visualization meditation – the visualization technique focuses on enhancing feelings of relaxation, peace, and calmness by visualizing positive scenes or images.
I will be practicing mindful, spiritual, and focused meditation.
Meditation and Breathwork
Adding breathwork to my practice.
Breathwork – refers to different breathing techniques, programs, and exercises. All of these exercises focus on your awareness of your inhales and exhales. These exercises use deep, focused breathing that lasts a specific amount of time.
There are a few types of breathwork. Below are the ones I will be practicing:
- Box breathing – is a technique used by taking slow deep breaths. Box breathing heightens performance and concentration; while also being a powerful stress reliever.
- Diaphragmatic breathing (aka belly breathing) – this type helps strengthen your diaphragm. Practiced by inhaling through your nose and breathing out through your mouth.
- Alternate nostril breathing – uses diaphragmatic breathing through one nostril and holding the other nostril closed.
Breathwork helps to strengthen your lungs and increase oxygen to your brain and blood cells, an extra benefit to my healing.
I’m excited about adding meditation to my daily practice. It will teach me to slow down, and I hope to learn the true meaning of “calm.”
I plan to start with 15 minutes a day and gradually increase if I can.
How do you make time for yourself?
Do you meditate – or plan to add it to your routine?
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