Physical Healing Meditation

For centuries, indigenous cultures have held deeply onto the belief that self healing is a deeply spiritual endeavor. Today, we have science that actually backs that belief up. Here’s how you can take advantage of this hack to enhance bodily healing. Self care is of upmost importance!

Meditation for healing the body

It is understandable to be skeptical of the healing power of meditation on the physical body. If you are completely new to meditation and reading this article, you may be thinking, “I’m not looking for inner peace, I just want my chronic pain to go away.”

Well, meditation can help with that! Any form of meditation that puts the body into a more relaxed state will actually speed up the healing process. This is because when the body is tense, inflammatory chemicals are released in your brain that can actually delay the healing process.

Meditation in any form can put you in a more mindful, relaxed state, which clears the way for oxygen and nutrients to go to work.

If you’re sold on trying meditation as a practice to relieve some pain, continue reading for some tips on where to start.

Preparing for healing meditation

A very important part of any meditation, but especially healing meditation, is to get into a comfortable position. Say you have chronic back pain, trying to get in a position that causes pain to flare up is going to take away from your relaxation meditation.

My advice is to sit or lay down on a bed or a favorite piece of furniture. The goal is to become mindful of your thoughts and feelings, and relax. If you are sitting in an uncomfortable area, it is going to be difficult to focus on the meditation itself.

It is also important to ensure the environment around you is a calm one. If you can help it, try to find a calm and quiet environment. Any distractions while you are trying to meditate will cause stress, which is the opposite of what we’re going for.

Guided meditation techniques

A great way to have a quick, productive meditation session is to try a guided meditation. These can be easily found with a quick search on Google or YouTube. If you can picture a scenario to meditate for, you can find a guided meditation for it.

Following a guided meditation is great to get started with meditation for healing. Once you get the hang of it, feel free to try some new things out on your own.

I always encourage clients to try different types of guided meditations. This can include meditations that incorporate more physical activities (if your ailments allow you to), or a session with an in-person guide.

Meditation is all about finding what works best for you.

Taking care of your whole self

People often think of meditating as a mostly mental task. In my opinion, meditation is most effective when we incorporate our physical selves into our routine.

It is highly important that we don’t favor one over the other. When we are injured or ill, it is easy to let our minds race about how we feel physically.

Healing meditation is a great way to eliminate stress both mentally and physically, and you would be amazed at how differently a meditation session can help you feel.

Meditation can transform the mind; mind can transform the body

Whether we like it or not, our mind and body are far more intertwined than many people realize. Our thoughts originate from our brain, which is a physical organ that controls everything else that happens in our bodies.

This is why even when we are dealing with physical ailments, we must be in touch with our mental and spiritual selves to raise our physical selves. Try a body scan technique to get more in sync with your physical self!

Anxiety’s effect on how we feel

When we get anxious, our brains release adrenaline and cortisol. These two hormones are our stress hormones, which are designed to help us make decisions in stressful situations.

These hormones, which may have saved humans from getting attacked by a lion once-upon-a-time, are now getting released every time we get overwhelmed at work, or read about politics on Facebook (which let’s admit, is quite often).

When released, these hormones can result in several negative physical consequences, one of which being delayed healing.

Reducing stress

Meditation is a great way to reduce this stress and anxiety, which in turn reduces our stress hormones. This minimizes the time we take to heal, and can come with several other added benefits as well.

These benefits can include better digestion, a strengthened immune system, and even getting along better with family and friends. The benefits of meditation are endless, and you should make a habit of meditating as part of your daily routine.

Try a more physical form of meditation

If you are looking for a form of meditation for healing that can improve your health in countless ways, consider trying walking meditation. Walking in and of itself is a great form of fitness that can improve cardiovascular and pulmonary health.

Combining walking with the power of meditation is like a life hack for your health.

To perform this type of meditation, find a calm, peaceful area to walk. If you’re an avid walker it can be at your regular walking venue. I highly recommend you try this outside in nature. Once you find a great place to walk, try the following:

  • Start by focusing on the sounds of the world around you. Is there a bird chirping, or wind blowing through the trees? What are the noises your feet make with each step you take? Are there leaves crunching underneath you?

  • Shift your focus to how you feel. Is there any soreness? Do your muscles feel good? Make mental notes of how you feel.

  • Practice this for about 5 minutes, towards the end of your walk.

Walking meditation is a wonderful way to combine two incredibly healthy habits

Develop a habit of taking time for yourself

Always make sure to leave some time for yourself each day. Whether you use this time to meditate is your prerogative, but letting stress build up over time is not going to do you any favors to heal yourself. Find a routine that works for you, and find yourself healing quicker!

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