Nobody in this world, no matter how powerful they are or how much inner peace they have, is immune to the trials and tribulations of life. As humans, having the level of intelligence we have is a double-edged sword; it allows us to emotionally connect with each other and create awesome innovations, but also lends itself to overthinking. This is often where these moments of emotional distress stem from. And the thing is, they can kick in at any time, without warning - whether they arise from a sudden change in your professional life, a loved one's illness, or just something that reminds you of a troubling past event.
When one of these "S.O.S." moments comes up, I always try to remember to turn in a direction I visit in a variety of other situations too: meditation. I started a regular meditation practice nearly 4 years ago, and am still just scratching the surface of its awesome potential. One of the main things that really pulls me in is meditation's versatility. There are many different ways to go about your daily practice and different methods (transcendental, guided, mindfulness, etc.); and as a result, it can be utilized in many different situations. Sure, a daily practice in the AM to set a general tone for your day is great and sort of the "default" way to practice - but meditation can also be used to better connect with nature, to focus before a sporting event, to reach enlightenment, etc. etc. The list goes on and on.
But back to our topic - meditation can especially be useful when these moments of distress kick in. When you feel like the stress and anxiety are boiling over and you're on the verge of breakdown, it's time to step back rather than dwell. Here are some quick steps you can take to utilize meditation for emotional healing in times of crisis:
- Close your eyes and center in. Take a couple breaths to let it all go, and tune into the present moment.
- Bring your attention to your heart center. Notice the energy there. Is it dark and heavy? Light and free? Simply notice it - without judgement.
- Breathe in and out, keeping your awareness on your heart space. Watch the energy ebb and flow. Breathe it in like a fine mist. You'll notice the energy shift. These are your emotions, in movement.
- Continue breathing with a light, "effortless" awareness. With this light focus on your heart space, try counting your inhales and exhales up to a count of 10, and then start again. You're now literally processing your emotions with non-judgmental awareness, and are on the path to healing.
This quick and powerful meditation can literally change the way you deal with distressful situations overnight. Give it a try next time something unfavorable arises!