Meditation For Healing.

Why meditation? And how can we get started?

For months now I’ve been successfully maintaining my yoga routine. I contort myself into various poses, and follow the breathing. Easy once you get into it. Meditation, however, is a different story.

I’ve never been able to get into meditation the way my fellow wellness pals appear to be. Much like my guest this week, I’ve struggled with shutting my mind off and understanding exactly what it is those gurus are doing.


Getting Started With Meditation For Healing.

By Savannah Shea Blake.

Meditation is one of the most important things you can do for your mental health. It’s highly recommended by mostly all of the coaches, gurus, and motivational people we come across online. They all claim it to be THE most important part of their daily schedule and contribute it to their success and balance in life. 

I did yoga for years before I gave meditation any thought. It wasn’t until I first started getting into the personal development world, some years later, that I began looking at meditation at all. I had some difficulties figuring it out in the beginning, though. Everyone was citing its importance and all of the benefits such as improved mental clarity, emotional state, and even physical healing but no one was really giving me any tips on how to meditate or what it actually was.

For many of us, when we think of meditation, we picture someone sitting cross-legged on the floor. Their eyes closed, back straight in peace and stillness. Okay, great, but what are they actually DOING? I needed details and elaboration on the processes and couldn’t seem to find them anywhere.

I could follow the guided meditations on YouTube. Lay still and quiet, but I needed more information. I didn’t feel as though I was getting the benefits that I had been promised in the seminars and books. I needed to understand the inner workings so that I could get all of these improvements people were talking about. It took me years to figure out that these people sitting quietly are, in fact, doing both nothing and everything all at the same time. 


The Inner Workings of Meditation.

Actively doing nothing is a little more challenging than it sounds. To be successful at it, one must quiet the mind and simply “be”. If you’ve ever tried to quiet the nonstop flow of thoughts within your mind, though, especially if you’re a worrier or sufferer of anxiety, you’ll understand the difficulties of it.

To do lists a mile long, appointments to remember, obsessions over past experiences and conversations all keep our minds very busy and impose themselves with a loudness that’s hard to shush. My perfectionism made it extra hard for me to meditate in the beginning because I felt as though to do it properly, I had to keep my thoughts completely at bay.

It’s a practice, though, just like any other. When you’re first starting out, you may not silence your mind at all. The point is; you’re trying. Keep doing that. Soon, you’ll find a little break in the thoughts here and there. Practice shutting them down as soon as you notice them instead of allowing them to carry on a life of their own into a thought train. As time goes on, your little breaks in between thoughts will expand and grow. And so will you.

I found it easy to start by, instead of trying to force the silencing of my mind, focusing on a part of my body. In my case, I chose the crown of my head. This way, I’m barely away from my thoughts, since awareness is still in my head, but we’re not thinking about the thoughts. It was a helpful stepping stone for me until I could master clearing my mind without it.

The Outer Workings of Meditation.

In addition to learning how to silence your mind, you’ll want to learn how to control your body. When we meditate, we are essentially learning to be masters of ourselves. This study carries over into our everyday lives and benefits us in between meditation sessions. Even when we’re unaware of it.

We naturally hold tension, stress, and emotions within the muscles of our bodies. These energies can cause negative manifestations in our minds and bodies in various forms including headaches, anxiety, depression, physical sickness and so much more. The list can really go on for ages and encompass every ailment. 

In meditation, we can become aware of these energies and release them. You’ll widely find this among guided meditations although one can craft a guided meditation to help anything in life. Routinely, you’ll start by scanning your body and pinpointing any tension you’re holding onto. As you exhale, release and relax every muscle in your body one by one. 

 

Possibly one of my favorite breathing exercises.

Focusing on your breathing can help you relax and quiet your mind by giving you something to focus on. Inhale through your nose and into your belly (not your chest) until you can’t possibly take in any more air. Release it evenly, back out through your nose. Imagine that as you inhale, you’re gathering up all of the tension in a specific part of your body and as you exhale, you’re blowing that tension out of yourself and into the world around you to be dispersed.

Creating Space with Meditation.

Meditation is how we create space in our lives. Creating space is how we calm our minds and nervous systems. It’s how we learn to grow and improve. It helps us in self-reflection and healing. It helps us to invite creativity and inspiration into our lives in every way and helps us answer questions we may have about ourselves, life and the world around us. 

When we can learn to create this space for ourselves we learn to enjoy our own company and this leads to the self-love that we all deeply need to thrive. 

Too often, we are afraid of blank space. Filling our lives with business, with noise, distraction, entertainment and screens overflowing to the brim so as to avoid the silence where our demons creep in. Facing this though, going through it rather than hiding from it, is how we heal and grow past it to where our demons no longer have control over us. 

When we’re “Too busy” is when we need meditation and the space it creates the most. With the reflection it provides, we can prioritize our energy and take note of that which is siphoning our resources and needs to be let go of. It also allows for source energy and our spirit to speak to us and tell us where we should be focusing on our lives. As creatives, our “writer’s block” may often be too much busy-ness and noise and not enough space. 

When we are quiet, still and receptive, we are open to being filled with that which benefits and heals us. The energy of the universe is ours to tap into. An ocean of possibilities and knowledge at our disposal and meditation is our means of utilizing it.


About Savannah.

Savannah Shea Blake is a Confidence Coach and Birth Doula at EarthandWater.co who helps women unleash their inner warrior goddesses through chakras and mindset so that they can conquer the battles of life, feel more supported in their ventures and love who they are.

78 thoughts on “Meditation For Healing.

    1. Same here Krysten! I struggle with anxiety in relation to food, weight etc and so I started yoga and meditation early this year to help with that. Along with a diagnoses (finally) and medication, holistic practices like yoga and meditation have really helped me lower my stress levels.

    1. I would strongly recommend sticking at it. Sometimes you can get into it, while others it’s simply not the right time. It takes practice to find where and when suits you.

  1. Lovely post! I am learning about meditation and how it can heal a person. I have been using an app but I’m looking at going to a class. Thank you for sharing this. xx

  2. Lovely post! I have been learning about meditation recently. I have been using an app but looking at going to a class. Thank you for sharing this. xx

    1. I meditate on a lot of things and it depends where I’m at both in life and physically. For example, when I drive to my home town I tend to spend time focusing in silence on the drive, and remembering my lost loved ones.

  3. I must say that meditation has a powerful effect on the mind, not only relaxing it, but also directing it in the best way.

  4. Meditation is good for the mind. I meditate by reading inspirational quotes. I also like to listen to worship songs especially when I am alone. Thank you Nyxie the amazing post.

    1. I get the giggles sometimes too or my mind wanders. Sometimes I find I’m just unable to focus on meditation, and that’s okay. It’s all about finding the right mindset to get into it.

  5. Meditation is so good for body and soul! I have to admit, though, that I have the hardest time letting go of life to focus on the healing properties of meditation. I would really love to try again. I will print this up and use it for reference. Thank you!

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    1. It can be very hard to get into. There are just certain times of the day or periods in my life where it won’t work. But once you find your safe space, it’s lovely to escape for a while.

    1. Thank you so much. Yes, I often wake up about 6am, have my morning coffee, do some writing and then go onto Yoga where I take the time to meditate. The wee hours of the morning are just easier to shut out the noise.

    1. I can still find it hard to meditate. I find it a lot easier when I’m in the shower or driving. When driving, although I’m focusing on the road, I’m also taking the time to step away from social media, music, noise etc and just sit with myself. It’s why I do most of my crying/grieving while driving.

      1. This is really interesting. I’ve often thought about meditation but always end up obsessing over my barriers to it (my anxiety is extreme and I can’t imagine any way to quiet my mind, and I have sensorimotor OCD so I’m scared of putting so much focus on breathing in case I trigger an episode). I think I’ll look into starting with baby steps in 2020 and try to find a way that works for me.

        1. Take it slowly. I am still struggling with it because my mind tends to work in overdrive ALL THE TIME. And remember, sometimes it just doesn’t work. Not all medicine (alternative or otherwise) is one size fits all. x

  7. I love meditation – I can’t tell you how many things meditation has gotten me through from stressful moments, medical procedures to just moments when I need to find a bit more peace in my day. Great article.

  8. Meditation is a lifesaver! I think every student in school should learn how to meditate so when they’re older they know how to relax and ease their stress. Don’t you think it should be a mandatory class, like math and english? it’s just as important!

  9. I was encouraged to focus on three simple breathing exercises when I was going through a stressful time and was amazed at how centered I felt after several minutes of just breathing.

  10. I don’t do yoga and I do not do meditation, but I pray… does that count? I tried yoga before and I dozed off in the middle of the class. That’s how relaxed I was… HAHA.

    But I believe in the value of quiet time. I believe, in whichever form, we should have

  11. Meditation has helped me so much in my life! I really dont know where I would be right now without it. I have not been practicing regularly lately, but you have inspired me to put it on m to-do list!

  12. true, everyone recommends it for mental health and I’ve been doing it from time to time. It’s been helping me a lot as well, but I haven’t yet made it in my daily schedule which I’m looking to it after reading this amazing post, thank you for sharing it.

  13. Great post! Meditation is fantastic, it has really helped me over the years, to deepen my self awareness and to be more mindful of my thought process. It has also helped me to manage my anxiety and stress levels. I think mindfulness and meditation is a much under used resource and this post is very helpful in highlighting just how many wonderful benefits it has.

    1. It should be taught in schools and to young kids as a coping tool. 100% would love to be the one to bring that to schools here. I never heard of any of this stuff growing up, and I can’t help think that it would have been perfect for me as a teen.

  14. Meditation really needs to be taught at school! It’s helped improve my life so much and I’m a much calmer, open minded person since meditating. We use meditation practices at the psychiatric hospital I work at and the patients mental health and self awareness has improved drastically

    1. It’s certainly helpful and even advised for MI patients! Although it can be hard for some to do without practice etc, it really does help clear your thoughts.

  15. Proper meditation can have so many healing benefits. It’s about quieting oneself and focusing on what really matters!

  16. This is definitely an interesting article!! I haven’t tried meditation, but I’ve tried yoga. It’s definitely a great way to connect with ourselves.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!! <3

    1. It certainly help. The important thing to remember is that it takes time and practice, and also that, like medication, it may not work for everyone.
      Thank you so much for stopping in and reading 🙂

  17. Very interesting read. I’ve tried meditation a few times through the years to reduce stress, but I’ve never been able to “quite the mind.” My mind is always running…whether it is playing through a scene in a story I’m writing or just weeding through ideas I’ve come up with for new stories; it’s always running.

    1. I’m exactly the same in terms of my mind being overloaded all the time. But I find it easier to meditate in the shower when there are little distractions. My mind still wanders but it’s usually to a healthy place, rather than overloading myself with ideas etc.

    1. I still find it hard but I’m trying to work it into each day. I find it most helpful to do in the shower because there is no stimulus or distractions. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

  18. What an interesting post! I’ve never tried meditation, but maybe I need to give it some thought. I was afraid that I might fall asleep when doing it and miss the whole point :’D But I think it shouldn’t happen if I did it the right way, right? Has it ever happened to you? Thank you for sharing this by the way! – Ola

    1. Personally, I haven’t gone to sleep during meditation. However, I can see how it might happen. I’ve slept during yoga, though! I don’t necessarily think that falling asleep during meditation is a bad thing, I think if you’re relaxed enough then that’s the point.

  19. Loved reading this post on meditation. I found that meditation works the best for me when I do it in the morning before I get my day started. Once my day is started, it’s hard to commit to doing anything because my days are typically busy. I enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing your amazing tips!

    Kendra | Self-Care Overload

    1. It’s hard to clear our heads when we’re chronic overthinkers. I’m the same and it can take practice and time for me to actually achieve a clear mind. But it’s possible. Thank you so much for reading.

  20. I have started meditating about six months ago. I started with apps that helped to quiet the mind, but now as it’s part of my routine, I don’t use any apps. It still takes a lot of practice to relax and think of nothing, but I’m getting better at it, and I love doing it. I tap into my intuition and I get my body to relax and be still.

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