What is meditation?
Meditation for Grief can be a great way to aid in the healing process.
According to wikipedia, “Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity-to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. Scholars have found meditation elusive to define, as practices vary both between traditions and within them.”
A quick tangent…
In the past media was more reserved for people trained in video production, radio personalities, movie or tv stars and proven authors. These days it isn’t all that hard to get yourself out there. Granted you still (hopefully) have to have some level of talent or ability to be successful on a high scale, but really anyone can put themselves out there for the world to see. So many social media influencers. It is the current way to express yourself and get your ‘message’ out there.
The scary thing is that it does not matter if you know what you are talking about or have any experience to put content out.
That being said I will go back to the thought that meditation is one of those things that you can find a very wide variety of definitions or understanding about what it is and how it is practiced. It is important to keep that in mind when deciding what app to use or who to follow.
Some of the Benefits of Using Meditation for Grief.
- Can help cultivate thankfulness
- Clear mind of toxic thoughts
- Create mindfulness
- Allow you to “catch thoughts” and renew mind
- Reset breathing and lower anxiety
How do you meditate?
- Find a quiet /calming space
- Get comfortable
- Focus on breathing
- Listen to Calming music or follow along with a recorded guide
- Center yourself and be in the moment
Check out this podcast that will go deeper into meditation. As a reminder I am not an expert in meditation, I simply use it as a tool to manage grief and anxiety.
Many will liken meditating to prayer. Some use prayer and meditation as a combo. All you need to do is check out youtube or the “app store” and you will find an endless number of meditation guides. Click here to listen to my favorite. A lot of them include calming music and an angelic voice that will walk you through the meditation. Much of it is speaking positive affirmations over yourself and the day ahead.
Meditation must be used at the correct time for you and fit in your grief story. Meditating and Grief is different for everyone. It can be customized to your needs and where you are at emotionally. Meditation is essentially, focus.
There may be a point that you just can’t focus the way you need. Take the moments to clear your mind of the toxic thinking and try to find anything you can be thankful for and narrow in on the positive affirmations for the future.