Meditation is the practice of observing our thoughts and breathing. But we also have access to this unlimited reservoir of energy that some people call divine intelligence or consciousness. And when we are aware of it, we can tap into it consciously through our own practice and learn how to restore your energy through meditation.
This inner quality of energy is something you will experience as you learn to become more balanced, centered, and confident.
Meditation helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system
Have you ever found yourself in deep meditation? How is that?
If you haven’t reached this level in your practice don’t worry, you will. It feels like you are free; you feel light and exhilarated. And these small voltage poles on your system simply dissolve. We often feel this tension of pushing and pulling and striving in our lives, and it is this type of energy that focuses us more on the survival part of the brain.
When we fall into a very deep sleep, your body begins to switch to a different physical mode. This is the parasympathetic nervous system, or the passive part of your body’s natural processes that allows you to rest and digest. So when the brain waves slow down and the mind comes to rest, then our energy begins to build up even as we get older.
By learning to activate the parasympathetic nervous system through meditation, you can build your energies and even slow down the effects of aging and illness.
Four ways meditation can help you restore your energy
There are three main ways, beyond just physical experience, that meditation can help you restore your energy throughout the day and through your life. We’ll examine each one in more detail, but in summary:
- Meditation calms the mind
- Meditation helps process emotions
- Meditation helps resolve past traumas
- Meditation creates coherence
Let’s take a closer look at these pillars of how you can restore your energy through meditation.
- Restoring Energy Through Meditation – (Photo / Suraflow)
1. Meditation calms the mind
Our mind is the first cause of stress. It’s the way we think our thoughts, how we perceive life, and that includes our beliefs. If we think that something or someone is attacking us, or that we are the victim of something that is out of our control, it will put us under stress in both our minds and our physical bodies.
Meditation provides a calm, rejuvenating space during the day where you can learn how to change gears and make your mindset less stressful. So the more we meditate and go into a place of observation of our own thoughts without judging, the better we can deal with the content of our mind and our way of thinking.
If you live with a stressful, anxious mindset, it will affect everything else in your life. Meditation gives you the opportunity to leave the mindset that can lead us to dwell on our stress and learn to see stressors positively as a learning experience.
2. Meditation helps process emotions
Each of us goes through countless experiences throughout the day. We cram our day full. We have a busy schedule, a full life. It can seem like there is just an abundance of things to do and get done and responsible for them. And we don’t really take the time to review all of the exchanges we’ve had during the day.
If you plan your day very closely and don’t take time to transition, process events, or let go of emotional experiences (both good and bad), it can build up on your nervous system. The experience is stored somewhere in our cells for later, or we push it into our kidneys and leave it there until we are ready to deal with it.
Meditation helps by creating a space in your day and recognizing that you had a difficult experience or that you are simply feeling exhausted or drained. Even if you’re not attending a full meditation session, it can help to just sit or lie down and breathe, or maybe take a quick nap. Entering this restful state of being is another way of initiating the relaxation response.
3. Meditation helps resolve past traumas
Many of us suffer from chronic stress and fatigue, even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially now after everything that happened during the pandemic and the aftermath of the lockdown. Many people experience adrenal fatigue, compassion fatigue, or simply the tiredness of maintaining a certain lifestyle that doesn’t feel natural or free. It’s important to just mention that you feel tired or just “blah”. When we have these feelings, it means that we have accumulated a quality of energy in our system and that quality of energy needs to be released or grounded.
This energy can be built up in many different ways. It can accumulate from energy through experiences, through exchanges with others, people put into your room and give you a certain feeling. And you want to consciously let go of those old energetic patterns from past experiences that are affecting your present moment. Because when we are really clear, in tune and connected to that moment, we feel present. It becomes easier, easier to feel, to feel that deeper peaceful joy that is there all the time and that we can access through meditation.
4. Meditation promotes coherence and stability
When we notice what happens when we enter the state of meditation, we feel more balanced and centered. We become aware of where we are directing our attention, where it is going and where our energy is going. Meditation is a healing option. It creates coherence through the mind and the heart and helps to activate a state of peace and compassion and above all compassion towards ourselves.
We live in a culture where we constantly beat each other up for one thing or the other. It’s a kind of self-grief even in our meditation practice. It is easy to get into a state of judgment when you think you haven’t done something well enough or don’t know how to meditate. Having these subtle, negative thoughts about ourselves and other people drains our energy in all of the ways we just discussed.
This tough, judgmental way of thinking causes a lot of stress and drains our energy. So as you learn to be kinder to yourself, think less harsh thoughts, cultivate a more compassionate state of mind, the easier it will be to flow your energies, relax, and feel free.
- Be nice to yourself – (Photo / Suraflow)
Become aware of where your energy is going
Meditation can help you become aware of the demands on your energy, which can cause your energy to feel tense, contracted, or exhausted. It could be anything and we don’t blame the trigger that caused it, you just start noticing. This causes you to tense up, create fear. It is important to be aware, to increase our self-esteem, to see if we need to create a new belief, take a new action, or express a healthy boundary.
Remember, meditation helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system or the relaxation response. When we sit in meditation, it is an opportunity to feel what we are really feeling. Even if you feel restlessness or restlessness, we try to sit in meditation with it. To notice. The approach I teach with energy addresses it so that you consciously let go and relax from the start. But if you are not an advanced practitioner, it can be very helpful to just lie down and be with yourself for 10 or 20 minutes a day.
It doesn’t have to be a fight. I like to do this by imagining myself grounding or letting go of this old or stagnant energy, any tension or activity or people that you are holding onto in your head and just consciously letting go of them. The relaxation response tells your body that it is safe to rest and let go. This serves to activate your excretion process to release any toxins that you physically or psychologically carry within you, to eliminate these toxins and to return to homeostasis.
Meditation, restful states and activation of the relaxation reaction
By activating the relaxation response, you activate your body’s natural healing reflexes. If you want to feel better, one of the most important things to do is rest, relax, and get a lot of good sleep. I believe sleep is more important than meditation. If you are sleep deprived, you will not have a good sitting exercise. You will fight against the natural flow of energy of what your body really needs.
Always select sleep to meditation. If you need a 30-minute nap instead of a 30-minute meditation practice, don’t feel guilty. If you are an advanced meditator, you may be able to enter a state between waking and sleeping. But if not, try taking a nap before meditating. This will help you rejuvenate so that you can be present and take full advantage of how you can restore your energies through meditation.
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