How Calming Your Mind Helps Your Mind Body And Soul
Since we are beings of vibration, by calming the mind, body, and, soul you essentially help and provide yourself with the state of awareness you were created for. At the core of who we are, love and light takes center stage while experiencing a human experience. When we calm our thoughts, we are brought closer to our true selves while being in the present. This article provides the means of just that, and if your curious, continue the journey.
Meditation for a Calm Mind
Dr. Matthew Thorpe, MD, teaches that meditation helps reduce stress by lowering the levels of cortisol in the body. High levels of cortisol contribute to inflammation, damaging cells and tissue. He also states that meditation decreases depression, anxiety, and cloudy thinking. Meditation calms the mind and calms the body and spirit.
There are multiple types of meditation:
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Focused-Attention Meditation
- Loving-Kindness Meditation
- Habitual Meditation
Each of these types of meditation has specific benefits for your spirit. Depending on what your trying to achieve, approaching a meditational technique with an open mind goes a long way.
Mindfulness meditation increases electrical activity in the areas of your brain related to positive thinking and optimism. Your mind and spirit can then approach and live each day with a sense of cheerfulness and hope. Your spirit is stronger when you have hope for life instead of worry about stressors that continually cloud thoughts and judgement.
Focused-attention meditation helps increase attention span and memory.
Since your brain is better able to focus, your spirit can see the world in a more precise way. When you are more present and focused, your spirit can concentrate on life-affirming desires and goals. This also helps to be more “Present” rather than to be constantly thinking of past actions and outcomes, and consequences. If we are living in the “Now”, it only makes sense to pursue actions that serve a positive value now, and in the near future.
Loving-kindness meditation is central to self-love and loving others. Your spirit is healthier and happier when it dwells in love. Loving-kindness meditation teaches you how to look at yourself in a caring, positive way. When you accept yourself, you are better able to accept and love others, creating a cycle of love for your spirit. When you take into account that many people have low self worth while constantly seek validation from others, it would better serve the individual by working on the inside out.
Habitual meditation has been shown to help reduce chronic pain. The connection between body and spirit is stronger when the body isn’t suffering. Pain destroys calmness. Freeing the body from pain or reducing pain’s effects calms the mind, body, and spirit. This is why when it is said that “attention goes where energy flows” because when we are constantly thinking about a problem, in turn, produces more of said problem. Your mind is like a magnifying glass in which when a problem is acknowledged, your mind tries to solve the issue by placing it in the forefront of everything else.
Motion for a Calm Mind
Doing happy things leads to a calmer, more open mind and helps your spirit. When your mind is calm and happy, your spirit sees other opportunities for happiness. We as individuals are meant for movement, and movement is good for your mind, body and soul because your blood is circulating everything needed for life while providing oxygen to the brain. Taking even a short walk can break a negative mental cycle and give your spirit room to relax.
Observation for a Calm Mind
Psychologists believe that anxious thoughts can overwhelm your mind, making it difficult for your spirit to thrive. When you’re anxious, your brain leaps to conclusions that negatively affect your spirit.
To quiet anxious thoughts, you need to observe your them for what they are:
- Thoughts are guesses, not facts
- Thoughts are predication’s, not objective truth
- Thoughts are biased by past experiences
- Thoughts make judgments that aren’t always based on facts
- Even if a thought is true, it may not be helpful
When you observe your thoughts rather than immediately reacting to them, your mind remains calm. As an example, you are walking down the street, and a stranger stare at you. If you let your mind become anxious, your thoughts are filled with worry. You might guess that they want something from you, or that you’ve upset them somehow.
Your mind could think that they plan to harm you, especially if you’ve been taught that strangers are dangerous or if you’ve had a bad experience with a stranger in the past. If you make a judgment based on these thoughts, you may be misreading the situation. Perhaps the stranger is simply lost in their thoughts and doesn’t realize they are staring.
Maybe you remind them of someone they know, or they think they might have met you before. Letting your mind worry without all the facts causes stress and hurts your spirit. Even if the stranger does want something from you or means you harm, worrying won’t solve the problem or change the situation. A calm mind and spirit help you deal effectively with true stress and danger.
Maintaining a calm mind involves understanding yourself and your reactions to situations and stress. When your mind can see the broader context of a situation and determine if your thoughts are true facts, both your mind and spirit remain calm. We all experience times of stress in our everyday life, but knowing that a little meditation can help reduce your overall sense of tension, you are better equipped to handle life’s challenges.