In a nutshell – yes!
Meditation is a powerful practice in which your mind enters another state of consciousness—you silence your mind and experience a deep inner peace. As a result of beginning a daily meditation regime, you can experience better health, a calmer disposition, deeper concentration and self-awareness, and more.
Think of it like this – your mind is like a bright light in a cruddy room. When you turn on the light, its brightness may be overshadowed by all those objects cluttering the room (negative thoughts, self-limiting beliefs, etc.). However, when you meditate, you remove the junk from your mind. You clear the room so the light can shine brighter. You are then able to see your path to success. With more visibility and focus, you are able to achieve all your dreams!
Meditating also provides numerous health benefits. For the chronic pain sufferer, meditation can be like a miracle drug; it can alleviate pain, depression, anxiety and insomnia, improve overall mood, and lower blood pressure. It can also help you deal with the ebbs and flows of your condition.
The Mind is Like a Muscle – Exercise It!
Meditating gives your brain a boost!
Physicians often describe your brain as a muscle that needs to be exercised daily. When you quiet your mind through meditation, you improve concentration and focus. This mental ‘exercise’ helps you achieve your goals and enables you to handle daily stress more effectively.
Katy Perry and Ellen DeGeneres are two high achievers who exercise their ‘mental muscles’ by meditating daily. Ellen DeGeneres is on her fourth year of meditating and practices transcendental meditation. She states it gives her “peace of mind.” In contrast, Katy says meditating puts her in a good mood to face the challenges of the day, and it improves her creativity as well as her energy levels.
By having regular meditative sessions, you too can develop the innate ability to calm your mind, nourish your spirit, and achieve your goals—one at a time. If you suffer from chronic pain and your goal is to decrease the intensity or frequency of your painful flare-ups, meditation can help you train your mind away from the pain. This concept may sound unbelievable but it is 100% true!
Here’s how it works: When you use meditation for goal achievement, you focus not just on the temporary goal but also on the motivation that drives you to accomplish the goal. For instance, if your goal is to relieve pain (temporary goal), you should focus on being able to live without pain (stronger motivation).
When setting goals, always make sure they’re concrete and specific. Think about what you really want to accomplish and how you plan to get there. Here are some critical questions to ask yourself before meditating:
- What challenges am I experiencing?
- What do I want to accomplish in the next 3, 6, 9 and 12 months?
- What is stopping me from achieving my goals right now?
- Are my goals SMART (smart, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely)?
- Do I possess any limiting beliefs? If so, how can I overcome them to be a warrior?
Once you have answered these questions, it’s now time to meditate to improve clarity and focus.
- Get comfy and cozy. Wear comfortable clothes and sit in a relaxed position with your hands in your lap. Remain upright so you avoid the temptation to fall asleep. Either sit on the floor or find a comfortable seat where you’ll sit quietly for 15 minutes or more. Close your eyes and focus your eyes downward.
- Breathe deeply in and out in a relaxed manner. Inhale with your nose and exhale from your mouth. Start off with shallow intakes of air initially. Then, as you get accustomed to the breathing, allow your lungs to fill deeper with air. Breathe deeper and fuller and concentrate only on your breath.
- Enjoy the process. As you breathe deeply and slowly, you will feel more and more at peace. Focus only on your breathing. If you find your thoughts drifting, simply reel them back to your breath. The more you practice, the sooner you’ll be able to experience a heightened consciousness.
- Shifting back to consciousness. When you’re ready to stop meditating, open your eyes and bring your awareness back to your surroundings. Stand up when you’re ready!
Meditation is life-transforming! It not only gives you inner peace, brightens your mood and heals your spirit; it can provide relief from pain, depression, anxiety and other bothersome symptoms that chronic pain sufferers experience. Lastly, it can bring clarity and focus, and help you achieve ultimate success! By meditating on a daily basis, you can experience firsthand the benefits of this powerful goal-achievement strategy.