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  1. Good for YOU!!!

    Yoga and/or Tai Chi are also good for this. Yoga has many variables and you can work on strength, balance, flexibility and even weight loss. As an added benifit, you end up feeling calm, relaxed and even recharged- ready to go. Yoga sessions often end with lying on the mat, relaxed and just taking a few moments to let things go, let the relaxation in and being at peace with yourself. Very theraputic on so manny levels.

    One thing I have to remember often when doing the balance poses is to “Quiet your mind”. when you focus on your breathing and let everything else go- the balance seems to come on it’s own.

  2. Phoenix, yoga and Tai chi are actually FORMS of mindful meditation, so yes, they also help decrease stress and depression as well. ANYTHING along this line is helpful, and I highly recommend that people who are stressed, anxious, depressed ACTIVELY engage in any number of these behaviors. It has worked wonders for my state of mind and when I start to feel stressed or anxious I increase the time I am meditating. It is VERY simple, and VERY effective as well…and no bad side effects and you can’t beat that for a healthy way to heal.

  3. And the best part about it? It is easy, portable and it’s all completely FREE! Nothing to buy or lug around, move, clean or store when not in use… How much better can it get?

  4. Joyce, I still struggle with anxiety meltdowns, and mindfulness meditation is one of those techniques that helps to interrupt that dreadful cycle.

    It’s a daily challenge, I have to say. But, along with the painful recovery processes comes things that are calming and can be 100% peaceful, healing, and very spiritual. There’s the discomfort of facing down my own personal issues that “allowed” me to be such an easy target for “bad people,” and there’s the peace and tranquility of mindful meditation. Being mindful is not only good for my soul, but it’s good for my physical awareness, as well.

    EXCELLENT article, Joyce!

  5. Well, Truthy you know how much I believe in the healing power of meditation. The DOUBLE BLIND MEDICAL CENTER RESEARCH using MRIs to measure brains before and after an 8 week course in meditation absolutely proves objectively that it WORKS. One researcher studied the minds of monks who spend 20+ hours a day meditating and the research was fascinating to say the least. And Hey, it is FREE like Phoenix said and portable and doesn’t take up the middle of the living room floor. LOL

    We are left prone to anxiety after the trauma because we no longer feel safe or that we can trust ourselves to keep us safe…so the meditation helps with that too. Keep it up and be patient!

  6. I found a really good article in the Huff Post today about the differences between judging and being JUDGMENTAL…when we “judge” a person’s actions as good or bad, mean or nice, we are not being Judgmental.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amitai-etzioni/beware-of-wrong-mindfulne_b_8369334.html

    Another link, with more links within it is https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/a-doctor-puts-his-mind-to-mindfulness/2015/10/19/d191fc48-57c3-11e5-8bb1-b488d231bba2_story.html

    Meditation does help us, but we must NOT confuse judging with being judgmental….big differences.

  7. I got to thinking about DEPRESSION today and went over in my mind, the signs that someone is depressed…SOCIAL WITH DRAWL is one of the signs. Where we do not want to be around others. a GLOOMY outlook is another symptom, and SLEEP DISRUPTIONS, either sleeping too little or too much, WEIGHT CHANGES, FATIGUE, BRAIN FOG and even ANXIETY….sometimes we can recognize these symptoms in others before we can recognize them in ourselves. Others may recognize them in us as well before we can acknowledge that we ARE DEPRESSED.

    DENIAL of things we don’t want to face may be the only defense we have against acknowledging and admitting that we are depressed. Even then sometimes the depression saps our energy until we have little or no strength to actually DO something, like seeing our doctor or a therapist.

    Depression is many times a result of grief for losing something, be it a death to a loved one or a betrayal by a loved one. Grief changes our brain’s chemistry, as does PTSD and the stress hormones we get from either depression or the grief or trauma can actually change the brain’s ability to function. Stress hormones may help us to run from a bear or fight that bear but long term rather than short term, those hormones are actually TOXIC to our brain and actually kill cells.

    Recognizing depression in ourselves and those we love is a big part of the healing journeys in life.

    If you or someone you love is showing these symptoms, then take action ASAP.

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