As I was in the middle of my mental meltdown, my mind was moving SO fast and it was SO loud. I could not slow it down, I could not turn it off. It was only by medication I could get any sleep at all. And all the noise was overwhelming, and exhausting and frightening.
*Disclaimer- I know that there will be mixed opinions about this post and my beliefs behind some of it. The concepts are the same no matter what your spiritual belief, so please reap from it what you will.
Renewing the mind and body
The first is meditation. When you hear the word, you probably envision someone sitting cross-legged, hands on knees, palms up and saying ‘ooohm’. Many Christians assume that meditation is an eastern religion tradition and should therefore refrain from it. The Bible, however, uses the word meditate quite a few times and we are told to meditate on scripture.
I found a relaxation meditation download on Amazon where the speaker walks you through progressive relaxation of the body, all the while soft music is playing, and he quotes scriptures intermittently. This has been awesome! Have I perfected it yet? No, but I do seem to be making progress! My brain is not near as full (no IQ jokes here!) and it seems much quieter between my ears and in my heart. Oh, and I can do this lying in my bed, or sitting in my (parked) car!
The second habit I am implementing is yoga. Again, many Christians shy away from yoga, however, if you don’t consume yourself with the new age traditions associated with it, the physical and mental benefits are fantastic. FYI, yoga is not for sissies! It is difficult to get into and maintain the positions. They are strenghtening to the muscles and to the mind.
The yoga session I downloaded is stress relieving for beginners. It is not too difficult and I am able to do most of the poses. I feel so much better after working through the session! I hope to do this either in the mornings or in the evening before bed.
As I get better at both of these personal habits, I believe I will be able to incorporate the 2, to meditate on scripture and seek God’s peace and serenity while working my yoga session. The end result will hopefully be a much more relaxed me, physically, mentally and emotionally! And the noise will be gone, and I will be able to think clearly and hear God. It has been a while since I could really hear Him.
What about you? Have you tried yoga or meditation? What other methods do you use to clear your mind, reduce stress and increase spiritual awareness?
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