As thoughts and feelings are interconnected, the way you think about anything is how you feel about it.
Your thoughts are catalyst to building feelings of anger, fear or sadness, etc. Yet, what some don’t realise is you have a choice over your thoughts, but only when you are in control of them.
A busy mind has one thought after another flowing through.
It is said that the average person has about 35 thoughts a minute.
Thoughts keep you up at night and wake you in the morning. They take over your mind when driving (how often have you got somewhere without remembering the journey?) and distract you from life.
Being able to still the mind may take time and effort, but in doing so, you ignite your inner-power as an Empath!
By meditating, it does not mean you will never have thoughts again. You simply gain control over the thoughts you chose to indulge. This ultimately prevents those thoughts which create painful emotions. Which is especially beneficial to the Empath, who soaks up other people’s thoughts and emotions like a sponge.
There are many types of meditation to try, and they don’t all involve sitting on the floor in the lotus position. There is a type to suit the person: chanting, breath-work, visualisation, trance, etc.
You don’t have to stay in doors either. You can do a walking meditation where you externalise your awareness and focus on everything around you. e.g.: your feet on the grass as you walk or the trees and clouds in the sky above you.
When practised with awareness, yoga is a moving meditation which unites body, mind and spirit and is a good option for those who do not like to sit still.
Unlike in relaxation, you don’t want to fall asleep in meditation. This is the time to control a busy mind; if you fall asleep, you lose that opportunity.
When you first sit down to meditate, you will find the world and his wife have taken up residence in your mind, all fighting to say their bit. And your ego will put up a fight to stay in control.
This is entirely normal, albeit somewhat frustrating. And, just like turbulence on a plane, when you push through you eventually climb above it… then, all becomes calm, smooth and serene.
A regular meditation practise is essential if you want to reap the full benefits because, as with anything in life, good things don’t happen overnight. Great things take time to develop.
Not only is meditation a must for gaining control of the mind. It is anti-ageing, de-stressing to the body, and an incredible aid to sleep, especially when done in darkness.
Meditating in darkness is a precursor to the release of melatonin.
What Does Melatonin Do?
Melatonin is known as the anti-ageing hormone and is produced by the pineal gland (area of third eye) in the darkness. It is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates the sleep cycle.
It is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and helps prevent, and treat, many illnesses including cancer.
Those suffering insomnia or with mild sleeping difficulties are thought to have a melatonin deficiency.
The immune system does most of its work at night and is believed to be interlinked with the production of melatonin. When melatonin levels are suppressed, illness occurs.
As we age melatonin production decreases. Scientists believe this reduction is interrelated to ageing and age-related disorders.
Because of the street lights, even with the curtains closed, your bedrooms tend to stay on the light side. This hinders the production of melatonin and leads to a less than restful night’s sleep.
Studies have shown that meditation, done in complete darkness, before bedtime increases production of melatonin and produces enough to last the night. This can be further aided by focusing on the third-eye (centre of forehead) during meditation, which in turn stimulates the pineal gland (melatonin producer) and allows the body to be filled with melatonin.
To begin a meditation practise, it is best to plan a set time every day. Perhaps start with ten minutes and build to twenty or thirty.
Having no distractions is important. If you think someone will walk in and disturb you, that’s all you’ll think about when you’re supposed to be meditating.
If there is a lot of external noise, pop some earphones in and play some gentle music, or listen to a guided meditation… It’s all good…
Hope this helps on your Empath journey.
Until next time…
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©Diane Kathrine at Empaths Empowered
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