Research has shown that the benefits of meditation extend well beyond the sense of calm generated during the meditation session itself. In particular, Mindfulness Meditation has been found to ease anxiety and also pain.
When you’re really worried about something, one of the problems is that it can be very difficult to separate out positive problem-solving thoughts from nagging worries that just take you round and round in circles.
You know how it is. You forget that you arranged to meet a friend on Tuesday evening. Perhaps you didn’t put it on your calendar or maybe you were just so overwhelmed by things during the day, it completely went out of your mind. Then she calls to ask: where are you? You’re consumed with guilt and can’t stop apologizing. But it doesn’t stop there. Your mind goes into over-drive. You start beating yourself up and thinking there’s something wrong with you. You’re convinced she’ll never have anything to do with you again. And yet none of this is true.
It was a genuine oversight, we all do it at some time or another. There was no ill-intent. It doesn’t make you a bad person. And yet, you’re consumed with these self-critical thoughts.
Meditation can help you to become more aware of harmful thoughts that don’t accomplish anything other than undermine your self-esteem and destroy your inner peace. Then, as you start to recognize them for what they are – just thoughts, very unhelpful thoughts – you can learn to nip them in the bud before they send you in a downward spiral.
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Headspace: What is Mindfulness?
Harvard Medical School: Mindfulness Meditation May Ease Anxiety
American Psychological Association: What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?