calm mind, impossible you say?Jun 09, 2022
As I sat on my child’s bed, I finished his bedtime story and turned off the light. I had the sudden urge to check the news but reminded myself I’d promised to be screen free while with him. So…I sat on his bed while he drifted off to sleep and tried to meditate. It may come as a surprise to you, but I do have trouble quieting my mind sometimes! Luckily not in sessions, that is a whole different thing. 😊
My mind was racing through my to-do list at the office, at home, and all the various tasks I needed to take care of. I brought myself back several times by focusing on my breath but it was a struggle to find good solid quiet.
Why is it sometimes hard to quiet our mind and why does it matter?
Let’s start with the physical. Cause sometimes it’s nice to know it’s not all in your head!
When you have trouble unwinding, sitting still, falling asleep, or even clearing your mind, it means your nervous system is amped up. This likely means your stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline are the main ones) may be out of balance.
Chronic stress, whether physical, emotional, or mental, can cause adrenal imbalance and nervous system overload. Even subconscious stress you don’t know about can cause this.
Wow, so there could be memories, traumas, digestive imbalances, endocrine imbalances, toxicity, etc. driving my busy mind? YES!
That’s why my work takes into account the full body: mind, body, and spirit. Because if we leave part of us out of the equation, we’re missing the full picture. And that’s why I get such quick results, usually in as little as two to three sessions.
So, in order to calm that mind, we must become a relentless stress-buster, looking for opportunities to release stresses of all kinds.
When we are able to calm our nervous system, we are able to leave fight or flight behind and move into rest and digest. When our body can’t get into rest and digest, we are not able to give adequate energy to physical processes like absorbing nutrients, repairing injuries and decreasing inflammation. These are important! If we want to avoid or heal chronic health issues, we must find balance.
How do we find balance?
We must start unloading stresses. These can be physical (sleep, food, toxins, stress), emotional, mental (thoughts) or spiritual. As we start removing these, our body starts to calm and get into balance. It starts to heal and repair. It moves into health.
If you are finding difficulty calming your mind, check out my free Stress Less Mini. It’s a short ten-minute audio that will help decrease stress in your body and mind. And did I mention it’s available any time you need it, 24/7? You can find it here.
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