Meditation Increases Self Discipline And Self-Acceptance

Maria HillEmotional And Mental Health, Health, Personal Development0 Comments

You know the drill.  You are sensitive and therefore it is assumed that you are unstable. And so you get marginalized. After all sensitivity means you are not tough enough. It means you are unreliable. NOT SO! Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough discovered a link between sensitivity and self discipline in their study about meditation. The study demonstrated that meditators were more accepting of their emotions which impacted their performance. The Effect Of Meditation On Emotions “Willpower … may relate to ‘emotional intelligence’,” said Michael Inzlicht, associate professor of psychology at UTSC. According to the study, meditators were more open to their emotions. This “emotional intelligence” has a strong impact on the ability of an individual to be disciplined on tasks. When you meditate, and I am speaking from my 15+ years of experience with Transcendental Meditation, thoughts come and go. You do not attach to them. Sometimes they subside or stop. There is a flow to thoughts and feelings and the more you let the flow happen, the less likely you are to see them as part of your identity. When you detach your identity from your thoughts and emotions, it is easier to accept them as part of the flow of life. You then take thoughts and emotions less personally and you become emotionally freer. Meditation promotes emotional freedom so that you can apply your energy to a task and stay with it because your emotions are not getting in the way so much. Emotional Acceptance Trumps Mindful Awareness According to the article, ” the researchers asked participants about their experience meditating, and gave tests that measured how mindful they were of the present moment, and also how aware and accepting they were of their emotions. The researchers then hooked up participants to an electroencephalograph and gave them something … Read More

7 Baby Steps For Stress Relief

Maria HillEmotional And Mental Health, Stress2 Comments

When we are under stress particularly severe stress, we often want to run away from it because it is so painful. Highly sensitive people struggle more than others with stress because their nervous systems are so attuned to the world around them. We pick up every hurt and dissonance, take it in and then need to process it.  The hardest part is trying to make sense of it and find a resolution when it may be beyond our control to do so. We end up not only in pain but also feeling helpless and disempowered. There is no easy solution to these problems.  But there are some steps you can take to help yourself.  Sometimes when we try to handle our stress we go to our heads when our bodies and souls are hurting.  Sometimes we reach for the ice cream or a pill.  There is no easy answer for an awake heart.  But it is our treasure and gift.  We need to see it as a shining jewel inside of us, one that is meant to be shared. Treasuring our hearts also means respecting their limits and setting healthy boundaries which sounds so easy but is a challenge for highly sensitive people with their big hearts. One way to improve your stress is to take baby steps to reduce it. Here are some ideas: meditate daily.  It helps heal stress and supports a healthy nervous system, particularly Transcendental Meditation. get exercise, since it is a great stress reducer and help protect you from disease. Yoga and walking are great choices. eat a stress reducing diet of whole grains, legumes, rice, vegetables and fruit. choose a vocation that is good for your heart. choose social companions that are also good for your heart. remove mean individuals from your life as … Read More

5 Ways That Meditation Is Changing My Life

Maria HillAyurveda, Emotional And Mental Health1 Comment

I had no expectations from my meditation. I started my practice 20 years ago after having moved from New Jersey to Virginia. We were living in an old farmhouse on a large farm when I happened to see a presentation by Deepak Chopra on PBS about meditation. I was very curious. When it aired again, I showed it to my husband.  He was intrigued as well. In New Jersey we had started to investigate health for ourselves. We both worked long hours, traveled for our jobs, and felt tired a lot of the time. Our first health venture was to start juicing.  We sure consumed a lot of vegetable and fruit and it can be expensive!  Then we added vitamins and other supplements. All good as it goes. However I had a hunch that there was more to becoming healthy – that I was missing something. It was the Chopra show on PBS that set me on a different path. I remember that Deepak Chopra spoke about consciousness in his presentation. Perhaps he validated an experience I had at 18 while walking to a class at Tufts.  I was early morning on a beautiful, sunny fall day. All of a sudden I felt compelled to stop and at that moment I felt the unity of all things. I stood there for quite some time because I found the experience so compelling. I believe that experience was my first taste of the benefits of meditation. Fifteen years ago as a result of Deepak Chopra’s program, I decided to learn Transcendental Meditation and have been practicing it ever since.  I have to say that I have noticed changes in myself along the way. Some of the benefits are remarkable, but more often than not they are subtle. These are some of the benefits: … Read More

Meditation Heals Traumatic Stress

Maria HillDiseases, Health, Stress2 Comments

    Have you developed a meditation practice for yourself? I have meditated now for almost 20 years and it is one of the best things I have done for myself. Like many HSPs, stress has always been a problem for me. Meditation is one of the few things I have found that provides serious help. Traumatic Stress Required Healing Many HSPs not only suffer from serious debilitating stress but also the traumatic stress caused by abuse. All the the violence  including verbal and emotional violence in our world causes a tremendous amount of suffering especially for highly sensitive people because it can take a lot of time for us to recover from a traumatic experience. Unfortunately, in some situations, people do not recover, the traumatic damage is too great. Many Forms Of  Traumatic Stress Any form of trauma can create serious and long-lasting traumatic stress. All forms of childhood abuse, assault and any other form of violence, and bullying can create deep long lasting emotional and mental pain. The worst, of course, is war where violence is a constant for a long period of time, which is why a new study is so valuable for all trauma sufferers. Meditation Helps PTSD It is very useful to understand what treatments benefit those who have suffered the worst forms of abuse, since they can often help those whose injuries are milder. According to a recent 2008 study of five Iraq/Afghanistan veterans who has served up to two years and experienced moderate to moderately heavy fighting, meditation was able to relieve their PTSD symptoms. According to the release by the Behavioral Medicine Report, the study was conducted by Norman Rosenthal, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and director of research at Capital Clinical Research Associates in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Rosenthal … Read More

4 Reasons Why HSPs Should Meditate

Maria HillEmotional And Mental Health, Physical Health0 Comments

Why meditate?  There are four reasons why HSP’s should meditate. Many people have adopted the practice of meditation for many reasons as there are many different types of meditation. Chances are that most people adopt the practice for a short term gain like stress relief.  However there are many long term benefits that make a meditation practice worth the commitment. For highly sensitive people for whom a stress relief program is mandatory, here are four reasons why HSP’s should meditate: Meditation is a form of release. Transcendental Meditation, my practice for the better part of two decades, uses a mantra to create a mechanism that enables the meditator to disengage from thoughts. When we detach from thoughts we open to the larger universe and become more open to multiple perspectives and the welcoming space of the universe. Because HSP’s suffer from so much stress, the ability to achieve that kind of release from stressful thoughts is an important benefit, and facilitates a relaxed, naturally holistic perspective more easily. Meditation can helps us get out of a rut. When we get stuck, and that can be often, meditation helps us release the cause of our rut, which is often a limited perspective. Since life is very day to day, the capacity for perspective which meditation helps us achieve, can create the internal space for new options. When we cannot let go, we have essentially closed our sense of options. When we meditate we open ourselves to new options by letting go. Meditation, in helping us to let go of a limited personal perspective, frees us to evolve to a more communitarian relationship with the rest of the world. Admittedly, in Western societies which emphasize the “self”, that can be a challenging perspective. However, the more we see ourselves as “all in … Read More