Want to improve your mood? Meditate.
No matter how much you prepare or plan, chances are, life is going to throw you challenges and hurdles from time-to-time. Making it through these challenges is not about knowing how to prevent them from happening, but about knowing how to handle them when they come your way.
There are so many different approaches you can take to making it through difficult times. Some people look for ways to express their anger, others turn to friends and family for help and some may find that solitude helps them get through their challenges. However, if you are looking for an effective and efficient way to get through the most challenging of situations, you may want to give meditation a try.
There are so many different elements of life that can present challenges, whether they are personal problems, family issues, challenges at work or tough times in your relationships. The good news is that meditation can help. It can help you overcome the hardship and it can help you learn to make better decisions based on the challenges that lie in front of you.
There are so many great benefits that come with meditation and chances are you have heard about the stress-relieving and mind-clearing advantages that can come with regular meditative practices. However, above all things, mindful meditation is all about learning to become more intimate with ourselves, with our lives and with our experiences—both good and bad.
Practicing meditation regularly will help you get those tools you need to not only learn how to handle the difficult times, but how to enjoy the good times as well. It can teach you how to better interact with the world around you when things don’t go your way, and it can teach you how to better interact with yourself as well.
One of the biggest changes that many see after practicing meditation regularly is how they inwardly handle difficult situations. It is easy to find yourself faced with a tough time and decide to turn inward and start blaming yourself for being in the situation. It is easy to quickly jump to self-judgement or blame—after all we can be our own worst critics.
However, with the regular practice of mindful meditation, we can learn to be more aware of our lives and our surroundings and learn to be able to see things more clearly. This awareness will help you handle your challenges easier as you let go of these negative thoughts and focus on what you can do to better your situation instead of finding yourself in a cycle of self-blame.
Meditation teaches you to recognize your thoughts and learn which feelings to ignore and which ones can benefit you.
Managing Emotion Through Meditation
If there is one thing that most people take away from their meditative practices when it comes to learning to get through difficult times, it is an ability to manage emotions. While meditation can help on a number of levels, this is perhaps the most noticeable benefit that meditators get right away when it comes to this practice.
Mindfulness is all about bringing non-judgmental awareness to an experience, a thought or to your life in general, which requires a great deal of control. In time, you will learn to exhibit this control through your difficult or frustrating times.
One example is dealing with the hurdle of losing a job. Getting fired can be extremely devastating and it can typically elicit two main responses:
- You feel strong, negative emotions towards the individual that fired you
- You feel strong, negative emotion and blame yourself
Either way, these are not healthy means of addressing a setback like getting fired.
When you meditate and let your mind clear itself and relax, you can push those negative emotions like anger, sadness, stress and anxiety aside and instead be filled with the peace you need to move forward.
Instead of allowing your emotions take control, meditation will teach you to temper your negative feelings so you can look at the situation for what it is.
You have lost your job for one reason or another.
There is no one really to blame as this is part of the universe’s greater plan.
Letting emotion take over will not fix anything with your current condition.
You can now only find inner peace and balance so that you can look toward the future and to what you need to do next to get your life on track.
Mindful meditation teaches you all about finding a center and finding balance in your life. When you face a setback such as this, you can now push emotions to the side and instead focus on what it is that you need to do to move forward and regain that balance.
Learning to Bounce Back and Move Forward
Since overcoming difficult times is all about how you handle challenges when they come your way, being able to bounce back after a hardship is essential. This is one of the main things that you can learn from regular meditation and from a better sense of self awareness. Meditation teaches you to acknowledge that sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and sometimes it throws curveballs your way. Mindfulness teaches you there is nothing you can do but accept these difficulties and learn to move forward.
When you are able to use the tools that meditation teaches you to bounce back from difficult times, whether it is getting fired from your job, getting sick, getting divorced or anything in between you will not only benefit from a new resilience but you will learn to gain perspective as well.
When you are mindful of the world around you, of your place in the world and of the things that you have, you learn to gain some perspective. Yes, you may be going through a difficult time at work, but be mindful of what is in front of you. It can be something as simple as picking up an apple for a snack. You may be dealing with a challenge but you are so fortunate to have real, clean, healthy food in front of you—something that not everyone is fortunate to have.
Instead of changing your circumstances, change your perspective.
Making these realizations can help you with your recovery as you gain a better perspective about your place in the world and just how fortunate you may be when you take a moment to think about your situation.
Ultimately you can use this perspective and insight to make better decisions regarding where you are going to go next and how you are going to handle moving forward.
Handling some of the difficulties that life throws at you can be extremely difficult and can seem overwhelming and even chaotic at times. However, with meditation, you can get the tools that you need to weather the storm.
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