How Meditation Can Help With Grief
How Meditation Can Help With Grief
Written by: Danielle Boroumand
We as humans are put into this world to develop intimate personal levels of affection and bonds. We experience love and we experience loss. We develop these emotions so deeply with something or someone that when that something or someone is taken from us, the perceived deprivation of that which was once meaningful to us often leads to immense feelings of grief.
Grief often happens due to the drastic change or end in familiar patterns and behaviors that were such an intricate part of your life, which is why these conflicting feelings occur.
Anger, fear, loneliness, depression, regret – grief is often known for taking on many forms and everyone experiences it in their own way, but at its core, it has its own way of holding us hostage for what may feel like an eternity of sadness. And while few of us may be fortunate enough to have not yet experienced the deepened feelings of loss, many – if not most of us – have been catapulted into the painstaking experience of grief.
The grieving process takes time and there is no easy way out of the feeling of loss and sadness. The exercise of going through your emotions as opposed to stuffing them down and oppressing them can be key to your healing process. But there are ways you can support yourself through your process.
Meditation has been rapidly gaining widespread attention for all of its amazing health benefits. When you think of meditation, you probably think about relaxation, stress relief, becoming one with your present moment, etc. It is all these things and when you incorporate mindfulness meditation into your healing, it has been proven to be extremely supportive when processing feelings of grief you may be working through.
Meditation can help you acknowledge the truths of the moments and feelings you are presently experiencing, even if that moment or feeling hurts or feels painful. Acknowledging your feelings holds its own immense healing power. Experiencing that level of relief, clarity and understanding of your truths and what IS – is compassion. And compassion is the practice of meditation. Allowing yourself to experience your feelings through meditation gives you the opportunity to identify your emotions. It allows you to be with your feelings and most importantly, be with them for however long we may need to.
Meditation allows you to access to the ‘now,’ becoming aware of your current pain and sadness and in turn, beginning to heal. Distracting yourself from your grief can be helpful and necessary at times, but this is where you subconsciously allow yourself to prolong your healing process. Meditation is a powerful tool that allows you to concentrate and focus on the present moment of your feelings, the deepest parts of where your grief resides.
By consciously choosing to open up your awareness during meditation, you also are allowing yourself to overcome blocks, allowing space for positive thoughts. While being open and willing to choose forgiveness, meditation allows you to resolve your thoughts, even when the thing you are grieving is no longer present. Whether you are forgiving yourself, or the subject of your grieving, forgiveness is a gift that can never be taken from you.
“It is only through holding our own broken hearts and wounds in an attentive and compassionate embrace, that we can, over time, move through our grief to some stage of peace and resolution.” ~Brad Hunter
Utilizing meditation to allow yourself to be present in the here and now is a powerful tool to have during your process of healing. At times, the journey through grief can be mind numbing, but choosing support through meditation can aid in the healing of your mind, your body and your mighty heart that beats deep within your soul. So breathe and let your mindful meditation flow.
And remember, we’re in this together.
Danielle is a native New Yorker who has finally found her way to the Best Coast where she is living and loving in San Diego. She runs on laughter, good tunes, and striking up random conversations with just about anyone. In her down time, Danielle is a freelance writer and blogger with a passion for finding the right words to truly capture her surroundings and emotions.
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