Let’s be honest about this. Millions of people could benefit by using meditation for emotional balance. We all, at times, suffer from a lack of emotional balance.
We all feel stressed, we all get down, we all experience anxiety, and according to the World Health Organisation, more than 350 million people are currently suffering from depression.
Life sometimes makes it difficult to maintain emotional balance. Just as well that you can use meditation for emotional balance, then.
Emotions come from a variety of sources. Emotions can be cause by chemicals in the brain, they can be caused by outside factor like your relationship and your job, and they can be caused by your thoughts.But did you know that meditation can help to balance all three of these things? Meditation can help you balance your brain chemistry, can make you less sensitive to external factors, and can completely silence your thoughts. Just ask Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold Schwarzenegger used Transcendental Meditation to help with anxiety and stress.
There are more than 100 benefits of meditation. Take a look at this list. One of the best benefits of meditation? It helps with emotional balance.
Through meditation you can take control of your emotions. I know that from science, and I also know it from first hand experience.
Why I personally used meditation for emotional balance
A few years ago I went through an extremely emotional time. I broke up with my girlfriend and didn’t have anywhere to stay (I had left my home in England to live with my girlfriend in Canada, and then we broke up, leaving me nowhere to stay and without the money needed to get home, i.e. I was homeless). This was an extremely stressful and emotional time of my life and a time when I needed meditation more than ever (I also used these tricks to remain positive at a negative time).
It can be hard to balance your emotions when things like that happen. At such times, you need to rely on every strength you have. One strength I have always had is meditation, which I’ve practiced for many many years. For instance, when I am afraid of a big upcoming moment in my life, I will use Buddhist meditations for fear. That will remove the fear so I can go ahead in succeed in whatever it is I have to do.
By meditating I achieved three things:
1 ) I gave my brain and my mind the breathing space to relax, which helped to balance my brain chemistry.
2) I gave myself the power to accept what had happened (the breakup) and to not be so emotionally sensitive to my current reality.
3) I completely silenced my thoughts. I’d been thinking things like “I’ve ruined my life” and “I’ll never have a good relationship,” and “Now I’m homeless and have nowhere to go, I’ll probably starve”. Obviously these were extremely painful thoughts. They made me very emotional. But through meditation I was able to silence these thoughts and get a grip on my emotions.
I also used meditation to overcome grief when my dad died. In fact, the majority of times when I have needed help with my emotions, meditation has been my go-to.
Perhaps you’re going through a difficult time. Heck, I’m sure there are literally billions of people on Earth right now who could use a bit of a pick-me-up. If so, in my honest opinion the very best thing you can do right now to help yourself is to start meditating.
I’d like to share with you a simple meditation for emotional balance. I recommend you try it right now.
Here’s how it’s going to help you.
It’s going to silence your thoughts, it’s going to give you the mental breathing space you need to step away from your current situation and find relaxation. When you are relaxed you will then naturally find the answers or solutions you’re looking for.
Meditation does that: you meditate for ten minutes and you find yourself looking at things from a different perspective and with more understanding. That’s especially true of insight meditation.
A Meditation For Emotional Balance
1) As with all meditations, find somewhere relaxing, or at least somewhat quiet. You might like to read my guide to creating a meditation space. The more relaxing an environment you can create for yourself the more you’ll enjoy the meditation experience. It will help you to go deeper in meditation and it will have a therpeutic affect. So, you’ll definitely want to take a look at that link.
2) Take a few deep breaths through your nose. Do this repeatedly until you find your body relaxing. There should be a noticeable moment when you say to yourself, “I feel a little better.” So, breathe through your nose until you get to that moment. Go ahead and read that now before continuing.
3) There are two different ways in which you can do the next step. The first way is through reciting a mantra. Do this if you’re alone (or if you don’t mind other people hearing you reciting a mantra). If you don’t want to use a mantra, precede to step 5.
4) The best mantra for emotional balance is the primordial sound “Om.” Take a deep breath in through your nose, then breathe out slowly, making the sound “Om” (pronounced AUM). Continue for ten minutes.
5) If you don’t want to use the mantra, try to bring to mind an image of a relaxing blue sea. Focus on this image, seeing the waves, hearing the sea, and especially focussing on the colour blue (which is relaxing). Continue for ten minutes.
Done? Now notice how you are beginning to feel relaxed. You might not be completely relaxed if you’re going through a difficult time, but you should feel noticeably better.
This is just one of the many powerful meditations for emotional balance. On the next page you can discover my complete guide to all the most powerful meditation techniques in the world.
You might also like to try mindfulness. Scientific research has proven that mindfulness actually changes negative emotions into positive ones. Take a look at that link. I was stunned!