As I was thinking about what to write about for this blog, I thought, what about meditation. Why meditation? What are its benefits? How can meditation help me? Meditation is easy and affordable. It can be done any time any place. Meditation helps clear the mind, relax muscles and help with sleep. Meditation can help you unwind from a crazy day, re-energize you and keep you calm and collected. In an effort to get a better understanding of what meditation was all about I took the time to do a meditation session with a co-worker to see what the hype was all about. The session was brief but effective and when I was done, the pulsating headache in the center of my forehead was gone, the cramp in my foot was alleviated and I slept like a baby that night when I got home from work. It was amazing. So I decided to take a closer look at what was going on in my head and why it was so effective.
During meditation, your alpha waves in your brain heighten. This has been shown to bring forth a sense of calm and relaxation. Seeing as your brain is your bodies communicator, when the brain gets flooded with alpha waves it lets the rest of the body know its time to relax. This allows muscle tension to dissipate and brings the firing of muscle spasms down. This is why I attribute the mediation to my plantar fascitis being alleviated. That day, the bottom of my foot felt like I was stepping on pins and needles every step I took, was excruciating, by the time we sat to meditate my foot was throbbing. I didn’t think I would be able to focus on just being. Not only was my foot throbbing, my head was pounding like some one had just placed a drum band in between my eyes. With in minutes of starting the meditation, I felt my body release into the floor. The drum band in my head came to a screeching halt, and then there was silence. Pure uninterrupted silence. I sat there enjoying the moment for the first time all day, I didn’t have a care in the world. Still, quiet and calm, no foot pain, no mind racing to muscle tension. Stillness enveloped me. It was nice. Then it ended.
As I came to and let the natural light replace the lights my mind had created, I noticed a change in my whole being. I went from sluggish and heavy to un-explainably light and alert. I could not really say why I felt like that because there were no words for the immense relief I experienced from the meditation. The only thing I noticed in that moment was that my foot was not hurting me anymore.
The rest of the day came and went as normal and I went about my daily activities. That night I got home, going through the usual routine. It was not until 5:30am the next morning that I realized that I had fallen asleep and at stayed soundly that way until the alarm broke the trance. It hit me that was the first night I slept uninterrupted in weeks. No tossing or turning or woken up by the snoring of my husband or by any of his sudden movements. I was OUT! It was amazing! I felt good, ready to start the day! It was the 5 minute meditation that I had the day before that set the tone for me to be able to sleep so well. I was still benefiting the after affect of meditation. It was not only an instantaneous fix to the stress of the day it had long lasting affects that allowed me to sleep so well that night!
Written By Julie S.