Posted on June 12th, 2016
Injuries can be challenging. Activities like going to the gym, a yoga class or even a walk that usually help you feel confident, energized and motivated are suddenly off the list. People who have never experienced an injury can’t relate to the struggle. They don’t realize they should offer to lend a hand and you feel overwhelmed as well as frustrated at the lack of empathy. The list goes on which is why maintaining a positive outlook is a key to recovery.
Meditation is a very useful tool in the healing process. With little to no physical movement and no asana or workouts to release stress and tension, the mind needs to constantly be kept in check. Regular meditation practice maintains a strong connection to the body, alerting you when tension is building up that needs to be released. The goal is to create a strong mind-body connection that allows you to work through negative thoughts and energy before they manifest as tension in the physical body. Recovery is much more effective if you have a calm and positive mind working with the body so that all the focus can go to healing the injured area.
One should never just sit down and close their eyes and assume they will start meditating; the term “monkey mind” exists for a reason. First find a space that is quiet with not distractions. Take time to get settled. Mantra is very effective to help unwind the mind and prepare for solitude. Find a mantra that resonates with you and affirm these words from a place of love and devotion. At first speak or sing the words out loud. Slowing begin to soften and eventually repeat the mantra mentally. Eventually surrender to a place of stillness.
Pranayama is another effective technique to help prepare for meditation. Depending on your constitution there are many types of breath work that help to calm the monkey mind. One of my personal favorites is kapalbhati pranayama as it’s very invigorating and stimulating to the brain. Begin by inhaling deeply then follow with about 50 to 60 short inhales/exhales.
Observe any thoughts that arise during your meditation. Let them pass like clouds. Your meditation is not time to fuel the mind but instead a time to relax and let go while the prana flows through the currents in your body and charges every cell with love and light. In most of our daily activities all our energy goes to feed our mind so use your meditation as a time to fuel energy to your body.