Meditation in Menopause - Why It Works For Me.

Today we’ll take a look at the importance of meditation, and I’ll start by taking a look at a scenario, using swimming as my example.  

Imagine you are taking your first stroke to swim.  This action of moving, for many,  now becomes a natural way of learning and meditation works in a similar way.  

With swimming, as we know, we are approaching vast emptiness into what is surrounding us.  We fill up the space with our body, swimming into the openness and drive our body through the water.  

Meditation has similarities, as the action of practicing meditation is the same, but its in our mind where we are freeing ourselves to the emptiness.   In both situations we become one with our own balance, where one is predominantly a physical action and the other is a mental one.  

By creating our own well being not just with our body but also with freeing our mind and controlling our breathing we find that this process can be extremely beneficial.  This is something that we do in both of these processes in swimming and meditation, and when you can relax in meditation and feel the space of emptiness in your mind then you can create your own internal balance.

The fact is slowing down brain waves and relaxing our body is an essential requirement for life and is something we need to do every day.  So when do we do this?  When we sleep.  Issues like how well we have the ability to fall asleep can be a real factor.  We all know that we will be more effective in our waking day if we have a good nights rest.  

There is a “but”.... I’m sure you are thinking that a good nights rest is easier said than done especially with menopause symptoms.  So where does this leave us?  

It would be beneficial if we understood meditation in the deepest sense, whether we are able to get a good nights sleep or not.  This means its time to take action.  Taking the time to meditate during the morning and the evening can create truly remarkable results.  Prioritising a little time to do this you will support your own well being in many ways by taking the time to relax and breathe and release all sensory information and focus on yourself and support yourself to have a more productive day, and a more restful sleep.  

An example may be that you have been struggling to find the right advice from family members, doctors or friends.  You may not know how to describe how you are feeling or what concerns you have; this can be really challenging.  These problems can become deep rooted within us over a period of time before we are able to deal with the root causes of our symptoms and our daily challenges.  When practicing daily meditation for a short time you will be able to explain these clearly and coherently without fear.  

The practice of mindful meditation helps your brain to find new ways to deal with stress, and even a small amount of meditation can work to lower the amount of stress that your body holds.  This state of being can become part of our everyday experience through meditation for a mere 15 minutes a day.  You can begin a time of healing for a future that you will truly value and own.  

When you emerge from meditation you will find that your day, your health challenges will be able to be approached with calm and you will be able to break down any concerns into bite size pieces.  

It truly is a wonderful feeling.  We can control our emotions.  We aren’t picking up external sensory information when we are practicing mindful meditation.  

I am sure that you’ll agree that we all wish to taper our stresses down.  We will be more affective with our actions and able to deal with the actions of others if we take some time for ourselves everyday.  

What Are Positive Affirmations?

Positive affirmations are made up of phrases that you can say aloud to yourself or in your head. You can also write them down and make sure they’re always visible. Positive affirmations are meant to help build you up and improve your confidence, even when things are difficult.

Positive affirmations are a form of self-help. Practicing daily positive affirmations can help you overcome fear and self-doubt and reduce self-sabotage. Daily positive affirmations help you believe in yourself and what you’re capable of achieving.

Practicing positive affirmations doesn’t have to mean repeating one phrase repeatedly every day. It’s about affirming yourself and replacing negative thoughts with positive self-talk.

Are Positive Affirmations Effective?

There has been plenty of research that’s shown positive affirmations to:

Decrease stress

Increase well being

Improve academic performance

Positive self-affirmations focus on affirming your self-worth by reflecting on your core values and helping give you a broader view of yourself.

Over time, repeating positive phrases has been shown to reshape how you think and feel about yourself.

Why 21 days for affirmations?

Among the myriad of self-improvement practices, writing affirmations for 21 days has emerged as a potent tool for personal transformation. This practice is not just about wishful thinking; it's about reprogramming the subconscious mind to foster a positive self-image and attract the life you deserve.

Effective Affirmations Are Written in First Person.

Begin your affirmations with the “I” or “I am....” These types of statements turn affirmations into statements of identity. Identity statements are powerful motivators for self-change