Rion's Reflections
These Words from the Heart are a Collection of
Life Thoughts and Healing Words
by Brenda "Rion" Sewell

Meditation as a Pain Reliever

Meditation is a manner of reaching a resting place in your own mind.

Begin by setting aside just a few minutes of your day .. start with 10-20 minutes.
First, turn off your television and your radio. Turn off the ringer on your phones.
Put a piece of tape over your doorbell with a sign .. "Engaged, please do not disturb."

Second, get into some comfortable clothes. Wear something that is not binding.

Third, get into a comfortable position. You do not  have to sit cross-legged or in the lotus position when you first begin.

The whole idea is to make you comfortable. So sit in a comfortable chair, or lie down on your bed.

If you turn on music, it should be soft instrumentals only .. no words as the words will distract you.
If you have a partner in the house, tell them to NOT talk to you, or disturb you, for 20 minutes.
This is not too much to ask, everyone needs their own quiet time.

Begin your session by closing your eyes.
This lessens the chance of you being disrupted by a visual occurrence (such as a concerned partner "just checking in on you").

Then begin relaxing your body. Begin by relaxing the muscles in your feet, then your legs.
Relax the muscles completely. Relax your torso.
Relax your fingertips, your hands, your arms, then your head.
Feel the sense of lightness in your body.

Let the muscles in your face relax. Be aware of each muscle.
Relax the muscles in the cheeks, the forehead, and around the eyes.

Breathe through partially parted lips.
Breathe in through the nose, breathe out through the mouth.
Slowly .. slowly .. breathe to the count of three.
Breathe in (one, two, three) .. breathe out (one, two, three).

When your mind begins to wander, imagine your mind as a chalkboard.
When a thought crosses over it .. erase it.

The whole idea behind this meditation is NOT to leave your body completely.
But to be aware of your body .. the softness of your breath .. the tingling in your muscles ..
to be aware of how your body feels when it is completely relaxed.

When you are completely relaxed, imagine an invisible spotlight above your head.

Imagine a soft veil of light covering you from your head to your toes.
Imagine the warmth of the light as it shines down on your head.
Imagine the light covering you with energy.

This veil of light is energy. It is fresh and invigorating.
It is comforting and has the smell of rain freshened air.

Try to become one with this veil.
This cone-shaped veil of light protects you and lights your way.
It helps you to see in the dark. It leads you past the pain and trials of your life.

Allow this light to push your pain and nagging thoughts out of your body.
Imagine the pain coursing through your body to your feet or to your fingertips.
Imagine the pain dripping out of your body, pushed out by the light.
Try to maintain this relaxed sensation for several minutes.

As you end your session, do not rush back to the present time.
Ease yourself out of your relaxed state.
Open your eyes and slowly begin moving your body.

You will notice the renewed feeling you have.
Colors will seem brighter, sounds more crisp and clear.
You will be more aware of your surroundings.

As you become more comfortable with these sessions, you will find it easier and easier to relax your body and your mind. Soon you will be able to attain this relaxed state in just a few seconds.

Why go through all this?
Because your body as well as your mind needs rest to heal.

The stress of being ill, from either physical disease or mental anguish, weakens your body and your body begins behaving like any machine under stress. It begins to break down.

When a machine is used too often .. for too long a time .. without a resting and servicing period, the machine begins to break down. It is not noticeable at first .. just a few creaks and squeaks. Soon, the machine is going slower and develops problems that begins to affect its performance.

This is what your body is doing. The pain you feel is not only aggravating, but is a big warning sign.
It is your body telling you it needs a break.

Visualization routines .. whether they be treks to clouds or becoming a mythical beast or walking hand in hand with your Creator .. all of these are designed to perform one task .. to allow our minds to focus on something other than the pain, the bad days, the frustrations, the helpless feelings, and all the other emotions that come hand in hand with depression.

By allowing our minds to escape for a short while will help keep the worst of the depression at bay. Human violence, aggressive behaviors, severe depression and suicide have all been associated with reduced levels of serotonin in the brain. By allowing ourselves a short vacation elevates our levels of serotonin which help keep us level minded and at ease.

Meditation is one way of giving your mind and your body a short vacation and the time needed to heal.

I hope this helps you in attaining a sense of peace in your life .. it has helped me.

© 2000 Brenda "Rion" Sewell

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If you wish to try meditation but are unsure of how to begin,
this page on my site that may help you to begin.