Unresolved traumatic experiences can have a negative impact on both the mind and body. This may lead to anxiety states, depression, substance misuse, hypertension, decreased cardiac coherence and poor immune function.
Meditation is a simple and effective tool for aiding the processing of traumatic emotional experiences. It also fosters a sense of mindfulness, which is a moment-by-moment awareness, making tasks more manageable and enjoyable.
Mindfulness can be practised at anytime, whilst carrying out most activities.
Studies indicate a number of beneficial effects from meditation, including:
- Reduction in blood pressure.
- Promotion of cardiac coherence.
- Improved immunity and longevity.
- Decreased subjective pain and stress.
- Fostering the capacity for forgiveness.
- Increased awareness of negative emotions and thought processes, allowing for positive challenging and reframing of these.
- Improvement in nervous system functioning, levels of alertness and concentration.
- Reduced insulin resistance (in diabetes the body’s resistance to insulin may be increased).
The unique physiological state that meditation fosters can help us connect with our creative resources, allowing them to flourish and act as a positive catalyst for self-development in most areas of our lives.
The Facilitating Balance breath focused mindful meditation technique has been used for many years, in both clinical and non-clinical settings, by a diverse array of people. It is easy to learn and its positive benefits can be put to immediate effect. The guided meditation audio can be listened to below.
The guided meditation is by Mudassar Hussain with Ney flute music by Seth Ayaz.
It starts with background information to explain the process, guides you into the mediation and then guides you out.
There is a 20 minute period of silence during the course of this guide to act as a timer for your meditation, with 20 minutes being regarded as an optimal period for most meditations.
Download Audio Meditation
If you would like to listen to the meditation in your own time, you can do so by downloading the audio files below.
Instructions to download:
– Click on ‘Download’
– From the new window, right click (PC) or ctrl click (Mac) and select ‘Save Audio As…’
– Select a location on your hard drive where you’d like to save the file