While meditation isn't a cure-all, there are several reasons why it's so helpful to someone who is in the midst of healing and recovery from trauma, like Narcissistic Abuse.
Meditation by definition
Merriam-Webster defines mediation as a process "to engage in contemplation of reflection" and "to engage in mental exercise (as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness."
With regards to healing and recovery
Meditation helps victims and survivors of abuse because it taps into their mind's recesses to achieve a specific level of calm before, during and after the abuse.
The most beneficial aspect to meditation when it comes to recovery is that meditation helps reduce a person's level of stress and anxiety. Reducing stress levels is particularly helpful especially when involved with a Narcissist.
Because the Narcissist's main goal is to get and keep you flustered. They want to see you lose your cool and freak out. That way, they can point the finger back at you and say how obvious it is that you are unstable.
However, when you practice meditation, you can achieve the inner calm. This will reduce the chance of reacting to the Narcissist's tactics. And when they don't see you reacting the way they want you to, they get agitated. The important thing to note here is that the Narcissists will typically step up the tactics of abuse when they see you not reacting, so stay aware of this.
In addition to stress reduction, there are several other reasons why meditation is so helpful.
When you practice meditation, your concentration levels will increase. Your mind becomes clearer and your focus will be sharper. Improvement on concentration can have its benefits in your school life, work life and when you converse with others.
You're not as bothered by the little things
Meditation helps people to become detached from the daily stresses of life, like work or school. Say you're dealing with the Narcissist and he or she gets up in your face about some perceived slight. I know the "old me" would react quite negatively to that! But now, because I incorporate meditation into my life, I'm able to detach from the situation. I'm able to see beyond that stressful moment. Yes, sometimes my emotions still get the better of me, but when I realize this, I can quickly reign in my feelings and deal with them in a healthy manner.
Meditation is quite beneficial in that it can improve your overall health. In a Huffington Post article titled Meditation Health Benefits: What The Practice Does To Your Body, Meredith Melnick wrote the following:
"Studies show that meditation is associated with improvement in a variety of psychological areas, including stress, anxiety, addiction, depression, eating disorders and cognitive function, among others. There’s also research to suggest that meditation can reduce blood pressure, pain response, stress hormone levels and even cellular health."
An awareness of self
Through meditation, we can gain a better understanding of what makes us tick. We can learn about our inner self and therefore gain ways to have a deeper insight of who we are.
While meditation is helpful in healing and recovery, it's also quite helpful in all areas of your life.
How has meditation helped you? Comment below. And as always, I appreciate you for sharing your stories with me.
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