yoga teacher trainingBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Everyone experiences emotions – whether positive or negative. Strong feelings, such as joy, fear, or anger can control our thoughts and actions. During times of emotional stress, it may seem as though your feelings are controlling you; but the fact is, you can learn to choose and control your emotions, rather than let them take over your mind. Meditation is one of the most effective tools to train yourself to keep your emotions in check; and if done well, it can give you the ability to change the flow of your emotions entirely.

It is a fact that our actions are primarily influenced – not by our conscious mind, but by our subconscious. Meditation provides a gateway to our subconscious mind, and with regular practice, the subconscious can be molded to favor more positive emotions and actions. Regular meditation has been shown to provide mental benefits, such as improved focus and mental clarity, which can prove beneficial in your day-to-day life. Carve a bit of time out of your daily routine, to practice meditation, and receive the full benefits. During your sessions, focus on ridding your mind of any negative feelings (anger, resentment, etc.) and try to keep your mind open to draw in positive feelings (serenity, happiness). By doing this consistently, you can train yourself to have more natural positive feelings.

Many studies have proved meditation as being able to severely cut stress in one’s life. Stress, as you already know, can block the way to positive thinking and damage every aspect of your life. Practicing deep breathing techniques, during meditation, can help you achieve a level of calm that stress cannot alter. Even after the end of your meditation session, try to hold on to that feeling of calm, as you live your life and return to it, if you ever find yourself in a stressful situation. Use those meditative, deep breathing techniques, while in a tough situation, to avoid negative emotions surfacing in your mind.

Being in complete control of your emotions is not an easy feat, nor does it happen overnight. Practicing meditation, however, is certainly a giant step in the right direction. Not only does it help you achieve mental harmony, and peace throughout your life, you will also greatly improve your health and quality of living.

Additionally, the people most important to us will be thankful for the time we spend regulating emotional flow with meditation. None of us is perfect. Even the kindest people can be overwhelmed by too much work, anxiety, stress, or depression. The first person to respond to your negative feelings may be the person closest to you. For this reason, meditation is much like medication for balancing one’s emotional flow.

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