Keeping Stress at bay during times of anxiety

Times have been unpredictable- that’s for sure. How do we keep stress at bay during times of anxiety?.

Every day the news, or just reports from neighbors and our own experiences, can create a sense of anxiety and hopelessness. We are fully aware that we are not in control of anything beyond our own immediate day-to-day actions.

We’ve heard from many of you that anxiety is creeping in, and it’s no wonder with the total lack of control we have- from grocery shopping to home schooling to worry about our jobs (or being let go from one). 

Anxiety and fear are normal human responses.

It is OK to feel scared and nervous. It’s normal and healthy to feel all these feelings (and have a good cry about it). But- we also need to maintain our physical health at this time.. and too much stress can compromise our immune system.

Here’s a quick meditation tip to limit anxiety and fear from taking over your physiological response (fight or flight).

Just like our brain sends fight or flight responses to our body, shortening our breath and accelerating our heart rate, our lungs can send signs back to our brain that all is well.

Take a minute to connect to your breath. Breathe deeply and fully into your belly. Allow your belly to fill with your breath. Resist any urge to hold your belly in. Let it be soft and relaxed.

‘Try and lengthen your inhale and exhale.

Inhale…2…3…4… exhale…2…3…4. Maybe after a few rounds at a count of 4, you can increase your inhale and exhale to 5 and then 6.

Perhaps while you’re breathing you can begin to add some affirmation:

In this moment I am safe. In this moment I am healthy. In this moment I am loved.

Continue your practice for 3 or 4 minutes, notice how you feel and how your anxiety has lessened. 

We hope this simple breathing and meditation tip helps you. Keeping stress and anxiety at bay during difficult times is not easy. You’re allowed to feel scared and anxious, if you weren’t, would you even be human? But- continue to connect to your breath, and know that you are here, you are held, you are safe and you are not alone.

If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed, perhaps some distance reiki could help; contact us by clicking here for more information, or clicking here to see descriptions of all the virtual services we offer.

be well and stay safe.

Spirituality of Lent

Yesterday marked Ash Wednesday. The first of forty days of Lent. While Lent is a period of devotion for Catholic Christians there’s a spiritual theme that is applicable to any religion or faith. The spirituality of Lent is one of introspection, self reflection, turning within, meeting the ego, and stripping away the parts of ourselves that no longer serve us to get closer to our creator God.

The Lenten period commemorates the time when Jesus fasted in the desert for forty days. Catholic Christians around the world are now conducting their own type of fast. A scroll down Facebook reveals many declarations of what people are “giving up” for Lent. Popular giveaways: sugar, chocolate, coffee, drinking, and even Facebook.

Turn away from the Ego during Lent and get closer to your True Self.

Pope Francis states that Lent is a time to turn to God. To slow down and “give up” all the things that keep us busy and separate from a spiritual life. Surely we can all pay attention to this message. How often are we going non stop! Working an extra hour at the job to get a promotion, driving the kids around, scrolling down Instagram for a few more minutes. All of these actions can be distraction from taking time to pray and connect with our spiritual selves. For Pope Francis’ remarks at the start of this year’s Lent, this is a wonderful read.

The Lenten period is asking us to turn away from busy and to trust. To quiet our constantly thinking minds and pray or meditate. To turn away from feelings of jealousy, of hate, of resentment. What feelings, thoughts and old stories can you “give up” this Lent?

Choose peace. Choose Joy. Choose Love.

Perhaps you can commit to getting closer to your true self, to turn away from your ego mind over the next 40 days and listen to the inner voice of love. Choose love. Choose peace. Connect to the universe and to creation. Recognize your connection to every living thing and those that came before you.

May you have a beautiful Lenten season of self reflection, peace, and joy. If you’d like to join us in meditation and honoring of the beginning of the spring season, we’d love to see you at our Ostara Celebration on March 20th. It’s free!