Heal Emotion With Balance
Today’s Self Love Sunday is about healing emotion. Sometimes even the most spiritual and conscious humans will get depressed. You can heal emotion with lots of self love and practical exercises. Heaviness happens. Many will seek out a variety of tools to discover its origin and how to prevent its damage.
Below Deepak Chopra discusses bringing ourselves back into balance:
Bringing yourself back into balance means that you are aware enough to make decisions and have the ability to put them into practice. Quite often depressed people feel too helpless and hopeless to face the right choices, in which case outside help is needed, meaning a therapist or counselor who specializes in depression.
Yoga has been shown to lessen stress and anxiety and promote feelings of well-being. Communication between your body and your mind is a two-way street. Certain yogic practices can signal the brain that it’s alright to relax and prompt the parasympathetic nervous system to initiate the relaxation response.
For instance, slow, deep, conscious breathing is also a vital element of yogic practice. This form of breathing is very effective in prompting the relaxation response to counter elevated levels of stress hormones. Someone with depression might be advised to practice “heart-opening” postures that elongate their thoracic spine. They may be told to stand with their shoulder blades drawn together so that their lungs are lifted and they are able to breathe more freely.
An important component of yoga is paying close attention to what’s going on in the body at all times and locating and releasing any areas of tension. Yoga should ideally be practiced with the guidance of an experienced teacher.
Meditation can be a useful treatment for both stress and mild-to-moderate depression. Numerous studies have examined the effects of mindfulness meditation, designed to focus the meditator’s attention on the present moment.
One study measured electrical activity in the brain found increased activity in the left frontal lobe during mindfulness meditation. Activity in this area of the brain is associated with lower anxiety and a more positive emotional state. Subsequently, the researchers tested both a group that hadn’t meditated as well as the meditators for immune function. They did this by measuring the level of antibodies they produced in response to a flu vaccine.
The meditators had a significantly greater reaction, which indicates they had better immune function.
The real goal should be to rebalance your life, gain control over the disorder, understand who you are, and elevate your vision of possibilities for yourself. All of that is harder than opening a pill bottle, but every positive choice leads to real healing and a much better life in the future.
We hope you enjoyed this advice from one of our favorite meditation guru, Deepak Chopra on Self Love Sunday. Please comment below about how you may have used yoga or meditation in your life to bring you back into balance.