When most of us think of ‘spirit’ or ‘spirituality,’ things like a moral code, religious services or houses of worship come to mind. And that’s fine. But, tending to your spirit doesn’t necessarily require a heavenly choir or a donation box. Spirituality can be thought of in broader, less religious terms and still help guide you through tough times, supporting your emotional health.
One of the best ways to get away from it all quickly and easily is with meditation. It’s free, easy to do and can be done anywhere you can find a quiet spot. Meditation’s benefits are legion – it helps cultivate adaptability, resilience, and reduces reactivity (as well as the lashing out that can accompany it), while offering brain and heart protection; better immunity, mood, sleep, feelings of calm; reduced anxiety, pain sensitivity, etc.
In the past few weeks, we have seen life as we know it turned upside down. Our foundations, and much of what we considered to be our basic reality, have been badly shaken. Remaining buoyant in the face of chaos and maintaining equilibrium in the midst of turbulence on this global scale is something few of us have had much experience with.
For many of us, being relentlessly stressed-out has become an almost ‘normal’ state, however unpleasant. Unfortunately, the stress overload of modern life can have a massive impact on our health, weakening immunity, damaging organs and, over time, increasing the risk for many of the diseases we fear most.
1. Take the Long View When you feel yourself reacting to some external stimuli with an impulse to speed up, push pause. “During this brief time-out, imagine yourself looking back on this ‘crisis’ a year from now,” says Honoré, “and notice how insignificant it will...