Mindfulness practice can help a lot in recovery after abuse. It can be used along with other self-care practices to create a life of balance and thriving after abuse. A special thank you to Lola Blevins, LMFT. Lola can be foundr/contacted at http://www.lolablevins.com
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“The only way to really utilize your human experience is to practice some kind of meditation or visualization. It does work. People really need it. It’s the only way to get through the difficult times. This kind of practice puts one in the “Kuan Yin spirit”. You’re the “watcher”. Instead of judging, you just see. Whether meditating upon my form or bringing light into the chakras, all these techniques will help in one’s life.” ~Lena Lees
Visualization meditation is the practice of using meditation to focus on a visual item. By focusing the attention on the visual item, you can keep the mind focused. When you keep the mind focused, you stand to gain a host of benefits.
What are the benefits of visualization meditation?
You’ll experience benefits physically. If you have blood pressure that tends to run a little higher, visualization meditation can lower your blood pressure. If you experience some emotional struggles like feeling fear or sadness, visualization meditation can help you overcome that.
By using visualization to increase your intention throughout the day, you’ll discover exactly what your thoughts are doing to you. You’ll see how “where” you focus your thoughts can impact your life.
Why should you try visualization meditation?
When you don’t focus your thoughts, they can run the gamut from dwelling on the past to jumping ahead to the future that hasn’t happened yet. When your mind doesn’t keep focused on the present, you can limit the productivity and success that you can achieve in your life both in your personal and professional side.
Visualization meditation can increase your intention so that you realize the times when you’re causing internal harm to yourself with your thoughts. You can even be caught up in thought patterns that keep you trapped in a certain mindset.
The problem with staying trapped in a certain mindset is that your emotions are tied to your thoughts. If you think sad or angry thoughts about the past, especially if those are things that hurt you and you can’t change them, then your emotions will quickly follow suit.
What you think about not only can sway your emotions, but these thoughts can produce physical side effects such as higher blood pressure, weight gain, and more. Visualization can help to strengthen your intention which will let you stay focused on the current moment.
It can be especially helpful because the mind can start to wander. When you have visual clues, these can bring you gently back into focus. The visualization process can help you to go through your day aware of the present but not judging it.
This in turn can allow you to be calmer even when there’s a stressful event taking place. Not only that, but when you have a clear intention, it means that you’ll be able to see things as they are which will allow you to make choices that aren’t based on the past or in the future.
When you use visual meditation, it can help you to see where you want to be in life and can help you to focus on present goals. Visualization can help you to have a more specific intention that can lead you to make changes that you want to make.
It can also make you in tune with your emotions, which can then be used to let go of any link with thoughts that might be impacting your health.
Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy.