An estimated 40% of adults experience anxiety. I would venture a guess that with so many people home social distancing and feeling isolated, these numbers are even higher. Anxiety can be crippling - making you feel frozen and unable to think, move or even breathe. It can also make you so fidgety that you simply cannot be still or relax at all.
No matter how you your anxiety manifests, it is important to have a strategy to help pull you out of the abyss. This meditation has helped pull me through some pretty rough times, and I'm honored to share it with you. I pray that it helps soothe your anxious body, mind and spirit.
1. Sit in Easy Pose with a nice straight spine and a light Neck Lock. You can fold your hands in your lap, or place them in Gyan Mudra (thumb and index fingers touching).
2. In a soft monotone, recite the mantra Har Haray Haree Wahe Guru in the following manner:
Har: focus at the Navel Chakra
Haray: focus at the Heart Chakra
Haree: focus at the Throat Chakra
Wahe: focus at the 3rd Eye Point
Guru: focus at the Crown Chakra
Continue for 3-31 minutes.
Translation: All aspects of the Creator are Bliss
"This mantra expresses the three qualities of the word Har -seed, flow, completion, Bliss! Shakti/Bhakti mantra that uses the primal force of creativity to rid one of obnoxious situations in life and can bring you through any block and opens up your own creative energy." - Spirit Voyage Mantrapedia
3. To End: Inhale deeply, suspend the breath, and shake the arms and hands up over head. Exhale and relax.
This is a great meditation to have in your back pocket for those times when you feel like you just cannot pull yourself out of the anxiety. If you are struggling regularly with anxiety, consider practicing this for a full cycle of the moon, or for 40 days or longer!
This meditation can be found in the book "The Art, Science & Application of Kundalini Yoga" by Nirvair Singh Khalsa.
If you need additional tips for dealing with anxiety, check out 5 Ways To Overcome Anxiety During Isolation.
These are just some small things that you can do to help fight feelings of anxiety. However, it may be necessary to seek medical attention to help support you. Many therapists are offering phone and video calls if you don't feel safe going into the office. If you don't know where to look for a mental health professional, you can start here:
SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA offers a free, confidential referral system in English and Spanish to help connect you with someone local to you that can be of assistance.
NOTE: This blog post is not intended to be medical care or advice. Please seek professional help if you are struggling with any mental health issues.
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