Near the top of every article on bipolar management, meditation is listed as a management tool. Mostly they suggest Jon Kabot-Zinn’s mindfulness meditation. Other than that, these articles seem short on how to meditate. They are long on the benefits of meditation, but you will never reap the benefits if you do not know how to meditate.
I have had few successes in my life but developing and practicing a type of meditation that works for me has been a great success. I want to share with you in the next number of posts the why and how of the type of meditation that I use. Whenever I write on any subject in the realm of bipolar disorder, I always begin with this premise in mind, “bipolar is as individual as the people that suffer from it.” What works for me may, or may not, work for you. But it is only by trying you will find out.
The word meditation is like the word art. There are as many forms of meditations as there are forms of art. Meditation has one goal, to create a state of being that is aligned with our spirit. Meditation at its heart is a spiritual practice. All forms of mediation are paths to that goal. In other words, meditation is a tool to develop who and what we are supposed to be.
In some teachings, it is pointed out that “not everyone can meditate.” I’m afraid I have to disagree with this statement. I feel everyone already meditates; I believe if you think you meditate. As sufferers of bipolar disorder, myself included, we ruminate on thoughts all the time. Most people do not see this as meditation. Since everyone meditates, all required is to open our eyes and minds to the fact that we are already meditating. It would help if you defined what you are meditating on and how to change it.
Understanding that as a bipolar sufferer your brain is different is important. This difference, even when you are stable, is why most forms of mediation seem impossible.
When I was first confronted with having to meditate as part of a program, the instructor did not believe that what they were teaching was actually very painful to my bipolar brain. I couldn’t explain the reason for the pain then, but I can now and that will be the subject of the next post.
Please let me know in the comments of your experience with bipolar disorder and if you found this information helpful to you. Please like and share this post.
As we conclude this week’s blog post, always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our struggle is with our illness, not with other people, places, situations, or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work hard on yourself, and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are, the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog that I found interesting that may inform you. The following blog is another author’s work. I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by Ananya Sahoo