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How did meditation help you an HSP?

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  • Vivek
    Vivek

    Hi all,

    I was always skeptical of meditating. I thought it was something voodoo, but one of my close friends asked me to give it a try. I've been meditating for the last four months. It has been an amazing experience.  I think I tend to get less irritated or overwhelmed. What do others think?  How did meditation help other HSPs?

  • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
    Abhinav Bhardwaj

    I started meditating 2 years ago. It's a consistent practice in my life now. I think meditation has added a lot of tolerance in me. I'm better tolerating difficult situations, people, behaviors.

    I think the gap it creates between response and reaction is very helpful. Couple of benefits that I have experienced.

    1. Patience - This is a big one. I have become more patient than before. Yes, I get disturbed, irritated, but the intensity and frequency has gone down significantly.

    2. Less Anxious - By far, the best thing mediation taught me is to have a space between response and reaction. I am not in a zen like state, that nothing annoys me, never get anxious, just bliss. No, I do get anxious, but I have started to handle it better than before.

    3. Self Awareness - I have become more self aware of my strengths and flaws. When we are meditating, we are alone with our naked self. It's a beautiful practice, because we get to know ourselves more.

    4. Over-stimulation/Overwhelmed - Events/people/behaviors still stimulate me, cause an intense sensory overload. Another thing, mindfulness taught me is to not escape the situation, as the only time we can escape is when we are dead. Instead, practice of meditation helps us in dealing with such un-comfortable situations.

    I am a student of life, trying to find my path as an HSP through habits, routines, and positive attitude. I am looking to learn from fellow HSPs, how meditation has helped them.

  • Estefani
    Estefani

    I was once in your shoes where I thought meditation was voodoo. Until I started to being open-minded about anything, including the metaphysical stuff.

    I couldn't agree more with Abhinav Bhardwajlist of benefits, because it has certainly benefited me in those ways. I was consistent on my meditations, but now I only do them when I really need it. I still want to learn from others experiences and from books about connecting with our inner selves during meditation. If anything mediation has given me the thirst for more knowledge and it has certainly sparked some kind of passion going this route.

    • Vivek
      Vivek

      Estefani How did you become more open-minded? I still struggle a lot? Questions like - What If I spend my time and energy on meditation, and my mind just creates some random stories? It's hard as I can't see, touch, or feel it yet. Maybe I need to get started and have faith. Thank you for sharing.

    • Estefani
      Estefani

      You know not entirely sure, one day it just clicked for me. I think it was because sometimes I limited myself on certains things for example, the spiritual and metaphysical stuff. If someone would talk about it I would stop listening because I wouldn't believe it, felt like nonsense to me at first. So instead of doing that I tell myself, "I will try to understand/be open-minded as much as I can and see if I like it or not. If it resonates with me, awesome. If not, I will leave it for now." During meditations you will have these tiny voices in your head. You should just observe what your mind is saying as you meditate, don't dwell on them just acknowledge them and keep focus on your breath. It takes practice to build those brain muscles where at a point you won't hear them as much and you will have clear thoughts and a clear mind. Keep practicing meditating! It will take awhile and yes have faith you can reach that!

      Not sure about the see, touch, or feel part. Hmm. For me when I meditate I do see colors like purple. I honestly do not know how I am able to see that, but for everyone it is different. I can see that, but I can't touch it. I can kinda feel it, like small tingling sensations in my chest or my body. I usually try to anchor that feeling to "feel" whatever that is. It's a warming sensation.

      I hope with what I said would kinda help you. Hopefully I made sense. Let me know if you need clarification on something and I will do my best to explain because it is weird (as in a good way) explaining this lol, still learning.

    • Vivek
      Vivek

      Estefani Thank you for the explanation. It helps a lot. It certainly helps me to build my faith when I see others experiencing benefits from the practice. I'll keep at it, and maybe one day experience a clear mind.

  • Christiana
    Christiana

    I think of meditation like a muscle. At first meditating had no effect on me. Over time it helped me calm down. Now it's like my brain has found a faster way to calm down because of meditating. Now when something upsets me I can calm down a lot faster and stay calm.

    Finding the right teacher made a big difference. At first I thought meditation wasn't for me because I just didn't like the first teachers I tried.
    Agreed, finding the space between reacting to things is huge.

    • Vivek
      Vivek

      Christiana That's amazing. I hope to get there. What do you look for in a meditation teacher? What are some good traits?

    • Christiana
      Christiana

      Yeah! It is amazing, I'm so thankful for it. It took me months for it to have an effect, but it was worth it.

      In a teacher you'll know when you hear it. For me specifically I don't like a teacher to tell me how to feel about something. One of them said 'if other people's noise bothers you, tell yourself it's not personal' I said "I don't care if it's personal or not; I hate it!" lol luckily it was an app, not a live person. I knew right then that was not what I needed to hear.
      Teachers that I like say things like "there is nothing you need to do right now." "Try to relax your muscle, if you can't try flexing it and then relaxing it, and if it still won't relax that's okay, just try to observe your body without changing it."
      Good traits in a teacher are flexibility, good pacing when speaking, steady tone in their voice.

    • Vivek
      Vivek

      Christiana I get that. I can only feel the way I feel, so nobody likes to be told how to feel. These are some great tips. Thanks again.

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