Meditation is good for you, but did you know how good it is for your skin for your skin? A little-known side effect of meditation is an acceleration of the healing process in skin cells. Many new meditators have noticed remarkable changes in the quality of their facial skin. They report fewer wrinkles due to the relaxation of facial muscles, but also the noticeable rapid healing of blemishes and burns is also a regular occurrence.
Applying a few mental training techniques while in a state of deep meditation would support that system and give it the right environment in which to work. It's possible to achieve a healthy glow from the inside out with meditation. This four step process combines the power of a meditation practice with other techniques that link the mind to the body in a powerful way.
An experienced meditator can quickly enter what's known as an altered or “flow” state of calm and energized alertness. For beginners, start by simply closing your eyes, taking a deep breath and repeating the word “relax.” Move your awareness down through the different parts of your body. A guided meditation is a great tool. The voice will lead you to calm your emotions and still your thoughts — total relaxation. It's like the shivasanya at the end of your yoga class, only longer. Deep and fully aware relaxation is key for optimal results.
“As the mind conceives, the body must achieve” is one of the laws of the mind. The body can’t tell the difference between an image in the mind and what we call reality. Test this yourself, and imagine biting into a lemon without salivating.
Mind/body pioneers Bellaruth Naparstek and Shakti Gawain accept this as a simple, profound fact. They recommend deliberately adding healthful images to “the gullible body.” Introducing positive images while in this deeply relaxed state can be extremely effective. Using your mind’s eye, see the problem once, fix it and then only see the positive outcome any time you think about it. You want to move past the problem, only reinforcing a perfect end result.
We have 80 million white blood cells produced per minute, as our first line of defense from a burn or injury. Focusing on these "soldier" cells during meditation can be effective on a cellular level. Be creative. Mentally experience your new, fabulous self and skin in a multisensory way, engaging all five inner senses. Your imagination will come up with a visual remedy that suits you best.
You may have a repair and healing plan ready before you start, but once in a meditative state, you might find that a feeling prompts you to imagine another way of achieving the healthy result. Go with what feels right. Don’t let your critical, skeptical ego get in the way. Go with the flow and listen to that wise voice.
After regular practice of these techniques, you'll also experience being drawn toward different choices in the outer world. Suddenly, new options will show up in your life. You may be drawn toward a new skin care line or vitami, or hear of a doctor who specializes in your area of concern. You could suddenly start drinking more water and crave fresh juice instead of coffee.
Every thought we have creates our future. A thought can be changed for the good, and life will follow that thought to flow toward a positive experience. Since we've established that our subconscious mind accepts whatever we choose to believe, using an affirmation as a tool to change from the inside out makes sense. An affirmation is a positive statement for what we want in our lives.
Consider the following examples:
- “I have smooth, soft, youthful, radiant skin.”
- “I have glowing, moist skin.”
- “My skin reflects my inner peace.”
- “I have clear, healthy skin."
You get the idea. For remarkable results on the outside, try a little work from the inside. Then let go and let nature takes its course. To be healthy is to be whole, and meditation is a practical way for the entire self (mind, body, spirit) to achieve health, skin care included.
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