The Hidden Benefits of Mindfulness
The power of mindfulness to transform daily life is limitless. Therefore, many aspects of this tradition and skillset are worth exploring. Mindfulness has another hidden benefit: the power of spontaneous healing. Inner wounds affect most people throughout their lives. Undoubtedly, Mindfulness-Based Healing is a powerful way to heal quickly.
The Physical Body and Mindfulness
Consistently, the physical body, when wounded, begins its healing process. Subsequently, this is happening as if by magic. Stimulated by injury, a series of complex reactions occur creating scar tissue, immune response, clotting, etc. Responding to injury is what our systems are highly tuned to do. In other words, our bodies know how to heal and how to go about it.
The Psyche and Mindfulness
Why would we think the psyche is any different? Accordingly, the life force present in all living things responds to physical injury, and additionally to emotional or mental injury. Often, harmful learned behaviors and beliefs block the natural process of healing. This is much like putting salt on a wound. We are being left alone in a system that is doing little to recognize the ability of the psyche to heal. Eventually, we are told that the best we can do is manage. This may be true, but it certainly isn’t always true.
The Immune System of the Psyche
The best healers don’t take the lead, unless necessary. They guide a person towards inner knowledge and lead people toward empowering their own inner healer and guide. Mindfulness is a powerful tool to activate the immune system of the emotional body. In sacred, profound stillness wounds are gently being touched. Instead of more cement on the walls of self-protection, the presence of lasting consciousness begins to create healing.
The process isn’t always easy. In general, flight or flight becomes the “go-to” for the nervous system. It takes some time to retrain the system to be more elastic. This process is best with a guide who can help create a loving and supportive space.
The Life-Force and Spiritual Revolution
In this way, mindfulness training often begins a process of deep transformation. We learn to interact with base reality. This is the reality without our reactions. Inner truth is constantly revealing our inner selves. Few are trained to be “holding” this self with loving-kindness. Like a flower, we open with tenderness and freshness to our inner self with the right tools. Then the life force often leaps forth with energy, healing, and clarity in surprising ways.
In this abiding clarity, an opportunity arises to understand past hurts, see limitations, and face our deepest demons. All of these render as mere shadows in the cave. It is here we discover that love and consciousness are one, resulting in unification. Furthermore, living not just by the mind but by the psyche, we summon nothing short of a spiritual revolution.
Learning to Stay
We must stop the avoidance and restlessness that drives our minds into a frenzy and our hearts to despair and exhaustion. All this from, as Pema Chodron, describes as “learning to stay.” She is referring to meditation, but so it is with all healing. It is learning to stay with what is actually happening. We reclaim ourselves as adults with choices from the hell-realm of the wounded inner child. Learn about our Inner Child Healing Retreat