Tension is a physical manifestation of stress, depression, anxiety or all three. The weird thing with tension is that we do not necessarily know we are experiencing it. We may feel tired, achey, low on energy and inspiration, irritable, or more, but we may not always attribute it to tension.
If you are feeling any of these things, or you work in a high-powered job, have a lot of responsibility at home or work, or just struggle to sleep, chances are you are dealing with some tension in your life. This meditation has been developed in order to neutralize this tension.
When we become aware of tension we are able to deal with it most effectively, either at the source, or if that is not possible then by facing the tension head-on with some meditation that will help to find your inner zen, allowing anxiety and stress to slip away, and for serenity to prosper.
Benefits of this Meditation
- Improved quality of sleep
- Supported relationships
- A coping mechanism during stressful situations
- More energy and passion
- Relaxation, rest, and recuperation
How to do this Meditation
This relaxation meditation can be tailored to suit your needs and the time available, but anywhere between 11 and 31 minutes daily should be sufficient to have a lasting impact.
The Set Up: The setting of this meditation is important. The space should be calm, peaceful, and feel safe. Make sure it is warm and nurturing, filled with things that make you happy. A good quality yoga mat will also help to make it a comfortable and replenishing experience.
Mudra: Both palms should face towards the heavens, bring them to the Heart Center, crossing the right palm over the left palm. The left thumb then goes into the center of the right palm, and the right thumb crosses over the left. Fingers are straight and together, away from the body.
Eyes: Start with the eyes open just 1/10th. As you progress through the meditation you may find that the eyes start to close, and this is fine, do not fight it, just allow them to rest closed.
Mantra: Inhale, filling the lungs, and begin the mantra of Sat Nam. The Sat should be significantly longer than the Nam, at a ratio of 12:1 or longer.
To Finish: After your time has finished, inhale deeply and feel the relaxation of your body. Notice that the tension has lifted and the body feels light and fluid, full of warmth and power.
Continue Your Journey
When you are experiencing tension it’s good to try to work at the source of the problem and to make positive changes to your life, but this tension neutralizing meditation works well alongside to give you the toolkit needed to find your inner zen, battle anxiety, and learn to truly relax.