In the short-term, it may seem less painful to avoid feeling sadness and grief, but in the long-term this strategy of denial has negative physical and emotional effects.
This 20-minute guided meditation will show you how to release old feelings of sadness and grief that have been trapped in your body. It will leave you freer to live and love again.
The process works in four stages:
- Connect with your body-felt sensations of sadness and grief – as much or as little as you like each time you use the meditation
- Begin to release the trapped emotions
- Use the healing power of your heart to bring self-compassion to your old wounds
- Release as much or as little as you like before concluding the session
The guided meditation is designed to be used as often as you wish, each time dealing with a manageable chunk of pain – small enough that the process is manageable, and large enough to make forward progress in your self-healing.
For a small loss, a single sitting may suffice to release the buried emotions. For a larger loss, like a relationship breakup, you might work through it in several sittings over the course of a few of weeks. For those truly unbearable losses – the ones that you think you could never heal – it might take months of regular work.
However quickly or slowly you work through your reservoir of trapped pain, the payoff is the same: better physical health, more joy; more freedom to love, connect and bond with people in the ways that are most important to you.
You can read more about how sadness and grief get trapped in the body, and about how that affects your long-term physical health and emotional wellbeing here.
Here’s the guided meditation for you. It takes about 20 minutes.