What Are Mindset Minisodes?
I’ve been hosting the Phoenix Helix Podcast for over 8 years, and there are now over 200 episodes in the archives! The long-form interviews you know and love will continue every 4 weeks. In between, I’ll be sharing short episodes inspired by my book: Healing Mindset – A Guide to the Mind-Body Connection for People With Autoimmune Disease. Stress is a powerful trigger of inflammation and autoimmune activity, and most of us have experienced stress-induced autoimmune flares. That’s the power of the mind-body connection working against us. However, we can also make the mind-body connection work for us! Simple techniques can help us relieve stress and send an anti-inflammatory cascade through our bodies instead. That’s my goal with these episodes. In each one, I’ll teach a simple technique you can start using right away.
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Meditation and Autoimmune Disease
There’s a reason meditation is recommended so often for anyone trying to improve their health. There are now thousands of research studies showing its benefits. One outcome I particularly love is called equanimity – the ability to withstand the ups and downs of life with more peace. With the flare-based nature of autoimmune disease, this can be incredibly helpful. Meditation has also been shown to lower pain intensity, reduce anxiety and depression, improve brain function, and overall improve the wellbeing of people with chronic illness. Guided meditations are often the easiest way to begin gaining the benefits of meditation, and that’s what I’m offering in today’s podcast.
My Guided Meditation for People with Autoimmune Disease
With autoimmune disease, we often have a complex relationship with our bodies. When we hear that our immune system is attacking us, it can feel like a war within. It’s common to feel angry with our bodies and disassociate from our bodies, and yet our bodies are our home. We cannot leave them behind. So, today I’m sharing a special body scan meditation led by me! It’s designed to help us reconnect with our bodies in a gentle and loving way. This is one my favorite forms of meditation and is incredibly soothing to me on a daily basis, but especially during an autoimmune flare.
- The guided meditation begins at time stamp 2:40.
- I’ve also created a transcript of the meditation. Note: If you use the transcript, know that it’s meant to be read slowly, to give you time to tune in to each part of your body. The audio meditation lasts about 9 minutes.
My Book: Healing Mindset
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