For some people, though, it can take months or years to come to terms with a loss. Whether it’s the loss of a spouse, parent, child, friend, home, job, or career, it’s important to realize that there’s no “normal” period for a person to grieve.
One of the gifts of the recent pandemic’s shelter-in-place has been to force us to reevaluate our careers, relationships, and goals in life. When we’re fully present in the moment and connected to divine guidance, we are able to release what’s happened in the past and stop worrying about the future because the only thing we can control and operate in is the present.
There’s been a lot of psychological research that analyzes how meditation can be helpful for a wide range of health conditions and to date, much of this research strongly suggests that practicing meditation can, in fact, lower blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and even irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
We all need to protect ourselves from emotional harm. Psychological defenses are created in childhood to serve that purpose unconsciously, but they can also lead us into unhealthy and unproductive behavior. Boundaries, unlike psychological defense mechanisms, are conscious and healthy ways to protect ourselves from emotional and psychological harm.