Meditation Self-Care Challenge by Anna Szabo

Have you ever thought about guided meditation for self-care? From my personal experience, I know that Christian guided meditation has many benefits for the human mind, the brain, the body, and the soul. Today, I’ll invite you to do meditation self-care challenge. I’ll answer your questions, such as “How do you meditate for 10 minutes a day?” and “How does meditation assist in self-help?” and even my favorite “Can meditation change your life?” Meditation changed my life.

Introduction

In December of 2016, I was very sick, hanging on the edge of my last hope. I was exhausted from narcissistic relationship abuse in my marriage. It was a dark and devastating time. I felt hopeless, disoriented from gaslighting and other mental cruelty tactics, with which my mind was manipulated daily.

I felt depressed and suicidal.

There were days when I experienced prolonged and severe panic attacks from the Complex PTSD, with which I was diagnosed after a few months of being married to the narcissist. My life was miserable. I shared some detailed narcissistic abuse examples on this blog.

I remember being on my knees on the floor in tears weeping and asking God for help to push through the adversity in my marriage, to persevere with fortitude, to have hope, to grow my faith, and to survive narcissistic abuse. God always hears our prayers and answers.

I know how to hear God’s voice, so I was tuned in, and God led me to a meditation app. For the first time, I tried meditation for self-care because I was overwhelmed and at the end of my rope. My life has never been the same ever since. Meditation changed my life.

Actually, meditation saved my life…

I started meditating and healing.

Later, I began creating healing meditations.

As of today, tens of thousands of women all over the world have enjoyed my guided meditations, and recently, a popular Christian meditation app invited me to partner with their team in an effort to narrate a Christian lullaby for adults. This now is the work on my life and I love helping people heal in such an intimate way! Here are some of the meditations I created.

Christian Healing Meditations

Meditation Self-Care Challenge

Guided Meditation for Self-Care

I remember many days when I was unable to function. The overwhelming burdens of my life were too much for me to handle. The man I just married in May of 2016, filed for divorce in September of 2016 saying he was not interested in me anymore and wanted to be an IronMan instead.

I described my story in an essay called IronMan vs Marriage. He called his bicycle “my other wife I cheat on your with…” and I felt disoriented, devalued, and discarded. I was unable to comprehend what happened. I was losing my sanity and desire to live.

Every hour of every day was a battle to survive. Suicidal thoughts and ideas were the front and center of my thinking while enduring abuse. I was in so much pain emotionally but I was also in pain physically every day. I drove 50 miles each way to go to work, which was 100 miles in traffic, often taking up to 2.5 hours of commute in one direction amounting to up to five hours of a daily commute.

My body was in pain from so much sitting but it was also injured twice in our first few weeks of marriage. The house where we lived had two stories with the master bedroom located on the second floor, so my injured body was worn out from the up-and-down in the house and the commute. My money was spent on IronMan addiction. My spirit was sucked out of me. My zeal for life was destroyed.

READ: My 16 Poems About Abuse

Self-care was the tool God gave me to battle the devil. To manage my intense anxiety, I had to shrink my thoughts about the future to only the next few minutes, only one task at a time.

Depression impaired my cognitive function after a few months of that devastating marriage, and my productivity was handicapped. I wasn’t able to do dishes, laundry, or even take a shower. Everything was overwhelming.

I used guided meditation for self-care.

God revealed to me through meditation how to focus on my breath and body muscles and how to let go of everything else. Prayer and meditation became my tools for surrendering every hour of every day.

To vacuum, mop, dust, and organize that two-story house at Adair Park in Cumming, which was always kept in order by me alone, I’d meditate and breathe and calm down, then do the laborious work.

The same was with every task.

I vividly remember my bed having no bedding for days because I was so thinly stretched between the daily house work, daily commute, daily marital conflicts, and daily abuse… To finally gather up my energy, I meditated and did half of my California King size giant bed. Then, I meditated and did the other half.

Meditation helped create some room in my headspace, the environment free of stress, even for just a few moments. Guided meditation enabled me to relax, focus on my breath, and disconnect from my miserable life with my abuser. The more tasks piled up as he filed for his second divorce in our first year of marriage, our divorce mediation took place, and I had to move for the second time within a year, all while working and commuting and dealing with depression, the more my body was shutting down.

READ: Psychomotor Retardation

Meditation helped me push through each day. I wasn’t able to think in terms of days as it was too much to handle. So, instead, I thought in terms of hours, the time from meditation to meditation. That allowed me to conquer daily tasks, keep performing at work, and survive that tragic marriage.

It was satanic in every way. I shared the details in my essay “How Satan Came at Me Looking Saint.” What I realized was that the guided meditation my type of self-care called for was Christian. I wasn’t able to find good Bible-based Christian meditations, so I created them myself for myself.

The self-care I needed was physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. I needed to let my body release its tension and get sufficient supplies of oxygen, which meditation helps do. Also, I needed a mental break from the overwhelming stresses which my abuse-filled life was throwing at me daily. Meditation offered a healthy and helpful headspace for that. Finally, I needed hope.

Scriptures-based guided meditations offered consistent hope by reminding me of God’s promises, His faithfulness, and what God says about me. Getting rooted and grounded in my identity as a child of God fueled my hope and gave me the energy I needed to fight the battle that was aimed at taking me down.

Remembering who I am in Christ – all feeding into my mind by the means of Christian guided meditation via Biblical affirmations – I was able to survive that season of darkness, to heal with time, and to thrive with God again.

I’m forever grateful for meditation self-care. Meditating daily on God’s word – with focus and effort – helped clear the fog in my headspace and empowered me to claim my mental clarity, spiritual strength, and physical wellbeing again! I’m still here, thank God for meditation self-care!

Meditation saved my life…

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Five Reasons Why Meditation Is Good for Self-Care

  1. Guided meditation helps you turn off the worldly stress
  2. Christian meditation allows you to focus on God’s word
  3. Positive meditation enables you to renew your hope
  4. Biblical meditation ensures that you guard your mind
  5. Gospel-focused meditation promotes your faith growth

So, use guided meditation for self-care! You will end up with strong faith, renewed hope, less stress, more truth, and a mind that’s protected from the troubles of the world. Meditations on this website are free to you, so the only investment is your time.

Do you deserve your time investment?

I’d like to invite you to take my meditation self-care challenge and for the next 30 days meditate for 10 minutes a day. That’s all I’m asking you to do. If you give it a try, your wellbeing will improve: physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. You will gain more clarity, experience more energy, and cultivate more peace in your life.

Let me answer some FAQs about meditation.

How do you meditate for 10 minutes a day?


Find a quiet space where you can relax away from distractions and stress. Get comfortable. Turn on this guided meditation. Breathe deeply. Close your eyes. Scan your body. Relax your muscles. Focus your mind within. Observe your breath. Keep your mind on the message of the meditation. Bring your thoughts back if they wander away. When done, return to your normal life and when you get a chance, journal about your breakthroughs. This will help you witness your progress and see if daily meditation self-care challenge works.

How do you meditate on yourself?


Get quiet and comfortable, turn off distractions, and perform “Who Am I?” Meditation for Self-Inquiry. During this guided meditation, you can explore your identity and get to know yourself better. Through this practice, you can figure out who you are, what you want, and how to make your big dreams a reality.

How does meditation assist in self-help?


Meditation helps optimize your physical wellness through focused deep breathing, which delivers oxygen to your organs and brain. Also, it helps you focus on a positive message, so it promotes the growth of new neurons in your brains and the creation of new neuropathways. Additionally, guided meditation allows you to reduce stress and increase peace and happiness. All that results in a better you!

What to think about while meditating?


When you are meditating, choose a positive, impactful, significant message that will fuel your mind, emotions, and soul. Here’s a great guided meditation to help you focus your thoughts on your identity as a child of God, redeemed by Christ, and strong in the Spirit.

How long should I meditate to see results?


You can meditate for 5 minutes or for 5 hours, I promise you will see positive results right away. Even one short meditation helps your stress levels go down. If you meditate consistently, your brain will rebuild itself. You will notice mental clarity, spiritual awareness, emotional balance, and physical energy. If you meditate more, the results will be greater, but even with a short meditation here and there, still, you’ll be better off than if you didn’t practice meditation.

How long does it take for meditation to work?


The positive benefits of meditation are immediate. With time, the benefits become stronger and last longer. Yet, immediately after you start, you’ll experience better mental and physical health.

Can meditation change your life?


Yes, meditation can change your life by giving you more mental clarity, better wellness, greater joy, and stronger energy. It can help you prevent depression and reduce panic attacks. Meditation changed my life.

What is a good mantra for meditation?


I have peace in every way. It is perfect. It is sacred. All the time my Lord is near, And by Him my life’s directed.

How do I know if meditation is working?


You’ll experience more peace, less stress, clearer thinking, greater peace, fewer panic attacks, better sleep, and overall optimization of all aspects of your wellbeing: mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical.

“Who Am I?” Meditation for Self-Inquiry

During difficult seasons of life, when the ground is shaking and we are falling apart, we tend to ask ourselves “Who Am I?” That happened to me in 2016, and I turned to the Bible to find out. What God said about me was what I wanted to know, understand, and embrace.

I discovered 52 truths in the Bible!

All of them are available for free in my ebook.

Download it now for free

Below are some of the affirmations to help you answer the question “Who Am I?” through meditation for self-inquiry. Seeking to understand your identity is the best gift you can give to yourself when facing injustice and suffering. Getting serious about your identity will help you own your own mind and be strong when battling adversity.

Trials and tribulations are figureoutable when you know exactly who you are, whose you are, why you’re here, and where you’re going in life. Use a few of the I Am affirmations shared below to help you with your “Who Am I?” meditation for self-inquiry. For the full library of Biblical affirmations, get my book for free. Additionally, here’s a video of my most popular “I Am” meditation on YouTube.

Self-Care Guided Meditation Script

I am peaceful 

I have peace in every way.
It is perfect. It is sacred.
All the time my Lord is near,
And by Him my life's directed.
  
2 Thessalonians 3:16 John 16:33 | Philippians 4:6-7
I am faithful  

I have faith in God, my Father.
I have faith in His great plan.
I have faith that He will honor
All His promises in my lifespan.
 
Isaiah 43:1-3 | Galatians 3:22
I am forgiven

I'm forgiven by my Father,
Cleansed from my unrighteousness.
I am pure and I am holy,
Brand-new in my consciousness.

1 John 1:9 | Ephesians 1:7
I am accepted 
 
I have been accepted by my Lord and Savior.
He loves with compassion, and to Him I'm welcome.
I am here to honor God with my behavior,
To become more Christ-like, choosing flesh more seldom. 
 
Romans 14:3 | Romans 15:7 
I am loved 
 
I'm loved by God unconditionally for eternity.
For my salvation and life His Son He sacrificed.
Nothing can take away from me this certainty -
I am inseparable from the love of Jesus Christ.
 
John 3:16 | Romans 5:8
I am healed 

I am healed by the Lord,
And my life is redeemed from destructions.
I am healthy and whole,
Following His commands and instructions.
 
Isaiah 53:5 | Psalm 103:2-5 
I am blessed

I am blessed by God with every spiritual blessing.
My transgressions are forgiven and my sins are covered.
Without Jesus about my future I was wondering and guessing.
But now my future is certain because God's grace I discovered. 
 
Psalm 32:1-2 | Ephesians 1:3
I am special and chosen

I am special, I am chosen, 
Formed from dust in God's own image,
Made alive just by His Spirit,
With a purpose as a royal privilege.
 
Genesis 2:7 | John 15:16 | 1 Peter 2:9
I am new and transformed

The grace of God empowers holiness in me.
Everything I owed through Christ has been redeemed.
I'm no longer walking in flesh like before.
I'm new and into a child of God I've been transformed.
 
2 Corinthians 5:17 | Ephesians 4:22-24 
I am worthy 

For me, on the cross Jesus Christ died.
Because I'm worthy of God's love, He chose to be crucified. 
I was washed with His blood, sanctified, and justified.
By the Spirit of God I have been purified.
 
Galatians 2:20 | 1 Corinthians 6:11 
I am valuable 

I am the most valuable to my Father God
And the number of my hair He knows.
To pay for my freedom and life Christ died.
To shine light in the world me He chose. 
 
Luke 12:7 | Matthew 5:16
I am free

I am free from flesh and death,
And sin has no longer its power.
Christ gave my life a new breath. 
In Him, I am growing stronger by the hour.

Romans 6:18 | Romans 8:1-2 Galatians 5:1 
I am not alone

I am never alone, God is always with me.
As I pass through the deep waters,
He holds me in the palm of His hand, 
And I trust His protection guarantee. 
 
Isaiah 41:10 | Romans 8:28
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Summary

Today, I am inviting you to try my meditations self-care challenge for 30 days and simply spend a few minutes each day meditating. I know that the benefit you’ll experience will help you optimize your health and enjoy a better quality of life. Christian guided meditation saved my life!

In this article, I explained the benefits of meditation self-care. I described each benefit and shared my personal stories of the significant positive impact meditation has had on my life and wellness.

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