Anorexia has its roots in various cognitive imbalances and perceptual errors that become more harmonised when we meditate.
The dysmorphic tendencies that characterise anorexia also dissipate as our perception refines and this allows us to see a much more accurate picture of ourselves when we look in the mirror. We are then able to understand at a perceptual and intellectual level that there may be genuine imbalance at play which needs to be addressed.
On an emotional level, the amygdala, which is responsible for our fear and anxiety responses, also begins to become functionally less active with meditation. It starts operating the way mother nature intended it to, and not in the trigger-happy way that so many of us experience in our lives. The irrational fear of weight gain, which has somehow lodged itself into our nervous system, is brought into balance as a result of this more natural functioning, and the obsessive and compulsive tendencies that often go hand in hand with anorexia also ameliorate. Simultaneous to this, the pre-frontal cortex, which is responsible for our rationality, becomes more active and allows us to think and behave more in alignment with healthy outcomes.
This condition creates disorder in every system of the body. It often leads to irregular female cycles, fertility issues, and depression, all of which are brought into balance by meditation. We also find that soon after learning we are much more engaged in life and free of any mood swings. We experience a level of poise and happiness that may have been escaping us for an awfully long time.
I would recommend Will and Jess’s Beeja meditation introduction course to anyone! They have a personal approach that makes one feel supported, held and entrusted throughout the course and thereafter.
Lily, Pilates Teacher, London
How does Beeja meditation help?
On an emotional level, meditation makes us feel more comfortable with ourselves and enables us to rediscover our true selves, so we no longer feel defined by our weight or looks.