When you are working from your sympathetic nervous system (which most of us are, most of the time), you are working in a place of reaction. When we react, we do not see reality clearly, instead we are blinded by emotions, such as anger, fear and frustration.
To be able to remove ourselves from reactive space, we need to be in our parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). This gives us the calmness needed to avoid reaction.
Meditation and breath work activates our PSNS. That is why it is so healing and so important at this time, a time where having a calm mind seems impossible to most.
There is good news: we are creatures of habit.
The more time we spend using our PSNS, the more it becomes second nature.
With practice, the zen of meditation begins to permeate the rest of our lives.
It becomes part of us.
Its not that we are in a meditative state during the day, just that our body knows how to go back into the PSNS quickly after the SNS gets turned on.
As this happens we can recover from the fight or flight mode of everyday life and resist reacting.
As we resist reacting and live in a more calm space, we can begin to see reality a little more clearly.
We can see things in ourselves we didn't notice.
We can see other people's perspectives better.
This gives us the ability to have more compassion and respond with Love to ourselves and the people in our lives.
It helps us figure out what in our lives is serving us and what is an unhealthy attachment.
And knowing the difference between what serves us and what is attachment empowers us to make informed decisions to best address our needs.
And when we are able to fulfill our needs, we can be a little better each day.