Meditation and mindfulness are two different words, but their essence is the same. Apply awareness, kindness and curiosity to both and they will reward you.
Often people are stopped from using the tool of meditation because they hold a negative belief about what meditation is or about their ability to achieve a state of calm in their mind. So for the sake of giving you something else that you can think about in a positive frame of mind I want you to park the term Meditation, over there somewhere, and instead we are going to talk about your centering technique. If you can develop your skills in this method of centering, it will help you to remain calm and centered at times you would normally find challenging and stressful. Bringing your attention back to your centre (mindfulness) can help your stress levels immensely. Stress causes havoc in the body, exacerbating any health issues like, to name a few... stomach problems, sleep issues, anxiety, skin imbalances, pain and weight issues.
Mindfulness is one of the most powerful ways to retrain your brain. When you enter a state of mindful awareness, you bring your attention into the present moment (centre yourself) as you observe each thought, feeling, and sensation as it flows through your stream of consciousness. But there’s 1 essential rule: You must learn to observe yourself without judgment. This is the most effective way to interrupt any disturbing feeling or mood.
There are many methods of Meditation that are all very beneficial to the mind and body. You can purchase online programs and/or recordings of guided meditations that tell you exactly what to do and how to get the best out of your relaxation techniques. We can also create our own guided recordings if you want to and prefer to listen to your own voice to guide you into your deep relaxation state. There are written dialogues you can read/ record for your own use.
This is a safe and effective method of self healing.
Try this centering exercise the next time a disruptive mood occurs:
Stop what you’re doing and Breathe deeply and relax for 60 seconds. Now, sit back in your chair and notice what feelings are present. Allow your anger or anxiety (or whatever your feeling is) to flow through your mind like water. Don’t react to it. Just look at it, without judgment, watch how it unfolds and changes. Notice the things around you. Look at the floor, at your surroundings, at your hands, notice the small creases and lines, don’t judge them just observe them. Clasp your hands together and feel the surface,rub them gently and feel their cool or warmth, be in that moment. Think about your breathing, listen to it, feel the breath entering your body and exiting your body again. In less than 5 minutes, your anger or anxiety, nervousness or impatience will change. It will dissipate and lose its power over you. In that moment of mindfulness, you will discover that your emotions no longer have power over you. It’s one of the most amazing experiences a person can have. Make this your emergency routine when you feel off balance.
Deep relaxation promotes neurological (Brain) and cardiovascular (Heart) health, and it also improves attentiveness, alertness,focus, memory function, and social awareness. It turns down the activity in the emotional brain, where anxiety, doubts, and uncertainty are always on the verge of derailing your intention and goals.
There are many options out there for practicing meditation and midfulness and over time, as you get better at it, you can do it without needing to use a device or instructions to help you. You could just sit (or stand) in a favourite place and use the sounds around you, the sun on your skin, the breath in your lungs, to bring your focus in to your centre. Use this trick daily for peace of mind.
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