Instant Calming Meditation
Meditation and mindfulness are great when you have enough control over your time to enjoy them. But what happens when you experience stress and you require immediate relief? Meditation is an important part of our retreats, we understand the challenge. We hope you enjoy this calming meditation.
1. Practice uninterrupted breathing. When stress strikes, immediately focus on your breath and continue breathing smoothly, deeply and evenly.
2. Put on a positive face. Smile so that you can feel it in the corners of your mouth. Recent studies suggest that this process is a two-way street. Smiling can contribute to feelings of happiness, and in a stressful situation, it can help keep you calm. Try this simple test: Smile a broad grin right now. Don’t you feel better?
3. Posture. People under stress often look hunched-over. Maintaining good posture works like smiling. Physical balance contributes to emotional balance. Keep your head up, chin in, chest high, pelvis and hips level, back comfortably straight and abdomen free of tension. Imagine being pulled up from a point at the center of the top of your head.
4. Feel relaxation overcome your body. Consciously sweep a wave of relaxation through your body. Imagine you’re standing on a mountain top with the wind blowing away all your tension.
5. Acknowledge your situation. Face your problems head-on. Don’t try to deny it or wish that it hadn’t happened. Think: “This is real. I can handle it. I’m finding the best possible way to cope RIGHT NOW.”
6. TAKE CONTROL. Instead of worrying about how the stress has taken control of you, focus on what you can control and take appropriate action. Also, think clear-headed, honest thoughts instead of distorted ones. Everything is a choice. We cannot control situations or people or things but we can control the way we think about them.