There’s no magic in a meditation practice. You don’t need more than a few minutes to help bring peace of mind to stressful times. Here are three easy mediations for these difficult weeks.
Wash your stress away in the shower:
Use your imagination to bring peace of mind. Takes just a minute or two every day:
Yes, when I said easy meditations I meant it!
Send kindness to yourself and others.
This powerful practice is called “metta” or “loving kindness. It’s particularly helpful for some of us these days. (Yeah, talking about myself here.) It’s very simple:
Getting in touch with heart energy gives us an amazing boost..
Start with yourself. Take your time and really feel it.
That part is the most important one for me. But then there’s this next part. It’s the hardest one for many of us. We don’t have to know the object of our attention, they can be anyone in the world. Yes, even him.
And finally, loving kindness to all beings.
These are simple, but they can be life changing. Nothing to lose by trying them, even if just for a day or a week. Remember my free audios, mantras and affirmations to help manage anxiety. 100% free for all. Links next to title,
I don’t know about you, but for me, real relaxation can be hard-won. Even though I know all the health benefits f of true relaxation, sometimes I don’t take the time to center and calm myself. That’s why I’m sharing some of the relaxation hacks I use in my daily practice.
1. Daily short reading
I like to start the day with a short, inspirational reading. I like Pocketful of Miracles by Joan Borysenko. The readings are super-short, but meaningful and always end with a meditation idea. Five minutes is all it takes.
2. Daily healing affirmation
I use my own deck to set the tone for a healthy day. The beauty of it is you don’t have to be sick to benefit–most of the affirmations are suitable for anyone.
3. Look around.
No, I mean REALLY look around. Stop where you are for a moment, whether it’s inside or out, and appreciate your surroundings. Really see the color around you. Listen. Smell. And if you can, touch. For just a moment. Then go back to what you were doing. That’s truly an easy relaxation hack!
The day I wrote this I ran an errand. Coming out of the store I could see the trees beginning to bud a light green, the mountains surrounding our valley. I felt the slight breeze as I walked down the sidewalk and noticed a woman carrying red shopping bags. I spoke to her about her “haul”. Grateful for all the many signs of life around me, I got into my car, smiling and relaxed.
When I do my affirmation or reading meditation or look around, I use my breath to calm my body. It’s something Ido with hypnotherapy clients in every session. It is virtually impossible to feel anxiety or stress when you have oxygenated with deep, slow breaths. Even though I am the hypnotherapist, I breathe along with my client. It’s amazingly relaxing.
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That’s it! Easy relaxation hacks you can use any time, anywhere at all. Let me know how they work for you.
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We hear a lot about mindfulness as it relates to just about everything. It’s easy to get intimidated by the idea of an entire “mindfulness practice.” We forget that we can take quick calming and refreshing mindful breaks any time with the same benefit and without worrying about missing a day. Here’s how:
Sit wherever you are. Anywhere. In your living room. In your yard. Out in the world. On a hike. You can even be in your kitchen.
Stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath in…and then let it go. Use all your senses to go into the moment.
Really look at what’s around you: plants, shadows, cups or bowls, a flowerpot, a pen, coffee. Take another deep breath and notice what you smell.
If you’re outside, gently touch a flower. How does it feel? Is there a breeze against your skin?
If you’re inside, feel the soft fur of your pet or even the smooth surface of a spoon. Run cool water between your fingers. Take a sip of tea and savor the flavors. Feel the warmth as it travels down your body.
Continue to take deep, slow breaths. Just enter the moment and appreciate your connection with all things –animate and inanimate. Even a rock. Meditation can be this easy. You don’t need an official “practice.”
Enjoy that feelingfor a few minutes and then, simply go back to what you were doing.
That’s it. Your mindful moment to instantly calm and refresh yourself.
Just a reminder that I make and market some absolutely beautiful candles that are great meditation tools. Find them right here.
These are mala bracelets, traditionally used for meditation and prayer —and now the latest trend in wearable yoga. I’m sure you’ve seen people wearing at least one mala bracelet wrapped around their wrists and sometimes more.
I’ll add a free mala bracelet to any candle order. Absolutely free from today until 11:59pm Fri., Nov. 30. While mala supplies last.
No checkout code. Just order a candle and get the mala. I have only a limited number of malas so order now!
The next batch of candles will ship 2-day Priority US Postal Service mail starting Dec. 5, in plenty of time for Christmas.