All this month, we have been working with meditation as a tool for anxiety. Our daily mindfulness meditation practice is the very best tool we have for managing everyday stress. However, when we are in the throes of deep anxiety or high stress, sometimes we need something a little more specific to help us through the moment.

This mini practice is 10-minutes for the moments of high stress. Use this at the office, after a fight with your partner, after losing your patience with your child…

As we practice in the midst of intense emotion, our only work is to remain in the present moment as much as possible, and to offer some kindness towards our experience.

Give this meditation a try this week and be sure to let me know (Instagram or Facebook!) if you found it helpful!

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Meditation for anxiety is a two-part practice. One, we must have a consistent, daily practice so that our foundation is one of calm wakefulness. Practicing coming back to the present moment without judgment time and again will do more for our stress than any emergency response.

AND, often, we need a practice to help us through the really hard moments. When the stress is too great, the anxiety too high, simply coming to present moment awareness might not be enough. We need something stronger to help us interrupt the fight or flight response. 

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, we practice Investigating with Kindness.  We take what we are experiencing and we ask of ourselves, “what am I believing in this moment?” Using this deeper insight to help us understand the actual trigger of our anxiety (hint: it is rarely the traffic, emails or tantrum that is causing your stress!)

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“Between stimulus and response there is a pause and in that pause lies your power and your freedom.” 

~Victor Frankl

My favorite quote. It sounds so good, doesn’t it? Just find “the pause” and everything will be better… Yes, I believe that! And…

Imagine your child just got suspended from school…

Imagine your client just emailed you to request a change on a project you’ve spent weeks completing…

Imagine you just got an account-overdraft notice from your bank…

This is when we need the pause the most AND when it is hardest to find. This month’s meditation series is an exploration of how we can use meditation as a tool to help us manage high stress and anxiety. 

Did you know when you first start meditating it is common for your anxiety to feel worse?! It is true and, happily, it is a really good sign. Curious?

Tune into The Mindful Minute today as we learn to recognize the sensations in our bodies and take the first step to using meditation as a tool for managing anxiety.

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The Space Between

June 27, 2019

When things get hard or when things get stressful, what do you do?

Most people tend to try harder. We tend to actively look for solutions; to do more to try to fix it.

Instead, I encourage you to try reconnecting to yourself during those difficult moments. Let things settle so that you can see it a little bit more clearly.

Philosopher Alan Watts said:

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”

In today’s episode, we explore the meditation practice called Prakasha. It means, generally, the space between any two things; your breaths, your thoughts, or anything else. This space is what allows us the ability to be okay and uncomfortable in the same moment.

Tune in today as we learn how to notice that space — Prakasha — and learn to be okay amidst discomfort.

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In this month’s series, we have already explored several tools we can use to help us reconnect to ourselves. We discussed the importance of loving kindness and simply being still {part 1} as well as cultivating freedom through generosity {part 2.}

In this third and final piece of our Disconnect to Reconnect meditation series, we are discussing integrity and how it fits into our meditation practice. We can’t just “do” meditation. To practice it fully and effectively, we must do the groundwork first that allows us to process information in a new way. One part of this important groundwork is integrity.

Brené Brown defines integrity this way:

“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what’s right over what is fast, fun or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.”

Tune in today’s episode of The Mindful Minute as we dive into what it means to practice integrity and to remind ourselves that we can only connect to others as much as we can connect within ourselves.

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“A meditation master from Thailand’s forest tradition came to visit the US several years ago. After just a short time here, he said rather bemusedly, “In Asia, the classical sequence of the teachings and practice is first generosity, then morality, and then meditation. But here in the US, the sequence seems to be meditation, then morality, and after some time, as a kind of appendix, there is some teaching about generosity. What’s going on here?”  ~Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness

In today’s episode of The Mindful Minute, we are tracing our way back to the very beginning… to the first teachings of generosity and why this is such a crucial quality. Some call it the springboard of all liberating qualities. We give to free others and equally to free ourselves. We give to let go, to reconnect.

Jack Kornfield reminds us,

“When a pickpocket meets a saint, all he sees is the saint’s pockets.”

When we are lost in desire our hearts are closed. We are unable to reconnect in that moment. Letting go; giving generously – this is the cure.

Today, let’s start our generosity practice by giving freely of our time. Allowing ourselves the full 20-minute guided meditation at the end of today’s episode. And, let’s continue this generous giving all week. Let me know; how does it affect you?

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