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Meditation – Mind/Body August, 2011
When things are crazy, you’re doing several things at once, your mind is racing, take a moment to sit down and meditate. I’ve found that this is a good way to try it and it involves self talk.
Make sure that you are silent and can be in a quiet or in a semi-quiet place. Sit cross legged or with the feet on the floor. If you can’t sit on the floor, sit in a chair. Close your eyes, sit with your spine straight and shoulders relaxed. Take your palms and put them face down onto your knees. Begin to breathe and notice your breathing. Next, just listen to what is going on and focus on that. Say to yourself, “this is here right now”, or something like that. Try that for a minute or two. Next, feel your feet. Notice the quality of your feet. Are they heavy, tingly, hot, cold, clammy? and do not judge the feeling; just notice it. You can do the same with every part of the body. But beginning with the feet, begin to send energy, mentally, towards your feet. Don’t think about changing the quality of how your feet feel. It will change on its own if you’re uncomfortable. Remember, no judgment is necessary. Next, breathe into the tan tien; your belly and below the navel. This is the place that houses some digestion, but also holds the seed of creation in the body. Breathe in and out through the nose. Sit for as many minutes as you can. Even if it’s only for a minute, trying this exercise will benefit anyone and calm a person down in stressful moments. At any time when someone is stressed, always remember the breath. It is with you from the time of your birth until you die. Be well!