Anger Iceberg is one of the best diagrams of anger I have seen. It’s so helpful to see how anger is really just a feeling that covers up so many more vulnerable feelings. It is worth printing out and reflecting on.
Breathing Practice: This is a recorded breathing practice I used in a recent stress and anxiety class that I taught. It is a wonderfully simple, yet potent, practice that breaks down the breath into four parts.
Compassion Practice: This practice can be done anywhere that people congregate (airports, malls, parks, beaches, etc.) It may also be done on family members, difficult people, friends or those who have hurt you. Do all steps on the same person. With the attention on the person, repeat to yourself, “Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness in their life.” Pause, next statement, “Just like me, this person is trying to avoid offering in their life.” Pause, next statement, “Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair.” Pause, next statement, “Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill their needs.” Pause, next statement, “Just like me, this person is learning about life.” Pause and notice how you feel.
Email Mindfully: I came across this practice the other day, and, since so much of today’s correspondence is through email, I thought it would be worth sharing. Try this: Type out your email. Before you hit send, take three deep breaths. Follow your breath in and out. Then read the email from the perspective of the person who will receive it. Consider how the recipient will receive this information. By taking a few extra moments to contemplate what you have written, you have a chance to either change it or send it as is.
Exhale: Please enjoy this recording of a meditation focusing on the out breath.
Feeling the Physical Body: Often when we are under stress, our attention is focused on the thoughts and the external circumstances. It is easy to become disconnected from the body. This is a practice that I often use to bring the attention back to the body.
Forgiveness Meditation: I find forgiveness to be one of the most interesting, difficult and inspiring aspects of being human. Yet with that being said, I still aspire to make it a part of my life. A mentor gave me this meditation and I find it to be very helpful. I appreciate the last line in each section, “I offer forgiveness as much as is possible in this moment.”
Meditation: I created this short meditation for you. I hope that you enjoy.
Mountain Visualization: I will often use this visualization for clients to help them relax and imagine a delightfully peaceful place in the mountains.
New Self: This past week, BYC hosted a group of students from Morgan Park Academy. They joined us to learn about yoga and meditation. How cool is that? On the last day, we had a meditation teacher come. He asked us to reflect on this: “Tomorrow morning, if you could create a new version of yourself; Who would you be? What would you let go of in your life? What quality would be at the center of your life? What would you spend more time doing? What would you spend less time doing?” I made a recording since sometimes it’s easier to listen. Click here to listen, answer and see what comes up.
Yoga Nidra: Next week, I will be participating in a Yoga Nidra training. Yoga Nidra is a meditation practice most often done on the floor. It promotes deep relaxation to help with sleep, chronic pain, PTSD and anxiety. Significant research has shown significant benefits. To learn more about Yoga Nidra click here and to experience a recorded session for a deep sleep click here.