I once asked a client if she had ever tried meditation to help her counter stress and she answered yes but that she was unable to meditate. When I asked what type of meditation she had tried she answered that she lit a candle, put on some soft music, turned down the lights, stared into the candle, and then tried to stop thinking. I was not surprised she was unsuccessful because ceasing conceptual thoughts is an advanced meditation practice which many experienced mediators find difficult. I then described this simple breathing meditation that is easy to do and practical for almost everyone. Watch the video below to try for yourself.
Start by finding a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Turn off your cell phone or temporarily disconnect the landline if necessary. This place can almost be anywhere, your bedroom, office, or even your car provided you are not driving. Make yourself comfortable by either sitting in a relaxing chair or lying down on a comfortable bed. If you are sitting in a chair, I recommend that you keep your back straight and place your feet flat on the floor.
You can do this practice for a short period, say five or ten minutes, or for an hour or longer. It all depends on how much time you wish to devote to the practice. However, I recommend you start with a short period and then gradually build up the amount of time you spend in mediation, just as you would with any exercise. The beauty of the practice that I am about to describe is that it is simple, has immediate results, and has no particular religious or spiritual orientation. This meditation is accessible to everyone regards of beliefs or lack thereof
Meditation is a wonderful practice and helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety. If you would like to learn meditation or other techniques to overcome stress and anxiety, give call me at (805) 637-4263 or email me to arrange for a consultation.