Stress in All its Forms
We live in a very stressful world. With a constant barrage of media, personal, and professional demands, it is easy to become overwhelmed without a single moment for yourself. It’s important to realize that stress in all its forms can do a great deal of damage to your life’s journey. It can cloud the mind, and in its negative form, it feeds on artificial emotions such as guilt and worry, as well as many other issues. Slowing down and looking at the situation with a clear and cooled mind can often give a much better perspective. The challenge is knowing how to access that part of the human psyche in such a manner (and quickly enough) as to keep up with the demands of life in the 21st century. Meditation can offer you all of these things, and it doesn’t even have to take that long.
The Benefits of Meditation
While meditation isn’t easy for everyone, experts continue to recommend it for people who suffer from high levels of stress because it has been proven through multiple studies, including the National Institutes of Health and the American Journal of Psychiatry to reduce stress, anxiety, lengthen attention spans, improve memory retention, and help you sleep better. Not bad for a few minutes of quiet, right?
A Quick Meditation Practice
Below are the steps for a brief meditation that you can use if you find yourself feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or you just need a a moment of peace to help make a decision.
Step 1: Find a Place to Meditate: Find a place where you can be alone for a few minutes to concentrate on the meditation to follow. It does not have to be a place of complete solitude (an office restroom will do the trick if you are in a hurry before a big meeting,) as long as you are able to create a sense of calm within yourself. If you find that you have no time for any kind of meditation, try it in the shower. It is simple to memorize and very easy to attain while in the presence of running water, and the addition of the soothing heat will help to calm your mind.
Step 2: Imagine yourself on a white sandy beach. Take three deep, slow breaths. Allow yourself to really feel the sand beneath your feet (If you have never been on such a beach, imagine what it would feel like,) and let your feet begin to gently sink into that warm, soft sand.
Step 3: Take three more slow, calm breaths. Now, as you see yourself on the beach with the beautiful turquoise ocean lapping gently near your feet, with your physical eyes still closed, gaze toward the horizon. In your mind’s eye, envision an old steamship on the far horizon. You can see that it is an old steamship without much effort but be sure to envision it on the farthest point of the horizon, where the sea meets the azure sky.
Step 4: Now, with another deep breath, as you feel the sand beneath your feet and the warmth of the evening sun on your wonderful, peaceful island, gaze at the ship and notice it has two tiny wisps of smoke emitting from its smokestacks. From your distant perspective, it is barely noticeable, but you are watching as the smoke drifts upwards into a clear, evening sky. Follow the smoke with your mind’s eye until you can no longer see it at all. The smoke has now become part of the sky. At that moment, you are only aware of wide-open horizon filled with evening hues of deep orange and rising purples as the sun begins to fade away below the ocean.
Step 5: At this moment, feel the coolness of the evening air and the quiet of your own soul. If you have a question that has been troubling you or a situation you can’t quite handle, this simple exercise can change your stress levels very quickly. While you are still envisioning yourself on the beach, ask yourself the question. Take the emotions away from the issue and listen to your own soul’s response. You already have the answer.
Real Stress Reduction
This is an exercise recommended and used by several of our psychics here at California Psychics, and they pass it on to any of their clients who need help with their own stress levels. Use this exercise before a big presentation, a class, or a work meeting, if you’ve had a terrible day at work, are struggling with a difficult problem or decision, or just feel generally anxious.
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