Finding calm & groundedness within uncertainty (FREE meditation inside)
How are you doing? How are you coping? How are you feeling about social distancing? Are you relieved to have some time off of work / work from home or do you miss the routine? Are you dreading spending more time with your kids? (it doesn’t make you a bad parent if you do!!) Are there any previous responsibilities you’re happy you’re released from? I want you to know that whatever comes up for you as you’re reading these questions or thinking about what’s happening in the world + in your personal life, it’s all valid. There is no right way to feel. If you’re overwhelmed by having mixed feelings, here’s a reminder: We, humans, are complex. We are meant to experience mixed emotions. and it’s OK to feel both relieved & scared, happy & sad about something all at the same time. Mixed emotions don’t make our experiences wrong; they make our experiences REAL. These challenging times call for lots of self compassion and patience. Allow yourself the time you need to process these big changes and to find your ground with this new reality.
So, today I’m sharing with you my 10-minute Mountain-Top Meditation, which is designed to help you to find a moment of calm and groundedness within all this uncertainty. You don’t need to have any previous experience with meditation. You don’t need fancy clothes or a meditation cousin. All you need is your intention to show up for yourself. You can do it whenever you want. You can do it few times a day if that feels good. Whatever works for you! To get the most benefit out of it, I do however, recommend doing it first thing in the morning, when your mind is fresh and the inner chatter is quiet. If your intention is to make it a daily practice, consider creating a designated space for it in your house. This space will make it easier for you to connect with the intention to practice stillness. Meditation helps to reduce stress and anxiety by activating your parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest), strengthening your vagus nerve and lowering cortisol levels. Your reduced stress decreases inflammation and boosts your immune system, which is extra important these days. It’s also a practice that helps you cultivate self awareness. On a practical level, it means you start recognizing the main themes of your thoughts throughout the day. When you get to know your patterned way of thinking you become more mindful of the nature of your thoughts before they turn to emotional reactions. The world is scary and unpredictable right now. Mediation can help with keeping our own fears in check (a challenging, yet important practice). This is not about suppressing your fears but remaining present while you observe them. This presence beneath your fears, it is the most precious and powerful gift you can give yourself -- it is your refuge. Your safe house. It’s how you come home to yourself. I hope you and your loved ones are all well and safe. Lots of love, Naama