The impact of the pandemic and job loss is taking its toll on all Americans. Many of our citizens are experiencing anxiety, depression, high levels of stress, and substance abuse. How can me address these all-to-common responses to the debilitating effects across our nation.
I have been practicing meditation for more than 40 years. I can testify to the many benefits this simple practice. They have been validated by clinical researchers, business leaders, and every-day folk. Let’s explore this phenomenon in greater detail. A chair-backed chair or bench
You don’t need to contort yourself with exotic postures favored by the ancients. A straight-back chair or a simple bench will do.
Sit up straight on a chair, away from the back of the chair. Raise you head slightly by imagining that a thread is gently elevating your head. Place your tongue behind your upper front teeth. Tuck your chin in slightly.
Place your feet firmly on the floor. Your legs and thighs should form a 90% angle.
Place your attention in your lower belly. With your lips closed, allow your belly to expand with each inhalation; allow your belly to empty with each outbreath.
When thoughts arise (and they will), just let them go. Random thoughts are of no concern. However, when thoughts start to chain themselves to form a narrative, just let them go and return to you body and your breath.
Important: Please do not judge your meditation; just rest in the peace and quiet that arises.
Begin with a duration of 5 to 10 minutes. You can gradually extend the practice when you’re ready.
Breath meditation, with daily practice, will reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It will supplement the efforts of a good addictions counselor if your situation requires.
I you would like help integrating this practice into your daily life, please complete the contact section on this website and email or phone me, so we can set up a free, no obligation meeting. I think you’ll be glad you did!