Has anybody out there ever practiced meditation? I have practiced it off and on for years, but always found it difficult to simply sit still and meditate. It is easier for me to move while I meditate, so I enjoy Tai Chi, yoga and martial arts.
Guided-visualization recordings are also very enjoyable, as well as live sessions where another person helps me calm my mind and get into the needed quiet mental space. There have been a lot of patients in the office this week who would benefit from a little relaxation, so I recorded a guided-meditation exercise for you!
Before you roll your eyes and think Dr. Jen has gone off the deep end 😉 you should know that meditation and relaxation therapy have been scientifically validated over and over. They lower blood pressure and decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Meditation is good for you!
Before you listen to this recording, I want you to choose a quiet place where you can be undisturbed for about 15 minutes. Put on quiet instrumental music (i.e. no vocals or words at all). My favorite position for this sort of meditation is seated in a comfortable chair, my back supported, with both feet flat on the ground. You may feel more comfortable lying flat on your back or on your side with a pillow between your legs. Whatever makes you most comfortable is the right position for you!
Before we start I want to give you some visuals to use. I will talk about energy a lot. The basic visualization of energy is of a cool, clean white mist surrounding you on all sides. I think of it as the feeling you get when you jump into a cool swimming pool on a hot, sticky summer day: refreshing and clean.
Go ahead and click on this link to begin:
Once you’re done, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know how you feel! You can use the recording as often as you like, can download it to your smartphone or MP3 player for use on-the-go. With practice, it gets easier to reach that calm, relaxed state of mind and it gets more and more beneficial.
Question: Have you ever done anything like this before? Did you enjoy it? Do you know anybody else who could use some help with relaxation and stress relief?