There are so many precious moments to experience in this life. Not only is it important to have time to create them but it is also important to take time out to appreciate them, reflect, smell the roses, meditate on your values and things that keep you happy and healthy.
The harsh health and social effects of COVID-19, busier lifestyles, fears, and stresses that you allow to consume you, highlights the need for your self-care which includes meditation. Mindfulness meditation provides techniques that allow you to take advantage of and give awareness to the moment. It helps you deal with an unwanted situation in which you find yourself by finding a space where you can get away and attempt to manage your response to the clutter and maladaptive thoughts demanding your attention. Distractions and rumination of unhealthy thoughts can be decreased (Khandelwal, 2020). As you manage this space, you are better able to rest in moments of peace & calm and perhaps better cope with situations that you face (Khandelwal, 2020).
This mental exercise of awareness, seizing the moment, and achieving internal peace can begin as instructed below:
First find a quiet place and make yourself comfortable (i.e. sitting on the floor, a chair, or laying down if that’s best for you).
Closing your eyes is better for focus.
Breathe in a controlled manner comfortable for you.
As you are breathing, visualize your breath moving through your body and then exiting.
Still breathing and visualizing, choose a word (mantra) to enhance your focus and the feeling that you are trying to achieve (i.e. healing, peace, love, calm, light)
Attach your mantra to your breath and watch your breathe and your mantra move through your body. Exhale, and then watch your breath and your mantra move through your body again.
Do this for 1 minute (or less as comfortable). As you become comfortable you can increase the time.
To further your experience inside of your mindful meditation state, imagine a place related to your mantra. Exist there in a way that brings you peace and joy. Consider:
Is there a breeze.
What sounds do you hear?
What scents do you smell?
What would you like to do there? Or do you prefer to do nothing which is absolutely fine?
Are you alone or would you like to invite someone? If inviting someone, how are they enhancing your peace and joy?
When you are ready to return, give thanks to this space and any living thing or object that you appreciate during your encounter. Say so long.
Then focus on your breathing and your mantra again for a few seconds, open your eyes if they were closed, and return to where you were when you started.
Khandelwal, S. (2020). Efficacy of mindfulness meditation on mental health during the times of COVID’19- A mixed-method study. Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(4), 281–287.
Exercise created by Pamela Modeste