That's why all of this is broken down into practical yet inspirational bite-sized chunks. The teaching videos are all under 5 minutes and the meditation is only 10 minutes. AND Clare even helps you to find the time, no matter how busy you are. As a reformed engineer and former Head Of Market Research for an international brand, Clare is famous for demystifying Ancient Wisdom into practical actions you can take today, in less time than it takes a kettle to boil.
What would the 80 year old version of you recommend? More years of feeling stressed and irritable? Or taking a little time now to discover how to reconnect with your Inner Peace, to tame your Monkey Mind and to ditch the stress and worry? Here are the most common questions Clare gets asked. If yours hasn't been covered, email hello clare josa. This online meditation course shares demystified Ancient Wisdom with you in a way that makes it accessible for everyone. You don't have to have a particular religion or belief system. Just an open mind to allow you to try the work on for size, to gain maximum benefit.
There's more to meditating than turning your legs into a pretzel. In fact, on day 2 we'll cover all sorts of ways you can sit comfortably to meditate - and how to stop your posture from ruining your meditation fun. Click here to get started now. Take the 28 Day Meditation Challenge: Unfluffy, inspirational meditation course for busy people It doesn't just guide you through how to meditate, it teaches you how to create the habit, too, getting past the blocks, fears and out-of-date excuses that would otherwise derail you.
Led by Clare Josa, a formally-trained meditation teacher, certified NLP Trainer, reformed engineer and author of 2 books on meditation and mindfulness, over the next 4 weeks, you will discover:. Just imagine what an incredible start this could be to for you. Isn't it time to let go of feeling stressed and near-compulsive multi-tasking, so you can feel happier, calmer and more at peace? I want to start today!
Yes, you read that right. I read books. I took classes. I went on uber-expensive retreats and workshops, spending thousands of pounds. I wanted to feel calmer, happier, less stressed, less anxious, more at peace, more in flow, more connected, less worried, less negative, more confident and to generally fall in love with life. That's where my journey eventually led me. Tense your muscles for about five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.
In this relaxation technique, you may form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation. To relax using visualization, try to incorporate as many senses as you can, including smell, sight, sound and touch. If you imagine relaxing at the ocean, for instance, think about the smell of salt water, the sound of crashing waves and the warmth of the sun on your body. You may want to close your eyes, sit in a quiet spot, loosen any tight clothing, and concentrate on your breathing.
Aim to focus on the present and think positive thoughts.
As you learn relaxation techniques, you can become more aware of muscle tension and other physical sensations of stress. Once you know what the stress response feels like, you can make a conscious effort to practice a relaxation technique the moment you start to feel stress symptoms. This can prevent stress from spiraling out of control.
Remember that relaxation techniques are skills. As with any skill, your ability to relax improves with practice.
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Be patient with yourself. Don't let your effort to practice relaxation techniques become yet another stressor. If one relaxation technique doesn't work for you, try another technique. If none of your efforts at stress reduction seems to work, talk to your doctor about other options. Also, bear in mind that some people, especially those with serious psychological issues and a history of abuse, may experience feelings of emotional discomfort during some relaxation techniques. Although this is rare, if you experience emotional discomfort during relaxation techniques, stop what you're doing and consider talking to your doctor or mental health provider.
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I just want my life back. You will be in my thoughts tonight. Mindfulness does take time, so keep with it. If your anxiety is becoming debilitating, counselling might be worth a try. Anxiety is something that is very responsive to intervention. Anything you can do at home is also important. I hope you find a way out of this too. Sending you my very best wishes. HeySigmund, I am so glad that I stumbled on to this article about anxiety. I have been a very strong and independent woman all of my life, but at 56 and many many years of difficult situations and heartache I have now found myself in the anxiety club along with my husband who has always suffered anxiety from childhood.
Your article has helped immensely. Keep up the great work. There are tons of great apps iPhone and Android out there to help you practice mindfulness. Australian and free , Australian, free plus has lessons for kids and teens and UK and free. All start from the very basics. I am fighting depression, with anxiety present a great deal of the time. Doing something about it, researching tools to address it has helped a great deal as has heysigmund. This article gives me more incentive 2 practice mindfulness meditation.
I am a mature woman, and have a 42yr old daughter who is rebuilding her life, and a nearly 40yr old son who has been depressed for nearly 20 years. Son has been made redundant, and is soon to lose his present accommodation.
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I have recently been meditating for 20 minutes every day, and using being in the moment when either of my children are feeling at crisis point. I have been able to support them in loving personal ways, and seen them develop strengths they were unaware of. Instead of giving up when my son feels at rock bottom he is using this difficult time as an opportunity to change and grow. Instead of being stressed and worried, because I am meditating, I can support from a place of calm, and hopefully love. Love this site. Thank you Cathy! You sound like a wonderful support. Much love and strength to you and your family.
This is a great article — I have a child who is now a freshman in college and one who is in first grade. No doubt some will see this post and scoff. Karen… Well Done. You, however nailed it! Your explanation captured the essence of the practice, all while maintaining a simple and thorough explanation. You left no questions unanswered and even managed to entice the reader to give it a try. I now live in Thailand and I spent 12 months living in a mindful community….. I loved it! Mindfulness has taught me to be less reactive in emotional situations……well most of the time!
I am sitting in my lounge room having a bit of a practice. What a lovely way to spend a few minutes. Very useful information, I am ready to give it a try. Anything that can assist me now, I am willing. So much of what I have read about anxiety and IBS relates to me. Simply defined, mindfulness represents continuous non-judgmental awareness. But the converse of non-judgment, namely making judgments, may entail negative outcomes perseverative judgments as represented by rumination, worry, or distraction or positive ones non-perseverative judgments on what to have for dinner or what route to take on the way home.
Perseverative cognition is uniquely correlated with stress, anxiety, and depression, but non-perseverative thought as well as thinking of nothing at all is correlated with relaxation, positive affect, and feelings of happiness.
Thus it may be concluded that the definition of mindfulness over-prescribes the type of cognitive operations that need to be curtailed in order to attain positive emotional outcomes. It follows that the definition of mindfulness must be attenuated to represent the avoidance of perseverative judgments alone.
By no means does this invalidate mindfulness, rather it merely determines the type of judgments we should be mindful about, and allows one to be easily mindful all of the time rather than from time to time that is the practical result of avoiding all judgment, and significantly enhances the argument for its practice. As advanced by the psychologists G. Stressful events themselves are often too short, as are the physiological responses to them.