By Brad Aronson
On this website, I have placed my Simple form of Meditation, just for pleasant thoughts and relaxation. Two days ago, I came across this Mini Therapeutic form by Brad that is much less complex than most therapeutic meditations.
I thought if I include this on Ours Australia, it could benefit a lot of people. Who does not need to cut down on stress these days? So I thought it most appropriate. Have you ever considered meditation? This may be right for you!
Meditation Is Helpful – If You Don’t Complicate It.
Meditating is a great way to be in the moment. There are countless studies showing that people who meditate are happier. I haven’t mastered meditating, however, I was introduced to a Mini Meditation that was helpful when I had a time of high stress.
I focused on counting and my breath, clearing my mind of everything else. Here’s how the mini meditation works:
- Close your eyes
- Count slowly to 4 while you take the biggest breath you can. Expand your stomach and then your chest as you breathe. Sit up straight to take in as much air as possible. You want to feel like you’re going to explode.
- Count slowly to 4 as you hold your breath.
- Then, count slowly to 4 as you exhale. Feel a little bit of tension leaving your body as you exhale.
- Repeat 8 times.
I was recommended to do this at the same time every day and when I was stressed. It worked great.
Optional addition: Try counting to 4 (or less) after you exhale and before you take your next breath.
Over time, I wound up increasing most of my counts above 4. Now, I do it in the car on the way to work (with my eyes open, of course).
Some Meditation Advice
I used to start my meditation by thinking about what I wanted to improve. I wanted to be less bothered by little things. After a month, the daily reminder helped me to catch myself before I got upset.
At the start of each meditation, I also thought about how I wanted meditation to make me a better husband and dad, and I think it helped.
Keep in mind that you’re not going to be happy 100% of the time. Even though social media feeds make it seem like so many people are happy all of the time, they’re not. Have realistic goals and expectations. Aiming for incremental gains in happiness is a realistic goal, and it can change our lives.
Seeing the positive is an important part of being happy.
I Like Brad's Application Of Meditation, The Way He Applies It. ZEN Gets Complicated And So Is Medical, This Is Easy, Aye?
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