A simple meditation practice to use when feeling stressed

When things are going well maintaining your regular yoga and meditation practice can be easy. But what about when things are not going so well? This is when our mediation practice can slide. yet it the time we need it most. Let us look at a simple meditation practice to use when feeling stressed and the ways to do this.  

How do you react when faced with a challenging situation in your life? Do you dramatise and expect the worst to happen, worrying endlessly lying awake in the early hours of the morning? It is so easy to do. There is another way to deal with the inevitable challenges that we all face daily. 

When you get stressed, sit quietly and just breathe in meditation. This can really help to put things in perspective. Stopping and spending time with yourself for a just few moments in the day stops the worrying thoughts. You can comfort yourself and this pause enables you to see things from another perspective instead of purely from your own ego. You can rationalise and stop your thoughts from running away with themselves. You can trust in a higher self, the part inside of you that is sometimes called the light, you can trust in the Universe and believe that everything that happens is meant to be and that there is a reason and something you need to learn behind it all. You receive comfort from these thoughts and this in turn enables you to think more clearly.

Practice this meditation exercise in times of stress. 

  • Spend 10 minutes with yourself and your problem, sit with it, with all the emotions that arise, feel them and recognise that they are just emotions and that they will pass.
  • Focus on your breath, making your exhale longer than your inhale and watch the changes in your body, your stress will start to diminish with the breath, the body is physically calmed through a longer exhale.
  • Focus your attention on your heart and feel a white light emanating from this area, spreading through your body with warmth. Find comfort in this warmth, feel supported by it.
  • Bring your problem to the mind again, and sit quietly listening. Sometimes solutions might arise, sometimes not. Sit with it. Watch emotions and feelings pass. 

    Whatever happens when you finish your meditation you will feel calmer and more in control of your situation. Trust in these moments of mediation to ground you, connect you to your higher self and to bring you back to the present. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems and we always have a choice as to how we live our lives or deal with difficult situations. Let meditation guide you to make these choices instead of feeling stuck and out of control.