By Lynne Kenney

One path toward shifting your thoughts, particularly your judgmental or negative thoughts is through sustained non-judgmental attention or meditation. Meditation is the experience of sustaining one’s focus on a thought, word, sensation or sound in order to calm the mind. Mindful meditation is the act of calming your mind and body through non-judgmental sustained attention.

If you are prone to rumination, negative thinking or catastrophizing, mindful meditation is a skill you may wish to explore. If you find that you are overwhelmed with work, life, people, finances or parenting cultivating a sense of peace, developing more neutral thoughts, and appreciating what you have in the moment will likely help decrease your experience of stress.

Health benefits abound. Let’s say you are ready to feel better, to think more positively and to feel less distressed. Begin by simply adding ten minutes of mindful meditation to your day. You can do it in the morning right when you wake up, in the evening before you go to sleep or anytime you feel fidgety, anxious, overwhelmed, sad, angry or depressed.

Meditation can take place anywhere, in the mall, in the swimming pool, or in your car. You need not “go somewhere” to meditate. Meditate where ever you are. Start with your “Beginner’s Mind” allowing yourself to relax into the experience as though you have never been in this moment before.

1. Sit in an upright position with your ribs aligned over your hips and your shoulders aligned over your ribs.

2. Close your eyes to reduce distraction and breath.

3. 1-2-3 in, 1-2-3 out, in through your nose out through your nose or mouth.

4. Bring your focus into your breath, feel your breath moving in and out, see your breath, color your breath, feel your breath oxygenate your blood and feed the cells of your body.

5. When your mind wanders in a relaxed manner, bring your focus back to your breath.

6. Feel your body relax, experience your minds reflections. After about ten minutes you may slowly open your eyes and note how you feel refreshed and ready for what life has in store for you.

Over time you may choose to extend your mindful moments. You may choose to meditate up to 45 minutes a day. You may choose to meditate or pay mindful attention when you grocery shop, pump gas, or talk with your neighbor. Feel the intimacy in your relationships grow as you give your conversational experiences with friends, your undivided mindful attention.

You may bring mindfulness into your parenting by increasing your undistracted, sustained attention with your children. Through mindfulness, you will naturally experience being more “present” with your children.

You may lose your keys less often and even yell less, as your mindful experiences allow you to live more peacefully and non-judgmentally in the moment. Peaceful moments to you.

For books and resources you may choose to visit www.themindfulparent.org or The Center for Mindfulness at www.umassmed.edu/cfm/index.aspx.

Orginal Article found here on Lynne’s’ Family Coaching site

Casey’s Comments

Meditation is a powerful practice that I do regularily and have for 15 years. My daugter Grace 5 does it with me sometimes and understands the value of quite time and how it can serve us in being calm and peaceful. Try it with your kids today!

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