What rises in your mind as you think about practicing love kindness to yourself? Describe and note the images or feelings that came up. What are the easiest and most difficult aspects of this practice? What about when difficult people come to mind? How do you silence pain and negativity? In this post, we will explore two mindfulness activities that Coach Debbie teaches and you can use at home.
Walking meditation is one of the common mindfulness activities to begin with and incorporate mindfulness and cultivate awareness. There are two types of walking mindfulness:
Focus on being mindful of each aspect of the movement as you perform it slowly
Counting while walking at a comfortable place. Counting serves as a placeholder for the present moment. Choose a sequence that is not confusing and flows with your day and pace such as 1, 1-2, 1-2-3, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4-5, and so on until you reach 7. This activity allows the mind to focus and not wander or bring it back to the present moment.
Walking meditation can be applied to normal activities such as brushing your teeth, washing clothes, walking to your car, opening a door, walking through a store. Just take a moment to mentally catalog how many thoughts rush through your mind when waking up in the morning until you walk outside to your car to be on your way.
Loving Kindness Meditation
Reflect & Repeat:
May I be happy.
May I be healthy.
May I be safe.
May I have a life of ease.
Then replace “I” with a loved one’s name, a person who is challenging to love, and then open it to world.
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