Think for a moment what your life would feel like minus the stress. I am inviting you to take a vacation right now to your favorite place! It’s free and PERFECT!
Luxuriate in the relaxation this state brings. Feel your body relax. Stay on vacation at least a few minutes!
You have started your journey toward such a state; you’ve taken the first step!
Step 1 – Tranquility
Quieting the mind enough to harness its tremendous power is your first step. Usually we go all day long with our minds jumping from one idea to the next, in survival mode, just to get done the tasks of life (as we see them). Survival mode means that your energy is being spent responding to the needs of your environment.
What about YOUR needs?
Make sure your life does not pass by without looking at what your needs are. Without looking at these (instead of reacting to external needs all the time), they are ignored and forgotten.
Step 2 – Tuning In
Tuning into what is there and how it feels. This aspect of meditation is often called Mindfulness. It is composed of noticing where your attention leads, what is there, and moving on with no judgment. Very transformative.
Step 3 – Travel Guidance
Now that you’re relaxed, paying attention to your thoughts, perceptions and environment, time to guide your inward travels. Feel what it feels like to travel to your favorite place. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. Feel the gentle breeze and perfect temperature. Hear the sounds of Nature. Go ahead, guide your senses where you feel most peaceful and relaxed.
Research has shown for decades that what you guide your mind to perceive as real creates real changes in your body and behavior. In other words: Need a vacation? Take a vacation!
Step 4 – Training
Repeat Steps 1-4 Again and again; each day to change your consciousness!
Here you have what you need to know to take a permanent vacation from stress, and handle it better when it inevitably arrives. The tricky part of reducing stress is to keep The 4Ts going. If you need help reducing stress via finding just the right form of meditation for your needs, get in touch with Dr. Dawn at 585.465.1460. Meditation class starts this Thursday night, for 8 weeks – to keep the good habit going!
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