TOOLS FOR CREATING MINDFULNESS
Tools from Miche Lamé
One of the most effective tools for calming yourself down is being mindful of your breathing. There are a few ways to do this, and most clients find this one helpful:
Breathe in through the nose for a count of four. Hold this count of four, and exhale through the mouth for another count of four, hold again for a count of four and repeat a few times.
I recommend practicing this when we are most relaxed; before going to bed and night, and when awaking the next morning in bed. This simple to use technique is great to use for while you are working throughout the day. Eventually doing this technique will help create your ‘muscle memory’ and will work quicker as our bodies get used to this new way of breathing. I also suggest that in awkward moments or high stress situations, to take a step back, and lean into your breathe.
As we get more mindful of our breathing, we can kick it up a notch and concentrate when breathing in, and breathing in the light and love of God/Creator. As we exhale, we then leave space to be aware of the guidance that is around us, and can respond to the truth, love, joy, and peace that lies within us.
Clearing a Space for Meditating:
The following are suggestions for recreating a sacred atmosphere for meditating in. Creating a sacred space physically, mentally and spiritually will encourage you to get into the routine of consciously meditating.
The following are suggestions for creating a sacred atmosphere for meditating at home, or even in your work space.
- Choose a place that is secluded and private, where there is minimal or no disturbances.
- Do your best to meditate in the same place at the same time each day.
- Select a calming music to play in the background that will support you during your meditating.
There are several ways of positioning your body during your meditations. If you like sitting, please make sure you are comfortable in a chair, or if on the floor, please use a pillow to prop yourself up. While sitting, meditate with legs and arms uncrossed, feet flat or cross legged if sitting on the floor, and hands resting palm up on your lap. If you practice in a reclining chair be sure to have your arms and legs uncrossed, allowing yourself to symbolically open to God/Creator.
You can use a guided meditation CD of your choice, there are many on the market these days to choose from. When engaged in breathing meditations, please keep your focus on your third-eye, located at the center of your forehead, your minds eye.
It is best to meditate on a fairly empty stomach, and avoid a full stomach for more fluid flow of the energy coming in.
Above all, meditate in a place where you can allow yourself to feel your divinity and connect with God/Creator, a place where you can allow yourself to feel the love and joy.