Seeking Stillness to Find the Answers

Guidelines for Discerning Stressors:

Step 1: Grab a piece of paper and write down everything that is a cause of stress or anxiety in your life.

GUIDED MEDITATION:

I invite you to join me in this meditation exercise. Ideally, you can do this with others and designate one person to be the guide.

  1. VISUALIZE: Imagine yourself walking along a snowy pathway. It’s a bright day with a crystal clear blue sky. You’re alone, but you feel safe and warm in your winter layers. You feel the crisp breeze on your face. You’re breathing in the pure air and it feels refreshing in your lungs. You’re walking and there’s no wind — it’s completely still. You’re heading slightly uphill, into the trees, deeper into the woods. You feel the warmth of the sun streaming through the trees and hitting your nose. You look to the left and to the right, and everywhere, the snow sparkles.
    You arrive at a rock perch overlooking the valley below. You stop and sit down. You become very still, mirroring the stillness around you. In that stillness, you take 10 extremely deep breaths. In and out. With every breath, you feel the cold air cleansing your nose, throat, chest, and torso and detoxifying your body.
  2. MANTRA MEDITATION: Next, you take two minutes to sink into a slow, natural breath. Once settled, repeat this mantra: aham (pronounced: aah hum). It’s a Sanskrit word that means “I am.” When your mind wanders, gently guide it back to this mantra. Aham. Aham. Aham. When you feel complete, imagine yourself standing up and beginning your walk down the hill.
  3. CLARITY: Now, find that piece of paper and revisit your question. Has an answer to your question made itself clear?

Coaching Questions:

What is one thing you do know? What is one thing you want today? And what is one step you can take towards that? If that step is coming from a truly authentic, still place inside of you, that will guide you towards where you need to be. Do that for one day, two days, one week, two weeks, and the bigger vision will come into focus.

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