Friday, February 15, 2008

Ten-Second Meditative Moment

Here's a cool, calming and confidence-inducing trick. I found it in a book I put on my list of ideas for my husband of what I'd like to get for Christmas: Kundalini Yoga Meditation: Techniques Specific for Psychiatric Disorders, Couples Therapy, and Personal Growth by David S. Shannahoff-Khalsa. This may not seem like a good stocking item, but it has good stuff in it.

This technique is one piece of a long and complicated meditation for dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder. It's also for use in sticky moments during the day, when one might tend to tense-up. Particularly useful because it doesn't show.

All you do is take a deep breath and hold it for about three seconds, just long enough to think the syllables, vic-to-ry, then let the breath go. I do it two or three times, especially when I catch myself in any nervous habit. This creates a mini-break, slows mounting agitation, and is a nicely affirming message. (Vic-to-ry, BTW, is ideally not victory over other folks involved.)

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ExploreLifeBlog said...

I like your site, it is full of life and good stuff.

The brief meditation is more a change state exercise and I think you could use other words.

My favorite phrase for a quick change of state is
"I Am." If you do this simple affirmation you can alter your self-esteem and acknowledge your unity with the creative force of the universe all in few repeats of a this affirmative statement.

I write about inner peace, world peace, purpose and exploring our potential.


Peggy Payne said...

Definitely choose your own mantra.

I Am has a lovely simplicity to it--covers a lot.

Thanks for this.