|"It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate." - Henry David Thoreau |
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The practice of meditation creates an opening, a way to access that part of the mind that allows us to name our experience of thought, feeling, and physical sensation. We create space between what is happening in our minds and how we would like to respond. This leads to a greater sense of emotional control. As we continue to practice, we will have glimmers of stillness and later on more time of calm and quiet. We will not rid ourselves of intense emotions and worry, however, our interpretation will fundamentally change and we will trust that we are the experts of our lives. We will face our fears in manageable doses. We will learn to accept whatever comes our way rather than avoid and distract. Everyone is capable of learning this skill.
Click the play button to hear an Introduction to Meditation & Coping with Anxiety:
Click the play button to hear an Introduction to Meditation with Muscle Tension Relaxation:
Click the play button to hear a Modified Breathing Space:
These recordings were developed to share information on ways we can help ourselves cope with suffering. Special thanks to the following authors for sharing their wisdom and insights: Tara Brach, Pema Chodron, Sally Kempton, Jack Kornfield, Salle M. Redfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zindel Segal, Paul Gilbert, Dennis Tirch, and Laura Silberstein-Tirch.