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Two Ways to Steady the Mind

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today I'm going to share with you two simple ways that you can steady the mind. And this is a really important skill to have because as we go about daily life, there is always going to be moments where we find ourselves kind of busy, stressed, triggered, or emotionally reactive, or maybe just caught up in our heads. And it's in moments like these, where we want to have the tools to steady the mind so that we can find our center and strength again. And then we can move forward with awareness, wisdom, and mental clarity.

So the first one of the two is this taking a moment to simply bring awareness all the way down the body and into the soles of your feet, as far away from your head as you can get. As you're moving awareness out of thinking and into the moment by feeling the sensations in the feet. So you can try this right now. Just bringing your focus into the soles of the feet and just tuning into the sensations here. You can do this with eyes open or closed.

There might be the sensation of socks, or it might be the feeling of the feet against the floor, or the touch of air if the feet are not on the floor. Sensations of pulsing or tingling. So when you bring attention into the sensations in the body and in the feet, you, as I said, you reclaim the attention that was caught up in the thinking mind and you bring it into sensing what's here in the present moment. It's a great way and a simple way to steady the mind. A second one is also really simple and accessible.

If you find yourself feeling a little stressed, overwhelmed, or you just want to find that steadiness again, you can simply come to physical stillness. So this might mean mean taking 10 seconds just sitting in the car before you take off somewhere, or when you arrive. It might be taking a pause for a few moments between tasks to kind of collect yourself. It might be taking a moment to pause before speaking in a difficult conversation or before sending an email. So by just taking a few moments in physical stillness, the mind often gets the cue to stop racing, regain its composure and become more present.

So today's invitation is to try out one or both of these ways to steady the mind and really just experiment with it and see what effect it has on you. And by repeatedly training ourselves to find mental steadiness and calm, we really claim our power back so that we can live our lives with more intention, clarity, and awareness. Wishing you well with this practice today. And as always thank you for your practice. And your presence here with us.

And let's settle in now for today's meditation.

Melli O'Brien

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Two Ways to Steady the Mind

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

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Your default time is based on your progress and is changed automatically as you practice.

Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today I'm going to share with you two simple ways that you can steady the mind. And this is a really important skill to have because as we go about daily life, there is always going to be moments where we find ourselves kind of busy, stressed, triggered, or emotionally reactive, or maybe just caught up in our heads. And it's in moments like these, where we want to have the tools to steady the mind so that we can find our center and strength again. And then we can move forward with awareness, wisdom, and mental clarity.

So the first one of the two is this taking a moment to simply bring awareness all the way down the body and into the soles of your feet, as far away from your head as you can get. As you're moving awareness out of thinking and into the moment by feeling the sensations in the feet. So you can try this right now. Just bringing your focus into the soles of the feet and just tuning into the sensations here. You can do this with eyes open or closed.

There might be the sensation of socks, or it might be the feeling of the feet against the floor, or the touch of air if the feet are not on the floor. Sensations of pulsing or tingling. So when you bring attention into the sensations in the body and in the feet, you, as I said, you reclaim the attention that was caught up in the thinking mind and you bring it into sensing what's here in the present moment. It's a great way and a simple way to steady the mind. A second one is also really simple and accessible.

If you find yourself feeling a little stressed, overwhelmed, or you just want to find that steadiness again, you can simply come to physical stillness. So this might mean mean taking 10 seconds just sitting in the car before you take off somewhere, or when you arrive. It might be taking a pause for a few moments between tasks to kind of collect yourself. It might be taking a moment to pause before speaking in a difficult conversation or before sending an email. So by just taking a few moments in physical stillness, the mind often gets the cue to stop racing, regain its composure and become more present.

So today's invitation is to try out one or both of these ways to steady the mind and really just experiment with it and see what effect it has on you. And by repeatedly training ourselves to find mental steadiness and calm, we really claim our power back so that we can live our lives with more intention, clarity, and awareness. Wishing you well with this practice today. And as always thank you for your practice. And your presence here with us.

And let's settle in now for today's meditation.

Melli O'Brien

4.7

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