Increasing our self-awareness allows us to better understand our stories/beliefs. Our beliefs create our emotions and these emotions play out in our bodies. If we want to shift our emotions to something more Optimistic then we need to shift our stories/beliefs. Knowing our current stories/beliefs is the key to changing them.
These meditations will help us uncover our beliefs that are not so obvious.
Basic Skills Learned:
- Present moment focused attention.
- Accepting what IS with non-judgement.
- Starting over is OK.
- Practicing being kind and curious to our selves and our experiences.
Extended Skills Learned (based on different types of practices):
- Understanding our beliefs, love, compassion, kindness, gratitude, positive focus, optimistic re-framing of our stories, empathy etc…
Many times we can get stuck trying to understand what is really happening around us and within us. We loose sight of the meaning of our experiences and we get lost. This meditation helps us take a breather and listen for inner guidance.
Many times we go around our day with stress and this plays out in our bodies. Scanning our body for tension and then consciously releasing this tension helps us physically relax and thus release some stress.
Noting is an exercise where by we observe what is happening in the present moment and “note” or label what we are noticing.
Self compassion exercises are a great place to start. Becoming self aware can be challenging. When we uncover our beliefs and hear our thoughts we may not be pleased with what we find. Self compassion allows us to see our challenges as a common human trait allowing us to be kind while we more forward to the place that we want to get to.
Thoughts, images and inner dialogue constantly occur in our minds. We cannot prevent them from popping up but we can practice viewing them just as they are.