Mindful Body Scan Meditation
This recording below is a mindful body scan meditation and while anyone can use it, stressed out moms might choose to do it when their children or infants are fraying their last nerve. The way we respond to our children, people, and life, has to do with the thoughts and the emotions that spring from us. Uninspected thoughts can create stress and anxiety and what many people don’t realise is that while we have no control over what thoughts emerge from us, we can choose as to how we respond to them.
And that is what mindful meditation does – helps you to be more aware of these thoughts or emotions so you have the time to choose how to respond to them, instead of catastrophising or doing or saying something you may later regret.
While having the ability to choose how you respond is beneficial to everyone around you, it is particularly beneficial to your children as you are less likely to lose it with them in times of stress. Putting them down, cowering them, shaming them, making them feel less will just end up destroying their self esteem. The idea is to learn to be more patient, and the first step to help you do this is to become aware of what is happening in your body.
It’s important to remember that whatever your age you have spent a life time moulding your brain into the way it presently responds, so expecting immediate changes are just not going to happen. It takes time to remould your brain so putting a few minutes aside every day is what is needed.
Do this meditation twice a day for 2 weeks and then google other mindful meditations – you can even get an app on your phone – and continue with these mindful meditations for at least 8 weeks. I am positive you will find yourself calmer and able to manage stressful situations better.
You may find that your concentration will wane after doing this meditation over a period of time, so check out other body scan meditations on Youtube. This will help your concentration to stay with you.