Did you know that meditation simply means “focused awareness”? Given that definition anything can be turned into meditation. Use this simple acronym: THRIVE and choose one or more to practice meditation for yourself.
I - Inspiration
Thankfulness- find 3 things to be grateful for every day.
Humor- laughter is the best medicine and can instantly diffuse a stress response. Find something to laugh about or watch a funny video.
Rest- give yourself brain breaks throughout the day. Step away from work and breath, laugh or visualize a calming place.
Inspiration- Breath! Find a breathing technique that you like best. Inhale to the count of 4 and exhale to the count of 6. Or picture blowing up a balloon with your exhale and inhaling that air back into your lungs.
Visualize- Our mind works in images. Visualization is so powerful there is an entire industry devoted to it. Athletes visualize making the play and practice feeling the sensations associated with that success. Try imagining a scenario that you will be in and create the picture of how you want it to be.
Empathy- most people have no problem feeling empathy for others but have you tried to give yourself the same kind of compassion? Imagine talking to yourself as you would a friend. Say kind and encouraging words to yourself, every cell in your body is listening.
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