Relieving Stress and Anxiety with Present Moment Awareness
“In today’s meditation we will tap into the power of present moment awareness and experience all the gifts available to us when we intentionally shift our awareness to what is happening right now, in this very moment. By getting grounded and putting our attention on “the now,” we naturally release the scary thoughts, stories, scenarios, and interpretations that give rise to stress and anxiety.
Meditation is one of the most powerful tools we have for going beyond the continuous thought-loop in our mind . . . into the peace of present moment awareness. As we meditate regularly, we cultivate what is known as witnessing awareness. It becomes much easier to see when we’re getting embroiled in stress-provoking thoughts – and to gently release them and return to the present moment. And the present is the only place where we can experience happiness, healing, and love.
Join in this process of allowing our breath to be our guide and our true nature to be our destination.”
Today our meditation guide is Amanda Ringnalda, a Vedic Master certified as an instructor of Primordial Sound
Theme of today’s meditation is about mindfulness and present moment awareness. By bringing this tool into our toolbox, we’re given the opportunity to help and to understand how to cope with stress and anxiety that may come up in our lives.
Take a few moments to think about what is present moment awareness and how does this practice help us? Really, it all comes down to the fact that if we’re in this present moment, we can’t be anywhere else. If we’re here in a space of being centered and being with our breath, our mind isn’t wandering off to the past and the worries associated with the past – the feelings, the emotions. We feel those physically in our body and of course that has an impact on us at many different levels.
When we’re in the present moment, we’re not concerned about what might happen, how things may turn out. What our involvement may look like and all of the ways that our conditioning influences that. Our conditioning has often led us to maybe not the most favorable outcome so of course, that generates stress, anxiety, tension, worry, upset.
By being in this present moment, we also do not feel stressed by the demands of life. When we’re in the present moment, we’re not worrying about our “to do list”. We’re simply in a space of being. After all, we are human beings, not human doings. In this present moment we celebrate the beauty of life, of our existence of our true nature – bliss, wholeness, health, peace and calm.
This practice can be brought in at any time, any day, anywhere. Simply by bringing your awareness to your breath, you are bringing yourself into the present moment. Let everything else fall away. It takes only a few moments and we’ll practice it right now.
Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Allow you breath to deepen. Feel your chest expanding, lungs expanding, and as you exhale, allow you body to relax even more. To soften, to ground. Feel your deep breath guiding you gently into this very moment. Stay connected to the awareness of your breath and as your mind wanders, as of course it naturally will, simply bring your awareness back to your breath again, again using your breath as your mantra, your anchor to right here, right now.
Allow you breath to deepen again. Feel your awareness pulling back into this present moment and into your physical body. Perhaps wiggle your fingers and toes just a little bit.
Bring into your mind what you can celebrate most in this very moment – the abundance of blessings that you have in your life, the blessing presenting themselves in this very moment – where you live, your friends and family, your relationships, your physical body, you health, your mind, your knowledge, you talents. All of the gifts that have been given to each and every one. Take a few moments to allow those blessings to fill you up. Allow them to move through you – seeping into every cell of your being.
Again, deepen your breath, bringing your awareness into your heart space. Perhaps you can feel your heart beating. Be aware of your love and compassion center.
Bring the palms of your hands together and bring them toward your heart.
On more deep breath in, long, gentle breath out.
When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes.